George has really taken leaps and bounds as an interviewer. I enjoy his take on things as well. At first, his "hipper than thou" persona kind of turned me off the show, but he seems to have toned that down quite a bit.
I never felt like he was straining to fill an hour , but he suits thought otherwise, I guess. That's unfortunate as there isn't a whole lot I watch on CBC to start with. Puzzling.
Well, his attitude may be toned down but still a little too much to take.
As for the interviewing, I guess it's matter of personal taste. Myself, I can't stomach watching how hard he sucks up to every guest, and how often he twists the interview into being about himself or inserting his quips, his pseudo-intellectual quotes, and his insincere canadiana.
The shorter format may make the program stronger as the tighter timings will enforce a bit of discipline that will hopefully put a lid on a lot of his self aggrandizing.
I was thinking this is a perfect example of 'less is more', but that got me to wondering if they shorten the program even more, how much better can it get...