October 2007

Guest Line-Up For October 22nd – October 26th, 2007

Monday, October 22nd

Musician KEITH URBAN (I Told You So)

Tuesday, October 23rd

Actor JIMMY SMITS (“Cane”)

Wednesday, October 24th

Actor ANTHONY HOPKINS (“Slipstream”)
Former Pussycat Doll NICOLE SCHERZINGER (Baby Love)

Thursday, October 25th

Actor STEVE CARELL (“Dan In Real Life”)
Musician KID ROCK (Amen)

Friday, October 26th

Actress HALLE BERRY (“Things We Lost in The Fire”)
Actor GREG GRUNBERG (“Heroes”)
Muscial Group JONAS BROTHERS (S.O.S.)

Marilyn Denis and “CityLine” took top honours at the second night of The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television “22nd Annual Gemini Awards” in Toronto last night.

Citytv’s “CityLine” won in the Best Lifestyle/ Practical Information Series category, beating nominees “On The Road Again”, “Opening Soon”, “Recreating Eden” and “The Heat with Mark McEwan”.

“CityLine” Host Marilyn Denis took home Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Performing Arts Program or Series over J.R. Digs, Rick Mercer, Bryan Baeumler and Kevin Brauch.

This is Denis’ ninth Gemini nomination and third Gemini win.

Here’s what happened this week on Survivor China:

At Zhan Hu they’ve finally had a good nights sleep after voting Dave out at Tribal Council last night. Peigh Gee semi steps up into the leadership role while Sherea is hoping for some drama in camp. I’m not sure how that is going to happen though since the most drama was with her and Dave and now he’s gone.

Jamie and Erik have been forming a bit of a relationship and Erik compares it to like being in the garden of eden with her minus the fruit. He tells her he’s still a virgin and Jamie says that that makes him a lot more trustworthy. She confides in him about the immunity idol.

At Fei Long Denise and James are working together and collect fish for breakfast. When they arrive back a boat arrives with a couple of chinese fisherman with a message. It reads that they need to choose two warriors from the other tribe that they think will best strengthen theirs. They circle Sherea and Frosti and hand the note back to the fisherman who goes to pick them up and bring them back to their camp.

At Zhan Hu, they get their same message. Fei Long think that it will be a swap out on both teams but Zhan Hu think that they’re the only ones getting two new members. When Aaron and James arrive Zhan Hu realise the twist and are in shock.

Aaron and James are pretty annoyed at the break in the momentum that Fei Long had had. Jean-Robert isn’t happy at losing one of his strongest allies in the game and Denise is feeling the same. Jean-Robert talks to his remaining tribe members about the possibility of losing and what options they would have at tribal council and that they should pick off Sherea and Frosti.

When James and Aaron arrive, they bring a bounty of food and drink. James tells them that he’ll work hard at camp and they fire them up to hopefully win the next challenge.

Frosti and Sherea are hoping that arriving at a new tribe will be a whole new opportunity for them. Everyone else is worried that Jean-Robert is going to be uncomfortable to be around while he’s strutting his feathers now that he’s the strongest left now that Aaron and James are gone. Frosti is so happy to hear the complaining about Jean-Robert and feels a little safer in his new home.

Aaron talks to his new tribemates about James and how he may be an “Immunity Hog” if he makes it to the merge. Peigh-Gee talks to Jamie about throwing the next challenges to ensure they remove two strong threats and if they merge at 10 as her hunch suggests, then it will be even at 5 each from the two tribes.

At the immunity challenge, the teams have to send two people to swim out to a platform and then one at a time, dive down an pull out some bamboo rods and release twelve puzzle pieces of the Chinese Zodiac. Zhan Hu get a big lead thanks to Aaron and Erik but Peigh-Gee and Jamie waste time giving Fei Long the chance to catch up and win the challenge. Back at camp James is mad. Jamie is laughing. Erik goes to talk to them and they tell him that they threw it.

They talk about getting rid of Aaron first because they don’t really trust him as much. James says he wants to go though and that Aaron deserves to stay. Aaron says he’s going to vote for James at Tribal Council to try and earn some trust in the camp.

At Tribal Council, the truth comes out about throwing the challenge and James is pissed. He votes Peigh-Gee and Aaron votes James but everyone else has written his name down so Aaron is going home.

It’s a very strategic play which Jeff tells them could play well if their assumption is correct.

It was another winning Wednesday for CTV last night. The network’s primetime line-up delivered more than one million viewers in each hour of primetime Wednesday night. In the end, CTV won every hour in all key demos:

Out of simulcast at 8 p.m., Private Practice’s temperature continued to rise with 1.38 million viewers. Peaking at 1.5 million, it’s the second-highest audience since the series premiered and the most-watched episode yet out of simulcast. Private Practice was the No. 3 show nationally and in Toronto/Hamilton as well as Vancouver

Criminal Minds on CTV was the one to beat at 9 p.m., taking second place for the night with 2.235 million viewers (A25-54: 1.28 million; A18-49: 1.14 million). Criminal Minds was the No. 2 show overall and in Toronto/Hamilton as well as Vancouver.

In a New York minute, the crime solvers of CSI: New York on CTV took the 10 p.m. hour and won the night with a whopping 2.473 million viewers (A25-54: 1.35 million; A18-49: 1.1 million). CSI: New York was also the No. 1 performer nationally and in Toronto/Hamilton as well as Vancouver.

CTV’s eTalk was once again the most-watched Canadian entertainment show with 427,000 viewers (versus 398,000 for ET Canada on Global) while CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson was once again the most-watched national news broadcast with 956,000 viewers (versus 822,000 for Global National).

The Top 5 programs on Canadian Television Wednesday night:

1. CSI: New York (CTV) 2,473,000
2. Criminal Minds (CTV) 2,235,000
3. CTV Evening News (CTV) 1,441,000
4. Private Practice (CTV) 1,380,000
5. Jeopardy/Access Hollywood (CTV) 1,036,000

Data quoted: CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

When you’re Number 2, you’ll say anything. A misleading announcement today by Global Television failed to provide an accurate view of Canada’s fall ratings picture. In fact, CTV remains Canada’s most-watched broadcaster by a wide margin in both key selling demos and total viewers.

On Oct. 2, Global Television issued a media release regarding “Premiere Week Ratings” beginning Sept. 24, stating that “the first week of the fall TV season is now complete.” Today, Global issued another release in which they magically moved the start of “Premiere Week” seven days earlier to Sept. 17. Conveniently, that’s a week mostly full of repeat broadcasts that comes before what is generally considered the official start of the Fall TV Season on Sept. 24. Contrary to providing “a straightforward, consistent look” at the ratings as stated in today’s announcement, Global needs to get their story straight.

Additionally, Global misrepresents the complete ratings picture in Canada by continuing to ignore a key sales demo for the Canadian advertising industry, A25-54. A real look at the fall TV season, with current and up-to-date data starting Sept. 24 and representing both key selling demos, indicates that CTV remains Canada’s No. 1 broadcaster with 7 out of the Top 10 shows in both A25-54 and A18-49. Among total viewers, CTV takes 8 out of the Top 10. Far from being a “dead heat,” Canada’s so-called “ratings race” is anything but with CTV far and away the No. 1 network in the country.

The Comedy Network turns 10 years old today and embraces the future of comedy with a revolutionary change in how it delivers content to viewers. The Comedy Network announced today that it is celebrating “10 years well wasted” with a revamped website that makes www.thecomedynetwork.ca the go-to online destination for all things comedy in Canada. Starting today, visitors to the site now have access to a robust and constantly expanding catalogue of free, on-demand programming, including full episodes of their favourite shows, games and diversions to help them celebrate “10 years well wasted.”

It’s the next evolution for The Comedy Network, which became Canada’s first and only comedy channel on Oct. 17, 1997. Visitors to thecomedynetwork.ca will now be able to enjoy the following features:

Hundreds of hours of on-demand, broadband programming, previously unavailable on the website, including 12 new TV series and 17 series created exclusively for the web

Full episodes of South Park, The Sarah Silverman Program, Keys to the VIP and more!

56 new games including the hilarious new time-waster, South Park:Asskicker!

Two, new, web-only shows: Good Morning World and Lil’Bush

The full compliment of online programming currently available on Comedycentral.com, including episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, available on-demand the morning after their television broadcast

To mark the website re-launch, The Comedy Network’s newest original production, Good Morning World, will premiere online at thecomedynetwork.ca on Monday, November 12. Starring Canadian comics Peter Oldring (Blue Collar TV, Young People Fucking) and Pat Kelly (Intern Academy) as the show’s overly-tanned and big-haired hosts, Good Morning World features the worst of morning show stereotypes. Peter and Pat deliver nonsensical news stories amidst missed cues and poorly cut interviews, all from their candy-coated, 80s-style studio. Good Morning World premieres online with 5-minute webisodes each weekday. Then, a week’s worth of webisodes will be re-capped on The Comedy Network, Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning November 16.

The hugely popular animated series, Lil’ Bush, is available now at thecomedynetwork.ca. In this web-only series, American President George W. Bush is presented as an animated future president, along with his pals Lil’ Condi, Lil’ Rummy (voiced by Iggy Pop), Lil’ Cheney and Lil’ Jeb. Hiding out from Barbara and George Sr., these precocious pre-pubescents terrorize the White House and solve the world’s problems, all before bedtime. Whether he’s squaring off against schoolyard rivals like Lil’ Kim Jong Il, taking a field trip to Iraq, or becoming BFFs with Lil’ Tony Blair, Lil’ Bush and the gang are just playing politics.

Thecomedynetwork.ca will also feature 17 other series made exclusively for the web. These series are typically comprised of 5-10 episodes, with each episode ranging from 1-5 minutes in length. This includes original Comedy Network series, The Owl and the Man, starring Pat Thorton as both the owl and the man; and Tiny Hands, a live action show about the life and times of Dave Gordon, a man who has hands the size of a baby’s. Gordon is portrayed by series creator Jon Glaser, longtime writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Also part of the re-launch, thecomedynetwork.ca will now feature the full compliment of programming currently available on www.comedycentral.com, the online home of

of Comedy Central. This is the fulfillment of the broadband portion of a multi-platform content deal signed by CTV and Comedy Central earlier this year. The deal delivers the full Comedy Central library to CTV and The Comedy Network for broadcast, broadband, VOD, Mobile and more. The Comedy Network will roll-out the mobile portion of the deal at a later date.

As of noon today, Canadian visitors to Comedy Central’s website will now be redirected to thecomedynetwork.ca where they will be able to enjoy all of the Comedy Central programming they love plus a whole whack of homegrown hilarity. Thecomedynetwork.ca will now host full episodes of Comedy Central favourites such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Sarah Silverman Program, South Park, Mind of Mencia and Drawn Together. Micro-sites for Comedy Central programming such as The Daily Show’s Indecision2008.com and The Colbert Report’s ColbertNation.com will also be available via thecomedynewtork.ca.

In addition to Comedy Central programming, hilarious Comedy Network original productions, such as The Jon Dore Television Show (premiering tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy

Network!) and Keys to the VIP (one of our most-watched broadband offerings) will also be available on-demand at thecomedynetwork.ca. Additional Comedy Network original productions, such as Puppets Who Kill, will available exclusively at thecomedynetwork.ca.

The Comedy Network’s 10th Anniversary season will be filled with all the laughs, wackiness and mischief you’ve come to expect…and then some. Watch for the outrageous new original series The Jon Dore Television Show, along with a new season from everyone’s favourite potty-mouth Sarah Silverman in The Sarah Silverman Program. Additionally, there are more games of seduction from the playas in a new season of Keys to the VIP and the crew in Dog River, SK return to Corner Gas. New imports include American Body Shop, Live at Gotham and Man Stroke Woman. As well, new episodes from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park Uncensored, The Simpsons, Mind of Mencia, Surburban Shootout, The Simple Life, Drawn Together and King of The Hill will keep viewers chuckling until its time to celebrate our 11th anniversary season.

In one of the most competitive Fall seasons on record, Global Television continues to come on strong – shattering one of Canada’s long-held ratings monopolies with a month of stellar performance in the industry’s vital 18-49 demographic.

Following the first 4 weeks of the new season, the primetime Top 10 race is a dead heat for the first time in years.

Led by ratings juggernaut, “House”, Global Television has delivered 6 of Canada’s Top 10 favourite programs for the period of September 17-October 14th, capturing the attention of key media observers and opinion-makers.

A straightforward, consistent look at the numbers speaks volumes:

all 2007

Canada’s Top 10 Programs – Adults 18-49

HOUSE 1,741,000 Global

SURVIVOR: CHINA 1,283,000 Global


HEROES 1,129,000 Global

C.S.I. 1,018,000 CTV

FAMILY GUY 974,000 Global


C.S.I. MIAMI 915,000 CTV

PRISON BREAK 856,000 Global

THE SIMPSONS 833,000 Global


Overall, Global’s 18-49 audiences have increased 17% in primetime…with CTV’s 18-49 audiences dropping 22% compared to the same time period last year (September 24-October 14).

Regionally, Global’s Top 10 performance matches national wins…

Toronto: Global-6/10, CTV-3/10, CBC-1/10
Vancouver: Global-5/10, CTV-3/10, CBC-1/10, CITY-1/10

More Canadians watched CTV’s home-grown comedy series Corner Gas last night than a simulcast of Heroes, data from BBM Nielsen Research confirms today. Brent Butt and the gang attracted 1.298 million viewers on CTV versus 1.293 million for Heroes on NBC/Global. Heroes also failed to deliver in the A25-54 and A18-49 demos, with CSI: Miami taking the No. 1 slot Monday in all key demos. By the end of the night, CTV claimed one million plus viewers in each hour from 7-11 p.m:

At 7 p.m., CTV’s eTalk (444,000) once again beat ET Canada before Jeopardy/Access Hollywood delivered 1.14 million viewers at 7:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m., CTV’s Dancing with the Stars became the No. 2 program of the night with 1.79 million viewers.

At 9:30 p.m., CTV’s Corner Gas became the No. 4 show of the night with 1.298 million viewers.

At 10 p.m., CTV’s CSI: Miami was the most-watched program of the night with 2.23 million viewers, more than triple the number of viewers for Journeyman (NBC/Global; 602,000). CSI: Miami won the night in all major demos, besting Heroes by 40% among A25-54 and 8% among A18-49.

The Top 5 programs on Canadian television last night:

1. CSI: Miami (CTV, 2.23 million)
2. Dancing With the Stars (CTV, 1.79 million)
3. CTV Evening News (CTV, 1.48 million)
4. Corner Gas (CTV, 1.298 million)
5. Heroes (Global, 1.293 million)

Data quoted represents total viewers (2+) for CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

Production has begun on Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, a three-hour movie and television event set to have its world premiere on CTV in 2008.

A New Beginning is the prequel to the original 1985 Anne of Green Gables mini-series. In a completely new screenplay by Sullivan, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning reveals Anne’s early life before her arrival at Green Gables.

The movie is book-ended by the introduction of Anne as an older woman now in her fifties, played by Emmy and Golden-Globe winning actress Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady, Hannah and Her Sisters). Rachel Blanchard (7th Heaven, Clueless) rounds out the cast as Louisa Thomas.

After screening nearly 1,000 young girls from around the globe, Toronto’s Hannah Endicott-Douglas has been cast by Sullivan as the newest Anne Shirley for the movie.

Endicott-Douglas co-stars with Rachel Blanchard and Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey, who plays Anne as a woman in her fifties reflecting on her past.

Today’s announcement of the new Anne Shirley follows an extensive search to find an actress who could play one of Canada’s most beloved fictional characters and an international icon.

The search included an open casting call on YouTube, a cross-Canada audition tour and screening nearly a thousand young girls’ audition submissions from Canada, the United States, England and Australia.

After three months of searching, 12-year-old Hannah Endicott-Douglas (The Good Witch; Samantha: An American Girl) was chosen by award-winning filmmaker Kevin Sullivan to carry on the legacy of Anne Shirley. Principal photography continues until November 7, 2007 on location throughout Ontario.

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning starring Hannah Endicott-Douglas

The topic of religion comes up and typically causes friction.

The journal tells them that they’ve been in town ten days and that they should probably do something for their souls and take some time out to pray but should it be as a group or separately according to their beliefs.

The general consensus is that it’s likely to start arguments and they don’t really want that. Mike tells them though that they’re doing it and it will be a group service.

9 year old Alex decides to poll everyone and find out what religion they are. It’s a real mixed bag.

Mike rings the bell and no one really wants to go. Everyone is concerned that ultimately it would end up in conflict and no one wants that. No one turns up to the meeting and the council is disappointed.

Morgan organises a little prayer session around a fire for anyone who wants to. A bunch of the kids get together and pray about their time in the camp and their not all from the same religion. Everyone is impressed that Morgan bought them all together and think she deserves a gold star.

Everyone is mad at the yellow district for doing nothing. Zach distances himself from the team and helps the green guys in the kitchen.

It’s time for the next showdown and this week it also involves religion. A steeple chase. They need to put together a giant jigsaw puzzle of a church and then stand it up. If they can all complete it in 30 minutes then they’ll win this week’s reward.

Blue and Red complete their puzzles with a very short gap between them but thanks to Greg, Blue win the Upperclass while red come back and take the merchants. Green and Yellow then face off again but Yellow take the cooks place with Green finishing last again but within time so there are two rewards to choose between.

The choices are either a giant minigolf course or a library of holy books. The council decide that the town can make the choice. They decide on the holy books.

9 year old Cody is crying because he misses his girlfriend Ashley and is really homesick.

Once again, the problems in the kitchen exist with the yellow team. Laurel and Morgan confront Taylor and call her lazy but she just doesn’t seem to care. Zach manages to pull together members of the other districts to help him get the dishes done.

It’s starts to snow which excites all the kids just before the council start to talk about who should get the gold star. They talk about Zach but Taylor isn’t happy about that and thinks he’s bossy.

At the next town hall meeting there are a few more hands raised against the council. Cody decides that he wants to leave because it’s too hard being away from his family so he becomes the second quiter.

The council make their decision as to who is getting the Gold Star and it’s morgan. Morgan takes the third Gold Star for the Green District.

Campbell decides that he’s going to stick it out in the town despite his best friend Cody chosing to go home.