August 2008

Kathy Griffin Resurfaces from the Bottom of the Hollywood Barrel in Season 4 of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-list, Premiering August 15 on The Comedy Network

Kathy Griffin is back on the D-list and once again ready to expose absurd, hypocritical, and hilarious tales from behind the velvet rope. Season 4 of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, premieres Friday, August 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

The, Emmy Award®-winning, unscripted My Life on the D-List, documents Kathy’s life, and efforts to keep her career afloat. It is an insider’s look at the indignities and encounters that can only happen to a well-known and under-appreciated comic doing what it takes to make a living.

In the Season 4 premiere episode, Kathy gets a chance to redeem herself in the eyes of her mother after her unorthodox Emmy Award® acceptance speech (in which she invites Jesus to “suck-it”) by co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve Countdown show with Anderson Cooper. Later episodes see Griffin opening the Oprah-inspired “Kathy Griffin Leadership Academy” in Mexico, hosting Air New Zealand’s Pink Flight from San Francisco to Sydney, ministering a wedding in Queens, and frolicking with Britney Spears’ boy toy Adnan Ghalib.

CTV announced broadcast details today for Canada’s Walk of Fame. Hosted by world champion, skating legend and Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee Kurt Browning, the stars align when the 10th Anniversary gala event premieres Sunday, September 7 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times) and on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. The two-hour broadcast airs just one day after inductees will be feted with retrospective videos and musical performances on Saturday, September 6 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts during the first weekend of the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, the network announced today the celebrity presenters who will honour the eight internationally-recognized Canadians who are receiving their stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame this year.

Once again, eTalk leads CTV’s coverage counting down to the big event, with exclusive, never-before-seen interviews of the eight inductees airing Tuesday September 2 – Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. At the event on September 6, eTalk co-host Tanya Kim will interview celebrities as they arrive, from the first position on the red carpet. Only eTalk has exclusive backstage access at the Four Seasons, where eTalk reporter Zain Meghji will capture the reactions of the inductees and presenters just moments after they leave the stage.

“I was blown away when I was asked to host this year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame,” said Browning. “It’s such an incredible honour, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

“It’s Canada Day in September,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast allows viewers from across the country to join in the celebration of these eight remarkable Canadians.”

“This year marks our 10th anniversary and we are very excited about the stellar list of Canadian talent being honoured,” said Peter Soumalias, Founding Director, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “Every year, the list of stars on the Walk grows and so do our celebrations. This year will be a year like no other with many surprises in store for the show.”

Catch up on all of the drama, crime and intrigue of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” weeknights at 7pm on Citytv beginning Monday, September 1st, in stripped syndication.

This award-winning series chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department, a highly-specialized squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Lead by Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) this elite force must tackle the complex and sometimes unpredictable cases that come through the door on a daily basis.

The drama follows Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, and his partner, Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), who joined the unit as a way of coping with her difficult past and history of rape. Rounding out the team is Detective John Munch, (Richard Belzer) a hard-nosed transfer from Baltimore’s homicide unit and his partner, Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T), who’s unique sense of humor and investigative experience make him a formidable match for Munch.

Together, the Special Victims Unit confronts some of the most horrifying crimes in New York City all the while trying to balance their personal lives and supporting each other in the line of duty.

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Crutches, ropes, prostheses, harnesses, and pointe shoes: acclaimed Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard uses these devices to liberate or limit the dancers’ movement in the erotic bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS, premiering Monday, September 15 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

An interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Glenn Gould’s commentary underscore the 10 dancers’ sensual, animalistic, and raw movement in this 60-minute performance piece.

Chouinard, a fixture in the dance world and recipient of the Order of Canada, finds beauty in discomfort. The implements used in the award-winning bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_ vARIATIONS generate unusual body shapes, creating a dance aesthetic that is painful, playful, and beautiful.

The dancers are strapped into bondage-style costumes while uttering guttural grunts and moans. The provocative performance shocks with its take on the human condition.

In the season premiere, “Samson and Delilah,” (Monday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET) the wake of the Jeep explosion brings danger for Sarah and John, while Agent Ellis (Richard T. Jones) handles the aftermath of Cromartie’s massacre. Elsewhere, high-tech CEO Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) has big plans for her corporation.

She’s back… and as tough as ever! Beginning Monday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET, Season 2 of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles returns to ‘A’ with more action-packed drama than ever before (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

In Season 2, life for the Connor’s intensifies, as their relationships are challenged, they battle new enemies, and the present and future collide into one space in time.

