WEDNESDAY: Sutherland remains a Designated Survivor

Tom Kirkman would never tell NFL players to stand for the national anthem. At least, that’s my hunch. I didn’t get to check that with the man who plays president Kirkman on Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland. I interviewed the Emmy-winning actor late last week, before Trump’s latest howler. Still, I’m pretty sure he’d agree. “I don’t believe you should be using… Read on



MIPCOM 2016: Kiefer on “bizarre” U.S. election fight

CANNES, France –“This is the most bizarre election cycle I’ve seen in my lifetime, and I remember Watergate, so I’ve seen some stuff.” That was Kiefer Sutherland earlier this week in conversation for a story I wrote for The Canadian Press. You can read the entire article here. Sutherland plays U.S. president Tom Kirkwood, the… Read on


MIPCOM 2016: Day One

CANNES, France — If you think TV is already peaking in North America, brace yourselves for a world of content spilling over from the rest of the world. That’s my view on my third visit to MIPCOM, the international television marketplace. Here literally thousands of TV shows are shopped to content seekers from around the… Read on


REVIEW: Hail to Sutherland, network television’s Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland is the reason to watch tonight’s premiere of Designated Survivor. He’s nothing like Jack Bauer, dammit. Which is what makes this series interesting. Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a U.S. cabinet minister as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development about to get demoted outside the power circle. That’s before the U.S. Capitol Dome blows… Read on



Fall Preview 2016: the new season in 5 minutes

There are many other Fall Preview guides out there this time of year. Some offer more depth, more insightful reviews. Few, however, can be read in under five minutes. Check back as shows will be added as screeners become available. Ready, set, go!:   American Housewife ABC/CTV Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM (Saturdays… Read on


Let the Fall TV hype begin with this preview from CHCH Morning Live

The good folks at CHCH’s Morning Live shuttled me off to Hamilton Thursday morning to yak about the upcoming fall TV season. The clip runs just under seven minutes and you can find it here. Host Bob Cowan asks about several of the new shows and producer Don Jonescu lines up apt clips from the following:… Read on


Netflix pushes up the price but CTV wins Sutherland sweepstakes

The dust has settled and–contrary to an early report here–CTV has won the Sutherland sweepstakes. The most sought after network series at the Hollywood screenings this year turned out to be Designated Survivor. The ABC political drama stars Kiefer Sutherland and a man who becomes the president of the United States, pretty much by a… Read on


Has Netflix Canada pulled off a Hollywood heist?

It is deal day down south as Canadian networks start heaving giant wads of shrinking Canadian dollars at U.S. studios. One report I’m hearing, however, suggests a new player has swooped in and changed the game. And, yes, that would be Netflix. Remember how ABC cleaned house? How they canned Paul Lee and brought in Channing Dungey?… Read on