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> Description 
This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a Canadian television comedy. Launched in 1993, the show focuses on Canadian politics, combining news parody, sketch comedy and satirical editorials. Originally featuring Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh, the series featured satirical sketches of the weekly news and Canadian political events. The show's format is a mock news program, intercut with comic sketches and humorous interviews of public figures. Its name is a parody of This Hour Has Seven Days, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation newsmagazine from the sixties.

Jones and Walsh had previously worked together on the sketch comedy series CODCO, on which Thomey sometimes appeared as a guest. Mercer had been a notable writer and performer on his own, touring several successful shows of comedic political commentary.

Salter Street Films produced the series until the 2003-2004 season. Salter Street was acquired by in 2001 by Alliance Atlantis, and production of the series was transferred directly to Alliance Atlantis in 2004.

Recognized with 24 Gemini Awards, 22 Minutes is broadcast on the CBC Television network. It is taped before a studio audience in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The show will return in fall 2005 for its thirteenth season on CBC.

Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
> Airing History & Information 
Premiere January 1, 1993
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country Canada
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Colin Mochrie....   anchor Antony St. George (2001-2003)
Mark Critch....   anchor Bas MacLaren (2003-)
Greg Thomey....   anchor Frank MacMillan
Gavin Crawford....   anchor Gavin Cooper (2004-)
Rick Mercer....   anchor J.B. Dixon (1993-2001)
Mary Walsh....   anchor Molly McGuire (1993-2004)
Cathy Jones....   anchor Sydney Dubizzenchyk
Shaun Majumber....   anchor Tucker T. Bartlett (2003-)

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