June 2007

Thousands of girls from all across the country have a dream but only one can be Canada’s Next Top Model.

Ten girls stand in a room thinking they’ve made it to the top 10 but little do they realise that another 10 girls are about to walk in, making it a top 20. However, Jay Manuel tells them that they need to cut it down to 10. He brings in their coaches, model coach Stacey McKenzie and creative director Nolé Marin.

Elle, 20 from Abbotsford, BC is first to face the judges. She says she is Canada’s Next Top Model. She gives them a strong runway walk and shows off some cleavage at the end which causes Nolé to exclaim “Where did that come from?!”

Cori, 18 from Val Caron, ON has had some emotional stuff happen to her in the last couple of years. Her boyfriend died in a car accident. Then her grandmother. Then her dog.

Janine, 19 from Woodbridge, ON says she’s not only gorgeous but she’s mentally stable.

Sonia, 18 from Pit Meadows, BC wants to prove that a 5″8 girl with a bump on her nose can do it.

Jacqueline, 20 from Vancouver, BC is beautiful once she pulls the hair off her face.

Rebecca, 21 from Mannheim, ON is a raw meat processing girl who wants to get into fashion.

Leanne, 18 from Calgary, AB has been pursuing modelling for a very long time.

Regine, 24 from Montreal, QC, Sinead, 18 from Chatham, ON, Stephanie, 25 from Calgary, AB get flashed at us.

Steff, 18 from Cornwall, ON has been volunteer modelling since she was 8 years old at the mall.

Lacey, 24 from Kelowna, BC si really beautiful.

Gillian, 18 from Victoria, BC has no experience but wants to learn.

Tara, 18 from Calgary, AB is a dancer.

Gina, 23 from Calgary, AB, Michelle (Mika), 25 from Toronto, ON, Meghan, 20 from Moncton, NB, amd Kara, 20 from Brantford, ON also get splashed onto our screens.

Tia, 19 from Montreal, QC loves fashion and photography.

Mo, 20 from Toronto, ON thinks she was born to model.

Nolé, Stacey and Jay go through all the girls to narrow down the list from 20 to 10. The decision is made and Jay now heads down to tell them which of them are into the Top 10.

The first girl into the Top 10 is Tara followed by Steff then Jaqueline, Mo, Cori. 5 Left from 15. It’s the dimpled Gina followed by Rebecca and Tia. Sinead goes through. The last girl to make it through is Michelle (Mika).

Jay reassures the girls that are going home that they still beat out thousands of other girls to get as far as they did and that it’s not the end for them.

The top 10 get taken to the house they’ll be living in during the competitions. There are images of Jay all over the house. They’re all pretty excited with all the goodie bags they each get. They celebrate a little with some wine.

The first J mail arrives and tells the girls that competition has started and theat they need to bring their best game tomorrow and nothing else.

Nolé meets the 10 girls at a club in downtown Toronto. Paul Alexander is the photographer for the day and there are two male models who will be posing with the girls in their first shoot, which just so happens to be nude.

It’s a tough shoot for many of these girls. Some of whom are worried about what their boyfriends would be thinking if they say what their first shoot was.

Jay mail comes in and Jay informs them that they’ll all be standing in front of the judges today and one of them will be going home.

Celebrity and Fashion Photographer Paul Alexander, International and supermodel at the top of her game Yasmin Warsame and Fashion editor Jeanne Beker are the judges who will pick who is staying and who is going.

First up is the individual assessments. First up is Tia who found it tricky with the line between sensuality and sexuality. Jeanne asks if she’s ever done anything like that before and then clarifies it by saying “in front of the cameras”.

Cori says she felt a bit of chemistry with the male model.

Tara looks completely different and full of confidence in her shot.

Jacqueline looks like a completely seductive.

Mika has an edge in her photo which they like but think it might be a little pornographic.

They think Mo’s photos are completely different and think it was beautiful but not what they asked.

Sinead is next and says she was incredibly uncomfortable and her legs were shaking but they think there is something beautiful and serene about her face.

Gina is kinda overpowered by the male model in the shot.

Rebecca’s face looks like an illustration but she looks awkward.

