October 2008

Tuesday, November 4 – 9pm ET/PT

Silver invites a few of her female friends over for a girls’ night, but the event quickly turns into a house party. Meanwhile, Debbie and Harry finally reveal to Dixon and Annie that they have an older brother who was given up for adoption long ago.

Monday, November 3 – 9pm ET/PT

“SNL” presents a two-hour election themed special the night before Election Day. The taped compilation show will highlight the blockbuster current season of political satire as well as showcase the show’s 33-year history of lampooning the Oval Office. In addition, there will be new material shot exclusively for the special.

Monday, November 3 – 8pm ET/PT

Michael, Lincoln, Sucre and Bellick tunnel into the Company’s headquarters. Gretchen meets with Pad Man. Michael’s condition continues to deteriorate. The police question T-Bag regarding Andy’s disappearance. Wyatt propositions Sara while Mahone awaits his shot at his son’s killer.

Saturday, November 8 on Citytv

Not Your Average Music Award Show!

(Toronto – October 29) Calling all REAL music fans! Join Citytv for an hour of exciting and eclectic Canadian music as talented artists compete for the coveted Polaris Music Prize. Tune in for 10 diverse and must-see performances building up to the announcement of this year’s $20,000 dollar Polaris Music Prize. Expand your cultural horizons and get to know so some of the best in Canadian music, Saturday, November 8 on Citytv.

Broadcast Schedule

Citytv Toronto Saturday, November 8 at 7pm ET

Citytv Winnipeg Saturday, November 8 at 7pm CT

Citytv Calgary Saturday, November 8 at 7pm MT

Citytv Edmonton Saturday, November 8 at 7pm MT

Citytv Vancouver Saturday, November 8 at 7pm PT

The prestigious Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best Canadian album regardless of genre. The award gala was held September 29 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.

Note: this is NOT your average music competition show. No amount of 1-800 calls or texting determine the winner. Potential candidates were judged by a jury of 178 members of the music media; journalists, broadcasters and bloggers, who narrowed down the competition to a short list of 10 albums. The works of these 10 artists, released between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008, were then debated by the 11-member Grand Jury. At the end of the night, their selection for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize was awarded.

This year’s performers included Vancouver’s Black Mountain, London, Ontario city mates Shad and Basia, Toronto’s Holy Fuck, Ottawa’s Kathleen Edwards, Montréal’s Plants and Animals, and Charlottetown’s Two Hours Traffic. Fellow nominees Stars from Montréal, Caribou from Dundas, Ontario and The Weakerthans, Winnipeg, Manitoba were represented by exclusive live video performances.

The 2008 winner was Ontario’s own Caribou. Andorra, Caribou’s fourth full-length album, was heralded by critics as not just an electronic album, but as a pop masterpiece deemed “a beautifully choreographed mess” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Caribou is solely Dan Snaith. The Dundas, Ontario native currently resides in London, England. Sales of the record increased 400% immediately after the announcement of his win.

Catch all of the highlights and the exciting musical performances of some of Canada’s greatest talents when Rogers Presents the Polaris Prize premieres Saturday, November 8 on Citytv.

About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing and marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. For further information, including rules, jury and sponsors, please visit www.polarismusicprize.ca.

Toronto, ON (October 29, 2008) – Premiering on Monday, October 27 with a whopping half a million viewers,** CANADA’S WORST DRIVER 4 was the top-watched program across all specialty television, Canadian and American, for P2+, A25-54 and A18-49***, Discovery Channel announced today. With new episodes each Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER 4 is on its way to beating last season’s benchmark for the series as the top-rated Canadian-produced program on specialty television for A25-54 and A18-49.****

Head to head at 10 p.m., CWD4 delivered more viewers on Discovery Channel than audiences on conventional television, including E!’s BOSTON LEGAL, CityTV’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM / LESS THAN KIND combo and CBC NEWS, with A18-49 and A25-54.*****

“CANADA’S WORST DRIVER is a huge hit and continues to grow in popularity – especially with younger viewers. We knew this season’s cast of characters and location were a winning combination,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel. “CANADA’S WORST DRIVER is one of our most-prized franchises and joins a growing list of successful Canadian shows that we continue to support and nurture.”

