Bell Media looks to the Starz in key content deal

As good as shows are today in this so-called “Golden Age” of television, the greatest dramas are the ones currently going on in the boardrooms. Take the deal announced yesterday between Bell Media and Lionsgate/Starz. Relative to the game-changing mergers going on between the likes of Disney and Fox or even Discovery and Scripps, it’s… Read on



American Gods rise up on Amazon Prime Video

American Gods premiered Sunday in Canada on Amazon Prime Video. The much anticipated series, seen on Starz in the States, was shot in Toronto and features an all-star cast, including Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, Dane Cook, Peter Stormare and Corbin Bernsen, along with English actor Rickey Whittle in the… Read on


The fine art of selling television in peak times

With the winter TCA press tour days away, networks in the US and Canada have been bombarding reporters with screeners. This being the age of “Too much TV,” according to FX boss John Landgraf, the screeners are arriving in more and more elaborate packages. Getting noticed has become Job One for PR departments. If content… Read on


Holy Leonardo, Batman! Da Vinci’s Demons’ epic exit

David S. Goyer admits things get all Game of Thrones this year on Da Vinci’s Demons. The third and final season of the historical fantasy series began Saturday on Super Channel and Starz. That episode can be streamed now in Canada on Super Channel on demand. I spoke with Goyer–best known as the writer behind such… 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