National Newswatch

Love the home you’re with: Property Brothers help clients with ‘forever homes’

Jun 17 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Whether it's a volatile real estate market that makes selling tough, or an attic full of memories that seem impossible to move, real-estate transformation twins Drew and Jonathan Scott are on a mission to help homeowners love the house they're with. With "Property Brothers: Forever Home," airing Wednesdays on HGTV Canada, the Canadian renovation gurus help remodel clients' houses […]

Mirvish aims for screech-in world record at ‘Come From Away’ performance

Jun 12 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Prepare the cod: Mirvish Productions plans to attempt the world's largest screech-in at a performance of the hit Newfoundland-set musical "Come From Away" in Toronto next month. A screech-in is a traditional Newfoundland welcoming ceremony involving downing a type of rum, kissing a codfish and reciting a short speech full of local expressions. Mirvish […]

Netflix partners with Indigenous cultural groups to develop talent in Canada

Jun 11 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Netflix has announced new partnerships with three Indigenous cultural organizations in Canada to help foster and develop screen talent. The partnerships with imagineNATIVE, the Indigenous Screen Office, and Wapikoni Mobile were revealed Tuesday night at the Banff World Media Festival. The initiative is part of a $25-million commitment Netflix made in September 2017 to invest in market development […]

Bell Media announces lineup, says iHeartRadio MMVAs will be delayed

Jun 6 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Bell Media says it's run into scheduling conflicts for the 2019 iHeartRadio MMVAs and will have to delay the show — possibly until next year. As the company announced its full 2019/2020 programming lineup and strategies Thursday —including several new women-led dramas — executives told The Canadian Press the dates they initially considered for this year's annual awards show […]

‘It’s pretty much consuming my life at the moment’: celebs stoked for Raptors triumph

May 31 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — As a longtime fan of the Toronto Raptors, "Outlander" cast member David Berry says he's "very hyped" about their NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors. Problem is, the Toronto native lives in Australia and either has to wake up early to see the games live or catch up later on in the day while avoiding spoilers on social […]

Citytv adds two new Canadian shows and renews canine-cop drama ‘Hudson & Rex’

May 30 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Citytv is bringing what it calls "weirdly wonderful characters" to its upcoming schedule, with two new Canadian shows and the return of homegrown cop-canine drama "Hudson & Rex." The Canadian broadcaster's 2019/2020 original programming slate announced Thursday includes the comic thriller "Dead Still," a co-production with Ireland starring Michael Smiley as an 1880s crime photographer. […]

CBC talks ad-friendly TV strategy with new series ‘Family Feud Canada,’ ‘Battle of the Blades’

May 29 2019 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — In forming its next season, the CBC says one of its goals was finding programming that would appeal to advertisers and sponsors. And the survey said: "Family Feud Canada" and "Battle of the Blades." The public broadcaster's 2019/2020 lineup unveiled Wednesday includes a Canadian version of "Family Feud" hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee, […]