November 2008

Premieres Monday, December 1st on Citytv!

(Toronto – November 28) Join host Larysa Harapyn for this stylish Citytv special that takes you backstage at one of the largest events of the year: Fashion Cares. See all the models, performers, stilettos and stars when “City Does Fashion Cares” premieres on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1st at 10 pm ET on Citytv.

Fashion Cares is the largest HIV-AIDS fundraiser in Canada and this year’s theme takes a cue from the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock! It’s Hitchcock meets haute couture and Citytv is your all access pass to the glitz and the glam! We’ll take you beyond the velvet ropes with red carpet highlights featuring celebrities Dame Shirley Bassey, David Furnish, Katy Perry, Kreesha Turner and more! Plus, we go backstage with all the models, performers, makeup artists, designers, and hairstylists. With performances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Kreesha Turner, Katy Perry, Fritz Helder and the Phantoms, this is one show you won’t want to miss!

It’s the hottest event of the season, and Citytv puts you in the front row when “City Does Fashion Cares” premieres Monday, December 1st at 10 pm ET.

Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, brings forward intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television in its own unique, interactive style. With its strong local voice, Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television offerings. Its instantly recognizable ‘look’ and ‘sound’ are the product of refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high television style. Citytv is part of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.

FASHIONTELEVISION PRESENTS: FASHION SCARES, December 1

– Haute couture meets Hitchcock in one hour Fashion sCares special debuting on Fashion TelevisionChannel, MuchMoreMusic and Star! –

Toronto, ON (November 28, 2008) – CTV’s specialty stations unite on World AIDS Day for an evening of Hitchcock inspired high-fashion and philanthropy with FASHIONTELEVISION’s extensive coverage of the 22nd Annual Fashion sCares gala. FASHIONTELEVISION PRESENTS: FASHION SCARES debuts Monday, December 1 at 6 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel and Star! and 8 p.m. ET on MuchMoreMusic.

Continuing a tradition of more than 20 years in support of HIV/AIDS awareness, FASHIONTELEVISION (FT) returns with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of one of Canada’s largest and most spectacular galas – Fashion Cares. And with CTV as broadcast sponsor, only FT cameras deliver unprecedented access to this year’s extravaganza. Held earlier this month at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, FT puts viewers on the guest list, with this one hour special report.

Helmed by Fashion sCares Honourary Chair and FT Host Jeanne Beker, FASHIONTELEVISION PRESENTS: FASHION SCARES features all the evening’s highlights including thrilling performances from The National Ballet of Canada, Dame Shirley Bassey, Fritz Helder & The Phantoms, Katy Perry, and Kreesha Turner. From red carpet arrivals, to backstage interviews and afterparty shenanigans, experience an evening of glam, generosity, and ghouls. David Furnish and Yasmin Warsame host the Hitchcock-themed costume party that raises funds for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

CANWEST ANNOUNCES 5TH PILOT

(TORONTO – November 27, 2008) – Building on the drama pilot slate announced last month, Canwest announced a fifth commission today.

Joining forces with acclaimed Canadian show runner Andrew Wreggitt (Mayerthorpe, Shades of Black, One Dead Indian), are producers Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint of Vérité Films (Corner Gas), and Jeff Beesley (Borderline Normal); Canwest has commissioned the one hour pilot The Dealership.

The Dealership is a darkly funny, one-hour drama series about the dysfunctional world of Harrison Luxury Auto Gallery, a family-owned used-car dealership. Market collapse, credit crisis, the shrinking global economy – everything is conspiring against Rachel, Jack and Frank Harrison. But this main street family isn’t going down without a fight and will do whatever it takes to make the sale and live for another day.

“Andrew Wreggitt’s script is simply one of the most original we have seen” said Christine Shipton, SVP Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Adding to that, the team of Virginia, Robert and Jeff? It was a very easy call for us and we cannot wait to get started.”

Casting, Directing and additional production development announcements will be made shortly.

A CANWEST ORIGINAL SERIES TO PREMIERE IN SIMULCAST ON NBC & GLOBAL

AN ALL NEW COMEDY SERIES STARRING HOWIE MANDEL

(November 26, 2008 – TORONTO) – With his signature brand of humour, Howie Mandel comes home with his new comedy series, Howie Do It. Co-commissioned by Global and NBC, this Canadian Original series was filmed on location in Ontario earlier this summer, and will premiere in simulcast on the networks in the new year.

