Harry Anderson 1952 – 2018

Strange, with the success this spring of the re-boot of Roseanne, that headlines should turn toward news of the passing of Harry Anderson. Anderson’s breakout series Night Court ran from 1984 to 1992. That was back in the day when NBC was considered a “Must See” network. His series started a few years before Roseanne premiered on ABC in… Read on


Two hours of TV talk with Toronto Mike

Scheduling is not always my strong point, so, yes, it took six months for me to finally get my ass down to Etobicoke and be a guest on Mike Boon’s very popular Toronto Mike Podcast. Do the dishes, turn off your mobile devices and get settled in for a two hour-plus conversation about Etobicoke, Michael Power-St. Josephs,… Read on


Look for Scorsese’s SCTV doc to take off, eh?

Here’s a salute all of Canada can get behind — the great Martin Scorsese doing a documentary about SCTV. Netflix announced it Thursday, with a cast reunion and showcase happening at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre May 13 in Toronto. Oscar and late night host Jimmy Kimmel is flying north to moderate that prestigious panel. When I heard… Read on



Go Leafs, Jets says Rogers’ Sportsnet boss Scott Moore

Every spring, just as the swallows return to Capistrano, I request an interview with Rogers’ President of Sportsnet & NHL Scott Moore. Every Spring, to my surprise, he takes my call. This is when I speak with the broadcasting executive at the start of the annual Stanley Cup playoffs. Mr. Moore is always friendly and insightful on… Read on


TONIGHT: Rick Mercer files one last Report

CBC is renewing a great deal of its schedule for next season but one of its top draws is departing — the Rick Mercer Report. Mercer and his partner in business and life Gerald Lunz made the decision before this 15th and final season started as I reported here last September. The St. John’s native is only… Read on


Pacino goes deep in portrayal of HBO’s Paterno

Getting under somebody else’s skin is nothing new for Al Pacino. He did it in “Serpico,” and several times in HBO projects, including searing portrayals of Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector. He plays another controversial and complex real life character this month on HBO and HBO Canada in Paterno. This is, of course, a movie about… Read on



PODCAST: Celebrating Bochco with Bill Kelly

On Tuesday, CHML’s AM900 morning host Bill Kelly suggested to me that Steven Bochco was to television what Steven Spielberg was to movies. Both moved their medium forward. Bochco certainly was an innovator as a writer and story editor, combining serial elements into police procedurals. Bochco also encouraged Hill Street Blues pilot director Robert Butler to literally… Read on


Mike MacDonald 1955 – 2018

Comedian Mike MacDonald’s death at 62 on March 17 wasn’t totally unexpected. He suffered from serious health problems in recent years, at one point requiring a liver transplant. Still, his passing was decades premature and jolting for me personally because it stirred memories of shared comedy club stages way back in the day. I had the good fortune to catch… Read on