Huckabee Movie: Talking Down to Americans

Canadian viewers will recall that U.S. president George W. Bush was one of Rick Mercer’s most famous victims on Talking To Americans. The hugely popular CBC special, spun off from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, first aired in 2001. Mercer, posing as a legitimate CBC reporter, thrust a microphone in front of the campaigning presidential… Read on

And So This Is Christmas

The three wise men (Ricky, Bubbles and Julian) have finally arrived from the East (or at least from Alliance Atlantis). There they are, the Trailer Park Boys, in all their gingerbread glory, right down to the licorice empties stacked outside the house and the snow-covered cookie tires in the yard. They followed a star, which… Read on

Late Night Unscripted: Still Good For A Laugh?

What is Jon Stewart supposed to do on The Daily Show when it returns without writers Jan. 7–just mug for half an hour? Some might say he does that now. But, seriously, it is a half hour satire of daily news events. Is he just going to sit there, read the paper and make faces?… Read on

This Snowman Has Snow Balls

Wrote about this at length today for The Canadian Press but here is a Frosty new promo from CBS that demonstates that, when it comes to Interactive content, the Tiffany network is ahead of the curve:

“Family” Radio Tunes Into Late Night

On this week’s podcast, CHML’s Scott Thompson and I talk about the late show hosts and the writer’s strike, especially the exclusive side deal Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants has cooked up (but still hasn’t officially announced). Plus there is some fascinating chat about a certain Truth and Rumors book that you might have read… Read on


Nothing says “You are still on our mass mailing list” like a corporate e-card at Christmas. The folks at MuchMusic sent their holiday Ho Ho today and it is a bit of a laff. Check it out here. All we can say is, Britney is now officially marooned on the island of misfit toys.

Not Such a Friendly Place Anymore

Bolted out of Brampton today to grab a little face time on CBC Newsworld. Specifically, to tape a segment for Newsworld’s CBC News Today with David Gray. The topic was Letterman, Leno and O’Brien, all returning to late night, strike or no strike. (I’ll update on that shortly). On my way out of CBC’s cavernous… Read on

Dave back in January? Hair’s Hoping

So, whaddaya think David Letterman and Paul Shaffer have been doing while this writers strike has been going on–just sitting around growing beards? Well, yes, actually. Bushy Dave was snapped earlier this week leaving a Christmas dinner he hosted in New York for suspended staffers. Shaffer showed his white whiskers on the picket line last… Read on