Kevin Smith on Being Prime Minister, Settling NHL Strikes, Angry Canadians, The Metric System……

Kevin Smith on Being Prime Minister, Settling NHL Strikes
Angry CanadiansThe Metric SystemVicki GabereauA Lasting Canadian Memory and More As Cross-Canada Degrassi Press Tour Hits Toronto

Toronto, ON (February 4, 2005) – Acclaimed director/actor Kevin Smith has arrived in Toronto, the fourth city in a cross-country press tour in support of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Smith, along with hetero life mate Jason Mewes, is starring in the final three episodes of the CTV original series – a literal fantasy come true for Smith. With the first of three episodes already aired, the focus is now squarely on the remaining two episodes, where Smith has most of his scenes, airing Monday, February 7 and Monday, February 14 (8:30 p.m. ET both nights) on CTV.

**Media Note** – High-resolution photography for Degrassi: The Next Generation including Kevin Smith can be found online at http://www.ctvmedia.ca.

Last week while guesting on the Tonight Show, Smith told host Jay Leno, he is “done with television” because he had reached the pinnacle. When prompted, Smith revealed he had “made the cover of TV Guide, Canadian TV Guide.” From Los Angeles Smith packed his bags and headed for the Great White North, home of one of the most endearing and daring dramatic shows on television – Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Smith landed in Vancouver Monday, the beginning of an 8-day publicity swing through Canada. From Vancouver, Smith went on to Calgary (Wednesday) and Winnipeg (Thursday) before landing in Toronto today for another full slate of interviews and appearances. From the Green Room at Canada AM, prior to an early morning taping with host Seamus O’Regan, Smith offered his own very personal Top 5 deep thoughts “aboot” his comprehensive Canadian press tour thus far:

In reverse order:

Number 5

I’m doing this press tour to pump up the Degrassi numbers, so the show will hopefully pass the million-viewers mark. If I can get the show to a million, I’m kinda hoping they make me the new P.M. If I can get the show to two million, I’m hoping they make me the King of Canada. As King of Canada, my first royal act would be to dump the dopey metric system. Then, I’d settle the hockey strike. I’d also demand a Tim Horton’s on every corner, because you can never find a Tim Horton’s in this country.

Number 4

Being interviewed by Vicki Gabereau is like being interviewed by your Mom if your Mom was more well-read and quick-witted, and stocked better muffins in her green room. If that last part sounded vaguely sexual, then I’ve done my job.

Number 3

Calgary remains dark ’til, like, noon. It’s never morning in Calgary. Vampires would have a field day in Alberta.

Number 2

Winnipeg is home to the one, lone angry Canadian: the CJOB radio host who refused to put me on the air because I was three minutes late in getting to his studio. That dude was colder than… well, Winnipeg itself. All the ‘Peggers kept insisting they were enjoying a warm front. They said this through the ice that was frozen around their mouths.

Number 1

The most memorable image of the week was from my flight into Winnipeg, when I looked out the plane window into the Manitoba night, and saw pools of glistening white on the ground below, atop of which glided stick-wielding ants. At nine at night, folks were playing hockey on well-lit rinks. It was an eerily beautiful visual that I’ll always cherish as quintessentially Canadian.

Tune in to the next episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, starring Kevin Smith, airing Monday, February 7 on CTV. Full details can be found on-line at http://www.ctvmedia.ca.

Degrassi: The Next Generation is produced by Epitome Pictures in association with CTV. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler, Co-Producer of the original Degrassi series, and Yan Moore. Schuyler, Stephen Stohn and Aaron Martin serve as Executive Producers. Shernold Edwards is the CTV production executive working with series. Bill Mustos is Senior Vice-President, Dramatic Programming for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President of CTV Programming and Chair of the Media Group.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at http://www.ctv.ca.

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