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AmazingRaceCanada2The CTV airdate for The Amazing Race Canada has been announced.

July 15 will mark the premiere of what will surely be one of the best local reality shows of the year.

The date was confirmed today by the official Amazing Race Canada Twitter feed. Continue reading »

SPUNOUTPilotThe cameras have begun rolling on the new CTV comedy series Spun Out.

The series – from Project 10 Productions – is being filmed at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios and features a cast led by Dave Foley.

“Another shining example of the strength of Canadian comedic talent, SPUN OUT has all the ingredients for a must-see hit – a mix of up-and-coming and established talent, an award-winning production team, and that electric bit of unpredictable energy from a live studio audience,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Continue reading »

BraveNewGirlA new Canadian entertainment documentary has been ordered by E!.

Brave New Girl (w/t) is a new 30-minute unscripted series that follows the life of former Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova as she moves from Vancouver to Toronto.

“This latest announcement offers yet another example of Bell Media’s deep commitment not only to its Specialty brands, but also to Canada’s independent production community,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media.

“Brave New Girl presents E!’s pop culture-hungry audience the opportunity to enter the wildly entertaining world of reality television, all from a uniquely Canadian perspective.” Continue reading »

JillianMcThe winner of Big Brother Canada has been revealed in controversial circumstances.

Jillian MacLaughlin from New Glasgow, N.S., has taken out the $100,000 grand prize, beating fellow housemate Gary Levy following a voting mishap from jury member Topaz.

Believing she was voting for Gary to win, Topaz accidentally cast her vote for Jillian.

When host Arisa Cox announced her vote for Jillian, Topaz got up on stage to protest, claiming someone had switched her vote. Continue reading »

RookieBlue2013Shaw Media has today sent out a press release teasing the “new cops, new cases, and new couples” in the upcoming fourth season of Rookie Blue.

Here’s the release:

Global is proud to announce the highly anticipated return of Canada’s favourite cop show Rookie Blueseason four, in simulcast with ABC on Thursday, May 23 – 10pm ET/PT.

Also new this season is Rookie Blue In Session, a dramatic short form web series on GlobalTV.com that will give fans an unprecedented look inside the minds of the police officers from 15 Division. Continue reading »

VincentWalshDeception and Lost Girl actor Vincent Walsh has been cast in the lead role of CTV’s new drama series Played.

Production has commenced on the 13-part scripted series from Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd., which is shooting in Toronto through September 2013.

Created by Executive Producer Greg Nelson (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), and from Emmy Award-nominated Executive Producer Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Being Human) and Gemini Award-winning Executive Producers Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman (Bomb Girls, Durham County), Played tracks an undercover police unit as it infiltrates criminal organizations through different case stories/“plays”. Continue reading »

OrphanBlack3Space has given a second season order to new Canadian drama Orphan Black.

The Toronto-based series, which is currently half-way through its first season, will return in the spring of 2014 with 10 new episodes.

A record-breaker from the beginning, Orphan Black had the highest Original Series premiere ever for Space with an average of 513,000 viewers for its March 30 launch.

After five episodes Orphan Black has been watched in part by 2.8 million Canadians. With a weekly average of 364,000 viewers, Orphan Black is the #2 series for Space this broadcast year behind only Doctor Who. Continue reading »

RookieBlue44Rookie Blue creator Tassie Cameron has credited Flashpoint as being a “game-changer” for TV in Canada.

Cameron, who served as a co-executive producer and writer on Flashpoint, says that without it Rookie Blue may not have even existed.

“I have such a soft spot for that show,” Cameron says of Flashpoint. “Having been involved in the first year and having worked with Mark (Ellis) and Stephanie (Morgenstern, its creator-producers) closely. It really was a game-changer for Canadian television.

“Certainly, I don’t know that there would have been a ‘Rookie Blue’ without a ‘Flashpoint,'” adds Cameron. “I feel grateful, and I feel that I learned a lot. They made a very gracious exit, and did it on their own terms and did it beautifully. I really respect that.” Continue reading »

RectifyNetflix will air the new drama series Recify in Canada at the same time as it airs on the Sundance Channel in the US.

The deal between Netflix and ITV Studios Global Entertainment means the series from Oscar winner Ray McKinnon will air weekly alongside the US broadcast.

The series features Aden Young (Killer Elite), Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, Mad Men), Clayne Crawford (Justified), Adelaide Clemens (Lie to Me) and Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild). Continue reading »

ContinuumRachelNicholsFans of new Global series Continuum will be able to affect the outcome of the season two finale thanks to a new online platform labelled Continuum Interactive.

Showcase unleashes the first fully integrated convergence of Vine and dramatic television withContinuum Interactive. The online initiative developed by Showcase in association with Secret Location, curates digital storytelling that will live on Showcase.ca/continuum, Twitter and Facebook.

The multi-layered initiative empowers fans of Continuum to decide the outcome of the season two finale, through sharing and creating original social content. Continue reading »