Downton Abbey: Season Four sneak peek a hit

NEW YORK–Some of Manhattan’s best dressed matrons were squealing and carrying on like Justin Bieber fans Thursday night in a salute to Downton Abbey. A screening of the fourth season premiere, which will air January 5th on PBS, was held at the New York Times Building Lobby Auditorium. After the screening, Times columnist Bill Carter… Read on

Rocket is the only way to fly around Vancouver

If you ever have the good fortune to get picked up at the Vancouver airport in a Lincoln Town Car, pay close attention to the driver. He could be a rock star.Earlier this month, the folks behind When Calls The Heart, a turn-of-the-century family drama coming in the spring to Super Channel, kindly arranged to… Read on

This week’s podcast: more hockey talk

I’ve been on the road and hard to reach but finally caught up this week with my old pal Scott Thompson from Hamilton’s News Talk Leader, CHML. He reached me in Vancouver while I was visiting the set of When Calls The Heart, a turn-of-the-century Mountie drama coming in late winter/early spring to Super Channel.Scott,… Read on

Sleepy Hollow the dream of T.O.’s Phillip Iscove

Fringe favourite John Noble (left) joins Tom Mison on the Dec. 9 episodeof Sleepy Hollow. Key Fringe showrunners are behind the new Fox fantasy Always alert John Doyle at The Globe & Mail had this story way back last August at the most recent TCA press tour: unknown Canuck creates one of this season’s most… Read on

Coach’s cornered: sudden death for Grapes?

Did the publishers of Chill magazine know something? There’s a reason Don Cherry is the biggest TV star in Canada. It is not just the crazy suits. It is not just the flag waving patriotism. It is not just the dog or the Lincolns. It is not just that he could say anything on any… Read on

Fridays: Matthew Broaderick’s Day Off

Friday nights have been Screwball Comedies nights all this month of November on Mr. TV Feeds My Family’s favourite channel, TCM.This final Friday night brings three from the great writer/director Preston Sturges: The Lady Eve (1941) with Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, Christmas in July (1940), again with Stanwyck, always delicious, and The Palm Beach… Read on

“Smiley” Riley wins latest Mirrorball on DWTS

The right person–Amber Riley from Glee–won the latest Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night on the 17th finale of Dancing with the Stars. It would not have been an injustice if runner-up Corbin Bleu had won, either. Both brought their A-game every week and impressed judges and viewers with their dancing. Riley’s advantage–having five time winner Derek… Read on