Diversity the big winner at Just for Laughs 2018

MONTREAL — Want to make a comedian cry? Give him an award. That seemed to be the case over the weekend at the 36th annual Just for Laughs comedy festival. The industries top comedians were celebrated by their peers in an event that isn’t streamed or televised and — as with the TCA Awards coming… Read on



Letterkenny pitter-patters across the border

“Hulu has picked up the first two seasons of the acclaimed series, and American viewers would be wise to delve into its coarse, hilarious, rural weirdness.” That’s Tim Goodman’s assessment of Letterkenny, which premieres in the United States Friday on the streaming service Hulu. The San Francisco-based TV critic, who writes for The Hollywood Reporter,… Read on


Amazing Race Canada soars into Episode 2 without fly boy favourites

Tonight (Tuesday, July 10) CTV airs the second episode of The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition. If last week’s first episode is any indication, this race is going to be awfully hard to call. When I first met the ten new teams competing this season, at the end of April at CTV’s downtown Toronto studios,… Read on


PREMIERING TONIGHT: The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition

Tuesday, July 3 marks the premiere of The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition, thew sixth annual installment of Canada’s most-watched summer series. Ten new teams are featured this season. They scrambled across Canada and to different countries when production took place in May. Once again, former Olympian Jon Montgomery is back as host. Of the… Read on



Looking back at upfront: CTV gets last word

I know Randy Lennox reads this blog. He told me so himself during Bell’s annual breakfast with the executives during last Thursday’s upfront in Toronto. The Bell Media president told me, in fact, that he was nearly run over as he was crossing the street while reading my take on the Rogers and Corus upfronts.… Read on


Dog Tales Rescue helps Fido find a forever home

How often have you been checking your Facebook feed when you get derailed by videos of obedient dogs with snacks on their snout or sleepy dogs cuddling with cats or bad dogs getting caught doing a no-no? You stop to look for a minute and before you know it, a dog year has gone by.… Read on


CBS All Access coming to Canada this June

Here’s some news that came Over The Top and straight from the top: CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told industry analysts Thursday that the Eye network’s CBS All Access streaming service will cross the border into Canada in June. That is indeed an eye opener. The subscription based service has exceeded expectations so far, said Moonves.… Read on


Bell Media looks to the Starz in key content deal

As good as shows are today in this so-called “Golden Age” of television, the greatest dramas are the ones currently going on in the boardrooms. Take the deal announced yesterday between Bell Media and Lionsgate/Starz. Relative to the game-changing mergers going on between the likes of Disney and Fox or even Discovery and Scripps, it’s… Read on