- Blue Ant Media launches its version of The Smithsonian Channel on November 13, 2013, with a requisite promotional stunt. The Smithsonian Channel was formerly Equator HD/eqhd, one of the four High Fidelity HDTV channels subsumed by Blue Ant Media in 2012.
- Gerry Dee tweets about his CBC New Year’s Eve standup special, which tapes Friday, November 15, 2013 at Ottawa’s Centrepoint Theatre. There are 7:00 PM ET and 10:00 PM ET shows. Tickets are $49.25, including taxes and service charges.
- W Network will air an eight-episode, half-hour reality series from Force Four Entertainment starring Shannon Tweed-Simmons, and her daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons. This show honestly reads like A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels reformatted for both CanCon, and a female audience. The show shoots in Vancouver, Whistler, and Los Angeles, and debuts on W sometime in 2014. Gene Simmons will make cameos, which is as much a spoiler as “bran is a good source of fibre”.
- Tony Parsons winds up his CBC News Vancouver anchor duties on December 20, 2013, as he announces his retirement. Tony Parsons first anchored for Toronto CTV flagship station CFTO from the late 1960s, to the early 1970s (the Internet is indeterminate on specific years). From 1974-78, he was the west coast correspondent for CTV National News. Parsons is best known for his stint at CHAN (d/b/a BCTV/Global BC) from 1975 to 2009. Most recently, Parsons was both CBC News Vancouver 5:00-6:30 PM PT news anchor (2010-13), and CHEK Victoria 10:00 PM PT news anchor (2010-13). Parsons left CHEK in June 2013.
- The 2013 Digi Awards nominations.
November 13, 2013
June 5, 2011
Fred Ewanuick is a survivor himself. The Vancouver native is best known for playing Hank Yarbo on Corner Gas (2004-09.) For three seasons, he was Nick Papathanasiou on CTV’s Robson Arms (2005-08.) Regardless of what one thinks of Dan for Mayor – the show splitting off into “good” and “shit” camps, with little inbetween – Ewanuick deserves his Dan for Mayor starring role. Given his early background and acting career, Ewanuick’s taken the long road to television infamy.
June 3, 2011
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May 9, 2011
- Flashpoint returns for a fourth season on Friday, June 17, at 8:00 PM ET. CTV claims a date-and-time simulcast with CBS. ”Encore” episodes currently air Fridays at 9:00 PM ET.
- Comedy Now! will begin its thirteenth season Saturday, June 4, at 10:00 PM ET. No further information has been given; I am presently looking into that.
- Dan for Mayor‘s second season premieres Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 PM ET.
- Hiccups‘ second season will have its first three episodes air Monday at 8:00 PM ET, starting May 30. The show will then move to Sundays at 8:30 PM ET, starting June 19.
- The Borgias will make its CTV broadcast debut Tuesday, June 21, at 10:00 PM ET.
- So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s fourth season returns Monday, June 20 at 8:00 PM ET. The results shows begin Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET, starting July 5.
December 17, 2010
In addition, CTV and MuchMusic have ordered six one-hour episodes of Epitome Pictures’ Highland Gardens, a show about young Canadians trying to make it in Hollywood. Epitome Pictures is best known for Degrassi: the Next Generation/Degrassi and Instant Star. The showrunner is Martin Gero, a man best known for Stargate Atlantis, Young People Fucking and HBO’s Bored to Death.
I can safely say I am not interested in the two CTV pilots. As someone commented at TV, Eh?, they read like St. Elsewhere and The Good Wife.
Highland Gardens sounds similarly generic, but Gero could make something out of the premise. Likewise, Malcolm MacRury’s attached to Saving Hope, which probably means Cra$h & Burn is dead in the water.
I’m not going to complain about the three new projects, given that they won’t make air until at least the 2011-12 season, but CTV isn’t much for originality. At least CTV’s not ripping off $#*! My Dad Says yet.
CityTV’s midseason slate includes the second season of My RONA Home (Sunday, April 3, 2011: 9:00 PM ET) and the fourth season of Murdoch Mysteries (Wednesday, March 16, 2011: 10:00 PM ET.) Airdates and times are, of course, subject to change.
CityTV’s midseason is stuffed full of American shows and Law & Order: UK. I don’t want to dog CityTV, but when did it become the most conservative networklet in Canadian television? Most of the prime-time schedule consists of NBC and ABC shows not nailed down by Shaw Media or CTV. Murdoch Mysteries is being rerun in two different timeslots.
I’m not going to blame Rogers entirely for the channel rot, as CityTV has been on a slow, steady decline since the tail end of the CHUM Television era. At the same time…My RONA Home and Out There with Melissa DiMarco reruns?! I honestly can’t believe we’ve come to this point.
CTV will debut one show in the beginning of January. The Marilyn Denis Show‘s first episode will air Monday, January 10, 2011, at 10:00 AM ET/PT. In addition, The Listener‘s second season will premiere Friday, January 28, 2011, at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
Flashpoint has a “mid-season premiere,” which is a fancy way of saying holiday specials are over for another year. The show returns Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
Not to be outdone in the CanCon department, Global has…given a second window to Haven. The first-season premiere airs Friday, January 21, 2011, at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Yes. One show, and it’s imported from Showcase.
Seriously, news like this makes me wonder why the hell I do URBMN. I understand the limitations of Canadian television, but Canadian content laws need to be tightened up when networks like Global and CityTV whittle the CanCon stick down to a shiv. This country is just now inching to the point where our shows are becoming Americanized.
Meanwhile, Shaw Media is continuing the Canwest practice of slapping a show across five or six channels. It boggles the mind. Oh, well. Enjoy Bob’s Burgers and Winter Wipeout.
November 8, 2010
Breakthrough announces Picnicface as “in keeping with the great tradition of Canadian sketch comedy shows like SCTV or Kids in the Hall.” While I’m not sold on Breakthrough’s hype, Picnicface have gained their own measure of notoriety.