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



Upfront Canada Week: CTV (ad event)

Random highlights from CTV’s really big shew for advertisers Wednesday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre: The venue was the same but the cast has changed. Just last year, Phil King was centre stage at the CTV upfront, changing T-shirts between clips. This year Phil got to sit out front; he’s now on the supply side, having… 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


24: will it live another day?

Dammit Chloe!! 24: Live Another Day wraps Monday night on Fox and Global. The series did decent numbers, cracking the US top 20 in last week’s Neilsens.  24: Live Another Day has done even better in Canada, pulling 1,421,000 total viewers on Global the last week of June according to Numeris (formerly BBM Canada). That… Read on