August 2008

Red carpet meets runway when CTV’s FashionTelevision welcomes home internationally acclaimed Canadian fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten. As the world’s glitterati gathers for the Toronto International Film Festival®, FashionTelevision hosts Dean and Dan when they present their DSQUARED² Fall/Winter 2008 Collection at CTV’s iconic Queen St. Headquarters on Sunday, Sept. 7. Fans, fashion-lovers, and the industry’s elite will witness a glamorous homecoming and outdoor runway show. The evening’s festivities will be taped for broadcast as part of FT’s tribute special Dean & Dan: Born In Canada, Made In Italy.

Following the success of last year’s Valentino runway event at CTV headquarters during TIFF, FashionTelevision now puts the spotlight on the Canadian designing duo, as they unveil their Men’s and Women’s Fall/Winter 2008 Collection before an audience of A-list celebrities and VIP guests. Hosted by FT’s Jeanne Beker, this outdoor fashion affair features an exclusive performance by Canadian R&B singer Kreesha Turner. Following the show, M·A·C Cosmetics celebrates with an exclusive ‘Gold Fever After Party’. Dean and Dan mingle with celebrities, models and VIPs, who are transported into a solid gold disco reminiscent of Studio 54 and treated to a performance by Grammy Award®-winning disco diva Thelma Houston.

A unique street-level catwalk provides the general public with an opportunity to witness firsthand a fashion show from Canada’s hottest international designers and be within arm’s reach of their favourite fashionistas. Elements from the evening’s festivities can be seen in Dean & Dan: Born In Canada, Made In Italy, premiering Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Encore presentations air on FashionTelevisionChannel (Sunday, September 14 at 7 p.m. ET) and Star! (Wednesday, September 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET).

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Justin Trudeau are getting ready for their second bundle of joy. The couple revealed exclusively to eTalk tonight that they are expecting a second child. They have a 10-month-old son. “There’s just so much joy. Life is not always like this but it’s been a great year for us,” Gregoire-Trudeau said.

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

CTV has ordered a second season of its hit original series Flashpoint, just days after production wrapped in Toronto on this summer’s most-watched scripted series.

A hit since it premiered last month, Flashpoint continues to deliver Olympian audiences, besting CBC’s coverage of the Beijing Games in both weeks of Olympic broadcasts in Toronto. A total of 13 new episodes are expected to head into production in early 2009 (all production details TBA).

“Flashpoint has hit its mark with North American audiences and remained competitive – even during the Olympics,” said Boyce. “Viewers have embraced Flashpoint and we are answering their call for more. The cast and creative team have delivered a series that not only entertains with high-intensity drama but with heart as well.”

“We’re excited that Canadian audiences have responded with such enthusiasm to Flashpoint’s stories of humanity and adrenaline,” said Flashpoint Executive Producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. “We’re extremely proud to have this opportunity to bring more of our homegrown stories to viewers in Canada and around the world.”

Flashpoint has maintained an average audience of 1.17 million viewers since it debuted #1 in both Canada and the U.S. last month on CTV and CBS. The first series since CTV’s Due South to air in network primetime in both Canada and the United States, Flashpoint has attracted an average weekly audience of seven million viewers in the U.S. since its premiere.

Most recently, neither U.S. swimming sensation Michael Phelps nor Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt could slow the series down as Flashpoint kept pace with the Olympics, this summer’s most-watched television event. For the past two weeks, the series was the second most-watched program in Toronto in total viewers, ahead of Olympic audiences on CBC’s Olympic Prime. Last week, Flashpoint delivered more viewers head-to-head against Olympic Prime in Vancouver among A25-54. In a competitive broadcast window during the Olympics (August 11-22), Flashpoint was the most-watched scripted series in Canada, finishing #3 nationally in total viewers behind the Olympics and news programming. Nearly seven million Canadians have watched Flashpoint in whole or in part since its premiere.

Flashpoint has been sold to more than 50 countries and regions worldwide, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Scandinavia and Latin America.

What does it take to live the ‘Rock Star’ life? Is fame and fortune worth the price? Find out when the original, half-hour scripted drama series ‘KAYA’ premieres Friday, September 5th at 10pm on Citytv. Catch encore presentations Saturday nights at 8:30pm (8pm MT) beginning September 6th.

