Teddy Wilson (television personality)

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Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson at Fan Expo Canada 2013.jpg
Wilson at FanExpo Canada 2013
Born Edward Pierce Wilson
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Education B.A. (Hons.)
Alma mater Carleton University
Occupation Television host and personality
Years active 1988–present

Teddy Wilson is a Canadian television personality and producer originally from Ottawa, Ontario, best known as host of the factual entertainment series Never Ever Do This At Home (2013–2014) on Discovery Channel in Canada and Spike in the United States, and host/producer on the Canadian daily entertainment talk-show InnerSpace on Space (2008–present). He was also an actor on the internationally syndicated series You Can't Do That On Television, and a senior producer on the Gemini Award-winning series MTV Live.

Career[edit]

You Can't Do That On Television[edit]

Wilson and Les Lye, filming You Can't Do That On Television, circa 1990

While a student in Ottawa, Teddy (then known as ‘Ted’) appeared on the internationally syndicated series You Can't Do That On Television, broadcast in over 20 countries, including the United States on Nickelodeon and in Canada on YTV. He appeared in 16 episodes between 1989 and 1991.

Comedy Network and MTV Live[edit]

In 2004 and 2005, Teddy served as Talent Booker on The Comedy Network series PopCultured, hosted by comedian Elvira Kurt.

In 2005, Wilson joined MTV Canada for the launch of daily comedy talk show MTV Live, where he served as a senior producer until late 2008,[1] and shared a Gemini Award for Best Talk Series.[2][3] While working at MTV, Teddy often appeared on-air spoofing his ‘former child-star’ status during the popular ‘after-school special’ sketches.[4]

InnerSpace[edit]

Wilson on the InnerSpace set with Mark Ruffalo

In late 2008, Teddy became a segment producer and on-air correspondent for Canada’s national science-fiction and Genre channel, Space. Upon the creation of flagship daily entertainment talk-show InnerSpace in 2009, Wilson was made co-host of the new series, alongside Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman.[5][6]

After a first assignment interviewing George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch, Wilson has gone on to interview Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Nicolas Cage, Bryan Cranston, Mark Ruffalo, Martin Sheen, Anderson Cooper, John Malkovich, Nathan Fillion, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy; Directors David Cronenberg, Robert Zemeckis, Zack Snyder, Guillermo del Toro; authors George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice; Marvel's Stan Lee; the casts of The Twilight Saga, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many others.

As host of InnerSpace, Teddy has conducted set visits and interviews across North America, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Russia, and has covered The Toronto International Film Festival,[7] San Diego Comic-Con,[8] Fan Expo Canada,[9] and numerous other national and international events.

In 2011, Wilson won 'Outstanding Contribution to Film or TV' at the Canadian Sci-Fi Awards for his work on InnerSpace.[10][11][12]

Never Ever Do This At Home[edit]

Wilson, post-explosion, on the set of Never Ever Do This At Home

Alongside award-winning comedian Norm Sousa (The Sketchersons), Teddy hosts the factual entertainment series Never Ever Do This At Home. Production on season 1 occurred in Fall/Winter 2012,[13] and aired on the Discovery Channel in Canada,[14][15] Spike in the United States,[16] and NRK3 in Norway.[17]

Never Ever Do This At Home's first season was nominated for Best Factual Series by the Canadian Screen Awards,[18][19] and the second season of the show aired on Discovery Canada in Spring 2014.[20] The format for the 13-episode series, produced by Toronto-based Insight Production Company Ltd in association with Discovery Canada and Bell Media, is based on an original series devised by Norwegian broadcaster NRK and distributed by DRG.[21]

The Hollywood Reporter at one time suggested that U.K. distributor DRG was close to also selling Insight's Never Ever Do This At Home version to broadcasters in the U.K., China, Spain, and Italy.[22]

After the Black[edit]

On Saturday, March 26, 2016 it was announced that After the Black, the Orphan Black after show hosted by Teddy and his co-hosts Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman, had been picked up by BBC America for broadcast following Orphan Black during the show’s fourth season.[23]

Other work[edit]

Teddy Wilson on the ‘Inside The Race’ set with Amazing Race Canada team Jet & Dave

Teddy hosted "Inside The Race," the digital companion series for The Amazing Race Canada during the show's first season. Co-hosted by etalk's Danielle McGimsie, the webisodes feature analysis and after-show interviews with race teams and series host Jon Montgomery.[24][25]

In November 2013, Teddy appeared as a celebrity panelist on five episodes of the Comedy Network series Match Game.[26] He is a regular guest on etalk, CTV News, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, and The Social.[27]

Wilson’s writing has appeared in the Toronto Star (Canada's largest newspaper),[28] Toro Magazine,[29] and Metro News.[30]

