Sending Out a Signal [An Introduction]

Welcome to the blog.

The truth about television is that its a massively important, worldwide form of creative expression. Serial narrative in video format is slowly becoming distanced from television sets themselves, spawning internet streaming, webseries, vlogs… The possibilities are endless.  And with the powerful creative voices and increased budgets and artistry of today, we’re quite possibly in the golden age of television… and possibly the last in which ‘television’ is its name.

The Signal is an attempt to celebrate the diverse and powerful universe created by television, whether Canadian or international, big-budget or small fry, conventional TV or webseries. While our reviewers situations limit their time and the availability of various shows, we’re a Canadian voice looking at television from a Canadian perspective, both inward at Canada’s television works and outward at the cream of the crop made all over the place.

Who are we?

Robert Lackie, Editor in Chief: A second-year university student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Lackie is working towards a career writing for television, and is a dedicated student of the medium. Spending tens of hours each week watching and critically thinking about the shows within his reach, while studying it in the Radio and Television Arts program, Lackie has a lot to say about these overlooked pieces of literature. He intends to begin his contributions with episodic reviews of boundary-pushing Canadian show Durham County, as well as weekly reactions to season two of United States of Tara, starting later this month.

Stéphane Lachance, Writer: Being a TV addict, It’s only natural that Stéphane Lachance would have something to say about television. A second year student at Ryerson University’s School of Radio and Television Arts, he’s interested in digital media and writing and loves comedies and dramas. As well as the shows themselves, he’s interested in discussing more “behind-the-scenes” topics, particularly relating to how we get TV shows. Follow what he’s doing at and follow him on twitter @snowy2004

Jessica Finch, Writer: A television enthusiast with a flair for journalism, Jessica Finch plans to bring her own writing style to The Signal. In her second year of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, Finch has always had an interest in media production and hopes to someday work at an up and coming production house. She isn’t an avid TV viewer, but the shows that do catch her attention keep her rivetted from start to finish. To kick things off, she’ll be reviewing Dan for Mayor, a new CTV show that began in early March. For more Finch, check out her writing & film portfolio.

Gabriella Goutam, Writer: Although she is what you could call a “TV Virgin” (She hasn’t even seen Lost!), Gabriella Goutam is anything but naive. Currently a student at Ryerson University for Radio and Television Arts, she is specializing in audio/radio production and co-produces a weekly radio show called “The Uncharted Territory” on She plans to expand her skills into a podcast, blog, and festival series in the near future. In the meantime, Goutam brings a fresh pair of eyes to The Signal, providing a new outlook on popular tv shows, along with overlooked classic shows.

Betty Dang, Writer:  Betty is currently a student at Ryerson University studying Radio and Television Arts. Although her heart truly lies in the audio-musical world of soundboards, mix tapes and band t-shirts, the occasional venture into the visual medium of television would do her some good. Dang is the other half of‘s “The Uncharted Territory”.

So wherever you are, whatever you like, lock into our signal and hopefully you’ll find a voice you can agree and argue with, someone who watches what you do and maybe a little of what you don’t but find you want to. Start a dialogue, make some noise. Maybe send out a signal of your own.

The Staff of The Signal

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