October 2007

Criss Angel and Uri Geller search for “The Next Great Mentalist” in new reality series Phenomenon, October 24 on A-Channel

Thrills, chills and defying all reason will be the name of the game in the new live reality series Phenomenon airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting October 24, only on A-Channel.

Starring mystifier/artist Criss Angel (Criss Angel Mindfreak) and famed mentalist Uri Geller, Phenomenon is a mind-bending intensive search for “The Next Great Mentalist.” Featuring 10, carefully selected contestants and hosted by Tim Vincent (Access Hollywood), Phenomenon’s riveting competition will have a five-week run with a special two-hour live episode on Halloween night, October 31 at 8 p.m. (visit achannel.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Viewers can also catch an encore of this fascinating new series on SPACE Saturdays at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT starting October 27.

Based on the successful international format called The Successor, judged and monitored by Geller, Phenomenon tests 10 hopeful mentalists who compete each week to demonstrate a wide spectrum of mystifying talents. A panel of weekly celebrity guests and the studio audience will participate in the performances as Geller and Angel assess the contestants and offer their expert opinions. The winner will be chosen by the viewers at home, who will vote to determine which competing mentalist will receive the grand prize of $250,000 and become “The Next Great Mentalist.”

Renowned mystifyer Criss Angel is the creator, director and star of his critically acclaimed series, Criss Angel MINDFREAK. His extraordinary talents have also been featured on various Criss Angel specials and on CSI: New York and Las Vegas. In the summer of 2008, Angel will team up with “Cirque du Soleil” for a live magic experience at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, slated to run for ten years and over 4600 shows.

Geller soared to international fame with extreme mind-over-matter abilities that aroused much controversy in his hundreds of TV shows across the globe. Geller was instrumental in creating the first interactive TV show, which had him use his mind to bend spoons and fix broken watches in viewers’ homes as they watched him perform on television.

The contestants preparing to mystify viewers include:

Jan Bardi
Residence: Keerbergen, Belgium; Hometown: Leuven, Belgium

Jan Bardi studied bioengineering at university and earned his master’s degree, but found that he was always happiest onstage. Through study and performance, Jan polished his act and made a career out of his “Psycho Stunts”, which use psychology and mentalism to amaze audiences. Jan has starred in several successful television series and specials in his native Belgium, earning him celebrity status. He has traveled all over the world and even performed inside the Great Pyramid on Egypt’s famous Giza plateau.

Guy Bavli
Residence: Sunrise, FL; Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel

The youngest of three boys, overweight and in the middle of his parent’s divorce, Guy Bavli found solace in illusions. He watched Uri Geller on Israeli television and was inspired. Guy performed his first gig at a Tel-Aviv country club at age eight. He learned his craft mainly through books. He spent three years in the Israeli military where he became a mind reading entertainer-soldier and a member of the Air Force performing group. Guy has spent three years contracted at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and appears at other noteworthy locations around the world. He moved to the United States in 2002. Guy is engaged to be married and has a seven-year-old daughter, who is developing mentalism skills of her own, having recently bent her first spoon.

Jim Callahan
Residence: Beaufort, SC; Hometown: Pittsburg, PA
At age seven, Jim Callahan watched a movie about Houdini and his obsession with magic began. Years later, he started his career by combining Houdini’s art of escape with his interest in the paranormal. Jim claims to be followed by the spirit of a deceased man named Raymond and who communicates through a pendulum. His most prized paranormal feat is called “The Déja vu Experiment” where he asked one person to think of a city, another person to think of a number and another to think of an object. He then shows a DVD recorded four days earlier where he had predicted exactly what the people said. Jim is married to his grade-school sweetheart and has a teenage daughter.

Angela Funovits
Residence: Avon Lake, OH; Hometown: Avon Lake, OH

Angela Funovits became fascinated by illusions at age 10. Her interest grew when she learned her great-grandfather was rumoured to have been a celebrated magician in China. At age 11 she began modeling and at age 16 won the “Miss Teen Cleveland” pageant. During her senior year of high school, a family member was diagnosed with heart disease, which inspired her to create “The Magic of Medicine”- a workshop that helps cancer patients and families cope with their diseases. Currently, she is a medical student and has been offered the opportunity to perform in “The Pussycats of Magic” in Las Vegas.

Wayne Hoffman
Residence: West Lawn, PA; Hometown: Reading, PA

Wayne first learned of his talents at age seven, spending many years at the local magic shop honing his craft. At age 15, Wayne performed his first professional gig and never looked back. He now plays college campuses around the country and recently even performed for Hollywood’s elite at the Playboy Mansion.

