May 2008

Put the top down and turn the radio up for the road trip of a lifetime as acclaimed British actor Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter) sets off on an epic quest to discover the true essence of Britain.

Premiering Sun., June 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN, Robbie Coltrane’s Incredible Britain is a charming three-part series that follows the actor as he travels the length of his homeland in a classic 1950’s convertible, shunning busy motorways in favour of winding B-roads.

Getting off the hard shoulder and disposing of the satellite navigation system, Coltrane aims to uncover the exotic natural features, unique characters and intriguing customs that make Britain what it is today.

With a nose for adventure and armed with his inimitable wit, join the actor on a meandering expedition that takes him from London to Glasgow.

Wilfully driving as far off the beaten track as possible, this series uncovers the places that define Britain and the people that make the nation so unique.

There’s just six days to go before the premiere of Canadian Idol on Tuesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

As we get ready for a brand new season, here are some fun Idol facts that will test your Idol-I.Q. about some of our past competitors! You can even win a great prize!

Did you know?… Jacob Hoggard is the former Canadian Idol contestant with the most JUNO Award nominations – he’s got a whopping six nods with his band Hedley!

Did you know?… With a population of only 1,774 people, Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland has produced two Top 10 Canadian Idol competitors – Craig Sharpe (Season 4) and Jason Greeley (Season 2). This makes it the most successful city in Idol history per capita.

Daily Idol-I.Q. Brain Teaser – Match the Canadian Idol Winner to his or her Runner-Up:

WINNERS:

1. Ryan Malcolm

2. Kalan Porter
3. Melissa O’Neil

4. Eva Avila

5. Brian Melo

RUNNERS-UP:

a. Teresa Sokyrka

b. Jaydee Bixby

c. Gary Beals

d. Rex Goudie

e. Craig Sharpe

The first person to reply to apage@ctv.ca with the correct answer wins today’s Idol-inspired prize!

Season 6 of Canadian Idol Premieres June 3 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV

…Stay tuned for the answer to the Daily Idol-I.Q. Brain Teaser tomorrow…

The celebrity reality series, Scott Baio is 45…and Pregnant, makes its Star! debut, focusing on Baio and his pregnant fiancée Renee.

Tune in as Baio registers in Daddy 2 Be classes to cope with the realization of becoming a first-time father at the age of 46.

Plus, Alison “Doc Ali” Arnold returns to help Baio survive fatherhood.

Monday, June 30 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star!

New Special – Ce-web-rities is a one-hour special that explores the phenomenon of those reaching fame via the Internet.

From the bizarre (Tay Zonday’s Chocolate Rain video), to the well-known (Perez Hilton, Lainey Lui, Tila Tequila, Cindy Margolis), Star! looks at how YouTube™, MySpace®, and blogspots have created a whole new genre of celebrities in their own right.

Tuesday, June 24 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star!

New Special – Scoring with the Stars is a one hour special that counts down athletes and their high-profile celebrity hook-ups.

From NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Tony Romo scoring touchdowns with Bridget Moynahan, Gisele Bundchen, Carrie Underwood, and Jessica Simpson, to Derek Jeter’s homeruns with Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, and Jessica Biel – Star! searches for the number one “playa” on and off the field.

Tuesday, June 17 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star!

One of television’s classic game shows gets a makeover, as Million Dollar Password premieres with big celebrities, bigger stakes and a $1 million jackpot. Hosted by fan favourite Regis Philbin, Million Dollar Password premieres Sunday June 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Million Dollar Password is a modern update of one of television’s greatest game shows (Password; aired from 1961-1975), which finds contestants teaming up with some of today’s notable celebrities – including Rosie O’Donnell, Betty White, Rachael Ray and Neil Patrick Harris – to earn up to $1 million. One player from the team is told secret passwords and can use only one-word clues as hints to help their teammate guess the words. If the player and the celebrity work together successfully, they could uncover the Million Dollar Password.

