Coach’s cornered: sudden death for Grapes?

Did the publishers of Chill magazine know something? There’s a reason Don Cherry is the biggest TV star in Canada. It is not just the crazy suits. It is not just the flag waving patriotism. It is not just the dog or the Lincolns. It is not just that he could say anything on any… Read on

Fridays: Matthew Broaderick’s Day Off

Friday nights have been Screwball Comedies nights all this month of November on Mr. TV Feeds My Family’s favourite channel, TCM.This final Friday night brings three from the great writer/director Preston Sturges: The Lady Eve (1941) with Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, Christmas in July (1940), again with Stanwyck, always delicious, and The Palm Beach… Read on

“Smiley” Riley wins latest Mirrorball on DWTS

The right person–Amber Riley from Glee–won the latest Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night on the 17th finale of Dancing with the Stars. It would not have been an injustice if runner-up Corbin Bleu had won, either. Both brought their A-game every week and impressed judges and viewers with their dancing. Riley’s advantage–having five time winner Derek… Read on

CBC’s future: what would Murray Westgate do?

Way back in the early ’50s, when CBC first began broadcasting NHL games on Hockey Night in Canada, a friendly service station dealer would greet viewers between periods.He was played, for 16 years, by Murray Westgate. The man became an iconic figure in Canadian television, mainly thanks to these ads.I spotted a few tweets yesterday… Read on

Stay classy, TSN

How odd is it that, after all the dust settles on Rogers’ $5.2B NHL deal, the guys who still own the rights to the Hockey Night in Canada theme song are TSN.They’ve held the rights for five years, after CBC–which made it part of their Saturday hockey broadcasts for 40 years–refused to meet the songwriter’s… Read on

TONIGHT: “Republic of Murdoch”

Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, CBC airs “Republic of Murdoch,” a crossover episode linking Murdoch Mysteries and Republic of Doyle. The story finds Det. William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, far right) traveling to Newfoundland with Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris, middle). They’re hard on the trail of a fella named Jacob Doyle–who just happens to be the… Read on

Doctor Who travels well at 50

Toronto Sun TV guy Bill Harris (left) joins me in scrumming a Dalek It is the 50th anniversary of the old British kiddie show Doctor Who. BBC America and Space are airing day long tributes on the 23rd. Me, I’ll stick with WKBW’s Rocketship 7, which started around the same time. But, hey, you Who… Read on