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.
Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Tonight Rick checks out the livestock at Toronto’s Royal Winter Fair and then hangs out with the stars of the series Murdoch Mysteries.
22 Minutes, CBC
Mary Walsh returns as guest star; our Canada-U.S. relations expert tries to initiate relations with Mayor Rob Ford; and this week’s Senate scandal developments come under scrutiny.
From Scott Stinson of the National Post:
Celebrating the Can-combo of Republic of Doyle and Murdoch Mysteries
But with Murdoch and Doyle both having been around long enough to have become maybe a bit too familiar, and with both part of the public broadcaster’s drama stable, Mitchell says it seemed like a good time to try something different. “It’s a nice sort of craven publicity grab,” he says. Continue reading.
From a media release:
YTV Adds Hilarious New Live Action Series to its Winter Slate
- Some Assembly Required premieres on YTV Monday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT
What kid wouldn’t love to be in charge of running a toy company? And what better way to get around the place than a full-scale indoor roller coaster? The sky is the limit for fun and imagination in YTV’s Some Assembly Required, a new live action comedy series, which follows an eclectic and mismatched group of kids who operate Knickknack Toys. The series premieres on Monday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, following Sam & Cat at 6 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.
Fourteen-year-old Jarvis Raines played by YouTube sensation, Kolton Stewart (The Art of War, What’s Up Warthogs!) is at the helm as President of Knickknack Toys. If Jarvis is going to succeed in running the toy company, he has to invent some of the most exciting, fun and creative toys in history and have a dynamic team to help him. His first hire is a girl from school Piper Gray, a computer-savvy “gamer dude” played by singer/songwriter Charlie Storwick (winner of YTV’s The Next Star, Season 4). Then, he rounds out the team by enlisting: his best friend with dubious talents, Bowie, played by Harrison Houde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid); a charming personal assistant Geneva, played by Sydney Scotia (The Letter); Knox, an extreme sports daredevil played by Dylan Playfair (Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story), and Aster, fashion-forward “King of Swag” played by Travis Turner (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years). Surrounded by doubters, including the former owner Candace Wheeler (Ellie Harvie, The New Addams Family), Jarvis and his team try to prove to the world that not only can they run the company, they can make it better than ever, restoring honour to the name of the company’s founder, P. Everett Knickknack.
In the premiere episode, a Christmas toy gone wrong blows up Jarvis’ house. When Candace refuses to remedy the situation, a jury awards Jarvis the company, making him the new owner of Knickknack Toys. Jarvis and team invent their first toy, StrongSuit – a bodysuit for kids that makes them big and strong. They decide to test it out on a group of local schoolchildren, but when the kids refuse to give the StrongSuit back Jarvis must stop them before they destroy the company.
Shot in front of a live audience in Burnaby, British Columbia, Some Assembly Required is a YTV original series produced by Thunderbird Films. The series is created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody). To be part of the studio audience viewers can email email@example.com to reserve their seats.
Coinciding with the series launch in January, YTV.com will feature an innovative Some Assembly Required video mash-up tool that allows fans to create their own thematic videos using select clips from actual episodes of the show. Prior to the premiere, fans can play an all-new web game featuring 20 levels of fun and challenging game-play. A free-to-play app version will also be launched in the New Year along with 20 more levels of game-play.
From a media release:
Touchdown! CTV’s MASTERCHEF CANADA Scores January 20 Kickoff and SUPER BOWL Stunt
- Homegrown version of iconic culinary series to anchor CTV’s mid-season schedule
- First-Ever Elimination Episode in third week gets coveted post-SUPER BOWL time slot
Hot on the heels of fall’s #1 new reality program MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, and following MASTERCHEF’s most successful season ever, CTV announced last night that its homegrown version of the culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA is set to quarterback CTV’s mid-season schedule. Revealed during the 101st GREY CUP broadcast on TSN, the Canadian edition of the iconic international format airs Mondays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT beginning Jan. 20 on CTV and CTV GO. Featuring distinguished Canadian culinary experts Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile as judges, the one-hour series celebrates a passion for food, cooking, and the diversity of Canadian cuisine. CTV also confirmed that MASTERCHEF CANADA has been awarded the post-SUPER BOWL XLVIII timeslot for its first elimination episode, airing Sunday, Feb. 2 on CTV. This will mark the third year that CTV has held the most coveted timeslot in television for a Canadian series.
In the premiere episode (Monday, January 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT), 50 home cooks chosen from thousands of applicants across the country begin their quest to become Canada’s first ever MasterChef. Each home cook must present their signature dish to esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile. As friends and family cheer on the amateur cooks, only those with the most impressive dishes will be given a coveted white apron and an opportunity to move forward in the competition.
As previously announced, Kraft has signed on as the premiere sponsor of MASTERCHEF CANADA. Additional details including the grand prize and the reveal of the Top 50 home cooks will be announced in the coming weeks.