This week’s podcast: the O’Reilly factor

For all the power and clout Bill O’Reilly had as the most popular TV personality on Fox News, the news cycle concerning his dismissal seems already over as I post this podcast. That, at least, seems fitting. O’Reilly was a pompous gas bag. His many sins on air seemed only to fuel his conservative fan… 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


This week’s podcast: the wrong envelope please

Scott Thompson called Monday to talk day-after Oscar fiasco. I explain to the CHML Hamilton News Radio host how mistakes are gold on live TV and how this is now the Best Oscars Ever. Scott says he was tipped off when some guy wearing a head set was running around on stage during the Best… Read on



More on Moore: her quality shone through, even in tough times

It has been a 24-hour MTM marathon ever since the news broke Wednesday that Mary Tyler Moore has passed away. I was honored to be asked to share memories of watching and, on a few occasions, meeting Moore. The first time I met Moore was in January of 1986 at a TCA press tour gathering in… 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


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


This week’s podcast: funding Can-con in a global TV age

This week, Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML wanted my take on a thorny issue stirring up plenty of controversy in Canadian TV circles: changes to the CRTC regulations regarding funding. The rule change that rankles many in the Canadian writing, directing, acting and production communities: shows now only need to achieve a 6 out of… Read on