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Tonight: Young Drunk Punk, Big Brother Canada, Survivor Man

Young Drunk Punk, City – “Rock of Seagulls”
When Shinky (Atticus Mitchell) becomes a guitarist in Calgary’s hottest band, Ian (Tim Carlson) sets off to find his own talent as a critic for the local newsletter – but friend becomes foe when Ian agrees to review Shinky’s concert. Meanwhile, Lloyd (Bruce McCulloch) finds his own nemesis while trying to photograph a skunk, and Belinda (Allie Macdonald) takes a piece of advice to heart by stepping up at work, but learns that being in charge doesn’t always mean being happy. Breakfast Television Calgary news anchor Ted Henley makes a cameo appearance.

Big Brother Canada, Global
It’s Eviction night in the Big Brother Canada house. Who will be sent packing? Who will become HOH?

Survivor Man: Finding Bigfoot, OLN – “Alberta (Nordegg)”
Les Stroud returns to the wilds of rural Alberta to document evidence of Sasquatch activity.

Link: Jann Arden narrates the drama on new reality series, Emergency

From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

Calgary singer-songwriter Jann Arden narrates the drama on new reality series, Emergency
Jann Arden was hundreds of miles away and more than a few months removed from the action of the new reality series, Emergency, when she recorded her voice-over narration at a comfortable studio. But that didn’t make it any easier to take in the occasionally gory scenes the series offers. Take, for instance, an upcoming episode that features a man entering a British Columbia emergency room after an unfortunate incident involving a band saw. Continue reading.

TV, eh? podcast episode 180 – Leave the Blood Stain on Your Rug

Diane, Anthony and Greg went into overtime discussing a plethora of subjects this week, including the role TV, eh? played at this past weekend’s Toronto Screenwriting Conference, Canadian Screen Award winner 19-2 renewed for a third season and a Season 6 return date for Global’s Rookie Blue.

We also reflected on Bell’s decision to fire Kevin Crull, what the reduction of Nova Scotia’s film and TV tax credit could mean for that industry and the CMPA asking the CRTC to reverse its Let’s Talk TV decision regarding independent production companies. And finally, inspired by Diane’s list of the Top 10 Canadian shows of her childhood, Anthony and Greg discussed theirs.

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Video: Danger Bay reunion on ET Canada

Danger Bay is returning to the small screen with a brand new adventure. That’s the news stars Donnelly Rhodes, Ocean Hellman and Christopher Crabb reveal on ET Canada in Wednesday’s special segment on Canadian TV.

According to Crabb, the new DB project reunites Jonah and Nicole and, well, check out the clip below for more information. Danger Bay  ran on CBC from 1984 to 1990, and starred Rhodes as marine veterinarian Grant “Doc” Roberts and his kids Jonah (Crabb) and Nicole (Hellman).

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store on tonight’s instalment. The final Canadian TV Week segment, featuring Due South, airs Thursday.

ET Canada airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET on Global.

YTV’s Game On Gives Play-By-Play of Teen’s life

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment’s YTV is set to premiere, Game On, an innovative new live-action comedy that shows what it’s like when two enthusiastic sports announcers provide running commentary on every awkward, cringe-worthy moment of 14-year-old Toby Martin’s life. The 20 x half hour series premieres Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on YTV. Visit the YTV blog for a sneak peek:

Toby (Grayson Gurnsey) is just an average teen dealing with typical growing pains like zits, a changing voice, an annoying little sister, over-eager parents, some mild social awkwardness and an unrequited crush on classmate Jessica (Alice Morel-Michaud). However, his attempts to get through the day without too many disasters are closely examined by two announcers, Geri (Samantha Bee) and Bob (Jonathan Torrens), who give a play-by-play analysis on his daily life throughout each episode. Every move Toby, along with his best friend Seth (Jamie Mayers) makes is a potential fumble, interception or goal from Bob and Geri’s perspective at the anchor desk.

Game On’s half hour premiere includes two episodes. In the first, Toby winds up at the movies with Jessica—score!—but after offering to buy her a pop, discovers he’s 80 cents short—a total fumble. In the second episode, Toby’s parents unexpectedly fill in as chaperones at his school dance and his first priority is to keep them from dancing—showing that sometimes interference can turn into an unexpected victory.

Providing an extra layer of funny colour commentary is sideline reporter Wilf (Jonathan Langdon), who creates additional online videos for viewers called “The Wilf Diaries.” The hilarious webisodes include Wilf’s interviews with the director and a celebrity dog, a behind-the-scenes tour of the wardrobe department, and some insight into Wilf’s own “stylin” secrets. The webisodes are slated to roll out on, in the weeks following the broadcast premiere.

AD LIB FILMS is a Montreal, Québec-based production company of English- and French-language content, founded by Lorraine Richard in May 2013. The company is currently in post-production on Game On, a 20 x 30-minute youth series for Corus Entertainment’s YTV, produced by Greg Dummett (Thorne, Station X & Dragon) with head writer Steve Westren (Almost Naked Animals, Station X, Dragon) and directed by Jacob Tierney (Mr D, Trotsky). Projects currently in development include The Tenderness of Wolves, a dramatic series based on Stef Penney’s award winning novel and Le Grand Verglas, a feature film based on the 1998 ice storm in Québec. In February 2015, the company produced a seven-part miniseries for Attraction Image entitled Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, after the novel of the same name, which was a UK/Canada co-production commissioned by Bell Media and BBC.

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