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Tyrone Edwards takes the reins as new co-anchor of CTV’s ETALK

From a media release:

As announced moments ago on CTV’s ETALK, pop culture expert Tyrone Edwards is the new co-anchor of ETALK. Welcomed by co-anchor Danielle Graham, who is currently on maternity leave, and Lainey Lui, who is filling in for Graham, Edwards marked the first night in his new role with an exclusive interview with Alicia Keys and coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Edwards, who started his television career at Bell Media almost 10 years ago as the host of Much’s RAPCITY, has been reporting for ETALK since June of 2018.

ETALK, now in its 19th season, has returned to production at Bell Media Studios’ headquarters in Toronto, with one rotating host or reporter filming in-studio, while the rest of the team continues to report virtually.

Edwards began his television career as the host of RAPCITY, later becoming a host on Much and E! before becoming a reporter on CTV’s ETALK in June of 2018. His versatility and enthusiasm has landed him many other gigs, including co-host of the IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, MUCH COUNTDOWN, multiple IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET specials, and weighing in as a fashion expert on original Canadian series, CELEBRITY STYLE STORY.

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Season 2 of CTV Original comedy JANN premieres Monday, Sept. 21

From a media release:

Following a successful first season run, hit CTV Original Comedy series JANN returns for its second season Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found beginning Sept. 21. Featuring co-creator and star Jann Arden, Season 2 consists of eight half-hour episodes – up from its six-episode first season –with special guest star Sarah McLachlan appearing in the premiere episode.

Set and filmed in Calgary, Season 1 of the critically acclaimed comedy is the most-watched new Canadian comedy series of the 2018-19 broadcast season, and garnered three Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best Lead Actress, Comedy for Arden, and won Best Comedy Series at the 2020 WGC Screenwriting Awards.

This season, Jann sets out to win her family and ex-girlfriend Cynthia (Sharon Taylor) back, as tensions arise between Jann and her new manager Cale (Elena Juatco), who lines up music gigs that are outside of Jann’s comfort zone. Throughout the season, Jann also faces a number of musical rivals, both old and new.

Guest stars for Season 2 include singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan as herself; Canadian singer-songwriter, k.d. lang as herself; actress Elisha Cuthbert (THE RANCH, HAPPY ENDINGS) as school board parent Liz; singer, host, and actress Keshia Chanté (SOUL, PRIVATE EYES), as up-and-coming singer Nia Taylor; as well as Miguel Rivas (THE BEAVERTON, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW) as Jann mega-fan Nigel; Cynthia Loyst, co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, as a local talk show host; and more.

Returning cast starring alongside Arden in JANN are Zoie Palmer (PURE, DARK MATTER) as Jann’s sister Max; Deborah Grover (ANNE WITH AN “E”) as Jann’s mom Nora; Patrick Gilmore (TRAVELERS; YOU, ME, HER) as Jann’s brother-in-law Dave; Elena Juatco (OPEN HEART, SCHITT’S CREEK) as Jann’s manager Cale; Jason Blicker (F/X: THE SERIES, STATE OF GRACE) as Jann’s former manager Todd; Sharon Taylor (BAD BLOOD) as Jann’s ex-girlfriend Cynthia; Alexa Rose Steele (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) as Jann’s eldest niece Charley; Ceilidh MacDonald as Jann’s niece Sammie; and Keaira Pliva (TIN STAR) as Jann’s niece Frankie.

On the Season 2 premiere of JANN, titled “What Did Jann Do?” (Monday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), Jann cuts her Burning Woman Tour short to be there for the birth of her sister Max and brother-in-law Dave’s baby, and is surprised when nobody is happy to see her. She becomes determined to patch things up with her family and her on-again, off-again girlfriend, Cynthia. Meanwhile, a musical rival (guest star Sarah McLachlan) tracks Jann down, and she’s pissedEpisodes of JANN are directed by Ron Murphy (WYNONNA EARP, TRAILER PARK BOYS).

Season 1 of JANN is also available to stream on CTV.ca and the CTV app for fans who want to revisit the inaugural season or catch-up.

JANN was co-developed by Bell Media and Project 10 Productions and is produced by Project 10 Productions and SEVEN24 Films in association with CTV.

JANN is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley and Ben Murray for Project 10 Productions, Tom Cox and Jordy Randall for SEVEN24 Films, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper created the series and also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper showrunning.

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Links: Transplant on NBC

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Transplant showrunner Joseph Kay on taking his show south to NBC
“So often, you work years of your life on something and you wonder why it came and didn’t get seen by as many people. With a company like NBC giving it this big push I think we’ve got a great chance to be seen.” Continue reading.

From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:

Link: Canadian medical drama ‘Transplant’ set to cross border for U.S. debut on NBC
“I think that our show just takes what I would say is a very grounded and honest and relatable look at that story, tells it from the perspective of a refugee and an immigrant but also in a way that makes it universal.” Continue reading. 

