CTV Throwback embraces The Facts of Life

Sometime before the most recent Canadian network upfronts last June, the folks at Sony Pictures Television struck a deal with Bell Media. The CTV peeps were looking for content to offer on two new VOD channels. Sony was looking to monetize its large inventory of off-air content. Phil King, a former CTV programming boss who… Read on



The Price is Right as CBS sells Television City

On Monday, CBS Corporation made it official: their Los Angeles TV temple at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly has been sold. CBS Television City, a post-modern, multi-studio facility that sits on a 25-acre site right next to LA’s historic Farmers Market, has been sold to Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million. The place The… Read on


BEHIND THE SCENES: Air Farce New Year’s Eve taping

Friday I headed downtown to the CBC Broadcast Centre with my next door neighbours Doug and Roberta to see another taping of The Royal Canadian Air Farce. The occasion was the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special, a TV tradition that began in 1992. And, yes, we did stop at Apache Burger later in… Read on


Let the endless award nomination season begin

Whenever nominations are announced for whatever TV awards, media outlets want to know: who will win, who should win; which star will give the most booze-soaked acceptance speech. Nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards were announced Thursday morning, with the gala being televised January 6 on NBC and CTV. The full list of… Read on



Roger Ashby rocks out after 50 years at CHUM

I was still in elementary school when Roger Ashby started spinning records at 1050 CHUM. Just 19 when he got his start at Toronto’s top rock ‘n’ roll station, the Waterloo-born disc jockey began his tenure in the midnight to 5 am slot. I’m sure I didn’t hear him at that hour when he took… Read on


Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

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… Read on


Ken Berry 1933 – 2018

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… Read on


TV on Film takes trip back in time to Tales of the Wizard of Oz

It’s always a good sign at a TV on Film Program screening when the audience can sing along with the theme song. Such was the case last Thursday night in Toronto when an episode of Tales of the Wizard of Oz was pulled out of the vault. The 1961 series was produced by Crawley Films… Read on