First it was The View, then came The Chat and after that, The Chew. It was only a matter of time before Canada got it’s own awkwardly titled show with pretty people sitting around a table talking about today’s headlines.
CTV announced today that it has ordered The Social, a new one-hour daily Canadian talk series. The very Toronto-centric cast features familiar CTV personalities anchor Melissa Grelo, gossip blogger Lainey Lui, relationship expert (and sci-fi fan) Cynthia Loyst and entertainment reporter Traci Melchor. The Social also promises surprise celebrity guest co-hosts (Can I already vote for Jay Onrait?), as they talk about the news or pop culture events of the day.
First things first, I love that there is another talk show coming to Canada. Especially something that is not necessarily about decorating and design (Sorry, Steven and Chris.) I also love the cast. I’ve chatted with Grelo a few times and I’ve always found her very genuine. Anyone who knows me that the initial success of this blog goes to Lui, who sat down with me six years ago and spilled all her secrets on running a successful blog. Loyst should also be familiar to Bloggity readers, she wrote a guest blog post for this very blog last year. And Melchor I’ve said hi to a few times and but her entertainment knowledge is almost unmatched. When it comes to putting together great personalities, I think producers have done a great job.
What I don’t necessarily love is how risky it is that this show will become a talk show just for Torontonians. Only Liu doesn’t already live in the city, although she’s there almost every week. While I get the benefit of hiring talent that is already familar to Canadian audiences, perhaps a local favourite from a different city would add some more flavour to the mix. I mean, who had heard of Joy Behar or Star Jones before they joined The View? Maybe I’m just annoyed because today, I watched CBC News cover pandas coming to the Toronto Zoo for six straight hours, as if the entire country was somehow benefiting from it. Truthfully, it’s hard for a show not to focus on the city in which the cast and producers live, so I’m just worried that the hosts won’t be able to speak to issues from across the country. Plus, how can you have a panel discussion about Canada without a single newfie accent.
All that being said, I haven’t seen the show yet, it won’t premiere until the fall, so I’ll have to reserve my judgement. At the end of the day, there’s another Canadian show on TV and let’s hope that means an even bigger spotlight on Canadian entertainment.
What do you think of The Social? Will you be watching?