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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Brings More Personality to Primetime

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight launches in an all-new timeslot, beginning 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) September 17

September 14, 2012 - GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT debuts in its new primetime time-slot on Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Television. George and his team continue the evolution of talk television with an action-packed, 30-minute format, featuring a witty comedy panel segment entitled "3 Things" and a brand new set - while continuing to provide viewers with direct access to top celebrities and news-makers through George's signature interviews.

"We're really excited to introduce George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to a new audience in the 7 p.m. timeslot," said Julie Bristow, Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming, CBC. "George is a great addition to the primetime schedule and over time, more and more Canadians will experience what everyone else has been enjoying for years in late-night."

During the premiere week of GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT Canadian comedic icon, Rick Mercer (Monday), movie superstar and martial arts master, Jackie Chan (Tuesday), one of the leading humanitarians of our time, Jane Goodall (Wednesday), and Canada's talented film and TV megastar, Joshua Jackson (Thursday) will sit down in the red chair for thought-provoking interviews; providing a unique take on the most buzzed-about culture, news and politics through George's inimitable lens. Premiere week will also welcome special "3 Things" panel guests Colin Mochrie, Chuck Hughes, Amanda Lang and Ron James. Every Friday, GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT will feature the best of the week, a curated collection of notable moments and interesting conversations to get viewers caught up on what they might have missed.

Throughout the upcoming new season, viewers can look forward to interviews with: Academy Award- winning actors Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Biutiful, and the upcoming documentary Sons of Clouds: The Last Colony) and Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, The Ides of March and the upcoming film Inescapable); comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran; David Spade; acclaimed writer-director Spike Lee (Summer of Sam, Malcolm X); Musician and Haitian political activist, Wyclef Jean; Documentary Director and Producer Ken Burns; literary great Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children) singer, song-writer and Glee actor, Darren Criss; writer, director and award-winning Inglorious Bastards actor Eli Roth.

Other GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT and George Stroumboulopoulos highlights include:

A robust online presence across multiple platforms:
• YouTube: The GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT YouTube channel has over 60 million views and a strong international following
• The GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT digital home, cbc.ca/strombo (www.strombo.com) receives over 5 million views/year and offers up original and compelling content from the fields of news, politics, music, entertainment and more.
• Twitter: George has a large and loyal twitter following with over 250,000 followers.
• Facebook: George has over 90,000 subscribers on facebook, up 385% over the course of last season.

Critical Acclaim:
• Gemini Award for best interviewer in a talk series for six consecutive years
• Four Gemini Awards for best talk series (2011, 2009, 2007, 2006)
• Gracie Award-winner from the American Women of Radio and Television.

George Stroumboulopoulos Personal Highlights:
• Canada's first National Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme
• World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader 2012
• Inaugural recipient of the 'Swarovski Humanitarian Award' at the Playback Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Gala 2011
• Co-host and executive producer of Canada For Haiti, raised over 27 million dollars for Haitian earthquake victims
• Board member, Artists for Peace and Justice Canada (APJ)
• Board member, The David Suzuki Foundation
• Host, The Strombo Show, CBC Radio 2

GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT), with an encore airing at 11:30 p.m. (12:00 NT). The show is taped daily in front of a live studio audience at the CBC Headquarters in Toronto. Tania Natscheff is Executive Producer and Dan Hughes is Senior Producer. George Stroumboulopoulos is Co-Executive Producer and Host.

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