Airwaves (TV series)

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Airwaves
Starring Roberta Maxwell
Ingrid Veninger
Roland Hewgill
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) John Frizzell
Michael MacMillan
Seaton McLean
Janice Platt
Running time 26 min
Production company(s) Atlantis Films
Release
Original network CBC
Original release 27 January 1986 – 8 June 1987

Airwaves is a Canadian television dramedy series, which aired on CBC Television in 1986 and 1987.[1]

Plot[edit]

The Toronto-filmed show starred Roberta Maxwell as Jean Lipton, a radio talk show host and widowed mother, who lived with her daughter Zoe, played by Ingrid Veninger, and her father Bob, played by Roland Hewgill.[2] Maxwell has indicated that Canadian journalist-activist June Callwood was a basis for her portrayal of Jean.[3]

The show's cast also included Taborah Johnson, Alec Willows and Kimble Hall.[4] Writers for the series included Judith Thompson, John Frizzell, Susan Martin, Rob Forsythe, Linda Svendsen and Paul Gross.[4]

Production[edit]

Some of the early episodes were criticized as clunky, with Ross McLean of The Globe and Mail writing that the show seemed unsure of its identity,[5] and even the producers later acknowledging that they had tried to fit too much into a half-hour show.[2] The show was retooled slightly in its second season, with the writers getting a firmer grasp on the stories they wanted to tell and adding two new characters: Christopher Bolton in the role of Matt, Jean's nephew, and Patrick Rose as Dale, Jean's new coworker at the radio station.[2] Critics responded favourably to the changes, with even McLean himself noting by 1987 that the show had significantly improved.[6]

The show was modestly successful, with an average audience of 850,000 viewers per week in its first season.[2] and 761,000 viewers in its second.[7] Although the CBC was willing to order a third season, the producers decided to end the series as they felt it was better to move on to other projects than to continue tinkering with a show that wasn't getting the ratings they wanted.[7] However, CBC subsequently reran the first two seasons, outside of prime time, in 1990.

The series was repeated on Vision TV from 1989 to 1991.[8]

Episodes[edit]

Season one[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pot Roast" TBA TBA 27 January 1986 (1986-01-27)
2 "Blast from the Past" TBA TBA 3 February 1986 (1986-02-03)
3 "Turkey" TBA TBA 10 February 1986 (1986-02-10)
4 "Breakfast Man" TBA TBA 17 February 1986 (1986-02-17)
5 "Angelfish" TBA TBA 24 February 1986 (1986-02-24)
6 "Too Hot" TBA TBA 3 March 1986 (1986-03-03)
7 "Chameleon" TBA TBA 10 March 1986 (1986-03-10)
8 "The Runway" TBA TBA 17 March 1986 (1986-03-17)
9 "Laundry" TBA TBA 24 March 1986 (1986-03-24)
10 "Paul" TBA TBA 31 March 1986 (1986-03-31)
11 "Fair Game" TBA TBA 7 April 1986 (1986-04-07)
12 "Rockets" TBA TBA 14 April 1986 (1986-04-14)
13 "On Air" TBA TBA 21 April 1986 (1986-04-21)

Season two[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Welcome Matt" Scott Labarge TBA 2 March 1987 (1987-03-02)
2 "Splashdown" TBA TBA 9 March 1987 (1987-03-09)
3 "Cordon Blues" TBA TBA 16 March 1987 (1987-03-16)
4 "Too Good to Be True" TBA TBA 23 March 1987 (1987-03-23)
5 "Design for Living" TBA TBA 30 March 1987 (1987-03-30)
6 "Scene from a Balcony" TBA TBA 6 April 1987 (1987-04-06)
7 "Reunion" TBA TBA 13 April 1987 (1987-04-13)
8 "Love Interests" TBA Linda Svendsen 20 April 1987 (1987-04-20)
9 "Happy Sixteenth" TBA Dan Sexton 4 May 1987 (1987-05-04)
10 "A Second Look" TBA TBA 18 May 1987 (1987-05-18)
11 "Charge!" TBA TBA 25 May 1987 (1987-05-25)
12 "The Write Stuff" TBA Linda Svendsen 1 June 1987 (1987-06-01)
13 "Dinner at Eight" TBA TBA 8 June 1987 (1987-06-08)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airwaves a show with a difference - and mother doesn't know best". Montreal Gazette, May 2, 1987.
  2. ^ a b c d "Airwaves gets back to basics after reaching too far". Ottawa Citizen, February 27, 1987.
  3. ^ Posesorski, Sheri (25 January 1986). "Chance meeting brings actress back to Toronto". The Globe and Mail. p. P9. 
  4. ^ a b Corcelli, John (April 2006). "Airwaves". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Airwaves fails to live up to its potential". The Globe and Mail, March 15, 1986.
  6. ^ "Shaking down hosts and bolstering Airwaves". The Globe and Mail, March 21, 1987.
  7. ^ a b "Snapped off". Toronto Star, June 10, 1987.
  8. ^ "Year later, YTV and Vision TV mature". Ottawa Citizen, September 6, 1989.

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