January 2008

— Highly anticipated new series, based on the popular Terminator films,
premieres Jan. 13 on CTV and Jan. 19 on SPACE —

— 300 star Lena Headey headlines action-packed drama –

Toronto, ON (January 11, 2008) – In the future her son will save the world. But here in the present, she fights to save his life. Based on the blockbuster Terminator films, the new, high-octane drama series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles comes to CTV and SPACE this January. Starring Lena Headley (300), the series follows Sarah and her son John Connor as they fight to save the future. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles premieres Sunday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV with Episode 2 airing the following day, Monday, January 14 at 9 p.m. (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Terminator debuts on SPACE with a two-episode series premiere on Saturday, January 19 from 9-11 p.m. ET.

** Media Note ** Download photos from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles at www.ctvmedia.ca

“The Terminator film franchise captured the attention of audiences around the world with its cutting-edge visual effects and innovative storytelling,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a gripping new series that continues that tradition.”

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles picks up where the feature film Terminator 2: Judgment Day concludes; Sarah Connor (Lena Headey, 300, The Brothers Grimm) has vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her teenage son John (Thomas Dekker, Heroes, House) and believes they are finally free. The series reveals what happens when Sarah stops running and decides to fight against an evolving technological enemy bent on destroying the world.

Her son knows that he may be the future savior of mankind as the leader of the resistance, but he is not yet ready to take on his destiny and is content with his current life as an ordinary high school student.

John finds himself inextricably drawn to Cameron (Summer Glau, CSI, Cold Case), an enigmatic student at his high school, who soon proves to be much more than his confidante when she assumes the role of Sarah and John’s fearless protector. On their trail are not only threats from the future, but an intelligent and tough FBI agent, James Ellison (Richard T. Jones, Dirt, CSI: Miami), who soon becomes a powerful ally.

In the series premiere, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (Saturday, January 19 at 9 p.m. ET on SPACE), Sarah struggles to keep her son John safe from an enemy Terminator from the future. She uproots their lives and takes him to live in a small town in New Mexico where he befriends Cameron who ultimately becomes his protector. Meanwhile, FBI Agent James Ellison continues his hunt for Sarah.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is executive-produced by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) and John Wirth (Love Monkey). James Middleton (Basic Instinct 2) serves as consulting producer, while Toni Graphia (Battlestar Galactica) serves as co-executive producer and Natalie Chaidez (Heroes) serves as a consulting producer for the series. The pilot was directed by David Nutter (The Sopranos).

Please note the following revisions to the CTV schedule. Updated highlights for Jan. 13-19 include:

Action-packed series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles premieres on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. ET before moving to Mondays at 9 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 14
Corner Gas moves to 8 p.m. ET beginning Monday, Jan. 14
Two and a Half Men hits the CTV schedule on Monday, Jan. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET

**PLEASE NOTE: Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann moves to A-Channel beginning Monday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET

** Media Note ** Download photos at ctvmedia.ca.

Below is a revised chronological listing of programming highlights for January. All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

Sunday, January 13

1 p.m. – NFL Divisional Playoff Game
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts

8 p.m. – Amazing Race – “Sorry, Guys I’m Not Happy to See You” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

One Racer celebrates her birthday on the Race and the only gift she wants is a spot in the final three, as the remaining four Teams battle it out for a chance to run the final leg and win the $1 million prize.

9 p.m. – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – SERIES PREMIERE

Sarah struggles to keep her son John safe from an enemy Terminator from the future. She uproots their lives and takes him to live in a small town in New Mexico where he befriends Cameron who ultimately becomes his protector. Meanwhile, FBI Agent James Ellison continues his hunt for Sarah.

10 p.m. – Medium – “But For the Grace of God” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Allison is distressed by a terrible family prediction while attempting to help Ameritips investigator Cynthia Keener (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston) find a missing local teenage girl. Meanwhile, after being asked out to an un-chaperoned concert, Ariel’s dreams transport her to her mother’s high school class in the 80s.

Monday, January 14

7:30 p.m. – Degrassi: The Next Generation – “Standing in the Dark, Part 1” – SEASON PREMIERE
The corridors of Degrassi have become a pressure cooker. With an unexpected influx of students from Lakehurst, Degrassi students find themselves facing old enemies and making new friends. But Darcy has her own problems to worry about. In her final semester of Grade 11, the God-loving Spirit Squad captain finds herself being pulled in two different directions. When she chooses a secret weekend getaway with bad-boy boyfriend Peter over the objections of her parents, Darcy quickly finds herself in an explosive, dangerous situation that will impact her life forever.

