***I have to admit to a bit of a faux pas here as I wrote this after episode one and unfortunately forgot to hit publish. Apologies to you and to my editor. चुम्बन Cordie ***
A quick note on my impression of the new season, and as usual I think it’s a mixed bag of great, and we’ll just have to get used to its!
I found the opening to the new version of the show a little weak; too little Sloan to rev it up and get us going. I also miss George chatting more to get the conversational feel to the show in tune. Even the audience seemed low key! I am hoping that George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight does not lose that conversational let’s slide out of this day and into comfort with an edge feel that we are all so used to.
The desk idea at this point is only okay in my books, but we’ll eventually get used to seeing him stand again as he did on Much and seeing less of the laid back George draped over the chair chatting. Speaking of the red chairs, they are still there 🙂 They add an accent of energy to the new cosy set that is warm and den like with its blue hues and dimmer lighting. Gone is the black, white and red set that emitted movement and energy and in its place is the warmth of the blue and wood tones. Congratulations to ex Strombo Show sidekick and Gemini nominated Moneen Producer Alex Liu on the design of the new set.
Act one of the show still held a good balance of cynical, humorous look at the world in politics, sports, global events, and the environment. I must admit to being a little curious as to what George was going to do with my favourite bit of the show; Mile-A-Minute. I like the new title ‘de-briefing’, although I cringe at what the stalker like 40-ish going on pre-pubescent troll-women will do with that term 😦
He has left himself open to more than a few jokes when it comes to titles though already. The title of the show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (GST) is both an homage to his ego/pride and part of a smart new marketing package. Strombo is the brand, George Stroumboulopoulos is the man that IS that brand. Now with a new 30 minute show named after him and a radio show named after the brand, the name is out there even more than before. The decreased air time also means people that want more George/Strombo content will be forced to go online to find it and with any spare moment that might be freed up producing 5 1/2 hour shows as compared to 4 full hour ones, can now be put into his writing, producing and racing; a nice way to pave the new path in his career. 🙂
I found little changed in the rest of the show. The interviews had the usual bio, once again being voiced over by George himself (thankfully) and the usual bits of the guests past, motivations to do what you do, extra curricular causes and what’s happening now and ahead; a well rounded interview style that George is well known for.