Cinecon 53: come for the classics, stay for the Kinescopes

Those of you who read this site regularly (you both know who you are) are undoubtedly aware that my favourite TV channel is TCM — Turner Classic Movies. No other channel caters to its fan base with such style and provides such well archived content. Ben Mankiewicz has proved that classic film, as his intro proclaims,… Read on


Ben Edlund explains his new take on The Tick

Wicked men — tonight you face a revival of The Tick (streaming on Amazon Prime Video). I spoke with the creator of the comic book and executive producer of the new series, Ben Edlund. Did he ever lose faith that the series would return? “I didn’t even invest faith that it would happen,” says Edlund.… Read on


Jerry Lewis 1926 – 2017

Chris Albrecht is one of those guys you don’t screw around with on TCA press tours. So the day he got heckled by Jerry Lewis was one to remember. Albrecht, a former boss at HBO, was running Starz in July of 2011 when he took the podium in front of a roomful of TV reporters… Read on



Down to the last seven episodes of Episodes

Episodes is one of those lost-in-the-clutter shows that seems tailor-made for TV critics. It takes all the excesses of network television and pampered celebrity indulgence and rolls it all up into a big, venal ball. The satire hits some pretty broad targets, but it hits them smack in the bulls-eye. I thought this series might… Read on


Usual suspects are winning the summer TV race

  Is this the summer when Peak TV finally peaks in Canada? There was only one scripted series in the Canada Top-10 the week of July 31 – Aug. 6: the final episode of Saving Hope at No. 9 with 1,130,000 total viewers according to Numeris. The entire national Top-10 went like this: The Amazing Race Canada… Read on


Catching up with The Amazing Race Canada

I was lucky enough to spend a few nights in Bangkok this May with the cast and crew of The Amazing Race Canada. The series — which topped the ratings across Canada the week of July 31 – Aug. 6 with 1,830,000 viewers —  resumes tonight at 8 p.m. on CTV. Me and my ex-Toronto… Read on



JFL35: YouTube phenom Lilly Singh goes gala

MONTREAL — There’s an expression here at Just for Laughs: “Jump-the-liners.” These are folks who — in the minds of many stand-up comedians who have put in their dues in comedy clubs from Saskatchewan to Van Nuys — have had their big comedy break handed to them on a silver platter. One veteran comic I… Read on


Carrey, Noah & Ferguson winners at JFL35 Awards

  MONTREAL — People come to the Just for Laughs comedy festival for the laughter and stay for the wisdom. Take Friday night’s all-star awards show, please. The event is held at a hotel built into the side of as mall, which seems about right as presenter Jimmy Carr pointed out. Several of today’s top comics… Read on