Bill Brioux, former Toronto Sun TV critic, responds to our Thumbs down posting:
We reviewed new shows, giving our thumbs up with an old TV tube tester ("good" or "bad").
The pilot was shopped around the various Canadian networks. The feedback was very positive - as in, they were all positive they wouldn't touch it.
Programmers today want cheerleaders (see eTalk, Entertainment Tonight Canada, etc). They don't want criticism. They don't even want people suggesting there might be something else on another channel.
It's the same with movie review shows. Movies are made today by conglomerates that also control other media, including television. There's Universal/NBC, CBS/Paramount, Disney/ABC. They "conglom" because they want to control the entire message, not be subject to independent, consumer reviews.
But the door is slammed shut on anything else like it.
Although, dammit, I think Doyle and I could kick some ass with such a deal."