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TV, Eh? Podcast Episode 252: CBC’s fall debuts and returns and Lisa LaFlamme’s new gig

[Editor’s note: After we recorded this, we were reminded that Hudson & Rex returns on Sunday, September 25 on Citytv and Highway Thru Hell returns on Monday, September 26 on Discovery.]

It’s a jam-packed couple of weeks in Canadian TV! As always, Greg and Amy go through debuts and returns on the Canadian TV calendar.

Then, we cover the latest Canadian TV news, including Lisa LaFlamme’s new correspondent role at CityNews; Adrienne Arsenault’s new gigs at CBC News; and Blue ant Media purchasing Mike Holmes’ content library, which will include new TV projects

This podcast brought to you by San Pellegrino Momenti and The Famous Grouse Scotch Whiskey.

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Blue Ant Media announces purchase of over 200 hours of programming from Mike Holmes’ iconic library of original series and specials

From a media release:

Blue Ant Media – international producer, distributor and channel operator – and The Holmes Group, have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the extensive library of unscripted original series and specials of Mike Holmes, a pioneer in home renovation and one of the highest-rated stars of lifestyle television. The deal gives Blue Ant Media ownership of over 200 hours of programming from the past two decades, including all seasons of Holmes on Homes, Holmes Makes it Right, Holmes Inspection, alongside specials such as Holmes for the Holidays, Holmes in New Orleans and Mike’s Ultimate Garage, among others.

As current licenses expire, the beloved library of programming will launch in FAST exclusively on Blue Ant Media’s new free streaming channel, Homeful, which showcases real estate, design and decor projects that help make a house a home. Over the coming months, audiences in the US and Canada will see Homeful introduce the Holmes content on platforms such as Roku, LG and Xumo. Blue Ant International now holds the distribution rights to Holmes’ catalog, which will debut at Mipcom 2022 this fall.

As part of the new partnership, Blue Ant Media will also commission new original programming with Mike and his kids Michael Holmes Jr and Sherry Holmes, for its Canadian TV platforms and Homeful. More details on this commissioning will be announced in the coming months.

Having earned his place as one of North America’s most trusted contractors, Mike Holmes holds a loyal fanbase amongst audiences and is widely considered the face of the home renovation space. In every Holmes series, the beloved contractor fixes poor construction work while lending his incredible eye for detail and expert advice to guide homebuyers, homeowners, friends, and family into doing it right.

Newly-launched in spring 2022, Homeful features notable real estate, renovation and transformation series with some of the most well-known faces in TV home design. The new deal builds on Blue Ant Media’s already comprehensive library of original and acquired design and decor-inspired programs. The full list of Mike Holmes IP that Blue Ant now owns, includes: Holmes on Homes™ (Seasons 1-7), Holmes Makes it Right (Seasons 1-2), Holmes Inspection (Seasons 1-3), Holmes + Holmes (Seasons 1-2) Holmes for the Holidays, Lien on Me, Best of Holmes on Homes, Holmes In New Orleans, Holmes Family Effect, Holmes 10th Anniversary and Mike’s Ultimate Garage.

Blue Ant Media’s suite of FAST (free, ad-supported streaming TV) channels offer audiences curated, exclusive programming that is free to access on growing platforms like VIZIO WatchFree+, The Roku Channel, Xumo, Samsung TV Plus and PrendeTV. The company’s growing global portfolio of FAST channels include Love Nature, HauntTV, Total Crime, Homeful and HistoryTime.

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CTV original series Holmes Family Effect to premiere following Super Bowl LV, Feb. 7

From a media release:

The Holmes family is set to help local heroes continue to make a difference in their communities in the new CTV Original series HOLMES FAMILY EFFECT, premiering directly following SUPER BOWL LV on Sunday, Feb. 7 at approximately 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on CTV, and the all-new CTV.ca and CTV app. Following the premiere, HOLMES FAMILY EFFECT moves to its regular Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot beginning Feb. 14 on CTV, and begins streaming Friday, March 12 on Crave.

Starring TV personality and professional contractor Mike Holmes, along with his daughter Sherry and son Michael, the new inspirational series shows the heart, grit, and determination of the Holmes family as they tackle their most important projects to date. Working with people who are making positive impacts in their communities, each episode follows the Holmes family as they surprise these deserving individuals. From a neglected school building to a rundown youth centre, Mike, Sherry, and Michael transform the spaces and help these community heroes so they can continue to make a difference.

As previously announced, Bell Media expanded its partnership with FOX Entertainment completing a deal with the network for their acquisition of HOLMES FAMILY EFFECT, with the series airing on FOX as part of the network’s 2020/21 midseason schedule.

The organizations featured on HOLMES FAMILY EFFECT include Judith Nyman Secondary School (Feb. 7), Solid State (Feb. 14), Working Gear (Feb. 21), and The FORT (March 7).

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It’s a family affair on CTV Life Channel’s Holmes 911

Mike Holmes has made a career out of helping others sort through their construction debacles. Now he’s bringing his son and daughter into the mix.

To be fair, Mike Jr. and Sherry have been part of their father’s renovation empire in many of his past series. But this is the first time they’ve joined their father for a program that feels like the one that put him on the map. And on a new network too. Debuting Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Life Channel (the rebranded Gusto, if you’re wondering), Holmes 911 recalls Holmes on Homes, the show that started it all (and scored me one of my first cover stories when I worked at TV Guide Canada).

“We’re going back to our roots and I think everyone loved Holmes on Homes,” Sherry says over the phone while cradling her active and vocal baby daughter. “I loved watching Holmes on Homes, and it’s nice to go back and give help to people who really need it.”

Sherry, like her brother Mike (listen to my podcast with him), never intended to join in her father’s quest to “Make It Right,” but once she accompanied him on the job site during television production, she changed her mind.

Two men and a woman look at a hole in a wall.“I did not want to do construction at all,” Sherry admits. “But I think, looking back, I was intimidated. I would do it for fun. On weekends, we would do odd jobs and do work with him. For me, it was just a fun, bonding time with my dad.” It wasn’t until 2009 on Holmes in New Orleans—the two-part Gemini-winner where Holmes and Brad Pitt team to rebuild homes in the city’s Ninth Ward—that Sherry decided to join her father full-time.

But back to Holmes 911. In the first of 12 episodes that focus on five houses, we’re introduced to two families. A weathered roof and odd electrical is just the beginning for a firefighter and his family, which includes his 13-year-old son, Jake, who has had brain surgery. The second home, owned by Bob and Barb, is the watery tale of an insurance claim gone hilariously wrong. In both, Mike, his son (Sherry stayed off-site for the first few episodes because of her pregnancy) and his crew uncover work that is head-scratchingly bad, all-out infuriating and, as always, informative.

“The whole reason my dad wanted to do television was to educate homeowners,” Sherry says. “You can’t stop what other people are going to do and if you run across a shoddy contractor, you want to know what to look for.”

Holmes 911 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Life Channel.

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CTV Life Channel debuts Holmes 911 starring Canada’s favourite contractors, beginning September 17

From a media release:

Canada’s favourite contractors are coming to CTV Life Channel this fall with HOLMES 911, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 17, it was announced today. The much-anticipated debut and kick-off of the Holmes family on CTV channels, HOLMES 911 stars TV icon and professional contractor Mike Holmes, as well as his son Mike Jr. and daughter Sherry, who share their father’s passion to “Make It Right®.”

In HOLMES 911, Mike Holmes goes back to his roots to rescue homeowners from unscrupulous contractors, unhealthy homes, and D.I.Y projects gone wrong. Over 12 one-hour episodes, the Holmes family takes on five different houses, and turns them into homes again.

On the series premiere of HOLMES 911, “Families Helping Families” (Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Life Channel and then streaming on CTVLife.ca), the Holmes’ take on their first project, The City Barn. The plan is to fix the weathered roof and make the house more accessible for thirteen-year-old Jake, who is battling cancer. When the reno gets delayed due to unforeseen structural issues, the Holmes team begins a second job and finds out how a small leak turned into a huge disaster and insurance nightmare for homeowners Bob and Barb. Encore presentations of HOLMES 911 air Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Life Channel. Episodes of HOLMES 911 are also available on-demand.

CTV Life Channel is part of the CTV suite of specialty channels rebranding on Sept. 12. HOLMES 911 joins the all-new CTV Life Channel fall lineup, which also includes new series JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG, new episodes of MARTHA AND SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY and BONACINI’S ITALY, as well as JAMIE AND JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB, ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY, and WHERE TO I DO, among others. 

CTV Life Channel also features a vast library of previous programs from the Holmes family’s Make It Right production company.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail