Continuing with all the Upfront festivities in Toronto this week, Corus Entertainment is the latest Television giant to unveil their 2018/2019 schedule at the CORUS USFRONT!
Canadian favourites like Big Brother Canada, Mary Kills People, Private Eyes and Entertainment Tonight Canada will be returning for another season. Lifestyle favourites Top Chef Canada, Holmes + Holmes, Property Brothers, Property Brothers: Buying and Selling, Carnival Eats and Ultimate Food Bucket List are among the new and returning.
New and exciting to Global’s Primetime Lineup are Series FBI, NEW AMSTERDRAM, HAPPY TOGETHER, ABBY’S, I FEEL BAD, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD and DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS.
In-town to ring-in the celebrations were the likes of Property Brothers, Cedric The Entertainer (The Neighbourhood), Zeeko Zaki (FBI), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Daniel Ezra (All American), Paul Adelstein (I Feel Bad) and Oliver Stark (911). Stark’s partner Hannah Gottesman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2) also come out to support him!
We’ve been to New York City many times but never for #TVWeek and are we ever glad we did! Stars flocked to the cosmopolitan mecca this week to present the upcoming 2017-2018 programming lineups on behalf of their respective networks. Known also as the Upfronts, major networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CW and several more this past week announced upcoming cancellations, renewals and brand-new Series coming to their programming slates.
The star power was explosive and several faces, familiar and new graced the Big Apple. While we were only able to stay for the first part of #TVWeek, we are thrilled at the caliber of talent we saw and met! I mean, Toronto hosts the Canadian Upfronts in early June which also is exciting, but this was another level!
Some highlights of the new and exciting shows we can expect to see this Fall on TV below!
SPLITTING UP TOGETHER (ABC)– stars Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer whose marriage is rekindled after their divorce.
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – Fan fave Shemar Moore heads this Los Angeles law enforcement unit.
SEAL TEAM (CBS) – David Boreneaz stars in this Series about a Navy Seals unit and their dangerous missions.
WISDOM OF THE CROWD (CBS)– Jeremy Piven stars in this Series about a man who invents an app which seeks to solve his daughter’s murder.
WORLD OF DANCE (NBC) – Reality Series with Ne-Yo, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Derek Hough and more.
GOOD GIRLS (NBC) – Mae Whitman and Retta star in this series about friends who rob a supermarket to make ends meet but get away with a lot more than they bargained for.
REVERIE (NBC) – Dennis Haysbert stars as a former detective who creates a virtual reality program which has unexpected consequences.
THE GOOD DOCTOR (ABC) – Freddie Highmore stars as a young autistic doctor who relocates from quiet country life to a prestigious hospital’s surfical unit.
UNTITLED ZACH BRAFF PROJECT (ABC)– Zach Braff stars as a radio journalist who quits his job to start his own company.
THE MAYOR (ABC)– A young rapper runs for mayor of California to help draw attention to his music. Yvette Nicole Brown and Lea Michele star alongside Brandon Michael Hall.
THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN (ABC)– Jason Ritter stars as a man on the path to despair who is tasked with saving the world.
LIFE SENTENCE (CW) – Lucy Hale stars as a woman diagnosed with cancer, to find out she isn’t dying after all.
DYNASTY (CW) – The classic prime-time soap gets revived and stars Grant Show.
THE RESIDENT (FOX) – Matthew Czuchry and Emily Van Camp star as senior doctor who shows a young doctor the realities of modern medicine.
GHOSTED (FOX) – A skeptic and a believer in the supernatural are paired to look into unexplained activity in Los Angeles. Adam Scott and Craig Robinson both star.
THE GIFTED (FOX)– A spin-off Series of the X-Men franchise starring Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker and Jamie Chung.
RISE (NBC) – Josh Radnor stars as a teacher who takes over a high school’s lackluster theatre department.
10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY –Kyra Sedgwick stars as a TV producer who has to cope with her daughter going missing.
YOUNG SHELDON (CBS) – Focuses on The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon in his younger years.
WILL AND GRACE (ABC) – The beloved cast reunite for a special 10-episode revival of the Series.
ROSEANNE (ABC) – Popular Sitcom gets a revival with original cast members.
More to come. Stay tuned!
