November 2007

Perennial Top 10 series The Amazing Race returned for its 12th season on CTV at 8 p.m. last night and eliminated its competition with 2.14 million viewers for its season premiere, data from BBM Nielsen Research confirms today.

The series was the most-watched program of the night among total viewers and also among A18-49 (1.2 million) and A25-54 (1.28 million, up 5% compared to Fall 2006).

The Amazing Race also won the night in Toronto/Hamilton and Vancouver as well among A25-54 and led CTV to deliver one million viewers in each hour of primetime.

This past October, Canada’s leading motivational speakers and most-committed social change makers took to the stage at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto as a part of Free The Children’s National Me To We Day with a unified goal to motivate Canada’s youth to make a difference in their communities and around the world. On Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. ET, MTV will air a half-hour special celebrating the highlights from this event. The full unedited version is available now on demand at MTV.ca/metowe.

Hosted by CTV’s Ben Mulroney, speakers include Roméo Dallaire, Irshad Manji, Mark Tewskbury and Michel Chikwanine, a young man from the Congo whose life has been gravely affected by war; their inspiring and courageous experiences celebrate leadership, social action, and volunteerism. Over 7,500 compassionate young people attended and many more joined in across the country by live web cast on MTV.ca – all were reminded that each one of us has the power to change the world.

Attendees of the day-long event also heard from the cast of “Degrassi,” “4REAL” host Sol Guy, and “eTalk’s” Tanya Kim, while “Canadian Idol” winner Brian Melo and special guest Hanson rocked the house.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

As they approach the end of the year, the crew decides to spend Christmas in Quito, Ecuador, and New Years in the dodgy port city of Guayaquil. They meet some locals and join the crazy tradition of building effigies and blowing up last year’s old ways with fireworks in order to usher in the New Year. Watch as the streets light up in total chaos that rivals the firework festival of the Virgin.

Leaving the country behind, the crew anxiously moves southeast into the land of the Incas – Peru. The northern deserts prove to be some of the most uninhabitable places on the Earth. On their way, team leader Nick leads an excursion on a mountain trail only to encounter the biggest of road hazards – the Rock.

A frustrated team attempts to overcome this obstacle, resulting in near disaster for one of the crew. When they finally get through the mountains and arrive at Macchu Picchu, they soak in the majestic views and awe-inspiring architecture.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Things start to heat up for the team as they descend into the jungles of Costa Rica. Here they interact with Janine, a local girl who is creating her own wildlife rescue organization and pick beans with local farmers at a coffee plantation.

After bidding farewell to their new friends, the group heads farther south to the Panama border. Shortly afterwards, an unexpected incident ravages two tires and two wheels on the side of the Panamanian highway. Swarms of bugs and a heated argument later, the team gets their bearings and continues onto their crucial next stop – the dockyards at the Panama Canal.

Here the team can decompress, dine on sharks and wait for the vehicles to board their next ship.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Once the team crosses the border into Mexico they learn all about the people, the culture…and the tequila! Their Mexican escorts take them through some of the most dangerous ghettos of Mexico City only to encounter trouble of their own – car trouble.

With little time to waste, the team regroups and moves on to visit the ancient Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan. They soon butt heads and tempers flare as travel writer Rolf Potts loses his cool with the team.

After things settle down, the crew is back on track and ready to participate in the craziest firework festival the crew has ever seen – the procession of the Virgin in Nicaragua!

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The first episode introduces the adventurers and sets them up with their home for the next one and a half years – four modified Land Rovers, complete with “bumper dumper” toilets.

After a day of off road 4 X 4 training to prepare them for the rugged terrain they’ll encounter on the road, the crew sets out to Las Vegas before the start of their adventure.

They quickly run into their first obstacle at the Mexican border – setting them a few days behind schedule. But will this setback impact their timelines for future destination points?

Join a group of seven strangers on the ultimate journey as they travel over 65,000 kilometres through 26 countries across the planet in Odyssey – Driving Around the World.

Premiering Tues., Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, each half-hour episode of this 13-part series follows the trials and triumphs of this group of adventurers as they drive around the world in an awe-inspiring expedition designed to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s disease.

The trip was organized by Drive Around the World, a charitable organization that combines fundraising with adventure travel. Follow the group’s gripping voyage as extreme weather, border disputes and traffic accidents threaten this amazing journey spanning almost two years. But will these obstacles keep the crew from reaching their destination and ultimate goal?

As they set off for their expedition, each member of the team has a core responsibility that is designed to benefit this seemingly cohesive unit throughout the journey.

The group consists of Nick Baggerly, the team leader who founded Drive Around the World; Todd Borgie, a former Peace Corps volunteer who serves as the mechanic on the trip; Nancy Olsen, a captain of the Marine Corps Reserves who works on the public relations for the team; Justin Mounts, a business consultant turned navigator on this journey; Chanda Groom, responsible for logistics and maintaining contact with the outside world on the team’s website; Neil Dana, a musician who serves as the team’s photographer; and Rolf Potts, a travel writer and author who comes along to document the trip.

The team will make its way across the world in four Land Rovers that have been modified to travel through harsh environmental conditions. Fitted with communication equipment and rooftop tents, these vehicles will serve as the team’s only link to civilization in hostile and remote locations. Their expedition takes them from San Francisco to Mexico, Central America to South America, across the Pacific Ocean and through Australia, to Singapore and South East Asia, through India, China and Siberia, across Alaska, through Canada and back to California.

With guest appearances by Michael J. Fox, the Dalai Lama and James Cameron, this remarkable journey reveals who these travellers are in relation to others around the world. Will every member of the team be able to stick out the challenging – and sometimes dangerous conditions – to see this commitment through to the end? Tune into Odyssey – Driving Around the World to find out.

The life of genuine comedy pioneer Rodney Dangerfield is chronicled by comedy insiders and the pros he inspired along the way in the special Legends: Rodney Dangerfield, premiering Saturday, November 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

The king of one-liners gets his props with Legends: Rodney Dangerfield. The hour long special features clips from his classic concerts, appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, rare interview footage and tributes from an all-star line up of Dangerfield’s comedy friends including Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Susie Essman, Jeff Foxworthy, Robert Klein, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Norm MacDonald, Anne Meara, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller and many others.

Dangerfield was born in Babylon, New York in 1921. He began writing jokes at 15 and started performing before he was 20. From age 19-28, he was a reasonably successful comedian known as Jack Roy but stopped performing so he could live a “normal” life as a husband and father.

At 40, he decided to go back to his comedy roots, this time as Rodney Dangerfield, but found it difficult to get bookings on talk shows. However, after pressing his agent to book him on The Ed Sullivan Show, he performed so well that he became a regular guest. Following his initial appearance, he had cemented his image as a comedian, constantly tugging at his red tie, always proclaiming he got no respect.

Years later, Dangerfield opened his own comedy club aptly titled Dangerfield’s so that he could stop traveling and stay close to home with his two young children and still perform and discover new talent.

Other notable accomplishments include his Grammy Award-winning comedy album Rappin’ Rodney, his stand-out roles as Al Czervik in Caddyshack and Thorton Mellon in Back to School, numerous appearances on The Tonight Show and many other television and movie roles. Dangerfield died on October 5, 2004 after falling into a coma following heart surgery.

It’s pretty depressing to think that a bunch of the countries who signed-on to the Kyoto Accord have actually seen their emissions levels increase; and cars are definitely one of the culprits.

Sure, hybrids are starting to dot the streets, but many think they’re just a too-little-too late band-aid… and it’s a harsh truth that they still hit pedestrians, crowd bikers and just generally clog up cities.

“MTV Live” hosts Daryn Jones and Nicole Holness ask “is it time to kill the car?” And finally, hip-hop group Point Blank will drop by to perform for the live studio audience; the band is in town to promote their self-titled debut album which hits stores in February 2008.

It’s getting cold outside and today Sarah Casselman from FASHION Magazine will join “MTV Live” hosts Daryn Jones and Dan Levy on the pod to show off the latest trends in Winter Fashion.

We’re talking all about coats, boots, gloves, hats and beauty items that will help combat the upcoming winter months.