June 2008

Friday, June 6
8 p.m. ET

All month long, In Fashion delivers highlights from CONTACT – the world’s largest photography festival – including Glen Baxter’s third annual photography exhibit featuring photographs from his journey to Ethiopia.

Friday, June 6
8:30 p.m. ET

FashionTelevision presents a timely portrait on legendary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Hosted by Jeanne Beker, this half-hour special examines the life of one of the most influential designers of the past 40 years and celebrates his extraordinary career and impact in the fashion world. (*Encore Presentation: Saturday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET)

Canadian Idol is back at the top of charts. The non-simulcast Season 6 premiere on CTV attracted 1.5 million viewers, winning the night in all demos and attracting 35% more viewers than the next most-watched program last night, Moment of Truth (CTV/FOX, 1.1 million). The audience grew in its second half-hour, peaking with 1.7 million viewers at 9:50 p.m.

Last night’s Canadian Idol episode becomes the most-watched, non-sports program on Canadian television since the summer season began May 26. The season premiere leads summer’s other top series, including So You Think You Can Dance (#2, CTV/FOX, 1.2 million), Million Dollar Password (#3, CTV/CBS, 1.1 million) and Moment of Truth (#4, CTV/FOX, 1 million).

At 9 p.m. on CTV, Canadian Idol delivered more than double the audience of CBC (Just for Laughs, 387,000) and Global (The Unit, 361,000) combined.

Highlights and extended auditions from last night’s episode are available now on demand on Canadian Idol’s online portal, idol.CTV.ca.

Canadian Idol continues next week with two episodes on Monday and Tuesday. Audition highlights from Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver are featured next Monday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV with auditions from Hamilton, Ottawa, St. John’s, Halifax and Idol’s first-ever online submissions featured the following night, Tuesday, June 10 at 9 p.m.

From the crude spears discovered in the earliest traces of civilizations to the present state-of-the-art fighter planes, humankind’s development and weapons have gone hand-in-hand.

Weaponology travels back through generations of technology to track the evolution of these deadly instruments.

Premiering Wed., June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, this 13-part series chronicles the great leaps and bounds in weapons technology that have changed the course of history.

Weapons have progressed from catapults to laser-guided instruments, but the growth from early innovative weaponry to modern super weapons is not as simple as one may think.

Weaponology takes an in-depth look at how weapons are the result of a combination of ingenious inventions, lateral thinking, battlefield experience and sometimes sheer luck.

Welcome to a whole new season of Canadian Idol. In fact, the sixth season of the Hit Canadian talent show. Join us for live recaps, polls and discussion throughout the series.

Let’s get into the recap of tonight’s show. Brian Melo got the whole audition process started with a free concert in downtown Toronto along with Natasha Bedingfield before the throngs of people are let inside to strut their stuff in front of the judges of the show; Sass Jordon, Jake Gold, Zach Werner and Farley Flex.

The early audition shows before the real competition starts are somewhat painful to watch – Or is that listen to? As such, I’m only going to touch on those who earn themselves tickets to Toronto and the occasional freak audition that is worthy of a mention.

Cracking the whip first tonight is Taylor Abrahmse

Canadian Idol is back at the top of charts. The non-simulcast Season 6 premiere on CTV attracted 1.5 million viewers, winning the night in all demos and attracting 35% more viewers than the next most-watched program last night, Moment of Truth (CTV/FOX, 1.1 million). The audience grew in its second half-hour, peaking with 1.7 million viewers at 9:50 p.m.

Last night’s Canadian Idol episode becomes the most-watched, non-sports program on Canadian television since the summer season began May 26. The season premiere leads summer’s other top series, including So You Think You Can Dance (#2, CTV/FOX, 1.2 million), Million Dollar Password (#3, CTV/CBS, 1.1 million) and Moment of Truth (#4, CTV/FOX, 1 million).

At 9 p.m. on CTV, Canadian Idol delivered more than double the audience of CBC (Just for Laughs, 387,000) and Global (The Unit, 361,000) combined.

Highlights and extended auditions from last night’s episode are available now on demand on Canadian Idol’s online portal, idol.CTV.ca.

Canadian Idol continues next week with two episodes on Monday and Tuesday. Audition highlights from Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver are featured next Monday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV with auditions from Hamilton, Ottawa, St. John’s, Halifax and Idol’s first-ever online submissions featured the following night, Tuesday, June 10 at 9 p.m.

