The Emmys: extended SNL show had its moments

Monday night on the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, co-host Colin Jost made reference to the all-star industry salute’s decline as a major TV draw. He did this by thanking the “thousands of you here in the audience tonight and the hundreds of you watching at home.” Well, it wasn’t quite that bad, but it… Read on


NBC looks to Jost and Che to “Update” The Emmys

You get some idea as to where awards shows rank these days when The Emmys get bumped to a Monday night just because NBC won’t surrender Sunday Night Football. Fact is, the NFL primetime showcase is the No. 1 show on their schedule. The Dallas/NY Giants game averaged around 19 million viewers this Sunday. The… Read on


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