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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.

W Network orders more Love It Or List It Vancouver

 

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From a media release:

Corus Entertainment’s W Network has ordered a third season of Big Coat Productions’ hit property reality series, Love It or List It Vancouver. The series premiered on W Network in January 2013 and is the spin-off of the original hit series Love It or List It, which debuted on W Network in 2009. Both series are among the network’s top-rated.

Co-hosted by TV personality and interior designer Jillian Harris and real estate entrepreneur Todd Talbot, Love It or List It Vancouver is a ‘friendly’ battle of wits between the two hosts. Harris makes every attempt to convince homeowners to renovate their run-down home based on her design savvy (‘love it’) while Todd charges in with his real estate prowess to steer the family into putting their home up for sale (‘list it’) in favor of buying one of his new home options. The decision is never easy for the homeowners and can often lead to butting heads – will they choose Jillian’s gorgeous renovation and stay, or Todd’s expert real estate advice and sell?

“Love It or List It Vancouver has blossomed into a fan favourite on W Network. While the original Love It or List It format remains unchanged, Jillian and Todd bring their unique charm and humour to this Vancouver spin,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Women’s and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “We look forward to another entertaining new season of Love It or List It Vancouver and to the continued success of the franchise locally and around the world.”

“We have lots of surprises in store for Love It or List It Vancouver fans for the third season of the series – and we are confident that W Network viewers will continue to ‘love it,’” said Maria Armstrong, Executive Producer for Big Coat Productions.

Love It or List It Vancouver is produced by Big Coat Productions in association with W Network.

In the U.S., both Love It or List It and Love It or List It Too (aka Love It or List It Vancouver) air on HGTV.

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CBC announces fall television schedule

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From a media release:

CBC Television confirmed today the season premiere dates for its primetime broadcast line-up. Anchored by returning fan-favourites and bolstered by five exciting new shows, CBC has a new way to look at smart with CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank and Jeff Douglas beginning September 28; CBC Selects presents JANET KING from Australia’s public broadcaster on Oct. 5, gritty western drama STRANGE EMPIRE on October 6; gripping political thriller THE HONOURABLE WOMAN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal on September 29 and continuing September 30, and the new six-episode, Canadian-produced original space drama ASCENSION,  premiering November 25.

CBC Television kicks-off its fall season with brand new episodes of its flagship daytime lifestyle series STEVEN AND CHRIS, every Monday through Friday at  2 p.m. (2:30 NT) beginning Sept. 22. In primetime it all starts with the season eight premiere of long-running family drama HEARTLAND and the return of popular series MURDOCH MYSTERIES, THE RICK MERCER REPORT, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, DRAGONS’ DEN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, THE NATURE OF THINGS, DOC ZONE, MARKETPLACE andthe fifth estate.

See CBC’s primetime schedule below:

SUNDAY

7 P.M. HEARTLAND (Sept. 28)

8 P.M. CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON (Sept. 28)

9 P.M.   CBC SELECTS: 
JANET KING (Oct. 5)

MONDAY

8 P.M.  MURDOCH MYSTERIES (Oct. 6)

9 P.M. STRANGE EMPIRE (Oct. 6)

TUESDAY

8 P.M.  THE RICK MERCER REPORT (Oct. 7)

8:30 P.M.  THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (Oct. 7)

9 P.M. THE HONOURABLE WOMAN (begins Monday, September 29  at 9 P.M. continues Sept. 30)

*ASCENSION begins airing at 9 P.M. on November 25

WEDNESDAY

8 P.M.  DRAGONS’ DEN (Oct. 15)

9 P.M.  REPUBLIC OF DOYLE (Oct. 15)

THURSDAY

8 P.MTHE NATURE OF THINGS (Oct.9)

9 P.M. DOC ZONE (Oct.9)

FRIDAY

8 P.M. MARKETPLACE (Oct. 17)

9 P.M. the fifth estate (Oct. 24)

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TSN launches five national feeds

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From a media release:

– TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 debut today across Canada, bringing sports fans 300+ hours of live programming this week –

– TSN feeds kick off live coverage today at 10:30 a.m. ET –

– TSN’s opening week broadcast schedule features multiple games airing at the same time from BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE and NCAA College Football, CFL matchups, expanded auto racing coverage, and more –

Beginning today, sports fans can access TSN’s newly expanded lineup of five national feeds with the debut of TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 across Canada. Sports fans can choose from 300+ hours of live programming across TSN’s new five feeds, as the opening week broadcast schedule features the US OPEN, CFL, BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE, NCAA College Football, auto racing, and more.

