January 2013

AMC have revived their previously cancelled drama series The Killing.

The series will return for a third season after all, despite the fact the network announced in July last year that they would be making no more new episodes.

The new deal between AMC and Fox Television Studios will see Veena Sud, who developed the original Danish series on which The Killing is based and worked on the first two seasons, return as executive producer, writer and showrunner.

Production on the third season will kick off in Vancouver on February 25. Continue reading »

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The rescheduled third season finale of Haven has been confirmed to be screening on Friday, January 18 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Showcase pulled the episode late last year in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, saying they will air it in January.

The episode will follow a repeat screening of the penultimate episode at 8pm ET/5PM PT.

This week’s Golden Globe Awards were the most-watched on record in Canada.

3.4 million Canadians tuned into the CTV broadcast of the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted ceremony on Sunday night, a figure that is up 5 per cent on last year.

The three-hour broadcast peaked at 10.04pm with 4.3 million watching Jodie Foster’s speech after receiving the Cecil B. De Mile Awards.

Today the nominees were announced for the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

Here are the nominees for all of the major TV categories. Continue reading »

Oprah Winfrey has addressed the reports that Lance Armstrong confessed to doping during the pair’s interview this week.

There were a number of reports that claimed the disgraced cyclist had admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France wins but none were confirmed.

Winfrey has since said that Armstrong was “forthcoming” when she asked him about the doping charges.

She said that she hadn’t planned to address the interview until after it had aired on January 17 (US time) but was forced to today following the number of reports. Continue reading »

Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Wade has given her first performance in the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz after triumphing on the CBC show.

The 20-year-old from LaSalle, Ontario, was chosen for the role by winning the Andrew Lloyd Webber reality series last year.

The Wizard of Oz opening in Toronto on Sunday and critics gave it mixed reviews, with some criticizing Wade’s performance.

The Globe’s reviewer Kelly Nestruck said of Wade: “In scene after scene, Wade keeps hitting the same note — whiny rather than yearning,” Continue reading »

Bell Media has confirmed it is the lead partner for the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.

As part of the deal, the company will have naming rights for the ‘Beast Comedy Program or Series’ category.

The awards, which will take place on March 3, 2013, will be celebrated during a week-long festival in Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to sponsor the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, which spotlights outstanding achievements in Canadian film, television, and digital media and proudly puts homegrown productions front-and-centre,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. Continue reading »

Canadian fans of Downton Abbey will get the chance to see the last three episodes of the third season before they air on TV.

Apple announced this week that if you are a holder of an iTunes season pass you will be able to access the episodes prior to their official North American airdate.

The first of the episodes will be available on January 29 on iTunes.

The second season of the British period drama was the best-selling TV series on iTunes last year, according to Apple. Continue reading »

Following the success of the first season of the Canadian version of The Bachelor, City has ordered a second outing.

Former pro footballer Brad Smith found love on with Bianka Kamber on the show last year, which was the first time a local version of the wildly successful American series series had been produced in Canada.

City owner Rogers says they will wait until 2014 before rolling out the sophomore season, as it has other projects to focus on in the meantime, including Package Deal, Mother Up! and Seed. Continue reading »