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'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' Says 'Sayonara' to Geisha Chin and Joey Arrigo

by Bryan Cairns, posted Aug 18th 2011 9:00AM

It was crunch time this week on 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada.' With the top 10 almost in their grasp, the remaining 12 contestants held nothing back Monday night. Considering all the amazing talent left, it's getting harder to even fathom anyone going home but ultimately, contemporary dancers Geisha Chin and Joey Arrigo were eliminated.

Nonetheless, the two were all smiles Wednesday morning and spoke to AOL TV Canada about the results, their performances and who has a good shot at winning this competition.

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Canadians and Americans, Together at Last ... on TV!

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 27th 2011 5:30PM
This weekend, both Canadians and Americans have something to celebrate. In Canada, we have Canada Day, and in the US, it's the Fourth of July. It's only once a year that the neighboring countries have patriotic holidays so close together.

In a more TV-related vein, one of the less-remarked-on revelations from the WikiLeaks cables that came out last year concerned Canadian television. American policy analysts expressed concern about the negative views of Americans being shown in Canadian shows like 'The Border' and 'Little Mosque on the Prairie.' Apparently, the border guards and customs officials seemed kind of mean, and this had ramifications for American homeland security.

Frankly, I was more surprised that anyone was watching 'The Border' that closely.

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William Shatner Sets Sights on Genie Awards

by Sarah Kelsey, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:15AM
Ottawa, get ready -- Captain Kirk is headed to your city. It was just announced that William Shatner, the Canadian icon and current star of '$#*! My Dad Says,' will host this year's Genie Awards gala.

"I'm so looking forward to coming to Canada as the host of the 31st annual Genie Awards and seeing a lot of my old friends," said Shatner in a release issued today. "Unfortunately, most of them are dead of old age."

The annual event celebrates the Canadian film industry and will take place at the National Arts Centre in Canada's capital.

Working alongside Shatner will be 'Barney's Version' and 'Twilight' star Rachelle Lefevre who will act as 'the voice' of the event. Special musical performances and celebrity presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Catch the Genie Awards on March 10 at 8PM on CBC.

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Why You Should Give 'Being Erica' a Try

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 28th 2010 2:01PM
being_erica_soapnetThere are so many channels on television today that you may not have noticed a wonderful little hour drama on SOAPNet called 'Being Erica.' If you like 'Drop Dead Diva.' If you go for the characters on 'Glee.' If you care about stories for women but don't go for the Lifetime TV movies. If you can appreciate the differences between American TV and Canadian TV, 'Being Erica' is for you.

Starring Erin Karpluk as Erica Strange, a 32-year-old literary editor and wannabe writer, she's a mass of complications in the tradition of all romantic comedy heroines. But 'Being Erica' has a fun, mystical twist to the standard situations we've seen on other shows before.

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Stephen Colbert makes Canada jokes, speedskater calls him a jerk

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2009 4:29PM
As you've probably heard, Stephen Colbert is sponsoring the U.S. Olympic speedskating team. He raised around $300,000 for it. But that's not good enough for at least one of the players, Shani Davis. At a press conference yesterday, he called Colbert a jerk for making jokes about Canada in an episode of The Colbert Report last month. Here's the segment. You be the judge.

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
On Notice/Dead to Me - Canadian Iceholes

[via PopWatch]

[Watch clips and episodes of The Colbert Report and other shows at SlashControl.]

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And now, a commercial you won't forget (no matter how hard you try)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2009 3:39PM
First off, I want to apologize for posting this commercial, because once you see it, you won't forget it. And I don't mean in a good way.

It's from Science World in Canada, and it shows grandmothers in a way you never, ever want to see a grandmother. Enjoy!

[via Adfreak]

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Is Canada's best science fiction TV show not on TV?

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 11th 2009 1:02PM
Riese is using online marketing to emerge as Canadian's hottest sci-fi show.There are plenty of sci-fi TV shows made up in Canada. The Stargate series comes out of Vancouver -- as does Fringe. There's a proud ongoing fantasy tradition deeply rooted up there.

But, the city's local newspaper insists the best show in production in Canada's Pacific Southwest isn't on broadcast TV. It's a web series called Riese. The Steampunk-themed action series is set in another time in the kingdom of Eleysia. The title character (Christine Chatelain) battles through the countryside with a wolf avenging the death of her family.

She's fighting off a crazed, fundamentalist religious group -- the Sect. So, you can set your watch by how long the tunnel-vision crew over at Big Hollywood jumps on Riese as some sort of attack on traditional religion. (It's not.)

