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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November 8, 2013

News: Canadian International Television Festival announces inaugural schedule

Barring any last-minute changes, I plan to attend the inaugural Canadian International Television Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The festival runs from November 15-17, 2013; the public portion of the festival runs from November 16-17, 2013.

Upcoming Canadian television shows to be showcased at the inaugural CITF include:

  • 19-2 (November 16; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM).  This is part of a larger panel covering The Amazing Race Canada and Degrassi.
  • Bitten (November 16; 10:00-11:00 PM)
  • Sensitive Skin (November 16; 4:00-5:00 PM)
  • Spun Out (November 16; 8:00-9:00 PM)

The Royal Canadian Air Farce will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on November 16, from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Other events include binge viewing of Sherlock‘s (November 16; 10:00 AM-3:00 PM) and Orphan Black‘s (November 16; 6:00 PM-11:00 PM) first seasons, a bravoFACT short film showcase (November 16; 4:00-5:00 PM), a Bill Brioux discussion on NBC’s fall 1966 preview reel (November 17, 1:00-2:00 PM), and an advance screening/Q&A session based around Murdoch Mysteries (November 17, 4:00-6:00 PM).  The festival closes with the Canadian debut of Sky Arts’ 2012 four-part limited series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook (November 17, 7:00-9:00 PM).

Tickets for the festival are free.  There is a $1.00 surcharge per ticket, for advance online orders.  The Canadian International Television Festival revealed its finalized lineup on November 7, 2013.

I recently wrote an article for TV, Eh? about the Canadian International Television Festival.  To be fair, I wrote the article before plans were finalized for the CITF.  Now that the CITF has a definite form, I’m glad to see the festival on track for next week.

While I can’t claim that the CITF’s overall promotion is ideal, with the majority of the news announced after October 29, 2013, it is a free festival promoting Canadian programming.  If the CITF creates positive word-of-mouth for the programs it promotes, then it does its job.

CITF’s website is at citf13.tv.

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June 1, 2011

Interview | Yannick Bisson, Murdoch Mysteries

This is a first for URBMN: AUDIO!  Yes, you get to hear me ask four questions to Murdoch Mysteries‘ Yannick Bisson.  Bisson plays title character William Murdoch, a detective in 1890s Toronto using primitive forensic science to solve his cases.  Murdoch Mysteries has recently been renewed for a fifth season, the fourth season premiering on CityTV Tuesday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, 8:00 PM MT/CT.

Link to the MP3 (Posterous)

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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May 31, 2011

Upfront Week: Murdoch Mysteries to earn 5th season; Shaw Media upfront news

Long day for me.  Let’s get right to what you love: highlights.

Murdoch Mysteries; Shaw fun inside

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May 19, 2011

News: Global’s summer CanCon schedule; CityTV’s Murdoch Mysteries 4th-season premiere

You saw CTV’s summer schedule.  Now here’s Global’s.  Second verse, same as the first.

  • Global will debut Combat Hospital The Hot Zone Combat 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.

Other thoughts after the jump

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December 17, 2010

News: Midseason 2010-11 schedules, the CanCon edition

I realize the first two pieces are from last week, but news has been slow lately.  CTV announced two pilots and a series order on Thursday, December 9.  The two hour-long CTV pilots are Saving Hope, a medical drama set in Toronto, and Stay with Me, about a lawyer/stay-at-home mother.  Ilana Frank’s Thump Inc. is behind Saving Hope, while Sarrazin Couture Entertainment is behind Stay with Me.

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.

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