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Canadian Football League makes a “guest appearance” on The New Normal

- November 18th, 2012

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Is someone associated with The New Normal a Canadian Football League fan?

In light of the CFL Eastern final taking place today (Sunday, Nov. 18 on TSN) between the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes, I thought I’d point out something odd that I saw in a recent episode of the rookie sitcom The New Normal, which originates on NBC and also airs in Canada on CTV.

In a scene during the Oct. 23 episode (titled The Godparent Trap), David (Justin Bartha, pictured above left) was sitting on a couch watching TV when his partner Bryan (Andrew Rannells, pictured above right) walked into the room. There was a quick camera cut to what David was watching on TV.

It was a football game. But not an NFL game, or an NCAA game, as one might expect because of the show’s California setting.

Rather, any Canadian sports person instantly would recognize that it was a CFL game, between the Argos and Als. It was seen just for a second or two, but it gave me a good chuckle.

That’s a pretty wide-sweeping cable package that David has!

What gift would every CFL fan want? Glen Suitor delivers on The Listener

- August 14th, 2012

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TSN broadcaster and former CFL player Glen Suitor guest-stars in a new episode of CTV’s The Listener this week. In the same episode, the main character gets a new love interest.

Hmmm. Okay, just to be clear, those two developments appear to be unrelated.

The Listener stars Craig Olejnik (pictured above right) as a man named Toby who can read people’s thoughts and now is working for the police. In the episode airing on Wednesday, Aug. 15, Toby meets a pretty crime reporter named Tia, played by Melanie Scrofano, and sparks fly.

Meanwhile, Suitor (pictured above left) appears as himself. After Suitor has a medical emergency and is rushed to hospital with the help of Oz, a paramedic played by Ennis Esmer, Suitor decides to thank Oz with a gift that definitely will get the attention of all CFL fans.

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