Did you grow up with Mr. Dressup? How about The Friendly Giant or Polka-Dot Door? Starting today, those shows and many others are being saluted this spring and summer at the Myseum of Toronto. The exhibit is titled, “Mr. Dressup to Degrassi: 42 Years of Legendary Toronto Kids TV.” The retrospective goes all the way
As a young Toronto school teacher, Linda Schuyler decided to introduce her Grade 8 students to the art of filmmaking. As it says on the inside flap of her new book, “The Mother of all Degrassi: A Memoir” (ECW Press), this was a momentous decision. “It set in motion a career of storytelling for an
Another milestone in Canadian television is reached with the 50th anniversary of the launch of The Beachcombers. Canadians coast-to-coast were still buzzing over Team Canada’s last-minute heroics over the Soviet Union in the Summit series when The Beachcombers premiered on CBC Television on October 1, 1972. The series starred Bruno Gerussi as log scavenger Nick Adonidas
Back in the early ’90’s. before he became a late-night TV host, Conan O’Brien and his Harvard writing pal Greg Daniels (creator of the American version of The Office) decided to take a road trip to Vancouver. Turning on the TV in the hotel, they became mesmerized by this strange Canadian series about a B.C.
It looks like everyone will soon be able to come back to the classroom — including the kids of Degrassi. HBO Max announced this week that plans are well under way for a new re-imagining of Degrassi, a TV franchise that began 43 years ago. Teamed with a new preoduction company called WildBrain, HBO Max
Curating and sharing vintage TV shows has been a passion of mine for several years. I’ve been screening 16mm network prints of everything from Batman and Bewitched to The Dick Van Dyke Show and half-hour Fall Preview reels since 2011 at TV on Film Project screenings. As some of you know, I’d rather thread than stream. One
You meet some fine young Canadians working the TV beat. One of them is Stephan James. The 23-year-old was born and raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ont. In five years, he’s gone from grabbing fast food at Johnny’s Hamburgers to winning roles in everything from Degrassi to The Book of Negroes to playing Jesse Owens in
Degrassi is the show that will not die. Netflix and Family Channel confirmed Tuesday that they are both behind a deal that will extend the forever Canadian TV franchise for at least another 20 episodes. The series will be rebranded–again–as Degrassi Next Class when it returns early in 2016. Now, I can’t say I’m surprised. Halifax-based