Cheers To 25 Years! ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Celebrates A Milestone

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While Rick Mercer wraps up his show after 15 years, another CBC Comedy Institution reaches a huge milestone. “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” is celebrating its 25th season. Speaking with Et Canada’s Sangita Patel, the cast of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” make it very clear that while the characters continue to evolve and change, […]
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Rick Mercer Says Goodbye To ‘The Rick Mercer Report’: ‘I Didn’t Decide It Lightly’

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Rick Mercer is bidding farewell to CBC’s “The Rick Mercer Report” following the show’s 15th and final season, which will air in spring 2018. Speaking with Et Canada, the 47-year-old Canadian comedian and television personality explains his difficult decision to leave after over a decade on the political satire show. Related: ‘Rick Mercer Report’ To End […]
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‘Rick Mercer Report’ To End After 15 Seasons

Rick Mercer is saying goodbye to the “Rick Mercer Report” after 15 seasons on the air. Related: Rick Mercer And Author Michael Ondaatje Demand Release Of Jailed Canadian Journalist The Canadian comic icon announced the news in one of his signature rants, posted to Twitter. A message from the alley… — Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) September […]
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Schitt's Creek: Season Three Renewal for Eugene Levy Sitcom

CBC in Canada has renewed their comedy Schitt's Creek for a third season. The comedy airs on the Pop in the United States. The cable channel hasn't picked up the third season yet, likely because they're waiting to see how season two performs when it premieres on March 16th.

Also receiving renewals are comedies Mr. D (season six), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (season 24), and Rick Mercer Report (season 14).

Here's the press release:

Laugh Out Loud With CBC's Returning Comedies

CBC's hit comedies have been renewed for 2016-17, with brand new seasons of Schitt's Creek, Mr. D and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Also returning for its 14th season is Canada's Rick Mercer Report. The four original productions currently air back-to-back on Tuesday nights.

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‘How to be Deadly’ is a great Canadian indie comedy

How to Be Deadly

Written by Edward Riche & Nik Sexton

Directed by Nik Sexton

Canada, 2014

How to be Deadly is proof that in the right hands, you can make a great movie from a comedy sketch. The film is delightful, clever, and very funny.

Normally, the phrase – feature length comedy based off a YouTube persona – does not inspire confidence. After all, movies based on Saturday Night Live skits are usually worse than movies based on video games. How to Be Deadly is a welcome exception to this rule. The film joins Wayne’s World and The Blues Brothers as one of the few comedies that are better than their source material.

How to Be Deadly, based on the 2012 short film of the same name, is the story of Donnie Dumphy (Leon Parsons), a fictional cult hero, Canadian YouTube sensation, and the LeBron James of mini bike riding. Throughout the film
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CBC Announces 2014-2015 Pickups And Renewals

With the season coming to a close on CBC darling, Murdoch Mysteries, and new hitting recently that Cracked and Arctic Air will not be returning, CBC has announced several renewals, and a few new shows.

Murdoch Mysteries and Dragon’s Den are the clear no-brainers of the situation, but we’ve got a full list, plus some pretty hot new efforts.

Schitt’s Creek will be coming your way, a show co-created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, who star with Catherine O’Hara, and that ought to be all you need to know about this one. Also added to the schedule is new show Strange Empire. Reportedly a very dark show, it takes place in western frontier town and follows the women who find themselves stranded when all the men suddenly disappear.

Get all the info below, and make sure your favorites are on the list.

CBC today confirmed
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Watch the Trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Young and Prodigious Spivet’

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen) has adapted Reif Larson’s debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet for his latest feature. The story centers on a 12-year-old cartography enthusiast in an eccentric family, who travels across country hidden on board a freight train after being invited to the Smithsonian Institute. The $34 million France-Canadian co-production shot for 72 days, was all filmed in 3D, using the same team who shot Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Jeunet– whose lengthy filmography includes Delicatessen, Alien Resurrection, and City of Lost Children – delivers his usual trademark style, and so we know from at least a visual standpoint, the film will not disappoint. The cast also includes Helena Bonham Carer as T.S.’s mom, Callum Keith Rennie as his dad, Judy Davis as the head of the Smithsonian, along with Rick Mercer, Niamh Wilson, Robert Maillet and Jakob Davies. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
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The Definitive Fall 2013 Primetime TV Schedule [Canadian Edition]

Since Canadian Conglomerates Rogers (CityTV), Shaw (Global) and Bell (CTV and CTV Two) were kind enough to include on their list of Upfront invitees last week, we thought we’d return the favour (Note: Canadian spelling!) by presenting the Definitive Fall 2013 Primetime TV Schedule (Canadian Edition). See for yourself, after the jump.

