Matlock’s still a winner 30 years later on AMI-tv

What’s the No. 1 TV series in Canada–among viewers who are visually impaired? It’s not a new show, it’s not even from this century–it’s Matlock. The folksy law drama, which revived the career of Andy Griffith, ran from 1986 to ’95, with all but the last season on NBC. It’s still a big draw according to the… Read on



Billy Bob Thornton puts the “F” in Fargo

Billy Bob Thornton brings menace to FXX’s Fargo Fargo, which premieres Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on FX and FXX Canada, is not Billy Bob Thornton’s first time at the TV rodeo. That came many years ago, before the 58-year-old writer/director/actor won an Oscar and other accolades for playing a string of memorable screen characters… Read on


Fargo’s Billy Bob so past that CBC Radio thing

PASADENA, CA–Billy Bob Thornton a pussycat?Yes, and a big fan of Canada, too. That 2009 CBC Radio One skirmish with Q host Jian Ghomeshi? Forget it, says Thornton, who suggested, off the record, that there were two sides to that story. “I love Canada, have always loved working all across Canada,” he says.The Oscar winner… Read on


TCM Remembers 2012

Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman, Ernest Borgnine, Phyllis Diller, Davy Jones, William Windom–the list of great actors, entertainers and filmmakers who have died in the past 12 months seems to get more sobering every year at this time. TCM always creates such a beautiful tribute in their annual “TCM Remembers” videos. The haunting song used this… Read on



TONIGHT: Andy Griffith remembered on TCM

TCM salutes the late, great Andy Griffith tonight, starting at 8 p.m. with his breakthrough role in A Face in the Crowd (1957). If you haven’t seen this film,directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg, it is startlingly relevant today. Griffith plays a drifter plucked off the streets and thrust into the white-hot… Read on


This week’s podcast: more on Borgnine & Griffith

CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to talk about the passing of two TV legends: Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine. Thompson didn’t realize Borgnine was still working as a voice actor on SpongeBob SquarePants. The 95-year-old was teamed there with his old McHale’s Navy colleague, Tim Conway, fifty years after the black and white Navy sitcom. There’s… Read on


Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

“I vowed that I’m going to live to 2013,” Ernest Borgnine told critics gathered at a Hallmark TCA session five years ago. “After that, I don’t give a damn.” Borgnine, who passed away Sunday at 95, missed his target by about six months. He wowed critics five years ago when he appeared at press tour to… Read on


A timely Mayberry salute to the fourth of July

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July this week than with Andy and Barney. Here Barney demonstrates his unique mastery of the preamble to the U.S. constitution.As a kid, I laughed always at Don Knotts as bumbling Barney Fife, but never really appreciated what a superb straight man Andy Griffith made. Two life-long… Read on