New Kids in the Hall!!

It has been 25 years since the last episode of The Kids in the Hall aired and 30 years since the first episode aired in 1989. For better or worse, Amazon Prime has decided to reboot this aged title. I loved The Kids with a passion back when I was a wee kid myself, so I am cautiously excited about the reboot. At this point they are hardly kids though, but maybe we will be able to get past that part and revel in the nostalgia? I hope so, because I have waited for this for a long time.

They managed to get all five original cast members and Lorne Michaels on board, but that didn’t help the tepid Brain Candy a movie that I am told was like the later Beatles works, each member came with bits prepared and then they cobbled together a movie from that. The members weren’t working well with each other then, so let’s hope that they have learned how to become a family again. The sum of the parts being greater and all that. Amazon has picked them up for 8 episodes. Will that be enough?

Read the full press release from Amazon Prime below.

Brand new episodes of the beloved Canadian sketch series will come to Prime Video for Canada and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories

Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Canadian production company Project 10 on board to produce

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– (Nasdaq:AMZN) – Amazon today announced that the critically-acclaimed sketch comedy series, The Kids in the Hall, will be making a comeback on Prime Video. With the return of all of the original “Kids,” the 8-episode Amazon Original series, which will be a continuation of the original show, will be available to Prime members in Canada and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.

Amazon Prime Video to bring back The Kids in the Hall with new episodes as first Canadian Amazon Original Series (Photo: Business Wire)

Amazon Prime Video to bring back The Kids in the Hall with new episodes as first Canadian Amazon Original Series (Photo: Business Wire)

First premiering in 1989, the original Emmy Award-nominated The Kids in the Hall starred Canadian comedians Dave FoleyKevin McDonaldBruce McCullochMark McKinney and Scott Thompson. All of the original “Kids” will be reprising fan-favorite characters (and assuming some new ones) for the series’ next iteration. The original series earned multiple Gemini Awards along with the cast being honored with the Canadian Screen Awards ICON AWARD in 2019. The series will be executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels.

“We’ve been investing in Canada for several years and are excited to add to that momentum by making The Kids in the Hall the first Canadian Amazon Original series,” said James Farrell, Vice President of International Originals for Amazon Studios. “The Kids in the Hall is an iconic show with a deep-rooted fan base. Several of our global hits, including The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Expanse have been filmed in Canada and we are looking forward to continuing our work with talented producers and crew teams across the country to bring this series to our Prime members around the world.”

“Even after 30 years, The Kids in the Hall has retained its brilliance and originality,” said Executive Producer, Lorne Michaels. “We are happy to be bringing back all of the original ‘Kids’ for the new series.”

Since 2015, Prime Video has filmed 18 Amazon Original series and films in Canada, including The Man in the High Castle and the upcoming series Upload in Vancouver, The Boys and The Expanse in Toronto, the upcoming Tales from the Loop in Winnipeg, as well as parts of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and the upcoming film, The Voyeurs in Montreal. The Kids in the Hall will be the first Canadian Amazon Original series and follows the release of Amazon Original series that have been launched around the world in countries including Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. The series will join thousands of TV shows and movies in the Prime Video catalogue, including award winning and critically-acclaimed Amazon Originals such as 2020 Golden Globe and Emmy award-winner Fleabag, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the recently released Hunters, from Executive Producer Jordan Peele and starring Al Pacino.

5 reasons to get an Amazon Kindle e-reader

Amazon Kindle

I’ve barely put my Amazon Kindle e-reader down since I got it.

Amazon released an all-new version of its Kindle e-reader recently that features a 6-inch glare-free display with E Ink Pearl technology, 4GB of storage, built-in WiFi and a battery that lasts for weeks. Amazon sent me one to test and I have barely put it down since I got it. After using it for two weeks, here are the top five reasons I recommend getting an Amazon Kindle for yourself.

No more clutter on your nightstand

With 4GB of storage (plus free cloud storage from Amazon), the paperback-sized Kindle is perfect for keeping a massive library on your nightstand without a stack of books cluttering up the place. This is a huge bonus if you have at least six books on the go at once, like I do, or if you just hate having a mess beside your head when you sleep.

It’s not distracting to read on

Besides cutting down on clutter, the best reason to get a Kindle is because it won’t distract you while you read. It’s got built-in WiFi for downloading books, articles and documents, but there’s no web browser, messaging app, Facebook, Twitter or sound of any kind. The anti-glare screen and digital ink are also very much like a real book and don’t affect your eyes like an iPad or iPhone screen does (there’s also no backlight on the regular Kindle so you can’t read in the dark, just like a real book).