Beginning Friday, January 9 – 8pm ET/PT, Howie and his team of professional pranksters take to the streets performing hoaxes and hilarious tricks on unsuspecting targets. Howie Do It is a special six-part (one hour) series.

“Quality entertainment knows no boundaries, and Howie Mandel is a true testament to this fact,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “We, along with our partners at NBC are absolutely thrilled to have Howie back at the helm of his comedic roots, and this is the perfect vehicle to showcase his unique talents.”

Howie Do It is a Canwest Original series, produced in association with Alevy Productions and 3 Arts. Mandel, Scott Hallock (“Scare Tactics”), Kevin Healey (“Spy TV”), Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg serve as the executive producers.

Randy Bailey - Survivor Gabon
Night 27 at Nobag and Kenny and Crystal know what is going on at camp and Randy isn’t happy. He was impressed at the vote to get rid of Charlie as he had a lot of friends when he knows he doesn’t.

Sugar wants Randy gone and confides in Bob. Bob confides in her and shows her his fake idol. She wonders if he has an evil plan.

Randy and Corinne admit they hate everyone on the tribe and will be glad to be rid of them. However, they know that desperate times call for desperate measures.

The reward challenge is the famous Survivor auction. Everyone has $500 to spend. Randy buys 3 ice cold beers and peanuts for $180. Kenny spend $340 and gets a secret prize. He gets to send someone to Exile Island and take their money. Bob is off again. Sugar also spends $340 and scores herself chocolate and peanut butter. The next prize is a hot bath, fresh clothes and everything to get cleaned. Suzie takes it for $340. Matty takes a cheeseburger, fries and soda for $400. Randy takes spaghetti for $200. Corinne gets a sealed bottle with a bit of help in the next immunity challenge and then the final bid is for $20 and for the whole tribe. Randy takes a plate of cookies for the whole tribe.

As he shares them out, Sugar declines. Randy divides hers up and then offers the final cookie, which was his, which she takes and gives to Matty. Randy leaves the auction full, half drunk, broke and pissed off with Sugar. There is definitely some tension there.

Sugar laughs at how Randy is upset over a stupid cookie. Matty tells Randy that he needs to drop the attitude. Randy and Corinne talk to Matty about switching alliances. They’re sure that the final three, from the way the game is going, is going to be Kenny, Crystal and Suzie and that his only hope is to jump ship to them.

Bob gets a clue which reads the same as the first clue that he got when he first went to Exile Island and decides that he’s going to go on his own little safari. He climbs a mountain and gets inspired by the view.

Back at camp, Matty puts forward his proposal to get rid of Bob at the next tribal council. He advocates for Bob, Randy and then Corinne to be voted out in that order.

Randy is going to mix things up by hoping to agitate everyone and have Bob give him the idol and then blindside Suzie for jumping ship.

The other group are laughing at Randy and saying he’s a 49 year old acting like a 2 year old. Matty decides that Randy does need to go. Crystal too is all for Randy going. He’s stirred them up and is looking forward to the immunity challenge.

At the immunity challenge, everyone has to race across a series of balance beams with a bag of puzzle blocks. Three bags of puzzle blocks then have to be assembled like dominoes.

Corinne gets through to the final automatically thanks to her auction prize. Kenny and Matty are also in the final. Kenny manages to work his dominoes successfully despite it being a close race while Corinne and Matty’s stopped halfway through.

Randy is hoping Bob has the idol. Bob talks to Sugar and it sounds like Sugar is going to propose giving Randy the fake idol and play the joke on him. Bob is hoping to save himself for at least another immunity challenge.

Corinne wants to be sure that Bob hasn’t told anyone that he has the idol. She really doesn’t trust Sugar. Bob gives the idol to Randy who is smitten. He promises that if he isn’t in the finals but Bob is that he will definitely have his vote for the million dollars.

At Tribal council, Crystals message to the camera is heard clearly by the others as she writes down Randy’s name on the parchment. Randy plays Bob’s idol but is humilated. Corinne goes from looking smug to devastated.

