December 2012

Canadian broadcasters are certainly feeling the effects of the NHL lockout with the stalled labour talks starting to hit them where it hurts.

“We miss it every night that we don’t have a live game. We miss the audience that it brings to our network,” TSN president Stewart Johnston, told Cartt.ca.

Johnston said the network feels the effects most during the week when replacing Wednesday Night Hockey telecasts with basketball games.

“Midweek, we certainly are feeling the pain. Those audiences are led into our news broadcasts, and they don’t have that big driver in hockey,”

CBC is also taking a hit, missing out on key ad revenue and audiences. Continue reading »

Tuesday, Dec. 11
INNERSPACE takes a tour of the set for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at WETA studios in New Zealand.
Cynthia Loyst talks with director Quentin Tarantino about his new film Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx (Horrible Bosses) and Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), and she stops by the red carpet to soak up the highlights from the event.
Writer, director, and actor Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY) and fellow co-star Mark Wahlberg (Fighter) snuggle up to talk about their teddy bear feature film Ted. Continue reading »

With hostile conditions, a punishing schedule, and a high-stakes gamble – costing some operations $250,000 per day – drilling for Canadian oil is only for the toughest of tough. And Discovery’s tough guys are back for more.

In pursuit of “black gold,” Season 3 of Licence to Drill returns to Discovery on Tuesday, January 8 at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT, joining the channel’s golden Tuesday lineup, following Gold Rush and Bering Sea Gold.

The drillers and bosses, roughnecks, motormen, derrickhands, truckers and swamp-rats are working harder, shouting louder, and getting dirtier and rougher than ever – they’re under new orders: drill more wells and drill faster. Continue reading »

The countdown to the Mayan Apocalypse began thousands of years ago, and Shaw Media plans to finish it with End of the World Week. It’s too late to build a bunker and besides, nobody wants to be a lone survivor.

The best way to prepare for the Mayan Apocalypse is by gathering family around the television to watch Shaw Media’s catastrophically compelling line-up of ‘end of the world’ programming. Starting Sunday, December 16, National Geographic Channel (NGC) prepares for the worst with five nights of shows dedicated to the Armageddon.

And if the Mayan revelation is proven wrong, History invites viewers to tune-in to 2012 The End is Now with Brad Meltzer on Friday, December 21 at 9pm ET. Continue reading »

Noble and trustworthy Space viewers: the fifth and final season of the beloved fantasy-adventure series Merlin is about to commence.

The epic conclusion of the battle for Camelot rides onto Space’s line-up beginning Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. ET. This season finds the Kingdom in the height of its ‘golden age’ with a full round table, peace across the land, and everything to lose.

Leading up to the Season 5 premiere, Space has worked its magic to make sure viewers don’t miss out on a single spell with an encore broadcast of the first four seasons of Melrin. As part of The 12 Days of Spacemas, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 will air daily at 8 a.m. ET beginning Jan. 2, with Season 4 airing at 7 a.m. ET on Jan. 5. Continue reading »

Popular kid’s series Peppa Pig will air in Canada following an deal between Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse and Entertainment One.

All six seasons of the British animated series have been acquired and will air from March 2013 on Treehouse.

Ted Ellis, VP, programming, kids and family, Corus Entertainment said: “We’re delighted to add this beloved international hit series on Treehouse. Peppa Pig will complement the strong lineup of animated shows on the network and resonate with our audiences.” Continue reading »

The Canadian owner of the actual Mystery Machine has put the vehicle on Craigslist.

Andy Rankin, who owns the van used in the 2009 Vancouver-shot TV-movie Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins, has placed an ad asking $2,000 for the unique piece of memorabilia.

Rankin has owned the van for about a year and many Vancouver residents will have seen it cruising the streets in that time.

“Originally, my brother got it off his neighbour who’s in props,” he said. “They were filming the movie and when the movie was finished they were looking to get rid of the van so my brother bought it. He drove it around for two or three years and he left the country so I took over. Continue reading »

Even the frostiest weather can’t cool off the sizzling schedule of deliciously entertaining programming on Food Network Canada this winter.

Beginning the week of December 31, kick back with a warm cup of cocoa and get cozy next to the television with three brand new series and 15 returning favourites. With a sprinkling of sugar, a hint of competitive flavour and a dash of adventure, Food Network Canada has just the right recipe to chase away the chill.

In the brand new competitive confectionary series Sugar Dome, it looks like playing with your food may not be such a bad idea after all. Get ready to see jaw-dropping masterpieces created by teams of multi-functional marvels all vying for the $15,000 prize. Two highly-acclaimed and always entertaining international chefs return this winter to inspire viewers to head into the kitchen. Continue reading »

Thankfully, the all new season of Arrested Development will indeed stream online in Canada.

Netflix had previously announced that the online-only season would stream exclusively in the US but they confirmed Monday that Canadians will have access also.

The entire fourth season of the series will hit Netflix at once sometime next year, with the entire cast returning to reprise their roles. Continue reading »

Sunday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. MT, 8 p.m. CT on Citytv

Follow fan-favourite couple Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum through their pre-ceremony festivities, including Ashley’s dress fittings, meetings with their wedding planner, and the bachelor/bachelorette parties. Then, watch as they embark on the next chapter of their romantic journey with a beautiful wedding ceremony, officiated by the man who was there when the sparks first began to fly, franchise host Chris Harrison.