Entertainment news: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Daniel Levy makes People’s list of sexiest men alive

“Schitt’s Creek” co-creator Daniel Levy has been named one of People’s sexiest men alive.

The 37-year-old writer and actor was among the first names unveiled as part of the magazine’s annual roster.

The recognition adds to a growing list of firsts this year for the Toronto native, whose show made history in September by sweeping all the comedy categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards, winning nine in total.

Levy joked to the magazine that “this form of sexy is a niche market” and reflected on his life in quarantine, which has included binging television shows and mixing cocktails.

People’s Sexiest Man Alive list has cozied up to many Canadians over the years, including Ryan Reynolds and “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott.

The cover star and ultimate Sexiest Man Alive will be announced Tuesday. The issue hits newsstands on Friday.

The Canadian Press

Canadian company to make TV show about the German at heart of America’s space race

A Vancouver production company is entering the TV space race.

Great Pacific Media, a division of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, announced Tuesday it’s producing a drama series about Wernher von Braun, the Nazi scientist who helped the United States put a man on the moon.

“Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War” is based on the biography of the same name by Canadian author Michael J. Neufeld.

“Without von Braun and his team of engineers, America would have lost the space race to the Russians,” Mark Miller, executive producer and president of Thunderbird, said in a news release. “This fascinating story is about whitewashing the history of men who played a major role in engineering the Nazi regime. At the centre, von Braun and the American government were desperate to win the space race at all costs.”

Simon Barry, creator of series like “Warrior Nun,” “Continuum” and “Bad Blood,” will write, direct and executive-produce “Von Braun.”

Space shows have been proliferating on TV lately, with 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Von Braun has figured as a character in series such as the Disney Plus drama “The Right Stuff,” about the Mercury astronauts, and the Apple TV Plus drama “For All Mankind,” about what would have happened if the Russians had won the race.

Miller said von Braun “was a man caught between morality and progress — glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal.”

Trump gets a concession speech courtesy of Jimmy Fallon

President Donald Trump has a new speech writer: Jimmy Fallon.

On Monday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” Fallon’s editing team devised a clever way to force Trump to deliver a concession speech after losing the election to former vice-president Joe Biden.

The president so far has refused to accept the results, falsely claiming that the outcome was influenced by fraud, without any evidence, and filing lawsuits disputing the election process in multiple states.

“Even though Trump’s lawsuits keep getting tossed out, it’s clear the president’s not planning to concede anytime soon,” Fallon said Monday. “So, you know what, we thought we’d do it for him and give us the concession speech that we all deserve.”

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Cue a heavily edited montage strategically excerpting nuggets of truth and other out-of-context remarks from previous Trump speeches.

“I’m the only president in history to lose the popular vote twice and to get impeached,” went the speech. “It’s time for a change. Greatest dream in the world is that Joe Biden wins because the winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election. Therefore, I humbly concede to Joe Biden. The American people have responded and they said to me, ‘You’re fired. Bing! Get out.’”

Los Angeles Times

Fringe hit ‘Clotheswap’ gets a virtual reading, but hang onto your clothes

The Toronto Fringe Festival hit “Clotheswap” is getting a virtual nationwide debut — but you’ll have to hang onto your clothing.

The play by Second City alumni Dale Boyer and Amanda Barker hit the stage in July 2019 as a combination theatre show and, yes, clothes swap, with audience members bringing their old duds for use during the production and, afterward, donation to charity.

The show’s national 2020 tour got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a federal government grant means it will be performed online as a free reading Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.

You can’t virtually trade your clothes, of course, but there will be a talkback after the show about swapping in the age of COVID, as well as a chance to donate to Sistering, which helps homeless or precariously housed women and transgender people.

See clotheswapshow.ca for information.

Fans of early music now have a channel to call their own

Does the music of a lute or a harpsichord stir your heart? The Toronto Consort has good news for you.

The early music ensemble has launched its own streaming service, Early Music TV, for fans of the sounds of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Subscribers will get access to digital concerts, behind-the-scenes videos,  lecture series, an album library and content from other early music organizations around the world.

In a news release, Michelle Knight, managing director of the  Toronto Consort, said the long-term goal is to support early-music organizations and musicians, “and distribute their content to audiences in an accessible and convenient way.”

Programming officially kicks off Nov. 19 with “All in a Garden Green,” a concert of music from Elizabethan England, while “A Medieval Christmas” debuts on Dec. 14.

The channel is available at EarlyMusic.TV, with one-year subscriptions starting at $ 149.99.

TORONTO STAR