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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.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Melanie Scrofano: So cute, she makes The Listener go deaf!

- August 13th, 2012

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You probably would be advised not to keep too many secrets or even tell any white lies when you’re dating The Listener.

But with Melanie Scrofano joining the cast of the CTV series for a multi-episode arc as a love interest for the main character, there is a twist: Toby, played by Craig Olejnik, can’t read her mind.

Finally, The Listener is reduced to the mortal limits of power with which ordinary men must live. After all, most guys can’t figure out women, so now Toby is just like the rest of us. Sucker.

Scrofano (pictured above) makes her first appearance on the episode of The Listener that’s airing Wednesday, Aug. 15 on CTV.

Scrofano plays Tia Tremblay, a crime reporter with a newspaper called the Daily Record. At first the relationship between Tia and Toby is adversarial, with Tia doing her job and looking for information. Toby, of course, is working with the police in a hush-hush capacity as a, well, mind-reader at large.

So why can’t Toby read Tia’s mind? Is she an alien or something? Oh wait, wrong show, that’s a new sitcom called The Neighbors on ABC and CTV. Please disregard.

It seems that in the past few years the versatile Scrofano, who began her professional path as a model, has appeared in just about every series on Canadian TV. She definitely adds some spice to The Listener, which currently is in its third season and already has been renewed for a fourth.

Also in the Aug. 15 episode, TSN broadcaster Glen Suitor appears as himself. And in the Aug. 22 episode, apparently one of the major characters on The Listener is going to die.

Lots going on in the world of The Listener. But it’s strangely satisfying to know that as Toby embarks upon a potential romantic liaison with a fetching reporter named Tia, he’s as deaf to the mysteries of the female mind as the rest of us.

They say love is blind. Deaf, too.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv