February 2008

Ross

On the set of an epic war drama, Andy is frustrated that he’s not getting any lines — or even a body part on screen. He then befriends British soap star Ross Kemp, who promises to get him a line.

Tuesday 5 February / 10–10:40 pm ET/PT

The theme of “suspended balls” pervades this episode as Allister offers up tips on how to park your car. Andy shows off “the sprinkler” in Peppers Pumpers and the guys get a lesson on “urban culture”.

Sunday, February 3 / 11 – 11:30pm ET/PT

Lacey decides to show her cook some employee appreciation with an ‘Employee of the Month’ program. When Brent doesn’t follow suit, Wanda goes to the Ruby for the recognition she deserves.

Saturday 2 February 2 /8 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Hosted by Husein Madhavji, the half-hour program and delves into the life of the Australian-born actor, his short yet remarkable career, and asks the question “what went wrong?” It features expert medical opinion from Dr. Marla Shapiro, commentary from eTalk’s Elaine “Lainey” Lui and celebrity reactions from Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Stanley Tucci and more. Plus, Ledger’s Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee shares his thoughts. The special will also provide an up-to-the-minute look into the investigation, take a look at Ledger’s latest film in post-production (The Dark Night) and even touch upon the current status of the latest film he was working on The Imagination of Doctor Pamassus.

Friday 25 January / 9 pm ET on Star!.

GLOBAL’S NEW CANADIAN ORIGINAL SERIES MAKES A BIG SPLASH WITH AUDIENCES NATIONWIDE

The Guard roars ashore… Global Television’s new Canadian Original drama series, The Guard made its national debut last night with 813,000 viewers 2+, and 464,000 viewers in the key demo Adults 18-49, outshining the robust competition of homegrown premieres in past weeks.

“This is an exciting time for Canadian drama, and our support of Original programming remains steadfast,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “The Guard is a reflection of the excellence found within our production community, and we’re so proud to be a part of it.”

The Guard edged out all other recent Canadian premieres including:

The Border – 710,000 (+14%)

Jpod – 472,000 (+72%)

Sophie – 630,000 (+29%)

MVP – 349,000 (+133%)

(All data BBM Nielsen Media Research based on total viewers Adults 18-49 unless otherwise indicated.)

Sticks and Stones is the story of how a Canadian Pee-Wee hockey team in Fredericton, New Brunswick, mended Canadian/U.S. relations in the world of amateur sport. In the movie, 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.

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 Montreal. Once there, the team is met by anti-American protesters and are mocked by fans at a pro hockey game. At the tournament, things only get worse. 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.”

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 last year.

“A feel-good movie for families and sports-lovers alike” – TV Guide

Friday 1 February / 9:00pm ET

Doomstown

Winner of the 2007 Gemini Award for Best TV Movie, Doomstown is a poignant, eye-opening and ultimately inspirational account of how one young man finds the courage to break not only a cycle of violence, but also the code of silence around it. Written and directed by acclaimed Canadian writer-director Sudz Sutherland (Love, Sex and Eating the Bones), Doomstown stars Chris “K.C.” Collins (Close to Home, Kojak) and Mark Taylor (Instant Star, Cinderella Man).

Set in a community housing project nicknamed Doomstown, young black men live and die in a world of drugs and guns; where selling drugs makes you more money than you could ever imagine and carrying a gun makes you feel invincible. It’s a world that offers a feeling of belonging when your life seems otherwise hopeless. It’s a world that has always respected the “code of silence.” You don’t rat. You don’t snitch. Here in Doomstown, silence can be a killer.

“A well-crafted wakeup call.” – Toronto Sun

Friday 25 January / 9;00pm ET

15 Hopefuls Compete For One of Three Coveted Spots in The Brand New Musical Group Girlicious

The second installment of the successful “Pussycat Dolls Present” franchise has competitors vying for their shot at fame as part of the brand new musical group Girlicious. Tune-in as the competition heats up when “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious” premieres Monday, February 18th, 2008, on Citytv.

