Picking my ten best from The Dick Van Dyke Show

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… Read on



Golden Globes about as funny as a flu shot

Sunday’s 76th Annual Golden Globes was truly a star-studded affair. Too bad the opening monologue was such a bust. Co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh (above) walked on stage at the Beverly Hilton and performed  what seemed like the worst Saturday Night Live sketch ever. Smug irony just doesn’t sell anymore in 2019, not with… Read on


My favourite new shows of 2018

My favourite new show of the past year stars one actor in their seventies and one in their eighties. No, not Grace and Frankie (although that would qualify; Lily Tomlin is 79 and Jane Fonda is 81). I’m talking about The Kominsky Method, a lovely late-in-the-year surprise from Netflix. All eight episodes are currently available… Read on


Last minute Christmas gift guide for TV buffs

Bad news, gift givers. As of today, Friday, Dec. 14, there are only 10 more shopping days until Christmas. You’ve missed Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Ruby Tuesday. There’s no more free shipping, so you actually have to brave the stores, and you’ve left it until Dented Car Door Saturday and Kill You For… Read on



Best new show this fall: The Kids Are Alright

I grew up without brothers or sisters, the dreaded only child. Many of my friends and cousins, however, were part of large Catholic families. The Bullocks numbered eight kids and one elderly auntie, although no one ever saw all of them in the same room at the same time. My cousins who lived north of… Read on


RADIO REVIEW: House of Cards folds in weak finale

Does a hit TV show always fall apart with the premature  departure of its leading star? I was asked to give my two cents on that topic Monday on The Bill Kelly Show, heard daily on Hamilton’s AM900 CHML. The starting point was Kelly’s disappointment in the final season of House of Cards. Sure, main star… Read on


Party on with Shatner’s kick-ass Christmas album

Set phasers to stun! William Shatner has released not one but two new albums of his unique, spoken word song stylings this year, including his brand new Christmas collection, Shatner Claus. Follow this link to my Canadian Press feature about the enterprising actor and his latest musical efforts. The Star Trek legend never seems to… Read on


REVIEW: Roseanne rocks Brampton’s Rose

Roseanne Barr wasted no time Sunday night at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. “Let’s get going,” she began, “before my booze and pills wear off.” The 65-year-old grandmother of six is, once again, the biggest star on television. The revival of Roseanne is a massive hit this spring, drawing close to 20 million viewers a… Read on