This week’s podcast: more memories of Ma Brady

It has been a few weeks since I last spoke with Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML. The AM900 host wanted to check in this week regarding the passing of Florence Henderson, the actress who played TV mom Carol Brady on the early ’70s series The Brady Bunch. Henderson died Thursday at 82. Read more about Henderson… 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


SET VISITS: 19-2 and The Disappearance

MONTREAL — It will soon be 10-4 for the Canadian cop drama 19-2. The Canadian Screen Award-winning series is wrapping production on a fourth and final season. Look for those final 10 episodes when 19-2 returns late next spring to Bravo. The series may pick up another award Monday night. It’s among four series competing for Best… Read on



REVIEW: PBS’s Soundbreaking is sensational

Been on the road a lot this past month so way behind in giving this programming heads up: check out Soundbreaking, the best documentary of the fall. Already half way through a run of eight amazing episodes on PBS, the ambitious series charts the history of recorded music. It was the last thing Sir George Martin worked on,… Read on


Janet Wright 1945 – 2016

It was no accident that Corner Gas co-stars Janet Wright and Eric Petersen had such good chemistry. The two knew each other since they were both 18. “She’s from Saskatoon, I went to school there,” Peterson told me a few years ago in Rouleau, Sask., on the set of “Corner Gas: The Movie.” “I knew… Read on


Ennis Esmer steals a second season of Red Oaks

Here’s a series where a Canadian is stealing every scene. Trouble is, Canadians can’t see it — yet. It’s called Red Oaks. Season two premieres Friday on Amazon Prime Video — which is why most Canadians have never heard of it. The streaming video service, similar to Netflix, is only currently available in the US, UK,… Read on



The Beaverton grabs Trump by the headlines

If you want to know where they tape The Beaverton, look for the church in Toronto’s East end that just burst into flames. That’s because there are few sacred cows on the sassy news satire. The Comedy Network original is spun off from the web site TheBeaverton.com, and, yes, it really does shoot in a rather nondescript… Read on


True story: my meeting with Donald Trump

Because he was the host of a reality show, I met and interviewed president elect (swallowing hard) Donald Trump on a few occasions. Here is what happened on one of them: In 2010, I was in Manhattan interviewing the hosts of the real estate reality show Selling New York. I had a day to kill, and I… Read on