WHITEHORSE, YUKON--Usually when I do my weekly radio chat with Scott Thompson he's on Hamilton's CHML AM900. Monday, however, Scott was working the evening shift over at Corus sister station AM640 in Toronto. So you'd think I would go talk to him in person in the studio, right? Wrong Arctic Char breath.
Monday was a travel day for me as I'm en route to the farthest set visit I've ever been to in Canada--Dawson City, Yukon. As I tell Scott on the radio podcast, I'll be there Tuesday to check out production on Murdoch Mysteries. The Citytv series, which airs Wednesdays at 10/9c, normally shoots in Toronto. In four seasons, have I once bothered to ride down the 427 and visit the set? No I have not. Instead, I am traveling 4,326 kms to interview Yanick Bisson and the Murdoch gang.
And why? Well, Murdoch Mysteries is suddenly a big deal. That cameo by the PM last month didn't hurt, goosing ratings to 700,000 viewers. Plus when the hell am I ever going to get another chance to visit the heart of the Yukon gold rush? Have you seen the price of gold lately? They still let you pan for gold in Dawson, and if that doesn't pan out, there's always Diamond Tooth Gerties gambling hall and casino. Hit me!
Also, producers at Shaftesbury Films have invited me to sneak into the background for a scene or two as "Miner No. 7." They asked if I could not shave for a while. I said that's my specialty. Be warned: I'll be posting pics and video in the coming days.
I tell Scott all about it and also give my two cents on the endless Bert & Ernie bromance on Sesame Street, Larry Hagman's return to Southfork and the latest upheaval in late night with George Lopez' TBS exit. You can listen in here.