Yes, Guy! Bring Back Jim Tatti!

tvI hear Sportsline is coming back. CHCH will bring back Sportsline with Mark Hebscher weeknights at 7pm starting this fall.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Sportsline was must-watch television for me. Here's something I wrote about the program in 2008.

I 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.

I've just got one thing to say to the folks at CHCH resurrecting Sportsline. Bring back Jim Tatti!

Jim Tatti is currently working in real estate, but I'm sure he could handle both gigs. He's keeping his head in the game, recently starting to blog at Tatti Talk.

Jim Tatti on sportsline? Yes, guy!

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Romper Room and Friends

TVAnother retro gem shared by Retrontario got me thinking about Romper Room this morning. If you're like me, with a common first name, you remember how awesome it was when the hostess looked through her magic mirror and saw you.

I actually thought Romper Room was a Canadian show, but it turns out it was actually an American franchise. Localities could buy the show and produce their own version of it.

From Wikipedia:

In Canada, the first station to start airing the locally produced version of Romper Room was CKLW-TV in Windsor, Ontario, which at the time was serving the Detroit, Michigan television market, in 1954, the year the station signed on. Besides Windsor, CJCH-TV in Halifax, Nova Scotia also produced a local version during the 1960s. This program (The CJCH version) along with its host "Miss Ann" (Ann Wilson) moved to CHSJ-TV in Saint John, New Brunswick during the 1970s. Another version was also produced at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario. Another in Kelowna B.C. CHBC. Another version ran from CFCF in Montreal during the 1960's.

A nation-wide program that ran during the 1980s on CTV was produced at CKCO-TV in Kitchener, Ontario and was hosted by "Miss Fran" (Fran Pappert), "Miss Jean" (Jeanette Moffat) and "Miss Betty" (Betty Thompson). The Canadian version of the program used the same opening credits and "Pop Goes the Weasel" theme as the US version, the Jack-in-the-box logo, and other elements such as the Do-Bee character and the Magic Mirror (including the psychedelic visual effect that went along with it). When the US franchise changed the title to Romper Room and Friends, the Canadian series followed suit.

This clip is from the opening of Romper Room and Friends, produced at CKCO-TV in Kitchener. I remember this well...

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My Thoughts on the Lost Finale

tvI watched the finale of Lost on Sunday night. It was 2.5 hours long, but fast forwarding the ads allowed me to blow through it in about 1:45.

Warning: I'm going to spoil the shit out of this episode below. If you plan to watch the finale, you might want to stop reading..... now.

When Lost concluded at about 11:30 that night, I initially felt cheated. Where were the answers? Sure, they sort of explained the whole alternate reality thing, but I still want to know why women couldn't have babies on the island. I have a lot of questions, actually, but this finale didn't seem particularly keen on answering them.

Instead, we got what could best be described as closure. All our friends were reunited, and the last ten minutes were actually rather calming and sweet, but there weren't any answers. The more I thought about it, the more I was okay with a lot of the island's mythology and secrets being kept bottled up. And the closing scene, with Jack seeing he wasn't dying in vain before closing his eyes where he first opened them six years ago, was pretty near perfect.

If you wanted answers, you hated this finale. If you needed an emotional send off to good friends, you loved this finale. I initially thought I wanted #1, then realized I needed #2.

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Lost Finale: The Promo, The Plan and The Hope

tvI'm all caught up. I just watched the Man in Black and Jacob episode that explains the origin of The Monster.

The second last episode will air Tuesday night. It's called "What They Died For". The 2.5 hour series finale airs next Sunday. It's aptly titled "The End".

Here's a home brewed promo for next Sunday's Lost finale. It's airing at 9, so I'm thinking I should start it at 9:50 to finish close to real-time without ads. Note to self: avoid Twitter at 9 sharp to avoid spoilers.

I hope they don't fuck it up.

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Ann Rohmer Quits CP24

TVAnn Rohmer, a face you know best from City TV where she was host of Breakfast Television and an anchor at CP24, is leaving her role as host of CP24 Breakfast in mid June.

After 31 years in broadcasting and 25 years at 299 Queen Street West, Ann Rohmer has decided to hang-up her microphone mid-June, CP24 announced today. Rohmer is currently host of CP24 BREAKFAST, HOT PROPERTY, and ANIMAL HOUSE CALLS, in addition to her duties behind the anchor desk. Rohmer will remain the special guest host of ANIMAL HOUSE CALLS on CP24 and Animal Planet but has taken a position outside of the broadcast industry. Rohmer will break the news to her viewers Thursday morning on CP24 BREAKFAST.

