Tony Rosato Sadly gone at 62. One of the two cast who joined SCTV during the crucial third series, coming from the Toronto Second City cast with Robin Duke, then jumping to Saturday Night Live. More from the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun. Profile at SplitSider. Arrivederci, Marcello.
7 January 2017
Schitt's Creek Returning for a third series on CBC in Canada, starting Tuesday January 10, starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, with Robin Duke and John Hemphill.
Today, on his birthday, we remember long-time co-owner of The Second City Len Stuart; a loving father, loyal friend and brilliant entrepreneur. Over the course of four decades, Len helped support the company through many defining challenges, including the most critical initial financing of the first seven episodes of SCTV. 185 episodes later, SCTV went on to become a seminal TV show garnering 13 Emmy Nominations and winning two.
SCTV 40 Reunion Eugene Levy suggests in a brief interview that a 40th anniversary SCTV reunion could happen. The SCTV cast last reunited in 2009 for some live shows in Chicago celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second City, and in 2008 for benefit shows at the Second City in Toronto.
22 February 2016
Len Stuart 1942-2016 An eventual co-owner of the Second City, Stuart also played a key role behind the scenes in financing SCTV and helping to get and keep the show on the air. Story in the Chicago Tribune. Tribute at the Second City website.
15 January 2016
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara Their show Schitt's Creek returns to CBC with a second series.
26 November 2015
Mel's Rockpile Mel Slirrup gives a Rockin' Mel welcome to the opening act at a big stadium show.
Cast vs Crew Check out the highlight reel of archival super 8 footage of an SCTV cast vs crew softball game at Melonville Stadium, originally released as an extra on DVD Volume 4. (Although given SCTV moved back to Toronto to shoot at Magder Studios in March 82, summer of 81 would seem a more logical date for a game played in Edmonton.)
16 April 2015
Second City The Second City has a new project, airing this Saturday April 19 on Global, called The Second City Project. A number of bits are also available online. Article in the Times-Colonist. In addition, they are making content available on Vessel, including this classic SCTV News sketch from the otherwise unavailable Series 1.
24 March 2015
Andrew Alexander Happy birthday to the man who helped create SCTV and then steered it on its unlikely course, from a nascent Canadian network, to syndication in the US, to network television, pay TV, final syndication and DVD. Thanks for keeping the show on the air against some pretty long odds, and many happy returns!
17 March 2015
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara Their show Schitt's Creek has been renewed for another series of 13 episodes, to air in 2016. The show also features John Hemphill in a recurring role, and SCTV writer Michael Short writes and produces.
13 January 2015
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara Interview on CBC Radio's Q promoting their new show on CBC TV, the first two episodes of which are up at the Schitt's Creek page on the CBC website.
8 January 2015
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara Their new series Schitt's Creek premieres January 13 at 9 p.m. on CBC (with two back-to-back episodes). The National Post has a review and thinks it's the best comedy on CBC in years. And not only that, it is also apparently very good.
25 December 2014
SCTV Christmas The Second City has been posting festive SCTV sketches to celebrate the holidays, and as an added bonus, they have included the never-released-on-DVD It's a Wonderful Film from series 6.
11 December 2014
SCTV Monument Still going, apparently. The project to erect a monument of some sort to SCTV in Edmonton is quietly grinding its way through the suffocating bureaucracy that envelops these sorts of things.
Andrea Martin Guests on the Hollywood Reporter Off the Cuff podcast.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sexist/ Harold, Mary, Catherine
Tex & Edna
Dusty Towne Christmas Medley
Dinner Theatre/ cast
Sammy Maudlin/ Bittman, Lola, Jackie Rogers, Lady Goo Goo (Martin)
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.