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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

The Shamrocks sent this lovely Christmas fruitcake to remind everybody to watch Season 2 of Letterkenny. Six new episodes premiere Sunday, Christmas Day, on CraveTV — so pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er! Why is Christmas Day, as New Metric Media co-president Mark Montefiore says, a “brilliant” time to re-start this series? For one thing, Letterkenny and big events and

The question comes up every December: which of the “Holy Three” of holiday specials — Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas or Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas — is best? Really, they’re all great and deserve their evergreen status. When you’re on a radio show with other guests, however, you’ve got

This festive Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 60 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 snow in Toronto

What are the best regular series Christmas episodes ever? I wrote a story this week for The Canadian Press listing 10 of the best-ever Christmas-themed episodes. The hook was Monday’s episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a two-hour Christmas special featuring guest stars Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and TV legend Ed Asner. Even Peter Mansbridge gets in on

“What did Rudolph do? He saved capitalism! Kids got their presents. Can you imagine? The very idea that we won’t get our loot, our gifts, and there’ll be no Black Fridays—O my God!” That was Paul Soles, putting it all in perspective, when I spoke to him last week about Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Fifty