Jim Karol
Residence: Upstate, NY; Hometown: Allentown, PA

Jim Karol is a former steel worker who now a mystifier. Twenty years ago, Jim dreamt the winning numbers of the Pennsylvania state lottery. He gave out the numbers at all of his shows and they proved to be correct. By giving the numbers out at his local shows, he had created hundreds of winners and he became famous overnight. Today he is a regular college campus performer and has appeared on national television programs, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Ellen. Jim worked as a consultant on the Jackass films, and was featured in Jackass 2.

Gerry McCambridge
Residence: Henderson, NV; Hometown: Long Island, NY

At age eight, Gerry McCambridge received a magic set for Christmas. Soon after he became awe-struck by illusionist Doug Henning’s Broadway and TV performances. After his parents divorced, Gerry would perform magic on the streets of New York City to earn extra money for his single mother. By the time he graduated high school, Gerry was an established nightclub and comedy club performer. Eventually he was averaging over 160 performances per year. After years of being on the road, he decided to make a move to Las Vegas. He currently headlines nightly at Hooters Casino Hotel so he can remain close to his wife and six children.

Eran Raven
Residence: Tampa, FL; Hometown: Irvine, CA

At an early age Eran Raven began having vivid dreams about the future, but he thought this was common. It was not until years later that he realized he had a special gift and began performing. Two years ago Eran was diagnosed with Bells Palsy, which caused him to lose the ability to move the right side of his face and made the left side of his face twitch. His condition, now under control, has taught him to look at life differently, live life to the fullest and further embrace his gift.

Jason Scott
Residence: Las Vegas, NV; Hometown: Reading, CA

Jason Scott has distinct memories of mystifying people as far back as kindergarten, when he moved crayons for his class. He has only held two jobs, teaching Jiu Jutsu and mystifying people as a mentalist. Today he does daily shows at the Playboy Club in Las Vegas, private events for celebrities and has performed at venues ranging from Children’s hospitals to the Playboy Mansion.

Ehud Segev
Residence: New York, NY; Hometown: Safed, Isreal

Raised in Israel, Ehud Segev was the runner-up of the Israeli version of Phenomenon, titled The Successor. He moved to America to pursue his dream of performing. He has performed all over the world, as well as off-Broadway in his own show “Anomal”. Ehud claims that his routines are unique because they have to do with spirituality and connections.

Two men and one team with everything to lose.

Watch as a once triumphant rugby club struggles to rebuild itself with the help of none other than Academy Award winning actor Russell Crowe in South Sydney Story, premiering October 23, 2007 at 9:00pm ET on Star!

Hold on to your hats sports fans! This documentary-style reality program tells a sports story of epic proportions catapulting the viewer deep into the heart of the Australian Ruby League.

Once labeled “The Pride of the League,” the South Sydney Rabitohs have fallen on hard times. That is until they are thrown a three million dollar life line by die hard fans actor Russell Crowe and business man Peter Homes a Court.

In six thirty-minute episodes, South Sydney Story captures the controversy that overshadowed their purchase of the team and the culture shock surrounding their anticipated arrival to the working-class club.

There are new owners, new players, new facilities, a new coach and new drama, but in the end it’s all about footy as the cameras roll on what has become the most successful year for the Rabitohs in more than a decade.

From the bumps and bruises to the tears and cheers, watch as this infamous team battles its way into history both on and off the field. Tune in to South Sydney Story, premiering October 23, 2007 at 9:00pm ET on Star!.

The “MTV Europe Music Awards 2007” are set to explode on November 1 and now Canadians can catch all of the action as MTV and MuchMusic join forces to bring Europe’s biggest music event to Canada on television and online.

Canadians have two ways to watch the EMAs: the prime-time broadcast airs on MuchMusic, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ET; hard-core fans who need their fix live can go to MTV.ca to see the show direct from Munich’s OlympiaHalle at 4 p.m. ET.

Hosted by hip hop’s finest, Snoop Dog, the EMAs promise to be one of the most exhilarating nights in music for 2007. The line-up for this year’s show is already a hot list of international stars and more performers are still to be announced.

Confirmed to date are Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas and Pussycat Dolls’ lead singer Nicole Scherzinger (performing together for the first time) along with Avril Lavigne, Foo Fighters, Mika and My Chemical Romance. Complete details on the 2007 EMAs including nominee bios, photos, videos and latest news visit MTV.ca/ema. Immediately following the prime-time television broadcast, the EMAs will be available on-demand at MTV.ca/ema.

Justin Timberlake dominates the EMAs as he goes up for the Video Star Award for “What Goes Around”, Headliner Award, Ultimate Urban Act and Solo Artist of 2007. Amy Winehouse, Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Nelly Furtado and Rihanna all have three nominations each.