Thursday, December 11 at 10 p.m. ET

As Christmas nears, Morris (Scott Grimes) receives an unwanted package from his father while Sam (Linda Cardellini) is anxious about getting Alex (Dominic Janes) off of the ventilator. Meanwhile, a pregnant woman with a high-risk pregnancy is in danger of getting deported. Parminder Nagra, David Lyons and Angela Bassett also star.

– December is wrapped up in Holiday treats, including A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA, THE RANKIN FAMILY REUNION and

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING –

– The 12 DAYS OF CORNER GAS kicks off Dec. 21 –

– Holiday classics return with SHREK THE HALLS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and A CHRISTMAS CAROL; catch everyone’s favourite ogre in SHREK and SHREK 2 –

Toronto, ON (November 25, 2008) – CTV unveiled its holiday programming lineup today, featuring new holiday specials, classic seasonal favourites and festive stunt programming stuffing the network’s primetime lineup.

CTV announced today that two all-new specials will join its holiday schedule. In the premiere of THE RANKIN FAMILY REUNION, the whole Rankin clan are back together to sing their favourite songs, airing Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Kermit the Frog and his friends –including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA guest judge and choreographer Paul Becker – are in need of a Christmas miracle in A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA, premiering Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

As previously announced, anchoring CTV’s Holiday schedule is the world premiere broadcast of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING, a major CTV television event, airing Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. ET.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic RITA MacNEIL’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, airing Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET, while the 12 DAYS OF CORNER GAS marathon brings more mirth than a partridge in a pear tree, beginning Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET. Additional marathon stunts add to the packed lineup as THE HILLS, 4REAL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA return with the best episodes of the year. Finally, contemporary specials like SHREK THE HALLS and holiday classics such as the original 1951 black and white version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC join new favourites SHREK and SHREK 2 to round out the lineup (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

CTV 2008 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP – NEW PROGRAMS AND SPECIALS

ER

Thursday, December 11 at 10 p.m. ET

As Christmas nears, Morris (Scott Grimes) receives an unwanted package from his father while Sam (Linda Cardellini) is anxious about getting Alex (Dominic Janes) off of the ventilator. Meanwhile, a pregnant woman with a high-risk pregnancy is in danger of getting deported. Parminder Nagra, David Lyons and Angela Bassett also star.

THE RANKIN FAMILY REUNION

Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET

The legendary Cape Breton singing group reunites for a one-time television special taped in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience at Toronto’s famed Masonic Temple. Jimmy, Raylene, Heather and Cookie Rankin sing all their hits, while Molly Rankin, daughter of the late fifth member of the Rankin family, John Morris Rankin, makes a guest appearance. THE RANKIN FAMILY REUNION airs again Sunday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING

Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. ET

Anne Shirley is one of the world’s most heartwarming iconic characters – but what happened before her surprising arrival at Green Gables in Prince Edward Island? Starring Hannah Endicott-Douglas (THE GOOD WITCH, SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY) as a young Anne Shirley, Oscar Nominee/Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Barbara Hershey (Beaches, Portrait of a Lady) as the older Anne Shirley, Rachel Blanchard (Where the Truth Lies, 7TH HEAVEN, CLUELESS) as Louisa Thomas, Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes, Terms of Endearment, Bewitched) as Amelia Thomas, and Ron Lea (RACE TO MARS, THIS IS WONDERLAND) as Gene Armstrong, this expansive new movie, which is both a prequel and a sequel to the original films, answers that question. Audiences will learn about the foundations of Anne’s childhood that shaped her life and haunted her in later years: the origins of her carpet bag; the source of her expression, “kindred spirits”; the development of her intense imagination as a means of survival; and most profoundly, many of the relationships with adults and peers that structured her character so distinctively, prior to her arrival at Green Gables.

In addition, CTV and ‘A’ will present a collection of titles from Sullivan Entertainment to complement the premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING, including the original three ANNE OF GREEN GABLES mini-series, additional episodes from the Emmy Award-winning series ROAD TO AVONLEA, and more. Details will be announced soon.

A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA

Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET

The Emmy and Grammy award-winning Muppets deliver an all-new one-hour special filled with song, dance, mayhem and heaps of holiday high spirits. On Christmas Eve, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the gang mistakenly avert three letters from making their way to Santa Claus. They need to get the letters to Santa in time, and hope that nothing can stand in the way of their happy Christmas. Guest stars include Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Richard Griffiths and Jane Krakowski. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s Paul Becker choreographed the special and also makes an appearance.

