23 September 2014
Andrea Martin Is doing the rounds for her new new memoir, Lady Parts, which features a chapter on her SCTV years. Interview in Canadian Press and an appearance on Q, which features some SCTV-era photos.
2 September 2014
Strange Brew Bob and Doug McKenzie's strange adventures are the topic of the Projection Booth podcast. Featuring special guests Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt, Lynne Griffin, and Second City Television: A History and Episode Guide author Jeff Robbins.
12 August 2014
Robin Williams In tribute, The Second City in conjunction with Split Sider have posted three SCTV bits featuring the late comedian. This is the latest instalment of a new series of Second City Archives being presented at Split Sider.
9 August 2014
Andrea Martin AV Club interviews Andrea Martin, touching on SCTV along with some of the obscurest roles in her past. [Thanks J Robbins]
19 May 2014
House of Pancakes Veteran TV writer Bill Oakley looks back at the terrifying Evil House of Pancakes at Split Sider.
1 May 2014
SCTV One of the top 40 best cult TV comedies ever, according to Rolling Stone (be prepared for a lot of clicking to get to the SCTV entry). [Thanks J Robbins]
4 March 2014
John Candy 20 years gone. Global News has posted a tribute.
27 February 2014
Harold Ramis The Second City has also posted a short tribute.
26 February 2014
Harold Ramis Dave Thomas talks to Huffington Post about working with Ramis in the early days.
24 February 2014
Harold Ramis The Second City has posted Famous Philosophers' School and an episode of Feedback to their SCTV page in tribute. So long, Moe.
11 February 2014
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara Hot on the heels of the Andrea Martin show, another sitcom with ex-cast members is apparently in the works - the CBC has announced Schitt’s Creek starring Levy and O'Hara.
1 February 2014
Juul Haalmeyer THE MOVIE - a feature length documentary about the great Juul Haalmeyer is in production. An Indiegogo campaign (that we regrettably missed) just concluded with only 1/5th of the funds requested however - maybe they will give it another go.
22 January 2014
Count Floyd Is back, featured in a new music video by Edmonton band Wet Secrets. Article in Exclaim and at Canada.com.
13 December 2013
Andrea Martin To star in a new 12 episode series called 'Working the Engels' (currently shooting in Toronto). According to Hollywood Reporter, both Martin Short and Eugene Levy will guest.
16 September 2013
Martin Short An hour long chat with Conan O'Brien on Serious Jibber-Jabber.
14 September 2013
Martin Short Brings his one-man show to Kitchener for his only Ontario date on September 19. Interview in the Guelph Mercury.
29 August 2013
Catherine O'Hara Guests on the WTF Podcast (premium content, membership required).
8 August 2013
James Gray SCTV Guide is saddened to learn of the death of long time Guide correspondent and contributor, Toronto musician James Gray who, aside from playing keyboards for Blue Rodeo for many years, was a dedicated SCTV fan. Obituary in the Toronto Star.
15 July 2013
Libby Wolfson Libby has a new(-ish) show called 'It's Personal' on behalf of the Women's College Hospital Foundation. Two episodes are on Youtube: The first show and a second with guest Marilyn Denis.
8 July 2013
SNL and SCTV For anybody yearning for the days when you could watch SNL followed immediately by SCTV, the Museum of Classic Chicago Television has a clip from WMAQ Channel 5 that should bring those memories flooding back. [Thanks Mark Yurkiw]
7 July 2013
Rick Moranis Talks to the CBC via Dan Reynish at CBC Saskatchewan and UPDATE Jian Ghomeshi on his show Q about his new record My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs. And an official Youtube Channel with some audio.
16 June 2013
Bernard Sahlins Second City co-founder, co-creator of SCTV and a producer of the first series died today at age 90. His memoir, Days and Nights at the Second City was published in 2002.
10 June 2013
Andrea Martin Wins another Tony award, this time for Pippin. [Thanks J Robbins]
4 June 2013
The SCTV Collection This was released last year, but 'til now, we didn't have any information on what it was exactly. But thanks to Swedish fan Anders Knutsson we now have the details (with photo). Currently a steal on amazon.ca for 70 bucks CDN.
23 May 2013
Rick Moranis Is releasing a new album, My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs in June. Update Nerdist has a 90 minute podcast interview with Rick covering pretty much his entire career. [Thanks J Robbins]
18 May 2013
Poochare Dog Food The original BonJour Jeans ad parodied in the Poochare spot is up on YouTube. [Thanks Steve Rock]
24 April 2013
Dave Thomas Avenue Magazine of Edmonton reports that Dave Thomas will be honoured at the Alberta Media Production Industries Association 40th-anniversary celebration with a Special Achievement Award. The ceremony will be May 25 at the Winspear Centre. They also note that their push for a monument in Edmonton to SCTV continues unabated.
10 February 2013
Second City Network Good news from the Second City Network - an "online extension of our theaters in Chicago and Toronto presenting funny and original content created by writers and performers from The Second City community." They've started posting SCTV sketches every Monday and Friday, including one that has not yet been released on DVD ('Gypsy Mythology'). None of the three posted so far was put up on the Official SCTV Youtube Channel.
30 January 2013
Greatest Ever? As part of an ongoing series called "TV Club 10" at A.V. Club, Phil Dyess-Nugent takes a look at the 10 episodes of SCTV that best make the case for SCTV as not just the greatest sketch show in the history of television, but the greatest ever.
15 January 2013
Ed Grimley According to TV Shows on DVD, the complete 13 episode series of The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley will be released as a manufacture-on-demand DVD set from Warner on January 29. [Thanks J Robbins]
8 December 2012
Molly Earl This flew a little under the radar outside the craft circuit, but Molly Earl has a new show, Craft Break, with sidekick Rhonda Calhoon.
7 October 2012
Second City Television The Globe and Mail reports that the Second City is developing a new sketch comedy show. Canada.com has provided a helpful timeline of the Second City's attempts to get back on the air.
16 September 2012
SCTV monument Edmonton magazine Avenue's SCTV Retrospective and monument fundraiser was apparently a success, despite Joe Flaherty having to cancel at the last minute due to illness (we all wish him a speedy recovery). There's a (very) short video showing some of the goings on. Update: Avenue now has a small photo gallery of the event.
30 August 2012
SCTV monument Edmonton magazine Avenue has arranged to have Joe Flaherty attend their September 6 SCTV Monument fundraiser. Tickets are $25 and already on sale. The event is still fully endorsed by the Second City.
19 August 2012
SCTV Locations The Edmonton SCTV Locations site is also now running a blog-type affair with news, updates and corrections.
26 July 2012
SCTV monument Back in January, Edmonton magazine Avenue floated the idea of erecting a monument to SCTV in Edmonton, where series 3 and 4 were shot at ITV studios and various locations in the city. To their credit, they are still running with the idea, to the extent of holding a fundraiser and SCTV retrospective on September 6, 2012 at the Metro Cinema, to, in their words, "watch classic skits, revel in a creative era, hear from those who were there and work toward our goal of immortalizing this seminal TV show in Edmonton." Tickets are $25 and already on sale. The event is fully endorsed by the Second City.
1 July 2012
Andrea Martin Appearing Wednesday July 4 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto for the 'In conversation...' series. Also, brief interviews in the Globe and Mail and Toro.
21 June 2012
Johnny LaRue Is the subject of a tribute by Illinois band Lizards from Afar. Listen to The Legend of Johnny LaRue.
7 June 2012
Martin Short Promoting Madagascar 3, talks to Huffington Post about his career and SCTV vs SNL. Part 1 | Part 2
13 May 2012
SCTV coming to CityTV In 1984, CityTV in Toronto started running SCTV in syndication; Retrontario has posted two promos used to celebrate the occasion - one from Edith Prickley, and another by Count Floyd.
29 April 2012
Face Off Subject of the Power Play parody, the classic Canadian hockey movie has been released on DVD and BluRay. Featuring actual footage of the NHL in another era and cameos by players, the DVD also includes Power Play as an extra. See also faceoffmovie.com.
4 April 2012
Eugene Levy On Q, talking SCTV, Gilda Radner, Christopher Guest - here.
29 March 2012
Martin Short The broadcast premiere of his CBC special 'I, Martin Short, Goes Home' is coming up fast, and the Second City now has a promotional page with some photos and clips. Interview in the Hamilton Spectator.
3 March 2012
Martin Short Has an hour special 'I, Martin Short, Goes Home', filmed in Hamilton, will air on CBC on April 3 at 9 p.m. Also, a recent interview.
7 February 2012
The Second City To receive a National Association of Broadcasters Spirit of Broadcasting Award at the 2012 NAB Show this April in Las Vegas.
31 January 2012
SCTV monument Avenue magazine has posted an update on their campaign to erect a monument to SCTV in Edmonton, along with the transcript of their pitch.
4 January 2012
SCTV monument Edmonton magazine Avenue has proposed erecting an SCTV monument to honour the ITV years when SCTV was shot in a local studio and at various locations in the city. The proposal has received a fair amount of press both for and against, but if you are in favour, they've got a petition for you to sign. As an added bonus, the January cover story is an interview with Joe Flaherty. Colby Cosh has provided a useful backgrounder at Maclean's.
3 December 2011
Front Page Challenge CBC archives has a clip from March 20, 1983 of Dave Thomas guesting on Front Page Challenge, which was itself the subject of the SCTV parody Headline Challenge.
21 October 2011
Goin' Down the Road The Canadian film, subject of the classic 'Garth, Gord, Fiona and Alice' parody, now has a sequel featuring the original cast - including Jayne Eastwood - called Down the Road Again. The National Post has the story, as does Macleans', while the Globe and Mail has a review. Official site.
18 October 2011
Joe Flaherty Talks to the Edmonton Journal about his upcoming appearances at the inaugural Edmonton Comedy Festival (October 19-23, 2011). He'll be kicking off the festival tomorrow evening (19th) at 7 p.m. at the Citadel, as well as performing with improv troupe Die-Nasty throughout. There's also an interview in Gig City. Finally, Joe revisits ITV (now Global Edmonton) for a chat - video | gallery
15 October 2011
Andrea Martin SCTV Guide was fortunate enough to catch Final Days! Everything Must Go!! the other night - the show features plenty of SCTV content (including SCTV sketches on screen between costume changes) and plenty more besides. Her tour continues - upcoming dates; see the opening montage.
9 September 2011
Joe Flaherty Joe is one of the headliners at the Edmonton Comedy Festival, October 19-23, 2011.
8 September 2011
Andrea Martin Bringing her one-woman show Final Days! Everything Must Go!! to Ottawa's Centrepointe Theatre October 14. There's also an interview in Metro News.
9 June 2011
The Edmonton Years Global Edmonton (formerly ITV) has an item about the Edmonton years, 1980-81, when SCTV was shot in their very own studio. There's an interview with a couple of veteran crew members who are still working at the studio and a quiz. They've also put up an interactive Google map of Edmonton locations, based on Trevor Stenson's Edmonton Locations site.
3 June 2011
Women Fully Clothed Featuring Robin Duke and Jayne Eastwood, appearing in Gravenhurst June 10, and then for a run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto June 14-19. Northeast US in the fall, details at their website.
20 May 2011
SCTV on Comedy Network For a rundown of what syndicated episodes have been shown on the most recent Comedy Network run (since debuting last fall), 'Lafe News' has been kindly posting a running tally on Google Groups.
5 March 2011
Women Fully Clothed Featuring Robin Duke and Jayne Eastwood, with a new revue - 'Older and Hotter' - directed by John Hemphill, will be appearing in Ottawa April 1 and 2 at the Centrepointe Theatre.
14 January 2011
Andrea Martin Bringing her one woman show Final Days! Everything Must Go!! to Belleville, Ontario, for two shows January 29, and Newmarket February 7. And an interview on Q TV.
8 November 2010
Andrea Martin Bringing her one woman show Final Days! Everything Must Go!! to the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, November 13. Now also twittering at iamandreamartin.
20 September 2010
SCTV On the Air Comedy Gold is carrying SCTV after all, in addition to the Comedy Network, with two shows weekdays back to back at 8am, 6pm and 3am. So far they've shown:
- Sept. 7: Ethnic Humor, Dialing for Dollars
- Sept. 8: Therese Et Joe, Leave It To Beaver
- Sept. 9: Goodbye America, Madame Blitzman
- Sept. 10: Officer Friendly, Season 2 Premiere
- Sept. 13: Bob Hope Desert Classic, Kidnapping of Maurice Green (both
without final segments for some reason)
- Sept. 14: Writer's Strike, Municipal Election
- Sept. 15: Arabs, Happy Endings
- Sept. 16: Undersea World, Edith Prickley, Station Manager
- Sept. 17: 30th Anniversary, The Occult
[Thanks B Douwsma]
12 September 2010
SCTV On the Air Contrary to an announcement made by CTV earlier in the summer, SCTV is not on its new Comedy Gold network. It has instead returned to the Comedy Network (another CTV property). From what I can gather from their schedule, it is on several times on Sundays with a rogue appearance at 4:30 AM on Thursdays.
7 September 2010
Mean Joe Greene Playhouse Back in '82, former Steelers Joe Greene and Rocky Bleier guested on SCTV, and thanks to Google News, we can see how this played in the Pittsburg papers. Read all about it in the Pittsburg Press from Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, July 20. [Thanks J Wolper]
14 July 2010
Andrea Martin According to the Canadian Press, Andrea Martin will be performing a new one-woman play, "Final Days! Everything Must Go!!" at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville from August 27-28. Quote: "I talk about my early days in Canada, I do sketches from 'SCTV,' I do my Broadway songs."
21 June 2010
SCTV On the Air According to a news release from CTV in Canada, they are launching a new cable specialty channel on 2 August 2010, to be called Comedy Gold. SCTV is among the "comedy classics" confirmed for the new channel.
