February 2008

Mayerthorpe

— Henry Czerny and Brian Markinston star in two-hour movie event revealing the man behind 2005 RCMP Tragedy —

On March 3, 2005, James Roszko, a heavily-armed, habitual criminal, ambushed and gunned down four, young RCMP officers near Mayerthorpe, AB. The horrifying event was the RCMP’s greatest loss of life in a single day and left an entire country asking “why”? As the three-year anniversary of the tragedy nears, the question still remains. CTV announced today the premiere of Mayerthorpe, a chilling dramatization of the events leading up to the RCMP massacre, premiering on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The two-hour, CTV Original Movie stars Gemini Award-winning actor Henry Czerny (The Tudors, Fido) and Brian Markinson (Charlie Wilson’s War, Eight Days to Live).

Mayerthorpe is the gut-wrenching account of the years, months and days leading up to March 3, 2005 – the date well-known local criminal Jimmy Roszko murdered four RCMP officers on his farm. The movie reveals Roszko’s story, a man who terrorized his community for years with threats and intimidation, yet somehow managed to avoid a lengthy jail sentence despite facing numerous arrests and criminal charges. Mayerthorpe examines the decade-long battle between Roszko (Brian Markinson) and the local RCMP, headed by fictional character Corporal Alex Stanton (Henry Czerny). As their relationship becomes increasingly tense, the movie hurtles towards a violent and bitter conclusion to Roszko’s life of crime – the day that many believed was inevitable.

“Mayerthorpe is thoughtfully written and produced and exquisitely acted,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The movie is both a poignant tribute to the RCMP officers who died that day as well as a complex portrait of a national tragedy. It will generate many questions that deserve to be answered.”

Mayerthorpe is a testament to the strength and dedication of the families of the four slain officers and the RCMP. Valuable input from family members during the process helped set the tone for the movie to be as accurate as possible, both historically and emotionally.

“This movie is dedicated to the officers and their surviving families,” said Mayerthorpe Executive Producer Tom Cox. “We are honoured to have been given a chance to tell their story, while presenting an honest portrayal about the state of our current justice system.”

Filmed in Calgary and the southern Alberta towns of Irricana and Cochrane in March 2006, Mayerthorpe also stars Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart) as Roszko’s mother; Ben Cotton (Whistler, Taken) as Constable Leo Johnston; Adam MacDonald (The Audrey Hepburn Story, Hysteria) as Constable Peter Schiemann; Ty Olsson (Men in Trees, Flash Gordon) as Constable Brock Myrol; and Gordon Rand (The Path to 9/11, Everest ’82) as Constable Anthony Gordon.

Mayerthorpe is developed and produced by SEVEN24 Films and Slanted Wheel Entertainment in association with CTV. The movie is executive produced by Tom Cox (Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Jon Slan (Wyatt Earp, Kissinger & Nixon) and Jordy Randall (Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Rachel Rafelman (Plague City: SARS in Toronto, Alice I Think) is co-executive producer. The screenplay is written by Andrew Wreggitt (Shades of Black, One Dead Indian) and is directed by Ken Girotti (3 Lbs, 24). Kathleen Meek is CTV’s production executive overseeing the movie. Louise Clark is Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels for CTV Inc.

Mayerthorpe is the latest dramatic title from CTV’s Signature Series, CTV’s original movie production strand that features programming dealing with social issues of national importance. Previous titles that have enjoyed critical and ratings success include 2007 Best TV Movie Gemini winner Doomstown, in addition to, among others, Sticks and Stones, Last Exit, Selling Innocence, One Dead Indian, Plague City, Milgaard, The Sheldon Kennedy Story, Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story and Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story. Upcoming Signature Series movies slated for broadcast include The Terrorist Next Door. CTV’s Signature Series was established in 1997.

Sunday 10 February / 9:00pm

Update: Postponed until further notice. Replaced by My Dad is Better Than Your Dad.