8 p.m. – Corner Gas – “Classical Gas” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

When an unexpected member of the Leroy family pays a visit, Brent comes to terms with his life’s purpose as a gas station attendant.

8:30 p.m. – Two and Half Men – ­“Tight’s Good” – NEW TO CTV

Charlie tries to resist his attraction to his soon-to-be stepsister.

9 p.m. – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – “Gnothi Seauton” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Sarah makes contact with an old friend to ask a favor, while John decides to pay a visit to Sarah’s ex and Cameron makes a new friend. Together they infiltrate a resistance safe house and discover they are not alone. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison realizes that Sarah is still alive and a dangerous person from Sarah’s past is reawakened.

10 p.m. – CSI: Miami – “Raising Caine” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Horatio’s ex and Kyle’s mother (guest star Elizabeth Berkley, Showgirls), resurfaces as a billionaire’s widow who will do anything to get her son back.

Tuesday, January 15

8 p.m. – American Idol – SEASON PREMIERE – PART 1

American Idol returns for its seventh season with more talented singers than ever before and more of the outrageous auditions that have everyone talking in a special two-hour season premiere. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the hit series takes a page from Canadian Idol’s latest season, and for the first time will allow competitors to play musical instruments during the auditions and semifinalists performances. Tonight, the Idol audition train stops in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.

10 p.m. – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Unorthodox” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

When a student shows up to school visibly beaten and sexually assaulted, Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler look to his tutor and Rabbi for answers.

Wednesday, January 16

8 p.m. – American Idol – SEASON PREMIERE – PART 2

The season premiere continues in another two-hour episode as the judges carry on the search for the next American Idol in Dallas.

10 p.m. – Law & Order – “Bottomless” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

When a pair of men’s pants go missing from a drycleaner, Detectives Green and Lupo suspect the lost pants may be linked to the gruesome murder of a young lawyer. The evidence trail soon leads the detectives to a suspicious businessman who may be covering up a forbidden affair with a co-worker, and perhaps, far more.

Thursday, January 17

8 p.m. – Without a Trace – “One and Only” – NEW TO CTV

As the team investigates the disappearance of a divorce court judge, their suspects include a long list of husbands the judge ruled against in recent cases as well as an unknown man who was recently seen threatening him.

10 p.m. – ER – “Atonement” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Pratt gets cold feet when Bettina tries to take their relationship to the next level. Neela joins the Ortho’s hockey team and is shocked to see who they are playing in the first game. A prison doctor comes into the ER after he tried to save a young boy from a freezing lake. Julia tries to help the prison doctor get rid of his guilt after he reveals he gave the lethal injections to criminals on death row. Meanwhile, Gates gets irritated with Sam when she undermines his decisions.

Friday, January 18

8 p.m. – Ghost Whisperer – “First Do No Harm” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Melinda struggles to help a ghost who blames Jim for his unfortunate death.

9 p.m. – Moonlight – “The Mortal Cure” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Mick’s dream of becoming human again is within reach when he uncovers Coraline’s secret, but the answers come with a steep price. Meanwhile, still angry with Mick, Beth must deal with some heartbreaking news alone.

10 p.m. – Without a Trace – “Article 32” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

The team races to find a woman who goes missing while working in a Veteran’s hospital and tries to determine whether her disappearance is linked to her connection to a radical anti-war group, or to her father’s struggles as a Vietnam vet.

Saturday, January 19

7 p.m. – CTV Original Documentary – Confessions of an Innocent Man – PREMIERE

It was the confession heard around the world. On Feb. 4, 2001, William Sampson – a Canadian and British dual citizen working as a business consultant in Saudi Arabia – and his two colleagues confessed on live television to orchestrating a car-bombing that killed British engineer Christopher Rodway. For the next 31 months, Sampson was held in solitary confinement and regularly tortured by his captors. Confessions of an Innocent Man, presents, for the first time ever, Sampson’s horrifying tale from a variety of perspectives.

GLOBAL TELEVISION: New Episode Alert for the Week of January 14, 2008

**PICK OF THE WEEK**

PRISON BREAK

Monday, January 14 at 8PM ET/PT

Episode: BOXED IN

After raising the suspicions of the Panamanian Army, Michael sweats out solitary Sona-style while Bellick weathers the fight of his life. Susan sets her sights on Sucre as T-Bag schemes his way into the escape.