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Nobody does the Upfronts bigger than Bell Media year after year, and in celebration of their forthcoming Fall/Midseason Lineup, they brought out some of their big guns to pitch to Media Buyers at a Special Presentation at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Talent at the Bell Media Upfronts this year included Stars from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, How To Get Away with Murder, Gotham, Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Hope and new Series like Quantico, Blindspot, The Catch (from Shonda Rhimes), Lucifer and Code Black.
President of Bell Media, Phil King, delivered some hard facts to potential Media Buyers. Last season, CTV aired six of the Top Six new most-watched Series. Above this, 12 out of their 18 core Primetime Series are less than three years old, pointing-out their commitment to always deliver fresh, evolving programming options.
We’re sure excited to see some of these new Series this Fall/Midseason and thrilled to see the positively awesome Jaimie Alexander get her long overdue moment in the spotlight on new Series, Blindspot. And if there is any one new Program, destined to succeed, we’re certainly placing our bets on prophetically-named Legends of Tomorrow!
Although it doesn’t have the starpower it’s had in years past, the Rogers Upfronts are here today, a prelude to three days of Special Presentations to Media Buyers for the upcoming Television Season from Canada’s Broadcasting Giants.
Here to ring-in the festivities, among others is acting Veteran Robert Patrick who stars in SCORPION as Cabe Gallo, set to air a second season on CITY. The Series centers around a Computer Expert who calls on his genius friends to help solve problems and save lives.
Patrick who has appeared in several high-profile TV Series and Films including True Blood, Sons of Anarchy, Walk the Line, The Sopranos and Terminator 2: Judgment Day made a visit to Breakfast Television unannounced and was awesome to stop for some Photos with Fans who were excited to see what surprises Rogers had to unveil.
We hear that an acclaimed Teen Star from an eagerly-awaited new Series will be unveiled tonight too! News was announced earlier that The Mindy Project, despite no longer getting major network distribution in the U.S., will continue to air in Canada on the Network, while new additions like Muppet Show, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Scream Queens from Glee and American Horror Story Creator Ryan Murphy, will debut this Fall on CITY too.
The 2014 Canadian Upfronts are in full swing and Shaw Media truly upped their game this year unveiling their upcoming Fall and 2015 Mid-Season Lineups. Heavy on its focus on new American programming for its Global Television, over 50 new Programs also were picked-up on their Specialty Networks (i.e. Showcase, History, HGTV, Food, Slice, DTour and Lifetime).
A litany of Talent representing a wide array of Shaw Media programming, appeared at Elgin Theatre today to celebrate the occasion.
Among the new Series being acquired were:
A to Z
State of Affairs
The Red Tent
Down East Dickering
Biker Battleground Phoenix
Mike’s Ultimate Garage
House Hunters International Renovation
Sold on the Spot
The Jennie Garth Project
My Big Family Renovation
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Vacation House for Free
Ellen’s Design Challenge
Food Truck Face Off
Chopped: Ultimate Chopped Champions Tournament
Great Canadian Cookbook
The Singles Project
Extreme Guide to Parenting
Ladies of London
Million Dollar Listing Miami
Online Dating Rituals of the American Male
See No Evil
Ghost Adventures: Aftershock
Border Security Australia
Hotel Secrets & Legends
Little Women: LA
In attendance today were: Kevin Zegers, Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow), Megan Boone (The Blacklist), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), Matt Ryan (Constantine), Charles Barnett (Chicago Fire), Jesse Lee Soffer (Chicago P.D.), Dillon Casey (Remedy), Sara Canning (Remedy), Enrico Colantoni (Remedy), Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue), Susur Lee (Chopped Canada), Leslie Odom Jr. (State of Affairs), in addition Shaw‘s fine roster of Talent including personalities like Cheryl Hickey, John Catucci, Leslie Roberts, Antony Robart, Roz Weston and several more.
For more information on Shaw‘s upcoming 2014 Fall/2015 Mid-Season Lineup, click here.
Bell Media unveiled their 2013 Fall/Midseason Lineup at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts today, bringing-in a number of familiar faces to ring-in the occasion. Among the Stars in Toronto today were Eric Dane, Snooki, Shawn Ashmore, Meghan Ory, Katie Cassidy, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Tate Donovan, Bethenny Frankel and several more.
