Canadian Screen Awards 2018: more trophies; less viewers

Do you have Canadian Screen Week fever? Yes, the annual Canadian TV and film industry salute to itself is knee-deep in statue swapping. Very practical awards that double as ice scrapers are being distributed to everyone who over-paid for tickets to attend the multiple nightly galas. It all culminates Sunday at the main gala, broadcast on… Read on



This week’s podcast: funding Can-con in a global TV age

This week, Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML wanted my take on a thorny issue stirring up plenty of controversy in Canadian TV circles: changes to the CRTC regulations regarding funding. The rule change that rankles many in the Canadian writing, directing, acting and production communities: shows now only need to achieve a 6 out of… Read on


Q&A: Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany

There are times when Tatiana Maslany really does wish she could clone herself. As fans know by now, Maslany is a one-woman ensemble on Orphan Black. The Temple Street Production returns Thursday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Space as well as BBC America. In the forth-season premiere, “The Collapse of Nature,” we find that Sarah Manning’s hard-won… Read on


Best shows of 2015? The envelope…please!

This time of year, it’s all about the lists. Top-10 new shows, Top-10 Canadian, Top-10 reasons Top-10 lists are lamer than a Leafs goaltender, etc. The folks at HitFix, home of relentless TV typist Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate once again in their annual list-o-rama. They canvass 53 TV beat scribes, do the math,… Read on



The Best TV Shows of 2014: U.S. and Canadian critics weigh in

“Polls are for dogs.” Not sure who said it first–John Diefenbaker, or maybe Harry Trueman–but that’s how I feel, especially when it comes to polls about television. I used to hate it every December when then-entertainment editor John Kryk would ask us to do our Top 10 lists at the Toronto Sun. I understood why… Read on


Orphan Black tops among Canadian critics

In another end of the year poll, Orphan Black has emerged as the critics’ choice as the Best Show in Canadian Television.The popular Space series, starring Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (left) in an astonishing, multi-personality role, was the overwhelming choice when votes from a dozen Canadian TV critics were tabulated at TV Guide Canada.Second… Read on


Orphan Black cracks critics’ Top 15 for 2013

The North Poll isn’t the only poll sticking out these days. Everybody seems to be making with their annual best and worst TV show lists of the past year.The folks at HitFix, home of Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate in their Second Annual Television Critics’ Poll. Fifty-three critics took part. Everybody was asked to… Read on