Photo of the Day: What Do You Get When You Combine the Producers of ORPHAN BLACK and the Creator of LOST GIRL?

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With television talent both in front and behind the camera making a habit of tweeting photos ranging from spoilerific to hilarious, theTVaddict.com thought it might be fun to introduce a new feature to the site that we’ve not-so-cleverly decided to call “Photo of the Day.” Today’s subject, courtesy of Canada’s Space Network comes a first look at the easy-on-the-eyes cast of the new original series KILLJOYS! Said Space, “From the producers of Space original series ORPHAN BLACK (Temple Street Productions) and the creator of LOST GIRL (Michelle Lovretta), KILLJOYS follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters (John-Kamen, Ashmore, and Macfarlane) – or “Killjoys” – as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody, class war. KILLJOYS is set to premiere in 2015 on Space and Syfy.”

Breaking TV News: Rogers and Shaw Team Up to Launch Canadian Netflix Killer “shomi”

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Press Release: shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, ups the ante in entertainment with the latest, most exclusive shows and selections personalized for you. Available initially on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes, shomi will launch in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. shomi will be available starting the first week of November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month.

shomi was created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers. It features prior seasons of the most popular shows on TV today, iconic series from the past, cult-classic and fan-favourite films, as well as a library of family-friendly kids programming. With exclusive past-season streaming rights to titles – such as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story – along with first-window premieres, it’s more bang, less blah. shomi combines a team of programming experts with algorithmic technology to help you pick what you actually want to watch – whether it’s finding hidden gems, rediscovering old favourites, or remembering why you fell in love with a title in the first place. [Read more...]

Giveaway: A One-of-a-Kind OUTLANDER Swag Bag!

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In anticipation of the Sunday August 24th premiere of OUTLANDER on Showcase (in Canada), your very own TV Addict was fortunate enough to be invited to an exclusive screening of the series premiere in Toronto. Cooler still: After being wined, dined and photographed with a trifecta of sexy Scotsman (Editor’s Note: Had we known their would be paparazzi on hand we most certainly wouldn’t have left our kilt at home!), Showcase was kind enough to leave us with a delightful parting gift… which could be yours! Simply follow us on Instagram @thetvaddict before OUTLANDER’s Sunday August 24th premiere and you’ll be automatically entered to win this fantastic swag bag! May the odds be ever in your favor

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MMVAs 2014: Behind the Scenes with MAGIC!, Laura Vandervoort and More!

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By: Terri-Lynne Waldron

Canadian rocker, Fefe Dobson, unofficially kicked off the 2014 MMVAs Red Carpet special when she let the word “shit” slip out of her mouth. Dobson was announcing the winner for Director of the Year when the hard to pronounce names of the recipients led to her faux pas.

No big deal.

Anyone could have flubbed the names Amos LeBlanc and Ohji Inoue—who won for directing the video Run This by Thugli—especially during a live telecast where there are no do-overs.

The two-hour spectacle had some of the usual suspects performing (Hedley), but the show also included a class of freshman performers like pop/reggae Canadian band MAGIC!, edgy pop queen Lorde and alternative rockers Imagine Dragons. [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Rogers and Bell: Stop F*cking With Your Cable Customers

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Dear Rogers and Bell,

Late last night after reading a delightful reddit AMA with AGENTS OF SHIELD star Clark Gregg, this TV Addict got a hankering — due to the general all around awesomeness of Mr. Gregg — to check out the recent season finale of AGENTS OF SHIELD. So like any respectful TV Addict who has always gone out of his way to legally view and pay for content versus illegally download, I fired up my CTVGO App on my iPad. Unfortunately as a result of me being a Rogers cable customer and MARVEL’s AGENTS OF SHIELD being a Bell Media property, I wasn’t able to legally watch the episode. I also wasn’t legally able to access the episode on CTV.ca or via Rogers on Demand. Needless to say, this TV Addict is angry, or in the spirit of the show that inspired this post: HULK ANGRY!

What is so infuriating is that as a staunch defender of legally viewing both television and movies, I myself am punished for choosing one company (Rogers) over another (Bell)*. You’d think, in this day and age where not a month goes by that sees a major media outlet splash a headline like a recent one on CBC.ca, “Cord-cutting continues as Canadians ditch TV & landlines,” Rogers and Bell would be celebrating customers and making it as easy as possible for them to enjoy content they are paying their hard earned money for. Not punishing us. [Read more...]

For Canadian Eyes Only: Shaw Media Unveils 2014 Fall Schedule

Press Release: Today, Shaw Media announced Global’s epic 2014/2015 fall schedule.

