Wednesday, April 29, 2009

LATE-APRIL EDITION OF NEWS FROM NOWHERE

Just wanted to do another News from Nowhere post where we update you all on the latest news.

First, we continue our live continuing coverage of the pandemic. As expected Canada is starting to get hit hard as all these people come back from Mexico in ill health. The cases are now up to 19.

Meanwhile the WHO has raised the pandemic level for swine flu to 5. One more, and it'll be a full-blown pandemic. Then, we'll have to hide in our basements.

Incidentally, you know those summer movie predictions I made? They could all go up in smoke if there is a pandemic. Already, Mexico has cancelled the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and next week they are cancelling Star Trek. So this disease is definitely wreaking havoc.

In TV news: did you see last weekend's Celebrity Apprentice, where Melissa Rivers was fired and stormed right out of there in disgust, and then Joan Rivers quit the show as soon as Melissa was fired? What an effing, crazy show. Bill Brioux thought it was great, but I thought the whole episode was kind of predictable and shades of something Vince McMahon would do. In fact, I wonder if Vince McMahon will ever be invited to be a contestant on this ridiculous show.

(On the positive side, my favorite woman Brande Roderick survived for another week! Woo hoo! You go, girl.)

Did you watch American Idol? I haven't. Instead, I was once again watching President Barack Obama give yet another boring speech on TV. I guess it was his news conference on the 100th day of his Presidency.

All I gotta say is: give up already Obama. Quit wasting our time with TV appearances and with botched photo ops involving planes flying over New York City. Instead, go back to work trying to solve the whole world's problems. Believe me, this world is a mess right now.

As for TV in this country, the CRTC hearings continue to be a big gong show with CTV continuing to cry poor and with people starting to blast the CRTC members for not knowing what they are doing.

And Jay Leno missed a Tonight Show taping last week because he was felled by a virus. Gee, I wonder which one.

I guess there's really no other TV news worth reporting other than the fact that a lot of shows are waiting to find out whether they will be coming back next year -- including Chuck on NBC.

In hockey news the first round is over and these are sad times for hockey fans in New York City as both playoff teams from the metro area lost on the same night (New York 2-1 losers to Washington, New Jersey blowing a 3-2 lead in the last minute and a half against Carolina to lose Game Seven) and are eliminated. Meanwhile, Calgary joined Montreal on the Canadian scrapheap on Monday night after getting beat by Chicago, which means most of Canada outside Vancouver has no further rooting interest in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

(May I note that Winnipeg NHL fans have had no rooting interest at all in the playoffs since 1996 -- or for that matter, in the regular season. But I digress.)

I guess the other big news is that San Jose lost, but San Jose always loses in the playoffs.

Uh, I think that's it for now.

2009 SUMMER BOX OFFICE PREVIEW IS UP

The summer movie season begins this weekend with X-Men Origins: Wolverine (pictured). I have a preview of how the summer movie season might go posted here at the Film School Rejects site.

Keep in mind, I wrote this up right after I attended city council on Monday night. Thank goodness that meeting was relatively short, because otherwise this column would have gone straight to heck.

Monday, April 27, 2009

SWINE FLU HAS ME WORRIED

(Pictured: A swine.)

I'm very worried about this swine flu business going on in Mexico and everywhere else. The concern I have is that everyone knows that Mexico is a popular destination getaway for, well, just about everyone in frozen Canada. So all these Canadians will be coming back with the swine flu from Mexico, thanks to the travel agents who keep booking Canadians onto these round trips there. I hate to point the finger at Mexico, but you know, that's where the bulk of this is taking place.

Now the stories are out about all these countries looking at slamming the door on Canada, issuing travel advisories and so on, because they are afraid of these swine flu cases that have hit Canada. I'm not the least bit worried about the swine flu in Canada -- I'm more worried about Mexico and the US where there are far more cases.

Of course you know, this is just what the economy needed -- a pandemic. This is really a good way to seal everyone's borders and absolutely destroy what is left of the world economy.

