December 2008

Jay Manuel - Canada's Next Top Model
CTV announced today the return of Jay Manuel as host and executive producer for the third cycle of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, coming to CTV in 2009. Recruitment has begun for the hugely popular, Gemini-Award winning series, and continues through December 22, 2008. Visit to download an official application kit and/or to apply online.

”Jay Manuel is one of television’s most dynamic personalities on both sides of the border,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “His expertise and energy infuse CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL with added flair.”

“I’m thrilled to be back! CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL has proven itself to be the premier destination for viewers to learn about the Canadian fashion scene,” said Jay Manuel, host and executive producer, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. “I’ve always felt the fashion industry is a viable and successful place for those with creativity and determination. The series will continue to showcase all fashion career avenues, while being entertaining and provocative.”

Currently seen as creative director and judge on AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL®, Manuel is no stranger to the business of managing the esthetic. With an eye for creating stunning conceptual direction, Manuel has spent more than a decade in the world of high fashion and beauty, both in front of and behind the cameras. Manuel first took the reigns as host and executive producer in Cycle 2 of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, pushing the girls through the rigors of the fashion industry. A fan favourite of the TOP MODEL franchise, Manuel is back to helm the nation-wide search and find Canada’s next “IT” girl.

A fashion and beauty expert who began his career as a makeup artist, Manuel’s unique vision as creative director and producer has contributed to the success of 11 popular cycles of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. In addition, Manuel is host of the makeover series, STYLE HER FAMOUS and acts as a fashion correspondent providing red carpet coverage of The Emmy Awards®, The Golden Globe Awards®, The SAG Awards®, The Grammy Awards® and The Academy Awards®.

His artistry and expertise can been seen on the covers of the world’s most celebrated fashion magazines, and on the runways of the industry’s top designers. Manuel has worked with high profile photographers including Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz and has created “the look” for a long list of stars and models including Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Iman, Kim Cattrall and David Bowie.

Brandon R. Dwyer - Project Runway Canada 2009

Name: Brandon R. Dwyer
Age: 22
Hometown: Barrie, ON

“Project Runway Canada is an amazing opportunity to get my face and clothing out there and become more of a household name. The mass public needs to know that I exist!”

Industry buzz has brought Brandon from struggling student to the style spotlight. A standout in the fashion design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Brandon received rave reviews for his designs at the school’s 2007 graduate presentation at Toronto Fashion Week. He also scored a lot of media attention when Victoria Secret model Andi Muise posed in his first lookbook. Brandon designs for women who want to be noticed. He believes that succeeding in the industry is all about creating clothes that make women look their best and use their credit card without regret.

Baylor Orlando - Project Runway Canada - 2009

Name: Baylor Orlando
Age: 37
Hometown: Montreal, QC

“Fashion should be used to make people beautiful, happy, comfortable and outrageous!”

After graduating from fashion school, Venezuela-born Baylor Orlando, opened

and managed a successful bridal and evening gown studio in his home country. During this time he was invited to create evening gowns for the prestigious Venezuelan beauty pageants. In 2006, Baylor moved to Canada to further pursue his design dreams. He is currently a lead designer for a top handbag and accessories company in Montreal. Baylor describes himself as happy-go-lucky and a firm believer that change keeps life interesting.

Adejoké Taiwo - Project Runway Canada - Season 2

Name: Adejoké Taiwo
Age: 24
Hometown: Calgary, AB

“My parents’ Nigerian background really influences my design sense. I find the fabrics inspiring and the silhouettes completely different from North American culture. It’s exciting.”

Calgary’s Adejoké Taiwo got the itch for fashion when she was in grade school, taking her first sewing lesson when she was six years old. Her education continued with studies in costume design at Red Deer College in Alberta and a degree from the Ryerson University School of Fashion in Toronto in 2008. Adejoké credits growing up in a disciplined family for her determination to succeed – her mother is a deputy director at a young offender center in Alberta. Looking to the future, Adejoke’s goals are to expand her label àlalá and design a fashion line involving sustainable indigenous fabrics.

Rogers Media today announced that the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) has approved their application for an all news channel. The digital (category 2) license granted was for a local 24 hour news channel to serve the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area which includes Durham, York, Peel and Halton extending from Burlington in the west, to Clarington in the east, and to Brock in the north..

“We are extremely pleased with the CRTC decision today,” says Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice President, Operations, Rogers Media Television. “Torontonians and residents of the GTA will now be able to enjoy greater diversity when it comes to local news, weather and sports. Citytv’s unique brand of news and information, complimented by our ethnically diverse OMNI stations is the perfect combination to deliver a full time channel committed to the local perspective.”

The channel will also include news items contributed from a number of Rogers owned media properties including The Fan 590, 680News, Sportsnet, Publishing and the Toronto Blue Jays. Rogers Media Television will be unveiling launch date and branding plans for the new channel at a later date.

