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Rocket Monkeys premieres January 10 on Teletoon


From a media release:


  • A TELETOON Original Production Premiering Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT
  • Featuring the voice talents of Mark McKinney and Seán Cullen

They may not be the brightest monkeys in the universe, but they’re certainly the most entertaining. TELETOON’s newest original series Rocket Monkeys, premiering Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, introduces the world to brothers Gus and Wally, two inept monkeys who spend their days wreaking havoc on an intergalactic scale.

Featuring voice work by some of Canada’s brightest comedy stars, including Mark McKinney (voice of Lord Peel), Seán Cullen (voice of Gus) and introducing Mark Edwards (voice of Wally), Rocket Monkeys explores the bizarre and hilarious cosmic exploits of primate siblings Gus and Wally. Inexplicably charged with carrying out all kinds of important missions, the brothers tend to cause more intergalactic calamity than they could ever prevent. Luckily they have plenty of help from YAY-OK, their dashing and devoted (if slightly outdated) robot.

A Breakthrough Entertainment production, Rocket Monkeys is created by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson and developed by Alex Galatis and Mark Evestaff (who also serves as the show’s producer). Executive producers are Ira Levy, Joan Lambur, and Peter Williamson. Season one consists of 13 half-hour episodes.

New episodes of Rocket Monkeys will continue to air every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT as part of TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays programming block.


Bomb Girls adds nuance for second season


From Scott Stinson of the National Post:

  • Surprise CanCon hit Bomb Girls returns for a second shift with high hopes and new nuance
    The canteen at Victory Munitions is empty and quiet. A poster promoting war bonds is on the wall. Michael MacLennan, one of the executive producers of Bomb Girls, suddenly arrives for his interview on a scooter. A manual-powered scooter, like the kind kids use, but adult-sized. It’s one of the best ways to traverse the expansive set in Toronto’s southwest end. Between the bomb factory floor, the office area, the hospital, the nightclub, various residences, not to mention all the parts of a television production that never appear on camera, the Bomb Girls set, all housed in the shell of a 1940s-era furniture factory, would wear out a lot of shoes if you walked it. Thus the scooter. Read more.

Historical doesn’t mean stuffy for Murdoch Mysteries


From Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail:

  • Murdoch Mysteries takes the stuffing out of period drama
    The props department on the set of the TV series Murdoch Mysteries is a busy place: Last season, property master Craig Grant stuck a recumbent bike inside a Thule cargo carrier to create a purely fictional electric car. This season he turned an ultra-light plane into something the Wright brothers might have flown, recreated the first fountain pens that used refillable cartridges and built an early version of a metal detector. Read more.

Casting open for The Amazing Race Canada


From a media release:

Casting Details for CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Announced

On your mark, get set, go online! Since the announcement that CTV has ordered THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, Canadians have exploded with excitement to compete, with hundreds of thousands of posts on Twitter and Facebook, and more than 16,000 followers of @AmazingRaceCDA. Now, the wait is over as CTV announced today casting details for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. Beginning today, viewers across the country can go online to CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada and submit an audition video and application for their chance to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Potential teams are encouraged to submit videos that showcase their personalities and explain their motivation for why they deserve to win the inaugural season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is looking for dynamic and enthusiastic teams of two who are articulate, competitive, interesting, outgoing, and adventurous, who possess a strong personal connection. Teams must be willing to exert themselves in the process of detours, roadblocks, and other challenges as they race around the country, and endure approximately 28 days in various conditions, environments, and climates within Canada.

Auditioning for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1

Prepare a video for submission that focuses on the positives and negatives of the relationship between you and your teammate. The producers are eager to hear what makes a “pairing” tick.

Step 2

Take an up-close picture of your “team”, as well as an up-close picture of each individual, so you can send it in when you apply online.

Step 3

Completely fill out the online application and upload your video and photos at CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada

If the producers are interested in your team competing on the series, they will be in touch!

For more information about THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, viewers are encouraged to visit www.CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada for full casting details and FAQs.

Among the eligibility requirements that should be noted for applications for “The Race”:

  • Competitors must be at least 19 years of age by April 1st, 2013.
  • Competitors must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Set to anchor CTV’s Summer 2013 schedule, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada and discover the country they love in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. With potential stops in all 10 provinces and three territories, teams will race to the finish line, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres. A stunning depiction of the Canadian fabric, the teams will travel through both the country’s urban centres as well as the most remote outposts in the land, all while exploring its broad cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife, and iconic landmarks.


Flashpoint auction raised $13,000 for Tema

"Flashpoint V" Photo GalleryPhoto: Jan Thijs 2012

Congratulations to the winning bidders in the Flashpoint auction, and to co-creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern for raising $13,000 for the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, funds that will go toward helping first responders cope with post traumatic stress. From Flashpoint_TV on Twitter, shipping costs are being processed over the next few days and an email will be sent to winners as soon as possible.

Thank you to the generous fans who supported the auction in so many ways, from bidding to donating to spreading the word. And a special TV, eh? thank you to the producers of Flashpoint for a great five-year run and such a generous way to use their Canadian TV superpowers for good with the auction.