February 2008

Michael Johns

Michael Johns

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Sheila is happy that Jen is gone and her pal Allison gets to stick around.

James and Chelsia are excited to be the Head of Household. Alex is worried about being put up on the block thanks to his partner Amanda. Natalie is happy and is confident her and Matt will be safe, as is Allison.

Amanda is disgusted at the thought of not having any drinking cups for the week. Luckily someone figures out that drinking out of bowls it the next best option.

James and Chelsia promise Matt that they wont be on the block.

Joshuah tells Sharon that there is another couple in the house and tells her that Allison and Sheila are lesbians. Joshuah thinks they could hold them hostage over their secret later.

The HoH room is open and there are a lot of photos from Chelsia’s family.

James talks talks to Adam and Ryan about operation condor – to get rid of the top shelf and that Alex and Amanda need to go. James says he needs a pawn and wants Adam and Sheila to take the spot but Adam doesn’t want to be the pawn that goes home like the case is normally.

Amanda talks to Joshuah to try and smooth over their relationship after the blowout from last week. They make up and Amanda suggests an alliance as no one would suspect it.

Natalie is smitten by Matt. She’s all giddy with butterflies and tells Amanda about how wonderful she thinks he is. She takes a bath and calls for Matt to get her the soap. He knows she’s into him but he says, straight out, that he wont have sex with her. He doesn’t need the distraction in the game.

Allison and Sheila want to take Joshuah and Sharon aside and tell them the truth. Sheila is worried that Joshuah will hate them for using the gay card. Allison wants to stroke his ego but Sheila isn’t comfortable with all the lies and is rather apprehensive about it.

There is a food competition with two teams (Dev Ocean & Sea Duction) that involves a game similar to the coconut challenge on Survivor last week. Each team must try to fill the other team’s net with fish while three must try and hold the nets up. The first team to drop their nets will be on slop for the week.

Ryan is first to drop his net for Sea Duction with James not far afterwards on Dev Ocean. Amanda and Matt both drop theirs with Joshuah and Adam squaring off. Adam can’t quite make it and drops his net meaning Alex and Amanda and Sheila and Adam are on slop for the week since James and Chelsia are HoH, they have food privileges and don’t have to worry about it.

Amanda says Buenos about 30 times a day and she thinks it means hello.

James has a crush on Chelsia but it doesn’t seem reciprocal. It then gets a little more steamy with a few kisses.

Sheila fronts up to Chelsia with Allison about their made up story. They then tell Joshuah and he’s confused. Joshuah talks to Chelsia and they aren’t sure about what’s going on. They think they’re pathological liars. None of them trust them.

James comes up with a plan for his “strong pawn”. At the nomination ceremony they pick Matt & Natalie and Alex and Amanda. James says that they need Matt & Natalie that they are the strongest players and that they need them to win the Power of Veto so they can get rid of Alex & Amanda.

February 25, 2008

Remains Single Most-Watched Program of 07/08 Season
Delivers Staggering 50 Share in Toronto
eTalk at The Oscars Attracts Reach of 2 million
Canada’s Oscar-Nominated Animated Short, I Met the Walrus, Attracts 1.5 million Viewers in World Television Debut

Last night’s broadcast of The 80th Annual Academy Awards peaked at 4.6 million viewers on CTV, data from Nielsen Media Research confirms today. Ten million viewers tuned in to watch some or all of the broadcast throughout the night. The star-studded spectacle, hosted by Jon Stewart, finished with a remarkable average audience of 4.43 million viewers. In Toronto, Canada’s largest television market, the OscarsÒ posted a staggering 50 share among total viewers, meaning that one out of every two televisions was tuned to the broadcast last night. The Academy Awards broadcast was the second time in three weeks that CTV has drawn more than four million viewers following Super Bowl XLII’s record audience of 4.25 million viewers on CTV.

The evening got off to a winning start when Canada’s official red carpet arrivals special, eTalk at The Oscars, attracted 613,000 viewers with a national reach of almost 2 million viewers. Direct from Canada’s only official position on the red carpet – the No. 2 position next to ABC – the special featured interviews with a whopping 45 attendees, including Canadian Oscar nominees Ellen Page, Jason Reitman, Sarah Polley and Josh Raskin, along with additional nominees and presenters George Clooney, Laura Linney, Viggo Mortensen, Hal Holbrook, Marion Cotillard, Julie Christie and Tom Wilkinson. In addition, eTalk at The Oscars also chatted with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Patrick Dempsey, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Heidi Klum and Seal, Miley Cyrus, Amy Adams, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Sean Combs, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.

