Shatner guests on Private Eyes; talks early TV Doody

You can boldly go in just about any direction on a phone call with William Shatner. At 86, he has little time for small talk but he can attach himself to almost any subject. He listens and if doesn’t like what he hears it’s next question and if he does he might run off to… Read on



Star Trek passes 50 year mission milestone

“This carefully-written series caters to intellectuals and science-fiction buffs.” That’s how Star Trek was dismissed when it first came out. TV’s most successful franchise was never a hit in its original run, peaking at No. 52 during it’s first season. Cancelled after two, fans demanded a third and final season. Sept. 8  marked the 50th… Read on


Bell beams up Star Trek with Space and Crave the final frontiers

Bell Media announced Monday they have exclusive rights to the new Star Trek series in Canada. The series–scheduled to premiere next January and begin production in September at Pinewood Studios in Toronto–was on every network short list in Canada. In America, it is the tentpole for the new CBS All Access digital service. Casting is underway but… Read on


William Schallert 1922 – 2016

Look up “’60s TV Dads” in the dictionary and there should be a photograph of the gentleman to the right: William Schallert. The actor passed away earlier this week at 93. Best known as patriarch Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show (1963 -’66), Schallert’s face and voice were as familiar as test patterns throughout the… Read on



New CBS Star Trek series to explore digital universe

Set phasers for stun! CBS Television Studios announced Monday that they are boldly going forward with an all-new Star Trek series. Lift off is set for January, 2017. There will be a special preview broadcast on CBS, then the premiere and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access,the… Read on


This week’s podcast: remembering Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig was introduced at the start of the 1967-68 ABC season as Batgirl on Batman. I would have been 10, so I would still probably have been more excited to meet Adam West, but Lordy, Craig helped rush a lot of us through puberty. The actress died Monday at her home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from… Read on


Leonard Nimoy: 1931 – 2015

Sometimes when a famous TV personality dies, I get asked to talk about the person on the radio. I got a message from a producer today asking if I would speak about Leonard Nimoy. Star Trek‘s original Spock passed away Friday at 83. Since the interview was for Arlene Bynon I quickly said yes. We chat every Monday… Read on


UPDATE: Sunday’s TIFF screening now at 2 p.m.

Set your clocks back exactly one hour if you’re are heading down to the TIFF Bell Lightbox Sunday to see the latest TV on Film Project. The screening will begin promptly at 2 p.m., sharp. The featured presentation is TWO IN A TAXI, NBC’s zany 1966 Fall Preview reel featuring clips from their 10 new… Read on