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Dragons’ Den airs second chance episode January 8

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From a media release:

DRAGONS’ DEN KICKS OFF 2014 WITH BRAND NEW SECOND CHANCE EPISODE ON CBC-TV

  • DRAGONS’ DEN returns with Second Chance episode airing Wednesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

DRAGONS’ DEN returns this January to give past pitchers another opportunity to make a deal with the Dragons in the fan-favourite Second Chance episode. Airing Wednesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), the first episode of 2014 features some of the most memorable pitchers from seasons past, as entrepreneurs return to the Den for a second shot at a deal.

In the DRAGONS’ DEN Second Chance special, optimistic entrepreneurs from across Canada enter the Den with their revamped business propositions. Each pitcher has previously faced rejection on DRAGONS’ DEN, but in this episode, they showcase what they’ve learned and try to prove that this time they have what it takes to succeed. With Elvis back from the Yukon, a DIY bidet creator and a couple of aspiring beverage peddlers, there’ll be no shortage of excitement this time around.

Also on the horizon is the 2014 Audition Tour, which kicks off in the New Year. Dates and details will be announced shortly. Aspiring entrepreneurs should start polishing up their pitches now for their chance to appear on a new season of DRAGONS’ DEN.

Additionally, for all the young moguls-in-the-making out there, the Future Dragon Fund Contest is accepting submissions until Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET. In this new contest, Kevin O’Leary is awarding $5000 each to ten ambitious grade 11 and 12 students who show promise as current or future entrepreneurs.

Details and regulations can be found online at cbc.ca/dragonsden/futuredragon. Current grade 11 and 12 students can apply by submitting videos explaining why they deserve to win and what they would do with the $5000 prize money. The winners will be announced each Wednesday until mid-March, 2014.

DRAGONS’ DEN is the highest-rated Canadian unscripted program on during the regular television season, with an average audience of more than 1.2 million Canadians each week. In addition to its success on-air, DRAGONS’ DEN is also a hit online, boasting an active and engaged online community averaging more than 650,000 page views per month. Full episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes content can be viewed at cbc.ca/dragonsden. DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television. Tracie Tighe is executive producer and Molly Middleton is senior producer. Dianne Buckner hosts.

New Thursday: Package Deal, Played

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Package Deal, City – “Big Brother’s”
When Danny (Randal Edwards) learns he’s about to receive a major award for his pro bono work, his anxiety flares up thanks to a childhood award-related trauma. Ryan (Jay Malone) takes him to see his new, unorthodox therapist, Dr. Sydney Forbes (recurring guest star Pamela Anderson), but when Danny and Dr. Forbes become close friends, Ryan is sent into a tailspin of jealousy. Meanwhile, Sheldon (Harland Williams) enlists Kim’s (Julia Voth) help to teach him manners and attentiveness in hopes of winning back the girl of his dreams.

Played, CTV – “Untouchables”
Diplomatic immunity prevents the homicide police from investigating a murder which occurs at an Eastern European consulate, and the C.I.U. is called in on the case. Rebecca (Chandra West) and Maria (Lisa Marcos) try to get through to the Consular Aide (Liane Balaban), while Moreland (Vincent Walsh) and Khali (Agam Darshi) take on the forceful, eccentric Consul (Noam Jenkins). The team unravels an international network of human trafficking, but will the Consul face justice?

Tatiana Maslany earns Golden Globe nomination for Orphan Black

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From a media release:

Space Congratulates Tatiana Maslany on First GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD® Nomination for Her Role in Bell Media Original Series ORPHAN BLACK

  • Regina-native Maslany nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
  • Space congratulates Temple Street Productions and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett on the inclusion of ORPHAN BLACK on multiple year-end Top 10 lists including Time magazine
  • Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK premieres April 19, 2014 on Space

Space congratulates ORPHAN BLACK’s Tatiana Maslany on her Golden Globe Award® nomination, as announced earlier this morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association®. The star of the hit Space original series, from Temple Street Productions and produced in partnership with BBC America, was honoured for her critically-acclaimed work in ORPHAN BLACK with a nomination in the Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama category, alongside heavy-hitters Juliana Margulies, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright, and Taylor Schilling. ORPHAN BLACK’s second season premieres Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Space. The 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® air Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

“We are overjoyed for not only Tatiana, but the entire ORPHAN BLACK team,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “This well-deserved Golden Globe Award nomination is a testament to Tatiana’s talent, passion, and dedication to the multiple characters she has so masterfully brought to life in the series. Congratulations as well to our partners at Temple Street Productions, BBC America, and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett on the on-going acclaim for this series.”

Space also congratulates Temple Street Productions on ORPHAN BLACK’s recent inclusion in year-end “Top 10” lists, including Entertainment Weekly (#3), The Hollywood Reporter (#5), and Time (#10), as well as many “Best Of” lists such as Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and more.

In ORPHAN BLACK, Maslany has wowed audiences by portraying seven distinct clones, including streetwise hustler Sarah Manning, Detective Beth Childs, German Katja Obinger, soccer mom Alison Hendrix, PHD student Cosima Niehaus, the unpredictable Helena, and the mysterious pro-clone Rachel Duncan. Her performance has garnered a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Dramatic Actress, a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and an EWwy Award for Best Actress from Entertainment Weekly readers. Tatiana is also currently nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress, and most recently won a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female and the Borsos Best Performance Award at the Whistler Film Festival for her role in Cas & Dylan.

Toronto-based Maslany has earned a reputation for playing incredibly complex characters. The Globe and Mail called her “a chameleon” whose range spans everything from the Virgin Mary to leather-wearing tough girls. Chosen as one of the “Rising Stars” at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®, Maslany also earned Best Performance awards from the Whistler International Film Festival and ACTRA for her role as the troubled, promiscuous teenager Claire in Picture Day. Her starring role in Grown Up Movie Star opposite Shawn Doyle competed at Sundance in 2010 and she garnered the Special Jury Prize for Breakout Star at the festival as well as a Genie nomination. Her recent feature credits include Cas and Dylan, The Vow, Violet And Daisy, and a lead in Sean Garrity’s improvisational feature Blood Pressure opposite Jake Epstein.

Maslany’s numerous television credits include the Tandem and Scott Free Production WORLD WITHOUT END based on the novel by Ken Follett, a Gemini-nominated performance as the Virgin Mary in the BBC/CBC co-production NATIVITY directed by Coky Giedroyc, and Gemini-winning roles in BLOODLETTING AND MIRACULOUS CURES for The Movie Network, and CTV’s FLASHPOINT. Maslany most recently appeared on a two-episode arc of NBC’s hit show, PARKS & RECREATION.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (BEING ERICA) at Temple Street Productions, and co-creators Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, THE SECRET CIRCLE). Manson also serves as writer and Fawcett as director. Production Executives for Bell Media are Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

New Wednesday: Dragons’ Den holiday special, Republic of Doyle

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Dragons’ Den, CBC
The holiday season has arrived and things are getting festive in the den. In this holiday special, 8 entrepreneurial ventures from across Canada will hope to cash in on the Dragons’ seasonal spirit. Products such as candy cane-themed Christmas lights, luxury dog houses, magnetic board games and the requisite ugly Christmas sweater will have the Dragons feeling jolly.

Republic of Doyle, CBC – “Brothers In Arms”
Jake crosses paths with a familiar hot headed cop, Jimmy O’Rourke while chasing a super hacker; Mal and Rose negotiate their way to a windfall; Des becomes apprenticed to a slick new Master.

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Saving Hope returns with a “shocking death and surprise pregnancy”

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New Romances, New Complications, New Season: CTV’s Original Hit Drama SAVING HOPE Returns Thursdays at 9 p.m. Beginning January 2

  • Season 2 guest stars include Tyler Hynes (WAREHOUSE 13), Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT), Erin Karpluk (BEING ERICA), Peter Keleghan (MURDOCH MYSTERIES), Eric Johnson (CRIMINAL MINDS), and more; Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE) and Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER) direct episodes
  • CTV to air SAVING HOPE Season 2 catch-up marathon Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 to help get viewers ready for the Season Premiere
  • Digital companion series LAST CALL continues with three new episodes at CTV.ca/SavingHope and the CTV GO App, beginning Jan. 17

The New Year brings new hope as CTV’s original hit drama SAVING HOPE returns for an emotionally charged new season, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning with a two-part premiere airing Jan. 2, and continuing Jan. 9. Airing in the network’s prestigious GREY’S ANATOMY timeslot, SAVING HOPE returns with secrets and scandals taking hold at Hope Zion Hospital, with a shocking death and surprise pregnancy awaiting fans in the season premiere. SAVING HOPE is also available on demand following each broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO App.