18 April 2010
SCTV Bundle Over at the SHOUT! Factory online shop, new this year is the SCTV Bundle - all five SCTV DVD box sets and Christmas with SCTV, the whole shebang in other words, for under $180. Bargain city.
11 March 2010
SCTV Theme A new feature on SCTV's theme music is now available on the Features pages, including lead sheets by Ira Newborn for the musically inclined.
23 February 2010
SCTV Reunion A review of last December's benefit SCTV reunion in Chicago, along with some pics has been posted at the Frogs and Yarn blog, who has enviable perspective, having attended both reunions (Toronto 2008 and Chicago 2009) for comparison.
16 December 2009
Andrew Alexander Interviewed by the CBC, with photo gallery.
15 December 2009
SCTV Golden Classics PBS station WLIW/Channel 21 in New York City is premiering a new public television special, SCTV Golden Classics, in honor of the Second City 50th Anniversary. The special airs, appropriately, this Thursday (Dec 17) at 9PM. SCTV Golden Classics will air nationwide on public television stations beginning March 2010. The New York Times has a review of the show.
12 December 2009
SCTV Reunion Time Out Chicago has already posted a quick review of the first reunion show. A sketch list posted before the show (by 'Vic Arpeggio') had the following bits:
- Guy Caballero opening
- Classroom/ cast
- SCTV news
- Sexist/ Harold, Mary, Catherine
- Tex & Edna
- Money Talks
- Dusty Towne Christmas Medley
- Dinner Theatre/ cast
- Sammy Maudlin/ Bittman, Lola, Jackie Rogers, Lady Goo Goo (Martin)
- Bill Needle Review
- Obama/ Eugene
- Pot/ Dave & Marty
- Kinsey/ Andrea
- Count Floyd w Michael Caine
- English as a second language/ Perini
- Funeral/ cast
More 50th anniversary press: Chicago Sun-Times - Second City alums get back to their roots on stage; Toronto Sun - SCTV reunion shows soul of satire; Kelowna.com - 50 years of Second City comedy
4 December 2009
Tony Rosato In a lengthy piece today, the Toronto Star reports that Tony Rosato is finally free and getting back to work. The Star originally broke the story of his absurd two-year stint in prison without a trial, all the while not receiving medical attention for his condition. He will be attending the 50th Anniversary in Chicago next weekend.
30 November 2009
Andrew Alexander The longstanding owner of Second City, founder of Second City in Toronto and one of the original producers of SCTV talks to Time Out Chicago about the Second City's 50th anniversary, SCTV and more. The 50th Anniversary weekend, featuring two SCTV reunion shows, starts Friday December 11.
13 November 2009
Andrea Martin For SCTV fans with kids, Martin will be reading Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang at the Young Centre in the Distillery District (Toronto) November 14 at 2PM. She then takes the show to Ottawa November 22. She talks to the Ottawa Citizen about kids books and the upcoming reunion.
4 November 2009
SCTV Reunion The Second City has announced the complete lineup for the 50th anniversary weekend, and tickets for all events are on sale from November 5 at 10AM.
23 October 2009
SCTV Reunion The Second City has announced the panelists for the 50th anniversary weekend, including an SCTV panel with "Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy and fellow cast members."
11 September 2009
SCTV Reunion Tickets go on sale for the reunion show Monday September 14 at 10am. The Second City has all the details at their 50th anniversary microsite. Prices range from the $750 VIP package to $175 for the cheapskates.
4 August 2009
SCTV Reunion The Chicago Tribune reports that SCTV's original cast (plus Martin Short) will reunite for the Second City's 50th anniversary celebrations. Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis, Martin Short and Dave Thomas will appear for two shows, Friday Dec. 11 on Second City's mainstage in Chicago. Once again, the shows will benefit the Second City Alumni Fund. The weekend will also feature panels and screenings, and performances by a host of other Second City alumni. The Second City has a news item and a microsite for the festivities.
21 June 2009
Martin Short Hosts and performs in his own special "Let Freedom Hum," taped during Chicago's Just For Laughs festival and which will air Friday, June 26th on Superstation TBS. Short interview at HollywoodChicago.com.
26 April 2009
Bob and Doug McKenzie Episode 1 is available for viewing on the animated Bob and Doug's very own microsite at Global TV. [Thanks J Tanner]
13 April 2009
Joe Flaherty To be honoured, along with Andrew Alexander, with a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago Improv Festival on April 15. Interview at Decider Chicago.
24 March 2009
Bob and Doug McKenzie The first of 22 episodes of the new animated series, announced awhile back, finally gets its premiere on Sunday, April 19th at 7:30pm ET on Global in Canada. Press release here. Update April 14: Hosermation for a hoser nation.
25 January 2009
3D Stewardesses If you can't get enough of stewardesses in 3D, Shout Factory is releasing the original 3D stewardess classic The Stewardesses on DVD. Apparently the inspiration for SCTV's 3D House of Stewardesses (included as a bonus on the set), this 40th anniversary 2 disc edition presents the full, UNCUT film in the original 3D color and black-and-white restored editions as well as a color 2D version.
9 December 2008
Bob and Doug McKenzie Animax, producers of The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie, have released an animated video of the seasonal classic 12 Days of Christmas, along with a teaser for the new series.
1 December 2008
Christmas With SCTV Well Christmas is bearing down, and what better way to spend it than in front of the box, watching your favorite SCTV Christmas classics. What's that, you don't have your favorite SCTV Christmas classics on DVD? Well, no better time than the present to shell out for a copy, and few extras for everyone in your extended family. Yes, still available at all fine retailers, it's Christmas With SCTV.
19 November 2008
The Benefit of Laughter Another review has come to our attention (thanks Trevor Stenson), including a detailed rundown of the show and afterparty. And if you haven't already, catch Trevor's own extensive review, along with another fan review for more.
4 November 2008
Bob and Doug McKenzie According to Canadian Press, Rick Moranis won't be voicing Bob McKenzie on the upcoming animated series. While Dave Thomas will do Doug, Dave Coulier will be taking over Bob. Apparently Moranis will be an 'Executive Producer' on the series. The news item also includes a few additional details on the show.
6 August 2008
Women Fully Clothed The Huntsville Forester reports that the sketch troupe featuring Robin Duke and Jayne Eastwood has a new show, which they will debut at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville August 20 to 23. From the article: "Currently, the five actors are working individually on the sketches. Everyone is writing scripts that will be brought to the table. 'We will meet soon and pool what we have, but our director John Hemphill will make the final choices,' said Duke." More info at www.womenfullyclothed.com
25 July 2008
Vic Hedges Pete McGarvey, writing in The Orillia Packet and Times, describes the origin of a man who's saved a lot of lives in his time. Part 2 is now online.
12 July 2008
The Benefit of Laughter Trevor Stenson of the Edmonton SCTV Locations site has posted an extensive review of the benefit show and the after show party. [Update: another fan review of the show]
17 June 2008
Bob and Doug McKenzie The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug, which has already been picked up for 13 episodes by Global in Canada, has since caught the eye of Fox in the states according to the Hollywood Reporter.
15 April 2008
The Benefit of Laughter The Second City has added a second show for the Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas reunion benefit on May 6. Prices remain the same, details are still at The Second City. Update: Harold Ramis has been added to the May 5 show, but Dave Thomas appears to have backed out of both nights.
4 April 2008
Bob and Doug McKenzie While a preview was included on the DVD for Strange Brew, little has been heard of the animated adventures of Bob and Doug, but according to AWN Headline News, the primetime animated comedy, "Bob and Doug" will premiere in January 2009 on Global TV in Canada.
30 March 2008
History and Episode Guide Author Jeff Robbins spoke to C3K Togo.com about his SCTV History and Episode Guide, here's the clip.
27 March 2008
Robin Duke Interviewed in the Victoria Times Colonist, Duke talks about Women Fully Clothed.
17 March 2008
Catherine O'Hara Guested on CBC's The Hour, available in two segments on the CBC website here and here. O'Hara will be appearing at the Heart Truth Fashion Show in Toronto. [Thanks L DiPietro]
12 March 2008
Eugene Levy To be given a Governor General's lifetime achievement award. Article from the Canadian Press includes an interview with Levy and some talk about the upcoming reunion show.
5 March 2008
Second City Reunion Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas will reunite on stage at the Second City in Toronto for a benefit show for the Second City Alumni Fund on May 5, while Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis are said to be working their schedules to attend. Women Fully Clothed, which features Robin Duke, will also be there. The Second City has the details. There's also an item in the Toronto Star. [The show is now sold out]
2 February 2008
Robin Duke and Jayne Eastwood Women Fully Clothed head west to Alberta and BC for shows in February and March; full schedule available here.
17 November 2007
Dave Thomas Talks to the Toronto Star about the soon to be released Bob & Doug Mckenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD. "There's some footage that hasn't been seen before, some behind-the-scenes stuff, some new stuff ... 91 minutes of program, 58 minutes of bonus extras, widescreen. It's gonna be huge with collectors. It's really the first thing that's come out in 24 years, since Strange Brew." Two-Four is out November 20.
15 November 2007
Robin Duke Returns to the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto for a three week run with Women Fully Clothed, before embarking on a tour; article at the Toronto Star.
10 November 2007
Going Berserk The 1983 semi-classic starring John Candy with Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty and written by David Steinberg has finally been released on DVD, albeit as part of a "John Candy Comedy Favorites Collection", with Uncle Buck and The Great Outdoors.
