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Canadian Screen Award nominations announced


From CBC:

See all television Canadian Screen Award nominations here. Selected nominations:

Best animated TV show:

Almost Naked Animals
Producing Parker
Rated A for Awesome

Best comedy:

Good God
Kenny Hotz: Triumph of the Will
Less Than Kind
Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Mr. D

Best dramatic miniseries:

Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2

Best drama:

Arctic Air
Bomb Girls

Best international drama:

The Borgias
The Crimson Petal and the White

Best music, variety or sketch comedy:

2012 MuchMusic Video Awards
Battle of the Blades
Canada Sings
The JUNO Awards 2012
Rick Mercer Report

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

The Haunting Hour
That’s So Weird
What’s Up Warthogs

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series:

Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All
Canada’s Handyman Challenge
Dragons’ Den
The Real Housewives of Vancouver
Redemption Inc.

Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series:

Less Than Kind, “Reparations and Renewal” – Jenn Engels
Less Than Kind, “March Fourth” – Mark McKinney, Garry Campbell
Less Than Kind, “Play it Again, Sam” – Mark McKinney
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, “Two Girls, One Tongue” – Charles Picco
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Bridges” – Matt Watts

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series:

Lost Girl, “Into the Dark” – Emily Andras
Continuum, “A Stitch in Time” – Simon Barry
Flashpoint, “Day Game” – Aubrey Nealon
Rookie Blue, “A Good Shoot” – Greg Nelson
Being Erica, “Dr. Erica” – Jana Sinyor, Aaron Martin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role:

Almost Heroes – “Terry and Peter vs. Season Finale” – Ryan Belleville
Mr. D, “The Basketball Diaries” – Gerry Dee
This Hour Has 22 Minutes, “X mas Special” – Shaun Majumder
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Sleeping with People” – Bob Martin
I, Martin Short, Goes Home – Martin Short

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role:

Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Heights” – Jennifer Irwin
This Hour Has 22 Minutes, “X mas Special” – Cathy Jones
InSecurity, “Agent Ex” – Natalie Lisinska
Less Than Kind, “The Fwomp” – Wendel Meldrum
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Endings” – Tommie-Amber Pirie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:

Flashpoint, “Day Game” – Enrico Colantoni
The L.A. Complex 2, “Don’t Say Goodbye” – Andra Fuller
Combat Hospital, “Triage” – Elias Koteas
Combat Hospital, “Reason to Believe” – Luke Mably
Blackstone, “Hitchin” – Steven Cree Molison

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:

Saving Hope, “Heartsick” – Erica Durance
Being Erica, “Please, Please Tell Me How” – Erin Karpluk
King, “Lori Gilbert” – Amy Price-Francis
Haven, “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” – Emily Rose
Bomb Girls, “Armistice” – Meg Tilly


Syfy has what Canada doesn’t: faith in Canadian shows


By Diane Wild of TV, eh?

TV, eh? doesn’t usually post about Canadian shows airing outside this country — it’s beyond the mandate and manpower of the site, besides winding up being a meaningless list. There’s a difference between CBS picking up Flashpoint for primetime versus Intelligence airing on an obscure channel in the US in syndication on Saturday nights, for example.

But Syfy programming an entire night around the Canadian imports Continuum, Lost Girl and Being Human goes beyond the usual foreign acquisition news. An American channel is doing what no Canadian network has the will or guts to do: airing a full night of Canadian scripted drama.

That’s bad enough, but the real shame of the Canadian television industry is that no Canadian broadcast network apart from CBC has three homegrown scripted shows on their current schedule, period. Unless I’m missing some information, no Canadian network at all, broadcast or cable, has three scripted Canadian shows.

This winter, Global has Bomb Girls. CTV will have Motive. That’s it. Both networks are putting some serious marketing muscle behind those original shows, a strategy that paid off for the high-rated Bomb Girls’ first season, and if Motive tanks behind its Super Bowl premiere, CTV can’t be accused of hiding their one scripted drama behind a bushel.

Citytv has already moved the Seed premiere (to February 4) and hasn’t provided a premiere date for Package Deal, but it’s too soon to tell if they’ll do right by those shows promotionally and schedually (no it’s not a word) speaking.

Besides Bomb Girls, which has proven itself a winner, we can’t judge these shows on quality yet. But I’m not talking quality, I’m talking quantity — quantity that doesn’t include Littlest Hobo reruns or airing the same show across multiple channels. I’m talking networks who are barely, if at all, fulfilling their CanCon requirements. I’m talking networks who wouldn’t survive without the ability to substitute their commercials into a US network’s programs, who are screwed if they lose the protection of simultaneous substitution, or when the business model of television changes — as it already is — so that owning and selling content matters more.