It’s a tumultuous time for Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), as new romances and complications develop in the halls of Hope Zion. And does a major turn of events finally push Charlie to admit his biggest secret to Alex? It’s more sex, lies, ghosts, and surgery on an all-new season of SAVING HOPE.

To help viewers get ready for the season premiere of SAVING HOPE, CTV presents a Season 2 catch-up marathon throughout the holidays. Viewers can watch episodes of SAVING HOPE’s second season from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1 daily at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (note: Dec. 29 encore episode airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and Dec. 31 encore episode airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two). All nine previously aired Season 2 episodes are also available on demand at CTV.ca/Saving Hope and the CTV GO App. To add to the excitement, CTV gives fans of Erica Durance a bonus airing of the romantic made-for-TV comedy, I ME WED, starring Durance, on Friday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers can continue to catch up on the doctors of Hope Zion Hospital in the exclusive, digital companion series LAST CALL, currently available on CTV.ca/SavingHopeLastCall and the CTV GO App. With three new episodes available this season, LAST CALL examines the more personal and less-explored stories of the doctors and nurses of Hope Zion, as they confess their problems and share secrets over drinks after their rounds. A new episode, titled “Bad Break” (Jan. 17), features Erica Durance and Wendy Crewson’s characters bonding over a game of pool, as the pair get in some girl talk to discuss their recent tough breaks.

A Top 15 program among total viewers and all key adult demos when Season 2 aired last summer, SAVING HOPE averaged an impressive 1.3 million viewers each week. The new season follows CTV’s recent order announcement for yet another all-new season, and comes in advance of start of production, set to begin in Spring 2014.

In the season premiere, “Wishbones” (Thursday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV – check CTV.ca for local times), Alex’s (Durance) brother Luke Reid (guest star Tyler Hynes, WAREHOUSE 13) is admitted to Hope Zion Hospital in critical condition, forcing Joel (Gillies) and Charlie (Shanks) to work together on him, while keeping his admittance a secret from Alex. Meanwhile, Alex and Maggie (Julia Taylor Ross), with the help of handsome Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Kalfas (guest star Eric Johnson, CRIMINAL MINDS), must remove a tumour from a patient who is pregnant with twins, but encounter complications when they discover the tumour is uncomfortably close to the uterus. As the day goes on, the two of them discover there’s more to the OB/GYN than meets the eye. As unanticipated complications arise during Luke’s surgery, Charlie is forced to deal with Luke’s spirit, who’s less than easy to talk to – and whose presence brings all kinds of emotions to the surface. Is Charlie forced to admit his biggest secret to Alex?

Guest stars this season also include Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT), David Richmond-Peck (ORPHAN BLACK), and more. As well, former guest stars Erin Karpluk (BEING ERICA) and Peter Keleghan (MURDOCH MYSTERIES) return. Actors Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE) and Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER) each direct episodes this season, alongside regular series director David Wellington.

SAVING HOPE stars 2013 Canadian Screen Award-nominee Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), Daniel Gillies (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), 2013 Canadian Screen Award-winner Wendy Crewson (REVENGE), Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ), Julia Taylor-Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), Kristopher Turner (THE LISTENER), Michelle Nolden (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Benjamin Ayres (LESS THAN KIND).

SAVING HOPE is produced by Ilana C Frank Films (ICF Films) with Entertainment One Television (eOne), in association with CTV. The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank and David Wellington for ICF Films, John Morayniss (HELL ON WHEELS, KLONDIKE, HAVEN) for eOne, and Lesley Harrison. Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE) and Adam Pettle (ROOKIE BLUE) are Executive Producers and Showrunners. The series was created by Malcolm MacRury (CRASH AND BURN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) and Morwyn Brebner. David Wellington won a Directors Guild of Canada award for direction of the pilot. For Bell Media, Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks; Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.