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    NHL Stanley Cup Finals

    NHL Stanley Cup Finals

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    Hockey Night In Canada has been a national institution in Canada since 1952, when Foster Hewitt's familiar "Hello, Canada!" ushered hockey fans into the era of television. The first NHL game to be televised on Canadian Broadcasting Company was a game in Montreal on Oct. 11, 1952 and the first Finals in 1953, which were broadcast in French on CBC Radio-Canada only in Quebec, perhaps only in the Montreal area. Rene Lecavalier was the play-by-play man and only the three games in Montreal were televised. English language telecasts began in 1954 with Danny Gallivan at the microphone. Danny was followed by Bill Hewitt and Bob Cole were the primary play-by-play announcers through the 2008 Finals. Beginning in 2009, Jim Hughson took over the play-by-play duties with Craig Simpson alongside for color commentary.

    The Finals telecasts have been hosted by Ron McLean since 1987. He also hosts the popular Coach's Corner with the outspoken Don Cherry.moreless
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    The Raccoons

    The Raccoons

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    CBC (ended 1992)
    Welcome to The Raccoons guide at TV.com.

    The Raccoons was an animated show played from 1985 to 1992 on the Canadian Broadcasting Channel (CBC) and Disney. The show started as special half hour episodes brought out each year at Christmas such as 'The Christmas Raccoons', 'The Raccoons on Ice' and 'The Raccoons: Let's Dance' which was a compilation of the previous specials. There was also an hour long special 'The raccoons and the Lost Star' that I believe was shown in two half hour parts. After the success of the specials the series was created using all the same characters, introducing new characters as the series progressed. The series played once a week rather than each year and all the episodes were 25 minutes long.



    The show had the basic structure of having three environmentally aware Raccoons, Bert Ralph and Melissa, involved in various adventurous settings to stop the financially minded Cyril Sneer from destroying the forest in his pursuit of self gain. Their friends Schaeffer and Cedric Sneer help them to this end in a majority of episodes. Main storylines revolve around friendship, love and loyalty overcoming personnal gain. These cute characters interact perfectly with one another and although the pictures may be 2D the characterisations certainly are not. Of particular note is the dual nature of Cyril Sneer, the fact that he is not a typical villain without emotion develops through the series. He feels guilt and tries to be a better father even though he doesn't always do this in the best ways.moreless
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    The Beachcombers

    The Beachcombers

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    CBC (ended 1990)
    The Beachcombers holds the record for being the longest running television series in Canadian history - 19 years. It has appeared in 31 countries and 5 languages. A Special Note Concerning the Name of Relic's Boat:From time to time, I get emails from people inquiring about various aspects of the show - and I thank you folks for your interest. By far, the most common question is "What was the name of Relic's boat?" This question comes up so often, that I have decided to post the answer here. Relic's boat did not have a name. In the scripts for the show, it was only ever referred to as "the jet-boat" or simply "Relic's boat". Relic's dilapidated houseboat did have a name ("Chuck-Chee" - derived from a local BC native language. I am not sure what the "Chee" portion of it means...but "Chuck" means "water"). People often mistake the houseboat's name for that of the jet-boat. But, the truth is: Relic's boat never had a name.moreless
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    Babar

    Babar

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    Summary: The adventures of a beloved elephant king and his family come to life in this delightful animated series based on the children's books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff. Living in a huge mansion with his whole family of elephants, Babar has entertained over millions of toddlers, and even older children nation-wide.

    Throughout the Years: Babar made his debut in "The Story of Babar" published in 1931 by Jean de Brunhoff. Jean created and illustrated seven Babar titles before dying in 1937. Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Jean, continues his father's work and is still writing Babar books. In the year, 2006, Babar will celebrate being King of The Elephants for 75 years!

    Production: 78 episodes are broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries, making Babar one of the largest distributed animation shows in history. With over 100 licensees worldwide, the Babar brand has a multi-generational following. There are even 12 dedicated Babar stores in Japan. A global cultural phenomenon, whose fans span generations, Babar stands along side Mickey as one of the most recognized children's characters in the world. There are now over 30,000 Babar publications in over 17 languages, and over 8 million books have been sold. Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's Yoga for Elephants is a top seller in the U.S with over 100,000 copies sold to date. The Babar series of books are recommended reading on First Lady Laura Bush's national reading initiative list. Babar has been a perennial favorite for years at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Babar currently airs on television today on the HBO, FAMILY channel, and Treehouse. There are also 2, or more, videos with Babar in it but those two have gone out-of-print.

