June 4, 2014

Upfronts 2014 | Shaw Upfront CanCon News

Gloryosky was not invited to Shaw Media’s 2014 upfront, so this site won’t cover the presentation aspects of the Shaw Media upfront this year. To make up for this, here are what I feel are significant stories announced as part of the Shaw Media 2014 upfront.

The only new Canadian content on Global for fall 2014 is its Saturday one-hour documentary slot, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. (June 4, 2014)
Remedy has already been renewed for a second season. Working the Engels’ second-season renewal is contingent on its NBC performance, although the second season is in development. (June 4, 2014)
Big Brother Canada returns for a third season, moving from Slice to Global on the merits of its web presence, and its strong second-season performance on Slice. (June 4, 2014)

Beaver Hearse Section
Twist TV and Mystery will join the Canadian cable television scrap heap in 2014. Twist TV transitions to FYI by fall 2014, while Mystery becomes Crime + Investigation in December 2014. FYI’s American counterpart is itself A+E Networks’ rebrand of Bio Channel. This potentially causes a problem, as Rogers operates Bio Channel in Canada – although Rogers also uses NBCUniversal’s G4 brand, despite the American channel’s uncertain future. (June 4, 2014)

World Broadcast Premieres
History: UFO X-Files, Mummies Alive (not the 1997 cartoon, Horus help us), Dino Hunt, March to the Pole (special)
HGTV Canada: Reno Rookies, Mike’s Ultimate Garage, Custom Built, The Expandables
Food Network Canada: Carnival Eats, Great Canadian Cookbook (June 4, 2014)

Despite reasonable fan interest in a fourth season of Continuum, there is currently no news on the fate of the show beyond the third season. Canadian series and/or co-productions with new seasons include Beauty and the Beast, Haven, and Lost Girl. (June 4, 2014)

Canadian series and/or co-productions with new seasons include Ice Pilots NWT, Restoration Garage, Treasures Decoded, Vikings, and Yukon Gold. (June 4, 2014)


Upfronts 2014 | Rogers Upfront CanCon News

I’ll give a more detailed account of the Rogers upfront presentation later in the week. For now, here are the pertinent moves leading up to, and on the date of, the Rogers 2014 upfront.

NHL on Rogers
Jim Hughson, Dave Randorf, Paul Romanuk and Bob Cole are NHL on Rogers’ play-by-play announcing team for 2014-15, with Hughson as lead play-by-play announcer. (June 3, 2014)

City’s 2014-15 programming strategy is to strip Modern Family Monday to Friday at 7:00 and 7:30 PM ET/PT, 2 Broke Girls Monday to Friday at 10:00 PM ET/PT, and Two and a Half Men Monday to Friday at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Effectively, weekday primetime for City is from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Saturday and Sunday are NHL nights, with City’s Hockey Night in Canada game airing on Saturday, and Hometown Hockey airing on Sunday. The lone drama returning with new episodes in the 10:00 PM ET/PT hour is ABC’s Revenge, which will air after Hometown Hockey. (June 3, 2014)
Mr. D will debut on City on a second-window basis, as part of a co-production agreement between Rogers Media and CBC. The fourth season will debut on CBC first, then air on City. (June 3, 2014)
Package Deal and The Bachelor Canada are the two returning Canadian shows on City’s fall 2014 schedule. Meet the Family’s second season, according to TV Guide Canada, “will be scattered throughout the schedule when needed”, essentially making it filler. Seed’s third-season hopes are contingent on its performance on American program service The CW. (June 3, 2014)

Illusions of Grandeur and Close Up Kings (both working titles – suffice it to say, the shows are about magic) will debut on OLN in 2015. (May 30, 2014)
Storage Wars Canada has been renewed for thirty-six new episodes. (June 3, 2014; announced at upfront presentation)


May 24, 2014

Upfronts 2014 | The Gloryosky Guide to 2014-15 Primetime Comic Book Shows

CTV announced eleven new American imports for its 2014-15 schedule on May 23, 2014. Three of these new, high-profile imports are based on comic book properties. This is due to Hollywood’s increased interest in comic book properties (e.g., the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Man of Steel, the Batman films, the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film reboot)…and some cable zombie obscurity called The Walking Dead, you may have heard of it. Licensing and intellectual property exploitation play their parts, but that’s like saying Jack Kirby was a dynamic artist.

