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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

2014-02-14 at 13:24

The aging idols

I wasn’t ready for it. First there was one, then another. I’m not sure how, but the ladies I grew up with have gotten older. It couldn’t possibly be that I’m aging, could it?  This year, Sandra Bullock is turning 50, as is supermodel Elle McPherson and Melissa... Read More

2014-02-07 at NOON

The year's hottest villain

You might have seen Friday night’s line-up on Global Thunder Bay and thought, “There’s been a mistake.”  At 9 p.m. you’ll see Avalanche Sharks. Perhaps you thought, “Avalanche means snow and mountain. Sharks mean warm and water. The two together... Read More

2014-01-31 at 14:13

Questions of morality

It used to be that someone died, 55 minutes later the case was solved and everyone went home.  Occasionally, it was a little bigger than that and we were “continued” into the following week. Today’s new television dramas are becoming massive conspiracies and crimes that... Read More

2014-01-10 at 14:32

Do we want to be offended?

This week, the stars of 2 Broke Girls are hosting the People’s Choice Awards – a show that embraces viewers’ favourite everything from music to movies to television.  Ironically, this high is matched by a new low – so to speak.  The CBS comedy racked up more... Read More

2014-01-03 at 11:19

Reflecting on lessons learned in 2013

As we begin a new year full of hope, plans, excitement and trepidation, we also close out 365 (and one quarter) days of headlines, heartaches, disasters and disappointments.  And once again, I find myself asking the age-old question often posed to me by my own father, “So what the... Read More

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