TONIGHT: see Dave Foley’s “lost” Christmas special at TV on Film 2017

Every Holiday season, Bing and Rudolph and The Grinch and Charlie Brown and all those wonderful people in Bedford Falls return as part of a month-long TV tradition. Missing again this year, however, will be one of the funniest Christmas specials ever made – and it was made right here in Canada. Dave Foley’s The… 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


Christmas-themed TV on Film Screening to close out 2016

Ho Ho Who doesn’t like classic Christmas episodes? Save the date — WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 — for a special holiday-themed TV on Film Project screening. Watch The Dec., 1963 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled, “The Allen Brady Show Presents” where Rob, Laura, Buddy, Sally and Mel put on a Christmas show. Then… Read on


So why isn’t there a Wayne & Shuster street in Toronto?

Still several time zones removed from reality, I managed to scramble downtown earlier this week to attend Wayne & Shuster in Black and White, a presentation of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Held at the University of Toronto’s Innis College (a wonderful mid-size screening room I hadn’t been in since attending U of T), the… Read on



Bat-tacular time at Thursday’s TV on Film Project screening at TIFF

One of the wonderful surprises from Thursday night’s TV on Film Project screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was discovering an audience member had a hand in bringing two classic gems to Canadian TV screens. For many years, Pip Wedge was VP of programming at CTV.  In the fall of 1966, however, Wedge was creating shows for CTV… Read on


Holy archives! TV on Film Project salutes Batman ’66

ATTENTION CANADIAN TV CITIZENS: If you attend just one TV on Film Project screening, make it this one tonight, Thursday, March 31 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Up first is the epic of all 16mm Fall Preview finds: ABC’s “7 Nights to Remember,” hosted by the dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin. Yes,… Read on


Bewitching night at TV on Film screening in T.O.

Thanks to all who came out to take a groovy trip back in time to 1965 Thursday at the Velma Rogers Theatre. How hard core was this audience? At least two people knew the words to the My Mother the Car theme song. The theatre’s resident AV man, Steve, made the room look and sound… Read on