BEHIND THE SCENES: Air Farce New Year’s Eve taping

Friday I headed downtown to the CBC Broadcast Centre with my next door neighbours Doug and Roberta to see another taping of The Royal Canadian Air Farce. The occasion was the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special, a TV tradition that began in 1992. And, yes, we did stop at Apache Burger later in… 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


RATINGS: Canada’s Top 30 week of Nov. 5 – 11

Two months into the 2018-19 TV season, where do things stand in Canada? A look at the English Canada totals for the week of Nov. 5 -11, released Tuesday by Numeris, shows that positions are starting to lock in among the Canadian Top-30. This despite the fact that it was an unusual week, with the… Read on



TONIGHT: CBC mines rare gems From The Vaults

People ask if I stream a lot of TV shows but, really, I’m a threader not a streamer. As easy as it is to stream a new series on-line, I still get a kick out of threading a 16mm film onto a projector and filling a screen with images that flicker by at 24 frames… Read on


Q&A with Gerry Dee on the finale season of Mr. D

Last July when I was in Halifax to interview the cast and producers of Pure I squeezed in a second set visit opportunity. A few kilometers away, Gerry Dee and the cast and crew of CBC’s Mr. Dee were wrapping up their eighth and final season, so I thought I’d better hurry on over before… Read on


VIDEO: Frankie Drake’s Lauren Lee Smith in Cannes

Two weeks ago in Cannes I had the pleasure of catching up with Lauren Lee Smith, star of the CBC historical drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.  She even sat for a breezy, two-and-a-half minute video chat (above). The Vancouver native was in the south of France to promote international sales of Frankie at MIPCOM. The CBC… Read on


MIPCOM 2018: Telefilm & CMF showcase kickass women of Canada

CANNES — Canada’s two major TV and film funding agencies — to whom, full disclosure, I have to thank for my trip to MIPCOM this year — always try to showcase the country as a perfect international partner for buying, selling and making television. On Tuesday, Telefilm and The Canada Media Fund showcased three very… Read on