Movie Television

For a station whose slogans included "News, Movies, Music", and whose schedule was always strong in movie time periods, a series about movies would have seemed to be a natural, but it wasn't until the station had been on the air for sixteen years that MT Movie Television, a regular series devoted to movies, was launched.  Brian Linehan's City Lights series frequently featured movie stars, writers and directors, but MT took things a step further, taking viewers behind the scenes to look at the process of making movies, as well as keeping them abreast of what new features were in release or production.

Vancouver broadcaster Terry David Mulligan, himself an actor in several movies, including McCabe and Mrs. Miller, was a regularly featured co-host, interviewer and segment producer.

The program also made an annual feature of its 'Festival Schmooze' coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. Other interviewers included Larysa Harapyn, Liz West, George Lagogianes, Glen Baxter and Maggie Cassella.

Making its debut in September 1988 on Saturdays at 8:00pm, with a repeat on Sundays at 5:00pm, the half-hour show moved to 7:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall of 1989.  It maintained a pattern of Saturday originals and Sunday repeats for the next ten years, until the originals moved to Sundays at 8:00pm in the fall of 1999, with repeats on Thursdays at 8:30pm.  In 2003, the old 7:00pm Saturdays and Sundays pattern was resumed.


Written by Pip Wedge - March, 2005