Renewals round-up: Bull riders, cops and singing Canadians

Hell on Hooves, Call Me Fitz, Rookie Blue, Canada Sings and Come Dine with Me Canada will return with new seasons.

Hell on Hooves (pictured), from Saskatoon-based Juxtapose productions is ready to extend its eight seconds of fame yet again.

Broadcaster radX announced this week that it has budgeted a fifth season of the rodeo show, which follows bull riders on the Canadian Pro Rodeo Tour.

Call Me Fitz‘s Shari Elwood also tweeted this week that the Jason-Priestley-starring series will be back for a fourth season.

Hell on Hooves and Call Me Fitz join a number of series that were renewed last week, including Toronto-based Proper Television’s Come Dine With Me Canada, which will serve up its third season on W Network.

Principal photography for the show, which is being produced in Toronto, Prince Edward Island and Edmonton, begins this spring.

Entertainment One’s Rookie Blue will return to duty May 24 at 10 p.m. on Global.

The cop drama, which ended its second season with 1.585 million viewers according to BBM, will kick-start its third season with a special appearance by William Shatner.

Joining Rookie Blue on Global will be Insight Production’s Canada Sings, which starts its second season May 15 at 10 p.m.

The show pits Canadian workplaces against each other in a sing-off competition judged by Vanilla Ice, Canadian great, Jann Arden and choreographer Laurieann Gibson.


On the distribution side, Toronto-based Distribution 360 (D360) successfully closed sales of three of its series this week.

Olive the Ostrich, an animated series for preschoolers, led the way with sales to BBC Kids, Knowledge Network Canada and TFO for French Canada.

Meanwhile, rights to the This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung series were acquired by TV Film International in Latin America and Fatallah Films in the Middle East.

Lastly, the supernatural factual series Ghostly Encounters was sold to AETN All Asia Networks.