At 8 p.m. ET, Oscar’s Red Carpet 2008 with host Regis Philbin was the second-most watched program of the night with 2.8 million viewers. Earlier, The Barbara Walters Oscar Special attracted 1.85 million viewers at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

With five films battling it out in the Best Picture category, a detailed analysis of the Oscar telecast beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET shows Canadians stayed with the 3-hour, 20-minute broadcast to the very end, with 4.3 million tuning in to the last half-hour of the broadcast when Ethan and Joel Coen’s No Country For Old Men was named Best Picture.

Immediately following the broadcast, the world television premiere of Canadian Best Animated Short Film nominee I Met the Walrus, which was funded by CTV’s Bravo!FACT, attracted an outstanding 1.5 million viewers from 11:50 to 11:55 p.m., making it one of the most-watched original Canadian productions on television this year.

All figures quoted based on preliminary overnight data from Nielsen BBM Media Research and represent a nation-wide picture of television viewing in Canada.

*All audience figures are based on preliminary overnight data only, CTV Full

February 25, 2008

MTV in Canada hosts talk about meeting the parents, on the station’s flagship interactive series MTV Live, with featured appearances by Melanie C, Cadence Weapon, and Matt Costa.

MTV Live airs Mondays through Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, February 26
Daryn Jones and Nicole Holness welcome Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon, who gives the low-down on his sophomore album Afterparty Babies and performs his latest single. The hosts share horror stories with the audience about “meeting the parents”, and chat about how to avoid screwing up such an intimidating occasion.

Wednesday, February 27
Daryn Jones and Dan Levy add a little spice to their day when they sit down with Melanie C of the Spice Girls. “Sporty” talks about the final show of the Spice Girls world tour, and her new album This Time. Later, Matt Costa drops by to chat about his current tour and performs a song off his album Unfamiliar Faces.

All MTV Live interviews are available on MTV.ca the day after the program airs.

Get Tickets to MTV Live:
For FREE tickets to be in the MTV Live audience call (416) 355-3979, toll free 1-888-491-6888 or send an e-mail to liveaudience@mtv.ca. Audience members must be at The Masonic Temple at 888 Yonge Street (corner of Yonge and Davenport) at the Yonge Street entrance at 5 p.m. Audience members need to be at least 16 years of age with proper identification to attend tapings.

February 25, 2008

Global National with Kevin Newman will broadcast the results of the Canadian federal budget in a live, half-hour newscast on Tuesday, February 26th at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. This year’s budget has been tagged as one of the most anticipated budgets as the minority government could fall if defeated and an election could be triggered.

Joining Canada’s most-watched national news anchor Kevin Newman will be the Ottawa team of Jacques Bourbeau, Hannah Boudreau, Peter Harris and Ben O’Hara-Byrne who will provide Canadians with live analysis of the budget details, bringing real-world perspective and insight on the major issues. This follows Global National’s positioning statement of “News Understood” – connecting with audiences coast-to-coast, bringing clarity to complex issues and events of the day and making them relevant to viewers.

National Post political expert Don Martin, Deirdre McMurdy, Columnist and Vice-President of the Public Policy Forum and financial expert Andrew Pyle from Scotiabank will bring in-depth commentary, while Darrell Bricker of Ipsos-Reid will highlight key findings from an exclusive poll.

The Global National newscast will follow at its regular scheduled time at 5:30 p.m. local (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes).

— Celebrities Orlando Bloom, David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ian McKellen, and Chris Martin guest star —

The second and final season of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s critically-acclaimed comedy Extras begins Tuesday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network. Featuring cameo performances by Orlando Bloom, David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ian McKellen, and Chris Martin, the second season of the Golden Globe® and Emmy® winning British comedy is more hilarious than the first.

Ricky Gervais stars as Andy Millman, a 40-something actor who gives up his day job to pursue movie fame, only to discover he can’t land any speaking parts. In Season Two, Andy turns the corner when a comedy pilot he writes gets picked up by a British TV network. Despite his many gaffes and foibles, Andy may be on his way to fame and fortune. To get there he must survive meddling network executives, questionable fans, his none-to-bright friend Maggie (Ashley Jensen), and the gross ineptitude of his clueless agent, Darren Lamb (Stephen Merchant).

Season Two episode descriptions below:

EXTRAS – Season Two
30 minutes x six

Episode One
Andy and the BBC are in conflict over his sitcom, When the Whistle Blows. His idea of a classy sitcom for BBC2 is in tatters because the BBC wants to show it on BBC1 and make him wear a silly wig and glasses. Meanwhile, on Maggie’s film set, Orlando Bloom is trying to convince everyone he is sexier than Johnny Depp and can’t believe she doesn’t find him attractive.

