- Global will debut
Combat Hospital The Hot ZoneCombat Hospital Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, in simulcast with ABC.
- Rookie Blue‘s second season will begin Thursday, June 23, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Rookie Blue is also in simulcast with ABC.
- The Kennedys will make its Global debut Monday, July 4, at 8:00 PM ET/PT, in the form of eight one-hour episodes.
- Canada Sings begins Wednesday, August 10, at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
- NBC Universal, Entertainment One and Global will develop a television adaptation of John Grisham’s The Firm for midseason 2012. The show is executive produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.
May 19, 2011
May 14, 2011
This news is notable for the American company attached to the Adventures of Tintin DVD releases. Shout! Factory has released Canadian content before, most notably SCTV, ReBoot and Transformers: Beast Wars.
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 13, 2010
What I’m really looking forward to tonight is Ed the Sock’s This Movie Sucks!, since it promises to be new, but the Geminis make for fun viewing. The Geminis really are the Bizarro Emmys. Also, the Broadcast Gala’s 90 minutes long. Unlike the Emmys, the Geminis don’t fuck around.
I have a personal interest in the Gemini Awards this year, since I’m following two shows in two categories: Pure Pwnage for Best Comedy Program or Series, and Durham County for Best Dramatic Series.
Also, the Broadcast Gala realized it can’t subsist on a diet of Mike Reno and Theo Tams, so this year features Elvis Costello, Feist and some off-key hobo. Cory Monteith is the host. Monteith promises to be funnier than Ron James, and Cory Monteith isn’t a comedian.
Granted, the Gemini Awards won’t be cool this year. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television would have to stop giving out 100 awards a year for that to happen. At least I’m not liveblogging the Genie Awards. That’s the real dead zone when it comes to Canadian awards shows.
August 23, 2010
The Legend of White Fang originally aired in Canada on Family Channel, while HBO aired the series in the US. The Legend of White Fang was produced when Cookie Jar was known as CINAR.
I remember The Legend of White Fang from its Global run, sometime in the mid-1990s. For a show mainly aired as CanCon-mandated filler, the series was surprisingly decent. Pierre Berton was even The Legend of White Fang‘s historical consultant.
Truth be known, The Legend of White Fang was a bit boring at times, a problem CINAR shows often had in the 1990s. I’d still take The Legend of White Fang over Sharky & George, The Smoggies and…ugh…C.L.Y.D.E.
What gets me is how Mill Creek Entertainment and Cookie Jar Group sell this set. The box set front cover image is of a generic posterized husky. The cartoon did not look that good.
Also, Mill Creek and Cookie Jar have this habit of passing off unrelated items from the Cookie Jar archives as “extras.” Seriously, what do Busytown Mysteries, Flight Squad and The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures have to do with a loose Jack London book adaptation?
This isn’t even a new phenomenon. Mill Creek and Cookie Jar pulled this stunt with the Dark Oracle series set. It’s annoying.
Here are the opening credits to The Legend of White Fang. You can see YTV logos and a horrible Canadian flag animation circa 2000 plastered over the credits. The show got around.
August 22, 2010
The Red Green Show: The Toddlin’ Years is also mentioned in an Acorn Media wholesalers’ listing. I don’t think the title has been formally announced at this point. The November 2 street date, of course, is subject to change.
The Red Green Show “rebooted” itself as The New Red Green Show for its three seasons on Global. Despite the fact that The Red Green Show had to pay its way on Global, to the point of selling its own advertising, the Global era is when the show started to take off. Despite the modifier “new,” The New Red Green Show‘s formulae and running jokes were by and large set by 1994.
The Red Green Show: The Toddlin’ Years is formatted like The Red Green Show: The Infantile Years, with three 24-episode seasons on a total of nine discs. The price is the same as The Infantile Years – $99.99 US/$124.99 CDN. As I said in my piece on The Red Green Show: The Infantile Years, this release is just for the hardcores.
I honestly don’t get the “Infantile/Toddlin’” way of selling the early years of The Red Green Show. The show’s format never underwent any major changes over 15 seasons. Who’s the target market for The Red Green Show: The Toddlin’ Years? Are the hardcore fans that snobby that $100 US for three seasons of television is acceptable? I don’t get it. I blame PBS for this.
July 12, 2010
In Canada, Rookie Blue debuted to what Global terms “2.1 million viewers,” though the preliminary viewership was closer to 1.8 million. The show followed this up with 1.4 million viewers on Canada Day, and 1.7 million viewers on July 8.
Meanwhile, American figures are strong enough that Rookie Blue is ABC’s highest-rated new summer drama series in six years. It’s Canada’s most popular crossover hit since Flashpoint, which is produced by…Tassie Cameron. Imagine that.
Canwest is being disingenuous about the “critics’ accolades” it mentions in the Rookie Blue press release. Metacritic gives the show a 52/100, with a user score of 5.1/10. The critics are more kind to ABC’s Boston Med and BBC America’s The Choir.
I’m actually surprised Rookie Blue has staying power. Meanwhile, The Bridge has died over at CBS. Gee, I wonder why a well-promoted Thursday night show has better traction than a show CBS can’t wait to burn off on Saturday nights? Americans must not get The Bridge. Yeah, that’s it. That sounds like a plausible enough excuse for failure.
Blackstone (January 28, 2011)
Combat Hospital (2011-12)
Kenny Hotz’s Triumph of the Will* (Spring/Summer 2011)
King (Spring 2011)
Single White Spenny (Spring/Summer 2011)
Untitled Belleville Brothers Project* (Spring/Summer 2011)
XIII (Spring 2011)
Backdoor pilots include:
Befriend & Betray (Spring 2011)
Jack of Diamonds (Spring 2011)
Rave Squad (Spring 2011)
Previously announced programming:
Endgame (Spring 2011)
Lost Girl (Fall 2010)
Shattered (Fall 2010)
The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour (Winter 2011)
Blackstone has already been announced for APTN, but airdates on APTN haven’t been given yet. I really don’t count Blackstone as a “new” show for Canwest, since Canwest is giving Blackstone a second broadcast window.
I’m curious to know why both Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice have new shows. Single White Spenny will be produced by Breakthrough Films & Television. Howard Busgang has been mentioned in relation to the series.
Both John Morayniss and Kenny Hotz will executive-produce the new Hotz series for E1 Entertainment. The show may or may not be called Prize or Punishment. Spenny’s trying to be Larry David, while Hotz is being his usual tasteless self. Sounds about right.
Based on Canwest’s 2010-11 slate, I get the feeling most of the shows will be offloaded to Showcase. Showcase wants to be a mainstream drama channel now, so it’s beefing up its drama holdings. I don’t know why Combat Hospital is even on this list, as it won’t debut for another year.
I think Showcase is treated better than Global. It sure gets the lion’s share of Canwest’s homegrown drama content. That doesn’t surprise me. Cable rot is turning Showcase into a haven for reruns of the XIII miniseries and Beyond Loch Ness, but Showcase is launching more original series than ever. It’s a strange dichotomy. I wonder why Showcase hasn’t launched a Loch Ness series yet.
Addendum (July 12, 2010) | The media release for Blackstone, which has just been released, states that the show will air on both APTN and Showcase come “early 2011.” No word on whether Blackstone will be simulcast.
Untitled Belleville Brothers Project is somehow still Untitled Belleville Brothers Project. It’s also been known as Masters of the Plazaverse and The Strip. The name changes are confusing. I’ll be surprised if the show doesn’t debut as Untitled Belleville Brothers Project.