Cyberbully: New Rule re: Sia's Breathe Me

musicNew rule, television! Listen up, because I'm only going to say this once.

Sia's "Breathe Me" was used brilliantly for the final scene of Six Feet Under. I can't hear that awesome song without thinking about the Fishers.

Here's that amazing scene:

And here's the dramatic conclusion of ABC's tv movie Cyberbully. Or is it Cyberbu//y? Does it matter... this is awful!

Television, let's stop using Sia's Breathe Me for crap like this. Thanks.

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Edith Bunker's Rape Laugh Track

tvI missed All in the Family, being only four years old when it went off the air, but I'm certain I would have liked it. The episodes I've seen in syndication seem more daring and smarter than the sitcoms we have today.

The episodes around Edith Bunker's 50th birthday surprise and "the rape" have permeated popular culture to a point where I felt I'd seen them, only I hadn't. I hadn't seen this episode until this morning, so I didn't realize how uncomfortable it must have been to watch.

It's uncomfortable because the subject matter is so serious, yet there are still jokes and laughter from the live studio audience. Here's the clip (skip to 10:31), if you don't mind that uneasy, uncomfy feeling.

Wasn't that bizarre? Did anyone see this episode during it's initial run? How was it received then?

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RapidFAX on Much Music

RewindYouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

As Retrontario points out, Fax used to mean "breaking news". This was 1993.

I wonder what became of Monika Deol? I know she left Citytv in Toronto for VTV Vancouver. She was a news anchor for Citytv in Vancouver until 2002 when she seems to have retired to raise her kids.

Aren't we due for an Electric Circus reunion?

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Danger Bay: Finally Sampled By A Canadian Rapper

tvYeah, I watched Danger Bay. Christopher Crabb and Ocean Hellman were household names growing up. Nothing brings me back like that Danger Bay theme song.

Here it is:

I've always hoped a Canadian rapper would sample the Danger Bay theme, and no my dream has become a reality. On Classified's new Handshakes and Middle Fingers album, he's got a cut called Danger Bay that makes full use of the song from Danger Bay.

Here it is:

Who else loved Danger Bay?

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The Family Channel Has Changed

RewindYouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

At some point, my kids switched from Treehouse TV to Family Channel. It literally happened over night. Bob the Builder was replaced by Hannah Montana.

The Family Channel is wall-to-wall annoying kid-coms. We're talking Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Good Luck Charlie. It's harmless enough, I suppose... except for the insult on the intelligence.

The Family Channel sure has changed. Here's a promo from 1988. Compare this to the Hannah Montana crap they're pumping out today.

Has a station changed more radically in 13 23 years?

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Paul Shaffer as George Costanza?

tvI love the character of George Costanza. I recently listed him as one of my favourite television characters of all-time.

It's hard to believe that David Letterman's sidekick and fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer was considered for the role. I'm glad Paul never became George.

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30 For 30 Documentaries: My Rankings

televisionI first wrote about ESPN's 30 For 30 series back in July. I had just watched Barry Levinson's The Band That Wouldn't Die and loved it. I'm happy to report it only got better from there.

As I type, I've seen 28 of the 30 sports docs in the series. I only have "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" and "Silly Little Game" left on my hit list. Of the 28 I've seen, most were great, some were absolutely fantastic and only a handful missed the mark.

Here's how I rank them. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.

  1. "The Two Escobars"
  2. "The 16th Man"
  3. "Once Brothers"
  4. "King's Ransom"
  5. "The Best That Never Was"
  6. "Pony Excess"
  7. "Into the Wind"
  8. "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks"
  9. "June 17, 1994"
  10. "Fernando Nation"
  11. "Muhammad and Larry"
  12. "The U"
  13. "Guru of Go"
  14. "Without Bias"
  15. "The Band that Wouldn't Die"
  16. "Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?"
  17. "The Birth of Big Air"
  18. "Four Days In October"
  19. "Tim Richmond: To the Limit"
  20. "Little Big Men"
  21. "One Night in Vegas"
  22. "Run Ricky Run"
  23. "Jordan Rides the Bus"
  24. "Straight Outta L.A."
  25. "The Legend of Jimmy the Greek"
  26. "Unmatched"
  27. "The House of Steinbrenner"
  28. "Marion Jones: Press Pause"

Although The Fab Five wasn't part of this series, I highly recommend it as well. You can see it here.

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Degrassi's School's Out

tvAbout five years ago, I wrote a thank you letter to Degrassi. As a kid, I watched "The Kids of Degrassi Street", "Degrassi Junior High" and "Degrassi High". It was appointment viewing for me and I watched every single week.

When "Degrassi High" was done, everything was wrapped up in a made-for-tv movie called "School's Out". Here's the promo for "School's Out", a 90-minute flick I thoroughly enjoyed in 1992.

I remember Caitlin dropped an F-bomb and Wheels ended up in jail. I also remember thinking it was a fitting end for a fantastic series.

This was the end of my Degrassi.

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Swiss Chalet's Rotisserie Channel Smells

tvI'm a Rogers digital cable customer. I'm not sure what my options are, so I always end up with Rogers. If you know a good alternative in Toronto, I'm all ears...

Swiss Chalet has bought an entire channel from Rogers, so I'll be able to enjoy 12 roasters turning on a spit 24/7 on channel 208. Has it really come to this? There are so many open channels that a company can buy one to promote their product or services all day, every day.

I don't what ticks me off more, the fact Rogers can sell a station to promote a chicken restaurant or how damn brilliant this campaign is. Its success will only result in more useless channels hocking everything from prescription drugs to replica watches.

[YouTubery via Mondoville]

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Ricky Was Funny... Get Over it, Hollywood

tvI'm starting to come back to life after a battle with this bug that's making the rounds. Although I'm a little late, I wanted to write about the Golden Globes.

The best part of the show was Ricky Gervais. He was predictably funny with pot-shots at Hollywood celebs who take themselves far too seriously. If you missed his opening monologue, do yourself a favour and watch it here.

It was funny, but at some point, I'm guessing Ricky shattered Hollywood's fragile ego. At about 9:30 he disappeared from the telecast for over an hour. There's speculation the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has already blacklisted Gervais, ensuring he won't be invited back and any movie he's associated with won't be nominated for a Golden Globe.

Ridiculous. Ricky was funny, and Hollywood needs thicker skin. Get over yourselves.


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