October 2008

Miles Faber - So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008

Miles Faber

Age: 21
Occupation: Dancer
Hometown: Calgary
Audition City: Toronto
Place of Birth: Toronto
Nickname: Mile-High
Favourite Style of Dance: Popping and Boogaloo
Signature Dance Move: Chest pop
Couldn’t Live Without: “My shoes, man! I need my dancin’ shoes!”
Motto: “Forever learning, yo.”

Twenty-one year-old Miles Faber’s passion for music runs as deep as his love for dance. “If I could meet one person living or dead, it would be jazz drummer Buddy Rich, one of the best drummers of all time!” Playing guitar, drums, practicing his moves and watching his jazz musician father perform are what Miles deems to be some of his favourite pastimes.

With no formal training, this dancer’s first-ever class was taught by choreographer Tara Wilson, where he was introduced to hip-hop and popping.

Miles wants So You Think You Can Dance Canada viewers to know that “if you’re a b-boy, a funkstyle dancer, any type of dancer, you don’t have to be a one-trick pony. If you can dance, you can dance.” He firmly believes that So You Think You Can Dance Canada will put this country’s dance world into the spotlight, and ultimately help out all Canadian dancers trying to make it. “This awareness is a positive thing for all performers, especially the younger dancers who are the future.”

So far, Miles has found the most difficult part of the competition to be learning and performing all different styles of choreography. In order to become the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, he believes he must “be able to adapt to all the different dance styles and rip it up come show time!”

Calgary-native Miles says he is proud of literally everything about his hometown, especially the Calgary Flames. Of Canada he states “I hear everywhere around the world that people love Canadians! That’s something to be proud of!”

The greatest inspiration in Miles’ life has been his friends and family. “You are who you surround your self with, and I am proud to be a part of my family and circle of friends. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive family.”

Miles’ advice for future So You Think You Can Dance Canada hopefuls is “Stay true to your form, stay humble, and don’t give up…ever.”

Natalli Reznik - So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008

Natalli Reznik

Age: 28
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Toronto
Audition City: Toronto
Place of Birth: Israel
Nickname: J’adore
Favourite Style of Dance: “Something sassy.”
Signature Dance Move: “Doing tricks with partners.”
Favourite Music Video: “All Nite Don’t Stop,” by Janet Jackson
Couldn’t Live Without: “Cream de Lamer.”
Motto: “Listen to your heart.”

When she found out that she’d made it into the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20, Natalli Reznik kept it concise with three simple words, “Ohhhh my God!” Natalli began dancing later in life, starting with ballet when she was 17 before picking up modern, Latin and hip-hop.

Natalli says her determination and hard work have helped her get this far in the competition, with the biggest challenge being perseverance. “I didn’t give up, and I pushed myself through the choreography.” Natalli says she is ready to put in the hard work to become Canada’s favourite dancer.

Israeli-born Natalli calls Toronto home, where she’s currently studying Fashion and Visual Merchandise at Seneca College. And this fashionista is excited to show the judges and viewers her unique personality and give them “nothing but the best.”

Her favourite style of dance depends on her mood, but Natalie likes to spice things up. “I enjoy something sassy with a big skirt, heels and a partner.”

Prior to becoming a So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Top 20 competitor, Natalli performed in Cirque de Soleil’s Love before joining Canadian pop sensation Nelly Furtado on her world tour for two years. Viewers should also watch out for Natalli in the upcoming movie Repo: The Genetic Opera alongside Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton.

Natalli hopes to follow the career path of singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. “J. Lo started from the beginning, and made a name for herself.” And if she could perform with any artist along the way, Natalli says she would love to bust a move with Janet Jackson and Madonna. But, she says, the one person aside from Madonna that she would have liked to meet is the late King of Funk himself, James Brown.

Her advice to future So You Think You Can Dance Canada hopefuls? “Go for it – if you never try, you’ll never know.”

Nico Archambault - So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008

Nico Archambault

Age: 23
Occupation: Dancer/Choreographer
Hometown: Montreal
Audition City: Montreal
Place of Birth: Montreal
Nickname: Nico
Favourite Style of Dance: Contemporary and Hip-Hop
Signature Dance Move: “From a handstand, I push back on my hands, roll onto my stomach and press back up on the top of my feet.”
Couldn’t Live Without: “A book.”
Motto: “The Red Queen’s Hypothesis: It takes all the running you can do to stay in the same place.”

Hailing from Longueuil, Quebec, dancer/choreographer Nico Archambault refused to let naysayers stop him from pursuing his passion for dance. “Despite the fact that I was told to forget about it – that I would never make it – I never stopped doing what I thought was right.” He feels his ability to “adapt to different styles, energy and vibes” helped him land a spot in the Top 20 for So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Although Nico has been studying dance at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, the dance world is not his sole source of inspiration. Groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll acts such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Pink Floyd are some of the artists he deems as “genius.”

Nico finds the camaraderie amongst dancers the most surprising part of his So You Think You Can Dance Canada experience. Wary of competition, he is touched to be surrounded by like-minded contestants who, as he says, “all came here for the love of dance, and were willing to help everyone as much as they could.”

As a longtime dancer, Nico is used to the physical intensity of competing. He has found waiting to be his biggest challenge, “because when you wait, you have the time to think, and with the thinking comes the doubting…”

Nico feels that winning So You Think You Can Dance Canada will require a great deal of hard work, determination and showmanship on his part. When asked what viewers can expect when they see him perform in the Top 20, Nico promises “passion, energy, entertainment and honesty…all this with a sexy vibe I guess!”

Romina D'Ugo - So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008

Romina D’Ugo

Age: 22
Occupation: Actor
Hometown: Toronto
Audition City: Toronto
Place of Birth: Toronto
Nickname: Ro, or Romi
Favourite Style of Dance: Salsa
Signature Dance Move: “More important than any technical dance move is having intention behind the eyes.”
Favourite Music Video: “Nothing Compares 2 U,” by Sinead O’Connor and “Everybody Hurts,” by R.E.M.
Couldn’t Live Without: “My mp3 player…I NEED music in my life.”
Motto: “Be grateful, live deeply in every moment…breathe.”

Romina D’Ugo is no stranger to the stage. A Toronto-born actor, Romina is a graduate of Sheridan Institute’s Musical Theatre – Performance program.

Even though she knew the So You Think You Can Dance Canada experience would push her to develop her skills, Romina didn’t anticipate it being such a life-changing endeavour. “It challenged me to push through my fears and transform them into personal achievement and growth.”

Her hard work paid off, as Romina was named part of the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20. “I felt pale and weak, but when I heard those words I thought I was going to leap out of my skin!”

Romina looks to her family and friends for inspiration, crediting her Mom for forcing her to take dance lessons. “Having such a smart and talented family forced me to excel in everything I did, from being a straight-A student to a hard-working entertainer.” But it was her sisters that kept her dancing; being the youngest, Romina looked up to everything they did. At age nine, she started taking jazz classes and picked up tap and ballet a year later, traveling across the country participating in dance competitions. She went on to attend Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, majoring in dance, before attending college.

But it was a couple of years ago that Romina fell in love with her favourite style of dance, salsa. After going to a salsa club with her sister, Romina quickly realized this was for her and found herself a partner. “The passion I feel when I dance salsa is like no other.”

If she could perform with any dancer, Romina would kick her heels with one of Broadway’s best, Chita Rivera. Playing her dream role though is foremost on her agenda: “I would love to perform the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway, with Chita Rivera sitting in the front row!”

Aside from aspiring to achieve Chita Rivera’s success, Romina also looks to the careers of theatre veteran and actress Bebe Neuwirth and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. The fact that all three women have performed the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago is just icing on the cake. “I’m a little obsessed!”

Romina plans to bring that “jazz hot” flare to this year’s competition. “Viewers can always count on me for 100% hard work and passion in everything I do.”

Tamina Pollock-Paris - So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008

Tamina Pollock-Paris

Age: 19
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Toronto
Audition City: Toronto
Place of Birth: Toronto
Favourite Style of Dance: Hip-hop
Signature Dance Move: “My model walk, better known as my ‘pump’!”
Favourite Music Video: “You Want This,” by Janet Jackson
Couldn’t Live Without: “Make up for sure!”
Motto: “Don’t be afraid to do EVERYTHING you love!”

When she was told she made it into the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20, Toronto native Tamina Pollack-Paris felt honoured to be considered one of Canada’s top dancers. “I can’t wait to see what the competition has in store.”

A hip-hop dancer with some training in jazz, ballet and Irish dance, Tamina relies on her “personality, sass, attitude, and of course my ‘pump’” to get her through the competition. Tamina attended the Interplay School of Dance, and keeps busy taking classes at various dance studios in Toronto.

Supported by her family and friends, Tamina says her father is the greatest source of inspiration for her. “Whenever I’m in doubt, he always helps me realize why I’m here and what I’m here to do.”

One thing Tamina plans to do is make her own dance career path, one that includes applying her business degree; Tamina is currently attending Ryerson University majoring in Business Management.

If given the choice to work with any artist, Tamina would love to perform with Janet Jackson. “She has so much presence and swagger without even trying.” Another one of her favourites includes Paula Abdul. “In the ‘Cold Hearted Snake’ video they were just killing it – so sharp and clean.”

Tamina says her perseverance will allow her to become Canada’s favourite dancer, but knows it will also take the ability to adapt to different styles of dance. “I will have to become a chameleon and adapt to whatever the choreographers throw at me, and turn up the performance level 250%.”

When asked what she plans to bring to the competition, Tamina simply says “Fire!”

Vincent Noiseux - So You Think You Can Dance Canada

Vincent Noiseux

Age: 22
Occupation: Dancer
Hometown: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Audition City: Montreal
Nickname: Vincent
Favourite Style of Dance: “I cannot pick one. It really depends on the mood I’m in and how I’m moved by the choreography!”
Signature Dance Move: Sharp movement
Favourite Music Video: “Rhythm Nation,” by Janet Jackson
Couldn’t Live Without: “A toothbrush and clean underwear!”
Motto: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself!”

Since the age of the 13, Vincent Noiseux has dreamed of dancing for Janet Jackson and still regards her “Rhythm Nation” video to be his favourite. It was also at that age when he was introduced to contemporary and hip-hop dance, styles he now considers to be his strongest.

Vincent would most like to emulate the career of fellow Canadian dancer Kelly Konno of Triple Threat Dance, who has toured abroad with Janet Jackson. Vincent admires Konno for “sharing her passion and her knowledge with young dancers. I’ve had the chance to meet her and she is such a nice person.”

Vincent is surprised by the number of excellent dancers he has encountered during his So You Think You Can Dance Canada experience. He says he has been “blown away by the amount of talent.” This young dancer is extremely proud of his own focus and discipline.

Vincent feels that Canadian dancers must work harder than their American counterparts because the industry is “a lot smaller.” Still, this Montreal-area native is most proud of Canada because “it’s such a beautiful place filled with different people from different cultures.”

Vincent is overjoyed to be a member of the Top 20 for So You Think You Can Dance Canada. When asked of his reaction to the news he says, “I think I froze on the spot…I was hoping so much that I would get it and that I had done enough to impress the judges that I couldn’t believe what they were telling me. I’m still in shock but it is so exciting and thrilling!”

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20

After an exhilarating cross-country audition tour and intensive finals in Toronto, CTV announced during tonight’s broadcast the 10 men and 10 women who have danced their way to the top of the inaugural So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20. The dancers, who specialize in everything from Ballet, Hip-Hop, Salsa and everything in between, compete for Canada’s votes with the series first-ever Top 20 two-hour performance episode next Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Following the performance episode, viewers will have two hours to vote for their favourite couple. Learn more about the Top 20 in the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20 guide to be published in Metro newspapers across the country on October 8.

