Oprah Takes A Hit: Blame Obama?

Oprah Winfrey may be paying a price for her endorsement of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.The Queen of daytime TV still leads the syndicated talk show field, but her lead over TV pseudo-shrink Dr. Phil McGraw is shrinking. Worse, her ratings are down 17% year-to-year—21% among her core viewers, women 18-49.That was one of the… Read on

Good Night, Emily

Susanne Pleshette and Tom Poston were at a TCA press party a few years ago, standing on the back lawn of the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena like they owned the place; maybe they did. The two first met in 1959 when they appeared together in a Broadway play called “The Golden Fleecing.” They had a… Read on


It is a year to the week when I was canned by Quebecor’s Sun Media. What were the odds Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau would declare bankruptcy before I did? Wish I had made that bet. Over the weekend, Pel-a-D-oh! ran out of deadlines in a last ditch attempt to persuade European bankers to… Read on

Week Three: The Border Tightens

When I first weighed in on The Border two weeks ago I acknowledged the trap TV critics often fall into–judging a series by its pilot, as bad as judging a book by its cover. Time to turn that page. Tonight at 9 p.m., the CBC action hour returns with a third episode and, three chapters… Read on

Couric Uplugged: Shearer Nonsense

This just in: Katie Couric is not a rocket scientist.Not big news, true, but nice excuse to throw to this nasty little news clip currently posted on My Damn Channel, a fun little Internet destination from brilliant satirist and versatile Simpsons‘ voice man Harry Shearer. (Thanks to Aaron Barnhart’s TV Barn Ticker for pointing me… Read on

Moment of Truth Arrives

We have reached the point in this strike-ravaged TV season which can now be officially declared The Moment of Truth.That’s the title of a new Fox reality game show that EW.com describes as “…one of those is-it-genius-or-is-it-the-end-of-Western-Civilization? masterpieces.” It begins next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. on Fox. (Show rich CTV has it two… Read on

American Idol-Inspired Radio Rant

On this week’s scintillating podcast, some Idol talk with Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s Talk Radio CHML, including my reaction to Tuesday’s season premiere and my discomfort at watching one contestant’s dream come to a shattering end (see today’s earlier post on the same subject). You can listen in here. Thursday morning at 8:05 a.m., tune… Read on

Idol’s Impact Jars jPod

American Idol roared back in Canada last night, drawing 2,926,000 viewers on CTV. While that’s probably good enough to rank as the No. 1 show of the week, it was proportionally off from the estimated 33.2 million viewers who saw it on Fox in the U.S.–where it registered its lowest series debut in four years.The… Read on