Press Release: Bell Media and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution Strike Multi-Year, Exclusive Content Agreement for CraveTV

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TORONTO (February 9, 2015) – Bell Media today announced a multi-year exclusive content agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that will, in part, deliver past seasons of some of television’s grittiest dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies to Canada’s premium TV streaming service, CraveTVTM. The deal also delivers one of television’s most-acclaimed dramas, HOMELAND, to CraveTV as part of its SHOWTIME Collection launching later this month. With Season 3 currently airing on Bravo, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, all 24 episodes of the critically acclaimed first and second seasons of HOMELAND will be available on CraveTV, with additional seasons to arrive onboard in the future.

“These Fox series represent some of the very best in serialized storytelling available and confirm CraveTV’s status as the home of premium television in Canada,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media.

Evan Scheffel, SVP Worldwide Pay TV and SVOD, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution added, “The availability of past seasons on CraveTV is an excellent way to expand the audience reach for some of Fox’s strongest programming now available on linear television. We are very pleased to further our relationship with Bell Media through this content licensing agreement.” Continue reading


Press Release: Space Catapults into the New Year After Most-Watched December, Ever

Space (logo via Wikimedia)

Space (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (January 8, 2015) – Space audiences skyrocketed this past December – the most-watched month in the channel’s history – making it the #1 entertainment specialty channel for the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Drawing in an average audience of 101,000 total viewers, December 2014 saw Space’s key A25-54 demo rise 37% and jump four spots to #1. A major contributor to Space’s record-breaking month is its signature series DOCTOR WHO and the premiere of the 2014 Christmas special LAST CHRISTMAS, which drew an average audience of 792,000 viewers, making it the top broadcast on Space this broadcast year-to-date.

Other key December audience boosters were Space’s Magical Merry Marathon which featured HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN on December 27 and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS on December 28, pulling in 510,000 and 746,000 viewers, respectively. On December 28, Space’s exclusive series THE LIBRARIANS, currently airing at Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, pulled in a series-high 675,000 viewers, making it the #2 entertainment specialty program. THE HUNGER GAMES, which aired as part of Space’s Super Team Marathon, delivered an average audience of 526,000 viewers December 29.

In January, Space blasted into the top-ranking position as the #1 entertainment specialty channel for total viewers and the key A25-54 and 18-49 demos thus far. As the new year continues, Space fans can look forward to more fantastic drama with all-new episodes of THE LIBRARIANS airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, as well as new seasons of fan-favourites ATLANTIS and SALEM in the spring, and the THE LAST SHIP in June. Space’s original series slate is jam-packed with returning mega-hits including BITTEN, with Season 2 premiering Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET; Season 3 of ORPHAN BLACK, premiering Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET; and the upcoming adventure drama series KILLJOYS, slated to premiere this summer.

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What To Watch In The Wild: July 13-19

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CNN veers further off course Sunday with another reality show, The Hunt With John Walsh, which sounds a lot like John Walsh’s last show America’s Most Wanted. Right after that tune in to FX to see The Strain, the show behind the billboard so creepy they had to remove it from city streets. Really, what’s up with that promo image though?

Sunday also has the premiere of The People’s Couch on Bravo at 8:30 p.m., but remember that point I made about the same show being stretched across multiple networks in my Mom’s A Medium review? Bell’s taking that concept and running with it by airing The People’s Couch on E! (Monday at 10 p.m.), M3 (Wednesday at 9:30) and MTV (Friday at 9 p.m.). That’s four channels so far and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on CTV and Much sometime in the future as well. 

YTV still hasn’t got the memo that we’re all sick of American Idol clones, so there’s a new season of The Next Star on Monday. Later that night The CW is debuting City’s Seed at 9 p.m. and after the US critics tore Working The Engles to shreds, it didn’t surprise me that this sitcom didn’t fly too well with them either. I’m surprised some of them knew it was on, because let’s be honest, does anyone even watch The CW or City?

PBS has Sex in the Wild on Wednesday, which isn’t as exciting as you might think as it’s a nature show. M3, however, has Dating Naked on Thursday and that day also gives us the premieres of The Smoke, Married, Candidly Nicole all at 10 p.m. 
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Press Release: Space Dives Into Shark Infested Waters (and Skies) with the Premiere of SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, and SHARK ATTACK WEDNESDAYS!

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  • Tumultuous weather and sharks collide again in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, premiering Wednesday, July 30at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Space treads in unsafe waters with SHARK ATTACK WEDNESDAYS! Every Wednesday night leading up to the premiere of SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, Space airs the shark thrillers SHARK WEEK (July 2 at 9 p.m. ET);JERSEY SHORE SHARK ATTACK (July 9 at 9 p.m. ET); 2 HEADED SHARK ATTACK (July 16 at 9 p.m. ET);SHARKTOPUS (July 23 at 9 p.m. ET); and SHARKNADO (, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET).
  • A new group of talented special effects makeup artists compete head-to-head in exciting challenges in the Season 7 premiere of FACE OFFTuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET.
  • The witches of SALEM cast one more spell in the Season 1 finale, Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET.
  • Cosplayers take another trip to the convention floor in the Season 1 finale of HEROES OF COSPLAYTuesday, July 8at 9 p.m. ET.
  • The action-packed TRANSFORMERS MARATHON on Canada Day, includes all three of Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS movies, as well as AMERICAN WARSHIPSTRANSMORPHERS, and TRANSMORPHERS: FALL OF MAN, beginning at 6 a.m. ET.
  • Space has the premieres of fan favourite thrillers DESTINATION INFESTATION (Thursday, July 3 at 9 p.m. ET);PROMETHEUS (Saturday, July 5 at 9 p.m. ET); THE MOTH DIARIES (Thursday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET); INSIDIOUS (Saturday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET); THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT (Saturday, July 19 at 9 p.m. ET); and MEGA SHARK VS. MECHA SHARK (Saturday, July 26 at 9 p.m. ET).

