jPod gets jPasted

Some quick numbers. Mixed results for CBC newcomers with two shows moving in opposite directions. The Border has seen its ratings rise the last two weeks, reaching an estimated 760,000 Canadians Monday. (All figures overnight/preliminary data from BBM NMR). Tuesdays, however, have been tough on jPod (starring Alan Thicke and Sherry Miller as pot-headed parents,… Read on


WGC: Flashpoint Not a Struck Show

Writers Guild of Canada executive director Maureen Parker told TV Feeds My Family this afternoon that Flashpoint has created no foul. “This is a Canadian production, and has been a Canadian production for several years,” said Parker. Created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, the Toronto-based police series has been in development at CTV since… Read on


Flashpoint Counter Point

Update on that CTV Flashpoint deal with CBS. The new, Emergency Task Force police drama, which stars Canadian-born actors Enrico Colantoni (familiar to U.S. audiences from Veronica Mars and Just Shoot Me), Hugh Dillon (Durham County), Ona Grauer (Intelligence) and David Paetkau (Whistler), marks the first time since Due South in the mid-’90s that a… Read on



CTV and CBS in Border Busting Flashpoint Deal

A story in today’s Variety raises huge questions about the future of Canadian broadcasting, strike breaking and cross-border production.CTV’s aptly named Flashpoint–one of two dramas the network recently announced–is going to air concurrently on both CBS and CTV, beginning sometime this summer. The police drama will feature Toronto-native Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars) and other Canadian-born… Read on


We Stand On Guard

Big night on Global tonight: a new House at 9 followed by the second episode of The Guard.The B.C.-based, Canadian coast guard drama launched to respectable numbers last week, clocking in at an estimated 808,000 viewers.That’s tops among the half-dozen 2008 Canadian series launches so far, nudging out CBC timeslot turnarounds The Border and The… Read on


In The Book, Bob

If you missed my visit Friday with Mike Stafford on Toronto’s AM 640, click here to hear this exchange about one of the more famous tall tales in Truth And Rumors: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths. The story: Newlywed Game host Bob Eubanks once asked, “Couples, where is the most unusual place you’ve… Read on



Analyse This

In an age when everybody has too many entertainment options and not enough time, can a smart, daily drama work? In Treatment premieres tonight at 8:30 p.m. on The Movie Network (9:30 PT on Movie Central). The HBO drama stars Gabriel Byrne as psychotherapist Paul who, through the week, sees five very different patients. Monday… Read on


This Just In: Men Are Fools

Tonight marks the second episode of The Week The Women Went, a new CBC reality show my teenage son refers to as “Kid Nation, only with men looking like idiots instead of 10-year-olds.” Having screened tonight’s hour (which airs at 8 p.m., preceding the fourth episode of The Border), I can see why the women… Read on