Back on made-for-TV movies for their regular holiday appearances are Candace Cameron Bure and Dean Cain, who are doing it for a fifth and 15th time, respectively
Dec 19, 2014
Sun News commentator Ezra Levant top this year’s list
Dec 19, 2014
Awards season exists to distract us from pre-Christmas stress, the New Year collywobbles and, in general, to distract from the frightening prospect of actually paying attention to geopolitical tensions
Dec 17, 2014
The show’s absurdist humour is on display in the movie, in which the town is thrown into crisis. How the characters react to this crisis essentially shows Canadians at their best and worst
Dec 16, 2014
Olivia Cheng, who plays Mei Lin in the new Netflix blockbuster, is modest about pivotal scene and her role in it
Dec 10, 2014
Snake researcher Paul Rosolie searches for a giant anaconda in the Amazonian jungle then goes into the belly of the beast
Dec 05, 2014
Call me cranky, call me a codger, but getting set to hate a live performance in advance is juvenile
Dec 03, 2014
The word ‘endearing’ is apt for the CBC show Republic of Doyle, which reaches its series finale next week
Dec 02, 2014
This season, it has become an espionage drama of deep seriousness and consequence – it dwells on U.S. foreign policy with an unerring skepticism. Equally important, it has been terrifically entertaining
Dec 01, 2014
Years of budget cutbacks, layoffs and the hostility of the federal Conservative government have put the corporation under grave strain
Nov 30, 2014
John Doyle is The Globe and Mail's television critic. His column appears in the Review section Monday to Thursday and on Saturday. He has been the paper's critic since 2000. From 1995 to 2000 he was the critic for Broadcast Week, the Globe's television magazine.
Born in Ireland, John holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies from University College, Dublin. He came to Canada in 1980 to pursue a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. Having done some student and freelance journalism in Ireland, John continued to write in Canada and eventually abandoned writing for academic reward to concentrate on writing for money. After working briefly in radio and in television, he began writing a column for Broadcast Week in 1991.
Always argumentative, John has the distinction of winning a gold medal, at the age of 10, for his debating skills in the Gaelic language. His freelance articles were widely published in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Ireland and lectured on television and other aspects of popular culture. In a profile of John published in Toronto Life magazine in July, 2000, Robert Fulford wrote, "A critic as intelligent, industrious and ambitious as John Doyle should be cherished."
In 2004, John was called less charitable names. His columns mocking the Fox News Channel on its arrival in Canada attracted the attention of Fox News star Bill O'Reilly, and the channel's viewers wrote in their thousands to John, often abusively. The battle between John and Fox News viewers was the subject of international coverage, including a feature story in The New York Times.
John has won two internal Globe and Mail awards for his writing. His Globe columns have been reprinted in the U.S., the U.K. and in Australia.
His book, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday Canada) was published to acclaim in Canada in October, 2005. The book has now been reprinted many times and published in five countries, including the U.K. and Ireland.
Doyle also writes about soccer for The Globe and Mail and other publications. For the Globe he covered World Cup 2002 in Korea/Japan, Euro 2004 in Portugal, World Cup 2006 in Germany and Euro 2008 in Austria /Switzerland. He has also written extensively about soccer for The Guardian and The New York Times.
His book about soccer, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada) was a national bestseller in Canada on publication in the summer of 2010 and longlisted for The William Hill Irish Sports Book Of The Year. It has also been published in the U.S., Ireland, the U.K. and Croatia.
He has written essays for TV Quarterly (The Journal of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and wrote the introduction to the book Rockburn: The CPAC Interviews (Penumbra Press, 2007). He was profiled in the book A Story To Be Told: Personal Reflections on the Irish Emigrant Experience in Canada (Liffey Press, Dublin, 2008).