Ain’t no cure for upfront fever

NEW YORK — One of the sure signs of spring is the annual promotion of the next fall TV season. There are signs all over Manhattan, including illuminated ads on top of Yellow Cabs promoting the return of Will & Grace. That’s a straight-to-series reboot NBC will flaunt next week when all the US networks unveil their… Read on



Fall Preview 2016: the new season in 5 minutes

There are many other Fall Preview guides out there this time of year. Some offer more depth, more insightful reviews. Few, however, can be read in under five minutes. Check back as shows will be added as screeners become available. Ready, set, go!:   American Housewife ABC/CTV Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM (Saturdays… Read on


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are the heroes of the day

Does the world really need another hero? Or make that eight heroes. They’re all comin’ ‘atcha in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The series premieres Thursday night on CTV and The CW. I was on the set of the series in Vancouver six weeks ago, along with a few other journalists. We got to interview many… Read on


Fans salute Jane the Virgin, Horror Story at PaleyFest love-ins

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–Ever watch TV with a thousand people? That’s sort of like the experience of attending PaleyFest. The eight day festival–billed as “where TV Fans Get Their Fix”–concluded Sunday with screenings and cast panel Q&As featuring Jane the Virgin (available in Canada exclusively on shomi and in the U.S. on The CW) and FX’s American Horror… Read on



HOLA! Jane the Virgin set visit a love-in

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–There’s nothing like visiting with the cast of a series who a) know critics like their show b) are fresh off a major award win and c) provide grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Such a set visit occurred Tuesday. A packed busload of critics were shuttled down to Raleigh, a relatively modern studio facility once the home… Read on


shomi the ad logic

I pitched the notion of an annual TV time capsule to The Canadian Press last week. The idea is to “bury” several things related to TV at the end of every year so that future generations can discover in 50 years what was what in 2014 and beyond. Came up with 20 items that went into… Read on


MIPCOM scoop: Transparent, Jane the Virgin coming to Canada

CANNES, France–Back in June, after the U.S. and Canadian upfronts, I wrote about the “Best New Shows Canadian’s Can’t Watch.” Here’s the good news: the top two on that list are about to leap across the border. Transparent, a dark, adult, highly original comedy from digital platform Amazon Prime (which is not available in Canada),… Read on


Supernatural celebrates 10 years in Vancouver

Supernatural has been on so long, it was originally broadcast on defunct U.S. broadcaster The WB. When it returns Tuesday night (on The CW and CHCH), it will begin its 10th season. The series has been a steady gig for stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who play those beastie-hunting Winchester boys. Sam and Dean… Read on