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Link: 12 of the best Canadian TV theme songs of all time

From Dan MacRae of

12 of the best Canadian TV theme songs of all time
Is there anything more magical than a first-rate TV theme tune? The answer is no. TV themes are the ultimate art form that everyone should bow down and worship and today we’re placing a loving spotlight on 12 of the best tunes in Canadian broadcast history.

Will you agree with our findings? Probably a little and crucify us in the Facebook comments over the rest. Continue reading.

Links: Dark Matter: 9 Things we learned at Fan Expo

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Dark Matter: 9 Things we learned at Fan Expo
One of Three’s most powerful episodes of the season was the one in which he met his lost love Sarah (guest star Natalie Brown), before she sadly lost her life to an incurable illness. Lemke revealed that it may not have been the last we see of her. Continue reading. 

From Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter:

Syfy’s ‘Dark Matter’ Cast Tease Second Season Reveals
“Who ever the traitor was going to be, we knew everything would change,” Ferland told fans. “They (Five and Six) were supposed to be friends, and that’s not what friends do by the regular description. I hope they might be able to have some sort of relationship, but it depends on what his reasoning will be. It might not be possible.” Continue reading.

Comments and queries for the week of September 4

Which returning Canadian TV shows are you excited about this fall?

Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes (should be required viewing) and Murdoch. I never miss them. I also feel that The X Factor was extremely good. The Book of Negroes was exceptional. I get a kick out of Schitt’s Creek and Jonny Harris’ Still Standing. Unfortuantely, I missed several years of Heartland so am watching online. And on a more serious note, The Fifth Estate and Marketplace should not be missed. —Fossegal

Love Heartland, saw the cast at CBC in March. —Norlam147

Murdoch Mysteries, X Company and Heartland. —Kim

Rookie Blue is my very favourite. I have the first four seasons on DVD and when Seasons 5 & 6 are available I will buy them also. —Palma

Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Continuum, Heartland, Rick Mercer and Lost Girl. I couldn’t pick JUST THREE! —Rosanna

Continuum, Sunnyside and Saving Hope for me. I am looking forward to the first two the most and am trying to catch up on Continuum. —Iris

Murdoch Mysteries’ Hélène Joy lets her hair down

I enjoyed your interview with her, but it was a bit short?! I was at a small event where we actually had an opportunity to chat with her for a few minutes. Just my luck she spent most of her time at the other end of the venue. However, she is so fascinating! In a matter of a few minutes I found a ton of info on how she ended up here in Canada, that type of thing. Also calls her hairdos, and Shirley [Bond] her hair designer agrees, very dating. She says they are works of art, but she is “well over it” and they DO make her look much older, but back then young girls were trying to be women and were married off to have families. Sign of the times. I would love it if you would do a bit on her colleague Arwen Humphreys, who plays Brackenreid’s wife. She is Canadian and truly talented, and the fans have been begging for, and getting more screen time by contacting Shaftesbury and communicating through fan groups. Roll on October! —Kimber

Hey Kimber, here’s the link to my interview with Arwen; I spoke to her back in March.


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Venues for Big Brother Canada auditions announced

From a media release:

From the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between, Global’s Big Brother Canada is ready to find the next outrageous group of houseguests with venues confirmed for its national casting tour. Canadians 19 years of age and older can either apply online at now through October 26, or in person from 10am to 2pm at the following locations:

Saturday, September 19
Vancouver, BC – The Bourbon, 50 W Cordova St.
Montréal, QC – BLVD44, 2108 Boul. St-Laurent

Saturday, September 26
Calgary, AB – Ranchman’s, 9615 Macleod Trail SE
Edmonton, AB – Knoxville’s, 10736 Jasper Ave NW
Halifax, NS – MicMac Mall, 21 Micmac Blvd

Saturday, October 3
Winnipeg, MB – Polo Park Mall, 1485 Portage Ave.
St.John’s, NL – Sundance Bar and Grill, 30 George Street

Saturday, October 24
Toronto, ON – Location to be announced

Houseguest hopefuls not able to attend an open call can apply online at Season 2 winner Jon Pardy’s online application got him his ticket into the house – check out his video here.

Every online submission is viewed by Big Brother Canada’s rock-star casting team, and to help online applicants stand out from the pack Big Brother casting director Robyn Kass offers the following tips:

1. Don’t plan too much and talk naturally.
2. Make sure your lighting and sound work properly.
3. Stay away from the same Big Brother clichés we hear time and time again, such as: “I can be your best friend or your worst enemy,” or “You either love me or hate me.”
4. Tell us something unique about yourself that will make you stand out.
5. Have a good time!

Airing exclusively on Global early in 2016, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.

Blue Ant International announces U.S. sales ahead of MIPCOM

From a media release:

Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and the producers and distributors of one of the world’s leading native 4K nature libraries, announced today its latest U.S. sales ahead of MIPCOM. More than 75 hours of content from its diverse catalogue of factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats will land on channels across the U.S.

Scripps Networks (U.S.) has purchased an array of series from Blue Ant International, including Rebel Without A Kitchen (26 x 30’ HD) for Cooking Channel which follows Matt Basile who takes his roving food truck on the road, popping up in the most unlikely spots to deliver his culinary take on the Cuban sandwich. For GAC, Scripps has also purchased a season of Lake Guys (original title: Brojects; 26 x 30’ HD), produced by Farmhouse Productions. The series follows quirky brothers Kevin and Andrew as they brainstorm extreme build ideas for their family cottage. Lake Docks & Decks (original title: Decks, Docks & Gazebos; 26 x 30’ HD), focuses on a one-of-a-kind builds by the lake, was acquired for both GAC and DIY Network.

A+E Networks® (U.S.), for FYI™ Network, has opted for Cabin Truckers (13 x 30’ HD), produced by Remedy Productions, a factual series following the incredible exploits of hauling colossal cabins to remote, picturesque locations. Watch as an expert team navigates through extremely rocky, mountainous terrain, delivering precious cargo to thrilled homeowners.

Earlier this year, two series were picked up by Discovery Communications’ stable of U.S. networks including Our House Media’s Paranormal Survivor, Season 1 (10 x 60’ HD), a series that shares terrifying real-life encounters with the supernatural for Destination America and; Summerhill International’s My Dog’s Crazy Animal Friends (original title: Dog’s Best Friend; 13 x 30’ HD) which follows the cutest of these uncanny canine acquaintances, for Discovery Family Channel.

Blue Ant International is a leading global content distribution company and a leader in native 4K nature and wildlife programming. Its diverse catalogue of over 1,700 hours includes award winning factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company’s catalogue includes The Weapon Hunter (Cream Productions; 6×60’ HD), Wild Ride (Nomadic Nation; 16×30’ HD) and Live Here, Buy This (JV Productions; 52×30’ HD). Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media.