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The gritty streats of Nigara Falls will be the setting for the next Canadian-American production partnership. CTV in association with CBS will develop “The Falls Unit” based on the cross-border towns in Niagara Falls. The show is being produced by indie production company White Pine Pictures (The Border) and will alledgedly star Mark Wilson and Patrick McKenna with David Barlow as the showrunner.

The script is in early development with no word on when a pilot will be shot.

Would you watch a drama based on Niagara Falls?

Toronto, ON and Los Angeles, CA (November 1, 2010) – CTV and Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) have partnered to bring E! Entertainment Television back to Canadian audiences. Today, the companies announced a multi-platform program supply and trademark licence arrangement that will debut a new Canadian E! channel, formerly Star!, beginning November 29. Dedicated exclusively to informing Canadian viewers on all aspects of the entertainment industry, E! will immediately be available in more than 6.2 million Canadian households.

One of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, E! is the #1 primary source on American television for celebrity and entertainment news and continues to rank as a top five network in the U.S. for both A18-49 and A18-34.* Targeting the female 18-49 demo, the return of E! in Canada marks the arrival of a very strong specialty brand to CTV’s industry-leading suite of specialty channels.

“E! is a specialty brand for a specialty service. It’s a hot network that has seen dramatic year-over-year ratings growth,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The time is right to refresh our own entertainment channel so it can achieve its potential for viewers and advertisers. E! is a dynamic complement to what we’ve built with ETALK, Canada’s #1 entertainment source.”

“We’re delighted to bring E! back to audiences in Canada as we enter this new partnership with CTV,” added Duccio Donati, Executive Vice President, CIMG. “E!’s signature content has been a long-time favourite with TV viewers in the market and the network’s robust line-up of entertainment news programming, hit reality series and red carpet coverage, complement the channel’s localized programming, as part of an E! branded 24/7 channel.”

Powered by pop culture phenoms such as KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, CHELSEA LATELY, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, THE SOUP and E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, E! enjoyed its highest-rated and most-watched September ever in the U.S.

The arrangement between CTV and CIMG will see:

• exclusive access to current programming on E!;
• exclusive access to E!’s array of digital media assets in Canada, including mobile and Video on Demand;
• a Canadian-managed website,, eventually featuring both E! and original digital content and allowing for integration of Canadian ad sales; and
• a commitment to create new, original Canadian programming.

Research indicates that an overwhelming majority of Canadian viewers are already familiar with E!, including 96% females A18-34 and 92% males A18-34. The network recently expanded its flagship series E! NEWS to a new one-hour format, while MARRIED TO ROCK, BRIDALPLASTY, and Season 3 of KENDRA will premiere on E! this November. Journalist and author Laura Ling also recently joined the network as host of the popular investigative documentary series E! INVESTIGATES. E!’s roster of popular personalities includes the Kardashians, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic, Joel McHale, Kelly Osbourne, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Joan Rivers.

The channel will present 50 per cent Canadian programming throughout the broadcast year, including 40 per cent in prime time. Additional programming details regarding E!’s new schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

CTV will utilize its award-winning promotion, marketing and communication resources to relaunch the E! brand in Canada. The company already manages Canada’s #1 specialty brands in sports (The Sports Network, aka TSN), music and youth (MuchMusic and MTV), factual (The Discovery Channel), business (BNN – Business News Network), comedy (The Comedy Network), and genre (SPACE), among others.

Come Dine With Me Canada

Come Dine with Me Canada premieres Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with 5 back-to-back episodes, and airs Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Already a worldwide phenomenon with versions airing in 20 countries, the anticipated Canadian version of the hit UK television series Come Dine With Me Canada premieres this November on W Network. In this ultimate and original dinner party series, five strangers cook up their idea of a perfect evening over five consecutive nights. The heat is on each competitor to out-cook, out-host and out-entertain each other for the chance to win the title of ultimate dinner party host and a $1,000 cash prize. With biting narration by radio personality Jamie Carr, viewers can find out whose recipe for the ultimate dinner party goes down best. Come Dine With Me Canada is produced by Proper Television in association with W Network and based on the format created by ITV Studios (UK).

Can’t wait till the premiere? Catch the first episode in it’s entirety streaming online at

Canwest is now Shaw Media

The Canadian Media landscape has changed, yet again.

On October 22, the CRTC gave Shaw approval for Shaw to take over controlling interest in the now defunct Canwest Global brand. The deal, said to be worth over $2-Billion Canadian, will see Shaw taking over interest of Canwest’s conventional tv channels and 19 speciality. Global Television, Food Network, TVtropolis and HGTV Canada will all now be under the control of the newly named “Shaw Media”.

This deal had been in the works for over a year but just got approval for the go ahead. No word on what changes could come to these networks but it could bring more money into the networks that would give a boost to home-grown productions. Or more money would be available to buy American shows for broadcast north of the border.

This isn’t the first time a large purchase like this has happened in Canada. A couple of months ago Bell Canada put the plans in motion to purchase CTV 100% including it’s Broadcast and Online properties. The deal is going under CRTC approval but it should be a done deal in 2011.