Wilson has hosted numerous media and industry events, including the Canadian Screen Awards' FanZone,[31] etalk Live On The Red Carpet At The Toronto International Film Festival (co-hosted with Ben Mulroney),[32] the Joe Shuster Awards (Canada's Comic Book Awards),[33] and the Canadian Science Fiction Awards.[34]

Teddy plays drums in the indie-rock band HUDDLE (http://huddlemusic.com), represented by Third Side Music.[35] HUDDLE's videos have been played on MuchMusic and MTV Canada, and their music can be heard in the MTV series Teen Mom and Robert Redford's film The Company You Keep.[36]

While earning an Honours B.A. in Political Science, Wilson worked as a constituency assistant to current Member of Parliament and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable John Baird, and after university went on to work for Baird at the Ontario Legislature. Wilson continued to work in the Ontario government as a political advisor to the Honorable David Turnbull, Member of Provincial Parliament of Don Valley West and Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, until 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stories For Boys". Canada.com. CanWest MediaWorks Publication. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  2. ^ "MTV edges out Stroumbo". Playback. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ "MTV Live beats George Stroumboulopoulous at Geminis". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Cast Bios: Host, Teddy Wilson". Space.ca. Bell Media. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  5. ^ "InnerSpace Series Overview". MSN Entertainment. Microsoft. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  6. ^ "SPACE Reboots Flagship Genre After-Show INNERSPACE with Season 2 Premiere, September 16". Channel Canada Forums. Channel Canada. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Bell Media Goes Beyond the Velvet Rope at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®". Canada Newswire. CNW. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Genre Fanatics Rejoice! SPACE Takes Viewers to San Diego Comic-Con During the Two-Part Original Special". Channel Canada. Bell Media Press Release. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  9. ^ "SPACE Takes Over Fan Expo Canada™ This Weekend, With Panels, Autograph Sessions, and INNERSPACE". Canada Newswire. CNW Ltd. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  10. ^ "SPACE Congratulates INNERSPACE Co-Hosts on Winning Feature Prize at The Constellation Awards". Throng.ca. Bell Media Press Release. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  11. ^ "The Constellation Awards Winners Gallery". Constellation Awards. Constellation Awards. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  12. ^ "Teddy Wilson and Ajay Fry Have the Right Stuff for Canadian Sci-Fi Fans". The Morton Report. The Morton Report. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  13. ^ "Principal Photography Starts on Discovery Channel's Explosive New Format NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME". Canada Newswire. CNW. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  14. ^ "Never Ever Do This At Home Showpage". Discovery Canada. Bell Media. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  15. ^ "What Happens When Curiosity Overrides Caution? Find Out When NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME Premieres May 6 on Discovery". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  16. ^ "DRG sells Canadian format adaptation to Spike TV". Playback. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  17. ^ "Do not do this at home - Canada". NRK3. NRK. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  18. ^ "2nd Canadian Screen Awards Television Nominations". Canadian Screen Awards. Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Retrieved 2014-01-18. [permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "THE 2nd Canadian Screen Awards NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!". Insight Productions News. Insight Productions. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  20. ^ "Second season shoot for Never Ever Do This At Home Starts". Playback. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  21. ^ ""NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME" DEBUTS ON SPIKE TV TUESDAY, MAY 28". Spike. Viacom. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  22. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2013-04-08). "MIPTV: Spike TV Buys Canadian Adaptation of Norwegian Format (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  23. ^ "'Orphan Black' Gets Weekly Aftershow". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  24. ^ "From a digital series to an interactive map: CTV.ca gives fans everything they need to participate in 'The Amazing Race Canada'". CTV. Bell Media. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  25. ^ "Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. Win First Ever THE AMAZING RACE CANADA - Race On! CTV Orders Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA". Canada Newswire. CNW. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  26. ^ "On Match Game this week: Tom Cavanagh! Teddy Wilson! Norm Sousa! Emma Hunter!". The Comedy Network. Bell Media. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  27. ^ "December 30: Our man panel's Teddy Wilson on New Year's Eve". CTV. Bell Media. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  28. ^ "Earth Day 2012: 15 sci-fi writers tackle climate change". The Toronto Star. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  29. ^ "INNERSPACE HOLIDAY GADGET GUIDE". Toro Magazine. TORO. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  30. ^ "Screening cinema's recent cult classics". Metro News. Free Daily News Group Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  31. ^ "Canadian Screen awards gives fans chance to meet stars". The Loop. Bell Media. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  32. ^ "Bell Media Goes Beyond the Velvet Rope at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®". Canada Newswire. CNW. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  33. ^ "Announcing the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards hosts: Ajay Fry and Teddy Wilson!". The Joe Shuster Awards. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  34. ^ "Looking Back At... The 2011 Constellation Awards". Constellation Awards. Constellation Awards. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  35. ^ "Huddle". Third Side Music. Third Side Music. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  36. ^ "The Company You Keep Movie CLIP - Coffee or Dinner (2013) - Shia LaBeouf Movie HD". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 2013-05-27.