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Did you miss her? Jessi is back! The fun lovin’ ginger and former co-host of MTV’s wildly popular “After Show” is back in an all new three-part series called “Jessi Cruickshank’s Real Hollywood Survival Guide”.

After moving to Los Angeles, Jessi has come across all sorts of interesting personalities. Some of the “stars” joining Jessi on the journey include former reality star and bi-sexual creep Tila Tequilia, former Jersey Shore floozy Angelina, and Dr. Drew Pinskey.

This has to be one of the funnest promo’s for a Canadian show I have ever seen, and is a must watch when the first part airs Monday, December 27th @ 8:30pm on MTV.

Check out the promo for it below:

This week’s TV suggestion is Burn Notice. Burn Notice is not your typical crime show. It’s sleek and sexy with some clever dialogue and techniques on building the perfect bomb.

Jeffery Donovan plays Michael Weston a government spy who has been ‘burned’ (i.e. Fired) for a series of crimes that endagered the lives of millions. The only problem? He was framed for those crimes and now he’s on a mission to clear his name.

Along with the investigation Michael and his team (Fiona & Sam) take on odd jobs that gets him into all sorts of mischief. Car bombings, dealings with drug lords, and international thiefs are just the tip of the iceburg.

Fiona is Michael’s ex and the sexual tension between them is interesting. Sam use to inform on Michael to the FBI and now works on the team.

It’s hard to explain why this show is must see TV but it’s a mixture of “coolness” factor along side a ton of rad explosions.

One of the issues I have could be the unrealistic nature of some of the situations. Michael has only been to jail once, carries an artiliary with him in broad daylight and hardly ever gets a scratch on his pretty little mug. But I guess the same could be said with 90% of the shows that are on the air.

The backdrop for the show is Miami, Florida which really helps with the sex-factor. The show has also featured some notable guest stars such as Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Canada’s Next Top Model) and John Mahoney (Frasier).

The series is currently in it’s fourth season with a new season set to shoot early in the new year. Also in the works is a Burn Notice Movie Prequel.

Burn Notice has consistently been one of the top ratings grabbers for Cable and airs on the USA Network in the states. Canadians can now watch Burn Notice Tuesdays @ 10pm on Showcase. Or catch up online at Showcase.ca.

We are saddened to report that “the Voice” of CityTV, Mark Dailey, has passed away at the age of 57. Mark passed away today at Sunnybrook Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Mark began his career in 1968 in Ohio before moving up to join CHUM in 1974.

Mark was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, and then announced this year that he had kidney cancer. Mark is survived by his wife Kim and daughter Nicole.

RIP Mark.

Things are being mixed up at the Nation’s Music Station. Muchmusic announced yesterday (via Twitter) that their new flagship daily show will be called “New Music Live” (@muchNML). The show is replacing the now defunct Much On Demand series which aired from 1997-2010.

No real details on the series have been released but we know that the series will have similar elements to Much On Demand including live performances, videos and VJ’s at the helm at Muchmusic’s street-level studios at 299 Queen Street West.

The show will be a part of the much larger overhaul of Muchmusic as it’s on it’s way to HD. The control room has been completely converted over as has the new studio. The space has been completely transformed and has become much roomier since the makeover. Click here to see photos of the new studio.

The show is expected to premiere next week at 5pm on Much.

 

Dexter fans rejoice! The famed television serial killer will return to screens for a sixth season next year. The show has had a steady increase in viewers over the past five seasons giving Showtime even more reason to renew the series.

This comes on the heels of the season 5 finale which airs on December 12 on the Movie Network (in the East) and Movie Central (in the West) at 10pm.

 

Canadian rap superstar Drake will host the 2011 Juno Awards CTV announced today. The rapper has had unprecedented success over the past year and will take to the stage when the Juno Awards return to Toronto on March 27th. This also marks the 40th Anniversary for Canada’s Music Awards.

For more information on the Juno’s visit JunoAwards.ca

Young Hollywood is getting another boost thanks to the Academy Awards producers. Anne Hathaway & James Franco have been tapped to co-host this years show. Anne is a bit nervous as she told Entertainment Tonight: “I found out that I’m one of three women to host since … I think it was 1987. Maybe I’m the fourth, I’m not sure. I’m still learning all the amazing statistics that I almost don’t want to know because it gets a little bit too intimidating.”

Anne is currently starring in “Love and Other Drugs” with Jake Gyllenhaal while James is in the film “127 Hours”.

This won’t be Anne’s first time hosting. Recently she was a gust host on Saturday Night Live.

The show will air live on CTV February 27th from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Nominations will be announced January 25th where Hathaway and Franco could score a nod.

Canadian comedy legend Leslie Nielsen has passed away at his home in Florida a the age of 84. Best known for his work in Airplane! and The Naked Gun, Leslie suffered complications from pneumonia and died at 5:34pm/est surrounded by his wife and family.

RIP Leslie.

The CRTC (Canadian Radio & Television Commission) has denied Muchmusic’s application to decrease the amount of Music Videos it has to play. CTVglobemedia asked the commission to lower the amount of video broadcast from 50% to 25% citing the availablity of these videos on other platforms make the business not as viable as it use to be. They claim the model has changed drastically since the channel launched in 1984.

They wanted to move the channel into more “lifestyle” programming taking a page from it’s sister network MTV. It’s also worth nothing that MTV (MUSIC Television) cannot technically play any music/videos because their licence is currently based on the Talk TV format.

But Senior Vice President of MuchMTV, Brad Schwartz, still expects the change to happen at some point.

That being said the commision did approve Muchmusic’s request to play more films which will continue to air as the “MuchMovie”

Do we care that MuchMusic/MTV don’t play as much music videos anymore considering the availability of them online? Let us know.

Canadian Comedian, Jon Dore, will make his first appearance on Late Night American TV with a key visit to tonight’s Conan show. Jon will have a perform a stand-up routine for Conan’s faithful audience, no sit down interview.

You may remember Jon from his stint on the first couple of seasons of Canadian Idol. From there he parlayed his success into his own show on the Comedy Network called the Jon Dore Television show. It lasted two seasons. Shortly after filming the season finale (which would become series) Jon moved to LA to try his act on the comedy circuit.

Since moving to LA he secured a guest-starring role as a zoo keeper on How I Met Your Mother.