You think the man upstairs has it in for us, this year? This must be the start of that Great Tribulation these preachers keep on warning us about on Sunday mornings on TV. Needless to say, I am hardly amused.

MORE MAGAZINES KICK THE BUCKET

Fresh on the heels of King magazine folding and the UK edition of Maxim, now it's Conde Nast closing Portfolio down.

Who's next?!

ON BEA ARTHUR

Beatrice Arthur passed away recently, the former star of Maude and Golden Girls on TV, and I thought I would add a YouTube clip here in tribute. She used to do these Shoppers Drug Mart ads up here in frozen Canada during the heyday of Golden Girls, so she was on TV a lot up here. So I thought I'd post one of those.

R.I.P., Maude.

Friday, April 24, 2009

BYE BYE PONTIAC

You know, there are some who feel the worst of this recession may be over. But I'm still a pessimist.

Today, the recession, which already has GM teetering on bankruptcy, has just taken down the Pontiac line.

"We build excitement! Pontiac!" Not anymore.





Thursday, April 23, 2009

THE FIRST ROUND GOES ON

The dominoes are starting to fall in the Stanley Cup playoffs and people in Canada are getting a little too excited for their own good. The other day, Vancouver finished off a four-game sweep of the Blues and I have to say to the folks there: calm down, already, people. IT'S ONLY THE FIRST ROUND. Don't go crazy over winning in the first round, folks. (Keep in mind we are talking about Vancouver Canucks fans here. These silly fans were idiotic enough to have a big riot in 1994 --- not after their team won the Cup, but after they LOST.)

Meanwhile the Montreal Canadiens have been swept away by their hated rivals the Boston Bruins, and losing always stinks, but it is even worse for Habs fans this year because of who it was they lost to. This piece in the Gazette tells the story of their brutal Game 4.

That's it for now -- back to watching the playoffs on TV

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

MISS CALIFORNIA IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE

Well, thanks to a slow news day at work I can actually post something to this blog before I head off to my evening duties. All I gotta say is thank you very much, Miss California (right), for giving me something to rant about.

Her lightning-rod anti-gay-marriage comments during the question and answer phase of the Miss USA pageant have everyone excited today. She made those comments in response to a loaded question on the subject from known gay-marriage supporter Perez Hilton, who was judging at the pageant.

This controversy ranks up there with Tara Conner's girl-gone-wild antics from a couple of years ago. Now Miss California's going on TV and saying how sorry she feels for Perez Hilton.

But really, everyone ought to calm down about Miss California. She LOST, people. The judges made the right decision, for a change, in not giving her the Miss USA title.

But no one is calming down. The gay marriage supporters are now busy calling Miss California a bigot for her answer -- keep in mind, she's from the state that passed Proposition 8 that overturned gay marriages there, so people are all in an uproar over that to begin with. Meanwhile, I'm reading all these conservative websites that are saying "way to go, Miss California, for speaking your mind!! Woo hoo!!!"

And here I am, supposedly a conservative, looking at these other conservatives and going "these are my people?" Well, maybe I'm not such a big conservative, then, if this is the way they are reacting to this Miss USA nonsense. I can't say I'm worked up about this gay marriage issue at all. It just seems a bit mean-spirited to go around being against it, in my view.

As for Miss California and her answer -- I personally think she would have been wiser to give a response that was less politically charged and which took the views of all the folks on both sides of the issue into account. And yeah, maybe Perez Hilton was a jerk and a troublemaker to pose the question, but it's still better to find out how a Miss USA candidate answers a question like that during a pageant instead of after it. Had Miss California won, you just know some idiot would have posed this same question to her on some TV show somewhere, and she would have given this same response and gotten in a heap of trouble.

So thank you Perez Hilton, you saved the Miss USA organization a lot of grief.

Although -- if the new Miss USA (North Carolina) goes on and wins the Miss Universe pageant, guess who inherits the Miss USA title?

