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Saturday, August 31 marks the 35th anniversary of one of Canada’s most successful TV ventures — MuchMusic. The popular specialty channel — which started out as a pricey Pay-TV service — caught the wave of the music video revolution just as it crested. The music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released the December before

It’s finally true: as he once told John Lennon, Peter Fonda knows what it’s like to be dead. The actor, best known for his counter-culture hero role in “Easy Rider” (1969), passed away last week at 79. His death was attributed to lung cancer, not a gunshot to the stomach. That was an accidental wound

Many moons have passed since man first landed on the moon. For one thing, they called it “Man on the moon” back then; just like how Expo ’67 was all about “Man and his World.” Both terms seem hopelessly dated. Shouldn’t she have put a woman on the moon by now? It has been 50

If you’re old enough to remember what “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” was all about, you may be ready to return to the house used in all the exterior shots of The Brady Bunch (1969 – ’74).   HGTV bought the actual North Hollywood side-split in 2018 for $3.5 million. They’ve gutted the place and made it

I don’t think any character has made me laugh harder on television than Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. Torn’s face was a caricaturist’s dream, flashing between wild anger, numbing indifference and forced sunshine. He was a one man Norman Rockwell gallery of exaggerated American expression. Arte was the perfect marriage of actor and part.

My girlfriend Sandra Puglielli is possibly the coolest person I know. Her TV knowledge is deep, and sometimes scary. In part two of an on-going series, these are her picks for greatest TV themes of all time: The Rockford Files: “My ringtone forever. The buzzy synthesizer and breakout bass were ahead of their time on