Usual suspects are winning the summer TV race

  Is this the summer when Peak TV finally peaks in Canada? There was only one scripted series in the Canada Top-10 the week of July 31 – Aug. 6: the final episode of Saving Hope at No. 9 with 1,130,000 total viewers according to Numeris. The entire national Top-10 went like this: The Amazing Race Canada… Read on



SET VISIT: Frankie Drake

GUELPH, Ont. — I took a step back in time this week as I visited the set of the upcoming CBC historical drama Frankie Drake. The 11-episode, first season order is set in the roaring twenties. Lauren Lee Smith (The Listener) stars as Drake, a kick-ass lady detective patrolling the mean streets of muddy York. By… Read on


TONIGHT: Air Farce goes live across Canada in 150 salute

A real member of the Canadian Air Force, Chris Hadfield makes his third appearance with the Royal Canadian Air Farce Saturday night as a guest star on Air Farce Canada 150. Known for his guitar strumming aboard the International Space Station, he’ll be performing in a sketch and song with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson.… Read on


Savvy moves shore up CBC’s fall schedule

CBC is back in business with The Junos! Much was made of this re-acquisition at CBC’s Upfront Wednesday in Toronto. Canada’s annual music awards showcase did seem to shed viewers the last few years at CTV, and CBC won praise for that Tragically Hip concert (to be re-broadcast June 24), so why not. Let’s bring back… Read on



Plenty of sugar to go around on Kim’s Convenience

It was fun catching up with “Appa” and “Umma” — a.k.a. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon — Wednesday at the CBC Upfront in Toronto. I joined the two leads of Kim’s Convenience, along with writer/creator Ins Choi, in the press room after the network honchos finished unveiling the new fall season. The very accommodating… Read on


At least two to replace Mansbridge at The National

Peter Mansbridge is leaving in five or six weeks and they’re still not ready to name a replacement. That was the big news Wednesday in Toronto at CBC’s annual Upfront. Now, yes, the network had a ton of new and returning content to promote (see the next post). Add up all the kiddie and digital… Read on


Will Grim Gables be embraced outside Canada?

Its CBC run over, Anne premiered Friday in nearly 100 million homes outside of Canada on Netflix. It’s been renamed “Anne with an E” on the streaming service; presumably “E” stands for Export. There are a lot of talented people behind it. The cast is stellar, especially leads Geraldine James as Marilla Cuthbert, R.H. Thomson as… Read on


Sal runs out of miracles as nets make cuts

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That would be early May, as creatives get the good or bad word about series’ survival. Not returning to CraveTV is What Would Sal Do?, a funny and outrageous little comedy starring Dylan Taylor as Sal, a Sudbury, Ont., slacker whose mother thinks he’s the (possible)… Read on