Dorothy Mengering 1921 – 2017

Peter Lassally worked as a producer on three important shows in late night: The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. A soft-spoken gentleman, he was in his office on Ferguson’s show six or seven years ago when I asked him what the three… Read on


Quick Q&A: The Son’s Pierce Brosnan

It’s been 30 years since Pierce Brosnan finished his final scenes on his NBC detective series Remington Steele. The Irish actor enjoyed a four-picture run as James Bond and made several memorable feature films in the interim, but now he’s back in his next TV series, AMC’s The Son (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT). The… Read on


Don Rickles 1926 – 2017

Please observe a minute of insults. Mr. Warmth is no more. Don Rickles passed away Thursday at 90. He was the ultimate stand-up funnyman, heckling his audience for more than 60 years. His shtick was so abrasive he never had his own hit series. No matter; he livened up plenty of other hits, with memorable appearances on… Read on



Ready to tackle some yard work? Watch Backyard Builds

HGTV premieres their new series Backyard Builds Thursday, April 6 at 10 p.m.  The eight-episode series, shot mainly in and around the GTA, arrives just as Canadian yards awaken from another winter slumber. I asked hosts Sarah Keenleyside and Brian McCourt what is the first thing home owners should do to try and get their… Read on


Finding Love: TV’s top romantic comedy

How much do I love Love? Let me count the ways. Season Two of the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix rom-com dropped less than a month ago. A third season has already been ordered. The 12 new episodes find our heroes, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust), right where we left them at the end of Season One.… Read on


There are 150 reasons to watch Canada: The Story of Us

Last July, I was on a beach in Hamilton, Ontario, when I ran into Champlain. And World War II soldiers. And Vietnamese refugees. It was during location shooting on Canada: The Story of Us. The 10-hour event series begins Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBC. CBC almost made history of another sort Sunday; worst… Read on



This week’s podcast: more Gong Show memories

On Wednesday, there was a deadly attack in London on the House of Parliament. My head buried in a deadline that morning, I didn’t find out about it until I was on hold for Scott Thompson. I was waiting to talk to the CHML AM900 host, not about terrorism and world affairs, but about the death of Chuck Barris,… Read on


Prayers answered! What Would Sal Do? has arrived

What would Sal do? He’d start streaming What Would Sal Do, right now, today, at CraveTV, that’s what he’d do. The outrageous comedy is finally up for your approval two years after production on the first 10 episodes wrapped. Super Channel commissioned it and was set to air it last year when they were forced… Read on