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According to recent research, around 16 per cent of Canadian adults have ditched conventional TV in favour of online streaming.

The research from Google found that 16 per cent have completely “cut the cord” while 45 per cent say they watch a combination of both TV and online content.

Younger viewers were more likely to have moved on to watching online video content, with about one in four Canadians aged 18 to 24 saying they relied on online video only.

The rise in “cord-cutters” has grown in the past few years, with a 60 per cent rise among 18- to 24-year olds since 2010.

KristenBellKristen Bell has been added to the cast of Parks and Recreation.

Bell and Ben Schwartz will make guest appearances on the comedy series when it returns this fall.

Bell will join up with the series following production on the Veronica Mars movie, playing a “snooty city councilwoman from Pawnee rival Eagleton”.

Schwartz will reprise his role as Jean-Ralphio, a friend of Tom (Aziz Ansari).

 

ArrestedDevelopmentNetflix has officially entered negotiations regarding a fifth season of Arrested Development.

Following this year’s successful return of the comedy series, Netflix is looking at the possibility of producing more online-only episodes.

Arrested Development was the first semi-original series to feature on Netflix, with the company going on to release Orange is the New Black this week.

cote-de-pabloNCIS veteran Cote de Pablo has announced her departure from the series.

The actress will not be back to reprise her role as Ziva David in the upcoming 11th season.

“I’ve had eight great years with NCIS and Ziva David,” de Pablo said in a statement. “I have huge respect and affection for Mark [Harmon], Gary [Glasberg], Michael [Weatherly], David [McCallum], Rocky [Carroll], Pauley [Perrette], Brian [Dietzen], Sean [Murray], all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva’s story.”

CBS said in a statement: “We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David. Cote and CBS share a great respect for the NCIS audience, and we look forward to working with her and the producers on appropriate closure in this chapter of Ziva’s story.” Continue reading »

A Belgian artist has created a mash-up of two pop culture heavyweights, turning the characters of Game of Thrones into Simpsons characters.

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Roman HolidayHomeland has added a Gossip Girl actor to its third season.

William Abadie will join the drama series for its new season, playing the role of a journalist named Alan Bernard.

Abadie is best known for his recent role on Gossip Girl and has had parts in 90210 and Chuck in the past.

Other new additions to the season three cast include Amy Morton (Up in the Air), David Aaron Baker (Boardwalk Empire), Joanna Merlin (Law and Order: SVU) and Tracy Letts (Prison Break).

JonasBrosThe Jonas Brother are set to make their first live Canadian performance in three years on the set of Live at Much.

In this one-hour edition of LIVE AT MUCH, the Jonas Brothers hit the stage to perform songs from their upcoming fifth studio album, V, including “Pom Poms” and “First Time”, as well as fan favourites “Burnin’ Up”, “Lovebug”, and “SOS”. The band also sit down with MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota to discuss life during their time off, their new album and upcoming tour, and the recent exciting news of a new Jonas baby on the way.

Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET.

AmazingRaceCanadaJonAmazing Race Canada host and Olympian Jon Montgomery will join Canada AM next week.

Montgomery takes on a new challenge when he joins Bev Thomson and Marci Ien at the CANADA AM hosting desk on Monday, July 15 from 8-9 a.m. ET, in advance of the series premiere of this summer’s most-anticipated new series later that night on CTV. Continue reading »

PilotNew drama series Under the Dome has broken a Canadian summertime record.

The adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel was the most-watched summer drama premiere in Canada in the past decade, notching up 2.6 million on Global.

Next week on Under the Dome (“Outbreak” – Monday, July 15 at 10pm ET/PT) the town of Chester Mill falls into a state of panic when a medical emergency of meningitis threatens the town’s depleted medical resources. Meanwhile, Julia continues to search for answers into her husband’s disappearance.

LostGirlS3Showcase has revealed its line-up for the fall, led by the return of Lost Girl and premiere of new drama King & Maxwell.

King & Maxwell joins fan-“fae”vourite Lost Girl, brightly shining Copper, returning romance Beauty and the Beast and the always mysterious Haven. Also featuring new seasons of hits Covert Affairs, Royal Painsand Rizzoli & Isles and cable premieres of Hollywood blockbuster movies, the fall schedule launches August 26.

King & Maxwell stars Tenney and Romjin as bestselling author David Baldacci‘s popular characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. He’s charming and always one step ahead of the game, she’s a fearless force and together, they have a leg up on conventional law enforcement. Continue reading »