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


Meet the stars from CBC’s new January start ups

In many respects, CBC’s fall TV season really begins in winter. That’s when the network rolls out their more robust slate of rookie shows. Tuesday in Toronto, at the public broadcaster’s broadcast headquarters, the CBC PR department held their full monty Winter Media Day and it was a robust event, with hearty nosh, CBC scarves… Read on



Pawn Stars closes in on episodic TV record

Earlier this year I was down in Vegas with three friends I’ve known since high school. Normally, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we’re all so old now the only hi-jinx we got up to was ordering the four egg special with extra pancakes from the Hash House a Go Go. After we… Read on


Apply now for S7 of The Amazing Race Canada

Runners on your marks! CTV and host Jon Montgomery announced Thursday that applications to the 7th edition of The Amazing Race Canada are now open. The renewal is no surprise. Once again, the globe-trotting adventure competition series from Insight Productions claimed top spot on Canada’s summer ratings chart, averaging over 1.8 million viewers a week.… Read on