TSN begins airing live coverage across its new feeds today at 10:30 a.m. ET with a 30-minute US OPEN preview show on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5. Live from the TSN Studio, host Rod Smith breaks down how TSN’s new feeds give fans the choice of four different US OPEN matches airing at the same time beginning today at 11 a.m. ET.

“We’re thrilled to bring fans more sports and more choice than ever before,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “This week alone, fans can choose from more than 300 hours of live programming across TSN – and it all starts today, with our new feeds featuring three Canadian tennis players on the first day of the US OPEN. This is an exciting day for sports fans and an historic day for TSN.”

Programming Highlights
TSN’s programming highlights for today include the following (visit TSN.ca for complete broadcast information):

  • Live daytime and primetime coverage of four different matches from the US OPEN, including expanded coverage of Canadian players and encore presentations of the day’s biggest matches
  • A must-see BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE clash between defending champion Manchester City and runner-up Liverpool
  • A brand-new season of OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG
  • The reveal of this year’s Kraft Celebration Tour grand prize winner of $100,000 in total, announced live on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SPORTSCENTRE
  • A MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL matchup between the New York Yankees @ Kansas City, followed by OLBERMANN PRESENTS PETE ROSE: 25 YEARS IN EXILE, an hour-long special marking the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball
  • Additional programming highlights offered across TSN feeds this week include multiple CFL matchups, the season kickoff of NCAA College Football, multiple BPL games, expanded auto racing coverage including NASCAR qualifying, and a slate of ESPN news and information shows, among them ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY.

For more information about TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, visit TSN.ca/5 for a complete broadcast schedule, channel listings, and frequently asked questions.

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TVO’s Opie takes the fear out of kindergarten

Kindergarten can be a scary place for children. For most, kindergarten is the first time that five-year-olds are away from their parents and home for an extended period of time. It can be an unfamiliar place filled with strangers and loud noises.

That’s where Opie comes in. Created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Opie is the five-year-old puppet star of Hi Opie! a 39-episode series targeted at kids aged three to five that introduces them to the world of kindergarten and all that comes with it. Brightly-coloured and with a shock of yarn-like hair, Opie is a friendly fellow who interacts with young co-stars who immediately accept the puppet as a real character.

“It’s the power of a puppet who is designed in a particular way to get the attention of a child and make them feel comfortable,” says Pat Ellingson, creative Head of Children’s & Parents’ Media for TVO. “And a puppeteer [in Jordan Lockhart] who is able to make them take that leap of faith that this is a real character.”

Developed in partnership with TVO and produced by marblemedia in association with The Jim Henson Company, Hi Opie! aims to entertain as well as educate families as their little ones prepare for full-time kindergarten, something Ellingson explains was an important part of developing the series. Math, science, social skills, patience, teamwork and interaction with peers and teachers are all addressed in upcoming instalments. Ellingson says Hi Opie! has a three-pronged message aimed at children about to start full-day kindergarten, parents new to the environment and for children already in the program.

TVO is offering a sneak peek of Hi Opie! on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 a.m. and noon ET, and Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 a.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Opie took some time out from his school preparations to answer a few questions from us:

Opie, are you excited to go into kindergarten, or are you a little nervous?
I’m really excited to start kindergarten! I can’t wait to meet new friends and play games. Doing crafts and playing with dinosaurs are my favourite.

If you are nervous, what are you nervous about?
I’m a little nervous … I’ve never been to school before and the school is really big!

What do you think your favourite part about going to school every day will be? Is it learning? Seeing your friends? Snack time?
I can’t wait to meet new friends.

What would you say to any kids that are nervous about going to kindergarten for the first time? What would you tell their parents?
I’m practicing how to introduce myself so when I meet new friends I’m going to say, ‘Hi, my name is Opie. What’s yours?’ I’ve also been practicing packing my backpack with my lunch, favourite toy and an extra change of clothes. I’m going to pack these on the first day.

