November 2008

— Canada’s Premier Prize for Fiction, Now Celebrating Its 15th Year, Names a Winner —

Toronto, ON (November 11, 2008) – Joseph Boyden was named the winner of the 15th annual Scotiabank Giller Prize tonight for his novel Through Black Spruce, published by Viking Canada. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony broadcast that drew more than 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities.

Hosted by Canada AM’s Seamus O’Regan, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala aired live tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo! Encore broadcasts of the event will air on CTV tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET (check local listings). The gala was also streamed to readers around the world on CTV.ca, via the giller.ctv.ca website, and is currently available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

The largest annual prize for fiction in the country, the Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the finalists. A shortlist of five authors and their books was announced on October 7, 2008. Those finalists were:

· Joseph Boyden for his novel Through Black Spruce, published by Viking Canada

· Anthony De Sa for his short story collection Barnacle Love, published by Doubleday Canada

· Marina Endicott for her novel Good to a Fault, published by Freehand Books/Broadview Press

· Rawi Hage for his novel Cockroach, published by House of Anansi Press

· Mary Swan for her novel The Boys in the Trees, published by Henry Holt/H.B. Fenn

Selected by an esteemed jury panel comprised of award winning author and previous Giller Prize winner Margaret Atwood; Liberal MP, Foreign Affairs critic and author Bob Rae; and renowned international journalist, professor and author Colm Toíbín, the five finalists were chosen from 95 books submitted for consideration by 38 publishing houses from every region of the country.

Of the winning book, the jury remarked:

Suzanne Bird, a beautiful aboriginal model from the James Bay coast, goes missing in New York. In a gripping story filled with humour, suspense, and remarkable insights into both nature and human nature, Joseph Boyden takes us on two journeys. Suzanne’s sister Annie retraces her sister’s steps, from the Native poverty below the Gardiner Expressway to the extravagant fast lanes of New York. Will, their uncle, follows a very different path as he deals with the demons of memory, revenge, and darkest loss. In spare prose that ranges from lyrical to brutal, the two journeys are brought together brilliantly. Joseph Boyden shows us unforgettable characters and a northern landscape in a way we have never seen them before.

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian with Irish, Scottish and Métis roots. His first novel, Three Day Road, has been published in 10 languages. The book was selected for The Today Show Book Club, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Awards Fiction Book of the Year, the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the 2005 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Boyden is the author of Born with a Tooth, a collection of stories that was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Writer’s Craft Award. Boyden divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches writing at the University of New Orleans.

During tonight’s award ceremony, a roster of celebrity presenters – Rex Harrington, Alan Hawco, Dr. Vincent Lam, Alice Munro, and Dr. Samantha Nutt – introduced video profiles of the shortlisted authors, and presented each of them with a leather bound copy of their book.

Guess the Giller

Now in its sixth year, the Guess the Giller contest ran in over 30 public library systems. One hundred and seventy five bookstores including Chapters Indigo, post-secondary schools, literary festivals and over 1000 Scotiabank branches have promoted the contest to Canadian readers and the Indigo online book community has set up discussion forums for readers to debate and deliberate on the shortlist. The annual contest gives participants the chance to win a trip for two to any Canadian literary festival of their choice and a signed Scotiabank Giller Prize book set, a package valued at $5,000. For more information, please visit www.guessthegiller.ca

Thursday, November 13 on Citytv

(TORONTO – November 11) Tune in to this week’s episode of the award-winning series “30 Rock” when Jennifer Aniston guest stars as Liz Lemon’s former college roommate, Claire Harper.

Broadcast Schedule

Citytv Toronto Thursday, November 13 at 9:30pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg Thursday, November 13 at 9:30pm CT
Citytv Calgary Thursday, November 13 at 10:30pm MT
Citytv Edmonton Thursday, November 13 at 10:30pm MT
Citytv Vancouver Thursday, November 13 at 9:30pm PT

After soaring to fame with the hit series “Friends”, Jennifer Aniston makes her hilarious return to the small screen as Claire Harper. The former college roommate of Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) with more than a few screws loose, Claire randomly shows up in New York City and sets her sights on Liz’s boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). Jack is little competition for Claire’s man-eating ways and finds himself reeling from more than one embarrassing public display of “affection”. Unable to resist temptation alone, Jack turns to Liz to help him escape this fatal-attraction style romance. Meanwhile back at the studio, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) stages a reunion for the cast of “Night Court” in hopes of cheering Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) up following the introduction of new page uniforms.

