September 2007

After ending season 4 with the biggest season finale in the shows history drawing in more than 2 million viewers, CTV’s Corner Gas returns tonight for its 5th season.

Corner Gas charted an astonishing 67 per cent audience growth during series 4 and finished its 19-episode run with an average audience of 1.52 million viewers, reaching as high as #16 on Canada’s Top 20 list of most watched programs.

It’s one of the oldest countries in the world and for 16 Americans it is about to be the place of an adventure of a lifetime. Survivor:China.

The adventure begins in ultra modern Shanghai but these 16 strangers will be transported back in time and will experience a culture that dates back nearly 5000 years.

The group consists of a former Miss Montana, a school lunch lady, a christian radio talk show host, a gay mormon flight attendant, a professional wrestler, a University of South Carolina Honors student, a chicken farmer from Virginia, a professional poker player, a fourth grade school teacher, a Nashville musician, a grave digger from Louisiana, a Jewelery designer from Los Angeles, a New York City waitress, a surfing instructor, a bar tender and former model, and a twenty year old student and athlete who is the youngest survivor ever.

Their adventure will play out in a remote section of China where they will live in the shadows of a 16th century Bhudist monastary on the lake of a thousand islands – a harsh and remote land that will challenge even the strongest of survivors. It is the ultimate challenge. 16 people, all from different walks of life, forced to live together to create a new society while battling the elements and each other. They must learn to adapt or they will be voted out. In the end, only one will remain to claim the million dollar prize.

39 days. 16 people. One Survivor.

The monks at the monastary line the courtyard as the survivors enter and a giant gong is being sounded as they walk in. Chinese American Peih-Gee, the jeweler from Los Angeles is moved at the welcoming and by being back in the land where she is originally from. Her grandfather passed away a couple of weeks ago and she says that he would have gotten a real kick out of seeing her there.

Jeff welcomes them to China and tells them before they start they will all participate in a ceremony inside the temple. He tells them that it is not a religious ceremony, hoping to ease any concerns of the different faiths represented in the 16 survivors, and that the people of this land just want them to feel welcomed.

Denise, the school lunch lady, is moved by the experience in the temple and says it almost made her cry.

Courtney, the New York waitress, has her hands abruptly moved by one of the monks when she isn’t doing things properly. She’s not impressed by being shown what to do and obviously doesn’t have much respect for the culture she is invading. She admits that she doesn’t know how to do any of this stuff and doesn’t really want to be doing any of this stuff and would rather be back with the lemonade.

Leslie, the christian radio host, cannot do the ceremony because of the whole bowing down to other gods thing and walks out. When the ceremony is over, Jeff asks her about it with the rest of the group. She says that it felt like worship and while she’s not a religious person (she instead has a relationship with Jesus Christ), she wont put her face on the floor for anyone but him. Will affect her time in the game? Probably.

Jeff tells the survivors that one of the big themes in Bhudism is the leaving behind of worldy possesions. That means, no suitcases and they will only have the clothes on their backs. That’s a bit of a problem for some because they’re wearing giant, heavy boots and for Jamie, no bra.

They divide into tribes and put on their buffs. The Yellow tribe is called Zhan Hu which means “Fighting Tiger” and consists of Frosti, Dave, Jamie, Erik, Peih-Gee, Sherea, Ashley and Chicken. Student/Athlete Frosti thinks the tribe is strong.

The Red tribe is called Fei Long and means “Flying Dragon” and consists of Jean-Robert, Leslie, Amanda, Courtney, Denise, James, Todd and Aaron. Amanda, the hiking guide, is so happy to be there and thinks James and Aaron are their two strongest members and thinks they’re going to be a real powerhouse in challenges.

Jeff tells them about the Chinese writing, The Art of War and encourages them to study it as it contains wisdom and may very well help them win the game and the million dollar prize. He also gives them a map each to their new home. The each head out to their respective boats which will take them to their new home.

