Share in my video debut

There might not be a red carpet tonight, but let’s cue up the rotating spotlights downtown anyway:

The talk-show version of The Munro Review premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, on CMAC 1 (U-verse 99 and Xfinity 93).

A monthly talk show, you say, complete with “Tonight Show”-style desk and comfy chairs for the guests? You bet.

It premieres on CMAC 1 (U-verse 99 and Xfinity 93), and it will rerun throughout the month of October. You’ll also be able to watch the show on demand at and on CMAC’s YouTube channel. Plus — because we believe in lots of options — you can watch it right here on this very post.


For those of you who don’t know, CMAC is the Community Media Access Collaborative, aka Fresno’s cutting-edge cable-access platform. I’ve teamed up with CMAC to do a monthly arts talk show. On it I’ll recap some of my reviews and stories from the previous month, interview local guests from the Fresno-area arts scene, and give a sneak peek of what’s happening, arts-wise, in the month ahead.

My first show includes two special guests from Fresno City College’s production of “Green Day’s American Idiot” (which opens Friday, Oct. 6): scenic and lighting designer Christina McCollam-Martinez; and costume designer Debra Erven.

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“The Munro Review”: A screenshot of the debut episode. 

Plus I offer summaries of my thoughts on “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “Mothers and Sons,” the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and the new security policy at the Saroyan Theatre.

Special thanks to producers Lisa Talley and Kyle Lowe, and the all-volunteer CMAC crew that helped me put my first show together. The show format will continue to evolve and innovate so, as they say, stay tuned.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

Comments (7)

  • Anjali Davis

    Congratulations Donald!!

  • Stephen

    Can’t say enough about CMAC. Imagine, an actual high quality broadcast service right here in our little cow town!

    ie, 1.5 million people finally have access to authentic instruction and broadcasts you would find in many areas half this size.

  • Anna


  • Scott Lacy

    Michael Essany, look out!

    You’re looking rather dapper, Mr. Munro. Looking forward to this discussion of entertainment options unavailable to me here in Durham, NC. I’ll be tuning in for the sublime stylings of the host. I suspect you will be a natural in this format.

    Best of luck!

  • Jackie Ryle

    Congratulations, Donald. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The information is great, and more importantly it’s great to see the man behind the words. I love your camera presence. One thought – I would prefer during the interview segment to see you in a chair a little closer to your guests. It’s a great idea. Looking forward to more

  • I’m so glad to see this. It seems like the natural next step in your endeavors, and well done. I’m looking forward to a long run for your new show, Mr. Munro! (And perhaps eventually you could go weekly? I’d watch.)
    “Break a leg!” 🙂


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