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


Buzz builds as SCTV reunion draws near

On Sunday, I will “take off” for the SCTV reunion at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. CHML’s Scott Thompson had plenty of questions about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming SCTV documentary, which has just been picked up in Canada by CTV. Smart move, Bell. Not a lot of details are known at this point about the project,… 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


Roseanne revival roars back to record ratings

Think viewers weren’t ready for another visit from the Conners? Tuesday night’s revival of Roseanne on ABC drew an overnight, average audience of 18.2 million viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. The audience was higher in the second half-hour than it was in the first, and it’s likely to go higher again — perhaps beyond… Read on


This week’s podcast: more on Cassidy

First of all, these aren’t really podcasts. This is me blathering on the radio. I used to speak once-a-week with CHML’s Scott Thompson but we kick around TV issues less frequently now. Apparently there are other things happening in the world! This week was spoke at length about the death of David Cassidy and how… 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