CTV Television Network

Stars On Ice

Network: CTV Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1976 to 1981

Broadcast Medium: Television

Before Alex Trebek became famous as the host of Jeopardy, he spent several years on skates as the first host of CTV’s Stars on Ice. The title was the show: Canadian and international skaters – from solo performers to multi-skater chorus lines – tapped the audience’s love for this popular form of entertainment with intricate routines in colourful costumes. Toller Cranston appeared frequently.

Stars on Ice
The Stars On Ice chorus line

Produced at CTV’s Toronto affiliate CFTO-TV on a rink laid down in a large studio, the half-hour series was first seen in September 1976 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. The following year it moved to 7:00pm; in 1978 it could be found on Fridays at 7:30pm, before moving back to Tuesdays at 7:30pm for the balance of its six-year run. Doug Crosley succeeded Trebek as host in 1980.

Written by Pip Wedge – June, 2002