Lionel Richie no idle star-maker on Idol

Last January at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Lionel Richie was trying to explain his motivation for becoming a judge on American Idol. “How many times do you hear ‘No’ in this business?” he asked reporters. “More than you’ll ever hear ‘Yes.’” Richie, we were told, came up the old fashioned way. “I… Read on



CTV hopes The Launch will make beautiful music

PASADENA, Ca. — Are music talent based reality shows still something to sing about? It’s a topic being kicked around in the US and Canada this week. During the current winter TCA press tour, there was a press conference Monday promoting ABC’s revival of American Idol (featuring returning host Ryan Seacrest along with new judges Katy… Read on


Let’s be upfront: this fall looks pretty familiar

Upfronts have become look back week, and that’s bad news for broadcast television. This used to be draft day, a chance to look forward, to see where the smart minds of broadcasting were taking the medium. Now the big news is the return of shows that failed 20, ten or two years ago. Is there… Read on


Ain’t no cure for upfront fever

NEW YORK — One of the sure signs of spring is the annual promotion of the next fall TV season. There are signs all over Manhattan, including illuminated ads on top of Yellow Cabs promoting the return of Will & Grace. That’s a straight-to-series reboot NBC will flaunt next week when all the US networks unveil their… Read on



American Idol: 2002 – ’16

Ryan Seacrest signed off the finale episode of American Idol Thursday night with, as TV critic Roger Catlin tweeted, a worrisome addendum: “So long America…for now.” There is some chatter that Idol will be back, and soon. The 15th and farewell season steadied at around 11 million viewers per week, still a strong draw, especially on Fox.… Read on


CHCH Morning Live: what to watch this winter

Wednesday morning was my first time back at Hamilton’s CHCH since the job slashing that took place right before Christmas. I was a guest on Morning Live, where I sat with Bob Cowan and previewed some of the big new shows premiering this month and next. You can watch the segment, complete with clips, here.… Read on


Jammin’ with the kids from Lost & Found

Everybody knows programming to tweens is the biggest crap shoot in television. Core TV viewers tend to be much older. The median age of the average NCIS viewer on CBS, for example, is north of 60. Even The Big Bang Theory has a median age viewer who is 50 years old. Viewers 12-24 are far… Read on


This week’s podcast: Dave talk and Idol chatter

There’s a ton of Letterman chatter on this week’s radio chat with AM900 CHML’s Scott Thompson. Scott asks how I’d like to see it all end and I repeat my vision for the finale: Paul McCartney and Ringo return to the Ed Sullivan Theatre one last time and play “The End.” Dave walks off into… Read on