Saluting Betty White: First Lady of Television

Fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland may want to PVR “Betty White: First Lady of Television,” premiering Tuesday, Aug. 22 on PBS (check local listings). The documentary salutes the much loved, 96-year-old actress, whose career spans an unprecedented eight active decades in television. PBS has presented several… Read on



CHCH quickly folds on House of Cards

Hamilton, Ontario, TV station CHCH posted the following on their Facebook page Wednesday: “Dear viewers,” they write. “We have been closely monitoring the numerous allegations relating to the personal conduct of Kevin Spacey. Based on what has been reported during this evolving situation, this type of behavior is completely inappropriate, and runs counter to the policies to… Read on


More on Moore: her quality shone through, even in tough times

It has been a 24-hour MTM marathon ever since the news broke Wednesday that Mary Tyler Moore has passed away. I was honored to be asked to share memories of watching and, on a few occasions, meeting Moore. The first time I met Moore was in January of 1986 at a TCA press tour gathering in… 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



Campbell, Asner add to TCA’s Hallmark moment

PASADENA, Calif.–The folks at the Hallmark Channel are always gracious and generous hosts during TCA press tours. Thursday night was no exception as reporters and Hallmark channel talent and executives enjoyed an evening at the stately Tournament of Roses House. Guests entered to the strains of romantic music played by beautiful young violinists. Rose pedals… Read on


Rare MTM gem part of this month’s CITF’s TV on Film Project screening

Good news for fans of classic TV. A new TV on Film Project screening has been scheduled. Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m., I’ll be hosting 90 minutes of rare classics as part of the second annual Canadian International Television Festival. The Fest kicks off Friday Nov. 14 in Toronto and runs 10 days. All screenings are… Read on


Has Canada’s comedy momentum Spun Out?

Spun Out‘s Foley and Campbell What’s the secret of comedy?The answer is “Timing!”, and to make the joke work, you have to blurt it between “of” and “comedy.”Several Canadian shows are hoping to solve the secret of comedy this season. While the private network swing towards funny has been encouraging, ratings, so far, have not… Read on


Mary Tyler Moore at 75

Hard to believe, but today is the 75th birthday of Mary Tyler Moore. As the leggy assistant on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, a Happy Hotpoint elf and especially as Capri slacks-stunner Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the Brooklyn-born actress turned the world on with her smile long before The Mary Tyler Moore… Read on