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Say Yes to the Dress Canada returns for Season 2

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment’s W Network kicks off the new year with a brand-new season of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. Season 2 features bigger budgets, more designers and lots of new dresses as wide-eyed brides from across Canada shop for their dream wedding dress to match their style, image and budget. Say Yes to the Dress Canada Season 2 premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 6 at 10 p.m. and10:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Throughout the new season, brides from across the country continue the search for the perfect gown. It’s not always easy with family and friends at their side offering their unfiltered opinions. Filmed at one of Canada’s leading bridal destinations, Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto, the series goes behind-the-scenes and uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to ensure each bride feels happy and beautiful in her dress on one of the most important days of her life.

Say Yes to the Dress Canada brings the heart of the U.S. series north to our beautiful Canadian brides. This season, bridal fashion expert and “bride whisperer” Tyrel joins the series as Fashion Director, alongside bridal boutique owners Sam and Rachelle, seamstress Maria and Amanda-Lina’s team of seasoned bridal consultants.​

This season’s brides include a Raptors Dance Pak performer in a scandalously low back; a feisty divorce lawyer in a fairy-tale gown; a fitness competition athlete keen to show off her buff bod; a romance novelist striving to realize her fantasies; and  follows Say Yes to the Dress Canada’s consultant, Dimitra, as she changes roles to become a bride herself, slips into her gorgeous gown and shares her magical day. This season, Michael Hill Jewellers returns as a lead sponsor of Say Yes to the Dress CanadaSay Yes to the Dress Canada is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with W Network and based on Say Yes to the Dress produced by Half Yard Entertainment for TLC, distributed by Discovery Studios Group.


Link: Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Gil Cardinal dead at 65

From CBC News:

Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Gil Cardinal dead at 65
Cardinal directed several dramas for the CBC, including the miniseries Big Bear in 1998, which garnered a Gemini nomination, and Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis in 2006.

Cardinal also directed numerous episodes of the award-winning CBC television series North of 60, where he worked with Cree writer Jordan Wheeler. Continue reading.

Link: Canadian TV, as we know it, is screwed. For now

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Canadian TV, as we know it, is screwed. For now
The old advertising model has been shattered and nobody knows what the looming pick-and-pay change is going to do to the specialty channel menu. Nothing will ever be the same. Profits can be achieved but nothing like the vast, vast amounts that have been made in the past.

Fact is, the Canadian TV business has been smug about its business operations for years and that smugness has meant that the viewer shift toward digital and streaming services is far more of a calamity than it should be. It’s a truism that complacency sets in when a business is making a lot of money with little effort. It’s just that Canadian TV is a particularly startling example of that truism. Continue reading.

Link: Jim Perry, game show ‘king’, dies at 82

From CTV News:

Jim Perry, game show ‘king’, dies at 82
Broadcaster Jim Perry, known for hosting several Canadian and American gamesshows and the Miss Canada Pageant for more than two decades, died on Friday. He was 82.

Born in New Jersey in on November 9, 1933, Perry started out as a singer before becoming the host of CTV’s “Definition,” a Hangman-style game show. He hosted the show for 15 years until it ended in 1989. From 1972 to 1983, he also hosted “Headline Hunters,” a CTV show that quizzed contestants on news by offering clues in the form of headlines. Continue reading.

Link: 5 Ways Bell Media, Rogers and Shaw Can Save Themselves

From The TV Addict:

5 Ways Bell Media, Rogers and Shaw Can Save Themselves
If this week’s unfortunate culling of hundreds of jobs (and counting) by Bell Media is an indication of anything, it’s that broadcasters in Canada are not doing well. Advertising is down, cord cutting is up and it would appear that things are going to get a lot worse before they get a lot better (Just ask the newspaper industry). As such, your very own TV Addict thought now might be as good a time as any to offer up some unsolicited advice to Canadian corporations. Namely, Bell Media (CTV), Rogers (CityTV) and Shaw (Global). Continue reading.