June 4, 2014

Upfronts 2014 | Shaw Upfront CanCon News

Gloryosky was not invited to Shaw Media’s 2014 upfront, so this site won’t cover the presentation aspects of the Shaw Media upfront this year. To make up for this, here are what I feel are significant stories announced as part of the Shaw Media 2014 upfront.

Global
The only new Canadian content on Global for fall 2014 is its Saturday one-hour documentary slot, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. (June 4, 2014)
Remedy has already been renewed for a second season. Working the Engels’ second-season renewal is contingent on its NBC performance, although the second season is in development. (June 4, 2014)
Big Brother Canada returns for a third season, moving from Slice to Global on the merits of its web presence, and its strong second-season performance on Slice. (June 4, 2014)

Beaver Hearse Section
Twist TV and Mystery will join the Canadian cable television scrap heap in 2014. Twist TV transitions to FYI by fall 2014, while Mystery becomes Crime + Investigation in December 2014. FYI’s American counterpart is itself A+E Networks’ rebrand of Bio Channel. This potentially causes a problem, as Rogers operates Bio Channel in Canada – although Rogers also uses NBCUniversal’s G4 brand, despite the American channel’s uncertain future. (June 4, 2014)

World Broadcast Premieres
History: UFO X-Files, Mummies Alive (not the 1997 cartoon, Horus help us), Dino Hunt, March to the Pole (special)
HGTV Canada: Reno Rookies, Mike’s Ultimate Garage, Custom Built, The Expandables
Food Network Canada: Carnival Eats, Great Canadian Cookbook (June 4, 2014)

Showcase
Despite reasonable fan interest in a fourth season of Continuum, there is currently no news on the fate of the show beyond the third season. Canadian series and/or co-productions with new seasons include Beauty and the Beast, Haven, and Lost Girl. (June 4, 2014)

History
Canadian series and/or co-productions with new seasons include Ice Pilots NWT, Restoration Garage, Treasures Decoded, Vikings, and Yukon Gold. (June 4, 2014)

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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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July 16, 2011

Interview | Kenny Hotz, Kenny Hotz’s Triumph of the Will

This is another first for URBMN: YOUTUBE!  Granted, this is due to Posterous not liking big MP3 files, but what can you do.  Kenny Hotz’s Triumph of the Will debuts Friday, July 22, 2011 at 10:00 PM ET, on Action.  I think I like my interviewing skills in this piece even less than the Yannick Bisson interview.


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May 7, 2011

News: Almost Heroes, Single White Spenny to debut June 2, 2011 on Showcase

Almost Heroes and Single White Spenny will debut June 2, 2011 on Showcase, kicking off a Thursday night comedy lineup.  Almost Heroes will air at 9:00 PM ET/PT, followed by Single White Spenny at 9:30 PM ET/PT.  The two shows will be twinned with Curb Your Enthusiasm and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

More on the Single White Heroes

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January 30, 2011

News: Pure Pwnage cancelled by Showcase

I am late to this news, as I haven’t seen mention of it at TV, Eh? or other Canadian television sites, but Pure Pwnage has been officially cancelled by Showcase.  Pure Pwnage co-creator/pwnerer Jarett Cale first broke the news with this January 19, 2011 posting.  On January 25, the Showcase Facebook wall confirmed the show’s cancellation.

Reasons given by Cale for the show’s cancellation include “poorer-than-expected ratings, a new direction for [Showcase]…and poorer-than-expected web traffic.”  Pure Pwnage‘s web series is also on hold, perhaps indefinitely.

The most interesting thing about Cale’s post is the announcement of a Pure Pwnage first-TV-season DVD set, due March 2011.  Unfortunately, the set is for Australia, on the ABC DVD label.  It will contain the as-aired shows, as well as supplemental web material.

The Pure Pwnage fans are fairly active in defending the TV show.  There are pro-Pwnage, anti-everything-else ravings on the Showcase Facebook wall, which is to be expected for any cancelled show with a vocal fanbase.  More encouragingly, the fans are actively campaigning for the show to find a new network.

