May 2008

Thursday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

What happens when you pair a high school student with a celebrity and send them to prom? In the weeks leading up to the big event, Once Upon a Prom follows two students as they prepare to go to this year’s prom – alone! Yup, they’re sucking it up and going stag … or so they think. MTV’s selected viewers are matched up with celebrities to take them to prom and make it a night they’ll never forget!

Sunday, June 15 at 12 p.m. ET

Go behind the scenes with the artists and crew as they create music videos that turn musicians into pop stars. Making the Video shows the work behind the art of video making. Watch new episodes, as well as fan favourites.
Ashlee Simpson – Sunday, June 15 at 12 p.m. ET (30min.)
One Republic – Sunday, June 15 at 12:30 p.m. ET (30min.)
Rihanna – Sunday, June 15 at 1 p.m. ET (30min.)
Estelle feat. Kanye West – Sunday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET (30min.)
Alicia Keys – Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m. ET (30min.)
Usher – Sunday, June 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET (30min.)

Sunday, June 1 at 8 p.m. ET

Produced by Emmy® Award-winning Mark Burnett and hosted by Canadian actor Mike Myers, the 2008 MTV Movie Awards premieres live on MTV. The show’s iconic golden popcorn prize is up for grabs in categories ranging from Best Kiss to Best Summer Movie So Far.

The one-two jab of American Idol and Dancing With the Stars scored a big knockout punch on CTV last night. More than 3 million viewers tuned in to see David Archuleta and David Cook spar vocally for Idol fans at 8 p.m. (3.07 million), up nearly 20% compared to last year’s show-down between Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. Leading into tonight’s two-hour season finale, American Idol now becomes the most-watched program of the week on Canadian television, with 14% more viewers than Monday’s season finale of House (2.69 million, FOX/Global). Also last night, the two-hour live finale of Dancing With the Stars saw 2 million viewers watch Olympic figure skater-turned-dancer Kristi Yamaguchi and partner Mark Ballas glide away with the overall win.

American Idol’s penultimate episode was the #1 program last night nationally and in Canada’s two largest television markets, Vancouver and Toronto. In Toronto alone, it delivered an astounding 830,000 viewers. American Idol’s audience peaked with 3.3 million viewers and outperformed the first hour of the NCIS season finale (CBS/Global, 1.4 million) by 120%. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, either baby-faced crooner David Archuleta or rocker David Cook will be crowned the newest American Idol in a glamorous two-hour live finale of American Idol where legendary performer George Michael is rumoured to be performing.

With just over 2 million viewers (2.005 million), the two-hour season finale of Dancing With the Stars was the #2 program of the night and #1 in its timeslot, delivering 33% more viewers in its first hour (1.99 million) than the second hour of the NCIS season finale (CBS/Global, 1.49 million).

In addition to the American Idol season finale, also on CTV tonight are the season finales of Criminal Minds (7 p.m.) and CSI: New York (10 p.m.). Tomorrow night, So You Think You Can Dance premieres at 7 p.m. while Grey’s Anatomy scrubs out for the season at 9 p.m. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Total and Global Total (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

DeAnna Papas is putting her heart on the line once more when the fourth season of “The Bachelorette” premieres with a two-hour episode, Thursday, May 22, 2008 on Citytv.

Millions of viewers watched the 26 year-old beauty, DeAnna Pappas, suffer through a painful, last-minute rejection by Brad Womack on the eleventh season of “The Bachelor” — earning her the sympathy of women everywhere. DeAnna made ‘Bachelor’ history, when she was one of the last women standing on a season where, for the first time ever, ‘The Bachelor’ didn’t choose either of the final women. In the fourth installment of the popular romantic reality series, the tables are turned as DeAnna has 25 bachelors of her own vying for her affection.

DeAnna, a real estate agent from Newnan, Georgia, comes face to face with 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. Her suitors range from a sweet single dad, a hunky professional football player who is saving himself for marriage, a handsome science teacher, a sexy professional basketball player loaded with southern charm and an intense romantic who isn’t afraid to confront the other men about their intentions. Despite their differences, the men have one thing in common – they are all here to win the DeAnna’s heart. Papas has her work cut out for her in the premiere episode as she must eliminate ten of the 25 bachelors, leaving 15 men to compete for her heart.

DeAnna’s 25 suitors are:

Brian W. (Texas), 31, high school football coach from Weatherford, TX.
Brian W. (Indiana), 29, computer network consultant from New Castle, IN.
Chandler, 25, insurance representative from Spotsylvania, VA.
Chris, 29, medical sales from Dallas, TX.
Donato, 26, sales representative from Charleston, SC.
Eric, 31, senior analyst, Boston, MA.
Fred, 30, lawyer, Chicago, IL.
Graham, 29, professional basketball player from Raleigh, NC.
Greg, 28, personal trainer from New York, NY.
Jeffrey, 27, math teacher from Orlando, FL.
Jeremy, 30, real estate attorney from Dallas, TX.
Jesse, 25, professional snowboarder from Breckenridge, CO.
Jason, 31, account executive from Kirkland, WA.
Jon, 35, resort manager from Surfside Beach, SC.
Luke, 27, oyster farmer from Folly Beach, SC.
Patrick C., 26, financial analyst from Glenwood, IL.
Patrick D., 27, internet marketer from Elmhurst, IL.
Paul, 23, sales manager from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Richard, 27, science teacher from Binghamton, NY.
Robert, 28, chef from San Francisco, CA.
Ron, 36, barber shop owner from Kansas City, MO.
Ryan, 28, professional football player from Lakeville, MN.
Sean, 33, martial arts master from Crestwood, KY.
Spero, 38, actor from Santa Monica, CA.

