July 30, 2014

Comic Book Showosky | Gotham and The Flash at the 2014 CTV Upfront

As part of the June 5, 2014 CTV upfront press conferences – and since Gloryosky needs a bit of content that appeals to a wide audience – I had the opportunity to talk to Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie of Fox’s Gotham. I apologize that this interview did not go up with the rest of the June upfront news, and that it was banked until the ass-end of July 2014. This is because I am a mental case.

Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/the future Penguin) was at the Gotham press conference, but did not answer my question.

How familiar are you with Batman: The Animated Series? Gotham is the first major appearance of characters from the ‘Bat-mythos’ since the show left Fox in 1995.*

Donal Logue (Detective Harvey Bullock): I remember my kids used to watch it in the car driving to Oregon all the time, so I heard Harvey Bullock playing behind me as I was driving. It was funny, ’cause it’s so iconic – the animated series, that was the immediate choice. [Robert Costanzo] did that, and I’m not doing it. Someone else did that! I had seen [Batman: The Animated Series]. It was actually quite good, too.

Ben McKenzie (Detective James Gordon): I’m not familiar with [B:TAS]…having never watched it.

Devon Soltendieck (CTV Upfront press conference moderator): You talk about a cartoon all the way from the ’90s, we’re talking about this with Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You couldn’t do a show like [Gotham] even five or six years ago. You could not do it. You would have to do it in comic form or cartoon form. That would have been the only way to do it.

McKenzie: I honestly think that network television owes cable television a tip of the hat, because cable has pushed network to say “not only can we do it, but we have to do it. We have to put real money behind it, and we have to really promote it.” That’s what’s brilliant about [Gotham], from my mind…we’re setting it in a time period [where] the tone is sort of noir-ish. It gets your adrenaline rushing in a way that is not at all campy, that is sort of miles away from Adam West Batman, which I loved as a kid.

Soltendieck: I loved the Adam West Batman.

McKenzie: I watched it in the afternoons with my brother.

Soltendieck: I want a Bat-Pole in my house.

*I didn’t ask the question like that, as Rob Salem’s unedited video of the Gotham press conference proves. In truth, glottal sounds came out of my mouth in search of a half-thought-out replacement for better, answered questions. I still thought it was a pertinent question – in my mind, Bob Hastings (RIP) is James Gordon, while Robert Costanzo is Harvey Bullock.

As part of the CTV press conferences, I also interviewed Grant Gustin and Danielle Panabaker of The Flash about what sets The Flash apart from upcoming DC/Vertigo-related shows, as well as The CW’s Arrow, the show The Flash spun off from. This time, the questions I asked were similar to the ones I wrote down. No fumbling for a usable question this time, no sir!

Candice Patton (Iris West) was at the Flash press conference, but did not answer my question.

With three new titles in the DC live-action television universe – Gotham, NBC’s Constantine, and The CW’s iZombie – plus AMC’s upcoming adaptation of Preacher, which was announced earlier this year – how do you think The Flash will stand out, and is a crossover with iZombie out of the question?

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash): I would say no crossovers with iZombie. I haven’t heard anything about that. I would imagine that’s something that’s probably not going to happen. I think the crossover is between Arrow and The Flash because it’s the same team, mostly – same existence, same world, and…

Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow): I think what’s great about The Flash is that when you see the trailer and when you see the pilot, it’s very all-American, you know, it’s so relatable. [Barry Allen’s] a normal guy who sorta gets plucked out of nowhere and he’s superpowered…The Flash is a very bright show, it’s a very thoughtful show, and I think it’s going to be great.

Both interviews were held at Bell Media Queen Street (299 Queen St. West) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Gotham debuts Monday, September 22, 2014 on CTV, 8:00 PM ET/PT, in simulcast with Fox. The Flash debuts Tuesday, October 7, 2014 on CTV, 8:00 PM ET/PT, in simulcast with The CW.


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.