May 2007

So You Think You Can Dance is back for another exhilurating season. Nigel Lythgoe, one of the power names behind American Idol and Mary Murphy, ex Ballroom champion are on the hunt for America’s next favourite dancer. This year the audition trail takes us to Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York.

The Big Apple is the dance capital of the world and has the most dancers, choreographers and dance schools in the world so what better place to start the search. It wasn’t surprizing that there were such big numbers of people who turned out to audition.

All everyone wants is a ticket to Las Vegas for the next round of the competition. Dan Caraty joins Mary and Nigel in New York. Dan is a choreography who has worked with icons like Britney Spears.

First up is Dancin’ Derrick Bradley, #1645, 22 from Holley, NY who dances to
Bang Gang - I Like to Move It - EP - I Like to Move It I Like to Move It
. After his energetic performance, Derrick is somewhat exhausted. Nigel jokes that on his application form he’d said how he can dance for long periods of time without feeling tired.

They think he’d be the life of the party but they think it was more jumping around than anything. Outside the doctors on site give him some oxgyen to help get his heart rate and breathing back to normal.

It always amazes me when overweight people try out for a competition which is obviously going to be physically challenging. That hasn’t seemed to bother #2042 Tiffany Green, 20 from Wolcott, NY who certainly fits the profile and rolls around the floor to
Evanescence - Fallen - Bring Me to Life Bring Me To Life
. The judges giggle to themselves but struggle to find anything good to say. Congratulations. You’ve just humiliated yourself.

#1488, Jessica Diaz, 30 from New York, NY is a tad bizarre with her strange portrayal of something to do with Jesus Christ.

The incredibly sexy #2003 Anya Garnis, 25 from New York, NY dances with #2004 Pasha Kovalev, 27 from Fort Lee, NJ and it’s wildly sensational. It was hot and fabulous to watch and they’re through after Mary tells them they’re the best ballroom dancers we’ve ever had on the show.

#1601, Heather Zampier, 25 from Windsor Mill, MA is having her first dance audition since having surgery. She’s a tattoo freak and has a dozen of ’em. She’s dancing to Robert Randolph’s
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Colorblind - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That
. The judges like her. She’s through along with 32 others from day one.

First up on day two was #1240, Jenna Dejosia, 21 from Blue Point, NY but she’s another one of those larger people who are just too heavy to throw themselves into the air. Mary says she doesn’t have the physical stamina. She’s a dance teacher and Nigel tells her she doesn’t have the technique to teach.

#1078, Chasmar Wells, 18 from Rochester, NY looks weird. He can kind of dance but something just isn’t right. Ahh, that’s it. He’s not dancing to the music.

#1744, Melissa Browne, 21 from Schenectady, NY is called the dancing version of Ugly Betty by Nigel.

#1339, Hanna-Lee Sakakibara, 22 from New York, NY was one of the lucky survivors of the fatal floor collapse during a Jewish wedding in 2001. Her routine is a little wooden and the judges want to see her in the choreography round before deciding if she will get a ticket to Vegas.

Earnest “E-Knock” Phillips, 20 from Dochester, MA has a fantastic routine and is dangerous in his approach.

Jamal Weaver, 19 from Brockton, MA also puts a lot of energy into his routine but Nigel wants to see him do some swing.

Carmen E. Lugo, 21 from Willingboro, NJ and Joel Bernable from Ney York, NY dance together but they’re certainly only amateurs.

18 year old Ashley Keegan, 18 from Gibsonia, NY is here with her dance teacher, Katie Watts, 25 from Mars, PA, who actually thinks Ashley is better than her. Ashley’s routine is nice but it’s not really anything I’d write home about. Nigel thinks she has all the right qualities to be a great dancer. She’s going to Vegas but will Katie be joining her. Yes she will be.

Faina Savich, 21 from Brooklyn, NY dances with her brother to
Antonela - Tango: a Night of Passion - Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
. The judges love her so she’s getting a ticket to Vegas.

Jamal is back to do his swing. Nigel stops the music and says it wasn’t enough. Jamal tells him that he didn’t get to see anything cause the music hadn’t gotten to the good bit yet. Nigel lets him start again and boy are we thankful that he does. It’s superb. Nigel tells him that every now and then a star gets on that stage and he is one of them.

