REVIEW: PBS’s Soundbreaking is sensational

Been on the road a lot this past month so way behind in giving this programming heads up: check out Soundbreaking, the best documentary of the fall. Already half way through a run of eight amazing episodes on PBS, the ambitious series charts the history of recorded music. It was the last thing Sir George Martin worked on,… Read on



This week’s podcast: more memories of George Martin

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know about the time I attended a press conference with Sir George Martin. The Beatles’ celebrated record producer passed away earlier this week, triggering memories of a somewhat prickly 2008 PBS press tour session. The man had to know “Beatles producer” would be on his tombstone, but he was all Fabbed… Read on


George Martin 1926 – 2016

“God, can we get away from The Beatles for a moment?” Sir George Martin had had enough. The 82-year-old music icon had been fielding questions about John, Paul, George and Ringo for half an hour. This was in 2008, at a Television Critics Association PBS press conference. The public broadcaster had brought Martin before the press… Read on


Beatles’ bed-in still a draw at Montreal’s QE hotel

MONTREAL–CTV flew me in to visit the set of Quantico, the new thriller set to premiere Sunday. The ABC series is set at an FBI training facility and is parts Rookie Blue, parts Homeland. They put press up at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, which allowed me to take a Magical Mystery side-tour. Suite 1742… Read on



This week’s podcast: giving Oscar the bird, man

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to ask my take on the Oscars. We went on to gab for over 16 minutes and completely ignored the awards talk. Instead we got sidetracked yakking about last week’s epic Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. I got a call this week from my colleague Bill Carter who, in 1975… Read on


Fab Harrison Week concludes on Conan

Hey all you Beatle people. I’ve been slow on the draw on this but you can still catch the last of Conan O’Brien’s salute to George Harrison. Tonight on Conan (11 p.m. TBS; 12:30 a.m., MuchMusic), Norah Jones–daughter of Harrison’s friend and mentor Ravi Shankar–closes out the tribute Thursday night. O’Brien’s Beatle bonus is in support… Read on


Littler is big about his early Beatles review

The Toronto Star had a fun story Saturday marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first concert at Maple Leaf Gardens.  The two shows took place on Sept. 7, 1964 and, as you can see above, tickets were priced at $4.00 and $5.50, which, believe it or not, was considered a lot back when hamburgers… Read on


Why don’t we do it in the (Abbey) road?

Juan, Paula, George (with ladder) and Brioux LONDON–Folks who come to this alleged TV site often are probably a little Beatled out by now, but in the spirit of 50 years since ’64, please forgive another indulgence.I’ve been fortunate to come to England this week as a guest of Shaw Media to visit the set… Read on