They're spinning this as quite the amicable split, claiming Ann is quitting her job. I ain't buying it. This announcement reeks of spin doctoring and I'd bet my bottom dollar Ann was pushed.

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Treme: It's Good

tvA lot of people have been asking me lately what I think about Treme, the new HBO series from the folks behind The Wire.

The Wire, you see, blew my feeble little mind. It's my favourite show of all time. Naturally, I was psyched about Treme and have been watching. Here's the good news for y'all...

It's good. Actually, it's very good. It seems in in Wire-like fashion and grips you. It doesn't hurt that we get to see Freamon and Bunk.... Hell, I'd recommend it for the music alone.


Watch Treme, the best show on television right now.

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My Favourite Television Characters of All-Time (With Quotes!)

tvI just wrote about George Costanza. That got me thinking about my favourite television characters of all time.

I'm listing these ten here in no particular order. You may commence judging my ten favourite television characters..... now.

omarOmar Little,
~ The Wire

Favourite quote:
"'Cause I know she ain't gonna never go down there to go dining, that's why! Hey, yo, Kimmy, this ain't funny, yo! That woman raised me! And for as long as I been grown, once a month I been with her on a church Sunday, telling myself ain't no need to worry, 'cause ain't nobody in this city that lowdown to disrespect a Sunday morning!"

donDon Draper,
~ Mad Men

Favourite quote:
"The reason you haven't felt it is because it doesn't exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You're born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I'm living like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't one."

ryanRyan O'Reily,
~ Oz

Favourite quote:
"Hey, I'm a man of logic; I'm a man of planning. I consider every detail; I factor in every possibility. Then I flip a coin."

georgeGeorge Costanza,
~ Seinfeld

Favourite quote:
"It's not a lie, if you believe it."

hankHank Kingsley,
~ The Larry Sanders Show

Favourite quote:
"For your information Miss Smartypants, I've been thinking about dropping Alzheimer's for 5 years - c'mon guys, where's the cure?"

tonyTony Soprano,
~ The Sopranos

Favourite quote:
"Even if God is dead, you're going to kiss his ass."

homerHomer Simpson,
~ The Simpsons

Favourite quote:
"Life is just one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead."
More Homer Simpson Quotes

mikeMike Logan,
~ Law & Order

Favourite quote:
"My mother used to hold a rosary in one hand while she beat me with the other. The next time I enter a church, six of my closest buddies will be carrying me."

jimmyJimmy McNulty,
~ The Wire

Favourite quote:
"Baker, Let me let you in on a little secret, The patrolling officer on his beat is the one true dictatorship in America, we can lock a guy up on the humble, lock him up for real, or say fuck it and drink ourselves to death under the expressway and our side partners will cover us, No one - I mean no one - tells us how to waste our shift!"

johnnyDr. Johnny Fever,
~ WKRP in Cincinnati

Favourite quote:
"Doctor Johnny Fever, and I am burnin' up in here! Whoo! Whoo! We all in critical condition, babies, but you can tell me where it hurts, 'cause I got the healing prescription here from the big 'KRP musical medicine cabinet. Now I am talking about your 50,000 watt intensive care unit, babies! So just sit right down, relax, open your ears real wide and say, "Give it to me straight, Doctor, I can take it!"

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George (It Always Comes Back to George)

TVSomeone rearranged Seinfeld to create a dramatic movie trailer.

I can't remember the last day of work which didn't include several Seinfeld references. Seinfeld is the gift that keeps on giving. It's a scientifically proven fact that you can't skip on by a Seinfeld rerun when channel surfing. Seinfeld is, without a doubt, one of the funniest television programs every produced.

George made my now outdated 2004 list of top five television characters. I love George, and I love this trailer.


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Anne Mroczkowski to Co-host Global Toronto News Hour ‎

tvMitch called the shot on this blog. In the comments of my entry about Anne Mroczkowski leaving City-TV, he wrote this:

I was the one who posted info about Anne's new gig on her wikipedia page a little while back, however it was deleted after Anne's CBC "The Current" interview, where she said that she doubted that she would have another career on camera. However, sources of mine have told me that Anne will be on camera once again "in less than 3 weeks." So, it looks like the odds of seeing Anne back SOMEWHERE by the end of April is quite likely.

Mitch, who's only 14, nailed it. Anne Mroczkowski joins Global Toronto News Hour where she will co-anchor with Leslie Roberts starting June 1.

Congratulations Anne Mroczkowski and congratulations Mitch!

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Every Actor on Lost is the Exact Same Height

TVIn what can only be described as a wild and crazy coincidence that defies all logic, every actor on Lost is the exact same height.


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