Despite persistent rain, Fans still lined the Red Carpet to catch a glimpse of the Talent and many were more than accommodating despite less-than-ideal conditions, although Snooki left several Fans disappointed by rushing-in, bypassing interviews.
See some of the names and faces from earlier today and the Shows announced:
Once Upon a Time: Now in its third season, the Fantasy-Drama Series shot in Vancouver, returns Sunday nights on CTV this Fall at 7:00 PM and present today was Ruby herself, Meghan Ory.
Hostages: Although only on short-order, this Drama Series starring Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan (pictured below) airs this Fall on CTV Mondays at 10:00 PM.
Arrow: Already proving a Hit, this Action-Adventure Series starring Toronto’s Stephen Amell returns a second Season this Fall on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM on CTV. Katie Cassidy who stars as Laurel Lance, appeared today on behalf of the Series.
Bethenny: Daughter of Horse Racing Great Bobby Frankel and every bit a Business Magnate in her own right, Bethenny Frankel, gets her own Talk Show this Fall which airs daily at 2:00 PM on CTV.
The Following: Returning for a second season in 2014, the Psychological-Thriller Series starring Kevin Bacon was represented by Stars Valorie Curry and Toronto’s own Shawn Ashmore.
The Last Ship: After a Pandemic kills-off most of the World Population, the Crew of a Naval Destroyer is forced to face the realities of a new existence. Eric Dane who stars as Captain Tom Chandler in the Series was present today. The Series is set to air in 2014.
The Amazing Race Canada: After an extensive Talent Search, the Reality Series is set to debut this Fall on Sundays at 8:00 PM on CTV with Gold Medal-winning Olympian Jon Montgomery hosting.
Believe: J.J. Abrams produces this Fantasy Series about a gifted young Girl who has an unlikely pairing with a Prisoner and together they must fight off the evil elements that hunt her powers. CTV airs Sunday nights at 9:00 PM this Fall. Delroy Lindo who stars as Winter in the Series, appeared today.
The Goldbergs: One of this Season’s biggest potential Hits is the Family Comedy, The Goldbergs, which centers on a protective Matriarch, her Husband and three Children. Sean Giambrone (below) was among the Kids from the Cast who came to town.
Criminal Minds: The wildly-popular Crime Series returns again this Fall on Wednesday nights at 9:00 PM on CTV and appearing today were Shemar Moore (who comes for a second consecutive year) and Toronto’s own A.J. Cook.
See Moore with Fans below:
Snooki & JWoww: The MTV Reality Series gets renewed for a third season and Snooki herself came to ring-in the occasion.
Several other exciting new Series were announced also today including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Kirstie (starring Kirstie Alley), MasterChef Canada and several more. Read about it here.
Shaw Media is set to unveil their 2013 Fall and Mid-Season Lineup today at their annual Upfronts and in Toronto today are a few familiar and exciting Television Personalities! On Global Television‘s The Morning Show not only was it unveiled that popular News Anchor Leslie Roberts would be hosting the National Edition of the increasingly-popular morning staple, but here in-town today are the likes of Blair Underwood, Daniel Dae-Kim, Ana Ortiz and Soap Legend Susan Lucci!
Ironside – The Drama Series stars Blair Underwood (Sex and the City, LAX) as Robert T. Ironside, a Police Detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting. He still continues to forge ahead with a brand-new handpicked Team. It airs this Fall and also can be seen in the U.S. on NBC.
Hawaii Five-O: After three successful seasons, the CBS Series starring Scott Caan, Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim (pictured below) gets a Friday time slot this Fall at 9:00 PM.
Devious Maids: From the same Creator as Desperate Housewives comes this long-awaited Comedy about four Latina Maids and the juicy Stories they share working for Beverly Hills’ most wealthy Families. The Series stars Roselyn Sánchez, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Ana Ortiz and of course, Susan Lucci (the latter two seen below). I’ll have the pleasure chatting with Ortiz and Lucci later today on the delicious new Series. Stay tuned. The Series premieres Sunday, June 23, 2013 on Lifetime Canada.
