E! returns to Canada, Degrassi star joins Terra Nova, Conan’s Show Zero and more

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— CTV and Comcast announced yesterday that they’ll be brning back the E! brand back to Canada later this month. E! Canada will takeover Star!, which initially aired E! programming until 2007, when Canwest launched the E! as re-branded the local CH stations (which folded last fall). For the first time in over a year, Canadian audiences will get to watch shows like Chelsea Lately, The Soup and Keeping Up with the Kardashians legally. According to the press release, the partnership will see E! develop new Canadian programming, exclusive access to the current E! slate of programming (which also includes Kendra and Married to Rock), an exclusive access to E!’s digital media assets (mobile and Video on Demand) and a Canadian-managed EOnline.ca which will eventually featuring both E! and original digital content. E! makes it’s return to Canadian airwaves on Monday, November 29th. The launch schedule should be released soon.

— How awesome was the premiere of The Walking Dead this past Sunday? So good…The debut had 5.3 million viewers in the U.S. The six-episode series continues this Sunday on AMC.

— According to Variety, ABC is teaming up with Salma Hayek again to adapt another telenovela for the network based on Los Roldan, which follows a woman who hires a working-class man after he saves her life. ABC and Hayek previously worked together on Ugly Betty – which by the way should have never been cancelled last season, because it’s not like they have new big hits on their hands this season.

— CBC has unveiled their new logo which celebrates their 75th anniversary:

The Vampire DiariesNina Dobrev posted a twitpic of co-star Ian Somerhalder dressed up as Stefan/Paul Wesley on Halloween:

Degrassi’s Landon Liboiron has joined the cast of Fox’s Terra Nova (which has been pushed back to Fall 2011). He’ll join Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Shelley Conn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mido Hamada (24), Allison Miller (Boston Legal) and Christine Adams (The Whole Truth). The series is about a time-traveling family who become stranded in prehistoric time. Production begins in Australia next week.

Conan O’Brien debuted Show Zero last night to give a preview of what his new show will be like. The short , which was sponsored by Diet Coke (and not Coke Zero, go figure) featured Jim Parsons and Steel Train and Looks like CTV wasn’t able to get The Daily Show and Colbert Report on pre-release, so they’ll be premiering Conan on The Comedy Network at midnight, before it airs at 1 a.m. on CTV.

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