CRTCpalooza ’13: charging for the Sun, etc.

This week through May 2 in Gatineau, Que., the CRTC is hearing from a steady stream of hucksters folks looking to get mandatory carriage for their TV stations. If you are a shut in or, worse, a TV critic, you can watch it all unfold on CPAC–provided you have a strong stomach. Mandatory carriage means… Read on

Bombs away as Global calls halt to war effort

It is curious how bad news gets delivered in this country.Shaw/Global sent out a release Monday that made it sound like a good thing that the only Canadian-produced drama they currently have on the main network–Bomb Girls–had been axed.“We are pleased to share,” reads their release, “that we will be creating a Bomb Girls two hour TV… Read on

TONIGHT: Gross, Pinsent guest on Doyle finale

The Three Acting Amigos: Pinsent, Gross and Hawco The Republic of Doyle has been under siege all year. Moved to Sundays by budget battered CBC, they’ve had to dodge or battle the Oscars, the Grammys, the Screenies and the Super Bowl, not to mention the Walking Dead. This Sunday, their season finale goes up against… Read on

TONIGHT: Mr. D meets “Manaconda”

Gerry Dee and Mark Little trying not to get picked up at the Menz Bar I play hockey in a teacher’s league in Brampton and one of my teammates told me the other day he ran into a former student.“Hey–Mr. D!” the kid shouted.It was not a compliment.Several teachers and teammates have told me they… Read on

Good start for Screenies, Vikings and God

Martin Short helped the Screenies double the Gemini take Whatever one thought of the merits of Sunday’s first annual Canadian Screen Awards, they were a winner in at least one area: ratings.The two-hour broadcast drew an overnight, estimated 756,000 viewers on CBC Sunday night, about double what the Gemini or Genie Award telecasts were able… Read on

Kimmel loses award but wins as Emmy host

Josh Groban and the late Jimmy Kimmel. Todd Wawrychuk/ABC Nobody was paying me to watch The Emmy Awards last night, so I missed the cold opening and Kimmel’s monologue. I caught up Monday morning on YouTube, however. That was the best way to go, because YouTube, unlike CTV, had it with the sound on–a big… Read on