February 2008

February 22, 2008

A month ago he was drinking tall boys with friends in Toronto. Today he is wining and dining with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. It’s been quite a ride for 27-year-old Josh Raskin of the Academy Award®-nominated Canadian short I Met The Walrus. Along with producer Jerry Levitan, Raskin has been making the rounds in Hollywood in the days leading up to Sunday’s Oscar broadcast on CTV: screenings at the Skywalker Ranch, meeting with agents at William Morris and ICM, exclusive parties at the Canadian Consulate and Dreamworks Studios have kept the pair busy. Last night, Levitan and Raskin, along with Walrus illustrator James Braithwaite, were feted by CTVglobemedia CEO Ivan Fecan and Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc., at the legendary Bel-Air Hotel at an intimate dinner party with eTalk hosts Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim and Lainey Lui. The duo has also participated in a whirlwind of media interviews from CNN to The Globe and Mail and The National Post. Entertainment Weekly along with many other outlets has predicted a win for the film. I Met The Walrus was produced with a $20,000 grant from CTV’s Bravo!FACT.

In May 1969, Jerry Levitan was a 14-year-old Beatles fan who invited himself into John Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and convinced him to do an interview. Almost 40 years later, Levitan took the audio from that interview and teamed up with Toronto director/animator Josh Raskin – who was born in the year John Lennon died – to create what has become I Met The Walrus.

Earlier this month, Raskin and Levitan attended the annual Oscar’s nominee’s luncheon where they rubbed shoulders with A-listers. Sunday night, they will be doing the same as they step onto the red carpet for the world’s most glamorous entertainment event.

eTalk will report on the events in Raskin and Levitan’s “Walrus Weekend” this coming Monday as part of their exclusive post-Oscars wrap-up special including exclusive back-stage interviews airing Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings on CTV.ca).

I Met The Walrus receives its World Television Premiere this Sunday, Feb. 24 immediately following the Academy Awards broadcast on CTV (check local listings).

New Comedic Competition Show Challenges Some of Fashion’s

Most Beautiful Men and Women to Work the IQ Runway

February 22, 2008

Do smart models really exist or does a life devoted to getting by on one’s looks make a person less intelligent? Fashion expert Mary Alice Stephenson and intellectual commentator Ben Stein attempt to find out when “America’s Most Smartest Model” premieres Thursday, February 28, 2008 on Citytv Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Broadcast Schedule:

Citytv Toronto Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8:00pm ET

Citytv Calgary Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8:00pm MT

Citytv Edmonton Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8:00pm MT

Citytv Vancouver Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8:00pm PT

If beauty is a double-edged sword, no one has it worse than models! Eight male and eight female models, all of whom think that they have the perfect combination of beauty and brains, set out to challenge the wide spread belief that looks and smarts are mutually exclusive. The competitors must live together and face off in various challenges that put their beauty and intelligence to the test. The hopefuls must convince fashion guru Mary Alice Stephenson and academic Renaissance man Ben Stein that they can master science, anatomy and general trivia while competing in outrageous photo and commercial shoots. Successful teams and individuals will move one step closer to the $100,000 grand prize and the coveted title of “America’s Most Smartest Model” while those models that fall short will face elimination.

About the Hosts:

Mary Alice Stephenson, one of the world’s most sought after commentators, stylists, creative directors, consultants, and experts in the fashion and style industries will use her knowledge and expertise to help guide these contestants through the trials and tribulations of the modeling world. Stephenson has served as fashion and beauty trendcaster for various television networks and multi-media platforms reporting from backstage at the world’s top runway shows to front- and- center on high profile red carpet events. Throughout her career Stephenson has worked alongside the world’s most legendary fashion editors and with Hollywood’s most fashionable celebrities. Currently, she is a contributing fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar magazine and manages her own consulting firm analyzing trends for her A-list celebrity clients and Fortune 500 companies.

Ben Stein is the former host of the hit game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which won seven Emmy Awards. He is a columnist for The New York Times, a commentator for CBS News and Fox News, a columnist for Yahoo!Finance and for The American Spectator. He was a speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. He is the author of more than thirty books, mostly on finance. He is also a former trial lawyer, law teacher and economist. His part as the boring econ teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is considered a cult classic.

