December 2012

Bell Media announced today a new television special in celebration of the creation of Cirque du Soleil Media, its new joint venture with the Montreal entertainment company.

The television special eTalk Presents: Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away premieres Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the same day that Cirque du Soleil’s big screen spectacle Worlds Away opens in theatres across North America.

The 30-minute special, which delves into the spectacular film and celebrates one of Canada’s world-renowned exports, features exclusive interviews with the film’s visionaries, including executive producer James Cameron (Avatar) and Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté. Continue reading »

The third season of Game of Thrones will be slightly larger than the previous two seasons.

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have said that they will be delivering slightly longer episodes to HBO in order to fit more story into the season.

While there will still be just 10 episodes, each will run longer than usual.

“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss says. “One of the great liberties with HBO is we’re not forced to come in at a specific time. We can’t be under 50 minutes or over 60, but that gives us a lot of flexibility.”

“A super-sized season, as befitting [George R.R. Martin’s novel] Storm of Swords,” Benioff adds. “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.” Continue reading »

The American TV industry was forced to take action in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut to avoid screening any violent material that could cause offence.

I the days that followed, TV channels across the country made changes to their schedules and issued special warnings prior to violent shows.

HBO delayed the screening of the 2012 crime thriller Contraband over the weekend, replacing it with repeated screenings of Crazy, Stupid. Love and Arthur.

The TLC Network postponed a special entitled Best Funeral Ever, which centred on a Dallas funeral home.

NBC pulled a holiday special featuring The Voice coach Blake Shelton and replaced it with a Michael Buble one instead. The Shelton special had featured an animated scene about a reindeer killing. Continue reading »

Undercover Boss Canada, W Network’s top-rated series, returns with 10 new venturesome CEOs who go undercover among their own workforce.

After two successful blocks, the third installment features bigger personalities and more explosive confrontations with staff as the CEOs strive to keep the customer happy.

Their undercover mission leads to surprising and heartwarming discoveries. In the new episodes, viewers will see executives from prevalent Canadian brands such as Wild Wing, Orkin Canada, Clark Builders, Beck Taxi and Bellstar Hotels & Resorts.

From Alliance Films, produced in association with W Network, new episodes of Undercover Boss Canada premiere on Thursday, January 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, featuring Canadian founder and CEO of Wild Wing, Rick Smiciklas. Continue reading »

Last night’s screening of the new original television movie The Hoses of McBride drew decent numbers to CTV.

1.3 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, with a peak audience of 1.6 million during its conclusion.

The two-hour movie was inspired by real-life events and featured the talents of Aidan Quinn, Kari Matchett and MacKenzie Porter.

If you missed the premiere last night, CTV will re-run the movie on Wednesday, December 19 at 9pm ET on Bravo and Friday, December 21 at 8pm ET/PT on CTV Two. Continue reading »

Two of Canada’s most experienced and innovative production companies have announced they have merged talents and services to create a full media production studio.

Buffalo Gal Pictures and Entremedia Digital Films have partnered to form Buffalo Media Group (BMG), a new company with offices in Toronto and Winnipeg. From both centers, the new entity will produce live action and animated feature film and television projects.

They will also provide visual effects services and create innovative new media content. With the depth of experience on their team, BMG is well-positioned to take advantage of the latest technology and marketing trends to produce and promote their projects to a worldwide audience.

To drive this growth, BMG has added several key members to the team, including Kevin Hicks, VP of Sales and Marketing and Ken Zorniak, VP of Operations and Business Development. Continue reading »

Tuesday, Dec. 18
· From licking a mummy, hunting down ghosts, and making legendary actor Patrick Stewart (STAR TREK) blush, INNERSPACE takes a look back at Cynthia’s best moments of 2012. Continue reading »

Start the New Year off right with a variety of special programming from CBC Television, including hilarious comedies, exclusive interviews, and a recap of the best stories from 2012.

The New Year’s Eve line-up includes Air Farce New Year’s Eve 2012, The Ron James Show: New Year’s Eve Edition, 22 Minutes Holiday Special and a festive edition of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, featuring an exclusive interview with Michael J. Fox. Continue reading »

Canadians made Bomb Girls one of the hit original local series last winter. The much anticipated series returns with the premiere episode “The Quickening” – Wednesday, January 2 at 8pm ET/PT on Global.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
SWEDISH SMORGASBORD: From gravlax to glögg, CANADA AM takes viewers through the paces of Christmas foods popular in Sweden.
THE BOOK OF (HOLIDAY) AWESOME: Neil Pasricha’s website 1000AwesomeThings paved the way to his series of best-sellers celebrating awesome things. CANADA AM welcomes the author with his latest The Book of (Holiday) Awesome. Continue reading »