2011 in Canadian television
The following is a list of events affecting Canadian television in 2011. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel launches, closures and rebrandings.
|6||Almost 7 million people watch the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships final on TSN and RDS.|
|11||YTV and Family each launch high-definition simulcasts of their east coast video feeds, effectively becoming the first children's networks in Canada to air in HD.|
|7||Niagara News TV, a Category B regional news channel serving the Niagara Region, begins broadcasting in Niagara Falls on Cogeco Cable digital channel 556. The channel would later indefinitely suspend operations on April 18, 2011, because of "technical difficulties" cited by owner Peninsula Broadcasting Corporation's president Frank Thibault, with plans to resume operations by fall 2011.|
|1||Corus Entertainment relaunches Viva as the Canadian version of the Oprah Winfrey Network.|
|12||A combined 3.2 million people watch the 2011 federal leaders debate on the three main networks.|
|18||Category B channel Sun News Network debuts, with Toronto independent station CKXT-DT and its Hamilton, Ottawa and London translators being effectively turned into a full-power broadcast relay of the network in Southern Ontario.|
|2||Mlle, a French-language Category B service aimed at women owned by Groupe TVA, launches.|
|1||Disney XD debuts; the Astral Media-owned Category B channel (licensed separately from premium channel Family, which carries programming from the U.S. Disney XD's sister network Disney Channel) is aimed at boys between 7 and 15 years old.|
|15||8.7 million people watch Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals on CBC.|
|27||The state funeral for opposition leader Jack Layton airs live on all the main television networks.|
|29||The A television system, as well as Alberta-based educational/entertainment service Access rebrand as CTV Two. At the same time, CJAL-TV (channel 9) in Edmonton and CIAN-TV (channel 13) in Calgary, which both relayed Access' programming over-the-air sign off the air as Access is licensed as a satellite-to-cable undertaking.|
|7||The 2011 Gemini Awards air on CBC Television.|
|3||Rogers Communications launches CityNews Channel, a Category B 24-hour regional cable news channel available in Ontario, based out of the studios of Citytv flagship station CITY-DT.|
|31||FX Canada launches, the Rogers Communications-owned Category B channel primarily carries original programming from the U.S. cable network FX.|
|1||Toronto station CKXT-DT (channel 52) and its Hamilton and London, Ontario transmitters shut down. CKXT's Ottawa transmitter shut down more than two months earlier on August 31. The move by owner Quebecor Media was due to a CRTC inquiry in early July on the company's usage of the CKXT signal to simulcast Sun News.|
Programs debuting in 2011Edit
Series currently listed here have been announced by their respective networks as scheduled to premiere in 2011. Note that shows may be delayed or cancelled by the network between now and their scheduled air dates.
|Almost Naked Animals||YTV||January 7|
|The Marilyn Denis Show||CTV||January 10|
|Being Human||Space||January 17|
|Skins||The Movie Network/Movie Central|
|Mr. Young||YTV||March 1|
|My Babysitter's a Vampire: The Series||Teletoon||March 14 (English)|
February 28 (French)
|Scaredy Squirrel||April 3|
|Til Debt Do Us Part: Home Edition||HGTV||April 7|
|Top Chef Canada||Food Network||April 11|
|XIII: The Series||April 20|
|Combat Hospital||Global||April 21|
|Really Me||Family||April 22|
|Picnicface||The Comedy Network||August 31|
|Intervention Canada||Slice||September 9|
|Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays||CBC||September 14|
|Cover Me Canada||September 18|
|Recipe to Riches||Food Network Canada, Global||October 19|
|The West Block||Global||November 6|
Programs ending in 2011Edit
|Total Drama World Tour||April 24|
|Kid vs Kat||YTV||June 4|
|Dan for Mayor||CTV||September 13|
|So You Think You Can Dance Canada|
|How to Be Indie||YTV||October 24|
|Being Erica||CBC||December 12|
Made for TV movies & miniseriesEdit
|The Kennedys||History Television||April 10|
|John A.: Birth of a Country||CBC Television||September 19|
|January 8||Peter Donaldson||57||Known best for his stage work, he had recurring guest spots on Road to Avonlea, Street Legal, and Emily of New Moon, starring as John Adams in Liberty! The American Revolution.|||
|March 26||Roger Abbott||64||British-born Canadian sketch comedian, best known for his years on radio and television program Royal Canadian Air Farce (1975–2010). Also co-executive produced XPM (2003).|||
|April 4||Wayne Robson||Canadian television, film and stage actor best known for playing the part of Mike Hamar, an ex-con on The Red Green Show. He won Gemini Awards for And Then You Die (1987) and The Diviners (1993).|||
|April 17||Michael Sarrazin||70||Canadian film and television. Recurring role on The City. Guest spots on The Virginian, Wojeck, Street Legal, Murder, She Wrote, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.|||
|June 9||Claude Léveillée||78||Singer appearing on French television as an actor.|||
|July 5||Gordon Tootoosis CM||69||Canadian film, television, and theatre actor of Cree and Stoney descent, Order of Canada winner. In 2011, he co-starred in Blackstone, a series for APTN and Showcase. Television roles include Albert Golo on North of 60, for which he was twice nominated for a Gemini Award, and the voice of Mushom in Wapos Bay: The Series, for which he shared a Gemini Award. Guest spots include MacGyver, Northern Exposure, Lonesome Dove: The Series, and Smallville.|||
|September 15||Frances Bay||92||Canadian-born American actress (Seinfeld, Happy Days, The Middle)|||
|August 1||Bellingham, Washington (USA)
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
|August 18||KVOS-DT2||12.2||TheCoolTV (not to be confused with Canadian cable channel CoolTV)|
|October 3||Toronto, Ontario||CityNews Channel||(cable-only)||CityNews|
Network affiliation changesEdit
|Date||Market||Station||Channel||Old affiliation||New affiliation||References|
|April 18||Toronto, Ontario||CKXT-TV/DT||52 (analogue)
|Independent||Sun News Network (simulcast)|
|April 25||Bellingham, Washington (USA)
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
|November 1||Toronto, Ontario||CKXT-TV/DT||52 (analog)
|Sun News Network|
- "Heart-Breaking Gold Medal Game Delivers Record Audience of 6.9 Million Viewers on TSN and RDS". Canada Newswire. January 6, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Niagara News TV signs off after three months Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine The Standard 2011-02-19
- Bill Brioux (April 20, 2011). "Canucks and Canadiens skate past Idol and Dancing with the Stars to top Canadian ratings". Toronto.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Bill Brioux (June 21, 2011). "8.7 Mil see Bruins win while MuchMusic fans go Gaga for MMVAs". Toronto.com. Archived from the original on June 26, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Doyle, John (August 27, 2011). "All three major networks to carry Layton funeral". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Peter Donaldson was 'finest actor's actor'". CBC News. January 10, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Air Farce actor Roger Abbott dies". CBC News. March 27, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Cudworth, Laura (April 6, 2011). "Actor Wayne Robson's death mirrors character". London Free Press. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Howell, Peter (April 18, 2011). "Michael Sarrazin, 70, was Canada's Hollywood rebel". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Quebec mourns singer-songwriter Claude Léveillée". CBC News. June 9, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Chung, Amy (July 5, 2011). "Canadian actor Gordon Tootoosis dies at age 69". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Frances Bay dies: Remembering comedian, classic 'Seinfeld' scene" From Los Angeles Times (September 19, 2011)
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