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Don't Feel Guilty About Watching Reality TV

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

There are those who argue that reality shows are an affront to culture, but if it is something that is enjoyable and brings people together, I would argue it is not something we should feel guilty about. In today's divided world we should be looking for more things to unite people, which is why reality TV should be brought into the open.

New Web Series Focuses On The Service Industry, Sex

Michael MacDonald | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada
Michael MacDonald

I remember attending this one party back in university with Ian Lynch and few of our mutual friends from Frosh week. It's memorable because Ian's mo...

Black Creative Inspiration Abounds At The American Black Film Festival

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

As someone who's been a working journalist and video content creator for more than a decade, I want to take my storytelling to the next level, particularly when it comes to telling the stories of black women. I want to be someone who helps change the narrative. The 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) seemed like the right place to cultivate creative inspiration.

Shows Like Game Of Thrones Don't Do Working Women Any Favours

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Culture says that women ought to be homemakers, look pretty and that they're prizes to be "earned" by men. But culture is learned, and in no small part via popular media. Americans spend on average five hours daily watching TV, for example -- lots of time for media to cultivate unconscious biases.

This Is The Cottage Sunroom Of Your Dreams

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

This week we're revealing our sunroom. Its creation, as part of the overall cottage reversion, was critically important: having scanned the rental market, we quickly observed that most contenders benefit from a porch of some variety.

Canadian Actor Amanda Crew Talks Season 3 Of 'Silicon Valley'

Chris Taylor | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada TV
Chris Taylor

"I've had people come up to me and say 'I work in Silicon Valley, I do what Monica does, and you nailed it.' They say it's actually uncomfortable to watch because it's so realistic."

11 Ways Motherhood Is Like "The Walking Dead"

Jennifer Weedon Palazzo | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo

My mother is visiting this week. Last night, after putting my son to bed, I lowered my pregnant self onto the sofa and revved up the DVR. Mom said she didn't care what we watched. So I clicked on the newest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the credits rolled, she stared at me in horror. "This is your favorite show? Isn't it about, like, zombies? How could you possibly relate to or enjoy a show about zombies?" Quite easily, in fact.

The CRTC's Rogue Surveys And Polls Ignore Real Canadians

Barry Kiefl | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

The affable chairman of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, delivered a "state of the industry" speech in Toronto on Feb. 17, 2016. But Mr. Blais has shown a tendency to rely on dubious information in speeches and policies.

Reinventing Myself In Isolation Led Me To Have More Empathy

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

Rooming houses and cheap basement apartments in my neighbourhood are full of people like that. One day, some of them just don't get up. This happens. Every day. But I made a choice a long time ago. I'm not going down without a fight. This past year I've tried to re-invent myself as a writer of a TV drama series.

6 Interview Tactics I've Learned From The Best

Caitie Drewery | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living
Caitie Drewery

I've been binge listening to Sarah Koenig riveting podcast "Serial" and it's got my wheels turning about interview tactics. Sarah is a phenomenal interviewer. She has a subtle way of making everyone she speaks to feel like a buddy, like she's on your side, even when she's asking very tough questions. So how the hell does she do it?

How The Kardashians Influenced Eugene Levy's 'Schitt's Creek'

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada

Pretty much if 'KUWTK' was filmed in Canada.

The Most Memorable TV Moments Of 2015

Martine St Victor | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living
Martine St Victor

Watching the news in this year's last trimester, you got the sense the world was going down in flames. Terrorism, mass-shootings, ludicrous presidential candidates, diplomatic malaise. The aftermath of some of these ailments gave way to memorable television moments. Here, some of my most noteworthy television moments for 2015.

Flesh-Eating Disease Didn't Take Away My Will To Live

Maureen Cassidy | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen Cassidy

I always thought that if I were faced with impossibly adverse circumstances that I would be a fighter right up until the bloody death. I would go out raging against the enemy until I was victorious or until I couldn't possibly fight another second. Last year I found out that who I thought I would be was exactly the person I was. I fought the enemy and I was victorious.

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 07.24.2016 | 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 07.21.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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 05.19.2016 | 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.