Bawden Uuplugged After 38 years

Jim Bawden‘s retirement bash was held last night at The Bier Markt on The Esplanade, with a good crowd of well-wishers in the house. The veteran TV columnist spent 38 years on the beat, the first ten with The Hamilton Spectator, the rest at The Toronto Star, where he was not-so-gently persuaded to accept an… Read on


MVP Needs Performance Enhancement

CBC’s sexy new hockey wives drama is simply not scoring with viewers. MVP‘s second Tuesday outing netted just 221,000 viewers, down from last Tuesday and down from the sorry numbers in its original Friday night timeslot. There was no new episode of House on Global this week, either, just the premiere of Big Brother (917,000).… Read on


Taking the Girl out of the City

After nearly 20 years as host of CityLine, Marilyn Denis is leaving City-TV. The Toronto radio and TV favorite confirmed her career move this morning when I was a guest on Roger, Rick and Marilyn’s ever-popular CHUM-FM morning show. Host Roger Ashby was kind enough to invite me on to blab about my book, Truth… Read on



Border Jumper Majumder

If you’re flying between Hollywood and Halifax anytime soon, say hello to Shaun Majumder. The Newfoundland-native has one of the busiest bi-coastal comedy careers since Colin Mochrie worked Whose Line and every other show in Canada a few years back. As Dr. Freddie Sahgal, Majumder is one of the four main stars of the upcoming… Read on


Do Not Adjust Your Set

UPDATE: Check out the New York Times’ TV Decoder column by Brian Stelter for a complete, show-by-show breakdown on which shows will be returning when. Now that the strike is settled, the networks are gearing up to salvage what’s left of the season. According to early reports, there’s good and bad news for TV’s Hollywood… Read on


Strikes, Spears and Misses

Visiting my Hamilton media buddies Mark Hebscher and Donna Skelly today on CH Live @ 5:30, this time yakking about the end of the writers strike and what that means for viewers. (Hint: it means about as much as it did last week.)Also will be sharing a second CH segment with Erin Phelan of Reader’s… Read on



Nuts For Jericho

Thinking of starting a nuclear family? Think Jericho, which returns tonight on CBS and CTV. The post-apocalyptic drama, starring Skeet Ulrich and Ashley Scott, above, has inspired a Valentine’s e-card line available here. Nothing’ says lovin’ like a little radiation. Set in a small Kansas town on the outskirts of a nation-wide nuclear attack, Jericho… Read on


It’s Over. Now What?

Damn, and I had “canceled” in the Oscar pool. The latest word on the Writers Guild of America strike is that members will ratify the deal over the next 48 hours and that writers could be back to work as early as Wednesday. That means that, starting Wednesday night, Jay Leno can stop pretending that… Read on