Gene Wilder 1933 – 2016

Nineteen Seventy-four was a pretty cool year to be 17. Bobby Hull was setting a record pace in goal  scoring in the WHA. Girls wore bras that did up in the front. Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder were making the laugh-out-loud funniest movies of the past 5o years. Both “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” came out… Read on


Saluting three supporting players we loved

Used to be famous people died in threes but nowadays the obits never stop. Here are three familiar faces who made you watch for years, even if you never knew their names. Jack Riley pretty much stole every scene he was in for six seasons on The Bob Newhart Show. The Cleveland native died last Friday… Read on


Premiere: “Your Morning” reviewed

The Canadian Press asked me to get up early Monday and review the show that is replacing Canada AM, CTV’s Your Morning. I did, and you can read the review here. I think it was Tim Goodman in The Hollywood Reporter who self-imposes a 100-day ban on reviewing any new late night talk show. Same rule… Read on



This week’s podcast: CBC Hip ratings a reach

Summer being a season of upside down schedules, it had been a while since I last spoke with CHML’s Scott Thompson. We got back together on the radio this week to talk about the big TV audience last Saturday night for The Tragically Hip. Which gave me an opportunity to take issue with the CBC’s… Read on


Keeso on Monday’s 19-2 season finale, Letterkenny news

The third season finale of 19-2 airs Monday at 10 p.m. on Bravo. That gives Jared Keeso about two weeks before he has to jump right into production on Season Four. In between, he’s been writing scripts — sometimes from the passenger seat of a car — for his CraveTV comedy Letterkenny. A second season… Read on


Over 4M Canadians say goodbye to The Hip

Overnight estimates for Saturday night’s nearly three hour live broadcast of The Tragically Hip’s end-of-tour performance in Kingston puts the average minute audience at 4,039,000. That’s an impressive number for a Saturday night in summer and should easily stand as the most-watched show of the week in Canada, outperforming CBC’s Olympic Games coverage. The Olympic… Read on



CBC deserves Olympic medal for pure salute to The Hip

I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that drew over 100 re-tweets before, but a rather simple observation is up around 155 “likes” Sunday morning (and incited about as many more unlikes from The Haters): Remarkable — any other broadcaster would have littered this showcase with promos and screen crawls #HipInKingston #CBCTheHip — Bill Brioux (@BillBriouxTV)… Read on


Will The Hip be a bigger draw than The Olympics?

How high will The Hip go? I was asked that question on Twitter. It is one of those unique TV draws where there’s just no answer until the data comes in. CBC has promoted the hell out of their exclusive broadcast Saturday night of the very last concert by The Tragically Hip, broadcast live from… Read on