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


Plenty of sugar to go around on Kim’s Convenience

It was fun catching up with “Appa” and “Umma” — a.k.a. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon — Wednesday at the CBC Upfront in Toronto. I joined the two leads of Kim’s Convenience, along with writer/creator Ins Choi, in the press room after the network honchos finished unveiling the new fall season. The very accommodating… Read on


My picks for the 10 Best Shows of the Year

  In the U.S. alone, according to FX Research, there were 455 original, scripted series on network, cable and streaming services last year. What were the 10 best TV shows of the year? ‘Tis the season to get plenty of takes on that. I was asked to give my annual year-end list at Uproxx, which,… Read on



Kim’s Convenience an overnight success for CBC

Overnight estimates — a measure that means less and less these days — are in and the numbers for Kim’s Convenience so far are right where I expected. Tuesday’s back-to-back opener measured 835,000 and 805,000 viewers on the overnight scale. That was good enough for third in the timeslot in Canada behind Global’s strong rookie… 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


Blue Jays’ playoff inconvenient for Kim’s Convenience

The posters and billboards are up, the magazine covers are in place. CBC has papered towns all across Canada with the news that their new sitcom Kim’s Convenience premieres this Tuesday, Oct. 4. That is, it was set to premiere Oct. 4. Then the Toronto Blue Jays backed into a winner-take-all, one game playoff against… Read on