December 2007

Sticks and Stones premieres Tuesday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV

Starring David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls, Private Practice), young television star Daniel Magder (Disney’s Life With Derek), and introducing young actor Alexander De Jordy, Sticks and Stones is a two-hour movie inspired by a true story that made headlines around the world. Sticks and Stones tells the story of a 13-year-old Canadian hockey player who, after witnessing the ill treatment of a visiting American hockey team after the U.S. declared war on Iraq in 2003, sets out to make things right by organizing a Friendship Tournament between the two teams.

“Citytv New Year’s Bash ‘08”

Monday, December 31st

8:00pm-12:15am

Nathan Phillips Square

With Hosts Gord Martineau, Kathryn Humphreys, Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish

Pre-Show Schedule as Follows:

Carried Away – 9:14pm

The Midway State – 9:35pm

Skye Sweetnam – 9:55pm

Grand:PM – 10:20pm

Live Schedule as Follows:

Samba Squad – 11:00pm

JDiggz – 11:05pm

Roz Bell – 11:25PM

Mayor David Miller 11:40pm

Plain White T’s – 11:45pm

Cast of “We Will Rock You” – 12:00 midnight

*** All Times Subject to Change***

Broadcast Live on Citytv and OMNI 2
Available in HD on
CitytvHD Toronto (Rogers 519)

The Sopranos Finale Rings in the New Year at a New Time, Dec. 31 on CTV

Following yesterday’s announcement that CTV will add the New England Patriots @ New York Giants tomorrow (Saturday 8 to 11:30 p.m. ET), there are two scheduling revisions to note:

Saturday’s broadcast of the One X One Gala will be rescheduled at a later date.

The last three episodes of The Sopranos Mob-a-Thon will now air Sunday Dec. 30 and Monday Dec. 31 (with two episodes) as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with viewers ringing in the New Year with the infamous final episode at 11:35 p.m. ET, following the CTV National News.
On CTV British Columbia, the finale episode will air at 12 midnight PT, following both CTV National News and CTV News.

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report Return With All-New Episodes January 7 on The Comedy Network; Tom Green’s House Tonight Takes Over 10 o’clock time slot

It’s official. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are back doing what they do best. Beginning Monday January 7, with all new episodes, Stewart and Colbert will return to the airwaves to report on the issues of the day and tell it like it is, hard, straight and funny! Both series will return to their regular schedules, Mondays through Thursdays, first with The Daily Show at 11 p.m. ET/PT followed by The Colbert Report at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network. Meanwhile, The Comedy Network’s newest nightly talk show, Tom Green’s House Tonight, takes over the 10 p.m. ET/PT time slot, Mondays through Fridays, premiering January 7, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

Beginning Monday, January 7, 2008 The Comedy Network’s 10-12 a.m. midnight block is as follows (check local listings):

10-11 p.m. ET/PT: Tom Green’s House Tonight (Mon-Fri)
11-11:30 p.m. ET/PT: The Daily Show (Mon-Thurs)
11:30 -12 a.m. ET/PT: The Colbert Report (Mon-Thurs)

The return of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report marks the end of a two-month indefinite hiatus which began November 5, when the Writers Guild of America began their now nearly eight-week old strike. Although still without their writers, both shows are hopeful for a speedy resolution. Launched in the summer of 1996, The Daily Show is a nightly news parody that takes a reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports, entertainment and the media. In each show, Stewart and a team of correspondents comment on the day’s stories employing actual news footage, tapes field pieces, in-studio guests and on-the–spot coverage of important news events.

CTV Announces Premiere Dates for Red-Hot January

– Three New Series -The Moment of Truth, Dance War and Eli Stone – to Premiere –

— American Idol, Lost, Medium, Law & Order and Degrassi: TNG return —
— The Amazing Race and Corner Gas continue with new episodes —

Three new series – Dance War, The Moment of Truth and Eli Stone – will premiere on CTV this January in addition to the return of five big-buzz hits. In all, CTV’s schedule will see the influx of eight series new to the schedule next month, joining Top 10 favourite The Amazing Race and Canada’s #1 comedy series Corner Gas which continues with new episodes throughout the month.

Monday nights on CTV features the hot new series Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (Jan. 7) at 8 p.m., followed by the return of Corner Gas (Jan. 14) with new episodes at 9:30 p.m. Bookending the all-new Monday night line-up is Season 7 of Degrassi: The Next Generation at 7:30 p.m. and the return of Top 20 hit Medium (Jan. 7) at 10 p.m.

Winter’s #1 series American Idol anchors Tuesday nights on CTV beginning Jan. 15 with a two-hour, Season 7 premiere beginning at 8 p.m. American Idol continues on Wednesday, Jan. 16 with another two-hour episode from 8-10 p.m.

Following American Idol on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. is the new reality series The Moment of Truth, premiering January 23. Law & Order completes CTV’s Wednesday night schedule at 10 p.m. (January 2).

Beginning January 31, Thursday nights feature the return of Top 10 favourite Lost at 9 p.m. followed by buzzed-about new drama Eli Stone at 10 p.m.

Series Highlights on CTV This January (in chronological order by date):

– Law & Order: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning January 2

– The Amazing Race: Continues Sundays at 8 p.m. beginning January 6

– Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann: Mondays at 8 p.m. beginning January 7

– Medium: Mondays at 10 p.m. beginning January 7

– Degrassi: The Next Generation: Mondays at 7:30 p.m. beginning January 14 (Season Premiere on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 8-9 p.m.)

– Corner Gas: Continues Mondays at 9:30 beginning January 14

– American Idol: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning January 15

– The Moment of Truth: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. beginning January 23

– Lost: Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning January 31

– Eli Stone: Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning January 31

CTV Orders Two, New One-Hour Canadian Drama Series

— Sniper is a high-stakes police drama with heart —

–The Listener spotlights the life of a telepathic young paramedic —

CTV announced that it has ordered two new, one-hour original drama series for the network. The first is Sniper (working title), a high-stakes ensemble drama that delves into the world of one of Canada’s elite police forces and the critical incidents it faces on a daily basis. The second is The Listener, a fast-paced, compelling drama about a young paramedic with the power to read minds. Both series received orders from the network for 13, one-hour episodes with production scheduled to begin in Spring 2008.

“Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of saving a life or the thought-provoking notion of being able to read someone’s mind, both Sniper and The Listener are drama series built on the foundation of entertaining and compelling storytelling,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Sniper and The Listener were both part of CTV’s first venture into pilot production this past summer. It was the first time CTV had ordered pilots as part of its development of new Canadian television series. The pilot order reinforced the network’s priority in delivering critically-acclaimed Canadian programming enjoyed by the biggest audiences possible.

Sniper stars Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County) and Whistler’s David Paetkau in a tense, emotional police drama that takes us into the lives of the team members of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU). They’re unique cops who can do what ordinary cops can’t: rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, handle state-of-the-art weaponry, always putting their own lives at stake to save others. Sniper is written and created by the emerging writing team of Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, both accomplished actors, and executive-produced by multiple Gemini Award-winner Anne Marie La Traverse (Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, Tripping the Wire) for Pink Sky Entertainment and Bill Mustos for Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV.

In The Listener, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, In God’s Country) is a young paramedic with the power to listen to people’s most intimate thoughts. Our hero soon realizes: With great power comes great responsibility. Still, he’s got to admit that this telepathy can be pretty cool. Aided by his paramedic partner Osman Bey (Ennis Esmer, host of The Toronto Show), Toby walks a dangerous line between his calling as a telepathic sleuth and his regular life as an urban twentysomething. Toby’s adrenaline-fuelled job and his active social life complicate the hell out of his destiny – or maybe it’s the other way around. The Listener was created by Michael Amo (Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111) and the pilot was directed by Clement Virgo (The Wire, Poor Boys Game). The Listener is produced by Shaftesbury Films, (producers of CTV’s #1 and #2 highest-rated TV movies, Eight Days to Live and In God’s Country) in association with CTV. Executive producer is Emmy and Gemini award-winning Christina Jennings (ReGenesis).

Wednesday 2 January
10:30 – 11 p.m. ET/PT – Mind of Mencia

Carlos takes on the reality series “Man vs. Wild” by testing how well its host would survive in a truly scary location – the ghetto. Then, get ready for some Carlos-style treatment as DEE-DEE-DEEs visit “ER Carlos.”

Wednesday 9 January
10:30 – 11 p.m. ET/PT – Mind of Mencia

Carlos hits the streets to prove he’s not the only one who does racial impressions. Then he exposes the stupid fears people have of voting for a black president.

Wednesday 16 January
10:30 – 11 p.m. ET/PT – Mind of Mencia

This week Carlos wonders how punk kids would react if sucked into the “Grand Theft Auto” video game. Then, Fernando Rosalindo returns for another edition of “Future News.”

Wednesday 23 January
10:30 – 11 p.m. ET/PT – Mind of Mencia

This week Carlos portrays a space alien studying human behavior and whether humanity is worth saving. Then, high school students are given some straightforward, real-life guidance from their principle, Dean Carlos.

Wednesday 30 January
10:30 – 11 p.m. ET/PT – Mind of Mencia

This week Carlos teaches a couple of wild animals how to live in the city, then court is back in session as Judge Carlos returns to lay down the law.

Saturday, January 26

10-11p.m. ET/PT – Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself

Comedian Jeff Dunham teams up with loud-mouthed pals Bubba J, Peanut, Jose Jalapeno, Walter, and Sweet Daddy Joe for a live act showcasing his standup and ventriloquist talents.

Tuesday, January 22

10 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Extras – “Kate Winslet” ** PREMIERE **

Kate Winslet hopes her role as a nun in a film about the Second World War will guarantee her an Oscar. However, her meeting with Andy and Maggie leads her into a very embarrassing situation. That’s not the only embarrassing situation Andy finds himself in, a date with a fellow extra doesn’t quite turn out as expected.

Tuesday, January 29

10 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Extras – “Ben Stiller”

Andy is an extra on the set of a movie about the Balkans conflict, which is being directed by, Ben Stiller. As Andy attempts to win himself a speaking role by befriending Goran, [the Croatian man whose story is being told], he is drawn into the friction that has developed between Stiller and Goran.

Saturday, January 19

10-11 p.m. ET/PT – Comedy Now! – Russell Peters: Outsourced

Taped before a sold out audience at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, Outsourced gives viewers an excellent overview of Russell’s comedic genius. Pacing the stage, interacting with the audience, tossing off one-liners and engaging in impromptu dialogue with his fans, Peters uses his wry observations on the subjects of race, class and culture to illuminate our human shortcomings with the sizzling accuracy of a well-aimed laser.