“This first-ever group of Top 20 dancers are about to write a new chapter in Canadian television history,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Their unbelievable natural talent and pure charisma will captivate the country.”

“The men and women in our Top 20 are some of the best dancers I have ever seen,” said Executive Producer Sandra Faire. “This group are not only some of the best dancers Canada has to offer, they are world class. Canada has some of the best choreographers in the world, and when they get their hands on the Top 20, we know viewers will be blown away by their performances.”

The Top 20 will be divided into 10 couples, who will work with top choreographers to learn a new dance routine each week from a wide variety of genres, including Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Ballroom, Bollywood and more. The fate of these 20 finalists – one of whom will be named Canada’s Favourite Dancer – will be left up to viewer votes.

On the first live results show, debuting Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will weigh in on the performances before sending one male and one female dancer home.

Starting next Wednesday (Oct. 8) and continuing for the next nine weeks, voting begins as Canadians make their voices heard for their choice of Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Voting will occur following the conclusion of Wednesday’s “performance shows” and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast (detailed voting information can be found at dance.ctv.ca).

Already the country’s newest homegrown hit, averaging 1.1 million total viewers to date*, So You Think You Can Dance Canada is also ranking #1 online.** As announced earlier this week by Yahoo! Canada, So You Think You Can Dance Canada is the top-searched new show for the week ending September 26, 2008 and is the seventh top-searched television show overall.

The Top 20 are:

Allie Bertram
Arassay Reyes
Breanne Wong
Caroline Torti
Danny Arbour
Dario Milard
Francis Lafreniere
Izaak Smith
Jesse Catibog
Joey Matt
Kaitlyn Fitzgerald
Kevin Myrlea
Lara Smythe
Lisa Auguste
Miles Faber
Natalli Reznik
Nico Archambault
Romina D’Ugo
Tamina Pollock-Paris
Vincent Noiseux

CTV's Election 2008 coverage team

From the campaign trail to the voting booth, and to the final count, CTV has got Canada covered with the most comprehensive election coverage ever. It all begins tonight Thursday, October 2 with Bravo!’s Does Art Matter? A Bravo! Election Special at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with Arts & Minds and Canada AM host Seamus O’Regan moderating a town-hall special discussing the state of arts in Canada with visual artists, musicians, actors and voters. It is followed by the English language debate from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on CTV (live to all time zones; visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). In the coming days, CTV Inc. channels and programs will cover everything election-oriented, from Daily Planet’s analysis of the party leaders’ body language, to the etalk News Special: Politics and Fame on Star!, which spotlights the curious relationship between celebrities and politicians.

On Election Day, CTV News, featuring Canada’s most-watched broadcaster Lloyd Robertson, will serve as election central live on Tuesday, October 14 beginning at 9 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), as the nation goes to the polls to choose the next Prime Minister.

“Canadians know that they can turn to CTV when they want election programming that covers all of the angles,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

CTV’s 2008 Federal Election coverage unfolds as follows:

CTV News
CTV will carry the entire English language debate on Thursday, October 2 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Moderated by Steve Paikin, the following Party Leaders will appear in the debate: Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party of Canada, Leader of the Opposition Stephane Dion of the Liberal Party, Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party, Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois and Elizabeth May of the Green Party. Directly after the debate, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson will provide in-depth analysis on the highs and lows of the parties and their platforms.

On October 14, Canadians will turn to the most-respected news team in the country, as CTV News offers the best national and local coverage, beginning at 9 p.m. ET (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta), 7 p.m. ET (Newfoundland), 7:30 p.m. ET (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) and 10 p.m. ET (British Columbia).

