BRAD OSWALD / TV
CTV hits bull's-eye with scheduling move
It took a few weeks, a short-term experiment and some favourable ratings reports to convince them, but CTV programmers have finally decided to move one of the best U.S.-network acquisitions of the new season onto its main network. Arrow, a stylish comic-book adaptation, began the fall on CTV Two, the cluster of stations formerly known as A-Channel (which does not have a presence in Manitoba), but CTV decided to give the series a tryout run on the main channel and audiences clearly approved. Next week (Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10 p.m.), Arrow's promotion becomes permanent.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / WEB
Supercut: 101 Greatest Movie Villains
Halloween might be over, but film lovers know that the greatest villains of all time weren't just in horror movies. Released last week, this six-minute supercut -- bit.ly/villain_supercut -- stitches together everyone from Patrick Bateman in American Psycho and the mobsters in Goodfellas to Jason from the Friday the 13th series and Jack Nicholson in The Shining (right).
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
There's always the e-book
If you want to buy this year's Giller Prize winner, 419 by Calgary author Will Ferguson, you'll have to pay the full freight for the hardcover edition. Even though the novel first came out last spring, Penguin Canada is holding to its original plan to issue the less expensive trade paperback version in March 2013. A year's lag between hardcover and trade paper is standard, but some publishers try to strike while the awards iron is hot.
KEVIN PROKOSH / BOOKS
Christmas comes but once a year
Eleven Pipers Piping, the second in C.C. Benison's series of 12 cosy mysteries featuring vicar Tom Christmas, will be launched at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The Winnipeg-based Benison started his countdown through The Twelve Days of Christmas carol last year with the well-received Twelve Drummers Drumming. This time one of the pipers ends up dead in a tower of an apparent heart attack and Christmas is coming to investigate.
RANDALL KING / MOVIES
Better watch out
The movie Silent Night, a remake of the notorious '80s slasher Silent Night, Deadly Night, was shot in Winnipeg and Selkirk this past spring with stars Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King as cops hunting for a psycho Santa. At the time, it was intended for a theatrical release this Christmas and while it may play in a few theatres somewhere, it is actually scheduled to hit DVD on Dec. 4. Just look for "Silent Night Official Trailer" on YouTube.