May 2013

PrintRogers Communications has pulled the plug on its CityNews channel.

After 20 months on air, the specialty network will shut down, according to the president of broadcast at Rogers Media Scoot Moore.

“Today, we made changes to the company’s television strategy to reflect evolving viewer habits and the global structural shift in advertising,” he said in a statement.

It is understood 62 jobs will be lost as Rogers moves focus to its 24-hour news radio station 680News and CityNews on City. Continue reading »

Arctic Air 2, Block 4, Ep.209, Day 2a, October 2, 2012, Pitt Meadows BCPascale Hutton has talked about the third season of Artic Air as being a marriage between the best parts of season one and two.

The actress – who plays Krista Ivarson on the series – notes that the third season will allow the show to truly come into its own.

“I feel like in third season, we’ve kind of sat down and the writers have sat down with the producers and with CBC, and they’ve looked at the two seasons and they’re kind of marrying the best of what was happening in the first season and what was happening in the second season and moving forward into the third season,” she told the Georgia Straight.

“Season one was introducing all the characters and introducing the concept of the show. Season two, we kind of moved way more into action and adventure. And I think now in season three, they really want to keep the action and adventure but have it really motivated and spawned from what the character’s personal journeys are.” Continue reading »

american-idol-judges-2013Just hours after Mariah Carey confirms she is leaving American Idol, Nicki Minaj has followed suit.

Minaj posted on twitter this morning: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”

NZ-born Keith Urban is now the only judge left on the panel from this year and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he is next to vacate his seat.

tsn-logoGolf will remain a big part of TSN’s schedule for the next few years with news that a new deal has been signed with the PGA.

The multi-year deal will see TSN continue to air nine PGA Tour events a year through until at least 2018 along with coverage of the Presidents Cup in 2015 and 2017.

As part of the new deal TSN retains exclusive early round coverage of the RBC Canadian Open along with broadcast rights to other popular PGA TOUR events including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Continue reading »

AmericanIdol2013Mariah Carey has joined Randy Jackson in the exodus from American Idol.

The singer has spent only one season on the show, after being part of the refresher that saw Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler depart and Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith urban join the judging panel.

Carey’s PR firm tweeted the news: “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”

Urban said earlier this week that he known absolutely nothing about his Idol future while Minaj is expected to leave also. Continue reading »

ExplodingSunSpace has locked in the airdate for the two-part movie event Exploding Sun.

David James Elliott (JAG), Julia Ormond (MAD MEN), and Anthony Lemke (LOST GIRL) feature in the June 10 movie about the launch of the Roebling Clipper, the first “private passenger space plane which is set to make history when it flies around the moon and back in mere hours”.

Exploding Sun airs Monday, June 10 and 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Space.

With only two days to save Earth from destruction, Dr. Craig Bakus (Lemke), the astrophysicist who oversaw the launch, and Commander Don Wincroft (Elliott), a decorated NASA astronaut and former fighter pilot, are forced to put aside their differences. Former best friends, Don is now married to Craig’s ex-wife and their old rivalries are brought to the forefront when the mission derailsand Don is put in charge. At odds, out of options, and with the fate of mankind hanging in the balance, Craig and Don struggle to put their past behind them. Continue reading »

Perception2Perception is returning for its second season to bolster Bravo’s summer schedule in late June.

Starring Toronto-born Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) as a neuroscience professor who helps solve FBI cases, Season 2 of the masterful drama premieres Wednesday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Bravo.

Possessing an extraordinary knowledge of human behaviour, Dr. Pierce (McCormack) continues to help former student and FBI agent Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook, She’s All That) solve complex cases while his personal life becomes even more complicated than usual. Continue reading »

HockeyNight2013Fashion will collide hockey on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada during the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In a special feature dubbed Fashion Night in Canada, the hockey crew will receive new looks courtesy of Canadian designers Christopher Bates, Farley Chatto, Haithem Elkadidi of KaaDiki, Marlon Durrant, Caitlin Power and Philip Sparks.

The exclusive new looks will be unveiled ahead of Game 4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins series on Friday, June 7 during the live pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT). Continue reading »

TwoHalfMen2013Two and a Half Men will take a slightly different approach next season with word that a young female will replace Angus T. Jones as a series regular.

Jones is exiting as a regular and producers are casting a young female who will be Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) daughter.

Deadline reports that a girl in her late teens will show up on Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) doorstep in search of her father, who she claims used to live there.

She will eventually move in with Walden and Alan (Jon Cryer) and the show’s transformation from Two and A Half Men to Two Guys and a Girl will be complete.

sons-of-anarchy-s5FX Network president John Landgraf is looking to Canada to provide the network with its next big thing.

Landgraf – who heads the LA-based network responsible for the likes of Sons of Anarchy, Shield and The Americans – is looking to collaborate with Canadian producers on new series.

Canada is not unfamiliar territory to Landgraf, whose network has two Canadian-shot series on the go already in Guillermo del Toro’s vampire series The Strain and the new Joel and Ethan Coen project. Continue reading »