In the explosive, season-ending cliffhanger, Cameron (Summer Glau) was rocked by a car bomb and Sarah (Lena Headey) came close to locating an important Skynet component. Viewers were left with unanswered questions regarding Derek’s (Brian Austin Green) true intentions and John’s (Thomas Dekker) fate as the saviour of mankind.

The Berkeley Sessions

The Berkeley Sessions, premiering September 10 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Bravo!, is a new, six-episode original series spotlighting an eclectic group of singers and musicians as they entertain audiences at Toronto’s Berkeley Church.

The beautifully shot, weekly series features performances by indie-rock father-son duo Bill and Joel Plaskett (Sept. 10); alt-country artist Jon Langford (Sept. 17); pop singer Sarah Slean (Sept. 24); neo-southern country-gothic artist Jim White (Oct. 1); acoustic guitar virtuoso Kaki King (Oct. 8); and singer-songwriter Pete Elkas (Oct. 15).

It’s the most dramatic season of Dancing With The Stars ever! CTV confirmed today broadcast details about the highly-anticipated Season 7 premiere of the hit series this fall. Simulcast with ABC, Dancing With The Stars will kick off with an unprecedented three night, five-hour premiere event beginning Monday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The two-hour premiere will introduce 13 brand-new participants to audiences, including the oldest and youngest competitors ever to participate, two Olympic Gold medalists, a Grammy®-winning singer, a television legend, an Academy Award® winner and a Super Bowl champion.

And, in a game-changing twist, a showdown will take place between all four of the Dancing With the Stars professional dancers who have previously won the trophy, giving each of them the chance to compete against one another – once again – for bragging rights.

For the first time in the history of the series, all 13 teams will prepare two routines for the first week of competition, one of which they’ll perform on Monday, September 22. Then, after the first team is voted off during the two-hour episode on Tuesday, September 23 at 9 p.m. ET, the remaining 12 pairs will perform their second dance in the hope of avoiding elimination. But, in true dramatic Dancing With The Stars style, an additional couple will be sent home at the conclusion of the one-hour episode Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

Last season, Dancing With The Stars was a Top 10 series in Canada, with an average audience of 1.8 million viewers on CTV.

The 13 new contestants on Season 7 of Dancing With The Stars are:

Lance Bass

Lance Bass has sold over 50 million records as a member of the phenomenally successful pop group *NSYNC. He also executive-produced and starred in a number of film and television projects; in 2002, he successfully trained to be a cosmonaut at Russia’s Star City and was certified by both the Russian Space Program and NASA for a mission aboard a Soyuz capsule. Bass has released his memoir, Out of Sync, for Simon Spotlight Entertainment. Lacey Schwimmer, 2006 U.S. Youth Latin Champ and 2007 World Swing Dance Champ, teams with Bass to make her series debut.

Toni Braxton

The winner of six Grammy® Awards, Toni Braxton is a Billboard chart-topping singer and actress, selling over 40 million records worldwide. Her U.S. #1 hit, “Un-Break My Heart,” is the second-biggest single by a female artist in history. She has also appeared in two Disney Broadway shows, Beauty and the Beast and Aida. Dancing With the Stars marks her return to the spotlight after a six-month health hiatus. Braxton teams up with Season 1 champion Alec Mazo, who returns for his fourth season.

Brooke Burke

A host, actress, entrepreneur and celebrity mom, Brooke Burke has truly done it all. She has graced numerous magazine covers, has her own top-selling swimsuit calendars and is regularly ranked in men’s magazines as one of the sexiest women in the world. Recognized worldwide as host of the hit travel series Wild On!, Burke has since hosted several high profile network series, including Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova. On the acting front, she has guest-starred on such television series as Las Vegas, Less than Perfect, Eve, It’s All Relative, The Bernie Mac Show, Monk, Rock Me Baby and That’s Life. Burke is a mother of four and recently launched her own baby store, BabooshBaby.com, a site where she shares her secrets (and some products she used) to get back in shape after giving birth. Burke teams with Derek Hough, who returns for his third season.

Rocco DiSpirito

James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito combines his world-class cooking with a passion for empowering home cooks. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, DiSpirito opened the three-star Union Pacific in New York City in 1997. In 2003 he launched DiSpirito’s for the reality series The Restaurant. DiSpirito will next appear on the A&E series Rocco Gets Real, beginning in October, along with its companion cookbook, Rocco Gets Real: Cook at Home Every Day. He teams with Karina Smirnoff, who returns for her fifth season. Karina teamed with R&B singer Mario last season.

