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In the news: Instant Star starts season three

Marise Strauss of Playback talks about changings behind the scenes and to the schedule of Instant Star:

  • CTV plays catchup with Star
    “The third season of homegrown teen drama Instant Star returns to the CTV primetime schedule Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET with the first of 13 new episodes, just one week after wrapping its second season on June 19. The Epitome Pictures show was bounced around the CTV schedule and aired only half of its second season last summer, before returning with the remaining six last month. Star will move to its regular Sunday 7:30 p.m. timeslot beginning July 8.”

Upcoming episodes: Canadian Idol, CTV, June 25 and 26

From CTV:

Monday, June 25
8 p.m. – Canadian Idol
Live performance shows begin this evening with the first group of 11 male singers. Viewers vote following the show, and two will be eliminated.

Tuesday, June 26
8 p.m. – Canadian Idol
The first group of female singers hit the stage for live performances in hopes of making it back for the Top 18 next week.


In the news: Jay Manuel of Canada’s Next Top Model

Sarah Hampson of the Globe and Mail paints a slightly ridiculous portrait of the man self-described as the “Director of the Esthetic”:

  • When a man becomes a brand
    “Tyranny of the Esthetic would be a better name for his work. Mr. Manuel is symptomatic of the cultural preoccupation with surface. He is prickly about which physical attributes are real and which are not, perhaps because so much is enhanced or fake.”

In the news: New Showcase pilots

From Channel Canada (but it’s got to be straight from a media release):

The Foundation is a darkly comedic look at the inner workings of a dysfunctional but well-funded charity and its corrupt “Executive Director for Life” Michael Valmont-Selkirk, played by Mike Wilmot (Corner Gas, It’s All Gone Pete Tong). Produced in Montreal, the pilot – in which Valmont-Selkirk unwisely accepts the “Homeless Challenge” to spend a night on the streets – is created and produced by Jennifer Wilson and Michael Dowse (FUBAR, It’s All Gone Pete Tong). Executive producer is Daniel Iron, Foundry Films (Away From Her, Manufactured Landscapes).

In Pure Evil, a suburban father named Frank Smith (played by Rick Roberts, An American in Canada) would love nothing more than to live a normal, peaceful life – except he happens to be the son of Satan. Frank tries to hide his demonic ancestry from his family, despite his evil father’s constant attempts to lure him back to the dark side and bring about the end of days. Things get complicated when Satan possesses the family’s next-door neighbour. This dark comedy pilot, written, produced and directed by Mark Sawers (Alienated, Kids in the Hall), was filmed in British Columbia. Executive producer is Jayme Pfahl of Crescent Entertainment (Terminal City, Moving Malcolm).

Retail follows the exploits of a group of friends and foes who work in a Winnipeg mall. The lead character and provocateur is Shawn (Alex Woods, Citizen Duane), an aspiring drag queen, who works at the makeup counter with his best friend and roommate Jill (Grace Lynn Kung, Slings & Arrows). When their old friend Miss Bitters – a down-on-her luck tranny – moves back to the ‘Peg from Los Angeles and moves into their apartment, their lives are turned upside down. Created by Noam Gonick (Kink, Hey Happy!), the pilot is directed by Shawn Alex Thompson (Billable Hours, Puppets Who Kill). Executive producer is Jamie Brown of Frantic Films (‘Til Debt Do Us Part, Lucid).