“We’ve always said this is the best show of its kind on Canadian television and I’m delighted more Canadians than ever are tuning in,” said Guy O’Sullivan, President of Proper Television and Executive Producer of CANADA’S WORST DRIVER. “With a distinctive blend of unique characters, unbelievably bad driving and useful take-home, this season is our best yet.”

The fantastic audiences for the television premiere come on the heels of more than 50,000 sneak peek video streams on discoverychannel.ca.

Viewers that missed last night’s landmark episode can catch it again on Saturday, November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. Alternately, the full premiere episode will be available online at www.discoverychannel.ca following CWD4’s second episode on Monday, November 3.

CANADA’S WORST DRIVER stars host Andrew Younghusband along with Cam Woolley, Traffic and Safety Specialist with CP24, formerly Sergeant with the OPP Ontario Highway Safety Division. Other experts include Philippe Létourneau, professional high performance driving instructor, and Dr. Louisa Gembora, psychologist and race car driver. New to the panel this season is head driving expert Dan Bagyan, an instructor with the Signature Driving School.

– Melissa Williams and Sean Cheesman join judging panel next week –

Toronto, ON (October 30, 2008) – It’s down to the final 12. Following Canada’s votes on Wednesday night, it was revealed live by host Leah Miller on CTV tonight that CAROLINE Torti and JESSE Catibog are the next dancers to be eliminated on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The remaining 12 dancers will take to the stage on Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Receiving the lowest number of votes this week following last night’s country-wide poll were LISA Auguste, 27 and VINCENT Noiseux, 22, who performed a Samba routine; LARA Smythe, 25, and MILES Faber, 21, who performed a West Coast Swing routine and CAROLINE Torti, 23, and JESSE Catibog, 29,who danced a Hustle routine. All the competitors had one last chance to show the judges why they should stay in the competition as they “danced for their lives.” After performing their solos, the judges deliberated and decided that CAROLINE Torti from Oakville and JESSE Catibog from Toronto would be sent home.

The results show opened with the Top 14 performing a Halloween-themed group number choreographed by Melissa Williams. Red fabric and smoke billowed across the stage as the competitors performed as vampires to “Dragula” by Rob Zombie.

Next week, judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux will be joined by guest judges, and resident SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA choreographers, Melissa Williams and Sean Cheesman.

Windsor, ON native Williams has worked with numerous artists, actors and directors in the industry including Prince, George Michael, Bryan Adams and Carmen Electra, and has choreographed and performed in television and feature films including Hairspray, American Pie and Batman & Robin. Over the past few years Williams and her company, DM Creative, have choreographed and musically staged live productions around the world including Grease The Musical, HAIR The Musical, STORM, Generations, Bon Voyage, Piano Man and Undercover. Keeping her finger on the pulse, Williams continues to push the envelope in every direction of her creativity.

Calgary’s Sean Cheesman is an internationally-renowned director/choreographer who has worked with some of the world’s top entertainers including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, TLC, Prince, Vanessa Williams, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and Britney Spears. Cheesman has toured with Janet Jackson as a choreographer and dancer as well as choreographing tours for Prince. Cheesman appeared in and choreographed the film The Bodyguard and most recently was the host and lead judge of the U.K. television series DIRTY DANCING: TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Cheeseman has also won two MTV awards for choreography and was nominated for a Bob Fosse choreography award.

Stepping onto the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage on Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

ALLIE Bertram, 18, a Ballet dancer from Calgary
ARASSAY Reyes, 21, a Contemporary/Latin dancer from South Surrey, BC
DANNY Arbour, 26, a Latin and Ballroom dancer from Montréal
FRANCIS Lafrenière, 28, a Ballroom dancer from St. Bruno, QC
IZAAK Smith, 19, a Hip-Hop and Contemporary dancer from Prince George, BC
KAITLYN Fitzgerald, 18, a Contemporary dancer from Loretto, ON
LARA Smythe, 25, a Contemporary/Acro dancer from Toronto,
LISA Auguste, 27, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Rexdale, ON
MILES Faber, 21, a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary
NATALLI Reznik, 28, a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer from Toronto
NICO Archambault, 23, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal
VINCENT Noiseux, 22, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

For those who missed this week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Performance and Results episodes, catch an encore on MuchMusic Sunday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.

