Air Farce jets back for another year-ender

 Looking for what to watch this New Year’s Eve?Taped in Toronto earlier this month, the 20th annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special (8 p.m. ET, CBC) goes Stephen Harper Style. A slimmed-down Craig Lauzon goes Gangnan as Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a “Farce Films” sketch. Henderson gives Lauzon a thumbs up as Grapes The… Read on

TCM Remembers 2012

Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman, Ernest Borgnine, Phyllis Diller, Davy Jones, William Windom–the list of great actors, entertainers and filmmakers who have died in the past 12 months seems to get more sobering every year at this time. TCM always creates such a beautiful tribute in their annual “TCM Remembers” videos. The haunting song used this… Read on

Thunderbirds’ creator rockets into history

If you grew up watching TV in the ’60s, you know the phrase, “Thunderbirds are go!” The man behind the British children’s series Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson, died Boxing Day in England at the age of 83. Anderson’s mix of James Bond adventure and classic marionette puppetry was presented in “Supermarionation,” a made up word that… Read on

Klugman, Durning two of the best

Frazier Moore of The Associated Press has a lovely tribute to two actors who passed away Christmas Eve: Jack Klugman and Charles Durning. Klugman, 90, and Durning, 89, had hundreds of credits and were two of the greatest character actors ever. Read Moore’s column here. Gene Trindl’s 1971 cover portrait of Klugman (right) with Odd… Read on

Plenty of TV goodies under the tree tonight

This glorious Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 57 years ago today. Back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free.Off to Cloverdale to start my shopping. While you are wrapping gifts tonight by the Yule log on the “Fireplace Channel”… Read on

Mister Magoo: the ghost of Christmas past

Cartoon characters come and go all the time. The Yellow Kid. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Ben Mulroney.Mister Magoo was one of the biggest cartoon stars of the late ’50s and early ’60s. The near-sighted miser was created at the UPA animation studio and was made memorable by Jim Backus, the radio and film actor who… Read on

This week’s podcast: Sandy Hook & the media

This week on our weekly radio chat, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks if I think the media overreacted to the tragic, senseless shootings in Sandy Hook, Ct. I say no and here’s why: there was no bigger story in the last week and with the murder of so many children, viewers were anxious get get as… Read on

Last minute DVD box sets for Christmas

You’ve done it again, haven’t you? You’ve left your Christmas shopping till the last minute. Lucky for you Cloverdale Mall is on extended hours and there’s plenty of free parking. If you still have a TV fan on your list, and they’ve been especially good this year, here are five DVD box set suggestions pre-tested… Read on