Luke Roberts ditches britches as Ransom’s man of action

The new year started Sunday with a new series: Ransom, which premiered Sunday on Global and CBS. If you missed it, don’t feel like you’ve been held hostage. Global’s got it again on Wednesday night and then again this coming Saturday. Global simulcast CBS’ 8:30-ish start (football over-runs play havoc with Sunday schedules). The series… Read on



Dave Broadfoot 1925 – 2016

I spent a lovely afternoon five years ago with the great Dave Broadfoot. The comedian, who died Tuesday at 90, was the guy who came before; as in before SCTV, before The Kids in the Hall, before even the comedy troupe he was most often associated with, The Royal Canadian Air Farce. I met Broadfoot after… Read on


TSN scores close to six million with WJHC

They may not have national NHL rights, but TSN still can lay claim to hockey bragging rights. The Bell-owned sports specialty network scored an astounding 5,885,000 overnight, estimated viewers with Monday night’s Gold Medal World Junior Championship game between Canada and Russia. It didn’t hurt that what looked like a blowout turned into a nail biter.… Read on


More talk, less action, the key for CBC

Newstalk 1010’s Mike Bullard Sometimes in this TV beat racket it’s best just to lob a few hand grenades and step back and watch stuff happen. Such was the plan last week when I wrote a column for The Canadian Press calling for CBC to get back into the late night television talk show game.… Read on




Show slasher CBC spills 2014-15 schedule

Graham Wardle and Amber Marshall get to stay in the Heartland CBC picked a Friday to quietly announce the shows it was picking up for the 2014-15 season. It was already known that Arctic Air, Cracked, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Ron James Show would not be back. Hockey Night in Canada will be back on… Read on


Sochi-Vancouver ratings Apples to oranges

I wrote a piece for The Canadian Press Tuesday that takes a look at CBC’s Sochi Olympic ratings compared to four years ago at the Vancouver Games. You can read that story here.That it is an Apples to oranges comparison is underlined by a fact pointed out to me today by my buddy David Kines… Read on


Amazing Race Canada has amazing launch

Once the final total numbers are in, The Amazing Race Canada will have soared past the three million viewer mark for its CTV premiere. Monday’s overnight estimate came in at an average minute audience of 2,986,000. Of those, 1,396,000 were in the A18 – 49 demo.The big gain at 9 p.m. did not help 8… Read on