Gun Fight At The Lab

Dr. Tiki, Jeff Macpherson, shows off his mad editing skillz in this clip from The Lab With Leo starring Kate Abraham and Matt Harris.

Watch show 108 to see how he did it. (I’ll get you the air date as soon as I learn it.)

Behind The Scenes At The Lab

My new TV show, The Lab with Leo Laporte debuts in April, but I’m in Vancouver right now for rehearsals. Here’s a short video of the new set we shot on Wednesday.

Check out the on set live cam at Kate Abraham’s behind the scenes blog (she’s our call screener and chyron operator) is and our Free File guy and chase Producer Ryan Yewell’s blog is, and there are photos on Flickr.

The show will air on G4techTV Canada and the How To Channel in Australia. We’ll be shopping it to US networks as soon as we have a few shows in the can.

My Three Hosts

Amber, some guy, and CaliIt’s been a great week in Toronto, but all too brief. The meetup on Tuesday, a talk with the seminarians at UofT’s Wycliffe College on Wednesday, TWiM on Thursday, then home on Friday. Oh and 15 Call for Help episodes in there somewhere, too. I’m breathless.

We miss Amber so much on Call for Help, but I did get to catch up with her, and record three(!) Inside the Net episodes, at the meetup. The first of those, a look at Nakama, a new moblogging site, will go up October 10.

We’re still searching for a Canadian replacement for Amber on Call for Help, but while we do we’re very fortunate indeed to have the poised and talented (and lovely) Cali Lewis of filling in for her. Amber’s last episode and Cali’s first should be airing soon on G4techTV Canada and the HOW-TO Network in Australia. No truth to the rumor that we’re changing the show name to “Cali for Help.”

CNI Debuts Tuesday

Meanwhile Amber’s new show, City News International debuts Tuesday, October 10 on Citytv Canada-wide. She’ll be on every night. She tells me her US and Aussie fans can catch her pieces on the net every day – I’ll post a link as soon as I get one. Her live daily net culture segments on CP24 are also available on the live stream every weekday between 3:30 and 4p Eastern. Internet Exploder is required to watch that.

Check out her new blog/vlog Popnology. That’s also going to be the name of her new show on CP24. Great name! You’ll be able to subscribe to Popnology on iTunes soon, too.

I think flowers are in order, if not a Gemini award!

Live With Regis And Kelly

I’ve just heard from Live that they’re interested in booking me to do a Holiday Gadget buying segment in late November or early December. I’ll let you know when I get a solid date for it.
Meanwhile, I’m compiling a list of cool new gadgets to present. Got any suggestions? I’d love to hear ’em. Add a comment here.

The New Sofa-Free Call for Help

I’m in the Burbank airport waiting for a 7am flight back home. I’ll have a day with the family (minus the radio show) then it’s off to Toronto tomorrow for our third week of taping – our third month of shows – for the new Call for Help.
MonicaThe new show is going through some changes, which always happens as you work out the kinks. Monica, my wonderful co-host, has decided that she can’t keep up with the grueling schedule. She kept her job in promotions at Rogers/Omni and doing both that and the TV show was just too much for her. She has opted to keep her day job and spend less time on the TV show. We plan to continue to use her from time to time as a field reporter. I know it seems strange to most people that someone would choose a role behind the cameras rather than in front. It’s never easy to know what you want to do in life, and when someone really is clear about that I totally respect their decision. We’ll miss Monica’s happy presence on the set but we’re glad she’s doing what makes her happiest.

Amber MacArthurFortunately our Web Workshop expert, Amber MacArthur, is willing to step up and take the role of co-host. Amber is an experienced TV host who has worked on the CBC, and in San Francisco for KQED. She’s also an accomplished web designer who has been consulting with Microsoft and other companies on usability and design. And she’s a Mac geek. Andy and I are thrilled to have her join the team.

We’re also working on dumping the red couch. That’s one departure that won’t be mourned. I know we all look uncomfortable sitting on those dang couches. We are. We’re looking for something to replace them. My preference is for high stools and a round table – kind of like a café, but we’ll see what the set designers come up with.

Every show is an evolutionary process. And despite the same old name and the same old host, Call for Help really is a new show. I think it’s a great show already, but we’re still perfecting it – and we have a long way to go. I really want to get a Wired World Challenge style game show up and running, for example, but it’s tough with the limited staff available. As the show, and staff, grows, there will be lots of things we can add to make it even better.

Meanwhile, thanks to our Canadian fans for your support. And to my friends in the US, patience. We’re working hard to find a US home for the show. I’ll let you know as soon as we get some idea of where there’s interest. (I think G4 is probably out – they seem to be headed in a totally different direction.) And to my other International friends – we’re not forgetting you. My plans for global domination have received a tiny setback, but I am not giving up. Today Toronto, tomorrow Dubai, and Sydney, and Nassau, and…

Call for Questions

You've got questions? We've got answers!We’re ready to start taping our first Call for Help 2.0 episodes in Toronto August 3-6.
How would you like to be part of these historic first episodes? We need callers! And you don’t have to be from Canada. Go to the new Call for Help web site and ask your question. We’ll be choosing callers this week and Jenny or Meetu will be getting back to you by the end of this week or early next week.

Thanks for your help!

Call for Canada

The-New-Call-for-HelpersI‘m very happy to report that I’ve agreed to host a daily show for G4/TechTV Canada starting later this summer. We’ll produce the show here in Toronto. I’ll fly up one week a month to shoot. It looks like the format will be very similar to Call for Help, and, yes, we’ll be taking calls. Once we get the web site up and running there will be a place for you to submit your questions as before.
Pictured at left, my co-hosts (and actual Canadians) the lovely Jelena Mihajlovic and the geeky Andy Walker.

More details to come. Stay tuned. Now we’re off to see the Jays and the Dodgers. I’ll post pictures.