August 2012

CBC has announced the judges for the upcoming series Over the Rainbow.

Experienced UK talent series judge Arlene Phillips and musical theatre performers Thom Allison and Louise Pitre will make up the panel who will help choose the next Dorothy for a Toronto production of The Wizard of Oz.

Phillips has served on the judging panels of Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, DanceX and Strictly Dance Fever in the past.

Winnipeg-born Allison is currently featuring in Ragtime at the Shaw festival and has just completed a run in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Continue reading »

Slice is currently casting for a new reality series that will focus on teen brides.

My Teenage Wedding will shine a spotlight on young love and marriage in a “social documentary” style that has concerned certain sections of society.

38-year-old mother Gabrielle Domingues believes the show is inappropriate.

“I just think it’s borderline inappropriate,” she said. “It’s one thing to show adults in that light … and another to show minors exposing their mistakes and their vulnerabilities at such a raw and impressionable age, and by association making an impression and influencing youth who are watching.” Continue reading »

Canadian broadcasters stand to lose out majorly should the NHL go through its second lockout in a decade.

With eth 2012-13 broadcast schedule having been announced this week, it’s worth looking at what Canadian broadcasters stand to lose if there is no hockey season.

“It would be a substantial loss from a Canadian standpoint because it’s (big game) viewing,” said Vijay Setlur, a sport marketing lecturer at the Schulich School of Business at York University. “The networks are able to drive their revenue from advertising with the idea that fans gather round to watch big games. Continue reading »

Our eardrums and sanity are set to benefit from a CRTV ruling this week that will require digital broadcasters to ensure that TV programs and the ads that play through them will all air at the same volume.

Draft rules were made last December with time given this year for broadcasters to respond.

“Broadcasters have allowed ear-splitting ads to disturb viewers and have left us little choice but to set out clear rules that will put an end to excessively loud ads,” then-CRTC chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein, said a year ago.

The new rules will only apply to digital signals and will come int effect from this Saturday. Continue reading »

Sunday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT, 10 p.m. MT on Citytv

“Welcome to the Downtown Eastside”

Led by 20-year veteran Sgt. Toby Hinton and adrenaline junkie Sgt. Mark Steinkampf, The Beatfollows the intersecting stories of six police officers who live for the street. In this Season 2 premiere episode, the officers take time out from their busy street patrol to give a group of teenage hockey players a tour of “skid row” where they encounter the harsh realities of addiction, homelessness and crime. At a nearby rooming house, other B.E.T. members are hot on the heels of a drug bust, but hidden cameras, fortified doors, and escape routes help the dealers stay a step ahead.

Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. MT on Citytv

Celebrities rally together to lend support to Stand Up to Cancer’s third televised fundraising special. Produced by Gwyneth Paltrow (The Avengers) and Joel Gallen (Zoolander), the star-studded lineup includes: Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror), Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo), Michael Douglas (Haywire), Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy), Seth Rogen (50/50), Emma Stone (The Help), and Co-Founder Katie Couric. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw perform live.

Thursday, September 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT, 10 p.m. MT on Citytv

Alex (Luke Wilson, Meeting Evil) is an author whose writer’s block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam – he must finish his novel in 30 days or face the fatal wrath of loan sharks. To help him complete his manuscript, he hires Emma (Kate Hudson, Something Borrowed) a stenographer who challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited, yet intriguing, input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story, and soon, real life begins to imitate art.

Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. MT on Citytv

“Semifinals Results Show”

The votes are in and the most popular three acts from the previous night move on to the Top 6, where they will perform one last time for their chance at the $1 million prize. Plus, rap-rockers Gym Class Heroes perform live with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder.

Wednesday, September 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. MT on Citytv

Sam (Matthew Broderick, Tower Heist) is devastated when the love of his life, Linda (Kelly Preston, Casino Jack) leaves him for suave Frenchman Anton (Tch�ky Karyo, A Gang Story). Determined to win her back, Sam joins forces with Anton’s hostile ex-fiance Maggie (Meg Ryan, The Women) and the two attempt to separate the couple. But when complications arise, Sam and Maggie start to fall for each other instead.

Tuesday, September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. MT on Citytv

“Semifinals Performance Show”

The next group of 12 semifinalists perform live in front of America and celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern in hopes of securing a coveted spot in the finals.