Steff’s shot leaves them with stunned silence. They think it looks like a man in drag and they don’t like it at all.

The judges have their time to deliberate and decide who is going to be sent home.

Jay holds the nine photographs of the girls who will be proceeding to the next round.

Cori is the first one to receive her photo. The next is Tara. Rebecca. Jacqueline. Tia. Sinead. Mo. Gina. It’s down to Steff and Mika. The last girl to receive their photo is Steff. Mika has to head back to the house and pack her bags and head home where she will have to face her father who didn’t want her to pursue this.

There are tears as Jay tells Steff not to let them see another photograph like that.

Mika isn’t absolutely surprised as she didn’t really feel like she belonged.

Despite Christian’s attempt at a mutiny, he was cut adrift from the rest of the crew when they voted for him 5 ballots over Kendra’s 4.

Joe Don remains captain for the second week in a row.

Isaiah Washington has lost his job on Grey’s Anatomy. The African American actor was rumoured to have made an anti-gay comment backstage at the Golden Globe awards 5 months ago, while discussing whether or not he had used the same foul tongue towards his fellow Grey’s colleagues.

The comment so enraged his fellow cast members and members of the wider tv-viewing public that Washington was told by the show’s executive that he would not be hired back for the filming of next season’s episodes.

Now this leaves us to find out how his character will be written off the show!!

Washington himself intends to continue with African aid relief work in Sierra Leone over the summertime.

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Hollywood rumours are abounding that Alias actor David Anders, who plays Mr. Sark, has been casted to play a new character named Kane in the upcoming Season 2 of Heroes.

The scoop comes from Kristin Veitch’s blog on yahoo.com.

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CTV Cranks Up the Heat with Hot New Episodes This June

Program Alert – May 30, 2007

CTV’s summer schedule is sizzling with brand-new episodes and specials throughout the month of June. Programming highlights for June include:

• Canada AM’s Jeff Hutcheson travels to Ottawa as the Senators prepare for their first home game in the Stanley Cup playoffs (June 1)
• Encore presentations of CTV Original movies air Fridays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 1
• Television’s most dangerous comedy challenge, Thank God You’re Here premieres (June 2)
• Reporter Anna Cyzon dishes on all the juicy highlights from the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on eTalk (June 4)
• Marci Ien sits down with the legendary The Price is Right host Bob Barker on Canada AM (June 5, 6)
• Canadian Idol returns for a fifth season (June 5)
• Viewers get a glimpse of what Canada’s Walk of Fame host Eugene Levy has in store for this year’s Tribute Gala on eTalk (June 8)
• Sean makes a life-changing decision about his partnership in McNamara/Troy in the season finale of Nip/Tuck (June 9)
• Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim welcome this year’s inductees on the red carpet on eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame before Eugene Levy hosts the 10th Annual Canada’s Walk of Fame (June 10)
• Tune in to the only source for official Canada’s Walk of Fame coverage as eTalk highlights the best moments (June 11)
• The Top 20 perform for the first time in So You Think You Can Dance (June 13)
• Canada AM is packing its bags and heading to Seamus’ hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland where a block party will be hosted from the city’s downtown core (June 14, 15)
• The Saturday night comedy block returns with Comedy Now! and Comedy Inc. (June 16)
• Canada AM’s Bev Thomson visits the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas (June 18, 19)
• Viewers learn for the first time the identities of the new Top 22 in Canadian Idol (June 19)

Pirate Master, On the Lot Sign On To The CTV Broadband Network

CTV announced today that Pirate Master and On The Lot, have joined The CTV Broadband Network schedule at CTV.ca. They are the latest U.S. Network series to join the broadband line-up. Details for both are below:

Pirate Master
Starting tonight, each new episode of Pirate Master will be available free on broadband following its television debut on CTV. The episodes will be posted Thursdays at 11:59 p.m. ET and will remain there for 29 days. The rollicking series premiere airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

On The Lot
The first four previously aired episodes of On The Lot will be loaded up to ctv.ca tonight at 12 midnight ET for viewers to catch up. Then, as new episodes make their television debut, they will be available for viewing later that night at 11:59 p.m. ET. On The Lot airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

The addition of both series to the CTV Broadband Network following their television debuts are in keeping with CTV’s “Broadband Catch Up Strategy” for viewers who may have missed an episode or want a repeat viewing on their own terms.

