Vegas casinos place their bets on TV tie-ins

LAS VEGAS — Playing slots is a lot like watching television. Both require sitting on your ass and pushing buttons. So it’s no wonder TV show graphics are on many of the slot machines found in Las Vegas casinos. Even The Simpsons –noticeable by its absence in casino slots the last time I visited Vegas… Read on



Empire: too red, white and black for Canada?

Usually the Canadian Top-30 pretty much mirrors the American Top-30 when it comes to weekly TV ratings. There are, occasionally, significant differences. Take Empire. Fox’s hip hop prime time soap took off like a rocket in America last season. Through the end of the 2014-15 season, it was the No. 1 U.S. network series on television,… Read on


Dangling divas helps Grammy hook City viewers

City drew 2,639,000 overnight, estimated viewers Sunday with the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. That’s a record for them (over last year’s Grammy tally) and a lot more than they’ve been getting on a Sunday night with Hometown Hockey. The Canadian broadcaster announced Monday it has locked rights to the industry music fest for another two… Read on


Dracula latest bloody “Scare TV” series

What kind of entertainment does Dracula like? Something in a jugular vein!Oy! There’s that joke again. Anyway, Dracula premieres Friday night at 10 p.m. on NBC and Global.The drama stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the infamous vampire count. The series is set in London in 1896, with this centuries-old Dracula posing as an American inventor.… Read on



Republic under siege in move to Sundays

Doyle’s leap to Sundays probably looked easier at the start of the season It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. CBC’s Republic of Doyle was coming off its third and highest-rated season ever. Every single week last Winter and Spring, the Newfoundland-based cop drama pulled over a million total viewers. With high… Read on


Things I learned at the CFC’s 25th B-day bash

The Canadian Film Centre held its 25th annual gala and auction at the Art Deco Carlu theatre in Toronto Wednesday night. As I tweeted from the event, there was more money in the room than at a Markham Super Bowl bust.My old pal Slawko Klymkiw CFC’s CEO, worked that room like Sinatra at the Sands.… Read on


Terror on the tube

I’m too scared to watch The Walking Dead. Same with American Horror Story.  So University of Western Ontario student and horror film fan Kira Charron–who previously filed her impressions of  Terra Nova for TVFMF—adds this review on all things spooky this TV season.By KIRA CHARRON Horror film directors have a reason to be scared. So… Read on


TONIGHT: Horror Story joins TV’s Top 5 scariest

It’s a happy Halloween for the folks at American Horror Story (starring Connie Britton, above). The kinky FX drama was renewed for a second season today.The series drew 3.1 million Live+3 U.S. viewers for last week’s fourth episode, its best performance to date. FX says American Horror Story is on track to becoming their highest-rated… Read on