Can models be more than just pretty faces? Find out when “America’s Most Smartest Model” premieres Thursday, February 28th, 2008 on Citytv Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

“America’s Most Smartest Model” is created and executive produced by Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures, who also produces the record-breaking “Flavor of Love”, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”, “I Love New York”, “The Surreal Life”, and “My Fair Brady”. Ben Samek also executive produces for the company.

Thursday, February 28th, at 8:00pm ET on Citytv

Before the live elimination we get to see what’s been going on inside the Big Brother house. Apparently, Julie warns us, what has been said to be Big Brother’s biggest fight involving Amanda has ensued.

Joshuah tells us that Amanda has a big mouth and gossips more than anyone in the house. Chelsia also says that Amanda is gossiping and is worried it is going to come back and bite her. Natalie thinks she’s just looking for attention.

Natalie is trying to play both sides and goes back to the others to say that Amanda had overheard that James and Chelsea were going to put up Alex and Amanda and her and Matty. They say that she’s making it up and Chelsia says that they’ve never said anything such thing. Chelsia goes to talk to Amanda.

It gets really heated and Chelsia is pissed off. Joshuah lets rip at Amanda and says the whole house hates her and that when he’s HoH she’s out. It’s pretty ugly. Amanda seems fairly strong in the face of it all. She gets a lesson in how teams and partnerships. She eventually breaks after Joshuah makes a comment about her dad and a noose. It was pretty low.

Parker sits with her and she asks if she really looks like a horse. Parker tells her that he’s there for her as he doesn’t want her to feel alone.

Jen feels that the odds are stacked against her and resolves to do what ever it takes to stay in the house. She starts attacking Ryan when she lobbies Sheila for her vote and says he’s racist.

Allison bitches about Jen again to her circle of friends. Ryan has Sheila telling him that there was something but she wont tell him anymore until after the show. Ryan is now annoyed at Jen for what she said behind his back.

Jen goes outside to talk to Ryan while Adam stands there as a bystander to their little tiff. Jen said “Ryan is Racist” but now she’s saying “Ryan has race issues”. I think we can consider their relationship over and Allison will be rubbing her hands together with glee.

Allison likes to get involved and stir the pot. Jen and Ryan go to the bathroom and Ryan is mad that she’s throwing him under the bus. He adds that she must want the game really badly if she’s willing to sacrifice their relationship.

Julie Chen talks to the house. Jen is upset that she isn’t going to be seeing Ryan for three months. Julie asks if anyone else thinks there are no more secret couples in the house. Only three people think there aren’t making the rest of them look very suspicious.

Matt and Natalie vote to evict Ryan and Allison. Chelsia and James vote for Jen and Parker to go.

Joshuah & Sharon vote to evict Jen & Parker. Sheila & Adam also vote for Jen & Parker.

By a vote of 3 to 1, Jen and Parker are evicted from the Big Brother House.

Parker and Jen come outside to talk to Julie Chen before the next HoH competition begins.

The next HoH competition is a “What would the majority of the house…” The house guests need to choose what the majority think and those in the majority will earn a point. However, there is a twist. What ever the majority chooses, will also happen meaning the result is also reward or consequence.

The first decision is no hot water for 72 hours. The next is for the women to wear a bathing suit for the next 24 hours. Losing for a week is drinking cups. The majority would also want a margarita party. Julie laughs that they wont have any cups. For the next week, the women will cook dinner. For the next two weeks there will be no washing machine and with that, James and Chelsia win HoH.

Liam and Suki arrive at the Renewer’s canon testing site where the Renewers are making their final preparations to fire the canon. Meanwhile, Cal meets his mother and hears her recounts of his life story.

Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on CTV

It’s Better to Give than to Receive: Competitors Give Big or Go Home in Oprah’s Big Give

— Contestants show how big their hearts can be for the chance to win a surprise $1 million –
— Oprah contributor Nate Berkus to host competition series —
— Judges include “Naked” Chef Jamie Oliver and NFL Superstar Tony Gonzalez –
— Celebrity guests to include a Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta and Jada Pinkett-Smith —
— Oprah’s Big Give encores Mondays at 9 p.m. ET beginning March 3 on Star! —

Just how giving are you? That’s the question at the centre of Oprah Winfrey’s new series, Oprah’s Big Give, which challenges 10 competitors to change the lives of complete strangers in creative and dramatic ways. Hosted by The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor and interior designer Nate Berkus, the feel good new series premieres Sunday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Oprah’s Big Give encores Mondays at 9 p.m. ET beginning March 3 on Star!