It’s the battle of the females as Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, and Rihanna join Justin Timberlake in the fight for the coveted best Solo Artist of 2007, while the guys in Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy wrestle it out for the Rock Out Award.

Having just triumphed to the top of the charts with his album Graduation, Kanye West puts his gloves back on and returns to the ring for a second round with Justice. Nominated for the Video Star Award with “Stronger”, Kanye will go up against Justice for the second time at the EMAs. Following last year’s defeat, will Kanye be able to even out the score and take the Video Star trophy?

Presenters confirmed for the night include 2001 EMA winner Craig David, Depeche Mode front man Dave Gahan, pop punksters Good Charlotte, British songstress Joss Stone, REM megastar Michael Stipe, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, producer and frontman Wyclef Jean, Olympic tennis champ Boris Becker and soccer legend Oliver Kahn.

This year, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins add their personal twist as the events unfold throughout the evening from their exclusive bar at the EMAs. Grohl and Hawkins will give the audience a peep in to the behind the scenes news from the winners, presenters and guests, and will provide a perfect foil for Host Snoop Dogg.

Barenaked Lady Takes to the Skies – Again – When Season Two of “Ed’s Up!” Takes Off November 7 on OLN

Get a front row seat as an iconic Canadian rock star comes down to Earth to try everyday jobs in season two of the hit series “Ed’s Up!” Beginning Wed., Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN, Ed Robertson, co-founding member of The Barenaked Ladies, sets out to try jobs he’s never dreamed of doing…and some that he has. This season, Robertson, an avid recreational pilot, must once again land his Cessna plane near the location of each of his new tasks. Easy enough, right? The catch this time around is that Robertson has to land on the closest body of water to his mystery location. With floats now added to his plane, Robertson takes to the skies and jets to various cities across North America to tackle some of the grossest and most exhilarating jobs imaginable.

From scrubbing feces off a bathroom wall to demonstrating his flying chops with the Canadian Air Force, this rock star has his work cut out for him in each half-hour episode of the 13-part series. With his newly acquired floatplane license, Robertson not only tries to prove he’s up for any task but also that he is able to do “real life” jobs – good and bad. Find out what Robertson really thinks about each task when he vents his true feelings in candid “confessionals” throughout the series. Not only does he shed light on the task at hand, but also shares his newfound respect for the committed individuals who are dedicated to their work no matter how dangerous…or dirty. More than just earning bragging rights for sticking out some seriously challenging tasks, it’s what Robertson learns about himself that makes this the ultimate ride.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

“Ed’s Up!” – Brooklyn Hospital Cleaning”

Wed., Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In the season opener, Robertson is spirited away to a Brooklyn hospital where he is given his first job of the series – cleaning a busy emergency room. A day’s work here is a world tour of cleaning, disinfecting and more cleaning. His first task? Cleaning a restroom – walls and ceilings covered in human effluent of all varieties. Will Robertson be able to overcome his squeamish tendencies, especially when he mops up blood in a delivery room and views dead bodies in the hospital morgue?

“Ed’s Up!” – Lake Charles Alligator Biologist

Wed., Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In this episode of “Ed’s Up!,” Robertson heads off to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to work with alligator biologists. His day begins with cleaning a tank housing baby alligators. Their size is no match for their smell as he quickly reacts to the powerful aroma. After gaining a little confidence, Robertson helps the researchers extract blood samples from the adults to test the serum against deadly flesh-eating viruses. Then, for a little fun, the group heads to the dark swamps in the middle of the night to gather wild gators and rob them of their blood for testing.

“Ed’s Up!” – Galveston Oil Rig Repair

Wed., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Galveston, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, is a remote wasteland of giant equipment and migrant workers. Robertson joins the mechanic crew fixing and retrofitting massive oil rigs, but quickly learns his sense of humour isn’t appreciated right away. In fact, his new boss has little time for jokes from the pampered rock star. The heat and scale of the operation has Robertson quickly sweating buckets…and it’s not even lunch yet!

“Ed’s Up!” – Chicago Abattoir

Wed., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Robertson eats meat and is proud of it, but can he hack it in a slaughterhouse? Processing more than 2,500 pigs a day, Robertson’s new employer has very little time to explain all the technical elements of the job. What happens when Robertson get his hands dirty and figures it all out for himself?

