Good news for Canadiens fans! The Habs home grown reality series, 24 CH, is back for another year and it's better than ever.
A few changes have been made this year, as RDS will no longer be producing it. Instead, the Canadiens have hired their own team of creative masterminds to produce the reality series. The new 24 CH team includes content writer and producer Stéphane Laporte, associate producer Justin Kingsley, producer Stéphane Tremblay and executive producer Olivier Languedoc.
Laporte is the top producer in Quebec for reality TV. He wrote and produced the very popular Star Académie, Le Banquier and La Voix. Kingsley is a writer, editor and production designer. He co-wrote "The Way of the Fight" with UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, which was a New York Times best seller.
The half hour episodes will air on a weekly basis on RDS, Canal D, TSN and TSN2.
Another change this year is the content within each episode will feature more of an emphasis on telling the stories behind the game rather than just focusing on the game itself.
"We want to show fans the human side of the game, see how players interact with each other, the coaching staff and the training staff. We want to bring to light that these players are more than what you see on the ice," Kevin Gilmore, executive vice president and COO of the Montreal Canadiens, told the media.
From the player's point of view, they have been very happy with the job the 24 CH crew has done so far.
"They have hidden cameras all over the place, so it is really easy to act natural and not to be bothered by the cameras," according to Habs defenceman Francis Bouillon. P.K. Subban knows in today's NHL it's extremely important to interact with fans.
"It's all about getting fans closer to the players and allowing them into NHL dressing rooms. If I was a fan I would love to watch it."
Episode 1 will air in French on Saturday October 5 at 6:30pm on Canal D, as well as on RDS following Antichambre at 10:30pm. The English episode will air on Wednesday October 9 at 7pm on TSN2 and on Thursday October 10 at 2pm on TSN.