Michael Jackson: Little Boy Lost

My friend Gene Trindl, who passed away four years ago this month at 80, shot more covers for TV Guide than any other photographer–over 200 covers. Gene worked with them all, and as he told me back when we were collaborating on a collection of his celebrity photographs, had a couple of memorable encounters with… Read on



Image, Immortality and Farrah Fawcett

This poster was everywhere in the late ’70s when I was a student at the University of Toronto. At St. Mike’s college, it probably was in more dorm rooms than crucifixes.Farrah Fawcett was an icon, and her passing today at 62, following a day or two after the death of Ed McMahon, is another reminder… Read on


How I Met Your Mother’s Baby Bump

Blogging from the cozy “Two Chicks” cafe from beautiful downtown Sauble Beach, Ont. Feeding My Family from here for a week so set receptors for summer schedule.Speaking of two chicks, if you are a fan of How I Met Your Mother and was amused, as I have been this past season, at the attempts to… Read on


More McMahon Memories on CHML Radio

More memories of Ed McMahon are shared on this week’s TV talk on the radio with CHML’s Scott Thompson. There’s also a recap of the BRC event, a peek at that flame-throwing Lady Gaga brattack at the MMVAs and a final solution for those Jon & Katie kids. Listen in here.



Critics Find Plenty to Recommend at BRC Bash

As I mentioned off the top of last night’s BRC gala, it had been a while since I had addressed this room. A dozen years, in fact.The Broadcast Research Council, a group which acts as a liaison for Canadian broadcasters and advertisers, have been hosting these annual Fall Preview events for years. This year I… Read on


McMahon, Carson, Together Again

In October of 2006, I headed out to the Music Hall in Toronto to see Tonight Show legend Ed McMahon. I had interviewed the veteran sidekick on the phone a few days earlier for the Toronto Sun (read that story here). He sounded excited to be coming to a place called the “Music Hall,” and… Read on


Ratings Less Than Gaga For 2009 MMVAs

You’d think the Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and all those other A-list acts would have boosted the MuchMusic Video Awards to a record high. But just 368,000 tuned in Sunday night at 9 p.m. on MuchMusic. Maybe they should have worked thagt Perez Hilton clubbing into the show.Three hundred thousand-plus is… Read on


Wally, You’re Being Too Hard On The Ward

Homer Simpson and Al Bundy topped our last-minute Father’s Day poll of TV’s Top Dads. But the guy who came next was once considered the daddest of them all.Hugh Beaumont played ’50s middle class protodad Ward Cleaver for six seasons on Leave It To Beaver (1957-63). He was the man of the house, a total… Read on