December 2008

CTV Announces Final Call to Catwalk Contenders for CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

– Recruitment for third cycle of Gemini Award-winning reality series comes to a close December 22 –

– Apply now at www.model.ctv.ca for a chance to win a $100,000 modelling contract –

Toronto, ON (December 17, 2008) – Girls with a passion for fashion and dreams of jumpstarting their modelling career have six days left to apply for CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Deadline for applications is Monday, December 22, 2008. Visit www.model.ctv.ca to apply online – a program first this year – or download the official application kit and apply by mail. More than 2,000 applications from across the country have been submitted to date. Thousands more will apply, but only 10 women will compete on-air for an incredible grand prize that includes a $100,000 beauty contract. Cycle 3 of the hugely popular Gemini Award-winning series is scheduled to hit the airwaves Spring 2009 on CTV.

To qualify, applicants must be female, between the ages of 18-23 (as of Friday, January 30, 2009), Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada, and at least 5’8” in height. Participants must also be prepared to spend five weeks away from family and friends and must not be locked into a current modelling contract.

Hosted by Jay Manuel, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL provides dramatic twists and turns as hopefuls compete to master essential skills and live together, all under the watchful eye of TOP MODEL cameras. One cast member is eliminated each week and the last model standing wins the coveted title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Join Citytv as we ‘Sing’ in the New Year with the 24th annual festivities and live broadcast from Nathan Phillips Square, Citytv New Year’s Bash, 2009. One of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in Canada, this year’s special outdoor, free-concert is hosted by Gord Martineau, Tracy Moore, Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese. This is one party you won’t want to miss!

Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:
Citytv Toronto Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET – 12:15am ET
CitytvHD Toronto Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET – 12:15am ET
Citytv Winnipeg Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm CT – 12:15am CT
Citytv Calgary Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm MT – 12:15am MT
Citytv Edmonton Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm MT – 12:15am MT
Citytv Vancouver Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm PT – 12:15am PT
OMNI 2 Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET – 12:15am ET

The pre-broadcast show kicks off at 9pm with Citytv personalities Farah Nasser and Roger Petersen in the Square. We’re sending 2008 out with a bang as we prepare for our live telecast at 10:30pm! Join us for an alcohol-free evening of entertainment — bring out the hot chocolate, long johns and flannel blankets to keep you warm. Things will definitely heat up as you dance the night away and ring in the New Year! With previous year’s attendance reaching over 40,000 revelers, you’ll want to get there early to secure your spot!

This year’s performers include:

Suzie McNeil:
A page torn from the dictionary can’t begin to define the spirit of rock and roll exuded by Toronto native Suzie McNeil and her sophomore solo effort, the fittingly titled Rock-n-Roller. Loaded with 11 tracks that run the gamut from the insatiably catchy first single “Let’s Go” to the chugging, break-up ball-buster “Free”, Rock-n-roller is the product of Suzie’s fierce attitude, independent spirit and furious determination to have the voice of a strong woman heard. Suzie first captivated audiences as the only Canadian contestant on the music-reality show Rockstar: INXS and has continued to delight fans with two hit albums including her debut release Broken & Beautiful. Suzie went on to star as OZ in the Toronto premiere production of We Will Rock You. Suzie has been honoured with a Juno Nomination for Best New Artist/Group of the Year. Her powerful ballad and Top 10 single “Believe” has been featured in numerous television shows including Oprah, The Biggest Loser, Beauty and the Geek and The Hills. An Orchestral Olympic inspired version of “Believe” features the 61 piece National Arts Centre Orchestra and is in the running to become the anthem for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Kreesha Turner:
Born to a Canadian father and Jamaican mother, Kreesha Turner was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. From a young age Kreesha expressed her love of music through dance and performed modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop and African. But it wasn’t until 2000 when15 year-old Kreesha took a voyage to Jamaica that she would discover that she was blessed with another way of expressing herself – through song. Upon her return to Canada, Kreesha was hooked on performing and immersed herself in Edmonton’s underground hip-hop community. In 2005, she won a talent search contest sponsored by a local radio station and was given the chance to record four tracks with Vancouver-based writers/producers Hipjoint. One of those songs, “Bounce With Me,” became a radio hit and attracted the attention of urban music manager Chris Smith (Nelly Furtado, Tamia). The song has been featured in episodes of Gossip Girl and Entourage as well as in promos for Lipstick Jungle.
On her debut album Passion, Kreesha collaborated with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson), producer Devo Springsteen, another Grammy winner (John Legend, Aretha Franklin) and Toronto-based songwriter and producer Jon Levine (Philosopher Kings, Nelly Furtado).

Dru:
Toronto native, Dru has passionately pursued his music career since 1993. The Juno and MMVA award winner’s first three singles, “The One”, “Stay with Me (Always)” and “Seasons” share a strong rotation across the country with videos appearing on all major media outlets. With the release of his latest single “Never Too Late” Dru continues to prove that he is settling into his own on the Canadian music charts. Dru has been identified by Billboard Magazine as one of the most important emerging Canadian artists. Before going solo, Dru was the front man for Canadian R&B group, In Essence. The group went on to release the award winning album, The Master Plan. Dru is a force in the industry both as a performer and songwriter. Maintaining his drive, humility and class, Dru is poised to introduce a new brand and style to the R&B music world.

