Thanks to all the winners, bidders, donors, and those who helped spread the word about the TV, eh? auction in support of Kids Help Phone. It was a much smaller auction than last time but we still raised $1770 for the charity.
But some of the reasons I took so long to mount the auction and why I wanted to keep it small are the same reasons I’ve decided to put TV, eh? on hiatus. There’s nothing wrong, just shifting priorities and wanting to move on from this commitment. I’ll continue to write about television and other topics on other sites as it moves me, and cheerlead Canadian TV from further on the sidelines. I won’t pull the site down — it will remain up as a resource and on the off-chance I or someone else decides to revive it in the future.
I’ll wrap things up by the end of the year, do a couple more podcasts with my fabulous co-host Anthony Marco, and then move on to other web adventures. It’s been a wonderful ride, these past seven years. I’m grateful to everyone for the support and will always feel like I was part of a great community of people — and hope to remain so to a lesser degree. But it’s time to retire at least for the foreseeable future from running the site.
Thanks again to everyone for the support.
From a media release:
AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE IS BACK ON CBC TELEVISION, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2013 AT 8:00 PM
On December 31st, AIR FARCE leaks the long-lost Rob Ford video. Taking a crack at the biggest stories of 2013, AIR FARCE turns on Toronto’s troubled mayor, who sings about his year of bluster, blunders, and Blurred Lines in a brand-new edition of Canada’s favourite New Year’s Eve party … and CBC’s highest-rated comedy special.
That’s right, AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE returns to CBC Television on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM (8:30 NT) starring Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin, and Arnold Pinnock, and joining in the fun are some of the biggest names of 2013.
The world’s most famous astronaut, Chris Hadfield, gets serenaded by David Bowie; tennis superstar Milos Raonic serves up some laughs against NDP leader Thomas Mulcair; award-winning singer-songwriter Serena Ryder uses the latest tech gadget to meet her biggest fan; and, making a triumphant return to CBC, Steve Smith brings his legendary handyman, Red Green, back for a special appearance.
We also have opera diva Measha Brueggergosman squaring off against Miley Cyrus in a Wrecking Ball Battle; P.J. Stock (Hockey Night in Canada, Battle of the Blades) grilling Russian president Vladimir Putin about the Sochi Olympics; comedian Pat Thornton channelling Mike Duffy in a Hunger Games parody starring the disgraced Senate trio; Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi proving why he’s Canada’s favourite mayor; and a cameo from Lloyd Robertson, answering the viral musical question, “What Does the Fox Say?”
Meanwhile, Quebec premier Pauline Marois’ controversial Charter of Values gets a fashion makeover, Justin Trudeau rolls up to his new headquarters, the news gets some unhelpful assistance from a sign language interpreter, and Will and Kate’s royal nanny search leads to a shortlist of crazy candidates.
It’s an all-new hour capped off by the annual dropping of AIR FARCE’S own F-Bomb on the most annoying targets of 2013. Tune in to find out who fans have chosen for the biggest splat of the season.
Visit www.airfarce.com or follow us on Twitter (@AirFarceCBC) for exclusive updates and exciting contests leading up to the big show on CBC, December 31st at 8:00 PM. And we promise … no twerking.
A few times over the years I’ve mentioned that in a perfect world, TV, eh? wouldn’t exist: Canadian series would be covered on equal footing with American in their home country. I haven’t looked but I don’t think there’s a TV, mate? for Australian TV or a TV, innit? for British television.
After I made it public that I’d be wrapping up this site by the end of the year — posting will be spotty but Anthony and I will do one final podcast on December 30 where we bestow the last TV Ehwards — some people asked for alternatives, and my quick answer is to check the sidebar. I modelled TV, eh? after a combination of The Futon Critic and TV Tattle and I don’t know of another site that aggregates information in quite the same way, but there are many sites that cover Canadian TV to various degrees.
One in particular has over the years turned into the kind of site I’m talking about, though, one that covers Canadian TV as much as American TV and unlike print columnists has the space to cover it extensively. TV Guide Canada under editor Amber Dowling does reviews and recaps and, most recently, released a poll of “Canada’s Best in Show” as voted by 16 Canadian critics (who knew we had that many?!)
Some of those critics do a stellar job of writing about the Canadian industry — I particularly admire the National Post‘s level-headed Scott Stinson, and get a kick out of the shit-disturbing John Doyle of the Globe and Mail — but unlike a web-based, television-focused publication their coverage is to some degree more limited by space and what topics will sell a newspaper.
In my rose-coloured world I think the demise of TV, eh? could benefit to the Canadian TV industry. Other sites exist and may get more attention, some may expand their coverage, maybe some others will crop up, maybe those Eye on Canada folks will do something that’s audience focused in reality and not just in their minds. But TV Guide Canada is working toward that ideal world for Canadian TV coverage now.
From Kristin Brzoznowski of Worldscreen.com:
Video Interview: Bitten’s Laura Vandervoort & J.B. Sugar
Laura Vandervoort, who stars in the new supernatural thriller Bitten, and J.B. Sugar, an executive producer on the series, spoke with TV Drama about bringing this dark and complex story to life for the small screen. Continue reading.
From Bill Brioux of TV Feeds My Family:
Air Farce hits targets in latest New Year’s blast
Rob Ford, Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy were all obvious targets as the Air Farce aimed their F-Bombs in another New Years Eve special taping, held Thursday and Friday in Toronto. I’ve been to at least a dozen Farce tapings, most with my son, Dan, and it is now as much a part of Christmas at Mr. TV Feeds My Family’s house as trimming the tree, egg nog and shoplifting. Continue reading.
Anthony and Diane talk the Canadian TV news of the week, which largely consists of kids programming much to Anthony’s delight.
- Anthony Marco can be found at anthonymarco.com and on Twitter
- Diane Wild can be found at dianewild.com and on Twitter