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50 TV Characters in Halloween Costumes

50 TV Characters in Halloween CostumesSome of the funniest (and most complicated) Halloween costumes in TV history.


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Getting Screwed by Rogers: A Sports Fan's Dillema

televisionI watched a lot of Summer Olympics, including the closing ceremony. That closing ceremony was pretty much the last bit of television I watched via my Rogers digital receiver until the baseball playoffs started on Friday. Both the Olympics and MLB playoffs looked fantastic in HD on my LG television, though.

Reading the above, you're likely thinking I don't watch much television. In actuality, I do enjoy a number of television series, and many movies, I just don't watch them on conventional television. I play them on my laptop and use an HDMI cable to see it on my LG TV. Rogers doesn't get involved.

Each month, Rogers gets approximately $100 from me. I absolutely hate spending this $100, but I haven't figured out a way around it without sacrificing live sports. About 18 months ago, I got an amplifier for receiving digital OTA signals, and tried living without paying Rogers a dime for cable. I got a few stations, in HD no less, but then the NHL playoffs started and I wanted to watch. I couldn't pull in the stations OTA, nor could I find decent, clear streams on the web, so I bought the smallest package that would get me CBC, Rogers Sportsnet and TSN / TSN 2 in HD. That's how I got to $100 a month.

There's always something coming up around the corner that stops me from cancelling the service altogether. The NHL Playoffs, the Euro Cup, the Olympics, MLB playoffs, and soon NBA and WJHC. So long as I want to sit in my living room and watch these sporting events live in HD, I'll have to pay the piper. And that doesn't seem fair to me.

Since I'm only watching one of five stations to get my live sports fix, why can't I buy these HD stations a'la carte? I figure I pretty much live on CBC, TSN and Sportsnet. $100 / month sounds crazy for a handful of stations.

Help me stop getting screwed by Rogers. Other than going to a bar to watch live sports, do I have any other option? I've looked at Bell, I've tried OTA with an antenna, and finding streams over the Internet didn't cut the mustard.

What's a sports fan to do?

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My Ten Favourite TV Shows of All-Time (Updated)

TVAbout six years ago, I listed my ten favourite TV shows of all-time. I thought it was due for an update.

Here is my current top ten:

  1. The Wire
  2. Six Feet Under
  3. The Simpsons
  4. Breaking Bad
  5. Mad Men
  6. The Sopranos
  7. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  8. Seinfeld
  9. Oz
  10. Arrested Development

The Larry Sanders Show and Kids in the Hall were near-misses. Now it's your turn... what are your favourite shows of all-time?

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The Television Spoiler Era

tvWe've entered a new era for spoilers. Twitter is primarily to blame, but others like Facebook and Reddit share fault. Allow me to explain...

In this day and age, it's not uncommon for us to watch a television program after its original airing. Breaking Bad might air 10pm on Sunday night, but I won't get to the episode until some time Monday night. In the meantime, I'm dodging spoilers left, right and centre on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.

breaking-bad

Spoilage is so bad and annoying that I think I may have to avoid the web between the time the Breaking Bad season finale airs on Sunday and the time I get to it next Monday. Unplugging might be the only option.

How do you avoid spoilers in The Spoiler Era?

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Sergeant John Munch: 10 Different Shows

tvI had a brief Twitter debate last night about which series is better: Homicide: Life on the Street or The Wire. The fact is they're both great shows, and Richard Belzer appeared in both as John Munch.

If you didn't follow Homicide: Life on the Street, you likely know Munch best from his appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Detective / Sargeant John Munch has actually appeared on ten different television programs:

  • 30 Rock
  • Arrested Development
  • The Beat
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury
  • The Wire
  • The X-Files

That, my friends, is a record.

HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET

By the way, prior to becoming Munch, Belzer was a damn funny comedian. Here he is in 1978.


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The Score: Disturbing Strokes

tvI'm about a season behind with Breaking Bad. My plan is to catch up by the finale of season five.

During a rather intense scene at the end of season three, I really noticed the score. You know the score, the background music that sets the mood of a scene. While the score was ensuring I knew it was an intense scene, I started thinking about The Wire.

There was no score in The Wire. You didn't need auditory clues as to how you should feel about the scene before you. I enjoyed the lack of score, the way I enjoy the lack of laugh track in comedies like The Larry Sanders Show, Flight of the Conchords and The Office.

How persuasive can a film or television show's score be? Check out the opening of Diff'rent Strokes without the happy-go-lucky theme song.

Looks like a completely different show, doesn't it?

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Beaver Cleaver? Who's That?

tvThere's a new girl on my ball team and on Monday night I picked her up to drive her to our games. She lived in a nice neighbourhood so I told her Beaver Cleaver must live nearby.

I'll bet you know where this story's going... "Who's that?", was her reply.

Who's Beaver Cleaver? Really? This 23-year old Canadian-born English-speaking woman had never heard of Beaver Cleaver.

I was floored. Leave it to Beaver aired well before my time, but it's forever available in syndication. Furthermore, as a pop culture reference it should even be known by those who have never seen an episode.

I'm going to assume every person who will ever read this entry has heard of Beaver Cleaver, am I right?

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Who's Watching Sun News?

Who's Watching Sun News?I just read that Sun News is now one years old. When it arrived on the scene, I remember it being called "Fox News North", but I haven't heard much about it since. I certainly haven't tuned in.

So who's watching Sun News? Hardly anybody, it seems.

Data obtained by The Canadian Press from a source at another network and confirmed by independent ratings agency BBM Canada, shows Sun News trailing the pack when “all day” English audience figures — calculated between 2 a.m. and 2 a.m. — were compared for news networks between Aug. 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

CBC News Network drew 1.4 per cent of viewers, U.S. news network CNN took 0.9 per cent, CTV News Channel attracted 0.8 per cent and Sun News brought in 0.1 per cent.

Have you ever tuned in to Sun News? What did you think?

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FashionTelevision: 1987 - 2012

FashionTelevision: 1987 - 2012On weekends, flipping stations as a kid, I'd hear Animotion's Obsession on CityTV. Here's the tune, in case you've forgotten the 1984 / 1985 hit.

The opening of that song meant one thing and one thing only. Jeanne Beker's Fashion Television was on the air.

Now, I'm not going to lie... I'd often watch a bit of FT in the late 80s because it was the only weekend afternoon program that featured breasts. Where else would a 12 year old kid see boobies on basic cable at 1pm?

Jeanne Beker just tweeted that Fashion Television has closed up shop after 27 years on the air. That's a long time for any program, and I thought it was worth mentioning. Thanks, Jeanne, for the mammaries.

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CBC Toronto Wedding Newscast

cbcWhen Steven D'Souza and Nisha Patel got married, their CBC colleagues put together a special newscast to commemorate the event.

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