Lloyd Robertson anchors the night’s coverage, with Craig Oliver providing in-depth analysis. Supplying their opinions on how the election is shaking out are Brian Tobin, former Liberal Cabinet Minister and former Premier of Newfoundland; Sandra Buckler, former Director of Communications for Prime Minister Harper; and Anne McGrath, NDP Party President, as well as analysts Peter Donolo from The Strategic Counsel and Antonia Maioni from McGill University. Lisa LaFlamme covers the key battleground ridings. Tom Clark, Mike Duffy, Robert Fife, Graham Richardson, Roger Smith, Genevieve Beauchemin and Rosemary Thompson will report from the candidates’ headquarters across the country.

Canada AM
On Friday, October 3 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, the morning after the English language debate, Canada’s most-watched national morning show, Canada AM will dissect the party leaders’ performance with the help of image consultant Bernie Gauthier. He’ll examine the style versus the substance in the debate – and explore what’s more important to voters: what the leaders say or what the leaders do?

On Election Day, Tuesday, October 14 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, Canada AM hosts Seamus O’Regan, Beverly Thomson, Marci Ien and Jeff Hutcheson will be posted across the country, discussing the days’ events as Canadians head to the polls. The morning after, on Wednesday, October 15 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, Canada AM will recap the previous night’s biggest stories, including interviews with the candidates.

Does Art Matter? A Bravo! Election Special
Every government in power has either made cuts to the arts community, or infused it with cash. In this town-hall special, hosted by Canada AM and Arts & Minds’ Seamus O’Regan, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Bravo!, writers, musicians, actors, painters and voters come together to discuss the state of arts in Canada. The panel includes artist Charles Pachter; Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith; actress Wendy Crewson; international opera star Measha Brueggergosman; Jeff Melanson, artist and executive director of the National Ballet School; and Susan McArthur, investment banker and board member of Luminato, Canada’s largest arts festival. Does Art Matter? encores Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 11 at 6 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6 a.m. ET and Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. ET.

Discovery Channel
Daily Planet
Why do humans choose the colour red over blue? How can we tell when a politician is telling the truth? What does a politician’s body language say about them? Those are just a sample of the election-themed stories Daily Planet will explore on Election Night, Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel.

etalk News Special: Politics and Fame
Politicians and celebrities make strange – and often powerful – bedfellows. From JFK and the Rat Pack to Obama and Oprah, etalk News Special: Politics and Fame examines the relationships between politicians and their famous friends Thursday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Star!, and how celebs are playing an increasingly important role in the political process.

Question Period
Co-hosts Craig Oliver, CTV’s Parliamentary Bureau Chief, and Jane Taber, the Senior Parliamentary Writer in The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau are joined by a host of pundits and the candidates themselves. Question Period, airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on CTV is a must-see for political junkies, as it analyzes the hot-button issues and political players throughout the election campaign. Don’t count on any of the typical Canadian niceties and politeness. If there’s drama and conflict in Canada’s political theatre, you can expect to see it played out on Question Period.

MOD will cover the election story every Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m. ET until October 14.

MuchNews Weekly
The Top 10 issues that concern viewers most will be counted down, with commentary from the Much VJs, Monday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

Be Loud on October 14
MuchMusic VJs Hannah Simone and Devon Soltendieck break down the results as they roll in on Tuesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Broadcasting live from Much HQ with a studio audience, Much talks with young people about what the results mean for them. Mobile and The Midway State perform.

MTV Quick Chats
Throughout the day, from Thursday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 14, the MTV hosts discuss why it is important for viewers to vote.

MTV News
MTV News covers the federal election with the “Election Show” on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Aliya-Jasmine Sovani takes it to the street and chats with everyday people about political issues affecting youth. The “Election Show” includes party bios, comedian bumpers, prominent musicians talking about politics and voting, and “Politics Made Sexy” with Aliya-Jasmine.

MTV Live
Host Daryn Jones, along with Nicole Holness, talk all things election on Tuesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. MTV Live Action News Team reporter Paul the Intern gives the lowdown on Election Day.

CTV Newsnet
CTV Newsnet is Canada’s best source for breaking news on the federal election, bringing Canadians every minute of the campaign. Complementing CTV Newsnet’s up-to-the-minute breaking news throughout the day, the channel’s evening schedule offers viewers extensive political insight and daily analysis with Mike Duffy Live at 5 p.m. ET and Mike Duffy Live Prime Time at 8 p.m. ET.

