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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.

CBC presents Just for Laughs galas

From a media release:

CBC brings the best in Canadian and international comedy to homes across Canada late this summer with the Just For Laughs Galas, featuring renowned comedians Eddie Izzard, Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers, along with an impressive lineup of comedians from around the world.

British comedy legend Eddie Izzard presents The United Nations of Comedy, featuring some of the hottest stand-up comedians from around the globe, including American Colin Quinn, Malaysian-Australian Ronny Chieng, South African sensation Trevor Noah, French superstar Gad Elmaleh (performing in English for the first time ever), and Trinidadian-Canadian Jean Paul. The United Nations of Comedy airs Friday, August 22 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

She’s the diva of the D-list, the she-wolf of show business, and one of the funniest women around. Straight from Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival comes Kathy Griffin and some of her very best frenemies. This one-hour special, airing Friday, August 29 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), features celebrity trash-talk from Kathy herself, with stand-up performances from comedy pros Jon Reep, Sebastian Maniscalco, Alex Nussbaum, Kitty Flanagan and Scottish superstar Danny Bhoy.

A trail-blazer and bridge-burner, the ageless Joan Rivers is sure to deliver the laughs in this one-hour special, airing Friday, September 12 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). Audiences can look forward to a star-studded line-up of comedians including Tom Papa, Laurie Elliott, Lynne Koplitz and improv superstars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood.

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Global announces fall 2014 premiere dates

 

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From a media release:

This fall, Global delivers the wow factor with a powerhouse schedule of captivating new dramas, charming comedies and long-awaited comebacks of returning favourites, drawing viewers in to sensational TV moments.

With a schedule packed with TV’s fiercest females, hottest men and thrilling event series, Global gears up for an unstoppable season. Ten o’clock is home to Global’s most buzzed about new dramas, including the heart-pounding new thriller Stalker, premiering on October 1, comic book adaptation Constantine beginning October 24, and the gripping CIA drama State of Affairs, debuting on November 17. Unapologetic political drama Madam Secretary joins critically acclaimed The Good Wife, rounding out Global’s must-see Sunday night schedule. From dynamic characters to spine-tingling twists, Global also brings viewers the highly anticipated event of the season Gracepoint, premiering October 2.

Balancing out the high-stakes drama, Global’s fall schedule has something for everyone with an array of diverse comedies. Brand-new sitcom Mulaney debuts on October 5, and the hilarious new series Marry Me ties the knot between love and laughs beginning October 17. The unorthodox legal comedy Bad Judge and the quirky romantic comedy A to Z complete the comedy lineup, both premiering on October 3.

Global keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with the return of last season’s explosive hit series The Blacklist, alongside fan-favourite Sleepy Hollow. Other returning favourites include the powerhouse franchise NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, Bones, Hawaii Five-0, Survivor, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.

FALL 2014 PREMIERE DATES and TIMES for GLOBAL TV:
All times are ET and subject to change. New series are bolded.

Sunday, September 21st
Madam Secretary, 8 pm
The Good Wife, 9 pm

Monday, September 22nd
Sleepy Hollow, 9 pm
The Blacklist, 10 pm

Tuesday, September 23rd
NCIS, 8 pm
NCIS: New Orleans, 9 pm
Chicago Fire, 10 pm

Wednesday, September 24th
Survivor, 8 pm
Chicago PD, 7 pm

Thursday, September 25th
Bones, 8 pm
Parenthood, 10 pm

Friday, September 26th
Hawaii Five-0, 9 pm

Sunday, September 28th
The Simpsons, 7:30 pm
Family Guy, 10 pm

Monday, September 29th
NCIS: Los Angeles, 8 pm

Wednesday, October 1st
Stalker, 10 pm

Thursday, October 2nd
Gracepoint, 9 pm

Friday, October 3rd
Bad Judge, 8 pm
A to Z, 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 5th
Mulaney, 7 pm
Bob’s Burgers, 7:30 pm

Friday, October 17th
About A Boy, 8 pm
Marry Me, 8:30 pm

Friday, October 24th
Constantine, 10 pm

Thursday, October 30th
Elementary, 10 pm

Monday, November 17th
State of Affairs, 10 pm

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Doyle stars reveal their Canadian TV faves

“Oh yeah!” is the common refrain on Republic of Doyle, but a more apt one for fans may be “Oh no!” since word came down earlier this year that the series’ upcoming sixth season will be its last.

