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2014-06-20 at 10:34

Boys of summer

It always seemed during the first week of school, some teacher wanted to know how I spent my summer vacation. Sometimes it was even in French. Fortunately, it’s an essay I no longer have to write. But somehow, at the end of every spring, I start to think.  How do I want to spend... Read More

2014-06-13 at 15:54

Where has all the laughter gone?

Comedies account for barely 40 per cent of television’s scripted programming. Yet this past spring, they were responsible for 60 per cent of the cancellations. Why? Part of the problem is the networks’ method of choosing shows for development.  They appear to have adopted... Read More

2014-06-06 at 16:31

Famous for nothing

Like most, I associate family with love, loyalty, support and warmth.  At his recent wedding to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West gave a 20-minute speech during which he referred to his in-laws as “an industry.”  They have a long-running reality show that is arguably as tasteless... Read More

2014-05-09 at 13:36

Strength of a woman

Earlier this year, actress Candace Cameron Buré, the former beloved D. J. Tanner from Full House, was attacked for her views on marriage.  In her new biography, she had written that she takes a “submissive” role to her husband. And online and on television, people reacted... Read More

2014-04-25 at 10:11

Reality getting too close for comfort

When EdTV hit theatres in 1999, it still seemed preposterous people would want to watch other regular people’s everyday lives on TV. But then it happened in real life. Sort of. As reality TV became an accepted and profitable genre, actors vying for limited roles decided to get in on... Read More

2014-04-17 at NOON

The Killing Season

Every TV season sees a few recurring fads. Despite the goal of new and fresh ideas, Hollywood’s incestuous nature guarantees that similarly styled shows will pop up throughout the networks and cable empires. And of course, there’s the multitude of spinoffs certainly colouring the... Read More

2014-04-04 at 14:18

The Colbert retort

Recently, Stephen Colbert was lambasted for a joke he made about Asians during his show, The Colbert ­Re­port.  The “Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” was later tweeted out to the universe by someone claiming to be Colbert. And... Read More

2014-03-28 at NOON

The Good Wife takes a big risk [Spoilers]

Warning: This column contains major spoilers about a recent episode of The Good Wife.       WARNING: This column discuses, in detail, major spoilers about an episode of The Good Wife. This is your second and final warning.   ... Read More

2014-02-28 at NOON

An Olympic perspective

We all know television can warp our perspective. Some people still believe that DNA can be identified in a matter of minutes and that TV interviews are always live. And during the games, I saw touching commercials with the schmaltzy music where parents watch their small children becoming inspired... Read More

2014-02-21 at 13:36

Playing nice at the games

Canadian athletes were expected to do well at the Sochi Olympics.  Worldwide, the opinion was that this would be our year. After all, it is the winter games and Canada is the great white north.  But medals weren’t enough. Once again, we had to prove that we truly are far... Read More