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Thursday, July 19




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By JOHN DOYLE
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Page A14
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-- Now here's an interesting, illuminating example of what's going on right now in the TV racket: a series called Good Girls.The show, an odd hybrid of comedy and drama, debuted on NBC last January. Not much fanfare, but reasonable ratings. It's a one-hour show and both networks and audiences tend to struggle with one-hour shows that are genre-benders. First, it feels like a sitcom and then it seems to be a drama.  FULL STORY arrow
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What the World Cup says about us: We are so Anglo space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Monday, July 16, 2018 – Page A9
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-- In the end France won the World Cup, as some predicted long ago, including me. But the interesting, illuminating thing about a World Cup tournament is what it reveals about us in Canada and the world at large. Some of it is predictable and some of it is surprising. It is an intense month, a gripping distraction, a drama that twirls and swerves and, in doing so, manages to illuminate so much.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Workers Cup, not the other Cup, is where the real heartbreak is space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Page A19
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-- The biggest, most watched live event in the world takes place this weekend. That's the World Cup final (Sunday, CTV, TSN 11 a.m. ET), between France and Croatia. The World Cup final matches in 2010 and 2014 each attracted an average of 3.2 billion viewers, making the Super Bowl look like the little regional event it is.  FULL STORY arrow
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This World Cup is about collective guilt playing against collective will in nation-building
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Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Page S9
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TORONTO -- Ask anyone and they'll say France is the favourite to win this World Cup final.But what does anyone know, anyway? In the matter of Croatia's semi-final against England, along came Ivan Perisic, with muscular skill and keen awareness, rampaging forward to score, and thus demolish not just England but a mass of punditry and predictions.  FULL STORY arrow
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But what if England wins it all? space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Page B11
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TORONTO -- According to reliable sources such as the BBC, there's been an outbreak of World Cup delirium in the part of Britain called England.The weather is unusually warm. Large and excited crowds are watching the games outdoors, and it all looks jolly, jolly good for England.  FULL STORY arrow
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Netflix's Sacred Games: A brilliant thriller series from India space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – Page A12
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-- In Europe and elsewhere, the TV landscape is littered with failed attempts to combat Netflix and Amazon Prime and compete for customers. If you look at the broadcast trade media, there is, almost weekly, yet another new effort by commercial channels to combine their resources and offer new video-on-demand services.  FULL STORY arrow
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For the tournament's final four, teamwork makes the dream work space
There is a natural tendency to see the World Cup, especially in its final stage, as a sort of red carpet on which glamorous individuals appear and are worshipped. This World Cup isn't that, at all
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Monday, July 9, 2018 – Page B11
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TORONTO -- Look at these guys. The final four at this World Cup are Croatia, Belgium, France and, God Save the Queen, England. Stating the obvious, it's like the set-up for a Euro tournament semi-finals.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sharp Objects is gripping, grim and unsettling space
Based on Gillian Flynn's gothic murder-mystery novel, the miniseries is a summer indulgence of sorts, but far from light
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Page A18
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-- Anyone who watched and admired HBO's Big Little Lies, and many did, noted the emphatic style that Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee brought to it. The manner in which he contrasted the soaring vistas of Northern California with the tight spaces in which the characters mainly existed. The elliptical way they perceived reality, from the numerous scenes of characters watching through car windows and seeing others in mirrors. The technique and flair he brought to it was subtly key to the intensity.  FULL STORY arrow
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All human frailty is in the penalty shootout space
Tournament has already seen dramatic endings from brilliant saves or poorly taken kicks
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Page S9
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-- Here's what to say to persons who assert that a penalty shootout is a terrible way to end a soccer game: There has to be an ending. A divorce. The conflict can't go on forever. As much as two sides are fully engaged in an endless tug of war for dominance, the niggling fouls and attempts at ascendancy must stop. An ending is a good thing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Jerry Seinfeld's banter with comedians: Some gems, some fails space
Now a Netflix series, comedian's interview show is still ultimately about him and his obsessions - the guest is allowed in, but only carefully and skillfully
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By JOHN DOYLE
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Page A12
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-- Some years ago, Jerry Seinfeld had this idea. The idea was then honed to a simple-format chat show that would appear online. Seinfeld would introduce a comedian to a vintage car, they'd go for a ride, chat and then chat some more over a coffee or light meal. No fuss, a lean budget and some good, funny conversations. Sometimes a bit personal, but mostly not.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Toronto bar that plays host to the 'sweet bedlam' of soccer fans space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – Page B11
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TORONTO -- The consensus at the Football Factory, a downtown Toronto bar and restaurant, is it's a pity Mexico is out of this World Cup. The fans of Mexico were the best, the most deliriously cheerful and good-natured of them all. The fans of Iran weren't far behind.  FULL STORY arrow
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Nothing rotten about Denmark's play space
Throughout their tournament, the Danes showed tremendous effort - and that's more than many, more talented squads can say
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By JOHN DOYLE
Monday, July 2, 2018 – Page B11
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-- It was around midnight in Nizhny Novgorod when the epic penalty shootout finally ended and Croatia squeezed into the quarter-finals of this World Cup.The watching world was exhausted by it all, even if it wasn't anywhere near midnight where the game was being viewed.  FULL STORY arrow
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GLOW returns for a wonderful second season space
New episodes of Ozark, Better Call Saul and Orange Is the New Black, are also arriving this summer
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Page A21
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-- If you're trying to keep up this summer TV season, take note that a lot of content amounts to a new season of an existing series.New episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee start streaming on Netflix next Friday. A new season of Orange Is the New Black arrives on Netflix on July 27. The second season of last year's big summer hit, Ozark, arrives on Netflix on Aug. 31. Away from Netflix, the fourth season of the great Better Call Saul returns to AMC on Aug. 6.  FULL STORY arrow
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Messi style of play is not the Argentina way space
The current team regime favours system over individual effort, a system that does not fit the star's strengths
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Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Page S3
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-- In the matter of France playing Argentina on Saturday in the World Cup's Round of 16, all bets are off. Neither team has played to its potential. France is packed with some of the best young talent in Europe yet it has gone through a sleepwalking version of getting to the knockout stage.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why has the World Cup TV coverage been so sexist? space
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Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Page B13
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-- Great World Cup so far.More than 100 goals scored. Thrilling games and upsets. Germany, the defending champion, evicted in the first round. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo struts through it, Argentina's Diego Maradona having meltdowns in the VIP seats and a lot of viewers crushing on Mexico's spirit and style.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trump's war against TV hosts is real, not a distraction space
The President's tweets aren't deflection at all: It's genuine hatred behind which his supporters can rally
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – Page A12
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-- ''That deflection technique doesn't really work when the thing you're deflecting from is children in cages,'' John Oliver observed on his HBO show last Sunday. He was ranting about attempts made on Fox News to change the news narrative from the Trump administration's family-separation policy and focus instead on tax cuts.  FULL STORY arrow
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Suddenly, England fancies a Cuppa delusion space
A thumping victory over a bad Panama team is the worst possible result for Kane and Co.
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Monday, June 25, 2018 – Page B12
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-- The consensus at The Done Right Inn, a cozy dive bar on Queen Street West in Toronto, is that England has a first-rate, world-beating team and Harry Kane is a God-like figure. The Done Right Inn is, week in and week out, a little hotbed of support for Harry Kane's employer, the English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.  FULL STORY arrow
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The beautiful read space
While it's game on in Russia, John Doyle lines up 14 essential soccer books for World Cup season
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Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Page P15
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-- Entranced by the World Cup, or inquisitive about the game, the spectacle and the serious passion, you might wonder where to read further and deeper into this, the greatest shared sports phenomenon on the planet. Well, there are a lot of books about soccer; some brilliantly written and insightful, some sincere and some both scholarly and splendid. It's a writing arena as big as the sport.  FULL STORY arrow
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Three great foreign dramas on Netflix for a summer binge space
Money Heist, The Mechanism and The Break draw on familiar themes, but with a twist
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Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Page A20
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Even if its World Cup exit is near, Iceland can teach the world a lesson space
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Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Page S3
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-- Iceland isn't out of this World Cup. Yet. It stands level on points with Argentina - Argentina, no less - in Group D with a slight advantage in goal difference. The momentum is with Nigeria, however as candidate for the next round.  FULL STORY arrow
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DIEGO MARADONA'S LEGENDARY GOALS space
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Friday, June 22, 2018 – Page A2
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Succour in a savage world space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – Page A16
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-- I'm pretty sure I ended up covering soccer from 17 countries on four continents because in 2001, I wrote a column about watching Ireland play Iran in a World Cup qualifying game at a bar in downtown Toronto. That, some experience playing the game and a fierce interest in it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Brazil: Another South American failure could be in the making space
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Monday, June 18, 2018 – Page B13
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is a lovely, disturbing miniseries space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Page A20
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-- Peter Weir's 1975 film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock is famous for its soft-focus, gauzy beauty and the chill in the unexplained key event - in Australia on Valentine's Day, 1900, three young women and a teacher from a boarding school disappear while on an outing to Hanging Rock, a former volcano.  FULL STORY arrow
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Even poor games have corrosive drama space
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Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Page S3
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-- Luis Suarez cut a frustrated figure in this World Cup's second game, as Uruguay struggled to get past Egypt. At least he wasn't cutting anyone with his teeth.  FULL STORY arrow
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The women's game loses when the World Cup comes to Canada space
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Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Page A13
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-- Three cheers for Canada, the United States and Mexico as the three countries have landed the job of co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. I'm cheering too - with reservations.  FULL STORY arrow
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Two new, weirdly wonderful CBC series: time-travelling foodies and a loopy family space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Page A22
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-- Two fine, fascinating and oddball series start on CBC. Things are looking up.First, an anecdote. The last time I met Carlo Rota in person was a few years ago at the airport in Los Angeles. He was disembarking from a plane from Toronto, the one I was waiting to board and return home. A very affable chap, he stopped for a chat. He had work lined up in L.A. The previous time I'd met him in person was also in L.A.  FULL STORY arrow
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Let the Emmy voting begin space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Page A16
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-- TELEVISIONOn Monday, members of the Television Academy started voting on this year's nominations for the Emmy Awards. Yes, while some broadcasters and all streaming services boast they have abandoned the fall-season/mid-season model for TV, there are still markers that tell us time is up and it's necessary to assess a period of television excellence.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Page A20
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-- TELEVISIONIt unfolds like this: On a weekI end evening peruse what's in the PVR or On-Demand and there are accumulated episodes of shows I don't particularly savour at that moment. Too much torture, too much pain, a great deal of cynicism and more torture.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Page A20
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This World Cup will be going totally rogue space
A Trump connection, Putin's ambivalence, much chicanery - there's no shortage of sideshow material here
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Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Page S9
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-- Anyone who says that sport and politics don't mix is a halfwit. You see, you couldn't make it up, the story behind and leading to this World Cup in Russia. There is an embarrassment of weird coincidences and connections to prove that truth is way stranger than fiction. What is weirdest of all is the entanglement of this World Cup with ongoing events that dominate daily political coverage and discussion.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Citizen Kane of true-crime docs comes to Canadian viewers at last space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Page A17
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-- The mother of all true-crime docuT mentary series is back. In the matter of newspaper columnist and novelist Michael Peterson, and the alleged murder of his wife, Kathleen, and possibly another person, it ain't over until it's over.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why a Roseanne spinoff would be elusive, fraught - and inevitable space
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Page A17
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-- This week is Canadian upfronts week. What's that? The Canadian commercial broadcasters, Rogers, Bell Media and Corus, announce what new U.S. series they have acquired for their channels. The point is to generate attention and ad sales.  FULL STORY arrow
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Queen of the Oil Patch: Portrait of a different, ace conqueror space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Page A16
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-- A lot of Canadian-made reality TV is unwatchable. This one isn't.Queen of the Oil Patch (Tuesday, APTN at 10:30 p.m.) presents a Canada that is simultaneously unrecognizable and familiar.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pose is fabulous, stirring, outrageous and unmissable space
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Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Page A20
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-- What is this fabulous, ambitious new drama series about? The ballroom scene in New York in 1987. And what is that? As a major character says to a young man entering this world, the ballroom scene is ''a gathering of people who are not welcome to gather anywhere else, a celebration of a life that the rest of the world does not deem worthy of celebration.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN DOYLE
Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Page A17
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Roseanne reboot's inevitable bitter end space
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Page A3
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-- The revival of Roseanne was never about television nostalgia. The reboot was never really connected, in anything more than the most superficial way, with the revived Gilmore Girls and rejuvenated Will and Grace.  FULL STORY arrow
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Michelle Wolf's weird, wicked comedy lands nicely on Netflix space
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Page A17
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-- There's another new comedy/chat show vying for your attention. You might well sigh and ask, ''Is it different from what's done by John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Bill Maher and all those others?'' Well, yes and no.  FULL STORY arrow
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Anthony Bourdain is rightfully fed up with Canada space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Monday, May 21, 2018 – Page A13
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-- Anthony Bourdain has a point. The chef and host of the Emmy and Peabody-winning CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is dismayed by the coverage of his recent and misfortunate foray into Canada to do a program on Newfoundland and Labrador.  FULL STORY arrow
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Current events rekindle dystopian spirit of Fahrenheit 451 space
An updated retelling of Ray Bradbury's novel makes for essential viewing in an anti-intellectual age
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Page A20
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-- The Irish writer Joseph O'Connor has a story about being on a bus in south Dublin in his teenage years. The bus paused next to the Martello tower in Sandycove, commonly known as the James Joyce Tower because the first part of Joyce's Ulysses is set there.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Page A21
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-- Do you know who's back? You don't? Well then, you'll be glad you stopped by this column on the royal wedding.Peter (Pastor) Mansbridge is back.That's right. I kid you not. Wedding day coverage on CBC TV and CBC NN starts at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday. The live coverage is hosted by Adrienne Arsenault who is joined by ''royal expert'' Katie Nicholl, author of a book about Prince Harry. And then, says the CBC, ''Peter Mansbridge, former anchor of The National, will drop by the broadcasting booth during the special.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Cackle away, Roseanne is part of a revival in network TV space
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Page A15
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Page A17
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Monday, May 14, 2018 – Page A16
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Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Page A20
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What the world needs now is wedding fever, and it's on TV space
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Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Page A19
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The Handmaid's Tale: more harrowing, more horror space
The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel returns for a second season as a formidably dark tale
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Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Page A20
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Nobody can prepare for this: The emotional impact of TV after the horror space
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Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Page A20
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-- On Tuesday morning a young woman at the makeshift wall memorial for the victims of Monday's van attack on Yonge Street in Toronto was being interviewed on TV. She apologized to the reporter for not being very articulate. She actually said, ''Sorry.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Page A21
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What conservatives can learn from the Roseanne reboot space