    Characters: BABAR: King Babar is a charming and charismatic elephant. He brought his love of the city back to the great forest and built the beautiful, happy kingdom of Celesteville. Though he is a dedicated ruler and world traveller, Babar is happiest when picnicking at the lake with his family or joining in the antics of his lively children.

    CELESTE: Queen Celeste has also travelled the world and has had many great adventures. She has a regal presence, an engaging manner and a gentle sense of humour. The children adore their mother. After an active day with the family and governing the kingdom, Babar and Celeste enjoy watching the stars together from the palace veranda.

    OLD LADY/ MADAME: From their first meeting in the city, the Old Lady and Babar shared a special friendship. She gave him a home and taught him about life in the city. Though she misses him greatly, she understood his decision to return to the forest. Babar built her a home in Celesteville, where she made the decision to stay and live with her friends, the elephants.

    FLORA: Flora is fun-loving and strong-willed. She can more than hold her own with her two brothers. Whether building tree houses, sliding down the banister at the palace, or preparing a surprise breakfast for their parents, Flora is always immersed in the action.

    ISABELLE: Isabelle was an amazing baby, walking early, talking early, even roller blading! Anything to keep up with the triplets. Pom, Flora and Alexander are enchanted with their little sister. Everyone in the kingdom admires Isabelle's independent spirit.

    CORNELIUS: Cornelius, the oldest and wisest elephant in Celesteville, takes his job as Babar's chief advisor very seriously, whether accompanying Babar on state visits or organizing numerous Celesteville parades. When not working, Cornelius can often be found relaxing in a field with a butterfly net.

    ARTHUR: Arthur is Babar's mischief-making cousin. He has an engaging smile, bright eyes and a friendly outgoing He often gets himself (and one or more of the children) involved with practical jokes and crazy stunts. He has nerves of steel and a heart of gold!

    POM: Pom is the leader of the children. He is the biggest of the bunch and protective of his brother and sisters though he will gladly join in with Alexander in playfully teasing his sisters, Flora and Isabelle.

    ALEXANDER: Alexander, the smallest of the triplets, is a non-stop ball of entertainment who is into everything and disarmingly naive about the commotion he causes.

    ZEPHIR: Zephir is one of Babar's oldest friends, and is considered one of the family. He is the first to take off with Arthur and the kids on some crazy adventure. But Babar knows that Zephir can always be trusted to look after the children and bring them home safely.moreless
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    Leo and Me

    Leo and Me

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    Misadventures of the old scampish Leo and his younger 12 year old nephew Jamie. ===================== Note: The series was produced in 1976 but was not aired until 1981. ================== Release dates: Canada -- 29 May 1981 ========================= News for "Leo and Me" (1981) Parkinson's Outbreak On The Set Of Michael J. Fox's TV Debut 27 March 2002 (WENN) Parkinson's Disease experts are investigating a 1970s Canadian TV series after four members of the cast and crew - including Michael J. Fox - were found to have the illness. Fox was just 16 when he starred in comedy Leo and Me. And now he, a writer, a cameraman and director Don Williams all suffer from Parkinson's Disease - which attacks the nervous system. Williams admits, "The percentage of people involved is quite amazing to me." Experts fear the disease might have been environmentally caused by toxins or a virus linked to influenza. Pacific Parkinson's Research Center expert Donald Calne says, "This is one in 20,000. It's not a coincidence."moreless
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    Degrassi Junior High

    Degrassi Junior High

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    CBC (ended 1989)
    "Degrassi Junior High" was set in Toronto, Canada and focused on the lives of teenage students. The charcters were realisitc and delt with real life issues such as sex, drugs, dating, pregnancy, rock and roll, and much more. The actors looked like real people, not models, and they were good at acting. This added to how realistic Degrassi JH was.

    Degrassi Junior High ran for three seasons and after the students graduated from junior high school, the show became Degrassi High, and continued for two more seasons. The following year saw the tv movie School's Out, which focused on the student's life during the summer after high-school graduation. In 2001 Degrassi: The Next Generation started. It is much like Degrassi Jr High but with a new young cast... and old faves like Snake, Spike, Joey, & Caitlin are now parents & teachers (and couples).

    Theme Song Wake up in the morning, feeling shy and lonely, gee, I gotta go to this school. I don't think I can make it, don't think I can take, I wonder what I'm gonna do. But when I look around and see, that someone is smiling right at me, wait, someone talkin' to me, hey, I gotta new friend. Everybody can succeed, all you gotta do is believe, let's be honest with yourself, forget your fears and doubts, come on give us a try at Degrassi Junior High.

    - Words and Music by Lewis Manne and Wendy Watson

    Broadcast Information

    January 1987-March 1987 Sundays 5:00-5:30pm

    January 1988-March 1988 Mondays 8:30-9:00pm

    November 1988-March 1989 Mondays 8:30-9:30pm

    November 1989-Febuary 1990 Mondays 8:30-9:00pm

    November 1990-Febuary 1991 Mondays 8:30-9:00pm

    How Do I Get Degrassi Junior High?

    All 3 seasons of Degrassi Junior High are now available on DVD. They can be purchased at www.amazon.com.

    Degrassi Junior High is also still available on VHS. For VHS ordering go to http://shop.wgbh.org/WGBH/.moreless
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    Degrassi High

    Degrassi High

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    CBC (ended 1992)
    Degrassi High is a realistic look at high school life.

    Lyrics to the theme song: Wake up in the morning, got to shake the feeling. I've gotta face a day at school. What's to be afraid of I can ask a question, and maybe even bend the rules.

    I'm seaching for a place where I fit in, there's a way, if I look that I can win. Yeah I can see I'm not alone. I can face the unknown.

    Everybody can succeed, in yourself you must believe. Give it a try. At Degrassi High!
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    Danger Bay

    Danger Bay

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    One of the staples of the CBC during the mid to late eighties, Danger Bay was a half hour-long family adventure series set in and around the city of Vancouver. It was co-produced by the Disney Channel, where it aired in the United States. The cast was led by veteran Canadian actor Donnelly Rhodes, who played Doctor Grant "Doc" Roberts, a veteranarian employed by the Vancouver Aquarium. Other primary cast members included Christopher Crabb and Ocean Hellman as Grant's children, Jonah and Nicole, and Hagan Beggs as Doctor George Dunbar, head of the Aquarium. In the initial seasons, Deborah Wakeham starred as Joyce Carter, a pilot who often contributed her skills to the Aquarium's projects and expeditions, although she left to be replaced by Susan Walden. Walden's character, J.L., wed Grant during the show's fifth season. Rounding out the cast was Michele B. Chan as Doctor Donna Chen, Grant's assistant for the first three seasons. As the show's popularity increased, so did the number of well-known actors appearing in guest shots. The show was often educational and tended to focus on ecological issues like pollution, deforestation, poaching, and other issues vital to the safety and well being of animal life. Storylines typically followed the Roberts family confronting these environmental threats. The Vancouver Aquarium, nearby coastal waters, and vast British Columbian forests supplied a rich and exotic backdrop to the family's adventures. The series endured for six seasons until 1990.moreless
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    The Nature of Things

    The Nature of Things

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    This multi-award-winning show has been broadcast in more than 80 countries, including the United States, on The Discovery Channel and PBS. On the air since 6 November 1960, it is one of the longest-running television shows in Canada. Biologist and geneticist David Suzuki has hosted the show since 1979.moreless
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    Street Legal

    Street Legal

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    CBC (ended 1994)
    Street Legal was a Canadian television drama that focused on professional and personal lives of the members of Toronto law firm. The show, set and often shot in downtown Toronto, dealt with Canadian issues that made it strikingly different from its counterparts. Filled with memorable characters and, at times, controversial storylines, the series ran for eight seasons and was one of the most successful Canadian productions.moreless
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    The Kids of Degrassi Street

    The Kids of Degrassi Street

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    CBC (ended 1986)
    How many times have you asked your friend have you ever seen The Kids of Degrassi Street? Most likely they didn't know what it was. During the first few months for the series it did not do good in ratings, but got better. This show starred many characters that all went to the same school, right next to the Degrassi Grocery. Everyone knew everyone in the little town. This show dealt with many issues in teen and pre-teens life.

    After the show was done airing most of the actors went on to the other series Degrassi Junior High, they just had different names. There were many rumors as the show went on that someof the cast had to re-audition for Degrassi High. Those were never confirmed.

