July 2008

Friday, August 1 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT
Comic-Con-fidential Premiere

Highlights from the world’s largest multigenre fan convention, the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California. A SPACE Original Production.

Friday, August 8 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
Torchwood Season Two: Episode 201 “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”

Jack is in for a surprise when Captain John Hart, a man who he long thought was gone, comes to greet him. James Marsters guest stars.

10 pm ET / 7 pm PT
Torchwood Season Two: Episode 202 “Sleeper”

When a burglary turns into a slaughter, Torchwood suspects alien involvement. However, when the investigation escalates into a city-wide assault, Captain Jack realizes that the whole planet is in danger.

Friday, August 15 10 pm ET/ 7 pm PT
Torchwood Season Two: Episode 203 “To The Last Man”

A soldier from 1918, being kept cryogenically frozen by Torchwood, is being woken up for one day each year. But something’s different this year. His time is colliding with ours, and he needs to leave, although Toshiko isn’t so sure whether she wants him to.

Friday, August 22 10 pm ET/ 7 pm PT
Torchwood Season Two: Episode 204 “Meat”

When Rhys discovers the truth about Torchwood, he helps the gang to find the source of an unusual alien meat supply.

Friday, August 29 10pm ET / 7 pm PT
Torchwood Season Two: Episode 205 “Adam”

Torchwood encounter an alien called Adam who can change memories. Things take a turn for the worse as Jack is haunted by memories of his brother, Gwen struggles to remember Rhys, Owen professes his love for Toshiko, and Toshiko becomes convinced that she loved Adam.


Thursday, August 07 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
Earthstorm (2006)

A massive asteroid impact on the moon begins causing storms on earth due to the sudden changes in ocean tides. Stars Stephen Baldwin, Amy Price-Francis, and Dirk Benedict.

Thursday, August 14 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
Swarmed (2005)

The residents of a small town find themselves battling a swarm of wasps that has been sprayed by a super pesticide. Stars Michael Shanks and Carol Alt.

Sunday, August 17 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
Alien Siege (2005)

Earth is attacked by the Kulkus, a hostile alien breed infected by a lethal virus searching for human blood to develop an antidote. Stars Brad Johnson and Carl Weathers.

Sunday, August 24 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
Descent (2005)

When the Ring of Fire starts heating up with an unprecedented amount of volcanic activity, a team of scientists are gathered to prevent a global catastrophe. Stars Luke Perry, Natalie Brown, and Michael Dorn.

As Canada said goodbye to the latest competitor to be eliminated, Quebec’s Katherine St-Laurent, Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney revealed the first group of music stars who will be appearing and performing on the series throughout the rest of the season. The remaining Top 8 finalists will work with some of the world’s most accomplished artists, including Canadian icon Bryan Adams, rockers Simple Plan, the legendary Tom Jones and – in next week’s “Unplugged” episode – former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. Additional guest stars will be announced as the season progresses.

St-Laurent, the youngest Idol competitor at 17 and a student from Otterburn Park, PQ, was eliminated tonight after receiving the fewest of more than 2.1 million votes cast following last night’s live performance episode, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven.” St-Laurent, who had performed Janis Joplin’s “Move Over,” was joined in the Bottom Three with Canadian Idol’s only remaining female finalist, Amberly Thiessen. Also in the Bottom Three was Sebastian Pigott, who escaped elimination for the second week in a row.

Tonight’s episode also featured the first of a long list of special guests who will perform on Canadian Idol this season. Season 5 runner-up Jaydee Bixby performed his hit single “Old Fashioned Girl” from his first CD, Cowboys and Cadillacs. Bixby’s CD just debuted at #1 this week on Nielsen SoundScan’s Country Chart and at #8 on the Top 100 chart.

While highlights from each week’s episodes continue to be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, CTV also announced today that encore presentations of each week’s Canadian Idol Performance and Results Episodes will now air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMoreMusic.

