October 2008

Thursdays – 10pm ET/PT starting October 9

Loosely based on the British drama of the same name, in the series opener, NYPD detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) is hit by a car in 2008 and wakes up in 1973. There, he works with politically incorrect boss Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) and tough detective Ray Carling (Michael Imperioli) to help find a killer whose case is similar to one he was working on in 2008, all the while trying to figure out how to get home to 2008.

Canadian Prime Time is heating up tonight as CTV and CBC go head to head with Canadian content.

While America’s Next Top Model, Bones and The Secret Life of an American Teenager compete for viewers the real race is between the new seasons of Little Mosque on the Prairie and Sophie which return to CBC tonight and the much anticipated Top 100 round of So You Think You Can Dance Canada on CTV.

Which will you be watching?

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Warren Sapp
PROFESSION:
Former Defensive Lineman

BACKGROUND:
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. Warren was named the 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, Warren will co-host Showtime’s Inside the NFL and will be a studio analyst and game commentator for the NFL Network.

Kym Johnson
ACHIEVEMENTS:
Former Australian Amateur Ballroom and Latin champion
Finalist U.K. Ballroom Championships at Blackpool
Burn The Floor world tour
Dancing With The Stars Australia – Seasons 1, 2 and 3

STATS:
Style: Latin and Ballroom
Nationality: Australian
Based in: Sydney
Status: Not currently competing, recently danced on the DWS National Tour

BACKGROUND:
Kym reached the finals in Season 4 with partner Joey Fatone, where they finished second. She partnered talk show host Jerry Springer during Season 3, where they finished the competition in 5th place, and also partnered Mark Cuban (Season 5, 7th place) and Penn Jillette (Season 6, 12th place).

Kym began ballroom dancing at the relatively late age of 15 when she was dragged along to lessons by her brother who decided it would be a good way to meet girls. She soon got the bug and it wasn’t long before she was dancing competitively. In December 1998, she and then partner Tomas Atkocevicius came second at the Australian Dancesport Championships in the Open Amateur Modern ballroom.

Kym performed on the world tour of the modern ballroom stage show Burn the Floor. Kim further grabbed Australia’s attention when she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (Australia), and as a result she also appeared in TV ads and dipped into the world of modeling with a sexy shoot for FHM magazine.

Other highlights of her successful career include dancing at Elton John’s 50th birthday party and appearing in the hit movie Strictly Ballroom.

Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Misty May-Treanor
PROFESSION:
Olympic gold medalist

BACKGROUND:
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. Misty and Kerri were distinguished as AVP Team of the Year for four consecutive years (2003 through 2006). Misty was also named Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2006, Best Offensive Player in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and Best Defensive Player in 2006.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
ACHIEVEMENTS:
2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion
2004 Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
2003 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
Ranked 2nd in the US

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: Russian
Based in: New Jersey
Status: Maks no longer competes with former partner, Elena Grinenko.

BACKGROUND:
During Season 2, Maks and his partner actress Tia Carrere finished in 6th place. In Season 3, Maks partnered singer Willa Ford into 7th place. Maks made it to the finals in Season 4 with Boxing Champion Laila Ali, finishing in 3rd place, and made it to the finals again in Season 5 with Mel B., finishing in 2nd.

Maksim was introduced to the world of ballroom dancing at an early age when his parents brought him to a local ballroom dance school in Odessa, Ukraine. He quickly excelled in ballroom dance and the school became his home away from home.

As a teenager, Maks had a horrible skiing accident that nearly ripped his leg off and left him hospitalized for months. After many surgeries and the insertion of a 12-inch metal rod, doctors were skeptical that Maks would ever walk without a limp, let alone dance. After completing months of physical therapy, he was back on his own two feet walking, running, and dancing. Soon after, Maks established himself as the top dancer in Ukraine.

In 1994 the entire Chmerkovskiy family moved to Brooklyn, NY in order to start a new life and to give Maks and his brother a better atmosphere to grow and succeed in. The vision of the American Dream and his passion for ballroom dancing gave Maks the strength to fight through all of the obstacles that faced him and his family. He worked countless hours on his dancing and soon after emerged as one of the best dancers in the world.

