I love watching CP24 in the morning. The program I enjoy is called “CP24 Breakfast.”
CP24 is one of the most popular, most watched local television channels “reaching more than 1.55 million viewers each day in Toronto” according to their website.
I appreciate CP24 because there are four screens available at all times (a.k.a., a four screen layout). The first screen, on the left, and much larger, is a feed from the newsroom. This is also where we see what’s happening in and around Toronto. Below it is a television news ticker with the most current local and international news. I, for one, really appreciate the international aspect. And to the right are the weather and traffic update screens. CP 24 represents a constant source of diversified information.
I believe that one of the reasons that “CP24 Breakfast” is so beloved is because of the chemistry between Steve Anthony, Co-Host, Bill Coulter, Meteorologist, Lindsay Deluce, News Anchor, and Pooja Handa, Anchor/Co-Host. The inclusivity displayed by the cast makes viewers feel as if they are part of the CP24 “family.”
This morning, for example, there was a spontaneous interchange between the four cast members regarding telling the truth. Pooja said, regarding not being in the mood to go out, and I’m paraphrasing, “I can’t tell someone ‘I’m tired’ because they just won’t understand.’ Lindsay said that her husband is tired of hearing her say “I’m tired,” so she consciously makes herself think of excuses like “my leg hurts.” She then spontaneously added something highly philosophical—as she is wont to do—”There’s a difference, isn’t there, between a lie, a fib, and a white lie, isn’t there?” And Steve, I believe, leaned forward, putting the entire discussion in context, saying, “It’s the creative interpretation of the truth” at which point Bill smiled broadly, reached out and gave him a high-five.
The example I cite is not an isolated event. These kinds of spontaneous interchanges happen frequently among cast members and are the charm of the program.
I also really enjoy the Friday Dance Party. That’s when the cast dances to contemporary music. I think it’s a great contrast to the sometimes tragic daily dose of news we are, generally speaking, subject to these days.
Let’s go back to the word chemistry. It’s what makes the show. It’s the spontaneous exchange of ideas—sometimes pertaining to the cast members’ personal lives—told in a humorous manner yet holding deeper undertones, that highlights the intelligence and capacity for love held by the cast. Many Hollywood films into which millions of dollars have been poured failed because they lacked precisely this: chemistry among cast members and an “intelligence of the heart.”
Just before 8 a.m., in a different segment of the program, Steve leaned in toward Lindsay and said, “You’ve given me lots to think about today.” In fact, he repeated it twice. Subconsciously, he was referring to the earlier conversation about lies vs. truth and a creative interpretation of the truth.