December 2012

A new CTAM report says that young Canadians are spending more time watching online video content than television.

The report looked into multi-tasking by 18-39 year-old Canadians and found that internet streaming now exceeds TV watching in that age group.

One of the main factors for this is due to the increasing number of multiple screens – eg iPads and tablets – and the dominance of computers and the internet in the lives of Canadians.

Multi-tasking while watching TV is also more common among 18-39 year-olds, with social networking and internet browsing proving popular. Continue reading »

Documentary series Murder She Solved: True Crime returns for a third suspense-filled season, offering a rare inside look at the details of actual murder investigations and paying tribute to even more deserving female investigators and their teams who refuse to rest until they bring murderers to justice.

Season 3 of Murder She Solved: True Crime premieres Saturday, January 5 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada).

The one-hour documentary series is produced by the award-winning Vancouver production company, Force Four Entertainment in association with Mystique Films, and developed and produced in collaboration with Corus Entertainment’s OWN (Canada).

“After thrilling audiences for two seasons, we’re excited to return with eight new episodes of Murder She Solved: True Crime,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer and Partner, Force Four Entertainment. “Our team poured through hundreds of homicide cases throughout North America to find the most dramatic and compelling stories. We’re confident viewers will be drawn to the suspense of the real-life crimes featured this season and in particular the remarkable way that the investigators piece together crucial clues and solve the murders.” Continue reading »

King of the Hill creator Mike Judge has had his new comedy pilot ordered by HBO.

Silicon Valley is a single-camera comedy that is set in “the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.”

Judge will direct the pilot in the coming spring with The Newsroom’s Scott Rudin attached as a producer.

The project has been developed by Ajudge alongside fellow King of the Hill producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. Continue reading »

Corus Entertainment is being asked to explain to a Canadian tribunal why Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Canada has neglected its educational programming mandate.

They will face the CRTC hearing on December 11 to explain why OWN has moved away from its Canadian broadcast license that focussed on education towards more celebrity and relationship fare.

The channel risks getting shut down in Canada should Corus not adequately explain the situation.

The CRTC is looking for OWN to screen more programming based on “basic adult education, job development skills or professional development”. Continue reading »

Bell has announced an expansion of its sports coverage on Bell Mobile TV.

NBA TV Canada and NBA on TSN have been added to the service, giving customers access to games and original shows such as NBA game Time, Open Court and The Jump.

NBA on TSN will also allow customers to watch the NBA All0-Star Games, Playoffs, and the Finals, as well as extensive coverage of the Toronto Raptors.

“Bell Mobile TV’s addition of non-stop basketball action from NBA TV Canada and NBA on TSN means keeping up with your favourite sports, anytime, anywhere, just got better,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Residential Services, and Bell’s Chief Brand Officer. Continue reading »

Hit series Homeland will soon be available to a wider Canadian audience with news this week that Bravo has picked up the series.

The Claire Danes and Damian Lewis-starring drama will hit screens on Wednesday, March 6 at 10pm.

Previously the series has only been available to Canadian audiences through Super Channel, which has struggled to build a sizable subscriber base.

Homeland centres on Carrie Bradshaw (Danes), a CIA officer who is convinced that a returning US soldier (Lewis) has been turned while in Iraq and is now connected to Al Qaeda. Continue reading »

Bravo – Canada’s fastest-growing specialty channel – builds on its most successful year ever with a bold new 2013 lineup after acquiring the exclusive Canadian rights to three intriguing dramas packed with star power and esteemed writers and creators.

From acclaimed producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal), CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and starring Montreal-native Jennifer Finnigan (Better With You), new medical series Monday Mornings premieres Monday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. ET, following the lives of doctors pushed to their limits as they confront their personal and professional mistakes.

Then, fresh from its Golden Globe and Emmy Award wins and starring Golden Globe-winners Claire Danes (Temple Grandin), Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds), and Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers), the psychological thriller Homeland makes its Canadian specialty television premiere on Wednesday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET. Continue reading »

To celebrate the 24th season of the longest-running scripted show in television history, Global Television, 20th Century Fox Television and Gracie Films invite Canadian fans to develop a unique concept for the iconic “couch gag” segment of The Simpsons’ opening credits.

One lucky contest winner will have his or her idea brought to life by the series’ animation house, Film Roman, and featured in the Canadian season finale airing in May 2013.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this exclusive contest to Global viewers,” said Jason Keown, Senior Director of Marketing, Global TV. “Canada loves The Simpsons and this is an incredible opportunity for fans to engage with the series, its creators and with one another in paying tribute to the show.” Continue reading »

11:30 p.m. Sunday, December 30 on E!

Julianne Moore is a Hollywood phenomenon. While many actresses complain of their looks and careers sputtering and failing after 40, Julianne just keeps getting better and better. With the help of fashion BFF Tom Ford, she has turned the tables on getting old in the Hollywood game and become undeniably better with age!

10:30 p.m. Sunday, December 30 on E!

In this hour long special, E! explores the full-on firestorm known as Fifty Shades of Grey and gives viewers a glimpse of just how many ‘normal’ people are living out a real-life Fifty Shades lifestyle. From hidden clubs to ho-hum suburban bedrooms, E! goes underground to explore the complicated relationships between Dominants and Submissives, and to find out why educated and seemingly well-adjusted people are attracted to this once-hush hush subculture. E! talks to psychologists, law enforcement, and people who have lived the life about the thrilling rush that some people experience and the dangerous depths that these relationships can sink to.