October 15, 2014

Social Media | Gloryosky Live-Tweet Schedule – Fall 2014

Since the debut of Gotham on September 22, 2014, I have live-tweeted certain shows – the DC Entertainment network shows, and selected Canadian television dramas – to see if this will become a more established thing for Gloryosky. While the live-tweets are partially there to make up for Gloryosky’s spotty 2014 update schedule, I have never followed shows like this in the seven seasons URBMN/Gloryosky has covered television. I will review shows on Gloryosky itself, as work and/or time constraints permit.

The shows being live-tweeted for fall 2014 are:

Arrow (CTV/The CW): October 8, 2014- , 8:00 PM ET
Blackstone (APTN): November 11, 2014- , 10:00 PM ET
Constantine (Global/NBC): October 24, 2014- , 10:00 PM ET
The Flash (CTV/The CW): October 7, 2014- , 8:00 PM ET
Gotham (CTV/Fox): September 22, 2014- , 8:00 PM ET
Strange Empire (CBC): October 6, 2014- , 9:00 PM ET

Stay tuned to Gloryosky for further updates. Keep in mind, I will stop live-tweeting a show if I lose personal interest in it, the response to the live-tweets aren’t enough for me to think the show’s worth continued coverage, and/or (this is the most obvious one) the show is cancelled.

Update (October 17, 2014): Due to CBC moving Ascension to January 2015, Ascension is removed from the list. It will be live-tweeted if I decide to carry the live-tweets into 2015.

In its place is Blackstone, a show I’m surprised I forgot to list earlier. I’m not sure if I’ll include the fourth season of Cashing In; I’ve seen the show, but don’t follow Cashing In to the degree I do Blackstone.

As always, follow the Gloryosky Twitter account for television-related news, promotion, and/or other relevant transmissions. Consume. Watch TV. Don’t kick ass and chew bubblegum.

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Article | Why Strange Empire doesn’t need to “save the CBC”

With Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik’s new CBC Television show, two narratives dominate the show’s current publicity – the woman-oriented western angle, and the drama that’s “more substantial” than CBC’s other homegrown dramatic fare. With this in mind, Strange Empire’s debut earned 319,000 viewers on October 6, 2014. Its second episode earned 312,000 viewers on October 13, 2014. That’s not a good start for the latest show that’s allegedly too “un-CBC” for CBC.

Even though I don’t pay attention to promotion as much as I used to, I do notice the lack of putting Finstad-Knizhnik’s name upfront in the promotion to Strange Empire, trailer-wise. CBC has other avenues in which to publicize Finstad-Knizhnik’s involvement with Strange Empire, but not in the commercials and trailers themselves. Durham County – which Finstad-Knizhnik co-created – is as much about suburban decay, and a character study about people trying to deal with their personal issues, as it is a crime drama. Similarly, Strange Empire is more complex than “women in a late-1860s Western Canada bordertown”, which at least this Dork Shelf piece understands. Perhaps CBC wants the television audience to focus on the show’s concept, and not the creator’s previous achievements. I don’t know.

If Durham County had a unique selling point in first run, it was Hugh Dillon’s role as homicide detective Mike Sweeney. Dillon is the lead singer for The Headstones, and a decent actor. He became a marketable name in Canadian television through Durham County and CTV’s Flashpoint. By comparison, CBC Revenue Group first sells Strange Empire on the merits of Cara Gee, Melissa Farman, and Tattiawna Jones, before mentioning Finstad-Knizhnik. While Jones is a familiar face on Canadian television, and Gee comes off a Canadian Screen Award nomination for 2013 film Empire of Dirt, it is Finstad-Knizhnik with the highest television profile, as Durham County lasted three seasons on The Movie Network and HBO Canada, and aired in a second window on Global. Durham County also had a United States run on minor program service Ion.

The media narrative of Strange Empire as the latest show too “un-CBC” for CBC baffles me. CBC Television sometimes has a show or two a season that doesn’t fit neatly with the majority of its schedule – jPod, Wild Roses, What It’s Like Being Alone, Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Being Erica. The main problem with the “un-CBC” narrative is that it reduces CBC programming to an us-vs.-them scenario, dovetailing into one of CBC’s persistent false binaries – either the CBC goes completely highbrow/news-oriented/niche etc. and stops competing with private program services like CTV, CTV Two, Global, and City, or it reaches for that mass audience and stops being “special”. In reality, the failure of one of CBC’s first-season shows is seldom anything more than that, whether the show is “edgy” or not. If anything is a punch in the face to CBC this season, it’s the loss of Hockey Night in Canada’s advertising revenue, which directly affects CBC long-term.

Strange Empire is an experiment for CBC in 2014-15. My worry with Strange Empire is that it wasn’t initially promoted well enough to the audience of Durham County fans that might appreciate it. Granted, Strange Empire is a much harder sell than new seasons of a proven commodity like Murdoch Mysteries and The Rick Mercer Report. In addition, Strange Empire competes against City’s Scorpion, CTV’s Forever, CTV Two’s The Voice, and Global’s Sleepy Hollow. Monday at 9:00 PM is a tough time-slot, with two new American imports, and two well-established American imports. One thing that might help Strange Empire, assuming CBC doesn’t move the show, is if ABC cancels Forever before it finishes its first season.

