TONIGHT: see Dave Foley’s “lost” Christmas special at TV on Film 2017

Every Holiday season, Bing and Rudolph and The Grinch and Charlie Brown and all those wonderful people in Bedford Falls return as part of a month-long TV tradition. Missing again this year, however, will be one of the funniest Christmas specials ever made – and it was made right here in Canada. Dave Foley’s The… Read on


Jay Switzer invested with the Order of Canada

One of the true nice guys in television has just received the nation’s top civilian honours: the Order of Canada. Jay Switzer, co-founder and Executive Chair, Hollywood Suite, and former President and CEO of CHUM Limited, received the distinction from the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in a private ceremony Monday in Toronto. Switzer built… Read on


F-bombs hit targets at annual Air Farce taping

There were no shortage of F-Bomb targets as the Royal Canadian Air Farce held its first of two nights of taped performances Thursday in Toronto. Who gets splattered this year? The Farce has been taking suggestions for weeks from fans who vote on the comedy troupe’s web site. A certain U.S. president seems an obvious target,… Read on



Chris Jericho body slams himself at CBC.ca/watch

Got to meet six-time WWE champion-turned-rocker-turned actor Chris Jericho last week at the CBC Winter launch. Born in New York but raised in Winnipeg, the friendly 47-year-old was there to promote his new comedy But I’m Chris Jericho, who premieres today, Thursday, Dec. 7 on CBC.ca/watch. Actually, premiere is the wrong word. A first season was made and ran… Read on


Q&A: Sherman-Paladino on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I recently spoke with the hatted one, Amy Sherman-Paladino, as well as her production partner and husband, Daniel Paladino, about their new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The first season will be released and ready for streaming on Wednesday, November 29. The Paladino’s penchant for making everyone sound like a smartypants wore me out after a… Read on


This week’s podcast: more on Cassidy

First of all, these aren’t really podcasts. This is me blathering on the radio. I used to speak once-a-week with CHML’s Scott Thompson but we kick around TV issues less frequently now. Apparently there are other things happening in the world! This week was spoke at length about the death of David Cassidy and how… Read on



Russell Peters throws a house party for The Indian Detective

Went to a party this week at Russell Peters’ house. Came home with his mother. The comedian threw his Toronto digs open to press and network TV partiers Monday to celebrate and promote his new series The Indian Detective. The hour-long drama with laughs premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and will… Read on


David Cassidy 1950 – 2017

Sometimes you just know, from the many, many reports on Facebook and elsewhere, that a famous star is dying. Work on their obit ahead of time, you think. There’s really no reason to hold off. David Cassidy though, Geezus. That’s a punch in the boomer gut if there ever was one. Any hope that Cassidy… Read on