National Newswatch

From ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to Sandra Oh: A look at Sunday’s Canadian Emmys hopefuls

Sep 19 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's reputation for producing great comedy exports will be on display at Sunday's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, with several homegrown artists nominated for their humour. Canadians from "Schitt's Creek," "Barry," "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "Saturday Night Live" are among those in the running. This country […]

New ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ season skewers ‘garbage-fire times,’ says Whalen

Sep 16 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — As the CBC's hit "Baroness von Sketch Show" enters its fourth season Tuesday, cast member Jennifer Whalen says they've really hit their stride. The co-star, co-writer and co-executive producer says the all-female troupe has upped the production level and are more ambitious in terms of where they set scenes. Sketches this season satirize everything from […]

‘Friendly Giant’ puppeteer and radio talent Rod Coneybeare has died

Sep 10 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — As the puppeteer of Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe on the CBC-TV children's series "The Friendly Giant," Rod Coneybeare was a key component of learning and fun when viewers looked up — way up. With tributes pouring in on social media following his death on Thursday in Lindsay, Ont., his family is also realizing Coneybeare's work continued […]

How Amy Jo Johnson’s tragic past helped her understand ‘Tammy’s Always Dying’

Sep 5 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Even before reading the script for her new film "Tammy's Always Dying," Amy Jo Johnson was well familiar with the protagonist. The Toronto actress-turned-filmmaker directed the comedic drama, which stars Oscar-nominated Felicity Huffman as a self-destructive alcoholic mother and Canadian actress Anastasia Phillips as her exasperated daughter in a working-class community in Hamilton. […]

What’s the buzz? TIFF organizers on the films that will get audiences talking

Aug 29 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Cinephiles and Oscars prognosticators, it's time to start your engines. The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 5 with another slew of star-studded titles predicted to get awards season love — from a high-octane look at rivalling car companies on the racing circuit, to a powerful true story of a civil rights defence lawyer, and a slick murder […]