Press Release: WILLIAM SHATNER JOINS HAVEN CAST AS RECURRING GUEST STAR

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TORONTO, November 21, 2014 - The Shat hits the fan next year on HavenWilliam Shatner (Star Trek) is set to guest star in a four episode arc of the Showcase fan-favourite series in 2015. Canadian icon Shatner will play a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its Troubled residents.

Airing Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT, Haven races toward its game-changing midseason finale with the last two episodes of 2014.

In “Chemistry” (airing December 4), divided loyalties put Haven’s heroes at odds with one another, while a terrifying revelation changes everything. Canadian Jay Reso – also known as WWE Superstar Christian Cage – appears in the episode, reuniting with his real-life, lifelong friend and former tag-team partner Adam Copeland (WWE Superstar Edge Rated R), who plays Dwight. In a recurring guest role, Reso will play McHugh, one of Dwight’s oldest and closest friends.

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Press Release: Bell Media Secures Landmark SEINFELD Deal for “Project Latte” Streaming Service as Comedy Slate Revealed

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TORONTO (November 21, 2014) – It’s been named the greatest television program of all time, yada, yada. And now for the first time, Canadians have access to every single episode on demand. Bell Media announced today a landmark deal with Sony Pictures Television for the Canadian exclusive subscription streaming rights for the seminal sitcom SEINFELD, making its upcoming subscription video on demand product, code-named “Project Latte,” the only streaming service to offer the series to its subscribers. The announcement was made as Bell Media revealed its premium comedy lineup for “Project Latte,” representing additional content deals from BBC Worldwide, CBS Studios International, Viacom (Comedy Central), Eagle Rock Entertainment, HBO, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. International Television. It is the latest in a series of programming announcements for Canada’s premium video streaming service, set to launch later this year, and follows last week’s announcement that the entire Monty Python catalogue will live exclusively on “Project Latte.”

From sitcoms to Britcoms and stand-up in between, “Project Latte” is home to more than 225 hit comedy titles representing more than 2,500 episodes. In total, premium comedy programming will comprise nearly 25% of the entire “Project Latte” catalogue which, it was confirmed today, will also feature the expansive Comedy Central vault of past-season and library hits.
“We are very proud to deliver the genre-defining series SEINFELD to Canadians in this landmark deal,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “It’s only one of several headliners in our comedy portfolio, which will launch with a deep, diverse, and iconic lineup including CHEERS, 30 ROCK, CORNER GAS, and THE BIG BANG THEORY – simply some of the biggest comedies that have ever been on television.”

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Press Release: CTV Celebrates the Season With MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL, December 15

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (November 21, 2014) – The holidays are set to take over the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen in MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL (@MasterChefCDA), premiering Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and also available live and on demand on CTV.ca and CTV GO. Debuting as part of CTV’s holiday lineup, the two-hour special welcomes four Season 1 home cooks back to the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen where they cook up a series of festive dishes with their families – serving up holiday favourites inspired by their diverse traditions and cultures. Featuring acclaimed judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile, the special is a first for the format internationally and was created in collaboration with Proper Television and Shine International. MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL is a complementary spinoff of MASTERCHEF CANADA, which returns to CTV with its highly-anticipated second season in Winter 2015.

Averaging 1.8 million viewers in its inaugural season, MASTERCHEF CANADA became the most-watched Canadian series in the country for the 2013/14 broadcast season, and is the first and only homegrown series in more than a decade to land in the Top 10 list for A25-54 and A18-49.

MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL features four Season 1 home cooks: fun-loving Albertan Dora Cote; spicy Trinidadian twin and runner-up Marida Mohammed; loveable Italian dad Pino DiCerbo; and larger-than-life flavour queen Tammara Behl – who are all joined by their families for the chance to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice. MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL will also air on Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on M3, as part of a monster three-day MASTERCHEF marathon beginning Wednesday, Dec. 24 that will include complete airings of the most recent seasons of MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

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Review: The Fall

The Fall title card (screenshot via Bravo GO)
The Fall title card (screenshot via Bravo GO)

B-

If I learned anything from The Honourable Woman, it’s that the Brits like their dramas slow—I mean really slow, like moving at a snail’s pace. After some quality time with the second season premiere of The Fall, my belief was only cemented.

