After three decades spent writing stories, columns and opinion pieces about television, comedy and other pop-culture topics in the paper’s entertainment section, Brad Oswald shifted his focus to the deep-thoughts portion of the Free Press’s daily operation. He was appointed to the position of Perspectives Editor in April 2017.
Brad joined the Free Press in 1987, shortly after graduating from Red River College’s Creative Communications program. A lifelong resident of Winnipeg, he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba.
In addition to the abiding interest in popular culture that informed his columns and reviews in the Free Press’s Arts & Life pages for many years, Brad has also maintained a keen interest in politics, news and public affairs, which guided his efforts when he began to contribute editorials to the Free Press‘s opinion pages in 2016.
He considers it a great honour – and an even bigger responsibility – to take on the task of shaping the daily mix of opinion and analysis, following in the footsteps of such esteemed editors as John W. Dafoe, John Dafoe, Gerald Flood and Shannon Sampert.
He’s thrilled to embrace the challenge of maintaining the Free Press’s tradition of providing its readers with insightful, well-informed and thought-provoking commentary as it continues to expand its reach across multiple content platforms.
Considering the hard time she gave him about the inordinate amount of TV he watched as a kid, Brad believes his mother would probably think his latest assignment is a pretty good move.
Recent articles by Brad Oswald
Holiday TV guide is our gift that keeps on giving...something to see4 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Principle over profit: decision to cancel Roseanne a Hollywood feat5 minute read Preview Tuesday, May. 29, 2018
A month's worth of holiday TV programming to get you in the festive spirit4 minute read Preview Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Behind all of Jerry Lewis’s mugging and shouting was one of Hollywood’s key innovators3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
CTV documentary takes a snapshot of a Canadian moment in time4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017
TV networks are beefing up news content4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017
The big news in TV land this week was... news.
During Canadian television’s version of the annual upfront ad-sales presentations, when new-season schedules are unveiled at flashy events and each network’s executives try to convince TV-commercial buyers that theirs is the best place to spend precious advertising dollars, two Canadian broadcasters — City and CTV — announced big plans for expanded local TV news coverage.
City, which in 2006 completely abandoned the local-news concept in several markets — including Winnipeg — announced that it will extend its CityNews brand, which is currently seen in and around Toronto, into Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal. City’s stations in Winnipeg and Montreal will launch CityNews at Six and CityNews Tonight (at 11 p.m.) on Sept. 4, while the remaining markets will welcome their local versions of those shows early in 2018.
CTV, meanwhile, used its upfront-sales pitch to announce the expansion of its local news programming in several markets, including Winnipeg, with the addition of an early supper-hour show, CTV News at Five, which will precede the traditional CTV News at Six newscast.
Baptism by fire: Megyn Kelly's new show debuts Sunday with Putin as guest4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 3, 2017
Network lineups for fall 2017 eschew originality in favour of resurrections and spinoffs5 minute read Preview Saturday, May. 27, 2017
Satirists riding high with Trump, but can they rely on his longevity?4 minute read Preview Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Veep's impossible new mission: create a comedy zanier than America's kooky political system4 minute read Preview Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017
CBC doc shines spotlight on safety workers, volunteers4 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017
Fascinating look at life of country legend Patsy Cline3 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017
For the stars of CTV's Cardinal, the elements play a key role4 minute read Preview Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
It's not to everyone's taste, but Netflix series tempts us to binge… and purge3 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Amazon Prime's new takes on old ideas hold up surprisingly well4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore’s passing feels more personal than the rest4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Challenging HBO documentary paints a harrowing picture of the two pre-teen suspects in the Slenderman case4 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Comedian finds voicing jokes works better than on-paper punchlines5 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Buggy-driving smugglers? It’s so far-fetched, it could be true4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
Choosing the best shows of the year hard even for pro channel surfer6 minute read Preview Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016
New CTV drama focuses on a family's struggle to cope with tragedy4 minute read Preview Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
Amazon just another voice in the jungle3 minute read Preview Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
The Winnipeg Art Gallery wants its decades-in-the-making Inuit Art Centre to be an Inukshuk: a place to communicate and take shelter from the bitter winds of a miserable history.
Actor's earnest memoir proves to be a life worth reading3 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Masterful documentary series explores watershed moments in modern music history4 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Netflix series may fill Downton Abbey-shaped hole in viewers' hearts3 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
As Rogers' streaming service prepares to shut down, we suggest a couple of last-chance shows4 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
Canadian comedy gets another boost from Citytv's sharp sitcom4 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
Same formula still works for new season of Mohawk Girls3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Singer Gord Downie's final project gives voice to a Canadian tragedy4 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Documentary exposes struggles of family dealing with mental illness4 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Carrie Bradshaw's Manolo Blahniks are tough to fill; two new comedies take a kick at the can5 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
New technology allows scientists to glean answers about life in ancient Pompeii4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
Documentary series follows trials and tribulations of Kamloops secondary school students and staff5 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
One-man show a journey through the life and mind of Bruce McCulloch4 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016
HBO's intricate western/fantasy likely TV's next big thing4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016
Seven actors lead a new wave of characters appearing on your TV this fall1 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016
Remake of horror classic possesses spirit of the original4 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016
Thursday's TV lineup has more potential hits than strikes5 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016
Louie C.K fans should fall for new comedy he co-created5 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 8, 2016
Cram in some back-to-school binge-watching before the bell5 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 3, 2016
The nights are getting longer. The mornings are decidedly cooler. Summer’s on the wane, and traditional primetime TV’s new season is a couple of weeks from being unleashed.
But there’s still time, as the kids head back to class and weekends are occupied with less lake-focused activities, for a little bit of well-measured binge-watching before the television schedule is overwhelmed with the major networks’ annual onslaught of new dramas and comedies.
With that in mind, here’s a special back-to-school edition of Life Is But a Stream, our semi-regular feature aimed at highlighting some of the binge-worthy offerings available on Canada’s main content-streaming services. The titles below range from serious drama to loopy comedy, but they all have a school-ish element to help set the tone:
Steinbach-born YouTube sensation Alayna Fender woos viewers7 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 1, 2016
A call from Zach Galifianakis gets comedian on TV, back on stage6 minute read Preview Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Despite off-the-wall premise, new series feels overly familiar3 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Comedian Todd Glass likes knowing where the haters are hiding5 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Bell at Interstellar Rodeo with a taste of tech to come after it marries MTS3 minute read Preview Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
Netflix rap series mashes up too many genres, but it's got a good beat4 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
Doc follows Canadian synchronized swim team on hopeful road to Rio4 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Hip have logged a lot of road time since their first visit to Winnipeg 28 years ago6 minute read Preview Friday, Jul. 29, 2016
Mickelson-Stenson showdown a stunner4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jul. 23, 2016
Golf on TV.
If you felt your eyes rolling back in your head, even just a little bit, when you read those words, it might be best to move on to something else here in the sports pages. This week’s Screen Shots column is, indeed, about golf on TV, and how — for more reasons than you might think — last week’s final-round coverage of the Open Championship was pretty much as good as it gets.
In fact, there will be reasonable arguments to be made, a few months from now, for putting NBC’s Sunday coverage from Royal Troon onto lists of the year’s top five televised-sports events.
The first reason it was so great is simple and obvious: Phil Mickelson vs. Henrik Stenson in a brilliant, hole-for-hole, shot-for-shot, steely nerved showdown that showcased golf played at its very highest level. On some Sundays, having only two players in contention during a marathon, full-round broadcast might make for a lot of dead air, but Stenson and Mickelson produced good shots and great drama on every hole.
Enterprise crew split up to good effect in Star Trek reboot4 minute read Preview Friday, Jul. 22, 2016
New Star Trek film makes partners out of characters who don't play well together5 minute read Preview Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016
New Netflix offering captures eerie '80s thriller vibe where kids take the lead4 minute read Preview Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016
Documentary explores First World War devastation of Newfoundland5 minute read Preview Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016
TV documentary follows PM's visit to beleaguered First Nations5 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016
Local cook sharpening his knives for MasterChef Canada finale4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016
Film documents complicated path of painful residential-school experience into work of art3 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016
We've got a half-dozen streaming shows you need to see… and the outdoors is overrated anyway4 minute read Preview Saturday, May. 28, 2016
Good chemistry between leads gives by-the-book caper drama added spark4 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 26, 2016
Canadian comedy's second season finds nuance in mid-life struggles4 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 12, 2016
How the MTS-BCE deal will impact local TV viewers still unclear4 minute read Preview Monday, May. 2, 2016
American Masters doc reveals Janis Joplin's struggle for acceptance4 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016
Game of Thrones season première sets stage for mayhem to come4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016
PBS filmmaker Ken Burns delivers hall of fame-quality Jackie Robinson documentary6 minute read Preview Saturday, Apr. 9, 2016
West Coast performer wrings laughs from the phone book, so imagine what else he can do5 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 7, 2016
Mary Walsh ready to drop 'truth bomb' on Winnipeg comedy crowd5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016
On TV1 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 26, 2016
The annual U.S.-college hoops frenzy known as March Madness moves to a crucial stage, with the field of 64 that started the tournament last week being whittled down to the Final Four by Sunday night. The first two regional-final contests tip off tonight, with the second pair hitting the hardwood tomorrow. CBS/TSN4, 5 p.m.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
The gang celebrates spring in this classic animated special. A misguided Marcie tries to colour Easter eggs by frying and roasting them. Linus insists the Easter Beagle will take care of everything, but no one believes him. YTV, check listings for time.