Building on last year’s red-hot momentum with new series The Blacklist, Chicago PD and Sleepy Hollow, the network is adding eight new high-octane dramas to bolster its already sizzling lineup. Audiences will obsess over the new psychological thriller Stalker starring Maggie Q (Nikita) and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice). Also sure to build a massive following is the much-anticipated drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni (The Naked Truth) in a show-stopping performance as the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Coupled with the return of the hugely popular drama The Good Wife, now in simulcast, the network brings two hours of back-to-back sophisticated and gripping dramas to viewers. The drama continues when Global takes audiences on the mystery ride of the season with Gracepoint, the richly layered series starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) and Nick Nolte (Warrior), as well as State of Affairs, which sees Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) in her highly anticipated return to TV as a CIA analyst who navigates political minefields in this high-octane thriller from writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist). [Read more...]

For Canadian Eyes Only: City Unveils 2014/15 Prime-Time Schedule

Press Release: With four consecutive years of growth*, City continues to deliver world-class content with this year’s most diverse schedule of exciting new shows, live events, and NHL programming joining a seasoned stable of returning hits. Hayden Mindell, Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media, today unveils City’s 2014/15 fall and mid-season prime-time schedule to the Canadian advertising community during the annual Rogers Upfront event.

“With the most competitive schedule to date, from hockey to comedies, dramas to reality, the 2014/15 City schedule truly has something for everyone,” said Mindell. “Featuring the most diverse variety of programming on any conventional network in Canada, we are offering our viewers the programming they want most, while delivering to our clients reliable and consistent audiences each and every week.”

Up five per cent year over year in audiences P2+*, the City fall/mid-season schedule builds upon a successful foundation of 17 returning series and events with the addition of two new dramas, one new comedy series, and one reality program. Newly acquired programming for the 2014/15 season includes scripted series Scorpion, Black-ish, and Backstrom, alongside new reality series, Utopia, and the new live musical event special Peter Pan Live! All-new seasons of sophomore original series The Bachelor Canada and Package Deal join the prime-time lineup, along with two NHL games each week – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and Hometown Hockey on Sundays.

“I’m excited for City to join in a time-honoured Canadian tradition this year with the addition of Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey,” said Mindell. “Hockey is the most coveted content in Canada, and we have PVR-proofed Saturday and Sunday nights on City to become must-see TV for all Canadians.”

Doubling-down on live events programming this year, City remains Canada’s leader in comedy with three of the top five comedies in the country last season, including the #1 new comedy Mom*. With the highest skewing percentage of prime-time viewers under 55 of any conventional network in Canada at 72 per cent*, City is staying true to its younger, urban-oriented audiences through the 2014/15 season by continuing to deliver the programming that most resonates with these viewers, including returning hits 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, and The Mindy Project.

Other series returning for the 2014/15 season are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

For the remainder of 2014, City continues to be the home to some of the most top-rated live musical event series in the country, including the Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) and CMA Country Christmas, as well as Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The highest rated program in network history*, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® returns to the City mid-season schedule in 2015, along with GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!.

Following the double-digit growth of the 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. timeslots last year with the addition of beloved comedy Modern Family in strip (up 25 per cent nationally and 13 per cent in the P2+ and A25-54 demos, respectively*), City continues to offer audiences the programming consistency and stability they value by extending this strategy to the 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. timeslots with strip episodes of fan-favourites 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men.

Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months; shows acquired but not yet listed on the schedule will premiere at a later date in the 2014/15 season. [Read more...]

ORPHAN BLACK Redux: Sarah Got A Gun, Felix Got Chapped, and Kira Got Her Picture Taken!

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Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK was off to a rip-roaring start as Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) frantically searched for her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) – unfortunately, with both the Neolutionists and the Prolethians closing in. So it was a race against the clock for Sarah to get a gun and take down her sister pro-clone Rachel at the Dyad Institute in order to rescue Kira.

It took was some fancy clone shenanigans to get Sarah into Dyad; namely Alison had to procure a gun and get it to Sarah without the nosy cops and their monitors from finding out. Then Sarah infiltrated Dyad posing as Cosima into order to slip past Dr. Leekie (Matt Frewer) and security; and, fortunately, Rachel’s insistence on having Paul (Dylan Bruce) nearby also worked to Sarah’s advantage once things got a bit dicey.

But the terrifying surprise of it all was Rachel never had Kira; someone else had taken her. So all of Sarah’s efforts and planning to confront Rachel were for nothing. The moment Sarah realized that she did not know who had her daughter or where to begin searching for Kira was when we saw her strength disintegrate inside her. It was the helplessness that any parent would feel not knowing where their child was – and that moment of truth was devastating. [Read more...]