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**ALL NEW EPISODES**

PRISON BREAK

Monday, January 14 at 8PM ET/PT

NCIS

Tuesday, January 15 at 8PM ET/PT

POWER OF 10

Wednesday, January 16 at 8PM ET/PT

KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

Wednesday, January 16 at 9PM ET/PT (Network Premiere)

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

Thursday, January 17 at 9PM ET/PT

THE LIMELIGHTERS (Canadian Original)

Thursday, January 17 at 10PM ET/PT

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Friday, January 18 at 9PM ET/PT

LAS VEGAS

Friday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT

‘DA KINK IN MY HAIR (Canadian Original)

Sunday, January 20 at 7:30PM ET/PT

The Countdown to American Idol Continues – Just Five More Sleeps Until the Season Premiere!

Yesterday’s Idol Flash featured some of the best quotes from the show’s crankiest judge, but Simon isn’t the only one with memorable one-liners. Check out three of Randy Jackson’s top quips:

“Let’s just say definitely look out for the outfits, because I think people are just getting a little crazy.”

“I find myself being really bored. I was listening to the band. The band sounded great.”

“It was karaoke for me, man. I’m sorry dawg.”

Daily Idol-I.Q. Question: In the early 80’s, judge Randy Jackson toured with what band?

a) Air Supply

b) Journey

c) Starship

Be the first to reply to rhorton@ctv.ca with the right answer and win today’s Idol-inspired prize!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Idol-I.Q. winner – Lindsey Ward from Sun Media!

Season 7 of American Idol Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV
with auditions in Philadelphia. Auditions continue in Dallas Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

New Broadcast Date for One X One Gala Hosted by Matt Damon, January 26 on CTV

The One X One Gala, hosted by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon and featuring incredible music and A-list stars, will now premiere on Saturday, Jan. 26 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. These musical performances are among the highlights that also include One X One honourees Richard Gere, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine and supermodel and philanthropist Petra Nemcova who received the 2007 Difference Award.

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.

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.

mtv.ca and muchmusic.com Video Streams Hit Record High of 120 Million in 2007

– Fans Stream Hit Shows and Hot Music Videos on MTV and MuchMusic’s Websites –

– MuchMusic’s Websites and mtv.ca Receive Combined Total of 19 Million Unique Visitors –

– Avril and Rihanna Both Score Top 10 Hits at muchmusic.com –

Toronto, ON (January 9, 2007) Fans made mtv.ca and muchmusic.com their choice spot for watching top-rated shows and hot music videos on the Web with a combined total of 120 million video streams last year. Video streams on each site increased by a combined total of 360 per cent over 2006. Other key performance measures – unique visitors and average time spent – indicate that Canada’s premier music and youth destinations continue to deliver the kind of content fans crave.

“Millions of fans are streaming video content like never before and they’re making mtv.ca and muchmusic.com the top sources for their online entertainment,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music & Youth Services, CTV Inc. “That’s compelling news for advertisers wanting to reach this highly sought-after audience across platforms.”

Last year video streaming on mtv.ca accounted for 80 per cent of site activity. Of all the series available, fans consumed The Hills franchise most often, followed by fan favourites Laguna Beach and A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched special on mtv.ca.

Music videos represented 87 per cent of all streaming video content on muchmusic.com. Canadian sensation Avril Lavigne scored two hits in the Top 10, including Girlfriend at #1, while Rihanna scored three Top 10 hits on muchmusic.com. She was also the top artist on the site with more than 800,000 video streams as fans tuned in to watch the sexy singer’s video chart-toppers.

A combined annual total of nearly 19 million unique visitors drove the record-breaking number of video streams on mtv.ca and MuchMusic’s sites. The sites kept each fan locked for an average of more than 50 minutes per month with thousands of hours of show content and a library of more than 10,000 music videos.

