Golden Globes about as funny as a flu shot

Sunday’s 76th Annual Golden Globes was truly a star-studded affair. Too bad the opening monologue was such a bust. Co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh (above) walked on stage at the Beverly Hilton and performed  what seemed like the worst Saturday Night Live sketch ever. Smug irony just doesn’t sell anymore in 2019, not with… Read on



CTV Throwback embraces The Facts of Life

Sometime before the most recent Canadian network upfronts last June, the folks at Sony Pictures Television struck a deal with Bell Media. The CTV peeps were looking for content to offer on two new VOD channels. Sony was looking to monetize its large inventory of off-air content. Phil King, a former CTV programming boss who… Read on


Let the endless award nomination season begin

Whenever nominations are announced for whatever TV awards, media outlets want to know: who will win, who should win; which star will give the most booze-soaked acceptance speech. Nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards were announced Thursday morning, with the gala being televised January 6 on NBC and CTV. The full list of… Read on


The results are in: here’s how the networks did on election night

In an age when you can find out who won or lost instantly on Twitter, does the full-blown, all-star election night coverage still matter? There was some hubbub recently, for example, when CBC decided not to preempt their Monday night hit Murdoch Mysteries in order to provide live, municipal election night coverage on its main… Read on



The Emmys: extended SNL show had its moments

Monday night on the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, co-host Colin Jost made reference to the all-star industry salute’s decline as a major TV draw. He did this by thanking the “thousands of you here in the audience tonight and the hundreds of you watching at home.” Well, it wasn’t quite that bad, but it… Read on


NBC looks to Jost and Che to “Update” The Emmys

You get some idea as to where awards shows rank these days when The Emmys get bumped to a Monday night just because NBC won’t surrender Sunday Night Football. Fact is, the NFL primetime showcase is the No. 1 show on their schedule. The Dallas/NY Giants game averaged around 19 million viewers this Sunday. The… Read on


Harry Anderson 1952 – 2018

Strange, with the success this spring of the re-boot of Roseanne, that headlines should turn toward news of the passing of Harry Anderson. Anderson’s breakout series Night Court ran from 1984 to 1992. That was back in the day when NBC was considered a “Must See” network. His series started a few years before Roseanne premiered on ABC in… Read on


Steven Bochco 1943 – 2018

Way back when I was a young Turk at TV Guide Canada I was asked to get Steven Bochco on the phone. I thought the request was pure madness. At that time and for many years afterwards, Bochco was TV’s top showrunner, the much-admired writer/producer behind such groundbreaking hits as Hill Street Blues and L.A.… Read on