Steven and Chris

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Steven and Chris
Steven and Chris.jpg
Genre Talk show
Starring Steven Sabados
Chris Hyndman
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 500+
Production
Location(s) Canadian Broadcasting Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Release
Original network
Original release January 14, 2008 – July 16, 2015
External links
Website www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris

Steven and Chris is a Canadian television talk show that aired on CBC Television from 2008 to 2015. The show was hosted by Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, formerly of the home renovation show Designer Guys, who host celebrity guests and talk about topics ranging from entertainment, cooking, fashion, health and home decor.[1]

Sabados and Hyndman were both openly gay.[2] Despite being a longtime couple off-screen, they did not publicly acknowledge their relationship until 2008.[3] Steven and Chris is believed to have been the first daytime talk show in television history hosted by a married same-sex couple.[4]

On March 10, 2009, CBC announced that the show was put on hiatus due to the network's budget cuts. It concluded on April 15, 2009 and continued in reruns in its usual timeslot.[5] The show returned on December 10, 2009 with a prime time holiday special, and regular new episodes began on January 4, 2010.[6]

The show debuted in syndication in the United States through Program Partners in the fall of 2010.[7] In the fall of 2011, it began airing exclusively on Live Well Network.[8]

Hyndman died on August 3, 2015. The circumstances and cause have not been fully disclosed.[9] The day after his death, the CBC suspended production and temporarily withdrew the show from its schedule[10] pending a follow-up announcement of whether the show would be permanently cancelled, or continue in the future with a new co-host.[11]

On August 21, Sabados announced that he would not continue the show, resulting in its cancellation.[12] However, repeat episodes continued to air on the network and on OutTV. In 2016, Sabados announced the new series The Goods, which he will cohost with Jessi Cruickshank, Andrea Bain and Shahir Massoud.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Two gay hosts take Canadian TV by storm. afterelton.com, January 7, 2008.
  2. ^ Fontaine, Ryan (September 15, 2005). "Shop day, makeover day, Doris Day". Xtra!. Retrieved August 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ McLaren, Leah (January 10, 2008). "Every woman's favourite gay husbands are back". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chris Hyndman’s death and the end of an important Canadian TV legacy", National Post, August 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "CBC-TV ends production on Fashion File, Steven & Chris". CBC News. March 10, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Steven and Chris returns to CBC in January", cbc.ca, October 8, 2009.
  7. ^ Downey, Kevin, April 7, 2010; "'Steven and Chris' Get U.S. Clearances", tvnewscheck.com; retrieved July 5, 2010.
  8. ^ "'Steven and Chris' to Debut on Live Well Network". broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Szklarski, Cassandra, Chris Hyndman of CBC's 'Steven and Chris' has died, ctvnews.ca, August 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Christopher Hyndman, co-host of CBC's Steven and Chris, dead, cbc.ca, August 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Chris Hyndman's death leaves fans uncertain about show", thestar.com, August 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Chris Hyndman death prompts end of Steven and Chris show", cbc.ca, August 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Goods, CBC's new daytime show, adds Andrea Bain and Shahir Massoud to cast". CBC News, July 20, 2016.

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