Tiny Talent Time

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Tiny Talent Time
Also known asToday's Talent Time (2000–2001)
Genre variety show
StarringBill Lawrence (1957–1992)
Sandy Savelli (2000–2001)
Mike Gravina (2000–2001)
Jaclyn Colville (2014-present)
Jason Agnew (2014-present)
Country of originCanada
Original release
Network CHCH-DT
Release1957 (1957) 

Tiny Talent Time is a Canadian children's television series, which has aired in various formats on CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario, and in other markets via syndication, since 1957. [1] A variety show, the series features children, aged 12 or under, demonstrating their talents in various performing arts. [1]

The original series, hosted by Bill Lawrence throughout its run, aired from 1957 to 1992. [2] It was created as a children's version of station owner Ken Soble's long-running radio and television series Ken Soble's Amateur Hour. [1] Noted performers on the original series included Sheila Copps reciting a poem, [3] Deborah Cox as a singer, [1] and Frank Augustyn performing a gymnastics routine. [3] In addition to local children, the series attracted performers from throughout Southern Ontario and even from Buffalo, New York. [4] By the time of its cancellation in 1992, it was second only to CBC Television's Front Page Challenge as the longest-running television series in Canadian history. [2]

The series was briefly revived in 2000 as Today's Talent Time, hosted by Sandy Savelli and Mike Gravina. [3] Savelli and the program's executive producer Beth McBlain had both been performers on the original series. [3] The revival also included a "Time Capsule" segment, in which people who had performed on the original series were profiled. [3] The new series lasted a single season. [1]

The series was again revived in 2014 under its original title, now hosted by Jaclyn Colville and Jason Agnew. [4] The revived series was a shortlisted Canadian Screen Award nominee for Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016. [5]

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