To watch Pirate Master and On The Lot on broadband, visit CTV.ca and click on “The CTV Broadband Network.”

Broadcast Schedule Revealed as Canadian Idol Gets Set to Rock the Nation, Starting June 5 on CTV

– Canada’s most-watched Summer series returns –
– New rules allowing instruments produces new crop of talent for Top 200 –

Toronto, ON (May 29, 2007) –Thirty-three CDs. Seven No. 1 singles. Almost one million units sold. Sixteen JUNO nominations. Over the past four years, Canadian Idol has not only changed the lives of hundreds of singers across the country, but the Canadian music industry as well. Now, the dream-making series returns for a fifth blockbuster season next Tuesday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times) with a 90-minute audition episode featuring the best and worst of this year’s cross-Canada audition tour. Thirty-one episodes later, another life will be changed when the next Canadian Idol is crowned.

In 2003, Canadian Idol made Canadian television history by becoming the most-watched, home-grown (English language) series of all time. Four seasons later, Canadian Idol continues to hold that title as well as Summer’s No. 1 show overall. Last September’s finale peaked at 3.4 million viewers when Eva Avila was crowned the 2006 Canadian Idol champion.

Now, Canadian Idol returns with a format change that has dramatically changed the game: instruments. The North American-first resulted in a whole new crop of talent which, for the first time, saw more guys than girls land the coveted “Gold Ticket” to the Top 200 round.

“Canadian Idol is one of those rare shows that actually makes a difference,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. “Not only to the competitors whose lives are changed by the experience, but to viewers at home as well.”

“This is one of the best cross-country auditions we’ve ever had,” said Executive Producer John Brunton. “Allowing competitors to audition with instruments has attracted a level of talent that we haven’t seen before. Get ready for one of the best seasons ever.”

The season begins with a 90-minute episode on June 5 (8:30 – 10 p.m. ET) with highlights from auditions in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. John’s and Halifax. The broadcast schedule then unfolds as follows (all times ET; times and dates subject to change; go to idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

Continuing Tuesday, June 12 with a 90-minute episode from 8:30 – 10 p.m. featuring auditions from Saskatoon, Montreal, Vancouver and London.
Top 200 episodes air Monday, June 18 from 9-10 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19 from 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Top 22 performance episodes air Mondays/Tuesdays from 9 – 10 p.m. beginning June 25
Top 22 results episodes air Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8 p.m. beginning June 27
First Top 10 shows airs Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18
Top 10 shows move to their regular timeslot on Mondays/Tuesdays beginning July 23
Looking for their own shot at Idol success, nearly 10,000 hopefuls lined up in shopping mall corridors after the 2007 audition tour kicked off in Vancouver in January. Representing hometowns from B.C. to Newfoundland, this year’s Canadian Idol Top 22 were culled from 198 competitors who gathered in Toronto during an intense, four-day showdown in May.

Last season’s success will be hard to beat: more than 36 million votes were cast over the course of the season – more than one vote for each man, woman and child in the country, adding to an overall total over four seasons of more than 200 million votes. Additionally, Canadian Idol was viewed in some part by over 14 million Canadians – more than half of Canada’s English-language population.

The series also continues to be a major career opportunity for undiscovered singers looking to get a break in a challenging industry. More than 30 former Canadian Idol Top 10 finalists have recorded and released albums, resulting in sales of nearly 1 million units.

Last year’s champion, Eva Avila, followed up her Platinum-selling first single with a well-received CD that went Gold in Canada. In the midst of a cross-country tour in support of the CD, Avila signed with Ford Models and became the first ever Canadian face for Maybelline New York. Next up for Avila is the creation of a new album that will feature material in English and French.

Meanwhile, other former Idols continue to keep busy. Largely responsible for the writing and music, Season 2 winner Kalan Porter has been hard at work on his sophomore CD expected to be released August 23. Fellow Season 2 competitor Jacob Hoggard and his band Hedley were nominated for three MMVAs last week, following two MMVA nominations last year (and three 2007 JUNO Award nominations). Earlier this year, the first Canadian Idol Ryan Malcolm released his second CD “Urgency” along with his new band, Low Level Flight, which is continually being added to playlists at radio stations across the country. More updates on past competitors are available on the “Where Are They Now” section at idol.ctv.ca.

