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Monday, May 9:

Guests: Singer-songwriter Shania Twain

 

Tuesday, May 10:

Guest: Journalist Mellissa Fung

 

Wednesday, May 11:

Guest: Comedian Martin Short    

 

Thursday, May 12:

Environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki

 

Friday, May 13:

Guests: Drummer (and son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham) Jason Bonham and musical guest Sam Roberts

 

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight airs Monday through Friday at 11:05pm (11:35pm NT) on CBC Television.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study along side the cast of Degrassi?  Watching their lives and stories from within the school itself as opposed to on Television?  How realistic do you think it would be?  Would you be friends with anyone or would you just be one of the hundreds of extras that waltz around the hallways and corridors without ever connecting with the main cast?

Many people fantasize and dream about being inside a TV show, living out their real lives around the scripted stories and somehow managing to intertwine their lives with those we regularly tune in to watch.  

The reality for many is that their desire to be part of the show stems from a desire for doors to be opened up to bigger and better things.  Perhaps it is about wanting to build relationships with other students or wanting to be taught by a member of the faculty that you’ve built respect for.

While some may even seek out a meeting with the admissions team, others prefer to stay home and do distance learning while maintaining that connection to the college. What ever works, right?  For some it’s just easier to get a degree online.

The last episode of Grey’s Anatomy that aired certainly opened the door for some serious drama – namely, Teddy offering to marry a patient that was losing his health insurance and in turn his life. This could of course lead to a world of trouble both personally and professionally for this character if she goes through with it. So will she really?

Well, rumor has it that the actor Scott Foley will in fact be continuing to guest star on the show. Clearly that means he’s not disappearing, and that can only indicate that this plot will continue to grow. So will Teddy really marry her patient? What will happen from there/ My guess is that a real relationship will form from it. Maybe she’ll be lucky in love, maybe she’ll rediscover that their original agreement holds true and he was just using her for her insurance all along.  It will also be interesting to see what fallout happens within the hospital when she announces her master plan.

No matter which way you swing it, this little plot line is sure to bring a lot of drama!

This week I had the opportunity speak to two very interesting people. Business magnate, socialite and the host of The Apprentice, Mr Donald Trump and one of reality televisions most renowned producers, Mr Mark Burnett.  On the 16th of September, the tenth season of The Apprentice begins and promises to deliver relevance to the current economic climate.

“If you remember when we started The Apprentice it was this big hit but it was also in a different world” says Trump. “It was, you know, times were booming and now times are just the opposite of booming.”

Responding to the call for the show to be more reflective of the current times, this season’s contestants have been selected from the many who have lost their jobs and livelihood due to the economic downturn. 

“We have people that went to the best schools and they don’t have a job” Trump told us. “People that had really good jobs before and they have five kids in one case and doesn’t have a job, has zero income coming in.”

Mark Burnett added “We’ve got someone who got their Masters in Engineering, worked as a mechanical engineer, got downsized in the economy and now has now taken a job as a tow truck driver. Another woman who went to Stanford for cancer research had a job as a cancer researcher. The funding fell through because of the economy and now they’re taking care of their grandmother and living back in their parent’s house.”

Being a man with an eye for the ladies, Trump tells of another. “A beautiful young woman who went to Stanford Law, did a great job, great student, had a great job at a major law firm and now she’s selling cupcakes.”

So the contestants in this season aren’t just fresh out of school contenders for the $250,000 job with Trump, they’re actually talented professionals who have found themselves on the hard side of reality and out of work.  

When casting for this season, they weren’t looking for people who were feeling sorry for themselves.  In fact, the common theme was finding people who were fighting back.  And fighting your way back is certainly something that Donald Trump has done himself so these contestants have certainly earned his respect in that regard.

“The energy and the almost, the survival of some of these people is unbelievable. Unbelievable, where they have families where the families are just devastated by the fact that they have no money, they have nothing. But they have great educations and they had a great past. So it’s inspirational, but at the same time it’s very sad.”

And while it’s just a TV show, many of the contestants gave feedback throughout filming that it felt great to be back at work.  Coming from high flying jobs to doing nothing would be hard.  One can only imagine the near euphoric state of being back in your business element.

If you’re familiar with the show then you’ll know that the winners of each task are rewarded.  Often with lavish gifts or experiences.  This time round though, it’s a little different.  