“KAYA” follows the life of a musically-gifted young woman who, along with her band Crossing Coldwater, becomes an overnight sensation. Stuck between Rock ‘n’ Roll and a hard place, Kaya is about to discover the harsh realities of living her dream in today’s media-crazed society. Kaya struggles to come to terms with her own identity as egos clash and hidden jealousies surface within her band and in the public eye. Kaya quickly realizes that even those closest to her can’t always be counted on to act in her best interest. While she navigates her way through newfound fame and celebrity Kaya reflects on her past and her life before she was handed a VIP pass to superstardom.

The series stars Danielle Savre (“Heroes,” “Summerland”) as Kaya, Cory Monteith (“Kyle XY”, “The Invisible”) as Gunnar, Joe MacLeod (“Saved”, “Ghost Trackers”) as Manny and Justin Wilczynski as Taylor. Rounding out the cast is Mike Dopud (“Smallville,” “Traveler”) as Kaya’s dad and manager Don Lawson, singer/songwriter Eric Benet as music producer T Davis, Robert Moloney (“Masters of Science Fiction”) as record label executive Rossi and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Kaya’s best friend Natalee.

At this pace can Kaya’s star continue to rise or will she just burn out? Watch “KAYA” Wednesday nights on Citytv beginning September 5th with encore presentations on Saturday nights beginning September 6th.

Actress, producer and fashion luminary, Vivica A. Fox brings her celebrity style to this high-fashion reality series. “Glam God” premieres Thursday, September 4th on Citytv.

With the paparazzi out in full force, Hollywood’s elite turn to their stylists to keep them looking camera-ready at all times. The search for the next great celebrity stylist begins with this fashion centered reality series. Each week contestants will be asked to compete in various challenges that will test their knowledge of fashion and style trends as they must create the perfect head-to-toe look. They must incorporate elements from all aspects of fashion and beauty including hair, make up and wardrobe. The contestants who are unable to create celebrity-worthy looks will be sent back to beauty school and the last stylist standing will win the chance to launch his or her career with a $100,000 cash prize and the chance to style a celebrity.

Joining Vivica on the judges’ panel will be ‘stylist to the stars’ Phillip Bloch and Us Weekly’s, Melanie Bromley. Phillip is Hollywood’s go-to stylist whose clients have included Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey. His work has also graced the covers of In Style, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly. Sitting next to him will be Us Weekly’s West Coast Bureau Chief, Melanie Bromley. London-born Melanie started the magazine’s European bureau before relocating to California where she heads up the L.A. office and oversees all things relating to celebrities, beauty and fashion.

It’s all about style! Tune in to “Glam God” Thursdays on Citytv starting September 4th.

Tune in to the heartfelt drama that focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with an unexpected teen pregnancy. “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” premieres Wednesday, September 3rd on Citytv.

Wholesome 15 year-old Amy Juergens’ world is turned upside down when she finds out that she’s pregnant following a brief indiscretion with a fellow classmate and musician while at ‘band camp’. Not sure where to turn Amy confides in her best friends Lauren and Madison but her lips remain sealed when it comes to the father’s identity. Before Amy has a chance to break the news to her family that their “good girl” is not so good, Ben, an admirer from school, asks her out and proves to be a good distraction from her current situation. It is only a matter of time before people find out about her secret. Amy is forced to balance her family, friends, new relationships and being pregnant all the while trying to maintain her own sanity.

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” set records in all key targets and debuted as the highest rated original series telecast in ABC Family’s history with audience numbers increasing each week.

The series boasts an incredible cast of characters played by Shailene Woodley (“The O.C.”) as Amy, Molly Ringwald (“The Breakfast Club”) as Anne, Mark Derwin (“The Bonnie Hunt Show”) as George, India Eisley as Ashley, Kenny Baumann (“Eli Stone”) as Ben, Daren Kagasoff as Ricky, Francia Raisa (“Cutting Edge 3”) as Adrian, Megan Park (“Life with Derek”) as Grace, Greg Finley (“Cold Case”) as Jack and JorgeLuis Pallo (“Navy NCIS”) as Mark. Guest starring are John Schneider (“Smallville”) as Marshall, Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”) as Kathleen, Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) and Steve Schirripa as Leo (“The Sopranos”).

