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Saving Hope returns January 2; Masterchef Canada premieres January 20

From a media release:

SAVING HOPE (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Jan. 2 on CTV and CTV GO):
CTV’s original hit drama SAVING HOPE returns for an emotionally charged new season. Airing in the network’s prestigious GREY’S ANATOMY timeslot, SAVING HOPE returns with a two-part, two week premiere event. With a shocking death and surprise pregnancy revealed in the season premiere, secrets and scandals begin to take hold of Hope Zion Hospital. It’s a tumultuous time for Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), as new romances and complications emerge unleashing a rollercoaster of emotions in the halls of Hope Zion. And will a major turn of events finally push Charlie to admit his biggest secret to Alex? It’s more sex, lies, ghosts, and surgery on an all new season of SAVING HOPE.

MASTERCHEF CANADA (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning Jan. 20 on CTV and CTV GO):
The cooking competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA debuts in January, providing an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. In keeping with the MASTERCHEF format, the contestants will face individual and team-based cooking challenges, which result in one or more home cooks being eliminated each week, until finally Canada’s first MASTERCHEF is crowned. The trio of elite Canadians selected to judge the series includes debonair and renowned restaurateur Michael Bonacini, self-proclaimed ‘Demon Chef’ and international culinary superstar Alvin Leung, and charming creative force Claudio Aprile.

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Masterchef Canada premieres January 20

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From a media release:

Touchdown! CTV’s MASTERCHEF CANADA Scores January 20 Kickoff and SUPER BOWL Stunt

  • Homegrown version of iconic culinary series to anchor CTV’s mid-season schedule
  • First-Ever Elimination Episode in third week gets coveted post-SUPER BOWL time slot

Hot on the heels of fall’s #1 new reality program MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, and following MASTERCHEF’s most successful season ever, CTV announced last night that its homegrown version of the culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA is set to quarterback CTV’s mid-season schedule. Revealed during the 101st GREY CUP broadcast on TSN, the Canadian edition of the iconic international format airs Mondays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT beginning Jan. 20 on CTV and CTV GO. Featuring distinguished Canadian culinary experts Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile as judges, the one-hour series celebrates a passion for food, cooking, and the diversity of Canadian cuisine. CTV also confirmed that MASTERCHEF CANADA has been awarded the post-SUPER BOWL XLVIII timeslot for its first elimination episode, airing Sunday, Feb. 2 on CTV. This will mark the third year that CTV has held the most coveted timeslot in television for a Canadian series.

In the premiere episode (Monday, January 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT), 50 home cooks chosen from thousands of applicants across the country begin their quest to become Canada’s first ever MasterChef. Each home cook must present their signature dish to esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile. As friends and family cheer on the amateur cooks, only those with the most impressive dishes will be given a coveted white apron and an opportunity to move forward in the competition.

As previously announced, Kraft has signed on as the premiere sponsor of MASTERCHEF CANADA. Additional details including the grand prize and the reveal of the Top 50 home cooks will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Masterchef Canada announces judges

From a media release:

As Production Begins, Celebrated Chefs and Restaurateurs Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile Announced as Judges for CTV’s MASTERCHEF CANADA

As the most successful reality series in Canadian history ends its first season, CTV announced today the start of production and judges for the first-ever MASTERCHEF CANADA.

After an international search for the best Canadian chefs, the final trio of elite Canadians selected to judge the series includes debonair and renowned restaurateur Michael Bonacini, self-proclaimed ‘Demon Chef’ and international culinary superstar Alvin Leung, and charming creative force Claudio Aprile. MASTERCHEF CANADA is coming to CTV winter 2014.

It was also announced today that Kraft has signed on as the premiere sponsor for all 15 episodes of the all-Canadian version of the hit culinary franchise. Additional details including the grand prize and roster of home cooks will be announced closer to the series premiere in winter 2014. Production continues in Toronto through October 2013.