CTV 2008 HOLIDAY SPECIALS PROGRAMMING LINEUP – RETURNING FAVOURITES

SHREK THE HALLS

Monday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET

Shrek, everyone’s favourite ogre, brings his lovable charm to the small screen in the brand-new, half-hour holiday special SHREK THE HALLS, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Last year, the comedic special became an instant holiday classic when 2.1 million viewers* tuned in for the premiere on CTV. In SHREK THE HALLS, Shrek is ready to sit back, relax and enjoy his “happily ever after” life with his new family, when the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about. So when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiralling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. SHREK THE HALLS encores Monday, December 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

SHREK

Tuesday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET

When a green ogre called Shrek (Mike Myers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) discovers his swamp has been swamped with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow, Third Rock from the Sun), Shrek sets out, with a very loud Donkey (Eddie Murphy, Daddy Day Care) by his side, to persuade Farquaad to give his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz, Charlie’s Angels), who is waiting for her one true love. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek like Fiona, but Fiona is keeping something secret.

RITA MacNEIL’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET

Rita MacNeil is back to share some holiday cheer with her biggest fans in contemporary holiday classic, RITA MacNEIL’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Celebrating with friends, family and even a few pets, count on Rita to attract some well-loved musicians to help ring in the holiday season. Olympic figure skating gold medalists Jamie Salé and David Pelletier and Patti LaBelle guest star. RITA MacNEIL’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL encores Wednesday, December 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951)

Wednesday, December 24 at 9 p.m. ET

The 1951 black and white version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Alistair Sim, is widely considered to be the definitive of the many film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. The timeworn story about the miserable old merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and how his own disappointments in life shape his view that both life and men are not worthy of his notice or concern. He displays no charity to mankind generally, and in particular, to his employee Bob Cratchett (Mervyn Johns) and his unfortunate son, Tiny Tim (Glyn Dearman). But the miserable, miserly gent is about to get his comeuppance when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Sunday, December 28 at 7 p.m. ET

The Oscar-winning classic, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is set in 1930s Austria. A young woman named Maria (Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins) is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer, Inside Man) writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, managing to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives – including the Captain’s.

SHREK 2

Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. ET

Shrek (Mike Myers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) has rescued Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz, Charlie’s Angels), got married – now it’s time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona and Donkey (Eddie Murphy, Daddy Day Care) set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona’s mother and father. But not everyone is happy: Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there’s tension in the marriage. But it’s not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona.

CTV 2008 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP – STUNT PROGRAMMING

THE HILLS and THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW

Saturday, December 20 from 12:30 – 6 p.m. ET

Monday, December 22 to Friday, December 26 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Saturday, December 27 from 12 – 5 p.m. ET

Monday, December 29 to Wednesday, December 31 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Friday, January 2 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Brighten up the chilly Canadian winter with encore broadcasts of all 20 episodes from the latest season (Season 4) of THE HILLS, including the Canadian-produced THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW. Starring Lauren, Audrina, Heidi and Whitney, get caught up on all the drama from the entire fourth season and analyze the girls’ every move with MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank and Dan Levy after each episode.

THE 12 DAYS OF CORNER GAS

Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, December 22 – Friday, December 26 at 7 p.m. ET

Monday, December 29 – Friday, January 2 at 7 p.m. ET

Company’s coming this holiday season as THE 12 DAYS OF CORNER GAS celebrates 12 favourite episodes from the series’ first four seasons. Each episode features at least one celebrity guest star, including Shirley Douglas, Lloyd Robertson, Mark McKinney, Mike Holmes, Darryl Sittler, Ben Mulroney, Gavin Crawford, The Tragically Hip, and more!

