Carrie Fisher 1956 – 2016

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I had a close encounter with Carrie Fisher. Actually it wasn’t so long ago; it was the summer of 2010. Far away? It was at the Beverly Hilton, in the main ballroom. Fisher was at that summer’s TCA press tour, chauffeured in by HBO to promote their airing of her… Read on


Ho ho ho! It’s a Letterkenny Christmas

The Shamrocks sent this lovely Christmas fruitcake to remind everybody to watch Season 2 of Letterkenny. Six new episodes premiere Sunday, Christmas Day, on CraveTV — so pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er! Why is Christmas Day, as New Metric Media co-president Mark Montefiore says, a “brilliant” time to re-start this series? For one thing, Letterkenny and big events and… Read on


My picks for the 10 Best Shows of the Year

  In the U.S. alone, according to FX Research, there were 455 original, scripted series on network, cable and streaming services last year. What were the 10 best TV shows of the year? ‘Tis the season to get plenty of takes on that. I was asked to give my annual year-end list at Uproxx, which,… Read on



Amazon Prime Video staggers into Canada

First the good news: Amazon Prime Video is finally available in Canada. The Netflix-like streaming service was only in the U.S. and the UK the past few years. Canadians got a window on a few Amazon shows such as Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle on shomi. Now it’s shomi the door, enter Amazon, and let… Read on


Seuss, Jones, Karloff and Noble built The Grinch to last

When telling the story of young Cindy Loo Who/Two guys in bow ties knew just what to do. They were Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. popular children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, and Warner Bros animation legend Chuck Jones. Together, they made Dr, Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which premiered 50 years ago this month in 1966. It… Read on


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



Christmas-themed TV on Film Screening to close out 2016

Ho Ho Who doesn’t like classic Christmas episodes? Save the date — WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 — for a special holiday-themed TV on Film Project screening. Watch The Dec., 1963 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled, “The Allen Brady Show Presents” where Rob, Laura, Buddy, Sally and Mel put on a Christmas show. Then… 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