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Monday, April 23, 2018 – Page A14
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Westworld returns with timely focus on bitter rebellion space
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Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Page A20
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-- The most lavish, praised and sometimes most puzzling HBO series of the past few years is back. Thematically, the best of American cable TV hews to themes below the surface in the culture that inevitably rise to the surface, and so it is with the wonderful Westworld (Sunday, HBO Canada 9 p.m.).  FULL STORY arrow
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A cult hit about what may or may not be a cult space
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Thursday, April 19, 2018 – Page A15
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The only thing bigger than Netflix is the daily news space
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Page A19
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-- The announcement on Monday was hardly a surprise. In the first quarter of 2018, Netflix added almost two million U.S. subscribers and yet more in other territories, beating its own estimates. The streaming company also posted quarterly earnings slightly above expectations.  FULL STORY arrow
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On Facebook: A tiny, minor and perfect drama space
Chateau Laurier is an impeccable slice of Canadiana - already viewed more than a million times
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Monday, April 16, 2018 – Page A15
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By JOHN DOYLE
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Page A20
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-- Lost in Space (streams Netflix from Friday, April 13) starts with a crash landing on a planet that, geez, Louise, looks very much like British Columbia.And indeed it is B.C. that is masquerading as the planet on which the Robinson clan land.  FULL STORY arrow
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The National now: Confusing, well-meaning and maddening space
Viewers are unhappy about the flagship program's overhaul. One only needs to sit through a single bleak and exhausting hour to get an idea of why
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Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Page R3
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The streaming service offers political thrills, gothic chills and a healthy helping of scatological laughs from across the pond
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Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Page A14
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Ice-man Zuckerberg, live on TV, pleads innocence space
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Page A14
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-- He knows. He knows people loathe him. He knows and doesn't care, until he's forced to look like he cares.They made a movie about his life, The Social Network. It portrayed him as a nerdy tech guy driven by a need to connect with women. As if. It wasn't unkind, though. It ended with the Beatles singing Baby, You're a Rich Man.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rick Mercer embodies Canada, without the smugness space
The funnyman is going out on top with a successful formula that is rare in this country's TV programming
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Page A17
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-- On Tuesday, after 15 seasons and 277 episodes, The Rick Mercer Report will cease to be. There will be an hour-long episode (CBC, 8 p.m.) with highlights from across the years, and one last rant from Mercer.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trump doc chronicles his twisted ascent in Washington space
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Monday, April 9, 2018 – Page A16
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-- In the flurry of all-news cable coverage of the whirlwind that is the Trump presidency, the details get lost.It's hard to tell what's really going on when Fox News is busy claiming there's a caravan of immigrants about to storm the U.S. border, or is busy attacking Jimmy Kimmel for some wisecrack he made. And CNN is busy trying to help viewers connect the colourful, shady players who turn up in the Mueller investigation.  FULL STORY arrow
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A message to CBC's new president: Invest in gold space
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Thursday, April 5, 2018 – Page A19
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-- Far be it from me to join the lineup of pundits offering advice and analysis to Catherine Tait, the incoming CBC president. But, in the matter of CBC English-language TV, there's an issue: Where's the great stuff?  FULL STORY arrow
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A stunningly powerful movie about an abuse scandal space
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – Page A15
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-- One of the most powerful, unforgettable scenes broadcast in recent years was at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team physician convicted of sexually assaulting young athletes in his care. Numerous former gymnasts and Michigan State University athletes gave victim-impact statements accusing university staff of dismissing or ignoring their sexual-abuse complaints against Nassar.  FULL STORY arrow
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Steven Bochco was a revolutionary when network TV was ordinary space
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – Page A15
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-- The last time Steven Bochco appeared at the TV critics' press tour was in January, 2014, to introduce his series Murder in the First. The series, which airs on TNT in the United States and Bravo in Canada, is a middling-good cop drama, driven largely by the energy and skill of Canadian Kathleen Robertson in the lead role.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Child in Time is a harrowing portrayal of loss space
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a father whose daughter disappears, leaving him on the cusp of collapse
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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Page A18