Glee:Glee Star Dot-Marie Jones (below) was spotted a couple days ago in the City and although she wasn’t specifically here for the Upfronts (she attended the Event in 2011), the Actress who is known best as Coach Shannon Beiste on the Musical-Comedy Series, was here to do good. Read more here. Glee airs Thursday nights at 9:00 PM this Fall.
City announced its eagerly-awaited new 2013 Fall and Mid-Season Lineup earlier today this morning on Breakfast Television and although the Starpower may not have been as stellar as previous Upfronts, the Station did introduce some promising welcome additions and the welcome return of some Favourites!
Unveiled earlier today were:
Package Deal– a Vancouver-filmed Sitcom about three dysfunctionally-close Brothers and the Woman who comes between them. The Series stars Randal Edwards, Julia Voth, Jay Malone and Harland Williams. The Series airs Mondays this Fall at 8:30 PM EST. Learn more here. The Principal Cast of the Series came to introduce the Series earlier today and pictured below are Voth (L), Malone (Top R), Williams (Bottom R).
Super Fun Night– Starring red-hot Rebel Wilson, this Series centers around three geeky Girlfriends who go on a quest to find fun every Friday night. Liza Lapira, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop and Canadian Lauren Ash (pictured below) star also and the Series airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 PM EST.
The Crazy Ones – Set in the cutthroat world of Advertising, Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star as a Father and Daughter pair and the Series centers on the dynamics of their relationship. Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton and the handsome James Wolk (pictured below) also star! Kelly Clarkson even appears on the Series! The Series airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST.
Mother-Up!– Centering around a disgraced former Music Executive-turned-Mom, this Animated Feature features the Voicework of A-List TV Actress Eva Longoria (see below!), Gabrielle Miller, Jesse Camacho, Cle Bennett and more. Debuting mid-Season, the Series still has yet to be slotted in an official time slot.
Returning on City this Fall are the likes of Modern Family, The Carrie Diaries, Two Broke Girls, Scandal and Revenge. Looking great are new Series like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Once Upon a Time Spin-Off), Mom (starring the amazing Ana Faris) and Betrayal.
City once again will be airing Music’s most famous night, The Grammys, once again and Musical-Drama Series Nashville, which formerly aired on CTV in Canada, will be making the switch the City next season.
Sometimes in life we are a bit quick to judge the unknown. If you asked me a year ago if I could see myself using a Huawei phone, I would’ve cried blasphemy, knowing well my brand loyalties. Flash-forward to now and I find myself back-peddling on my opinion.
The Huawei P30 Pro is unlike any phone I’ve used ever before. Being an avid Photographer whether it be on the Red Carpet, posing for Selfies with the stars, chronicling my food adventures or visits to my equine friends, my digital brand depends very much on a proper Smartphone. The device itself is almost as important as the content I deliver. We didn’t get voted Now MagazineReaders’ Choice Best Blogger wasting precious moments in our day. A ride on the subway is an opportunity to connect with my Readers. A lull in my day is a chance to tell you about something great I’ve discovered. I’ll admit most of the content I deliver on my Blog whether it be Reviews, First Looks or our famous Canada-wide Giveaways, more often than not is drafted on-the-go. While nothing can replace an SLR, my camera finally has met its match in the Huawei P30 Pro and its Leica Quad Camera System transfixing light and space. We love not having to upload photos from our SLR to our Smartphone via an upload utility when we can take actual SLR-quality pictures right on our phone itself.
Count ’em, the Huawei P30 Pro has FOUR Camera options:
•SuperZoom (50x) Lens
•40 MP Super Sensing Camera
•20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens
•HUAWEI TOF Camera
Also, don’t forget there’s a SpectacularMacro feature, letting you photograph with amazing clarity at 2.5 cm away from your subject. Detail you need to see to believe.
I confess, I am obsessed most with the Huawei P30 Pro‘s Portrait mode and continually find myself in awe at the breathtaking results the phone yields. Few can decipher the quality difference between a photo I’ve taken on the phone versus my SLR. If anything, the phone photos had more depth and richness in many instances.
The Huawei P30 Pro has an unparalleled 256GB storage for your photos, music, videos and files and operates with up to 8GB RAM on its 7 NM Processor. It literally could, if you dare, substitute a laptop with the array of apps you can access on Google Play Store, but know that its MateBook functionality too easily lets you transfer files to your laptop in seconds if you’re OCD about backing-up your files like me.