    The Kids of Degrassi Street was filmed 1979-1985 around Degrassi Street and Queen Street East in Toronto, Canada. The show has sadly been canceled. If you like this show you should watch the new series Degrassi: The Next Generation.moreless
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    The Edison Twins

    The Edison Twins

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    CBC (ended 1986)
    The Edison Twins was a popular television series geared toward young adults that lasted for 6 seasons. The show centered on the adventures of Tom and Annie Edison (Andrew Sabiston and Marnie McPhail). It was an entertaining and educational series that it taught kids science. It originally aired in Canada on CBC, but also aired later on The Disney Channel in the U.S.moreless
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    The Wayne and Shuster Show

    The Wayne and Shuster Show

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    CBC (ended 1986)
    The Wayne & Shuster show was a long running variety show that aired in Canada. The comedy duo performed "literate" comedy, combined with slapstick. Their show aired under a variety of show names: The Wayne and Shuster Comedy Special, The Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour and Super Comedy with Wayne Shuster.moreless
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    Shell Game

    Shell Game

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    CBC (ended 1987)
    Canadian dramedy
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    Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show

    Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show

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    CBC (ended 1988)
    Sharon, Lois & Bram, a popular kid-song singing trio got their own show in 1984 after 6 years of making music albums for children. The show was about Sharon,Lois and Bram, three people who lived with Elephant (who was assumed to be male although his role was performed by a woman in an elephant costume) who never spoke but provided slapstick comedy and laughs. They usually had friends (children) at their house and would sing with them and do various activities each episode. The show also frequently featured concert clips of Sharon,Lois & Bram, and many guest stars. Some episodes taught values or morals and some were just based around the lovable character Elephant. The show ran with new episodes from 1984 till 1988. It didn't produce new episodes in 1985, but had 2 seasons in 1986. The series produced 65 episodes. In the first years of its running it was shown in Canada. Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. picked up the series in the late eighties and reran it in reruns till circa 1996. By then Blue's Clues, Gullah Gullah Island, and other Nick Jr. shows were pushing it off the lineup. In 1997 a follow up show called Skinnamarink TV premiered. It was altered from the first series to include a talking 7-year-old girl elephant named Ella Accapella, and C.C. CopyCat, a teen-aged cat character. The show ended in 1998 after 2 seasons with a total of 52 episodes. Lois's husband's died shortly after - she has since left the traveling trio but still records with the group. In 2002, the three were named members of the Order of Canada. Currently, Bram & Sharon tour and sing under the title "Sharon,Bram & Friends". Sharon,Lois & Bram paved the way for a new generation of children's TV and music, and created their trademark song Skinnamarink which they are probably best known for.moreless
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    Under the Umbrella Tree

    Under the Umbrella Tree

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    CBC (ended 1993)
    "Under the Umbrella Tree" began it's run in 1986. It had 280 episodes total in the run of 8 years. The show followed Holly Higgins, and her puppet friends, Iggy Iguana, Gloria Gopher, and Jaycob Bluejay, as they all learned valuble lessons about certain things (for example: Nature, Manners, Fears) and was loved by many young American and Canadian viewers. There were also many holiday specials during the show's run, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The show was made possible by Noreen Young Productions, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In all, the show aired on "CBC", "Disney Channel", "YTV", and "Canal Famille".moreless
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    Huckleberry Finn and His Friends

    Huckleberry Finn and His Friends

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    Huckleberry Finn And His Friends, the much loved joint German/Canadian television series based on the novel by American writer Mark Twain. It was very successful in the Eighties and even today this series brings back nostalgic memories to the viewers who enjoyed it when it originally aired.moreless
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    King of Kensington

    King of Kensington

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    CBC (ended 1980)
    Welcome to the King of Kensington guide at TV.com. King of Kensington was a Canadian sitcom that revolved around the character of Larry King, a small convenience store owner who lived with his mother. Each episode revolved around King's interaction with the different people in the nighborhood as well as his own family. One thing that stood as a central issue was King's willingness to stand up for the downtrodden and disadvantaged.moreless
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    Seeing Things

    Seeing Things

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    CBC (ended 1987)
    Seeing Things was a Canadian suspense-thriller that ran from 1981 until 1987. Journalist Louie Ciccone has psychic abilities, which tend to get him into trouble. Louie continuously searched for that award-winning story that would propel him above his peers. Ironically, he could never achieve that status - despite solving countless crimes with his abilities. He would simply have to touch/grab an object, then the "energy" would help him see things in a different perspective. The series currently airs in re-runs on Bravo! and Mystery! in Canada. Like many Canadian shows, Seeing Things is almost unheard of outside of Canada.moreless
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    The Great Detective

    The Great Detective

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    CBC (ended 1981)
    This Canadian detective series is about a Scottish policeman in the Victorian era who moves to Toronto to care for his orphaned niece and ends up becoming Canada's first real detective. It is based on the book Memoirs of a Great Detective by Canada's actual first detective, John Wilson Murray, who was appointed to Ontario's Department of Justice in l875.moreless
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