July 2008

Wed., Aug., 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT

Liverpool drainage team Billy Rood and Carl Millar prove once again that no job is too smelly, slimy or sloppy for them.

Watch as they clear a blocked drain filled with exotic examples of sewage wildlife.

Then, to add to the fun, the boys are forced to take a hands-on approach to a sewage problem – literally – as they’ve forgotten their gloves!

Then, follow dog dirt detective Richard Wright who fights the messes made by man’s best friend. He has the power to issue on-the-spot fines to anyone who fails to stoop and scoop their pet’s waste.

But in order to bring these careless citizens to justice, Wright must catch them in the act first.

Will there be justice for these infractions or will Wright be left to pick up the pieces?

Wed., Aug. 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT

Oldham’s playboy pest controller Steve Malloy is known as the pied piper to the town’s rodent population. Follow Malloy as he enthusiastically sets about sending some rats pestering Oldham residents to the “big sewer in the sky.”

Meanwhile, Liverpudlian drainage duo Billy Rood and Carl Miller are concerned with sewers at a more earthly level. The lads take a practical approach to tackling a house plagued by bad plumbing and a mysterious smell.

Meanwhile, over in Warrington, things aren’t looking much better for house clearance team Barry Walsh and Steve Holmes, who take on Warrington’s worst kept flat – with the world’s worst toilet.

Flashpoint - Episode 2

A father takes desperate measures to save his daughter’s life in an encore broadcast of Flashpoint on Sunday, July 20 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. The gripping second episode, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CTV, guest stars veteran Canadian actor Henry Czerny (Mayerthorpe, The Tudors). CTV’s “reverse” simulcast of the Flashpoint series premiere, debuted #1 in both Canada and the U.S. last Friday, July 11.

In Flashpoint Episode 2, “First in Line” (Sunday, July 20 at 10 p.m. ET), Jack Swanson’s (Henry Czerny) teenage daughter desperately needs a heart transplant. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races her to the hospital, only to find the heart’s been allocated to someone else – a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman’s gun on the surgical team, forcing Ed (Hugh Dillon) and Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

Ten Media Idol finalists – but only one winner. Some kept to the original track, while others changed things up with a remix, but each Media Idol finalist did it for charity. In the end, Ann MacGregor of Pictou County, Nova Scotia’s CKEC 94.1 East Coast FM captured the highest number of votes for her enthusiastic performance of “The Twinkle Remix: Part II,” her own creative rendition of the classic “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

The 10 regional finalists competing on behalf of media outlets across the country spent three days in Toronto this week getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Canadian Idol experience. It was a whirlwind trip, as each of the competitors shot their final Top 10 videos, which appeared on idol.CTV.ca for the public to vote on once more.

“I feel very loved right now,” said MacGregor of her win. “I would not be here without the support of friends, family and our listeners. And although I’m not the best singer in the bunch, I did it to raise awareness and money for the SPCA.”

Chosen during the 2008 Canadian Idol national audition tour, the regional media winners earned a combined $10,000 for the charities of their choice before joining the Top 10 Canadian Idols on an expenses-paid trip to Toronto this week. The finalists were treated to a taste of life as an Idol, rehearsing their songs with Canadian Idol and American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd and receiving advice during a style session with Canadian Idol wardrobe consultants.

Clark Graham

The World’s Finest Compete in the 2008 Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, Premiering July 26 on The Comedy Network

Get ready for some big laughs as The Comedy Network and Yuk Yuk’s present the third annual Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off. Watch and laugh as eight finalists from across the globe are whittled down to winner Graham Clark in this hour-long stand-up special, premiering Saturday, July 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

The eight finalists showcased in Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off are selected from a pool of 64 semi-finalists worldwide. A panel of celebrity judges, including, Eddie Brill, talent coordinator for the Late Show with David Letterman, and Michelle Daly, Director of Content for The Comedy Network, evaluate the contestants’ material, delivery, timing, stage presence, and audience response. The finalists compete for a $25,000 grand prize.

First place winner Graham Clark began his stand-up career at the tender age of 15. Known for his laid-back delivery style juxtaposed with his refined comedic approach, Vancouver native Clark honed his comedic skills on stage and behind the scenes. He’s performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Just for Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition, is the host of the long-running alternative showcase The Laugh Gallery, and has recorded his own hour-long Comedy Now! special for CTV. Clark has also written for This Hour has 22 Minutes and opened for Norm Macdonald, Zach Galifianakis, Emo Philips, The Smothers Brothers, Brent Butt, and The Comedians of Comedy.

Nine remain in the race for the Canadian Idol title as Hamilton’s Adam Castelli was revealed tonight as receiving the fewest number of votes this week. The Top 9 finalists now begin preparing for the next round of the competition when they pay homage to some of their favourite departed musicians during Rock and Roll Heaven week on Monday, July 21 at the new time of 9 p.m. ET on CTV (go to idol.CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Then, on Tuesday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET during the Top 9 results show, Season 5 runner-up and fan favourite Jaydee Bixby returns home to Canadian Idol for a special performance.

The Top 9 returning to the Canadian Idol stage to perform for viewer votes on Monday 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. Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, Actor, Writer
5. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
6. Katherine St-Laurent, 17, Otterburn Park, QC, Student
7. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
8. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
9. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

Moments ago, eTalk’s Lainey was the first to reveal the identity of the beautiful brunette recently spotted canoodling with Canadian crooner Michael Buble. Indie musician Heather Fogarty was photographed getting cozy with the multi-platinum artist last week on Vancouver’s trendy Robson Street.

The Boston native sings and plays keyboards for indie group “On The Surface,” an LA-based band with a solid Myspace following. eTalk was the first to show exclusive photos of the pair together, after breaking the news that Buble’s relationship with actress Emily Blunt is over.

Tune in weeknights to eTalk, the Most-Watched Canadian Entertainment Newsmagazine, at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings on CTV.ca).

— Highly anticipated Series Premiere wins time-slot, night and all key demos —

CTV’s reverse simulcast of its original series Flashpoint debuted #1 in both Canada and the U.S. on Friday night. Across Canada, the series delivered 1.11 million total viewers, 140% more than the next closest 10 p.m. competitor, winning both its time-slot and the night. The series premiere also finished #1 in Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 demos. The episode was #1 in each of Canada?s three metered markets; Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. In all cases, the audience grew in its second half-hour, peaking at 1.26 million viewers.

In the U.S. Flashpoint finished #1 for CBS, #1 in its time-slot, #1 in every adult demographic and was the most-watched program of the night. It also grew audiences in its second half hour and in all, counted 8.13 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“Bullseye!” said Susanne Boyce, President of Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “To be #1 in North America underscores, yet again, the talent in this country. Congratulations to the creators, cast and creative team of Flashpoint.

Flashpoint Episode 2 premieres this Friday, July 18 at 10 pm on CTV/CBS. In ?First in Line? Jack Swanson?s (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors) teenaged daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital, only to find the heart?s been allocated to someone else ? a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman?s gun on a surgical team, forcing Ed and Jules to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

Set proudly in Toronto, the 13-part series is the first Canadian series since CTV?s Due South to air in network primetime in both Canada and the U.S. Flashpoint continues production in Toronto until August 25, 2008.

Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment (Anne Marie La Traverse) and Avamar Entertainment (Bill Mustos) in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television. Louise Clark and Virginia Rankin are the CTV production executives working with the series. Louise Clark is Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Adam Castelli is eliminated

Someone is about to be embarrassingly eliminated first tonight. Before we get to the results though, the Top 10 sing some more Bowie. David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Golden Years Golden Years, David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Changes Changes, David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Fame Fame and David Bowie - Let's Dance - Modern Love Modern Love. All of those songs should have been performed last night. Definitely some of Bowie’s best songs.

Plugs for Flashpoint with a couple of the actors in the audience tonight.

Being a Canadian Idol has it’s perks. The Top 10 have all been given smartphones from Telus with a years free service and unlimited broadband. Wicked!

To the results. Mitch MacDonald, Earl Stevenson and Mark Day are all staying. Drew Wright is safe but Sebastian Pigott is in the bottom three. Amberly Thiessen is safe but Mookie Morris is in the bottom three. Say what?! Two of the best in the bottom. Katherine St-Laurent is safe along with Theo Tams leaving Adam Castelli in the bottom three.

It has to be Adam going. Mookie and Sebastian should make top 5. Very surprising result.

Heading home tonight is Adam Castelli

Canadian Idol Top 10

After weeks of auditions, performances and eliminations we have arrived at the top 10. Tonight the top 10 are performing the music of David Bowie David Bowie.

Drew Wright
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Five Years Five Years

When was the last time you saw someone sing solo on stage behind a set of drums? He sang it reasonably well and as Jake points out, his phrasing was great due to his rhythmic thing.

Adam Castelli
David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Rebel Rebel Rebel Rebel

The vocals weren’t too hot at the start but once he got into the song it was quite good.

Mark Day
David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Best of Bowie - Dancing In the Streets Dancing In The Streets

Mark is a weird one. Sex appeal? Unlikely. A very strange, strange performance. What was with that dancing?

Mookie Morris
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World - The Man Who Sold the World The Man Who Sold the World

It was kind of a cool song, but just a little boring. Where has Mookie the rock star gone?

Amberly Thiessen
David Bowie - Space Oddity - Space Oddity Space Odity

It was a little uninspiring and lacking in intensity. I hope she doesn’t miss her chance to show that vulnerability again and give us that killer performance.

Sebastian Pigott
David Bowie - The Best of David Bowie (1969-74) - Let's Spend the Night Together Let’s Spend the Night Together

Once again Sebastian shows how much of a pro he is by performing as if nothing was wrong and rocked it out anyway.

Earl Stevenson
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide Rock and Roll Suicide

This I like. I haven’t really liked Earl’s last few performances but this was hot!

Katherine St-Laurent
David Bowie - Let's Dance - Cat People (Puting Out Fire) Cat People

Nope. I didn’t really like this performance. I’m not sure this was the best Bowie song Katherine could have performed. Better luck next time.

Theo Tams
David Bowie - The Deram Anthology 1966-1968 - Silly Boy Blue Silly Boy blue

If Theo doesn’t make it through to the final few I will be very surprised. He definitely has to be one of the favourites to win this thing.

Mitch MacDonald
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Moonage Daydream Moonage Daydream

This was much better from Mitch this week. A huge improvement.

Bottom three for me this week? Mark Day, Amberly Thiessen and Adam Castelli.

What do you think?