King to make a comeback

The seminal Canuck sitcom King of Kensington is ready for a comeback after most episodes were off the air for two decades.

CBC TV programming boss Kirstine Layfield has struck a deal that will put 56 of the 65 ‘lost’ episodes of King of Kensington back on air, leaving just nine on the shelf because of complications with music rights.

The series ‘represents a moment of greatness in our history that would be nice to share with the next generation,’ Layfield told the Toronto Star yesterday. The Ceeb has also signed a deal with Toronto Sun TV to air King reruns until the end of 2008.

The sitcom ran on CBC from 1975 to 1980 and starred Cancon icon Al Waxman as the owner of a variety store in Toronto’s ethnically diverse Kensington Market neighbourhood. The first three seasons have been unavailable for broadcast because of trouble with royalty fees. Fiona Reid, who starred as Waxman’s wife during those seasons, has pushed for a settlement and recently took her case to Layfield.

This story first appeared in Playback Daily.