Usual suspects are winning the summer TV race

  Is this the summer when Peak TV finally peaks in Canada? There was only one scripted series in the Canada Top-10 the week of July 31 – Aug. 6: the final episode of Saving Hope at No. 9 with 1,130,000 total viewers according to Numeris. The entire national Top-10 went like this: The Amazing Race Canada… Read on



So far, no breakout hits among Fall rookies in Canada

So how are all these new Fall shows doing in Canada? About as so-so as they are in the U.S. based on first week, overnight impressions. Keep in mind overnights are now like watching the first two periods of a hockey game. Still, they provide a relative indication of which shows have made some sort… Read on


TV “Hitmakers” inspire at Innoversity 2014

Many thanks to co-founders Hamlin Grange, Cynthia Reyes and all who worked to pull together Innoversity Summit 2014 Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto. I had the good fortune to mederate a panel of “Canadian TV Goldmakers, Haymakers, Groundbreakers, Hitmakers.” Whatever you call them, they were a blue ribbon panel: Saving Hope co-creator and showrunner Morwyn… Read on


Get schooled at the Innoversity Creative Summit Oct. 28-29 in Toronto

Wednesday in Toronto, I’ve been asked to moderate a panel of Canadian television “hitmakers” at the Innoversity Creative Summit.  The two hour discussion starts at 10 a.m. at the Toronto Reference Library just north of Bloor on Yonge. The panel features miracle workers–individuals who not only created TV shows but got them on the air… Read on



The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19

Some early successes in the Canadian prime time ratings race may have to be tempered with U.S. results. Fox seems to be in free fall, with only Gotham on steady ground. Don’t count on a full season of Gracepoint, for example, no matter how well it does on Global. The impact of Rogers’ NHL deal… Read on


Remedy and other post-Olympic ratings

With the Olympics done like borscht, the real TV Games have begun. This week, several new and returning shows aired series as well as season premiere episodes. Here is a sampling. (Keep in mind as we move deeper into the PVR, Live+7 era these estimated, overnight numbers are a bit like reporting only the first two… Read on


Harmon back doing Community service

I’m Jonathan Banks and you’re not, Chevy Chase. Justin Lubin/NBC Will Community return to brilliance?That’s the question as NBC brings the low-rated comedy-that-just-won’t-die back for a fifth season Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Things start off with back-to-back episodes. The horrible comedy Sean Saves the World follows along with a new episode of The Michael… Read on


Saving Hope springs eternal at CTV

He’s alive! It’s alive! CTV orders a second season of Saving Hope Back last June when CTV launched Saving Hope, officials at the network insisted it could go it alone should broadcast partner NBC ditch the series.True to their word, CTV not only officially renewed Hope Friday, it boosted its second season order to 18… Read on