Yup, Jake Doyle (Allan Hawco) is hanging up the keys to his GTO after driving his way into our hearts. Hawco and the rest of the cast told me that it was his plan to have the series he co-created with Perry Chafe and Malcolm MacRury go out on top rather than fizzle out (or, one supposes, be part of CBC’s recent cull that saw the cancellation of Arctic Air, The Ron James Show and Cracked).

Republic of Doyle‘s action-packed hours of crime solving and witticisms will be missed, but so will the weekly sojourns in St. John’s, a city that’s pretty as a postcard and boasts memorable real-life characters. Doyle is a unique and memorable series, and one that  ranks among viewers’ favourite Canadian series of all time next to programs like Corner Gas, Due South, The Beachcombers and even The Littlest Hobo. As we count down to Doyle‘s final season on the air, we got the stars of the East Coast drama to name their favourite home-grown series of all time.

Allan Hawco (Jake Doyle)
Quentin Durgens, M.P.  Gordon Pinsent played an M.P. in Ottawa.”

Krystin Pellerin (Leslie Bennett)
Mr.  Dressup.”

Mark O’Brien (Des Courtney)
Codco.”

Marthe Bernard (Tinny Doyle)
“I was going to say The Kids in the Hall, but I feel like I should say Codco because my dad worked on it, but he also wrote for The Kids in the Hall, so I’ll say that.”

Sean McGinley (Malachy Doyle)
Due South.”

Lynda Boyd (Rose Miller)
“It’s a toss-up between The Beachcombers and Mr. Dressup, because I grew up with both.”

Republic of Doyle returns to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET this fall on CBC.

Which is your favourite Canadian TV show of all time? Comment below to let me know!

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City announces Fall 2014 premiere dates

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From a media release:

Heading into another stellar season on City, the network announced today its fall 2014 premiere dates for four new and 16 returning hit series, and two nights of NHL action. As the destination for the most buzzed-about comedies and reality shows, daring dramas, and live events, plus new NHL game coverage this season, City delivers the most diverse schedule of fresh new series and proven fan favourites this fall, beginning Sunday, Sept. 7.

Utopia kicks off City’s fall schedule on Sunday, Sept. 7 with a special two-hour episode, the first of a three-night series premiere. From unscripted mastermind John de Mol (The Voice), and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, comes television’s biggest social experiment to date. For one full year, 15 pioneering individuals leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.

Anchoring City’s solid Monday lineup of 2 Broke Girls and Mom comes the new adrenaline-filled dramedy Scorpion, starring Elyes Gabel (World War Z, Game of Thrones) and Katharine McPhee (Smash, American Idol). Inspired by a true story, Walter O’Brien (Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits become Homeland Security’s new Think Tank, helping to solve the nation’s crises.

Following critical darling Modern Family on Wednesday nights is freshman comedy Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson (Guys With Kids), Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal), and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends). The series centers around Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anderson), who feels as though his success has brought too much assimilation upon his black family.

Delivering high-octane sports programming every Saturday and Sunday night, City proudly welcomes live NHL coverage to its prime-time lineup beginning Saturday, Oct. 11 with Hockey Night in Canada, hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos and featuring Ron MacLean and Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner. Sunday nights bring a new Canadian tradition to City with Rogers Hometown Hockey, the newest national night on the NHL schedule, hosted each week by Ron MacLean from a different community in various hometowns across Canada. In the first edition on Sunday, Oct. 12, MacLean is live from London, ON, as the Maple Leafs hit the Big Apple to take on Henrik Lundqvist and the Stanley Cup finalist New York Rangers. Twenty-four of the 25 Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcasts will feature a Canadian NHL team in action, and each week’s broadcast will feature local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories, and local entertainment features.

