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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.

Amazon Prime Video announces Jay Baruchel as host of the Canadian edition of the global Amazon original Lol: Last One Laughing Canada

From a media release:

Amazon Prime Video announces Jay Baruchel as host of the Canadian edition of the global Amazon original Lol: Last One Laughing Canada

Prime Video today announced that Canadian actor and director Jay Baruchel (Goon, This Is the End, How To Train Your Dragon) has signed on to host the new Canadian Amazon Original series, LOL: Last One Laughing Canada. The series is the third Canadian Amazon Original announced following Kids In The Hall and All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs. The comedy-variety series, produced by Insight Productions, will be shot in Toronto and feature a diverse cast of popular Canadian comedic actors and stand-ups competing to make each other laugh first. The final comedian left standing will win the grand prize for the charity of their choice.

The six-part Amazon Original series will use dozens of cameras to catch all of the hilarious action during the unpredictable six hour competition, and follow the select group of established comedy stars and up-and-coming talent, who bring various styles to the table, including stand-up, character, improvisational and physical comedy, among others.

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada follows the format of the successful Amazon Original series from Japan, HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental, produced by and starring comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto who leads ten comedians betting their own money in an anything goes “battle of laughter behind closed doors”. The fan favourite format includes multiple seasons in Japan and Mexico; recent seasons in Australia, Germany and Italy; and upcoming editions in France and Spain. Local celebrity hosts include Eugenio Derbez, Fedez, Michael Bully Herbig and Rebel Wilson.

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada comes from Amazon Studios, produced in association with Insight Productions. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Erin Brock, and Shannon Farr. As part of Prime Video’s continued investment in Canada, LOL: Last One Laughing Canada is the third announced Canadian Amazon Original series following The Kids in the Hall and All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs. Since 2015, Amazon Studios has filmed 22 Amazon Original series and films in Canada, including The Man in the High Castle and Upload in Vancouver, The Boys and The Expanse in Toronto, Tales from the Loop in Winnipeg, as well as parts of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Voyeurs in Montreal.

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada will join the thousands of TV shows and movies from Hollywood and worldwide in the Prime Video catalog including award-winning and critically acclaimed Amazon Originals like Coming 2 America, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Emmy and Golden Globe award winners Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

About Insight Production Company, Ltd.
Insight Productions, celebrated for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton, Insight is an industry leader in the development and production of hit content, and renowned for its comedy programming and live events. Insight’s showrunners include Erin Brock, Lindsay Cox, Mark Lysakowski, and Eric Abboud. Brock serves as the showrunner on Big Brother Canada, the highest rated Canadian series of 2020. Insight also produces The Amazing Race Canada, the most watched Canadian show on record, and The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Memorable comedy shows include The Jon Dore Television Show; A Russell Peters Christmas; and But I’m Chris Jericho. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.

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CTV Comedy Channel, Just For Laughs and Counterfeit Pictures partner for all-new original series, Roast Battle Canada

From a media release:

CTV Comedy Channel and Just For Laughs are stepping into the ring together to bring Canadians the all-new original series, ROAST BATTLE CANADA. Based on the format from ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution, the eight, half-hour episode series builds on the success of Bell Media’s French-language version, ROAST BATTLE: LE GRAND DUEL, which is consistently a top-ranking series for Z. The English-language adaption, ROAST BATTLE CANADA, is produced in partnership with Just For Laughs and Counterfeit Pictures and will film later this year.

ROAST BATTLE CANADA sees two pairs of Canadian comics faceoff in each episode, hurling ruthless jokes at each other in hopes of coming out unscathed and crowned the victor by a distinguished panel of judges. Presiding over each episode are megastar comedian Russell Peters; writer, producer, actor, and all-around funny person, Sabrina Jalees (CAROL’S SECOND ACT); and Season 1 ROAST BATTLE semi-finalist, LETTERKENNY’s own K. Trevor Wilson. Actor and comedian Ennis Esmer, slated to appear in the upcoming CTV original series, CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING, serves as host.

Based on ROAST BATTLE, the U.S. television series created by comedians Jeff Ross and Brian Moses, the original format has also been adapted in Germany, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, and the UK. Each original airing of Bell Media’s successful French-language adaptation, ROAST BATTLE: LE GRAND DUEL has been the most-watched series of the broadcast season for Z.

ROAST BATTLE CANADA is produced by CTV Comedy, in association with Just For Laughs Television and Counterfeit Pictures. Bruce Hills is Executive Producer and also President, Just For Laughs. Anton Leo serves as Executive Producer, along with Dan Bennett and Shane Corkery of Counterfeit Pictures. Comedian Russell Peters also executive produces. The series was directed by Shelagh O’Brien.

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Links: Wynonna Earp Season 4 finale

From Radheyan Alexandra Del Rosario of Deadline:

Link: ‘Wynonna Earp’ finale: Creator Emily Andras on unexplored Season 5 stories, how Syfy series made her “Braver In Every Way”
“What was important to me on Wynonna Earp with the finale is to give everybody some version of happiness. It didn’t have to be perfect because Wynonna Earp, both the show and the heroine, have never been perfect.” Continue reading.

From Tracy Brown of the Los Angeles Times:

Link: Commentary: ‘Wynonna Earp’ came at a dark time for queer women on TV. Then it changed the game
But it’s the show’s treatment of another relationship that has made it so groundbreaking and meaningful, particularly to LGBTQ viewers: Waverly’s romance with town sheriff Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell). Continue reading.

From Chancellor Agard of Entertainment Weekly:

Link: Wynonna Earp creator and cast unpack the ‘perfect’ finale, tease cut scene
“I personally couldn’t have loved it more. I was so happy. The arc of Doc over the four seasons and the way it came together, I was just so overwhelmed.” Continue reading.

From Lisa Weidenfeld of The AV Club:

Link: Freed from the curse that started it, Wynonna Earp became a meditation on heroism
When Wynonna Earp returned for a fourth season following a bewildering 18-month odyssey of funding difficulties, near-cancellation, and miraculous recovery just as dramatic as anything happening onscreen, it felt like a very different beast. Continue reading.

From Matt Webb Mitovich of TV Line:

Link: Wynonna Earp boss hopes Syfy finale made you feel ‘All the Things’ — Plus, scoop on one happy wedding accident
“But those two characters have certainly earned the chance to try to be happy, whatever that means to them.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Wynonna Earp’s Katherine Barrell on Nicole’s growth this season
“We’ve seen Nicole in a way we’ve never seen her before. She was out of control, really broken, not trusting herself, not particularly strong, but I think it’s important from a storytelling perspective to see her not at her best.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Wynonna Earp stars on Wynonna and Doc’s happy ending
“I thought that Waverly and Nicole would get a happy ending. I thought that Wynonna and Doc would just never get it together.” Continue reading.

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