GLOBAL NATIONAL WITH KEVIN NEWMAN NAMED BEST NEWSCAST AT THE 2007 GEMINI AWARDS

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‘GLOBAL CURRENTS’ AWARDED BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES

(Toronto, October 15, 2007) Global National with Kevin Newman, Canada’s most-watched national newscast, has been named Best Newscast at the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards. In addition, Global Television’s “Global Currents” was awarded Best Documentary Series for its 2006 premiere season. Select news awards were handed out earlier this evening at a gala event at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto.

“It is a huge honour for us to receive this recognition from our industry peers and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television,” said Steve Wyatt, Global Television’s Senior Vice-President of News and Information. “This confirms what the majority of news viewers already know, that Global National with Kevin Newman is the best national newscast in the country. We’re extremely proud of what our Global National news team have achieved and the hard work they put in each and everyday.”

Global National received the Best Newscast Award for its stellar newscasts including its October 9, 2006 broadcast where two-time Gemini Award winner Kevin Newman anchored live, and on-location from the front lines of Afghanistan, bringing viewers first-hand insight and perspective on Canada’s part in the war against terror.

Also winning for the first time, highly-acclaimed “Global Currents” was named Best Documentary Series for its fall 2006 premiere season, hosted by anchor Kevin Newman. The weekly, one-hour, independently-produced documentary series features the talents of Canada’s best socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary filmmakers. Documentaries in the first season included “Greenpeace: Making a Stand,” “Healthcare 911,” “Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey,” and “Breaking Ranks.”

“On the heels of our first successful season, we are thrilled to have Global Currents recognized by the Academy as Best Documentary Series,” said Christine Shipton, Vice-President of Original Programming. “We are so proud to have partnered with some of the most talented independent producers in our country to bring these important social issues to the forefront for all Canadians.”

The Best News Anchor award, of which Kevin Newman is nominated, will be handed out on October 28th at the main gala in Regina.

About Global National:
Global National with Kevin Newman is Canada’s most-watched national newscast (www.globalnational.com). Currently in its sixth season, the multi-award-winning half-hour newscast is broadcast live seven days a week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) from its national news centre in Vancouver, B.C., with news bureaus and correspondents in every major city in Canada, as well as Washington, D.C. Global National provides an early evening national news alternative with a distinctive voice and approach to the day’s top stories.

This Fall’s New Hits Are on CTV

— CTV ranks 4 out of 5 Top New Shows in A18-49 and A25-54 —

— CTV’s Private Practice is Canada’s No. 1 New Series in All Key Demos —

Eight out of the Top 10 shows overall. And now four of the Top 5 new series. Three weeks into the new season, CTV’s hit schedule just got an injection of new blood. Led by Private Practice, far and away Canada’s No. 1 new series in ALL key demos, CTV now has four out of five of Canada’s top new series in the key advertising demos A25-54 and A18-49. Private Practice is this Fall’s only new series to gain access to the elite Top 20 program rankings, charting as high as #13 in A25-54 and #14 in A18-49 among Canada’s most-watched programs.

Top New Series, 2007-2008 Season*:

A25-54

A18-49

1. Private Practice (CTV)
712,000
1. Private Practice (CTV)
661,000

2. Pushing Daisies (CTV)
558,000
2. Big Shots (CTV)
531,000

3. Big Shots (CTV)
554,000
3. Pushing Daisies (CTV)
500,000

4. Dirty Sexy Money (CTV)
544,000
4. Back to You (Global)
498,000

5. Back to You (Global)
530,000
5. Dirty Sexy Money (CTV)
477,000

With the addition of CTV’s Moonlight and Gossip Girl, CTV now has 6 out of the Top 10 new series on Canadian television among total viewers. The data is even more remarkable considering only Big Shots and Moonlight air in simulcast on CTV.

“We’ve got something for everyone on CTV,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV inc., “The diversity of these new hits is particularly encouraging.”

The new series join a CTV schedule featuring a dynamic mix of established franchises, emerging hits and fresh success stories with broad appeal across all demos. CTV remains Canada’s No. 1 broadcaster, with 29% more viewers than Global among A25-54 and 21% more viewers than Global among A18-49.** As well, CTV continues to deliver:

8 out of the Top 10 programs among total viewers
7 out of the Top 10 programs among A25-54
6 out of the Top 10 programs among A18-49***
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*Sept. 17 – Oct. 11, 2007, BBM NMR

**Sept. 24 – Oct. 7, 2007 (Mon-Sun, 8-11 p.m.), CTV Full vs Global Full, BBM NMR

***Sept. 24 – Oct. 7, 2007, BBM NMR

Might As Well Face It – They’re Addicted to Cars! “Crash Addicts” Drives into OLN, Oct. 26