The most logical prospective network for Pure Pwnage is G4 Canada, which hardly produces anything aside from Reviews on the Run and EP Daily.  Pure Pwnage is most likely dead, in both television and webseries forms.  Then again, Kenny vs. Spenny moved from CBC to Showcase.  Paradise Falls managed to drag on until 2008.  Carla Collins still manages to find work.  Hardly anything works the way it should in Canadian television.

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January 29, 2011

News: Testees complete series DVD to come out in 2011

Testees, Kenny Hotz and Derek Harvie’s 2008 Showcase/FX sitcom, has earned a two-disc series set in 2011, through Entertainment One Home Video.  The show stars Jeff Kassel and Steve Markle as Ron and Peter, two human guinea pigs testing products for TESTICO.

Kenny Hotz is long-tenured guinea pig Larry, while Joe Pingue carves a niche as obnoxious schemer Nugget.  Kim Schraner appears as bar owner Kate…at least until she’s written off midseason, presumably to make room for more Nugget.

Testees fans might remember this URBMN article, which debunked rumours of a Canada-only second season.  FX Productions and Blueprint Entertainment originally produced the series, and Blueprint has since folded into Entertainment One.  I’d consider Testees‘ cancellation official now.

Both TVShowsonDVD.com and eOne Home Video’s site give the release date as April 26, 2011.  Amazon.ca has it as February 22, 2011.  I assume the amazon.ca date is wrong, but hey, the Testees DVD is out.  That’s more than I can say for Less Than Kind right now.


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November 13, 2010

Liveblog | The 25th Annual Gemini Awards

As an experiment this year, I thought I’d liveblog the 25th Annual Gemini Awards.  I livetweeted the 24th Gemini Awards Broadcast Gala last year.  I’m one of the few Canadians to give a flying poop about this sort of thing.  It’s an illness.  I need a woman.  Barring that, I need an excuse to give a flying fig about the Toronto Maple Laughs.

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.

Click Here for the Liveblogging – begins 8:00 PM EST

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August 19, 2010

News: Debuts for Lost Girl, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil will debut on SPACE Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  The first two half-hour episodes will air back-to-back, from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET.  The show stars Dark Oracle‘s Alex House as the title character.  Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins and Jason Mewes also star in the series.

SPACE is pimping Todd and the Book of Pure Evil rather heavily, with a Todd-centric InnerSPACE special airing September 22, 2010 at 9:00 PM.  The show will also be previewed at FanExpo Canada on August 28, 2010, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

As for Lost Girl, it debuts on Showcase Sunday, September 12, 2010, at 9:00 PM ET/PT.  The show stars Anna Silk as nascent succubus Bo.  Also appearing are Ksenia Solo as Bo’s best friend Kenzi, Kris Holden-Reid as shapeshifting homicide detective Dyson, and Zoie Palmer as Lauren the human.

A current trend in television is to take monsters and set them against a modern relationship drama or sitcom backdrop – Being Human, Ugly Americans, True Blood, Neighbors from Hell, this.  I’m generalizing a bit, but a lot of shows are embracing and/or subverting horror conventions.

I’m looking forward to Todd and the Book of Pure Evil more than Lost Girl.  Todd and the Book of Pure Evil doesn’t do itself any favours by the “Evil Dead meets The Breakfast Club” self-comparison.  At least the press bumf contains the words “vengeful penis monster.”  I can’t get a bead on what this show will be like.

As for Lost Girl, I’m on the fence with this series.  It uses the basic “human-like cryptid learns of her secret past” plot.  I’ve also obtained two scripts from the series.  Nothing stands out for me.  Lost Girl takes itself so damned seriously for a show about faeries.

I don’t want Lost Girl to be Troma-level dumb, but Todd and the Book of Pure Evil might be the smarter proposition here.  I never thought I’d say that about a show starring a slacker and his magic evil book, but there we are.

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