Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays

The fabulous Samantha Bee, recently named Comedy Person of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards, makes a guest appearance on MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, Tuesday, November 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Bee is perhaps best known as the ‘Most Senior Correspondent’ on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, the comedienne plays Wendy Slade, a morning talk show host who puts David (Bob Martin) and Michael/Miguel (Matt Watts) in chef hats and aprons to make huevos rancheros while promoting David’s book. Michael shines, David seems a bit scrambled.

Seen Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, the series was recently dubbed “simply the best new comedy of the fall season, on any network, Canadian or otherwise,” by the National Post’s critic Scott Stinson.

The episode “Sweating” was written by Susan Coyne (Slings & Arrows) and directed by Patricia Rozema (Tell Me that You Love Me). Michael thinks his sweating is disgusting. But nothing’s as hot as the scathing review of David’s book – except, perhaps, Wendy Slade’s studio lights. Multiple Emmy-winning TV legend Edward Asner returns as David’s shrink Dr. Wassermann.

Praised by critics across the country, MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS is centred on Cognitive Behavioral Therapist David and his patient Michael who have been seeing each other twice a week for 15 years. They’re making progress. Michael believes David is his key to happiness. David believes Michael is his key to a lucrative book deal. Maybe not.

MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS was created by Bob Martin and based on the neuroses of Matt Watts. The series is executive produced by Martin and Don McKellar (Tony Award winners for Best Book of a Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, 2006).

Produced by Niv Fichman and Sari Friedland (Gemini Award winners for Slings & Arrows, 2006 and 2007), the series, which stars Bob Martin and Matt Watts (The Newsroom, Twitch City), is directed by Don McKellar, Alison MacLean and Patricia Rozema and written by Bob Martin, Matt Watts, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Katie Ford. Also starring in the series are Jennifer Irwin, Pablo Silveira, Martha Burns and Tommie-Amber Pirie.

It has drawn tremendous critical acclaim and on October 4, CBC Television’s brilliant new comedy series MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS ramps up the star power with multiple Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner.

This Tuesday (October 4) at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), Asner joins stars Bob Martin (Dr. David Storper) and Matt Watts (Michael Dyer) on MICHAEL: TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS in the recurring role of the shrink’s somewhat outrageous shrink, Dr. Wassermann.

Recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), Edward Asner has created some of the most memorable characters in television history. His triple Emmy-winning Lou Grant on the phenomenon that was The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) proved so rich a character that a series grew up around him. For the Peabody Award-winning The Lou Grant Show (1977-1982), Asner garnered two more Emmys. He is highly-respected for his work in seminal drama series such as Rich Man, Poor Man (Emmy, 1976) and Roots (Emmy, 1997).

More recently, he portrayed Warren Buffet in Curtis Hanson’s in Too Big To Fail (2011), and had recurring roles in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007) and David E. Kelley’s The Practice (1997-2004). A new generation fell in love with Asner when he voiced the man who went flying in his house in the animated Oscar-winner Up (2009). This year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Banff Media Festival.

MICHAEL: TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS is the newest creation of acclaimed writer-producer-actor Bob Martin (Slings & Arrows, The Drowsy Chaperone). Martin stars as Dr. David Storper, an Ottawa psychiatrist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has been seeing his patient, Michael Dyer (Matt Watts) every Tuesday and Thursday for 15 years. Michael believes David is his key to happiness. David believes Michael is his key to a lucrative book deal.

CBC-TV makes the already laugh-filled Tuesdays even funnier with the addition of two of its outstanding new television comedies. Starting Tuesday, September 27, 2011, CBC-TV’s spotlight on Canadian comedy now includes MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS and THE DEBATERS.

Next week, CBC-TV’s clever new gem, MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, the newest creation of acclaimed writer-producer-actor Bob Martin (Slings & Arrows, The Drowsy Chaperone) moves from Wednesdays to Tuesdays.

Martin stars as Dr. David Storper, an Ottawa psychiatrist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has been seeing his patient, Michael Dyer (Matt Watts) on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 15 years. Michael believes David is his key to happiness. David believes Michael is his key to a lucrative book deal. We’ll see.

Also moving from Wednesdays to Tuesdays is the hilarious and hugely popular radio hit THE DEBATERS with host Steve Patterson now on TV, teaming up with THE RICK MERCER REPORT and 22 MINUTES.

 

CBC COMEDY TUESDAYS – effective Tuesday, September 27:

 

8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT) – THE RICK MERCER REPORT

8:30 p.m. (9:00 NT) – 22 MINUTES

9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) – MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS

9:30 p.m. (10:00 NT) – THE DEBATERS

 

Wednesdays heat up with CAMELOT, the Canadian co-production about the birth of the legend, like it has never been told before, joining the newest and hottest season of DRAGONS’ DEN.

 

CBC WEDNESDAYS – effective Wednesday, September 28:

 

8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT) – DRAGONS’ DEN

9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) – CAMELOT