Back By Popular Demand — Rosie’s Top Six in The A.M.

GREEN IS THE COLOR, POLITICS IS THE GAME Shorter Gene Makowsky: Sure, I’m running for the SaskParty in Regina Dewdney, but you actually expect me to, you know … go out and campaign? (CBC Saskatchewan) Meet voters? Old school, especially when the Leader-Post does two pages on my new career in todays paper, and TSN will gush about me being a great guy …

AND WINNING IS OUR AIM At least Makowsky deflected attention from an issue the SaskParty government would rather not talk about … (Regina Leader-Post)

OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT Hello, police? I’d like to report a crime. (Globe and Mail) A guy was on television yesterday spouting off on how someone needing to be killed. Uttering threats is a Criminal Code offense, isn’t it?

FUHRER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD If the proposed Rogers deal to buy the Maple Leafs (along with the Marlies, Raptors, Toronto FC, and the Air Canada Centre) from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund goes through (Toronto Star), that could mean the end of Hockey Night in Canada. (TorStar) And that will probably mean the end of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as it loses its biggest source of revenue. apart from the federal government.

I DON’T THINK THIS GUY LIKES JIM JUDD. Check it out (Thwap’s Schoolyard). Then again, the former CSIS head is is one of those guys who thinks human rights are overrated. (Toronto Star)

LAST TRIBUTE TO LESLIE NIELSEN Everybody knows that Nielsen’s acting career took a 180 degree turn as he starred as the doctor in Airplane. Fewer realize that the movie was actually based on a film written by a Canadian, Arthur Hailey, called Flight Into Danger (the main difference was that what was being played straight in the original was having the piss taken out of it in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker version). So it was with, arguably, the greatest comedy show in the history of North American network television, Police Squad. It was a send-up of every 60s and early 70s cop show you might have seen, with a special emphasis on M Squad, (Wikipedia) a half-hour film-noir cop show set in Chicago and starring Lee Marvin. Watch the opening and don’t tell me you weren’t expecting to see Frank Drebin come out of that old car.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

8 thoughts on “Back By Popular Demand — Rosie’s Top Six in The A.M.”

  1. Police Squad! was genius. The TV series was much funnier than the movies were (but those were still hilarious). It’s easy to see why it flopped though, as nobody was used to that kind of humour yet, and some of it was more subtle, dry, and strange than what they did later. Not quite as “accessible” but all the more brilliant as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Makowsky… dude…. I used to like you. Now you have taken company with the Devil. *sigh*

  3. “I’ve followed politics for a while. I think the biggest thing is I care a lot about this province and once you have that basis I think you can do a good job,” Makowsky told reporters after observing afternoon proceedings at the legislature. (Leader-Post)

    No. Caring about the place where you live is the minimum requirement for being a decent human being, at best. You’re going to have to offer a little more than that if you want to appear like a legitimate candidate.

    But who needs legitimacy when the L-P offers a 26-photo gallery to go with Makowsky’s announcement? Though I wouldn’t mind seeing a caption contest featuring this first–hilarious–photo:

  4. “Fuck You Makowsky” should become a new fan favourite. I never liked any of those Sasktel commercial guys. They all seem like overgrown high school seniors.

  5. Although M Squad was a minor TV footnote (just like how Zero Hour – the American remake of Flight into Danger – was a minor movie footnote), of historical interest was that it was shot on location in Chicago, and Mayor Richard J. Daley was so incensed at how it portrayed the seedier side of his burg that not only did he bust M Squad out of the city, but for all intensive purposes managed to keep outside film and TV production from Chicago until the late 1970s.

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