It looks as though there will be no more cooks in the "Top Chef Canada" (GE Monogram) kitchen. It's been an exhausting week as the Canadian networks revealed their plans for the upcoming 2014-15 season, but during Shaw's upfront on Wednesday, there was no mention of a Season 5 of the acclaimed series.
So, naturally, a report has surfaced claiming the Food Network Canada series has been cancelled. That's right, after four fantastic food-filled seasons, the show is done, at least according to Mike's Bloggity Blog. Mike Morrison, who runs the blog, allegedly got word from a rep at the network that the show was indeed cancelled.
HuffPost Canada TV just received this statement from Christine Shipton, Shaw Media’s VP of Original Content, about the "Top Chef Canada" cancellation:
"'Top Chef Canada' was a huge series for Food Network and ushered in a new level of Canadian production we hadn't previously done for the channel. We watch audience trends very closely and, after four years, our audiences are telling us they’re hungry for new programs. We are in a world where the audience demand and choices are the key to our continued success. We need to stay ahead of the trends, be where their preferences are heading.
Fans can still get their 'Top Chef' fill – Food Network will continue to air the 'Top Chef' format on the station, including 'Top Chef Duels' this fall.”
The "Top Chef" franchise is a busy one, what with "Masters," "Just Desserts," "Junior" and "Duels" also existing in the food competition world, but Canada's version was fascinating because it was eye-opening knowing our country boasted such extraordinary culinary talents. And the contestants from seasons past proved that just being part of the show was enough, as many of them have gone on to open their own restaurants and become coveted cooks -- all without the "TCC" title.
That doesn't mean that the show and its cast, host Lisa Ray and judges Mark McEwan and Shereen Arazm, won't be missed. The challenges were always nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat fare, the style and production of the show was top-notch and the contestants -- and their dishes -- were always a treat. OK, almost always.
As for what the network is touting, Food is banking on "Carnival Eats," "Food Truck Face Off" and "Farmhouse Rules," along with an array of "Chopped" spinoffs, as well as the returns of "Chopped Canada," "You Gotta Eat Here!" and "Donut Showdown," among many other acquired series from the U.S.
It sounds like a full plate but without "Top Chef Canada," the table is definitely missing something.
'Stalker' (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)
Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q star in this psychological thriller from executive producer Kevin Williamson ("The Following," "The Vampire Diaries") about Los Angeles police detectives in the Threat Assessment Unit (TAU). Based on an actual division of the LAPD, the TAU is an elite unit that handles all stalking and threat cases in the city.
'Chicago PD' (Wednesdays, 9 p.m.)
From Dick Wolf and the team behind "Chicago Fire" comes "Chicago PD." District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two different groups: uniformed cops who patrol the beat, dealing with street crimes; and the intelligence unit, who combat the city’s major underground offenses.
'Big Brother Canada' (Winter Premiere, Time TBC)
"Big Brother Canada" will be back for Season 3, and the hit reality show is moving to Global from Slice. The houseguests move into the "Big Brother Canada" house, outfitted with 85 cameras and over 80 microphones tracking everything from strategies to showmances.
'Gracepoint' (Thursdays, 9 p.m.)
Set in Gracepoint, this 10-episode mystery event series stars David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Nick Nolte and Michael Peña. The riveting mystery follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen.
'Constantine' (Fridays, 10 p.m.)
John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a man waging war against the forces of darkness -- from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he's an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural. But when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman, Liv (Lucy Griffiths), whom he's never met -- but is connected to in a very important way.
'NCIS: New Orleans' (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.)
"NCIS: New Orleans" is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Golden Globe Award winner Scott Bakula), aka "King," a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith "Merri" Brody (Zoe McLellan), a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start.
'Chicago Fire' (Tuesdays, 10 p.m.)
This high-octane drama gives viewers an edge-of-your-seat glipmse into the lives of everyday heroes at Chicago Firehouse 51. No occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death.
'Chopped Canada' (Winter Premiere, Time TBC)
"Chopped Canada" is a high stakes culinary competition show where four chefs compete before a panel of expert judges. Armed with skill and ingenuity, chefs race against the clock to turn mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course the chefs will be chopped from the competition until only one remains. There’s $10,000 on the line in this cut-throat competition and everybody wants to win. Who will survive the chopping block?
'Outlander' (Late August Premiere, Time TBC)
"Outlander" spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure in one epic tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe; "Escape Plan"), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan; "Batman Live"), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
'Helix' (Winter 2015, Time TBC)
"Helix" is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation.
'Sleepy Hollow' (Mondays at 9 p.m.)
This action-adventure drama is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, "Parade's End") is resurrected and pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction, and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, "42") to unravel a mystery which dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
'The Blacklist' (Mondays, 10 p.m.)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. He has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an offer: he will help catch a long thought to be dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone), a new FBI proﬁler. Zamani is the ﬁrst of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a "blacklist" of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all... with the stipulation that Liz continues to work with him as his partner.
'State Of Affairs' (Mondays at 10 p.m., Starting November 2014)
Each day the President is faced with hundreds of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst – Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) — assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President (Alfre Woodard) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life.
'Vikings' (Winter 2015, Time TBC)
The hit scripted drama series "Vikings" centres on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own.
'Remedy' (Winter 2015, Time TBC)
"Remedy," a unique, high stakes medical drama that follows the Conner family, goes beyond the operating room and the ER to offer a distinctive ‘upstairs/downstairs’ perspective on the people who make the healing happen. Everyone who enters Bethune General will be taken care of, but not always by whom they might expect.
'Lost Girl' (Fall 2014, Time TBC)
Our favourite succubus returns -- and things are very different in Season 5.
'About A Boy' (Fridays at 8 p.m.)
Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, An Education) novel comes the series "About a Boy," a different kind of coming-of-age story produced and created for television by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood").
'Madam Secretary' (Sundays at 8 p.m.)
"Madam Secretary" stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State, who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.
'The Jennie Garth Project' (Fall 2014, Time TBC)
Recently single actress and mom of three Jennie Garth is starting over. Together with her contractor Scott, she’s stripping a Hollywood Hills home to the studs and building it back up to be her ultimate dream house. It’s a room-by-room transformation filled with Jennie’s sleek and modern style and sensibility.
'Houdini' (Miniseries Premiering Fall 2014, Time TBC)
Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - Harry Houdini. Houdini traces the arc of Harry Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame, following the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.
'Timber Kings' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
"Timber Kings" reveals the extensive and gruelling jobs of the master log smiths at Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake, B.C. as they build massive, multi-million dollar log homes under tight deadlines and intense pressure from an elite clientele. From design to shipment and completion, watch the extreme hurdles the crew handle as they complete massive and magnificent homes like nothing you’ve ever seen on HGTV.
'A To Z' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
Dating and destiny intertwine in this whimsical, new single-camera comedy series starring Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti that takes a comprehensive look at a relationship – the highs and lows – from A to Z. Andrew, a smart and sarcastic guy's guy who secretly believes in "the One," knows with certainty that skeptic lawyer Zelda has entered his life for a reason. Believing their initial meeting is more than just coincidence, Andrew intensely searches for and presents Zelda with evidence suggesting they are meant to be. Albeit a little overwhelmed, Zelda is a realist, and facts and evidence are the only things she values – so she gives him a shot.
'Reno Rookies' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
Pro-football player turned contractor Sebastian Clovis is going on the offensive and tackling failed DIY projects with homeowners who are in over their head. After showing them their mistakes, Sebastian works with desperate homeowners to help them fix their mess.
'Mulaney' (Sundays at 7 p.m.)
Set in New York City, "Mulaney" is based on the life and stand-up comedy of "Saturday Night Live’s John Mulaney. From Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, the series follows aspiring comedian (John Mulaney) as he is hired to write jokes for Lou Cannon (Emmy Award winner Martin Short), an over-the-top game show host who used to be a major stand-up comedian in the 1980s and ‘90s.
'Bad Judge' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
No excuses, no apologies, no compromises. Wild child Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh) knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behaviour in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind. Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent.
'Carnival Eats' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
Hosted by Noah Cappe ("Bitten"), "Carnival Eats" is an exciting look at the mouth-watering and outrageous “stunt foods” famously found only at fairs and carnivals, the wacky characters who create them, and the culinary thrill seekers who devour them.
'Dominion' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
Based on characters from the film Legion, "Dominion" is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post-apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel.
'Marry Me' (Fall 2014 Premiere, Time TBC)
After six years of dating, Jake (Ken Marino) and Annie (Casey Wilson) are finally getting engaged, which is all Annie seems to want. But Jake and Annie approach things completely differently; Annie is a four-alarm fire, while Jake is calm and laid back about everything. When Annie manages to insult their every friend and family member, the hard-won engagement is in jeopardy. As they begin the journey to their wedding day, they’ll discover that getting engaged was the easy part.