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

Five households across the GTA will, literally, wake-up with “BT-BreakfastTelevision” as we broadcast live from their own backyards! Tune in to Citytv’s “BreakfastTelevision” the week of June 9th as we get to know your neighbours.

Five lucky homeowners will become the envy of their respective blocks as “BT’s” Jennifer Valentyne broadcasts live from a different home each day starting Monday, June 9th. The fun doesn’t stop there; not only will the selected families get to hang out with Jennifer and the Live Eye crew, they will also receive a beautiful patio set courtesy of DOT Patio and Home. On Friday June 13th, the entire “BT” gang — Kevin Frankish, Dina Pugliese, Jennifer Valentyne and Frank Ferragine will be live on location with our grand prize winner. Winners were selected from entries submitted during an online promotion at citytv.com.

“BreakfastTelevision” continues to be Toronto’s number one choice for their morning dose of news and entertainment. More people tune in to “BT” on Citytv than any other morning news show, with over 1 million people watching each week. *

Breakfast in bed? Forget it, this week we’re taking it to the backyard! Tune into “BT-BreakfastTelevision” starting Monday, June 9th as we bring the show to a neighbourhood near you.

Rogers today announced they have teamed with Citytv; channel m; 680 News and other Rogers’ news radio stations – to raise funds urgently needed for China Quake and Myanmar Cyclone victims.

The collective fundraising initiative, known as Asian Disaster Relief Appeal, will be run in partnership with the Disaster Relief Action Group (DRAG) and further solidify outreach efforts and encourage support from a diversity of communities.

In conjunction with a toll-free hotline – 1-866-660-6078 – set-up to receive pledges, Asian Disaster Relief Appeal will reach out to over 40 multilingual/multicultural audiences via regularly scheduled programming on OMNI.1 and OMNI.2 from Friday, May 30th at 7:00 a.m. until Monday, June 2nd at 12 midnight.

Special programming exclusively devoted to Asian Disaster Relief Appeal will air Sunday, June 1st on OMNI.2: in Cantonese from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (ET) and in Mandarin from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (ET), with an encore presentation of both language versions on Monday, June 2nd — Cantonese at 10:00 a.m. and Mandarin at 10:30 a.m.

Citytv will air 30 second promos in all markets providing viewers direction on how to make a contribution via the toll-free hotline.

In addition viewers can tune into BreakfastTelevision and CityNews programs across Canada for more information.

Viewers in channel m’s coverage area will also see Asian Disaster Relief Appeal on Sunday, June 1st, in Cantonese from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and in Mandarin from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (PT).

Stories specifically related to disaster relief efforts in China and Myanmar (such as background information, updates and interviews from site, and how to specify where your donation will be used) will be featured this weekend on Greek, Polish, Portuguese and Ukrainian language programming on OMNI.1, and on Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi and Tamil language programming on OMNI.2.

All five language editions of OMNI News – Cantonese, Italian Mandarin, Portuguese and South Asian will devote time to Asian Disaster Relief Appeal and these programs will all be posted online @ www.omnitv.ca/ontario shortly after broadcast.

Tune into 680News all weekend long for regular updates or visit www.680news.com for more information on how you can make a contribution via the toll-free hotline.

Citytv will broadcast LIVE all day from The Hospital for Sick Children, Friday, June 6th, 2008 with the 3rd annual Citytv Herbie Day in support of Operation Herbie.

Join “CityNews” anchor Gord Martineau and a host of your favourite Citytv personalities as we broadcast live all day from the front lawn of The Hospital for Sick Children. Live coverage begins on “BT – BreakfastTelevision” and continues throughout the day on “CityNews at Noon”, “CityOnLine”, “CityNews at Five”, and “CityNews at Six”. The festivities feature live entertainment and food from around the world, including an international breakfast complete with an authentic taste of the Philippines, Thailand, and India starting at 7:00am, followed by a barbeque lunch at noon with all proceeds going to Citytv Herbie Day. Over the course of the day, viewers can learn about Herbie Fund success stories first hand from Operation Herbie patients from Botswana, Trinidad and around the world.

“Citytv Herbie Day was born out of a desire to help kids in need,” said Gord Martineau, anchor, CityNews at Six. “Our goal is to draw attention to the Herbie Fund and encourage the community to make donations in support of this fund, so that we can reach many more children around the world in desperate need of medical assistance”.