CP24, Toronto’s breaking news channel, will have more wall-to-wall local election coverage than any other station. With a focus on local ridings and campaign coverage the GTA, CP24 will be talking directly to voters on-air, on the street and online at CP24.com about the important issues facing Toronto. CP24 will also be on the campaign trail, getting insight and analysis from local candidates and the party leaders as Torontonians head to the polls on Oct. 14

CTV.ca will offer comprehensive online coverage of the election through a special microsite as election.ctv.ca. This special site is the ultimate guide for breaking news and updates in the changing political landscape – including live streaming of CTV’s election coverage starting at 10 p.m. ET – as well as interactive tools such as the Pick Your Party quiz, Follow the Leader, a map detailing what parts of the country the candidates are visiting, and the latest election news sent to mobile phone users.

CTV and Kraft Canada’s Cheez Whiz have teamed up for a unique promotional campaign for the final season of Corner Gas. The “Showcase Your Cheez Whiz Personality” contest will see one winner attend the Corner Gas VIP Series Finale Party next spring to party with stars of the hit comedy series. The multi-platform campaign utilizes on-air, retail and on-line elements through contesting, product placement and sponsorship. The sixth and final season of Corner Gas premieres October 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), and on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

From October 6 to December 31, CTV gives viewers a chance to participate in “Showcase Your Cheez Whiz Personality” contest by entering online at CTV.ca. In 100 words or less, participants are encouraged to explain why their love of Cheez Whiz makes them the ideal person to attend the Corner Gas VIP Series Finale Party. Participants are judged on creativity and originality.

To promote the contest, Kraft is committing to four weeks of national, closed captioned spots on CTV, printing contest details on Cheez Whiz packaging and running promotional initiatives at the retail level.

At the national broadcast level, Cheez Whiz will be integrated into the storyline of an upcoming Corner Gas episode. A long-time staple of Canadian kitchens, Cheez Whiz provided natural comic fodder for Corner Gas writers, resulting in a seamless integration of the product into a hilarious bit on the series. Cheez Whiz is the official broadcast sponsor of the latter part of Corner Gas Season 6, beginning in January, 2009.

With production just wrapped on the sixth and final season of Corner Gas (premiering Oct. 13), CTV and The Comedy Network announced today that it has commissioned a pilot for a new scripted half-hour original comedy series from Brent Butt. The star, creator and executive producer of Canada’s No. 1 comedy series, Butt moves behind-the-scenes to helm his latest project, Hiccups, which begins shooting in Vancouver later this month. The pilot episode stars the hilarious Nancy Robertson, who plays Wanda Dollard on Corner Gas.

In Hiccups, Robertson plays Millie Upton, a children’s author with anger issues. Her emotional quirks contribute to her success as an author, but make living in the real world with actual people a bit of a challenge. Though she’s generally an upbeat and happy person, Millie often experiences “hiccups” – raging episodes, fits of depression or euphoric highs – at the drop of a hat. After finally being convinced that she needs help, Millie impulsively enlists the aid of a life coach, Stan Dirko. It’s just unfortunate that Stan has no training or credentials. Millie and Stan are like the lost leading the lost, with the best of intentions, and little success.

“There’s no rest for the hilarious,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “We wanted to make sure Brent got right back to work. Fan-favourite Nancy Robertson promises to sparkle as Millie Upton. We can’t wait to see what these two come up with.”

“It’s hugely satisfying to continue my relationship with CTV and The Comedy Network,” said Butt. “The past six years have been like some kind of dream, so I am thrilled to get the opportunity to create something new.”

The pilot for Hiccups is produced by Sparrow Media in association with CTV and The Comedy Network. Brent Butt is creator, writer, show runner and executive producer. Executive producers are Laura Lightbown (DaVinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) and David Storey (Corner Gas); Storey also directs the pilot.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada’s premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities.