Resuscitation of the acclaimed 1996-97 series that picks up nearly a decade later. We again follow the exploits of George Findlay in this biting satire of the day-to-day operations of the mainstream news media.

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Ken Finkleman
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ken Finkleman Ken Finkleman ...  George Findlay 32 episodes, 1996-2005
Peter Keleghan ...  Jim Walcott 29 episodes, 1996-2005
Karen Hines ...  Karen 25 episodes, 1997-2005
Matt Watts Matt Watts ...  Matt 19 episodes, 2003-2005
Douglas Bell Douglas Bell ...  Allen 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Mark Farrell Mark Farrell ...  Mark 13 episodes, 1996-1997
Jody Racicot ...  Alex 13 episodes, 2003-2004
Tanya Allen ...  Audrey 13 episodes, 1996-1997
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Storyline

In a Toronto TV station, the newsroom is headed by a ratings freak. There is nothing George won't do! He is surrounded by a self-absorbed news anchor man who is as dumb as they come, a grungy trainee, and a couple of more down-to-earth producers. The cast is helped by famous guest stars each week who try not to get between George and his bran muffins. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Country:

Canada

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English

Release Date:

21 October 1996 (Canada) See more »

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Híradósok See more »

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(The Campaign)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2016 interview with Stephen Colbert, actor John Slattery revealed he was up for the part of George Findlay for a US-based production of this show, and was almost cast, but at the last minute the producers decided to go with a then-unknown Stephen Colbert. The US show was never actually produced. See more »

Quotes

George Findlay: [George's car has been sideswiped by a worker from the French Consulate who refuses to pay for the damages] Of course he was drunk! The French always drive drunk! Look at Princess Di's driver! Bombed out of his mind! Do you know what the sobriety test is in France? Is the driver's liver functioning?
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Followed by More Tears (1998) See more »

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brilliant until it gets arty
22 August 2011 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I saw this years ago, so I'm reviewing this based on my response in the 1990s.

This harsh satire of the news industry was pointed, dark and very, very funny. I don't remember too many details, but I remember that it was absolutely brilliant.

And then came the last episodes, in which the main character snaps. And they were awful. What had been a straight ahead comedy suddenly, inexplicably turned into an obvious tribute to/ripoff of Frederico Fellini. It was clear that series creator Finkleman, like so many humorists, felt humor wasn't enough and that he had to prove himself as an artist. And the result was tedious, pretentious and a complete misfit with the rest of the series.

But it's still worth watching all the episodes up until that point. It's just a shame Finkleman couldn't have been satisfied making a really funny satire of television news.


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