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-- New and upcoming performances by Benedict Cumberbatch can be reported. The chap has a lot of followers. A lot.In May, Showtime will air the five-part series Patrick Melrose, based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Cumberbatch, who also executive produces, stars as the self-destructive, addictionprone title character.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Page A18
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-- Cats. Don't get me started. My cat, Rita, runs the house.Everything revolves around Rita. This is typical cat behaviour, as the whole world knows. She stashes Ping-Pong balls all over the joint.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Americans: Exquisite series ends with added relevance space
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – Page A15
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-- It's intriguing that the sixth and final season of The Americans (Wednesday, FX, 10 p.m.) should arrive just as staff from Russian embassies and consulates around the world are being expelled. And it's more than intriguing that this should all be the result of allegations of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in England.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why you need to watch the Roseanne reboot space
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – Page A14
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Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Page A17
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-- As I write this, there's a low, grey winter sky and wisps of snow blowing around. It's wintry. But spring is around the corner. And with it, a deluge of spring TV. The new and returning. The scintillating, the reboots and the radically different.  FULL STORY arrow
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Gervais's indignation takes centre stage in new special space
In comedian's first stand-up broadcast in seven years, he asserts, 'I don't care about the backlash' - but clearly, he does
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Page A16
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-- The other day, Ricky Gervais told a British newspaper that he was rather disappointed he hadn't been asked to host the Golden Globe Awards this year. But, if he had done the gig, he would ''probably still have to be in hiding now.''  FULL STORY arrow
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A nice but hopeless, unfunny event space
Gala honouring the best in Canadian film and television made for a sincere, interminable and amateurish watch
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Page A15
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-- You know what's nice? I'll tell you what's nice: The Canadian Screen Awards.That's what's nice. Very nice, very smug and boring, long-winded and hopeless.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, March 12, 2018 – Page A18
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-- Two things happened on Friday in the eternally loopy world of TV, specifically Netflix-related.First, there was a news report that Barack and Michelle Obama are in advanced talks to provide or guide content for Netflix. Second, shares of Netflix hit an all-time high on the New York Stock Exchange. According to Barron's, ''Netflix's stock climbed 3 per cent in midmorning trading, to [US]$326.61. For the year, they're up nearly 69 per cent.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Jessica Jones is still a fierce feminist thriller space
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Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Page A18
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-- TELEVISIONThere's a guy, kind of cocky, who wants to buy Jessica Jones's little company, Alias Investigations. ''I never take no for an answer,'' he says. Jessica looks at him coolly and replies, ''How rapey of you.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Present day Canadian TV: Squeezing out a few good ones space
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Page A19
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-- Awards season isn't over. Not in this neck of the woods. It's Canadian Screen Awards Week. Days and days of shindigs for this and that, mostly in the TV racket. On Sunday, the big awards gala airs live on CBC. Let's assess.  FULL STORY arrow
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Silence and shunning on the red carpet space
TV viewers witness the excruciating near isolation of Seacrest following allegations of sexual misconduct
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Page A15
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-- All changed but not utterly on the live red-carpet coverage, pre-Academy Awards, on TV on Sunday.What was anticipated as a possible new #MeToo moment turned out to be just that - the excruciating near isolation of Ryan Seacrest, the E! interviewer renowned for his ability to schmooze cheerfully with the arriving stars. Most top stars avoided him, heading instead for ABC's red-carpet interviewers. It was all loaded with meaning, as the cool people, the important up-and-comers and established stars left Hollywood's premier chit-chat man almost alone and palely loitering.  FULL STORY arrow
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Call My Agent! is a gem about showbiz strangeness space
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Monday, March 5, 2018 – Page A15
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-- There are certain things you learn when you cover the entertainment racket for more than the length of a TV season. You learn that many actors aren't all that interesting.  FULL STORY arrow
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Oscars red carpet confronts a #MeToo reckoning space
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Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Page A20
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-- When did the frock opera become fraught?The Academy Awards (Sunday, ABC, CTV, 8 p.m.) is the biggest night for movies and the climax of an awards season. That season is longer than usual this year because the Winter Olympics pushed back the preferred February air date. It's mainly been a TV event, really, for years.  FULL STORY arrow
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A rockin' raucous gem of a serious comedy space
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Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Page A17
