Saluting Adam West on CTV News Channel

CTV News Channel lit up the Bat-signal Saturday looking for commentary on the death of Adam West. I was only too happy to salute the actor, who passed away Friday at 88. West was a laugh-and-a-half to interview, always bringing the eight year old out in every middle-aged journalist. Watch the video here.  



Adam West 1928 – 2017

I was eight years old when Batman premiered in January of 1966. There was no PVR-ing back then, no time-shifting west coast feed, no YouTube to watch clips the next morning. You were either in front of the set (black and white in my case, even though the show was in Bat-colour) and you saw… Read on


Holy podcast, Batman! More TV blather from Steven & Bill

The one thing me and Steve Kerzner set out to capture with these podcasts was just the fun of two nerds getting together and talking about why we love television. I think that comes across fairly well with our second yak-a-thon: our homage to the original, 1966 series Batman. Both of us have encountered the great Adam West over… Read on


Bat-tacular time at Thursday’s TV on Film Project screening at TIFF

One of the wonderful surprises from Thursday night’s TV on Film Project screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was discovering an audience member had a hand in bringing two classic gems to Canadian TV screens. For many years, Pip Wedge was VP of programming at CTV.  In the fall of 1966, however, Wedge was creating shows for CTV… Read on



Holy archives! TV on Film Project salutes Batman ’66

ATTENTION CANADIAN TV CITIZENS: If you attend just one TV on Film Project screening, make it this one tonight, Thursday, March 31 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Up first is the epic of all 16mm Fall Preview finds: ABC’s “7 Nights to Remember,” hosted by the dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin. Yes,… Read on


Lucas adds Canadian content as Gotham returns

I’m always curious as to how actors and actresses got their starts–in Jessica Lucas’ case, how they get from Vancouver to Gotham. Lucas joined the DC Comics drama this season as athletic marksman Tabitha Galavan. The series returns Monday night on CTV and Fox after a three month hiatus. “When I was a kid I was into… Read on


Rewind: 1960s Batman doesn’t pack the same Pow!

How batty was I over Batman? Fifty years ago, when it first premiered on ABC, pretty batty. So when The Toronto Star started running reviews on old TV shows as part of their “Rewind” series of “first pop culture loves,” I called dibs on the bat-beat. See how I rated the show back when I… Read on


50 Years ago Tuesday: Batman pows onto ABC

Holy senior’s discount Batman! Tuesday, Jan. 12 marks 50 years since ABC’s Batman premiered. I was in Grade Three in 1966 and loved that this series was on two nights a week–same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. It only lasted two-and-a-half seasons and just over 100 episodes, but for a while it was hotter than any of… Read on