With 2.6 million viewers scrubbing in for Grey’s Anatomy’s season finale last Thursday, the series has ended the 2007/2008 broadcast season as Canada’s most-watched series overall among key demos and Canada’s #1 drama series among total viewers. With an average audience of 2.5 million viewers this season, Grey’s Anatomy follows only American Idol among total viewers, making it the #1 drama in the country and leading House (Global, 2.17 million) by nearly 15%. Grey’s Anatomy takes over bragging rights from last season’s most-watched drama in Canada, CSI.

Among A25-54, A18-49 and A18-34, Grey’s Anatomy is the champion of the 2007/2008 television season overall, drawing more viewers than any other program on television, including House. Grey’s Anatomy leads House by 9.5% among A25-54; 10.4% among A18-49 and 20.5% among A18-34.

Grey’s Anatomy also delivers more viewers than House in Toronto in total viewers and key demos as well as in Vancouver in total viewers and A18-49 and A18-34.

BNN, Canada’s trusted source for breaking business news and global market information, announced today the relaunch of its Web site, live now at BNN.ca. New features on the site include breaking business news, comprehensive coverage of global market activity from a Canadian perspective and a new video player that will hold a more extensive library of BNN interviews and reports.

BNN also announced today a new contest called “The BNN $25,000 Challenge.” Viewers are encouraged to go to BNN.ca and answer daily questions for the chance to win a grand prize of $25,000, to be deposited in an E*TRADE Canada account, or one of three weekly prizes valued at $5,000 (or the cash equivalent). The questions centre on content found on BNN.ca. “The BNN $25,000 Challenge” runs from May 26 to June 13, with the winner being announced during the week of July 7.

BNN.ca also boasts blogs brimming with valuable insight and timely business information from BNN’s stable of highly-regarded reporters, commentators and analysts including Kim Parlee, Andy Bell, Amanda Lang, Jon Erlichman, Michael Hainsworth, Marty Cej and Niall McGee.

“Our viewers expect to find breaking news and up-to-the-minute international business information from BNN, and after testing out these new features over the past month we are confident that this revamped site will enhance that service,” said Jack Fleischmann, General Manager of BNN – Business News Network. “Through new features like our blogs, viewers will also become better acquainted with their favourite BNN personalities.”

BNN.ca will also provide constant ticker information from all major Canadian, U.S. and international stock markets. The site will also spotlight company profiles, economic forecasting and analysis, segments on personal finance and interactive features that will get visitors involved.

The season finale of “House” on Monday, May 19 won the night nationally with audiences both 2+ (2.7 million) and in the key demo A18-49 (1.5million) as well as all metered markets. The finale out-performed its closest competitor of the night, CTV’s “C.S.I Miami”, by 40% with A18-49 nationally.

Viewer favourite “Bones” captured its highest audience this season (Both A18-49 and 2+) as the series drew to a close on Monday night at 8p.m. ET. This outranked CTV’s “Dancing With The Stars” by 42% with viewers A18-49.

The CTV Original Movie Elijah is garnering rave reviews in advance of its premiere this Sunday.

With eight nominations for tomorrow’s 2008 Leo Awards, Elijah has grabbed the attention of Canada’s top television critics:

“This is dazzling, confident filmmaking, written with unbridled passion and burning with intelligence and wit. It’s almost trite to call Elijah the year’s best homegrown TV movie or miniseries, but that’s what it is.” – Alex Strachan, CanWest

“…gloriously funny and smart.” – John Doyle, Globe and Mail.

“…an intimate and often witty look at the quiet and unassuming Harper.”
– Lee-Anne Goodman, Canadian Press

“…well worth watching…[the] decision to use quirky cartoon sequences at turning points to provide historical context is brilliant.”
– Alison Cunningham, TV Times

Featuring a witty script and catchy soundtrack, Elijah premieres Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The two-hour original movie stars Billy Merasty (Moose TV, Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis) as Elijah Harper, along with Gabrielle Miller, Maury Chaykin and Lorne Cardinal.