From the Canadian Press, an article on the underpromotion of Canadian TV, with quotes from Intelligence‘s Chris Haddock and, well, me.
From the official website:
Ty and Abby are a crime fighting team working for the secret government department of Grossology. Aided by the infamous Lab Rat, this brother and sister duo use real scientific facts to stop the world’s filthiest criminals.
Episode 1, Sunday, Oct. 1 at 8:30 a.m. – Queen for a Day: The evil Insectiva tries to employ giant, mutated termites to destroy the city.
Check local listings for exact times in your area
Sunday, Oct. 1
Rent-a-Goalie, Showcase: Rent-A-Goalie revolves around the exploits of Cake (Christopher Bolton), a hockey-mad, recovered-from-everything go-to guy, who runs a rag-tag hockey goalie rental service out of Cafe Primo, a family-owned coffee shop in Toronto’s Little Italy. Here, at this crazy crossroads of hockey culture, coffee culture and Italian-Canadian culture, Cake has finally found a home. He spends his time juggling friends and enemies, the ridiculous and the profound, while always trying to live by The Code – an ever evolving set of personal ethics, spiritual maxims and athletic credos that keep him on the straight and narrow. Airs Sundays at 9:30 p.m. on Showcase.
Monday, Oct. 2
Plucked, CMT: CMT takes six completely unknown country acts and catapults them into stardom in Plucked. Taking a diverse group of bands and individual performers out of obscurity, we’ll document their journey to stardom. Tune in and find out how they succeed and cope with sudden fame, as their careers skyrocket with the help of music industry experts. The final episode is live from CMT studios, as the audience gets a glimpse at all final videos. Airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on CMT.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Rick Mercer Report, CBC: Rick Mercer Report is back with its 4th season this Tuesday, October 3 at 8 p.m. On the first episode, Rick heads to Regina and has a little fun with the Roughriders. Rick will be on the road each week, from the far North to Parliament Hill, showing viewers what’s strange, controversial and just plain funny. Airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Dragons’ Den, CBC: On Dragons’ Den, aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country get the chance to pitch their ideas, inventions or products to a panel of five Dragons – Canada’s most successful business people and multimillionaires who are willing to invest their own cash in the best ideas. The pitches this week include napping centres for overtired executives, an exercise machine touted as the “next Bowflex,” a plan to use the tides to generate electricity, and a device to strengthens the Kegel muscles. Airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.
From a Devine Entertainment media release:
Devine Entertainment Corporation has begun principal photography on the Company’s new mystery series licensed by CHUM Television entitled Across the River to Motor City. Key contracts with Chum Television, The Canadian Television Fund, The Independent Production Fund and both the federal and provincial film and television labour tax credits complete the financing of the $8.1 million series (All amounts are in Canadian dollars). Main unit photography is scheduled to continue through mid-November. The initial six one-hour episodes are set to be completed and delivered in the first half of 2007.
President and CEO David Devine stated, “The production has started off exactly as planned. We’re pleased to be working with a broadcaster as ambitious and supportive as CHUM Television of Canada. We have great expectations for future seasons of this series and an expanded production slate of new series and films in 2007 and 2008. This is just the first step.”
Across the River to Motor City is a suspenseful tale focusing on two unforgettable characters spanning over forty years, in Canada and the United States. As a 1960’s insurance investigator in Windsor and Detroit, Ben Ford weathered the storms of those tumultuous years. Four decades later, a long-buried tragedy leads his daughter Kathleen to unravel the secrets that troubled her relationship with Ben – secrets he will risk everything to keep hidden.
The series is being produced by Devine Entertainment in association with Jonsworth Productions. Show-runner Robert Wertheimer co-created the series with head writer Denis McGrath. Robert Wertheimer, Denis McGrath, Richard Mozer and David Devine are executive producers.
From People Magazine: