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



Let The Games begin — very early Friday morning

Viewers looking to catch the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games live from Pyeongchang, South Korea, better be prepared to get up early. Coverage begins with the pre-show at 5:30 a.m. ET, with the opening ceremony broadcast live beginning at 6 a.m. ET. You can watch on CBC TV, CBC News Network, TSN,… Read on


Super Bowl audience slips stateside, steady on CTV

UPDATED AND CORRECTED TUESDAY:  I was a bit fast reporting a jump in Bell Media’s Super Bowl LII numbers. During the game itself, when Canadians could choose between the American feed and the Canadian feed, the English Canada total was 4,451,000 viewers — down slightly from the 4,488,000 who watched in 2017. Broken down, more people watch on the… Read on


Not just balls deflated at Super Bowl LII

Will this be the year Super Bowl ratings get hit for a loss? This season saw NFL TV regular season numbers drop around 10 per cent overall. The season before, there was an eight per cent drop in viewers. Plenty of theories as to why. All those concussion reports — and the NFL’s slow response to the… Read on


Monty Hall 1921 – 2017

It’s been 54 years since Monty Hall first started asking people if they wanted what was behind Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3. Unfortunately, he won’t be giving us that option anymore. Hall died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, was 96. I last spoke with the proud Winnipeg native and game… Read on