Maurice Greene

The winner of two gold medals in the 100-metre sprint and the 4×100-metre relay at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, track star Maurice Greene was dubbed the “World’s Fastest Man” during his career. In addition to being the former world record holder in the 100-metre sprint and winning multiple world championships, he also won silver and bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. He is the current Indoor World Record holder in the 60-metre at 6.39 seconds. He teams up with two-time champion Cheryl Burke. Cheryl returns for her sixth season.

Kim Kardashian

Actress, model and reality television star Kim Kardashian shot to stardom after the first airing of her hit E! reality series, Keeping up with the Kardashians. The series follows the exploits of Kim, her siblings, her mother, Kris, and her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. Kardashian recently completed her first feature film, Disaster Movie, and will also be seen on The N’s series Beyond the Break. She teams up with defending champ Mark Ballas, who returns for his third season.

Cloris Leachman

Actress Cloris Leachman’s storied career has been recognized with nine Emmys®, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award®. She has the distinction of being the only woman to win eight Primetime Emmy® Awards and one Daytime Emmy®. Leachman has starred in a wide range of theatre, television and motion picture projects, creating such indelible characters as Phyllis in the TV series Phyllis and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety and Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show (for which she won an Oscar® and a BAFTA). In 2008, she has already completed three new films, The Women, American Cowslip and New York I Love You. She is in the process of writing her memoir and is currently touring the U.S. with her one-woman show, CLORIS!. She teams with World Latin Champion, and Mark’s father, Corky Ballas, who makes his series debut.

Cody Linley

Cody Linley will be the youngest contestant ever to compete on Dancing With the Stars. He is best known for his role as Jake Ryan on the wildly popular Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, a role in which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award. He also helped the show garner an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Children’s Programming. Linley’s film credits include My Dog Skip, HOOT, Miss Congeniality and Cheaper By the Dozen. He teams with two-time Dancing With the Stars champ Julianne Hough, who returns for her fourth season.

Susan Lucci

As the most famous face in daytime television history, Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as the sexy, sassy, beautiful “woman you love to hate,” Erica Kane, on ABC’s All My Children. In May 1999, all of America stood and cheered when Susan won the Emmy® Award for best actress. While competing on the show, she will continue her work on All My Children, and will celebrate her 10,000th episode this November. In addition to her performances on Broadway and in cabarets across the country, Lucci is an entrepreneur, having launched successful cosmetic, fashion and jewellery lines on HSN. She teams with Tony Dovolani, who returns for his sixth season.

Misty May-Treanor

Beach Volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh captured their second Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and became the first team ever to repeat as back-to-back champs. The victory also marked their 108th straight match win. May-Treanor and Kerri were distinguished as AVP Team of the Year for four consecutive years (2003 through 2006). May-Treanor was also named Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2006, Best Offensive Player in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and Best Defensive Player in 2006. She now joins a new teammate, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his fifth season.

Ted McGinley

Actor Ted McGinley’s extensive television credits include Married…with Children, Hope & Faith, Happy Days, and recurring roles on the critically-acclaimed series The West Wing, Sports Night, Charlie Lawrence, Dynasty and The Love Boat. He has also starred in such films as Pearl Harbor, Daybreak, Dick, Major League: Back to the Minors, Wayne’s World 2 and the cult hit Revenge of the Nerds. Newcomer Inna Brayer will be paired with McGinley. Inna is the current U.S. Amateur 10 Dance Champion.

Jeffrey Ross

Comedian Jeffrey Ross, a.k.a. the “Roastmaster General,” has delivered numerous show-stopping performances at celebrity roasts honouring the likes of William Shatner, Hugh Hefner, Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, Bob Saget and Emmitt Smith, inspiring New York Magazine to crown him “The Meanest Man in Comedy.” As a comic, Ross has appeared on several late night and morning shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The View. Ross’ other TV credits include Weeds and CSI. He has also appeared in such films as the Farrelly Brothers’ Stuck on You, and the critical sensation The Aristocrats. Ross continues to tour regularly. He teams with Edyta Sliwinska, who is the only pro to compete in all seven seasons of Dancing with the Stars.

Warren Sapp

Recently retired defensive tackle and Superbowl Champion Warren Sapp played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders during his 13-year career. His 96.5 career sacks are the second-highest career total sacks for a defensive tackle in the NFL. Sapp was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, played in seven consecutive Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. This fall he will co-host Showtime’s Inside the NFL and will be a studio analyst and game commentator for the NFL Network. Sapp is teamed with Kym Johnson, who returns for her fifth season.