Sunday, November 30
8 p.m. ET

Hosted by Tanya Kim and Traci Melchor, TOP 25 SEX SCANDALS OF THE STARS is a one-hour look at Hollywood’s most outrageous and unforgettable sex scandals. SexTV’s Cynthia Loyst, gossip queen Lainey, Daily Mail’s Ashley Pearson, and comedian Cecily Knobler provide insight behind the shocking headlines that grabbed public and media attention. From sex tapes, to nude photos online, celebrity PDA is running rampant. Featuring Pamela Anderson’s “performance” on Tommy Lee, Vanessa Williams’ Penthouse portraits, George Michael’s “walks” in the park, and Woody Allen’s paternal relations, this special also examines how scandals launch, benefit, or halt the careers of Hollywood’s elite.

Sunday, November 2
8 p.m. ET

From brains to beauty and pecs to power, STAR’S 100 SEXIEST is a new four-part countdown ranking Tinseltown’s sizzling starlets and strapping studs. Expect usual suspects such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Megan Fox and surprising nominees like Jack Johnson, Isla Fisher, and Tina Fey to top the list. Airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET this November, each one-hour episode features burlesque artist Dita Von Teese and entertainment experts providing commentary. Plus, Flare’s Lisa Tant and personal trainer to the stars Gunnar Peterson provide tips on achieving these winning looks.

Saturday, November 22
10 p.m. ET

The final two remaining models face their last runway challenge for a chance to start a career in the modeling industry. Star! offers viewers the chance to relive every model moment in the grand finale of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Fly the World: CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE and Air Canada Team Up On “The Air Canada Amazing World Experience” Contest

– Grand prize includes a trip to four destinations around the world, flying in Air Canada’s Executive First Suite –

Toronto, ON (October 29, 2008) – As teams on THE AMAZING RACE continue their race around the world, viewers will have a chance to take their own trip of a lifetime as CTV and Air Canada launch an exciting new contest, “The Air Canada Amazing World Experience.” Created by CTV with Air Canada and Montreal ad agency, Marketel, this unique contest gives fans and avid travelers the opportunity to win a trip to one of four destinations around the world – in Asia, Europe, South America, or Australia – or have a chance at the Grand Prize: to fly to all four continents in style, in Air Canada’s Executive First Suite. THE AMAZING RACE airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

CTV viewers can log on to CTV.ca to enter the random draw for a shot at winning one of four overseas trips and the Grand Prize. The contest runs until November 23rd.

“THE AMAZING RACE has inspired viewers nationwide to want to travel and see the world,” said Mary Kreuk, Vice-President, Marketing, CTV Inc. “CTV and Air Canada’s exclusive contest will now give Canadians a chance to actually experience a trip of a lifetime, and experience it in style.”

“As Canada’s national airline we fly millions of Canadians to exotic and interesting places around the world, and our new Executive First Suite is an industry leader,” said Charles McKee, Air Canada’s Vice-President, Marketing. “We’re delighted to partner with CTV, Canada’s most watched TV network, in this amazing contest.”

The four prizes include a trip for two, including flights and accommodations, to a destination in Asia, Europe, South America or Australia. Entrants will also have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize, a trip for two to all four destinations. The lucky winners will travel in Air Canada’s Executive First Suite, a refined, personal space with lie-flat beds and hours of on demand entertainment at their fingertips. Winners will be able to fly to whichever city they choose from a list of cities available at the time of departure from the four prize locations. Aeroplan members can also win one of five prizes of 100,000 bonus Aeroplan® miles.

CTV is promoting “The Air Canada Amazing World Experience” contest with 30-second, 10-second and five-second on-air promos, encouraging viewers to enter the draw. The promo will also be airing on Metrovision screens in Montreal. Online banners, including a button on the CTV.ca homepage, will appear on CTV.ca, travelandescape.ca and discoverychannel.ca, as well as on Air Canada’s website at www.aircanada.com.

In the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE, “Please Hold While I Singe My Skull” (Sunday, November 2 at 8 p.m. ET), one racer thinks his team mates flirting is causing them to lose their focus during a roadblock, while another team battles Mother Nature’s windstorm during a detour.