Top 10 most-watched music videos on muchmusic.com for 2007:

Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z – Umbrella
Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry
Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Sebastian – The Way I Are
Hilary Duff – Stranger
Christina Aguilera – Candyman
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
Rihanna – Shut Up and Drive
Kanye West – Stronger
Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone

Top 10 most-watched series on mtv.ca for 2007:

1. The Hills
2. Laguna Beach
3. A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
4. The Real World: Sydney
5. The Real World: Denver
6. The Leak
7. The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards
8. Hot 5 on Overdrive
9. Mix Up
10. MTV Drops

About MuchMusic:
The number one Canadian brand for teens and young adults, MuchMusic is an integral part of today’s pop-culture landscape, engaging and interacting with its audience like no other since August 1984. Live performances and interviews with world-famous Canadian and international musical artists and celebrity guests make MuchMusic’s acclaimed street-front studios in Toronto Canada’s epicentre of celebrity. A multi-platform, Canadian icon, MuchMusic was recognized by Strategy magazine as the “Brand of the Year” (2005) and has won numerous Gemini Awards, most recently for the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards. The always-innovative and cutting-edge muchmusic.com is a favourite destination for Canadian youth delivering MuchAXS, a viewer-controlled broadband player; Show Me Yours, a user-generated content site; new-music sneak peek First Spins; and music and ringtone downloads.

MuchMusic spotlights homegrown talent through original productions and nurtures the Canadian music video production industry through its annual, multi-million dollar contribution to VideoFACT, a Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent.

MuchMusic targets fans aged 12-34, and distributes programming to 120 countries and 7.5 million households across Canada via cable, satellite, online and on mobile.

MuchMusic is a division of CTV Limited.

About MTV
MTV in Canada is a Canadian programmed and managed business wholly owned by CTV Inc., a division of CTVglobemedia. MTV offers a distinctly Canadian interpretation of the MTV brand across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service, MTV.ca, and across an MTV-branded analog specialty service that delivers innovative lifestyle, talk and documentary programming with a commitment to 71 per cent Canadian programming in primetime. The MTV business is powered by an alliance between CTV, Canada’s Number One television brand and MTV Networks, the world’s most valuable media brand. MTV in Canada is one of 50 MTV-branded services worldwide serving 171 territories around the world.

The Countdown Continues: Just Six More Days Until the Premiere of American Idol!

As the insults get ready to fly for another season of TV’s favourite guilty pleasure,
here are the Top 5 Simon Cowell Quotes of the past six seasons:

5) “There is as much chance of you being a pop or rock star as me flying to the moon tomorrow morning for breakfast.”

4) “If you would be singing like this two thousand years ago, people would have stoned you.”

3) “If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.”

2) “Shave off your beard and wear a dress. You would be a great female impersonator.”

1) “I’ve been known to call someone the worst singer in the world…but you by far are the worst singer in the universe.”

Daily Idol-I.Q. Question: What alternative rockers did American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson team up with to write the single “Because of You?”

Be the first to reply to rhorton@ctv.ca with the right answer and win today’s Idol-inspired prize!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Idol-I.Q. winner – Al Ferraby from CFAX 1070!

Season 7 of American Idol Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV
with auditions in Philadelphia. Auditions continue in Dallas Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

CTV’s Canada AM Expands with Live Broadcasts in
Every Market, a New Western Anchor Team
and a New Vancouver Studio, Jan. 28

— Journalists Mi-Jung Lee, Rena Heer and Omar Sachedina join Canada AM Team —

— Canada AM Delivers more live local and national news beginning Jan. 28 —

— Six hours of live Canada AM to air on CTV Newsnet —

Toronto, ON (January 9, 2007) – Robert Hurst, President of CTV News and Current Affairs, announced today that starting on Monday, January 28, CTV’s Canada AM – Canada’s #1 Morning Show – will expand to six hours and go live in every Canadian market. This is the first time a national North American morning show on a conventional network will be totally live across all time zones. As part of the new format, Canada AM will now deliver more live national and local news. Hurst also announced that Canada AM will expand its on-air family with the addition of a Western anchor team – out of a new Vancouver studio.

“This is an exciting new era for Canada AM,” said Hurst. “The new format and the addition of a Western team allows us to do what we do best – deliver breaking news to Canadians as it happens. Establishing Canada AM’s Vancouver studio also allows us to deliver an increased focus on the region and the countdown to the 2010 Olympic Games.”

A breakdown of what’s new on Canada AM:

Canada AM – Live Across Canada
Every weekday morning, Canada AM will produce a total of six hours of live programming between 6 a.m. and 12 Noon ET. Local CTV stations across the country will join Canada AM live between 6 and 9 a.m. local time (check CTV.ca for local broadcast times).

New Canada AM Western Team
Canada AM will expand its on-air family with the addition of a Western anchor team joining Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan, Jeff Hutcheson and Marci Ien.