You guessed it -- our blonde friend from California who put her foot so firmly in her mouth on pageant night. I don't know what's worse -- putting your foot in your mouth, or tripping up over both feet on the pageant runway (as has been the case for Miss USA at the last two Miss Universe pageants).

The Miss USA pageant. Still a joke, as usual.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

CRANK: LOW VOLTAGE

I plan to be very busy again on Monday, Tuesday and yes, even Wednesday night. So be ready for what is likely to be my last post for, oh, at least three days. What's really sad is that I'll probably be missing some good NHL playoff action on the TV during that time, too. Such is life.

Crank: High Voltage got low-voltage numbers at the box office, losing to 17 Again.

Here's a link to an Advertising Age article suggesting the summer box office race may be decided already for both Wolverine and Star Trek.

Next, Ken Levine says you should start scripting those sitcom specs, because the multi-camera sitcom is DEFINITELY not dead.

Finally, the SAG union quietly made a deal with the producers. Woo hoo! No strike!

That is it for now, and for tomorrow, and the next day. Back, uh, whenever.

BROADCAST RANTS

Thought I would rant about the broadcast world tonight since I cannot bring myself to do my taxes tonight.

Well, no news yet about Canwest Global and what is going to happen with that whole company. We keep on hearing rumors about people betting against the company and calling the stock junk. They have been getting extension after extension and I wonder whether or not these extensions are going to run out on Canwest.

Meanwhile, Canwest property CHCH in Hamilton continues to be a big sinking ship, with the rumors still flying that the station will end up being closed down completely. Word is that anchor Michelle Dube has up and quit after just four months -- to go to CFTO to fill a maternity leave position there. So that's how CFTO can get around their hiring freeze. (At the same time the Global station in Toronto has apparently hired a couple of people, so go figure that one out. )

Also, I notice the Barrie MP Patrick Brown continues his fight to save A-Channel Barrie, which isn't officially on the hit list yet but could still see its local newscast cancelled as a cost-saving measure. Brown is wanting to get fees-for-carriage brought in, and I just can't go along with it. Broadcast TV has always been free for the masses and needs to continue to be that way. If the government has to buy more ads to prop these stations up, I'm fine with that, as long as my cable rates don't go up.

The push is on now to save your endangered TV shows from cancellation and TV Squad has a list of the shows that could be facing the big chop. Apparently the word is out that Sarah Connor Chrionicles got the boot.

Finally, I want to congratulate the CBC for running a Godzilla movie late at night in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Now that is what I call good taste in TV. Way to go, CBC.

That's it for now.

BIG NIGHT FOR DONALD TRUMP ON TV

Just a reminder to everyone, and particularly myself, to tune in to the Miss USA pageant tonight on NBC. You can follow some of the coverage here at GlobalBeauties.com.

Actually, it promises to be a big double-bill of Donald Trump tonight, as this is followed up by The Celebrity Apprentice.

Since this is also a big night for beautiful women on NBC, I'm really worried Trump (or more likely NBC) might use the occasion to boot Brande Roderick from the Apprentice show. They were basically trashing Brande and setting her up for a big firing on last week's show, so I am worried that any day now Ms. Roderick will hear the words "you're fired" from the Donald.

Of course, there's also the big "Joan Rivers may walk if Melissa Rivers gets the boot" storyline, too. I dunno. This show really does look like a farce with no credibility to it at all, but at least they are being honest and up front about it. Not like in the last days of the non-Celebrity Apprentice show, when all these wannabe actors would appear on it and pretend to be serious about careers in business.

Anyway, check that out if you get fed up watching the NHL playoffs on the other channel.

Friday, April 17, 2009

STILL CRANKING 'EM OUT

I wish I could be more motivated to rant and rave about this weekend's movies including Crank: High Voltage, but to be honest with you I'm still tired and zonked out after the week I had at work. For one thing, I was up until 2 in the morning on Monday getting stories done for the next day's paper because of what happened at the long city council meeting that night. (These folks passed a controversial tax hike, and spent something like two and a half hours debating and ranting and raving).

