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Link: State of Incarceration is Canadian TV at its best

From James Bawden:

State Of Incarceration: Canadian TV At Its Best
Make no mistake about it –these are dark days for Canadian public television threatened by government cut backs and dwindling ratings. And then along comes a special so powerful and forceful it will have you cheering for CBC-TV’s survival. It’s an hour titled State Of Incarceration written, directed and produced by veteran Andrew Gregg (We Will Remember Them)–a look at the federal Tories wrong headed determinations to spend billions more on incarcerating criminals. Gregg tells me he got the idea after reading an article in The Economist about the huge expenditure in building new jails in California and Texas. Continue reading.


TV, eh? podcast episode 167 – Dancing Around a Poll

This week, Anthony, Greg and Diane chat about the incredible response to our “What Canadian show would you fight for” poll, preview the coming premieres, gush over Jason Priestley hosting the Canadian Walk of Fame, and discuss the possibility of the US networks picking up their toys and leaving Canada’s cable companies if pick and pay comes into effect.

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CTV’s Spun Out begins Season 2 production


From a media release:

–Russell Peters to make guest appearance during Season 2–

CTV, in association with Project 10 Productions, announced today that production is now underway in Toronto on 13 new episodes of last season’s most-watched Canadian scripted comedy, SPUN OUT. A 2014 Directors Guild of Canada Award-nominee for Best Comedy TV Series, the hilarious comedy follows the ups and downs of a public relations agency staffed with people who can spin everyone’s problems but their own. Headlined by Dave Foley, the complete returning ensemble cast for Season 2 of SPUN OUT features Paul Campbell, Al Mukadam, Rebecca Dalton, J.P. Manoux , Darcy Michael, and Holly Deveaux. Shooting at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios through December, SPUN OUT will premiere in 2015 on CTV.

“With exceedingly talented cast, a fantastic writing room, and pedigreed producers, we look forward to seeing how SPUN OUT grows in its second season,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, an‎d Entertainment Programming.

One of the biggest names in comedy, Gemini Award-winning comedian Russell Peters (RUSSELL PETERS: NOTORIOUS) is confirmed to make a stop by the DLPR office during Season 2. Also confirmed to date are up-and-coming actresses Ellen Wong (THE CARRIE DIARIES) and Ingrid Haas (CHELSEA LATELY).

With series stars Dave Foley set to direct two episodes and co-star J.P. Manoux also confirmed to direct an episode, Season 2 of SPUN OUT brings a whole new set of adventures for the DLPR gang. Beckett tries to execute the perfect “business bang” with a trusted journalist, Nelson questions his ability to keep up on trends, and Dave goes head to head with his ex-wife from a rival PR firm. Also in store this season, Gordon gets trapped in an elevator, Bryce develops an internet addiction, Stephanie realizes Abby is a conversation ninja and exploits it by making her a brand influencer, and after a night of debauchery, the team goes on the hunt for a missing Dave.

SPUN OUT is produced by Project 10 Productions in association with CTV. Gemini Award winners Jeff Biederman (LIFE WITH DEREK, OVERRULED!) and Brent Piaskoski (ACCORDING TO JIM, RADIO FREE ROSCOE) are co-creators, writers, and executive producers. Brian K. Roberts (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, THE DREW CAREY SHOW) is co-creator, director, and executive producer. Andrew Barnsley (SPORTS ON FIRE) and Dave Foley are executive producers, and Colin Brunton (PUPPETS WHO KILL) is producer.


Tonight: Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes, Max & Shred

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Tonight Rick checks out Vancouver’s Harbour Air, the largest all seaplane operation in the world and helps land a plane on a glacial lake. Then he heads to Drummond, New Brunswick to do some face first rappelling.

22 Minutes, CBC
The 22nd season premier of Canada’s longest-running satire show sees Canada’s favourite fake-news anchors “clarify” the headlines like the war in Iraq, tax snitches and fear of Ebola.

Max & Shred, YTV – series premiere
Max & Shred is a buddy comedy about the unlikely friendship that forms when easygoing superstar snowboarder, Max Asher, moves in with anxious academic, Alvin Ackerman and his family. The show centres on the boys’ odd couple relationship as they help and hinder each other through the trials of teenage life. Abby, Alvin’s driven older sister, and Howie, Alvin’s super smart eight-year-old protégé aid the boys in their adventures. Each half hour multi-cam episode will comically highlight the challenges of the young science whiz living with a celebrity athlete in the bustling ski town of Blizzard Springs.

22 Minutes Cast S1 & S22

Video: 22 Minutes turns 22 years old

Happy 22nd birthday This Hour Has 22 Minutes!

The CBC satire show kicks off another season of skewering with current co-hosts Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Susan Kent and Cathy Jones; a special retrospective episode is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, offering a look back at the series launch in 1993 with Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh and highlights from the last two-plus decades of laughs.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at a couple of bits featured on tonight’s return, including a unique take on the CRTC’s proposed Pick and Pay cable bundling idea.

22 Minutes airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBC.