Global Television Network

Excuse My French

This 90-minute daily weekday series was part of Global's early program schedule in 1974, co-hosted by Catherine McKinnon (who guested in an early show and was immediately asked to become a co-host), Norm Crosby and Mike Darow, and featuring an orchestra directed by Moe Koffman.   John Aylesworth and Frank Peppiatt were the producers (dividing their time between Toronto and Los Angeles, where they were producing The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine and the Sonny and Cher Show, and Nashville, where they were producing Hee Haw).  Thanks to the producers’ many contacts in Hollywood, the ser

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Shhh It's The News

In the spring of 1973, Stu Griffiths (president of Bushnell Communications, owners of CTV affiliate CJOH-TV) and Roy Fabish (executive v.p.) wanted to do a weekly program satirizing the news, and were receptive to a presentation from Barry McLoughlin, Don Harron and Ken Shaw (who would later become anchor of CTV's Toronto 6pm newscasts). They came up with Shh! It's the News. Canadian director Norman Campbell, fresh off his second Emmy Award, was hired to produce the pilot.

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That's Life

A daily half-hour variety and magazine-style show, hosted by Peter Feniak and Ann Rohmer. The two would explore every day life, interview every day people, assembled as a number of short segments. A general audience upbeat show.

Written by Joanne Ingrassia - January, 2004

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Sports Probe

Mike Anscombe hosted Sports Probe, a weekly half-hour series, which featured sports figures currently in the news. In the 1980s it evolved into a daily half-hour, Sportsline, with a new host, Bob McCowan, and expanded to include highlights of the sports events of the day.  By the 1990s it had become Global Sports, a nightly feature following the daily newscast.

 

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In Private Life

A political news magazine show in the 1970’s, hosted by newsman Peter Desbarats.

Written by Joanne Ingrassia - January, 2004

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Hammy Hamster

This series followed the original series, Tales of the Riverbank, which ran in the 1960's. Some changes were made to characters due to U.S. distributors concerned about what the original names might connote to some viewers. Most notably, the main character, Roderick Rat, became Matthew Mouse. Hammy's sidekick, Guinea Pig, became simply G.P. Real animals were used in the filming of the show, with all voices performed by Paul Sutherland. However, since these animals were not trained, some of their random actions had to be covered over with sometimes nonsense dialogue.

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Flick Flack

A 1970’s interview show about current movies, including movie clips. Hosted by William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

Written by Joanne Ingrassia - January, 2004

 

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Caveat Emptor

One of the first consumer information shows, run in Prime Time in the 1970’s.    

Written by Joanne Ingrassia - June, 2003

 

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100 Huntley Street

Founded and originally hosted by Rev. David Mainse, this long-running religion show is still on air after its start in 1977, now hosted by Dr. John Hull.The program is a mix of interviews, music, prayer and preaching. The show actually buys its own airtime so that it can raise money for the 100 Huntley Street organization which was once located at 100 Huntley Street in Toronto. The organization also produced two other shows, Inside Track, aimed at teens, and Circle Square, aimed at younger children.  Rev.

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