National Newswatch

Kit Hood, co-creator of ‘Degrassi’ Canadian TV series, has died

Jan 24 2020 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — For "Degrassi" star Stacie Mistysyn, series co-creator Christopher (Kit) Hood was like another parent in some ways. When Mistysyn performed in "Cabaret" in high school, Hood was there to support her, along with fellow "Degrassi" co-creator Linda Schuyler. And when Mistysyn needed advice on whether she should do a certain film in her post-"Degrassi" days, Hood […]

CBC making changes to four-host format of flagship news program ‘The National’

Jan 22 2020 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The CBC is making changes to the four-host format of its flagship newscast "The National" in response to feedback from viewers. The public broadcaster said Wednesday that Adrienne Arsenault and Andrew Chang are the show's two main hosts from Monday through Thursday. "The National" will be broadcast from the Toronto studio, with Arsenault continuing to frequently host from the field. […]

CBC making changes to four-host format of flagship news program ‘The National’

Jan 22 2020 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The CBC is making changes to the four-host format of its flagship newscast "The National" in response to feedback from viewers. The public broadcaster said Wednesday that Adrienne Arsenault and Andrew Chang are the show's two main hosts from Monday through Thursday. "The National" will be broadcast from the Toronto studio, with Arsenault continuing to frequently host from the field. […]

New sci-fi series ‘Endlings’ has eerily prescient extinction theme

Jan 9 2020 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Amid climate crisis concerns and youth activism from the likes of Greta Thunberg, it was a given that the conservation message in the new CBC/Hulu tween series "Endlings" would be timely. But Emmy-winning Canadian creator J.J. Johnson could not have foreseen just how relevant the sci-fi adventure show's extinction theme would be when it premiered this past Sunday, as heartbreaking […]

‘Queering the Script’ explores queer fandom and LGBTQ representation on TV

Jan 8 2020 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian filmmaker Gabrielle Zilkha expresses a cautious optimism when talking about LGBTQ representation on TV. The Toronto-based director of the new documentary "Queering the Script," which explores that very subject matter, says she thinks the industry is listening to LGBTQ audiences and increasing the number of queer characters and storylines on the small screen. But it seems more steps are […]

Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore drew on Toronto roots for ‘Song of Names’

Dec 19 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — As a Jewish child in Toronto, composer Howard Shore relished going to synagogue and hearing the songful prayers of the cantors, some of whom were renowned special guests brought in from abroad for the high holidays. After all, he was a budding musician himself, learning the clarinet, counterpoint and harmony starting at age nine from instructor […]