Monday, April 22, 2024

“ET Canada” Cancelled After 18 Seasons, Production Cites “Challenging Advertising Environment”


“ET Canada” — the equivalent of “Entertainment Tonight” in Canada — has been cancelled after 18 seasons.

The show is produced by Corus Entertainment, which is throwing in the towel in light of shrinking ads, the toll of the strikes for the last four months, the downturn at the box office, and so on. Corus runs 39 radio stations and over 40 TV stations in Canada.

Is Canada no longer interested in celebrity? Perhaps. They have a lot of moose, after all, and plenty of beer. All kidding aside this will severely limit PR opportunities for studios and other content sources trying to promote their offerings in the northern regions.

Corus statement:

“After more than 18 incredible seasons, we are ending production of Entertainment Tonight Canada. The costs of producing a daily entertainment newsmagazine show in a challenging advertising environment have led to this decision. We recognize the impact this decision has on the dedicated team who have worked on the show and we thank them for their meaningful contributions over the years.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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