The Bob McLean Show

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The Bob McLean Show
Genre talk show
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
Executive producer(s) Bill Casselman (1976-1977)
Jack Budgell (1978-1981)
Producer(s) Jack Budgell
J. Edward Shaw (1976-1977)
Robert Smith (1979-1980)
Nigel Napier-Andrews (1980)
John Johnson (1980-1981)
Running time 55-60 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original release 1 September 1975 – 22 May 1981

The Bob McLean Show was a Canadian talk show television series which aired on CBC Television from 1975 to 1981.


CBC Television created this series in 1975 to replace Elwood Glover's Luncheon Date whose host had left the network for another Toronto-based broadcaster. Bob McLean hosted this new talk show from the lower floor of the Cumberland Terrace, a small downtown Toronto shopping centre at Yonge & Bloor.

From the second season, the series featured an increasing proportion of Canadian guests and subjects. In 1979, the series travelled from its normal Toronto studio with episodes produced in various Canadian cities such as Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver.

The Royal Canadian Air Farce's Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson were frequently seen on the series as were comedians Howie Mandel and Monica Parker. Jimmy Dale was the series musical director. And after being named a winner of the 1982 Du Maurier Search for Stars, pianist/vocalist Cos Natola was a featured musical guest.


This series was broadcast as follows (times in Eastern), normally an hour duration except as noted:

Time Season run Notes
12:00 p.m. 1 September 1975 2 July 1976 55 minutes duration
12:00 p.m. 6 September 1976 1 July 1977
12:00 p.m. 5 September 1977 3 April 1978 55 minutes duration
1:00 p.m. 3 April 1978 4 August 1978
1:00 p.m. 4 September 1978 1 April 1979
3:00 p.m. 2 April 1979 29 June 1979
3:00 p.m. 10 September 1979 27 June 1980
12:30 p.m. 8 September 1980 22 May 1981
12:30 p.m. 25 May 1981 28 September 1981 rebroadcasts

Highlights from the series were compiled as The Best of Bob McLean which was broadcast on Saturdays in 1976 and 1977 between regular television seasons.

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