January 2008

GLOBAL TELEVISION: New Episode Alert for the Week of January 21, 2008


Tuesday, January 22 at 10PM ET/PT

Episode: Waheguru

Andrew fails to save a Sikh woman and her children from drowning; Miro falls into a credit card scam.




Monday, January 21 at 8PM ET/PT

THE GUARD (Canadian Original)

Tuesday, January 22 at 10PM ET/PT


Wednesday, January 23 at 8PM ET/PT


Thursday, January 24 at 9PM ET/PT

THE LIMELIGHTERS (Canadian Original)

Thursday, January 24 at 10PM ET/PT


Friday, January 25 at 9PM ET/PT


Friday, January 25 at 10PM ET/PT

‘DA KINK IN MY HAIR (Canadian Original – Season Finale)

Sunday, January 27 at 7:30PM ET/PT


Sunday, January 27 at 8PM ET/PT


Sunday, January 27 at 8:30PM ET/PT


Sunday, January 27 at 9:30PM ET/PT


Sunday, January 27 at 10PM ET/PT

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

eTalk eFlash: Degrassi Star Out of the Closet and on the Cover of fab Magazine

Degrassi Star Adamo Ruggiero who plays gay teen Marco on the hit series Degrassi sets the record straight about his own sexuality in an eTalk exclusive tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. It’s the first time Ruggiero has spoken openly about the parallels between his real life and his on-screen character.

“I didn’t plan it that way… maybe it’s life imitating art… Degrassi let me do something real and I kindof feel like I’m living proof of what the show was working to accomplish.”

Degrassi returned this week for its 7th season this past Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

In a two part interview, Ruggerio talks to eTalk’s Tanya Kim about coming to terms with his own sexuality, revealing the truth to his own family and posing for the cover fab Magazine – Canada’s gay scene magazine. Part two of Ruggerio’s interview will air Thursday on eTalk with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the fab Magazine photo shoot.

eTalk, the Most-Watched Canadian Entertainment Newsmagazine, airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV.

American Idol Launches to 3.1 Million Viewers on CTV
— Two-hour premiere reaches more than 6 million Canadians —
— In Toronto: A staggering 1 in every 4 viewers tuned in —
— Second highest premiere ever for American Idol and CTV’s most-watched season premiere this year —

Winter’s #1 program is back with a vengeance. American Idol returned in force last night and more than 3 million Canadians made an appointment with the juggernaut’s seventh season premiere on CTV. The two-hour program enjoyed a pitch-perfect peak of 3.1 million viewers during the second half-hour. It’s the second consecutive year that American Idol has surpassed the 3 million mark for its premiere. And with a reach of 6.1 million, American Idol was Canada’s most-watched program of the night on any network, in all key demos and every metered market.

In Toronto, last night’s episode bested last year’s premiere performance by 3% overall with close to one in four viewers watching television between 8-10 p.m. ET and nearly 40% of females 18-49 and 25-54 tuning-in.

At 10 p.m., an all-new Law & Order: SVU delivered more than 1.8 million viewers nationally.

Part 2 of CTV’s American Idol Season 7 premiere airs tonight as auditions continue in Dallas – 8 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

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

CTV Salutes the Legendary Fashion Icon with Valentino: King of Couture, January 24 on CTV

– FashionTelevision’s Jeanne Beker looks back as Valentino’s final couture show hits the Paris runway –

Toronto, ON (January 16, 2008) – CTV airs a timely prime time portrait of one of the world’s most influential designers with FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture. The original, authorized portrait premieres Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. ET (repeating Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The special will also air on FashionTelevision Channel (FTC) on Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. Hosted and narrated by Jeanne Beker, Valentino talks candidly from his Parisian studio in a worldwide exclusive – the first full-length interview granted after the announcement that his upcoming January show would unveil his last-ever collection January 23 in Paris.

In addition to the one-hour feature, CTV will also air Valentino: King of Couture – The Interview a special half-hour interview with the style icon on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

For over 45 years Valentino Garavani has been seducing Hollywood’s leading ladies and influential personalities with his romantic and timeless vision of beauty. From Valentino’s rocky financial start to spearheading an Italian invasion of Paris runways, the special delves into a life and career of style supremacy. FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture marks 21 years since Beker’s first one-on-one conversation with the reigning grand master of design. Since then, she has interviewed Valentino dozens of times.

“One of most prolific and inspiring designers in the world, Valentino’s vision of elegance and beauty has helped define chic feminine style for over 40 years,” said Beker. “Without question, he’s one of those inspired and inspiring designers who’s kept me personally intrigued and enthralled by the fashion world these past 22 years.” Beker will be in Paris to cover the final show for FashionTelevision.

FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture also features rare footage from FT’s and Valentino’s own archives and provides a look at the stunning repertoire of signature dresses that have been seducing Hollywood’s elite and the fashion critics alike. Beker speaks with some of Valentino’s most ardent fans including celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Hurley, Giorgio Armani and Elle Macpherson. She also seeks comment from savvy members of the world’s fashion media including Hilary Alexander (Daily Telegraph), Godfrey Deeny (Fashion Wire Daily), Hal Rubenstein (In Style), Patrick McCarthy (Women’s Wear Daily) – all of whom have nothing but praise for the style icon.

CTV Program Alert – January 16, 2008

A Filmmaker On a Spiritual Quest Discovers How Weak the Flesh Can Be in the Comedic Original Documentary Sinner In Paradise, Premiering Feb. 2 on CTV

Holiness or hedonism – which would you choose? On Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Kastner believes he is going on a fun-filled resort vacation – until he arrives at a spiritual retreat where guests must follow a puritanical regimen. In the hilarious one-hour CTV Original Documentary Sinner in Paradise, premiering Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), Kastner sneaks away from the retreat to attend other less inhibiting resorts, discovering the pros and cons of hedonism versus holiness along the way.

In a series of comic misadventures, Kastner begins leading a double life, vacillating between the cleansing effects of the austere ashram and the more indulgent sin-obsessed resorts. Unable to keep up with both vacations, he must choose between the pleasures of the flesh and spiritual happiness.

Highway to the Danger Zone – Jet Set Flies into OLN, February 7

Step into the cockpit and follow the highs and lows of seven pilots and five navigators as they learn how to fly the British Royal Air Force (RAF) primary attack aircraft in the new six-part series, Jet Set. Premiering Thurs., Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT on OLN, each half-hour episode of this high-flying series chronicles the gruelling six-month training course pilots and navigators must complete to become world-class aircrew on a top strike-attack jet. Narrated by Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Long Way Round), Jet Set offers a fascinating look into the world of the RAF as the pilots and navigators learn complex flying techniques while undertaking tough tasks that push them to their physical, emotional and psychological limits.

Set at the RAF’s largest and busiest fast-jet base, RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, the course is the culmination of years of training for the 12 students from the United Kingdom. Following the trials and triumphs of the trainees, the physical and emotional impact of the course is evident as they take the high-pressure course in the Tornado GR4 bomber. Capable of supersonic speeds exceeding 2,000 kilometres per hour, the Tornado GR4 is incredibly complex to operate. If they fail to make the grade, these students will face reassignment, possibly to administrative work in the British Forces. With the fear of having their career hopes dashed, get a behind-the-scenes look at life for the trainees, including the camaraderie and the rivalry between pilots, navigators, instructors, air crew and ground crew. With the stakes this high, who will make the cut in the elite air force training course?

Episode highlights from Jet Set include:

Jet Set: “Ground School”

Thurs., Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

Watch as the rookies arrive at RAF Lossiemouth to face the toughest test of their careers to date. The seven pilots and five navigators are all motivated by the same burning ambition – to complete the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) course that could make or break their fast jet careers. Before the students get their hands on the Tornado GR4 jet – the RAF’s primary attack aircraft – they have to successfully graduate from Ground School. This pre-flight phase lasts five weeks, during which the students have to prove that they have what it takes to tackle the Tornado. The Tornado GR4 is one of the most potent jets in the Air Force’s artillery and is also one of the most challenging to operate.

Jet Set: “The Sims”

Thurs., Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

Two weeks into their training, the 12 student pilots and navigators are ready to move on to the critical simulator phase of the OCU course. The simulator the students will use is much like a multi-million dollar computer game which is the Tornado GR4’s virtual sister and one of the most advanced simulators in the world. Over five weeks, the trainee pilots and navigators will fly 11 increasingly difficult flights in the virtual jet before being let loose in the real thing. Flying the simulator is incredibly realistic; the only difference is that it can’t replicate G-force. It is both physically and mentally demanding, but with one major advantage – here, mistakes can’t be fatal.

Jet Set: “Flying Solo”

Thurs., Feb. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

The students at RAF Lossiemouth are getting closer to achieving their ultimate dream – to fly the Tornado GR4. Some, however, are not as close as others. One exam stands between them and the complex aircraft. Watch as the students get ready to take to the skies, initially with an instructor, and then on their first major solo attempt. To add to the challenge, monsoon rains hit Scotland and make the flight test even more difficult. The stormy weather poses no problems for the course’s top performers, but can all the others be just as successful?

Jet Set: “Bombs Away”

Thurs., Feb. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

The pressure is mounting for the trainees who are ready to embark on the most critical stage – the weapons phase. The jet is equipped with both guns and bombs that are capable of destroying armoured convoys, hardened bunkers and aircraft shelters. The practise bombs the trainees will be using simulate the thousand-dollar bombs that are used on the front line. The students must now prove that they can get the bombs on target on time, within a 10-second time parameter. This test is designed to prepare the trainees for combat when the pressure will be extremely high, both in terms of survival and dropping weapons accurately. It is not just in the air that the students are feeling the heat; the time has come for the trainees to undertake some survival training which includes nuclear, biological and chemical instruction along with a rigorous fitness test.

