TONIGHT: Kim Coates back for more Bad Blood

Back in June, when Rogers Media hosted their annual upfront in Toronto, Kim Coates was reluctant to give me any details on the second season of Bad Blood (premiering Thursday evening on Citytv). “If I tell you, I have to kill you,” said Coates, who burnished his tough image over six seasons on the FX… Read on



Premiere week ratings in Canada Sept. 24 – 30

Canadian networks have to be breathing a little easier now that final audience data is in for the first full week of the season. Numeris reports that several scripted shows received hefty lifts once the PVR numbers were added over a seven day period. The Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 chart used a bit of… Read on


Monday by the numbers

Last week (Oct. 1-7), the new TV season came smack up against one of the busiest times of the year in sports (start of hockey, baseball playoffs, college and NFL football). The Kavanaugh hearings south of the border also seemed to distract Canadian eyeballs. Here’s a look at the start of last week in terms… Read on


Monday by the numbers

Are Canadian viewers tearing themselves away from US Supreme Court nominee hearings long enough to catch the new fall TV shows? After a week or so, here is a quick look at the overnight estimates on the night’s that matter (Fri-Sat-Sun will be added late Monday, Oct. 1): MONDAY SEPT. 24 CTV won the night,… Read on



Numbing down of America leads to Murphy Brown misfire

It’s interesting to compare — or re-boot around — Thursday night’s revival of Murphy Brown vs. last winter’s revival of Roseanne. In both instances I wasn’t expecting much. Two sitcoms coming back after 20 year absences. Did anybody ever ask for more from these shows? Roseanne, however, really surprised me. I didn’t expect to care… Read on


Howie Mandel stays “Forever Young” with JFL, AGT and two new “Deals”

When does Howie Mandel sleep? The 62-year-old comedian just came off his first Just for Laughs comedy festival as part of the new ownership consortium. Besides performing at his own gala, he was, as he put it, representing “white guys” at the annual comedy awards on Saturday. The awards featured a a tremendously diverse group… Read on


Dining out at Fran’s with Howie, Coates & Grier

Rogers brought the stars out for their 2018 Upfront Tuesday and treated them to a true slice of Toronto. One by one, Howie Mandel, David Alan Grier, Kim Coates and others were ushered into humble eaterie Fran’s Restaurant. The diner ended up being an unconventional — yet appetizing — place to grab eight minutes with… Read on


Rogers kicks off Canadian Upfront Week

Boy, those kids in the Rogers PR department are sharp. Want journalists to show up to your 2018-19 press launch? Hold it at licensed restaurant. Or two. as was the case Tuesday in Toronto. First came breakfast with the execs at vintage eatery The Senator; followed by talent interviews a short walk away at a… Read on