Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old… Read on



Ho ho ho! It’s a Letterkenny Christmas

The Shamrocks sent this lovely Christmas fruitcake to remind everybody to watch Season 2 of Letterkenny. Six new episodes premiere Sunday, Christmas Day, on CraveTV — so pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er! Why is Christmas Day, as New Metric Media co-president Mark Montefiore says, a “brilliant” time to re-start this series? For one thing, Letterkenny and big events and… Read on


This week’s podcast: Grinch, Peanuts or Rudolph?

The question comes up every December: which of the “Holy Three” of holiday specials — Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas or Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas — is best? Really, they’re all great and deserve their evergreen status. When you’re on a radio show with other guests, however, you’ve got… Read on


Christmas Eve brings ghosts of Christmas past

This festive Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 60 years ago today. That was back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free. Back when there were TV listings magazines–which sold for 15 cents. Back when it used to snow in Toronto… Read on



What are the best TV Christmas episodes of all time?

What are the best regular series Christmas episodes ever? I wrote a story this week for The Canadian Press listing 10 of the best-ever Christmas-themed episodes. The hook was Monday’s episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a two-hour Christmas special featuring guest stars Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and TV legend Ed Asner. Even Peter Mansbridge gets in on… Read on



Rudolph survives 50 years on heart and Soles

“What did Rudolph do? He saved capitalism! Kids got their presents. Can you imagine? The very idea that we won’t get our loot, our gifts, and there’ll be no Black Fridays—O my God!” That was Paul Soles, putting it all in perspective, when I spoke to him last week about Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Fifty… Read on


A toast to two million this Christmas

This glorious Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955. That was back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free. To all who visit this site, Merry Christmas. Thanks to my clever daughter Katie and her very practical Christmas gift, you can… Read on