Bell hopes new deal will stir up Crave-ings

How to get Canadians to Crave more? That’s clearly the goal at Bell Media, which Thursday announced it will be offering more ways for audiences to subscribe to the streaming service. For one thing, The Movie Network, or TMN, will merge with and be re-branded as Crave, giving cable subscribers a linear window on Bell’s… Read on



Stiller busts out as director at MIPCOM premiere

CANNES — It has been years since I last interviewed Ben Stiller — 29 to be exact. That occasion was the TCA press launch of the short-lived, Emmy-winning The Ben Stiller Show. The sketch series aired from 1989 to 1990 on Fox and boasted a stellar talent roster, with Judd Apatow, Bob Odenkirk, Jeanne Garafalo… 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



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


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


Colbert puts the White House whammy on “Our Cartoon President”

Last month in Pasadena, Stephen Colbert was asked in the scrum following the TCA session for Our Cartoon President if he had given any thought to making fun of US vice-president Mike Pense. Colbert paused for a split second and said, “How does one mock a manila envelope?” For Colbert and others in late night,… Read on


Q&A with White Famous star Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah stars in the new Showtime comedy White Famous. The series premieres this Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. I spoke with Pharoah on the phone about a month ago. The publicist threw one of those last-minute curve balls before putting him on the line: “No questions about Saturday Night Live.” Pharoah owes his fame… Read on