From the Toronto Star, an explanation for why Canadian Idol’s ratings are down in the Toronto area this year (short answer: no local contender. Duh.):
Every Inch a King
As Charles’ condition deteriorates, Anna tries to involve Richard in the growing crisis, but he is too wrapped up with the admiring young cast of East Hastings who fully credit him with the musical’s enormous success. Geoffrey, now living with Charles, feels out of his depth caring for the frail and elderly actor. He is deeply alarmed when Charles appears able to see and talk to Oliver. Ellen grudgingly agrees to meet with Barbara’s New York agent, who tempts her with the lead in a TV series. Opening night for Lear arrives, Charles goes AWOL, causing Richard to finally step in and take drastic measures.
When Sammy sees the TV audience watching, the orphans decide that he must be cured. After leeches and electroshock fail, Brian Brain prescribes pills, sending Sammy into a spiral of drug dependency.
Hatshe and Suko, two Japanese tourists not quite dressed for the cold, tell Brian their tale. It seems like a dead end in Brian’s quest for the meteorite. But they lead him to 10-year-old Domenic, who holds a crucial clue.
8:30 p.m. ET – Instant Star – “The Jean Genie”
The stage throbs with the beat of Jude and SME rocking out on Anyone But You – and the onstage electricity between Jude and adorable lead guitarist Spiederman. He wants Jude to admit that he’s more to her than just a punch line. He wants…her. Too bad Jude’s running scared. Until Jude realizes – Spiederman doesn’t just make the band more fun. He makes her life more fun.