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No second season for Canada’s Got Talent

- June 22nd, 2012

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CGT, MIA.

Canada’s Got Talent will not be back for a second season in 2012-13, Rogers Media and Citytv confirmed on Friday.

“After careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate, Citytv has refocused its programming strategy and will not be producing Canada’s Got Talent for the 2012-13 season,” said Rogers Media president of broadcast Scott Moore in a statement.

“Citytv remains extremely proud of Canada’s Got Talent and the national platform it provided to showcase our diverse and eclectic homegrown talent from across the country.”

Reality-competition shows always can come back, of course – it’s not as if they have ongoing plot lines or key actors who take other jobs. But the fact is, once a show such as this goes on hiatus for a year, it’s very rare that it ever returns.

Any show that requires a cross-Canada talent search, as well as multiple live episodes, certainly is an expensive proposition for any Canadian broadcaster. In that regard, something like the upcoming Citytv project The Bachelor Canada theoretically has the potential to be much more cost efficent.

Canada’s Got Talent, produced by Insight Productions, completed its rookie season last month, with the Manitoba dance team Sagkeeng’s Finest emerging as an upset champion. Judges were Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio, with host Dina Pugliese.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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