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.

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)

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)

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


Upfronts 2014 | Rogers Upfront CanCon News

I’ll give a more detailed account of the Rogers upfront presentation later in the week. For now, here are the pertinent moves leading up to, and on the date of, the Rogers 2014 upfront.

NHL on Rogers
Jim Hughson, Dave Randorf, Paul Romanuk and Bob Cole are NHL on Rogers’ play-by-play announcing team for 2014-15, with Hughson as lead play-by-play announcer. (June 3, 2014)

City’s 2014-15 programming strategy is to strip Modern Family Monday to Friday at 7:00 and 7:30 PM ET/PT, 2 Broke Girls Monday to Friday at 10:00 PM ET/PT, and Two and a Half Men Monday to Friday at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Effectively, weekday primetime for City is from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Saturday and Sunday are NHL nights, with City’s Hockey Night in Canada game airing on Saturday, and Hometown Hockey airing on Sunday. The lone drama returning with new episodes in the 10:00 PM ET/PT hour is ABC’s Revenge, which will air after Hometown Hockey. (June 3, 2014)
Mr. D will debut on City on a second-window basis, as part of a co-production agreement between Rogers Media and CBC. The fourth season will debut on CBC first, then air on City. (June 3, 2014)
Package Deal and The Bachelor Canada are the two returning Canadian shows on City’s fall 2014 schedule. Meet the Family’s second season, according to TV Guide Canada, “will be scattered throughout the schedule when needed”, essentially making it filler. Seed’s third-season hopes are contingent on its performance on American program service The CW. (June 3, 2014)

Illusions of Grandeur and Close Up Kings (both working titles – suffice it to say, the shows are about magic) will debut on OLN in 2015. (May 30, 2014)
Storage Wars Canada has been renewed for thirty-six new episodes. (June 3, 2014; announced at upfront presentation)


June 3, 2011

Upfront Week: Lloyd Robertson’s final newscast; Corus, Channel Zero and CTV news

The most major news first: Lloyd Robertson’s last-ever newscast will be September 1, 2011.  Nothing’s going to top that, so here’s some news from the past two days that I haven’t covered yet.

News NOT about Lloyd Robertson


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


May 30, 2011

A note on where I’ll be within the next two weeks.

Filed under: The Glory Day of URBMN — Tags: , , — Cameron Archer @ 9:41 pm
I will be attending the Shaw Media upfronts tomorrow, as well as the CityTV Summer in the Square.  I might also be at the 2011-12 CBC Fall Preview on June 8.  I will do at least one special article on these upfronts, and hope to line up at least one interview within the next two weeks.

If you don’t see an update from me on May 31, despite Shaw Media having some new American tinkertoys to play with, I’ll be away from home and/or a computer.  I plan to update more than usual during 2011′s Canadian upfront week.  Stay tuned.