Powered by i.TV
October 26, 2014

Canadian TV

Please Join Us at Huffington Post TV Canada!

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Dec 14th 2011 10:01AM


We interrupt your regularly scheduled browsing for a very important announcement: The site you are now viewing is about to change channels.

At 10AM ET on Wednesday, December 14, we are rolling the final credits on AOL TV Canada and launching an all-new site, HuffPost TV Canada.

HuffPost TV Canada is no mere spin-off. All your favourite characters, including TV critics Stephanie Earp and Maureen Ryan and US West Coast editor Maggie Furlong are making the leap, and so are all the features and listings pages you have come to rely on. Canada's entertainment editor Chris Jancelewicz will still be running the show, and Chris Harnick and Crystal Bell will continue to serve up the latest news from the wild and wonderful world of TV, and TV Replay will still be your one-stop destination for addictive video clips and highlights from across the grid.

Read More

'Canada's Smartest Person': Are You Him/Her?

by Denette Wilford, posted Dec 12th 2011 1:00PM
Are you smarter than a fifth grader, or so much more? Do you have the brains of Sheldon Cooper from 'The Big Bang Theory,' Temperance Brennan from 'Bones,' or 'Criminal Minds' Spencer Reid? Or maybe you've just taken past 'Test the Nation' IQ tests and did considerably well.

Whether you are a genius, or just think you are, CBC is searching for the best and brightest the nation has to offer for their upcoming special, 'Canada's Smartest Person.'

Read More

Justin Bieber Christmas Special: Coming Home to Canada

by Denette Wilford, posted Dec 12th 2011 12:40PM
Canadian Beliebers are all hot and bothered now that Justin Bieber is coming back to town.



The pop star is returning to Toronto to tape an exclusive holiday special for MuchMusic and CTV. 'MuchMusic Presents Justin Bieber: Home for the Holidays' is the perfect way to celebrate the fast-approaching yuletide season, as Biebs performs hits from his Christmas album, 'Under the Mistletoe,' his favourite covers, and, of course, the not-so-festive but equally cheerful "Baby."

Read More

Canada Says 'I Do' to 'Four Weddings'

by Denette Wilford, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:00PM


People can't get enough of wedding shows, whether it shows a couple falling in love ('A Wedding Story'), nightmare brides from hell ('Bridezillas'), how a bride chose her wedding gown ('Say Yes to the Dress'), or how an overweight bride chose her wedding gown ('Bulging Brides').

'Four Weddings' is, at times, exactly like these sister shows, and at other times in a world of its own. We'll probably be seeing other variations on this when it comes to Canada in early 2012. Yep, you read that right!

Read More

Christmas TV Specials 2011: When They're On, and What Channel

by Denette Wilford, posted Dec 7th 2011 12:45PM
We've made a list, checked it more than twice and there are definitely movies and specials that are naughty and nice -- in other words, classic holiday fare for anyone and everyone.



The holiday season has come rather rapidly, and in case you missed some of your favourites, don't sweat it. In typical TV form, they'll repeat, and sometimes on the same network (we're looking at you 'Frosty,' 'Shrek,' 'Charlie' and 'Rudolph').

It's the time of year when loved ones get together to eat, drink and be merry, but television gets into the spirit of things by airing specials, movies and variety shows. There are the classics that have been airing for decades ('It's a Wonderful Life,' 'Miracle on 34th Street'), and some other modern treats that have received a yuletide spin ('Elf,' 'Kung Fu Panda,' 'The Elf on the Shelf') but whatever you fancy, here are the gems you should definitely be watching this month.

Read More

Don Cherry Interview: He's Nothing Like You'd Expect

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Nov 30th 2011 2:01PM
Canadians just can't get enough of Don Cherry. Whether you love him or hate him, everyone has something to say about the country's most opinionated sportscaster. But judging by the number of people who tuned into Part One of the CBC miniseries 'Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story,' there's a lot more love than hate for the iconic Mr. Cherry.

Fans of Cherry -- and his adorable dog Blue -- are in for a treat next spring, when CBC airs Part Two of his life story, 'The Wrath of Grapes,' which focuses on his storied tenure co-hosting 'Coach's Corner.' Like many things in Cherry's life, the miniseries was a family affair. His son Tim wrote it, and his daughter Cindy helped out with the costumes for the character of her mother Rose, played by Sarah Manninen. (Jared Keeso reprises his role as Cherry.)

We caught up with the surprisingly soft-spoken Cherry last week to chat about what it was like watching his life story on the small screen -- and man, he is nothing like we thought he'd be!

Read More

'Battle of the Blades' Season 3 Winners: David Pelletier and Tessa Bonhomme Revel in Victory

by Bryan Cairns, posted Nov 15th 2011 5:00PM
Van Halen's 'Jump' blares from the speakers as I enter the Mastercard Centre for the 'Battle of the Blades' season 3 finale. It's actually appropriate considering all the twirls, spins and yes, jumps, the hockey players and figure skaters have showcased during the third season. The catchy tune is also whipping the crowd into a hand-clapping frenzy, and why not?



The finale's three remaining pairs -- Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier, Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard, and Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux -- put everything out there with two spectacular performances. The first is a brand-new routine while the second has them repeating their favourite routine from earlier in the season.

