Hello, [insert tv market name]!!
A collection of the ‘Hello News’ package produced by Gari Communications, sold to various TV networks, nationwide (and Australia.) Hello Bonus 1:
Florence Warner sings “Hello Nashville” live, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Hello Bonus 2:
The Osmonds record a “Hello Utah” promo.
Global British Columbia Sports Anchor Barry Deley wins lotto home draw, live on his own TV channel
. But it turns out he's got an even more personal connection to the lottery.
If you lived in Canada in the 80s and 90s, then the holiday season meant one thing
: Give like Santa
, save like Scrooge.
It's almost time to Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys
-- the final episode of the Trailer Park Boys
aired in December, 2008. (As Bubbles says, "It's a dirty, sassy liquor. So sassy.") Producer Mike Clattenburg says that there will be a second movie
, "Countdown to Liquor Day"
, to be released late in 2009. After that, though, the TPB franchise will buy the great double-wide in the sky
. [pervyously, preevisilly or however th' fuck you say it.] [more inside]
Dick Stacey's Country Jamboree
is now available on DVD/CD after years of slowly fading into obscurity. "I was wrong in thinking the Jamboree was a thing of the past," said Dick Stacey, a man whose three gas stations and motel took over sponsoring this uniquely Maine talent showcase on a whim in 1973—and ended up lasting just over a decade
. [more inside]
In 1954, the producers of the radio show Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
needed a gimmick to make sure its radio audience would watch the TV version
of the show. Meanwhile, the show's sponsor, Quaker Oats, needed a follow-up to their ad campaign about how Quaker Puffed Wheat is shot out of guns
. So Chicago adman, Bruce Baker (later the creator of Captain Crunch
), dreamt up a wildly successful PR stunt for both Sgt. Preston of the Yukon and Quaker Oats by buying up one-inch plots of land in the Yukon
(with legal assistance from future British Columbia senator
George van Roggen) and giving away deeds to the land
for free in copies of Quaker Oats cereal. (For a picture of the deed, click here
) [more inside]
Little Mosque on the Prairie
is a new Canadian sitcom that premiers January 9th at 8:30 PM EST on the CBC
. To promote the series, 135 kilograms of shawarma was served up
(embedded Flash video) Thursday on a downtown Toronto street, with a flock of camels on hand to spread the halal-arity
. Considerable buzz is being generated, with American talking heads discussing
the effect this show may have, and why it would never have been created in the US. Says series creator Zarqa Nawaz
: "North America should be the first place where a comedy like this would come about, where Muslims can be comfortable in their own skin."
Jay and Silent Bob go Canadian
when Kevin Smith
of "Clerks", "Chasing Amy" "Mallrats" fame writes himself into a script to reenact a teenage fantasy: making out with Degrassi High's
"Caitlin", a character in the both the classic series
and it's new "Next Generation"
version. He nearly roped Ben Affleck into it ("Affleck, honestly, could use the work right now"
), but is going with Alanis
Big Plans. Little Brains. Mike Clattenburg's Trailer Park Boys
could soon be more
than just a Canadian phenomenon
. The mockumentary began as a film
, was adapted into a TV series
and has been airing for three seasons on Showcase
in Canada (not to be confused with this
). Ricky, Julian
even joined Our Lady Peace
during its Fear of the Trailer Park Tour
last summer (soon to be documented on CD and DVD
) and could be seen alongside Don Cherry
in The Tragically Hip's
video for "The Darkest One" (a look behind the scenes
- qt version
even appeared in that informer guy's video for "Legal"
and has been writing
in character. (TPB was mentioned briefly here and
MTV Canada plays too many videos, says rival
When is the last time you heard that MTV plays too many videos, if ever?OK, crappy videos, but still...
For the Canadian's out there, I'm sure I don't have to remind you about those classic CanCon series' The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High,
and Degrassi High.
(Any Canadian between 15-35 grew up on at least one of these) Well starting October 14th, we can all grow up again with a new gang of kids on Degrassi: The Next Generation! Who will be the next Joey Jeremiah?
RIP, Mr. Dressup.
For Canadians who were growing up in the 70s and 80s, the loss of this icon is a sad, sad happening. If only there were people to teach today's kids how to have fun with pipecleaners and cardboard instead of whining for $300 in video games. What became of old-fashioned imagination?
The body that regulates cable in Canada, the CRTC
, is licensing 283 new channels. All will be available only through digital set-top boxes.
Along with the expected Biography, Mystery, and ZDTV channels, in the mandatory tier we're getting Book Television from CHUM, a gay and lesbian channel, a documentary channel, and Land and Sea, a rural service from the CBC. If that wasn't wacky enough, the optional channels will include BBC Canada, the Wine Television Network, two wedding channels, several hockey channels, and channels dedicated to theatre, poetry, jazz, dance, pets, South Asian culture, international film, horses, law, martial arts… just about anything you can think of, actually.
While I don't expect they can all survive, it should make for an interesting six months.
Finally, someone giving one or more fingers to Toronto's tightarsed, outdated nouveaux-médias
hiring practices. How would you
like to be on call 24 hours a day
as an interactive-TV manager for the Weather Network way the fork out in Mississauga? Lila Feng
worship isn't enough of a payoff, kids.