Five comic book properties – four of them from DC Entertainment – make will the transition to mainstream American network television, for the 2014-15 season. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. performs decently for CTV, while Arrow has a healthy Canadian fanbase. Two of CTV’s six new shows for its 2014-15 fall campaign feature DC Entertainment properties.

This list will be updated as I find out more information. If I miss any shows, and/or screw up on my information, please e-mail Gloryosky, comment on this article, and/or tweet Gloryosky.

As an aside, if you’re looking for Teen Titans Go!, Avengers Assemble or Beware the Batman, those are children’s shows. While Beware the Batman is more maturely written than something like Reckless, BtB doesn’t belong on this list…even though BtB recently joined [adult swim]’s Toonami block in America. Time will tell if Beware the Batman is more maturely written than Gotham.

Update (May 24, 2014): Stupid me, I forgot Preacher is a thing. Updated.

DC (mainstream)
Arrow (third season)
American network/program service: The CW
Canadian network/program service: CTV

The Flash (debuts fall 2014-15)
American network/program service: The CW
Canadian network/program service: CTV (whether CTV or CTV Two to be decided)
Notable USP: Spinoff from/companion show to Arrow.

Gotham (debuts fall 2014-15)
American network/program service: Fox
Canadian network/program service: CTV (whether CTV or CTV Two to be decided)
Notable USP: It’s a Batman property focusing on Commissioner James Gordon. That’s all the USP Gotham needs.

DC (Vertigo)
Constantine (debuts October 24, 2014)
American network/program service: NBC
Canadian network/program service: Global
Notable USP: DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer, of which John Constantine was the main character, ran from 1988-2013; Hellblazer was replaced by The New 52’s Constantine series. Constantine plans to be truer to the character’s roots than the 2005 Keanu Reeves film.

iZOMBIE (debuts fall 2014-15)
American network/program service: The CW
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Notable USPs: Based on Chris Roberson and Mike Allred’s 2010-12 Vertigo series. One of the executive producers is Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars.

Preacher (debut to be decided)
American specialty channel: AMC
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Notable USP: Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1995-2000 Vertigo series.

Marvel’s Agent Carter (debuts 2014-15 midseason)
American network/program service: ABC
Canadian network/program service: CTV (whether CTV or CTV Two to be decided)
Notable USPs: Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; will debut after Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s January 2015 mid-season break.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (second season)
American network/program service: ABC
Canadian network/program service: CTV

The Walking Dead (fifth season)
American specialty channel: AMC
Canadian network/program service: none; Canada carries the American AMC feed
Notable USP: The Walking Dead’s fourth season premiere earned 16.1 million same-day viewers in America. Simply put, it’s a cable juggernaut.


May 22, 2014

TV News/Media Releases | Bell Media/Shaw Media News Roundup (May 20-22, 2014)

Bell Media
Motive was renewed for a thirteen-episode third season on CTV. (May 21, 2014)

Bitten was renewed for a ten-episode second season on SPACE. (May 22, 2014)

Played (Bell Media loves its six-letter show titles) was cancelled after its lone season on CTV. (May 22, 2014)

Corner Gas: The Movie was announced, as well as an adjoining Kickstarter campaign that is currently wildly successful. Questions have been raised about Corner Gas: The Movie‘s reliance on government arts funding, as well as the ethics of using Kickstarter to fund Corner Gas: The Movie‘s marketing campaign.

As an aside, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End‘s release is scheduled for the end of 2014. (May 20, 2014-ongoing)

Shaw Media
Global’s Rookie Blue claimed over 1.3 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere. (May 21, 2014)

Non-profit organization Innoversity will hold the 2014 Shaw Media Broadcaster Showcase. The event is free with registration, and will take place at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. (May 20, 2014)


May 20, 2014

Media Release | Strombo Interviews The Prince of Wales, May 20 on CBC

From a May 16, 2014 press release (I know, this should have been up earlier, but it slipped my mind somehow):


Recorded in London, the half-hour special will air Tuesday, May 20 on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

In advance of his Canadian visit, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales sits down with George Stroumboulopoulos in London for his first ever Canadian TV interview to discuss his relationship with Canada. In the interview, Prince Charles discusses his love for Canada and its people, multiculturalism and diversity, his charity work, his sense of duty, and also touches on several of his passions, including architecture, organic food and public service.

