The world is upside down: the bet from TVA

It’s not often that a prime-time network appeals to viewers’ intelligence.

This is TVA’s page with The world turned upside down, the talk show by Stéphan Bureau. Although for a time he was the presenter of TVA’s 10pm newscast, this super-talented presenter, who never stopped exploring the various possibilities of media, seemed to have found his feet at Radio-Canada. The public broadcaster’s legendary disfavor with those who served it best brought Stéphan Bureau “home,” to use the phrase he used to announce his return to TVA.

Despite a track record that would have been the envy of a Barbara Walters or a Dick Cavett, also a teacher’s son, it was a feverish host who took the reins of the 90-minute live show at 8pm on Friday night. There was enough to put on espadrilles. The obstacle course the Bureau has imposed on itself, moving from its guests to its studio and in-house audiences, as well as private interviews with Gérard Deltell, a supporter of Jean Charest in the Conservative Party leadership race, and Fady Dagher, Longueuil Police Chief Emeritus, was in high demand. That Bureau had a clean round says a lot about his ability.


Fabien Cloutier, the main guest, served the show well. The Beauce playwright, writer and star of the series Lion, does not have the reputation of having the language in the bag. In this format, the more the main guest takes his place, the more the host can catch his breath. Like Bureau, however, Cloutier remained a little overconfident. In a program “where everyone has to play their civic role by saying shocking things,” Bureau told columnist Catherine Richer 15-18, I was surprised to hear him specify that the words he had just said were “a joke”. He wanted to make sure we didn’t take him at face value! And then ?

The choice of staff to return did not disappoint. I’d be surprised if I tire of Yasmine Abdelfadel’s brilliant yet lively eloquence, Louise Deschâtelets’ pragmatic opinions informed by her long experience as a courier, or the succinct remarks of Raed Hammoud, the soul of the series. Native Immigrants, broadcast on TV5. I look forward to hearing from the other contributors.


When the people in charge of the show do their best post mortem, you will see that there is room for more humor, that too many “overtones” are distracting and irritating, that the lighting in the individual interviews is not optimal and that the topics lacked some variety. There is life beyond the politics that the streaming information networks saturate us with.

If the concept of Wrong world has a certain kinship with certain debate programs on French television, but is nevertheless an original concept made in Quebec. Radio-Canada would have saved millions of dollars by working on an original concept rather than slavishly buying Everyone talks about it by Thierry Ardisson and Catherine Barma.

Is Friday the best night for The world turned upside down ? The future will show. Certainly, preceded by Masked Singersfrom revolution Or from Star AcademyStéphan Bureau’s show would be more than the arsenal TVA needs to stay at the forefront of viewership on Sunday nights.

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