Supermodels Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford host “Make Me A Supermodel” premiering Monday, February 18th at 8:00pm on Citytv. Based on the successful UK series, 24 beautiful men and women will compete for a chance to launch their modeling career.

Broadcast Schedule:

Citytv Toronto Monday, February 18th, 2008 – 8:00pm ET

Citytv Winnipeg Monday, February 18th, 2008 – 8:00pm CT

Citytv Calgary Monday, February 18th, 2008 – 8:00pm MT

Citytv Edmonton Monday, February 18th, 2008 – 8:00pm MT

Citytv Vancouver Monday, February 18th, 2008 – 8:00pm PT

During the 12-week run of the series, the ‘hopefuls’ will live together in a New York City loft and explore friendships, romance and ambition, while undergoing a series of creative challenges designed to test their professional modeling potential. In the first episode, the “Casting Special”, 35 applicants from across the USA are brought to New York and compete in a series of challenges that ultimately narrows the field from 35, to 24, and then down to the final 14. This series will explore what it takes to turn the exceptionally good-looking into the king or queen of the catwalk. The models hopefuls will compete for $100, 000.00, a feature spread in GQ Magazine and a contract with New York Model Management.

Hosts

Niki Taylor, one of the most successful international models of all time, began her modeling career at the age of 14 and captured the heart of America with her sun-inspired beauty. With over 400 magazine covers worldwide to her credit, she was famously featured in “Vogue” magazine as a teenager, making her the youngest model to ever appear on their cover. Currently working as a business entrepreneur and designer, Taylor has broadened her professional career while balancing her role as a mother. She recently opened Abbie & Jesse’s, her own clothing boutique, and formed “begin Enterprises” along with the “begin Foundation” for the Advancement of Women in Business.

Tyson Beckford is one of the most respected and well-known male supermodels in the world. His modeling career exploded when he appeared in the Fall 1994 Polo Sport campaign. He soon landed an exclusive multi-year contract with Ralph Lauren and served as the spokesmodel for Polo Sport and Polo Fragrances. Beckford has appeared on covers and in countless editorials for a variety of magazines worldwide. Beckford’s film credits include “Into the Blue,” “Zoolander,” “Biker Boyz” and the upcoming films “Hotel California” and “Kings of the Evening.” He has starred in a number of music videos including 50 Cent’s chart topping “21 Questions,” and the Grammy Award-winning songs “Toxic” by Britney Spears and “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton. When he is not modeling or acting, Beckford is busy developing his motor sports interests, which led him to host his own auto show.

Judging Panel

Jennifer Starr is the premier print casting agent in America. Her work and direction has influenced the fashion industry for over 15 years. She has cast a variety of celebrity print campaigns with actors that include Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank for Calvin Klein, Katherine Heigl for Samsung, and Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez for Pirelli. In addition, Starr has cast runway shows for some of today’s top designers including Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez and Marc Jacobs, among others. She has launched the careers of some of the world’s most successful models including Travis Fimmel (Calvin Klein), Filippa Hamilton (Ralph Lauren), Jamie Burke (Calvin Klein), and actor and former model Tom Welling (“Smallville”), who she spotted in Nantucket while casting a Tommy Hilfiger campaign and suggested that he try modeling. Starr began her career working with award-winning photographer Bruce Weber and for five years cast all of his campaigns. In 1997, at the request of noted photographer Richard Avedon, she searched the globe for the most beautiful faces and bodies in the world for the critically praised 1997 Pirelli “Women of the World” calendar. Since then she has cast all subsequent eleven Pirelli Calendars to great acclaim. She has collaborated with the most illustrious fashion photographers in the industry, including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel and Mario Testino on iconic advertising campaigns for Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci and the Gap, to name a select few.

