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TVOntario Airing Documentaries About Movie Stars


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Noticed that TVOntario has begun airing documentaries about movie stars recently.


On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. TVO aired

"Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger":



This upcoming Saturday night (Feb. 15, 2014) at 9:00 p.m. TVO will air

"What A Difference A Day Made - Doris Day Superstar":



As an aside, TCM message board thread about the Doris Day documentary is here: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8273229


Anyway, on Saturday nights TVO used to air the program

"Saturday Night at the Movies."

That program met its demise last year, with the final episode airing on August 31, 2013:



So, I don't know if the TVO airings of the movie star documentaries are just a coincidence, or due to the upcoming Academy Awards, or if TPTB are having second thoughts about cancelling "Saturday Night at the Movies"???


Just FYI to people living in Ontario who can watch TVO.

You can catch the Doris Day doc. this Saturday night.

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Hey, RM, how're you doing?


Yes, I saw that Rock Hudson bio when it was aired on TVO. It was pretty interesting;I thought of it when I watched Rock in *Lover Come Back* today.


I also wonder if TVO is airing these docs about classic stars to "make up" for cancelling Saturday Night at the Movies.

I'm thinking many TCM fans would like to watch these, if they could (but I doubt many Americans get TVO...)


I still wish they hadn't cancelled "Saturday Night at the Movies".

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Maybe in border cities in the US, you can find TVO on cable TV??

I have no idea??


TVO ended analog transmission over the past few years (converted to digital):



You may be able to get TVO free through a digital box in Detroit, Buffalo, etc... I don't know...


TV viewers in Ontario are able to receive PBS stations as part of a cable package. WNED, for example:



(The article above states WNED gets more than half its financial support from donors in Canada - meaning Ontario!)


Anyway, I used to get TVO for free through rabbit ears on my TV set.

But now I subscribe to cable TV, so no idea how that works anymore if you don't subscribe to cable??

I understand if you have a digital box attached to your TV, you can still get some free TV stations without subscribing to cable?

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I've had Comcast Cable for more than ten years. The only Canadian station I get is the CBC station out of Windsor. At this point I don't really know the over the air situation at all.


When I was in Maine I saw some French language station in my motel in Bangor, but I don't think that's was TVO. I watched 5 minutes of Grey's Anatomy in French.


On an unrelated note I really want to get back to Maine, (but my car has 259,400 miles on it.)

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Sorry about that. I heard that viewers outside Canada get a message stating they can't view the video. TVO only has the rights for Canada, apparently.

I wasn't aware as I live in Canada and had no problem viewing the video.

Oh well...

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  • 2 weeks later...

TVO airing a documentary on Mary Pickford next Saturday night (repeat early Sunday morning), March 8, 2014:



Trouble is, I don't know what documentary?


TVO is showing the preview for the "American Experience" Mary Pickford documentary directed by Sue Williams:



But a TV guide is showing it'll be the documentary "Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies" directed by Nicholas Eliopoulos:



Anyway, for people in Ontario and any Americans in border cities who can catch the station, it'll be one or the other...

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TVO aired the American Experience "Mary Pickford" last night:



Very good documentary...


Funny as this week's TV guide from yesterday's "Toronto Star"

stated it would be "Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies":



So kept me in suspense until the actual thing started on TVO...

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