June 2013

VoicefinalThe season 4 finale of The Voice this week was the most-watched ever in Canada.

The CTV series drew 1.9 million viewers for its two-hour finale, making it the number one show of the night for total viewers.

The show peaked towards the end with 2.5 million viewers when Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery was declared the youngest-ever winner on the show.

Lynn_CrawfordThe latest season of Top Chef Masters will feature one Canadian chef in the form of Food Network host Lynn Crawford.

The Pitchin’ In host will be joined by her sous chef Lora Kirk as she attempts to beat 12 fellow chefs from North America to the $100,000 for a charity of her choice.

“It’s an honour to be representing Canada in this fierce competition among such an esteemed group of chefs,” says Lynn Crawford. “I’m thrilled to have Chef Lora Kirk as my talented sous chef along for the journey and together we’re giving it our all in support of the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.” Continue reading »

TopChefCanada2013winnerTop Chef Canada winner Matthew Stowe believes he gained an edge in the Food Network Canada competition due to the fact he works at a chain restaurant.

The 31-year-old, currently a product development chef for Cactus Club Restaurants Ltd, believes his experience in that kitchen helped him take the title this year.

“Look at what happened to [Top Chef Canada season 1 winner]Dale MacKay,” he said. “You can be an unbelievable cook, but if you don’t have the business sense, you’re not going to be around for very long. Continue reading »

King2012Canadian cop drama King has been picked up for US broadcast by ReelzChannel.

The Showcase drama will begin airing stateside on the cable network from Friday, July 5.

Amy Price-Francis (24) features as Detective Sergeant Jessica King alongside Alan Van Sprang (Earth: Final Conflict), Tony Nardi, Zoe Doyle, Aaron Poole and Suzanne Coy in the series about a female cop who is called up to head the Major Crimes Task Force when her predecessor has a meltdown on live TV. Continue reading »

Paint it, Pierce it or Plug itChuck Lorre has confirmed that Angus T Jones will indeed be returning to Two and a Half Men.

The teenage actor appeared to have shot himself in the foot with his infamous YouTube rant last year where he labelled the sitcom “filth”.

It seems Lorre is still keen to have Jones back on the show, saying they will work him into the series around his college schedule.

“Angus is going to college in the fall, which is, I think, wonderful, which is appropriate, and he’ll be on the show as available around his college schedule,” Lorre said. Continue reading »

angerselmablairSelma Blair will not be back on Anger Management.

The official word has come through from Studio Lionsgate Television in a statement, saying: “We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and we wish her the very best.”

TMZ had reported at the start of the week that he would walk from the series if Blair wasn’t removed.

It is understood Blair complained about Sheen’s behaviour on set, something Sheen himself took offence to.

Russell Brand took control of an interview he was doing on American TV this week after the anchors began mocking his accent, calling him the wrong name and talking about him in the third person.

an-idiot-abroadThe third season of the acclaimed British comedy/travel series An Idiot Abroad is coming to Discovery.

An Idiot Abroad: The Short Way Around sees Ricky Gervais send Karl Pilkington on a new adventure with Warwick Davis (Harry Potter).

Airing back-to-back-to-back, the three-part series returns to Discovery on Sunday, July 14 beginning at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Following in Marco Polo’s footsteps, Gervais wants Pilkington to go on the ultimate trip: an 8,000-kilometre journey from Venice to China. But this time he won’t be alone. Continue reading »

Orphan-Black4The co-creator of Orphan Black has described the casting of Tatiana Maslany as basically “casting five roles at the same time”.

John Fawcett – who along with Graeme Manson created the hit series – says the show’s success hinged on their ability to find the right actress for the role.

“We knew we had a show that really hinged on the abilities of our lead actor,” Fawcett told ET. “She is essentially all the female leads, so we knew how important the casting of that role was — we’d either knock it out of the park or we’d go down with the ship. Continue reading »

packagedealThe cast of new City sitcom Package Deal have bonded over the unlikeliest of sports: badminton.

The three male leads – Harland Williams, Randal Edwards and Jay Malone – were brought closer together through their newly-discovered love of the sport.

“I grew up playing badminton,” Williams told TV Guide Canada. “I’ve played it my whole life. On my way to work I pass a badminton club. One day I stopped in there and they have all these great courts. I asked those guys if they wanted to play, and we do that two or three times a week. It’s heaven. A sitcom and badminton!” Continue reading »