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The Send to Kindle feature

No question, Amazon knows online shopping and delivers a wonderful experience when it comes to buying ebooks. But there are things you want to read besides books. Online articles, PDF manuals, short stories and blog posts can all be formatted and read on a Kindle. Every Kindle has a unique email address you can send document files to and it will automatically download and add them to your library. You can also use the Send to Kindle app for Mac, PC or Android to push documents to your Kindle. For online articles, like Andrew Sullivan’s lengthy I Used to Be a Human Being, you can use the Send to Kindle extension for Chrome and FireFox.

You’ll read more

Because of its portable size, ability to store a ton of books and articles, Amazon’s intuitive store behind it (yes, I would like a sample of Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head based on my interest in Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo) and no distractions while using it, I have found myself reading a lot more since I received the Kindle (my kids have also been reading on it and want to read now). The anti-glare screen is great for using it outside on lunch breaks and because the battery lasts so long I never have to worry about running out of juice in the middle of an exciting chapter (I’ve only charged it once since I got it).

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It’s only $79

Amazon offers a few different Kindle models ranging in price and features. The base Kindle e-reader I received is only $79.99 though and is well worth every penny. It’s such a reasonable price I plan to buy one for a few people on my Christmas list this year and honestly don’t know why I didn’t buy one for myself sooner.

For more information on the Amazon Kindle e-reader, visit amazon.ca.

Do you use a Kindle or other e-reader? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

NES retrospective ‘Playing with Power’ hitting shelves in November

Playing with Power

This could be the coolest book ever!

Did you grow up in the ‘80s playing Nintendo games? If so, you’re going to be excited for Garitt Rocha’s retrospective Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics.

The hardcover book, which has a slipcase that makes it look like an NES cartridge, takes an in-depth look at 17 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda.

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Hitting shelves on November 18, Playing with Power also features interviews, vintage ads, Nintendo Power excerpts, character art and hand-drawn maps.

Earlier this month Nintendo announced it was releasing a retro NES system loaded with 30 games. It comes out a week before the book, making the pair the hot gift this holiday season.

Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.ca for $33.25.

Are you excited for Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Is now the time for Amazon to launch a delivery service in Canada?

Amazon Prime Day Canada

With a potential postal strike or stoppage looming around Amazon’s Prime Day, it’s the perfect time for the online retailer to launch their own delivery service in the Great White North.

As online retailer Amazon begins teasing deals they’ll have available July 12 for Prime Day, talks between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have broken down. There’s a potential lockout coming this week and with that a work stoppage (or strike) is possible.

Amazon doesn’t seem too concerned about this and, according to a statement the company sent me, they are “monitoring the situation with Canada Post and working to mitigate any potential impact on customers.”

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Considering one of the selling features of Prime Day in Canada is that there will be three times the amount of laptop units available than there was on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, it’s safe to say “potential impact on customers” could be huge (Canadians love their deals).

Along with laptops, Amazon promises thousands of items will be on sale for Prime customers to eat up during Prime Day. It’s highly unlikely they can use a service like FedEx or Purolator while keeping the cost of shipping down (or free) if there is a postal strike. They also know better than to pass along extra expenses to loyal customers (especially ones that pay a yearly fee). And what about the small businesses and private sellers on Amazon? They can’t afford to lose money and are key at keeping Amazon’s model afloat.

This leads to a few possibilities. Amazon can take a hit and lose money (possible), scale back on sale items during Prime Day in Canada (highly unlikely) or use this as an opportunity to launch their own delivery service in the Great White North (I’m championing for this third option).

The idea of Amazon launching a delivery service in Canada is not that wild. In select U.S. cities, like New York, Seattle and Tampa (among many others), they are already running a service called Amazon Flex. They deliver seven days a week and can even get packages to customers within hours in some instances.

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Amazon has shown they are invested in delivering their own packages around the world in the long run. They’ve mentioned they want to use drones in the future and, according to Forbes, they are looking into leasing jets. If they launched Flex in cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal during a postal strike/stoppage, they are sure to make customers happy and keep them coming back. Sure makes sense to me.

For more information on Prime Day in Canada, visit amazon.ca/primeday. For info on Amazon’s Flex delivery service, visit flex.amazon.com.

Do you think Amazon should launch a delivery service in Canada? Are you concerned about Canada Post going on strike? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.