Next week, Brit rocker and former Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale will coach the Top 8 finalists on acoustic performances in preparation for the series’ annual “Unplugged” episode, airing Monday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET, Rossdale will perform live on the Idol stage during the Top 8 Results Episode (visit idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Going “Unplugged” next week are the Canadian Idol Top 8:

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. Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, Actor, Writer
5. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
6. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
7. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
8. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

Confirmed Canadian Idol guest stars:

Bryan Adams

One of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. Selling over 65 million records while touring six continents, Adams has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With memorable hits such as “Summer of 69″, “18 Til I Die” and “Heaven”, Bryan Adams has solidified his status among the great songwriters of our time.

Adams has been awarded the Order of Canada for both his contribution to popular music and his philanthropic work, and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998. More recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2006 JUNO Awards. Additionally, he has been nominated for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes for his songwriting.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones is easily one of the most notable performers to come out of the British Invasion. With a style all his own and leaving no genre untouched, Jones has rocked the charts since the early 1960s when his song, “It’s Not Unusual” became a #1 hit in the UK and a Top 10 hit in the U.S. From pop to rock, show tunes to country and dance to techno, Jones has the ability to sing everything. From having his own television show, to performing on the Las Vegas Strip for 40 years, Jones has done it all. With a dominating stage presence, he continues to be an influential and vibrant force in the music industry to this day as he tours around the world. Some of his greatest hits include: “What’s New Pussycat” (1965), “She’s a Lady” (1971), “Kiss,” a collaboration with Prince (1988) and, most recently, “Stoned in Love” (2006). His newest album is scheduled for release later this year.

Simple Plan

Montreal-based pop punk band Simple Plan is known for having an extremely fierce live show. Selling seven million copies of their CDs worldwide, the quintet’s catalogue includes 2002’s double-platinum No Pads…No Helmets…Just Balls and 2004’s four-time platinum Still Not Getting Any. They re-entered the studio in June of 2007 to record their latest release, simply titled Simple Plan, which incorporates an eclectic mix of new collaborators such as Nate “Danja” Hills (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Duran Duran, Nelly Furtado), Max Martin (James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne) and Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne).

Simple Plan is now ready to take their latest album where the band feels best – on the road. The group, comprised of Pierre Bouvier (vocals), Chuck Comeau (drums, backing vocals), David Desrosiers (bass, backing vocals), Sebastien Lefebvre (guitar, backing vocals) and Jeff Stinco (lead guitar), has rehearsed extensively to work the new material into live performance shape and is confident it will rock its fans just as hard as its two predecessors. The band will embark on a national tour beginning in August.

Gavin Rossdale

From the mid-‘90s into the early 21st century, Gavin Rossdale was seeing much of the world from the stage of an ever-changing procession of theatres, arenas and stadiums as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Bush, a band that first came together in the Shepherd’s Bush area of London in the early 1990s. Right from their 1994 debut Sixteen Stone, Bush connected powerfully with post-grunge America through a series of jagged yet infectious hit songs including “Everything’s Zen,” “Little Things,” “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machine Head,” “Swallowed” and “The Chemicals Between Us.” With his solo debut, WANDERlust, Rossdale has brought it all back home on a vivid, widescreen rock album that found him working closely with famed Canadian producer Bob Rock.

Additional guest stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

One more goes home tonight. The top 9 perform their weekly medley including The Mamas and the Papas - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Mamas and The Papas - Dream a Little Dream of Me (with Introduction) Dream a Little Dream of Me, The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Experience Hendrix - The Best of Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze Purple Haze and Elvis Presley - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - A Little Less Conversation A Little Less Conversation.

Last years runner up, Jaydee Bixby, performs his new song Jaydee Bixby - Cowboys and Cadillacs - Old Fashioned Girl Old Fashioned Girl.

Other guests to perform this year will include Simple Plan, Gavin Rossrale, Bryan Adams and Tom Jones.

And to the results. Safe are: Theo Tams, Earl Stevenson, Mark Day, Drew Wright, Mitch MacDonald and Mookie Morris.

