December 2007

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN **Network Television Premiere**

Monday, January 7 at 8PM ET/PT

Starring Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson. An epic tale of a father and son in the time of the Crusades. After the death of his wife and new baby, Balian (Bloom) turns his back on his religion until a chance meeting with his father (Neeson) takes him to Jerusalem where a spiritual awakening leads him to the battle fields and self-discovery.

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE **Confirmed Premiere Date**

Thursday, January 3 at 9pm ET/PT

Donald Trump returns to New York City with “Celebrity Apprentice,” with an all-star celebrity lineup of candidates. Contestants will not be vying for a job with Donald Trump, but the business-savvy celebrity contestants will be working towards a greater goal as they raise over a million dollars for their various charities throughout the season.

Unleash Your Inner Idol: Canadian Idol Audition Tour Begins Jan. 26

CTV announced today that Canada’s favourite summertime obsession and #1 summer series will return for a sixth season in 2008. Canadian Idol is getting ready to hit the road beginning Saturday, January 26, 2008 on the first stop of the series’ sixth cross-country audition tour. The 2008 Canadian Idol Audition Tour will visit 10 cities in seven provinces from coast to coast, including a brand-new city never visited before.

The Season Five audition tour earlier this year saw 10,000 Canadian singers audition in a competition that ultimately saw SONY BMG MUSIC (CANADA) Inc. recording artist Brian Melo named the 2007 Champion.

Once again, singers will be allowed to audition with instruments. Canadian Idol recorded a North American first earlier this year when it allowed instruments into audition rooms for Season 5. Now, viewers will see instruments on the upcoming season of American Idol on CTV, premiering Jan. 15.

The complete list of cities for the 2008 Canadian Idol Audition Tour will be announced on CTV’s eTalk on Wednesday, January 2 at 7 p.m. ET. More details about dates and venues for the Canadian Idol Audition Tour will also be revealed.

Matt Damon Hosts One X One Gala, December 29 on CTV

– Television first features musical performances by Wyclef Jean and Shakira –
– Richard Gere, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Wyclef Jean, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine and Petra Nemcova among those honoured for humanitarian efforts in two-hour special –

Academy Award-winner Matt Damon hosts the One X One Gala, featuring incredible music and A-list stars, in a two-hour holiday event premiering Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Held in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, the One X One Gala features the musical direction of Grammy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Wyclef Jean as well as performances by chart-topper Shakira, One X One Ambassador and Montreal singing prodigy Nikki Yanofsky, the African Children’s Choir, and many others.

CTV also announced today that a special eTalk profile interview with One X One foundation founder, Joey Adler, airs Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. on CTV (all times ET. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). During the 30-minute interview with CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, Adler shares her inspirations for the benevolent project and her plans for the foundation’s future.

This year’s One X One Gala – the One X One Foundation’s third annual event – raised $3.5 million for children living in poverty around the world, bringing the total amount raised since its inception in 2005 to $7 million.

“CTV is honoured to be a part of such an important cause and to bring this gala event to television for the first time,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

In September, One X One honoured Golden Globe Award-winner Richard Gere, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine and supermodel and philanthropist Petra Nemcova with the 2007 Difference Award. These awards, presented annually to recognize individuals who have dedicated their lives to fighting child poverty and suffering in Canada and around the world, are among the many highlights of the One X One Gala broadcast. Also part of the television event is the foundation’s honour of Wyclef Jean with a special One X One humanitarian award for his commitment to providing aid, resources and inspiration in his native country through the Yéle Haiti movement.

Additional honourees at the gala event included ultra-endurance athletes Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab and Kevin Lin from the documentary, Running the Sahara. They became the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert and raise awareness for H2O Africa, a clean water initiative founded by Matt Damon and his partners at LivePlanet that highlights the water crisis in Africa and gathers support for clean water programs in critical areas.

Surf’s Up! OLN Rides the Wave When Surf Patrol Premieres January 15

While Canadians are digging out of the snow, Australians are basking in the summer surf and sun. Premiering Tues., Jan. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT on OLN, Surf Patrol follows lifeguards as they patrol Australia’s beaches and coastline, ready to protect and rescue people from harm in the ocean waters. Each episode of the 13-part series profiles the men and women who devote themselves to saving lives on the Australian coastline. From Bondi to Broome, join the life guards as they perform daring rescues, patrol for sharks and help hapless overseas visitors and locals alike handle the perils and pleasures of the surf. From local Australian school kids training to make the grade to aspiring life guards from abroad, find out if these lifesavers have what it takes to become Aussie beach legends.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

