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Let's Talk Television Spoilers

Mad Men is one of my all-time favourite television programs. Already I've got it sitting comfortably in third place, just behind Six Feet Under and just ahead of The Sopranos. In time, we'll see where it ends up. The Mad Men finale airs Sunday night. That's as good a reason
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TVOntario Bits and Bytes 2

Here's Billy Van keeping us up to date with personal computing back in 1991. I learned WordPerfect in high school, became incredibly proficient in the application and promptly watched Microsoft Word supplant it as the word processor of choice. Billy Van, of course, brought us The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.
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Transparent

I am currently a Rogers internet customer, so they've given me their new streaming service for free. If I turn my television to channel 300, there's Shomi. Amidst the usual stuff you find on many streaming services are a few gems. For example, they carry the Amazon Prime series Transparent.
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Coronation Street Mysteries

Random observation time... Often, I'll watch the CBC Toronto news either at 5pm or 6pm. Forever, they'd shut it down at 6:30pm for Coronation Street. The opening chords of the Coronation Street soundtrack is etched into my cranium. Then, a short while ago, this song was replaced by the
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Why Do I Watch the Oscars?

I always watch the Academy Awards. I've done so since I was a teenager. Last night, I did it again. Every single year, I regret it. 90% of the show is a snoozefest. Most of the musical performances are boring, mediocre songs, and when it's all done at midnight, I
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Street Cents and Me

If you listened to my interview with Jonathan Torrens, you know I was a big fan of the Saturday morning CBC show Street Cents. It was appointment viewing for me. I was way older than their targeted demo, but I loved it. There was nothing else like it on television.
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Broadchurch

Over the last few nights, my wife and I watched Broadchurch, a BBC crime drama. I must say, it was fantastic. The acting, writing and cinematography were all top notch. In fact, as good as True Detective was, I think I enjoyed Broachchurch a little more. The first season is
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Hate-Watching The Newsroom

When it comes to scripted television, I watch very little. I caught The Simpsons Christmas episode on Sunday, but mainly to recapture some of the joy I experienced watching that show in the early 90s. I'll watch the odd episode of Seinfeld or Modern Family in syndication if I'm feeding
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My Thoughts on True Detective

The Wire has pretty much ruined my television watching experience. Since I watched all five seasons of The Wire, I'm been disappointed by pretty much everything I've seen on the small screen, except for my second viewing of The Wire. It's got to the point where I rarely watch anything,
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Questions for Mark Hebscher

I will be sitting down later this week with Mark Hebscher, best known as co-host of Sportsline. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want. I know what questions I'll be asking him,
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How I Met Your Mother Finale

I spent a few months without cable a couple of years ago.  During this time, I watched a number of episodes of How I Met Your Mother, all from seasons 1-3.  Since then, I've caught a few episodes on flights, but otherwise haven't tuned in to find out what's happened
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Tom Vu

Who doesn't remember Tom Vu's infomercials in the late 80s and early 90s.  They'd run late night at night recruiting people to attend his free 90-minute seminar where he'd share the secrets he used to make millions. Here a clip from one such Tom Vu informercial. When he tired of
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