Through eight one-hour episodes, a diverse, determined and competitive group of contestants are given the challenge of a lifetime as they criss-cross the United States: to find ways to impact the fates and fortunes of unsuspecting people who are in for the surprise of their lives. As the gifts get bigger and tensions mount, one person will be crowned “The Biggest Giver” and will win a surprise $1 million grand prize.

In the debut episode, the 10 contestants are given the names and pictures of complete strangers, people whose lives they must make a positive impact on in just five days. At the end of the challenge, the contestants will be judged on their leadership, accomplishments, creativity and presentation with one giver being eliminated.

Determining the fate of the “givers” are judges world-renowned “Naked” chef and philanthropist Jamie Oliver, NFL star Tony Gonzalez, and Malaak Compton-Rock, charity founder and the wife of comedian Chris Rock.

As the competition heats up, executive producer Oprah Winfrey will make special appearances along with celebrity guests, including Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, Jada Pinkett-Smith, tennis legend Andre Agassi, skateboarder Tony Hawk and racing star Danica Patrick.

Chosen from thousand of hopefuls, the 10 contestants were discovered during auditions held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Nashville:

Angelo, 30, a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran from Ann Arbor, MI
Brandi, 23, a pageant queen from Chicago, IL
Cameron, 22, an entrepreneur and dot-com millionaire from Roanoke, VA
Carlana, 38, a paraplegic, author and media executive from Glendale, CA
Eric, 37, a former model who now works as a disaster relief worker from Boston, MA
Kim, 39, an NFL marketing specialist from Brentwood, TN
Marlene, 37, a train attendant from Chicago, IL
Olussegun “Sheg”, 23, a pre-med student from Nashville, TN
Rachael, 31, a singer and actress from Los Angeles, CA
Stephen, 43, a real estate developer from Bedford, NY

Premieres March 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV

February 21, 2008
CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that Calgary native and national darling Jann Arden and international sensation Sarah Brightman have been added to the performance line-up for The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV. Arden and Brightman will each share the stage with Canadian icon Anne Murray for duet performances during the broadcast. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO Awards airs Sunday, April 6 on CTV from Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome.

Both Arden and Brightman are featured guest performers on Anne Murray’s most recent album, Duets: Friends & Legends – a collection of Murray’s greatest hits re-recorded as duets with some of her favourite women of song. The album, Murray’s 35th to-date, went double platinum in just six weeks and debuted at No. 4 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart in Canada, making it her highest debut in over 20 years.

Arden and Brightman join Murray and five other acts filling out The JUNO Awards line-up for the CTV broadcast, including previously announced performers Avril Lavigne, Feist, Finger Eleven, Measha Brueggergosman and Michael Bublé. Additions to the superstar roster will continue to be announced as the broadcast nears.

About Jann Arden
Calgary’s very own Jann Arden continues to be an icon of the Canadian entertainment industry. In February 2007, Arden released her ninth album, Uncover Me, a collection of her favorite songs, including the Top 10 singles “At Seventeen” and “Son of a Preacher Man”. Uncover Me debuted at No.1 on the Digital SoundScan Chart and was certified platinum in April 2007. Among the list of many critically acclaimed and platinum-selling albums includes the two-times platinum, Greatest Hurts (2001), two-times platinum, Happy? (1997), and the five-times platinum, Living Under June (1994). Arden has continued to tour at an unstoppable pace. Her 2007 Uncover Me Tour, visited 23 cities, performing 31 shows to sold-out crowds across Canada, becoming one of North America’s most successful tours that year. This past summer, Arden returned to the U.S. with Canadian crooner Michael Bublé and continues to add more concert dates into 2008 .With nine CDs, 17 Top 10 singles, a substantial collection of industry-related awards and honors including a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and eight JUNO Award wins, Arden is also busy with acting, writing, producing and charity work (including national spokesperson for Kids Help Phone and active supporter of World Vision).