Surf Patrol: Episode 1

Tues., Jan. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

On Surfers Paradise beach in Queensland, Australia, watch as lifesavers are put to the test when a flash rip current wreaks havoc on the beach. With life guards attempting to rescue many people at once, a young boogie boarder steps in to help two young girls, only to disappear himself. Can the lifesavers rescue the boarder and the girls who go missing, along with the others caught in the large surprising waves? Then, in Sydney, the Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is called to help a boat which has lost steering in rough conditions. With no radio onboard the boat, the only way to communicate is using a mobile phone, which keeps losing its connection. To make matters worse, fog at sea level causes poor visibility, creating an even bigger challenge to determine the exact location of the stranded vessel. Can the guards overcome the rough conditions to rescue the marooned sailors?

Surf Patrol: Episode 2

Tues., Jan. 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

When an 18-year-old boy is presumed to have drowned, additional life savers are called to Gold Coast beach where a wide-scale search is underway. Despite the poor conditions, jet boats, jet skis, inflatable rescue boats (IRB) and the lifesaver helicopter are all dispatched to help find the missing boy. When the team in the IRB flips while trying to avoid a collision with a jet ski during the search, one of the lifesavers is carried motionless from the water. Watch as distressed colleagues rush to help him during the search mission. Meanwhile, in Sydney, lifesavers at Newport Beach are preparing for their annual two kilometre ocean swim. With 400 competitors in the race, extra lifesavers have been put on duty to help out. But when a warm north easterly wind comes through a mass of marine stingers are blown into the area where the competitors are swimming. Watch as lifesavers try and help their own as some competitors sustain life-threatening stings.

Surf Patrol: Episode 3

Tues., Jan. 29 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

The IRB is considered to be the lifesavers’ most valuable tool. At Gunnamatta beach, the inflatable rescue boat is having mechanical problems but with large crowds out in the water, the lifesavers have no choice but to use it anyway. When the IRB flips over, one of the life guards goes missing. Will the crew be able to recover one of their own before it’s too late? Meanwhile, on the Gold Coast, lifesavers deal with a medical emergency when a young woman is severely injured in a rip wave.

Surf Patrol: Episode 4

Tues., Feb. 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

Big surf at Gunnamatta beach is keeping the lifesavers busy rescuing swimmers caught in the rips. Watch as the lifesavers work to help a young teenager who loses her boogie board and is hanging on to the board of another surfer, putting both of them at risk. Then, on the Gold Coast, two young boys stung during nippers training – a form of fitness and life saving skills development – quickly develop a dangerous allergic reaction to the stings. Witness lifeguards race against time to get them medical help.

Alberta’s Booming Oil Industry Takes the Spotlight When The Rig: Oil Sands Premieres December 26 on OLN

Climb into the middle of an amazing crew of oil workers when The Rig: Oil Sands premieres Wed., Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT on OLN. The second season reunites us with 31-year-old Donny MacPhee, the tough-minded, straight-shooting rig manager from season one. After months at home, stranded by an industry-wide slowdown, MacPhee is chomping at the bit. He leaps at a job offer from emerging oil company Bronco Energy, which has just inked a groundbreaking new partnership with the Bigstone Cree First Nation in Wabasca, Alberta. MacPhee’s task? Build a new rig, assemble a new crew, get the untested rig into the field and drill a series of wells – in five short months – in Wabasca’s intensely demanding environment.

Follow MacPhee and the crew of Bronco #1 on their five-month mission, and watch them as they deal with the unexpected setbacks a rig crew faces performing the challenging horizontal drilling technique required in the oil sands. Witness the raw interpersonal dynamics of a crew living in close quarters, balancing friendship with personal ambition and working under intense pressure in a tough, isolated environment.

Get an insider’s look at the Bronco Energy management team in their Calgary head office as they face pressure to meet the expectations of investors and deliver on their promise to the Bigstone Cree Nation. Their unique partnership gives Bronco access to approximately 200 square kilometres of oil-rich Bigstone land. In return, Bigstone Cree Nation will receive an interest in the operation. Both parties are approaching the five-month project period with a strong focus on the community’s cultural, social, environmental and economic concerns. With a looming deadline, can the management team ensure the crew completes its work without major catastrophe?

Join the crew of Bronco #1 during their five-months of struggles, setbacks and triumphs in Alberta’s oil sands country in The Rig: Oil Sands. Highlights from the first episodes include:

The Rig: Oil Sands – “Rig Race”

Wed., Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

After a prolonged industry-wide slowdown, MacPhee is recruited by Bronco Energy, an up-and-coming oil company. Bronco’s agreement with the Bigstone Cree Nation – to drill on their lands without compromising the environment – presents a unique challenge for MacPhee and his new team. But before MacPhee can start drilling in Wabasca, he has to finish building the new rig in time for a prestigious oil and gas show.

