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TV,eh? What's up in Canadian television

In the news: TV’s future in Canada

Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail discusses the report The Future of Television in Canada, to be discussed by network executives at the upcoming Banff World Television Festival:


In the news: Canadian Idol’s season premiere


  • Singers, dancers & screamers step in front of Idol’s judges
    “Not only did the hoards of competitors with guitars prove Canada is truly a nation of singer-songwriters, they also proved its diversity – bringing flutes, violins, keyboards, ukulele, stand up bass’, harps and even an erhu (a Chinese ancestor to the violin).”

Ann Marie McQueen of Sun Media wasn’t impressed by her city’s Idol hopefuls:

  • Ottawa hits sour note on ‘Idol’
    “Only one local singer was shown getting the coveted gold ticket required to get to Toronto, where the massive group will be whittled down to 22 semi-finalists. But 16 from the Ottawa tryout made it, nine of whom were locals.”

In the news: Grassroots campaign targets CRTC

Antonia Zerbisias of the Toronto Star offers an opinion on the new Canadian media reform movement:

  • Let’s not put up with this any longer
    “Yesterday’s first order of business was to organize a grassroots campaign to get Canadians to write to the CRTC by July 18, the deadline for its September hearings on media concentration and diversity. You can bet big media interests will be well represented and their submissions well covered. But what about the public interest? “

Global vs. CTV battle for US shows, ratings

Tamsen Tillson of Variety reports on CTV vs Global:

  • Canuck webs battle for sked bread
    “Industryites attending the Global and E! upfront will have to step around placard-waving Canadian thesps like Wendy Crewson who, with their union ACTRA, are planning to protest the amount of U.S. fare the private broadcasters are allowed to buy while purportedly hanging Canadian drama out to dry. The union also handed out leaflets at the CTV event.”

Comedy Network’s new season

From a media release:

The Comedy Network announced today the debut of 4 new series and the return of several, popular multi-award winning programs for the 2007/2008 Season.

New Original Series:

The Jon Dore Show stars award-winning comedian Jon Dore whose flat out crazy take on life is told through an array of real-life interviews, off-the-wall tangents and wild antics. Topics include: performing as a male stripper to help cure the blahs; getting help from a Hypnotist to squash a smoking addiction; and enlisting the services of an army drill sergeant to whip himself into shape. The 13-part, half-hour series is The Comedy Network?s newest original production.

Returning Original Series:

The Comedy Network’s highest-rated Canadian comedy series revs up this fall as Corner Gas returns with 19 episodes of high-octane laughs straight from Dog River, Saskatchewan. This multi-award winning series was recently nominated for seven Leo Awards, including Best Music, Comedy or Variety Program, or Series.

Having recently won the prestigious Gold Medal Award for Best TV Variety Program at the New York Festivals for a third year in a row, sketch series Comedy Inc. returns for a fifth season of edgy sketch, social/political satire and uninhibited physical comedy.

The 11th season of this multi-award-winning, star-making, stand-up series, Comedy Now! promises to deliver another year of uncensored, all-Canadian laughs.

Reserve your ringside seats for the ultimate in satire as today’s hottest stars trade punches in the animated series, Celebrity Deathmatch, returning this fall to The Comedy Network. This season’s celebrity matches include: Johnny Depp vs Orlando Bloom, Hilary Duff vs Lindsay Lohan and Barry Bonds vs Bud Selig. Celebrity Deathmatch is a Comedy Network/MTV co-production.