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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!

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4 comments

  1. wallycleaver | November 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Well, seeing as the CFL is broadcast on NBC Sports, it wouldn’t require that “wide-sweeping” of a cable package.

  2. martin shmigelsky | November 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    every bit of awareness of the cfl in the states helps…we need all the help we can get.Now if we can only make the city of toronto & its sports media aware…that would be a coup.Not quite sure why the big smoke would go gaga over a team in another city in another country.Is it a lack of hometown pride? Perhaps.

  3. tv watcher | November 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    i think it has to do with media rights and tv shows not wanting to pay the nfl or ncaa money for a brief shot of a tv with their football games on it. there’s been a handful of other instances i can think of that have had the characters watching football and if you pay attention to the quick glimpses of the tv it was obvious that the game was actually cfl and not the usually implied nfl that they are supposedly watching.

  4. DrBOP | November 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    A bit more digging here would have revealed Canadian ex-pats as part of writing crew…..eh?

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