Press Release: CBC NEWS’ the fifth estate SPECIAL: THE TERROR WITHIN

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CBC (logo via CBC)

On the season premiere of the fifth estate, a special investigation into the attack in Ottawa this week and the killings that have shaken the nation. Two soldiers killed in a week. What was behind the attacks in Ottawa and Quebec, and what went wrong?

Plus startling new revelations about young Canadian men making their own journey to jihad. Join hosts Bob McKeown, Mark Kelley, Gillian Findlay and Linden MacIntyre as the International Emmy Award-winning show returns for its 40th season with: The Terror Within. The originally scheduled premiere, GM Recall: The Switch from Hell, will air at a later date.

For four decades, the fifth estate has been Canada’s premier investigative documentary program, acquainting viewers with a dazzling parade of political leaders, shady characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy. The tradition of provocative and courageous journalism, which began with Adrienne Clarkson, Warner Troyer and Peter Reilly on Sept. 16, 1975, continues unabated with the current team of Bob McKeownMark Kelley and Gillian Findlay

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Canadian TV Ratings: October 6-12, 2014

Gosh Canada, you tire of things quickly. This week saw some substantial drops from last week for some of the country’s top shows: Once Upon a Time lost nearly 300,000 viewers, How To Get Away With Murder shed just over 400,000, CSI left behind 435,000, Castle dropped nearly 500,000 viewers and Criminal Minds ceded 662,000.

Some shows actually rose however. The Big Bang Theory gained 128,000 viewers and SHIELD spiked to 2,679,000 viewers to leapfrog over both NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans Tuesday night. The jump of over 350,000 must have had something to do with the massive premiere of The Flash, which bowed with 3,111,000 viewers. I hope it doesn’t get too attached to those numbers because as we’ve seen with a number of shows this fall that viewership can sink quickly if they’re not careful.
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Dr. Dimensionpants

Press Release: TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November

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(Toronto, ON) TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres in TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays block starting November 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date in French as Dr. Pantastique. 

“We can’t wait to introduce our TELETOON audience to this fun-filled imaginative series,” says Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. “The characters are vibrant and dynamic – we have no doubt kids will be enticed by Kyle, the 12-year-old mustached and magic pant-wearing superhero and his unicorn best friend.”

Created by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty GaloreJourney 2: The Mysterious Island) and produced by DHX Media and TELETOON, Dr. Dimensionpants showcases new superhero, Kyle, with all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted…and more responsibility than he can handle. With the help of his talking unicorn mentor Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he defends his hometown of Ganderville from the constant threat of inter-dimensional villains while still having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues like homework, girls, and his annoyingly smart little sister.

“We are thrilled that TELETOON will be premiering this terrific new series from creator Brad Peyton this fall,” said Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media. “Dr. Dimensionpants has that boisterous quirkiness that kids find hilarious, so we think our mustachioed 12-year-old hero and his talking unicorn pal, Philip, will be a big hit.”

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Press Release: KING TUT UNMASKED Explores a Startling New Theory About the Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun, November 9

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TORONTO (October 22, 2014) – Tutankhamun, the boy king, has fascinated the public ever since Howard Carter discovered his spectacular tomb in 1922. King Tut was a young man – only 19 years old – when he died suddenly and unexpectedly. Was he assassinated, struck down by disease, or did he suffer a fatal accident? The mystery surrounding his untimely death has baffled generations of researchers, scientists, and historians — until now. A fascinating new Discovery special explores the life of Tutankhamun and reveals a ground-breaking new theory about his untimely death. With a team of experts, science journalist Dallas Campbell re-opens the ultimate cold case in KING TUT UNMASKED, premiering Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery. An international co-production for Discovery Canada, BBC One (U.K.), and Smithsonian Channel (U.S.) by STV Productions and Cream Productions, this one-hour special follows Campbell on a gripping journey to uncover what killed Tutankhamun. With state-of-the-art forensic science equipment, leading experts, and stunning CGI, KING TUT UNMASKED reveals extraordinary new facts about the boy king’s life and a remarkable new theory about his unexplained death.