“We are delighted with the mandate we were given today, to deliver around the clock news,” comments Leslie Sole, CEO, Rogers Media Television. “This is especially timely as we move into a new era of choice and viewer focused television, the facilities at Dundas Square in the heart of Toronto will be a great hub for this service, Ted would have been so happy that we are continuing and expanding our proud tradition of service to local communities.”

Saturday, January 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! Find out how humans function under threatening conditions when Discovery fan favourites Ryan Stock and AmberLynn Walker return for another round of scientific shockers in an all-new season of original Canadian series GUINEA PIG. Season 3 explodes onto Discovery Channel beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with 10 new half-hour installments. In the all-new season, Ryan sets a new Guinness World Record and AmberLynn confronts her worst fear head-on in two GUINEA PIG firsts. Fans can hit right now for a chance at having their idea performed during an exclusive webcast that is set to air this winter.

The steely Canadian duo is back and teaming up with specialized professionals all over North America to test the limits of human endurance. Of course, to really understand the impact of extreme experiences on the body the GUINEA PIG must endure it. This season fans discover what it’s like to experience a motorcycle crash, survive 36 hours in a desert, take a pounding from a 300-pound wrestler, and much more. These first-hand experiences are amazing to witness and valuable for experts, as they rarely have a volunteer so willing to throw themselves in the line of fire – literally. Learning has never been so intense!

“We really push the limits of the human condition on GUINEA PIG so naturally everyone wants to know what compels me to do these experiments,” said Ryan Stock. “It’s no secret I’m hell-bent on quenching my scientific curiosity and I love sharing my passion for the extreme. I say, bring it on!”

Years before becoming the GUINEA PIG, Edmonton, AB native Ryan Stock started out doing simple magic tricks in his garage. From there, he moved on to using his body to try new stunts and taught himself how to thread a meat hook through his nose, eat fire, and continues to push the limits of possibility. Over many years as an extreme circus performer, Ryan has developed extraordinary control over his body and an unusually high pain tolerance. He’s passionate about using his unique talents to test just how much the human body can handle.

Edmonton’s AmberLynn, a contortionist by trade, also started in out magic and found her calling as an extreme circus performer and passionate researcher. Leaving no stone unturned in discovering the physiology behind new experiments and ensuring that Ryan stays safe – or at least unharmed in the long term – is AmberLynn’s MO. Plus, as an extreme performer herself, she’s not opposed to being the GUINEA PIG when duty calls!

The GUINEA PIG experience extends online at There, fans can access full episodes from Season 3 one week after they’ve broadcast on Discovery Channel. The Season 3 trailer and full episodes from Season 2 are available now. There’s more: exclusive behind-the-scenes footage; lots of action photos; insightful facts about the science behind each experiment; a message board where fans weigh in on GUINEA PIG experiments; and editorial from Ryan and AmberLynn reliving their edgy experiences. If that weren’t enough, fans can get online right now to tell Ryan and AmberLynn what the GUINEA PIG should test next. The call for experiments closes December 31, 2008. Ryan performs the winning idea during a live exclusive webcast that airs this winter.

“It’s very cool to excite our hardcore fans along with those who may not typically be interested in science,” said AmberLynn. “We can’t wait to see what kind of experiments Canadians have in store for us.”

Monday, December 15 at 8pm (9pm MT)
It’s the day before Christmas, and everyone is starting to feel the holiday spirit. When a rogue car chase crashes into the Buy More everyone is held hostage by the car’s driver — including Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) who have come in to do some last-minute shopping. Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) learn the incident is not as random as it initially appeared and that Chuck (Zachary Levi) and the Intersect are at risk. Plus, Chuck and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) both see something they wish they hadn’t.

Thursday, December 11 at 9:30pm (10:30pm MT)
When Liz’s (Tina Fey) parents ditch her to celebrate the holidays at a couples-only retreat, she tries to fill the void by volunteering at a charity program to help underprivileged kids. Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) takes out his frustration on the TGS staff when his plans for a dream holiday vacation away from his overbearing mother, Colleen (guest star Elaine Stritch) are foiled due to a freak accident. The TGS crew is forced to give up their plans to produce a last minute Christmas special.

The New Year is off to a dynamite start on Global with adrenaline pumping action, gripping drama, side-splitting comedy and fierce reality…Global unveils 2009’s hottest mid-season line-up with fresh new programming and returning hits.

“The sheer caliber of talent and fresh slate of content combined with returning hits makes for a line-up that’s tough to beat,” said Barbara Williams, Executive VP, Content, Canwest Broadcasting.

HOWIE DO IT kicks off on Friday, January 9 – 8pm ET/PT (Simulcast with NBC) as Howie Mandel and his team of professional pranksters take to the streets performing hoaxes and hilarious tricks on unsuspecting targets. Co-commissioned by Global Television and NBC, Howie Do It is a special one-hour comedy series shot on location in Ontario earlier this summer.

24, the Emmy Award-winning series starring Kiefer Sutherland, returns with a two-night, 4-hour season premiere on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12 starting at 8pm ET/PT. Set in Washington, D.C., “Day Seven” opens with CTU dismantled and Jack Bauer on trial. Bauer’s day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague Tony Almeida returns after being presumed dead and an unthinkable national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents. Subsequent episodes of 24 will broadcast Mondays – 9pm ET/PT, starting January 19.

LIE TO ME, an all-new drama series starring Tim Roth (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kelli Williams (“The Practice”) premieres Wednesday, January 21 – 9pm ET/PT. When you scratch your chin, wring your hands, wrinkle your nose or swallow too much, Dr. Cal Lightman (Roth) knows you’re lying. A series inspired by a real-life specialist who reads clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose the truth behind the lies in criminal investigations. As the foremost deception expert in the country, Dr. Lightman cracks the hardest cases and uncovers the secrets no polygraph ever could.

A Global debut, PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA lights up screens nationwide on Tuesday, January 27 – 10pm ET/PT as style icon and international supermodel, Iman, returns as Host and leads a panel of expert industry insiders who will judge the talent and skills of 14 promising new designers from across the country. Respected Canadian fashion designer Brian Bailey will once again act as mentor to the designers as they take on weekly fashion challenges. Project Runway Canada premieres on SLICETM beginning Saturday, January 31 at 9pm ET/PT.

The critically-acclaimed drama series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS returns for its highly anticipated third season beginning Friday, January 16 – 9pm ET/PT. Coach Taylor copes with an uncertain team after the graduation of star running back Smash Williams. Smash deals with his own demons after a season-ending injury causes him to lose his college scholarship while Matt Saracen becomes in danger of having his starting quarterback position taken away from him when a new freshman phenomenon arrives on the scene.

Additional mid-season scheduling announcements to follow in early 2009.



HOUSE – MONDAYS at 8pm, starting January 19

Two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie portrays the incomparable Dr. House – the cynical, sarcastic, medical genius who thrives on unraveling the medical puzzles he must solve to save lives, no matter what it takes.

NCIS – TUESDAYS at 8pm, starting January 6

This crime-drama series exposes the inner workings of the government agency that investigates all crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents traverse the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

BONES – THURSDAYS at 8pm, starting January 15

Dr. Temperance Brennan continues to solve murder investigations as she exercises her uncanny ability to read clues from the bones of the deceased. Paired with Special Agent Seeley Booth, the two continue to clash both professionally and personally.


All times ET / New programs in CAPS

8pm House (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*
9pm 24 (Season 7) *SIMULCAST*
10pm Cold Blood

8pm NCIS (Season 6) *SIMULCAST*
9pm 90210
10pm Kitchen Nightmares (Season 2) / PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA (Season 2, starting January 27)

8pm The Guard (Season 2)
9pm LIE TO ME (1 hour; drama) *SIMULCAST*
10pm Life on Mars *SIMULCAST*

8pm Bones (Season 4, starting January 15) *SIMULCAST*
9pm The Office (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*
9:30pm Billable Hours
10pm The Unit

8pm HOWIE DO IT (1 hour; comedy) *SIMULCAST*
9pm Friday Night Lights (Season 3)
10pm Numb3rs (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*

8pm Zero Hour
9pm Mob Stories
10pm Painkiller Jane

8pm The Simpsons (Season 20) *SIMULCAST*
8:30pm King of the Hill (Season 13) *SIMULCAST*
9pm Family Guy (Season 9) *SIMULCAST*
9:30pm American Dad (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*
10pm Brothers & Sisters (Season 3) *SIMULCAST*

Mondays at 10pm (8pm MT) starting Monday January 5
Not your average beauty pageant! The latest installment from reality guru’s Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, True Beauty has six gorgeous girls and four stunning boys vying to be considered truly beautiful. Hosted and judged by television personality Vanessa Minnillo (“TRL”, “ET”) along with judges Cheryl Tiegs (model, designer, author) and Nolé Marin (“ANTM”, “CNTM”, E!, “Tyra Banks Show”) the series will put these sexy contestants against each other in weekly challenges with an interesting twist. Contestants will be tested on both their physical appearance AND in a surprise turn of events their inner beauty. The three judges will observe and critique the contestant’s skills along with their character eliminating on person each week. Only after a contestant is eliminated will the truth about the show be revealed as they are shown a video montage of their behaviour captured by hidden cameras! At the end of eight episodes, one winner will be declared, a person who is truly beautiful inside and out. That person will receive a cash prize and a spot in PEOPLE magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People issue.