Natalie Brown Cracked under The Strain

Cracked is kaput, confirms Natalie Brown, who has moved on to The Strain. Brown–who starred on CBC’s comedy Sophie a few years back–was recurring on Cracked. The shot-in-Toronto CBC cop series, however, is not returning next season. Arctic Air has also been grounded, joining George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Ron James Show on the CBC scrap heap.… Read on

Murdoch Mysteries lifts CBC’s premiere week

Yannick Bisson has reason to smile Premiere week is over. How did CBC do?The first week of January is a big one for CBC as the public broadcaster tries to take advantage of a more-or-less down week in network television to sneak on its 2013 series premieres. The network headed into the  beginning of the… Read on

CBC’s Kirstine Stewart on the unkindest cuts of all

For somebody who should have looked like they’d been run over by a news truck, Kirstine Stewart was still on her feet at Thursdays’ TV Day symposium in Toronto.There she was on the “TV Leaders” panel, the only women among the Boy’s Club of private network broadcasters. Didn’t even get introduced by the moderator.That morning,… Read on

It’s a happy new year so far at soaring CBC

PASADENA, CA–It’s early, but CBC’s January starts are soaring. Can Arctic Air keep the momentum going?The Vancouver-based drama, which stars Adam Beach, premiered Tuesday night. For more on the series, read this article I wrote for the Toronto Star.Meanwhile, the Monday numbers are in and Gerry Dee’s new classroom comedy Mr. D launched at 8 p.m. to… Read on

Set visit: CBC’s January drama Arctic Air

VANCOUVER–Who knew the high arctic was just five miles north of the U.S. border?That’s where CBC held their west coast version of their Winter launch, in the makeshift sound stage where interiors for their upcoming drama Arctic Air are shot. The series, which stars Adam Beach and was inspired by the real life Buffalo Airmen… Read on

CBC pins hopes on January in Winter launch

Mr. D star Gerry Dee CBC invited a bunch of us down to the bunker Friday to interview the stars of their new and returning shows at their Winter press junket in Toronto. They’ll do it all again Tuesday in Vancouver. January is a big deal to the public broadcaster. A check of the ratings… Read on