10 October 2007
Dave Thomas Currently touring with brother Ian, they'll be in Ontario and Alberta, full list of dates here; article at the Mississauga News.
13 September 2007
History and Episode Guide Now available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, and direct from the publisher McFarland, SCTV Guide is pleased to present excerpts from Second City Television: A History and Episode Guide, the new episode by episode review of every one of SCTV's 135 programs with additional commentary on compilations and the DVDs by Jeff Robbins. Get it now.
3 August 2007
Judi Cooper Sealy The Toronto Star has an article on SCTV's former hairstylist. Sealy recently finished working on Hairspray and still works with Martin Short.
19 June 2007
Andrew Alexander Looks back at his top ten Second City revues for Jam Showbiz.
17 June 2007
New SCTV book Now available for pre-order from reputable dealers, Second City Television: A History and Episode Guide reviews, episode by
episode, every one of SCTV's 135 programs with additional commentary on compilations and the DVDs. Written by longtime SCTV Guide contributor Jeff Robbins, with a foreword by Sheldon Patinkin, it traces the first appearances of and the evolution of notable characters and impersonations, compares the show's film and television parodies with the original films/shows being parodied, and more - in short, A History is the ultimate reference guide to SCTV, and is due for release August 30.
17 May 2007
McKenzie Brothers Sit back with some cold ones this weekend with the CBC as they salute the McKenzie Brothers. Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary special is on this Sunday, May 20, at 9pm, following the classic feature Strange Brew at 7pm. The CBC has a very brief page up for the show.
13 May 2007
Tony Rosato The Toronto Star describes Rosato's incredible and infuriating plight at the hands of the Canadian legal system. Update: The Star reports the Crown's sudden and unusual activity on the Rosato file since their story ran.
9 May 2007
Martin Short The original cast soundtrack to his Broadway show Fame Becomes Me is now available. Featuring such tunes as "The Jackie Rogers Jr Show" and so forth, available at all fine retailers. According to the Fame Becomes Me website, while show has ended its run, it will be touring later this year. Short also recently guested on CBC's The Hour, the video is available here at The Hour site.[Thanks G Baruch]
7 May 2007
McKenzie Brothers Macleans magazine has an article on the upcoming Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary. The one hour special will air on CBC, though they still won't say exactly when - "probably" the May long weekend, slotted between playoff hockey. Not a bad fit, actually. Meanwhile, Dave Thomas guested on CBC's The Hour, the video is available at The Hour site.
4 May 2007
Robin Duke Will be the next guest on Inside the Improvisor's Studio, Sunday May 13th, live at The Second City Toronto. From the website blurb, "Inside the Improviser's Studio riffs on the popular TV show of similar name, featuring intimate interviews with North America's top improvisers. Hosted by Second City alumna, Naomi Snieckus, Inside the Improvisers Studio will reveal the fascinating stories and secrets behind these improv giants."
5 April 2007
Dave Thomas Guested this week on Tom Green's The Channel.
16 March 2007
John Candy Interview In 1983, grade 8 student Scott Edgecombe interviewed John Candy for a class journalism project. The interview was done in the dressing room at SCTV and is now available at edgeyville.com.
23 February 2007
Calling All Hosers From the producers of the upcoming McKenzie Brothers documentary:
Me Jane Films is currently producing a special one hour documentary for CBC called "The Two-Four Anniversary of Strange Brew." That's right, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas will be reuniting as Bob and Doug McKenzie for what may be their last show from the Great White North...and we want to hear from you!
We are looking for the best, most entertaining home video footage, photographs, collections of memorabilia, and Hoser stories. Do you have an entire room in your house dedicated to Bob and Doug? Do you or someone you know consider toques and parkas as wardrobe essentials? Have you ever tried to stuff a mouse inside a beer bottle...and videotaped it? Are your children named Bob and Doug...and they are both daughters?
You get the picture. We want to see how those original Hosers - and their comedy classic, "Strange Brew" - have impacted your lives.
E-mail us at email@example.com and let us know if there's anything you'd like us to consider using in the show. Be sure to include your phone number because when we receive your submission we may need to contact you for more information.
Depending on the nature of your submission, we may request that an item be sent to us, such as a DVD or photo - or even better, you may be asked to participate in an on-camera interview! Payment may be available for some types of footage.
So put down that bottle of beer and jelly doughnut because here's your chance to show the rest of Canada (maybe even the world, eh!) just how much these two unforgettable Canadian Hosers mean to you.
Looking forward to hearing from you, eh!
Me Jane is also interested in contacting Ray Doyle; if you're out there, drop them a line.