“Citytv is pleased to partner once again with SickKids, along with Operation Herbie and the Herbie Fund, to increase awareness and funds to assist children in need of medical treatment, no matter where they call home” said Jamie Haggarty, General Manager, Citytv Toronto and Executive Vice President, Television Operations, Rogers Media Inc.

In addition to live broadcast on June 6th, viewers can support Citytv Herbie Day by visiting our online Celebrity Auction at www.citytv.com, where you can bid on some fantastic prizes with all proceeds going to Citytv Herbie Day. Up for bid are some amazing, one-of-a-kind items donated by some of your favourite Citytv personalities including Gord Martineau, Liz West, Merella Fernandez, Kathryn Humphreys, Jennifer Valentyne, Jee Yun Lee, Nalini Sharma and Pam Seatle. The auction is currently under way and will be accepting bids until June 4th at 2pm. Bid now and help us raise much needed funds for Operation Herbie and the Herbie Fund. Tune into “CityNews at Six” on June, 6th when Gord Martineau will announce the total monies raised as part of Herbie Day and the Herbie Day Auction.

Come out and make a difference on Friday, June 6th with Citytv Herbie Day! Plus, tune into “CityNews at Six”, June 2nd – June 6th, and follow Gord’s amazing journey to Botswana and Trinidad, as he documents the courageous stories of two special children in need of life-saving and life-altering surgery to SickKids.

For more information and to access the Citytv Herbie Day Online Auction visit, http://www.citytv.com

CTV announced today the Fall 2008 schedule for CTV with the first ever cross-country, Fall 2008 Schedule for “A” (formerly A-Channel).

Here are the seven new series:

Flashpoint (CTV), the Canadian-produced series to be simulcast with CBS that follows an elite team of police as they thwart the most heinous of crimes at the moment they get out of hand.

The Listener (CTV), the Canadian-produced series airing in the U.S. on NBC and in 175 other countries, tracing the life of a young man with a very special talent – the ability to read minds.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada (CTV), the all-new Canadian version of the hit international format.

Fringe (“A”), the most talked about series for fall, a sci-fi mystery/drama from the mind of J.J. Abrams (Lost), starring Joshua Jackson; Eleventh Hour (“A”), the gripping Jerry Bruckheimer drama about what can happen when biology is placed in the wrong hands, starring Rufus Sewell.

The Mentalist (“A”), an immensely appealing procedural about a man who uses his extraordinary observational skills to solve crimes, starring Simon Baker; and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (CTV), the ground-breaking new series from Lucasfilm Animation that showcases an astonishing new look and feel to everyone’s favourite galaxy far, far away.

CTV also announced today the first projects on its development slate for the 2008/09 season, including a pilot for a new comedy series from Corner Gas creator Brent Butt.

Also announced were The Marilyn Denis Show, a daytime series starring Gemini Award winner and CHUM FM personality Marilyn Denis (for CTV), and an all-new season of Canada’s Next Top Model (for “A”).

The new projects join Spectacle, the previously announced CTV music/talk series starring Elvis Costello, currently in production and set to premiere later this year. Additional projects will be announced later.

Also returning to CTV are an enviable list of Canada’s most-watched, Top 20 series, including: CSI: Miami (#6), CSI: NY (#7), Criminal Minds (#8), Desperate Housewives (#9), CSI (#10), Amazing Race (#11), Dancing With the Stars (#12 & #13), Law & Order (#14), ER (#15), Law & Order: SVU (#16), Lost (#17) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#20). Canada’s only breakout hit from last season, Private Practice (#19), moves to “A” this fall.

CTV is also home to television’s biggest events in 2008/09, including The 81st Annual Academy Awards and Super Bowl XLIII, live from Tampa. Additional big-ticket specials include The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, The 66th Annual Golden Globes, The 2009 JUNO Awards from Vancouver, Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Original CTV movies scheduled to air in 2008/09 include Anne of Green Gables:

A New Beginning, The Terrorist Next Door, She Drives Me Crazy, Of Murder and Memory, The Bridge, The Good Times are Killing Me and Playing for Keeps (working title).

Also returning:

Corner Gas
Degrassi: The Next Generation

eTalk
Canada AM
W-FIVE
Question Period
CTV Evening News
CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson

CTV News will present a long list of new, original documentaries.