Tristan Avakian:
Renowned guitarist Tristan Avakian has recorded with some musical heavyweights including Lauryn Hill, Biohazard and Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20). He can be heard on The Lost Christmas Eve (Trans Siberian Orchestra – certified Gold) and Mariah Carey’s Daydream (certified Platinum). Tristan’s theatre credits include the original Broadway production of the Billy Joel hit musical Movin’ Out and the original production of Off-Broadway smash Hedwig and the Angry Inch while his touring credits include Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Cirque du Soleil.

Shiloh:
Western Canada’s own musical sensation Shiloh continues to gain critical acclaim and popularity with her first single/video “Operator (A Girl Like Me).” At just 15 year’s old, the songstress has been compared to vocal power house Amy Lee. Her debut album of which she has co-written over half of the songs, is slated for release in March 2009 with Universal music. Shiloh has most recently performed with Hedley, Theory of A Deadman and Lady Gaga. Her songs have appeared in movies Dr. Dolittle 4, What Happens in Vegas as well as the hit television drama Gossip Girl.

Danny Fernandes:
Danny Fernandes knows he can dance. From a young age, Danny pursued a career in dance, winning a slue of accolades including two consecutive Rising Star awards at the annual CNE Dance Battle and becoming the youngest member of the Toronto Raptor’s famed Dance Pack. Danny went on to land professional dancing gigs including touring with the likes of Aaron Carter, Blackstreet, Deborah Cox and of course his brother Shawn Desmond. Adding singing to his portfolio, Danny has proven himself as an all round contender in the entertainment industry. Built on spectral synths and skintight beats, Danny’s sexy songs like “Curious” and “Private Dancer” are purposed-built for getting down and picking up, busting moves and breaking hearts.

The Cast of JERSEY BOYS:
See the cast from the Toronto production of the acclaimed Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS including stars Derek Krantz, Jeremy Kushnier, Michael Lomenda and Jeff Madden. The Tony Award winning blockbuster JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It tells the tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 millions records worldwide. A true rags to riches story, JERSEY BOYS has been heralded by critics and audiences alike with successful extended runs in Chicago, Las Vegas, London, and now Toronto, plus a National Tour. The Toronto production of JERSEY BOYS is produced by Dancap Productions Inc., Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

Don’t miss Citytv New Year’s Bash 2009 Wednesday, December 31st live on Citytv and OMNI 2 (Toronto). Available in HD on CitytvHD (Toronto), Rogers Cable 519.

FLASHPOINT, the hit CTV original series that climbed to the height of the ratings charts in both Canada and the U.S. this past summer, returns to the CTV schedule this winter on Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The return of the Canadian series will provide a lead-in to the series premiere of Stephen Bocho’s new legal drama RAISING THE BAR at 10 p.m. ET. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times and catch up on demand on previously aired FLASHPOINT episodes. Production of the new episodes begins in January in Toronto. Colm Feore (TRUDEAU, Paycheck) and Wendy Crewson (REGENESIS, HUNT FOR JUSTICE) guest star in the next new episode (Jan. 9), joining series regulars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau.

FLASHPOINT’s success is the culmination of a three-year process that began with CTV’s Writer’s-Only Development Program in 2005. With an average audience of 1.2 million viewers in Canada* and 8 million viewers in the U.S.** since debuting #1 on both CTV and CBS this past summer,* FLASHPOINT is the first series since CTV’s DUE SOUTH to air in network primetime in both Canada and the United States. This past August, CTV announced that it would order 13 more episodes of the hit series before bumping the order to 18. Three weeks later, CBS announced their renewal of FLASHPOINT in the U.S. as well.

“FLASHPOINT has been one of the year’s greatest highlights on North American television,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Now, we begin 2009 with more episodes of this engrossing, high-energy series. I encourage everyone who hasn’t seen this addictive drama to catch up on episodes at CTV.ca before its return.”

“It is great to be back in production and to continue working closely with both CTV and CBS on FLASHPOINT,” said Executive Producers, Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. “In the new episodes, the SRU team’s unity is tested as it faces extraordinary new tactical challenges, while fighting to keep the peace within its own ranks.”
Colm Feore and Wendy Crewson guest star in FLASHPOINT’s next brand-new episode. In “Eagle Two” (Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET) (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the SRU handles a VIP protection shift at a lavish downtown Toronto hotel. David Graham, a charming philanthropist (Feore) and his beloved wife (Crewson) are in town to give away $5 million at an international conference. Ed Lane’s (Dillon) admiration for the man shatters when the philanthropist’s past catches up with him in a terrifying public showdown.

FLASHPOINT also received critical acclaim as it climbed the ratings chart. “FLASHPOINT has gone from strength to strength, thanks to some excellent writing and direction”, said The Globe and Mail. “FLASHPOINT is a hit,” said Sun Media and the New York Daily Post called it “no flash in the pan.”