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Press Release: Space Orders Second Season of its Original Smash-Hit Series, BITTEN


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TORONTO (May 22, 2014) – Space announced today it has ordered a second season of the sexy, high-octane thriller, BITTENSpace’s most-watched original series ever. Picking up after an exhilarating Season 1 finale, Space has ordered 10 additional, one-hour episodes from No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One Television, and Hoodwink Entertainment. Production is expected to begin this summer and will once again be shot on location in Toronto, Hamilton, and Hespeler. Viewers who have yet to join The Pack can catch encore episodes Sundays at 11 p.m. ET on Space following new episodes of the bewitching series SALEM at 10 p.m. ET. The entire first season of the werewolf thriller encores on CTV this summer.

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What to Watch Night in Canada: April 20-26, 2014

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Hockey Night in Canada: Tampa Bay @ Montreal (Game 3)

Sunday 7 PM
Hockey Night in Canada is pretty much every night in Canada this week. So, why not see what all the fuss is about?

Sunday 10 PM
WGN America’s first original drama swears witches are real and it makes its debut here at the same day and time as it does in the US. While the promos look intense, the reviews are lukewarm at best. They suggest Salem is ho-hum and WGN America is just yet another cable network trying its hand at reinventing itself through original dramas the way of FX, AMC, History, Lifetime, BBC America, OWN, MTV and virtually every other channel if you count reality TV.

Sunday 10 PM
In the season two premiere, Marisol finds love, Alejandro and Carmen’s fake relationship settles and…I’m sorry I just can’t, even for what is essentially a Desperate Housewifes redux, this all just sounds so terrible.

Sunday 9 PM
BBC Canada
BBC One’s historical drama The Musketeers finally makes its way over the pond to BBC Canada. It’s a retelling of sorts of the famous Three Musketeers story, but I can’t understand why there are four musketeers in the show. Is that simply creative license or do I just need to actually read the book to understand?

Monday-Thursday 8:30 PM
For those too young to remember Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark? this has to be the craziest most original thing ever on TV. While it is called The Haunting Hour, it’s just a half an hour long, but YTV fixed that problem by running two episodes back to back.

Tuesday 9 PM
In the season six finale the makeup artists have to make two aliens that need to live through a dance performance, while everyone at home speculates how this series made it to season six. Hypnosis? Bribes? Free MAC makeup?

Tuesday 10 PM
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott star in another reality show because…you know what, they don’t have to explain anything to you. Just shut up and watch the thing. You know you want to.

Tuesday 10:30 PM
In this new comedy two best friends are mistaken as lesbians and just roll with it cause, you know, they’re like crazy popular now, and stuff, and yeah. I mean, like wouldn’t you totally do like the same thing? …Why are you looking at me like that?

Thursday 8 PM
Pawneeians and Eagletonians unite to try to figure out how the hell they got renewed for another season with ratings as dreadful as theirs. Season seven nonetheless.

Thursday 9 PM
Remember those awful little random Digital Shorts SNL used to run during the show? Now NBC compiled them into a two-hour special. Why? Well, what else would you do if you’ve been pulverized in the ratings on Thursday night? No, really, NBC wants to know and they’ll give you your own show if your idea is any good. No joke.

Thursday 9:30 PM
I bet somewhere Gerry Dee is sulking saying CBS stole his idea from his show about a lousy teacher, Mr. D, but CBS “stole” this idea from the movie Bad Teacher. In any case, TV is mighty original these days, isn’t it?

Thursday 10 PM
Are you ready to see another ABC drama’s ratings sink like a stone this season (or fail to launch period)? What, BetrayalKiller WomenMind GamesThe AssetsOnce Upon a Time in Wonderland and Lucky 7 weren’t enough for you? Well, you’re in luck. The folks over at ABC decided to order this drama about a bipolar neuroscientist right to series despite that NBC’s show about a bipolar neurosurgeon pulled in such low ratings last season that it was cancelled after two episodes. Genius move, ABC.

Friday 10 PM
Unemployed deadbeats Terry and Dean live at home with their single mom. While she’s busy paying the bills by working in a factory and then supplying goods stolen from the factory to an illegal immigrant, Dean beats his girlfriend and kills a passerby who watched the whole thing. Terry, on the other hand, just watched the murder take place. Yup, it’s all rainbows and lollipops here.

Friday 8 PM
Season three draws to a close and despite being shifted to one of the worst timeslots in TV, Last Man Standing still delivers. Yet, I can’t think of a single person who watches this show. Very suspect.