With a $100,000 grand prize for charity on the line, not to mention bragging rights, the participants bring their A-games. Snazzy dresser Don Cherry joins resident judges Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick and for the only time this year, the panel gives no scores. Instead, the winners are solely determined by Canada's votes.

Finale results and interviews with the pairs after the jump!

Read More

Pamela Anderson as the Virgin Mary? Only in Canada

by Denette Wilford, posted Nov 14th 2011 3:25PM
pamela anderson, pam anderson, russell peters

Think of actresses who can convincingly play the Virgin Mary. Got it? OK, who made the cut? Emma Watson? Chloe Moretz? Dakota Fanning? Mary was supposed to be about 14 years old when Jesus was born; otherwise, if she were older, names like Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet may have popped up.

But how about Pamela Anderson? Yep, that Pamela Anderson. Well, it's happening in Canada, and for a Christmas special, no less.

Read More

Is This the Last Season of 'Battle of the Blades'?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 8th 2011 2:40PM


It would be really unfair to say that CBC's skating-with-the-stars show 'Battle of the Blades' is failing -- yet that's the word I'm hearing about the show from fellow critics. Unfair because the show is still one the highest-rated on the network, and it's not the CBC show in the worst shape (almost every returning CBC show has fewer viewers this season). But 'BoB's diminishing returns most Sunday nights is worrying, and it's not like the CBC is having an easy time in other quarters: massive budget cuts, vaguely threatening remarks from Conservative politicians and ominous 'Save the CBC' petitions give one the impression the network is under siege.

Read More

Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

Read More

'Wilfred' Stars Share Season 1 Secrets from One of TV's Quirkiest Shows

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Oct 30th 2011 2:00PM


Jason Gann has just curled up on my lap. I'm not sure why I'm so surprised. He does, after all, play a dog on the popular show 'Wilfred,' co-starring Elijah Wood. Unsure of what to do, I awkwardly pat his head.

"OK, that's enough of that!" he says, and jumps over to his designated chair across from me. The lovely actress who plays Wilfred's owner on the show, Fiona Gubelmann, takes the seat next to him. She looks at Gann, laughs and shakes her head, as Gann is now feigning sleep as he stretches out clumsily on his chair.

Read More

CBC Commits to Keep 'Coronation Street' Coming

by Denette Wilford, posted Oct 27th 2011 12:45PM
The patrons at Rovers Return are raising their glasses and celebrating. No, not because Tracy has left town; CBC has signed a new deal to keep 'Coronation Street' on the air for the foreseeable future.

Variety is reporting the Canadian broadcaster has inked a multi-year agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and, for the first time, it includes digital rights enabling audiences to watch the show in Canada via iTunes and CBC's Video on Demand service.

Corrie episodes in Canada air eight to nine months (we know, the horror!) behind the U.K. and continues to be one of the country's most popular imported series.

Read More

ABC Family Finally Coming to Canada -- as ABC Spark

by Denette Wilford, posted Oct 26th 2011 4:30PM
The world of television is a fickle one. Where procedurals and medical dramas once reigned supreme, they have since been taken over by reality shows and talent competitions. There is one exception, though. A genre that doesn't ever seem to fall by the wayside is the teen drama. From 'Beverly Hills, 90210' to 'Gossip Girl' to 'Pretty Little Liars,' soaps targeting teenagers (and let's face it, some adults, too) will never leave television.

In its seven years, ABC Family has been a growing network in the U.S. (available in more than 98 million homes), and Canadians have been fortunate enough to see some of the channel's hits -- 'PLL,' 'Greek,' 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager' -- on MuchMusic, which is owned by Bell Media.

But thanks to a deal between Disney/ABC Television Group and Corus Entertainment, Canadians who have been hankering for 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It,' 'Switched at Birth,' 'The Lying Game' and the upcoming 'Jane By Design' can rest easy, because those shows are finally coming north of the border, to a channel called ABC Spark.

Can we get an amen?!

Read More

What to Watch: Oct 17 - 23

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 19th 2011 10:00AM
Recipe to Riches - Wednesday October 19, 9 PM ET/PT, Food Network Canada

Hosted by 'Bachelor' Jesse Palmer, this new series has 21 home-cook contestants competing to create a recipe that can be mass produced, preserved and sold in grocery stores. Instead of conducting their R&D in labs or test kitchens or what-have-you, Jane's Family Foods is doing it on TV, offering a $250,000 prize to the winner, and reaping millions of dollars in promotional opportunities. In fact, you'll be able to taste the recipes in your local Loblaw, and Galen Weston will be stopping in as a guest judge to make sure his company gets plenty of air time too.

Read More

'Canada's Got Talent' Lands Martin Short as Judge

by Denette Wilford, posted Oct 13th 2011 11:10AM
Well, 'Canada's Got Talent' is guaranteed to have at least one talent: Martin Short.

The announcement was made Thursday morning on Breakfast Television and various radio shows across Canada that the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning star will join the judges' panel for the highly anticipated Citytv series. Short's diverse career will not only help him dole out words of wisdom to the contestants in the talent competition, but he will undoubtedly also provide a few laughs.

Read More

Follow Us

From Our Partners