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The people of etalk
|Also known as||Entertainment Now (1995-2002)
eTalk Daily (2002-03)
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||10|
|Executive producer(s)||Morley Nirenberg|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Picture format||16:9 letterbox|
|Original release||1995 – present|
Hosting duties are shared by Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham. The program covers the latest news in film, television, music and more, with special coverage of major annual awards shows including the Academy Awards and the Juno Awards. etalk was launched in 2002. Regular features include interviews with reporters Traci Melchor, Leah Miller and gossip with Lainey. Other reporters include Susie Wall, Quebec correspondent Sophie Grégoire, and celebrity reporter Jully Black.
The series began as Entertainment Now (or eNow), originally hosted by Lin Eleoff, who was replaced by Carla Collins, who later co-anchored with Dan Duran, and began airing weekly on BBS (later absorbed into CTV) in 1995. Much as now, in its original form eNow used a toned-down version of the standard entertainment magazine format. in 2000, eNow relaunched as etalk, a weekly entertainment-oriented talk show hosted by Ben Mulroney with a variety of rotating guest panelists. It was produced by the CTV-owned talktv (now MTV) and taped on the set of The Chatroom, of which Mulroney was a co-host.
Following cancellation of The Chatroom, etalk, along with co-host Thea Andrews, returned to its original format. Thea Andrews left the show in 2003 and later emerged as a reporter for Entertainment Tonight in 2007. etalk became a daily series on the CTV daytime schedule in fall 2002, hence the brief name change to etalk Daily, but it was switched to primetime airings on June 9, 2003, coinciding with the launch of Canadian Idol.
Entertainment journalist David Giammarco was asked to join the show in early 2003 as senior entertainment reporter, bringing numerous celebrity interviews and exclusives.
eTalk was also added to the schedule of Star! in October 2007 after CTVglobemedia acquired control of CHUM Limited and cancelled Star!'s former entertainment newscast Star! Daily. Since March 2008, etalk has been produced from 299 Queen Street West. The show shared production space with Citytv's Breakfast Television and CityLine until September 8, when Citytv's moved to its new headquarters at 33 Dundas Street East. The street front studio was re-configured for etalk, and later for The Marilyn Denis Show.
- Ben Mulroney – Co Anchor
- Danielle Graham - Co Anchor
- Traci Melchor – Reporter
- Elaine Lui – Reporter
- Liz Trinnear - Reporter
- Jessi Cruickshank - Reporter
- Devon Soltendieck - Reporter
- Thea Andrews – Co-Host
- David Giammarco – Senior Entertainment Reporter
- Anna Cyzon – Reporter
- Jesse Palmer – Reporter
- Jully Black – Celebrity Reporter
- Sophie Grégoire – Quebec Correspondent
- Leah Miller – Correspondent
- Susie Wall – Reporter
- Tanya Kim – Co-Host