On Thursday, Netflix announced it would cut back on smoking scenes in its original series. This was in response to an anti-smoking organization, “Truth Initiative,” who called out the streaming service for all the tobacco use in a show most popular with younger auidences: Stranger Things (back this week with a third season). The series
This week, Vulture ranked all 158 episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show from first to worst. Doing that with any series is a big undertaking; making that effort for a series that began 58 years ago is a testament to how timeless and enduring that sitcom remains. So, hats off to Vulture. The author
Set your PVR’s, classic TV fans. CBS has scheduled another seasonal treat with back-to-back, newly-colourized episodes of both The Dick Van Dyke Show and I love Lucy. The two hour-long specials air this Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 8/7 Central on CBS. The Van Dyke special comes as a sweet birthday present for Van Dyke,
This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old
In 1997, I met Ken Berry at one of those Hollywood Collector’s shows. That’s where fans line up to get autographs from some of their favourite former TV stars. Berry, an always affable TV presence, died Saturday in Burbank, Calif. He was 85. The Illinois native was a familiar face throughout the ’60s and ’70s
There should be a rule against re-booting sitcoms that already lasted seven years after they stopped being funny. Murphy Brown ran for 10 seasons on CBS. The 1988 – 98 sitcom had a talented cast, led by Candice Bergen, and featuring strong supporting players, including Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Robert Pastorelli, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Buffalo,
Now and then, a bit of what matters most — business-wise — is dropped off in the mail box. Today this unexpected package arrived: Carl Reiner’s latest book, “Too Busy to Die.” The title came to Reiner after he complained to his pal Mel Brooks that he was at loose ends after finishing his latest project.
Who didn’t like Jerry Van Dyke? Dick’s banjo-playing younger brother never failed to warm up any TV show or movie. He passed away Friday at his ranch in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was 86. I was fortunate to interview Van Dyke on a few occasions, once on the phone. At the end of that conversation, he kindly volunteered