December 2007

*CANADIAN ORIGINALS*

‘TUBE TALES’
Mondays 7pm ET/PT

January 7 – Legendary series creator Norman Lear talks about his groundbreaking hits ‘All In The Family’ and ‘Maude’; how a real-life medical incident turned into an Emmy-winning instalment of ‘Chicago Hope’; the real head ‘Coach’ who inspired Craig T. Nelson’s character in the long running sitcom.

January 14 – The genesis of TV’s most resourceful hero, MacGyver; ‘X-Files’ actor Bill Davis reveals who he relied on to create “The Cigarette Smoking Man”; ‘Life Goes On’ creator Michael Bravermen talks about how an amazing actor and his own nephew, both with Down Syndrome, inspired the series.

January 21 – The man who was the basis for Eric Foreman’s father Red on ‘That ’70s Show’; the L.A. county lifeguards that begat ‘Baywatch’; actor Mike Farrell talks about shaping his character on ‘M*A*S*H*’.

‘THE SINGING BEE’
Premieres Sunday, January 13, 4pm ET/PT

Joey Fatone fronts this ultimate sing-along series, where contestants are challenged to accurately sing the lyrics to the most popular songs of all time in a variety of karaoke-style competitions. There’s no room for a false note, or an incorrect lyric.

‘THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE’
Premieres Sunday, January 13, 5pm ET/PT

In this all-new, game changing season, tycoon/icon Donald Trump towers over a group of entertainment notaries including Lennox Lewis, Gene Simmons, Marilu Henner, WWE’s John Cena and original Apprentice, Omarosa. Egos are sure to clash as they vie to raise over a million dollars for charity.

‘FAMILY GUY’ MARATHON
Tuesday, January 1, 12-7pm and 8-11:30pm ET/PT

Whoever said New England was quaint and charming obviously never spent time in Seth MacFarlane’s superbly subversive Quahog, RI universe. The Griffins take over TVtropolis New Year’s Day with their propensity for pop culture asides and an offering of their most hilariously outlandish animated exploits.

‘TV MADE ME DO IT’ *New Canadian Original Series*
Debuts Wednesday, January 9, 7pm ET/PT (Encores Sundays at 9pm ET/PT)

We invented TV, and now TV is reinventing us. This irreverent series takes a look at ordinary people who are inspired by what they see on the small screen – enough to change their lives. Meet people who chase tornados in South Dakota, hunt bad guys on the mean streets of Sacramento, and come out of the closet to their closest friends, because… TV made them do it.

Using a fun blend of TV clips, first-person testimonials and expert commentary, TV MADE ME DO IT examines how TV has altered our world for good, bad, bold and beautiful.

January 9 – “TV Made Me a Superhero” – By day, Dale is a mild-mannered technician at a Florida cable station. But when night falls, he dons a cape, squeezes into spandex tights and becomes the barrel-chested crimefighter, ‘Superhero’. When cops snub him, kids mock him and his fiancée ditches him, Dale starts to wonder if the world even wants superheroes anymore.

January 16- “TV Made Me an Extreme Stunt Punk” – Meet a gang of Thunder Bay stunt punks who call themselves ‘Stupid People Do Stupid Things’ inspired by MTV’s ‘Jackass’. In their spare time they videotape themselves doing increasingly harmful stunts in attempt to become famous like their TV heroes. Will they achieve fame, or pack it in before the stunts finish them off?

As the World Juniors hockey championship takes a day off on New Year’s Day, hockey fans and families can score with the premiere of the CTV Original Movie Sticks and Stones, Tuesday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

The timely, two-hour New Year’s Day special presentation is inspired by a compelling true story of how a Canadian Pee-Wee hockey team in Fredericton, New Brunswick mended Canadian/U.S. relations in the world of amateur sport. Scheduled to coincide with the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on TSN (Dec. 26-Jan. 5), Sticks and Stones stars Canadians David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls, Private Practice), young television star Daniel Magder (Disney’s Life With Derek), and introduces young Toronto actor Alexander De Jordy. From the producers of critical and commercial success C.R.A.Z.Y., Sticks and Stones was shot in Fredericton, Saint John and Montreal this past summer.

