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Bell Media Studios’ slate expands with two new productions for 2019/20

From a media release:

In advance of the #CTVUpfront next week, Bell Media announced today the commissioning of two new series for Crave from Bell Media Studios, along with the renewal of 13 other programs for 2019/20. In the UNTITLED ELAINE “LAINEY” LUI SERIES, THE SOCIAL co-host and ETALK senior correspondent dishes on some of Crave’s most buzz-worthy programming. Based on ETALK reporter Chloe Wilde’s highly successful lifestyle website Healthy is Hot, HEALTHY IS presents a variety of healthy living tips in each episode.

From morning, noon, and night, Bell Media Studios has Canadians covered with its diverse, leading slate of lifestyle, entertainment and factual series, and live events. With 400 hours of content produced each week, Bell Media Studios’ daily programs, all renewed for new seasons this fall, reach an average of 7.5 million Canadians on Bell Media’s linear channels, and more than 3.7 million users across associated websites, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram accounts each week.

The UNTITLED ELAINE “LAINEY” LUI series features Lui, along with a variety of fascinating guests, providing perspective and irreverent commentary on some of Crave’s big-ticket, pop culture programming.

HEALTHY IS features Wilde, along with special guests, discussing health, beauty, empowerment, and self-love, in the midst of today’s highly pervasive social media culture.

Also from Bell Media Studios:

Canada’s most-watched national morning show, YOUR MORNING, returns for a new season this fall with hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, news anchor Lindsey Deluce meteorologist Kelsey McEwen, and contributing co-host Melissa Grelo.

CTV’s original daytime lineup dominates as the Top 2 most-watched Canadian daily lifestyle programs, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL, celebrate their 10th and seventh seasons respectively this September.

Canada’s most-watched entertainment newsmagazine ETALK kicks off its 18th season this September with unmatched exclusive access to the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival®.

MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH IN CONVERSATION WITH, based on the fan-favourite podcast of the same name, enters production on a second season this summer.
Sold around the world in territories including Africa, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Latin America, Poland, CSA-nominated WHERE TO I DO? returns to Gusto for a third season in Spring 2020.

Major television events from Bell Media Studios continue in 2019/20 including THE 2019 IHEART RADIO MMVAs, THE ORIGINAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE, ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS, and the CSA-winning ETALK LIVE FROM THE OSCARS BALCONY.
Additionally, Bell Media Studios’ Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) division continues to produce entertaining and highly rated factual documentaries and series, for both Discovery Canada and more than 100 international broadcasters, including MIGHTY TRAINS, MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS, and DISASTERS AT SEA, which all return with new seasons.

Bell Media Studios continues to work with some of the biggest brands in the Canadian market. Over the past year, Bell Media Studios programs have worked with more than 60 individual brands, have had more than 200 in-show integrations, more than 70 branded digital stories, and more than 60 social media integrations. The Bell Media Studios’ Branded Entertainment team also continues to produce original, consumer-focused branded campaigns targeting clients’ core audiences.

Commissioned by CTV:

Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, with Lindsey Deluce (News), and Kelsey McEwen (Meteorologist), as well as contributing co-host Melissa Grelo, YOUR MORNING delivers original perspectives and unique insights into the headlines of the day, as well as weather, while showcasing lifestyle topics of interests to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Hosted by Marilyn Denis and taped before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts. Celebrities who have appeared on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW include Hugh Jackman, Diane Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Harry Connick Jr., Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Meghan Trainor, Jerry O’Connell, Eric McCormack, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Howie Mandel, Jason Momoa, Danai Gurira, Milo Ventimiglia, Amy Poehler, Derek Hough, Tatiana Maslany, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Nigela Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz, Daphne Oz, Jillian Michaels, Kortney & Dave Wilson, Mike Holmes, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, Joe Zee, Clinton Kelly, Carson Kressley, Bryan Baeumler, Debbie Travis and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW also airs in the Middle East and North Africa on Discovery Channel (MENA).

