Judging a series by its pilot episode is a lot like judging a book by its cover. Unfortunately, these days on television, you don’t always get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s my fear with The Border, which premiered last night on CBC. The 13-episode series continues Monday nights at 9 p.m.… Read on
Busy night of new TV, with more late night returns, new CBC offerings and one close shave. Here are the headlines:The new CBC drama The Border starts tonight at 9 p.m. The 24-like drama looks at “the world’s longest undefended border,” which, as anyone who has tried to cross recently at the Peace Bridge in… Read on
I’m as guilty as everybody else. The most brilliant show on television keeps crafting new episodes and I keep ignoring it. Now it is a matter of catch it while you can. The landmark HBO drama The Wire begins its fifth and final season Sunday night (seen in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central). This… Read on
Nikki Finke, who has been all over the strike story at her dishy blog Deadline Hollywood Daily, was first to post the Nielsen overnights from Wednesdays talk show returns. They show U.S. audiences did flock back to late night leader Jay Leno first to see how he would fare without his writers: Says Finke, “early… Read on
UPDATED: See comments about Jimmy Kimmel, below. After all the fuss about the return to the late shift last night, I have to admit the whole deal was pretty anti climactic for me last night. When David Letterman’s ratty beard gets all the hype and attention the next day, you start to wonder exactly what… Read on
There’s only one topic tonight: the long-awaited return of the late night talk shows. Everybody wants to blab about it, including my old pal Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s Talk Radio station CHML. Mr TV Feeds My Family morphed into Mr. Radio Feeds My Family today as CBC radio stations from across Canada checked in, including… Read on
Tonight, while you’re waiting for Dave, Jay, Jimmy, Conan and Craig to finally return to late night, flip on over to PBS at 8 p.m. for a blast of classic TV. Pioneers of Television (PBS, 8 p.m.) is a continuation on a series which premiered a couple of seasons ago. Tonight, classic sitcoms are celebrated,… Read on
Yes, business associates Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber were the main chicken cannon targets last night in the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special. Notice how the money stuffed into the cannon (along with sauerkraut, “Karlheinz” ketchup and shredded hotel receipts) sticks to both of these fine men. Thank you, God.