Premiering Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, and with an encore presentation on Sunday, September 14 on MuchMusic, (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times), So You Think You Can Dance Canada showcases a hotbed of dancing talent determined to waltz, tap, krump and cha cha into the hearts of Canadians across the country.

Starting Monday, the widespread outdoor, radio and online promotional activities will be visible in major markets across Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal. Already in high rotation on the vast array of CTVglobemedia’s channels, the latest high-energy on-air promo is just the start of an extensive rollout for the premiere.

“People can’t stop talking about So You Think You Can Dance Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Coming off the record-breaking season for the American version of this hit international format, we’re hoping to capitalize on the dance fever taking over the nation with this comprehensive campaign.”

“We are rolling out the promotional red carpet for So You Think You Can Dance Canada,” said Rick Lewchuk, Senior Vice-President, CTV Creative Agency and Brand Strategy. “Due to the strength of the top-rated CTV schedule, we have a unique opportunity to focus our firepower during fall launch on the one new series everyone’s talking about.”

Across Canada, the So You Think You Can Dance Canada campaign boasts eye-catching advertisements peppered across major cities in multiple provinces. Always on the move, hundreds of bus billboards will be spotted in three major Canadian markets including Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Dynamic transit shelter ads will be unveiled in key markets Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Off the street and on the dial, the promotion continues with a radio buy of 30-second spots in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Quebec City. Furthering its presence across the nation, the So You Think You Can Dance Canada campaign is rounded out by a national online buy through Ad.com.

In Toronto specifically, public transit gets “dancified,” with the station domination branding of Union Station, the inside of six subway cars and completely wrapping two subway cars. Additionally, a classic Toronto streetcar is branded as the new Toronto “Dance Car,” with custom-made wrapping. The promotional party continues as large billboards are being unveiled in the heart of the city at Yonge and Dundas Square, Young and Bloor, and the Hydro Plant board at Front and John streets along with a painted mural at Queen and John Streets.

Then, as the nation prepares for the premiere on September 11, So You Think You Can Dance Canada Street Teams and interactive branded vehicles will get the dance party started as groups of dancers target high traffic areas in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

With only two weeks to go before Canada crowns its next Canadian Idol, host Ben Mulroney revealed live on CTV tonight this season’s Top 3. The very popular Earl Stevenson, 23, a swamper for a backhoe operator from Lloydminster, AB, was eliminated after he received the fewest of nearly four million votes cast following his performance last night of the Anne Murray cover of “Killing Me Softly” and his personal pick, “The Joker” by The Steve Miller Band. Remaining in the competition are three men representing Western, Central and Atlantic Canada.

The Top 4 performed songs by Anne Murray during last night’s show. Murray, who mentioned she has “been watching the show religiously,” was a very intuitive and honest mentor to the competitors. Stevenson was especially thrilled to meet Murray as “he was excited to learn a great deal from her.” Murray was quick to point out her appreciation of Stevenson’s “innocence…and unusual unique sounding voice.” A fan favourite from the start of the competition, Stevenson decided to try out for the Idol competition after a knee injury sidelined him from a winter filled with snowboarding. Once he hit the Idol stage, his countless fans across the country could not have been happier. His amazing Idol journey has surprised no one more than Stevenson, as Idol Judge Sass Jordan mentioned on several occasions. “Earl is a true original rock star and one of the coolest people to ever grace the Idol stage.”

Tonight’s episode opened with the Top 4 performing Murray’s classic hit, “Danny’s Song”. The iconic songstress then brought her expertise and signature voice to the stage as she performed “Daydream Believer” and “Could I Have This Dance” from her current smash hit album Duets Friends & Legends.

Also taking to the Idol stage was American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who thrilled the audience with her performance of “One Step at a Time.” The single is the latest from Sparks’ self-titled debut album, which also produced the infectious singles “Tattoo” and “No Air,” the popular collaboration with Chris Brown.

Next week the Final Three finalists will be mentored by Bryan Adams as they perform songs from his extensive songbook for the Performance Episode airing Monday, September 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The following night, Adams takes over the Canadian Idol stage during the Results Episode at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, prior to the announcement of the 2008 Top 2 (visit idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The Top 2 perform for the nation one last time on Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET before the winner is announced in a star-studded results episode on Wednesday September 10, at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Featured in the two-hour finale are chart-topper Mariah Carey along with John Legend, Hedley, Canadian Idol Brian Melo, Idol’s newest cast member Jully Black and the Canadian Idol Top 10.