On the Fei Long boat Leslie asks if anyone know how to do this. Aaron suggest they just take it slow so that they don’t end up going around in circles. He doesn’t really think anyone in his tribe, for the best part, has a clue about what’s actually going on.

They arrive at their new home and discover they have rice but no flint. They want to keep it dry because it’s just started to rain.

Courtney is going to find it hard because she seems to be surrounded by flight attendants and sunday school teachers and that people in the city just don’t live like that. She says that they’re all the exact type of people she doesn’t like to be around because they’re all so positive and think everything is amazing. Courtnet is really sarcastic.

Jean-Robert, the professional poker play, and Todd, the flight attendant, head out and find their tree mail box. There’s nothing in it yet but at least they now know where it is. Jean-Robert tells Todd that he thinks he seems like someone who is a little like him, a little devious. Jean-Robert says that one of his strengths in this game is his ability to read players. Todd doesn’t want Jean-Robert to tell anyone else that he thinks he is sharp though as he doesn’t want to be that guy.

At Zhan Hu, Sherea the elementary teacher is stuggling. She arrived in a dress and high heels and as she walks, her heels are sinking deep into the soft earth. She thinks the situation is disgusting and way nasty. The others find some old wooden structure and want to use it to build but Chicken reminds them that even if they use it, it wont sleep all of them under it. He ends up giving up and deciding not to help despite his experience.

Ashley, the pro wrestler and the one wearing the bulky boots, thinks her job has prepared her for the game.

Peih-Gee says that they’re like the tribe that is hanging out and has, like, no food and no fire.

At Fei Long, they’re building an incredible structure to sleep on. Leslie thinks James is superman. She asks him what he does and he tells her he bury’s people. He tells her he’s a little worried about the social aspect of the game but hopes he can pull it out in the challenges.

At night, Zhan Hu are have a long night in the rain. Chicken hopes it was a reality check for them all. Hopefully they’ll start to get organised. Ashley is feeling pretty sick after the first night. She says she’s wrestled with a 104 fever before and hopes it will pass. Dave, the former model, tells her not to worry about being on the block if she’s sick but when it comes down to it, they will send her packing if they lose the first competition.

The tribes get their first tree mail and it reads:
The untested enemy you must face today
They may have the power to send one of you away
With your namesake held above you and with honor in your heart
Will you lead your tribe to victory or be the first one to depart

Fei Long decide they should look at The Art of War. They think they need a leader and Todd pushes the leader role towards Aaron and everyone else agrees.

Before the first challenge the teams talk about the toughness of the first night. The teams have each been given running shoes which are theirs to keep during the game.

Fei Long are carrying a red Chinese dragon while Zhan Hu are carrying a yellow tiger up on poles. The teams must navigate a course and then James unclips for Fei Long and Frosti, for Zhan Hu is right behind him. They race and jump onto the first wall and have to lower draw bridges. James gets a bit of a lead and gets back first to unlock the gate and clips back in to lead the team through the rest of the course. It’s neck and neck through the swamp but Fei Long make it to the finish platform first. Fei Long wins the first immunity and some flint to make fire.

At Zhan Hu, Peih-Gee is upset that their tribe is a bit of a mess. She’s annoyed with Chicken for not wanting to contribute his opinion. Ashley gets annoyed with Peih-Gee for taking the leadership role after she was crying they lost the challenge. She’s feeling better that she was yesterday but Chicken wants to know what she’s done.

Sharea is deciding between either Peih-Gee, cause she’s so bossy, and Chicken. It sounds that across the board, the votes are going to fall to Peih-Gee, Ashley and Chicken to Dave but he’d like to keep Chicken there for his experience and thinks it’s time that things started to happen around camp.

At Tribal Council, they talk about the last few days. The discussion centers around the two days it took to build a shelter. Jeff asks if anyone is prepared to stand up and act as the leader of the tribe. Both Peih-Gee and Dave put their hands up. Dave doesn’t want things to continue the way they are and wants to get things tight. Dave says that the vote tonight should be about removing the least productive person from the group. Ashley is a little worried that she’s the one going because she’s been sick. Chicken says that he doesn’t fit in but out in the jungle, do you want to get rid of the guy who doesn’t fit in, or the guy that works.

