4/16/10

What the hell, Canada?



Richard Dawson used to get a little personal with his lady contestants, but this is ridiculous!  This is from a Canadian show called "Just Like Mom" (1980-1985). Jeez. WTF Canada?

Any of you Canadians know what became of this dirty old pervert?  Did the final episode of "Just Like Mom" end with him being escorted out in handcuffs? Just curious.

17 comments:

  1. What's this sexual predator's name? I got uncomfortable watching these poor girls squirm.

    One has to wonder why parents would let their kids participate on this show, seeing as how this was his act.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Duh...never mind...saw now from the title it's Fergie Oliver.

    Unfortunately not much info on Google other than links to this video.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Here's a better link to a pic of him
    http://www.patmarsdenfoundation.com/gallery/golfimage18.php

    ReplyDelete
  4. Looks like he's still alive...
    http://www.patmarsdenfoundation.com/gallery/golf.php

    ReplyDelete
  5. Olver was known more for his job broadcasting Blue Jays games for CTV. His daughter, Carrie Olver, used to be on American Home Shopping Network and is now on The Weater Network (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Olver ).

    I can't find much info on Fergie Olver after his Blue Jays days. The only two recent items indicate that he does philanthropic work in Toronto.

    Here's a recent photo of him at a charitable golf event: http://www.patmarsdenfoundation.com/gallery/golfimage18.php

    And he's listed as the auctioneer on p. 4 of this pdf for a fund-raising event (in 2008) for the Toronto Greek community: http://www.saecanada.net/announcements-annakoinosis/HellenicTribute_Fall.pdf

    The game show clips are disturbing, but I don't think he was a pedo. He was just so seriously clued out about that kind of thing and developed the 'kiss the girls' thing as his shtick for that game show.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yikes, what a wanker! He should be registering with the authorities, not MCing a game show.

    ReplyDelete
  7. markdeleteApril 16, 2010

    cant beat this nugget of truth on the show. http://gallery.mac.com/imark02/100201/DSC07459/web.jpg?ver=12233659880001

    ReplyDelete
  8. Good God!

    I can't answer your questions, but can say that the Wikipedia article is incorrect in describing Just Like Mom as a "hit Canadian television game show". Hit? This Canadian has never heard of it. The thing is a perverse example of the cheap crap once churned out by CTV in order to meet Canadian content quotas.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Disgusting!

    I have never heard of this show, because I wasn't born back in these days. Moreover, I bet that CTV must be ashamed of having produced this show because Fergie Olver, this pervert, will always be associated with this show.

    "The thing is a perverse example of the cheap crap once churned out by CTV in order to meet Canadian content quotas."

    @Brian:
    Although this network has done some good shows (ex: Flashpoint), CTV never had much enthusiasm nor desire in producing Canadian content anyway.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Gaaah!!! My eyes and ears! I couldn't get past 0:44. >_<

    Thankfully I wasn't born while this show was on.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I remember this show, mostly I watched reruns on Ytv.
    I am old enough to have watched when it was on, aged 2-7, but the reruns are the clear memories.

    Now this is just a little wrong. He must be in his 30's and those girls 11-12. *shudder*
    Do you recall if he also kissed their mothers?
    I really hope so. I hope it was a schtick.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I remember that show!

    The premise was that in the first 5 minutes Fergie would chase three moms around the set, and when he caught one would "sample her wares", The next challenge was for him to sidle up to each of the daughters who were "mixed up" and then turn on the "Smarm" until he could determine which one was "Just Like Mom." The winners won a weekend in his dressing trailer, for the losers, it was 2 weekends in his dressing trailer. My favorite part of the show was the "what's in my pocket?" speed round. That Fergie, what a masher!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Right now, as I am watching this, I'm waiting for Chris Hansen to step out from behind the set to introduce himself....

    Great stuff Gilligan! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. reminds me of some of my creepy "uncles" from my childhood. Uncles meaning the creepy family friends of my grandma and grandpa...who thought nothing of teasing me about "bumps" in my shirt, and being slightly pervy in other ways.

    ReplyDelete
  15. The premise was that in the first 5 minutes Fergie would chase three moms around the set, and when he caught one would "sample her wares", The next challenge was for him to sidle up to each of the daughters who were "mixed up" and then turn on the "Smarm" until he could determine which one was "Just Like Mom." The winners won a weekend in his dressing trailer, for the losers, it was 2 weekends in his dressing trailer. My favorite part of the show was the "what's in my pocket?" speed round. That Fergie, what a masher!!!

    And then Goodson-Toddman brought it to the States, changed a couple of the rules, and called it Family Feud.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I used to watch the show as a kid. Didn't care about most of it until the last 5 minutes or so, when they would bake a cake for their mothers and I always rooted for the kids that put stuff like ketchup and mustard in them. :p The winner then got to spin a prize wheel, with the grand prize being a trip to Disneyworld.

    I can't see the video, but I would imagine it was fairly typical close quarters stuff. I've seen the show again recently, as the channel Game TV airs/aired it not long ago. As a 34-year-old, the discomfort comes more from the incredibly long, awkward pauses with nearly dead silence as they had to basically PLEAD with these kids to say something...anything! It was like pulling teeth, even with the often painfully quiet/shy mothers sometimes, too. It's that aspect of it that makes me wonder how it lasted so long. If I was one of the hosts, I'd feel like pulling my hair out constantly!

    ReplyDelete