TV picks of the week1 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
Let’s Get Hitched
Friday, March 25, at 8:30 p.m., CBC
CBC presents surprising and thought-provoking Canadian love stories in this series première. People share their reasons for showing up with their rings at City Hall to say their vows. The reasons are often as unconventional and moving as the couples themselves.
On TV1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Gary Sinise returns to television as FBI Unit Chief Jack Garrett, leader of a specialized international division dedicated to protecting Americans abroad in the new drama. In this episode, titled Harvested, the team is called in after an American visiting Mumbai wakes up missing a kidney. CBS/CTV, 9 p.m.
In the new episode Magic is Real, Adam takes an interest in prestidigitation because he thinks it might impress a girl; meanwhile, Barry doesn’t want to take the PSAT, but gets worried when he learns all his friends are. ABC, 7:30 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016
When some of Moira’s lawn signs mysteriously disappear, her campaign takes a turn in this new episode. Meanwhile, David and Alexis try to get David’s boss out of legal trouble. CBC, 9 p.m.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
With Hydra strengthened by Grant Ward, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must work harder to protect those who can’t protect themselves in the new episode Parting Shot. Bobby and Hunter travel to Russia, where their investigation puts them in the middle of an assassination plot. ABC/CTV, 8 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 21, 2016
Dancing With the Stars
Tom Bergeron hosts as a new batch of celebrities take the stage with professional dance partners in this season première. After weeks of training, they perform ballroom dances such as the tango, quickstep and foxtrot. ABC, 7 p.m.
Zapata goes undercover when an anonymous tip leads to an investigation into an urgent death row case in the new episode Rules in Defiance. Elsewhere, Jane considers her future with the FBI in the wake of the mole hunt. NBC/CTV, 9 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016
Jencarlos Canela stars as Jesus, who attends the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas and is crucified and resurrected in this new special. Set in the modern day, this musical adaptation of the 2,000-year-old story features a variety of pop music hits. Fox, 7 p.m.
Meyer teams up with Agent Clements to find a child kidnapper with the same MO as Adam’s abductor in this new episode. Elsewhere, Bridley continues her search for information about Adam. ABC, 8 p.m/CTV, 9 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 19, 2016
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott are among the top golfers set to compete in this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Held at the Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., the event attracts some of the most talented players in the game. NBC/Global, 1:30 p.m.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
When Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan) are shipped to the Smithsonian by accident, Larry (Ben Stiller) sets out to save his friends. While there, he discovers yet another battle as a Pharaoh tries to open a portal to ancient warriors. YTV, check listings for time.
On TV1 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 18, 2016
Pritchard and Duval continue their investigation into the mysterious Albert Lin, hoping to uncover who he really is and how he’s connected to a slew of murders in the new episode Geworfenheit. Fox, 8 p.m.
As dangerous fairy-tale creatures known as Wesen converge in Portland, Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and his friends struggle to keep people safe. In the new episode Silence of the Slams, a mysterious craftsman is making luchador masks that give their wearers great power. NBC/CTV, 8 p.m.
Decision-making is all in our minds... whether we know it or not5 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016
On TV1 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016
The top five singers face another intense performance round in this new two-hour episode. After they perform, judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban give feedback, but viewers hold the power as their votes determine who moves on. Fox, 7 p.m.
Shades of Blue
Harlee realizes she shouldn’t have trusted Stahl on the day of the heist in the new episode The Breach. As she tries to get immunity for her crew, Loman unwittingly witnesses the heist. Global/NBC, 9 p.m.