4REAL – CHRISTMAS DAY MARATHON

Thursday, December 25 from 11 a.m. ET to 12 p.m. ET, 1 – 2 p.m. ET and 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Travel across the world with Sol Guy and celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck as they explore social issues on a global level in this Canadian series by CTV and MTV in Canada. Picked up by the CW this fall, 4REAL is about exploring different cultures from their traditions to their everyday lifestyles. 4REAL has been honoured on an international level with the United Nations in New York screening an episode as part of the UN’s permanent forum on indigenous issues.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON

Thursday, January 1 from 1 – 6 p.m. ET and 8 – 10 p.m. ET

Relive the edge-of-your-seat Season 1 moments with encore broadcasts of the final four performance episodes and final results shows of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The dance-a-thon starts with four performance shows that narrow the Top 10 dancers down to the Top 4. Then it all comes down to the nail-biting grand finale, where history will be made as Canada names its first-ever SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA favourite dancer.

CTV 2008 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP – CHRONOLOGICAL BY DATE

SHREK THE HALLS – Monday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET

SHREK – Tuesday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET

ER – Thursday, December 11 at 10 p.m. ET *NEW*

THE RANKIN FAMILY REUNION – Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET *NEW*

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING – Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. ET *NEW*

A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA – Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET *NEW*

RITA MacNEIL’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET

THE HILLS and THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW – Begins Saturday, December 20 from 12:30 – 6 p.m. ET

THE 12 DAYS OF CORNER GAS – Begins Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951) – Wednesday, December 24 at 9 p.m. ET

4REAL – CHRISTMAS DAY MARATHON – Thursday, December 25 from 11 a.m. ET to 12 p.m. ET, 1-2 p.m. ET and 3-4 p.m. ET

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Sunday, December 28 at 7 p.m. ET

SHREK 2 – Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. ET

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON – Thursday, January 1 from 1 – 6 p.m. ET and 8 – 10 p.m. ET

The Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is Celebrated this Holiday Season in MOZART DECODED and
THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES, December 20 on ‘A’

– Holiday specials spotlighting the legendary composer produced by
Emmy and Gemini Award-winning Kevin Sullivan –
– Toronto’s internationally-renowned Opera Atelier Baroque Opera Company featured in THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES –
– Award-winning THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES shot in Toronto and key locations
around the world –

Toronto, ON (November 25, 2008) – He’s known for composing some of the most beautiful music ever. This holiday season, ‘A’ celebrates the enduring magic of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with two Canadian-produced specials from the Sullivan Entertainment library – MOZART DECODED and THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES. Premiering Saturday, December 20 at 7 p.m. ET on ‘A’ (check Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), MOZART DECODED is a one-hour documentary revealing the little-known details about the legendary composer and the inspiration behind his most famous masterpieces. THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES follows at 8 p.m. ET on ‘A’, a two-hour original Canadian film that gives a contemporary makeover to Mozart’s final composition – and one of his most beloved – “The Magic Flute,” and features performances by Toronto’s renowned Opera Atelier Baroque Opera Company.

**Media Note** – Download photography from MOZART DECODED and THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES at www.ctvmedia.ca/Atv. Screeners are available by request.

“MOZART DECODED and THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES offer viewers a comprehensive look at the music of one of the world’s most legendary composers,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “This holiday season, viewers can relive some of his most famous pieces of music and be entertained as they discover the inspiration behind them.”

“My goal in creating THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES was to take that antiquated, reserved world that people think of as high art and to remove it from the opera stage into a contemporary film,” said Kevin Sullivan, President, Sullivan Entertainment. “The final production is not really an opera, it’s more like a musical… with all of the most memorable songs and dance sequences set against the background of a contemporary love story done with style and panache.”

The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has inspired and entertained people for over 250 years, but who was the man behind the music?

MOZART DECODED (Saturday, December 20 at 7 p.m. ET) takes an in-depth look at Mozart’s tumultuous and often difficult life, from his beginnings as a musical prodigy through his rise to stardom and membership with the secretive Freemasons, to his mysterious and untimely death at the age of 35. What inspired him to compose the musical masterpieces that immortalized him as one of the greatest composers the world has ever known?

Following the one-hour documentary, the two-hour original Canadian film THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES (Saturday, December 20 at 8 p.m. ET) explores love, betrayal, reward and retribution against the backdrop of one of Mozart’s most famous musical scores. Set in modern-day Saltzburg, Austria, young virtuoso singer Tom (Warren Christie, OCTOBER ROAD) is cast as the lead in a staging of the “The Magic Flute” opera for Mozart’s 250th birthday. Overwhelmed by the genius of the score, Tom fantasizes the opera in his mind, and quickly becomes obsessed with his mysterious co-star, Masha, (opera singer Mireille Asselin) an unknown Russian soprano of extraordinary talent who is constantly isolated from the rest of the company by her manager, Dr. Nagel (Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner). Tom’s interest in Masha becomes backstage intrigue as fantasy crosses into reality.

