RADIO REVIEW: House of Cards folds in weak finale

Does a hit TV show always fall apart with the premature  departure of its leading star? I was asked to give my two cents on that topic Monday on The Bill Kelly Show, heard daily on Hamilton’s AM900 CHML. The starting point was Kelly’s disappointment in the final season of House of Cards. Sure, main star… 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


Jewison embraces winds of change at CFC BBQ

It was a pretty dramatic day Sunday at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual TIFF BBQ. As storm clouds gathered overhead, CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw stood at the podium on the wide, flagstone covered back patio at what was once the Winfield Farms Estates and announced a major money deal making Netflix the centre’s chief patron.… Read on


Seinfeld: take your next Coffee break in Canada

Much as I love Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, there was something off about the latest season, the first parked in the Netflix garage. The 12 new episodes are as star-packed as ever, featuring a diverse cross section of talented comedians, including Zack Galifinaikas, Ellen DeGeneres, Dave LaChappelle, Alec Baldwin, John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon, Tracy… Read on



REVIEW: GLOW slams home a super second season

I used to be in love with Love. My new Netflix crush, however, is GLOW. Ten new Season Two episodes dropped over a week ago. Happy to report that there is absolutely no ring rust heading into the new half-hours.  Go ahead — try not to binge them all in one sitting. This homage to… Read on


Roseanne: not even Trump can save her now

Count me among those feeling let down and disgusted today by Roseanne Barr. Here was a good news story destroyed by a stupid, selfish act. Kudos to ABC/Disney for spiking the show within three hours of her racist and offensive Twitter implosion. The network knew who they were hiring when they got back into business… Read on


Kimmel calls SCTV the “greatest sketch show ever”

Last December, Jimmy Kimmel checked a biggie off his bucket list when he was invited over to Martin Short’s house. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Oscars, could not have been more excited. An invitation to Short’s annual Christmas party has for years been one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. “I will… Read on


Landgraf delivers subdued state of the union post-Louie

PASADENA, Ca. — “The most fearless originals are on FX.” That tag line played Friday morning at the end of an FX clip reel heading into CEO John Landgraf’s executive session. It certainly applies to FX programming, but it also sends a message Landgraf was careful to plant before reporters:  the notion that in the… Read on