“30 Rock” series regulars include Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, and Jack McBrayer and boasts a cavalcade of guest appearances from some of the most respected and recognizable faces in comedy. With an impressive lineup of guest stars including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Anniston, Salma Hayek, Steve Martin, Megan Mullally and Will Arnet viewership is sure to continue to climb.

Get even more “30 Rock” with episodes from the first two seasons at 9pm (10pm MT) and brand new episodes from season 3 at 9:30pm (10:30pm MT) on Citytv.

Want to know how you can audition for cycle three of Canada’s Next Top Model and be in with the chance to win a $100,000 modeling contract?

If you’re aged between 18-23 (by Friday, January 20 2009), are a Canadian resident, are at least 5’8″ in height and aren’t currently under a modeling contract then spending 5 weeks away from family and friends in the high-stress, high-stakes world of modeling, beauty and fashion may be on the cards if your application is successful.

You can complete the online application here or mail in this form.

Get your application in now as the deadline is Monday, December 22nd, 2008.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 10

Only 10 are left. Who will win it all? Following Wednesday night’s performance episode and over a million nationwide votes from Canada, 10 talented competitors are left in the search for Canada’s first-ever Favourite Dancer on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. During tonight’s live broadcast, host Leah Miller announced the bottom three couples; NATALLI Reznik, 28 and FRANCIS Lafrenière, 28 who performed a Salsa routine; ALLIE Bertram, 18, and DANNY Arbour, 26 who performed a Hip-Hop routine and LARA Smythe, 25, and MILES Faber, 21, who performed a Foxtrot routine. After they each danced for their lives, the judges deliberated and decided that LARA Smythe and FRANCIS Lafrenière would be sent home and therefore would not be part of the inaugural season’s coveted Top 10.

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA first-ever Top 10 is comprised of dancers ranging in age from 18 to 28 and a variety of dance styles including Contemporary, Latin and Hip-Hop. The competitors represent communities from across the country; DANNY, NICO and VINCENT from Quebec, KAITLYN, LISA and NATALLI from Ontario, ALLIE and MILES from Alberta and ARASSAY and IZAAK from British Columbia. They have survived seven elimination rounds and outlasted almost 10,000 other competitors. During the finale in December, one of these 10 finalists will be voted Canada’s first Favourite Dancer and will win $100,000 and the keys to a brand new 2009 Mercedes C230.

The competitors will begin rehearsing immediately for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s first Top 10 performance episode on Wednesday, November 12 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). The Season 1 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 are:

1. Allie Bertram, 18, a Ballet dancer from Calgary

2. Arassay Reyes, 21, a Contemporary/Latin dancer from South Surrey, BC

3. Danny Arbour, 26, a Latin and Ballroom dancer from Montréal

4. Izaak Smith, 19, a Hip-Hop and Contemporary dancer from Prince George, BC

5. Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, 18, a Contemporary dancer from Loretto, ON

6. Lisa Auguste, 27, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Rexdale, ON

7. Miles Faber, 21, a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary

8. Natalli Reznik, 28, a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer from Toronto

9. Nico Archambault, 23, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal

10. Vincent Noiseux, 22, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 10

The competition will become even more intense as the Top 10 not only face new choreography, but new partners each and every week as well. Offering their advice and support next week behind the judge’s desk for the Top 10 episodes will be Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux, along with guest judges Blake McGrath and Luther Brown.

Who stays and who goes is in the hands of Canadians, as viewer votes solely determine who continues in the competition and who goes home. After votes are tallied on Wednesday, November 12, two more dancers will be eliminated on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET (check local listings). The judges will critique the dancers, but the guy and girl who receive the lowest number of Canada’s votes will be eliminated from the competition.

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 9 at 9 p.m. ET (visit 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.

Marcus Lehman - Survivor:Gabon

The vote at Kota was 4:3, splitting the vote between Dan and Suzie. They discuss needed to be strong as they’re sure the merge is coming. Corinne is still mad with Suzie. Suzie seems to be trying to position herself as the kingmaker but the others are very weary of her.

At Fang, they’re happy with their text book blind side. Matty says he isn’t going to swear on his girlfriend any more though. They’re all hoping for a merge tomorrow. They’re going to keep the hidden immunity idol a secret in the hopes that they can blind side Kota.

Corinne is adamant she will get her revenge on Suzie. Tree mail arrives and hints at the merge with a new tribe and a feast on the equator.

At the feast, there is a box which says the box can only be opened once everyone has finished eating.

Kenny finds a note on the table about a second hidden immunity idol. The rest of the table find out. Randy finds the idol fairly quickly. He puts it on the table and it becomes a forbidden fruit available for whoever wants it. But no one wants to be thrown out of eden. They decide to cast it into the ocean. Marcus is happy about that as the Kota 6 have control of the game.

After casting the idol away, they open the box to learn that they are not merging but are in fact getting switched up again. Everyone is in shock.

The new tribes are Kota: Ken, Bob, Suzie, Crystal and Marcus. Fang: Randy, Matty, Sugar, Charlie and Corinne.

Marcus and Crystal learn that they have a connection through Crystal’s cousin which gives them something to work together with.

Charlie and Corinne wonder about the immunity idol and Sugar but they are thinking Matty should go. Matty is weary of Randy. Matty and Sugar talk strategy after she feels bad for getting rid of Ace. They have the immunity idol between them which gives them some power.

Marcus talks to Suzie who wants to be guaranteed top 3. She is threatening to switch.

Randy talks to Corrine and Charlie about getting rid of Matty.Matty is concerned about his time there and doesn’t really want to be the first member of the jury.

The immunity challenge is all about endurance and strength. The aim is to hold some poles up in the air. This is going to really hurt the arms. Crystal bows out after just 1 second. Sugar is out after 10 seconds. Charlie and Matty are there for Fang while Kota has Marcus and Bob. Marcus drops out. Charlie drops out. Matty and Bob face off in a tense battle but Matty takes the immunity.

Kota is heading to tribal council where it’s all up in the air. Can Suzie switch things up some more? Marcus talks to Crystal about getting rid of Ken and wants to swap her out with Suzie. Crystal is worried about being spun on. Marcus talks to Suzie in a less than flattering way.

Crystal talks to Ken who wants to get Suzie on side. It’s either that or he’s going home. Suzie isn’t sure which way she is going to go.

At Tribal Council, Marcus is shocked to find out he’s the first member of the jury. Another great blindside.

Sunday, November 16
7pm ET/PT

Hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopolous convince a surfer, trophy wife, aspiring singer, girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and a newly single beauty to strut their stuff on stage for a chance to be crowned the winner in this Instant Beauty Pageant in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada!

Friday, November 14
7:30 pm ET/ 7:00pm PT

An E! News Weekend Special so star studded it will blind you!

We hit the hottest red carpets and go behind the scenes to find out who in Hollywood is making the world a better place – and keep looking fabulous in the process? Featuring Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bono, Pam Anderson and a host of other successful individuals with big hearts. With hosts Arisa Cox and Jason Ruta.

Thursday, November 13
8:30pm ET/PT

Kim embarks on a new business venture, but finds her plans hampered when Craig refuses to provide the funding. Also, Phil and Kath plan a romantic evening, but those plans are also quickly spoiled.

Thursday, November 13
8pm ET/PT

When Earl goes to fix one of his wrongs he begins to reminisce about his first wedding anniversary with Joy when Randy threw them a surprise party at the crab shack. But when Earl’s more successful and handsome cousin Blake (guest star Jason Priestly, “Beverly Hills, 90210”) shows up Earl feels like a less than adequate husband. Meanwhile, killer bees have descended on Camden county trapping Darnell, Catalina, Kenny and Patty the daytime hooker in a phone booth.

Wednesday, November 12
9-11pm ET/PT

Hulk Hogan is the one of the most celebrated professional wrestlers of all time. In 2005, the reality show “Hogan Knows Best” introduced audiences to Hulk’s animal-loving wife Linda, his pop-singing daughter Brooke and his wild-child son Nick. It seemed nothing could come between this tightly-knit clan, but this past year has proven otherwise. From Nick’s devastating car crash and imprisonment to Hulk and Linda’s bitter divorce, the numerous scandals have left the Hogan family divided. Now Hulk and Brooke Hogan sit with E! to address the drama, speaking candidly about the shocking events that have rocked their family.