Maks started the Rising Stars Dance Academy, which is the premier youth ballroom dance school in the United States. He is currently a board member for the non-profit organization DanceTeamUSA, which works hard to promote DanceSport amongst the youth of America. Maks also has a production company, “Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions,” which organizes performances all over the world.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Susan Lucci
PROFESSION:
Actress and entrepreneur

BACKGROUND:
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 All My Children. In May 1999, all of America stood and cheered when Susan Lucci won the Emmy Award for “Best Actress”. While competing on the show, she will continue her work on All My Children, and celebrate her 10,000th episode this November. In addition to her performances on Broadway and in cabarets across the country, Susan is an entrepreneur, having launched successful cosmetic, fashion, and jewelry lines on HSN.

Tony Dovolani
ACHIEVEMENTS:
2005 and 2006 World Rhythm Champion
2006 PBS American Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion
2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion
Current world and undefeated United States Open champion

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: Albanian
Based in: New York
Status: Retired from Competition

BACKGROUND:
Tony partnered the WWE wrestler Stacey Keibler in Season 2. The couple came in third place. In Season 3, Tony’s partner was country singer Sara Evans. The couple had to withdraw in the middle of the competition for personal reasons. In Season 4, Tony partnered Leeza Gibbons into 9th place. In Season 5, Tony led Jane Seymour to a 6th place finish, and reached the final four with Marissa Jaret Winokur in Season 6.

Born in Kosovo, Tony began folk dancing at age three. When he was 14, his entire family moved to the United States and Tony got the opportunity to attend a Fred Astaire Dance Academy. From that moment on, he knew he had found his passion.

Since that time, Tony has traveled the world and won many championships. Tony also had a featured role in the hit film Shall We Dance and spent time coaching Jennifer Lopez.

Cody Linley and Julianne Hough - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Cody Linley
PROFESSION:
Actor

BACKGROUND:
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. Cody’s film credits include My Dog Skip, HOOT, Miss Congeniality, and Cheaper By the Dozen.

Julianne Hough
ACHIEVEMENTS:
International Latin Youth Champion
Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion
United States National Latin Youth Champion

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: American
Based in: Salt Lake City
Status: Not Currently Competing

BACKGROUND:
Julianne’s first season on Dancing with the Stars was quite successful. She and partner Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno were the Season 4 champions, and she followed it up with another win in Season 5 with Helio Castroneves, making her the only pro besides Cheryl Burke to win twice.

Julianne grew up with her ten siblings in Utah. A born entertainer, Julianne has always loved singing, dancing and acting and at the age of 10 she left her home and family to move to the other side of the world to live and train with her coaches in London. While living there, Julianne partnered with Mark Ballas (the son of her world renowned coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas). It was with Mark that Julianne won all of her titles. Julianne is the youngest (and only) American dancer to have become both International Latin Youth Champion and Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion.

After graduating high school Julianne moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of acting, dancing and singing. She landed a role as a dancer on ABC’s game show Show Me The Money, and shortly after joined the Dancing with the Stars tour as a company dancer. When DWTS dancer Kym Johnson injured her arm, Julianne stepped in as her replacement and Cha Cha cha’ed across America with Season 1 DWTS competitor Joey MacIntyre. She was also Assistant Choreographer on Gwen Stefani’s Wind It Up video and has recorded her debut country album.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Cloris Leachman
PROFESSION:
Actress

BACKGROUND:
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 theater, 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!

Corky Ballas
ACHIEVEMENTS:
7 time undefeated US International Latin Champion
1996 Open To The World International Latin Champion
2007 Pro Am Champion

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: American
Based in: UK/Texas. In LA for the show.
Status: Retired from Competition

BACKGROUND:
Corky has been dancing since he was six years old. Growing up his father owned and operated one of the largest dance studios in the world. His mother was a famous Flamenco Dancer who appeared in films and studied alongside Carmen Amaya. His father owned the largest (64,000 sq ft) dance school in the world, with 125 teachers on the payroll. He later went on to invent The Weed Eater.

Corky only started training for International Latin Dancing when he was 22. Here he met his dance partner Shirley (Mark’s Mom) who also trained him and would eventually become his wife. Corky’s mentor didn’t believe it when he said he would become a World Champion. Later that year, he became the United States Pro/Am Champion and then went on to win the World Professional Championship from 1995 1997.