The bottom three are:
Katherine St-Laurent
Sebastian Pigott
Amberly Thiessen

I have to say, I’m quite surprised to see Amberly in the bottom three. It’s all good though as she’s saved.

Going home this week is Katherine St-Laurent.

On Monday, the Top 8 will be unplugged with Gavin Rossdale. See you then.

Canadian Idol Top 9
Another week, another theme. This week the top 9 can perform any rock and roll song as long as the original artist is dead.

Tonight there will be songs from the 1950’s all the way up to 2003.

Here’s tonight’s recap:

Theo Tams
Bob Marley - Legend (Remastered) [Bonus Tracks] - No Woman No Cry No Woman No Cry

I really like Theo’s performance style. He’s pretty smooth and well presented. He’s very consistent.

Mitch MacDonald
The Jeff Healey Band - Master Hits: The Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes Angel Eyes

I never thought Mitch should have been in the Top 10. Tonight he’s proved why. Shocking vocal!

Earl Stevenson
The Doors - The Very Best of the Doors (Bonus Track Version) - Light My Fire Light My Fire

What a great performance. That song and Earl fit hand in glove. Fantastic song choice and great charisma.

Sebastian Pigott
Elvis Presley - Hitstory - Love Me Love Me

I was surprised to see Sebastian in the bottom 3 last week but I wont be if he’s there again this week. There was nothing special about that performance and in fact, it was more of an Elvis impersonation than anything.

Katherine St-Laurent
Janis Joplin - Pearl (Legacy Edition) - Move Over Move Over

Possibly a good song choice but the vocals just aren’t that great. The performance was a little flat and not full of the energy it probably deserved.

Drew Wright
Blind Melon - The Best of Blind Melon - No Rain No Rain

I think Drew moved around too much for the song. It feels like he’s over doing it and trying to make up for Katherine’s lack of energy in her performance.

Mookie Morris
James Brown - James Brown: Make It Funky - The Big Payback 1971-1975 - I Feel Good I Feel Good

Mookie is owning the show tonight. Wandering out into the audience and really showing everyone how it’s supposed to be done.

Amberly Thiessen
Bob Marley - Legend (Remastered) [Bonus Tracks] - Redemption Song Redemption Song

This is pleasant. The most vulnerable performance of the night. The highlight of the night for me.

Mark Day
Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father - Dance With My Father Dance With My Father

A much better performance than last week and a song much better suited to him. I doubt he’ll be going this week.

Bottom three for tomorrow night? My picks are Mitch MacDonald, Sebastian Pigott and Katherine St-Laurent.

Don’t Forget to Vote

After five and a half seasons, Corner Gas will film its 100th episode Wednesday.

“100 of anything seems like a lot to me,” said creator Brent Butt. “I tried doing 100 sits ups once and got to about eight or nine and quit. So 100 episodes of a TV show – we’re really proud of that.”

Cast and crew of Corner Gas will celebrate this accomplishment on Wednesday, July 23 at 1:20 p.m. at the Canada-Saskatchewan Production Studios in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Executive producers Brent Butt, Virginia Thompson and David Storey will deliver a few words in recognition of this milestone. Corner Gas will wrap its sixth and final season in September, with a total of 107 half-hour episodes under its belt.

Mad Men Season 2

On the heels of an astounding 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations – and continued critical acclaim – Mad Men’s much-anticipated second season comes to “A” on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 27 (visit achannel.ca to confirm local broadcast times), and on ASN at 11 p.m. AT. Originally scheduled to premiere on “A” this Fall, the whirlwind of attention fuelled by both critics and fans fast-tracked the Season 2 launch for viewers in Canada. It was also announced today that each episode of Season 2 will be available on demand on The CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its television broadcast debut.

Now, Canadians will be able to keep up with the twists, turns, and antics at the Sterling Cooper Agency at the same time as viewers to the south as Season 2 of Mad Men airs day and date with its U.S. broadcast. Created by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos) and starring Golden Globe-winner Jon Hamm, Season 1 enjoyed continuous accolades and became the most talked about show on television, thus paving the way for a highly buzzed-about second season.

Season 1 of Mad Men continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo!, continuing with Episode 8 this week. As well, the entire Mad Men Season 1 catalogue is now available on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca with each of the 13, full-length episodes available on demand.

“With such unprecedented acclaim, we want to make sure Canadian fans of Mad Men get to see the all-new season as soon as possible,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “For those viewers just awakening to the Mad Men phenomenon, episodes of Season 1 continue to be available on Bravo! and CTV.ca, allowing new fans to catch up to the drama.”

The Season 2 premiere, “For Those Who Think Young” (airing Sunday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), opens on Valentine’s Day in 1962, a little more than 14 months after the Season 1 finale left Sterling Cooper’s Creative Director Don Draper (Jon Hamm) facing failure at home. Meanwhile, newly-promoted copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) suffers from depression after secretly giving birth following her tryst with adman Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser).

Despite the passage of time, the characters will have to face the consequences of their earlier actions. Old secrets remain to be explored – and new ones will emerge.

After dominating Friday nights for the past two weeks in a row, summer’s hottest drama is moving to television’s biggest night. CTV, along with U.S. broadcast partner CBS, announced today that Flashpoint will now air in the coveted Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET time-slot beginning this Thursday, July 24 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The gripping new original CTV and CBS co-production about an elite Toronto police team (SRU) will now air in the prime time-slot that also features the 9 p.m. lead-in of Canada’s #1 summer series, So You Think You Can Dance. A special encore broadcast of this Thursday’s Flashpoint (Episode 3) will air Sunday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

“Flashpoint is firing on all cylinders,” said Susanne Boyce, President of Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The audience – and buzz – continues to build on both sides of the border. It’s a testament to the outstanding ensemble cast and exceptional writing.”

In Canada, 908,000 viewers watched the second episode last Friday, July 18, making it the most-watched program of the night, more than double its next closest 10 p.m. competitor. Among key 18-34 and 18-49 demos, Episode 2 was up 55% and 16% respectively from its debut week. Friday’s success follows an impressive series premiere when Flashpoint debuted #1 in Canada and the U.S. on Friday, July 11.

In the U.S., Flashpoint once again finished #1 for CBS last Friday, repeating its status as the most-watched program of the night on American network television with 7.1 million viewers for the second straight week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Flashpoint has experienced a strong showing on iTunes and online as well. Launched on July 14, the series is the #2 most-downloaded television series on iTunes Canada. It’s also been accessed on demand on CTV’s online video player on CTV.ca with tens of thousands of streams, on par with streams for hit shows such as Lost. Episode 2 of Flashpoint is available now on demand at CTV.ca.

In this Thursday’s broadcast, “The Element of Surprise” (July 24 at 10 p.m. ET), Jackson Brannigan (Erik Knudsen, Jericho, Saw II) has been clean and sober for 18 months, but his sister’s still hurting from the days he was using – and stealing from her. Desperate to repay her and win back her trust, he re-visits his past to collect from a dealer who owes him money … on the same day Parker and Team One stage a raid on the dealer’s headquarters.

Sunday, August 24 – 2-6pm ET/PT

Watch it all over again as Kimora heads up her Baby Phat headquarters, and jet sets around the world while managing being a mom and superstar.

Sunday, August 10 – 2-6pm ET/PT

Catch up on all your favourite episodes of rap star Snoop Dogg as he balances being a father, husband, rap star and businessman.

Tuesday, August 5 – 10:30pm ET/PT

Despite being remarkably sunny in Los Angeles, not everyone can easily get a tan. That’s where Sunset Tan comes in. They are one of the most go-to tanning salons out there and celebrities agree. Watch as the Tan hits the fan in season 2, as they struggle to grow the business with the challenges of staffing, egos and drama….lots and lots of drama!