Mike Birbiglia: “All comics idolize Dave”

I spoke with comedian Mike Birbiglia this past July during the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. The 39-year-old Massachusetts native was breaking in a show he’ll perform tonight in Toronto as part of JFL42: “The New One.” Birbiglia performs 90-minute monologues that explore aspects of his personal life. This one covers the birth of… Read on


Hugh Hefner 1926 — 2017

Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, was still a pretty big draw at press tour when he made a memorable TCA appearance in July of 2005. The Playboy founder was there to promote The Girls Next Door, a series that did little to enhance his legend. The reality show co-starred Hef’s “latest posse of helium hotties,” as… Read on


WEDNESDAY: Sutherland remains a Designated Survivor

Tom Kirkman would never tell NFL players to stand for the national anthem. At least, that’s my hunch. I didn’t get to check that with the man who plays president Kirkman on Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland. I interviewed the Emmy-winning actor late last week, before Trump’s latest howler. Still, I’m pretty sure he’d agree. “I don’t believe you should be using… Read on



Tonight begins the 15th and final season of the Mercer Report

I first met Rick Mercer 24 years ago. I had a very cool assignment from TV Guide; go to Halifax, spend a week with the cast and crew of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and find out how they go from newspaper headlines to a sketch comedy series in five days. Mercer was a young lad at the… Read on


SET VISIT: Star Trek Discovery all set to beam up

Last month I boldly went — along with about 40 reporters representing outlets from all over the planet — onto the set of Star Trek Discovery. The series –originally booked to launch last January — finally takes off Sunday at 8:30 pm ET/PT on both CTV and CBS. A second episode airs right after in… Read on


When you lose Kimmel, you lose America

“We haven’t seen this many people come forward to speak out against a bill since Cosby.” On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel gave a brilliant and blistering, ferociously funny rebuttal to the Louisiana senators who are trying to — in the face of tremendous opposition from national health organizations and specialists — repeal and replace Obamacare.… Read on



TONIGHT: Coates, LaPaglia star in Bad Blood on City

There was nothing but good vibes at Tuesday night’s Bad Blood screening in Toronto. Kim Coates and Paul Sorvino and his wife Dee Dee joined a sold out Scotiabank Theatre audience for a screening of the first episode, which premieres Thursday night on City. Executive producers Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan from New Metric Media… Read on


Podcast of the week: Emmy recap

Don’t even try to get me on the phone the day after the Emmy Awards. Starting Monday morning at 6am, I was on the blower with radio stations across the country, all looking for Emmy analysis as well as insights into the fall TV season that is already underway. Eleven of those calls were from… Read on