I first met Gino Matteo in 1976 on the day I checked in for orientation at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. On that busy day, the campus centre known as the “Coop” was jammed with other disoriented rookies. I found my way to the “B”’s. This hip dude behind the table who
He was the tall one with the touque, the Monkee not to monkey with. Michael Nesmith’s passing Friday at 78 is another dagger to the heart of TV and music fans who grew up in the ’60s, ’70s. Even into the ’80s when the Texas native became better known for pioneering music video compilations, producing
How into TV from the ’80s is Jimmy Kimmel? He’s this into it as he told reporters last week in a conference call for Live From in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes (airing Tuesday on ABC). “Many years ago, Gary Coleman was selling a pair of his pants
Believe it or not, The Munsters once rode in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A photo of Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis, in full makeup as Herman and Grandpa Munster, caught my eye the other day when it was posted on Facebook. This Thursday morning, from 9 am to noon, NBC will present the 95th Annual
Retired publicist pal Bill Vigars reached out from the West Coast this week. He let me know an actor who headlined a hit series in Canada back when I was starting out on the TV beat was in need. Scott Hylands was one of the stars of Night Heat (1985-89), a Gemini Award-winning CTV cop
You can draw a straight line from Mort Sahl to Dave Chappelle. Fearless, contentious, uncompromising and sometimes his own worst enemy. The Montreal native died Oct 26 at his home near San Francisco. He was 94. His rise in the mid- to late- ’50s was so pronounced it seems as if he should be older.
“We knew this was coming,” actor Michael McKean tweeted upon news of the passing of Peter Scolari. “Doesn’t make it easier. RIP my friend.” Scolari, a native of New Rochelle, N.Y., died Friday at 66 after a two year battle with cancer. The actor was best known for two roles: playing opposite Tom Hanks in
You’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do if you’re not celebrating 70 years of I Love Lucy. Television’s most enduring comedy began on Oct. 15, 1951. With the help of showrunner Jess Openheimer, Lucille Ball, who bounced from RKO comedies to chorus girl roles in movies, turned a radio hit into a TV sensation. She did