Corner Gas ‘tooned and ready for Comedy reboot

After over two years of writing, recording and rendering, Brent Butt launches Corner Gas Animated Monday night at 8 p.m. on the Comedy Network. A one-time Sheridan school of animation student (albeit for about a week; after which he committed to stand-up), Butt has been extremely hands-on with this project. Wife Nancy Robertson says he was… Read on


Steven Bochco 1943 – 2018

Way back when I was a young Turk at TV Guide Canada I was asked to get Steven Bochco on the phone. I thought the request was pure madness. At that time and for many years afterwards, Bochco was TV’s top showrunner, the much-admired writer/producer behind such groundbreaking hits as Hill Street Blues and L.A.… Read on


CBC’s Catwalk doc fun even for finicky viewers

On an Easter Sunday traditionally more about bunnies than kitties comes Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit, premiering April 1 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Docs POV. (You can also stream it here). Yes, it is premiering on April Fools Day, but this isn’t a gag. The documentary, from Markham Street Films… Read on



Roseanne revival roars back to record ratings

Think viewers weren’t ready for another visit from the Conners? Tuesday night’s revival of Roseanne on ABC drew an overnight, average audience of 18.2 million viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. The audience was higher in the second half-hour than it was in the first, and it’s likely to go higher again — perhaps beyond… Read on


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