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Paula’s Newsletter

Paula Sanderson
A mix of TV recommendations, pop culture news, and Canadian perspectives from producer Paula Sanderson. In your inbox at lunchtime on Fridays.
Created 18 Oct 2020
  • The Spring slump
    30 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Hi All, I’m exhausted! Week one at the new job was fantastic but slightly overwhelming. I’m now orientated, trained, and… vaccinated! I’m going to be doing quite a bit of patient-facing work so it was...
  • What makes good Reality-TV 📺
    23 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi All, So last week I told you I had news… well on Monday I’m starting a new job at SickKids Hospital! SickKids has an amazing Child Life team that runs an internal TV station with programming specif...
  • What are you watching?
    16 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    Hi All, Happy Friday! I’m excited. I’ve had a busy week and I’m excited to order takeout and just chill out this weekend. I’m slowly trying all the different things at my local Chinese restaurant and ...
  • In a storm in my best dress, Fearless 💛
    09 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi All, Welp. Welcome to lockdown 3.0 for those of you in Ontario. I’m beyond livid with the lack of leadership. But you’re not here for my hot take on politics — you’re here for my hot take on TV and...
  • Camp Content worth your time
    02 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    Hi All, Let’s start out by saying what everyone is in Ontario is thinking: Doug Ford is TERRIBLE at his job. This lockdown 3.0 has knocked everyone’s morale back to zero and I for one am so done with ...
  • Too much TV... too little time
    26 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    Hi All, Well, my job for CBC Music is going great. I’ve learned a lot in the last week and I’ve seen some really cool performances. I think this one might be one of my favourites. The “problem” is tha...
  • For some good craic — check out Irish TV 🍀
    19 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    Hi All! I’ve got some fun news to share with all of you… for the next four weeks, I’m working for CBC Music on a visual research project for the Junos! It’s the 50th anniversary of the awards this yea...
  • The Royal Interview was a masterclass in the TV interview
    12 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Hi All, I think we’re all exhausted this week. Particularly this week. It’s just been a lot. I got some frustrating personal news but I’ve also had some energizing conversations with friends and new c...
  • We should all have a little Moxie
    05 Mar 2021 • 6 min read
    Hey All, It’s March 370th? 371st? Who knows. Who cares. I’ve lost track of time. I’m really feeling that sinking feeling that it’s been a year. Remember Tiger King, everyone having Zoom parties all th...
  • Climb aboard, we're talking about Below Deck 🛥️
    26 Feb 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi All, I hope you’re all doing well. We’re about to hit March, and with the one-year anniversary of the pandemic coming up — I’ve been feeling like a bit of a broken record. Still stressed, still tir...
  • The Bachelor Drama is happening off-screen this week
    19 Feb 2021 • 6 min read
    Hi All, I feel like we’re in a bit of a snowglobe today here in Toronto and I love it. It’s not too cold, it’s not too windy, it’s just soft snowflakes that make you want to stick your tongue out and ...
  • It's a Love Story weekend
    12 Feb 2021 • 6 min read
    Hi All, Happy Valentines Day weekend! I don’t know about you - but Holidays have been a good marker of time. This time last year I was filming ARC and had decorated the whole house for the kids. But t...
  • Obviously, we're going to talk about the Golden Globes...
    05 Feb 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi All, This week has been a bit different. I spoke at the celebration of life for my Girl Guide mentor this past weekend and since then have been working with her family to sort out her collection of...
  • Let's talk about the business side of show business.
    29 Jan 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi All, Today marks my half birthday 🎂 and I’ll use that as an excuse to bake something later! As a gift to myself - I bought GMAT prep books because I’m very seriously considering doing an MBA and n...
  • You need to watch Lupin
    22 Jan 2021 • 5 min read
    Hi All, Does anyone else feel like a weight was lifted this week? I spent all day Wednesday watching the US inauguration and I was invested and moved. Watching the Americans get it together created su...
  • Promising Young Woman is brilliant
    15 Jan 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi All, It’s Friday - we made it through the week! I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been riding the covidcoaster and am really looking forward to having a weekend on my couch to do nothing but wa...
  • Escapism TV - because you need it
    08 Jan 2021 • 5 min read
    Hi All, Are you feeling stressed? Want to cancel your seven day free trial of 2021? Me too. It’s been a mess. I’ve been glued to the TV flipping back and forth between CBC News Network and CNN. Plus I...
  • It's 2021. Finally 🥂
    01 Jan 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi All, I’m so sorry this is a bit later than your usually scheduled lunchtime update however I think you can all appreciate that I was up late last night watching Dwayne Gretzky and celebrating the e...
  • A Holiday viewing guide 🎄
    24 Dec 2020 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Hi All, I know it’s not Friday and it’s not lunchtime - but I wanted to get this off now as tomorrow I’ll be busy with family Zooms to celebrate Christmas. This will be my last newsletter of 2020 and ...
  • The Prom really wasn't THAT bad
    18 Dec 2020 • 5 min read
    Hi All, It’s wild to me that today is December 18th. I’ve been counting down the days until the end of the year and I honestly can’t believe we’re almost in 2021. It has been a rough year for all of u...
  • Happy evermore and more...
    11 Dec 2020 • 7 min read
    Hi All, Happy evermore day! Taylor Swift is really doing her best to save 2020. In terms of pandemic creativity, Shakespeare had King Lear, she had folkore and evermore. Big kudos to Jenn and Jacqueli...
  • I'm not a 30 Under 30 and that's ok 🤷‍♀️
    04 Dec 2020 • 5 min read
    Hi All, Well this has been a *week*. I’ve been stressed (more on that in a bit), but thanks to friends, long walks & lattes from Coco Latte, and steady stream of Harry Styles content, things have been...
  • Taylor's doc > Shawn's doc 🎸🎵
    27 Nov 2020 • 6 min read
    Hey All, Welcome back to lockdown for those of you reading this in Toronto 😷. I hate it here - but whatever. It’s the thing we need to do to keep our community safe and so that’s what we’re going to ...
  • Rule Britannia! Pop culture edition
    20 Nov 2020 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hi All, I started this newsletter just for friends and family - but since I’ve launched the newsletter, I’ve gotten a bit of attention for some of the pieces I’ve written 😲 Notably, Gavin Crawford (B...
  • Friday the 13th 2020 - AGAIN
    13 Nov 2020 • 5 min read
    Hi All! Today is the second Friday the 13th in 2020 - which is on-brand for this year. It was pointed out to me that the last Friday the 13th we had in 2020 was March 13th - aka the weekend we went in...
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