Landgraf delivers subdued state of the union post-Louie

PASADENA, Ca. — “The most fearless originals are on FX.” That tag line played Friday morning at the end of an FX clip reel heading into CEO John Landgraf’s executive session. It certainly applies to FX programming, but it also sends a message Landgraf was careful to plant before reporters:  the notion that in the… Read on


Netflix Letterman news revives FX’s other Feud

PASADENA, Ca. — I’ve been in the main TCA banquet room a mere four minutes and already witnessed the first F-U of the winter press tour. Today is FX Day, and this morning TV critics and reporters gathered from across Canada and the United States to hear from the Mayor of TCA, FX present and… Read on


Billy Campbell lives by the Cardinal rules

Last June, I made my second trip on location with Cardinal, which returns Thursday night on CTV. The noir crime drama premiered with a white, wintery season, shot mainly in Sudbury. Season Two takes place a few months later, and the cast and crew had shifted to North Bay, Ontario. Instead of snow and ice, the… Read on



Rachelle Lefevre kills on Mary Kills People

Rachelle Lefevre (right) has always been a frank and fun interview. The Montreal native  shows more of her nasty side this season on Mary Kills People (returning Wednesday night on Global). Lefevre plays opposite another actress originally from Montreal: Caroline Dhavernas. The two have been friends ever since they worked together on the Hawaiian-based series Off… Read on


Air Farce celebrates its 25th New Year’s Eve

This Dec. 31st marks 25 years of Air Farce New Year’s Eve specials. Canada’s most famous comedy troupe goes even further back on CBC Radio, debuting 44 years ago in 1973. Founding members Don Ferguson (who also executive produces the annual New Year’s Eve specials) and Luba Goy started out as part of a four… Read on


Irv Weinstein 1930 – 2017

Topping tonight’s Eyewitness News: Irv Weinstein is dead. Back in the antenna era, as TV shifted from black and white to colour, the Buffalo WKBW news anchor was a familiar face for viewers in the greater Toronto area as well as in upstate New York. There was tremendous gravitas in Weinstein’s deep voice and his no-nonsense… Read on



Early Christmas present: Q&A with Carl Reiner

Christmas came early for me this year. I got to interview one of my all-time TV idols, Carl Reiner. The occasion is The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Colour!, a holiday-timed special premiering Friday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. This is the second hour-long special featuring two computer-colourized episodes of… Read on


Samantha Bee saves her sting for “Full Frontal”

NEW YORK — It’s easy to spot Samantha Bee’s mid-town Manhattan production offices. The first clue once you get off the elevator is the giant, Broadway marquee-like illuminated sign right behind the receptionist’s desk, reading, “FULL FRONTAL.” Once inside her office, Bee is nothing like the stinging satirist she portrays on her show. She’s soft-spoken and… Read on