22 February 2007
The Second City: First Family of Comedy The three-part documentary, which aired on CBC last fall, is now out on DVD in the U.S., and arrives in Canada February 27. Hosted by Dave Thomas, Scott Thompson, and Joe Flaherty, Part 1 covers the origins of The Second City in Chicago and early days in Toronto, Part 2 covers SCTV, and Part 3 is about The Second City's pioneering use of improvisation. Includes footage of early performances, including Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin and others, and interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short. Review.
18 February 2007
For Your Consideration Arrives on DVD February 20. Already reviewed at DVD Movie Guide.
22 November 2006
For Your Consideration The Oscar buzz around the latest Christopher Guest-Eugene Levy film is already ramping up - now in theatres, starring the usual suspects, including Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban. Check out the film website for trailers and so forth.
8 November 2006
SCTV Early Years DVD Reviewed at DVD Verdict.
24 October 2006
SCTV Early Years DVD The new 3-disc set available from today in the states (due Nov 7 in Canada); DeepDiscountDVD.com has it for $22, along with Volumes 1-4 from $35-$55 for 5 and 6-disc sets.
17 October 2006
SCTV Early Years DVD Another review of the new set, this time by DVD Talk.
13 October 2006
Joe Flaherty is doing the rounds for the upcoming Best of the Early Years DVD box: he talks SCTV on The Sound Of Young America podcast, and with Knight at the Movies.
27 September 2006
SCTV Early Years DVD A pretty detailed review is now up at DVD Movie Guide. And Shout! Factory now has a page up on the new set, including a trailer.
14 September 2006
SCTV Not On DVD As the next DVD set will be a "Best Of" compilation, some very fine episodes won't be included...obviously. The top five requested shows not on the next set, so far: 1-4 Crosswords, 1-11 Broads Behind Bars, 2-4 Solid Gold Telethon, 3-3 Death Of a Salesman, and 3-23 Mel's Rock Pile.
31 August 2006
Dave Thomas Talks to the Toronto Sun about Brother Bear 2, the McKenzie Brothers, an upcoming Strange Brew 24th anniversary show on CBC and a possible special edition DVD.
30 August 2006
SCTV Early Years DVD Shout! has finally released a press release announcing the new set and confirming the contents - TVShowsOnDVD has the details.
24 August 2006
Brother Bear 2 Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reprise their roles as hoser moose in this direct-to-DVD sequel, now available (Disney site). The sequel also features Andrea Martin and Catherine O'Hara as the "moosettes." No mention of a commentary track, however.
18 August 2006
The Life and Times of Second City CBC's Life and Times biography series is airing a three-part series on The Second City. Part One (21:00 Friday August 25, repeated 22:00 Saturday and 19:00 Sunday on CBC Newsworld), hosted by Dave Thomas, covers the origins of The Second City in Chicago and early days in Toronto. Part Two (21:00 Friday September 1, repeated 22:00 Saturday and 19:00 Sunday on CBC Newsworld), hosted by Scott Thompson, is about SCTV. And Part Three (22:00 Friday September 8, repeated 22:00 Saturday and 19:00 Sunday on CBC Newsworld), hosted by Joe Flaherty, "explores how Second City revolutionized the world of comedy by pioneering improvisation."
9 August 2006
Robin Duke Talks to The Huntsville Forester about Women Fully Clothed.
Dave Thomas The Thomas-written and directed White Coats (aka Intern Academy) is now on DVD, including a commentary track from the man himself.
8 August 2006
SCTV Early Years DVD Now available for preorder from various online merchants, including deepdiscountdvd and Amazon, with a release date of October 24 (November 7 in Canada). According to Deepdiscountdvd, extras will include Audio Commentaries by Robin Duke, Joe Flaherty and Andrew Alexander, and three featurettes - Looking Back With Andrea Martin, The Mackenzie Brothers: Take off, Eh, and Andrew Alexander Answers Fan Mail.
16 July 2006
SCTV Locations Ever wonder where Polynesiantown is? See where Vic Hedges was hit by a rib truck and much, much more at the Edmonton SCTV Locations website.
12 July 2006
SCTV Early Years - Joe Flaherty and Robin Duke Production on the next DVD set continues, with Joe Flaherty and Robin Duke recording commentaries in Toronto. The set is due sometime in October. See the DVD features page for behind the scenes shots from past sets.
12 June 2006
SCTV Early Years - Ask Andrew Alexander Producer and money man Andrew Alexander was one of the key figures in not only getting SCTV on the air in the first place, but, perhaps even more improbably, keeping it there without network backing or any serious budget. Do you have a burning question for Andrew Alexander about those early years? Send us your question (sctvguide at sctvguide.ca) with "Ask Andrew Alexander" in the subject line and if we get enough good questions, Andrew will answer them on the next DVD set. Deadline is Monday June 19.