Cory Bautista, President of New York Model Management, has been working in the fashion industry for almost two decades. He served as the Director of Ford Models Miami and then transitioned to Ford New York, where he worked with the agency’s prestigious Image Division, representing major names in the business such as Naomi Campbell, Ines Sastre, Kristen McMenamy and Christy Turlington. In 1995, he worked with Company Management, where he handled models Rhea Durham, Shanna Shank and Jaime Rishar. After Company, Bautista moved on to Karin Models, both in their Paris and New York offices, where he managed noted models Ines Rivero, Estelle Warren and Estelle Holliday. In 1998, he joined New York Models and currently represents some of modeling’s biggest names including Valeria Mazza, Elle Macpherson and Sarah O’Hare Murdoch to name a few.

Participants:

Angelica
Age: 18
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.

Aryn
Age: 20
Hometown: Lowndesboro, Ala.

Ashlie
Age: 20
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

Ben
Age: 22
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Brandon
Age: 24
Hometown: Dowagiac, Mich.

Casey
Age: 19
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Dominic
Age: 25
Hometown: Orange County, Calif.

Frankie
Age: 20
Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Holly
Age: 21
Hometown: Coeburn, Va.

Igor
Age: 21
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Jacki
Age: 21
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Jay
Age: 22
Hometown: Roswell, Ga.

Jathniel
Age: 23
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Josiah
Age: 23
Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.

Karol
Age: 20
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Kate
Age: 18
Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Katy
Age: 21
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.

Lee
Age: 19
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Perry
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Ronnie
Age: 24
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Sarah
Age: 20
Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Shannon
Age: 22
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Stephanie
Age: 21
Hometown: Plano, Texas

Steph
Age: 18
Hometown: Clinton, Wis.

Monday 18 February / 8:00pm on Citytv

Attitude is Back!

— Supermodel Paulina Porizkova Joins the Panel of Judges for Cycle 10 —

The competition goes back to where it all started, New York City, as 14 hopefuls fight to turn their dreams into reality, when “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 10 premieres with a one-hour episode on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 8:00pm on Citytv.

From the cat walk to cat fights, the 14 participants reside in the model house and face off in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp. The girls’ abilities are tested each week as they strive to master the runway and fashion photo shoots, while perfecting publicity skills and learning the business aspects of becoming a supermodel, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance. Throughout the series, supermodel Tyra Banks, art director Jay Manuel, and runway guru J. Alexander mentor the model hopefuls.

Tyra leads the panel of judges, comprised of leading fashion industry experts. Joining the panel this cycle is supermodel Paulina Porizkova, along with returning judges photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert J. Alexander, who closely evaluate the progress of the models to narrow the field each week. In addition, special guest judges appear to critique the participants within his or her area of expertise.

The winner of “America’s Next Top Model” will be managed by Elite Model Management. She also receives a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl and will appear on the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

The Contenders for Cycle 10 are:

Aimee
Age: 18
Occupation: Hostess
Hometown: Spanaway, Washington

Allison
Age: 19
Occupation: Hostess
Hometown: Waunakee, Wisconsin

Amy (a.k.a. “Amis”)
Age: 20
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Anya
Age: 19
Occupation: Retail Sales
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Atalya
Age: 18
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Claire
Age: 24
Occupation: Production Coordinator
Hometown: New York, New York

Dominique
Age: 23
Occupation: Receptionist
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Fatima
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Katarzyna
Age: 22
Occupation: Finance
Hometown: Roslyn, New York

Kimberly
Age: 20
Occupation: Customer Service
Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

Lauren
Age: 22
Occupation: Artist
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Marvita
Age: 23
Occupation: Retail Sales
Hometown: San Francisco, California

Stacy Ann
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Miami, Florida

Whitney
Age: 20
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Atlantic Beach, Florida

“America’s Next Top Model” is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment, in association with Bankable Productions. Tyra Banks is the creator and executive producer along with Ken Mok (“Making the Band”) and Daniel Soiseth (“Hell’s Kitchen”).

There can only be one winner! Don’t miss the one-hour premiere of “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 10, premiering Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 8:00pm on Citytv.