TV picks of the week1 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016
Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m., Fox
Jencarlos Canela stars as Jesus, who attends the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas and is crucified and resurrected in this new special. Set in the modern day, this musical adaptation of the 2,000-year-old story features a variety of pop hits.
Everything Is Copy
On TV1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Gary Sinise stars as Jack Garrett, the head of a special international division of the FBI that protects Americans who find themselves in danger while travelling abroad in this première. The spinoff drama also stars Alana De La Garza and Daniel Henney. CBS/CTV, 9 p.m.
In the new episode Forever and For Always, Rayna and Deacon are ambushed by paparazzi after their wedding-rehearsal dinner, prompting them to consider a change of venue. Meanwhile, Juliette forces Avery to tell a lie. ABC, 9 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016
Mike (Patrick Warburton) and Martina (Carrie Preston) are just starting to relish their newfound freedom now that their adult daughters (Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino) have left home when the girls decide to move back in with them in this new comedy. NBC, 9 p.m.
When Brian’s connection to Morra causes problems in his personal life, he goes rogue in the new episode Bezgranichnyy. He travels to Russia, where he seeks out Morra’s former associate, Piper. CBS/Global, 9 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 14, 2016
After being exposed to red kryptonite, Kara turns on her friends and the citizens of National City in the new episode Falling. Meanwhile, Cat appears on The Talk. Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne guest star. CBS/Global, 7 p.m.
Host Chris Harrison joins Ben Higgins as his televised quest to find true romance ends in this season finale. After the handsome bachelor makes his final choice, members of the cast reunite to talk about their experiences in a one-hour special. ABC, 7 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Sunday, Mar. 13, 2016
Canadian Screen Awards
Veteran Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald hosts this gala event, which wraps up a week of awards presentations recognizing the best in film, TV and digital-media production. Macdonald is also a nominee this year for his work as an advice-dispensing manhole in the locally produced sketch-comedy series Sunnyside. CBC, 8 p.m.
The Carmichael Show
A controversial comedy show is at the heart of this mid-season première, titled Fallen Heroes. The family has a heated debate over what to do with tickets to a performance by scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby. NBC, 8 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 12, 2016
Faster Tougher Brighter 200
The Phoenix International Raceway hosts the Axalta Faster Tougher Brighter 200. The Xfinity series NASCAR race attracts some of the sport’s best drivers, including last year’s winner Joey Logano, who raced for Team Penske. Fox, 1:30 p.m.
World of X Games
Fresh powder is a snowboarder’s dream, on the slopes and off. In this video competition program, the world’s best urban snowboard athletes submit clips of their daring stunts as they battle for bragging rights and X Games Real Snow gold. ABC, 2 p.m.
Will Arnett's latest protagonist suffers from a case of arrested development4 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016
TV picks of the week1 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016
Kids’ Choice Awards
Saturday, March 12, on YTV, check listings for time
Blake Shelton hosts as kids pay tribute to their favourite stars from the worlds of television, movies, sports and music in this exciting awards gala. This year’s nominees include Adele, Selena Gomez, the Weeknd and Taylor Swift.
On TV1 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016
| DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Victor Garber stars as Prof. Martin Stein, who joins forces with Jax Jackson to form the meta-human Firestorm in the new episode Night of the Hawk. The team travels back to a circa-1950s town in Oregon to investigate a string of murders. CW, 7 p.m./CTV, 7:30 p.m.
You, Me and the Apocalypse
On TV1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016
Another tumultuous season wraps up with this finale, which is titled simply Episode Ten. As the story comes to a close, Sebastian makes a stunning discovery, and Michael takes extreme measures in an effort to protect Kevin. ABC, 9 p.m.
The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special
Victoria’s Secret models prepare for summer in this one-hour special featuring the label’s hottest swim apparel. Cameras followed the Angels to the island of St. Barth’s in the French West Indies. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas also star. CBS, 8 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016
Of Kings and Prophets
Determined to defend his Kingdom from one of Israel’s ancient enemies, the Philistines, King Saul (Ray Winstone) prepares to marry one of his daughters (Jeanine Mason) to Mattiyahu of Judah (Matt Whelan) in the première of this epic biblical drama. ABC, 9 p.m.