30 May 2006
SCTV Early Years on DVD More rumours on the next SCTV box, indicating it will indeed be a three-disc best of set with five half-hour shows per disc and unspecified extras. An as yet uncorroborated but "probable" lineup includes Municipal Election (2-6), 30th Anniversary (2-11), and On the Waterfront Again (2-19) from Series 2, and Thursday Night (3-2), My Factory My Self (3-4), Death Motel (3-5), Play It Again Bob (3-7), Gaslight (3-8), Sammy Maudlin (3-11), Hollywood Salutes Its Extras (3-14), Irwin Allen Show (3-15), Big Brother (3-16), Two Way TV (3-17), Midnight Express Special (3-19), and Dick Cavett (3-24) from Series 3.
Got any favorites left off this list? Drop us a line (sctvguide at sctvguide.ca) with "SCTV Early Years" in the subject line and let us know what unreleased shows you'd like to see; if we get enough replies we'll post the results of the top five missing shows (disclaimer: sctvguide is not affiliated with the producers and the exercise is purely for our collective amusement).
20 May 2006
SCTV on DVD Deepdiscountdvd.com is listing Best of the Early Years for release in October, which would appear to indicate that Shout has abandoned not only the rumored Series 3 set, but any plans to release the remaining unreleased shows in complete series sets. The lower list price also points to a smaller set.
8 May 2006
Music Rights The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the high cost of obtaining the music rights for DVDs of vintage TV shows. The article notes that clearing the rights to Freaks and Geeks cost Shout! Factory (producers of the SCTV sets) a cool $1 million for 118 songs, but they made it back with sales of 112,000 units. Going by recent articles (see previous news item), the most recent SCTV sets haven't been shifting anything like these quantities...
The article also provides indirect confirmation of the so far not officially announced SCTV Series 3 DVD set, referring to changes required to a sketch from that series: "Sometimes the artist behind a song simply will refuse to grant licensing rights altogether. Bob Emmer, chief operating officer of Shout! Factory, a DVD distributor, says that in preparing the DVD release of "Second City TV" he had to delete a scene from the 1970s comedy-sketch series that parodied musician Neil Young because he couldn't obtain rights from the artist. In the scene, an actor played a psychiatrist named "Dr. Neil Young" who gave answers to a patient's question only in lyrics from Mr. Young's songs. "He had a problem with it," says Mr. Emmer, declining to elaborate. A spokesman for Mr. Young had no comment." (Thanks J Robbins)
20 April 2006
DVD Sales According to a recent article on TV series on DVD, "outside that upper echelon of current hits, studios are starting to see softness in individual titles." Shout Factory in particular is said to have seen "sales for certain later releases of sketch series SCTV sell less than half of initial titles." Seems like more than a coincidence, then, that the delay in releasing the next set has been much longer than for previous ones. So if you haven't quite gotten around to buying a copy of Volume 4 (or any of the other sets) for yourself and several of your close and not so close friends (and its never too early to start thinking about Mother's Day, and credit is so cheap these days), do your bit to help ensure we enjoy more sets in the future.
11 April 2006
Other DVD News A couple of DVDs of note: Harry Shearer's Now You See It collects some of his SNL and HBO work, including a couple of sketches with Martin Short - Synchronized Swimming and Minkman Novelties (Thanks Eric Scheffel). And an upcoming Rush release, 'Replay', collects their 80's concert films, complete with Count Floyd's intro to The Weapon.
23 March 2006
Maniac Mansion The early 90s sitcom, starring Joe Flaherty, John Hemphill and Mary Charlotte Wilcox, still not available on DVD. And that means it's time for another petition - sign up here.
15 March 2006
Rick Moranis IGN Filmforce has a lengthy new interview, covering his early radio days, SCTV, and the new record.
7 March 2006
SCTV On TV Land SCTV's run on TV Land in the U.S. wasn't all that long, and was limited to a small sub-set of shows. Some folks aren't all that pleased about it, and have started a petition to get it back on the air.
22 February 2006
Series 3 on DVD Word is the next DVD release will be a 4-disc set of Series 3. It will include as yet unspecified extras and be released late summer/early fall. An official announcement from Shout! Factory is expected soon.
1 February 2006
Martin Short Short's new Broadway show Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, "a humble musical salute to the cultural phenomenon that is Martin Short," will open April 25-May 1 at the San Francisco's Curran Theatre and July 5-16 at Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre before moving to Broadway in August. Broadway World has more details.
30 January 2006
Rick Moranis Will appear on Late Night With Conan O'Brien this Friday (February 3).
15 January 2006
Rick Moranis Talks to Billboard about his musical roots, inspirations, and Steely Dan connection. The Agoraphobic Cowboy will be available in shops February 7.