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Hockey Wives Scores a Second Season on W Network

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that W Network‘s newest hit original series, Hockey Wives has been green lit for a second season. The docu-series from Bristow Global Media Inc. will continue to explore the wives and girlfriends of some of professional hockey’s top players over the course of a season. Hockey Wives is part of the slate of original series including Property Brothers, the Love It or List It franchise, and Say Yes to the Dress Canada that has made W Network the top-rated network amongst women’s networks in Canada.

Following the success of the first season the series will continue to have unmatched access to the off-the-ice lives of the women who are the captains of their families, careers and relationships.

The success of the first season of Hockey Wives has extended beyond the linear airings. Fans have engaged online with the no-holds-barred post-show Google Hangout, featuring the wives live talking with guest hosts including TV host Jessi Cruickshank, the edge’s Josie Dye, sports reporter Monika Platek and more. The series has become a fan favourite with social media audiences; with #HOCKEYWIVES a repeat trending topic across Canada; user generated shareable content including Buzzfeed articles, YouTube reviews and memes. The finale of season one airs Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. in association with W Network, Hockey Wives airs on W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow President & CEO Bristow Global Media and Claire Adams, Head of Content, Bristow Global Media and Megan Sanchez-Warner. John MacDonald is the Vice President of Television and Head of Women’s and Family Television for Corus Entertainment.

Link: Discovery’s Mankind From Space: Smart TV Is Back

From Jim Bawden:

Discovery’s Mankind From Space: Smart TV Is Back
Smart TV is back. It used to exist in such dazzling TV creations as Civilisation and any number of David Attenborough nature series.

But lately “Smart TV” has been in decline as increasingly dumb reality shows take over. And then there’s the strange new Discovery special Mankind From Space, TV that will challenge you as well as enthrall you with its dazzling images. Continue reading.


Comedian Steve Patterson aims for laughs in HGTV’s latest reno show

It takes just a few minutes for one to realize that Steve Patterson was hired to host I Wrecked My House—debuting Tuesday on HGTV—because he’s funny and not for his home renovating skills. Why? He almost put an eye out swinging an axe at a run-down kitchen cabinet.

“That was almost the shortest run of any hosting job,” Patterson says with a laugh on the phone from Ottawa. “The crew told me that it was plexiglass and wouldn’t shatter. Somehow I shattered it and it flew back in my face. Fortunately, I was wearing safety goggles or I would have been doing the rest of the show with an eyepatch.”

Patterson, veteran comic and host of CBC’s The Debaters, was hired on by Ottawa’s Mountain Road Productions to host a comedy series for HGTV that had an element of home renovation to it. The hook? While the series would showcase homeowners who tried—and failed—to pull off their own DIY projects, humour rather than meanspiritedness would be the order of the day. That’s precisely what you get in Tuesday’s debut, when Patterson visits homeowner Tim and his family in Port Colborne, Ont. A gaping hole in a kitchen allows one to peer up into the second-floor bathroom, a half-door lets someone cooking at the store talk to the person in the main-floor loo and lengths of wood clutter the main entryway.

“It was important to everyone involved that we focus on the humour,” Patterson explains. “We cast people that had a sense of humour about themselves and the work that they had done. Or hadn’t done.” For most people, a fairly simply renovation can balloon out of proportion. Throw in the daily challenges of life, work and a family and before you know it, that weekend project has stretched out for months. Or years.

Filming for the first season took place largely around Southern Ontario during one of the most brutal winters on record. Patterson admits he did the least amount of work on the project because of his touring schedule—his I Laugh Therefore I Think spring tour resumes in a few weeks—and praises contractor Dave Rannala and his small squad who turned what usually takes months of renovating into days in order to keep the production hours tight.

It was very much a guerrilla-style of filming, with everyone helping each other to get shows in the can; one crew member, Andrew, is a carpenter who helped with the demo, the film crew and was the show’s unit photographer. They all worked hard to get the jobs done and create a program that not only fixes bad builds but celebrates family.

“This is going to sound corny, but what makes a home is the couple,” Patterson says. “It could easily be an overbearing spouse complaining, but it’s never about that. They have appreciated the effort the person put in and you laugh it off because there’s love in the home that allows you to do that.”

I Wrecked My House airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on HGTV.

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan renewed for Season 3

From a media release:

Giant spitting cobras, charging elephants and deadly scorpions may intimidate the average person, but Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is eager to get up close with some of the world’s biggest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive as OLN renews Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan for a third season. The Cream Productions flagship show has found a new home in the U.S. with Travel Channel sweeping up the rights to the series. The series is currently nominated for a 2015 Rockie Award for its second season.

Production has started on the Emmy Award and Canadian Screen Award-Nominated OLN Original wildlife adventure series, produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire. Broadcast details to be announced at a later date.

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan follows daring host Monaghan and his courageous cameraman Frank to far-flung countries around the globe in an exciting pursuit of rare and often deadly animals. Season 3 will take Monaghan to hidden corners in countries such as Ethiopia, Madagascar and Palau as he adds even creepier and more unusual creatures to his roster of animal encounters.

A true nature lover, Monaghan’s knowledge and appreciation for insects and reptiles developed during his childhood and remains to this day. During his adventures, he enlists the help of locals who conserve and protect these creatures, all while learning the unique traditions and cultural aspects of his destinations.

Home Factory reveals how household products are made

From a media release:

Cineflix and HGTV Canada are taking viewers on a whirlwind nuts-and-bolts tour of the North American factories that produce our favourite creature comforts in the brand new series Home Factory, premiering with back-to-back episodes Friday, April 24 starting at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

In 14 action-packed episodes, Home Factory zips down conveyor belts and assembly lines, meets some incredible factory workers, and along the way reveals the intricate manufacturing processes that transform raw materials into the everyday household products we all use and love.

In the series premiere of Home Factory, find out how 8,000,000 Crayola crayons roll off the assembly line every day; discover the mighty power behind a tiny, hand-held vacuum; tour a state-of-the-art Canadian knitting facility that produces half a million toques per year; and get the low-down on how a classic newsboy bicycle goes from a pile of raw steel parts to a road warrior. Other products featured in the first season of Home Factory include plastic, pink flamingos; rubber ducks; a barbecue; Wilson® Footballs; and LUSH’s Ocean Salt scrub.

Home Factoryis a Cineflix (Home Factory) Inc. production, in association with HGTV Canada. Philip Whelan is among the Executive Producers for Cineflix. Home Factory builds on the successful Food Factory franchise, a format created by Shaw Media for Food Network Canada, and is distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights.