By BILL HARRIS
Special to The Lede
One small step for man; one giant leap for Canadian comedy.
Hit Canadian satirical news series THE BEAVERTON returns for Season 3, Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, and for the first time ever, the show will be available to the rest of the world on CTV’s YouTube™ channel, day and date with Canadian viewers.
Coming so close to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, when man first walked on the moon and 600 million people were watching worldwide, THE BEAVERTON co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas can’t help but conclude that there’s a cosmic connection between the two events.
“I think us being on TV is a lot like the moon landing,” Hunter said. “Once people see Season 3 of THE BEAVERTON, they're going to say, 'What moon landing?' The whole thing will be eclipsed by Season 3 of THE BEAVERTON.”
“I definitely relate these two historical events together,” Rivas added. “In my mind, I feel like a big question surrounding the space race back in the day was, 'How is this going to affect Canadian media distribution?' ”
Speaking of big questions, with THE BEAVERTON available worldwide, is there a chance that international audiences might initially assume that it’s a legitimate newscast, rather than a satirical newscast?
“The odds are probably pretty high,” Rivas said. “I think it will take a little bit of us being out there before people get it. Sort of like when THE BEAVERTON first started.”
Of course, it still could happen in Canada, theoretically. Someone might be looking for the CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, accidentally tune into THE BEAVERTON on CTV, and think to themselves, “Hmmm … Lisa LaFlamme looks different.”
“Yeah, it's like if Lisa LaFlamme really LIVED - that's MY mug, you know?” said a self-deprecating Hunter. “One too many highway miles for me.”
In all seriousness, though, Hunter and Rivas say that doing THE BEAVERTON actually has given them renewed respect for newscasters.
“I previously may have slightly poo-pooed what it is to deliver live news, and now I know it’s a lot harder than it looks,” Hunter said. “Miguel and I have learned to appreciate the skills required to be a legitimate newscaster. And what's exciting about this season of THE BEAVERTON is, Miguel and I both agree that we have really harnessed what we’ve learned, coupled with our comedy backgrounds, to create this sort of bizarro world of fake news. Um, good fake news, not the bad fake news.”