Using new technology, KING TUT UNMASKED carries out the first ever “virtual autopsy” on the 3,000-year-old remains. With rare access to 2,000 CT scans of the pharoah’s mummified body, the special creates the first scientifically accurate, full-size image of the real Tutankhamun. Drawing new data from these technologies and consulting with the  leading experts – including paleopathologist Dr. Albert Zink, surgeon Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, radiologist Dr. Ashraf Selim, and Canadian Egyptologist Gayle Gibson – this new picture of Tut reveals that the pharaoh suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided. And then, with new DNA research, KING TUT UNMASKED delivers a shocking secret about Tutankhamun’s family genetics, presenting a radical new theory to explain Tut’s sudden death.

“Trying to navigate through the intense speculation and politics that surround one of the most famous characters in history is both daunting and thrilling in equal measure. Foolhardy perhaps!” said Campbell. “But using solid science and a truly multi-disciplinary approach, we’ve finally been able to put to bed some of the myths and pre-conceived ideas that have surrounded his life and death, and hopefully add a new chapter that will ensure the Tutankhamen story continues to fascinate.”

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 17-19, 2014

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It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see Hockey Night in Canada back on top by a large margin. Its early games drew 2.2 million, down just slightly from last week’s 2.23 million.

What’s more of a surprise is that the second most popular sporting event wasn’t an NHL game or CFL match, but rather a bunch of NFL games that aired across CTV on Sunday evening. Those games attracted 893,000, while two other Sunday NFL matches, the Giants vs. the Cowboys and the Chiefs vs. the Chargers, took third place for the weekend with 873,000.

So where’s the CFL? The weekend’s top CFL match attracted a ho-hum 732,000 on Sunday, making it the third most watched sporting event of the day and the fifth most watched event of the weekend. Things get worse when you look at how the other CFL matches did. For example, Friday’s RedBlacks/Tiger-Cats game attracted 413,000 on Friday, making it the 12th most watched sporting event of the weekend.

I suppose TSN’s new feeds are partly to blame for the CFL’s soft ratings lately. Friday’s RedBlacks/Tiger-Cats match was preempted on TSN3 for a Jets game. Other folks, I suppose, are now either preoccupied with hockey or the NFL to pay too much attention to the CFL.  Continue reading

Press Release: Corus Media And A+E Networks® Reach Agreement To Align Historia And History® In Quebec

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Montreal/New York — Corus Media and A+E Networks® have reached an agreement to bring content and branding from HISTORY® to Historia in Quebec, it was announced today by Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Media and Christopher Barry, Sr. Vice President, International Strategy and Digital Media, A+E Networks.

Slated to roll out this winter, Historia will carry a number of global hit franchises from the HISTORY catalogue such as Mountain MenAppalachian OutlawsDown East Dickering and No Man’s Land. Historia already broadcasts a number of series from the History catalogue, including Pawn Stars, American Pickers, American Restoration and Counting Cars, all of which rank among the channel’s top ten most- watched shows. Historia will also incorporate the iconic gold HISTORY ‘H’ into its logo.

“We’re delighted to partner with one of the biggest players in the television business,” said Cecchini. “This deal will enrich our broadcasting package with shows produced by a world-renowned brand.”

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The highly anticipated 13-episode original half-hour scripted comedy series Schitt’s Creek, starring Emmy winners® Eugene Levy (American Pie, Best In Show, SCTV) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone, Best In Show, SCTV), and Chris Elliott (How I Met Your Mother, Late Night With David Letterman, There’s Something About Mary) alongside Canadian television personality Daniel Levy (Admission, MTV’s The After Show) will debut with a special one-hour premiere on CBC Television on Tuesday, January 13, featuring two back-to-back episodes beginning at 9 p.m. (9:30NT).

“We’re so proud to have commissioned this CBC original comedy,” remarked Sally Catto, General Manager of Programming, CBC English Television. “Eugene and Daniel have created a brilliant and irreverent series with an outstanding cast.  Audiences across the country will love it.”

Filmed in Canada, the original half-hour scripted comedy series centres on filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), his soap star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara) and their two kids, über hipster son David (Daniel Levy) and socialite daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy) who suddenly find themselves broke. They are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset – Schitt’s Creek, a depressing little town they once bought as a joke.

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