At the vote, Frosti votes for Chicken, Ashley votes for Peih-Gee, Sherea votes for Chicken, Erik votes for Chicken, Chicken votes for Ashley, Jamie votes for Chicken, Dave votes for Ashley and Peih-Gee votes for Chicken. Making it a 5 vote majority, the first person voted out of Survivor China is Chicken.

They’re allowed to take their fire back to camp and get flint so they’ll be happy.

China is home to the Beijing Olympics in 2008

It’s been one of the most formidable alliances in Big Brother history. Estranged father and daughter, Dick and Daniele Donato.

None of the houseguests are happy to see Zach when he arrives at he jury house. Eric tells him that had he been there it would have been a 6-1 vote for him.

Eric gets his orders from America. They want him to vote for for Dick to win. The jury deliberates and Eric puts his point forward for Dick. Amber and Jen have personal grudges against Dick and Eric has to get everything back on track to getting them to focus on his game rather than his personal attacks.

Dustin says that it’s either going to be evil or evil spawn to win. None of them are happy about it at all.

They quiz both Dick and Daniele to gadge how they might vote.

They make their votes and then Eric gets to reveal his big secret. Everyone laughs at the shocking revelation which none of them had guessed.

Julie pulls the keys out of their locks.

Eric has voted for Dick. Jameka votes for Daniele. Dustin votes for Dick. Jen votes for Daniele. Zach voted for Dick and Amber voted for Dick which means he has won Big Brother 8. Jessica had also voted for Dick meaning he won with 5 votes to 2.

Here are the winners of the 2007 Emmy Awards:

nb. Updated live as the results come in

Outstanding Drama Series
The Sopranos

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Spader, Boston Legal

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais, Extras

Best Reality TV
The Amazing Race

Writing For A Comedy Series
Greg Daniels, The Office

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Richard Sheppard, Ugly Betty

Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Directing for a Miniseries or Movie
Philip Martin, Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)

Best Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)

Best Made for Television Movie
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Best Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Judy Davis, The Starter Wife

Directing for a Drama Series
Alan Taylor, The Sopranos

Writing for a Drama Series
David Chase, The Sopranos

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best Miniseries
Broken Trail

Best Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Robert Duvall, Broken Trail

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy

Best Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Thomas Haden Church, Broken Trail

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Terry O’Quinn, Lost

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Jeremy Piven, Entourage

Day 76 and we’re down to the final three. By the end of the hour, one person will win the final HoH and evict one of their housemates, effectively picking who they will play off against in the final.

2 hours into the competition and Daniele is visibly shaking with cold. She had initially said she was worried about the challenge if it involved cold water. Daniele tries to get her father to talk to him. Dick taunts him and then nearly two hours into it, Daniele slips of her carrot while trying to jump over it. She races inside to take a hot shower and warm up.

Once Daniele is gone, Zach starts to mock Dick. 4 and a half hours in and Dick is now shaking. Daniele cheers him on from the side line. Daniele even tells him she loves him. Even if they lose it’s been a great bonding exercise for them.

Dick is looking beat and Daniele tells him that if he can’t do it it’s ok. At 7 hours and 32 minutes in, Dick throws his key away, clearly annoyed that he could last the distance against Zach. Zach congratulates him for a valiant fight.

Dick admits that he doesn’t think he would have been able to go on as long as he did without Daniele there and is upset that he let her down. Zach is proud that he broke Dick.

Now, Dick and Daniele need to decide who is going to be better at beating Zach in round three. However, round two is a puzzle that involves collecting puzzle pieces from one giant tank of water and taking it to another tank of water and create a path in the correct order of who held HoH. When Dick sees the giant tanks of water he hopes that it is warm.

