Call for Help

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techtv (ended 2007)

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Call for Help is a show that helps you understand technology - "how to choose it, use it, abuse it, and eventually lose it". This one hour show is designed to help viewers, from the hardcore to the novice, get the most out of their technology and keep up-to-date on the latest tech news, products, and trends. Call for Help centers around answers to viewer calls, but also includes fun tech tidbits, updates on the latest fashions (and threats) in technology as well as product reviews. The show often features visits from experts in the various aspects of tech. Regular guests include Pixelcorp's Alex Lindsay, security expert Steve Gibson, Photoshop wizard Greg Danbrooke, and many others, such as gadget lover Dick DeBartolo. Two of the show's own staff members, Mike Lazazzera and Sean Carruthers, also make regular on-screen contributions to the show. Host Leo Laporte has remarked that the show has now become a lot like the original Screensavers, which longtime TechTV fans remember fondly. Call For Help originally began on TechTV in May 1998. Cancelled six years later, in May 2004, following the TechTV/G4 merger (considered by purists to be "the end of TechTV"), viewer response led to the show being resurrected in August 2004 by G4TechTV Canada. Former host Laporte was happy to return to the new show, to be joined by new co-hosts Andy Walker and Monica Litonjua (Litonjua soon left the show and was succeeded by web expert Amber MacArthur). Since its return, over 400 original episodes have been broadcast. The show is now filmed in Toronto, and initially only aired in Canada, but in February of 2005 returned to screens in Australia. Fans of the show were shocked when, on the 31st of August, 2005, co-host Walker announced he was leaving the show due to a proposed contract renewal that would see him earning "substantially less" than in his first year at the show. He was not replaced by a new co-host, and the show continued on with one less on the team.In late 2006 co-host Amber MacArthur announced she was leaving the show; moving on to a journalistic position at Canada's CityNews. She has been succeeded a several new co-hosts, including GeekBrief.tv's Cali Lewis. Also in August 2005, American fans, who had been crying out for over a year to see the show back, finally had their patience rewarded when the program returned to G4 in the US. G4 proceeded to air a batch of approximately 60 episodes over the proceeding months, albeit at less-than-glamorous early morning time slots, before once again pulling the plug on the show at the end of 2005. The show continued in 2006 in both Canada and Australia however, and in mid-06 became available to American fans to buy on Google Video. In November 2006, Laporte announced on his radio show that the production of Call for Help was to be moved to Vancouver. Nogotiations between G4TechTV owner Rogers Communications and Greedy Productions allowed the show to "continue" under the new name In the Lab with Leo. Call for Help ended on April 7, 2007 and In the Lab with Leo began airing April 23, 2007. (In the Lab with Leo has since been cancelled after 195 episodes) "Remember, if you have a problem with your personal confuser, don't whine, don't moan, don't yelp... Just Call for Help!" Current Editor's note: When I attained the TV.com guide for C4H, it originally began with the second incarnation of the show although it had listed the main cast from the show as it aired from 1998. I've decided to leave the current listing as is until I have found much more information for the original show. These episodes will be listed as 2.0. When I find enough accurate information on the show (too much false info out there) We'll start adding to the first (and funnier) show.moreless
Leo Laporte

Leo Laporte

Host (1998-2001, 2003 +)

Amber MacArthur

Amber MacArthur

Co-Host (2004-06)

Andy Walker

Andy Walker

Co-Host (2004-05)

Cali Lewis

Cali Lewis

Co-Host (2006)

Catherine Schwartz

Catherine Schwartz

Host (2001-04)