During the interview, The Prince of Wales said he thinks he “might be able to contribute a little bit here and there to Canadian life.” Prince Charles also praised, “Unity through diversity. The key is to encourage diversity, that you can create it. You create the unity through recognizing people’s individual cultures and outlook.”

The full interview will air as a half-hour special, Prince of Wales: The Conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos on Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV. Two new Coronation Street episodes will air in advance of the special, starting at 7 p.m. on CBC-TV.


May 7, 2014

Article | 2014 CanCon Summer Season Schedule

As a break from Gloryosky’s new “strategy” of posting press releases, here is a list of new and/or returning primetime Canadian series and specials that will air during summer 2014. Also included are cable shows earning a second window on conventional broadcast and/or mainstream cable television.

Update (May 23, 2014): Remedy is a conventional broadcast show making its cable debut; it was mentioned in this tweet from @ShawMediaBuzz, so I mention it here.

This list will be updated as I find out more information. If I miss any shows, and/or screw up on dates/times, please e-mail Gloryosky, comment on this article, and/or tweet Gloryosky.

CBC Short Film Face Off: fourth national annual competition premieres Saturday, August 30; 7:00 PM ET/PT; 8:00 PM AT; 8:30 PM NL

19-2: debuts Thursday, June 5; 10:00 PM ET/PT (original home: Bravo)
2014 MuchMusic Video Awards: twenty-fifth annual awards ceremony airs Sunday, June 15; 9:00 PM ET/PT (simulcast with MuchMusic)
The Amazing Race Canada: second season premieres Tuesday, July 8; 9:00 PM ET/PT (CTV original)
Bitten: debut TBA (original home: SPACE)
The Listener: fifth season premieres Monday, May 26; 9:00 PM ET/PT (CTV original)
Orphan Black: second season premiere TBA (original home: SPACE)

Rookie Blue: fifth season premieres Monday, May 19; 10:00 PM ET/PT; moves to Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET/PT starting July 2 (Global original)

2014 MuchMusic Video Awards: twenty-fifth annual awards ceremony airs Sunday, June 15; 9:00 PM ET/PT (simulcast with CTV)

W Network
Shannon & Sophie: debuts Tuesday, May 20; 10:00 PM ET/PT (W Network original; two-episode premiere)

Cook’d: debuts Tuesday, May 20; 7:00 PM ET/PT (YTV original)

CMT Canada
Mom’s a Medium: debuts Friday, June 20; 9:00 PM ET (CMT Canada original)

Skye and Chang (pilot): primetime debut Tuesday, May 20; 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT; pilot first aired April 26 at 4:00 PM ET/MT/CT (APTN original)

Never Ever Do This at Home: second season premieres Monday, May 12; 9:00 PM ET/PT (Discovery original)

Canada in Perspective: third season premieres Sunday, May 25; 6:30 PM ET/PT (AMI-tv original)

The Day My Butt Went Psycho: debuts Thursday, June 12; 6:30 PM ET/PT (Teletoon original; co-production between Nelvana and Studio Moshi)

Vikings: second season premieres Thursday, June 19; time TBD (original home: History)
Remedy: debuts Tuesday, June 3; time TBD (original home: Global)

HGTV Canada
Buy It! Fix It! Sell It!: debuts Friday, May 23; 10:00 PM ET (HGTV original)


May 6, 2014

Media Release | Rookie Blue’s Fifth Season Premieres May 19 on Global

From a May 6 media release (which, in the headline, confuses Rookie Blue‘s fifth-season premiere with its ET Canada special):

Explosive New Season Premieres in Canada First!

ET Canada Goes Behind the Scenes with ET Canada Presents Rookie Blue: Behind the Badge on May 15 at 9 pm ET/PT

Rookie Blue moves to a new day in July on Wednesdays beginning July 2 at 10 pm ET/PT

Hot on the heels of its extended episode order of Rookie Blue, Global brings the fifth season of its original drama to Canadians on Monday, May 19 at 10 pm ET/PT. The cliffhanger finale saw Andy, Nick and Sam’s torrid love triangle crack, and two lives hanging in the balance. The adrenaline-fueled Season Five premiere begins where the finale left off and continues the red-hot momentum through its 11-episode run.

“With four hugely successful seasons under its belt, Global’s Rookie Blue is a driving force in Canadian television,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “After a chilling finale that kept fans talking for months, we are so excited for the series to heat up screens again with the most exhilarating ride along yet.”

