July 2008

Thursday, August 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET

As a nation that boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet remains plagued by terrible poverty, India is a country of extremes. MTV Presents: Jessi in India follows MTV host Jessi Cruickshank, Free the Children ambassador, to the city of Udaipur where she explores its culture and learns about the issues affecting the youth in the surrounding tribal communities.

Thursday, August 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

The jungles of the Amazon and the tundra of the Arctic Circle are just a taste of the places teens are sent on Exiled. The series follows eight of the brattiest My Super Sweet 16 teens who are transplanted to primitive tribes around the world to experience the lifestyle of the teenage girls who live there year round. With MTV enlisting the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations to help determine the indigenous tribes used for the show, the locations are bound to test the teens’ determination and strength in this eye-opening program.

Tuesday, August 19 at 9 p.m. ET

In previous seasons, viewers watched as Diddy selected the members of Day 26, saw them move in together, and were there as the band recorded their first album. Now fans are invited to follow the band as they go on tour.

Monday, August 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET

With the return of The Hills comes the highly anticipated return of The After Show. This in-your-face, raucous forum for discussion, observations, rants and raves about all things related to the hit show, The Hills. MTV favourites, Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank are at the reigns of this live and interactive free-for-all. No doubt, viewers come for The Hills, but stay for the After Show.

Monday, August 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

The girls of The Hills are back for another season and it’s finally summertime in L.A.! Since Lo has moved in with Lauren and Audrina, tensions have risen and they are learning that three’s a crowd. Whitney is still working at People’s Revolution and Lauren joins her after impressing boss-lady Kelly Cutrone. Spencer convinced Heidi to bail on a promotion with Bolthouse, and the chance to start over in Las Vegas, so Heidi is back in L.A. Watch this season of The Hills to find out how it all plays out!

Saturday, August 16 at 1 p.m. ET

Viewers won’t want to miss these brand new Hills specials that give a fresh look at everyone’s favourite girls and guys of L.A.

MTV Presents: Jessi in India follows host Jessi Cruickshank, Free the Children ambassador, as she travels to the city of Udaipur, India.

In this 30-minute documentary, Jessi gets an up-close look at the culture and social environment that the people in these towns live in everyday.

During her journey, Jessi meets children who are living in dire circumstances, but ultimately discovers that with education and funding there is the promise of a better future for these struggling villages.

MTV Presents: Jessi in India premieres on Thursday August 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Seven singers remain to perform in next week’s “U.K. Hits” episode, featuring previously confirmed guest star Tom Jones.

The superstar will mentor the Top 7 for the Performance Episode airing Monday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET and then perform live on the Canadian Idol stage the following night, Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Canadian Idol Top 7 performing “U.K. Hits” next week are:

1. Mark Day, 20, Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL, Student, Respite Care Worker
2. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
3. Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, Musician
4. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
5. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
6. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
7. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

She has sold more than 50 million albums and is one of Canada’s most enduring national treasures – and she’s coming to Canadian Idol. CTV announced tonight that multiple Grammy and JUNO Award winning singer Anne Murray will become the latest powerhouse mentor to share her considerable expertise and work with the Canadian Idol finalists as they perform selections from her legendary songbook on Monday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Murray will then perform on the Canadian Idol results episode on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET when the remaining Top 4 are revealed (visit idol.CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Murray joins an extensive list of accomplished musicians, including Bryan Adams, Tom Jones and Simple Plan, working with this season’s crop of Canadian Idol finalists. Tonight, former Bush front man Gavin Rossdale performed live on the program after mentoring the competitors for this weeks “Unplugged” episodes.

Recognized worldwide, Anne Murray’s signature voice has graced the airwaves for over 40 years. With a catalogue of hits, including, “A Little Good News”, “You Needed Me”, “Love Song”, “Could I Have This Dance” and “Snowbird”, Murray’s career continues to be the benchmark for longevity and professionalism.

The EMI recording artist has garnered countless accolades, including four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music Association Awards and a record number of JUNO Awards. Her latest CD, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, was certified Platinum in three weeks and double Platinum in six weeks. It was her highest album debut in over 20 years. Murray recently completed a highly successful “Coast to Coast – One Last Time” Canadian tour and plans are underway for the release of a special holiday album at the end of September.

“Anne Murray is an icon and one of television’s biggest draws,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “What a treat for both Canadian Idol’s audience and for the competitors who will have the opportunity to learn from a legend.”

“We have been trying to land Anne Murray for years and we are thrilled to finally have her join us,” said Executive Producer John Brunton. “She is a true Canadian superstar and it will be a tremendous honour to have her mentor this year’s finalists.”

The Police will tape an episode of CTV’s Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… in August in New York City. The television farewell will air as part of CTV’s new talk/performance series, set to premiere later this year in Canada, the United States (on Sundance Channel) and in the U.K. (on Channel 4).

For this historic music television event, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland will perform and discuss with Elvis their varied and respective interests in music as individuals, as well as the remarkable chemistry together that has made The Police one of the biggest bands in music history.

This exclusive engagement with Elvis follows an exciting spring and summer for the host who has been touring with The Police on their massively successful reunion tour, to widespread acclaim.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson will also tape an episode of CTV’s Spectacle in August, exploring with Elvis his extraordinary 50 year career as a songwriter, singer and guiding light of soul/R&B.

“The Police and Smokey Robinson – it doesn’t get any better than this,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Spectacle continues to make good on its promise to deliver an unpredictable and unprecedented television experience.”