Kimmel calls SCTV the “greatest sketch show ever”

Last December, Jimmy Kimmel checked a biggie off his bucket list when he was invited over to Martin Short’s house. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Oscars, could not have been more excited. An invitation to Short’s annual Christmas party has for years been one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. “I will… Read on


Buzz builds as SCTV reunion draws near

On Sunday, I will “take off” for the SCTV reunion at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. CHML’s Scott Thompson had plenty of questions about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming SCTV documentary, which has just been picked up in Canada by CTV. Smart move, Bell. Not a lot of details are known at this point about the project,… Read on


Big Bang wedding sure to be a ratings crasher

With Sheldon and Amy tying the knot, Thursday night’s 11th season finale of The Big Bang Theory is sure to be a ratings grabber. In the most recent available national total ratings tally from Numeris (the week of April 23-29), the CBS sitcom was the No. 1 show in English Canada with 3,221,000 CTV viewers.… Read on



CBC gem from the ’70s a hit at TJFF screening

Very late in posting this but had a great time last Saturday moderating a panel at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. A A 40-year-old CBC TV-movie was saluted: “The Making of the President 1944.” Among the distinguished guests on the panel was the author of the original short story upon which the movie was based,… Read on


CBC gem from 1978 shines Saturday at archival screening

On Saturday, May 5, it will be my privilege to help salute a rare, 40-year-old CBC teleplay: The Making of a President. The hour-long drama, which has nothing to do with the similarly-titled American election chronicles of Theodore H. White, has been kept in a deep corner of the CBC vaults since it aired in 1978.… Read on


Lionel Richie no idle star-maker on Idol

Last January at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Lionel Richie was trying to explain his motivation for becoming a judge on American Idol. “How many times do you hear ‘No’ in this business?” he asked reporters. “More than you’ll ever hear ‘Yes.’” Richie, we were told, came up the old fashioned way. “I… Read on



James Cameron on spinning sci-fi cheese into gold

Here’s a surprise — James Cameron hosts the new AMC documentary series Visionairies: James Cameron’s story of Science Fiction. They could have asked my Grade 12 Science teacher to host it, or Larry King, but no, they got Cameron. Smart movie, AMC. The six-part series premieres Monday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. The… Read on


Ann Dowd explores Ontario in The Handmaid’s Tale

Ann Dowd may be an eye-gouging Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid’s Tale, but she’s a pussycat in person. I spoke with Dowd, 62, while she was in production on Season Two of the series earlier this month. The second season of the Emmy-winning drama premieres this Sunday, April on Bravo in Canada and Hulu in the… Read on