From Adam Buckman of Media Post:

Link: NBC Heartfelt Doc Show Is ‘Transplant’ From Canada
He is a great character who rivets your eyes and ears in every scene he is in, which happens to be most of them. He steals the show and makes it worth watching. Continue reading. 

From John Anderson of The Wall Street Journal:

Link: Transplant’ Review: A Skilled Doctor’s Second Act
That the Canadian hit “Transplant” is joining the prime-time NBC lineup is presumably the result of pandemically limited production schedules. But that’s selling it short. Continue reading.

From Michael Starr of the New York Post:

Link: How ‘Transplant’ star Hamza Haq shaped Muslim refugee role
“Joseph trusted my process in building [Bashir’s] back story, so he included me as a character consultant. When ‘This Life’ got cancelled — almost three years before we aired our first episode of ‘Transplant’ — he said to me, ‘This isn’t an offer for [an acting role]. We’re trying to build the character. Would you like to contribute?’” Continue reading.

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2020-21 Canadian TV season renewal scorecard

Well, things are just a little bit different this time around. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on television production around the world, the Canadian networks—like others—have been a little late in announcing their primetime schedules.

But they’re gradually doing that, so we’ve put together a handy list of what will air between the summer of 2020 and the end of spring in 2021.

Check back often to see if your favourites have been renewed; we’ll be updating this list as we get more information.

Renewed

APTN
Tribal
Tribal Police Files
The Other Side

Tribal

CBC
Still Standing
Murdoch Mysteries
Frankie Drake Mysteries
Workin’ Moms
Baroness Von Sketch Show (final season)
Heartland
The Nature of Things
Marketplace
The Fifth Estate
Battle of the Blades
Family Feud Canada
Just for Laughs: Galas
Ha!ifax Comedy Fest
You Can’t Ask That
Coroner
Kim’s Convenience
Tallboyz
Dragons’ Den
22 Minutes
The Great Canadian Baking Show
Diggstown
Burden of Truth

Tallboyz

Citytv
Hudson & Rex

CTV
Corner Gas Animated
JANN (renewed for Season 3)
The Amazing Race Canada
Transplant
MasterChef Canada: Back to Win

Crave
Letterkenny

Discovery
Heavy Rescue: 401
Disasters at Sea
Highway Thru Hell

Nurses

Food Network Canada
Big Food Bucket List
Carnival Eats
Wall of Chefs
Great Chocolate Showdown 
Junior Chef Showdown 
Fire Masters
The Big Bake 

Global
Nurses 
Private Eyes
Big Brother Canada
Departure

Backyard Builds

HGTV Canada
Backyard Builds 
Island of Bryan 
Property Brothers: Forever Home 
Scott’s Vacation House Rules  
Save My Reno 

History
Vikings (final season)
Rust Valley Restorers  
History Erased 
Salvage Kings 

Netflix
Another Life

Omni
Second Jen
Blood and Water

T+E
Hotel Paranormal
Haunted Hospitals

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Auntie Jillian joins CTV’s summer schedule beginning July 25

From a media release:

AUNTIE JILLIAN is coming to CTV. Featuring YouTube ™ and social media personality Jillian Danford (a.k.a. “Auntie Jillian”), her husband Warren, and adult children Myles and Milan, AUNTIE JILLIAN brings Canada’s self-proclaimed first Black family reality show to viewers across the country Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 25 on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found. The six-episode season, airing over three weeks on CTV, centres on the Danford family in their Ajax, Ont. home as Jillian and Warren do their best to raise, entertain, and inspire their millennial and Gen Z kids. It’s not always pretty. It’s not always in control. But it’s always funny.

When cultures collide, hilarity often ensues and in AUNTIE JILLIAN, the Danford family and their extended fun-loving cast of friends encounter clashes and laugh-out-loud moments, keeping audiences excited to see what fun the family will encounter in each episode. Jillian is originally from Trinidad and Warren from Jamaica, and the two do their best to mold, entertain, and inspire their kids by nurturing and celebrating their Caribbean roots and embracing Canadian culture. From their first camping trip, to a Generation X vs. millennial cook-off, and Warren’s first time going for a new chest hair removal technique, AUNTIE JILLIAN keeps viewers wondering what hysterical shenanigans this family will encounter next.

Known by millions as “Auntie Jillian”, Jillian Danford is a YouTube ™, television, and social media personality who creates lifestyle vlogs about her outgoing and hilarious family. Her YouTube channel (@AskAuntieJillian) has more than 13 million views and more than 100,000 subscribers from a culturally diverse and international audience.

Promoting positivity, education, and empowerment, Auntie Jillian is known in the community as a youth advocate and has spoken at school assemblies as well as government programs for youth and anti-violence. Jillian is also a regular contributor on CTV News Channel’s Mind The Gap panel, which pits millennials against boomers on hot button topics.

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