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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.

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5 comments

  1. melcat | June 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I saw that coming. Anytime a Canadian network has a homegrown show that is popular, it is always cancelled. Rogers cancelled Murdock Mysteries and it was hugely popular. Luckily CBC picked itup.

    I like how the same excuse is used for the cancellations,“After careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate, Citytv has refocused its programming strategy.” In other words they are cheap and would rather spend the money on importing American shows just like CTV and Global.

    Doesn’t matter if it’s popular or not. American shows is the way to go. Guaranteed The Bachelor Canada will be cancelled after one season.

    Screw the Canadian shows and screw Canadian fans, we’ll spend our money on crappy American imports.

  2. L. S. Hodgson | June 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I am furious that City-TV has decided to cancel the second season of CGT. This was a show with an incredible panel of judges as well as a great host. I was very proud to see what wonderful talent Canada has, as good as any talent on AGT. It was a well produced show that was completely Canadian. It was as good as Combat Hospital, also cancelled. Instead you chose to air The Bachelor Canada, a scripted reality show that panders to the lowest common denominator. Yet again we have to follow with the same garbage aired by American stations. You have given me no choice but to stop supporting your station as well as the advertisers that pay for these shows. Give us some credit as viewers and quit using the same old excuse that shows like The Bachelor Canada have the potential to be more cost efficient. Sit down and rethink your decision and bring back a show that helped ,make us proud to be Canadian. That is the least you owe your viewers.

  3. Jeff Wilkinson | July 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’m rather disappointed there will be no second season for Canada’s Got Talent. I competed in this event by auditioning at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Although, I wasn’t selected to advance to the second round, I can tell you I saw loads of talent inside that stadium. What made this special was that young and old alike could compete. I’m certain a show like this could be made to work if given the chance. I’m certain Canada has lots of talent. It would be nice if some major sponsor found a way to make it work.

  4. M. Todd | September 6, 2012 at 5:16 am

    people tune into america’s got talent and britain’s got talent because of the entertainment value of the judges and host, as much as the talent.

    the producers just didn’t get it.

    the host was pretty to look at, but all the flair of a gnat, and the judges were pathetic. where was the real martin short? anybody find him anywhere? he was reduced to snivelling goof. the others – had no idea who they were and didn’t care, regardless of their careers. they just weren’t near famous enough.

    watch the other shows and see the difference in who they selected for hosts and judges and view the contributions they make to the entertainment value.

    there are a huge number of very well known and successful actors and musicians from this country. surely we could have hired some that viewers would have been interested in hearing from to judge the acts and actually entertain us with their opinions.

    leave it to canadian producers to screw up what could have been a very nice show!

  5. Bobo | March 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    lol i knew it hahaha looks good on City-tv first why would they put Dina as their host she is dumb and not funny

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