April 2013

Would you watch a reality series set on Mars?

With the Dutch planning the massive interplanetary project Mars One, it can’t be ruled out that one day we could possibly be watching shows that are filmed and set on other planets besides Earth.

If you haven’t heard already, Mars One are planning to send four astronauts to Mars to set up a colony in what they intend will be a global media event available for viewing right from lift-off. Continue reading »

BombGirls20132The newly cancelled drama series Bomb Girls has gained some international recognition by being nominated for a prestigious international TV prize.

The Global series is one of the 12 nominees for the Drama TV Series award at the Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo.

It is in good company as well, with other nominees in the drama category including Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Homeland and Doctor Who.

Meg Tilly has also been nominated in the best actress category. Continue reading »

SalvageDogsDIY Network Canada is knocking up a new schedule that in time for its free preview in May.

The channel will be on a free preview from May 1 until May 31 and has lined up a bunch of new and returning programmes for the month.

Beginning May 7th at 9pm ET/PT, the new series Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures of business partners Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside as they scavenge through condemned structures in search of hidden gems that are worth saving, pairing their passion for historical preservation with a side of humour. Continue reading »

davidsteinbergHBO Canada will be celebrating one of the premiere comedians in the country next month.

David Steinberg will be the focus of Quality Balls – The David Steinberg Story that will air on Saturday, May 25 at 8.30pm after its screening at the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Steinberg has appeared on the likes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour as well as hosting his own talkshow. Continue reading »

SpinOffA new gameshow from Survivor producer Mark Burnett is being launched in Canada.

Spin Off is heading to Channel Zero’s CHCH, offering contestants the chance to win thousands of dollars by testing their knowledge.

Comedian Elvira Kurt will be hosting the show, which has been given a 13-episode order.

“We are very happy to be working with a television icon like Mark Burnett and to be part of making Canadian game show history,” Jennifer Chen, vice-president of programming at Channel Zero, said in a press release. “We know Spin Off will prove to be a strong addition to our fall line-up and an in-demand property for advertisers.” Continue reading »

Bomb_Girls_TillyThe cast and producers of the now cancelled Bomb Girls have expressed their disappointment at the news.

The executive producers and producers of the show released an email statement saying they are saddened to hear that the show will not be returning for a third season.

Their statement read:

The Executive Producers and Producers of Bomb Girls are saddened to learn that Bomb Girls is not being renewed as a series for a third season. We are very proud of the remarkable work done on this series by our writers, cast and crew. Together we told stories that were proudly Canadian, that illuminated fascinating aspects of our history and celebrated the astonishing women and men who fought so hard for our freedom. Continue reading »

WGCSA logoCanada’s best screenwriters have been celebrated at the 17th annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards.

Screenwriters Andrew Wreggitt (The Phantoms), Martin Gero (L.A. Complex), Kim Coghill (Less Than Kind), Dan Williams & Lienne Sawatsky (Sidekick) and Julie Strassman-Cohn & Jill Golick (Ruby Skye PI) were just a few of those recognized. A complete list of winners is below.

The co-creators of Flashpoint, Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern, were recognized with the prestigious WGC Showrunner Award for their leadership and the creative vision that took the show through five spectacular seasons. Continue reading »

XFactorUSA2012Mario Lopez will return as co-host of The X Factor USA this season without Khloe Kardashian.

Kardashian will not be invited back to the series after her performance last season went down with fans and critics about as well as Steve Jones’s did in season one.

Judge Simon Cowell said in a statement: “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi [Lovato] – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”

Lopez tweeted: “I’m excited to officially announce I’m returning to the @TheXFactorUSA team! We’re coming back stronger & better than ever… Can’t wait.”

FuturamaFuturama has been given the axe for the second time.

The animate comedy will not be returning after its seventh season following word from Comedy Central of its cancellation.

The series, which originally ran between 1999 and 2003, was axed by Fox before Comedy Central picked it up and ran new episodes from 2007.

“I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” executive producer David X. Cohen tells EW. “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.” Continue reading »

BellMobileTVBell has confirmed that their Bell Mobile TV users will now be able to access CBC and Radio-Canada TV programming.

“CBC and Radio-Canada join the growing range of world-class content available in English and French on Bell Mobile TV,” says Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Bell’s Chief Brand Officer. “Building Canada’s leading mobile TV service is part of Bell’s commitment to make the best content available across every screen.”

So far over 30 channels are available on the service, including CTV, TSN, MTV Canada and YTV.