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You Should Care About Diversity in Film and Television

Justin Beach | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada TV
Justin Beach

It is frequently said that Hollywood is "out of new ideas" and the rash of sequels and reboots attest to this. The reality though is that a small subset of a small subset of the global population is running out of new ideas.

Blackstone is a top Notch Canadian Show You Need to Binge Watch now

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada TV
Jeff Rose-Martland

Blackstone is a character-driven drama about the people who are members of the fictional Blackstone First Nation. It is set on a reserve in rural Alberta, about an hour or so drive from "the city" (presumably Edmonton, where the show is filmed). There's coming of age, coming home, coming to grips, and coming apart. It's about death and life and survival.

Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The CBC is facing significant challenges. There is the continued rise of the Internet and digital services like Netflix that are changing the broadcasting landscape. More and more content is consumed online. There are also long-standing challenges of competing against the U.S. entertainment giant to our south. With these challenges in mind, here is what I propose. It is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.

Friends: The One with No Reboot

Aviva Cohen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada
Aviva Cohen

Do not adjust your television set. With the ever growing list of TV shows that are being remade or rebooted, it appears as though the networks are on...

Ed The Sock: TV Paved The Way For Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada

Television's nothing but mindless entertainment right? Maybe, until it serves as an agent for change. But according to our resident media curmudgeon E...

Dave Letterman Was My Man on the Inside

Steven Kerzner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living
Steven Kerzner

I loved TV, so to enjoy the adventures of (the bionic) Steve Austin or Jim Rockford or Fonzie and the Cunninghams, I had to endure the obvious social-engineering messages that reminded me I was an outsider. Then along came David Letterman.

How the Mad Men Finale Mirrors Real Life

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

After seven seasons of cable television glory, AMC's Mad Men ended not with a bang but with a whimper. However, the series finale gave viewers an authentic, if unwelcome dose of reality. In real life, there are far more open endings than clean breaks and the final episode understates the incredible rarity of getting to say a proper goodbye. It may not have been as gratifying as being given explanations and closures for every loose end, but Mad Men's conclusion, or lack thereof, delivered what Hollywood seldom does -- honesty.

Why I'll Watch The Book of Negroes on BET

Giselle Phelps | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

The Book of Negroes is reminding me how much my ancestors endured just to survive. It makes me feel obligated to live out my full potential so their pain and struggle isn't in vain. On the ratings front, it will be interesting to see how The Book of Negroes compares to BET's other primetime specials. This is important, because we want networks to continue telling these stories.

A Fan's Farewell to Jon Stewart

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

There will be others after Stewart, just like there have been others during Stewart. But it's not enough to be an activist, or to be annoying, or to be loud, or to just only occasionally hit the nail on the head, or whatever. Stewart was often left of someone on the right, often right of someone on the left.

Favourite 2014 TV Moments From a Big Fan

Martine St Victor | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada TV
Martine St Victor

I'm a child of television and have grown up on great television. I recognize TV is a tough business and it's hard to make television that is good. Thankfully, good television is still being made and 2014 had its share of great TV moments. Here, some of my favourites.

Is American Politics About to Repeat a West Wing Plot?

Justin Beach | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Justin Beach

We don't know what happened after Matt Santos was elected, because the series ended. Elizabeth Warren would have to start ad libbing shortly after taking office but I find the similarities interesting and something about repeating television plots instead of history seems so very, very American.

A Pretty Darn Good Finale For 'The Newsroom'

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada TV
Kolby Solinsky

Sunday night's series finale, it's obvious, would have made a much better premiere than the pilot did. It was probably the show's best hour.

The Elwins Watch Twin Peaks So You Don't Have To: Episodes 5&6

The Elwins | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Music
The Elwins

With doughnuts at the ready (not actually) we collectively finish up the classic "pasta lunch" here at Elwins camp to begin our descent into our investigation of the strange but wonderful world of Twin Peaks.

How the Property Brothers Use Their Fame to Help the World's Poorest

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

They're known on television as the Property Brothers. Drew scouts neglected houses and negotiates the purchases, while twin brother Jonathan works magic through renovation. But there's a lot you may not know about Drew and Jonathan Scott and their older brother, JD, including their passion for helping the world's poorest children.

The Elwins Watch Twin Peaks So You Don't Have To: Episodes 3&4

The Elwins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Music
The Elwins

It's a beautiful Tuesday in Keswick where we've gathered just after lunch to watch episodes 3 and 4 of Twin Peaks. The last episode ended on a pretty odd note so we are very curious to see how these next two will unfold.

The Elwins Watch Twin Peaks So You Don't Have To: Episode 1

The Elwins | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada Music
The Elwins

We find out that Dale Cooper, an FBI agent, has been sent into the town to investigate. What does it mean? He goes to the morgue to inspect the body and finds a letter stuck underneath her ring fingernail, linking her death to a series of murders. Creepy stuff. It starts coming to light that some foul play was definitely involved.

5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

With recent world events escalating in tandem with the ubiquitous 24/7 news cycle, it's almost impossible for a parent to completely limit the access to information that their children may have. Following are five tips for parents about how to calm their child's fears during these difficult times.

Four Ways to Look (and Sound) Good on Camera

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Ostrikoff

You've finally decided to hire a production company, or to film your own video blogs to market your business. The idea of putting yourself "out there" might be terrifying, but it doesn't have to be. Working with the right crew or doing some trial runs on your own can make all the difference. Here are four tips to ensure you look your best when in the spotlight.

The Corner Gas Movie Loves That Saskatchewan Life | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada TV

It's the second-to-last day of shooting of the highly anticipated movie, Corner Gas. I am ushered into a darkly lit room called the video village to sit and wait out the filming of a scene before I can interview Brent Butt, creator and star of the Corner Gas TV series that is phenomenally popular in Canada.

Here's A Story I'll Never Get To Tell Robin Williams

Brett Caron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

I have my own ideas about what it means to control your own life and the right a person should have to end that life if they choose. But I'm not writing this to spout my opinion on suicide. I'm writing this to tell a story I'll never have the chance to tell Robin Williams, as if I would've had a chance of ever meeting the man.

How to Rock Your Next TV Interview

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Your company made headlines with a recent announcement and the media wants to hear about it directly from your spokesperson. Follow these best practices before and during an on-camera interview to set your spokesperson up for success.

Kids' "Screen Time" -- How Much Is Too Much?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

In office visits I ask routinely about "screen time" at home. Screen time encompasses any watching of a screen -- television, video games, movies, iPad use and the like. I am frequently blown away by the staggering number of hours our children spend in front of a screen.

The Unlikely Feminism of Mindy Kaling

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's exciting to be living in an era of television where we see more and more clever women gracing our TV screens -- especially ones who look and act like us. But at the same time, there seems to be a growing attack on femininity in the name of progress. And that's why Mindy Kaling's brand of feminism is becoming increasingly important.

Rebel Without a Kitchen: Montreal

Matthew Basile | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Matthew Basile

What separated Montreal from the other cities on our tour was that we did not have an actual food event to tap into -- instead we decided that Montreal was going to be the city that I did an old school popup at -- just build it and pray to the food gods that someone will hopefully come.

Detroit: A DIY Food Truck Paradise

Matthew Basile | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada TV
Matthew Basile

When I was told to that Detroit was on the agenda for cities being featured on Season 2 of Rebel Without A Kitchen I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it. But being in Detroit, eating in Detroit and being a part of Detroit's vibrant up-and-coming street-food and art scene actually paints a very different picture of the city.