TV History


I met Dick Clark–who died today at 82 of a heart attack–on the set of a show he was producing, American Dreams. This was in 2003, before his stroke, and Clark was there to work the television press shuttled to the Sunset Gower Studios (the old Columbia lot) where Dreams was based from 2002-05. “America’s

Jones at the summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour Like a lot of Boomers, I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Davy Jones Wednesday in Florida. The former Monkee apparently died of a heart attack at 66. He belted out “Daydream Believer” one last time at a concert in New York City less

Christmas can be a stressful, difficult time of year, but this is unbearably sad. The Associated Press is reporting that Canadian writer/producer Joe Bodolai has died suddenly in Los Angeles. Bodolai was a supervising producer on The Kids in the Hall, the showrunner on Comics! and a writer on Saturday Night Live. He made things like

Elwy Yost was such an unlikely TV star. With that big round head, bushy moustache and over-sized glasses, he looked more like a butcher or detective or some other character actor from one of his favourite films from the ’30s or ’40s. The former host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies passed away Thursday in

I was on an Air Canada flight bound for Los Angeles Sunday morning and unaware until I landed of “the saddest news” being sent via email from Don Ferguson. Roger Abbott was dead. Roger’s passing hit me a lot harder than any other obit I’ve ever reported. I had the great good fortune to get

LeLanne (left) meets 98lb weakling News of the passing yesterday of Jack LaLanne at 96 brought me back to my encounter with the famous fitness guru 13 years ago at the Hollywood Collectors Show. LaLanne was just 83 then but he was still  probably the oldest guy in the room. He was probably the fittest, too. The Hollywood

It will be hard to imagine Citytv without the boomimg baritone of Mark Dailey. More than any other broadcaster in Canada, he was the voice of his city and his network. The veteran news anchor died today after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 57. Dailey began his career at City in Toronto in 1979.

MNF`s big three: Don Meredith, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford Frank Gifford was asked recently about the current state of the TV broadcast booth. Gifford, one-third of the most famous trio of Monday Night Football announcers (the others being Howard Cosell and Don Meredith), said he wasn’t too impressed. All that boosterism bugged him, he said.