The Royal Canadian Air Farce

tvCBC-TV's long-running comedy show, "The Royal Canadian Air Farce," is ending its 15-year run.

Just last summer I confessed I have never found "Royal Canadian Air Farce" funny.

It's got ten more episodes to air, and I'll bet they won't be funny either.

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CKVR, Before It Was New and Before It Was A

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

Admittedly, I don't spend much time watching A-Channel. To be honest, I don't think I've watched more than a minute of A-Channel. A-Channel will always be CKVR to me.

CKVR, a CBC affiliate when I was growing up, broadcasts out of Barrie. When that CBC affiliation ended in 1995, CKVR was re-branded The New VR, and it stayed The New VR for a decade, even as jerks like me ridiculed them for it.

As silly as it was for a network to call itself The New VR after ten years, that name was a helluva lot better than A-Channel. I find myself wondering what was wrong with good ol' CKVR. Then again, I haven't watched since I got my fill of "Leave It To Beaver" re-runs in the late 80s.

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MuchMusic Ad From 1984

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

I recently posted a laundry list of things I don't get, and on that list I included the fact that I don't get MuchMusic these days.

Yes, I understand that as I get older it's only natural I'm going to be less targeted by this station, but I like to think that even 18-year old Toronto Mike would hate today's MuchMusic. This is a station that used to play music videos. A lot of what they played was top-40, but there were specialty shows where you could catch great rap videos, hard rock videos, indie videos, etc.

Today, every time I flip by MuchMusic it's a reality show, or syndicated reruns like The O.C. There are no videos, no interesting content, no compelling discussions, no smartness or even edginess.

Here's an ad for MuchMusic from the days when not everybody got it with their cable packages. You might call this, the good ol' days.

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WKBW Oscar Oops

oscarSpeaking of Buffalo's channel 7 WKBW, Coffee and Grilled Cheese has made me aware of a great oops from their Oscar telecast this year.

First, the now MIA WKBW statement.

At 11:43pm, during the ABC telecast of the Academy Awards on WKBW, background audio from the news studio accidentally aired for a few moments before returning to network sound. The management of WKBW apologizes for the inappropriate language during the Oscars

Now, the video itself. It's quite awesome, isn't it?

"A guy with no expression who keeps blowing up everything" as a descriptor for No Country for Old Men is the best I've heard since this exchange between Jerry and George in Seinfeld regarding Titanic.

George: I saw "Titanic". So that old woman, she's just a liar, right?

Jerry: And a bit of a tramp if you ask me.

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CBC's Sunday Night Lineup in 1983

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

For most of my adult life, Fox has been my home on Sunday nights. Anchored by The Simpsons, there have been other shows I've enjoyed, from Arrested Development to Family Guy.

As a kid in the early and mid-80s, CBC was my home on Sunday nights. It was Disney at 6pm and then Fraggle Rock. And yes, I even watched The Beachcombers. That rascally old Relic!

Here's Bruno Gerussi introducing the CBC Sunday night lineup in 1983.

I've corresponded with Mr. WNED17 via email, and he's become a regular witness to these entries in which I re-purpose his content. His name is Ed and he's got 1000s of old Beta tapes he's combing through, but he's struggling with the YouTube upload times. I've requested some more 80s Toronto sports clips and he's promised me some 1983 City TV sports coverage action.

Thanks, Ed!

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Sportsline with Mark Hebscher and Jim Tatti

tvI got an email this morning from Mark Hebscher. Hebsy, along with Jim Tatti, hosted Sportsline on Global TV every weeknight at 11:30 from 1985 untill Hebscher left in 1995. I was a Sportsline fanatic.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Sportsline was like no other sports highlight show on television. First and foremost, it was funny. They didn't take sports too seriously and they had fun presenting the highlights. The Hebsy Awards were always a treat.

My brothers and I used to watch Sportsline together and that's where we caught up on what was happening in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA or whatever. There was no World Wide Web to tap into, there was no Sportsnet or The Score, and TSN's Sportsdesk just wasn't as much fun as Hebsy and Tatti. When Hebscher left in 1995, I too said goodbye. Last year, Global axed the entire sports department, including Jim Tatti.

If you're in your 30s and you grew up in the GTA loving sports, you were likely as big a fan of this show as I was. I miss it.

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The Mother Corp's Exploding Pizza

cbcYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

I know there are people in this country who hate the CBC. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a crown corporation, so it's constantly criticized for its apparent left-wing bias and an easy target. I, however, have always loved the CBC.

From the 1991 Broadcasting Act, "the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as the national public broadcaster, should provide radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains". I believe it does a great job of doing all three. I could live on the documentaries CBC Newsworld provides and I never enjoy a Leafs game as much when it's not Hockey Night in Canada. I'm glad the CBC exists.

In the 80s, the CBC logo was this funky exploding pizza-like thing, and I miss it. Here is that great CBC indentifier from 1982.

And, since it's the Mother Corp we're talking about, here's a French version.

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No Grammy... No Grammy... Stop!

grammysI've been getting hits today from people Googling Grammys Recap. This 2004 entry is #17 for that search. This year, I didn't watch a minute of the Grammys and nor did I feel the urge to tune in.

I hear Amy Winehouse did alright for her hit single "Rehab", which is a pretty great tune. I didn't hear much else and, for the first time in forever, I didn't even bother to read a list of winners. I just can't scrounge up the energy to care.

Did I miss anything cool?

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My Ten Favourite TV Shows of 2007

tvTelevision got jealous of music after I posted my ten favourite songs of 2007 and demanded fair treatment. I didn't want any trouble and caved immediately.

Here are my ten favourite television shows in 2007. These are shows that aired new episodes during the 2007 calendar year, so shows like "Arrested Development" I revisited in DVD were ineligible.

10. Rescue Me

I watched this show for years until a series of weak episodes caused me to bail. Then, I caught a good episode and came back for the season finale which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was pretty much guaranteed to make this list because I only watched about 12 series all year.

9. Family Guy

Can I lump "Family Guy" in with "American Dad"? This show is good for shits and giggles, and that's not a bad thing.

8. Dexter

Season two of "Dexter" was pretty interesting. I don't know how long this series will go before it gets repetitive, but I hope it has at least two more seasons in it.

7. 30 Rock

I didn't watch a minute of this show during its first season and then I caught a rerun during the summer. I liked what I saw and came back for more. Now I'm a big fan.

6. The Simpsons

Me and the kids appointment view this show every Sunday night. I've been doing that for a couple of decades. You knew this was going to show up on this list somewhere.

5. The Office

"The Office" is my favourite network series. It's plain fun. I still can't believe the Yanks took a brilliant BBC show and made it better.

4. This American Life

There were only six episodes of this documentary series but each one touched me in a profound way. There is no series on television as thought provoking and interesting as this one.

3. Flight of the Conchords

Pure hilarity. It's not only completely hilarious, but the music is great too. Bonus!

2. The Sopranos

Fuggedaboutit. Tony: RIP.

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm

There was something about the dynamic of this season that slayed me. Larry and the Blacks was a perfect blend and Leon stole the show. Get in that ass, Larry!

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Hello, Mike

tvDid you know 30% of visitors to this site are named Mike? It's true*.

This teaser for the new Knight Rider series with home boy Will Arnett as the voice of KITT is for that 30%.

* Not necessarily true.

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