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CBC’S Iconic Comedy Series This Hour Has 22 Minutes Celebrates Historic 30Th Season With A Live Taping In Toronto And A Special Retrospective Episode

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THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (24×30) returns to CBC and CBC Gem on Tuesday, September 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) for a historic 30th season that includes a live taping at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and a special episode that explores what has made the show a cultural touchstone for viewers across Canada over the past three decades.

TRENT McCLELLAN, ABA AMUQUANDOH, STACEY McGUNNIGLE, and 22 Minutes veteran MARK CRITCH are back on the news desk of Canada’s longest-running TV comedy series, continuing to push the boundaries of provocative satire; targeting politics, culture and world events with biting parodies and an unrelenting skewering of the weekly news. With a legacy that spans three decades, 22 Minutes remains a beloved staple for television audiences across the country and has also cultivated a large and dedicated online following. Throughout the duration of Season 29, the show’s social media audience grew by over 650,000 followers collectively. Season 29 also marked a successful introduction to TikTok, with their account earning roughly 82.2 million video views and 9.1 million likes over the course of the season.

This season, 22 MINUTES will celebrate 30 years with two special episodes:

22 MINUTES AT GLENN GOULD STUDIO (October 4), will be filmed in Toronto before a live studio audience of politicians, newsmakers and stars from the world of Canadian comedy.

THIS SPECIAL HAS 30 YEARS (October 11), is a retrospective episode that will look back at 22 Minutes’ history while exploring what has made the show such a groundbreaking cultural force over its 30 seasons, featuring interviews with cast, creatives, and collaborators including Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh and Peter Mansbridge.

“Political satire is as relevant, perhaps more relevant, today for Canadians as it was when the show first premiered,” remarked Michael Donovan, the show’s Executive Producer.

“22 Minutes is satire and parody at its finest,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC. “Since its premiere in 1993, some of Canada’s greatest comedians have contributed to this show, and most of the country’s political leaders – a true testament to its longstanding reputation as a cultural touchstone. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, past and present, on this incredible milestone. We look forward to many more memorable characters and moments to come this season.”

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is produced by IoM Media: Executive Producers Mike Allison and Michael Donovan; Producers Meaghan Clark, Carl Gosine, Tracey Jardine, and Dana Landry. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; and Sandra Picheca is Director of Current Production, Comedy.