David Kenneth “Sex” Soller, 33 from Smithtown, NY is back again this year with more training and more enthusiasm. He’s also looking more like a high school nerd from the late 80’s who hasn’t moved on. Mary thinks he has improved. It’s not really saying much because he’s still awful. “Look mom! I can still humiliate myself on television.” Nigel asks Mary “if Sex has improved for her this year”. Nigel tells “Sex” to leave but not before getting into a shouting match with his mother.

A total of 59 made it through to Vegas from New York. Next stop, LA.

The Next Epic Adventure Series From Emmy Award-Winning Producer Mark Burnett Premieres Thursday, May 31 at 8:00pm on CTV.

PIRATE MASTER will send 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure where they will live as buccaneers and travel around the Caribbean island of Dominica in search of hidden treasure that will total $1 million.

Over the course of 33 days, these pirates will live aboard a massive 179 foot, square-rigged barque which carries 12,500 square feet of sail.

Each week, the pirates will embark on extraordinary expeditions where they will decipher clues along the way in search of missing treasure. Gold coins — real money which the pirates may take with them beyond the show — will be awarded after each expedition, but only to some. The gold will play a key role as pirates strike deals with each other or plead for long-term security. In addition to claiming the lion’s share of the week’s riches, one pirate will become the captain of the ship and will assign roles and chores to the remaining crew members, setting the tone for either law and order or betrayal and sabotage, which could lead to mutiny by the crew.

Each episode will conclude on the ship at Pirate’s Court, a lively gathering of public speaking and judgment where one individual will be eliminated and “cut adrift.” In the end, one will be the first to find the largest booty, worth $500,000, and claim the title of “Pirate Master.”

Series creator and executive producer Mark Burnett explains, “Pirate Master breaks new ground in that it’s the collision of fantasy and reality. This is a show where, in true pirate fashion, anything can happen with a group of people that live by their own set of rules and usually break them. It’s adventure, excitement and loads of treasure. Anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate will love this show!”

PIRATE MASTER is produced by Mark Burnett Productions. Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy are the executive producers. Eden Gaha and Page Feldman are the co-executive producers.

Thursday Night’s Grey’s Anatomy in the US is drawing some attention in the blogger world. Guest star Mitch Pileggi comes into the hospital complaining of swollen hardware and does a down-trou for the benefit of Grey’s doctors.

And what are the fuzzy, out of focus, round things that the odd between-the-legs camera angle highlights for tv audiences around the globe? The buzz on the internet is that its the first un-censored scrotum shot to make the airwaves in any television-broadcasting country in the world. The shows producers claim that its nothing more than the face of the guest star peering through his legs back at the sneaky camera angle. You’ll have to be the judge of this one, folks! This intrepid reporter from blogworld scoped the scene on my own recording, but it seems to me that the evidence is a little too hairy to be conclusive.

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Kristine Lefebrvre, who recently became Donald Trump’s newest Apprentice after the Los Angeles series of the famous reality TV series, has taken up a secondary apprenticeship – she’s taking all of her clothes off for Playboy magazine.

However, this leggy attorney from LA is not just a typical Playboy bunny, she’s actually got a story to tell – her Playboy poses came as a way of spreading the word about the dangers women face with cancer. Kristine was diagnosed with cervical cancer just a year and a half ago, and underwent a radical surgery to make sure that the cancer didn’t spread. At this stage, the new TV star is in the clear, but she feels the need to spread the word about the trials and tribulations that women with cancer are facing every day. Her spread in Playboy magazine is a way of bringing attention to the plight of women everywhere.

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David Hasslehoff has come public with his long standing battle with alcoholism. After a video was leaked to the press showing him falling-down-drunk, the celebrity of such famous tv series as Baywatch and Night Rider has finally admitted to the press that he “has a problem.”

The video shows the washed-up celebrity stumbling and then falling over and rolling around in a drunken stupour. It was apparantly filmed by Hasslehoff’s daughter, who released it because she was ashamed of how far her father has fallen in recent months. The video was played on Extra!, Entertainment Tonight, and the Insider.

The question is, if this Baywatch lifeguard is drowning, where are all of the big breasted celebrities to save him??

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is going to be a mom for the second time around. The co-host of TV’s The View is due to have her second child, announcing recently that she is already three months pregnant.

The star is famous for being a contestant on Survivor: the Australian Outback and for being married to Tim Hasselbeck of NFL fame.

