RADIO REVIEW: House of Cards folds in weak finale

Does a hit TV show always fall apart with the premature  departure of its leading star? I was asked to give my two cents on that topic Monday on The Bill Kelly Show, heard daily on Hamilton’s AM900 CHML. The starting point was Kelly’s disappointment in the final season of House of Cards. Sure, main star… Read on



Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! The Brady house has sold!

TV’s reboot craze has gotten even crazier. First it was news about all these remakes of vintage shows such as Roseanne, Murphy Brown, Magnum, P.I., Will & Grace, The Facts of Life and maybe even Alf. Now comes word that one network will built a series around bring back a house from a sitcom from… Read on


“Who is going to replace Trebek,” Alex?

Are you old enough to remember Art Fleming? The original “star” of Jeopardy! — as announcer Don Pardo introduced him — was the game show question man from 1964 to 1975 and then briefly from 1978 to 79. I might have the order of these shows flipped, but back when I was a wee lad… Read on


PODCAST: Celebrating Bochco with Bill Kelly

On Tuesday, CHML’s AM900 morning host Bill Kelly suggested to me that Steven Bochco was to television what Steven Spielberg was to movies. Both moved their medium forward. Bochco certainly was an innovator as a writer and story editor, combining serial elements into police procedurals. Bochco also encouraged Hill Street Blues pilot director Robert Butler to literally… Read on



This week’s podcast: the O’Reilly factor

For all the power and clout Bill O’Reilly had as the most popular TV personality on Fox News, the news cycle concerning his dismissal seems already over as I post this podcast. That, at least, seems fitting. O’Reilly was a pompous gas bag. His many sins on air seemed only to fuel his conservative fan… Read on


This week’s podcast: the wrong envelope please

Scott Thompson called Monday to talk day-after Oscar fiasco. I explain to the CHML Hamilton News Radio host how mistakes are gold on live TV and how this is now the Best Oscars Ever. Scott says he was tipped off when some guy wearing a head set was running around on stage during the Best… Read on


This week’s podcast: death in the Partridge Family

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson starts by asking about Suzanne Crough, the red-haired young daughter with the tambourine on The Partridge Family. Crough died earlier this week at 52. This leads to a discussion of other child stars and how I keep running into them as 50- or 60-year olds at the Hollywood Show, an autograph-seekers nostalgia fest… Read on