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In the news: The Guard ratings

From Marise Strauss of Media in Canada:

  • Global scores with SNL election antics
    “Meanwhile, the second season premiere of Global drama series The Guard took a hit in the ratings last Wednesday, when it managed just 384,000 viewers, down from the 813,000 that tuned in for its debut in January. The show averaged roughly 500,000 viewers for its first season. The Guard faces tough competition in its 10 pm timeslot from CSI: NY on CTV.” Read more.

In the news: Prairie humour

From Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press:

  • Prairie programs shed lighthearted humour on Canada’s heartland
    “It could be all that wheat. Or maybe the flatness of the land garners more giggles. Whatever it is, Prairie humour is big these days with Canadian TV flush with sitcoms set in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Leading the pack are comic favourites Corner Gas and Little Mosque, but this year those established programs are joined by Winnipeg-based shows Less Than Kind, on Citytv, and House Party, on the Comedy Network.” Read more.

In the news: Degrassi’s Ryerson connections

From Jessica Lewis of Ryerson University’s Eyeopener:

  • Degrassi gets schooled
    “It’s a month into the eighth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but the cast wrapped filming last week. Four of the actors and actresses — Charlotte Arnold, Raymond Ablack, Nina Dobrev and Evan Williams — are now either going back to school, planning for their next year or using the lessons they learned, all at Ryerson University.” Read more.

Upcoming episode: This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBC, Nov. 4

This week on 22 Minutes …

This week on 22 Minutes, Mark Critch reports from Florida on the upcoming American election and Babe Bennett (Cathy Jones) returns after a two year absence.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes with audience favorites Cathy Jones, Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall and Shaun Majumder airs on CBC Television, Tuesday, Nov 04 at 8:30 pm.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is produced by Halifax Film, a DHX Media company in association with CBC Television.

www.cbc.ca/22minutes

Canwest taps top talent for new drama pilots

From a media release:

  • Ben Bass, Luke Kirby and Callum Keith Rennie Take Lead Roles
  • Ken Girotti, John Fawcett, Bobby Roth, David Wellington At Directorial Helm

Canwest today confirmed an impressive line up of creative and on-screen talent for its most recently announced slate of drama pilots.

“Great scripts attract great talent and we are thrilled with the calibre of directors and actors who have come on board to these exciting new projects,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Dramatic and Factual Content.

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