Les is no more

For years I told newcomers attending Television Critics Association press tour sessions in Los Angeles that they aren’t really on this beat until they’ve been in a scrum with Leslie Moonves. Well, things have changed. What’s left of the TV beat writers could pretty well all pull up to the TCA hotel in the same… Read on


Jewison embraces winds of change at CFC BBQ

It was a pretty dramatic day Sunday at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual TIFF BBQ. As storm clouds gathered overhead, CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw stood at the podium on the wide, flagstone covered back patio at what was once the Winfield Farms Estates and announced a major money deal making Netflix the centre’s chief patron.… Read on


Bill Daily 1927 – 2018

One of my favourite all-time phone interviews was with Bill Daily. A familiar and welcome face on TV through the ’60s and ’70s, the comedian and actor died Sept. 4 in New Mexico at the age of 91. Daily played apartment-crashing neighbour and airline co-pilot Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show (1972 – 78)… Read on



Burt Reynolds 1936 – 2018

In the early ’90s in Hollywood, while working at TV Guide, I landed an interview with Marilu Henner. The former Taxi star was then playing opposite Burt Reynolds on the sitcom Evening Shade. Before I arrived on the set, I was given one strict instruction from the publicist arranging the interview: If you encounter Mr.… Read on


K Trev toplines Labour Day Comedy special

Some things just aren’t funny. Like your laptop suddenly deciding no more “T’s or “E’s,” forcing me to post this on my iPad. It’s torture, or, as my old lap top would spell it, “_ or_ur_.” Cutting to the chase then: watch tonight’s “Homegrown Comics” special airing Monday, Sept. 3rd at 9 pm on The… Read on


Krasinski leaves his Office job behind as Jack Ryan

LONDON — Office work is over for John Krasinski. He’s now a kick-ass action star. The Boston native, who played it mild-mannered for eight seasons on The Office, is all muscle as a CIA hero in the new Amazon Prime Video thriller Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. The eight episode series is up now and available for… Read on



Murray Westgate 1918 – 2018

Some giants in the world of entertainment have passed away recently. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Neil Simon, the prolific playwright behind “The Odd Couple” and one of the legendary writers of the sketch series that started it all, “Your Show of Shows.” Robin Leach, the often imitated host of the giddy celebrity distraction… Read on


DHX tells Shaun Majumder his 22 Minutes are up

CBC’s The National sent a videographer all the way out to my house today in search of a comment so it must be news: come the new season, Shaun Majumder will not be back on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Turns out Shaun knew all about his impending departure way back in June as he… Read on