Joining City’s dramas and comedies this fall comes the television event of the season, Peter Pan Live!, the musical production of the beloved story of Peter Pan, played by Allison Williams (Girls), and starring Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) as Captain Hook. Plus, City will carry a special live broadcast of the Canadian Concert for Human Rights, featuring performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, in celebration of the grand opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. Returning television events include The 48th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!, and CMA Country Christmas.

Also this fall, smash-hit comedies 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men keep the laughs coming every night, airing back to back in strip, beginning Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).

Rounding out City’s competitive schedule are new seasons of original series The Bachelor Canada, Package Deal, Meet the Family, and fan-favourite shows Hell’s Kitchen, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Scandal, The Middle, and Revenge.

FALL 2014 PREMIERE DATES
All dates are subject to change. All times ET. (s) = simulcast

Sunday, Sept. 7
8 p.m. – Utopia (s) **NEW – Special Two-hour Episode; First of a Three-Night Premiere** **Moves to its regular timeslots in simulcast Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. beginning September 9**

Wednesday, Sept. 10
8 p.m. – Hell’s Kitchen (s) **Special Two-hour Premiere**

Friday, Sept. 12
9 p.m. – Package Deal **City Original Series**

Thursday, Sept. 18
8 p.m. – The Bachelor Canada **City Original Series – Special Two-hour Premiere**
10 p.m. – New Girl **Moves to its regular timeslot in simulcast Tuesdays at 9 p.m. beginning September 23**
10:30 p.m. – The Mindy Project **Moves to its regular timeslot in simulcast Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. beginning September 23**

Saturday, Sept. 20
8 p.m. – Canadian Concert for Human Rights **Rogers Original Broadcast – Two-hour Live Special**

Monday, Sept. 22
9 p.m. – Scorpion (s) **NEW**

Wednesday, Sept. 24
9 p.m. – Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m. – Black-ish (s) **NEW**

Thursday, Sept. 25
9 p.m. – Scandal (s)

Friday, Sept. 26
9:30 p.m. – The Middle

Sunday, Sept. 28
8:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s) **New Date**
10 p.m. – Revenge (s)

Monday, Sept. 29
8:30 p.m. – Mom (s)

Saturday, Oct. 11
7-10 p.m. – NHL: Hockey Night in Canada **NEW to City**

Sunday, Oct. 12
6:30 p.m. – NHL: Rogers Hometown Hockey Pre-game **NEW**
7-10 p.m. – NHL: Rogers Hometown Hockey **NEW**

Monday, Oct. 27
8 p.m. – 2 Broke Girls (s)

**NOTE: The 48th Annual CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas, Peter Pan Live!, GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!, and original series Meet the Family will join City’s fall schedule – date and time TBC.

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HGTV Canada scores a touchdown

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From a media release:

Tackle My Reno kicks off an impressive fall lineup on HGTV Canada with back-to-back episodes beginning August 26th at 10pm ET/PT. In this new series, HGTV Canada’s rising star Sebastian Clovis rescues homeowners struggling with DIY projects to make their homes the highlight of the neighbourhood. In each episode he delivers the perseverance and positive energy that make him a pro from football field to construction site.

Sebastian started his building career at the age of 15 helping out in his family home. Soon afterwards his passion and skill for football took hold, and brought him all the way to a Grey Cup win with the BC Lions. After retirement in 2008, he returned to the job that allows him to bring his physical and creative A-game every day: construction and design. He treats every reno like a championship game and plays hard with the homeowners that need his help.

Each episode of Tackle My Reno sees reno-weary homeowners get the guidance they need from Sebastian:

Episode 1: 16 Year Wait
Tuesday August 26th at 10pm ET/PT
Pat is fed up with her husband’s never ending basement renovation. Sebastian Clovis steps on the field to take perpetual procrastinator Ben under his wing to help him complete his family room and bathroom.

Episode 2: Mr. Fix It
Tuesday August 26th at 10:30pm ET/PT
Kristine wants to demo her kitchen, but her husband Sam is all about the short term fixes. With a baby on the way, Kristine needs DIYer Extraordinaire Sebastian Clovis to give Sam the confidence he needs to renovate before they become a family of three.

For exclusive webisodes, photo galleries, behind the scenes access, and to watch full episodes after they air, visit www.hgtv.ca.

 

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