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EDIT: Bell Media reorganized their press releases around the end of Jan. 2015, so most of the links prior to that date won't work, but the press releases are still there if you search for them.

Bell Media’s Entertainment Specialties Announce Acquisition of New Sensational Series for 2014/15 Lineup (includes show descriptions)

Bell Media announced today big-ticket acquisitions made for its Entertainment Specialties at the L.A. Screenings last month.

Bell Media Entertainment Specialties New 2014/15 Acquired Series:

ANGIE TRIBECA (The Comedy Network, Mid-Season, 10 x :30)

BENCHED (The Comedy Network, Mid-Season, 12 x :30)

BUZZY’S (The Comedy Network, Mid-Season, 10 x :30)

COMPLICATIONS (Bravo, Mid-Season, 10 x :60)

JENNIFER FALLS (M3, Mid-Season, 10 x :30)

PROOF (Bravo, Mid-Season, 10 x :60)

THE ROYALS (E!, Mid-Season, 10 x :60)

RUSH (Bravo, Premieres July 17 at 9 p.m. ET, 10 x :60)

YOUNGER (M3, Fall, 12 x :30)

Note: Links in the above shows point to YouTube/Vimeo trailers.
 

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Bell Media Completes 2014/15 Canadian Independent Production Slate

19-2
Season 2, Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media, 10 x :60, Bravo

AIRSHOW
Season 1, Great Pacific TV, 12 x :60, Discovery Canada

BITTEN
Season 2, No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and Entertainment One Television, 10 x :60, Space

CANADA’S WORST DRIVER
Season 10, Proper Television, 8 x :60, Discovery Canada

COLD WATER COWBOYS
Season 2, Paperney Entertainment, 8 x :60, Discovery Canada

Corner Gas: The Movie
Holiday Event, Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc., 1 x :120, CTV, The Movie Network, The Comedy Network

DEGRASSI
Season 14, Epitome Pictures Inc., a DHX Media company, 28 x :30, MTV

HIGHWAY THRU HELL
Season 3, Great Pacific TV, 17 x :60, Discovery Canada

JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS
Season 3, Just For Laughs Television, 13 x :60, The Comedy Network

KILLJOYS
Season 1, Temple Street Productions, 10 x :60, Space

SENSITIVE SKIN
Season 1, Rhombus Media, in association with Baby Cow Productions, 6 x :30, HBO Canada

TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES
Season 2, QVF Inc.,12 x :60, The Movie Network

Full Press Release including show descriptions.

Note: I haven't included the CTV productions.
 

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The Comedy Network Acquires JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, now in its 12th season, is set to follow THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET, in simulcast with ABC, beginning in September.

Press Release.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE will replace THE COLBERT REPORT, which ends this year. JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE has been showing on City TV.
 

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Does this mean that The Comedy Network will do simsub over ABC? I have just about enough of TSN simsubbing over US broadcast channels. Now another specialty channel will do the same?
 

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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE is being simsubbed by City TV right now, so it shouldn't be any worse than it is now.

Simsubbing with specialty channels only happens when the specialty channel asks for it and your provider agrees to do it. For example, if The Comedy Network asks for a simsub of JKL, Bell may agree and simsub it's customers. Telus may not agree, so Telus customers will get the ABC broadcast on ABC.
 

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Even though I dislike the simsub practice with all my heart, I kind of understand the broadcast-on-broadcast simsub. The rationale is since both are available freely OTA, benefits must be given to Canadian broadcaster. What I do not like is specialty-on-broadcast simsub.

By definition, specialties are cabble TVs, meaning that those who want specialties must actively seek for them and add them to the lineup and pay for the channels. That is why I hate TSN simsubs over broadcast channels. If one wants TSN, one should pay for TSN.

Seeing that The Comedy Network is owned by Bell and I am with Bell Fibe, the probability of TCN simsub over ABC is almost 1.
 

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DUAL SURVIVAL Returns for its Fourth Season on Discovery World, July 6

DUAL SURVIVAL, Season 4, premiering Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery World.

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Québec Specialty Channels

Yesterday evening, Bell Media presented to advertisers and ad agencies its fall programming for its French-language specialty channels, namely Canal Vie, Canal D, VRAK TV, Investigation, Ztélé, RDS, RDS2 and RDS Info, as well as CTV and other featured channels (MusiquePlus and MusiMax).

Details are in the press release.
 

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Bell Media laying off up to 120 across Toronto TV operations

Kevin Newman Live, the prime-time newscast of CTV News Channel, has been cancelled as part of the announcement Monday.

Writer Colin Horgan tweeted: “Programming update: there's no program anymore. Kevin Newman Live is done as of today, kids.”
Kevin Crull, president of Bell Media, said the cuts reduce Bell’s Toronto area workforce by five per cent and represent 1.8 per cent of the national team.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bel...to-120-across-toronto-tv-operations-1.2684830
 

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FINDING CARTER premieres Tuesday, July 8 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV

The premiere episode is immediately followed by a second all-new episode of FINDING CARTER at 11 p.m. ET.

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FINDING CARTER also premieres the same time on MTV in the U.S.

Other MTV July highlights.
 

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The People’s Couch premieres on Sunday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Bravo. The 10-episode, half-hour reality series features eight viewing groups of Canadian TV fans reacting to, and deliberating on, the buzziest shows of the past week. The show is based on the U.K. hit Gogglebox and THE PEOPLE’S COUCH on Bravo U.S.

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