This week’s podcast: giving Oscar the bird, man

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to ask my take on the Oscars. We went on to gab for over 16 minutes and completely ignored the awards talk. Instead we got sidetracked yakking about last week’s epic Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. I got a call this week from my colleague Bill Carter who, in 1975… Read on

Critics get a big bang out of their Evening with Chuck Lorre Productions

BURBANK, Calif.–Thursday night, critics took a trip over to Mr. Lorre’s neighbourhood. That would be on the Warner Bros. Studio lot, where sitcom King Chuck Lorre produces four CBS sitcoms: The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and Mom. The sitcoms make, like, a bazillion dollars for the studio as… Read on

This week’s podcast: Hockey Night or bust

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know more about that shot of me and Batman (posted a few days ago). I tell the story behind the picture, and ramble on about why the 1966-68 superhero series has never been released to home video or the DVD market.Scott also wanted to know if the hockey… Read on

TONIGHT: Charlie Sheen seeks sitcom redemption with FX’s Anger Management

The return of Sheen.  Blue skies? Storm clouds? Will Charlie Sheen’s new FX comedy Anger Management be a hit?FX sure hopes so. Tonight’s opener (9 p.m. ET/PT) is the first of ten episodes ordered. If audiences still love Charlie, and the series ranks among the top cable offerings this summer, an order for 90 more… Read on

Charlie Sheen’s stealth press tour session

PASADENA, CA–Maybe it had something to do with the connection with his father, but encountering Charlie Sheen Sunday night at press tour was almost like coming face to face with Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.The Warlock dude had been snuck in to the Fox TCA press tour party, skipping the red carpet and sticking to a… Read on

Today’s sitcoms: the vagina monologues

Isn’t it curious how you can say all kinds of S#*! on television that you still can’t say in print?I’ve been wanting for several weeks now to comment on how raunchy the new sitcoms were this season. The pilot for 2 Broke Girls, for example, showed a customer in a restaurant snapping his fingers at… Read on

Ratings across Canada Feb. 14 to 20

UPDATED with Friday and Saturday and also Sunday network numbers. That Jeopardy IBM infomerical was a hit (featuring Alex Trebek, Ken Jennings, Watson and Brad Rutter, above), topping two million viewers per day on CBC over the three-day challenge. Look for Jennings, Watson and Rutter next season on Survivor: Deduction Island.Two and a Half Men, Survivor,… Read on