September 2008

Sunday, September 7
9pm

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

The 1997 murder of an ex-con is investigated when the victim’s severed hand is discovered during a drug bust. The arrested drug dealer claims he found the ex-con already dead before putting off the hand and disposing of the victim’s body. He used the hand to sell fingerprints.

Sunday, September 7
8 p.m.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

Blair is ecstatic to have a royal beau, but a scheming Chuck is not pleased with this development. Meanwhile, Serena and Dan keep their rekindled romance a secret; and Nate learns there are drawbacks to having a May-December romance with a married woman (guest star Madchen Amick).

Wednesday, September 3
8 p.m.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

Viewers head back to the runway as Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model gets underway with 14 new wannabe-models, including one transgender participant. The participants’ abilities are tested each week as they strive to master fashion photo shoots and publicity skills under the direction of supermodel Tyra Banks and well-known Canadian art director Jay Manuel. The finalists are evaluated each week by a panel of judges consisting of supermodel Paulina Porizkova, photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert J. Alexander.
In the Cycle 11 season premiere, 30 girls are selected to strike their fiercest pose at the Top Model Institute of Technology. A hi-tech runway analyzes the girls’ strut while Banks, Miss J and Manuel assess which 14 show the most Top Model potential. Once the finalists have been selected, the ladies move into their L.A. pad and tackle their first photo challenge: turning hot button political issues into hot pictures. After the judges deliberate, the first of the 14 contestants will be sent packing.

Tuesday, September 2
10pm

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

The Wanna Bet? finale features Shandi Finnessey, Tom Green, Mo’Nique and George Wendt as the judges who will wager in on ordinary Americans completing wild stunts. This week’s stunts include lighting 100 matches in two minutes with yo-yos, blowing a table-tennis ball and hitting a target 50 times in a row, identifying four out of five crushed cars and climbing a 200-foot rope in less than three minutes.

Tuesday, September 2
8 p.m.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

Jerry Springer hosts this talent competition series where 10 of the Top 40 acts compete for a chance to win a $1 million prize and become the most talented person in America. Celebrity judges David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), U.K. TV personality Piers Morgan (Celebrity Apprentice) and the queen of rock ‘n’ roll management Sharon Osbourne (The Osbournes) determine which contestants advance to the “Vegas Callbacks.”

After 13 years, Margaret Cho is back on the small screen and doing it her way! From sex tapes to plastic surgery, the controversial comedian exposes herself in an all-new, no-holds-barred, reality series, The Cho Show.

The seven-episode, half-hour series premieres Monday, September 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network and on-demand at thecomedynetwork.ca.

The Cho Show follows the wild and peculiar life of comedian Margaret Cho and her eccentric entourage as she struggles to be herself in Hollywood. Each episode chronicles Cho’s “anything goes” lifestyle, including her relationships with her traditional Korean parents, her no-nonsense assistant Selena Luna, her team of hair, make-up and wardrobe specialists – the “Glam Squad,” and colleagues including the likes of Joan Rivers, Wanda Sykes, and Sandra Bernhard. Viewers get an intimate look at the people that inspire her hilarious stand-up material and follow the journey of this pioneering comedian.

Margaret Cho began cementing her place in the comedy world in the early 90s when she won a contest to open for Jerry Seinfeld. Soon after, Arsenio Hall introduced her on late-night TV, and she was featured in a Bob Hope prime-time special, catapulting her to celebrity status. In 1994 she starred in the ground breaking sitcom All American Girl, which the network pushed as the first show to feature an Asian family. Since then Margaret has headlined four national stand-up tours, including the critically acclaimed and politically charged Assassin tour, published two books, received multiple awards and honours for both her comedy and her humanitarian efforts, and written and starred in her first narrative feature; Bam Bam and Celeste, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.

This fall, Margaret returns to Canada with her fifth national tour, Beautiful. Tour dates are as follows:

Sunday, October 12 – Kitchener, The Centre in the Square
Friday, October 17 – Hamilton, Hamilton Place Theatre
Sunday, October 19 – Ottawa, National Arts Centre
Thursday, October 9 – Calgary, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Wednesday, December 10 – Edmonton, Francis Winspear Centre

Citytv gives viewers the best seat in the house, their own house that is, with hard-hitting NFL football right in your very own living room every Sunday afternoon kicking off September 7th with the Dallas Cowboys versus Cleveland Browns.

Citytv is the place to be for your weekly dose of action-packed gridiron football. The top athletes in the NFL go head to head each week for their shot at glory. Don’t miss a second of big hits, incredible passes, gravity defying catches, unbelievable kicks and jaw dropping interceptions that lead to thrilling victories and heartbreaking losses. Live the blood, sweat and tears along side your favourite players. Citytv, is the next best thing to being there!

Watch the Dallas Cowboys take on the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday September 7th on Citytv.

CTV announced today that Mariah Carey will headline the star-studded, two-hour Canadian Idol season finale, airing live on Wednesday, September, 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. The most successful female artist of all time will perform on the results episode, after the Canadian Idol Top 2 compete for the nation one last time in the final performance show airing Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

The powerhouse line-up of talent scheduled to perform in the finale also features five-time Grammy winner John Legend; multiple MMVA winner and JUNO nominated Hedley, fronted by Idol alumnus Jacob Hoggard; last year’s Canadian Idol champ Brian Melo; and newest Idol cast member, JUNO winner Jully Black.

The dramatic finish to the season will be intensified by the two-day wait for the results. With four men left in the competition, the sixth Canadian Idol is guaranteed to be a male for the second year in a row. It’s the conclusion to a season that many fans are calling one of the best ever. After this week’s performance episode, TV Guide wrote “watching last night’s Canadian Idol…was one of the best experiences I’ve had at the reality show. And, sitting in my cushy seat amid rabid fans and blinding spotlights, I rediscovered the brilliance this Idol thing had when it was new and revolutionary.” Additional details about Canadian Idol’s sixth season finale will be announced in the coming weeks.

Multi-platinum, award-winning superstar Mariah Carey has been making hit songs since her album debut in 1990. With worldwide sales now exceeding 160 million albums, she is the biggest selling female artist of all-time. Carey has recorded 18 #1 singles, surpassing Elvis Presley’s previous record of 17 #1 singles, and is now positioned as the only active recording artist with the potential to surpass the Beatles (with 20 #1’s). Carey’s current album E=MC² which is her eleventh studio album, debuted at #1 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Album Chart upon release. It is the follow up to her 10 million-selling, multi-Grammy winning The Emancipation of Mimi.

Carey joins a long list of internationally renowned musical guests who have hit the Canadian Idol stage this season, including former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, rockers Simple Plan and the legendary Tom Jones. Performing next week (Aug. 25) is legendary songstress Anne Murray, who also mentors the competitors, along with American Idol champ Jordin Sparks. Canadian icon Bryan Adams mentors and then performs Sept. 2 in the penultimate results episode.

CTV is rolling out the red carpet for the Toronto International Film Festival, giving Canadians unprecedented coverage of everything TIFF-related. From the must-see films and the hottest red carpets to the hippest parties and the latest gossip, CTV is Canada’s #1 choice for extensive, exclusive TIFF coverage.

eTalk

eTalk is back to cover TIFF unlike any other television outlet.

eTalk will also welcome celebrity guests to its street-front studios in the heart of the entertainment district every single day of the festival, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the biggest stars.

Kicking off eTalk’s coverage is the eTalk Festival Party on Friday, September 5 as the entertainment world descends on CTV’s historic Queen Street headquarters to celebrate Canadian and international film and filmmakers with a street party. Featuring a headline performance by hip-hop mogul Diddy, the eTalk Festival Party airs live across Canada on Star! on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET, later that night on CTV at 1 a.m. ET, and the next day on CTV (Saturday, Sept. 6) at 7 p.m. in all markets.

Additional TIFF coverage can be found on Star!, Bravo!, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, MTV, Canada AM, CTV News, CTV Newsnet, CP24 and CHUM Radio throughout the festival.

Puffy, Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Sean Combs. Known by many monikers, CTV announced today the inimitable hip hop mogul, hit-maker, and fashion impresario headlines its eTalk Festival Party.

To be held at CTV’s legendary Queen Street headquarters on Friday, Sept. 5, Diddy dazzles with a live, open-air performance as thousands of fans and party-goers enjoy the biggest free block party and red carpet extravaganza of the year. As well, CTV announced today that Hollywood’s favourite DJ-du-jour, Samantha Ronson, will transform CTV headquarters into an all-out dance floor where fans and partiers groove into the twilight hours.

The most-watched Canadian entertainment newsmagazine, eTalk welcomes the entertainment world to celebrate Canadian and international film and filmmakers during the Toronto International Film Festival. The centrepiece of the night is eTalk’s live-to-air red carpet show. As the undisputed red carpet leader in Canada, eTalk delivers the hottest celebs in a parade of non-stop style, captivating fans who are just an arms-length from the action.

eTalk’s Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with reporter Lainey, host the event while a vast array of CTV media properties cover all the action along with throngs of international media gathered for TIFF. The one-hour, star-studded eTalk Festival Party red carpet arrivals show and Diddy performance airs live across Canada on Star! on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET, later that night on CTV at 1 a.m. ET, and the next day on CTV (Saturday, Sept. 6) at 7 p.m. in all markets.

“eTalk gives fans what they want most during the festival: capital-A access to one of the biggest nights in Canadian entertainment,” said Jordan Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CTV Entertainment Group. “Happening in the heart of the entertainment district and just blocks from major Festival venues, the eTalk Festival Party places fans in the front row and celeb guests in the heart of the action.”

CTV’s legendary Queen Street headquarters is widely known for hosting celebrity filled events — and the eTalk Festival Party is no exception. Diddy opens the red carpet spectacular with a live performance, dominating the open-air stage with his sexy blend of hip hop pop that has garnered millions of album sales, multiple Grammy Awards® and nominations, and numerous chart-topping hits. The host of I Want To Work For Diddy (premiering on MuchMoreMusic this fall) delivers an explosive live performance, amplifying the hype for the stars on the red carpet stroll, the thousands of fans and guests lining Queen Street, and those watching from home.

As the excitement reaches a crescendo, the eTalk Festival Party rocks on with a show-stopping DJ set performed by popular A-list DJ Samantha Ronson. The coolest block party for miles, Ronson keeps the turntables blazing with the hottest party tracks as celebs, fans, and revelers groove into the night.