CBC Television is not so flimsy that the poor initial performance of one of its edgier dramas is enough to call CBC’s entire 2014-15 primetime schedule into question. It’s not like CBC hasn’t aired “non-CBC” shows before; aside from Being Erica (which enjoyed a respectable four-season run, despite perpetual on-the-bubble CBC ratings), the odder fits are forgotten about, along with “safer” bets like Men with Brooms and The Debaters. Broadcast television is its own strange empire.

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August 25, 2014

TV News | Fall 2014 premiere dates for CBC’s Canadian series

From an August 25, 2014 media release. All times are in PT/MT/CT/ET/AT, half an hour later NT.

Ascension: November 25, 9:00 PM (debut)
Canada’s Smartest Person: September 28, 8:00 PM (second season; first season aired winter 2012)
Doc Zone: October 9, 9:00 PM
Dragons’ Den: October 15, 8:00 PM (ninth season)
Heartland: September 28, 7:00 PM (eighth season)
Hockey Night in Canada: October 11, game 7:00 ET to conclusion (sixty-first television season)
Marketplace: October 17, 8:00 PM (forty-second season)
Murdoch Mysteries: October 6, 8:00 PM (eighth season)
Republic of Doyle: October 15, 9:00 PM (sixth and final season)
Steven and Chris: September 22, 2:00 PM (eighth season)
Strange Empire: October 6, 9:00 PM (debut)
the fifth estate: October 24, 9:00 PM (fortieth season)
The Nature of Things: October 9, 8:00 PM (fifty-fourth season)
The Rick Mercer Report: October 7, 8:00 PM (twelfth season)
This Hour Has 22 Minutes: October 7, 8:30 PM (twenty-second season)

Although Hockey Night in Canada is back for its sixty-first season on CBC, Rogers Media currently controls the property. HNiC is not mentioned in CBC’s official press release, nor on its fall schedule promotional website.

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August 5, 2014

Media Release | Four performers announced for 2014 CCMA Awards telecast

From an August 5, 2014 media release. I am not a fan of country music, but I like that the Canadian Country Music Association gets right to the point, as this is the entire release:

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that Dean Brody, Tim Hicks and Dallas Smith, and special guests Little Big Town will perform on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show; broadcast on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 7. For more information, www.ccma.org.

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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):

GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS INTERVIEWS HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES IN FIRST EVER CANADIAN TV INTERVIEW

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.

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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
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

CTV
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)

Global
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)

MuchMusic
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)

YTV
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)

APTN
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)

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

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

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

Showcase
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)

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April 15, 2014

Upfronts 2014 | The Gloryosky Guide to the 2014-15 Canadian Television Upfronts

It’s almost Canadian television upfront time again, where major Canadian media conglomerates sell advertisers on the merits of their programming. This article will be updated as dates, venues, and times for the upfronts are finalized.

Bell Media (CTV): Thursday, June 5, 2014 (location withheld by request)
CBC Television (English): Thursday, May 29, 2014; Canadian Broadcast Centre; morning
Channel Zero (CHCH): Thursday, June 12, 2014; Real Sports Bar and Grill; early morning
Rogers Media (City): Tuesday, June 3, 2014; time and venue TBA
Shaw Media (Global): Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, all English-language Canadian television upfronts are held in Toronto, Ontario. Upfront events are not public events; they are by invitation only.

Update (May 30, 2014): Due to scheduling conflicts with the Ontario election of June 12, 2014, the Channel Zero/CHCH upfront will be bypassed this year.

Usually, CBC Television is first with its mid-May late May this year media day. CBC Television tends to release its fall schedule ahead of time; this year, CBC Television released the fall 2014-15 schedule (and the 2013-14 cancellations – blame CBC’s recent budgetary cutbacks for that one) earlier than usual, so CBC Television lays practically all its cards on the table weeks ahead of its media day. I don’t understand why CBC Television does this, but that’s its usual strategy.

Rogers Media, Shaw Media, and Bell Media focus most on their terrestrial program services. That reads as obvious, but having attended all three upfronts (Rogers Media in 2012 and 2013; Canwest/Shaw Media from 2010-12; Bell Media in 2012 and 2013), City, Global, and CTV are the top priorities. In particular, Rogers Media, Shaw Media, and Bell Media focus on their terrestrial program services’ prime-time schedules. Bell Media sets the majority of its time aside for CTV’s offerings, whereas Rogers Media and Shaw Media spread attention between their terrestrial and specialty offerings.

Bell Media actually tweeted CTV’s upfront date on Monday, April 14, 2014. Unless I’m bad at paying attention to other online marketing efforts, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a major Canadian media company promote an upfront save-the-date on Twitter. It’s a welcome trend; I hope it spreads.

CHCH’s 2014 upfront will feature the Tiny Talent Time revival in some way. That’s not much of a spoiler, as both the date and Tiny Talent Time‘s involvement were confirmed to me by CHCH marketing manager Rhonda Messieh on March 12, 2014. The Tiny Talent Time revival was announced during CHCH’s 2013 upfront, so the TTT revival has been a while in coming.

Corus Entertainment, Stornoway Communications, ZoomerMedia and Blue Ant Media do not participate in the annual upfront season, as far as I know.

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November 13, 2013

News: November 13, 2013 Canadian Television Press Release Potrzebie

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