Bell hopes new deal will stir up Crave-ings

How to get Canadians to Crave more? That’s clearly the goal at Bell Media, which Thursday announced it will be offering more ways for audiences to subscribe to the streaming service. For one thing, The Movie Network, or TMN, will merge with and be re-branded as Crave, giving cable subscribers a linear window on Bell’s… Read on

Carrey at JFL35: “I don’t believe I’m a person anymore”

MONTREAL — “I truly am in an existential crisis. I don’t believe in the character I’m selling. I don’t believe I’m a person anymore.” That statement had a packed, Place des Arts audience leaning forward Thursday night towards the end of an extraordinary, 90-minute show panel at Just for Laughs. The speaker was Jim Carrey, barely… Read on

Dying for some Sex? Season Three begins Sunday

There are so many terrific dramas on TV these days it seems impossible to keep up with them all. One such series is Masters of Sex, back for a third season on Showtime, The Movie Network and Movie Central starting Sunday at 10 p.m. ET. If you’re missing Mad Men, this series might satisfy your ’60s… Read on

Fog lifts on Season Two of Sensitive Skin

Is fog good for Sensitive Skin? This was the question Monday as reporters headed to the Toronto Islands to interview Kim Catrall and Don McKellar as they shoot Season Two of Sensitive Skin. The next six episodes of the dramedy, which airs on The Movie Network and Movie Central, will premiere in 2016. There was… Read on

Joshua Jackson opens up about “The Affair”

Joshua Jackson has come a long way from his teen-crush days on Dawson’s Creek. The Vancouver lad survived Fringe and is now , at 36,plunged straight into The Affair. The eight-part Showtime series begins Saturday on The Movie Network/Movie Central. I spoke to Jackson, always good-natured and articulate, at the summer TCA press tour in… Read on

Review: The Knick

There’s a scene in The Knick where a guy takes a needle full of junk up his junk. Ouch!  The turn-of-the-20th century hospital drama premieres Friday night on Cinemax as well as The Movie Network/Movie Central. Clive Owen plays Dr. Thackery, a House-like MD operating at a once proud New York City hospital called The… 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

My two cents on Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful is no Hilarious House of Frightenstein. For one thing, the new Showtime Gothic horror series, which debuts Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network/Movie Central, takes itself way too seriously. Too much sloth, not enough Igor. The idea all along was to play it straight, as creator/executive producer John Logan (the… Read on