Daniele’s time was 24:09 but Dick’s time was 12:48. Daniele is slightly embarrassed by her time. Dick is adamant that he’s going to kick Zach’s ass in the final round. Daniele isn’t so sure.

Jameka arrives at the jury house and everyone is so annoyed that it’s her instead of Dick or Daniele.

Julie is going to read out some statements and Dick and Zach need to decide one one of two endings. Dick beats Zach and wins the final HoH effectively giving the Donatos both spots in the final two. Daniele can’t believe that they’ve worked so well together. Dick and Daniele are so stoked that they have won the whole thing. Dick is so excited. He’s punched a wall and kicked the trash can.

Eric has one final task as America’s player. Who does America want to win the $500,000 prize and who should Eric campaign for?

Dick is adamant that him and Daniele are the best team to have ever played the Big Brother game. But who will win. Results and Eric’s unveiling on Tuesday.

Check out this brand new music video promoting Season 2 of Ugly Betty which has just been uploaded to YouTube. Features Mika singing “Big Girl”!

Desperate housewives is returning to CTV on the 30th of September for it’s fourth season. Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez new single Mile In These Shoes has been used as one of the promos for the new series.

What do you think?

Across the River to Motor City is a hot new Canadian drama on Citytv which starts in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto at 10pm on the 22nd of November and at 10pm on the 19th in Winnipeg.

Synopsis

Benjamin Ford is an ordinary man living in extraordinary times. On a sunny Friday in November 1963, his girlfriend takes a flight to Dallas – and disappears. Nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for anyone.

A mystery that begins the day of the Kennedy assassination reverberates through to the 21st century, pulling in Ben’s adult daughter, Kathleen, and her family. ACROSS THE RIVER TO MOTOR CITY is set against the backdrop of two remarkable eras, seen through two unique and entwined communities.

Detroit and Windsor couldn’t be more different in outlook, size, and temperament. Yet they’re linked as solidly as the steel of an auto assembly line, like the beat of a soul classic: as we all are linked inexorably to our past. The forces that shape and bind us, the mysteries that propel us, the regrets that consume us – ACROSS THE RIVER TO MOTOR CITY explores two nations, two decades, and one unforgettable mystery. It’s about people caught in the sweep of great events – and how families weather the storm of history.

It’s a big night in the house tonight. If either Zach or Jameka can win the Power of Veto then finally one of the Donato’s will be going home.

After Zach put both Daniele and Dick up for eviction, Dick was furious. Daniele is upset that Zach went back on his word and lied to them. Of course, they haven’t lied or not kept their word to anyone.

Zach believes that both Dick and Daniele are still here because no one had the stones to stand up to them. Dick taunts Zach and says that he’s playing for second place and doesn’t think he’d get one vote from the jury up against any of the other three.

Dick knows that other HoH’s have tried and failed to get rid of them so Zach is going to have to be on his game.

At the Jury house, we get to see what’s been going on with Dustin, Jen, Amber, Jessica and Eric.

Dick tells Daniele that if they can’t beat “those two idiots” then they deserve to go home. Dick reminds Daniele that she has dominated the game and she just has to win one more. No pressure though.

Zach and Jameka spend some time in prayer before the Veto Challenge. They both feel that they’re on the good side up against “evel”. The line in the sand has been drawn and it’s now do or die time.

The houseguests have to place faces of evicted houseguests inbetween two clues and then get a corresponding number to list the number of seconds they’ve been in the house. Dick thinks he has it but gets it wrong. Zach also gets it wrong. Then, with enormous screaming, Daniele wins the power of veto for the fifth time sealing Jameka’s fate. They taunt Zach and parade themselves around that the Donato’s are in the Final 3.

Zach says he’s going to have to put up with an overgrown twelve year old for another week.

Dick is wandering around the house screaming “Game Over”. How obnoxious is he. He’s so stoked that he’s up against Zach at the end.

Daniele uses the veto on her Dad and returns the favour and saves her dad. Jameka takes her place on the eviction sofa. Daniele says in her speech that if he doesn’t keep her in the game then perhaps she wont speak to him again for another few years. Of course, Jameka is going home.

