MMVAs 2015: Behind the Scenes with Tyler Posey, Nate Ruess and More!

Tyler Posey
By: Terri-Lynne Waldron

Another year for the MMVAs that brought out the who’s who of the music industry. Led by British boy wonder, Ed Sheeran—as co-host and performer—the performance stage was also
graced by the likes of Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo and Tori Kelly.

But the press room got its fair share of hitmakers, screen stars and up-and-coming musicians. [Read more...]

Breaking TV News: DEGRASSI is Moving to Netflix


Press Release: DHX Media Ltd., a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, today announced “Degrassi: Next Class,” a new series in the critically acclaimed Degrassi franchise, will premiere on Netflix in early 2016. The deal will see Netflix become the worldwide home for Degrassi: Next Class, excluding Canada, Australia and France, where the series will appear on Netflix at later dates. The series will be shot at DHX Media’s studio in Toronto, Canada. [Read more...]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with REMEDY Star Dillon Casey

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By: C. Joan Porter, Special to

With only a few weeks to go before REMEDY’s season two finale the TV Addict caught up with Dillon Casey, who plays fan favourite Griffin Connor on the series. The charismatic Canadian actor was only too happy to share why he thinks season two is must-watch TV, what’s next for Griff and more. [Read more...]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with REMEDY Star Enrico Colantoni

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In anticipation of tonight’s return of REMEDY on Global TV (9PM ET/PT) the TV Addict was recently afforded the opportunity to check in with series star Enrico Colantoni. Not surprisingly, the affable actor and star of such TV Addict favourites like VERONICA MARS, JUST SHOOT ME and PERSON OF INTEREST was only too happy to share what attracted him to the project, why you should be watching REMEDY and what’s next for one of Canada’s biggest and brightest exports. [Read more...]

Exclusive Interview: Jack Laskey Finds His Inner Hero on X COMPANY


When you think of secret agents or action heroes, an endless montage of American or British figures are likely to appear in your mind: James Bond, Captain America, Sydney Bristol, Natasha Romanoff, etc. The list goes on and on.

But what if I told you that a synesthete, a journalist, a student, a policeman, and a salesman were among the ordinary citizens who were handpicked by the Allies to become some of the world’s first secret agents? That’s the concept behind Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern’s (FLASHPOINT) new CBC spy series X COMPANY, which is led by a rising English export from the British stage — Jack Laskey. [Read more...]

X COMPANY Interview: I Spy a Return to Television for Dustin Milligan

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90210 fans can look forward to seeing the return of Dustin Milligan this winter in the role of Tom Cummings on CBC’s new spy series X COMPANY.

Milligan, who also stars as Ted Mullens on CBC’s other freshman series SCHITT’S CREEK, has not had a regular role on the small screen since his departure from the Beverly Hills-set drama back in 2009. But if fans are expecting more teen angst and love triangles, then they’re not going to get that from this series by FLASHPOINT co-creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. [Read more...]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with OPEN HEART Star Mena Massoud

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OPEN HEART follows Dylan (Karis Cameron) a sixteen year old who is pained by her fathers sudden disappearance, she acts out and has to serve community service at Open Heart Hospital.  Dylan decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate her fathers disappearance, all while dealing with the fact that her grandparents and mother are all doctors at Open Heart.   I caught up with one of the young stars of the  Canadian hit, Mena Massoud about his character Jared, how his audition went, and some scenes he’s excited for viewers to see.  [Read more...]

For Canadian Eyes Only: AIR FARCE New Year’s Eve Returns!

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Press Release: The Farce awakens… 2014 is almost over, but not before the year’s biggest stories are subjected to the AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE treatment. From Polar Vortex cold to Olympic gold, from soccer’s World Cup to body cameras on cops, Canada’s favourite comedy troupe is back, turning pipelines into punchlines, with an ALL-NEW special featuring their take on the year’s biggest stories.

Tune in on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM (8:30 NT) as Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park, and Penelope Corrin return to CBC with two new cast members—Second City alumnus Darryl Hinds and the multi-talented Aisha Alfa—and a line-up of famous Canadians ready to join in the fun. [Read more...]

CraveTV Review


If you’re wondering why it has taken this TV Addict slightly longer than expected to post our review of CraveTV, Bell Media’s Netflix competitor that launched earlier this month, look no further than the service itself.

Billed as “a video streaming service offering full seasons and series of the most loved and celebrated shows ever,” CraveTV is — simply put — a TV Addict’s dream. No really. Any grammar, spelling and/or syntax errors from here on in should be solely attributed to the fact that even as we type this, we’re half-watching INSIDE AMY SCHUMER in a little window at the top left of our desktop! That’s how good CraveTV is, we cannot stop watching it. It’s a problem, a big one. But before we get into why, let’s start off with the glowingly positive shall we.

CraveTV isn’t messing around when it comes to selection. From genre-defining series that we’re embarrassed to admit we still haven’t found the time to watch (See: HBO classics such as THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE and DEADWOOD) and half-hour sketch shows we’ve only seen bits and pieces of on YouTube (See: KEY AND PEELE, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and KROLL SHOW) to exclusives that we’ve already started binge-watching (Hello WGN’s MANHATTAN) and classics that we can’t get enough of (See: MONTY PYTHON, SEINFELD, and FRASIER), CraveTV isn’t messing around when it comes to feeding our seemingly insatiable appetite for all things television. Suffice it to say, if you are eligible to subscribe to CraveTV — particularly at the launch price of $4 per month — it’s an absolute no brainer. No really. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t stop what you’re doing right now, call your local cable provider and spend this holiday season holed up in your living room watching the glory that is STAR TREK’s most underrated and under-appreciated gem DEEP SPACE NINE!

Oh wait there is a reason… which brings me to that dark side of the service that I teased earlier in this post.

Related: “How Bell Media Bumbled the Launch of CraveTV”

First and foremost. As a long time Rogers customer, myself — not to mention millions of others across Canada — are shut out from this service due to the unholy war between Bell Media and Rogers that does little but infuriate customers on both sides (See: Rogers equally childish treatment of NHL fans who aren’t paying a pretty penny to Rogers each and every month). But even more troubling than Bell Media’s exclusionary policies* is that CraveTV’s new business model effectively sidesteps any regulatory issues put in place by the astoundingly ineffective CRTC in terms of their recent purchase of Astral Media. Which is to say. non-Bell subscribers to HBO Canada should all but assume that any new and exciting content will no longer be built around the traditional over-the-air model that many of us have been subscribing to for all these years but rather reserved for CraveTV’s catalogue. Case in point, Bell Media’s recent announcement** that will see a remastered, 16×9, full-frame, high definition version of THE WIRE be exclusively released to CraveTV subscribers this January rather than where it belongs on HBO Canada.

shomi Review: Why We’re Not Buying What Rogers and Shaw are Selling (At Least Not Yet!)

And finally, any review of CraveTV wouldn’t be complete without the mention of their advertising strategy. You know those posters and billboards that have been plastered across the city? Well, they’re sort of missing a giant asterisk when it comes to that $4 per month price tag. Just to be clear: CraveTV is only $4 per month if you already subscribe to Bell or one of their partner’s cable packages. Packages, which after a quick scan online appear to range between $39.99 and $111.95 per month. (Current cable partners include: TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers)

All that being said, if you are one of the shrinking number of Canadians who, like us, fork over one hundred plus dollars a month to prop up an antiquated cable model, CraveTV is completely worth it. One can only hope that (a) Bell Media sees the error of their ways and opens up this package to all of Canada as soon as possible. Or at the very least, (b), allows me to a finish binge-watching the fantastic first season of MANHATTAN before they pull my media credentials in response to this review!

* Correction from Scott Henderson, Vice-President Communications Bell Media: We have no exclusionary policy. We have been very clear from the beginning that CraveTV is “available to every TV provider in Canada” (see release) and Kevin Crull has been clear he wants to get it into as many hands as possible. We have had meetings with all distributors, including Rogers, and we hope they come on board soon. Already Telus, Eastlink and other small cable providers have signed up and made the product available to their providers.

The TV Addict’s Response: While it’s all well and good that Bell Media doesn’t have an official exclusionary policy, I’ll believe it when I see it. Case in point, I’ve been waiting over a year, possibly two for CTV to meet with Rogers and allow me access to streaming content on and CTV’s mobile apps. (Photo Below)


** Correction from Scott Henderson, Vice-President Communications Bell Media: We also announced in this fall a deal for the entire HBO back catalogue for CraveTV (see release). This is separate than current HBO programming. All back catalogue programming will be available on CraveTV, including the Sopranos, Sex and the City and, as you note, The Wire. HBO Canada features current programming – so The Wire won’t air on HBO Canada. But to be clear, this is the same situation as in the U.S. – To our understanding The Wire will not be broadcast on HBO there.

The TV Addict’s Response: According to an official HBO (US) Press Release, the new high-definition re-mastering of THE WIRE will be available to all HBO subscribers across the US on HBO GO, as well over the air. From the release, “Now, new and old fans of the series can watch the show like never before thanks to a brand new High-Definition upgrade of all 60 episodes, which will debut in December on HBO Signature® and HBO GO®”