Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Time Capsule Items to Commemorate TV in 2014: Will Tube Be around in 50 Years?

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Time Capsule Items to Commemorate TV in 2014: Will Tube Be around in 50 Years?

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Time capsule items to commemorate TV in 2014


The year 2014 was, in some ways, the year of the TV anniversary. It marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles conquering North America on "The Ed Sullivan Show," the 45th anniversary of the launch of "Sesame Street" and 22 years of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes."

Fifty years from now, when archeologists pry open the lid of a TV time capsule from 2014, what will they discover? Will television even be around in 2064? Here are some items I'd put in the time capsule to try to commemorate 2014.

SOMETHING TRANSPARENT to signify the best new show this fall (that Canadians still can't see): "Transparent." The hour-long drama is a twisted, searing and yet hilarious look at one weird Californian clan. Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") will win an Emmy for his fearless and nuanced portrayal of the transgendered head of this wacky family. It originates on Amazon Prime, one of these new digital platforms available in America and the U.K. but not in Canada, although somebody here has bought the rights.

A TOSSED LEAFS JERSEY to represent Rogers' $5.2-billion, 12-year NHL rights deal. The net result: Leafs still win games, then lose games in bunches.

HBO AND CBS LOGOS reminding folks this was the year those two networks took the bold step of offering their entire content on digital platforms.

A SKELETON WITH A MOHAWK to salute the departure of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." The Scottish-born host's arty exit reminded viewers that what he delivered was something that was simply not there before. Also exiting in 2014: Jay Leno from "The Tonight Show" and Stephen Colbert from "The Colbert Report."

AN ACCORDION to mark the return, to Hamilton, Ont.'s CHCH, of "Tiny Talent Time."

AN EMPTY RECYCLING BIN to represent "Utopia." It promised a year of lofty ideals and adventure as random citizens got together to build the society of the future. Instead, it delivered the usual petty humiliations and was basically "Big Brother" gone camping.

A PORN TAPE to help explain, in the words of Marg Delahunty (Mary Walsh), what the words "Crave" and "Shomi" really bring to mind.

CANNED LAUGHTER to explain why several attempts to breathe new life into Canadian sitcoms found little momentum in 2014. …

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