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Carver Kings premieres April 5 on HGTV

From a media release:


  • HGTV Canada Presents Jaw-Dropping Look at Producing Custom Art from Raw Wood
  • New Series Premieres Sunday April 5 at 10pm ET/PT

HGTV Canada expands its royal family this spring with the new series Carver Kings, a captivating and entertaining look at the unique world of chainsaw carving. A companion to the hit Timber Kings series, Carver Kings follows a passionate crew of elite chainsaw mavericks based out of Williams Lake, B.C. as they turn raw wood into stunning custom art for the owners of the world’s most spectacular log homes. Carver Kings premieres with back-to-back episodes Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Part of the team at Pioneer Log Homes, these chainsaw experts are challenged with creating extraordinary, one-of-a-kind carvings for the Timber Kings’ most prestigious clients. Faced with near impossible deadlines, demanding clientele, last minute changes and work yard egos, the Carver Kings will stop at nothing to make sure their works of art are the crown jewel of some of the most magnificent log homes on the planet.

As some of the best carvers in the world, the Kings know every detail about the subjects they carve – from the number of feathers on a bird’s wing to the exact angle at which a bear’s claw curves. Each incredible carving comes with a unique story and viewers get an up-close look at the precise work required to create a range of carvings. Whether it’s an eagle, a mountain lion, a family tree, a gazebo or even a tiki bar, every carving becomes a striking focal point in homes across North America.

The premiere episode follows the Carver Kings as they create a modern totem pole for a Colorado log stunner that Timber King Peter Arnold needs to complete the build. The homeowner requested a piece that stands 13 feet tall and represents the native animals of Colorado – but they only have five days to complete the work. In this high-stakes job where timing and quality are everything, one mistake could prove very costly to the whole project. Meanwhile, across the work yard at Pioneer Log Homes, the most seasoned carver of the bunch gives Pioneer’s rookie carvers a surprise job to cut their teeth on.

Julianne Moore among final presenters for Canadian Screen Awards

From a media release:


  • These stars of Canadian film and television will join the previously announced presenters for the gala broadcast on Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC-TV

With less than one week to go until the winners are announced, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and CBC Television today announced the final group of presenters participating in the 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS. Hosted by Emmy™ award-winning comedy legend Andrea Martin, this year’s edition of the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS will take place at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast on CBC-TV on Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) and on at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Recent Academy Award®- and Golden Globe®-winning actress Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars, Still Alice) highlights the final group of presenters for this Sunday’s gala broadcast that features an impressive list of Canadian and international talent, including 2014 Canadian Screen Award-winners from CBC’s 22 Minutes: Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Susan Kent and Shaun Majumder; as well as Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland, The Blacklist); Kevin Durand (The Strain, The Captive); A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds, The Virgin Suicides); Jennifer Finnigan (Baby Sellers, Tyrant); Kristin Lehman (Motive); George Stroumboulopoulos (Hockey Night in Canada); Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue); Meaghan Rath (Being Human); and Emmanuel Kabongo (The Animal Project, Teenagers).

Fans can engage with the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS and CBC leading up to and throughout the gala on and by following @Academy_NET and @CBC on Twitter and Instagram using #CdnScreen15, as well as on Facebook by liking the Canadian Screen Awards and CBC.

Canadians can watch these stars and more on the 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS, airing Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC-TV and at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on For a full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees, visit

Tonight: X Company, Young Drunk Punk

X Company, CBC – “Trial By Fire”
It’s a trial-by-fire first mission for Alfred as the team parachutes into France. Their mission: to penetrate a German headquarters and steal codes that could save thousands of British lives.

Young Drunk Punk, City – “Lure a Flame”
A Calgary Flames hockey player moves to Brae Vista and causes nothing but trouble for both Shinky (Atticus Mitchell), who has to work for him, and Helen (Tracy Ryan), who becomes the object of his affection. Meanwhile Lloyd (Bruce McCulloch) struggles with the balance between duty and family honour, while Ian (Tim Carlson) struggles with his new job, working for his father!

YTV’s Some Assembly Required headed to Netflix

From a media release:

Thunderbird is pleased to announce an agreement with Netflix, which will see all episodes of its hit comedy Some Assembly Required exclusively available in all Netflix territories outside of Canada, where the show was commissioned as an original production for YTV and is currently #1 on the network.

Some Assembly Required is shot in front of a live-studio audience in Burnaby, BC and centres on an eclectic group of teenagers who run a toy company. As the new owner of Knickknack Toys, fourteen-year-old Jarvis Raines hires a group of friends from school to help him create awesome new toys. Following the teens’ comedic day-to-day adventures, this live-action series created by Dan Signer (A.N.T. Farm, Mr. Young) and Howard Nemetz (Mr. Young, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), stars Young Artist Awards nominee, Kolton Stewart, and 2015 Canadian Screen Awards nominee, Charlie Storwick.

Some Assembly Required is slated to start streaming on Netflix this summer.

History’s Yukon Gold mines for riches in Season 3

There’s still gold up in thar hills, and Karl Knutson is determined to find it. Turns out that, long after the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1899, the precious metal continues to be dug out of the earth. That adventure has been the focus of several TV projects, including Yukon Gold, which returns for its third season tonight.

The program is History’s No. 1 docu-series, and it’s no wonder; to watch these guys and gals turn precious ounces into a cash windfall is pretty addictive stuff. Even more so for someone like Knutson, who was born into the life under his father, Marty, and strives to succeed on his own.

“The hunt for gold and being able to pull your paycheque out of the ground just does it for me,” the 28-year-old says. “It doesn’t do it for some people. I love the fact that there’s gold in the ground and we’re able to pull it out.” It’s not easy. Weather is always and issue that far north. Toss in mosquitoes and black flies, aging bulldozers, diggers and sluice plants and remote sites, and you’ve got a recipe for extreme discomfort and even danger.

And while large machinery has taken the place of old timers panning for gold in a creek bed, the process of staking a claim hasn’t changed that much from the days of the gold rush. Knutson explains anyone can go up and spend $10 to stake ground on a creek. You then have two weeks to record that property and must do a certain amount of work on the land during the year to keep it. During that time licences are filed for permission to use water to sluice the earth away from gold; Knutson says environmental concerns regarding the use of water has to be carefully mapped out and regulated so as to conserve it and the land.

Re-joining Knutson on the Yukon Gold cast are Ken Foye, Guillaume Brodeur and Cam Johnson; newbies Chris St. Jean and Nika Guilbault struggle to make a living while taking care of their baby daughter. And while Knutson appreciates the popularity of the show and the spotlight it aims on the area of Canada he loves, it’s still a bit weird to have cameras pointed his way while he tries to work.

“We love telling this story because not a lot of people get to go to the Klondike and see this, let alone live it. But at the same time, they’re slowing me down a bit,” Knutson says with a chuckle. “I only have a certain amount of time to do this and sometimes it gets stressful explaining every waking moment to them.”

Yukon Gold airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

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