The final HoH competition is about to take place. Zach gets to compete as well despite being the current Head of Household. The HoH competition will be done in three parts. The winner of the first round will automatically proceed to the third round. The other two will face off in the second round and then the winner of round two will face off against the winner of round one and compete for the final HoH and the chance to pick who they will be up against in the final two.

The first round consists of each of the houseguests standing atop a giant carrot in a garden where they must hold on to a key which is hanging above them. A rabbit on a pole swings around and the houseguests need to jump over it as it passes. If they stop the rabbit, fall off their carrot or let go of their key then they’re out of the game. And to make things even more nautious, Big Brother starts the rain.

After an excrutiating time in awful conditions Zach wins the first part of the HoH competition.

When Hamilton’s Brian Melo’s name was revealed as the 2007 Canadian Idol champion in the final minutes of last night’s star-studded season finale, a remarkable 2.75 million Canadians were watching, CTV confirmed today. In all, the unforgettable, two-hour Canadian Idol finale ended with an average audience of 2.25 million viewers, the single biggest audience of the season and once again the No. 1 program of the night in Canada.

In addition, Canadian Idol:

– Saw nearly 5 million Canadians tune in to some or all of the broadcast.
– More than doubled the audience of Big Brother (CBS/Global; 983,000) nationally, during the 9-10 p.m. hour.
– Was the most-watched show in Toronto by 25 per cent compared to the second-ranked show (CTV National News). With 428,000 viewers, Canadian Idol saw its Toronto audience jump 21 per cent compared to last year’s finale.

With the latest season now concluded, Canadian Idol finishes for the
fifth season in a row as the most-watched program of the summer on Canadian television. The non-simulcast Idol drew 23 per cent more viewers than the second most-ranked series on Canadian TV this summer, America’s Got Talent (CTV/NBC).

“Five seasons later, Canadian Idol not only continues to capture the
hearts of Canadians from coast-to-coast, but still transforms the lives of the competitors who entertain us each summer,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Congratulations to both Brian and Jaydee and thank you for a thrilling finish.”

Now with five winners and dozens of finalists continuing to make their living as recording artists, Canadian Idol has changed the Canadian music industry landscape. The numbers speak for themselves:

Canadian Idol Alumni
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– 34 CDs released
– 7 No. 1 singles
– 1,000,000+ units sold by Canadian Idol finalists
– 16 JUNO Nominations

In its fifth season, Canadian Idol continued to prove why it is
considered one of the most innovative Idol formats among the dozens that appear on television screens around the world. A look back at the numbers from Season 5:

Canadian Idol Season 5
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– 12 guest stars for the most blockbuster line-up of special guests yet: Enrique Iglesias, Queen, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Paul Anka, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila, Kalan Porter, Hedley and Low Level Flight
– 9,477: number of competitors Brian Melo outlasted to claim the Canadian Idol crown.
– 37,231,772: total votes cast this season, more than one for every man, woman and child in the country.
– 4,849,386: total votes for the final performance episode this season, the most ever in the history of the series.
– 15 cities on the Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour, beginning Nov. 18: Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Ottawa, Belleville, Toronto, Hamilton, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Surrey and Edmonton
– 42: percentage of Gold Ticket winners that played an instrument after Canadian Idol changed the rules to allow competitors to accompany themselves in competition.
– 100,000 – number of kilometres the Canadian Idol production team traveled from coast-to-coast in search of this year’s winner
– 50+: number of hats 2007 champion Brian Melo accumulated over the course of the summer
– 30: number of hours of Canadian Idol Season 5 broadcast on CTV, with more than 25 hours produced live.
– 21,600: number of people who attended Canadian Idol Top 10 tapings this summer at Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre
– 1,000: number of crew members coast-to-coast who helped bring the show to air
– 11: cities on the 2007 Canadian Idol audition tour: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, St. John’s, Toronto and Oshawa