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



Thank Mr. Rogers for more Mr. D

Turns out Mr. D graduated to a fourth season thanks to Mr. R. As in Rogers. In one of the more surprising revelations at Rogers’ Tuesday upfront, it was learned that the private broadcaster–which got into bed with its skates on in the deal to keep Hockey Night in Canada on CBC for the next… Read on


CBC still “Lives” at 2014-15 preview

They’re still using the slogan “Canada Lives Here” at CBC. It was on-screen during the presentation reel at CBC’s 2014-15 preview Thursday in Toronto. It seems to need an addendum now:  “Canada Lives Here–They Just No Longer Work Here.” Or, “Canada Lives Here–But the Kids Never Visit.”  Or, “Canada Lives Here–Five Percent of the Time” or…this… Read on


Show slasher CBC spills 2014-15 schedule

Graham Wardle and Amber Marshall get to stay in the Heartland CBC picked a Friday to quietly announce the shows it was picking up for the 2014-15 season. It was already known that Arctic Air, Cracked, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Ron James Show would not be back. Hockey Night in Canada will be back on… Read on



Less flash, drama at 2013 CBC Winter Launch

The Murdoch cast get advice from the Wealthy Barber Wednesday’s CBC Winter Launch at the downtown Toronto HQ may have been a toned down affair but it was still, for me, a bit of a blur. I think I talked with Yannick Bisson, Allan Hawco, Gerry Dee and several others. Everything happened so quickly I… Read on


TONIGHT: Mr. D meets “Manaconda”

Gerry Dee and Mark Little trying not to get picked up at the Menz Bar I play hockey in a teacher’s league in Brampton and one of my teammates told me the other day he ran into a former student.“Hey–Mr. D!” the kid shouted.It was not a compliment.Several teachers and teammates have told me they… Read on


Blades sharpens CBC’s stand pat 2013-14 sked

Got the heads up a few weeks ago that CBC was going to make good on their promise to bring back Battle of the Blades. CBC made it official Wednesday, announcing 21 returning daytime and prime time shows will be part of their 2013-14 schedule.Blades is back after a one-year hiatus but will return in… Read on


Murdoch Mysteries lifts CBC’s premiere week

Yannick Bisson has reason to smile Premiere week is over. How did CBC do?The first week of January is a big one for CBC as the public broadcaster tries to take advantage of a more-or-less down week in network television to sneak on its 2013 series premieres. The network headed into the  beginning of the… Read on