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The Hour was a late night Canadian Talk Show running from 2009 to 2014, produced and broadcast by the CBC and hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, a former VJ from MuchMusic, a Canadian music channel. For obvious reasons, his last name is often shortened to just "Strombo". He also hosts The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2.

In 2012-14, the show was shortened to half an hour and renamed "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight". The show was cancelled when Strombo quit to begin hosting Hockey Night in Canada.

Not to be confused with the novel/movie The Hours. Also not to be confused with The BBC's 2011 drama series The Hour, set at the time of the Suez crisis.


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This show provides examples of:

  • Catchphrase: Always opens with "Welcome to The Hour. I am your boyfriend, George Stroumboulopoulos." Always closes with "That's time."
  • Cold Open: Before the show actually starts, there's a short comedic skit of sorts with that night's guest(s) and the writing staff. It continues at commercial breaks and the end of the show. Perhaps a subversion, in that the cold open has nothing to do with the show itself.
  • Election Day Episode: As a news/current events show, it obviously deals with this.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: See Running Time in the Title.
    • Sadly, not anymore. As of 2010, the show has been renamed "George Stroumboulopoulous Tonight" and shortened to half an hour.
  • Old Media Playing Catch-Up: Averted. George is completely New Media-savvy, probably due to his young age compared to many other talk/news show hosts and his experience at MuchMusic and on radio.
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  • Running Time in the Title: Each episode is, naturally, an hour long (including commercials).
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