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The lack of hockey on Canadian TV thanks to the lockout is not proving all that bad for some networks.

Hockey fans are turning to their favourite American shows to pass the time as they wait for their teams to return to the ice.

CTV is reporting a big rise in Saturday night viewing for their Big Bang Night on CTV, which comprises of re-runs of The Big Bang Theory.

They have doubled their audience in the 8-10pm timeslot while fellow Bell channels The Comedy Network and TSN boast rises of 56,000 and 50,000 viewers respectively. Continue reading »

Following a rather embarrassing Citytv website error, it has now been confirmed officially that Community will return to Canadian screens on February 7, 2013.

This week the Citytv website claimed that the fourth season of the cult comedy would begin screening on November 9 of this year. This, however, was not true.

The news took off and was reported on a number of media websites before the Rogers-owned channel could remove the post and chalk it up as an error. Continue reading »

MuchMusic is bringing fans that much closer to their favourite on-air personalities as the MuchMusic VJ Tour hits the road this October, making its way across Canada.

Coinciding with the youth empowerment movement We Day’s tour stops, Much VJs Lauren Toyota, Liz Trinnear, Scott Willats, and Phoebe Dykstra are jumping on board to hang out with their fans. Throughout the MuchMusic VJ Tour, muchmusic.com is the go-to site for all things #MuchVJTour. Continue reading »

From burlesque in the Big Easy (New Orleans) to racing cars – and hearts – in Las Vegas, the first dates of the season got underway on The Bachelor Canada last night on Citytv.

Receiving the first rose of the night, innocent pastor Chantelle won bachelor Brad Smith over with her warm heart and willingness to take part in the risqué burlesque performance in New Orleans.

Then, while there was no rose up for grabs on the Las Vegas track, Whitney won both the race and coveted alone time with Brad.

Following the group dates, Laura B. received the only one-on-one date card of the week, and later, a rose from Brad during a picturesque dinner and private concert by Juno-nominated, Canadian, singer-songwriter Jill Barber in downtown Victoria. Continue reading »

Shaw Media picks up sci-fi series Defiance slated to debut in Spring 2013 on Showcase.

Acquired from NBCUniversal Television Canada, the new one-hour multifaceted series from Syfy is set in the near future and introduces audiences to an exotically transformed planet Earth, with landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.

An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist throughout a scripted drama series and a multiplatform MMO game. Continue reading »

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has today released a report that puts the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on TV at an all time high.

GLADD released its annual ‘Where We Are on TV’ report, which provides a comprehensive review of regular LGBT characters in the 2012-13 TV season.

Following a decrease last year, GLAAD states that the number of characters has risen to its highest ever level and also reports a rise in the number of black characters on TV. Continue reading »

As the limousines rolled up to The Bachelor Canada mansion one by one, 25 of the most eligible women in the country were introduced to Canada’s first-ever bachelor in the series premiere last night on Citytv.

From Rebecca’s (a.k.a. “Bubba”) brazen attitudeto Gabrielle’s feisty personality and Whitney’s memorable entrance – which earned her the first-impression rose – the bachelorettes put it all on the line in an attempt to stand out from the crowd and woo bachelor Brad Smith.

The most shocking entrance of the night came when former bachelorette, Canadian Jillian Harris, stopped by to interview the girls and give Brad the low-down on each one, leading up to the first rose ceremony of the season. Continue reading »

With only one week to go until the hotly anticipated premiere of The Bachelor Canada, the stage is set for a love showdown as all 25 bachelorettes vying for bachelor Brad Smith’s heart have now been unveiled.

The remaining five women were announced in the final bachelorette reveal, sponsored by Schick Hydro Silk, this morning, exclusively on Breakfast Television.

The Bachelor Canada premieres Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Citytv. Following the premiere, the series moves to its regular timeslot Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning October 10. Continue reading »

Chaz Bono and Canada’s rock royalty Hedley are among the exciting guest appearances on DEGRASSI, when the iconic series returns Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Much.

The second half of Season 12 is jam-packed with dramatic storylines and challenging topics, tackling issues such as bullying, depression, and gender identity struggles.

Full episodes of DEGRASSI are available on muchmusic.com, following the broadcast premiere. Continue reading »

Homeland and Modern Family were the big winners at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening.

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes both took home the prizes for lead actor and actress in a drama series while Homeland claimed the top drama prize, beating the likes of Mad Men and Downton Abbey.

Co-creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon also claimed the Emmy for outstanding writing.

In the comedy category, Modern Family reigned supreme. The ABC series picked up its third consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy series while Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen won prizes for supporting actor/actress in a comedy series. Continue reading »