From a media release:
DISNEY XD GIVES KIDS THE CHANCE TO HELP DESIGN NEW SERIES FANGBONE
- VOTING BEGINS TODAY ON DISNEYXD.CA INTERACTIVE WEBSITE
Disney XD is putting the ‘fan’ in Fangbone by giving viewers the power to call the shots for its latest pilot. The network’s new animated adventure follows the epic journey of a nine-year-old barbarian warrior and is getting an early start on DisneyXD.ca where viewers can influence the pilot’s creative direction by voting for what they want to hear. Feedback from Disney XD fans on the interactive website will be incorporated into the show ahead of its network premiere in late January 2014.
“We are always making original content with fans in mind, and this approach gives us the chance to get the fans involved and invested from the get go,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Programming, Disney XD. “By allowing them to weigh in during the decision making process, we’re able to better serve our viewers and create a show that they feel connected to.”
As part of the at-home adventure, fans who visit DisneyXD.ca/fangbone are able to weigh in on some of the most central elements to the show. Navigated by the comical Twinklestick, of the Mighty Wizard Clan, site visitors will watch two scenes and can vote on which features they prefer. They will have the opportunity to choose the voices of the title character Fangbone, and his loyal friend, Bill, as well as select between a dramatic or quirky musical score for a battle scene where the pair faces off against the evil Tyrano-pug. Voting opens today and will continue for the next five weeks.
“We could not be more excited to be sharing Fangbone with the Disney XD audience and to have them help us make creative decisions,” said Michelle Melanson Cuperus, VP of Production & Development at Radical Sheep Productions. “This ensures we make a show that viewers will love.”
Fangbone is a fish-out-of-water comedy adventure series based on the bestselling graphic novel series, Fangbone: Third Grade Barbarian, by Michael Rex. The title character is a young barbarian warrior from Skullbania who travels through a magical portal into the suburbs of our world and lands suddenly in Eastwood Elementary’s third grade class. His mission: to protect the blackened big toe of the Venomous Drool from being reunited with its master – the evilest sorcerer in current day existence. With the help of his new sidekick Bill, Fangbone embarks on a quest to outwit Drool’s monsterish minions while discovering the modern world.
The pilot for Fangbone was developed and produced by Radical Sheep Productions Inc. Rex, along with John Leitch of Radical Sheep, serve as Executive Producers with Michelle Melanson Cuperus as Supervising Producer. Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott also serve as Executive Producers and Showrunners. Fangbone is supported by the Bell Digital Pilot Fund and the CMF.
From a media release:
Ring-A-Ding-Ding In the Holiday Season! Special Holiday Episode of CALL ME FITZ Wraps Up Season 4, Dec. 2 on Movie Central and The Movie Network
- The Fitzpatrick’s celebrate the holidays in the Season 4 finale of CALL ME FITZ, Monday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 10 p.m. ET on TMN
Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and Bell Media’s The Movie Network wrap up Season 4 of original comedy series CALL ME FITZ with a special hour-long holiday episode. As the holidays loom, Fitz (Jason Priestley) decides to give up drinking, prompting a visit from three ghosts who aim to show him the error of his ways. Meanwhile, Larry (Ernie Grunwald) reunites the Fitzpatricks with the promise of a lost family fortune. The season finale episode, titled “A Very Special Fitzmas,” premieres Monday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.
The nine-episode fourth season of the Canadian half-hour comedy series guest stars Michael Gross (FAMILY TIES, Tremors) as family nemesis Pat Childs. The ensemble cast also includes: Peter MacNeill as Ken Fitzpatrick, Fitz’s father and patriarch of Fitzpatrick Motors; Tracy Dawson as Meghan Fitzpatrick, Fitz’s shrewish younger sister and thorn in his side; Donavon Stinson as Josh Mctaggart, the Fitzpatrick Motors in-house auto repair and wildcard; Kathleen Munroe as Ali Devon; Jonathan Torrens as Chester Vince; and Joanna Cassidy, who returns as Fitz’s mother Elaine Fitzpatrick.
The series’ Canadian Screen Awards include Sheri Elwood for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; Joanna Cassidy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series; Tracy Dawson for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role, and Ernie Grunwald for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series. Series star Jason Priestley recently took home a Golden Nymph Award at the 2012 Monte Carlo Television Festival for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Male – Television.
CALL ME FITZ was created by Sheri Elwood and then developed by Amaze Film + Television. The series is produced by Amaze, Big Motion Pictures, and Entertainment One, with the participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central. Executive produced by Sheri Elwood, who is also the series show runner, the comedy is filmed in Nova Scotia. CALL ME FITZ currently airs on DirecTV in the U.S.
In Western Canada, episodes are available in High Definition on Movie Central HD; On Demand, via mobile and online with participating service providers.
In Eastern Canada, episodes are available in High Definition on TMN GO and The Movie Network OnDemand.
From Emily Gagne of TV Guide Canada:
‘Call Me Fitz’: Giving her the business
Rick Fitzpatrick, bonafide business man? More like boning business, man! While there was a point in Monday’s latest Call Me Fitz episode (“Brotherly Love”) when Fitz appeared to be sobering up to the idea of, well, sobering up and getting serious about working for bio dad Pat, the rest of the episode really went to show that he’s still the same old dirty Fitzy we love, with minimal care for anyone but himself. Really the only reason why he seemed to accept the vice-president cards Pat gave him at the end of the episode is because he wants to outdo sister Paula after doing her again (in front of a focus group, no less). Continue reading.
From Scott Stinson of the National Post:
Japanizi brings the wacky Japanese game show to Canada
Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!, produced by Toronto’s Marblemedia, which also developed Splatalot, is filmed at “a secret location somewhere in Canada” (spoiler: Toronto) and is a faithful adaptation of the Japanese game-show experience. The studio set is decorated in garish, bright colours, the host and judge are Japanese and even the studio audience, recruited locally, is comprised entirely of excited people doing their best to hoot, cheer and aaaah like the audience in a Japanese production. (They also look the part.) Only the kid contestants, who arrive on the set blindfolded and know just that they are participating in a game show, are not in on the fact that they are being plunked into the middle of a Japanese experience. Continue reading.
From a media release:
First Comes “Like” Then Comes Love: City Kicks Off Nationwide Casting Call for Season 2 of Original Reality Series The Bachelor Canada, Beginning Dec. 2
- For the first time, nationwide casting call open to both bachelors and bachelorettes
- Audition application, rules, and regulations available on The Bachelor Canada Facebook page Facebook.com/TheBachelorCanada, beginning Monday, Dec. 2
- Cross-Canada casting tour begins in January 2014
No longer just for the single ladies, City’s nationwide casting search for Season 2 of original series The Bachelor Canada is now also open to all of the men who want to put a ring on it. The search for 25 bachelorettes and one lucky bachelor officially begins on Monday, Dec. 2, when romantic hopefuls can visit The Bachelor Canada Facebook page at Facebook.com/TheBachelorCanada to submit their online applications. In addition to the online application process, a cross-Canada casting tour will kick off in January 2014. Full details about the national casting tour, including dates and locations, will be announced in the coming weeks.
City’s nationwide search is open to all eligible Canadian men and women over the age of majority who are looking for true love and are willing to put everything on the line to find it. Upon “liking” The Bachelor Canada Facebook page, applicants will be directed to either the bachelor or bachelorette registration form in order to submit their online applications along with a video showcasing their personality.
Principal filming for Season 2 of The Bachelor Canada will begin in spring 2014 ahead of the fall premiere.