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Justin Trudeau and Cardi B steal the show in the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special. It airs tonight, Dec. 31 at 8 pm (8:30 pm in Newfoundland) on CBC and will be repeated just after midnight. Younger sketch mates Chris Wilson and Isabel Kanaan shine in this slick “Farce Film” which borrows Justin

My favourite new show of the past year stars one actor in their seventies and one in their eighties. No, not Grace and Frankie (although that would qualify; Lily Tomlin is 79 and Jane Fonda is 81). I’m talking about The Kominsky Method, a lovely late-in-the-year surprise from Netflix. All eight episodes are currently available

This festive Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 63 years ago today. That was back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free. Back when there were TV listings magazines–which sold for 15 cents. Back when it used to really snow in

How much did Jason Momoa get paid for doing “Aquaman,” which opens everywhere Friday? Answer: he got scale! No, I told that joke on porpoise. Mamoa got much, much more than scale. The Honolulu-born actor has played the DC Comics underwater superstar in three feature films now, including 2017’s “Justice League,” so he’s no fish

After eight seasons, Mr. D airs its final episode tonight on CBC. That’s a long run in Canadian television, especially for a sitcom. Corner Gas, for example, lasted six seasons (although it chalked up more episodes). The King of Kensington reigned for five. Schitt’s Creek returns for its fifth season in January. I happened to

Tributes are pouring in for Penny Marshall, best known for her years co-starring on Laverne & Shirley as well as directing such hits as “Big” and “A League of Their Own.” Marshall, 75, died at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday of complications from diabetes. As “Monsters & Critics” editor April Neale headlined it,

The other day I spotted my postman coming to the door so I went out to meet him. As he handed me my mail, he asked if I had anything to do with writing about television (probably guessed it from all the network mailers). I asked him what he was watching in this age of

If you happen to live in and around the Vancouver area, it’s a great day for hay and also a great week for catching Letterkenny Live! Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, K. Trevor Wilson and Mark Forward from the Crave comedy original Letterkenny are winding up their year-end “Encore” tour this week with stage shows in Vancouver