Also, I had a heavy day on Wednesday covering three big events, including the big Saskatchewan NDP leadership debate in the evening that I had been telling you about.

That was okay, but I was surprised -- I thought maybe there would be more press there. There was certainly much, much more press at the PC leadership debates in Ontario when I was there. (UPDATE: I guess the Star-Phoenix turned up at the NDP's Saskatoon debate, which sounded much the same as the one I was at -- except there was more people. But the four candidates were saying much the same things.)

Anyhow, it sure beats watching America vote someone out on American Idol, only for the judges to bring the poor guy back for another week because the people at home were such fools.

I can't say I'm excited about American Idol this year, or much else for that matter. Anyway, the good news is: because I've been working so hard the last two weeks, I get today off. Woo hoo!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

YES, BRITAIN HAS TALENT

Well, I might as well get in on the wolrdwide phenomenon that is the Susan Boyle performance on Britain's Got Talent, and you can see it here.

And you can see the surprised reactions of Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan, and all I will say is that the reason these two guys are so surprised is because usually they listen to some real Gong Show-type contestants on that normally piece-of-junk reality talent show, so the audience is totally cynical to begin with. So obviously everyone will be in shock when they hear some real talent on that show.

Fun stuff.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ON HARRY KALAS

Well, more sad news from the baseball broadcast booth. It seems like every year we hear news of some famous baseball announcer passing away. This year it's Harry Kalas, voice of the world champion Philadelphia Phillies, who died in the broadcast booth just before a game against the Washington Nationals. (He also voiced NFL Films for years and years.)

As a loyal Blue Jays radio network listener, I can feel for what the Phillies fans are going through --what happened to us happened to them.

I MISS CORNER GAS, ALREADY

Well, last night was the last Corner Gas show, and because I was at city council, I missed it.

Tomorrow night is the first night of the Stanley Cup. But unfortunately, I'm planning to be at a big NDP leadership event, covering that. So I'm going to miss that, too. Last year, I missed the deciding game of the Stanley Cup because of a politician's speech that I had to cover.

I was one of the very few people in that hotel ballroom going insane over missing a hockey game, which says a lot about the no-lives type of folks who attend political events.

It really would be nice if my gig was covering the Stanley Cup, but it isn't. Anyway, these political folks really need to plan ahead and consider the calendar when they schedule big political functions. You aren't going to get much of a message out if your supporters would rather watch TV.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

HANNAH MONTANA WINS AT THE BOX OFFICE -- HO HUM

I make no apologies for being truly sick of that boring Hannah Montana, but apparently the boring people of America aren't and they made this flick Number One. And this week's Reject Report column/rant bemoans all the schlock that has come out of the Disney studio in recent years. And please don't tell me the recent output of Disney is so great, either, because it isn't going to rival Pinocchio or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. If it wasn't for all the great movies from the PIXAR unit has produced, Disney would be totally lost at sea -- artistically, anyway.

I guess I am just fed up with a lot of the junk Americans seem to like in movies and TV. I'm also not an American Idol fan, either -- I'm not watching that show at all this season. And it seems to me the American Idol crowd is the same group of folks that have made hits out of Hannah Montana and other stuff. Anyway forgive me, but I am just sick of the same old boring material winning in the ratings and at the box office. It just encourages studios to just make more of the same old tired junk with the same people in them all the time.

That's it!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

"THE BEST DAMN JOB IN THE WHOLE DAMN WORLD": EBERT

With all the doom and gloom out there about the newspaper business, what with the Rocky Mountain News going belly-up and with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer going belly-up/online only, and with newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe facing possible closure, we've been seeing more stories on the web about the good old days of newspaper life before the big layoffs, closures and so on.

Roger Ebert wrote one such piece about the good old days in the noisy big-city newsroom of the Sun-Times, where you could actually smoke cigarettes in the newsroom. Well, no wonder so many newspaper folks got cancer, then, if that's what happened.

