October 2007

ET CANADA AT THE GEMINI’S – RED CARPET SPECIAL LIVE FROM REGINA

Sunday, October 28 – 7:30pm ET/PT

Direct from Regina, ET Canada’s Senior Reporter, Roz Weston, will welcome the stars to the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards as they walk the Red Carpet on their way to Canada’s very own celebration of excellence in film and television.

Immediately following, viewers can tune in for the Awards Gala broadcast on CBC at 8pm ET/PT.

Note: Regularly scheduled ‘da Kink in my Hair will return to its timeslot of 7:30pm ET/PT on November 4th.

Academy Award-Winner Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast of Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, the made for television movie set to premiere on CTV in 2008.

MacLaine stars as matriarch Amelia Thomas, alongside Rachel Blanchard (Louisa Thomas), Barbara Hershey (grown-up Anne Shirley) and Hannah Endicott-Douglas (young Anne Shirley).

Shirley MacLaine to play Amelia Thomas in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

Now in its second week of filming, the prequel to the original award-winning mini-series Anne of Green Gables has brought new life to the iconic, red-headed heroine. MacLaine begins filming this week on location in southwestern Ontario and shoots through the end of the month.

Executive producer, writer and director Kevin Sullivan is thrilled with the remarkable addition of Golden Globe, Emmy and Academy Award-winning superstar Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment, In Her Shoes) to the cast of Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. “Shirley MacLaine is a screen legend,” said Sullivan. “To be able to cast her unique personality in the role of Amelia Thomas promises to bring both humour and pathos to this production, in a grand style that only a movie star of her stature can elicit.”

Cecil B. DeMille Winner in 1998 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Field,” Shirley MacLaine plays the role of Amelia Thomas. Mentioned in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first novel, Amelia Thomas has been shaped into a principal character in Kevin Sullivan’s original screenplay for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. Thomas is a wealthy, powerful and unlikeable widow who runs Marysville, New Brunswick, a prosperous lumber town with saw, cotton and cider mills belonging to the Thomas family. After taking in her daughter-in-law Louisa Thomas (Blanchard) and grandchildren, Amelia’s miserable temperament is quickly transformed for the better by imaginative and playful Anne Shirley (Endicott-Douglas).

Visit www.sullivanmovies.com for updates about Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning.

Funny man Jimmy Kimmel returns as host of the 2007 American Music Awards, broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on A-Channel (visit achannel.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The three-hour, star studded event is the first to be broadcast live from L.A.’s newly constructed Nokia Theatre.

Nominations for the 2007 American Music Awards see Canada’s punk-princess Avril Lavigne, fresh off her performance on Canadian Idol this summer, nominated for “Favourite Female Artist” and Canadian rock royalty Nickleback receiving a nod for “Favourite Band, Duo or Group”. Leading the pack with three nominations each are chart-toppers Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Linkin Park and Daughtry. Following close behind are Akon, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flats, T.I and Bone-Thugs-And-Harmony nabbing two nominations each. Rihanna and Maroon 5, who also graced the Idol stage this summer, both received nominations along with Timbaland, Fergie and John Mayer.

On Sunday, November 18 – 4pm ET tune in for full coverage of the Parade’s 103rd Edition, direct from Toronto. Co-hosts Susan Hay and Leslie Roberts return to welcome fans and provide colour commentary throughout one of the season’s most cherished celebration.

“For the 23rd consecutive year, Global Television is proud to return as the Parade’s Official Broadcaster, and bring all the excitement of the Holiday season to generations of loyal fans nationwide,” said Christine Shipton, Vice President, Original Programming for CanWest MediaWorks. “We’re delighted that we can share this annual event with all of Canada, and mark the start of the Holiday season in festive style.”

Starting from Bloor and Christie Streets on Toronto’s West side, and completing its Eastbound run at the corner of Front and Church, the Parade will feature all the old favourites – including the much loved Mother Goose Float, and crowd pleasers, the ‘Upside-Down Clowns’ – along with a dazzling medley of all-new floats featuring brand new themes. Filling the streets to capacity, the Parade brings out an estimated hundreds of thousands of spectators every year, far and away the city’s single-most attended event.

Global’s complete Parade broadcast will be available to viewers online at www.globaltv.com/santaclausparade starting Monday, November 19th through to New Year’s Day.

The Santa Claus Parade is seen across the world by millions of viewers in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Norway through the “Operation Santa Network”.

For further details on The Toronto Santa Claus Parade, please visit: www.thesantaclausparade.com

Canada AM gives Canadians an inside look at Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, when the Governor General of Canada opens her home for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Canada AM’s Beverly Thomson. Canada AM will be live on location at Rideau Hall on Friday, Oct. 26 just before the 100th Order of Canada ceremony.

With special access inside Rideau Hall, Thomson will receive a behind-the-scenes tour as she finds out what life is like for the Governor General. Also, as Rideau Hall prepares for the 100th Order of Canada ceremony, Thomson will visit Louis Charest, Rideau Hall’s official chef, who will do a cooking demonstration while discussing the special menu created for the event.

Thomson will also speak with various guests who will be receiving the Order of Canada as she shows viewers what it takes to prepare for this special ceremony.

As Canada’s highest civilian honour, over 5,000 people have received the Order of Canada since its inception in 1967. This year, 12 officers and 28 members will receive the award.

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.

Last week it was the highest scoring third week ever but it was Wayne Newton who tangoed himself out of the competition.

Samantha Harris is back barely looking as though she just gave birth a few weeks ago.

Tonight our stars perform either the Paso Doble or the Viennese Waltz.

Mark Cuban & Kym Johnson: Viennese Waltz
Sammy Davis Jr. - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Sammy Davis, Jr. - Mr. Bojangles Mr Bojangles
1-800-868-3411
Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 8
Bruno Tonioli: 7
TOTAL: 22
Last Week: 20

Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas: Paso Doble
Dead or Alive - Rip It Up - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
1-800-868-3403
Carrie Ann Inaba: 10
Len Goodman: 10
Bruno Tonioli: 10
TOTAL: 30
Last Week: 30

Jane Seymour & Tony Dovolani: Viennese Waltz
Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joel - Piano Man Piano Man
1-800-868-3406
Carrie Ann Inaba: 8
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonioli: 9
TOTAL: 26
Last Week: 27

Floyd Mayweather & Karina Smirnoff: Paso Doble
1-800-868-3408
Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 8
Bruno Tonioli:8
TOTAL: 23
Last Week: 21

Melanie Brown & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz
Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway - Breakaway Breakaway
1-800-868-3405
Carrie Ann Inaba: 8
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonioli: 9
TOTAL: 26
Last Week: 27

Cameron Mathison & Edyta Sliwinska: Paso Doble
John Williams - The Music of John Williams - 40 Years of Film Music (Box Set) - Main Theme (From "Superman") The Theme from Superman
1-800-868-3407
Carrie Ann Inaba: 9
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonioli: 9
TOTAL: 27
Last Week: 23

Marie Osmond & Jonathan Roberts: Viennese Waltz
Hank Williams - 20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits - I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) I Can’t Help (Falling In Love With You)
1-800-868-3404
Carrie Ann Inaba: 9
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonioli: 8
TOTAL: 26
Last Week: 26

Jennie Garth & Derek Hough: Paso Doble
1-800-868-3401
Carrie Ann Inaba: 8
Len Goodman: 10
Bruno Tonioli: 9
TOTAL: 27
Last Week: 26

Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough: Viennese Waltz
The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl - Iris Iris
1-800-868-3409
Carrie Ann Inaba: 9
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonioli: 9
TOTAL: 27
Last Week: 24

Tomorrow night the results.

Canadian viewers have voted with their remotes, and Corner Gas is the hands down winner. CTV’s home-grown comedy series bested simulcasts of Heroes and Prison Break, data from BBM Nielsen Research confirms today.

The shenanigans of the residents of Dog River attracted 1.5 million viewers on CTV, topping both Prison Break (1.35 million; FOX/Global) and Heroes (1.33 million; NBC/Global).

In the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos, CSI: Miami took the No. 1 slot Monday, leading CTV to claim one million plus viewers from 7:30 – 11 p.m.:

At 7 p.m., CTV’s eTalk (486,000) once again beat ET Canada (404,000) before Jeopardy/Access Hollywood on CTV delivered 1.3 million viewers at 7:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m., Marie Osmond’s fainting spell on Dancing with the Stars was watched by 2.02 million viewers on CTV and ranked No. 2 for the night. Dancing with the Stars delivered more viewers A25-54 and A18-49 than Prison Break and led in total viewers by 50%.

At 9:30 p.m., CTV’s Corner Gas became the No. 4 show of the night with 1.48 million viewers, up 14% compared to last week. Head-to-head, Corner Gas led Heroes by 11%.

At 10 p.m., CTV’s CSI: Miami was the most-watched program of the night with 2.4 million viewers, including 1.27 million among A25-54. CSI: Miami won the night, besting Heroes by 41% among A25-54 and 15% among A18-49 and Prison Break by 55% among A25-54 and 32% among A18-49.

Get Ready to Feast on the Middle East! Axis of Evil Comedy Tour Premieres October 27 on The Comedy Network

— Featuring stand-up from comedians Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader and Dean Obeidallah —

Toronto, Ontario (October 22, 2007) – Few people laugh when they think of the Middle East. However, that’s all about to change when the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour premieres Saturday, October 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network. Get ready for some serious laughter when four hysterical comedians, all of Middle Eastern descent, join together for this groundbreaking one-hour stand-up special that is so not your evening news!

Ever wonder what people from the Middle East think about Americans? Here’s a chance for viewers to find out! From the OC Pavilion in Orange County, California, comedians Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed and Aron Kader, along with special guest Dean Obeidallah, join forces to bridge the cultural gap and entertain comedy fans in this outrageous special. Watch as these four laffers of the Levant take on a variety of topics from American paranoia and gay terrorists to flying in post 9/11 America and the cultural divide.

Here’s Ahmed’s take on the similarities (and difference) between Muslims and Jews:

“Both Jews and Muslims have more in common than any religion ever. Both don’t eat pork, we don’t celebrate Christmas … we both yell on the phone when there’s no emergency… The only difference between Muslims and Jews is that Jews never like to spend any money and Muslims never have any money to spend.”

If the best comedy is truth telling with an edge, no four men are sharper or have a more pointed view on today’s society and finding a place in a vast, often suspicious and unfriendly America, than the comics in Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.

Axis of Evil Comedy Tour features Iranian-American comedian, Maz Jobrani (The Knights of Prosperity, The Interpreter), Egyptian-American comedian, Ahmed Ahmed (Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show), Palestinian-American comedian Aron Kader (Premium Blend, The Shield) with special guest Arab-American comedian, Dean Obeidallah (Creator of the New York Arab Comedy Festival and The Watch List).

Star! Program Alert – Highlights for October 23 – 28, 2007

Programming highlights include:

South Sydney Story series premieres on Tuesday, October 23. The documentary-style reality program features Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes à Court in their attempt to transform a flagging rugby team (South Sydney Rabbitohs), into a superclub fit for the new millennium Get your makeover madness fix with all new episodes of Look-A-Like and Style Her Famous this week on Star! Don’t miss the season finale of Hey Paula on Sunday, October 28

Below is a chronological listing of programming highlights for the week of October 23 – 28.
All programming is subject to change (all times ET; go to www.star-tv.com to confirm local broadcast times):

Tuesday, October 23
9 p.m. – South Sydney Story – “The Pride of the League”

SERIES PREMIERE – An extraordinary general meeting of South Sydney’s Rugby League Club has been called to determine if Academy Award® winning actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes à Court can gather 75% of member votes and take over the South Sydney Rabbitohs, one of Australia’s premiere rugby teams. The decades leading up to this moment have been long and hard for Rabbitoh fans. Though a champion club, they have fallen on hard times, as money is scarce and games are more frequently lost than won. Crowe and Holmes à Court promise much needed change – but at a cost of owning the club. South Sydney Rabbitoh fans are divided right to the end in a bitter debate where we see the famous old club sold.

Wednesday, October 24
8:30 p.m. – Making It – “Whistler Showcase Showdown Snowboard Competition”

Making It traces the transformation of Canadians as they struggle to achieve their dreams, while capturing the unexpected turning points, personal costs and candid behind-the-scenes moments of those so determined to achieve their often exasperating dreams. This week, Making It heads to B.C. to the Showcase Showdown, Whistler’s biggest local contest of the year, featuring Canada’s best and most daring snowboarders. The spotlight is on two competitors: one a seasoned Olympian, the other a hard-working hopeful – both vying for the top prize of $10,000. Who will come out on top?

Thursday, October 25
8 p.m. – Look-A-Like – “Val Kilmer”

NEW EPISODE – Grad student Greg never looked so hot! He is transformed from ‘ordinary’ student to ‘top gun’ actor Val Kilmer. Showing off his sleek, sexy tuxedo during the photo shoot and even scoring a few kisses on-set, see if Greg will have you doing a double take.

9 p.m. – Girls Next Door – “Hearts Afire”

NEW EPISODE – Welcome to paradise! Get to know Hugh Hefner’s most famous three girlfriends – Holly, Bridget and Kendra – and what life is like living in the world’s most famous mansion. This week, it’s Valentine’s Day at the Playboy Mansion and romance is flourishing, as birds are breeding, flowers are blooming and the girls frantically search for the perfect way to spend a romantic evening with Hef.

Saturday, October 27
8:30 p.m. – Style Her Famous – “Charlize Theron”

NEW EPISODE – Can a diehard dog lover land the Oscar®-winning look of actress Charlize Theron with effortless elegance? Find out as Jay

Manuel (Canada’s Next Top Model) and his top-notch team of makeover maestros, put the finishing touches to achieve one woman’s style wish.

Sunday, October 28
9 p.m. – Hey Paula

SEASON FINALE – Hey Paula provides an unfiltered, real-life look at America’s most talked about celebrity judge, entrepreneur, choreographer and multi-platinum artist, giving insight and context to Paula Abdul’s much-reported on professional and personal life. In the season finale, we see Paula auditioning dancers for a new project. Plus, viewers get an in-depth look at how the star deals with her chronic pain problems in her daily life. A woman misunderstood? You be the ‘judge’.

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Here is what happened on Kid Nation this week:

Zach heads off to wake up the girls to get them up and make breakfast. Taylor and the other girls refuse to help and say they’ll do the dishes instead but if past chores are anything to go by, that wont happen and Taylor will be left to cry at the town hall meeting.

The town council read the journal and it tells them that it’s time for district elections. This should be good. They all look concerned except for Laurel.

A food fight breaks out in the dining room and Anjay gets a pile of food in the face. He throws it back and then gets into an argument with Olivia. Anjay is worried that he’ll lose to her in the elections while Sophia is looking forward to seeing Taylor voted out.

The green district meet together and everyone is happy with Laurel’s leadership despite having some great leaders in the team.

Olivia tells Anjay that she’s running against him. Anjay isn’t happy about it and never wanted Bonanza city to end up with politics.

For the Red District, Guylan steps up and stands against Mike. Anjay promises to do better and learn from his mistakes but Olivia is standing against him and promises to work hard at being a leader – harder than she has at the tasks. Taylor begs for another chance and promises to not be so lazy. Zach makes a moving speech but Taylor spitefully says it’s still not the best speech she’s ever heard.

It’s time for the showdown and there are over 300 pinata’s out in the field and one at a time, the districts must run out and break open the pinata’s and hope to find a picture of a US President. They need to collect seven different presidents and then the council member needs to put them in the correct order.

It’s pretty manic out in the field as the districts smash their way through the pinatas. Green is ahead on 6 cards and then Yellow on four. Green finishes first but they’re wrong. Yellow, who arrived a split second later are right and become the new upper class. On their second attempt, Green gets it correct and become the merchants. Red comes in third and are the cooks but blue have less than a minute to find their final president. With 15 seconds on the clock, Blue District finishes and wins the reward for the town. The first option is a political party with BBQ and meat, meat, meat. The second option is toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash.

Brushes or Burgers? Taylor announces that it’s dental hygiene. So many people are upset at not having meat. Taylor tells them that if they want meat then they should kill a chicken.

Taylor is confident she has all the girls on her side. Zach is hoping to swing one of the girls his way. Guylan is hoping he’s got it in the bag while Olivia is campaigning hard for the vote.

The campaigning starts and posters go up all over town. Markelle from the Red district gets upset at the posters and wants Taylor out and starts ripping them and causes some friction.

The town council talk about who should be given the Gold Star and Taylor puts Greg’s name forward while the others suggest Zach much to Taylors disgust.

At the Town Hall Meeting, the pioneers hear the current council announce that Greg is the winner of the Gold Star. Greg is very emotional about getting the Gold Star because now he’ll be able to go to college. Before he does though, it’s time for the election. How different will the council look after the vote? Zach doesn’t think he’s been elected because all the girls are voting for Taylor because they are her friend rather than because she’s a good leader.

In the Blue district Anjay gets elected over Olivia and maintains his place on the council. In the Red district it’s a landslide victory to Guylan and replaces Mike on the council. Mike is upset and thinks that Guylan is a follower not a leader and wonders what he did to make everyone vote against him. The Yellow district votes are counted and every vote for Taylor is met with silence while every vote for Zach is met with cheers from the entire town. It’s 4-4 with the last vote going to Zach which means the Reign of Taylor is finally over.