We can vouch that even after snapping content endlessly, plus loading the device with several high-power consuming apps for photo and video editing, we still couldn’t even put a dent in its memory capacity. This gives us sheer confidence that the phone is a keeper and something we can depend on.
Let’s talk aesthetics. The eye-pleasing phone comes in Breathing Crystal (I would have picked this!) and Black, with a 6.47″ OLED Dewdrop display and double 3D-curved glass body. We admit its sleekness makes it a bit slippery on the surface, so we wouldn’t use the phone without a proper case.
It synced beautifully via Bluetooth with the Honda Accord Hybrid we test-drove and our headset too. Note, there is no Audio jack and this is problematic if you need that for microphones or headphones. We will say though that the phone captures audio beautifully so you might be okay without a mic if you’re a Content Creator.
The Huawei P30 Pro has IP68 water and dust resistance for added peace of mind and protection. Best of all, its super-fast charge can arm you with up to 70% power in 30 minutes. This is just as good as several of its closest competitors in the market.
We won’t lie, the phone has a few quirks including making you set a PIN should you need to connect to VPN with the device for your job. We found it all too easily landed on Aperture, Pro and Video camera modes when trying to launch the camera, which is a bit of a nuisance when all you want to do is take a simple snap and do it on the fly. Another pain point is its Touch-Disable mode which triggers an error every time your fingers touch the top of the phone screen, not letting you proceed further in the name of preventing the trigger of accidental operations. We couldn’t take it no more and finally found a way to disable it in the phone’s settings. Honestly, we’re good Huawei – less is more, sometimes. These however are small issues if you look at the value and scope of what the phone can offer you. The phone excites us.
There isn’t much to say about the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring that we haven’t already said in our previous peace. The beauty of a ride soars on all fronts and was just as superb as we recall in our Holiday adventures. More here.
The 2019 Honda AccordHybridTouring powered by its 2.0-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, i-VTEC® turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, offers outstanding fuel economy as our travels took us from the suburbs to the city, to the country! We had a busy, star-studded week at the 2019 Accord Hybrid took us there! With gas prices plummeting once again, we were able to make it through our five-day weekend on less than $40 and believe us, we saw a lot and had the AC on with the car’s highly-efficient Climate Control, as we finally saw some sun once again. Believe me, we put that moonroof to use as well, zipping through Burlington and working on our tan. We earned this amazing weather! We’ve seen this car now through sun, rain, snow, heat and cold and it prevails under all conditions.
One minor quirk we noticed after parking the park in the heat was that multiple alarming alerts with its Active Safety features among others, alerting us to bring the car to a dealer including:
LANE KEEPING ASSIST SYSTEM
ROAD DEPARTURE MITIGATION SYSTEM
AUTO HIGH-BEAM HEADLIGHTS
While this took place we also noticed a bit of freezing navigating Display Audio System, which led us to do a Factory Default Reset. After parking the car overnight we noticed the alerts went away for good. If you recall over the winter, the car’s Tire Pressure Monitor System alert came on as well which caused a minor panic on Christmas Day for us, but alas was nothing to be concerned about after verifying tire pressure at the gas station.
We can’t resist the abundance of charging port options and neither could our friends who tagged along and the luxury of the leather-trimmed seats, the driver’s seat adjustable 12 ways , putting you in control of your drive like never before.
The Accord Hybrid synced beautifully with the Huawei P3o Pro we’re testing on its 452-watt AM/FM Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability and 10 speakers including subwoofer, delivered audio magic and we can prove it! We’ve got Elton fever after witnessing the magic that is ROCKETMAN recently. You must see it!
We’re super-stoked about the Queen’s Plate which takes place Canada Day weekend at Woodbine Racetrack and we witnessed some magic in Canadian-born, American-based filly DESERT RIDE romping in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks. She solidifies her spot against the boys in the Queen’s Plate and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her!
She came out of nowhere! American-based Canadian-bred filly DESERT RIDE takes the $500k Woodbine Oaks under Steven Bahen for Sam-Son Farm. She is trained by Neil Howard. pic.twitter.com/SoDXtY4GDh