Calling all Corpses: Lucky CTV Viewer to Play Dead on CSI; CTV’s “CSI Miniature Killer Contest” Launches April 26
Thursdays 9:00 PM

One CTV viewer will get the chance to play a corpse on the hit series CSI next season after winning the “CSI Miniature Killer Contest,” launching tomorrow, Thursday, April 26 on CTV. The contest will see one CSI fan win a “to die for,” “lie-down role” on the series next season as well as a trip for two to L.A. and a complete tour of the CSI set (see “Contest Details,” below).

The “CSI Miniature Killer Contest” is inspired by the provocative “miniature killer” storyline that continues to heat up on CSI through May on CTV. In upcoming CSI episodes, Grissom, Willows and the rest of the Crime Lab Technicians continue to search for clues to catch an elusive criminal, nicknamed the “miniature killer.” Not only has the murderer been terrorizing Las Vegas by committing carefully orchestrated crimes, but he or she has been taunting the CSI team by creating, and then delivering, freakishly exact miniature replicas of the crime scenes.

Contest Details:
•The contest launches during a new CSI episode this Thursday, April 26 on CTV.
•All Canadian viewers have to do is “see the doll and make the call” to be entered into the contest.
•As soon as a doll icon pops up on the screen during the CSI broadcast on CTV, call toll-free to 1-866-4730-CSI or visit MiniatureKiller.ca to enter.
•Callers and web surfers will then hear a message related to the “miniature killer” followed by entry details.
•Phone lines and the online entry page will open each Thursday: April 26, May 3 and May 10 during broadcasts of CSI on CTV. The phone lines and online entry page will remain open until 12 noon ET on the next day.
•The contest closes on Friday, May 11 at 12 noon ET.
•The winner of the contest, who will appear as a corpse in the eighth season of CSI, will be announced during the May 17 season finale episode on CTV.
•Visit CTV.ca for more details.

The “CSI Miniature Killer Contest” launches on the heels of CTV’s exclusive Criminal Minds: The Usual Suspects contest, an interactive online game where CTV viewers have the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.

In this week’s all-new episode of CSI entitled “Ending Happy,” premiering Thursday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV, the “miniature killer” cases remains unsolved. With four victims and four perfect crimes … the question remains, who will be next?

In addition, in their attempt to identify the murderer of a has-been boxer, who lived among a group of prostitutes who detested him, the CSIs must establish which of several life-threatening acts against him in one night actually killed him.

Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation follows six Las Vegas crime scene officers led by the enigmatic Gil Grissom. It is currently Canada’s second most-watched series following American Idol and is joined on the CTV schedule by successful spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: New York.

Addison “Spins Off” to Los Angeles in a Special Grey’s Anatomy
Only on CTV
Thursday May 3
9:00 PM ET

Seattle Grace’s favourite redhead is taking a temporary leave in a special two-hour Grey’s Anatomy airing Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The episode follows all-new episodes of ER and CSI airing on this date only at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET respectively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The special episode, rumoured to be a pilot for a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off called “Private Practice,” features an all-star guest cast including Taye Diggs (Rent, Day Break), Tim Daly (The Fugitive, The Nine), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break) and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy).

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In the episode entitled “The Other Side of This Life,” Addison takes a road trip to Los Angeles in order to visit some old friends from medical school. As Meredith continues to bond with her stepmother Susan, Cristina reluctantly plans her wedding with the assistance of her mother, Helen, and Burke’s mother Mama Jane (guest star Diahann Carroll). Meanwhile, Derek must perform emergency surgery on Ava/Jane Doe (recurring guest star Elizabeth Reaser, Sweetland), as Alex continues his unfailing bedside manner with her.

In addition to those mentioned above, the guest cast in the special two-hour episode also includes Merrin Dungey (Alias) and Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars).

Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, Katherine Heigl as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Kate Walsh as Addison Shepherd, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres and Eric Dane as Mark Sloan. “The Other Side of This Life” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Michael Grossman.

Canadian Competitors Revealed When On The Lot Premieres May 22 on CTV

Spielberg Calls on Industry Vets Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, Garry Marshall
and Jon Avent to Judge Semi-Finals

Toronto, ON – Lights! Camera! Action! CTV announced today that On The Lot, the new moviemaking competition series executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg and featuring Canadian competitors, will premiere following the final American Idol performance episode on May 22 on CTV. The names of the movie industry vets who will serves as judges for the first two “audition episodes” were also confirmed today: actress, author and screenwriter Carrie Fisher (Star Wars, Postcards From The Edge), as well as directors Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 3, X-Men 3: The Last Stand), Garry Marshall (Georgia Rule, Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman) and Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Up Close & Personal). Judges for additional rounds as well as the series’ host will be announced at a later date.

