David Cassidy 1950 – 2017

Sometimes you just know, from the many, many reports on Facebook and elsewhere, that a famous star is dying. Work on their obit ahead of time, you think. There’s really no reason to hold off. David Cassidy though, Geezus. That’s a punch in the boomer gut if there ever was one. Any hope that Cassidy… Read on



Canadian TV gold shines once more with encore+

Curating and sharing vintage TV shows has been a passion of mine for several years. I’ve been screening 16mm network prints of everything from Batman and Bewitched to The Dick Van Dyke Show and half-hour Fall Preview reels since 2011 at TV on Film Project screenings. As some of you know, I’d rather thread than stream. One… Read on


Frank Barron 1919 – 2017

One of the last great “characters” of the Television Critics Association has gone to the big cathode ray tube in the sky: Frank Barron. The TCA’s oldest living member passed away Monday according to his widow and constant companion, Margie Barron.  He was 98. Put in TV terms, Frank aged beyond the all important 18-49-year-old… Read on


Monty Hall 1921 – 2017

It’s been 54 years since Monty Hall first started asking people if they wanted what was behind Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3. Unfortunately, he won’t be giving us that option anymore. Hall died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, was 96. I last spoke with the proud Winnipeg native and game… Read on



Hugh Hefner 1926 — 2017

Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, was still a pretty big draw at press tour when he made a memorable TCA appearance in July of 2005. The Playboy founder was there to promote The Girls Next Door, a series that did little to enhance his legend. The reality show co-starred Hef’s “latest posse of helium hotties,” as… Read on


Cinecon 53: come for the classics, stay for the Kinescopes

Those of you who read this site regularly (you both know who you are) are undoubtedly aware that my favourite TV channel is TCM — Turner Classic Movies. No other channel caters to its fan base with such style and provides such well archived content. Ben Mankiewicz has proved that classic film, as his intro proclaims,… Read on


Jerry Lewis 1926 – 2017

Chris Albrecht is one of those guys you don’t screw around with on TCA press tours. So the day he got heckled by Jerry Lewis was one to remember. Albrecht, a former boss at HBO, was running Starz in July of 2011 when he took the podium in front of a roomful of TV reporters… Read on


June Foray 1917 – 2017

Hokey smokes! June Foray almost made it to 100. The Queen of Cartoons died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was just a few months shy of her 100th birthday, which would have been September 26th. Foray was not the Mel Blanc of female voices, as famed Warner Bros. animation legend Chuck Jones once declared; Blanc was… Read on