Admittedly, I’m out of my element here. The interview isn’t as in-depth as I’d like. The whole piece is four minutes long, and edited within three hours. Hey, it’s out, and I get to use the moribund Posterous account again. I should have more MP3-related fun within two weeks. In the meantime, enjoy my mumblemouth.
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- 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.
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.