CMF waves funding flag for Canadian television

OTTAWA – Many politicians say they don’t have time to watch TV. They do, however, through various funding agencies, help to pay for it. One of the top agencies, The Canada Media Fund, brought TV stars and politicians together earlier this month in a talent showcase held directly across from Parliament Hill. Gathered inside the beautifully restored… Read on

Vikings and Taken star Standen embraces his inner hero

Clive Standen seems like a real stand up guy. I’ve interviewed him on location in Ireland while he was shooting Vikings, in Toronto last June at the Corus/Global upfront and last month in Pasadena. The last was on-stage on NBC’s TCA day where he was scrumming after the session on Taken. Born on a military… Read on

Jessalyn Gilsig says goodbye to Glee, Vikings

When I ran into the lovely Jessalyn Gilsig at the TCA press tour in January she couldn’t tell me much about Season Three of Vikings, which just began a few weeks ago. The writer-creator of the show, Michael Hirst, was standing a few meters away and he likes to keep his surprises a secret. What… Read on

TV “Hitmakers” inspire at Innoversity 2014

Many thanks to co-founders Hamlin Grange, Cynthia Reyes and all who worked to pull together Innoversity Summit 2014 Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto. I had the good fortune to mederate a panel of “Canadian TV Goldmakers, Haymakers, Groundbreakers, Hitmakers.” Whatever you call them, they were a blue ribbon panel: Saving Hope co-creator and showrunner Morwyn… Read on

Get schooled at the Innoversity Creative Summit Oct. 28-29 in Toronto

Wednesday in Toronto, I’ve been asked to moderate a panel of Canadian television “hitmakers” at the Innoversity Creative Summit.  The two hour discussion starts at 10 a.m. at the Toronto Reference Library just north of Bloor on Yonge. The panel features miracle workers–individuals who not only created TV shows but got them on the air… Read on

Remedy and other post-Olympic ratings

With the Olympics done like borscht, the real TV Games have begun. This week, several new and returning shows aired series as well as season premiere episodes. Here is a sampling. (Keep in mind as we move deeper into the PVR, Live+7 era these estimated, overnight numbers are a bit like reporting only the first two… Read on

How Australian Travis Fimmel became a Viking

Fimmel (centre) surrounded by the main cast members of Vikings Michael Hirst has become one of the leading storytellers in historical TV drama. The English screenwriter, who penned Elizabeth (1998) before writing virtually every word over four seasons on The Tudors, is now responsible for everything you see on Vikings. The Canada-Ireland historical drama returns… Read on

This week’s podcast: assessing Seth Meyers

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to take one last look at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. We talk viewing numbers, down compared to Vancouver, naturally, but up in digital. You can read more about that here in this Olympic ratings report I wrote for The Canadian Press.Scott wondered how CBC and NBC did… Read on