Winner of Best Family Film at the 2008 New York, Staten Island Film Festival, THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES was shot on location in Salzburg, Vienna, Munich and Toronto, and showcases Toronto’s internationally-renowned Opera Atelier Baroque Opera Company.

MOZART DECODED and THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES were written, directed and produced by multiple Emmy and Gemini Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Sullivan (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, ROAD TO AVONLEA).

Premieres Sunday November 30 at 6:30pm ET

With Emmy Award Winning Journalist Mary Garofalo

(November 25, 2008) From the streets of Canada comes 16:9 (sixteen by nine), a gritty investigative news series that profiles the lives of ordinary Canadians caught in extraordinary circumstances. Emmy Award winning journalist Mary Garofalo, together with Global News and Global National reporters from across Canada and around the world, hit the ground running to uncover the real stories behind the headlines.

Beginning Sunday, November 30 – 6:30 pm ET on Global, 16:9 kicks off with the shocking story of accused murderer Mark Twitchell. The Edmonton-based filmmaker caused a media sensation when reports surfaced that Twitchell’s fascination with the hit television drama, Dexter may have inspired his alleged crime. The premiere episode features the worldwide exclusive footage of Twitchell’s now infamous film that eerily parallels his murder charge.

“16:9 goes beyond the surface, digging deeper into current affairs that truly resonate with Canadians,” said Troy Reeb, SVP of News and Current Affairs, Canwest Broadcasting. “We’re very excited to launch this series with an amazing roster of expert reporters led by Mary Garofalo, whose experience in investigative news is absolutely outstanding.”

Toronto native Mary Garofalo is no stranger to getting the hard hitting facts, earning a reputation as one of the toughest reporters in New York City. As head of the investigative unit for Fox News in New York and former reporter and weekend anchor of A Current Affair, Mary’s investigations have landed con artists in jail, exposed corruption and uncovered numerous scams. Mary makes her return home for the first time since moving south of the border.

“It’s great to be back, and I’m looking forward to working with the Global team,” said Mary Garofalo. “We are ready and willing to go the extra distance to get the answers the viewers want and deserve to know.”

Displaying a raw, vibrant feel, 16:9, will be presented on-location from the streets across Canada. The series investigates stories in a fast-paced weekly, half hour, video-driven format. The program title is inspired by the 16:9 aspect ratio for widescreen, high definition television, and promises each week to deliver audiences “The Bigger Picture”

• 6:30pm – Global Ontario, Global Quebec, Global Winnipeg, Global Regina & Global Saskatoon
• 7pm – Global Edmonton, Global Lethbridge, Global Calgary, Global BC & Global Maritimes
*Broadcast schedules are subject to change.

Episode Synopsis:

Mark Twitchell “the man accused of being “The Copycat Killer”; could be at the centre of a case where life imitates art and 16:9 has obtained exclusive never before seen footage that will take viewers inside the mind of this Canadian Filmmaker. Currently in an Edmonton jail charged with the murder of John Brian Altinger, Twitchell’s love for the hit series Dexter has some accusing him of being “The Copycat Killer”.

Little Miracle is the remarkable story of a pregnant woman who developed leukemia and owes her life to a stem cell transplant from her newborn daughter’s stored cord blood.

Pranking Palin is inside look at “Justiciers Masques,” the prank tag-team from Quebec, who have fooled the likes of Jacques Chirac, Paul McCartney and most recently, Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.

Sunday, February 22 at 7PM ET

“The Barbara Walters Oscar Special” is undeniably one of the most anticipated television events of the year. Each year Ms. Walters selects a handful of Hollywood’s most newsworthy and interesting personalities and engages them in an exclusive and revealing one-on-one interview. Guests in the past have included Megastar Harrison Ford and hot up and comers such as Ellen Page.

This year, this the special will air Sunday, February 22 at 7PM ET on Global in simulcast with ABC.