You almost get nostalgic for the business just reading it, because these days it seems like these papers are cutting to the bone and getting rid of the very things that attract readers to the paper. Also, newspaper life can't all be good, because there are some real weasels out there in editorial roles running so many newspapers into the ground.

Personally, I hope newspapers survive in some form -- you have to get the news from somewhere. Really, what am I supposed to do if I want to read something at McDonald's -- go online???

IT'S EASTER WEEKEND

And you know what that means.
That's right... Rabbits!!!




Enjoy Easter, guys. Pictured: Playmates Tiffany Fallon, Brande Roderick and Hope Dworaczyk.

Enjoy the girl pictures while they last because I am yet again swearing off of putting pictures of girls on this blog.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

MAXIM BITES THE DUST IN THE UK

Important lads mag news!! The UK edition of MAXIM has finally kicked the bucket after 14 years.

The UK edition really wasn't responsible for starting the lads mag craze -- Loaded and FHM have to take their spots -- but MAXIM sure was responsible for starting it in the US with their spinoff American edition. MAXIM ended up being far more successful internationally than in their home country, oddly enough. The US edition of MAXIM was eventually joined by US editions of FHM and Stuff, and the lads mags craze was in full swing.

I remember when MAXIM first came out -- I first saw it on newsstands when I was still living in London, Ontario. It seemed like a breath of fresh air for guys in the mid-Nineties, showing off all these hotties from Hollywood. But then these rags got kind of lame in a hurry by showing the same models all the time -- and not enough of them, either.

Now the lads mags are all in deep trouble right around the world. The British edition were relying on these Page 3 models in the last several months but finally went down the drain when guys realized they could check out Keeley Hazell, Lucy Pinder, Michelle Marsh, Sophie Howard and all their favourite glamour models everywhere else, particularly in the weekly lad rags Nuts and Zoo. And of course, on Page 3 itself. You don't need MAXIM for that.

That's what's really to blame here -- MAXIM wilted in the face of tough competition, and now the deep recession has finished the UK edition off. They were down to something like 46,000 copies sold, which is TERRIBLE! Just embarrassingly bad numbers. I guess a lot of the guys who used to read this stupid rag grew up and got wives.

This means now that the Brits who still want their MAXIM fix will have to get it from the US edition, which will soon be on the UK newsstands. The US version is even more gutless and spineless about showing skin than the British edition ever was, so you can bet the few remaining MAXIM readers left in the UK will be complaining in no time.

All in all, this is definitely the end of the whole "beer and babes" magazine era over there -- and a good thing too, because the MAXIM lifestyle is a good way to get fat and die of a heart attack. By the way, the MAXIM UK website will live on, but I have no idea why. If they are shutting down the magazine, you can bet the website won't be up to much.

In other news, I also found out another British men's style mag Arena is also toast, ceasing publication with their March 2009 issue after 22 years. Man, that's more bad news. Life is bad in the magazine business, period.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

KUMAR GOES TO WASHINGTON

This is too good. You know Kal Penn, of Harold and Kumar fame and more recently, from the hit TV show House? Well, he is quitting acting to go into politics. He's joining the Obama administration's Office of Public Liaison to work with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Which goes to show you that in Obama's America, you can do whatever you want and be whatever you want to be. Heck, this would never have happened in Bush's America. Those uptight GOPers wouldn't have allowed any guy who portrayed that nut Kumar anywhere near government service. Something to do with saying no to drugs, or something.

Monday, April 06, 2009

MORE RANTS COMING AT YOU FAST AND FURIOUS

Well, the final numbers came in for Fast and Furious, and while the total was a little lower than what they were projecting on Sunday morning, it's still $70.9 million which means they've officially set the spring record for opening weekend, beating 300.

And not everyone is happy about it. Entertainment Weekly's Mark Harris suggests the dumbed-down economy means dumbed-down movies and TV! He's claiming these studios don't even need to try anymore.

