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Link: Sinking Ship and Corus developing comedy series

From Sara Alessi of WorldScreen:

Link: Sinking Ship and Corus developing comedy series
Sinking Ship Entertainment and Corus Entertainment have entered into a development deal for the comedy series 4Player.

Created by Vivieno Caldinelli and Mark De Angelis, 4Player is a single-camera sitcom for kids ages 8 to 12. It follows a rag-tag group of teenage gamers who are great at video games but are “all thumbs” when it comes to everything else in life. Continue reading.

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YTV announces world premiere dates for next two films in its L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables trilogy

From a media release:

Following the 2016 debut of YTV’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film, nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards this year, YTV announced today the world premiere dates for The Good Stars and Fire & Dew, the second and third installments in its film series, respectively. From birthdays to baking to boys, Anne Shirley tries to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence in the second film, The Good Stars, premiering on Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Anne’s next adventure takes her to Charlottetown in YTV’s final chapter of this classic Canadian tale, Fire & Dew, bowing on Canada’s 150th Birthday, Saturday, July 1.

In partnership with Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc. and Executive Produced by L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, YTV is proud to share its authentic re-telling of this iconic Canadian tale with audiences of all ages. Shot entirely in Canada, the film series features an all-star cast in reprising roles including series star, Ella Ballentine (Anne Shirley), critically acclaimed actor, Martin Sheen, (Matthew Cuthbert), and legendary Canadian actress, Sara Botsford (Marilla Cuthbert). Botsford was recently nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series for her portrayal of Marilla Cuthbert in the first film. 

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars, beloved Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her bosom friend Diana and academic rival Gilbert Blythe. Through all this, Anne strives to strike a balance between becoming an upstanding, sensible young woman, and embracing her inquisitive and free-spirited nature. Premieres Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Watch YTV’s new trailer for The Good Stars and catch up on the first film Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. ET/PT or watch it on ytv.com and the YTVGo App starting today.

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and the first signs of declining health. As a special Canada Day celebration, YTV is hosting a marathon of the L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables films concluding with the premiere of Fire & Dew on Saturday, July 1.

Originally published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the tale of Anne Shirley and her adventures in Green Gables span over 8 novels and has reached readers in over 25 languages.

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with L. M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler who served as Executive Producer. Award-winning director John Kent Harrison, who also wrote The Good Stars returns, as well as Susan Coyne who wrote Fire & Dew. Additional cast includes Julia Lalonde and Drew Haytaoglu who star in reprising roles.

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The Stanley Dynamic Returns to YTV with New Season Beginning February 27

From a media release:

YTV’s  original  series, The Stanley Dynamic, is back with an all-new season (26 x 30) of hilarious adventures airing Monday to Friday at 6 p.m. ET/PT starting February 27, 2017.

In Season 2, twins Luke (voiced by Taylor Abrahamse, George of the Jungle, Beyblade: Metal Fusion) and Larry (Charles Vandervaart, Murdoch MysteriesCamp Rock 2) are navigating their sophomore year at South Ridge High School. Try as they might, boys will be boys, and the pair find themselves in constant trouble. Luke survives a shark attack, goes undercover as a secret agent, and is nearly launched to the moon. Larry becomes a rodeo clown, starts up an uber-successful ice-cream/skateboard company, and finds himself caught between his best friend Darnell (Isiah Lea, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool) and Darnell’s cute sister Mina (Tamina Pollack-Paris, The Next Step). Meanwhile, their sister Lori (2016 Canadian Screen Award-nominee Madison Ferguson, Bellevue, The Shape of Water) falls for a new cartoon puppy, gets locked in a magic chest, and befriends a rebellious kid named Razor. All this, and Grandpa (guest star Michael Gross, Family Ties) comes back for an extended visit.

Other special guest stars for Season 2 include, Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) as himself, Jaleel White (Family Matters) as Principal Webber, David Hewlett (Stargate: Atlantis) as the Astronaut, Geri Hall (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) as Barb Dewhurst, Matt Baram (Shoot the Messenger) as Kale, Pat Thornton (Air Farce, Sunnyside) as the Exterminator, and Charlie Storwick (winner of The Next Star Season 4) as herself.

Recently nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series and a finalist at the 2016 Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards for Best New Series, The Stanley Dynamic is a 26-episode, half-hour, live action sitcom revolving around a typical family with a big twist – one of their teenaged twin sons is animated. But in the eyes of the Stanleys and the world around them, he’s a regular kid, living in a three-dimensional world.

The series also stars Michael Barbuto (Star Spangled Banners, Ash Global) as cartoonist dad Lane Stanley who chronicles his family’s adventures in his comic strip and Kate Hewlett (Remedy, Degrassi: The Next Generation) as overworked mom, Lisa Stanley. Rounding out the cast are Josette Jorge (The Beaverton, Beyond Redemption) as Pam, Bill Turnbull (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Home Alone: Holiday Heist) as Doop, Isiah Lea (In Real Life, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool) as Darnell, Graeme Jokic (Franklin and Friends, Adam Avenger) as Ronnie, Eliana Jones (Hemlock Grove, Nikita) as Summer, Natalie Ganzhorn (Make It Pop, Wet Bum) as Morgan, and introducing Tamina Pollack-Paris (The Next Step, So You Think You Can Dance Canada) as Darnell’s younger sister, Mina.

Shot in Toronto, The Stanley Dynamic is produced by Amaze Film + Television Inc., in association with YTV. Animation is produced by 9 Story Media Group. The series is co-created by Ken Cuperus, nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for his writing on The Stanley Dynamic, Jocelyn Hamilton and Jamie Piekarz. Cuperus (Stargate: Atlantis, My Babysitter’s a Vampire) is executive producer/showrunner with Michael Souther (Being Canada, Call Me Fitz) and Teza Lawrence (Being Canada, Call Me Fitz) also serving as executive producers. Victoria Hirst (Away from Her, Mr. Young) is producer. The series is distributed by Nelvana Enterprises.

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Link: How “ReBoot” predicted the future but got left behind

From Matthew Braga of BuzzFeed:

Link: How “ReBoot” predicted the future but got left behind
The future arrived in 1994 as a Saturday-morning cartoon. It crackled with the excitement of the early internet age: of modems and Windows and CPUs, the animated equivalent of dialing into AOL or Prodigy for the first time. It was the first computer-generated television show ever made — a show about computers, made with computers — and unlike anything else on air. Continue reading. 

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Family CHRGD slugs it out with the Season 4 debut of Slugterra

From a media release:

Grab your gear, train your slugs and get ready for an epic battle of good vs. evil as Eli and the Shane Gang return to Family CHRGD for a fourth season of Slugterra. Debuting Tuesday, October 4 at 5 p.m. ET, the animated adventure follows Eli Shane and his crew as they collect and train slugs, while protecting the 99 caverns from mysterious evil forces. The season four premiere amps up the network’s Turbo Charged Tuesday lineup, airing alongside top-rated action series Turbo FAST, The Deep and Thunderbirds Are Go.

Season four begins with Eli and the gang returning to the 99 caverns from their Eastern adventure, only to find that the Gateway Cavern has been overrun with slugs. In their absence, the Shadow Clan has decided to put the slugs before the needs of people and the result is pure chaos. As war wages between the Shane Gang and their former allies, some unexpected help comes from a newcomer who has just arrived from the Surface. But soon, this recruit casts his own shadow and it’s up to Eli to restore the balance.

Slugterra’s fourth season debuts as part of Turbo Charged Tuesday, an action-packed weekly programming block featuring brand new episodes from Family CHRGD’s top series. Throughout October, Slugterra will air regularly Tuesdays at 5 p.m. ET, alongside underwater explorations from The Deep, race car adventures from Turbo FAST and international escapades from Thunderbirds Are Go. New episodes of Slugterra will also be available on the Family Channel App each Tuesday, immediately following the broadcast premiere and on Family CHRGD OnDemand the next day. To prepare for season four, slugslingers can catch up on seasons 1-3 now, on both the Family App and OnDemand service.

The adventure continues at CHRGD.ca where fans can learn more about their favourite characters and catch up on the show with cool clips and full length episodes. Kids can feel like they’re a part of the Shane Gang by taking inventory of slugs and gear in the awesome game “Slugterra Slug Arsenal,” and strategically placing slugs to help Eli win the Slugterra battle in “Slug Wars.”

Slugterra is produced by DHX Studios. Asaph Fipke, Chuck Johnson, and Ken Faier serve as executive producers for the series.

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