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Ross on ET Canada - Oct.9 , 2008

Blog by | October 4th, 2008

ET Canada coming to Lotus Land

Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, October 04, 2008

Entertainment Tonight Canada is coming west next week to shoot on location in Vancouver and Whistler.

Rick Campanelli, the perky, diminutive host of the show, sounded pretty pumped about coming out here when he showed up last week to host a red carpet event as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

"I love travelling Canada, I really do, whether it's out west or out east," said Campanelli over popcorn and shrimp wraps at a downtown bar.

ET Canada host Rick Campanelli loves visiting B.C.

ET Canada host Rick Campanelli loves visiting B.C.

Jenelle Schneider, Vancouver Sun

"Canadians have sort of followed my career when I first started 12 years ago on MuchMusic. The audience has grown up with me. At one point, I was dressing like a punk. Now I'm matured. Now I get to wear suits and ties. I think the viewers appreciate that as well."

Campanelli said ET Canada will use Vancouver as its studio with lots of outdoor shooting at places like Kitsilano Beach.

The agenda for the show includes a look at Michael J. Fox's favourite places, the Seth Rogan story, a feature on Michael Bublé, a set visit to the L Word, interviews with Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) and Sarah MacLachlan, a set visit to The Guard, a whale watching excursion, a tour of Whistler with gold-medal-winning snowboarder Ross Rebagliati and Thanksgiving dinner with Rob Feenie.

"There is something about the western vibe," said Campanelli. "The westerners know how to do it up. It's more relaxed. The outdoor living is amazing."

After shooting for a week in B.C., the ET Canada team will head back to Toronto for Thanksgiving weekend, then back out to Calgary for a week of shooting there.