Sometimes there’s a reason people don’t think outside the box

The CBC’s new nameless daytime talk show is still looking for a name and a home in time for its Oct 6 launch. The Mövenpick is still in the running as a studio, but needs a lot of work to whip it into shape.

The ill-fated Olympic Spirit mausoleum next to Dundas Square was in contention until very recently, but the idea has been abandoned.

The least-sexy option on the plate is to use one of the TBC’s empty million-dollar studios. You know, the ones we already own?

Compounding the problem is that with the last round of layoffs, we don’t have enough crew to put on the 5-day-a-week show. While most of the people who were laid off have been quietly unlaid off, more than 20 highly-experienced old people took packages while the getting was good.

We’re actually short-staffed.

Compounding this problem is that the new collective agreement makes it harder to hire freelancers, and the longer we dicker with the location, the tighter the deadlines become, while more top-notch freelancers go to work with other productions.

Compounding this problem is that The Hour is in the midst of making itself “funnier” for its debut on the main network. This may include hiring actors to work as crew members, cracking wise in front of the camera while working behind it to keep the show on the air. The CMG is going to love this.

Fall is coming soon. If you are looking for work and can make TV shows, are funny, or know how to turn a restaurant into a TV studio, you might want to hang in Simcoe Park and keep an eye out for the stressed out TV producers.

Bring your work clothes.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 31, 2006 at 3:56 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Ironically, the Movenpick space they are considering as a TV studio is located roughly near the old CBL Radio studios on the ground floor that the public could actually see. You know, the space that CBL was kicked out of to make room for the flood of high profile tenants that were supposedly just itching to rent it. The space that is now being used for CBC I-News Training.

    Does that fit the definition of irony? I don’t know but none of the things in that Alanis song were really ironic either.

  2. Dwight Williams
    Posted August 30, 2006 at 2:35 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Justin: Amen.

  3. Joe Clark
    Posted August 30, 2006 at 10:02 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Shows from the past year are always nominated for the current year’™s awards. The fact that they’™re cancelled now does not say anything about what was happening during their period of eligibility.

    Nonetheless, who rationally expects What It’™s Like Being Alone to have a clean sweep next year?

  4. Johnny Happypants
    Posted August 29, 2006 at 11:24 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Why don’t they use the cafeteria at George Anthony Secondary School? No classes before 11:00, and Fridays off.

  5. Justin Beach
    Posted August 29, 2006 at 5:27 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    meanwhile the shows the cancelled to free up buget for more hits (titles, subject matter, locations, cast and genres TBA) are leading the Gemini nominations.

    See what strategery will get ya! ;)

  6. CBC Forever
    Posted August 29, 2006 at 7:12 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Don’t have a name: “The One and Only CBC’s Talk Show”:-? Seriously, do you have a host? Matt Watts would be a perfect choice in my (and many others) opinion. You would attract loads of viewers with him as a host.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted August 29, 2006 at 4:06 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Actually, we’re being kept around until May 31 07. We may be dumped again then. Not exactly pleasant with that hanging over your head

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