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A lot has changed in the half century since The Brady Bunch was one of the new fall shows of 1969. Or has it? Despite Netflix and what looks to be about a dozen other streaming services constantly spitting out content, September is still the month when old shows return and new ones try to

Blades battlers Shae Lynn Bourne and Anson Carter Remember the CBC? The Canadian public broadcaster has coasted along with reruns since around the time the Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup. No network can afford to take the summer off anymore but that’s exactly what CBC did.  With the surprise exit of former programming

What happened to Sundays? Zombies stole our shows!Instead of juicy network dramas like Desperate Housewives, the night is now mostly comprised of reality shows and cartoons. The Amazing Race is still dominant at 8 on CTV, and The Simpsons still draws in the demos on Global after nearly a quarter of a century, but it

Got the heads up a few weeks ago that CBC was going to make good on their promise to bring back Battle of the Blades. CBC made it official Wednesday, announcing 21 returning daytime and prime time shows will be part of their 2013-14 schedule.Blades is back after a one-year hiatus but will return in

For somebody who should have looked like they’d been run over by a news truck, Kirstine Stewart was still on her feet at Thursdays’ TV Day symposium in Toronto.There she was on the “TV Leaders” panel, the only women among the Boy’s Club of private network broadcasters. Didn’t even get introduced by the moderator.That morning,

John Brunton says he’s “had better days” after Thursday’s CBC bombshell With all the hits hockey has taken lately, one yesterday sent TV producer John Brunton reeling. CBC dropped a bombshell Thursday by announcing that Battle of the Blades would not be part of its 2012-13 season. “I’ve had better days in my career,” says

I figure what the CBC could use these days is a few more unpaid consultants. There are some tough decisions ahead as the public broadcaster deals a $115 million reduction in their parliamentary appropriation. Network officials have dropped several hints as to where they are going in advance of their May 10 2012-13 season launch

Scott Thompson at CHML thinks it is hilarious that I tried figure skating on Battle of the Blades. As Scott says, I look like Linus being pulled around by my blanket. Hey, I’ll try anything once, especially if Marie-France Dubreuil is coaching. You can listen in on the radio conversation here, and you can watch