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Eight TV character-inspired Halloween candies

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2009 2:02PM
The candy manufacturers had better watch out, because as Halloween is approaching, TV shows have been coming up with their own candies, inspired by some of the more colorful, interesting characters. Take a look at this list, and see which are treats and which are tricks. And, listen, tell us what kind of candy your favorite TV characters might inspire!

8. How I Met Your Mother - Robin Scherbatsky's Canadian corn
Oh, Canada. Slutty pumpkins aside, Robin had to convince her American friends that Canada not only celebrates Halloween, but Canadian corn is the best Halloween candy ever. That's right, Canadian corn. It's like candy corn, only it's orange on the top and white on the bottom. It also tastes like pancakes because it isn't made with corn syrup; it's made with maple syrup.

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Mr. Sub dad has a big surprise for his family

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 24th 2009 3:25PM
I'm not familiar with the Canadian sub shop chain Mr. Sub, but their new commercial is rather interesting. It features a husband and wife who have several children, and one night at dinner the husband has a big announcement to make.

Sure, it's a shocking announcement, but this guy is all about family values. I mean, the entire family is at the dinner table at the same time. You don't see that much nowadays.

[via Adfreak]

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The Daily Show correspondents battle over health plans

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 12:34PM
There's a battle right now over President Obama's plans for healthcare, but the battle isn't going to be as funny as this one between Daily Show correspondents Samantha Bee, John Oliver, and Wyatt Cenac (well, it might be as funny, but in a sad, shake-your-head sort of way). I never want to see back-testicles ever again. (Video also here.)

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Nobody wants to film in Hollywood anymore

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 11th 2009 1:06PM
CanadaVariety has an article up about how many of the TV pilots are fleeing L.A. to film in other locations such as New York and Canada. Could this be the start of a bigger trend? Is Hollywood losing its grip on the entertainment industry?

Obviously, the biggest factor is cost. At first, the expense of filming in New York City didn't quite compute with me, then I read about the 30% tax credit given by the state, along with an additional 5% for filming within the city.

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Canada's laugh reserves running dangerously low

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 4th 2009 8:14PM
The nation of Canada, as viewed through South ParkAmericans might be running out of money, steady jobs and patience, but Canadians are dealing with an equally depressing depletion.

And no, it's not beer. A shortage of Canadian beer would be a blessing, not a curse.

Variety reports that the land of milk and hockey is low on laughs because the CTV network hasn't produced a new hit sitcom that has won the nation's maple syrup pumping hearts.

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Prime Minister Shatner?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 26th 2009 9:09AM
William ShatnerIn what may be the biggest foray of an entertainer into politics since Governor Schwarzenegger and President Reagan, William Shatner is eyeing the office of Canada's Prime Minister. The odds are that this idea he put forth in a letter will never gestate into truth, but wouldn't it be cool if it did? Canada would be led by Captain Kirk. Talk about major bragging rights. I know I'd be jealous.

I love that he declined the role of Governor General in Canada because he feels he'd be a better Prime Minister. It's typical Shatner to only want the top spot. That's what made him such an iconic starship captain.

Seriously, it's not a bad idea. Boston Legal is done. Chris Pine is taking over the role that made him famous. Priceline.com can only film so many commercials. The man has a lot of spare time on his hands. I say go for it.

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Fringe moves production farther north (and I don't mean Albany)

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2009 5:04PM
FringeI didn't even realize that Fringe was filmed in New York City. Maybe because the show is set around but not filmed in the Boston area and is a little X-Files-ish, I always assumed that it was either filmed in California or in Vancouver, the way The X-Files did for most of their run. Now it looks like the show really is going there.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that for the show's second season (if it has one, which is a good bet), the show will move to Vancouver and film there, because of the production costs. Seems the program for getting shows to film in New York proved to be more popular than they thought it would be and they've run out of money.

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Alex Trebek to help pick Canada's next Prime Minister

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 19th 2009 2:07PM
Alex TrebekAt what point do these competitive reality television series become ridiculous? Alex Trebek has been tapped to host a new Canadian television series called Canada's Next Prime Minister. The premise of the show being that a panel of former Prime Ministers will pick the next one. The CBC has already sold the show's format to the BBC.

Obviously, it won't be too long before we see America's Next President on some channel (my guess would be Fox) with a panel of judges consisting of Bill Clinton, (the late) Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George W.

Is it me, or does this seem to trivialize the office of leadership to a country? On the other hand, it seems that running for political office is a bit of a circus anyway. Perhaps electoral processes should be handled this way from now on.

I don't see how the winner of this competition would actually become Prime Minister as a result of the "victory". Of course, television creates fame so maybe the person will announce his/her candidacy shortly thereafter.

UPDATE - just for clarification, the show doesn't pick the ACTUAL next Prime Minister of Canada, but rather young people who would be good candidates for the position based on the judges' opinions.

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