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Tonight: Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes, The Bachelor Canada

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Rick gets a ballroom dance lesson champion Jean Marc Genereux at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix in Calgary and in Niagara Falls on a Hornblower boat where he assists the crew, meets tourists and takes a ride around the Falls.

22 Minutes, CBC
Alberta gets a special 22 Minutes song parody, Canada’s most real yoga instructor is back and Shaun Majumder travels to Colorado to investigate “pot” culture.

The Bachelor Canada season finale & After the Final Rose, City
Who will Tim Warmels choose? Trish and April get the good news/bad news, followed by the After the Final Rose special.

Corus unveils reality development slate for 2014/15


From a media release:

As part of Corus Entertainment’s content strategy, the company announced today a slate of new, original Corus-owned series currently in development for 2014/15. These projects build on the company’s existing roster of original, unscripted and owned series, including Cash Mob and Mississippi Snake Grabbers, which premieres spring 2015 on CMT (Canada).

Corus’ new reality-based series are being developed for the company’s women and family networks, namely, W Network, CMT, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV and ABC Spark, with a number of Canada’s leading production companies, including Temple Street Productions, Tricon Films & Television and Our House Media.

In Production
Mississippi Snake Grabbers (CMT/Dockside Productions) – Follows the southern men of GrabUone Outfitters, who take groups of thrill seekers into the bayou for adrenaline-inducing snake hunting expeditions.

In development for 2014/15
Restaurant Revolution (Temple Street) – An hour long, food competition series that each week pits three different Chefs and Sous Chefs in a three-course meal cook off. Celebrity or guest diners will watch the cooking action in a dining room set with a revolving kitchen. The diners are the judges and decide the winner by paying however much they think each meal is worth.

Mad House (Tricon) – Ten couples offer up their own homes to enter a renovation game that could change their lives forever. In this competition, the last team standing will live their dream – total mortgage freedom.

Born in a Barn (Our House Media) – Each episode of this inspiring series will feature two sets of home owners who have gambled big on converting farm buildings, churches schoolhouses, and other unique rural structures into dream homes.

A Penthouse View (Our House Media) – Lavish and highly aspirational, this half hour format lets viewers follow one realtor and one buyer on the hunt to buy the perfect luxury penthouse property.

More House for your Buck (Our House Media) – In this series, couples trade up their current house for the home of their dreams – at no extra cost. Our dynamic realtor and contractor team will show them how to buy a new property and transform it into the perfect home – all for the money they get for their existing home.


TV, eh? podcast episode 170 – A Space for Us All

With Diane off in the Galapagos, Anthony and Greg go it alone this week in a decidedly CBC-centric podcast. Among the stories discussed: CBC’s content sharing agreement with The Weather Network, Canadians giving input into the creation of a new series pilot called Let’s Get Hitched and the danger of the public broadcaster going away forever. Greg and Anthony break down just what a super-simulcast of Corner Gas: The Movie means for viewers and work blue while celebrating the fact that Canadian TV is comfortable with swearing.

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Nelvana teams with Bob the Builder creator for Camp Yeti


From a media release:

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is pleased to announce that it has entered into a development agreement for a new preschool CG animated series, Camp Yeti. Nelvana is teaming up with the newly formed Abominable Snowman, led by Keith Chapman (Bob the Builder) and Ian Liddell from Studio Liddell (Cloudbabies) to develop the 52 x 11-minute series about a summer camp with a yeti twist. Chapman and Liddell have previously worked together on Chapman Entertainment’s preschool hits including Roary the Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots.

Camp Yeti follows the adventures of a sweet yeti named Pigtail Poppy and her friends at a special sleepaway summer camp high in the mountains. The young yetis spend their camp days trekking through snowy peaks, making yeti crafts, eating spag-yeti and singing yeti songs around the campfire. And what would camp be without the coolest camp leaders in the world, Big Hair Blair and Beehive Bea, to guide them through the secret caves, splashy streams and hidden waterfalls. Things don’t always go according to plan, but together with her camp friends, Pigtail Poppy always makes it a great day at Camp Yeti.

Development on Camp Yeti will begin immediately with an anticipated delivery for Fall 2016.

MasterChef Canada winner and judge to open restaurant

From Tony Wong:

First celebrity chef Susur Lee opened Luckee in the Soho Metropolitan Hotel over the summer. Now MasterChef Canada judge and Michelin-starred chef Alvin Leung is teaming up with the show’s Season 1 winner, Eric Chong, to start an Asian restaurant.

“I’m very excited about this. It will be Eric’s food and my food together. It will be Asian and Chinese inspired,” Leung told the Star. Continue reading.