Network: Global Television Network
Broadcast Run: 2005
Broadcast Medium: Television
In partnership with its popular U.S. counterpart Entertainment Tonight (ET), Entertainment Tonight Canada (ET Canada) was an entertainment newsmagazine show that began on Global Television in fall 2005. The daily half-hour show was hosted by Global entertainment veteran reporter Cheryl Hickey, along with co-host Rick Campanelli (former MuchMusic VJ), and reporters Rosey Edeh (former on-air talent for CNN, NBC and CTV’s ‘E-Talk Daily’), Kim D’Eon (former reporter for CBC’s ‘The Hour’) and Roz Weston (former senior reporter for Toronto 1’s ‘A-list’).
ET Canada played an important role in showcasing Canadian talent while trying to further Canada’s reputation as an entertainment and celebrity hotspot. The majority of daily stories featured the latest news about Canadian stars working in both Canada and the U.S., along with American celebrities filming in Canada, and included coverage of news events and stories in film, television, music, fashion, literature and interactive media. On location segments, especially those shot around award shows across North America, were also a key element.
Entertainment Tonight began in 1980, and became the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show in the world, produced by CBS Paramount International Television. ET Canada was produced locally by Global Television. Although ET Canada had a distinctive Canadian feel, there were common elements used including graphics and the signature ET theme song.
ET Canada enjoyed exclusive access to the ET archives.
Production Company: Global Television
Senior Executive Producer: Zev Shalev
Segment Producers: Jodie Davis, Travis Dhanraj, Catherine Stockhausen, Jessy The series began on Global in 2005; it was renewed in subsequent years, and in June 2011 it was announced that the series would return to the Global schedule in the fall, again on Monday to Friday, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli would continue as hosts.
On May 30th 2012 Global reported that ET Canada would return to the schedule in the fall of 2012, 7:30 – 8:00 pm immediately following Entertainment Weekly. Cheryl Hickey would continue as host. On June 6th 2013, it was confirmed that ET Canada would return for the Fall season on Global, and the series was again in the Global 2014-15 schedule, Monday-Friday at 7:30 pm, when it was announced on June 4th 2014. The series was still running on Global in the 2017-18 season, and was again renewed for subsequent seasons, at least until 2020-2021.
For 2020-2021, ET Canada would continue to be hosted by Cheryl Hickey, with Senior Entertainment Reporter Roz Weston, Entertainment Reporters Sangita Patel and Carlos Bustamante, and Correspondent Keshia Chanté, and Digital Reporters Graeme O’Neil and Morgan Hoffman.