The Fall tends to squander precious air time with numerous scenes like this where the killer makes breakfast (screenshot via Bravo GO)
The Fall tends to squander precious airtime with numerous scenes like this where the killer does menial things like make breakfast (screenshot via Bravo GO)

Much like CBC’s The Honourable Woman, Bravo’s The Fall is an import from BBC Two, and both shows don’t mind taking their time to get to the point. On The Fall, it’s particularly comical. For example, the show spends over a minute on a dialogue-free scene consisting of only walking into a bedroom and opening a box. Then there are similarly dull scenes involving riding a boat, waiting for a train, boarding a train, walking around slowly (or worse standing completely still), cooking breakfast and making a cup of coffee that just eats several minutes of the show. Actually, if you manage to come across The Fall during the wrong moments while channel surfing, I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought it’s a cookery show (as the Brits might say), a Maxwell’s House commercial or some sort of show on transportation.

With the number of pointless scenes in the episode even the actors look bored (screenshot via Bravo GO)
With the number of pointless scenes in the episode, even the actors look bored (screenshot via Bravo GO)

The Fall‘s slow pace is all quite different from broadcast TV shows from this side of the pond. I’m thinking things like How To Get Away With Murder that grip your attention for almost the full hour. I suppose since BBC Two has the luxury of not having to worry about adverts, they can keep in meaningless scenes, just for the sake of being artistic, or whatever. However, as a viewer I wish they’d just get on with it.

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Press Release: Corus Entertainment Partners with Fingerprint to Develop a Global Mobile Entertainment Platform for Preschoolers

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Corus Entertainment announced today that is has partnered with Fingerprint, the San Francisco-based mobile technology company, to create a mobile entertainment platform for kids aged two to seven. Set to launch globally in 2015, the platform will offer preschoolers a safe, fun and branded environment to enjoy videos, games, music and eBooks featuring their favourite Nelvana characters Max & RubyLittle Bear, Franklin, The Berenstain Bears and more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Fingerprint to develop our first global digital offering for kids,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “Leveraging Fingerprint’s expertise to create compelling and fun mobile applications for children will enable our Nelvana brands to be enjoyed by even more kids in multiple languages and territories around the world.”

In 2012 and 2014 Corus invested in Fingerprint as part of Corus’ strategy to expand into new markets and unlock additional value in Nelvana’s rich library of branded content.

“It’s been our dream to bring Corus’ family of great brands to life on mobile devices,” said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO of Fingerprint. “By creating this new platform, families will have peace of mind as they encourage their children to experience favourite brands on the family’s personal mobile devices. After all, mobile is where people of all ages are spending their time. Corus will expand its brands via mobile and further grow its fans.”

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Canadian TV Ratings: November 3-9, 2014

This week saw fan favourites NCISCastle, Agents of SHIELD and The Flash vanish from the charts. Most of them disappeared due to preemptions somewhat related to the US election on the 4th. As that’s the case, there are a few oddities on the charts this week.

Castle was out of the mix on Monday, leaving Gotham, The Blacklist and CTV Evening News to take first, second and third place for the night respectively. Gotham had a surprising spike in viewership considering it lost its lead in of original Big Bang Theory episodes last week. The Batman crime drama managed to gain 275,000 viewers.

As the US elections were on Tuesday, it was the day probably hardest hit by preemptions. CTV chose to run The Hunger Games and it did fairly well with 1,702,000 tuning in.

Many of the shows during the rest of the week saw negligible losses and gains from last week, however on the weekend things became a bit more interesting. The weekend edition of CTV Evening News sprung out of nowhere to best CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada for Saturday. On Sunday, Once lost 137,000 viewers from last week, while Madam Secretary surged, gaining 265,000 viewers over last week. Looks like it’s gaining a following, who would’ve guessed?
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Press Release: Corus Entertainment Announces TV Everywhere App for its Kids Channels

Corus Entertainment announced today that it is launching apps across its popular kids channels TreehouseYTV and TELETOON for a TV Everywhere experience.

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The TV Everywhere apps will be available to subscribers of the linear services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of hours of new programming that they can view, download and live stream. Fans can look forward to content from their favourite series anytime, anywhere including, Dora and FriendsMike the KnightSpongeBob Square Pants and Adventure Time, to mention a few.

The preschool Treehouse app will launch in spring 2015 as the first phase of the rollout, with YTV and TELETOON apps launching soon after. The TELETOON app will also be offered in French.

“As part of Corus’ expanding digital content strategy, these apps will offer viewers an opportunity to sample shows and engage with new content on their portable devices,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “These apps will give our Corus Kids subscribers the flexibility to enjoy some of their favourite shows whether they’re at home or on the go.”

Each app has been designed specifically for its core audience, ensuring a fun, entertaining experience for Treehouse preschoolers and YTV and TELETOON fans. Key features include download-to-go, parental controls and interactive environments. The apps are built using You.i Engine software, developed by Ottawa-based startup You.i TV, which powers the user experience across all platforms.

The apps will be made available on more devices and digital platforms to subscribers in the coming months.

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