From the Banff Media Festival:
Nominees Announced for Rockies Program Competition
BANFF is proud to announce the full list of nominees for its annual Rockies Program Competition. The internationally-recognized Award program celebrates nominees in 26 categories, spanning multiple genres including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Kids & Animation and Interactive. Read more.
Bomb Girls, Global – “Blood Relations” season finale
Kate’s glow in the wake of her happy reunion with her mother and her upcoming wedding is dimmed by the reappearance of Detective Brodie and his questions about her father’s death. Meanwhile, Clifford offers Gladys an unexpected opportunity, Lorna grapples with some serious decisions and Betty demonstrates the ultimate expression of love.
Seed, City – “At Your Cervix” season finale
While rehearsing for labour, Rose (Carrie-Lynn Neales) becomes frustrated with Harry’s (Adam Korson) inabilities as a birthing partner. Meanwhile, Zoey (Stephanie Anne Mills) and Michelle (Amanda Brugel) decide whether or not now is the best time for them to have another child of their own. Plus, Anastasia (Abby Ross) feels betrayed when she finds out that Jonathan (Matt Baram) wasn’t there for her own birth.
Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC – “Save the World Telethon”
Save The World Telethon is a parody of old school telethons as an excuse to bring a great night of comedy variety entertainment with the good natured and multi-talented Alan Thicke hosting.
It’s back – the Canadian TV Person of the Week recognizes Globe & Mail journalist Kate Taylor for digging deeper on the Bomb Girls cancellation and writing a great article about why Canadian networks treat Canadian shows like afterthoughts.
From Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail:
Why fans of cancelled TV show Bomb Girls are fighting back
Like fan campaigns before it, this one is unlikely to change the minds of network executives. But the cancellation this week illuminates how the harsh realities of the broadcasting system discriminate against Canadian content. The show’s producers say its Season 2 ratings dropped after it had to take a six-week break to make way on Global’s schedule for the CBS series Survivor. Despite a loyal fan base, decent ratings and a critical reputation as a strong Canadian series, Bomb Girls lost out to a business model driven by simulcasts of American shows. Continue reading.
From Bill Brioux of TV Feeds My Family:
Bombs away as Global calls halt to war effort
A closer look at the ratings, however, indicates Global had reason to believe that the second-year series was already trending down. Moved to Mondays this season, it drew an overnight, estimated 605,000 viewers April 15, finishing fourth in its timeslot behind The Following on CTV (1,339,000), Murdoch Mysteries on CBC (1,099,000) and 2 Broke Girls on City (1,036,000). The series also finished fourth in the A25-54 demo, closer to Murdoch but well behind timeslot front runner 2 Broke Girls. Having their Canadian drama beat our Canadian drama probably didn’t help. With so few original scripted Canadian series on Canadian television, its a shame they had to be head-to-head. What hurt Bomb Girls more was not being able to hold a hefty lead-in audience. The same night, hammocked between Bones (1,541,000) and Hawaii Five-0 (1,252,000), Bomb Girls simply shed too many viewers. Continue reading.