National Newswatch

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

Jan 25 2020 — — 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, […]

Neil Young granted U.S. citizenship 54 years after moving there

Jan 24 2020 — — Canadian rock legend Neil Young moved to the U.S. in 1966 at the age of 21, and now, nearly 54 years later, he’s been granted American citizenship. The Heart of Gold singer confirmed the news through his website, the Neil Young Archives, on Wednesday. He is now a dual citizen of both Canada and the […]

Juno-nominated folk band the Jerry Cans to set out on nine-city Canadian tour

Jan 23 2020 — — Iqaluit folk-rock ensemble the Jerry Cans are plotting a Canadian tour that’ll take them to nine stops across the country. The two-time Juno-nominated act says they will swing through cities including Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary to promote their upcoming album “Echoes,” set for release May 15. The band describes the 14-track project as reverb-frayed rock […]

Longtime PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer is dead at 85

Jan 23 2020 — — Jim Lehrer, the legendary debate moderator and former anchor of the “NewsHour” television program, died Thursday. He was 85. Lehrer’s death was announced by his longtime network home, PBS, where he co-founded the “NewsHour” in 1975. PBS said Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep at home” and did not share further information about the cause […]

CFL reaches co-operative partnership agreement with Brazilian federation

Jan 21 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Add Brazil to the CFL 2.0 initiative. The league announced Tuesday it has reached a partnership with the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol Americano (CBFA). Brazil becomes the 13th country to sign a co-operative agreement with the CFL since November 2018. "It is an honour to be part of this exciting partnership," CBFA president Italo Mingoni said in a statement. […]

Singer-songwriter David Olney dies on stage during festival

Jan 20 2020 — — Revered American singer-songwriter David Olney died on Saturday, Jan. 18. He was 71. The veteran musician and poet died after suffering a heart attack on stage during his own set at the 2020 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.. A statement issued to Olney’s official website confirmed his passing on Saturday.

New emails, evidence revealed against Lori Loughlin and husband

Jan 17 2020 — — New details have emerged about Full House actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli’s alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal. A new 526-page prosecution filing in the college admissions cheating case targets defence claims by Loughlin and Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the […]

‘Come From Away’ creators come ‘full circle’ with one-night concert

Jan 16 2020 — — During the original run of “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” creators David Hein and Irene Sankoff extended a longshot invite to talk show host and LGBTQ trailblazer Ellen DeGeneres. They didn’t hear back. A decade later, the couple also behind the Broadway smash “Come From Away” is collaborating with DeGeneres to develop a TV […]

‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ likely to premiere in 2022

Jan 16 2020 — — “Fire will reign,” reads the tagline on the poster for HBO‘s upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff series. However, it won’t “reign” until at least 2022. During a stop on the Television Critics Association tour on Wednesday, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Variety that his “best guess” for the premiere date of House of the […]

Demi Lovato to perform national anthem at 2020 Super Bowl

Jan 16 2020 — — Demi Lovato has announced she’ll be performing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. The 27-year-old pop star broke the news on social media with a photo featuring text that reads: “Super Bowl LIV Miami 02. 02. 20.” “Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV See you in Miami @NFL,” she captioned the […]