Canadian Idol won’t air in 2009

Canadian Idol won’t be broadcast in 2009, its network announced. The show’s sixth season concluded in September with openly gay singer Theo Tams’ win.

In a statement, CTV said that the show isn’t being cancelled but “[a]s a result of the current economic climate, production of Canadian Idol will rest for the 2009 broadcast year.” It also said that other international versions, such as those in Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia, have taken similar breaks.

The series “remains a ratings monster, scoring an average of 1.47 million viewers in September,” the Globe and Mail reported, but “advertising revenues are expected to drop sharply” next year and “the move would preserve cash as the networks brace for a recession.”

CTV puts Canadian Idol on hold [Globe and Mail]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.