It’s been 50 years, Charlie Brown

Good grief! Has it really been 50 years since I first watched, along with millions of others, A Charlie Brown Christmas? I was already, at eight-years-old, Charlie Brown crazy. I would read the Peanuts comics in the Toronto Star every day and cut them out and paste them in a scrapbook. My mom would take… Read on

Hey, Elias Koteas–can I ask you a few questions?

Some TV stars are just dying to talk to reporters. Then there is Elias Koteas. The man is just not into the whole press scene. A native of Montreal, the actor currently plays a cop on Chicago PD (airing Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Global and NBC). His character, Det. Alvin Olinsky, is… Read on

This week’s podcast: All My Children miss Canary

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts things off this week by mentioning the death of All My Children star David Canary. The white-haired soap star passed away Nov. 16 at 77. He won five Emmys for playing twins–one good, the other evil–on the daytime series and is also remembered by some of us for his role as… Read on

Wake up to The Great American Dream Machine

What to get the TV DVD box set collector who has everything? This Christmas try The Great American Dream Machine. It is just out this month from S’More Entertainment, Inc. This is a trippy blast of public television from the early ’70s. It aired on PBS from 1971 to ’73, back when the American public… Read on

TIFF salute to 19-2 reveals S3 will begin with a bang

Friday night in downtown Toronto I found myself surrounded by cops. It wasn’t one of those, “Is this some kind of bust?” Leslie Neilsen-like thing. It was a screening of 19-2, the Montreal-based police drama returning for a third season early next year. Friday night, the Season 3 premiere was screened for around 200 fans at… Read on

The Man in the High Castle is high art from Amazon

For those of you who may be thinking that whole second (or third) Golden Age of TV thing ended with the finales of  Breaking Bad and Mad Men, brace yourselves for The Man in the High Castle. The alternate history drama launches Nov. 21 on Amazon Prime. Ten hour-long episodes will drop at once, so… Read on

This week’s podcast: last one out turn off the lights

There was much to cover on this week’s radio chat with CHML’s Scott Thompson. Among the topics was the job slashing this week carried out at Bell Media. The axe swung in several newsrooms, with long-time CTV News Network veteran Dan Matheson among the victims. A couple of times in recent years I’ve driven out to… Read on

Cosby, Brokaw get “Flipped” in NBC 30 Rock makeover

NEW YORK–Last time I was in Manhattan, Bill Cosby was one of the TV icons featured in this wall-sized mural inside Comcast’s fabled TV shrine, 30 Rock. That was before dozens of allegations that the 78-year-old entertainer had used pills as far back as the late ’60s in order to have sex with women. One year later,… Read on