CityNews has finalized a team of six reporters when it relaunches in Winnipeg on September 4.
Viewers will see some familiar faces on their TVs, including the soon-to-be former remote hosts of “Wheeler in the Morning,” Erica Natividad and Mark Neufeld. The two will join some other locally-known journalists, such as Courtney Rutherford (CBC Manitoba), Sarolta Saskiw (CTV Winnipeg) and Lisa Charleyboy (CBC New Fire).
The upcoming season of the Winnipeg-made comedy series “Sunnyside” will have two notable guest appearances.
Children’s musician and entertainer Fred Penner and local broadcaster Dave Wheeler will make cameos in two episodes of the original City series.
Penner, who plays a barber, will be included in the “Sunnyside Tours” episode, airing on Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m. CT Wheeler (92 CITI FM and Wheeler in the Morning) plays himself and also Poot Dandridge, a can collector who provides radio commentary on the happenings in Sunnyside.
A new documentary series following the journey of football players as they work to turn pro will air this fall.
The 11-part, half-hour series “Hail Mary” is being produced for Citytv and will follow six CFL hopefuls from Canada and the United States.
The Canadian series follows Edmonton Eskimos GM Eric Tillman, assistant GM Paul Jones, and head coach Kavis Reed as they scout, train, and groom a group of football players vying for a spot in the starting lineup of the CFL team.
“Hail Mary gives viewers a rare look at the challenges athletes face in pursuit of a career in professional sports,” said Claire Freeland of Rogers Media Broadcasting. “With a distinctly Canadian angle, the series delves into the stories of regular men battling against all odds to achieve their dream.”
A dance trio from Sagkeeng First Nation are the winners of “Canada’s Got Talent” and a cool $100,000 cash.
Sagkeeng’s Finest — hailing from Fort Alexander, Manitoba — received the highest number of votes for their performance on the Citytv reality show. Besides the giant cheque, the teens also won a brand new Nissan GT-R and an all-inclusive trip to the island of Tobago, a chance to perform in a Las Vegas show, and the title of Canada’s Most Talented Act.
Vincent O’Laney, 17, and brothers Brandon, 18, and Dallas Courchene, 17, auditioned in Winnipeg back in September 2011. In Monday’s night’s live finals, Sagkeeng’s Finest performed to a mash-up of Raghav’s “Fire” and Metro Station’s “Shake It,” with a fusion of traditional clogging and tap.
“Sagkeeng’s Finest is a uniquely-Canadian talent that struck a chord with communities across the country,” said executive producer Ed Robinson. “The First Nation’s traditional dance trio are outstanding role models — not only for their community, but for all Canadian youth.”
A 12-hour gaming marathon will raise funds for CancerCare Manitoba later next week.
Citytv’s “Breakfast Television” will host Gaming for Good at Polo Park Shopping Centre on Friday, April 27, where viewers can face-off with local celebrities by challenging them to a video game match.
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the public can visit centre court and play their favourite video games, while also supporting the work done by CancerCare Manitoba. Don’t play video games? The event will also feature the 12 Hours of Prizing Marathon, with thousands of dollars of premium prizes will be won, with all donations going towards CancerCare.
Celebrities include children’s entertainer Fred Penner, members of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, pro skateboarder and owner of Winnipeg’s Sk8 Skates, Colin Lambert, gaming group Chip Damage, and local rock band Sons of York.
The gaming marathon will be streamed online at BTWinnipeg.ca.
A three-member dance troupe from Sagkeeng First Nation is the only Manitoba act to make it as a semifinalist on “Canada’s Got Talent.”
Sagkeeng’s Finest is made up of three boys aged 16-17 who hail from Fort Alexander. The teens made it through the preliminary round of auditions on the popular Citytv reality show, which seeks to find Canada’s next talented act.
The group was inspired by people in their own community and bring speed and style to their tap dance routine.
Each week, beginning April 2 (8 p.m. CT), up to seven of the 37 semifinalists will take the stage to show the judges, the live studio audience, and viewers across Canada if they have what it takes to reach the finals and be crowned the nation’s most talented performer. In the weekly results show, two semifinalists will advance — one selected by viewers and one selected by the judges.