Veteran British Columbia journalist Mi-Jung Lee joins Canada AM as co-host, based from the show’s new Vancouver studio. Popular weather anchor Rena Heer – also based in Vancouver – joins the team and will deliver weather and special reports. Rounding out the Canada AM team is Vancouver native and accomplished news anchor Omar Sachedina, who will join Canada AM’s Western team to deliver the latest breaking news. Full biographies for Mi-Jung Lee, Rena Heer and Omar Sachedina are below.

“Mi-Jung, Rena and Omar are a wonderful addition to the Canada AM family,” said Lis Travers, Executive Producer for Canada AM and Vice-President of CTV News. “With an expanded team based out of both Toronto and Vancouver, Canada AM is adding more voices to deliver a truly national perspective on the news and issues concerning Canadians.”

Canada AM – More National News, More Local News
The first hour of Canada AM will feature headline, national and local news with Marci Ien, along with weather and special features from Jeff Hutcheson. Canada AM co-hosts Beverly Thomson and Seamus O’Regan will then lead coverage from Toronto starting at 7 a.m. ET. They will continue to deliver Canada AM’s unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars.

Western viewers will see Mi-Jung Lee take over hosting Canada AM at 7 a.m. PT from Vancouver with Rena Heer handling weather and Omar Sachedina delivering the latest news developments. Local anchors from each market across the country will join Canada AM throughout the morning to deliver the latest in local news, weather and traffic.

Complete Canada AM on CTV Newsnet
A complete, six hour, live edition of Canada AM will air every Monday to Friday morning on CTV Newsnet beginning at 6 a.m. ET.

Canada AM Western Team Bios
Mi-Jung Lee, Western Co-Host of Canada AM
Mi-Jung Lee joins Canada AM from CTV British Columbia where she anchored and produced the station’s popular late-night newscast. Mi-Jung played a key role in CTV’s award-winning coverage of the forest fires in B.C. in the summer of 2003, when the network won the B.C. Association of Broadcasters award for Best Breaking News Coverage in 2003.

Mi-Jung began her broadcast career in 1990 as a reporter and part-time anchor on Victoria’s CHEK-TV. She joined BCTV in 1992 and anchored Weekend News Hour Final at 11:30 p.m. Mi-Jung was nominated for a Jack Webster Award for Best TV Reporting in B.C. for a series of stories she broke on a Native foster child. In 1998, Mi-Jung joined Vancouver Television and was the anchor for the popular VTV Live at 5. In 2000, she was nominated for a Leo award for Best TV Anchor. When the station changed hands to CTV, she was assigned to lead the late-night local news.

Born in Choon Chun, South Korea, Mi-Jung was four when her family moved to Vancouver. She majored in English Literature at the University of British Columbia. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC she attended Ryerson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Journalism.

In addition to her successful career in broadcasting, Mi-Jung is active with local charities and enjoys spending time with her family.

Rena Heer, Canada AM Western Weather Anchor
A B.C. native, Rena Heer was born and raised in the small town of Clearwater, B.C. and moved to Burnaby, B.C., after her high school graduation to attend Simon Fraser University. Rena got her broadcasting start in 2002 at Channel M. Rena’s duties as community relations manager and host of the cooking series Fusion Fare, exposed her to many aspects of the broadcasting business. In 2005, Rena took on the role of Weather Specialist and Traffic Reporter at Global BC in Vancouver. In January of 2008, she joined the Canada AM team.

Rena is committed to various local charities and has participated in fundraising activities for the Firefighter’s Burn Fund, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Surrey Foundation and BC’s Children’s Hospital.

Omar Sachedina, Canada AM Western News Anchor
Omar Sachedina joins Canada AM from Citytv, where he was a reporter and anchor for Toronto’s television news channel, CP24. Born and raised in an Ismaili Muslim household in Vancouver, Omar is of South Asian descent. His parents immigrated to Canada from Uganda. Omar’s broadcast career started at Global Television in both Vancouver and Montreal. He also worked at CNN International in London, England, before becoming a reporter for CTV News in Northern Ontario.

Curious about his East-African homeland, Omar recently traveled to Uganda on a PBS Frontline/World fellowship to produce a web documentary on the return of Indians after the 1972 Asian Expulsion. He has also reported on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Kenya. Omar speaks Kutchi, Gujarati and French. One of Omar’s passions is traveling. Some of his favourite places are Beijing, Dubai, New York and London. Omar has a degree in political science and philosophy from McGill University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

About Canada AM
Canada AM is television’s morning star and Canada’s most-watched national morning newsmagazine. Since its launch in 1972, Canada AM has brought Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive Producer for Canada AM and Robert Hurst is the President of CTV News.

Ceremony Scrapped, but the Show Must Go On! Star! Delivers A Golden Globes Special That Isn’t Scaled-Back!

The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards televised gala ceremony may have been called off due to the ongoing writers’ strike, but awards-show fans can still get their fix on Star!. Review this year’s nominees with Star! Picks The Golden Globes airing Friday, January 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. From shoo-ins to long-shots, Star! gathered top entertainment experts to gaze into their crystal balls and weigh in on who will win, who should win and who’ll go home empty-handed.

A Star! original presentation, Star! Picks The Golden Globes features commentary and observations from eTalk’s Ben Mulroney, Danielle McGimsie, Anna Cyzon, Zain Meghji and Elaine “Lainey” Lui, Star!’s Husein Madhavji, Canada AM’s Seamus O’Regan, MTV’s Dan Levy and more!

Our top experts critique some of the year’s best performances and not-so-memorable moments, summarizing some of the outstanding achievements made in cinema during the past year. From Hairspray to Juno, Eastern Promises to American Gangster, Michael Clayton to Sweeney Todd and Charlie Wilson’s War to No Country For Old Men, which film reigned? More importantly, who put on their best performance? Should Viggo Mortensen earn his first Globe or should George Clooney add a third to his trophy case? How mighty was Angelina Jolie’s heart? Did Julia Roberts’ onscreen comeback fall short? Plus, he was snubbed at last year’s Oscars and she’s best familiar with Canada’s Geminis… will Canadian-born actors Ryan Gosling and Ellen Page bring home the gold? And the race is on for Javier Bardem vs. Casey Affleck who are contending in the same category for both of their Western portrayals.

If you are in a Golden Globes pool, our experts can help you place your bets and put you as close as you can get to this year’s ceremony. Don’t miss Star! Picks The Golden Globes Friday, January 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star!.

OLN Showcases the Struggles and Triumphs of Teenage Athletes in the Compelling Documentary, Year of the Bull, February 3

In the world of American high-school football, the pressure to win can often lead players to extremes for a chance to fulfill dreams of playing professional football. Premiering Sun., Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN, Year of the Bull profiles the struggles of one such athlete, Taurean Charles, as he fights to get out of the inner-city and into a Division 1 collegiate football program. Filmed over the course of a year, this two-hour documentary offers a revealing look at Charles’ struggle to gain a scholarship in hopes of it leading to a career in the NFL. But the path to the professional league is marred with disappointing SAT scores, peer pressure, family conflict and internal struggles. Year of the Bull begs the ultimate question for Charles – what matters most: SAT scores or the final score of the big game?

Having lost his father at an early age, Charles lives with his mother and twin sister and believes football will enable him to provide his family with a better life. On the road to fulfilling that goal, watch as this young African-American carries the weight of this responsibility on the field – and off. This gritty documentary follows the football team captain during an entire season with the Miami Northwestern Bulls (which has a strong track record of producing NFL stars) as he fights for a scholarship and shoulders the hero’s role as team leader. Witness the elements that make the often intense pressure of high-school football unique: the state-wide media hype that invades a star athlete’s life, young men having to play through serious injuries, the school’s voracious appetite for a state championship and the recruiting frenzy from prestigious colleges across the country. But bearing the weight of a city’s overwhelming pressure to win can have large consequences for teenage athletes like Charles.

After leading his team to the state finals, Charles quickly learns that the road to a scholarship is just as much about grades as it is game play. With his low SAT scores but strong football performance under evaluation from college recruiters, Charles’ dream of going to college and providing for his family could be dashed. Will he beat the odds and make it?

OLN captures the adventurous spirit and passion for the great outdoors. Rough and tough, bone-breaking action and danger, OLN is Canada’s leader in outdoor programming with a focus on life beyond the comforts of home. OLN’s cutting-edge western lifestyle, outdoor exploration, survival, strength and reality programming is second only to extensive coverage from the most physically gruelling events from around the world, including the Tour de France, The Amazing Race and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Visit Canada’s roughest, most rugged and entertaining network online at www.tsn.ca/oln. CTV Inc. is the managing partner of OLN.