In recent years there has been a slight, but noteworthy, incursion of Canadian TV series onto American TV. Cable series like Bitten and Orphan Black and even primetime network programs like Rookie Blue and Motive. But there has been grumbling about these and other shows.
I connected to YouTube on a new device recently, so a device without the vast user history Google likes to collect. I noticed at the top of the screen were the top 5 'Most Popular Right Now' videos for the UK. What struck me was that 4 out of 5 were video games. The only non video game offering was a Beyoncé video in second place.
She is still going strong and keeping the legacy of Dark Shadows alive. Arguably, and perhaps more aptly in this context, she is keeping it undead.
A porn star, Housewives, Mob Wives, and a pageant queen all in the same room, what more could you want from a Wednesday night?
As habitual watchers of Chuck, Dexter and, most recently, 24: Live Another Day already know, Yvonne Strahovski has helped put the action back in high-...
"Saudi cleric says chatting online is haram" (religiously banned in Islam). According to Saudi daily al-Eqitisadiya, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a mem...
David Leon was born in 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne. A decade ago he made his film debut in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and went on to feature in hit BBC drama Cutting It, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. I spoke to the actor, producer and director about playing DS Joe Ashworth in hit ITV drama Vera; working with national treasure Brenda Blethyn, and his thoughts on being a pin-up.
We can all have a bad day at the office, but when the Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, had a really bad day in the TV and radio studios by not knowing much about food shopping bills or anything at all about the Labour Party Leader in Swindon - he didn't just sound unconvincing - he broke a number of important rules of politics and of media interviews.
This week (26th May to 1st June) marks National Family Week. Backed by all major political parties and over 200 national and thousands of non-for-profit organisations, National Family Week is designed to bring families together through a programme of fun activities.
There are, I suspect, some adults who will be seduced by this kind of jolly CBeebies singalong advert. Who will merrily have their brain wiped clean of all the bad news stories that have plagued the energy industry and from now on look at British Gas as Brian Cant would Humpty - with fondness and kindness. Aren't they silly and sweet? I'm afraid I am not one of them.
While the cool kids were out smoking cigarettes and tongue kissing, I was in front of the TV, with a sleeve of Oreos, absorbed in trite plots of short-lived sitcoms.
Connecting to emotional situations is what sets a new series apart from the pack. The key is creating character dynamics that drive the audience to return each week.
Despite the snobbery, soaps attract dedicated followings. A full cross-section of society, who will watch any story with which they are presented, no matter how uncomfortable. On a daily basis, topics like euthanasia, gender identification, murder, rape and domestic abuse are brought directly into homes around the country.
The truth is that traditional radio and TV have not been replaced by the internet or other new technologies but instead have maintained their central role in our lives. Traditional TV viewing levels have, if anything, increased slightly in recent years. This is partly the result of improvements in picture quality (HDTV) and the inherent quality of programming.
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.
Food has always been the bread of Jonathan's life. Growing up in Smithtown, New York, he watched his parents cook and took charge of most of the meals when they split up and his mother got a full-time job.