Less Than a Million Cross The Border

One thing my old pal Jim Bawden was always quick to flip were the numbers. Since the long time TV columnist was squeezed out at The Toronto Star late last year, those overnight TV ratings have more or less gone missing in that daily. Well, the numbers are in on The Border: 710,000 viewers caught… Read on

CBC’s Got Game With jPod

Last night something revolutionary happened. My teenage son wanted to see a show on CBC.The show is called jPod, and it airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.This hasn’t happened since, well, never. Credit CBC’s on-air promotion department for getting the word out. Credit also the teen magnet subject matter: the show is about a group… Read on

Book Buzz

My buddy David Bianculli, for years the esteemed TV critic at the New York Daily News, has kindly posted a review of my book “Truth & Rumors” on his web site “TV Worth Watching” (http://www.tvworthwatching.com/books.shtml). Check it out, I swear I didn’t write it myself.Oh, yeah, you can order the book here.

They’re Mad As Hell and They’re Not Going to Take it Anymore

Perhaps the only fun of watching the new, writerless versions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night was detecting the seething anger both hosts evidently feel from having to front half-assed versions of their shows. While both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert drew wild ovations last night, both knew that what their… Read on

Border Borderline

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

Down To The Wire

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

Leno Talks Way to Opening Night Win

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