Wednesday, February 07, 2007

So Anyone Want to Go to the Hour?

Rick Mathews, the producer of 'The Hour' with George Stroumboulopoulos has contacted me about the show on Thursday that features an interview with Johnny Briggs (aka Mike Baldwin).

If anyone in Toronto is interested in being part of the live audiance at the CBC building in Toronto (King and John area), contact Rick at He also provided a phone number, but I hesitate to publish this on the blog, so if you want to call him, drop me a line at and I'll send it your way.

The show is taped between 4:30 and 5:30 so you HAVE to be at the CBC building at 4.

I plan to be there, so if anyone else is going, let me know and maybe we can meet up.


Ang said...

I just sent you an email. I'd love to go!

Pamer said...

This is precisely why i hate living so far away from the Big Smoke. I would be at The Hour every chance I could.

Does that show air on Thursday as well? I'll look for you guys in the audience

Anonymous said...

Johnny Briggs hangin with George Snuffleupagus? Doesn't that seem like an odd combo? Does Georgie seem like he watches Corrie? Ever?

For me he will always be the guy who intimated that he moved his nose ring to his nether regions, which is gross on so many levels...

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

OH I'm so jealous! I have a secret hope George is a huge Corrie geek and tapes it when he's not home.

Nicole in Vancouver who never posts but lurks a lot.

Jacqueline said...

So I totally read that as 'I hope George is a huge Corrie GREEK'.

I'm all, yes, I do think he's of greek heritage.

Nicole, don't be a stranger.

Debbie said...

I plan to press 'mute' whenever George opens his mouth which would mean a LOT of mute. Even though George is supposed to represent my generation, I can't stand him.

I wish his show was less George and more ... basically anyone else.

I can just imagine his opening "Hey, if you don't know what a 'TV' is you should because a 'TV' broadcasts these things called 'soap operas.' Now, although basically every Canadian alive probably knows what Coronation Street is, I'm going to tell you anyway. It is from a country called 'England' and it has been on 'TV' for more than 45 years. People tell me it has become 'hip' to watch Coronation Street and since I am supposed to be 'hip' - please notice my black t-shirt, jeans and super cool wallet chain - I will interview a Coronation Strteet star. And by 'interview' I mean I will talk the balls off a donkey and interrupt the guest constantly."

That said, I will totally watch this episode.

Working From Home Today said...

Hey! Yes! I'd go!

Anonymous said...


ROTFL! OK, so that's completely the vibe I get off Georgie.

It's not just me. Good-oh!

Michigander Fan

Debbie said...

The last show I saw, George told me that The Police was a popular band.

Thanks, George. I was wondering who that Sting guy was. Maybe next week he can explain to me who that Michael Jackson person is.

Anonymous said...

Hm, was "Sting" in a musical combination called "The Beatles"? They seem to be quite popular, as the young folks scream a lot when they get off aeroplanes in various locales. I don't understand why anyone would be so happy to see bugs. They make me scream too, but not in a good way...

BTW, are the Police popular again? I mean, they broke up like 20 years ago - all the guys in my HS were bummed out. They are now played on my local "Classic Rock" station, which makes me feel SO OLD.

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

Martha said...

I wonder if they would fly me from Alberta to go :(

(London) Rob said...

Well if George doesn't represent 'your' generation Debbie, and mine (older than yours) doesn't like him (well, I don't for starters), just who the Hell does he represent?

I know my old Mum hates him just because of his piercings. I watched him with Norah Young last night - just tryin' way too hard to be cool.

Anonymous said...

Wait. Now I'm confused. What generation are we all talking about now? (yes. I know. No Roger Daltrey jokes, please.)

I just I was pegging George as a Gen-Y guy (possibly because I assume whenever I don't care for something that this must be the next step toward fuddy-duddiness). I'm squarely Gen-X. Debbie - are you around my age or am I way off?

Michigander Fan

Pamer said...

it seems that the Johnny Briggs taping is already sold out...just a heads-up for those of you wanting to go

Anonymous said...

I guess I'll be the one to come in and defend George.

I catch the Hour now and again and I like it. I think it's just a chat show/news show. I definitely prefer it to Newsworld's old 'Counterspin' programme, or as I called it, "Israelis and Palestinians Yelling at Each Other for an Hour." Different shows have tried the format The Hour and it's not easy to strike a balance between chat show and news show.

It's by no means a perfect show and if I were in charge, I'd probably change a few things. But I think Strombo's just fine and it's nice that the CBC invited us to the taping tomorrow night. If I were in Toronto, I'd go in a flash.

That they invited us a sign someone at the CBC is reading this blog regularly.

Debbie said...

I'd go if I were in Toronto. I also said that I would watch.

Anonymous said...

John, good point.

An open letter to the CBC people who read this blog: please, please PLEASE catch us up to somewhere reasonably close to the UK episode-wise. It's very frustrating to accidentally find out that so-and-so is going to die, get pregnant or be murdered months before it happens. Imagine finding out the ending of every movie you plan to go see before you set foot in the theater. That's what it's like.

Thanks for your consideration.

Michigander Fan

Ang said...

I like The Hour, and watch on a regular basis. Then again I always watched his show on Much (I like the music he was into). Can't say I'm impressed with some of the comments I've read here, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don't care about piercings, etc... His show is a good mix. I'm going to try for stand by tickets tomorrow evening, and hope someone decides to stay home.

Debbie said...

I would LOVE for the CBC to catch up to the UK shows, I just don't know how they would do it. they woul'd have to run two shows a day - like during the lock-out - for a really long time, and while that would make us happy, somehow I don't know that is in the CBC master plan.

You know what that means? We are just going to have to take over the CBC if we want this to happen. Who's with me?

missusmac said...

I liked George on Much. He was the only VJ who asked hard questions, and who always had the attitude that "hey, it's just a band folks, there are more important things in the world."

That said, I'm not a big fan of him in this format. IMO he does try too hard to tell people why this person or topic is important, should be listened to and/or discussed.

I think it's a generational thing -- time is so fragmented for younger viewers, i.e. older teens and 20-somethings -- that asking them to sit still and watch has to be justified by explanation.

But then, again, I also drink heavily, so I could be totally wrong!! :)

Anonymous said...


I don't care about piercings per se. I do care that the guy let it be known that he moved his nose ring to his Mr. Winkle. Even if it was a joke, I cannot take him seriously about anything any more.

It's like Matthew McConnaughey. I can't look at the guy without thinking "Naked playing the bongoes and stoned off his..."

But that's probably more my problem than theirs. I've always been a giggler.

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

While others do not, I love George. He's smart, he actually knows what he's talking about and since he (and Denise Donlon) left MuchMusic it's gone all kinds of downhill.

Plus, he showed his piercings on MuchMusic once - I'm not made of STONE, people! I wish I could quit him! On second thought no I don't.

Nicole in Vancouver

Lisa said...

George is doing his job- that's all. As if Wolf Blitzer has to be a fan of the Taliban to interview anyone about it. Silly debate people. At least by doing the piece on the Hour it shows that Corrie fans are not all ancient tea drinking tatters of lace. Saying it like it is- Lisa