The Rig: Oil Sands – “Shifting Gears”

Wed., Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

MacPhee and the crew are working hard to get Bronco #1 field-ready, when they receive a request to complete the work in time to display the rig in the Bigstone Cree Nation’s Canada Day Parade. While grappling with that challenge, MacPhee learns that the rig will be pressed into field service even earlier than planned. Will he be able to fulfill this request in time for the Bigstone Cree Nation’s celebration?

The Rig: Oil Sands – “Showtime”

Wed., Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Bronco #1 moves to the worksite, but poor weather impedes set up and the crew has to be up and drilling in time for a very important investor analysts’ tour. Can MacPhee and the team overcome the elements and have the rig show-ready by the time their influential guests arrive?

The Rig: Oil Sands – “Hit the Ground Rigging”

Wed., Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The installation of new drilling equipment and other unforeseen technical difficulties puts the crew of Bronco #1 behind schedule to drill their first hole. Adding to the stress, rig manager MacPhee is less than impressed with his inexperienced co-manager. Can they overcome their differences and make headway on the first hole before a serious delay in their schedule?

The Rig: Oil Sands is produced by Anaid Productions in association with OLN.

Tila Tequila Unwraps Her Heart Christmas Day

— A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila finale Dec. 25 —
— Catch up with Tila-Thon on Jan. 1 from 2-10 p.m. —
— Tila reunion special brings together love-scorned cast-offs Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. —

Toronto, ON (December 19, 2007) – Who gets a shot at love and who gets shot through the heart? MTV in Canada reveals all when bi-bombshell Tila Tequila chooses her match on the season finale of A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Originally planned for January 1, fans now get to unwrap this sexy Christmas gift a week early.

A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila is the No. 2 series for MTV in Canada, behind the network’s mega-hit The Hills. Since it launched in October ’07 the series has reeled in an average weekly audience of 100,000 viewers (2+) Tuesdays in the 10 Spot. The series ranked among the Top 20 shows across all Canadian English specialty television (P18-34). In late November the show pulled in its highest audience to date when 153,000 (2+) fans tuned in to watch the drama unfold.

The season started with 16 hot guys and 16 sexy lesbians vying for Tila’s love. Romantic challenges, nasty outbursts, and Tila’s self-proclaimed bi-lifestyle made it one outrageous ride. Now she’s finally narrowed it down to two potential mates and it’s anyone’s guess which way she’ll swing.

In a recent AP story, Tequila said she is still dating her chosen love interest and she doesn’t communicate with any of the other contestants.

“I don’t keep up with anybody except for the person I picked,” said Tequila. “I’ve eliminated them. I don’t intend on reopening those sores to respect the person I’m with.”

Need a double shot? MTV in Canada is the place to be. Immediately before the finale, Tila and the hilarious host of The Hangover, Ryan Stout, dish the dirt on A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila: One Too Many at 9 p.m. ET. Sit back and enjoy a never-before-seen barrage of the bickering, back-stabbing, and behind-the-scenes gossip that lead up to Tila’s big decision.

How ‘bout a triple? Don’t miss the biggest, baddest bisexually-charged bash of the year when MuchMusic broadcasts MTV New Years Eve Masquerade on December 31 at 11p.m. ET. Live from NYC’s Times Square, Tila rings in the New Year with her new love and live performances and appearances by Good Charlotte, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Perez Hilton, Fabolous, Wyclef, Paramore, Boys Like Girls, and Flo Rida.

Fans can get their 2008 sexy on with a Tila-thon on January 1 on MTV. Re-live the season in one shot starting at 2 p.m. ET, leading right into A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila Reunion at 10 p.m. ET/PT, where love-scorned cast-offs come face-to-face with Tila and each other.

Hit up MTV.ca for Tila any time of the day. Fans can watch every episode from the series there beginning December 26, including exclusive outtakes from the show.

From Spies to Subs, Season Three of What’s That About? Presents an All-Access Pass to Little-Known Worlds, Jan. 26 on Discovery Channel

With 10 new episodes that explore the drama, science and technology of worlds few people ever get to experience first hand, Discovery Channel presents the third season of What’s That About? Premiering Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, the new season gains exclusive access to locations including a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine and a spy and security operation. A Best Documentary Series Nominee at the 2007 Gemini Awards and now seen in over 100 countries around the world, this original Canadian series was shot in High Definition in 50 locations across Canada and the U.S.

