I don’t just love Canadian TV. As a child of the 1970s and 80s, television was my babysitter, whether I was tuning in to Sesame Street and The Polka Dot Door or—during my formative years—checking out The Incredible Hulk, The A-Team, Magnum PI, Mork & Mindy, Three’s Company and Happy Days.
So it was a real treat to be asked to guest star on the Best Episode Ever podcast this week. Anthony Marco, Bob Goyetche and Dave Brodbeck get together (almost) every week to chat about three television series from the past. The discussions are informative and darned entertaining, and I was honoured to be asked on to discuss Simon & Simon. The full podcast can be found here for your streaming pleasure. Past instalments of Best Episode Ever can be accessed here.
In addition to a bunch other podcasts, Anthony co-hosts the weekly TV, Eh? podcasts with myself and Diane; those can all be found here.
Reunited and it feels so good. Diane returns to the fold and she, Anthony and Greg go over the debuts, returns and season finales taking place over the next few weeks, including YTV’s Anne of Green Gables and History’s Vikings.
Then we switch gears to chat about Global’s latest original series, the six-part Mary Kills People, executive-produced by Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue). Speaking of Rookie Blue, that series is mentioned during our breakdown of the key categories in this year’s Canadian Screen Award nominations.
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As Canadian TV creators, Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis came to prominence as the force behind CTV’s police drama Flashpoint, which premiered July 2008 on CTV and CBS, and ran for five years before the show ended in 2013. The show was awarded the Academy Board of Directors Tribute for Outstanding and Enduring Contribution to Canadian Television, in addition to a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series. They went on to create CBC’s X Company, the story of WWII spies coming out of Canada’s Camp X which premiered in 2015 and has its second season kicking off on January 27. We talk with Mark and Stephanie about the process leading to X Company and the benefits and challenges of shooting in Eastern Europe.
John Catucci is a Canadian sketch comedian, singer, and actor. He is the host of the Food Network Canada series You Gotta Eat Here!, and a member of sketch troupe, The Minnesota Wrecking Crew, and the musical comedy duo The DooWops. Catucci has also appeared on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial and in the movie The Tuxedo. He also appeared as Bus Driver Bob on CBC’s The Doodlebops.
Until Internet services are improved across the country, the cable/satellite companies won’t have to fear losing much of their customers. Many Internet service providers place high-speed data caps on their customers and I can see more companies doing this as well. Some of the bigger ones like Bell might put data caps to curb streaming from other streaming services but not count their own streaming service toward that cap. It’s been talked about that the current infrastructure is unable to handle the increase in streaming which leads to lower speeds. —Ally
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