December 2012

Monday, December 31 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

ET Canada televises Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve party from one of North America’s natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Cheryl Hickey and Matte Babel along with Rosey Edeh host a two-hour coast-to-coast New Year’s Eve bash with performances by Nelly Furtado, Hedley and Dragonette.

Nintendo has announced that its TVii and Wii U will launch in the US and Canada today (December 20).

The service – which supports cable and satellite providers in both regions – boasts a range of social integration functions, allowing users to share what they are watching and what they think of it via the Nintendo Miiverse as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Nintendo executive vice president of sales and marketing, Scott Moffat, explains how the system works: “Nintendo TVii works with your cable system, so we’re not asking anyone to cut the cord. It works with all your video services that you might have like Netflix, Hulu Plus (both US only), or any other services you may subscribe to. It also works with your DVR and anything you might have recorded, or live TV that you get through your cable system. Continue reading »

The word “Viking” has been synonymous with brutality, terror and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century.

Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And while Vikings are still characterized as such in popular culture, the reality is much more complex, visceral and powerful than their reputation suggests.

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in Vikings, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (ET) on History. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but through the eyes of Viking society.
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Corus Entertainment’s YTV is launching a brand-new original prank series Extreme Babysitting, set to debut on Saturday, January 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, following a line-up of great comedy including Zoink’d! and Splatalot.

Extreme Babysitting is sure to make families laugh by taking a totally relatable situation – babysitting – and giving it a hilarious twist. Teens ready to take on babysitting gigs, set up by “well-meaning” family and friends, find themselves in silly situations they never saw coming.

Unbeknownst to them, the Extreme Babysitting house is filled with a cast of characters ready to pull off the ultimate babysitting prank. Add an outrageous element to the mix, like a marching band or an explosive science project, and you have a half hour of non-stop laughs.

Behind the scenes, YTV’s own on-air personality, Andy Chapman (CRUNCH) serves as the show’s “Prankmaster” adding another layer of colourful comedy to the hi-jinks. Continue reading »

Showcase has pulled the final two episodes of Haven’s third season, which were due to air on December 21, in the wake of the shootings in Connecticut.

Episode 12 “Reunion” and 13 “Thanks for the Memories” will now air back-to-back on Friday, January 18.

Showcase will screen a repeat of the season 2 Christmas episode “Silent Night” in place of the finale this Friday at 9pm instead of 11pm as previously scheduled.

The network is following the lead of Syfy in the US, which pulled the finale from its schedule due to its storyline. Continue reading »

The Inaugural Canadian Screen Awards are planning six days of celebrations to mark the event.

The awards have received a makeover in the past year and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television plan on making it a big deal.

Plans for Canadian Screen Week to run between February 26 and March 3 have been announced, kicking off with the Banff Industry Day.

The 6-day event will culminate with the Martin Short-hosted Canadian Screen Awards on March 3, the first ceremony that combines the celebrations of all Canadian screen content.

“It’s time to get together to explore the emerging combination of the three disciplines,” Academy CEO Helga Stephenson said. Continue reading »

A Game of Thrones-inspired beer is set to hit the market next year.

Entitled ‘Iron Throne’, the beer from Ommegang brewery in Cooperstown, New York, is described as a blonde ale that is “crafted to directly tie into themes and nuances of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros and the surrounding kingdoms.”

The bottle itself is burly, 25 ounces in total, and comes with a cork rather than a screw or flip top.

“It made us approach development in a completely new way and I think the first edition Iron Throne reveals that,” said Phil Leinhart, brewmaster at Ommegang. “With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” Continue reading »

Michael Kors replacement on Project Runway has been announced as fellow fashion designer Zac Posen.

Posen will take over Kors’ place on the judging panel alongside Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia.

Kors has been on the series since it debuted back in 2004.

“Michael was not able to commit to all the dates required for filming season 11,” Project Runway’s Lifetime network said. Continue reading »

This festive season, Canada’s Sports Leader takes fans to Ufa, Russia, as host broadcaster of the latest installment of a holiday hockey tradition like no other: the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship on TSN.

Once again, fans from coast to coast will be able to consume complete live coverage of the World Juniors across multiple platforms – TSN, TSN2, TSN Mobile TV, TSN Radio, and TSN Digital platforms including TSN.ca – as Team Canada goes for gold at the 40th anniversary edition of the tournament, for the first time produced by TSN in Russia for a worldwide audience.

Comprehensive coverage of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship airs nationally on TSN, TSN2, and TSN Mobile TV from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with pre-competition games beginning on Thursday, Dec. 20. Along with broadcasting games, TSN gives fans access to pay-per-view streaming of World Juniors games – live and on-demand – on TSN.ca. Continue reading »

On the heels of the most talked about pregnancy of the year, Lifetime presents Secrets of the Royal Nursery premiering in Canada on Sunday, December 23 at 9pm ET/6pm PT, followed by the Lifetime original movie, William & Kate.

The one hour special goes behind-the-scenes of the monarchy, revealing what the Royal Couple, and the world, should expect over the coming months as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge await the birth of their first child. An encore presentation will air on Wednesday, January 2 at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

Featuring interviews with friends, family and Royal specialists, Secrets of the Royal Nursery provides a thorough look into the lives of the Royal couple, chronicling their relationship leading up to the announcement of Catherine’s pregnancy. The special highlights the worldwide attention the news immediately garnered and examines how the Royal pregnancy has instantly affected the state of the Royal Family, the media and how Catherine’s sense of style will undoubtedly influence maternity fashion trends. Continue reading »