If you covered TV in Canada, you have an Alan Thicke story

It’s both an honor — and another indicator I’ve been doing this a long time — to find myself a go-to obit guy. This year, it seems, every day or two, another entertainer from my youth passes away. Bewitched‘s Dr. Bombay — Welsh actor Bernard Fox — was paged for good Wednesday at 89. That was a day… Read on



Alan Thicke 1947 – 2016

You never want to hear about anyone dying at 69, and I can’t imagine the heartache his 19-year-old son Carter experienced watching his dad being stricken right before his eyes. There is something so Canadian, however, about Alan Thicke meeting his end on a Burbank, Ca., hockey rink. Thirty years ago, Alan Thicke was one of the biggest stars… Read on



Grant Tinker 1926 — 2016

In 1985, TV critics held the first Television Critics Awards. Handing out engraved plaques — “hastily designed at Trophy World” recalled one of the first TCA presidents, Ed Bark — had been a contentious move for the group. Several scribes were wary of creating something that could grow into that ultimate horror — another televised awards show.… Read on



Ron Glass 1945 – 2016

Ron Glass was often, to borrow a phrase used to describe Reggie Jackson when he was with the Yankees, the straw that stirred the drink on the classic ABC sitcom Barney Miller (1974 – 82). A gifted character actor, he passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Glass added a little edge to one of… Read on


Florence Henderson 1934 – 2016

Here’s a strange bit of TV trivia: Florence Henderson was born on Valentine’s Day and died on Thanksgiving Day. The actress packed a lot into the 82 years in between. Best known for her five-year run on The Brady Bunch, Henderson died Thursday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. She was 82. Her death was… Read on


Dave Broadfoot 1925 – 2016

I spent a lovely afternoon five years ago with the great Dave Broadfoot. The comedian, who died Tuesday at 90, was the guy who came before; as in before SCTV, before The Kids in the Hall, before even the comedy troupe he was most often associated with, The Royal Canadian Air Farce. I met Broadfoot after… Read on


Looking for “Truth” on TV? Find it on Yes TV

Are you like me? Do you like black & white TV shows from the ’50s and ’60s? Yes TV — a Burlington, Ont.-based channel offering a mix of family fare and religious programming — offers a bundle of classic TV panel shows tucked way up in the week hours. Tune in Monday through Saturday from 1 a.m. till… Read on