Little Big Shots
Steve Harvey hosts as talented tykes get their moment in the spotlight in a special sneak preview of this variety series. In addition to pint-sized breakdancers, tiny piano virtuosos and more, the show also features interviews with the participants. NBC, 9 p.m.
On TV2 minute read Preview Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016
MythBustersThe MythBusters team has relied on input from fans since the very beginning of the series. In this new final-season episode, the most interactive show on television presents a Reddit Special during which the Internet is in control. Discovery, 6 p.m.
Once Upon a TimeEmma, Regina and others embark on a journey to the Underworld to rescue Hook in the new episode Souls of the Departed. However, lost souls with personal vendettas hound the heroes at every turn. ABC/CTV, 7 p.m.
Downton AbbeyIt’s the end of the road for the Crawley clan, as the beloved Brit-import drama comes to a close with a special two-hour episode. Tears will be shed, of course, and fans will be hoping for an appropriately stately sendoff for Lady Mary, Mr. Carson, Anna and Bates and the rest of the upper-crust Downton crowd. PBS, 8 p.m.
The Good WifeGlee alumnus Matthew Morrison guest stars as Assistant U.S. Attorney Connor Fox, who leads the proceedings as the grand jury against Peter is assembled in the new episode Hearing. Alicia, Eli and attorney Mike Tascioni (Will Patton) try to assess the nature of the charges Peter is facing. CBS/Global, 8 p.m.
Spoiler alert! Follow our simple rules to avoid ruining TV6 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 4, 2016
On TV1 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 4, 2016
The past is back to haunt Jimmy Pritchard (Robert Kazinsky) when the subject of a coverup from 20 years earlier resurfaces in the new episode May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot. Madchen Amick guest stars as Joan, a former drug lord’s girlfriend who got away with murder with Jimmy’s help. Fox, 8 p.m.
Host Dale Curd heads to Toronto Pearson International Airport where he talks to people who have lived through unexpected and sometimes shocking events in this new episode. They explain how their experiences led them to re-evaluate their lives. CBC, 8:30 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016
In the new documentary Looking for Mike, filmmaker Dylan Reibling delves into the mystery surrounding the death of his friend, computer salesman Michael De Bourcier. Michael died in 2002, but his case has gone cold and remains unsolved. CBC, 9 p.m.
You, Me and the Apocalypse
On TV1 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
A new evil threatens Sleepy Hollow, which throws Abbie, Crane and Jenny for a loop as they struggle to find normalcy in the new episode Kindred Spirits. Meanwhile, an old romance has long-lasting consequences for Crane.
Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Host Nick Cannon presents a vast array of hilarious footage from cellphones, dash cams, camcorders and more in a new episode of this comedy series. The program features first-person accounts of what’s happening onscreen from those who lived it. NBC, 7 p.m.
TV picks of the week1 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Jeff Gordon’s Daytona 500 Kickoff Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., Fox
Join four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner Jeff Gordon on the eve of the 58th running of the Daytona 500 for a pre-race party like no other. Held at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, this iconic race opens the Sprint Cup series season.
Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows
Great white mope: Canadian-born comic embraces inner bleakness5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
On TV1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
Survivor: Kaoh Rong
Castaways travel to the island of Kaoh Rong in Cambodia where they face harsh conditions and relentless weather as they compete for a $1-million prize. The castaways are divided into tribes based on similar characteristics: brains, brawn or beauty. CBS/Global, 7 p.m.
Burgess finds heroin in a college professor’s truck, but the unlikely suspect claims to know nothing about how the drugs ended up there. Kara Killmer, Samuel Hunt and Rachel DiPillo guest star in the new episode Night Owl. NBC/Global, 9 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
In the new episode, Bad for the Soul, Severide and Cruz investigate when Firehouse 51 gets an unusual call from a neighbouring firehouse. The addition of new firefighter Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) has repercussions. NBC, 9 p.m.
Hitchcock and Scully inject themselves into one of Jake’s cases after he insults their work ethic in the new episode, House Mouses. Elsewhere, Rosa gets help overcoming a big fear. Fox/Citytv, 8 p.m.
On TV2 minute read Preview Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016
When Prof. Fink uses science to transform himself into a ladies’ man, he’s soon overwhelmed by the attention in the new episode Love is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4. Later, he realizes that scientific exploration is his true love, and creates an algorithm to match men and women. Fox, 7 p.m./Global, 9 p.m.
Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a look back at the past 20 seasons of The Bachelor in this new two-hour special. The program explores the fantasy of love and the roller coaster ride involved in falling in love with someone. ABC, 7 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
Pebble Beach Pro-Am
The PGA Tour’s top players team up with Hollywood celebrities, musicians and top-tier athletes for the 2016 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Catch third-round coverage live from Pebble Beach Golf Links as the golfers play for the championship. CBS, 2 p.m.
Shall We Dance on Ice
Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, along with Dancing With the Stars pro dancers Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin, celebrate dance both on and off the ice in this figure skating special that explores dance through the ages. ABC, 2 p.m.
HBO series a no-holds-barred look at the gritty, grimy, glamorous music scene of the '70s5 minute read Preview Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
On TV1 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
The Amazing Race
Another race for $1 million kicks off as host Phil Keoghan welcomes 11 teams of two to this year’s competition in this season première. This season features participants who are famous thanks to YouTube, Vine, Instagram and the Internet. CBS/CTV, 7 p.m.
Host Dale Curd once again guides viewers through Toronto Pearson International Airport in this new episode. He meets some people who’ve been given a second chance at an important relationship. They explain how these opportunities have changed their lives. CBC, 8:30 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Project Runway: All Stars
Another season kicks off as 13 past competitors return to the workroom in this première. Their first challenge requires them to relive their pasts as they try to create a look inspired by the moment that started their fashion career. Bravo, 8 p.m.
When a missing child who had been presumed dead turns up alive, Red and Liz help the task force look for a dangerous woman who may be kidnapping children in the new episode Lady Ambrosia. Elsewhere, Tom faces the music. NBC/Global, 8 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
The NCIS team conducts an unusual investigation when a deep-sea diver is murdered on the job and the suspects are confined to a high-tech decompression chamber in the new episode Decompressed. Maya Stojan guest stars as one of the divers. CBS/Global, 7 p.m.
The Jets continue their road swing with a stop in St. Louis to face one of their toughest divisional foes. It’s one of those measuring-stick games that will remind the home team just how much improvement is needed in order to compete in the Central Division. TSN3, 7 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Comedian Samantha Bee takes a satirical look at current events as she hosts this new late-night talk show. The show makes the former The Daily Show correspondent the only current female late-night television talk show host. Comedy, 12:30 a.m.
Jekyll and Hyde
Unsure they can trust anyone, Robert and Max try to find distant Jekyll relatives in the remote countryside in the new episode Black Dog. Their adventure results in a fatal encounter with a local legend. CBC, 9 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
Football: Super Bowl 50
It’s time for football fans to rejoice as the NFC champs take on the AFC champs in the most highly anticipated game of the season. This year’s golden anniversary game takes place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. CBS/CTV, 5:30 p.m.
If there’s one thing Adam and Jamie have learned to do over the years, it’s destroy things. In this new episode, the MythBusters use a vacuum cleaner to ruin a car and take out another vehicle with a massive amount of C4. Discovery, 6 p.m.
On TV1 minute read Preview Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials All-Star Countdown
Host Kevin Frazier presents the top 10 Super Bowl commercials in this one-hour special broadcast from Pier 48 in San Francisco. The program also includes a special sneak peek at some of the commercials slated to air during Super Bowl 50. CBS, 7 p.m.
Hockey Night in Canada
It’s another puck-packed evening for fans of Canada’s expanded Saturday-night institution. CBC’s all-Canadian doubleheader features the Leafs/Sens followed by Flames/Canucks, but if you’re looking for the Jets’ game in Colorado, flip your way over to Sportsnet for the late-evening start. Sportsnet, 9 p.m.
CRTC hearing examines troubled local television stations11 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
SO, here’s the question of the day: how much does local television matter?
You might think this is a big, important question, or you might think it’s an irrelevant question whose answer has no bearing whatsoever on your day-to-day life and the way you watch TV (or consume content on your preferred mobile device).
In a conference room in Gatineau, Que., this week, a long discussion is taking place among people who feel the local TV question is one of the most crucial that we, as Canadians, face in the modern media age.
On Monday, the federal broadcast regulator began a public hearing that will examine the current state and future viability of local TV programming, with an emphasis on the health of local TV stations and local news programming.
Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns4 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
Desperate TV executives quick to green-light long-ago popular shows6 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
New X-Files revival picks up after clunky first episode4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Comedy troupe veteran Thompson puts heart into solo show4 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Galifianakis a Baskets case in cringe-worthy new comedy5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Over-hyped financial industry drama falls short of expectations4 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Frankenstein story, dirty-cop saga lacks electricity4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
The marketing-angle slogan for this show is, “What would you do with a second chance?”
The viewer reaction is likely to be, “Why should we care when you haven’t proved you deserved a first one?”
Second Chance, a new Fox drama that puts a clumsily updated spin on the timeless Frankenstein saga, arrives in prime time tonight (8 p.m., Fox) with a storyline and character roster that are unlikely to prompt anyone, anywhere, to shout, “It’s ALIVE!”
Maybe it’s a case of too much tinkering in the script-writing lab and too many mismatched parts in the assembly of the creature. It’s probably unfair to describe the end product as monstrous or horrifying, but calling Second Chance the unfortunate byproduct of a botched experiment seems like an apt response to the series pilot.
PBS is going to have a tough time replacing Downton Abbey4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
Dogged producer lands his leading lady for film set in 1919 Winnipeg6 minute read Preview Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
Ten-hour Netflix documentary series a nail-biting true-crime tale4 minute read Preview Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Winnipeg teen producing local TV series with all-volunteer cast5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Netflix holiday special delivers old-fashioned fun, mirthful Murrayness5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
Unconventional Marvel series strips away comic-book conventions4 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Two comedy kings go head-to-head this week, but they’ll be delivering jokes, not jabs4 minute read Preview Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Influential sketch-comedy duo return after 17-year absence3 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Aging, bald rap fan battles slam-poet stereotypes in doc4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Ballet drama disappoints; espionage series laughably bad6 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
Aziz Ansari's Netflix series reflects millennial life... and it delivers a bunch of smiley emojis4 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
CBC documentary examines confusion over need for nutritional supplements4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Documentary traces Canadian woman's foolhardy journey into radical Islam's heart of darkness after 9/114 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Winnipeg’s ability to serve as TV production hub hampered by lack of direct flights to U.S.16 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Musical comedy's offbeat premise, presentation colour outside the lines3 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Winnipeg actor delves into deep emotions for role in cancer story5 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Medical drama’s diagnosis? Looks like it’s going to make it!4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2015
Well-oiled comedy-writing machine made for a slick ‘Daily Show’ takeover for Trevor Noah4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2015
Series creator will have to avoid former mistakes to keep TV remake on track4 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
Scream Queens debut is 2 hours of fun bloody-murder mayhem4 minute read Preview Monday, Sep. 21, 2015
Stream? More of a trickle: Netflix cooks up new dishes, but Shomi and Crave offer only leftovers5 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 18, 2015
Evos return to save the world -- and so does Jane Lynch4 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015
Soapy series, serious docs round out Sunday night’s TV lineup5 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015
Beloved but predictable doofus Will Ferrell commits too many errors in baseball ‘documentary’3 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015
Stephen reveals the ‘real’ Colbert as he sheds his right-wing character3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015
Winnipeg TV star Louriza Tronco shares talents on screens big and small5 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 5, 2015
Documentary examines Farley’s rise to the top, and tragic end4 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015
Showbiz stories get fresh face in series of short-form docs3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015
Oddblock Comedy Festival earns praise, strong attendance4 minute read Preview Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Netflix peddles high-quality drug-cartel drama, but there may not be demand on the street4 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Pat Thornton leaves the world of sketch comedy behind for solo adventure4 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Stylish crime caper stays on track during wild ride4 minute read Preview Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
The heist is bold and stylish. The investigation is dogged and determined.
Based on those two factors alone, the Brit-import miniseries The Great Train Robbery has the makings of a ripping-good TV yarn. And it doesn't disappoint, as it turns the story of Britain's most infamous crime caper into a captivating four-hour drama divided into two distinctly different parts.
The Great Train Robbery, which has its Canadian première Monday at 8 p.m. on Super Channel, retells the story of the 1963 robbery of a Royal Mail train carrying more than £2.6 million, first from the perspective of the heist's ringleader and then from the viewpoint of the chief investigator tasked with rounding up the crooks and putting them behind bars.
The series will air in four one-hour instalments. The first two hours, titled A Robber's Tale, focus on robbery crew leader Bruce Reynolds (played with considerable panache by Luke Evans) as he scrambles to get an increasingly large gang ready to pull off the biggest bank-note job in British history.