Guest stars: Orlando Bloom

Episode Two
Andy realizes that fame is not all it is cracked up to be. His sitcom has received terrible reviews, he’s gained some nerdy fans, and then there’s the problem of how much he should give to a street beggar now that he’s a minor celebrity. Andy confides his woes to David Bowie in a classy bar, and suffers the humiliation of being the subject of the megastar’s latest composition about a “little fat man who sold his soul.”

Guest star: David Bowie

Episode Three
First comes the success, then the backlash and the British press aren’t about to change the rules. Andy has incurred their wrath and needs an experienced PR guru to help him. On the set of his new film, Daniel Radcliffe is trying his staggeringly poor chat-up lines on anything female.

Guest stars: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Episode Four
Good news. When the Whistle Blows has received a BAFTA nomination. Bad news. Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, wants to be in the show. Then at the awards ceremony, not only does the show not win, but Darren and Maggie both contrive to get Andy into trouble.

Guest stars: Chris Martin

Episode Five
In pursuit of credibility, Andy Millman takes a role in a play directed by Sir Ian McKellen – a two-hander called A Month of Summers. If only his agent had told him it was about gay lovers.

Guest stars: Ian McKellen, Germaine Greer

Episode Six
Andy Millman has changed. With a new celebrity chum, chat show host Jonathan Ross, he seems to be leaving behind his old best friend, Maggie. He even decides to get rid of his useless agent. When Andy is pressed into visiting a sick child in hospital by his pushy mum, he meets Robert Lindsay, who is less than impressed when the child and his mum fail to recall his 70s sitcom, Citizen Smith.

Guest stars: Jonathan Ross, Robert Lindsay (My Family, Hornblower)

Tuesday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry, this classic story comes to the small screen equipped with an all-star cast that includes Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, John Stamos, Sean Combs, and Sanaa Lathan.

Premieres Monday Feb. 25 at 8pm ET/PT on GLOBAL

— Alanis Morissette, Finger Eleven, Jully Black, Elise Estrada, State of Shock, Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo and Kreesha Turner headline exclusive concert at the historic Masonic Temple in Toronto on March 7 —

CTVglobemedia’s CHUM Radio Division announced today details for CHUM Radio Fanfest during Canadian Music Week on Friday, March 7 at Toronto’s historic Masonic Temple. The inaugural Fanfest concert will be an annual marquee event to highlight Canadian Music Week. The event celebrates Canadian talent, from the country’s established superstars to emerging artists. This year’s lineup includes performances by Finger Eleven, Alanis Morissette, Jully Black, Brian Melo, Kreesha Turner, Elise Estrada and State Of Shock. Leveraging the influence of CHUM Radio’s top-rated stations across the country, the CHUM Radio Fanfest concert has attracted an all-star lineup.

The only way to obtain tickets is by winning exclusive VIP passes from one of CHUM Radio’s contemporary hit music stations across Canada. Participating stations include Canada’s most popular radio station, 104.5 CHUM FM in Toronto, Vancouver’s No. 1 Hit Music station The Beat, Kool FM in Victoria, Energy 101.5 in Calgary, The Bounce in Edmonton, Q94 FM in Winnipeg, Energy FM in Peterborough, Ont., Kool FM in Kitchener, Ont., FLY FM in Kingston, Ont., BOB FM in Ottawa, and C100 FM in Halifax.

“This invite-only event will be the hottest ticket during an already action-packed Canadian Music Week. We are thrilled to celebrate Canadian music and give the fans a night they’ll never forget,” said Rob Farina, Vice-President of Programming for CTVglobemedia’s Radio Division. “The popularity of this event is a testament to radio’s continuing role in making homegrown stars and breaking hits.”

Winners must be 19 years of age. Tune in to local CHUM Radio stations for more details on how to win VIP passes.

March 7

Piers never wants to have to talk to Omarosa again and fair enough too. Piers talks to his charity, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and tells him he has a check for $64,857 for him.

Handing over the money was a reality check for him and Piers resolves to be over the arguing as he really is there for charity.

Today the celebrities will be traveling to QVC in Pennsylvania and produce a live TV commercial and sell a product. Who ever makes the most money from their 10 minute commercial wins and sends the other team to the board room where someone will be fired this week.

Stephen Baldwin will be the project manager for Empresario while Marilu Henner will be the project manager for Hydra.

Lennox Lewis is feeling tired and is a bit over Piers wanting him to front all their tasks when what he really wants to do is direct.

The teams have to chose from 6 different products. A magnifying mirror, a utility tool kit, a bamboo storage draw, a frypan, an electric sweeper and a ladder kart.

Both teams want the ladder kart. At the coin flip, Hydra win and take the ladder. Empresario decide that they will do the sweeper.

Both Marilu and Carol Alt have done QVC before but they decide that it wouldn’t be good having them on air at the same time because they’ll talk over each other. Marilu decides that it will be her doing the presenting with a QVC co-host.