Catch up with a car-crazy gang from Gananoque, Ontario, who assemble cars for smashing at demolition derbies in the second season of “Crash Addicts.” Beginning Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, each episode of this 13-part original Canadian series follows the trials, tribulations and triumphs of five quirky demolition derby drivers. Join the Crash Addicts – Richard “White Hot” Leighton, Joey “Hot Rod” Kemp, Jaime “The Birminator” Birmingham, Gary “Sweetleaf” Miller and Tammy “Bubbles” Bruce – as they take on the world inside and outside the derby ring.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

Episode 1 – Crash Addicts vs. The World
Fri., Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

With targets on their backs, Team Crash Addicts join forces and learn the value of working together. While The Birminator and Sweetleaf plan to enter the Peterborough derby, Bubbles is upset she can’t defend her title because she doesn’t have a car ready. On top of it all, her mother moves away forcing Bubbles to grow up fast. Will she be able to overcome her personal and “professional” challenges in time for the derby? Can The Birminator and Sweetleaf get themselves ready in time to have a fighting chance at the Peterborough event?

Episode 2 – Back to School
Fri., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Bubbles quits smoking, starts exercising and leaves Team Crash Addicts behind to step up her derbyin’ in the local school bus races. Will a cold reception from the other racers and a surprising crash be enough for Bubbles to regret leaving her fellow Crash Addicts behind? Meanwhile, White Hot struggles to multitask five projects while studying for his driver’s license. When he becomes overwhelmed with all he’s working on, he recruits his daughter to help him get his license.

Episode 3 – The Billy Bash
Fri., Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Friendship conquers all as Sweetleaf and White Hot put aside their personal differences to smash the competition at The Billy Bash derby. After placing an ad in the event’s program challenging the other drivers, the duo set out to avenge their names and come out on top. But can they be taken seriously by the competition?

OLN – Outdoor Life Network captures the adventurous spirit and passion for the great outdoors. Rough and tough, bone-breaking action and danger, OLN is Canada’s leader in outdoor programming with a focus on life beyond the comforts of home. OLN’s cutting-edge western lifestyle, outdoor exploration, survival, strength and reality programming is second only to extensive coverage from the most physically gruelling events from around the world, including the Tour de France, Iditarod, Professional Bull Riders, The Amazing Race and Dakar Rally. Visit Canada’s roughest, most rugged and entertaining network online at www.tsn.ca/oln. CTV Inc. is the managing partner of OLN.

Join “BreakfastTelevision”, Toronto’s Number One Morning Show as they attempt to break a second Guinness World Record for the world’s largest game of Twister on Friday, November 9th at The Rogers Centre.

“BT” will go live from event throughout its 6:00 am – 9:00 am broadcast, with the record breaking attempt at 8:30 am on Citytv Toronto and CP24.

Last year 1,681 “BT” viewers successfully broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Kickline. This year, “BreakfastTelevision” needs 4,161 talented, dedicated and flexible individuals to get twisted at The Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way) for a fun-filled morning of prizes, exercise and the ultimate game of Twister! Meet your favourite Citytv personalities including Kevin Frankish, Dina Pugliese, Frank Ferragine, Jennifer Valentyne,Tracy Moore and more! A representative from Guinness will be in attendance to officiate the event.

Tune in to “BT” on Friday, November 9th for LIVE coverage, or come down to the Rogers Centre to join in the fun and be eligible to win an Xbox, Vaughan Mills gift certificates, an all-expense paid WestJet vacation to the Dominican Republic and more! Participants can pre-register at www.citytv.com/bt or on-site beginning at 6:00am. Please enter the Rogers Centre at Gates 5 & 6.

For more information on “BreakfastTelevision”, visit the Citytv website at www.citytv.com.

CONTESTANT BIO: PETER HAZELTON, Air Traffic Controller

At age 36, Peter is the youngest brother in a family of 6 boys that grew up in small town Nova Scotia. He is an air traffic controller which is his 3rd major career choice and he plans to stick with it.

Peter Hazelton

He has been married to his wife Kelly for 12 years and has a 15-month-old son, Jack. Friends and family describe Peter as a bit silly but loveable.

If he won some money on the show he would love to allow his wife to stay home with their son.

CONTESTANT BIO: SANDRA ZICHERMANN, Professor

Sandra is a 29-year-old single woman who is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a very confident and sassy person with a great sense of humour. She is a first generation Canadian, her father is from Transylvania and her mother is from Hungary.

Sandra Zichermann

She talks of her parents inspiring her to go after what she wants in life. Sandra is very proud of her accomplishments. She has 3 degrees, a BA from York University, a Corporate Communications Post Grad degree and a Masters degree in Communication and Culture. Sandra is currently working towards a Doctorate Degree in Sociology at the University of Toronto.