Each new episode of FLASHPOINT will be made available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its television broadcast on Saturdays beginning January 10 at 9 a.m. ET. Episodes will also be made available the day after broadcast from the iTunes Store in Canada. Also, viewers can catch up on previous episodes at CTV.ca and on iTunes.

FLASHPOINT follows a unique group of cops that can do what ordinary police officers can’t. Members of a highly-skilled SWAT team (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force), they’re trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject’s head at the very emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. They’ll do whatever it takes to defuse the situation to try to save lives – all in a day’s work.

FLASHPOINT stars an impressive list of talent, including Enrico Colantoni (VERONICA MARS) as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Hugh Dillon (DURHAM COUNTY) as Ed Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Amy Jo Johnson (FELICITY) as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan, sniper and rappelling expert; David Paetkau (WHISTLER) as Sam Braddock, the newest sniper on the team; Michael Cram (STARGATE: ATLANTIS) as Kevin “Wordy” Wordsworth, who specializes in close quarter combat; Sergio Di Zio (Just Buried) as Mike “Spike” Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert; and Mark Taylor (Doomstown) as Lewis “Lou” Young, specializing in less lethal solutions.

Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Et / 5:30 p.m. Pt, beginning Jan. 17

Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT, beginning Jan. 21

This enchanting series explores the history of musicals, and the men and women who created them.

Jan. 17 – Rodgers & Hammerstein Feb. 7 – Irving Berlin

Jan. 24 – Cole Porter Feb. 14 – Kurt Weill

Jan. 31 – Lerner & Loewe Feb. 21 – George Gershwin

Saturdays at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt, beginning Jan. 17

Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, beginning Jan. 21

This six-part half-hour series takes a light-hearted look at the opera.

Jan. 17 – Suicides Feb. 7 – Rigoletto

Jan. 24 – Duels Feb. 14 – Poisoning

Jan. 31 – Tosca Feb. 21 – Carmen

Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT, beginning Jan. 10

Sundays at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, beginning Jan. 11

See the series from the very beginning. Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized drama MAD MEN explores the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. Et / 6 p.m. Pt

A 60-minute profile of Canadian folk singer Ferron as she reunites with her band after a 10 year separation. Gerry Rogers’ film concludes with Ferron’s reunion concert in Vancouver.

Saturday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

In A BRONX DREAM, 32 children from the Bronx are taught Irish dance, language, and culture. A BRONX DREAM culminates with a trip to Ireland, where the children stage a jubilant performance for Irish President Mary McAleese.

Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. Et / 7 p.m. Pt

Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT

Canadian jazz sensation Molly Johnson takes to the iconic Masonic Temple stage in the next instalment of Bravo!’s AT THE CONCERT HALL series. Johnson performs hits from her three previous solo albums – Molly Johnson, Another Day, and Messin’ Around – and treats the audience to songs from Lucky, her recently released collection of standards.

After Tribal Council, Matty is pissed with Kenny for voting for him. Everyone still wants Matty gone next though as he’s such a physical threat. Crystal is really regretting not writing down Matty’s name on the parchment and is desperately hoping that he doesn’t win at the next immunity challenge.

Bob and Kenny talk and Kenny isn’t happy. Bob promises to give him the immunity idol if he wins it after putting him in a difficult position.

At the reward challenge, the survivors will have to be the first to throw three balls into a net after retrieving them from the other end of a swamp. Matty is easily in the lead but Bob catches him on the second throw. The girls are struggling. The final shot is a close race and Bob sneaks home. He gets to go on an adventure to a Gorilla park as well as having a meal and night in a bed. Suzie is off to Exile Island. Bob takes Kenny and Crystal with him to enjoy the reward.

They strategise over food and refreshments before showering and getting ready to go to the Gorilla Project. Bob enjoys the experience while on Exile Island, Suzie is enjoying the comforts of the Sugar Shack while Sugar and Matty are back at camp gunning for Kenny and Crystal.

Matty isn’t happy with Sugar over her decision to exclude him from the alliance for the final three. Matty knows that his neck is on the line and that unless he wins the immunity challenge then he will be packing his bags.

Crystal confronts Matty about his place in the game but Matty is confused. Sugar makes the observation that Kenny is a liar and Crystal is just a big bully. She talks to Matty and decides that it’s time to mix things up again and wants it to be Bob and Suzie with them for the final four and that Crystal will be the first to go.

The immunity challenge is is to use your hands to study a Gabon mask while being blind folded and then collect three bags of puzzle pieces and then recreate the mask. Crystal is all over the place and is in and out of her lane. Suzie ends up out of the back of the course. But for four straight challenges, Bob wins the immunity again. Now he has the predicament of honoring his word to Kenny about giving him the imumnity.

Kenny tells Crystal that if Bob gives him the necklace then they will vote him out tonight. Kenny tells Bob that he feels really nervous. Crystal tells Sugar and Matty that they’ve come up with a plan to get rid of Bob.

Sugar talks to Bob and they hatch their own plan to get rid of Crystal.

At Tribal Council, Bob doesn’t think Kenny is going home so he keeps the immunity. He’s right. Sugar gives Matty her individual immunity. Sugar looks smug as Crystal’s name comes up and she’s sent home.