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



Shatner guests on Private Eyes; talks early TV Doody

You can boldly go in just about any direction on a phone call with William Shatner. At 86, he has little time for small talk but he can attach himself to almost any subject. He listens and if doesn’t like what he hears it’s next question and if he does he might run off to… Read on


Corus now the No. 1 broadcaster in Canada: Williams

The third and final leg of Canadian Upfront Week occurred Thursday in Toronto. This was Corus’ turn to host reporters and, later, advertisers. The press deal started early with breakfast up in the showy sixth floor event space. Corus enjoys one of the most beautiful work spaces in Toronto as has been pointed out here before. A… Read on


Vikings and Taken star Standen embraces his inner hero

Clive Standen seems like a real stand up guy. I’ve interviewed him on location in Ireland while he was shooting Vikings, in Toronto last June at the Corus/Global upfront and last month in Pasadena. The last was on-stage on NBC’s TCA day where he was scrumming after the session on Taken. Born on a military… Read on



Dhavernas injects life into Mary Kills People

A few months ago, I ducked into one of those boxy new modern mansions down by the lake in Mississauga in search of Mary Kills People. The Global series, which premieres Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, was shooting on location. Inside the house, cardboard covered all the floor surfaces and visitors had to sneak… Read on


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


Quick Takes: Abigail Spencer of Timeless

One network series with a fun premise this season is Timeless. It premieres Monday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and Global. The Vancouver-lensed sci-fi drama stars Goran Visnjic (ER) as a dangerous fugitive who steals a top-secret time machine. Chasing after him won’t be easy, so the U.S. government rounds up three experts they feel can track… Read on


This week’s podcast: funding Can-con in a global TV age

This week, Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML wanted my take on a thorny issue stirring up plenty of controversy in Canadian TV circles: changes to the CRTC regulations regarding funding. The rule change that rankles many in the Canadian writing, directing, acting and production communities: shows now only need to achieve a 6 out of… Read on