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After eight seasons, Mr. D airs its final episode tonight on CBC. That’s a long run in Canadian television, especially for a sitcom. Corner Gas, for example, lasted six seasons (although it chalked up more episodes). The King of Kensington reigned for five. Schitt’s Creek returns for its fifth season in January. I happened to

Last July when I was in Halifax to interview the cast and producers of Pure I squeezed in a second set visit opportunity. A few kilometers away, Gerry Dee and the cast and crew of CBC’s Mr. Dee were wrapping up their eighth and final season, so I thought I’d better hurry on over before

Turns out Mr. D graduated to a fourth season thanks to Mr. R. As in Rogers. In one of the more surprising revelations at Rogers’ Tuesday upfront, it was learned that the private broadcaster–which got into bed with its skates on in the deal to keep Hockey Night in Canada on CBC for the next

They’re still using the slogan “Canada Lives Here” at CBC. It was on-screen during the presentation reel at CBC’s 2014-15 preview Thursday in Toronto. It seems to need an addendum now:  “Canada Lives Here–They Just No Longer Work Here.” Or, “Canada Lives Here–But the Kids Never Visit.”  Or, “Canada Lives Here–Five Percent of the Time” or…this

Graham Wardle and Amber Marshall get to stay in the Heartland CBC picked a Friday to quietly announce the shows it was picking up for the 2014-15 season. It was already known that Arctic Air, Cracked, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Ron James Show would not be back. Hockey Night in Canada will be back on

The Murdoch cast get advice from the Wealthy Barber Wednesday’s CBC Winter Launch at the downtown Toronto HQ may have been a toned down affair but it was still, for me, a bit of a blur. I think I talked with Yannick Bisson, Allan Hawco, Gerry Dee and several others. Everything happened so quickly I

Gerry Dee and Mark Little trying not to get picked up at the Menz Bar I play hockey in a teacher’s league in Brampton and one of my teammates told me the other day he ran into a former student.“Hey–Mr. D!” the kid shouted.It was not a compliment.Several teachers and teammates have told me they

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