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Kathryn Humphreys Gone from CityNews (Updated)

Kathryn Humphreys Gone from CityNewsKathryn Humphreys joined Citytv in 1997 working on CityNews Weekend before moving over to CityNews Tonight. I've just learned she's no longer a part of CityNews.

When my son played tee-ball at High Park, I remember her covering a game as part of her popular Tee-Ball Tuesday coverage.

I always liked how Kathryn Humphreys talked up sports, never taking it too seriously. Here are my favourite tidbits about her as she leaves our airwaves after 17+ years:

  • She is married to Johnny Fay, a member of my favourite band, The Tragically Hip
  • Her father used to own the Oshawa Generals
  • Her replacement at CityNews is my friend's son's girlfriend who Jeff Marek and I talked about in episode 74 of Toronto Mike'd

Here's hoping Kathryn Humphreys returns to Toronto television.

Happy Update:

Kathryn Humphreys has welcomed twin boys. This might be the first time "family reasons" wasn't bullshit. Congrats, Kathryn.

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I Pay for Hundreds of TV Channels but Only Watch 11

I Pay for Hundreds of TV Channels but Only Watch 11According to Neilsen, Americans on average receive 189 channels but only watch 17.

That got me wondering how many stations I watch. Let's see....

I watch a lot of sports. That includes:

  • TSN
  • TSN2
  • Sportsnet
  • Leafs TV
  • CBC (for HNIC)

And I watch a lot of CBCNN. That has us at 6 stations. And Mad Men is on AMC and Cosmos is on Fox, that's two more to bring us to 8.

I popped over to CP24 the other day to hear what they were saying about the newest Rob Ford crack video. That has us at 9.

Hamilton's channel 11 provides me with 60 Minutes and Jeopardy!, so that brings us to 10.

Throw in a titch of TVOntario and we're done at 11. I've watched a grand total of 11 stations in 2014.

Like I said, I'm getting completely screwed by Rogers.

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My Favourite Fact About Seinfeld's Mom

I first remember seeing Liz Sheridan on the sitcom Alf. She played Mrs. Ochmonek, the nosy neighbour.

Most people know Liz Sheridan best as Helen Seinfeld, Jerry's mom on Seinfeld. She played that role for nine seasons.

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But did you know that Liz Sheridan was once engaged to James Dean?

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What I Thought of the Breaking Bad Finale

Breaking Bad Finale: My Thoughts (Spoilers Inside)I've wanted to write about the Breaking Bad finale since it first aired on September 29, 2013, but I promised I'd wait six months before doing so. It's now six months later, but to avoid spoilers hitting the front page, I've archived the entry here.

Walter White

If you can handle the spoilers, because you've seen the finale or you just don't care, click on over and leave your spoiler-soaked comments there, not here.

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How I Met Your Mother Finale

How I Met Your Mother FinaleI 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 to HIMYM gang. Until Monday night, that is.

On Monday night, I watched the 1-hour series finale of How I Met Your Mother and had no problem whatsoever with the controversial ending. In fact, I pretty much predicted it. Just ask my wife.

I did, however, have an issue with how unfunny it was. I could have sworn this was a funnier show during the first three seasons. I tweeted it was like Seinfeld without the humour, and I meant it.

So don't be offended that the show's writers stuck to their plan and ended it the way they did. Be offended there weren't more laughs.

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Tom Vu

Tom VuWho 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 scamming people, he found an easier way to make money and turned to professional poker where he's won more than $1,500,000 in casino poker tournaments.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime OdysseyI've watched the first three episodes of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and it's fantastic.

It's smart fun and Neil deGrasse Tyson is a compelling host. I had high expectations and haven't been disappointed.

If you haven't been watching, figure out how to catch the first three and get on board for the final 10. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is terrific television.

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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Cancelled

XXXThere's lots going on in the world of George Stroumboulopoulos.

First Bob McKenzie reported that he was going to fill Ron MacLean's seat hosting Hockey Night in Canada and now CBC has announced they're not bringing back George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight next season.

Other than his annoying love of the Habs, I quite like Strombo. Not only does he know and appreciate music, but he had the integrity to quit his Corus radio show after what they did to his close friend Martin Streek.

And he was nice enough to call me once to chat about podcasting and the future of his radio show.

It's a shame to lose his talk show because he's a fine interviewer and it was usually interesting viewing. We'll see what's next for Strombo, and if there's another Rogers-owned talk show in his future.

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All the Way With Stephanie Kaye!

All the Way With Stephanie Kaye!At some point in my conversation with Jonathan Torrens, he mentioned Stephanie Kaye. I immediately knew exactly who he was talking about, and exclaimed "All the way with Stephanie Kaye!"

Stephanie Kaye was a character heavily featured on the premiere of Degrassi Junior High back in 1987. I know I was watching. Here's the promo for the episode, as aired on CBC.

Stephanie Kaye was a very popular character, and one of my personal favourites. She was played by Nicole Stoffman who left Degrassi for a CTV series starring Lyle Alzado called Learning the Ropes. It was not a smart career move as Learning the Ropes only lasted one season.

Today, Nicole Stoffman is a popular jazz musician in Toronto.

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House of Cards

House of CardsI just read Netflix has ordered a third season of House of Cards, the Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright political thriller. House of Cards was the first non-network television programme to win an Emmy, when David Fincher took home the award for best directing. I bet I'd dig this show.

Do you watch House of Cards? Will you binge-watch all 14 episodes of season two when they drop on Netflix February 14?


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