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The Adventures of Napkin Man premieres Dec. 30

From a media release:


  • New preschool series helps children to better understand their emotions
  • Starring Yannick Bisson of CBC’s hit series Murdoch Mysteries

Kids’ CBC presents a new preschool series about a different kind of superhero with THE ADVENTURES OF NAPKIN MAN! airing Monday to Friday at 9:30 a.m. (10 NT) beginning Dec. 30. Each episode takes children inside the classroom of fun-loving and compassionate preschool teacher Mr. Anthony, played by Yannick Bisson of CBC’s hit primetime series Murdoch Mysteries. Featuring a mix of live action and animation, children are taken on fun-filled adventures which help them to better understand and manage their feelings.

Using his special pen, Mr. Anthony draws Napkin Man, a superhero who leaps off the napkin and magically comes to life in an animated world. As the children look on, Napkin Man (voiced by Bisson) and his friends play out a story that sheds light on the emotional issue at hand. Through comedy and catchy original music, children learn to identify and label emotions, recognize the physiological symptoms associated with different emotions, develop fun and easy strategies to calm down and feel better, while discovering creative ways to solve problems that lead to negative emotions.

Also on Kids’ CBC this winter are the engaging multiplatform series, RUBY SKYE P.I. and TIME TREMORS. Beginning Dec. 21,, get on the case Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. (8 PST/9:30 NT) with cross-platform series RUBY SKYE P.I., following amateur detective Ruby Skye as she finds her way into the middle of the most baffling mysteries. Then tune in to TIME TREMORS at 9:56 a.m. (8:56 PST/10:26 NT) and follow the adventures of siblings Max and Medie as they travel through space to collect time treasures. Kids can play along with each episode by downloading the Time Tremors Infinity app, available for free from the App Store, Google Play or online at

Total Drama All-Stars premieres January 9 on Teletoon

From a media release:

Heroes and Villains Are In It, To Win It in the TELETOON Original Series Total Drama All-Stars

  • Canadian premiere Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

TELETOON’s successful animated reality show returns with hosts Chris McLean and Chef. Total Drama All-Stars, the latest instalment in the TELETOON original Total Drama franchise, makes its Canadian debut on Thursday, January 9, 2014 with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT, during TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays programming block.

Fourteen fan-favourite cast members return this season to face the most dangerous and gruelling challenges yet, in pursuit of a one million dollar prize. Contestants will be split into two teams, the “Heroic Hamsters” and the “Villainous Vultures”, facing off in an epic battle of good versus evil. Each episode ends with one team member being eliminated by their peers, but this year being sent home early is more humiliating than ever, thanks to the Flush of Shame.

Produced for TELETOON by Fresh TV, Total Drama All-Stars is created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch. Executive Producers are George Elliott and Brian Irving. Total Drama All-Stars consists of 13 half-hour episodes.

New episodes of Total Drama All-Stars will continue to air every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/PT throughout the winter season as part of TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays lineup, which includes new episodes of Adventure Time at 6 p.m. ET/PT, Annoying Orange at 6:15 p.m. ET/PT and TELETOON Original Productions Packages from Planet X and Grojband at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT respectively.

Dragons’ Den airs second chance episode January 8


From a media release:


  • 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 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 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


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


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.