Last minute Christmas gift guide for TV buffs

Bad news, gift givers. As of today, Friday, Dec. 14, there are only 10 more shopping days until Christmas. You’ve missed Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Ruby Tuesday. There’s no more free shipping, so you actually have to brave the stores, and you’ve left it until Dented Car Door Saturday and Kill You For… Read on



FRIDAY: more Van Dyke and Lucy in colour from CBS

Set your PVR’s, classic TV fans. CBS has scheduled another seasonal treat with back-to-back, newly-colourized episodes of both The Dick Van Dyke Show and I love Lucy. The two hour-long specials air this Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 8/7 Central on CBS. The Van Dyke special comes as a sweet birthday present for Van Dyke,… Read on


CTV Throwback embraces The Facts of Life

Sometime before the most recent Canadian network upfronts last June, the folks at Sony Pictures Television struck a deal with Bell Media. The CTV peeps were looking for content to offer on two new VOD channels. Sony was looking to monetize its large inventory of off-air content. Phil King, a former CTV programming boss who… Read on


The Price is Right as CBS sells Television City

On Monday, CBS Corporation made it official: their Los Angeles TV temple at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly has been sold. CBS Television City, a post-modern, multi-studio facility that sits on a 25-acre site right next to LA’s historic Farmers Market, has been sold to Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million. The place The… Read on



BEHIND THE SCENES: Air Farce New Year’s Eve taping

Friday I headed downtown to the CBC Broadcast Centre with my next door neighbours Doug and Roberta to see another taping of The Royal Canadian Air Farce. The occasion was the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special, a TV tradition that began in 1992. And, yes, we did stop at Apache Burger later in… Read on


Let the endless award nomination season begin

Whenever nominations are announced for whatever TV awards, media outlets want to know: who will win, who should win; which star will give the most booze-soaked acceptance speech. Nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards were announced Thursday morning, with the gala being televised January 6 on NBC and CTV. The full list of… Read on


Roger Ashby rocks out after 50 years at CHUM

I was still in elementary school when Roger Ashby started spinning records at 1050 CHUM. Just 19 when he got his start at Toronto’s top rock ‘n’ roll station, the Waterloo-born disc jockey began his tenure in the midnight to 5 am slot. I’m sure I didn’t hear him at that hour when he took… Read on


Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old… Read on