December 2007


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(TORONTO – November 23, 2007) – School’s out and Global Television’s Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? finishes at the head of the class… the special 5-part series tops the list as the country’s number one homegrown series amongst viewers 18-49, on TV’s most competitive night.

§ The five special episodes averaged almost 1.2 million total viewers
§ #1 Canadian show season-to-date for key demo Adults 18-49; out-pacing Corner Gas by 19% (551,840 vs. 465,710); and Little Mosque (314,600) by 75%
§ One of the most popular shows for kids and teens nationally, with an average of nearly 120,000 tuning in to support their peers
§ In total, nearly 7 million* Canadians watched the series during its five week run

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Canadian 5th Grader Makes Game Show History…

“What is the term for two lines that intersect at a right angle?” The answer: Perpendicular

26-year old veterinarian, Andrew Oster knew the answer, and he now leaves his mark in the record books as the highest paid primetime game show contestant in Canadian history – with a cash prize totaling $300,000.

Daily Planet Thinks Geek During “High-Tech Toys Week,” Dec. 17–21 on Discovery Channel

Wondering what to get your favourite “geek” for the Holidays? Daily Planet may just have your solution in an all-new theme week. Beginning Mon., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, Daily Planet’s “High-Tech Toy Week” takes an in-depth look at some of the coolest gadgets and innovations in toy technology. With experts in studio, watch as co-hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani try out and try on the latest tech gear from iPod video goggles to t-shirts that tell you how strong your Wi-Fi signal is! Each episode throughout the week looks at the most coveted and cutting-edge toys on the market. From a mini A380 model plane to a singing Roomba vacuum, Daily Planet’s “High-Tech Toy Week” reveals what’s new in the world of toys and what could make the best geek gift for the holiday season.

Daily Planet’s “High-Tech Toy Week” breaks down as follows:

Mon., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

It’s been around for almost as long as the car, but the Monowheel is making a comeback. Join monowheel enthusiast and creator Kerry MacLean as he shares his latest model and explains what makes it so unique. Riding the monowheel is much like riding a spaceship. The design includes a wheel within a wheel that offers even less stability than a motorcycle, but rides much like a plane. Daily Planet reveals the science behind the monowheel and just want makes it turn round. Then, get a look at the future of gaming: high-tech mind reading technology. In a world where the touch of a button sparks movement in a game, what will it be like when players think to play? Find out how the prototypes for these new games use brain-wave reading technology to isolate brain activity and translate it into game play. Learn how gaming enthusiasts will no longer be pressing buttons with their hands but simply thinking about it instead.

Tues., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

With a wingspan of 80 metres and a passenger capacity of 853 passengers, the Airbus A380 is a giant in the sky. Meet Peter Michael, a retired master auto mechanic who has built a flying, radio-controlled model A380 to 1/15th scale. Find out how this jetliner model enthusiast recreated each element of the airbus plane to the finest details. Taking over 3,000 hours, three years and CDN$70,000 to construct, the mini

A380 has a wingspan of five metres, weighs 70 kilograms and has 22 wheels in the undercarriage. Find out what makes this model plane fly and how it is entertaining audiences who come to watch it take to the skies. Next, meet Todd Kurt – a computer programmer by day and Roomba hacker by night. The Roomba is a small, flat vacuum cleaner robot that cleans carpets on its own. But now, computer hackers like Kurt have figured out a way to make it sing, dance and even draw! Find out how you can do it yourself and you don’t even have to be a computer genius to do it…although that certainly helps.

Wed., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

From bassist to astronomer, Glass Tiger’s Wayne Parker has a company that constructs telescope observatories for astronomers. Invented by Parker himself, the SkyShed Pod looks like an igloo, snaps together like a child’s toy and has lids that slide off, providing a large viewing area for stargazers. Astronomers can leave all their high priced equipment in the pod instead of lugging it in and out of their houses. Watch as these SkyShed Pods are put together and learn why every backyard astronomer covets these revolutionary personal observatories. Next, find out how scientists are getting a true aerial glimpse of birds in flight. A newly constructed plane that folds back its wings like a bird is now being used to survey birds in the air. Watch as scientists use the plane to find out more about the flight and migratory patterns of birds by flying along with them.

Thurs., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

What’s skimming the water like a hotrod on seadoos with no propeller? The Frontrunner. With the throttle set to high, Frontrunner inventor Joey Ruiter reveals how his boat is making waves by pulling itself through water and skimming over the surface like a set of skis. Don’t miss this first glance at a triumph of design over function. Then, it’s the ultimate alternative DYI competitive event: a two-day power tool drag race in San Francisco. From off-the-shelf machines to multi-motor monstrosities, competitors bring their modified belt sanders, weed whackers and angle grinders to go head-to-head down a 25-metre track to battle it out for supremacy. Some are back-yard fabricators, others are Hollywood machine artists but they’re all there for one reason: to rip, shred and burn up the track to the final showdown. You’ll never look at your power drill the same way again!

Fri., Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Maverick California inventor and former aeronautics engineering professor Paul Moller has spent more than 40 years and an estimated US$35 million to build the flying car of his dreams. The M200 two-seater skycar is designed to take off and land vertically. Made of lightweight fibre-reinforced plastic, the skycar gets its lift from eight ducted fans, each one providing about 65 horse power. But with a revolutionary design and concept, can Miller surprise his critics and finally get this car on the market? Next, Daily Planet offers another look at some of the most impressive toys featured in the “High-Tech Toys Week” and what toy aficionados will want under the tree this year.

Citytv will premiere “Murdoch Mysteries”, a new one-hour weekly dramatic series based on Maureen Jennings’ critically-acclaimed mystery novels, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008, on Citytv stations across Canada. The series stars Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas, F. B. Eye) as Detective William Murdoch.

Broadcast Schedule as follows:

Citytv Toronto Tuesday, January 22nd – 8:00pm ET

(repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)

Citytv Winnipeg Sunday, January 27th – 8:00pm CT

Citytv Calgary Monday, January 21st – 8:00pm MT

(repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)

Citytv Edmonton Monday, January 21st – 8:00pm MT

(repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)

Citytv Vancouver Tuesday, January 22nd– 8:00pm PT

(repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)

Set in 1895 Toronto, “Murdoch Mysteries” explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, “Sue Thomas F.B. Eye”), a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques, like fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Though his unconventional approach elicits ridicule from fellow officers and skepticism from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, “Coronation Street”), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case.

Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, “Durham County”), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, “Hatching, Matching and Dispatching”), Murdoch’s eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Both are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian society.

“Murdoch Mysteries” is produced and developed by Shaftesbury Films in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media Inc., Granada International and UKTV, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Television Fund.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Murdoch Mysteries” Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008, on Citytv stations across Canada. “Murdoch Mysteries” will be video described in all markets.

MTV and the ladies of the hit series “The Hills” invite viewers behind the velvet ropes to celebrate the highly anticipated third season finale on Monday, December 10, beginning at 8 p.m. ET with a special red carpet event “The Hills Finale: Live in Hollywood.” The Canadian-produced show will broadcast live simultaneously to Canada and the United States, from L.A. hotspot Area, giving fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the cast like never before, while giving viewers a chance to catch up on the latest drama of the last few episodes. The night culminates with the ladies of “The Hills” making an announcement that will leave fans wanting more!

Giving fans unprecedented access to a live season finale, MTV will fly 40 Canadian Hills devotees to L.A. as a part of “The Hills Biggest Fan Contest” which asks fans to submit videos on why they are crazy about the series. Winners selected will jet set to L.A. to get VIP treatment at the big event on December 10. Viewers can continue to make submissions at through December 3.

The December 10 line-up is as follows:

“The Hills Finale: Live in Hollywood” Red Carpet Pre-Show − 8 p.m. ET

Fans get a look at their favourite cast members as they strut on the red carpet while simultaneously catching up on the most recent drama leading up to the season finale with the latest three episodes. From Heidi’s hesitation to walk down the aisle, to Spencer’s sister reading Lauren the riot act, to Audrina and Justin Bobby’s emotional breakup, fans will be primed for the long-awaited season finale. Fans can also check out, which will offer exclusive photos, interviews and live blogging from the event.

“The Hills” Season Finale − 10 p.m. ET

In the season ender, Whitney gets an offer to work in Paris, Lauren struggles to figure out where her relationship with Brody stands before she can move on, and wedding disputes put Heidi and Spencer’s future in jeopardy.

“The Hills After Show” − 10:30 p.m. ET

“After Show” hosts Jessi Cruickshank and Dan Levy will be on hand to get reactions from the cast immediately following the season finale. Fans will have the opportunity to ask the probing questions on everyone’s minds and before the televised live event ends, the ladies will make an exciting announcement. Beginning at 11:00 PM ET, the party with the cast will continue live at During this time fans can discuss the finale with the cast and learn more about what’s in store for our favorite Hollywood residents.

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day stars Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) and Vadim Imperioli, Michael Imperioli’s son, in his acting film debut.

Michael Imperioli plays Chick Benetto, a broken-down former baseball player who has collapsed into alcoholism and despair. He returns one night to his small hometown with plans to take his life. Suddenly, Chick is magically granted one more day with his departed mother, Posey Benetto (Burstyn) who illuminates the secrets of both their lives and shows him a way to redemption.

Premieres Sunday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

Mike Myers and Brent Butt delivered a double dose of holiday cheer to Canadians last night when Shrek The Halls and Corner Gas became the Top 2 entertainment programs on Canadian television. The Shrek The Halls/Corner Gas power hour bested House (1.2 million, Global/FOX) by 58%.

Canadian viewers got their holiday ogre on last night as an out-of-simulcast Shrek the Halls at 8 p.m. on CTV won the timeslot and the night for CTV with 2.1 million viewers, data from BBM Nielsen Research confirms today. An instant contemporary holiday classic, Shrek the Halls won all key demos in its timeslot and was the most-watched program of the evening, peaking at nearly 2.5 million viewers. The half-hour special will be rebroadcast Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

At 8:30 p.m., an encore broadcast of the Merry Gasmas shenanigans of the residents of Dog River was the most-watched Corner Gas episode of the year on CTV with 1.7 million viewers. The #2 entertainment program of the night last night, the Canadian Christmas classic will be rebroadcast Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

At 9 p.m., more Canadians watched a special CTV broadcast of an encore episode of Two and a Half Men (1.7 million viewers) than the fall season finale of Heroes (1.36 million; Global/NBC). Two and Half Men was the #1 program of the night for A25-54 with 1.034 million viewers.

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).