God, The Devil and Mark Hebscher

Pray for me. I’m scheduled to go toe-to-toe with Charles McVety, president of the Canadian Family Action Coalition, this afternoon on CHCH’s Live @ 5:30 with March Hebscher and Donna Skelly.McVety is the gent who took credit for successfully lobbying a couple of Harper government ministers and getting a last-minute morals clause snuck onto a… Read on


Nic Campbell: Canada’s Robert Duval

Nicholas Campbell is a bad pony player and a hell of an actor. He proves the latter again tonight in Part One of The Englishman’s Boy (8 p.m. on CBC). The other he admitted to Brian D. Johnson in a jaw-dropping read (“Nicholas Campbell explains how he threw it all away“) in the current issue… Read on


Facebook Friends Foil Bill C-10 Scam

The slogan at the bottom of David Kahane‘s University of Alberta web page says it all: “Start Something.”Kahane certainly did. The associate professor of political science–specializing in democratic theory and practice–got an email Thursday from a friend, playwright Brad Fraser, outraged at something he’d read in the Globe and Mail. Attached was the story, “Tories… Read on



Tempest in a Tax Credit

Holy Lord, Canadian TV is going all to Hell.News that the Tories are trying to sneak through a morals clause in a tax bill has put a chill into Canada’s creative community. In a nutshell, the Harper government has added a clause to Bill C-10, which is heading into a third reading before the senate,… Read on


Numbers Not There for MVP

No amount of monkey business seems to be able to save MVP. The steamy CBC drama scored 258,000 viewers Tuesday night, down 20,000 from the week before. This the same night CBC 8 p.m. lead-in The Rick Mercer Report soared to 1,025,000.Across the ice, the last half of MVP faced off against another Canadian production–the… Read on


Roger Over and Out?

Roger Catlin has always been one of the sharpest cats on the TV beat. On press tours, his questions from the floor can be counted on to penetrate through the thick haze of spin and mediocrity. His wry observations for The Hartford Courant are a daily must read for TV fans everywhere, thanks to his… Read on



This Week’s Podcast: Kimmel and Bits

More TV talk with Hamilton’s Scott Thompson, including why Jimmy Kimmel should host the Oscars, what’s the deal with that show Tom Green does out of his house and the storm brewing in late night with that whole hand off to Conan O’Brien of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Plus Oprah’s Big Give–does it give you… Read on


Life Imitates Art?

Is the Barack Obama U.S. presidential campaign retyping old West Wing scripts? Saw this over at Denis McGrath’s Dead Things ON Sticks today: You can read McGrath’s take on this here. The Slate video cleverly juxtaposes the real and imagined campaigns but the underdog, outsider bid by Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) wasn’t that much of… Read on