Broadcast Schedule:
Citytv Toronto Monday, February 18th at 9:00pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg Monday, February 18th at 9:00pm CT
Citytv Calgary Monday, February 18th at 9:00pm MT
Citytv Edmonton Monday, February 18th at 9:00pm MT
Citytv Vancouver Monday, February 18th at 9:00pm PT

Since creating the Pussycat Dolls as a cabaret show in Hollywood, Robin Antin has transformed the act into one of the most successful female pop groups in the world, selling seven million albums and topping the charts with five smash singles. Antin is using her expertise and eye for talent once again as she launches the brand new girl group, Girlicious. Looking for the ultimate performance package, Antin and Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair launched a nationwide search for the most talented girls in America. Fifteen finalists were chosen to compete for a spot in the new group and international stardom. Thousands of girls lined up with the dream of landing one of three coveted spots in the new band, Girlicious.

Musician Mark McGrath returns as host. Each week, the girls dance and practice choreography with Antin and Pussycat Dolls co-choreographer Mikey Minden, while perfecting their vocal techniques with celebrity vocal coach Kenn Hicks. Hicks superstar clientele includes Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige and the Spice Girls. Having experienced this grueling process, members of the Pussycat Dolls, along with other surprise guests, will appear in episodes to inspire the young hopefuls as they strive to impress the judges, which include Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair, Antin and Grammy-nominated recording artist Lil’ Kim.

At the end of the ten-episode series, dreams become reality when the brand new group Girlicious is formed and immediately record an album, film a music video, go on tour and earn a record contract with Geffen Records, home of Nelly Furtado, Mary J. Blige, Keisha Cole and, of course, the Pussycat Dolls.

Participants:

Alexis
Age: 21
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Favorite Musical Act: Martina McBride

Carrie
Age: 25
Hometown: Fairfield, Illinois
Favorite Musical Acts: rock n’ roll and 80’s glam rock

Cassandra
Age: 23
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
Favorite Musical Act: Beth Hart

Charlotte
Age: 20
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Favorite Musical Acts: Billie Holiday, Bjork, Red Light District

Charlye
Age: 19
Hometown: Baytown, Texas
Favorite Musical Acts: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Tamia

Chrystina
Age: 20
Hometown: San Diego, California
Favorite Musical Act: Mariah Carey

Ilisa
Age: 19
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida
Favorite Musical Act: Backstreet Boys

Jamie
Age: 21
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Favorite Musical Acts: Chris Brown, Tamia, Christina Aguilera

Jenna
Age: 18
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Favorite Musical Acts: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Tamia

Keisha
Age: 22
Hometown: North Hollywood, California
Favorite Musical Acts: Beyonce, Aaliyah

Kristin
Age: 24
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Favorite Musical Act: Justin Timberlake

Megan
Age: 18
Hometown: Sunset, Louisiana
Favorite Musical Acts: Jack Johnson, Gavin DeGraw, Britney Spears (early days)

Natalie
Age: 19
Hometown: Diamond Bar, California
Favorite Musical Acts: Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson

Nichole
Age: 18
Hometown: Houston Texas
Favorite Musical Acts: Jill Scott, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera

Tiffanie
Age: 18
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Favorite Musical Act: Beyonce

Watch as the girls are separated from the dolls as they sing and dance their way to fame when “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious” premieres Monday, February 18th, 2008 on Citytv.

“Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious” is executive produced by Robin Antin (The Pussycat Dolls), Steven Antin (“Young Americans”), Ron Fair (Geffen Records), Laura Fuest (“Beauty and the Geek”), Jimmy Iovine (Interscope Geffen A&M Records), McG (“Supernatural,” “The O.C.”) and Ken Mok (“America’s Next Top Model”). The series is from Warner Horizon Television, 10 by 10 Entertainment, Pussycat Dolls, LLC, Interscope A&M Records and Wonderland Sound and Vision.

Premieres Monday, February 18th, 2008 on Citytv

Canadians Turn to BNN.ca for Latest News on the Market Crisis

When business news breaks, Canadian investors turn to BNN – Business News Network for the latest reports.

With the financial markets influx, Canadians turned to BNN.ca for the most comprehensive look at the economic crisis. Over the past two days, a record number of Canadians have used BNN’s online Video on Demand service at BNN.ca to watch more than 80,000 video business news clips. This is more than 35 per cent above the daily views average.

From the minute markets opened, viewers were also accessing the Top Story on BNN.ca, finding out quickly what had happened in Tokyo, Hong Kong and the East, and what to expect for the rest of the market day.

BNN continues to deliver up-to-the minute coverage on breaking market news and developments with the latest news reports and feature interviews available on demand at BNN.ca. Since its launch last year, BNN’s online Video on Demand service has become the most-watched Canadian business news service on the Internet.

BNN – Business News Network (formerly Report on Business Television) is Canada’s only television service devoted exclusively to business and finance news with wall-to-wall coverage of the markets. The Network features the only televised stock ticker with real-time data from the TSX, NYSE and NASDAQ. BNN – Business News Network provides Canadian investors with the latest business news, newsmaker interviews and stock market analyses. The network is wholly owned by CTV Inc., a division of CTVglobemedia. Robert Hurst is President, CTV News. Jack Fleischmann is General Manager, BNN – Business News Network.

Beginning Mon., Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, Daily Planet’s Fire Week takes an in-depth look at the science behind the destructiveness of raging fires and the most effective ways to fight them. With the help of the Ontario fire marshals office and scientists who study the mechanics of flames, Daily Planet’s Fire Week investigates how fires actually cause damage – whether it is in the home or in lush forestland. From the forensics search at a crime scene that has burnt down to the anatomy of a kitchen fire, watch as hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani take a closer look at this hot topic and find out what’s burning when it comes to fire safety.

Monday 4 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
Solving a murder is never easy – especially if the killer tries to destroy evidence by setting a fire. Fire investigator Greg Olson from the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal believes there is an easier way for investigators to find more evidence by using the principles of archaeology. In the first instalment of this two-part investigation, police experts put Olson’s theory to the test. Watch as they create a realistic crime scene in an abandoned house. Hidden inside are guns, shell casings, a knife and pig cadavers used to represent dead victims. Then, police experts set the stage for Olson to look into the new ways crime scenes can be investigated.

Tuesday 5 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
In part two of this forensic fire story, Greg Olson of the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal puts his new techniques, which employ the principles of archaeology, to the test. The intense heat and flames of the fire have compromised the staged crime scene. Watch as both fire students and students trained in archaeology sift through the ashes seeking answers. But who will solve this case?

Wednesday 6 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
In an interesting take on fighting fires, Daily Planet heads to Toledo, Ohio, where scientists are learning how to fight fire with fans. Instead of water, fire fighters are using giant fans to blow the flames out like the candles on a cake. But can this unique fire-fighting method really provide results? Then, can burning a forest also help save it? Oak Savannah is one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet because it needs periodic forest fires to help it reinvigorate itself. Watch as engineers play Mother Nature and deliberately set a large amount of land on fire to make way for a revitalized forest.

Thursday 7 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
Today, Daily Planet examines the anatomy of a kitchen fire with a behind-the-scenes look at fire itself. Watch as fire investigators study the power of fire by setting up a model kitchen and then watching it burn. Join investigators from the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal as they study flashover – the deadly moment when everything in a room catches fire. Find out how flashover occurs and why it is so important for investigators to study it.

Friday 8 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
Burnt out, yet? Daily Planet looks back at all the theme week’s discoveries in a Best of Fire Week show. From fire investigations to forests that need fires, join hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani as they recap the stories that burned brightest during Daily Planet’s Fire Week.