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Masterchef Canada auditions announced

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MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call Auditions August 10 and 11 in Toronto

  • Amateur Chefs invited to apply in person at the MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call on August 10 and 11 in Toronto
  • Online application extended to end of Open Casting Call at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada

CTV and Proper Television announced today that Canadians are invited to apply for its new competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA in person at an Open Casting Call in Toronto at 7 a.m. ET on August 10 and 11, 2013. Online applications are also now being accepted until the end of the MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call on Sunday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with MASTERCHEF CANADA producers in cities across Canada.

For the MASTERCHEF CANADA Open Casting Call, amateur chefs can bring one prepared dish to the InterContinental Hotel at 225 Front St. W at 7 a.m. ET on August 10 and 11, 2013. There will be time to plate the dish but no kitchen facilities or plating supplies provided. All dishes will be tasted at room temperature and applicants must be able to carry everything they need into the audition room. Food will be judged for taste, plating, creativity, skill, and food knowledge. Potential hopefuls can visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada and follow the links for full casting details and FAQs.

MASTERCHEF CANADA provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. In keeping with the MASTERCHEF format, the contestants will face individual and team-based cooking challenges, which result in one or more home cooks being eliminated each week, until finally Canada’s first MASTERCHEF is crowned. The Canadian version of the internationally acclaimed series MASTERCHEF is slated for a winter 2014 debut on CTV.

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CTV orders Masterchef Canada

From a media release:

Get Cooking Canada! CTV Orders MASTERCHEF CANADA

  • Sizzling cook-off competition series ordered for winter 2014 debut on CTV

CTV has ordered MASTERCHEF CANADA, a Canadian version of the smash hit international format, it was announced today in advance of the #CTVUpfront. MASTERCHEF CANADA becomes the 42nd local production of the iconic format to launch. Ordered for a winter 2014 debut, CTV has commissioned Proper Television to produce the series in Canada, with production to begin this fall.

The new commission was brokered with CTV by Tania Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Sales for Canada at Shine International, the worldwide distributor of MASTERCHEF. Shine America’s Paul Franklin will serve as a Creative Consultant.

Fans are encouraged to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada and follow @MasterChefCDA for further details.

Demonstrating Canadian viewers’ hunger for the format, MASTERCHEF CANADA follows consecutive seasons of explosive growth of CTV’s most-watched summer series, MASTERCHEF, currently airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. Showing growth and momentum throughout the season, MASTERCHEF ended the summer as the #1 program on CTV, and the #2 program overall in Canada among all key advertiser demos.

As a result, CTV will announce later today the acquisition of JUNIOR MASTERCHEF, to premiere this fall. The culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 who love to cook will air on family-friendly Friday nights at 8 p.m. on CTV.

Following unprecedented advertiser demand for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CTV will now begin working with advertisers on potential product integration, customized activations, and original branded content opportunities. MASTERCHEF CANADA is ideal for innovative brand extensions and various in-show integrations throughout its inaugural season.

Canada is a food-crazy country with some of the most culturally diverse communities in the world. Each evening, Canadians of all ages, genders, occupations, and regional lines concoct vastly different dinner menus – from Indian, Innuit, and Italian, to Chinese, Ukrainian, French-Canadian, Jamaican, and more. Now, MASTERCHEF CANADA promises to set a place at the table for competitive Canadian cooks.

MASTERCHEF CANADA provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. Following the traditional MASTERCHEF format, MASTERCHEF CANADA’s initial rounds consist of a number of hopefuls from across the country individually “auditioning” by presenting a food dish to the judges to gain one of the coveted semifinalist spots. Competitors must be true amateurs who are in it for the love of food. The semi-finalists then compete in several challenges which test their food knowledge and preparation skills. The judges whittle down the contestants through a number of individual and team-based cooking challenges and weekly elimination rounds, until a winning MASTERCHEF is crowned.

Casting for the Canadian judges and amateur chefs for #MasterChefCDA will be announced in the coming months at CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada.

MASTERCHEF is noted as one of the world’s most successful primetime entertainment formats. Now produced locally in over 40 countries, the series is watched in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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