About Sarah Brightman
Genre-defying Sarah Brightman has achieved spectacular crossover success and established herself as the world’s best-selling soprano of all time. Her newest album, Symphony, brought Brightman her highest chart debuts ever in both Canada (No. 4) and the U.S. (No. 13) this year. Symphony offers an enchanting and exhilarating experience for the senses. Many first fell in love with Brightman during her successful stage career, when she starred in hit musical productions like The Phantom of the Opera. She has since released several gold and platinum albums, such as Time to Say Goodbye (which included the title’s best-selling duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli), La Luna, Classics and Harem. Her exquisite voice and undeniably electrifying stage presence have resulted in massive record-breaking tours and sales of more than 26 million albums and two million DVDs. Brightman is one of the most trailblazing entertainers, effortlessly transcending and blending musical styles from pop, rock, and Broadway show-stoppers, to operatic and classical arias.

About Anne Murray
Anne Murray’s most recent album, Duets: Friends & Legends, is a collection of her hits re-recorded as duets with some of her favourite women of song including; Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Nelly Furtado, Jann Arden, Sarah Brightman, k.d. lang, and Anne’s daughter, Dawn Langstroth. Duets: Friends & Legends, Anne’s 35th album to-date, went double platinum in just six weeks and debuted at No. 4 on the Top 200 Soundscan Chart in Canada, making it her highest debut in over 20 years.

Recognized worldwide as one of Canada’s most enduring national treasures, Anne’s signature voice has graced the airwaves with a catalogue of hits, such as “A Little Good News”, “You Needed Me”, “Love Song”, “Could I Have This Dance” and of course, “Snowbird”. Anne Murray has garnered countless accolades and awards over the course of her illustrious career, including four Grammy Awards and numerous Country Music Association Awards. With 24 JUNO Awards, Anne still holds the record for the most Juno’s awarded to an artist. Over her forty-year career Anne has sold in excess of 50 million albums.

Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 6 from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. It is the seventh year in a row that The JUNO Awards will air on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards has travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrifiying stadium show to million of Canadians. Since going live from St. John’s in 2002, CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006) and Saskatoon (2007). Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards on CTV include Nelly Furtado (2007), Pamela Anderson (2006), Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

The 2008 JUNO Awards is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions and Melanie Berry and Stephen Stohn for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Donna Luke is

Line Producer. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Sponsors of the 2008 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Broadcast sponsors for The 2008 JUNO Awards are Pontiac, Doritos, TD Canada Trust and Rogers.

Sunday, April 6 on CTV



February 21, 2008

After the first seven weeks of 2008, Global National with Kevin Newman continues to outshine its competitors, increasing its leadership position as the most-watched newscast in Canada, the latest ratings information from BBM Nielsen Media Research confirms.

The new year has solidified Global National with Kevin Newman’s #1 position. Since January, Global National has increased its lead over second-place CTV National News to an average of 100,000 viewers every weeknight – peaking at as many as 400,000 more viewers on some nights.

2008 2007
Dec. 31 – Feb. 15 Jan. 1 – Dec. 30
(000) (000)
Global National with Kevin Newman 963.8 913.5

CTV National News 897.8 900.6

CBC National 646.0 630.1

*All data BBM Nielsen Media Research, P2+ total Canada, Monday to Friday.

Newman’s leadership continues to strengthen 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.

About Global National:
Global National with Kevin Newman is Canada’s most-watched national newscast, reaching Canadians coast-to-coast (www.globalnational.com). The multi award-winning half-hour newscast is broadcast live seven days a week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) with news bureaus and correspondents in every major city in Canada, as well as Washington, D.C. Global National provides an early evening national news alternative for Canadians with a distinctive voice and approach to the day’s top stories.

A patient inspires Sean to take his relationship with Kate in a new direction. Eden uses extreme methods to persuade Christian to perform surgery on a friend and Kimber reaches out to a former business associate when she and Matt fall on hard times.

Friday, February 29 10 p.m. on CTV

The “new Eli” gets another chance to make right a case the “old Eli” won through questionable tactics on behalf a large motor vehicle manufacturer. Patti brings to light Martin Posner’s surprising culpability in the suit, though not nearly as surprising as how she discovered it. Meanwhile, Jordan introduces two new associates who’ve joined W.P.K. his daughter and Eli’s ex-fiance, Taylor, and Keith Bennett, whose self-representation in a trial against the firm made a lasting impression on Jordan. And if Taylor’s presence in the office weren’t enough for Eli to deal with, a series of untimely visions send him to Hawaii and lead to very odd behavior in court, threatening his case.

Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. on CTV

Sayid and Desmond hit a bit of turbulence on the way to the freighter, which causes Desmond to experience some unexpected side effects.

Thursday, February 28 9 p.m. on CTV