The first episode of Season 2 (Monday, September 1 at 8 p.m. ET), “Summer, Kind of Wonderful,” finds the privileged posse of the Upper East Side summering in the swanky Hamptons.

As the summer draws to a close, Serena and Nate (Chace Crawford) have everyone fooled into thinking they’re a couple, to cover up Nate’s rendezvous with an older woman (guest star Madchen Amick, My Own Worst Enemy). Blair returns from abroad with a hot guy on her arm (guest star Patrick Heusinger, The Nanny Diaries), making a very jealous Chuck question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport.

Having spent the summer assisting a famous author (guest star Jay McInerney, Gia), Dan decides to head to the Hamptons to see how things stand with Serena, while Jenny (Taylor Momsen) sneaks an invite to a much-coveted Hamptons White Party and bumps into real-life socialite Tinsley Mortimer.

TV’s most provocative and sexy series is back in session! New York’s fashionable and fancy-free prep schoolers are in attendance when Gossip Girl returns with an all-new second season Monday, September 1 at 8 p.m. ET on ‘A’ (visit atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Following its debut, Gossip Girl moves into its regular ‘A’ time-slot, Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 7. Gossip Girl is also available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its television broadcast.

One of last season’s most buzzed-about shows, Gossip Girl is turning heads not only for its steamy storylines but its sense of style as well. The New York Times calls it “one of the biggest influences on how young women spend,” sparking preppy trends from headbands to sweater vests. In just one short year, Gossip Girl has become an electronic look-book for viewers and inspiration for designers. Landing the April 28, 2008 cover of New York Magazine, and named as one of People’s “100 Most Beautiful,” Gossip Girl continues to win over audiences with its hot cast, sharp scripts and imitation-worthy style. It’s also caught the ire of some media haters, with The New York Post calling it “a nasty piece of work” and the San Diego Union Tribune declaring it “very bad for you.” And in a bold move, the originating U.S. network has even used that “criticism” as the basis of its new advertising campaign.

Online, Gossip Girl is a hit with computer-savvy fans as well. “The generation watching Gossip Girl doesn’t do appointment television. They are masters at using the latest technology to watch TV when and how they want,” says Entertainment Weekly. In Canada, Season 1 was one of the most streamed entertainment programs of the year on CTV’s online video player at CTV.ca with more than two million views.

Season 1 came to a close with Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) at a crossroads in their relationship, Chuck (Ed Westick) up to his old tricks, Blair (Leighton Meester) jet setting to Tuscany alone, and Gossip Girl there to report on it all.

Season 2 picks up as another Hamptons summer is winding down, and there’s no shortage of hot hook-ups, savvy scheming and chic conniving. And while they may have escaped the heat of New York City, there’s no escaping Gossip Girl’s watchful eye.

With a fresh new look and a dynamic new primetime line-up, ‘A’ is set to deliver one of Canada’s most exciting fall schedules.

‘A’ announced today premiere dates for the Fall 2008 season, including TV’s most talked about new programs:

J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi series Fringe (Sept. 9), crime drama The Mentalist (Sept. 22), and Jerry Bruckheimer’s new mystery series Eleventh Hour (Oct. 9).

CTV has acquired the broadcast rights to new reality series Hole in the Wall and will provide a sneak preview of the series immediately following Fringe on Sept. 9.

The ‘A’ schedule also boasts several of last season’s breakout hits.

The much talked about Gossip Girl moves to ‘A’ along with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Sept. 8), critical darling Pushing Daisies (Sept. 30), last season’s highest-rated new drama Private Practice (Oct. 1), Dirty Sexy Money (Oct. 1), Samantha Who? (Oct. 6) and Eli Stone (Oct. 14). Fan favourite America’s Next Top Model (Sept. 3) rounds out ‘A’s must-see line-up along with Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Sept. 12), Two and a Half Men (Sept. 22), Wife Swap (Oct. 3) and America’s Funniest Home Videos (Oct. 5).

Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. ET

In this episode, a driving instructor tries to teach a young student how to be dominant on the road resulting in a bloody confrontation. Meanwhile magicians John and Scott’s most ambitious and dangerous trick goes horribly wrong. A collection of recklessly hilarious, fast-paced, hard-hitting sketch comedy, Human Giant brings viewers innovative comedy with a distinctive style and direction.