This Just In: Cancelled Press Tour Not End of the World

Does anyone, outside of 200 TV critics, care whether this January’s gathering of the semi-annual network press tour has been canceled?This thought occurred to me after reading several reports this week that the January Television Critics Association press tour has been ditched due to the on-going writer’s strike. First NBC declared they were going to… Read on

Book ’em, Danno

Christmas came early in TV Feeds My Family land yesterday when a dude from DHL Express knocked at the door. In his hands was a box from Greenwood Publishing containing ten brand spankin’ new copies of my book, Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths.I may have mentioned the book once or… Read on

Next on Oprah: Election Makeover

News that thousands came out to see Oprah Winfrey at a Barack Obama rally over the weekend got me to thinking–is there a Canadian TV figure with that kind of clout?As popular as Rick Mercer is (and over 1.2 million viewers tuned in to the Rick Mercer Report last Tuesday, the CBC comedy’s highest rating… Read on

Shrek: The next Grinch or 30-minute Infomercial?

Every Wednesday, Mr. TV Feeds My Family talks TV on the radio with CHML’s Scott Thompson. Last week, the topic was, naturally, all those wall-to-wall Christmas specials that have been airing since, what, Halloween. Specifically, is the new Shrek The Halls (which repeats Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC) the next classic–finally taking the baton… Read on

Swag vs. Swag: Terminator Meets Trailer Park

In the post below, TV Feeds My Family awards our first “Swag of the Week” award to a box full of cute chewy Trailer Park Boys gingerbread cookies. Yum. Less edible but no less intriguing was the arrival of a small white envelope a week or two ago containing one tiny brass key. Attached was… Read on

Swag of the Week Award

Mister TV Feeds My Family gets goofy TV stuff sent to him every week. Some of it is junk, some of it is helpful, none of it ever winds up on eBay. But hands down the coolest promotional thingy to arrive via courier this holiday season came yesterday. The good folks at Alliance Atlantis send… Read on

Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy

It seems like a terrible idea for a Christmas documentary: What if Jesus Christ never walked the earth and the whole Jesus story is based on Egyptian myth and metaphor?That’s the premise behind The Pagan Christ, an hour-long documentary airing tonight at 9 p.m. on CBC’s The Doc Zone. The special is based on journalist… Read on

TV: Godless Zone?

This whole deal with The Pagan Christ (see above) got me wondering: If CBC can present a show in December that basically argues that the Son of God is a fake, what kind of effect will this have on future Christmas specials? Especially during these Godless, Hollywood strike battered season? Thanks for asking: Larry King… Read on