May 2013

Netflix_LogoNetflix believe they are successfully combating the use of illegal file sharing in Canada since they have set up camp here.

The company’s CEO, Reed Hastings, claims that BitTorrent usage has dropped since Netflix arrived onto the scene in Canada.

“When we were first doing our research in Canada, a few years ago, it was stunning to us that relative to the U.S, (Canadian) suburban moms would openly talk about downloading movies and TV through BitTorrent,” said Hastings.

“Since we’ve launched, BitTorrent usage has gone down quite a bit.” Continue reading »

CanadaflagA bizarre reason has been given for the fact that the new fantasy pilot Gothica was turned down by the ABC network.

Apparently the pilot – which was a modern day soap featuring legendary monsters – was rejected by ABC because “it looked Canadian”.

Entertainment Weekly included it on its list of the ten most shocking rejections of the pilot season.

Graceland - PilotBravo has announced the premieres of two new summer dramas: Graceland and Boston’s Finest.

From White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, the one-hour drama Graceland follows the lives of undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and U.S. Customs, who live and operate in a beachfront mansion in Southern California, called “Graceland.”

Starring Aaron Tveit (Les Misérables), Daniel Sunjata (Grey’s Anatomy) and Vancouver native, Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings), the 11-episode series based on true events delves into the lives of this young group of diverse roommates where the question of trust becomes a matter of life or death (visit bravo.ca for local broadcast times). Continue reading »

TopChefC2013groupTop Chef Canada is heading to Calgary for the first time for its season finale.

As the backdrop to the third season finale of Canada’s fiercest food fight, Calgary is a young, edgy city home to over one million people and growing faster than any other in North America.

Calgary is also a new culinary hotbed in Canada with renegade chefs in impressive restaurant and food truck kitchens, making it the ideal setting for the cutthroat culinary competition. Continue reading »

tsn-logoTSN has confirmed their second round coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ heart-breaking OT loss to Boston.

The coverage is headlined by the Original Six clash between Boston and the New York Rangers, with the battle in the west comprising of the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks.

TSN’s coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 14) with Game 1: San Jose @ Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET (see complete broadcast schedule below).

Action in the Boston-NY Rangers series kicks off on Thursday, May 16 with Game 1: NY Rangers @ Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN. Continue reading »

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The Canadian-shot thriller Orphan Black will soon gain a British fan base with news that BBC Three will air the series.

The 10-part BBC America drama has been picked up by the network for broadcast this year.

Perry Simon, General Manager of BBC America, says: “Orphan Black has met with terrific excitement in the US from critics, the audience and across social media. Graeme and John have created an intricate web that keeps you guessing at every turn and at the heart of the action Tatiana Maslany’s performance is simply dazzling. We couldn’t be more pleased that UK viewers are getting the chance to join in the fun.” Continue reading »

Wingin ItCanadian series Wingin’ It will come to a close this May with its series finale pencilled in for Saturday, May 25 at 11.30am ET/PT on family Channel.

After three hit seasons of magical mayhem, the adventures of Carl Montclaire and Porter Jackson come to a conclusion in the Canadian original series finale of Wingin’ It premiering Saturday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT.

As the boys prepare for their high school prom, Family Channel celebrates with a morning of prom-themed episodes from top series Wizards of Waverly Place, Gravity Falls, Jessie and Good Luck Charlie beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT. Immediately following the finale is a special presentation of High School Musical 3: Senior Year at 12 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading »

Fall-Out-BoyFall Out Boy will be making their first live Canadian performance in three years with Live At Much on Thursday, May 23 at 8pm ET.

In this live, one-hour edition of Live AT Much, Fall Out Boy performs songs from their fifth, international chart-topping studio album Save Rock and Roll, including “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up),” and “The Phoenix,” as well as fan favourites such as “Dance, Dance,” “Sugar We’re Going Down,” and “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.”

The band will also sit with New.Music.Live. co-host Scott Willats to discuss their hiatus, their new album, and upcoming tour. Continue reading »

canadaamlogoDan Brown will sit down with the Canada AM crew this Thursday to discuss his new novel Inferno.

“Dan Brown is one of the most widely read writers of this generation, and we are honoured that he chose Canada AM for his only Canadian television interview,” said Lis Travers, Executive Producer of Canada AM.

Brown joins Canada AM in New York to talk about his riveting new thriller, available in stores tomorrow. The new novel continues the tale of Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, as he is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces… Dante’sInferno.

Bethenny2CTV has confirmed the acquisition of new daytime talk show Bethenny.

Bethenny Frankel’s new offering will join CTV’s daytime schedule alongside homegrown program The Social in fall 2013.

From Executive Producers Bethenny Frankel, Ellen DeGeneres, Terence Noonan, Meghan Schaefer Spielberg, and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Bethenny will air on CTV, CTV Mobile, the CTV App, and Bell Media’s specialty channel E!.

“Bethenny has an incredibly diverse and loyal fan base, and is an inspiring brand herself,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “Her biting one-liners and sassy advice will be a fun addition to CTV’s #1 daytime lineup.” Continue reading »