The Season Four finale saw Sam Swarek and Chloe Price shot in the line of duty and in critical care at Memorial Hospital. As the shell-shocked officers of 15 Division struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together – and as Andy McNally and Sam work to find their way back to each other – Andy is tasked with training a challenging new rookie under the watchful eye of a tough new Inspector. And while the officers will have to learn that life doesn’t always have a fairy-tale ending that certainly doesn’t mean there’s no happily ever after.

Before the thrilling new season debuts, viewers go behind the scenes of 15 Division in the exclusive half-hour special ET Canada Presents Rookie Blue: Behind the Badge airing on May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. An exclusive sneak peek will be available online at ETCanada.com and GlobalTV.com on May 13. Host Cheryl Hickey goes on the set of the critically acclaimed series, interviewing the stars of the show and gets the inside scoop on what true-blue fans can expect this upcoming season. The special features sit down interviews with leading lady Missy Peregrym, her co-star Gregory Smith, and viewers meet a new rookie played by Matt Murray. Never-before-seen audition tape footage is revealed, along with a Season Five sneak peek.

But that’s not all – GlobalTV.com takes viewers into the squad car with Rookie Blue: Stakeout, a nine-part web series that takes them through the unexpected changes shared between the officers while they’re stuck in close quarters with nothing to do but watch and wait. As sleep deprivation and sugar highs set in, their guards inevitably go down allowing viewers to explore the different sides to the characters they know so well. It’s the ultimate police bonding experience.

In keeping with last season’s theme of ‘change’, 15 Division welcomes two new characters who shake up the familiar dynamic. Inspector John Jarvis (Oliver Becker, Rent-A-Goalie) strolls into 15 Division with a serious agenda. He wants the real story: is this a division full of heroes or a minefield full of screw-ups? Seamlessly flipping from pleasant to menacing, Inspector Jarvis is a political spin-master of epic proportions. He’s out to shake things up and make his mark. Also new to the team is 15 Division’s brand-new rookie, Duncan Moore aka “Selfie” (Matthew Owen Murray, Degrassi: The Next Generation). He is the very picture of a fresh-faced millennial: confident, eager to impress, and excellent at pointing out mistakes – particularly other people’s mistakes. But when Duncan struggles to fit into the group at 15, the officers soon have their hands full with this challenging and well-connected new recruit.

Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia), Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon), Marlo Cruz (Rachel Ancheril), Noelle Williams (Melanie Nicholls-King), Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald), and Holly Stewart (Aliyah O’Brien) all return for Season 5.

Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint), Russ Cochrane (The Listener), Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings), David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings) and John Morayniss (Klondike, Haven). Rookie Blue is a production of IFC Films and leading indie studio eOne, who also distributes the series internationally.


Media Release | Remedy Renewed for Second Season

From a May 1 media release:

Viewer’s pulses race once again as Shaw Media announced today that Global’s hit medical drama Remedy has been green lit for a second season. Remedy had a strong first season, averaging nearly 1 million viewers each week (2+). Commissioned by Shaw Media’s original content team and produced by Indian Grove Productions, a total of 10 episodes have been ordered and production is set to begin in Toronto and Hamilton later this year.

Remedy is a proven hit and solid performer for Global, and we’re delighted to be able to watch these characters grow even further with a second season,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.

The high stakes, prime-time medical drama once again follows the Conner family’s trials and tribulations, while zeroing in on the distinct ‘upstairs/downstairs’ dynamic of a downtown hospital. Remedy continues to go beyond the OR and the ER to reveal the compelling community who together make the healing happen.

The series follows Griffin Conner, son of the Acting Chief of Staff, and brother to the strong and resourceful Sandy, an ICU Nurse, and the highly disciplined, perfectionist Melissa, a General Surgeon. Season 1 saw Griffin, a med school dropout having left in a haze of disgrace, forced to return to Bethune General Hospital as its newest orderly. Working “downstairs” alongside a cast of colourful characters, Griffin gets a new perspective on a world he thought he knew.

From creator and showrunner Greg Spottiswood (King), Remedy stars Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint, Galaxy Quest, Just Shoot Me!) as Acting Chief of Staff and family patriarch Allen Conner, Dillon Casey (Nikita, The Vow, MVP) as his son Griffin, Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries, Primeval: New World) as his General Surgeon daughter Melissa, and Sarah Allen (Jozi-H, Murdoch Mysteries) as his eldest daughter, and ICU Nurse, Sandy.

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