I hate to break it to ya, bud, but these studios haven't been trying for a long time. They have been mailing it in and getting rewarded for it long before this current recession. This is nothing new. I gotta say, though, a $70.9 million weekend for a junk sequel movie like Fast and Furious isn't going to encourage a change in tune any time soon. This just encourages these studios not to try, and just serve up "escapist" schlock.

Why should these studios try, anyway, if people will just watch pirated copies of movies like Wolverine before they even reach the theaters?! By the way -- never advocate piracy in print or review pirated movies, or else what happened to Roger Friedman could happen to you. Just don't do it -- don't even try.

Definitely not trying anymore is NBC, which openly touts its defeatist approach to programming by putting on Jay Leno every night in prime time, starting later this year. They say this is the future of TV!

Well, if it is the future of TV then the future looks grim -- we might as well all shell out for movie tickets if this is what to expect on our screens at home. Of course, NBC is now threatening to yank the NBC affiliation from that Boston station that won't go along with their inane idea for a prime time Jay Leno show. I just wish other NBC affiliates had the guts to do what WHDH is doing, because this Leno show is just a terrible idea for prime time. It is just an excuse to dump a lot of scripted programming and accelerate the ruin of prime time television.

In further bad karma, NBC could be on the brink of giving the boot to My Name is Earl.

In other news, we really are living in golden times as far as the 3-D craze is concerned, what with Monsters vs. Aliens in 3-D and so forth at theaters. But the gravy train could be over soon if this silly idea to have theaters pay for the 3-D glasses goes through.

If the theaters have to pay for the glasses, who ultimately gets stuck with the bill? That's right -- you, the chump customer. And more often than not the chump customer will tell the theater to go to hell. No wonder the theater owners are mad.

Noticed that Richard Roeper just celebrated 20 years as a newspaper columnist. Dunno how much longer that will last with the Chicago Sun-Times in bankruptcy.

Speaking of bankruptcy, the CanWest empire faces its creditors tomorrow. They could get another extension from the banks -- or they may not!!

Man, newspapers are in a terrible state in this part of the world. Nobody in North America seems to want to read any more, period.

I suppose I could rant about this year's lousy blowout-plagued NCAA tournament that just ended, or about Donald Trump's pathetic drunk-tank of a Celebrity Apprentice show, or about Wrestlemania or the start of the baseball season. Or I could talk about Farrah Fawcett's health problems, or that earthquake in Italy, or the municipal election in Illinois tomorrow. I could, but I don't feel like it tonight.

Isn't it great that I have a Monday off for a change? Too bad it was wasted on a blowout basketball game. That's all.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

FAST AND FURIOUS RACES TO NUMBER ONE

Not only did Fast and Furious win the weekend, but it made $72 million and set the spring record!!! Really?! Really!!!

My rant here.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

ONTARIO PC LEADERSHIP RACE IS ON

Well, the NDP in Ontario has a new leader in Andrea Horwath and it is now the PCs turn to choose a leader. Their leadership race is under way with the main candidates all declaring their intentions this week.

I gotta say, I think people in the party would be much more excited about this race had the circumstances behind it been a little different. Actually, I think the party would have been much better off if the convention had been held in September or October -- just to get rid of the stench left over from what all went down with John Tory.

They're holding it in June, which I think is simply too soon after all the bad stuff that took place, with that so-so leadership review vote and then the humiliating defeat in the byelection which finally cost Tory his job. If they had held the leadership vote later this year, it would give the party time to recover from that total debacle of a byelection, and maybe then you'd get more people interested in it and looking to join the party. But no, the party brass wants the race over and done with now. Fine.

In any event, it looks like the main candidates are going to be Tim Hudak, Christine Elliott, Frank Klees and Randy Hillier. The early betting is on Hudak. He's younger than the other candidates, but he's also been around the legislature an awful long time and knows the ropes, so that helps a lot. He's seen to be conservative in the Mike Harris vein, but then you look at everyone else in this race and they are all pretty much in the same ballpark, too -- except maybe for Hillier who seems to be far out there.