Canadian competitors found in a global casting call will step into the spotlight in front of the four-member judging panel when the series’ two “audition” episodes premiere Tuesday, May 22 at 9 p.m. ET and Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

After receiving a record-setting 12,000 video submissions at thelot.com from aspiring filmmakers around the globe (over 4,000 of which were from Canadians), CTV has officially entered the summer movie blockbuster race with the new filmmaking competition series On The Lot from Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg. In March, On The Lot producers visited Toronto and Vancouver where they interviewed 27 Canadian filmmakers hoping to be cast on the show. Now, the Top 50 applicants (including Canadians) will discover the magic of moviemaking when they are brought to Los Angeles to visit a real-life film set for the first time.

After facing the judges for the first time with their personal submission film, the 50 semi-finalists must endure a rigorous “Hollywood Boot Camp.” There, they must survive a Hollywood-style “pitch” meeting; a “24-Hour Film Shoot,” where they each must shoot and edit a short film in a 24-hour period; as well as a “One-Page, One-Hour” film shoot, where they will have an hour to film a one-page scene with the help of professional directors of photography, camera and sound operators and actors. The judges will give their ultimate feedback and select the Top 18 Finalists, who will move on to compete in the first “Film Premiere” episode the following week.

A special two-hour “Film Premiere” episode, featuring the first films produced by the 18 finalists, will air Monday, May 28 from 8 – 10 p.m. ET on CTV. It will then be up to the public to determine the first finalist to be eliminated from the competition. Voting results will be announced the following night on the first “Box Office” results show, airing Tuesday, May 29 from 8 – 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

On the Lot’s weekly, one-hour “Film Premiere” episodes air in their regular time period beginning Monday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET with the weekly half-hour “Box Office” results shows airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting Tuesday, June 5 on CTV.

Judge Details

Carrie Fisher
Since her feature debut opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo in 1975, Carrie Fisher has been a compelling force in the film industry. She attained international recognition as “Princess Leia,” a role that made her a cultural icon, in the box office phenomenon Star Wars and the smash hit sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. On the literary front, Fisher wrote The New York Times best seller Postcards From the Edge, for which she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Three additional best-selling novels, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma and The Best Awful, followed. Along with writing the telefilm These Old Broads, Fisher also wrote the screenplay based on her bestseller Postcards From the Edge, which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Brett Ratner
In a very short time, Brett Ratner has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful directors. Ratner’s seven feature films have grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide. Ratner recently shattered several box office records with his latest release X-Men 3: The Last Stand. The film opened with a staggering $123 million in just four days. Ratner is currently finishing post-production on Rush Hour 3, the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise, in which Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan reprise their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Royal Hong Kong Police Chief Inspector Lee. The film is scheduled to be released on August 10.

Garry Marshall
Garry Marshall’s long and illustrious career has encompassed directing, producing, writing and acting. Marshall started his career in television as a writer/producer on such comedy classics as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. He is best known as one of the leading directors of romantic comedies, including Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride, Overboard, The Princess Diaries and its sequel, The Princess Bride 2: Royal Engagement. His most recent directorial effort, Georgia Rule, starring Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan, opens in theaters May 11.

Jon Avnet
Jon Avnet has directed and produced more than 50 motion pictures and television movies over the last 25 years, from box office hits like Risky Business and Fried Green Tomatoes to the critically-acclaimed Uprising, The Burning Bed and Heatwave for television. His work has won or been nominated for multiple Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as Writers Guild of America awards, the Peabody, the Humanitas and CableACE awards. On Broadway, he produced the Tony Award-winning Spamalot, The Pillowman, The History Boys (which received six Tony Awards, including Best Play) as well as this year’s revival of Inherit the Wind, starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy. Avnet recently directed and produced the feature film 88 Minutes, a thriller starring Al Pacino, and serves as director and executive producer for the upcoming cable miniseries The Starter Wife, based on the best-selling novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer.

On The Lot affords aspiring filmmakers the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to win a $1-million DreamWorks development deal. Each week, the hopeful filmmaker finalists will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They’ll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer – professional writers, actors and crew – to help create their films.

After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the “Film Premiere” episodes.

But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all – the public. It will be movie fans whose votes determine which films should be left on the cutting-room floor. On each “Box Office” results show, the director whose feature garners the fewest votes will be sent home.