Co-hosted by Melissa Grelo, Marci Ien, Cynthia Loyst, and Lainey Lui, with correspondent Jessica Allen, THE SOCIAL brings a fresh, daily perspective on the up-to-the-minute news, pop culture, and lifestyle topics that matter most to Canadians in a socially interactive format. Broadcast live in front of a studio audience, guests who have appeared on THE SOCIAL include Ryan Reynolds, Jann Arden, Alessia Cara, Stephen James, Chelsea Clinton, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Ice Cube, Demi Lovato, Danny DeVito, Drew Barrymore, Chris Tucker, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kelly Clarkson, and Danai Gurira. In what feels like a can’t-miss lunch date with friends, the socially interactive series incorporates viewer feedback and exchange through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Hosted by anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, senior correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, reporters Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards, and L.A. correspondent Liz Trinnear, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and iHeartRadio MMVAs, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. ETALK celebrates both home-grown talent and international stars.

For the 10th straight year on CTV, the beloved family tradition and annual broadcasting event, THE ORIGINAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE officially kicks off the holiday season this November. The arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be amplified like never before with all-new floats, a star-studded roster of live yuletide performances, exclusive celebrity cameos and holiday greetings.

ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS is the only Canadian entertainment news outlet broadcasting live from the OSCARS red carpet. ETALK anchor and YOUR MORNING co-host Ben Mulroney interviews the stars as they arrive from his coveted position on the carpet, second only to host broadcaster ABC, while ETALK anchor Danielle Graham and ETALK and THE SOCIAL’s Lainey Lui report from the exclusive balcony position for a birds-eye view of the OSCARS red carpet.

Launched in 2018 with the highly successful inaugural digital special, which secured the Canadian Screen Award for Best Host, Web Program or Series, ETALK LIVE FROM THE OSCARS BALCONY returns for a third year in 2020. The special invites audiences to join Danielle Graham and Lainey Lui live from the balcony position for a raw, in-the-moment red carpet show. Whether analyzing red carpet run-ins, gushing over the night’s major fashion moments, or eavesdropping on Mulroney’s interviews with Hollywood’s biggest names on the carpet below, nothing gets by these two.

Fans get the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2019 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Gigi Hadid, Halsey, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Post Malone, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone.

Commissioned by Discovery Canada:

Each one-hour episode is a journey into the fascinating world of rail travel, as host Teddy Wilson tells the stories of six exceptional trains and their scenic locomotive routes through Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Norway, Italy, and Australia. Wilson follows the inner workings of these unique rail journeys with immersive and in-depth accounts from train drivers, load-masters, head chefs, track inspectors, rail traffic control officers, and passengers. MIGHTY TRAINS airs in more than 100 countries around the world, spanning the U.K., Germany, Australia, France, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and throughout Asia.

The world’s most luxurious and cutting-edge cruise ships are highlighted when the Discovery original series MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS sets sail for Season 4. The six-episode season takes viewers to South America, the Canary Islands, Japan and South Korea, the Caribbean, Spain, and Alaska, highlighting the best vessel on which to set course for each tantalizing destination. Every one-hour episode delivers a see-all, hear-all journey through every moment above and below deck, from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human dramas of the seafarers and guest service staff.

Already renewed for a third season, DISASTERS AT SEA Season 2 is scheduled to premiere on Discovery in early 2020. This six-episode, one-hour docudrama tells the unimaginable true story of a maritime disaster, combining harrowing re-enactments with expert analysis from marine investigators. Whether it’s survivor testimony about a sudden sound, GPS data about the ship’s speed, or the scatter pattern of wreckage at the bottom of the ocean, each piece of evidence helps investigators build a dramatic picture of the deadly chain of events. Armed with the newly-discovered facts uncovered by investigators, archival footage is combined with evocative re-enactments, CGI, and special effects to immerse viewers in each story and dramatically convey the catastrophic events. Each episode delivers a suspenseful journey into one of the deadliest jobs on the planet, the working men and women who choose this dangerous life, and the marine investigators who work tirelessly to help make the high seas a safer place.

Commissioned by Crave:

Hosted by seasoned writer, director, and producer Mike Veerman, Max Kerman, lead singer of the multi-JUNO Award-winning rock band Arkells, and YouTuber and “pop culture aficionado” Shane Cunningham, each episode of MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH features long-form interviews, candid conversations, and comedic segments. Celebrity interviews include Alessia Cara, Jared Keeso (LETTERKENNY), Jodie Whittaker (DOCTOR WHO), Leon Bridges, Lights, Nile Rodgers, Noel Gallagher, and Sting & Shaggy.

Commissioned by Gusto:

WHERE TO I DO? – Season 3
Produced by Bell Media Studios and Motion Content Group, the eight-episode, half-hour lifestyle program is hosted by Canadian property and design expert Tommy Smythe (THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER), who follows couples as they search for the wedding venue of their dreams. New episodes of WHERE TO I DO? air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Gusto. Episodes are also available now on Gusto’s YouTube channel as well as on Crave, CTV.ca, and the CTV app.

Jennifer Maclean is Executive Producer for YOUR MORNING. John Simpson is Executive Producer for THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. Laura Scarfo is Executive Producer for THE SOCIAL. Manny Groneveldt is Executive Producer and Jennifer Morrison is Co-Executive Producer for ETALK. Jennifer Couke-Cosgrove is Executive Producer for WHERE TO I DO?. John Kampilis is Executive Producer for Bell Media Studios Specials. Kelly McKeown is Director of Production, EPI. Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer for Bell Media Studios. Leah Borkwood is Director, Bell Media Studios. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Studios and President, Pinewood Toronto Studios.


Dog rescue goes international in Season 2 of Dog Tales Rescue, May 7 on Gusto

From a media release:

Gusto announced today the return of hit original docu-series DOG TALES RESCUE for a second season, airing Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET beginning May 7. The series, co-produced by Bell Media Studios and Motion Content Group, follows the operation of Dog Tales, an animal rescue and sanctuary for sick, elderly, and abused animals. For the first time ever, new episodes of DOG TALES RESCUE will be made available on Gusto’s YouTube channel the day after broadcast. Season 1 of DOG TALES RESCUE is available now on Crave, CTV.ca, and the CTV app.

Season 2 of DOG TALES RESCUE continues to follow the action-packed day-to-day operation of Dog Tales, located just outside of Toronto, Ont. Rob Scheinberg, Danielle Eden-Scheinberg, and their dedicated team stop at nothing to rescue animals and give them a wonderful life safe from harm. From over-crowded shelters in Israel to emergency evacuations in North Carolina, the team goes the distance to find, save, and provide dogs in need with a second chance. Whether it’s a coordinated network of volunteers rescuing paralyzed dogs from Cairo, an international rescue mission, or a 30-hour road trip across Canada, the team always find a way to bring animals that need help to Dog Tales.

Season 2 also sees the farm expanding, as Ilana and her team of horse handlers not only look after 75 horses, but also welcome and care for chickens, pigs, and sheep.

In the Season 2 premiere of DOG TALES RESCUE, rescue efforts are in full swing as Rob and Danielle are in Tel-Aviv, Israel to rescue dogs from a hoarder. Meanwhile back at Dog Tales, a family is interested in adopting Athena, a dog with multiple health issues. First they must bring their own dog Lola in to see if the two dogs can get along. Plus horse handler Meghan takes care of three pigs living at Dog Tales: Matilda, George, and Elliot.

Season 2 of DOG TALES RESCUE will air on Animal Planet later this year. Season 1 of DOG TALES RESCUE previously aired on Gusto, CTV, Animal Planet, Canal Vie, Crave, Fibe VOD, and CTV.ca. Season 1 of DOG TALES RESCUE aired on AB Droit in France.

DOG TALES RESCUE is a co-production between Bell Media Studios and Motion Content Group. Jennifer Couke and Michelle Crespi are Executive Producers for Bell Media Studios. Melanie Darlaston is Executive Producer for Motion Content Group. Richard Foster is CEO of Motion Content Group and Tony Moulsdale is Motion’s Global Director of Programming.


Gusto continues to sizzle with new original series Fresh Market Dinners

From a media release:

Gusto continues to deliver unique culinary adventures with its newest original series from Gusto Worldwide Media, FRESH MARKET DINNERS, premiering next Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET. The ten-episode, 30-minute series follows host Amanda Herrera as she explores regional farmer’s markets for local produce and artisanal products to use in fresh and flavourful dishes.

Travelling to each market in her retro teardrop trailer, Herrera creates wholesome dishes at her outdoor kitchen using the fresh ingredients she has sourced at local farmer’s markets. Each episode displays a different farmer’s market experience, featuring the diverse regional settings of various Ontario towns.

Herrera, a talented cook and caterer from the Ottawa region, is known for her love of incorporating locally-sourced ingredients into dishes that creatively reflect Canada’s diverse culture.

Gusto original series, FLOUR POWER, returns tonight with all-new episodes airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET. Host Jessica McGovern takes viewers on a playful, 30-minute retro trip of desserts, sharing her expertise on uncomplicated, at-home baking with delicious treats.


TV Eh B Cs podcast 84 — Getting real with Jessica Nahmias

At just 32, Jessica Nahmias is a successful, respected unscripted TV producer who has worked steadily in L.A. and Toronto since she graduated from grad school in 2009.

She originally envisioned herself as an entertainment news reporter, but after a few chance opportunities, she ended up behind the scenes and has made a name for herself working on a list of high-profile reality television shows.

Her CV reads like a reality television lover’s dream: producer on The Bachelor; The Bachelorette; Bachelor in Paradise; Love at First Kiss, the TLC show where strangers kissed with the hope of finding lasting romance; and Yours, Mine or Ours, the Bravo (U.S.) series where cameras follow couples moving in together. Most recently, she is working on Where to I Do?, for Gusto, a series that focuses on helping couples find their perfect wedding venue. On this show, she’s a triple threat as series producer (showrunner), director and overseeing story in post-production. Season 1 is re-airing beginning in July, and Season 2 is now in production.

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High Voltage: Energetic Spencer Watts stars in Gusto’s Watts on the Grill

Gusto has got their hands full with Spencer Watts, and that’s a good thing. The wildly energetic chef, who already hosts fellow Gusto series in Fish the Dish and Spencer’s Big 30, returns with a brand-new program that shows off not only his cooking skills on the grill but his larger-than-life personality.

Debuting on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Gusto, Watts on the Grill isn’t your typical barbecue program. Yes, there is a shiny gas grill, plenty of ingredients and a stunning backdrop—the Ottawa skyline—but something is missing, at least in the episode I watched: meat. Instead of ribs, steaks and burgers as the order of the day, that half-hour instalment was all about sides and desserts prepared on the barbecue. What did Watts make? Scalloped potatoes, a rocket and halloumi salad, stuffed pears and dessert kabobs.

“I want people to use their barbecues for more than steak,” Watts says on the phone prior to a media day to promote the 13-episode first season. “Especially when the weather is nice, you can go out to the barbecue and time it all out and make a rotisserie of grilled vegetables, meat and fish.”

If the screener episode I watched was any indication, not only will viewers—Gusto is in a free preview by the way—be inspired to recreate Watts’ dishes in their own homes, but they’ll be entertained by the man himself. The classically-trained chef is high energy, enthusiastic and full of good humour. His jokes, facial expressions and charm are as refreshing as the recipes—look for smoked chicken, steak, and tips and tricks in the coming weeks—he whips up. I’ve watched a lot of cooking shows, and Watts is a unique talent.

“Everybody needs to eat and I can understand that for a lot of people cooking can be terrifying,” Watts says. “I’m having fun. When I get really excited about things, I want that to come through the camera. I want people to finish watching Watts on the Grill and say, ‘You know what? I’m doin’ it.'”

Watts on the Grill airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Gusto.

Image courtesy of Bell Media.