At Empresario, Trace Adkins is decided to work with the QVC host.

Hydra do a mock rehearsal and Marilu thinks it might be cool to wheel the host in. She can’t hold him and drops him.

Omarosa wants to do a rehearsal but Stephen trusts that Trace, who sings in front of millions, can work well.

Stephen wants to work on the 5 easy payments of $12.

Lennox is excited about directing and Piers is enjoying watching the sales figures in the control room. Marilu has great enthusiasm but talks a little too much.

Trace is really nervous about doing the sales. Tito Ortiz is worried about not having the rehearsal but when it comes to it, he’s calm and collected and it will probably pay off but Tito isn’t that confident.

In the boardroom, Donald Trump let’s Empresario know that they sold 716 units for a total of $43,000 and Hydra sold 703 units for a total of $35,145 handing Empresario the win and Stephen Baldwin the money for his charity.

Marilu lets Carol go back to the suite and brings Piers and Lennox back into the boardroom where Marilu gets fired. Piers and Lennox thought that the blame lay with Carol for not bringing easypay to their attention as that is where they lost the game.

Returning from Tribal Council, Mikey is annoyed about the knife being plunged into his back and thinks that getting rid of Mary was a long game play rather than a short game play. Mikey is adamant that Joel wont be in the final four but Joel is hoping that Mikey is going to wake up to the reality that he doesn’t have the tribe in his pocket.

At Malakal, Eliza gets worked by the core group of Parvati, James, Ozzy etc and want to vote out Jonathan, Yau-Man and Cirie. Cirie is still unsure as to which group she wants to align herself with.

At Airai they get tree mail.

Preparing to go into battle
use war paint and a battle cry
are you ready to tackle your enemy?
you’d better be ready to try.

So pick three choices for your reward
today will be an aggressive meeting
if you win you take them home
lose and you just take a beating

There is a Survivor catalog which they can pick three things out of. Everyone is pretty excited.

The Malakal faces aren’t painted too much but Airai have gone to a lot of effort. The Favorites are playing for Shelter, a Lighting kit and a Survival kit while the Fans are playing for Fishing kit, Shelter and a Kitchen set. The game is to get 5 bags into the end zone. It was a pretty intense battle but the Favorites come from 4-2 down to win 5-1

They send Kathy to Exile island and is being joined by Amy. Kathy isn’t happy.

Cirie feels as though she has to scramble to get things to work in her favor as she’s stuck in the middle and thinks that the others should be doing a little more to try and keep her onside.

Cirie heads out with Amanda and Parvati on the raft and they talk about the guys and they make a pact to be in the final three together. Back on the beach, Jonathan and Eliza are worried about the conversations.

On exile island, Kathy doesn’t want to go island hopping again and tries to talk Amy out of going idol hunting as the weather seems to be coming in.

At Airai, they’re getting rained on really hard and it’s not going to be a good nights sleep. At Malakal, they’re dry as a bone with new tarp.

In the morning, Airai are exhausted after getting very little sleep and feel they got beat up twice. No one got an minute of sleep and Alexis is feeling pretty demoralized and is shaking with cold. They can’t afford to lose the immunity challenge,

Kathy and Amy arrive back for the immunity challenge. The idea is for two men and two women from each tribe to hold a rope holding up a giant net. The other team members need to throw coconuts into the net. The team to win is the team that holds onto their net the longest.

The Fans pull it out and load up the Favorites net until they can’t hold it up any more and they take the challenge and send the Favorites at Malakal to Tribal Council.

Jonathan and Yau-Man decide that Parvati needs to go. Parvati and James decide that Yau-Man needs to go. Cirie wants to get rid of Eliza but Ozzy says she wont be good on the challenges. Jonathan arrives and breaks up the party. He talks to Amy and wants to know who is being voted for. He wants to know if Cirie is still tight with them or if her head has been filled with BS from Parvati and Amanda.

Jonathon talks to Cirie but it sounds like she has made her mind up. Jonathan tells her that her concerns isn’t based on anything he’s done.

Ozzy wants to get rid of Eliza now but Parvati is concerned that if Cirie votes for Yau-Man then that will mess it all up. Cirie is adamant that she’s voting for Yau-Man and that they’re changing their votes. James is annoyed that Cirie is dictating things.

Jonathan is hoping that they remain split and that their four votes for Parvati will win the day and send her home.

At tribal council, Cirie and Jonathan go at it and jonathan possibly hints that everyone should maybe get rid of Cirie. Jeff reads the votes and Yau-Man gets the 5 votes needed to be booted off the island. Cirie is possibly in trouble now as she’ll have a big target on her back.