Premieres Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Crystal clear water, magnificent coral reefs and one of the most stunning collections of underwater sea life in the world. That’s what awaits the ten Americans who each have something in common – they are all fans of the Hit TV show Survivor. These fans have been given the chance to be contestants in their favorite game but what they don’t know, is that they will be playing against 10 survivors from seasons passed.

Jonathan: Survivor Cook Islands
Jonny Fairplay: Survivor Pearl Islands
Parvati: Survivor Cook Islands
Yau-Man: Survivor Fiji
Cirie: Survivor Exile Island
James: Survivor China
Ozzy: Survivor Cook Islands
Amanda: Survivor China
Ami: Survivor Vanuatu
Eliza: Survivor Vanuatu

10 of Survivors biggest fans against 10 of Survivors Favourites. This is Survivor Micronesia.

As the fans arrive, there is a torrential downpour and Jeff welcomes them and is already soaked from standing in the rain. He introduces the fans to their competition and when they see who they’ll be competing against, they’re all very excited. Jonny Fairplay is wearing an almost identical outfit to Jeff and is wearing a hat that says “Will Lie 4 Food”.

The fan’s tribe name is Airai and the favourite’s is Malakal.

Jeff explains that on a beach on an island opposite them are two canoes with maps to their new homes. There are also two individual immunity idols which can only be used the first time you go to tribal council. He then says they can go when they want. Realising that it’s a race to get across the water they all dive in and start racing across to the other beach.

Erik from Airai makes it across to the beach first and is happy to have beaten Ozzy. Jonny Fairplay decides that slow and steady wins the race and figures the idols must be in plain site. He sees one on the front of the boat and grabs it but then realises that he’s got the wrong one. He races for the one on the other boat but Yau-Man just beats him.

Kathy arrives back to the canoes and says she doesn’t know what is going on but Yau-Man tells her to pick up the Idol that is on the ground that Jonny Fairplay had left there. She’s pretty happy about having immunity first off.

Jonny isn’t happy with Yau-Man and starts some dissent in amongst the ranks and promises that once that idol is gone, so is he.

Airai Tribe arrive at their beach and are confident they can beat the favourites and talk about that as they set about setting up camp. Kathy talks to Chet about his homosexuality in an awkward, naive fashion but is happy to make her first gay male friend. Kathy then talks to Tracey about her implants and how she’d never seen any up close before. Everyone starts referring to her as the crazy lady and are a little miffed that she has the immunity idol.

Jonny says he has a seven month pregnant girlfriend back home and he’s all about bringing home some money. As they set up camp, everyone is amazed at how fast James is at doing things. They’re all pretty happy that things are better than they were first day of their last survivor experience.

Parvati flirts with James, which he’s quite happy about. Amanda and Ozzy have a bond already happening. Eliza seems a little jealous at the romances that seem to be establishing themselves and think they’ll be a real threat.

The first night at Airai is going to be tough. They were late in getting their shelter set up and Kathy is hoping the morning is going to be better because it sucked at night.

Yau-Man, Eliza, Jonathan and Ami form an alliance. Ozzy is a little worried about Eliza and her shifty game play. He’s not sure about Jonny either but he wants to keep him there to keep his alliance strong.

Jonny admits he’s a chronic liar. They talk about getting rid of Parvati before Ozzy because she’s more of a social threat.

Yau-Man gets Malakal’s fire started with his glasses and a drop of water.

At Airai, Tracey reads the tree mail:

Sixteen seasons later
You all should know the deal
Outwit, Outplay, Outlast
Don’t waste time reinventing the wheel

The first challenge has Malakal telling Jeff and Airai that they’ve had a huge advantage having already played the game and have a shelter, fire, and have had plenty of food while Airai is a little hungry.

For the challenge, the teams must assemble 4 wheels from puzzle pieces and put them on a cart and then navigate their cart through an obstacle. When they reach a giant sandpit, they must dig up some planks to fill in some gaps on a bridge and then push the cart over the ramp to the finish where they must take the wheels off and use the wheel puzzle parts to make a turnstyle which they must then turn, raising a fire wok to win.

