Bill Brioux’s New Blog And Upcoming Book

It’s been an eventful year for Bill Brioux.  After The Toronto Sun foolishly showed him the door in January, he quickly landed a new gig writing a weekly column for The Canadian Press called Brioux On The Box.  As a result, his words can be read in far more places than ever before, whether we’re talking about newspapers or websites.  (Click here and you’ll see what I mean.)  His dismissal is one of the reasons I stopped reading the print version of The Sun.
 
Also, he submitted an old student film called Puck Soup to the On The Lot TV competition.  The Fox show invited budding filmmakers from around the world to create 5-minute shorts and compete for the chance at a development deal with Dreamworks.  Brioux’s film never made it past the first round but it was available for free on the program’s official website for months.  If you never saw Puck Soup (or wanted to screen it again), however, it’s too late.  Along with all the other accepted entries posted online earlier this year, it’s been removed.  (If you visit thelot.com, you’ll see a brief message congratulating the winner and thanking all the participants.  Hope you’re a fast reader, though.  In a matter of seconds, you’ll be quickly redirected to the official Fox site.)
 
And now, as 2007 winds down, he’s branching out.  This past Sunday, he launched his new website, TV Feeds My Family, which will allow him the chance to write additional TV-related items that can’t be squeezed into his regular Canadian Press columns.  With five entries already posted as of this writing, it’s off to a good start with entertaining stuff about the recent CBC documentary, The Pagan Christ, and unusual promotional items.  (Check out a bizarre 4-second clip meant to mysteriously promote the upcoming series, Terminator:  The Sarah Conner Chronicles.)  Brioux hasn’t lost any of the humour that makes his writing enjoyable to read.  (The Pagan Christ entry is entitled, “Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy”.  Can’t go wrong with a Beatles reference.  Remember the chorus from The Ballad Of John And Yoko?)
 
And if that weren’t enough, he’s got a new book coming out in a few weeks.  Truth & Rumours: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths, whose existence was revealed to me in a Google search several months ago, is Bill’s foray into Richard Roeper territory, the weird and wonderful world of urban legends.  What crazy TV-centric stories he examines are actually real or pure myth?  Did Charles Manson really try to become a Monkee?  Did a certain commercial icon spontaneously combust as a result of too many eagerly consumed Pop Rocks?  And how did rumours about Marilyn Manson starring on The Wonder Years and Leave It To Beaver’s Jerry Mathers dying in Vietnam get started? 
 
After interviewing numerous TV figures for over 20 years while writing for publications like TV Guide and The Toronto Sun, Brioux has plenty of personal, archival information to draw on.  The book is officially released on New Year’s Eve but you can pre-order it by clicking here.
 
In an email, he writes, “I’m hoping to be doing a few store book signings in the Toronto area in the new year and I plan to keep people informed as to where and when on my site.”
 
In the meantime, check out his new blog (love the title) and continue to look for his Canadian Press columns on Google.
 
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, December 7, 2007
4:42 p.m.
 
UPDATE:  Check out Bill’s funny email to The Toronto Sun Family Blog here.  For those who want to buy his book through Amazon.ca, click here.
 
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
11:12 p.m.
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