REVIEW: Roseanne’s well-timed reunion really works

There’s a surprising amount of comfort — along with laughter — with the triumphant return tonight of Roseanne. The first  of nine new episodes of the groundbreaking comedy from the late-’80s/’90s premieres Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC and CTV. At 65, the comedienne at the centre of the show has mellowed, as… Read on


REVIEW: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Here’s what really surprised me about The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. It’s too long. Judd Apatow’s new documentary about his close friend and mentor, the late, great comedian Garry Shandling, premieres over two nights Monday March 26 and Tuesday 27 on HBO and HBO Canada. Eat early and set a long evening aside if you… Read on


Women are doing if for themselves on The Detail

Female police characters have been arresting TV viewers  for decades. Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson, went off the air forty years  ago. Cagney & Lacey, which starred Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as “buddy cops” (and is soon to be re-booted), ended its seven-year run in 1988. In recent years, Canada’s Rookie Blue was a… Read on



Rogers’ Hometown Hockey tour boosts Brampton

This past Sunday, Rogers’ took over downtown Brampton as trucks and tents set up for Hockey Day in Canada. This happens every Sunday for half the year in communities all across Canada but it was unusual to have it all set up right in the GTA. Ron MacLean and Tara Slone could be seen and… Read on


Blindspot’s Martin Gero now a master of Deception

The Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday night at 8 pm on CBC but not every talented Canadian working in television will be among the many nominees. Many are in New York, LA, Atlanta and elsewhere, starring in, writing or making American network TV shows. One such lad is Martin Gero, who I got re-acquainted with last… Read on


Yost mixes laughs and larceny on Sneaky Pete

Graham Yost claims he didn’t learn all that much at the University of Toronto. “I majored in football, pinball and trying to take a girl to the dance,” he claims. None of those activities prepared him much for a career as a major Hollywood film and TV screenwriter, executive producer and showrunner. Still, he found… Read on



Canadian Screen Awards 2018: more trophies; less viewers

Do you have Canadian Screen Week fever? Yes, the annual Canadian TV and film industry salute to itself is knee-deep in statue swapping. Very practical awards that double as ice scrapers are being distributed to everyone who over-paid for tickets to attend the multiple nightly galas. It all culminates Sunday at the main gala, broadcast on… Read on


TONIGHT: new man Kimmel on an Oscar roll

Jimmy Kimmel says this about last year’s Oscar “Best Winner” screw up: “If it happens again, literally everyone that works at ABC should be fired, right?” he told reporters in Pasadena in January.  “If it happens a second time, no one is competent enough to be running a television show or network.  So I don’t think it’s going… Read on