“The winning project manager’s reward every week is to meet with a major industry titan in various industries” says Burnett. “It’s like a motivational speech from winners to give these people a chance and it’s amazing how they come out of these rewards energized.”

While it’s common to hear people talking about upcoming seasons as being the best ever, Trump emphasizes why he thinks it’s true in these case.

“It’s a better plot in terms of bad times versus good times. When you’re in good times it’s less urgent, it’s less important. And in a certain way maybe even less exciting. But I think the concept is almost better because of the times that we’re living in”

With a new plot in hand, the casting process sounded pretty horrific though.

“Donald sat there with myself and the NBC executives and we honestly were listening to story after story of unbelievably educated people.” Burnett said.  “I mean people, top universities, top law firms who are just on their ass, and I’ve got to tell you one minute we looked at each other, Donald and I and the NBC executives and said boy, it sure is great to have a job.”

Sad story after sad story after sad story from thousands of people from 11 different cities makes for compelling viewing.  So much so that as Trump says, “when NBC saw what was happening with the shooting, it was so good they couldn’t believe it and they actually bumped the show in order to put it on early.”  

With so many people affected by the economic turmoil, this season of The Apprentice could very well be one of the best rating as people seek solace and inspiration for their own circumstances.

The Apprentice begins at 9:00pm on Thursday the 16th of September on Global.

Cast:
Back row: Gene Folkes, Wade Hanson, Kelly Smith Beaty, Steuart Martens, Clint Robertson, Tyana Alvarado, Nicole Chiu, Alex Delgado
Front row: Stephanie Castagnier, James Weir, David Johnson, Poppy Carlig, Liza Mucheru-Wisner, Brandy Kuentzel, Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy

I’ve heard Mary Murphy talk about her infamous Hot Tamale Train for years but it wasn’t until last night that I decided to actual google “Hot Tamale” to find out once and for all what on earth she was actually talking about.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have.

According to the Urban Dictionary, a Hot Tamale is:

a sexual act where a guy puts a condom on and lubricates it with tabbasco sauce and then has intercourse

Charming.  One can only guess what a Hot Tamale Train is then…

I’m just testing out some features of the new tweet button so please disregard this post.


This week EW`s Michael Ausiello revealed that one of the original Grey`s Anatomy characters will reveal a juicy part of their past, and it will relate to growing up in foster care. We don`t know whether he`s talking strictly about the interns or if the complete cast of characters is included here. Choices are limited, since of course we have a pretty good understanding of many of the characters`backgrounds. Meredith and Cristina both had parents raise them regardless of how stable their home lives were. Izzie grew up in a trailer park, and though something else might have gone on in between; her character`s not set to return so unless it`s related toher write-off from the show it can`t be her. If it`s an original intern, that really only leaves Alex and the chances are pretty good that it`s him as far as I`m concerned.

What do you think? Which one of the interns grew up in foster care? Or do you think that it’s one of the attendings?

Just wondering why the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition was televised in the middle of the night?  It is one of the true hightlights of the Olympic Games – our gold to our ice dancers and Joannie’s true heroism.  It is a pleasure to watch the skaters again when they are not under intense pressure.  Why?  It has been shown other years at a time when viewers can catch it?

Tonight was Ellen Degeneres’ first appearance on American Idol as a judge. Personally, I love Ellen but I’ve been a little bit reluctant to see what she brings to the show. If her appearance on So You Think You Can Dance was any indication, I was somewhat expecting an ongoing stand-up comedy routine. However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. She didn’t stand out or overwhelm the other judges with humor and was almost non-descript. I would have liked to have heard from her a little bit more, though my fear that she was going to be too much!

So, overall, for her first appearance I guess we’re off to a good start. But that’s just my opinion, what did you think?

Taylor Swift has had quite the year. After exploding onto the scene a mere couple of years ago, she quickly made her way from the country music market to mainstream music. 2009 and 2010 (so far) have been two of the best years for the young star, and while she’s clearly popular, many are questioning whether she deserved the Grammy wins.

Okay, fine, she’s popular, she’s young, she appeals to a number of demographics. That makes her the ideal candidate for a People’s Choice Award; but has she really earned the right to a Grammy, the Academy Awards of Music which many artists wait a lifetime for?

I don’t have that answer, but tell me what you think!!