Friday, June 27, 2008

LIFE IN CANADA: CTV

Canada Day is coming July 1, so I thought it would be a good time to resume my Life in Canada posts with a look now at what we got on the tube for years from CTV.

Once again I have dipped into the YouTube vaults to see what long-lost stuff is out there. Believe you me, a lot of CTV's stuff IS lost. Apparently one of their old TV shows The Pig n' Whistle was completely erased and wiped out, except for two episodes. Can you believe that? Two known episodes left of the Pig n' Whistle show, and that show ran for years.

Anyway, some of these shows still have clips that exist, so here they are.

Definition- This famous show ran for many years on CTV and featured Jim Perry as host. The show looked a lot like Wheel of Fortune, except it predated it by a couple of years and didn't have a wheel. It also featured a changing cast of well-known Canadian celebrities and the baritone announcing sounds of legendary Toronto weatherman Dave Devall.

For years, Definition used the Soul Bossa Nova song (popularized in the Austin Powers movies) as their theme, but late in the show's run they dropped that tune for the ditty played in this clip here:



Clips now from one of the all-time worst TV shows EVER! The Trouble with Tracy.




The Bobby Vinton Show.


Here's clips from the Eighties sitcom Check it Out, starring Don Adams of all people. It was a co-production between CTV and the USA Network.



Here's the open to one of the wildest TV shows Canada has ever seen: Bizarre, starring American comedian John Byner. This show also made a star out of Super Dave Osborne. Apparently when this show aired in the USA it was even wilder, they unbleeped all the foul language and so on.



And I found these clips from CFTO's 25th anniversary show in 1986, with plenty of stuff from a lot of the old shows that CTV used to run back in the Seventies and Eighties.





And finally, a REALLY long lost clip from a show that used to run on CTV on Saturday mornings: the Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show. It aired on American TV as well, was produced in Toronto, and was loaded with Canadians (ie. Billy Van).



That's it for now.

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