Last night (technically this morning) was a historic event in Canadian Television, in a very roundabout way. Jon Stewart seemed genuinely proud that his Daily Show was now on network television, even if it was a Canadian network. And it seems to me that correspondent Samantha Bee must therefore hold the title of the most-watched Canadian comedienne currently on TV.
Unfortunately the cancellation of Open Mike with Mike Bullard, which The Daily Show replaces, marks the second strike in CTV CEO Ivan Fecan’s master plan for a Canadian late night talk show. It is an idea sound in theory but so far a disaster in practice — look no further than Friday Night! with Ralph Benmergui for further proof.
So what does Fecan do? Why, grab a hot American TV property that its Comedy Network already has broadcast rights to, of course. That way, it can crush any Canadian content that dares to compete in the same slot, including Mike Bullard himself!
Nice job, Ivan. And don’t even get me started about your wife…