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Despite these stubbornly imported homeland security measures, the odd nugget of new sneaks out. Rogers/City buried the lead Tuesday with news that they have picked up the next installment of 24/7. The NHL reality series has been swearing up a storm on HBO and HBO Canada the past two seasons. The next one will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings, and the two Original Six clubs will surely vault the four-episode series into the top of the Sportsnet heap.
Over at Shaw/Global's ad bash, it was announced Wednesday that Big Brother Canada is finally going before the cameras. Sixteen locals will be locked inside a Tim Horton's and fed nothing but crullers. Shaw wanted to wait until the Big Brother franchise had completely cooled out. They're airing it on Slice, just in case there is still any interest.
Thursday was Bell/CTV's turn to put on the press/ad industry wank. Things are a little more subdued than in the giddy heights of the Fecan era, when $20s and $50s were used as cocktail napkins, Tony Soprano star James Gandolfini gave out free piggy back rides and rows of Littlest Hobos barked out "We're in the Money." (Preceding graph contains gross distortions.)
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Bell's top show snatchers worked this morning's breakfast, with Kevin Crull starting to find his stride after his second trip to the L.A. screenings. He and Team Blue vets Phil King, Mike Cosentino, Rick Brace and Catherine MacLeod returned with nine new dramas--including Kevin Bacon's mid-season thriller The Following--and four new comedies, including Charlie Sheen's much buzzed about Anger Management, a FX pickup CTV will save for fall. They'll be spread between CTV and CTV Two. Read more on these new shows here.
One major show shopping change this year was CTV's ability to cherry pick shows from several different Hollywood studios. Gone are the days when you had to take three of four shelf shows to get the one big buzz series.
CTV also announced an original new drama, Motive. Thirteen episodes of the Vancouver-based procedural have been ordered.
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Genial Kunal Nayyar from CTV (and Canada's) No. 1 show The Big Bang Theory, was also in the house, as was Megan Hilty from Smash, Toronto lad Stephen Amell from new Vancouver-shot series Arrow and striking Lana Parrilla from Once Upon a Time. Amell, a big L.A. Kings fan, put on his green socks for the occasion, a nod to his Green Arrow comic book character.
CTV also bought a show called The Mob Doctor, which is just what it says it is. Can't wait for the CTV Two spinoff The Mob Walk-in-Clinic. Take two bullets and call me in the morning.