Ron James, Air Farce and Stooges A Perfect New Year‘s Party

It‘s always good to spend New Year`s Eve with friends and that‘s how CBC has set things up tonight.End of the year specials featuring The Royal Canadian Air Farce and Ron James get things rolling at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (the Air Farce special repeats at midnight). Spoke with James earlier this week and… Read on

TCM Remembers the Greats of 2009

At the end of every year, Turner Classic Movies always does such a classy job of saluting the movie folks who have passed away over the past 12 months. They’ve done it again in the above clip, saluting such luminaries as Karl Malden, Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett, David Carradine and Natasha Richardson. Great writers such… Read on

Fox Takes 2009 Swag of the Year Crown

The Fox PR department certainly knows how to reach critics where they live–and eat. Last week, these handy and durable American Idol TV trays were shipped to critics across North America, a subtle reminder that the Fox talent search juggernaut launches a ninth season Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT… Read on

CHCH’s Live @ 5:30: Where Local TV Matters

Another year-end blast of best and worst for 2009, this time out of Hamilton via CHCH’s Live @ 5:30. Tune in Tuesday, Dec. 29 as Mark Hebscher and Donna Skelly quiz me on the hit and misses for the year.One of the most positive stories of all in 2009 was the acquisition of ‘CH by… Read on

This Week’s Podcast: A Look Back at 2009

Did one of those end of the year chit chats with Scott Thompson over at Hamilton’s CHML. Topics include the biggest TV flop of the year, the biggest TV success story and other TV headlines from 2009, including Letterman’s on-air confession, the impact of PPMs in Canada and that phony “Save Local TV” fiasco. There… Read on

TVFMF Wishes All A Merry Christmas

This glorious Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 54 years ago today. Back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free. Apparently they still work.Off to Cloverdale to start my shopping. While you are wrapping gifts tonight by the Yule log… Read on

Sparkes Ignite in “Local TV Matters” Debate

This one came to me today in the shower:CTV and Global spent all that money buying A and E, and all they wound up with were IOUs.Yes, I shower.The great Canadian TV debate rages on, Christmas or no Christmas. Some fun fallout after I weighed in at The Toronto Star Sunday (if you missed it,… Read on