Spun and done: summer run for shelved sitcom

UPDATED: See bottom of this post. Quick–is anybody looking? CTV has waited until the dead of summer to sneak Spun Out back onto its schedule. The Toronto-based sitcom, featuring Paul Campbell and Dave Foley, was supposed to return last February in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. CTV was amping up the launch until, five days before the… Read on



A look back–without prejudice–at The Bill Cosby Show

I’ve said it before: 1969 was an important year in the history of television. Several quiet little comedies emerged that year, shows I feel were HBO before HBO. They were all before their time, one reason none of them lasted. The examples I’ve listed before are Room 222, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and My World… Read on


Campbell, Asner add to TCA’s Hallmark moment

PASADENA, Calif.–The folks at the Hallmark Channel are always gracious and generous hosts during TCA press tours. Thursday night was no exception as reporters and Hallmark channel talent and executives enjoyed an evening at the stately Tournament of Roses House. Guests entered to the strains of romantic music played by beautiful young violinists. Rose pedals… Read on


Inside Season Two of Package Deal

I caught up with Andrew Orenstein last week.  He’s the creator and showrunner of Package Deal, which is back for a second season starting Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on City. Orenstein was at a downtown Toronto hotel and I managed to trick him into buying lunch. We had a good catch up over… Read on



Spun Out finale Dodges Ford

“The city’s unruly mayor has found himself in hot water again, this time for pot…holes.” So reads the press  blurb for Friday’s season finale of Spun Out (CTV, 8 p.m.). Marty Adams guest stars as a tubby mayor who acts and sounds a lot like you-know-who. The episode has the mayor seeking help from Dave… Read on


Campbell spins out into two guest roles

Canadians. They’re sneaking into TV shows again. Sunday, for the second week in a row, a Canuck was stealing scenes on Mad Men. That was JAG lead David James Elliott as David Wooster, Don Draper’s luncheon date near the beginning of the episode. Elliott was disguised behind those horn rims, unlike Neve Campbell, who was… Read on


Has Canada’s comedy momentum Spun Out?

Spun Out‘s Foley and Campbell What’s the secret of comedy?The answer is “Timing!”, and to make the joke work, you have to blurt it between “of” and “comedy.”Several Canadian shows are hoping to solve the secret of comedy this season. While the private network swing towards funny has been encouraging, ratings, so far, have not… Read on


This week’s podcast: still agitated by Avery

Dancing duo Karina Smirnoff and Sean Avery What’s the deal with Dancing with the Stars? That’s CHML’s Scott Thompson’s opener on this week’s Hamilton Talk Radio podcast. He’d read my report of the abuse of poor old Billy Dee Williams, turned into a Jedi joke on Monday’s Season 18 premiere. Scott wonders if this might… Read on