Jet Set: “The Dark Side”

Thurs., March 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

In the penultimate episode of Jet Set, the students find out where they’ll be posted for the next three years if they pass the course. It is also time for rookie pilots and navigators to become more comfortable with low level night flying. It’s hands off for the trainee pilots as they put their complete trust in the jet’s autopilot technology while coasting at 76 metres from the ground at 643 kilometres per hour.

Jet Set: “Make or Break”

Thurs., March 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

The rookie Tornado pilots and navigators are nearing the end of extremely intensive training. With the finish line in sight, the pressure reaches new heights. In their final outing, the trainees will be tasked with attacking targets and dropping bombs and weapons, all the while undergoing ground attacks, such as surface to air missiles. If this isn’t enough to contend with, they must also out-manoeuvre instructors who will adopt the guise of an enemy aircraft. Don’t miss the final flight test that uses all the GR4’s capabilities to determine who will graduate the course and join a front line squadron.

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United by Blood. Torn Apart by Betrayal. Police Corruption

Destroys a Family in Would Be Kings,

A CTV Original Mini-Series, Jan. 27 and 28

— Power, money and drugs leads to murder in modern-day Shakespearean tragedy
from the creative team behind The Eleventh Hour —

— Starring Currie Graham, Ben Bass and Natasha Henstridge —

Toronto, ON (January 15, 2008) –CTV announced today the broadcast premiere of the epic, four-hour Original Mini-Series Would Be Kings, airing Sunday, January 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET and Monday, January 28 from 9-11 p.m. ET, exclusively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). A modern and timely take on a classic tragedy, Would Be Kings is the riveting tale of Patrick Lehane (Currie Graham; Desperate Housewives, CSI) and Jamie Collins (Ben Bass;The Eleventh Hour, Last Exit), two cousins and drug-squad cops who find their family ties torn apart by corruption within the police force. The gripping, family saga also stars Natasha Henstridge (Eli Stone, The Whole Nine Yards) and Clare Stone (Breach, The Man Who Lost Himself).

Would Be Kings is the latest project originating from four members of the creative team behind the CTV series The Eleventh Hour: executive producer Ilana Frank, director David Wellington and writers Tassie Cameron and Esta Spalding. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Part 1, the gritty drama is a large-scale, family saga involving love, loyalty, betrayal and murder, set against the backdrop of crystal meth production and police corruption.

In Would Be Kings, Patrick Lehane and Jamie Collins are cousins, best friends and, most importantly, cops. Complicating their relationship is the fact that Patrick, a clean-cut investigator desperate for a promotion, is also Jamie’s boss. Jamie is anything but a by-the-book cop, always breaking the rules and nursing a drug addiction. Their family ties unravel when Jamie is forced to clean up his act and Patrick becomes embroiled in questionable police work – leading to not only an exchange of dirty money, but murder as well.

Meanwhile, Patrick’s unhappy wife Diana (Henstridge) is questioning their marriage and their daughter (Stone) is getting herself into trouble. While Patrick is drawn into a criminal compromise, Jamie must decide where his loyalties lie – with his family or with the law? In the end, the choices these two “Would Be Kings” make will ultimately dictate their fates.

“Ilana Frank, David Wellington and the late, wonderfully prolific Peter Simpson have created a world of gritty, urban realism juxtaposed against the suburban reality of modern-day families,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The result is a high-stakes morality play that will leave viewers spellbound.”

“Would Be Kings is set in the world of police officers, but there’s actually very little of the mechanics of policing in the story,” said Executive Producer and Director David Wellington. “At the heart of the mini-series is the story of a family and how they struggle to survive.”

Filmed entirely in Hamilton, Ontario, Would Be Kings also stars Robert Forster (Huff, Mulholland Dr.), Stephen McHattie (Kaw, A History of Violence) and Stana Katic (24, ER). Additional cast members include Peter Stebbings (Kardia, The Limb Salesman) and Matt Gordon (Terry, Rent-A-Goalie).

Would Be Kings is a CTV Original Mini-Series executive-produced by Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, The Life Before This) and David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Long Day’s Journey Into Night), who also directs, and Peter R. Simpson (The Marsh, The Eleventh Hour) for Norstar Filmed Entertainment Inc. Would Be Kings was written by Tassie Cameron (Robber Bride, Cake, The Eleventh Hour) and Esta Spalding (In God’s Country, Falling Angels) who are also Executive Producers. Ray Sager (Sex Life, The Marsh, MythQuest) is Producer. CTV’s Executive in Charge of Production was Tecca Crosby. Louise Clark is Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Would Be Kings is part of a line-up featuring five CTV Original Movies slated for broadcast in 2008: Elijah, Mayerthorpe, The Terrorist Next Door, She Drives Me Crazy and Who Named the Knife.