I know some people are looking at Christine Elliott as being the moderate candidate, but I find that kind of funny because her husband is none other than federal finance minister Jim Flaherty. Flaherty ran the most diehard right-wing campaigns for the Ontario PC leadership ever -- and Christine Elliott was right there for both of them with her husband, giving speeches and cheering him on. (Of course he lost both those races, which ended up being the best thing that ever happened to his political career because it forced him to quit provincial politics and enter the federal arena, and as a result he became finance minister in the Harper government. )

As far as I know, Elliott's going to have the whole Flaherty team behind her again. So if Elliott really is the moderate candidate of this race, then boy oh boy, has this party ever shifted to the right in a big way.

As for the other candidates, Klees is sort of known as a bit of a rebel in the party, while Hillier is the controversial voice of rural rage. Hillier has no shot, but Klees is respected among the rank and file and might surprise some people. In any event, right now it looks like Hudak is the clear front-runner.

For those interested in this race I notice there's a website up called PerezHudak.com. It's sort of a play on PerezHilton.com, I take it, though it reads more like Wonkette. Anyway. that site has a lot of good stuff about the race. I guess www.BloggingTories.com might have some stuff too, but not everyone over there is from Ontario.

As for the convention: it will take place in Markham (north of Toronto) on June 27th, but the format is going to be a little different. Apparently, there will be no voting on the actual day of the convention -- instead, the voting takes place ahead of time on June 21st and June 25th. Well, so much for that. I guess you can forget about demonstrations or candidate speeches like at the last two Ontario PC conventions I was at, or at the last federal Conservative leadership convention I was at, too.

I suppose the party brass wants to avoid a repeat of what happened at that disorganized convention that elected Tory in 2004. I know, because I was there! That convention went only two ballots, but the actual counting of the votes went on and on and on, and it didn't get settled until about 11 pm at night. And the convention was held at a cramped hotel in the middle of nowhere in Don Valley that, among other things, ran out of food. (At least the 2002 convention, held downtown at the Toronto Convention Centre, had some good hot dogs.) About the only thing good about the 2004 convention, from my vantage point, was the fact that I was on the winning side! But that is all you could say for it.

I take it this Markham convention hall will be in a better convention hall than the last one. but still - it's another hotel. This party seems determined to take the no-frills approach to holding a convention. Well, I hope it ends up being an improvement. If this leadership convention ends up anything like the last one, people really are better off staying home. My two cents.

I imagine I will rant some more about the race as time goes on, even though I don't live in Ontario any more. After all, I do have some personal experience to draw upon with these things.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

BOSTON AFFILIATE DUMPS JAY LENO

Well, I just heard that there is trouble afoot in TV land over the big switch of Jay Leno to prime time after his Tonight Show gig is over. Channel 7 in Boston, the NBC affiliate there, has given Leno's new prime time show the boot and will run NEWS at 10 pm there instead!

Question is whether or not we will see similar nonsense from other NBC affiliates, who are by and large royally ticked off by the move of Leno to prime time to begin with. They see this move as a disaster for their 11pm newscasts. They're right!

NBC says it is threatening to dump the Boston station as an affiliate but really, what can they do? No one wants to be an NBC affiliate these days, what with all their losing programming. Must See TV, my foot!

Incidentally, this poses a problem for yours truly because my cable system gets its NBC signal from Boston. So what good is this going to do for me, getting no Leno from the NBC station? This is already shaping up to being a debacle, both for NBC and for viewers.

LAST ER TONIGHT

Well, I can't say I'm a big ER fan but I am watching the finale to this long running series tonight and it's always a big deal when a long-running series ends.

And in other news...

The soap opera Guiding Light has been cancelled -- after 72 years!!! How the heck does a TV series last that long? (By starting in radio, that's how.)