Director Kondracki set table for fun “Picnic” shoot

FX president John Landgraf was embarrassed to learn a few years ago that the shows on his network had very few female directors. He took steps to correct that, mandating his producers embrace a 50/50 gender policy. Others, including the CBC here in Canada, have followed suit. It’s about time. Canadian productions have long benefited… Read on



VIDEO: Jerry O’Connell on Rebecca Romjin’s Carter cameo

My next blog is going to be called “Too Busy to Blog.” If you’re here, have two minutes and are reading this on a Tuesday, enjoy the above video of our pal Jerry O’Connell talking about his new, shot-in-North-Bay series Carter. Then go check out an episode of the series, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m.… Read on


Jerry O’Connell loves loves loves North Bay, Ontario

Jerry O’Connell is one caffeine-fueled perpetual promotion machine — especially when it comes to the city where his new series Carter is shot — North Bay, Ontario. He’s part Speedy Gonzales, part Energizer Bunny, zipping around Europe for a day of international sales promotion, touching down in Toronto for some radio and TV appearances, then… Read on


Big Bang wedding sure to be a ratings crasher

With Sheldon and Amy tying the knot, Thursday night’s 11th season finale of The Big Bang Theory is sure to be a ratings grabber. In the most recent available national total ratings tally from Numeris (the week of April 23-29), the CBS sitcom was the No. 1 show in English Canada with 3,221,000 CTV viewers.… Read on



Ann Dowd explores Ontario in The Handmaid’s Tale

Ann Dowd may be an eye-gouging Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid’s Tale, but she’s a pussycat in person. I spoke with Dowd, 62, while she was in production on Season Two of the series earlier this month. The second season of the Emmy-winning drama premieres this Sunday, April on Bravo in Canada and Hulu in the… Read on


SET VISITS: 19-2 and The Disappearance

MONTREAL — It will soon be 10-4 for the Canadian cop drama 19-2. The Canadian Screen Award-winning series is wrapping production on a fourth and final season. Look for those final 10 episodes when 19-2 returns late next spring to Bravo. The series may pick up another award Monday night. It’s among four series competing for Best… Read on


Keeso on Monday’s 19-2 season finale, Letterkenny news

The third season finale of 19-2 airs Monday at 10 p.m. on Bravo. That gives Jared Keeso about two weeks before he has to jump right into production on Season Four. In between, he’s been writing scripts — sometimes from the passenger seat of a car — for his CraveTV comedy Letterkenny. A second season… Read on


TIFF salute to 19-2 reveals S3 will begin with a bang

Friday night in downtown Toronto I found myself surrounded by cops. It wasn’t one of those, “Is this some kind of bust?” Leslie Neilsen-like thing. It was a screening of 19-2, the Montreal-based police drama returning for a third season early next year. Friday night, the Season 3 premiere was screened for around 200 fans at… Read on