The Canadian TV Fund: My Two Cents

If you’ve been watching The Rick Mercer Report, or This Hour Has 22 Minutes, or Sophie, or The Guard, or any other Canadian-made programming this week, you’ve probably noticed an ad for the Canadian Television Fund. If you’re not in the TV game, you might have been a little puzzled by the pitch. “What’s that… Read on


Idol Rumours on the Radio

Is American Idol fixed? Or is the fact that one of the finalists is a former Randy Jackson protégé just the latest Idol rumour designed to keep this karaoke charade at the top of the ratings heap? Scott Thompson and I get into it on this week’s Hamilton Talk Radio CHML podcast, which you can… Read on


Revamped KITT Wins Ratings Race

NBC’s corny car opera, Knight Rider, drove off with 12.70 million viewers Sunday. In this day of depressed ratings, that’s a hit! It won its timeslot and attracted probably enough viewers to move forward with a series order. Welcome to the desperate new world of network television. This is the remake which featured Toronto’s Will… Read on



Every Day is Family Day

Today is Family Day, the new statutory holiday in Ontario. Leave the dog in front of the set and go out and do the family thing. TV Feeds My Family is celebrating with this photo of Tippy, my parent’s first born, in front of their trusty ol’ Admiral (or was it a Marconi?) He was… Read on


Dexter Gets Slashed

Why can’t Canadian network viewers see Dexter in all its bloody glory? It’s a question John Cosway asks in his well read blog The Toronto Sun Family. The former Sun man is a big Dexter fan, as are many of us. The series, starring Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) as a Miami forensics sleuth,… Read on


Close Encounter with Facebook

If you’re plugged into the whole Slap-My-Facebook thing, you know how addictive it can be. Between all the movie quizzes and the Scrabolicious and just inappropriate friend poking, well, it is a virtual high school without classes or cooties.It is also a powerful marketing tool. Even I get that–I saw it as another way to… Read on



Radio: Writers Strike Free Since 1921

The topic of this week’s podcast with Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s Talk Radio Station CHML is the brave new world of television. Now that the strike is officially over, will House and Heroes and 24 ever return? (House in April, Heroes in September, 24 in January). Will The Daily Show bounce back with sharp writing… Read on


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