The Comedy Network
Program Alert – January 15, 2007

— Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s twisted comedy follows Season 1 premiere of Extras —

— John C. Reilly, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Zack Galifianakis among awesome guest stars —

Toronto, Ontario (January 15, 2008) – Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s newest TV show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is absurd, weird and well… flat-out nutzo! A follow-up to their cult-fave Tom Goes to the Mayor, which aired on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, the Awesome Show is a truly wild, unpredictable, 15-minute hodgepodge of individual creativity – aka stuff. Guest starring “Weird Al” Yankovic, John C. Reilly, Zack Galifianakis, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, among others, the fast-paced, live-action sketch comedy combines animation, mock commercials and television satire all the while stretching the concept of taboo to the breaking point. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! will air Tuesdays at 10:40 p.m. ET/PT, beginning January 22 immediately after the Season 1 premiere of Extras (10 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on The Comedy Network.

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! premiered in the U.S. last February on the Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim programming block and has attracted a rabid following of fans and admirers. The 15-minute, 10-part series is jammed-packed with hilarious parodies and shocking skits that resemble an out-of-control cable access channel. In the premiere episode, Tim’s dad sends Eric a gift basket wishing him luck on the new show, Leif and C Boy square off in a hackey sack championship, Dr. Steve Brule (played by John C. Reilly) offers a report on the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, Bob Odenkirk makes a cameo appearance in a commercial for “B’Owl,” a new toy that combines a bat with an owl and Tim makes a call to pest control about his bees and his disappointing son, Spraynard Krugar.

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim met in a comedy troupe the summer before attending Temple University in Philadelphia and quickly discovered that they shared the same, self-described “left-of-centre” sense of humour. The duo collaborated as creators, writers, and stars of Tom Goes to the Mayor . They mailed an early version of the show to comedian Bob Odenkirk, who agreed to take on the project as the executive producer of the series and sold it to Cartoon Network. Heidecker and Wareheim now produce a weekly online show, Tim and Eric Nite Live, and their new project, Steven & Stephen, an animated show about twins conjoined at the penis, is set to premiere this year on Comedy Central.

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are co-creators, co-writers and co-stars of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

>CTV’s Killer Move: Dexter Becomes Latest Series
to Join CTV Winter Lineup, Feb. 17

Welcome to the Wild West: Six-Hour Mini-Series Comanche Moon Hits the Trail Sunday, Jan. 13 on A-Channel

Saddle up! A-Channel announced today it will broadcast Comanche Moon, a new six-hour mini-series based on the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry. Starring Val Kilmer (Déjà vu, Alexander) and Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) – with a guest appearance by Canadian Adam Beach (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) – Comanche Moon kicks off Sunday, Jan. 13, continues Tuesday, Jan. 15 and concludes Wednesday, Jan. 16, airing 9-11 p.m. ET each night (visit achannel.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The final chapter in McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove saga, Comanche Moon serves as the prequel to the 1989 Emmy Award-winning mini-series. Comanche Moon follows Texas Rangers Augustus “Gus” McCrae (Zahn) and Woodrow F. Call (Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings) in their middle years as they continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life while patrolling the Western frontier alongside Captain Inish Scull (Kilmer).

Comanche Moon explores the balance of life and love as Gus manages his beloved, Clara Forsythe (Linda Cardellini, ER), while Call tries to handle Maggie Tilton (Elizabeth Banks, The 40 Year Old Virgin), a young prostitute and the mother of his son. Captain Scull (Kilmer), a Yankee aristocrat and hero of the recently concluded Mexican War, has his own relationship troubles to deal with, as wife Inez Scull (Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under), has been filling her bed with other men while he’s away from home.

Two proud but very different men, McCrae and Call enlist with a Texas Ranger troop who are in pursuit of three outlaws: Buffalo Hump (Wes Studi, IntoThe West), the great Comanche war chief; celebrated Comanche horse thief Kicking Wolf (Jonathon Joss, Into the West); and deadly Mexican bandit Ahumado (Sal Lopez, The Astronaut Farmer). The Rangers engage in the bitter struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their territory and their way of life.

Comanche Moon also stars David Midthunder (Into The West) as renowned Kickapoo tracker Famous Shoes, Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls) as Deets, Ryan Merriman (The Ring Two) as Jake Spoon and Troy Baker (Striking Range) as Pea Eye Parker. Canada’s Adam Beach (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes an appearance as Buffalo Humps’ violent outcast son, Blue Duck.

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