CMF waves funding flag for Canadian television

OTTAWA – Many politicians say they don’t have time to watch TV. They do, however, through various funding agencies, help to pay for it. One of the top agencies, The Canada Media Fund, brought TV stars and politicians together earlier this month in a talent showcase held directly across from Parliament Hill. Gathered inside the beautifully restored… Read on



Coming to your neighbourhood: Kim’s Convenience

Talk about convenience: CBC’s hit series Kim’s Convenience now delivers! The corner store comedy returns Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a second season. To promote the return, CBC has booked the six main cast members — Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (‘Appa’), Jean Yoon (‘Umma’), Simu Liu (estranged son Jung), Andrea Bang (daughter Janet), Andrew Phung (Jung’s pal Kimchee) and… Read on


REVIEW: Kim’s Convenience open for business

Not many people saw The Big Bang Theory coming. It was dismissed as a show about nerds when it premiered nine years and several billion dollars ago. It wasn’t an instant smash hit; people had to find it and come ’round to it. CBC can only hope to have a fraction of Big Bang‘s success… Read on


Jays Wild Card win draws 4.2M; Kim’s dodges big bullet

CBC was smart to pull Kim’s Convenience out of Tuesday’s suicide slot. The Toronto Blue Jays exciting Wild Card win was a grand slam home run for Sportsnet, drawing an overnight, estimated 4,017,000 viewers. That makes it the fifth biggest audience in Sportsnet’s history, behind only Jays’ playoff games last fall vs. Kansas City and Texas. Games… Read on



Annual CFC BBQ still the Cadillac of TIFF gatherings

Who knew CFC stood for Cars For Critics? It did Sunday when I won a brand new Cadillac Escalade SUV at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual BBQ and fundraiser. Well, I won it for four days. I’m pretty sure that means I can’t sell it. I’ve got until next September to pick it up from… Read on


Set visit: party time at CBC’s Kim’s Convenience

Headed out to Kim’s Convenience Tuesday but not for milk and bread. The comedy, premiering in October 4 on CBC, is shooting in Toronto on seven standing sets spread across two large sound stages. If you’ve been watching CBC’s Summer Olympic Games coverage, you’ve no doubt seen the promos for the series. “We really lucked… Read on


CBC draws curtain on 2016-17 with a lite launch

They had to know the risk. The headlines: “Curtains for CBC!” Thursday in Toronto at their rapidly rented-out broadcast bunker, CBC held it’s annual fall launch in Toronto. Reporters were lifted up to the 10th floor in service elevators and led down hallways where bare walls were wrapped in thousands of yards of curtains and drapes.… Read on


This week’s podcast: counting past TV sets

Ran into former CTV CEO Ivan Fecan last week at the Air Farce book launch. The most powerful man in Canadian television is keeping a low profile these days. He snuck almost undetected into the back of the CBC atrium to catch Don Ferguson’s speech and grab a few free Tim Bits. It was the… Read on