The Globe and Mail reports in its Thursday, Sept. 28, edition that the studio lights are going dark at ET Canada. A Canadian Press dispatch to The Globe reports that Corus Entertainment says it has decided to cease production on the long-running Canadian arts and entertainment news magazine after 18 seasons.
The media company blames the cost of producing a daily show in "a challenging advertising environment." A Corus spokesman said in an e-mailed statement, "The show will no longer be produced and all social media and websites related to the brand will be decommissioned." It did not specify what date would be the final edition of the program.
Entertainment Tonight Canada, the name it used when it launched in 2005, put a distinctly Canadian lens on the world of film, television and music.
Over the years, its hosts have included former MuchMusic VJ Rick Campanelli and R&B singer Keshia Chante.
ET Canada is currently co-hosted by Sangita Patel and Cheryl Hickey, who has been with the show since its start. Corus would not say how many people worked on the show, nor whether any could be employed elsewhere in the organization.
After Oct. 6, encore specials will air in the same time-slot until Oct. 31.
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