Together Corky and Shirley made up one of professional competitive Latin Dance’s most successful couples ever.

Corky has also produced over 60 videos on the subject of Latin Dancing, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide as well as produced the “Passion” DVDs.

Corky is known worldwide for his choreography, music editing, music creation, costume design and much more.

Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Maurice Greene
PROFESSION:
Olympic gold medalist

BACKGROUND:
The winner of two gold medals, in the 100m sprint and the 4x100m 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 100m 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 60m at 6.39 seconds.

Cheryl Burke
ACHIEVEMENTS:
2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
U.K. Championships
4th in U.S. in the Under 21s

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: American
Based in: Los Angeles
Status: Not Currently Competing

BACKGROUND:
Cheryl is the first two-time winner of Dancing with the Stars. Cheryl and her partner singer Drew Lachey stole the show on Season 2 and sensationally won the competition. Season 3, Cheryl was partnered with football legend Emmitt Smith, and together they won the competition. Season 4, Cheryl made it to the semi-finals with actor Ian Ziering, placing fourth. In Season 6, Cheryl and Cristian de la Fuente made it to third place, while in Season 5, Cheryl and Wayne Newton finished 10th.

Growing up in San Francisco, California, Cheryl came from a family who all loved to dance. At four years old, she began taking ballet lessons and performed throughout the Bay area until she was ten. It was at that time that she discovered that ballroom, “wasn’t just for old people” and decided to change her focus. She hung up her ballet shoes and began training in both standard and Latin. By the age of 13, Cheryl was traveling and competing throughout the world, later moving on to win several championships.

In the spring of 2008 Cheryl opened her first dance studio, the highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance, in San Francisco and has plans to open another studio this fall.

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Rocco DiSpirito
PROFESSION:
Celebrity chef, author and reality TV star

BACKGROUND:
The 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, Rocco opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City in 1997. In 2003 he launched Rocco’s for the reality series, The Restaurant. Rocco 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.

Karina Smirnoff
ACHIEVEMENTS:
Five-time U.S. National Champion
World Trophy Champion
Asian Open Champion
Ranked second in the world

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: Russian
Based in: New Jersey
Status: Not Currently Competing

BACKGROUND:
During Season 3, Karina partnered actor Mario Lopez into second place. Season 4, she partnered singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus into fifth place. In Season 5 she partnered Floyd Mayweather into 9th place, and finished Season 6 with singer Mario in 5th place.

Born in the Ukraine, Karina came to the U.S. with her family at age 12. She began ballet lessons at the age of 5 before moving on to figure skating which she studied for an additional five years. At the age of nine, Karina was introduced to ballroom dancing and fell in love with it.

After high school Karina graduated from Fordham University with a law degree but put her academic studies on hold to pursue her ballroom dancing career in the United Kingdom.

She recently appeared on Hannah Montana with Billy Ray Cyrus.

Karina and her former partner Slavik Kryklyvyy shared tremendous success winning the U.S. Championships and many other world titles and were ranked second in the world in the Latin division.

Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Toni Braxton
PROFESSION:
R&B star and Broadway actress

BACKGROUND:
The winner of six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is a Billboard chart-topping singer and actress, selling over forty million records worldwide. Her U.S. number-one 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.

Alec Mazo
ACHIEVEMENTS:
Emerald Ball Latin Amateur Champion
1st Place – 2001 International Grand Ball (San Francisco)
1st Place – 2001 Holiday Ball (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Six-time U.S. National Finalist

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: American (originally from Russia came to the US aged 12)
Based in: Los Angeles
Status: Not Currently Competing

BACKGROUND:
Alec is the first professional champion of Dancing with the Stars, having partnered Kelly Monaco to first place in Season 1.

Alec has been dancing since he was five years old. Alec moved to America from Russia with his family when he was 12. His mother ran a dance studio, and today Alec runs two ballroom dance schools, one in San Francisco Bay Area and another in Los Angeles.

Alec and his partner Edyta only turned Professional in 2005, having been successful amateur Latin competitors for the previous five years. They were married September 1.

Alec has also studied acting at Playhouse West. He has appeared in the Vanessa Williams movie Dance With Me as well as numerous commercials. He has a BA in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.