Previous seasons explored the behind-the-scenes of familiar places like rock concerts and casinos – but season three of What’s That About? uncovers locations and occupations that are more remote, even top-secret. With special permission and exclusive access, enter the secretive world of a power plant and the rough and tough haul of a commercial fishing operation and discover how these operations actually work. Also, visit a Canadian crash test site where cars are crashed up to 300 times; and the Vancouver waterfront to see how the government keeps track of the thousands of cargo ships, trucks, planes and containers coming and going through the port.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

What’s That About? – “The Brewery”

Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

How do beer giants make beer taste exactly the same in billions of bottles every year? Meanwhile, small and original brewers blaze new trails in beer making. Can chemical warfare help make better beer? Meet the builders of the latest high-tech breweries. On location in Charlottetown, PEI; Moncton, NB; and Toronto, ON, see who’s making the best – and some of the strangest – new suds on the market today.

What’s That About? – “The Crash Test Site”

Sat., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

To make sure your new car is safe, teams of specialists crash it before it reaches the show room. With film locations including Blainville, QC; and Ottawa, ON; see how cars are put through a range of crash trials, such as front, back, sideways, rollovers and even mock-pedestrian hits. In this episode, meet the most high-tech crash dummies, see how they are made, wrecked and fixed – and even meet a human dummy. Also, see how can you crash the same car 300 times and still drive it away.

What’s That About? – “Spy and Security Operations”

Sat., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

SWAT teams, top bodyguards and specialized soldiers get extreme training and some pretty cool gadgets to fulfil their dangerous duties. How do they protect diplomats under live fire and even survive roadside bombs? With Canadian locations including Kelowna and Victoria, BC, witness live explosions and go undercover to expose the secret world of Spy and Security Operations.

What’s That About? – “The Vancouver Waterfront”

Sat., Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

The Vancouver waterfront is getting a high-tech upgrade to keep up with today’s exploding global markets. How can robotic cranes help workers single-handedly move tons of cargo? Learn how computers turn dredging into a video game. How do they keep track of the thousands of ships, trucks, planes and containers all at once? Discover the new weapons customs agents are using to fight smugglers.

What’s That About? – “Hook, Line and Sinker”

Sat., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

How do fish get from the ocean to your dinner plate in just a few hours? Set sail on a squid boat at midnight and climb aboard a “live haul” vessel to harvest Pacific Coast salmon. Featuring Canadian locations include Port McNeill and Campbell River, BC, this episode also goes inside a shrimp-processing plant and reveals some of the fish farming inventions of the future.

What’s That About? – “Power Quest”

Sat., March 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Forget about oil wells – a new generation is drilling for steam and harnessing the wind. Even coal-fired power plants are turning green. Discover why the largest North American hydro plant underground and see why one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants getting fired up again – after 30 years. With production locations including Annapolis Royal, NS; Tiverton, ON; and Churchill Falls in Labrador, meet the innovators of tomorrow’s power sources.

What’s That About? – “Under The Sea”

Sat., March 8 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Follow the crew in action onboard the latest U.S. Navy nuclear submarine on an emergency call. See just how efficient one of the smallest subs in the world is and discover the mission of the underwater laboratory Aquarius. Filmed in part in North Vancouver, BC, this episode also shows how robots can explore the deep ocean floor.

‘WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?’
New Episodes – Mondays 8:30pm ET/PT

January 7 – “Men In Uniform” – Profiling three actors who suited up for the TV cause – George Takei, the enterprising ensign who explored the universe on ‘Star Trek’, Adrian Zmed, who walked the beat on ‘TJ Hooker’, and Paul Gross, the misplaced Mountie in ‘Due South.’

January 14 -“Moms to Count On” – Catching up with Marion Ross of ‘Happy Days’, 90210’s Walsh matriarch, Carol Potter, and Patricia Richardson, Tim Allen’s wife from ‘Home Improvement.’

January 21 – “Super Women” – A look at the original Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner, the high-flying Helen Slater reveals what it was like to be ‘Supergirl’, and an up close look at the holder of the lasso of truth, Wonder Woman Lynda Carter.

‘AD PERSUASION’
New Time – Wednesdays 7:30pm ET/PT beginning January 9

January 9 – An ad for Altoids demonstrates exactly what it means to be a ‘fruit’; soda giant Coke gives viewers a lesson in how to enjoy football; a behind-the-scenes peek of a Nissan commercial that shows how their products translate in the animal world.