TV on Film takes trip back in time to Tales of the Wizard of Oz

It’s always a good sign at a TV on Film Program screening when the audience can sing along with the theme song. Such was the case last Thursday night in Toronto when an episode of Tales of the Wizard of Oz was pulled out of the vault. The 1961 series was produced by Crawley Films… Read on



TONIGHT: see Dave Foley’s “lost” Christmas special at TV on Film 2017

Every Holiday season, Bing and Rudolph and The Grinch and Charlie Brown and all those wonderful people in Bedford Falls return as part of a month-long TV tradition. Missing again this year, however, will be one of the funniest Christmas specials ever made – and it was made right here in Canada. Dave Foley’s The… Read on


Bat-tacular time at Thursday’s TV on Film Project screening at TIFF

One of the wonderful surprises from Thursday night’s TV on Film Project screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was discovering an audience member had a hand in bringing two classic gems to Canadian TV screens. For many years, Pip Wedge was VP of programming at CTV.  In the fall of 1966, however, Wedge was creating shows for CTV… Read on


This week’s podcast: more on Shandling

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson caught me on a car driving west-bound on the Gardiner Expressway past downtown Toronto. I’m on a speaker phone, and believe it or not, the sound sound’s better! I do a traffic report, of course. Then we talk about the death of the great Larry Sanders and why everybody who… Read on



Holy archives! TV on Film Project salutes Batman ’66

ATTENTION CANADIAN TV CITIZENS: If you attend just one TV on Film Project screening, make it this one tonight, Thursday, March 31 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Up first is the epic of all 16mm Fall Preview finds: ABC’s “7 Nights to Remember,” hosted by the dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin. Yes,… Read on


Bewitching night at TV on Film screening in T.O.

Thanks to all who came out to take a groovy trip back in time to 1965 Thursday at the Velma Rogers Theatre. How hard core was this audience? At least two people knew the words to the My Mother the Car theme song. The theatre’s resident AV man, Steve, made the room look and sound… 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