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Monday, June 26, 2006
You Chicken? by Expat
The 2005 - 2006 NHL season may be over and the Oilers may have lost the Cup, but Canucks abroad can regain a little of the hockey spirit with this hilarious Canadian Hockey Association public service announcement.
"Yeah. We have to be up at 2am to be in Chicago in time for my immigration interview."
"Oh. Sorry for calling."
"Nah. It is alright. I am glad that you did. Now somebody will know we are at the federal building."
My Dad did not miss a beat.
"Ohhh. Ammonium nitrate."
"If anything happens, please make sure someone knows to take care of the pets."
My husband thought that I was somewhat crazy for worrying about such things as terrorist attacks, and I tried to push those thoughts out of my mind as we went through the metal detectors at the federal building and the Sears Tower.
First, the CBC announced the cancellation of the most quintessential example of Canadian children's programming, Mr.Dressup.
Now, the announcement has come that Peter Mansbridge's The National has been bumped from its 10pm timeslot on Tuesday nights to make way for a new American reality program entitled, The One: Making a Music Star.
"We have a mandate to provide unique content that appeals to a broad Canadian audience, and I think this is certainly consistent with that. This provides an opportunity to develop an audience for the format. And if it draws in viewers, as we anticipate it will, it will allow us an opportunity to promote other CBC offerings."
Although Ernie Coombs left a nation in mourning upon his passing in 2001, his alter-ego, the patient Mr.Dressup, lived on entertaining Canada's preschoolers with reruns. However, it will not be for much longer, says CBC management.
Beginning in July, Mr.Dressup will be relegated to Sunday mornings before it is completely pulled off the air in September. According to the CBC, the series can no longer compete with today's standard of fast paced children's television programming.
Die hard fans of the series can purchase a DVD box set of "Mr.Dressup Tickle Trunk Treasures" for $35.99 from CBC Shop Online. The DVD features the return of Casey and Finnegan as hosts.