Monday kicked off with a bang today, as two of the country’s buzziest shows announced new hosts!
Producers of the inaugural edition of Big Brother Canada announced that Arisa Cox will be the showâ€™s host, when it premieres on February 27th.
Coxâ€™s casting was a bit surprising; I thought Global properties Rick Campanelli or Cheryl Hickey were shoe-ins. While Arisa used to be on ET Canada, sheâ€™s recently been working on CBC, so itâ€™s nice to see networks not being 100% devoted to synergy. Hardcore reality fans will remember that Cox actually got her start on one of Canadaâ€™s first reality shows, U8TV: The Lofters, which aired on the Life network (now Slice) about twelve years ago. Iâ€™m not the only that remembers that, am I? Am I?
Cox is also quite different than Julie Chen, who hosts the successful American edition. But maybe thatâ€™s a good thing. Chen has been known to be a little stiff, so casting a younger and more vibrant host, might bring with it a more social media engaged audienceâ€¦and dollar bills from advertisers. I think itâ€™s a smart move.
In other casting news, MTV Canada also had a rather big announcement today. Aliya Jasmine Sovani, who has hosted the cult hit, 1 Girl 5 Gays, since its inception in 2009, will soon be replaced by a Degrassi alumi. This one caught me off guard, I thought the show, which has a huge fan base on both sides of the borders and has arguably made Sovani one of MTVâ€™s most popular personalities, would end when â€œAJâ€ wanted it to. But today, in a video posted on the MTV site, she said that she was leaving to work on a passion project. Sheâ€™ll be replaced by Lauren Collins, who played Paige Michalchuk for 8 seasons on Degrassi. I have to say, I also love this casting. Collins has been a huge supporter of the LGTB community, both on TV and in real life, and from what Iâ€™ve seen, she has a wicked sense of humour. And even though I havenâ€™t always agreed with the purpose of the show, Iâ€™m happy itâ€™ll continue on for others to enjoy.
Up next in the world of Canadian casting: The Amazing Race Canada. My money is on Ben Mulroney, but I would love if it was TSN Jay Onrait. Who do you think itâ€™ll be?