The fans take a massive lead after the favorites take their time putting their wheels together and then wiping out when they hit a tree root, sending Eliza flying and smacking her face into the ground.

The fans make it over the bridge first and after a small wipeout, make it to the turnstyle. The fans win and show up the favourites. It’s a humiliating defeat as Airai takes the first immunity challenge and are given flint.

Jonny is playing both tribes and really wants to win for his little girl. Parvati hatches a plan to get Jonny to talk to the other alliance to get them to vote for him so they can sneakily take out Eliza. When Jonny talks to Ami, she isn’t sure that he’s legit.

At tribal council, Jonny states his case for going home. If it was supposed to be a trick, it didn’t work as he’s the first one to be voted out of Survivor Micronesia.

Craving more death-defying action? Today, Daily Planet takes a look back at some of the most eye-opening acts of the week. Join host Kim Jagtiani as she recaps her favourite stories from Stunt Week.

Fri., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Today on Daily Planet, meet renowned fashion designer Miguel Caballero as he reveals that personal protection shouldn’t interfere with personal style. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest in protective apparel that allows anyone to perform stunts without sacrificing fashion over function. Don’t miss this sneak peak at Caballero’s new line of clothes, including a bullet proof jacket that looks great with pumps. Watch as Daily Planet discovers the garb that could save your life and still take your breath away.

Thurs., Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Today on Daily Planet, watch as Ryan Stock tests the limits of his skin. Don’t miss Stock pulling host Kim Jagtiani in a fine hybrid car across the studio floor…with nothing but hooks imbedded in his skin! Then, follow skiing enthusiasts Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry on an adventure kite-skiing trip across Greenland’s ice cap. Navigating their way through an old military base and enduring close encounters with crevasses, witness the dangerous trek through the wilderness as they swoosh their way through Greenland on land and in the sky. Then, join biker Markus Stoeckl as he practices mountain-biking on a ski slope. Having previously set the record for “no-frills” downhill mountain biking faster than any person in the world, watch as this daredevil on wheels perfects his passion for riding the slopes.

Wed., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Guinea Pig hosts Ryan Stock and AmberLynn Walker get things cracking with Walker smashing a sledge hammer down on Stock’s head. But that’s not all! Watch as this daring duo kicks it up a notch with a human wrecking ball stunt involving stilts, chains, a bowling ball and a dinner plate. Daily Planet uncovers the secret behind Stock’s ability to withstand the crushing blows. Next, travel down to the Utah desert where an engineering student is tasked with a robotic stunt: to land a small plane in the back of a moving pickup truck – and do it autonomously. The goal? To demonstrate how technology can enable robot planes to land and refuel on moving military vehicles. Then, follow two fighter pilots from the Indian Air Force as they try to fly around the world in an airplane that weighs less than a pull-out sofa. Flying an ultra light airplane around the globe in world record-breaking time is aviation history in the making and Daily Planet reveals how this feat can be achieved.

Tues., at Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Kicking off a week of rip-roaring stunt action, Ryan Stock enlists the help of a medieval fight coordinator to attack him with ancient weapons. Watch as Daily Planet explains the physics behind how the armour protects Stock by diffusing the impact of such weapons as swords and axes. Next, watch as adventurer Will Gadd climbs an abandoned mine in Sweden with some unusual ice formations. But this stunt means big risks because the unusually warm weather is melting the ice. Will giant icicles cut his chances of executing this slippery stunt safely? Then, step into the cockpit of a unique German-made helicopter as pilot Chuck Aaron puts his aircraft to the test. With its centre of gravity altered to allow it to move quickly during aerial manoeuvres, don’t miss this death-defying flight as the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter performs stunts that no other civilian helicopter can survive – including loops, flips and rolls.

Mon., Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CTV

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Hank believes he can run a gumball-selling business but Oscar steps in to help him with his entrepreneurial know how. Karen’s hidden talent helps solidify the businesses success.

Saturday 9 February / 8 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

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