I don’t think any character has made me laugh harder on television than Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. Torn’s face was a caricaturist’s dream, flashing between wild anger, numbing indifference and forced sunshine. He was a one man Norman Rockwell gallery of exaggerated American expression. Arte was the perfect marriage of actor and part.

I’ve been up at the unplugged cottage the past few days. It’s a good place to put things in perspective — including the strange phenomenon known as summer television. The simple wood frame cottage was built by my dad and his builder buddy over 70 years ago in 1947. That very year was the dawn

My girlfriend Sandra Puglielli is possibly the coolest person I know. Her TV knowledge is deep, and sometimes scary. In part two of an on-going series, these are her picks for greatest TV themes of all time: The Rockford Files: “My ringtone forever. The buzzy synthesizer and breakout bass were ahead of their time on

On Thursday, Netflix announced it would cut back on smoking scenes in its original series. This was in response to an anti-smoking organization, “Truth Initiative,” who called out the streaming service for all the tobacco use in a show most popular with younger auidences: Stranger Things (back this week with a third season). The series

It always seemed to me that Arte Johnson should have been a much bigger TV star. As The New York Times notes in their obituary of Johnson, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at 90, the actor/comedian was “a one-man ensemble.” I first became aware of Johnson, as did many others, as one of the

The Amazing Race Canada returned Tuesday night on CTV, and, for the first time, a former team was among the field of ten. Jet and Dave, who made it to the final four in the very first edition of the Insight reality series, were the first team eliminated in Season Seven. The two had been

Monday, July 1 Corner Gas Animated (Comedy). Brett Butt’s ‘toon transformation of his Saskatchewan-based, live-action sitcom is back for a second season featuring guest voice appearances from Michael J. Fox (above right) and prime minister Justin Trudeau. Looks like somebody’s angling for an Order of Canada appointment! Divorce (HBO). Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church

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I don’t think any character has made me laugh harder on television than Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. Torn’s face was a caricaturist’s dream, flashing between wild anger, numbing indifference and forced sunshine. He was a one man Norman Rockwell gallery of exaggerated American expression. Arte was the perfect marriage of actor and part.

My girlfriend Sandra Puglielli is possibly the coolest person I know. Her TV knowledge is deep, and sometimes scary. In part two of an on-going series, these are her picks for greatest TV themes of all time: The Rockford Files: “My ringtone forever. The buzzy synthesizer and breakout bass were ahead of their time on

On Thursday, Netflix announced it would cut back on smoking scenes in its original series. This was in response to an anti-smoking organization, “Truth Initiative,” who called out the streaming service for all the tobacco use in a show most popular with younger auidences: Stranger Things (back this week with a third season). The series

It always seemed to me that Arte Johnson should have been a much bigger TV star. As The New York Times notes in their obituary of Johnson, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at 90, the actor/comedian was “a one-man ensemble.” I first became aware of Johnson, as did many others, as one of the

Got 30 seconds? A friend posted this recently on Facebook so I thought I’d share. Many years ago, when I was a young lad working at TV Guide, I did a little work on the side making TV commercials with my buddy Andy Tough. Andy, who I met doing videos at Maclean-Hunter Cable TV, went

A few weeks ago I was invited back to Mike Boon’s Toronto Mike podcast, this time to kick out the TV theme song jams. I played it pretty close to my wheelhouse for all things ’60s and ’70s, so it had quite a retro vibe, for which I make no apologies. The brassy, audacious theme