Mon. 8Pm 8:30Pm 9Pm 9:30Pm 10Pm 10:30Pm CBC Murdoch Mysteries Cracked The


with Peter

Mansbridge City How I Met Your Mother Package Deal 2 Broke Girls Mom The Project:

Guatemala CTV The Voice Hostages CTV

Two Dancing with the Stars Castle Global Bones/

Almost Human Sleepy Hollow The Blacklist

Tues. 8Pm 8:30Pm 9Pm 9:30Pm 10Pm 10:30Pm CBC The Rick Mercer Report 22 Minutes Crossing Lines The


with Peter

Mansbridge City Dads Brooklyn Nine-Nine New Girl The Mindy Project Lucky 7 CTV Marvel’s

Agents of Shield The Goldbergs Trophy Wife Person of Interest
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Jonathan Winters Dead: Celebrities Pay Tribute To Legendary Comedian

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Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters died of natural causes in Montecito, California on Friday. He was 87 years old.Winters' career started in radio, and he was one of the first big television stars. One of his most beloved characters was Maude Frickert, a seemingly sweet old lady with a sharp tongue. He also played Mork and Mindy's son Mearth in the final season of the eponymous show.His humor and improv skills made him a popular guest on many shows, from "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Dean Martin Show," "Hee Haw," and "The Hollywood Squares."Winters' also voiced Papa Smurf in "The Smurfs" cartoon, and reprised the role in the recent movies.Stars took to twitter to pay their respects:Dick Van Dyke ‏@iammrvandyThe first time I saw Jonathan Winters perform, I thought I might as well quit the business. Because, I could never be as brilliant.Dick Van Dyke
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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet

#79. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet

Gist: Spivet is a 12 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the U.S.A. to reach Washington DC. Cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rick Mercer and Callum Keith Rennie.

Prediction: This promises to be more along the vein of Amelie (which the festival Gilles Jacob regretfully passed up on when it was offered to the Croisette in an uncompleted form) and though Jeunet doesn’t make regular appearances at the festival (his first was 95′s The City of Lost Children
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #94. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet

The Young and Prodigious Spivet

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writer(s): Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

Producer(s): Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Helena Bonham Carer (T.S.’s mom), Callum Keith Rennie as his dad, Judy Davis as the head of the Smithsonian, along with Rick Mercer, Niamh Wilson, Robert Maillet, Jakob Davies, and Dominique Pinon.

A cousin of sorts to Scorsese’s Hugo (same 3D team worked on both features), Jeunet appears to be the go-to guy for rich, fable-like worlds full of childlike wonder. After conquering adults that are still young at heart with Amelie (less so with A Very Long Engagement) Jeunet did an admirable job merging goofiness, surrealism and politics with Micmacs, and our thinking is Reif Larsen’s novel should play out well in a 3D scapes.

Gist: Based on the bestselling Reif Larsen novel The Selected Works of T.
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Denette Wilford: CBC Brings Out the Big Guns This Winter

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Denette Wilford: CBC Brings Out the Big Guns This Winter
Can you believe it's almost winter? One of the telltale signs -- aside from the Christmas lights, holiday music and bitter, brutal cold -- is when networks begin to promote their midseason shows. That's what CBC did Tuesday at a special event on the set of "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight." And so it begins...

Unlike the spectacle we saw at the public broadcaster's fall upfronts, the presentation for the midseason schedule was much more subdued, but that doesn't mean it was any less extravagant. The media milled around with the talent, and it was a little unnerving sitting behind Rick Mercer, new "Best Recipes Ever" host Christine Tizzard, beside the cast of "Mr. D," and across from David Sutcliffe (Rory's dad! Oh, and the star of the upcoming "Cracked") and Murdoch himself, Yannick Bisson. But that's CBC's charm, showcasing the best and brightest stars while making content key.

"I think it's
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Canadian TV: Best 11 Moments of 2011

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Canadian TV: Best 11 Moments of 2011
2011 was a pretty big year for the TV world in general. Oprah said farewell to her beloved daytime chatfest. Regis bid adieu to mornings with Kelly and Gelman. And Kim Kardashian broadcast her "fairytale" wedding for all the world to bask in. Here in Canada, we had some pretty memorable small screen moments of our own.

Perhaps most notably, our Canuck quest for global TV domination continued to gain momentum with homegrown shows like "Rookie Blue,""Todd and the Book of Pure Evil,""Lost Girl" and "Republic of Doyle" steadily growing their international audiences around the world (and we also reinforced the global stereotype that Canadians are an attractive bunch, with the likes of Anna Silk, Missy Peregrym and Allan Hawco representing us on the world stage).

Since it’s that time of year (yes, list time), we've compiled a list of the top 11 most memorable moments in Canadian TV this year.
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Morning Meme: Melissa McCarthy Is Divine, "Kadaffi Goes Hollywood," and Take a Trip to "Bear City 2"

Savage Garden's out Darren Hayes says "I don’t want to be a gay or a straight artist. I don’t make gay records - I make records. I don't want to feel like I have to be a poster child for anything other than being a great artist. I don’t take that on board as being my responsibility as a gay man, because I think it’s really limiting.” I do understand what he's saying, and he is out, and he's married. That satisfies the "visible" request from Rick Mercer yesterday, but somehow saying this seems counterproductive to kids who need to see someone like themselves.

