Production designer casts spell over The Magicians

VANCOUVER — One of the most magical parts of making a TV series is set design. This is especially true on The Magicians, back for a second season. Seen also on Syfy, the second episode of season two premieres this Thursday at 10 p.m. on Showcase. I visited the set last September in Vancouver along with… Read on



Global content in question as Corus swallows Shaw

It always happens. You come down to LA for the TCA press tour and big TV news breaks back home. Word that Corus had pulled off a $2.65-billion acquisition of Shaw Media in cash and stock reached the floor of the TCA’s Langham hotel Wednesday morning. Now, the little I know about ownership at Corus and Shaw… Read on


Video: Robot talk with Christian Slater

Christian Slater was in Toronto this week promoting the premiere of Mr. Robot in Canada. The cyber-punk thriller just concluded its first season summer run on USA Network, and launched in Canada on Showcase Friday Sept. 4. Shaw had Slater working the media in downtown Toronto Thursday, which is where I caught up with him.… Read on


Outlander: they had faces back then

Outlander, which begins Sunday night at 10 p.m. on Showcase, is the latest big-budget historical epic to be shot in Europe. Vikings, Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones shoots next door in Ireland. The Borgias was shot in Hungary, as is the upcoming CBC spy drama Camp X. There’s one actor on Outlander who has traveled… Read on



Outlander and about with Diana Gabaldon

It has taken Canada a few extra weeks, but Outlander in finally here. The bodice-ripping sci-fi/historical romance begins Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Showcase. I was on the set of the series in Scotland back in February along with a few other reporters. We were taken to the production location, a converted factory/studio, as… Read on


This week’s podcast: plenty of Sex talk

Scott Thompson was away this week, so it was Jamie West asking the TV questions on Wednesday’s CHML AM900 radio chat. Jamie wanted to know about season two of Masters of Sex, a Showtime original airing in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central.  Season Two is airing Sunday nights s on those East-West Canada premium… Read on


Scotland 2014: Doin’ the Doune

STIRLING, SCOTLAND–What do visitors to Scotland do? Well, besides golfing and avoid eating haggis, visit castles, of course.One of the most famous is Doune Castle,a medieval marvel in the Stirling district of central Scotland.Built in the late 14th century, it survives as a Scottish heritage site and is occasionally rented out–under strict control–for TV and… Read on


Kristin Kreuk says Season Two’s a Beauty

Kreuk and Ryan; he’s looking less beastly this season I’m not anywhere near The CW’s target demo and have to admit Beauty and the Beast is not normally on my radar. I think if you’re old enough to remember the first one you’re probably disqualified from the current one.I am, however, a fan of Kristin… Read on