The positive spin on the Syfy news is that it’s proof Canada is pumping out quality science fiction shows. The negative is that even Space, the equivalent Canadian channel, is only airing two new scripted series spread over their schedule now, Primeval: New World and Being Human … and in a bonus slap in the face to CanCon pride, refers in media releases to their Muse-produced version as Being Human (US) to distinguish it from the UK original.


Canadian winter season schedule


This list will be updated as further information comes in – e-mail me (or leave a comment) with any additional details.


  • Dragon’s Den, CBC – returns January 6
  • Republic of Doyle, CBC – premieres January 6
  • Heartland, CBC – returns January 6
  • Lost Girl, Showcase – premieres January 6
  • Million Dollar Neighbourhood, OWN Canada – premieres January 6
  • Motive, CTV – premieres February 3
  • March to the Top, documentary channel – February 17
  • Vikings, History – premieres March 3
  • Jack, CBC – TV movie airing March 10


  • Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – premieres January 7
  • Match Game, Comedy – returns January 7
  • Just For Laughs: All Access – premieres January 7
  • Majumder Manor, W Network – premieres January 7
  • Love it or List It Vancouver, W Network – premieres January 7
  • Being Human, Space – premieres January 14
  • Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All, Discovery – premieres January 14
  • Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan, OLN – premieres January 21
  • Seed, Citytv – premieres February 4


  • Rick Mercer Report, CBC – returns January 8
  • 22 Minutes, CBC – returns January 8
  • Cracked, CBC – premieres January 8
  • Mr. Young, YTV – returns January 8
  • Buying & Selling With The Property Brothers, W Network – premieres January 8
  • My House, Your Money, W Network – premieres January 8
  • Primeval: New World, Space – returns January 22
  • Real Housewives of Vancouver, Splice – February 5


  • Bomb Girls, Global
  • Life Story Project, OWN Canada
  • Arctic Air, CBC – premieres January 9
  • Candice Tells All, W Network – premieres January 9
  • Mr. D, CBC – moves to Wednesdays January 30
  • Ron James, CBC – moves to Wednesdays January 30
  • Come Date With Me, W Network – premieres February 20
  • Big Brother Canada, Splice – premieres February 27
  • Rogue, The Movie Network/Movie Central – premieres April 3


  • The Nature of Things, CBC
  • Doc Zone, CBC
  • Careless Teens, MTV Canada
  • The Liquidator, OLN – returns January 10
  • Rocket Monkeys, Teletoon – premieres January 10
  • Undercover Boss Canada, W Network – premieres January 17


  • Marketplace, CBC
  • The Fifth Estate, CBC
  • Transporter, HBO Canada
  • 16×9, Global
  • Borealis, Space (TV movie aka pilot not going to series) – January 11
  • Haven, Showcase (double episode includes finale) – January 18
  • Degrassi, MuchMusic – February 15
  • The Next Step, Family Channel – March 8


  • Extreme Babysitting, YTV
  • W5, CTV
  • Orphan Black, Space – March 30

Republic of Doyle returns Sunday



  • REPUBLIC OF DOYLE debuts on a brand new night, beginning Sunday, January 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) and kicks off CBC- TV’s premiere week

Beginning Sunday, January 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), CBC-TV’s gripping, detective drama REPUBLIC OF DOYLE returns on an all-new night for an explosive Fourth season. Joining CBC’s robust Sunday night line-up, this season life in the Republic remains riddled with constant intrigue for the Doyle clan between affairs gone rogue, deceptions, stalkers and on-going family drama.

Starring Allan Hawco as a charming and bold detective, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE follows Private Eye Jake Doyle in his daily struggles to navigate the complications of running the family P.I. business while keeping his volatile private life in check.

As Season Four begins, detectives Jake Doyle and Malachy Doyle return to the Republic crushed with guilt over what happened to Des at the end of Season Three, but must attempt to restore their first-rate standing as the best private investigators in the city. However, they still have a business to maintain, leading them to resort to cases they might have previously walked away from, and their newfound clientele isn’t helping them get in anyone’s good graces. From auction house scams to high-stakes gambling to identity theft that turns dangerous, the Doyles bounce from one unusual case to the next. If they’re lucky things won’t blow up when a dangerous secret comes to light that links them to a less than savory family member.

Is Des really gone from the Republic for good? How will Tinny cope with the weight of a staggering secret handed down to her by her mother? Viewers will continue to be thrown into the mayhem as the Doyle clan buckles up for another crazy ride.

Watch REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, Season 4 Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning Sunday, January 6.


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.