‘Live! With Kelly’ executive producer explains why a week in Banff will hardly feel like work

‘Live! With Kelly’ executive producer explains why a week in Banff will hardly feel like work
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by: Michael Jodha
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Kelly Ripa has sat beside Canucks Michael Buble, Howie Mandel, Martin Short and Pat Kiernan as her co-hosts on “Live! With Kelly” before, but when she brings the show to Canada for the third time from April 2 to April 5, her main sidekick will be the beautiful landscape of Banff, Alberta.

“For years I’ve wanted to do a winter-weather remote and it never just came together.  So, this was perfect timing,” says executive producer Michael Gelman. “Finally, we’re going to get to do such a beautiful, winter wonderland, where it has more of just the ski aspect.”

So how do you top a partner like that? Well, Gelman did land some pretty impressive guest hosts for the four shows they’ll be producing in Canada. Ripa will be partnered with her husband Mark Consuelos, American television personality Chris Harrison, actor Peter Facinelli and, of course, “eTalk” host Ben Mulroney.

In addition, the people of Banff have been very supportive in the creative and production processes of the remote shoot, and Gelman hopes to feature as many of the locals as he can, he told CTV.ca on a conference call.

“We’ve got lots of opportunities for the local audiences to come, we’ve got 900 seats and we’re doing four shows so that’s about 3600 hundred people who get to come in there,” he says of the Eric Harvie Theatre at The Banff Centre where the show will film. “Plus, we’re going to be taping all over the place, so I’m sure we’re going to see and interact with a lot of the locals.”

“Some of our biggest shows and biggest ratings that we’ve ever had (were) in Canada,” he adds.

And despite the fact that Gelman’s been hard at work preparing for the crew’s trip to Banff, he says it won’t really feel like work when they arrive.

“Even though we work twice as hard, it’s hard to complain when the work is on the side of a ski mountain.  For us, that’s beautiful.  The setting is great and for us, even when we’re working, it feels like we’re playing.”

Don’t miss “Live! With Kelly” on-location in Banff April 2 - April 5 at 9am ET/PT, 10am MT on CTV.

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