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Introducing The Second 'Canada's Smartest Person'

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:10 AM

WARNING: Spoiler Alert! Do not read on unless you're caught up on "Canada's Smartest Person." Unless you like spoilers, then go right ahead!

This Season 2 wrap-up was a reminder of just how epic the last eight weeks have been on "Canada's Smartest Person." Thirty-two Canadians battled for the chance...

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'State Of Affairs' Review: Female-Led High-Stakes Drama Will Have You Wanting More

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM

OK, granted, it's not so much Katherine Heigl that's replacing James Spader; rather, Heigl's new show, "State of Affairs," takes "The Blacklist's timeslot until February. And as an avid fan of "The Blacklist," I have to admit, I'm kind of grateful for the break. (The series...

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'Stalker': In Defence Of The Much-Maligned Show

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Like any procedural, the opening scene usually establishes the crime that'll be investigated in the next hour. And "Stalker" follows this formula, though its storylines centre on stalking cases (obviously). The biggest difference is the creepy factor but with creator Kevin Williamson at the helm, that shouldn't be...

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'MasterChef Junior' Review: The Kids Just Keep Getting Better

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:41 AM

W.C. Fields famously said, "Never work with children or animals." So perhaps he wouldn't have been a fan of "MasterChef Junior." Everyone else, on the other hand, won't be able to resist the Season 2 premiere of the hit reality competition, which features both kids and live chickens,...

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'Canada's Worst Driver' Review: Are These The Lowest Of The Low?

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:56 PM

I fancy myself a pretty decent driver. Defensive but aggressive when I need to be. I heard a radio ad during a recent drive about "those suburban commando moms behind the wheel of her giant SUV," and I held my chin up with pride. All right, so I'm a lot...

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'Constantine' Review: This Show Will Freak Your Freak

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:43 PM

I have a few fears. I don't like birds, particularly flocks of them. In fact, I don't really like teems of anything (ants, spiders, flies or any other creepy-crawlers). Clowns, gnomes and porcelain dolls aren't tops on my list, and I can't stand ventriloquist dummies and nutcrackers (there's something about...

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'Star Wars Rebels' Review: Rebels With A Cause

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 4:57 PM

In case you missed "Spark of Rebellion," the pilot movie for "Star Wars Rebels," then leave this page, go watch it, and come back. Because while "Droids in Distress" is considered the series premiere, it was the movie that set it all up -- we learn all about...

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'Dragons' Den' Debuts New Dragons For Season 9 On CBC

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Changing up the cast of "Dragons' Den" is nothing new. The hit CBC series has seen its share of Dragons throughout the years, but with the departure of original cast member Kevin O'Leary, along with three-season vet Bruce Croxon, the latest quintet could've been a major...

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'Food Truck Face Off' Review: Cooking Show Is Food For The Heart And Soul

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Stepping off the ferry onto Toronto's Ward's Island on a sunny, gorgeous, warm July day was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. What made it all the more idyllic was the sight of two food trucks with delicious smells wafting from them.

Food trucks on the Island --...

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CBC Goes Dark With 'Strange Empire'

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 10:42 AM

If you like your CBC programming family-friendly with a dash of feel-good, tune in Sunday nights where you can get plenty of that with trusty "Heartland" and the new series Canadians can't seem to stop talking about, "Canada's Smartest Person." Mondays have gotten a bit darker, however. Sure,...

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'Gracepoint' Review: 'Broadchurch' Remake Is Familiar With Some Fresh Twists

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:04 PM

When I first heard Fox was remaking "Broadchurch", I immediately had my back up. The series rightfully touted as "Britain's biggest new drama since 'Downton Abbey'" lived up to all of its expectations, and then some. Could Fox really do the same with "Gracepoint"?

Well, if its goal was to...

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'Canada's Smartest Person', CBC's New Brainchild, Wants To Take On The World

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:29 AM

On a recent jaunt to the CBC headquarters in Toronto, I got up close and personal with the broadcaster’s new series, “Canada’s Smartest Person.” It was meant to be a screening and showcase of the show’s new app but had I known my intelligence would also be tested, I probably...

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'Gotham' Review: About As Good As It Gets

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Remember the days when you couldn't buy your tickets online (hell, what was online?) and you would have to go to the mall or movie theatre and line up for hours on the opening night of any big blockbuster? Ahh, those were good times.

I'll never forget, it was...

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Tim Daly, 'Madam Secretary' Star, On Playing The Perfect Husband To Tea Leoni

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:58 PM

It's hard not to gape at Tim Daly upon meeting him. There's just something so manly about him, and whether you watched "Wings" or "Private Practice," his recent stints on "The Mindy Project" or "Hot in Cleveland," or even caught him on the little-seen "The Nine" or "Eyes,"...

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'Red Band Society' Review: This New Fall Show Is Not To Be Missed

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:09 PM

When it comes to television shows and movies, I typically know a little something about it -- usually the premise or the stars, or just about everything (what storylines I can expect; who plays what character and what they're all about, etc.). But when it came to "Red...

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'Z Nation' Review: Zombie Show Has More Bark Than Bite, And That's OK

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:17 AM

I'm a wuss when it comes to scary shows and movies. Before going down to the basement to do laundry, I would limber up with some jumping jacks, knowing that after throwing the clothes into the machines, I would then fly up the stairs two at a time, trying not...

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Jes Macallan, 'Mistresses' Star, Spills On Season 2 Finale Craziness

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Fasten your seatbeats. The Season 2 finale of "Mistresses" is right around the corner and it's going to be a doozy, so says series star Jes Macallan.

Macallan's character, Josslyn Carver, has seen some much-needed growth this year, and has had the "misfortune" (insert eye...

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'Gravity Falls' Review: The Shack Is Back, And Scarier Than Ever Before

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 3:35 PM

It seems like eons since we've seen a new episode of "Gravity Falls" and even with the shorts that we were occasionally treated to, it simply wasn't enough. But finally -- finally! -- the show is back after nearly six long months.

Most of Disney's...

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'Outlander' Review: It's Hard Not To Fall In Love With This Drama

(5) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Confession: I've never read any of Diana Galbaldon's "Outlander" books -- but I may have to start. Before watching the first two episodes of the new adaptation from Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica") on Showcase (Starz in the U.S.), I thought it was going to be...

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'Don't Drive Here' Review: This May Be The Show That Has Everything

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Anyone who lives in a Canadian city and complains about the traffic and congestion and the construction needs to watch "Don't Drive Here." Because like with most other modern conveniences, you'll be left shaking your head, thanking your lucky stars for your good fortune. And perhaps the next...

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