Hi Opie! debuts on Monday, Sept. 1 and will air Monday to Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. ET on TVO, Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. CT on City Saskatchewan and Monday to Friday at 11:50 a.m. PT on Knowledge Network.

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City unveils Bachelor Season 2 bachelorettes

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From a media release:

Will it be the lingerie model? The ER doctor? Or maybe the personal trainer? Viewers are a little bit closer to discovering who will win Bachelor Tim’s heart as City unveils the identities of all 25 bachelorettes for Season 2 of original series The Bachelor Canada. Find out who will get the coveted first-impression rose on the special two-hour premiere, airing Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City.

Beginning today, fans can learn more about the 25 women looking for love this season as five different bachelorettes are highlighted each morning in exclusive video reveals on Breakfast Television programs across the country. Following the Breakfast Television debuts, romantic hopefuls can catch up on all of the candid confessions by visiting Citytv.com/BachelorCanada.

Announced in April, Canada’s newest bachelor, Tim Warmels, 28, is putting his life on hold in pursuit of the one thing missing from it – true love. The successful entrepreneur and Richard Ivey School of Business graduate is looking for a woman who is happy in her own skin and wants just as much out of life as he does. As the limos pull up on Night 1, will Jennifer the “joyologist” win him over with her positivity? Or will quiet-but-confident Christine make a more memorable impression? Can April Borgnetta’s burlesque moves, Lisa’s edgy style, or Rileigh’s party-girl personality steal Tim’s attention away from the other women?

Ranging in age from 23 to 42 – and hailing from all over the country – the 25 bachelorettes are a diverse collection of character, energy, and background, with one thing in common – the chance to win Tim’s love.

Tim’s 25 bachelorettes are (in alphabetical order):

  • Alison, 27 (nurse), from Montreal
  • Andrea, 30 (dental hygienist), from Kelowna, B.C.
  • April Borgnetta, 30 (wax artist/”vagician”), from Victoria
  • April Brockman, 27 (realtor), from Wasaga Beach, ON
  • Christine, 29 (music teacher), from Vancouver
  • Dominique, 28 (reception & IT/model), from Montreal
  • Jacqueline, 23 (law office administrative assistant), from Toronto
  • Jennifer, 26 (“joyologist”), from Montreal
  • Jenny, 26 (personal trainer), from Vancouver (b. Hong Kong, China)
  • Jewel, 32 (payroll accountant), from Toronto
  • Kaylynn, 26 (ballerina), from Vancouver
  • Kelsey, 28 (sommelier), from Calgary
  • Lisa, 25 (hairstylist), from Calgary
  • Martha, 26 (fashion buyer), from Montreal (b. Cuernavaca, Mexico)
  • Natalie, 27 (elementary French teacher), from Cambridge, ON
  • Raelee, 26 (gymnast/art director), from Calgary (**Previously announced as winner of the ‘Canada’s Choice’ bachelorette contest)
  • Rebecca, 24 (waitress), from Calgary
  • Renée-Anne, 28 (ER doctor), from Sherbrooke, QC
  • Rileigh, 23 (philosophy student/waitress), from Kingston, ON
  • Ritiuska, 33 (engineer) from Calgary (b. Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela)
  • Sachelle, 24 (university recruitment coordinator), from Sudbury, ON
  • Sarah, 31 (personal support worker), from St. Catharines, ON
  • Sharan, 23 (IT sales), from Vancouver
  • Sonia, 42 (lingerie model), from Calgary
  • Trisha, 28 (beauty queen), from Edmonton

As the countdown to the eagerly awaited premiere winds down, learn more about Tim and get an inside scoop straight from the bachelor himself by connecting with him on Twitter@BachCanTim (official hashtag #BachCan) and on Instagram at @timbo0505.

Hosted by Tyler Harcott, The Bachelor Canada is the Canadian version of the perennially successful The Bachelor franchise, which recently concluded its 18th season on City and OMNI Television. This 10-episode, original reality series is produced by Good Human Productions Inc., with Claire Freeland and Sean De Vries serving as executive producers. Nataline Rodrigues is the Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media, and Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media.

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