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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.


Blackstone’s new/old chief

I’ll never skip reviewing episodes of Blackstone again. Of course this is the final season, but by skipping reviewing the last two weeks, I missed out on opining at length about two major characters.

Two weeks ago, Julian Black Antelope turned in an incredible performance as Darrien Tailfeathers. The man everyone has loved to hate over the past two seasons—especially when he kidnapped Wendy—showed a side of him we’ve never seen: a man abused when he was a child and fighting to keep off that same path. When Darrien took hostages, I feared the worst: he’d go down in a hail of bullets, a victim of violence. Instead, we saw a tearful, tender side to Darrien and he turned himself in. I’m hoping the producers supply the Academy with his scenes and he’s nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Yeah, he’s that good.

As for last week’s instalment, Blackstone said goodbye to Victor. The victim of an apparent broken ankle, Victor almost made it back from the brush before collapsing on the reserve’s border, expiring from exposure. After flirting with a bit of romance last season, Victor came under fire as the new chief and never really lived up to expectations. Of course, Sarah doesn’t believe Victor died simply of a broken ankle (I don’t either), and it remains to be seen if anyone will be brought to justice for his death.

There was a lot going on this week too. As “Back in the Saddle” began, Andy continued, and was successful, in his plans to resume being chief of Blackstone with Leona as his only challenger for office. Right off the bat, the episode featured a simple, yet dramatic scene as Francine spoke of long-past better days on Blackstone, before leaders stole from the people. But can Andy change his ways now that he’s had the murder charges dropped? (The fact that Francine could see and was talking to Andy’s dad clearly freaked him out.) On the surface, Andy’s plan for Blackstone to build timber homes is a step in the right direction, but after so many scams and false promises, can anyone trust him?

Unfortunately, by episode’s end it looked like Andy had been bluffing the whole time. But I’m not buying it. I think his declining health (coughing up blood is never good) is a message to Andy that now is the time to turn things around and make a lasting, positive legacy behind.

Gail’s life, meanwhile, has taken an interesting turn. Her visit to Wilma’s new home has clearly opened a new, artistic door for her to express her feelings. Sure, she’s still quick to bark at people—the artist was just trying to help—but seeing Gail spread paint out on the page is a wonderful outlet. She obviously loves it.

Blackstone airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on APTN.

Link: Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark and the Canadian Kids’ TV Boom

From Michael Rancic of Now:

Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark and the Canadian Kids’ TV Boom
Those factors, combined with a low Canadian dollar, add up to the cultural climate that spawned Are You Afraid Of The Dark. The show premiered in 1991 and was one of the first major live action children’s shows to be co-produced between Canada and Nickelodeon in the U.S., the network that carried AYAOTD had been importing Canadian-made shows in its early days like Special Delivery, Science International and most notably, You Can’t Do That On Television. But it was Night Heat, a live action adult-oriented drama co-produced between CTV and CBS that proved early on how successful co-productions could be in both markets. Continue reading. 

Link: ‘House’ Creator David Shore Explains Why TV Writing Is a “Magic Trick”

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

‘House’ Creator David Shore Explains Why TV Writing Is a “Magic Trick”
That illusion appeals to Shore, who sees TV writing as its own “magic trick” to distract and hold audiences. “You go ‘look here, look here.’ And that’s your ‘A story.’ That has to be interesting. But really the sleight of hand comes from sliding in all this character stuff. This is what the show is about,” he explained. Continue reading.

Poll: What are your favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?

As the year winds down, it’s time to reflect back on 2015. What a year it was for Canadian TV. Yes, there was some sad news—the cancellation of Strange Empire, Remedy and Rookie Blue come immediately to mind—but there was plenty to celebrate as well.

Sci-fi in Canada is stronger than ever thanks to Orphan Black and newbies Killjoys and Dark Matter, we’re getting laughs from series like Still Standing, Sunnyside and Young Drunk Punk and dramas like This Life, The Romeo Section and Motive continue to entertain.

As we get ready to say hello to 2016, help us celebrate 2015 by voting for your favourite five (5) Canadian television shows of the year. (Vote by clicking the boxes to the left of your favourite shows, then click the shaded “Vote” button located just below and right of Young Drunk Punk.)

What are your five favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?

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