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-- It's an old idea but usually a promising one - a down-onhis-luck boxer sets out on the comeback trail.That's the gist of Little Dog (starts Thursday, 9 p.m. on CBC with two episodes) and it has a clean, raw vivacity, made even more enjoyable by a large injection of rough Newfoundland humour. This is very much a rollicking, bawdy Newfoundland drama-comedy made with characteristic vigour and equally characteristic absurdity. It is, in the context of a wave of bland midseason TV, a breath of fresh air.  FULL STORY arrow
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Diversity, what diversity? Entertainment industry biases space
It seems as though U.S. network TV has made strides in diversity, but behind the scenes, women and minorities remain shockingly underrepresented
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Page A17
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-- In a week when the Academy Awards unfold, with the #OscarsSoWhite controversy seeming long past and with the movie Black Panther heading toward Star Wars-type box-office numbers, along comes the bad news: the reality check.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC's big, splashy Caught is one splendid, sizzling thriller space
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Monday, February 26, 2018 – Page A17
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-- During the Olympics, CBC gave heavy promotion to its new mini-series Caught.The flashy ads were everywhere.The wailing Creedence Clearwater Revival music, handsome fellas in undone shirts, sultry women in bikinis in a sunny setting and Paul Gross muttering something.  FULL STORY arrow
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Netflix drama has learned from its predecessors space
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Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Page A20
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-- The latest Netflix drama to arrive is one of the streaming service's most sober depictions of the United States today. It is unflashy, disturbingly grey in its palette and bleak. At the same time, it's a grim, gripping thriller made with great care and skill.  FULL STORY arrow
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All clichés apply at these strange Olympics space
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Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Page A21
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-- After a breakfast of pumpkin pie and oranges, the Brother and the lads got down to business. Olympic business. Eighteen days of curling. Twelve nights of speed skating. And what appears to be a hundred days of figure skating.  FULL STORY arrow
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Even fools know what the Olympics tell us about Canada space
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – Page A19
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-- The Brother and lads in his digs take a dim view of the audio quality in CBC's coverage of figure skating.''It's tinny,'' the Brother declared on Sunday night. ''It's like listening to someone's sad little mini-tape recorder played over the phone to you. I mean, seriously, I'd rather hear the music when Tessa and Scott dance than listen to Kurt Browning chirping away about the intricacies of putting your left leg out and your right leg in.  FULL STORY arrow
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It's a bloody big deal - BritBox lands in Canada space
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Monday, February 19, 2018 – Page A16
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-- They never end, the shifting and twisting turns in the TV landscape these days.No sooner has everyone got used to Netflix and the bewildering array of programming from here, there and everywhere, but another streaming service arrives. More content, more choices and still, for a lot of viewers, it isn't enough. Where, for instance, is that new British mystery that got a rave review in British papers last week? Where oh where, my dears, could it possibly be?  FULL STORY arrow
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Rebels on Pointe is a sharp story about masculinity and femininity space
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Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Page A22
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-- With the Olympics in full swing, certain issues are put in perspective.On display are force and possibilities of physical contest and the meaning of the Olympic motto, ''faster, higher, stronger.'' And in a now-notorious blog post, the executive editor of Fox News sarcastically wrote that the U.S. Olympic Committee was trying to change that motto from ''Faster, Higher, Stronger'' to ''Darker, Gayer, Different.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Three big shows echo state-of-America drama space
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Page A20
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-- If you can drag yourself away from figure skating, snowboarding, alpine skiing and the giant-slalom final, there are two big new series and one returning dazzler this weekend.They all have booming echoes of the divisive, politically charged United States we look at in awe these days.  FULL STORY arrow
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Welcome or not, the fad of resurrecting old network favourites is as savvy as it is misguidedly wistful for a generation past
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Page R1
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-- The list of TV reboots keeps growing - The X-Files, Roseanne, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, American Idol and Charmed. And that's just a few from U.S. network TV.  FULL STORY arrow
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Olympic opening ceremony on TV: A dubious rallying cry for harmony space
The joint Korean spectacle was dazzling and not at all subtle in its symbolism, but Canada's broadcasters found new ways to state the obvious
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Page S2
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-- Harmony. It's all about harmony.The Winter Olympics are all about harmony.So we were told over and over by CBC commentators and by the TV commercials during the televised opening ceremonies on Friday morning. Cockles of the heart were warmed, no doubt.  FULL STORY arrow
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The problem of Winter Olympics coverage starts here space
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By JOHN DOYLE
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Page A18
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-- The Brother and the lads in his digs emerged from their lair in Etobicoke recently to annoy me.As long-time readers will be aware, the Brother was last located on the outskirts of Vancouver, living in a tree house. He was involved with a young woman whose father knew he was entirely unsuitable and grudgingly allowed him to live up the tree on his property. Now, he's back in this neck of the woods.  FULL STORY arrow
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A lovely, surreal journey into the world of drummers space
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Page A20
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-- Hey, did you hear about the drummer who finished high school? Me neither.Drummers. The subject of jokes and gibes going back yonks. Me, I've never been in a band but when I was young and foolish I lived in a house where several fellas were in a rock ''n' roll outfit. On weekends the rest of us would help haul the equipment into some grotty bar. The drum kit, mostly. The drummer in the band was formidably lazy. He was always calling on the band to take a break, get a beer and chill. They rolled their eyes. We all did.  FULL STORY arrow
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Make America gay again: The return of Queer Eye space
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Page A15
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-- Here's a sad but important truth: You have to be of a certain age to truly understand what's going on in the popular culture. See, things go around and come around again.  FULL STORY arrow
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The saddest circus: memo madness on TV space
With the release of the GOP take on 'surveillance abuses,' news shows have sent in the clowns
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Monday, February 5, 2018 – Page A15
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-- And so it happened, live on TV. U.S. Republicans on Friday released the disputed, erstwhile classified memo that they say shows ''surveillance abuses'' in the FBI's investigation into the Trump election campaign and Russia. Donald Trump put it out there because, well, go figure.  FULL STORY arrow
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An ideal alternative to Super Bowl shenanigans space
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Saturday, February 3, 2018 – Page A20
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-- Ah yes, Super Bowl weekend. The smell of beer, chips and dip. The angst that comes with not giving a flying nacho about the action or the outcome.Then of course there's the nerdy matter of caring deeply about the Super Bowl ads. This year, again, Canadians get to see them, to the chagrin of Bell Media, which went to the Supreme Court to have that CRTC decision overturned, and the court rejected that request.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC's bonkers and beguiling new family space
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Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Page A17
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-- So, you know that story about the pot-edibles-eating Toronto police officers?Yep, the one about the officers suspended for allegedly consuming marijuana on the job, going all wiggy, one getting stuck up a tree and the other calling for backup, and an officer who arrived to help requiring medical attention for slipping on ice. That's a helluva silly story, not just a stoner story. Keep it in mind when you sample one of the most peculiar, bracing and formidably charming series CBC TV has done in years.  FULL STORY arrow
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The National and its evolution - still strangely unengaged space
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Page A19
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-- TELEVISIONLast week, writing an online piece about the TV spectacle that was former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown's press conference, I was in error about CBC's The National coverage.  FULL STORY arrow
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Him and her: Rose McGowan counters the State of the Union space
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Page A16
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The Grammy Awards at 60: What mad larks space
The show will take place in New York - and organizers are finding, to no one's amazement, the city is expensive
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Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Page A20
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Gripping stories in Netflix's Dirty Money space
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Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Page A14
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-- I read last year that most Americans don't understand what ''money laundering'' actually means.This should concern those persons expecting Robert Mueller's investigation will make major, damaging assertions about the Trump campaign. You see, possibly there is no firm proof of collusion.  FULL STORY arrow
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Media hatred: How long before the messengers are actually killed? space
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Page A12
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-- On Sunday, excerpts from the new book Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth by Howard Kurtz - a media analyst at Fox News - were published. On Tuesday, CNN reported that a Michigan man was arrested last week after he allegedly called CNN several times, threatening to kill employees.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Page A14
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-- So farewell, then, Viceland.We hardly knew you.The announcement on Monday that Rogers Media is ending its financial relationship - read: sugar-daddy arrangement - with Vice and that the Viceland channel will cease to operate as a TV channel on March 31, struck nobody like a thunderbolt. It was always going to end like this.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Open House: A singular entry in the creepy-house genre space
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Monday, January 22, 2018 – Page A14
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-- There are times when it's all too much, right? The complexities of so much TV drama and the demands put on your already tired brain. That's why you watch old sitcoms on Netflix, and that's why there are seven episodes of The Big Bang Theory on the Comedy Network most nights of the week.  FULL STORY arrow
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