Twilley, 33, software programmer from Tulsa, OK.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, David Bohnert and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.

Will ‘The Bachelorette’ find her happily-ever-after? Find out on the two-hour season premiere of “The Bachelorette” Thursday, May 22, 2008 on Citytv.

David Cook’s coronation as the seventh American Idol was watched by 3.1 million viewers last night on CTV, up 18% compared to last year. It was the most-watched Idol episode of the season and one of the most-watched broadcasts on Canadian television this year. The highly anticipated finale peaked at 3.7 million viewers in the nail-biting final minutes as Cook, the 25-year-old, soft-spoken, spiky-haired bartender from Blue Springs, Missouri, defeated David Archuleta, the angelic 17-year-old from Murray, Utah.

The American Idol finale was the fourth most-watched broadcast of the year on Canadian television following The Academy Awards, Super Bowl XXI and CSI (American Idol episodes comprise six of the 10 most-watched broadcasts of the year on Canadian television).

It was the #1 program of the night in all major demos by a wide margin.

It was the #1 program in Canada’s two largest television markets, with an astonishing 1.01 million watching in Toronto alone in the last half-hour.

The season finale was up 18% over last season’s Jordin Sparks/Blake Lewis finale (2.62 million viewers) among total viewers as well as A25-54 (+13%) and A18-49 (+5%).

American Idol powered CTV to an incredible night which saw 1 million + viewers tuned to the network through five hours of programming from 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. In all, CTV delivered the Top 5 programs of the night on Canadian television:

1. American Idol (3.103 million)
2. CSI: New York (Season Finale, 2.05 million)
3. CTV Evening News (1.507 million)
4. Criminal Minds (Season Finale, Non-Simulcast, 1.284 million)
5. CTV National News (1.2 million)

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

Oprah makes dreams come true, and next week she is teaming up with Canadian activists Craig and Marc Kielburger to help them achieve their dream of ending poverty and exploitation of children around world. On Monday, May 26, Oprah devotes a full-hour to the the Kielburger brothers and Free The Children founders as they announce their new “O Ambassadors” initiative in association with Oprah’s Angel Network (at 4 p.m. ET).

Before that, CTV explores the Kielburger’s tireless efforts with Free The Children in a one-hour eTalk special (at 10 a.m. ET). Later that day, Degrassi: The Next Generation features a Free The Children storyline (at 7:30 p.m. ET) and a special cameo appearance by Craig Kielburger (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

O Ambassadors, the Free The Children’s joint project with Oprah’s Angel Network, aims to inspire young people to become active and compassionate global citizens. On Monday’s Oprah (4 p.m.), Craig and Marc Kielburger join the talk show host along with more than 350 O Ambassadors from around the world who are already creating ripples of change in their local and global communities.

“The Kielburger’s appearance on Oprah is proof positive of how a local movement can resonate on an international scale,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “These two incredible young Canadians have made a difference in the lives of children worldwide and we are proud to share their story with a national audience.”

In the eTalk Special Event (10 a.m. on May 26; repeating Tuesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. ET), Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim welcome Craig and Marc Kielburger to the eTalk street front studios on Queen Street in Toronto. Joined by student leaders from across Toronto, cast members from Degrassi: The Next Generation, and webcast submissions from around the world, eTalk honours Free The Children – the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. Montreal correspondent Sophie Grégoire Trudeau engages student leaders on location in Quebec.

More attention is paid to Free The Children when the organization is featured in an all-new episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation at 7:30 p.m. It’s Anya’s (Samantha Munro) first year running the Free The Children Freedom Fast to promote education and health in Africa, and she has a lot to coordinate. Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger makes a special cameo appearance.

Pass it on…CTV has three new BFFs in hit series Gossip Girl, The Hills and Instant Star. Gossip Girl, the series lauded by New York Magazine as the “greatest teen drama of all time,” re-joins CTV’s primetime schedule with five new episodes beginning Friday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

MTV megahit The Hills makes its worldwide conventional network debut with a special one-hour episode on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m. ET before moving to its regular time-slot on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET beginning June 8.

Kyle Riabko, who recently landed the lead role in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, joins the cast of Instant Star as the award-winning Canadian series returns for a fourth season on Sunday, June 8 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

So You Think You Can Dance, kicks off its fourth season with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET and concluding Wednesday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Weekly performance shows of the sizzling series will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 11, with weekly results shows airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 12.

Hosted by Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance promises to keep fans moving to the beat as skilled dancers tackle everything from jazz and jive, to krumping, popping, breaking and ballroom. Who will quickstep to become America’s favourite dancer?

MTV in Canada has teamed up with Rogers Wireless to bring fans the ultimate access to their favourite artists, music, and MTV content. Rogers Presents MTV Live at The Concert Hall, featuring Panic at the Disco and Sam Roberts, is the first in a series of exclusive live events. Taped for two separate television specials, Rogers Presents MTV Live at The Concert Hall: Sam Roberts premieres Saturday, May 24 at 12 midnight ET on CTV. Rogers Presents MTV Live at The Concert Hall: Panic at the Disco premieres the following week on CTV.

Taped at MTV’s legendary Masonic Temple, Rogers Presents MTV Live at The Concert Hall with Panic at the Disco and Sam Roberts is the first of a series of concert events exclusive to MTV fans, CTV viewers and Rogers Wireless customers.

The 30-minute television special is supported with a dedicated microsite at mtv.ca/concerthall, which features artist bios, images, and videos.

Taped May 15, MTV in Canada launched a multi-platform broadcast and online campaign to support the concert. MTV Live, MTV in Canada’s flagship interactive series, featured performance highlights in the weeks following the event, and Rogers Wireless customers can access select tracks from the concert beginning May 23.