September on The Blog: “I Want To Be A Better Hooker”

As always, another month means a few more refinements. So for September, I made a few changes to make The Blog even better. I suppose any blogger’s goal is to get their readers hooked, so I want to be a better hooker.

To help me, I completely revamped What To Watch. As you may remember, What To Watch has been a part of The Blog in some form since I relaunched it all the way in March. At first, What To Watch covered a handful of the week’s most interesting programs, then it shifted its focus to the week’s premieres and finales, but now it’s so much more.

With the new fall season, I posted the major networks’ new schedules, and just like the old What To Watch you’ll get a blurb to go along with most of the new shows mentioned. For the new What To Watch I included trailers as well, but here’s where it gets really cool: You can click on a show’s title and it will take you to a page with all the posts I tagged to the series. So it makes it easier to find press releases, ratings news, reviews and more related to the show. Continue reading

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Press Release: ETALK Kicks Off New Season with Canada’s Most-Watched Coverage of The Toronto International Film Festival®, Beginning September 2 on CTV

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TORONTO (August 29, 2014) – Just as Hollywood’s elite make their way to the 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival®(Sept. 4-14), Canada’s most-watched and most-trusted entertainment show, ETALK, kicks off its lucky 13th season. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, ETALK returns with unparalleled entertainment coverage, including exclusive access to one of the world’s biggest film festivals, airing weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). ETALK begins a new season on a high, coming off a successful summer that saw the program firmly hold its position as Canada’s #1 choice for entertainment news. Reaching 4.3 million viewers every week, ETALK is averaging 556,000 viewers this summer, 76% ahead of ET CANADA (317,000), and 20% ahead of ET (462,000). ETALK’s most-watched episode this summer brought in an overnight audience of 757,000 viewers on Aug. 21.

Before all the glitz and glamour of the film festival invades Toronto, ETALK presents HOLLYWOOD AT HOME: 12 YEARS OF ETALK AT TIFF. This 30-minute special features ETALK’s best TIFF moments, with anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with senior reporter Danielle Graham (McGimsie), reporter Lainey, ETALK Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, and TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey revisiting the Toronto International Film Festival® of years past. An encore presentation airs Friday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times) .

“Covering TIFF is always the perfect way to begin a new season of ETALK,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “For 12 straight years, viewers have selected us as their undisputed favourite because we consistently deliver the most comprehensive TIFF coverage, including exclusive access to both homegrown talent and international stars. We can’t wait to start Season 13 and share all of our exciting plans with our viewers.” Continue reading

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Press Release: Adrenaline-Fuelled Original Drama TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES Returns on The Movie Network and Movie Central, October 5

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TORONTO (August 28, 2014)– Frank Martin returns to deliver the package at any cost when TRANSPORTER –THE SERIES gears back into action for its second season. Premiering with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada), new episodes of the 12-part, one-hour original drama series transport audiences across the globe, from historic Prague to Morocco’s Sahara Desert to the streets of Toronto. Subsequent episodes premiere Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/MT.

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Based on award-winning director Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES is a France/Canada international co-production produced by Atlantique Productions and QVF Inc. in association with broadcast partners The Movie Network, Movie Central, and Super Écran in Canada, and M6 in France. The first season of TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES was the most-watched Canadian series on HBO Canada and the #3 Canadian Pay series overall in 2013.

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Filmed in Morocco, the Czech Republic and Toronto, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES second season follows Frank Martin (Chris Vance, PRISON BREAK, DEXTER) around the world as he delves deep into danger and mystery to deliver a diverse range of packages, from pop princesses to priceless paintings. As an ex-Special Forces operative, Frank has acquired the driving, fighting, and survival skills to make his deliveries on schedule, and never quits until he’s reached his final destination. In the season opener, Frank must protect and safely deliver a 12-year-old boy to a Rome courthouse to testify against his father’s killer.

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Press Release: This September on The Movie Network: The Season Finales of RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX, Canadian Feature Films, and More

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Press Release: This September on HBO Canada: BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s Last Gamble, Beyoncé and JAY Z Hit the Stage, Alice Cooper Rocks Out, and Two New HBO Documentaries Debut

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    Canadian Original documentary SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER featuring music legends Alice Cooper, Elton John, Iggy Pop, and Dee Snider, premieres Monday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. ET

  • Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi, HBO’s THE SOPRANOS) takes a final stroll down the Boardwalk in the fifth and final season of HBO’s EMMY® Award Winning Drama BOARDWALK EMPIRE Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Two documentaries from HBO debut: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE FDNY, Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET and TERROR AT THE MALL, Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carter take the stage together for the first time in an HBO concert special BEYONCÉ JAY Z ON THE RUN premiering Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET

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Press Release: This September on E!: Series Premieres of TOTAL DIVAS, BELOW DECK, and AUTOPSY, and Exclusive Specials

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Press Release: Discovery Spotlights Iconic Jets with Double-Bill Presentations of 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES

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TORONTO (August 28, 2014) – Move over stars and socialites of TIFF – the superstars this September are Hercules and Jumbo! Discovery buckles up for a Sunday night in-flight extravaganza with back-to-back original Canadian specials 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES. Premiering Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, the first hour tells the definitive story of the planet’s most iconic plane – the plane that has shaped the world of travel more than any other – the 747 or Jumbo Jet. Then at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, a special two-hour installment of hit series MIGHTY PLANES takes viewers on a journey with the most flexible airlifter in the world – the C130J Hercules – fresh off the Lockheed Martin production line.

Descriptions of 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES as follows:

747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

It’s the most famous passenger airplane ever to take to the skies: the Boeing 747 or Jumbo Jet. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, never-before-seen archival footage, super life-like CGI and gripping dramatic reconstructions – this one-hour special reveals just what makes the 747 one of the most ground-breaking and awesome aircraft in the sky, a jet that has carried the equivalent of 80% of the world’s population. Travelling to Boeing’s Seattle HQ, the biggest building in the world – 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE reveals the mind-blowing technical effort that goes into putting together a 747 – millions of parts, six storeys high, and wings the size of a parking lot. Then, meet Colonel Mark Tillman, the pilot who flew Air Force One for President George W. Bush on the morning of 9/11.

MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES

Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The Hercules is the most flexible airlifter in the world. With more than 70 variants, the C130J or “Super” Herc is the newest model in the longest continuous production run of any plane in aircraft history. This medium-range bird is the tactical cargo and personnel transporter for the U.S. Air Force, and serves multi-mission capabilities. Its many jobs include: special operations; search and rescue; aerial refueling; medevac; natural disaster relief missions; fire fighter; maritime surveillance; and hurricane hunter. In this two-hour special, MIGHTY PLANES takes flight with the delivery of a brand-new C130J fresh off the Lockheed Martin production to the Little Rock Air Force base in Arkansas. Then, meet Tim Nguyen, a Lockheed Martin Aviation Engineer who has dedicated his life to protecting the mighty Hercules from attack. He journeys to Little Rock to visit the very Herc that saved his life 40 years ago during the fall of Saigon.

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