FX has picked up Charlie Sheen's Anger Management sitcom for 10 episodes. But in a bold move, they're committed to a full 100 episodes if it hits a certain ratings target. Making a long-term commitment to Charlie Sheen's employability takes big brass ones.
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Morning Meme: Lance Bass Whores Out Broadway, Nom Lies Again and Meet the Slutty Pumpkin

Paul Walker is in talks to star in the American adaptation of District B 13, which will also star David Belle, from the original French movie. I'm hoping that Walker spends a lot of the movie shirtless, learning parkour.

You can create your own Pop Up Video and share it with your friends.

Spain has censored all of Eva Longoria's lesbian scenes from Without Men, about a town where all the men are forcibly conscripted into a guerilla army and the women make do.

Today in incredibly unnecessary sequel news, work has begun on a Dumb & Dumber sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, with the Farrelly brothers directing.

Lance Bass is reportedly planning to produce the play Hollywood Whores, with Kirstie Alley playing the pimp. I'm unclear from the write-ups if the whores are male or female, or a mixture of both.

PETA is suing Sea World for violating the 13th Amendment,
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Is Being Erica’s Journey Coming to an End? Erin Karpluk and Michael Riley Spill All, Plus Which Actors They’d Like to See Step Into Their Shoes on the ABC Reboot

While headlines would have you believe that the likes of Rick Mercer, Callum Keith Rennie and The Borgias were among the big winners following last night’s 26th Annual Gemini Awards (Think: Canada’s Emmy equivalent), we like to think that the biggest winner was us. No really, despite the fact that the nominating committee has yet to take our suggestion for an “Outstanding Television Blogger” category seriously, we did get the opportunity for a brief one-on-two chat with two of Being Erica’s biggest stars. Meet Erin Karpluk (Erica Strange) and Michael Riley (Dr. Tom), the talented twosome who were only too happy to take a few minutes to discuss the future of the show, what’s fans can expect from the upcoming fourth season and which famous actor they’d like to see step into their roles in the proposed ABC reboot. See for yourself after the jump.
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Clare! Declan! Emmys! Annie Clark and Munro Chambers Dish on Degrassi

While headlines would have you believe that the likes of Rick Mercer, Callum Keith Rennie and The Borgias were among the big winners following last night’s 26th Annual Gemini Awards (Think: Canada’s Emmy equivalent), we like to think that the biggest winner was us. No really, despite the fact that the nominating committee has yet to take our suggestion for an “Outstanding Television Blogger” category seriously, we did get the opportunity for a brief one-on-two chat with two of Degrassi’s biggest stars, Annie Clark (Fiona Coyne) and Munro Chambers (Eli Goldsworthy), who were only too happy to take a few minutes and drop a few hints as to what’s ahead for their characters when Canada’s most popular export returns, which of them is lucky enough to be attending the upcoming 63rd Annual Emmy Awards next weekend in Los Angeles and why fans have probably seen
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Thrush Remembers Tootoosis At Gemini Awards

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Canadian actress Michelle Thrush paid tribute to her late Blackstone co-star Gordon Tootoosis as she picked up a trophy at the Gemini Awards on Wednesday.

Thrush won the Best Actress in a Drama prize for her role as an alcoholic mother living on the fictional Blackstone Indian reserve, and the star used her acceptance speech to remember Tootoosis, who died in July.

She told the audience at the ceremony in Toronto, Canada, "About 23 years ago when I began acting, there weren't a lot of brown faces on television and Gordon was one of a handful. He urged me as a teenager to get into acting."

Other winners at the annual TV awards included Tracy Dawson, who was named Best Actress in a Comedy, for Call Me Fitz, Callum Keith Rennie (Best Actor in a Drama, for Shattered) and Peter Keleghan (Best Actor in a Comedy, for 18 to Life).

Call Me Fitz was a big winner at the awards ceremony - it landed six other honours including Best Director and Best Writing. The Borgias landed the Best Drama Series prize, while the Rick Mercer Report was named Best Comedy Series.

Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

Best Animated Program or Series

* Glenn Martin Dds

* Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five

* Jimmy Two Shoes

* Kids vs. Kat

* March of the Dinosaurs

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series

* Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* How to be Indie

* That's So Weird

* Vacation with Derek

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series

* Artzooka!

* In Real Life

* Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011

* Survive This

* TVOKids - Mark's Moments

Best Comedy Program or Series

* This Hour Has 22 Minutes

* Call Me Fitz

* Good Dog

* Halifax Comedy Fest 2010

* Living in Your Car

* Rick Mercer Report

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

* Fakers

* The Kennedys

* My Babysitter's a Vampire.

* The Pillars of the Earth

* Sleepyhead

Best Dramatic Series

* The Borgias

* Endgame

* Flashpoint

* Skins

* The Tudors
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