In Sticks and Stones, the captain of a Canadian Pee-Wee hockey team organizes a tournament to make amends for the horrible treatment an American team received during a visit to Canada in March, 2003. As the movie begins, the U.S. invasion of Iraq is making headlines when a bus carrying the Brockton Boxers, a team of 12-year-old American hockey players from Brockton, Massachusetts, makes its way to a Pee-Wee tournament in Canada. The Boxers are met by thousands of anti-war protesters who attack their bus. Later, when the American players attend a Montreal Canadiens game, Canadian fans boo the American national anthem and barrage the Boxers with heckles to “go home.”

Despite playing with their chins up, the Boxers face the tough Fredericton Canadiens team and an unfair and seemingly anti-American referee. After this bitter experience the American boys and their families leave, vowing never to return to Canada. A year later, thanks to the efforts of Jordy (Alexander De Jordy), the captain of the Fredericton Canadiens, the American Pee-Wee players are welcomed back to Canada for the “Friendship 2004 Hockey Tournament.”

Neil Martin (David Sutcliffe) is Jordy’s father and coach of the Fredericton Canadiens, who helps his son create the Friendship Tournament; Neil’s assistant coach Craig (Mark Camacho) lives through his own son’s NHL dreams and challenges the idea of the Friendship Tournament. The Brockton Boxers are represented by team captain Michael Carver (Daniel Magder); his father, Peter (John Robinson), a police officer and dedicated hockey dad; and coach Al Bouchard (Richard Fitzpatrick), a patriotic American who at first is not convinced the Friendship Tournament is a good idea.

“As we cheer on the Canadian Junior Team playing in the Czech Republic, Sticks and Stones celebrates peace, unity, and good sportsmanship, on and off the ice,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

“Sticks and Stones sends an important message to all ages, especially the younger generations,” said Josée Vallée, Producer and President, Cirrus Communications. “Sportsmanship is key in all aspects of life – at the hockey rink, with our friends, and even with strangers,” adds Producer Rick LeGuerrier of New Brunswick-based Dream Street Pictures.

Citytv premieres “Operation Herbie: A World of Difference”, the story of three desperately ill children from the Philippines who travel to Toronto to receive life-saving medical treatment, Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 at 7:00 PM ET on Citytv.

“CityNews at Six” Anchor Gord Martineau hosts and co-produced this heart-warming special that documents the incredible journey of three children from the Philippines and how Operation Herbie helped change their lives for the better. We are introduced to 15 year-old Xander who travelled to Toronto to undergo his second open heart surgery to insert a mechanical valve. 12 year-old Mar Anne also underwent open heart surgery to repair holes in her heart before doctors at Sick Kids could operate on her spine and correct her severe scoliosis. Four year-old John Phillip underwent surgery to modify cranio-facial abnormalities which had prevented him from developing social relationships and living like other four year olds. With the help of Operation Herbie, these children have overcome geographical and technological limitations and have vastly improved their quality of life.

“I believe in doing what I can to help children who face life or death struggles … they are kids whose families have no money and no access to high level health care,” said Gord Martineau, Anchor, “CityNews at Six”. “We have it all here in Toronto … it’s time to share.”

Operation Herbie is a volunteer based fundraising group that has been raising money for the Herbie Fund for over 27 years at The Hospital For Sick Children. The group is dedicated to bringing children from all parts of the world, who are in need of life-saving or life-altering surgeries to SickKids for medical treatment. The children are selected based of the severity of their medical needs, their lack of access to specialized medical care in their home country. No child needing medical care is denied based on race, religion, geographic location or financial status. The philosophy of Operation Herbie believes that the future of our world lies in the healthy well being of our children; and there is no greater need for generosity and compassion than to care for a child. For more information about Operation Herbie, please visit www.operationherbie.com.

Tune in to “Operation Herbie: A World of Difference”, Saturday December 22, 2007 at 7:00PM ET on Citytv with encore presentations Monday, December 24, 2007 at 4:00PM ET and Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 4:00PM ET.

CTV Names The High-Flying Loonie as the Top Canadian News Story of 2007

– Canada’s Leading News Team Announces Top 10 Canadian News Stories in 2007 –

– CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson is #1 Newscast in 2007 –

The historic rise of the Canadian dollar has been named the Top Canadian News Story of the Year by CTV News. The announcement was made this morning when Canada AM revealed CTV’s Top 10 Canadian News stories of 2007.

Among the hundreds of news events CTV News covered in 2007, the dramatic rise of the loonie was chosen as the year’s top news story. The complete list of Top 10 Canadian News Stories is as follows:

1. The high-flying loonie
2. Canadian casualties in Afghanistan
3. Media baron Conrad Black’s legal saga
4. Chinese product recalls
5. The deadly, and controversial, use of tasers
6. The trial and conviction of Robert Pickton
7. The hunt for Canadian pedophiles in Thailand
8. RCMP shootings
9. Multiple births – sextuplets, quadruplets – recorded this year
10. The scandal surrounding former prime minister Brian Mulroney

The Top 10 Canadian News Stories were selected by an esteemed panel of Canadian journalists led by CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lloyd Robertson.

“While this has been a dramatic year filled with high-profile court cases, manhunts and political upheaval, the remarkable rise of the Canadian dollar stands out as the one story that caught the attention of all Canadians,” said Lloyd Robertson, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor.

Beginning on Sunday, December 23, CTV National News at 11 p.m. will feature in-depth reports on each of the Top 10 Canadian News stories in the days leading up to New Year’s Day. CTV’s team of top correspondents will take a closer look at each of the major stories, reporting on recent developments and examining the impact they will have on Canadians in the upcoming year. These reports will also air the following day on CTV Newsnet.

CTV.ca will have full year-end coverage to complement the CTV National News rollout. A flash-based interactive calendar will review CTV’s Top Canadian News Stories for 2007, and will offer hundreds of clickable photo highlights from the year’s headlines. The website will also look ahead to the major news headlines expected in 2008.

The past year was extremely successful for CTV as Canada’s leading news organization. In 2007, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson continued to be the #1 newscast for total viewers – both Mon-Fri and Mon-Sun – and outperformed Global National and CBC’s The National in the key advertising demographics, Adults 18-49, and Adults 25-54 as well.*

In addition to the highly successful audience numbers, Canada’s #1 national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson was named Canada’s Best Newscast by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). The coveted award was just one of 10 RTNDA national and network awards and one honorable mention for the CTV News Division – more than any other television broadcaster

Celebrate Girl Power This December with Special Spice Girls Programming on CTV, Star! and MuchMoreMusic

Spice Girls Marathon
Saturday, Dec. 22 on MuchMoreMusic

4 p.m. ET – The Story of…The Spice Girls
It all started in the mid-90s with five very distinct, yet equally addictive, personalities joining forces to form one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. In this all new The Story Of…Spice fans get their fill, tracking the Girl Power movement from inception to 2007 reunion, with all the details on the unofficial break-up and minimally successful solo careers in between.

5 p.m. ET – Victoria Beckham: Coming to America
Queen Victoria is coming…Victoria Beckham that is! Posh Spice and her footy-playing husband, David Beckham, are ready to cross the pond and take on North America. But before Vic can send for David and her sons, she needs the essentials – an assistant, a mansion fit for England’s most famous family and of course, a California driver’s license.

6 p.m. ET – What’s Eating Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham is known for her Posh-ness, her husband and her body – her freakishly stick-thin body. As one of the most photographed women in the world, it’s important to stay in shape, but has Posh taken her “health regime” too far? With rumors swirling of a sushi and pineapple diet, as well as extensive plastic surgery, some think that P.O.S.H. is F.A.K.E. In this in-depth documentary, one of the most famous bodies in the world is examined…from the top of her famous Posh-ified hairdo to the bottom of her carefully manicured toes.

Monday 31 December
10 p.m. – The Sopranos – “Made in America” – SERIES FINALE

Tony seeks to find a peace with the Leotardo crew while dealing with rumors that a member of his own crew may have flipped; A.J. makes a decision regarding his future; Junior’s slide into dementia continues.