The Canadian Idol website, idol.ctv.ca, is the on-line portal for the series and the source for everything Idol. Offering more features than ever for Season 5, the site features exclusive video, interviews, competitor blogs and photography. Visitors can experience full-length interviews with the judges; custom behind-the-scenes footage; telecast out-takes; past competitor updates; message boards; merchandise; games; and much more.

Music industry experts Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack Werner are back with as many opinions as ever, to offer criticism, compliments and most of all, guidance as Canadian Idol’s four-member judging panel. Host Ben Mulroney also returns, offering a healthy dose of charm and light-heartedness to the show. New to the cast for 2007 is roving reporter Dave Kerr.

CTV News Named Best Newscast at the RTNDA Atlantic Regional Awards Banquet

Toronto, ON (June 2, 2007) – CTV News has been named as the best local newscast in Atlantic Canada. The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) honoured CTV with the prestigious award at the Atlantic Regional annual awards banquet tonight. CTV Atlantic also received an RTNDA Award for Best Videography and an honorable mention for In-depth or Investigative Reporting.

In addition to winning the RTNDA Awards for excellence in journalism, CTV’s Evening News continues to be the overwhelming choice for local news in Atlantic Canada. CTV News is the #1 rated local newscast in all key demographics.

These winners will go on to compete for the RTNDA National Awards to be presented at the RTNDA National Conference in Vancouver, BC on June 23, 2007.

Canada AM Wakes up in Newfoundland and Labrador

Canada’s #1 National Morning Show to Broadcast Live from St. John’s on June 14 and 15 on CTV

Canada’s #1 morning show will go on the road this summer for an old-fashioned block party live from Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada AM’s, Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan and Jeff Hutcheson will broadcast from Canada’ s most colorful province on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. These special broadcasts are in association with the Canadian Tourism Commission.

The broadcasts will give the rest of Canada an up-close look at the spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage associated with Newfoundland and Labrador. Beverly Thomson will put the spotlight on the current economic realities that exist in Newfoundland Labrador and native son Seamus O’Regan will take viewers on a personal tour of the province’s hot spots.

In a special tourism feature, viewers will get to experience Newfoundland and Labrador in all of its glory including whale watching, iceberg spotting and a visit to the stunning Gros Morne National Park. Jeff Hutcheson will look to whip up some local delicacies such as iceberg beverages, “fish and brews” and bakeapples.

And no visit to Newfoundland and Labrador would be complete without some traditional music. The broadcasts will feature live performances from The Irish Descendants, Hey Rosetta and other surprise guests.

In addition to the broadcasts, Canada AM,the Canadian Tourism Commission and Newfoundland and Labrador are unrolling the “Canada, We Are More” contest. Four viewers will get a chance to discover Newfoundland and Labraor up close and personal with an all expenses paid trip. For details go to www.ctv.ca/canadaam.

Wake up to the world of Canada AM, television’s morning star and Canada’s most watched national morning newsmagazine. Co-hosts Beverly Thomson and Seamus O’Regan along with Jeff Hutcheson and Marci Ien bring Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive Producer for Canada AM and Robert Hurst is President of CTV News.

CTV Sends Canada’s Walk of Fame to Canadian Troops Overseas

CTV announced today it will provide this Sunday’s Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast to Canadian troops stationed overseas via satellite. In addition to the induction presentation, the troops will also enjoy the glamorous red carpet pre-show eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Canada’s Walk of Fame and eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame will be broadcast on the Canadian Forces Radio & Television Service for military members at various bases in Afghanistan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. They are:

In Afghanistan: The Kandahar Air Field, Camp Souter, the PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team), and all the Forward Operating Bases.
Other locations: MFO (Multinational Force and Observers) in the Sinai Desert and Camp Mirage.
Hosted by Eugene Levy, Canada’s Walk of Fame airs Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV to confirm local broadcast times). The star-studded special is preceded by eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame at 6:30 p.m. ET on CTV.