January 2009

Last night’s episode of CSI on CTV exploded to the top of the ratings chart with 3.2 million viewers, making it the fourth most-watched program on Canadian television this season. An average of 1.6 million viewers Aged 25-54 and 1.4 million viewers Aged 18-49 tuned in to see Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) and the CSI team investigate the murder of an undercover FBI agent found brutally murdered.

The episode, the second since William Peterson departed as a series regular, was also #1 in total viewers in its timeslot in each of Canada’s three metered markets – Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary – and with the two key selling demos (A25-54 and A18-49).

Among other primetime series last night, a special AMERICAN IDOL on CTV was #2 for the night with nearly 2.5 million viewers.

In next week’s encore CSI episode, “Let It Bleed”, (Thursday, Februay 5 at 8 p.m. ET), during the course of an investigation, the CSIs discover that their victim, a young woman who was murdered and found with several different blood types in her system, is the daughter of a wanted criminal. Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry) and Jason Lewis (SEX AND THE CITY) guest star.

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Total (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

The Style Network has teamed up with Canada’s SliceTM and Temple Street Productions for the first Canadian based season of Style Her Famous. Host Jay Manuel (Canada’s Next Top Model and America’s Next Top Model) is working closely with the Canadian fashion industry to give 10 lucky ladies a brand new celebrity inspired look. 10 episodes of this half hour series have begun filming in Ottawa and are scheduled to air on Slice TM in April.

“Canwest’s dedication to Canadian production has led us into a new synergy between The Style Network and Slice TM” says Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels. “This venture has afforded Canadians the opportunity to partake in the development of Style Her Famous which is the perfect addition to SliceTM’s current lineup of highly addictive programming.

In each episode this season, Jay Manuel introduces one fashion challenged Canadian to a celebrity fashion stylist and a hair and make-up artist who gives her a new look inspired by her favourite celebrity. Style Her Famous takes the essence and style of each woman’s celebrity idol and gives them the confidence to see themselves in a new light. The new season will feature looks inspired by Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Keira Knightly, Rihanna and many more.

Gossip, advice and deep conditioning? Hair care has never been more entertaining.… ‘da Kink in my Hair is back for another star-studded season on Global.

Beginning on Thursday, February 12 – 9:30pm ET/PT, the 2008 Gemini award-winning series returns with 13 half-hour episodes.

“‘da Kink in my Hair is a true gem amongst our line-up of Original Programming,” said Christine Shipton, SVP of Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “With its authentic humour and talented cast, this series has struck a chord with our audiences and we’re excited to offer up a second helping of Canada’s favourite home-grown comedy.”

The story continues as new and old characters congregate at Letty’s salon, to share laughs and joys, exchange dreams while washing away their worries. This season, Novelette (Ordena Stephens-Thompson) tries to untangle the webs in her personal life while taking care of her family and running her busy salon. After a stint at a competing shop, her sister Joy (trey anthony) returns and tries to find her own place within the salon while Starr (Ngozi Paul) continues to surprise her co-workers with her naivety and goody two-shoes attitude. There is also a new man in town, Malik (Eli Goree), the sexy and rugged grandson of Letty’s mentor, Pops (Ardon Bess). Now a year older, Letty’s son Dre (introducing Daniel J. Gordon, “Nurse Fighter Boy”) has new friends, loves and more growing pains.

Featuring special guest appearances from notable talent including award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox, WWE alumnus Trish Stratus, comedians Shaun Majumder and Jessica Holmes, soulful songstress Kreesha Turner and Juno-nominee, Divine Brown.

‘da Kink in my Hair is a Barna-Alper, trey anthony, Ngozika, Defiant Entertainment production and is executive produced by trey anthony, Ngozi Paul, Laszlo Barna, Damion Nurse and Shernold Edwards. Karen King-Chigbo is Production Executive and Christine Shipton is Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content for Canwest Broadcasting. Based on the original play ’da Kink in my Hair by trey anthony.

CTV Inc. today announced it has completed installation of an over-the-air (OTA) High Definition transmitter in Canada’s third-largest English language television market. “CTV HD Calgary” is now transmitting from CTV Calgary’s Patina Rise headquarters. CTV becomes the only broadcaster now transmitting over-the-air in High Definition in Calgary and, with similar operations in Vancouver and Toronto, CTV also now becomes Canada’s only broadcaster to have HD transmitters in all three markets metered by BBM Nielsen Media Research.

CTV Calgary’s leading line-up of top-rated programming – from AMERICAN IDOL, CSI and GREY’S ANATOMY to FLASHPOINT, CORNER GAS and the upcoming SUPER BOWL – is available in real time, in high definition, beginning immediately. CTV HD Calgary can be accessed by viewers with an HD-capable television equipped with a digital tuner and antenna on Channel 4.1. Additionally, CTV HD Calgary will replace CTV HD East on Channel 210 for Shaw Cable subscribers in Calgary and surrounding areas.

“Viewers can now watch Calgary’s most-watched programs in High Definition without time-shifting,” said Len Perry, General Manager and Vice-President, CTV Calgary. “As Calgary’s #1 television station, we are enormously proud to lead the way with this investment in our viewers.”

Today’s announcement represents the latest development in the multi-stage rollout of CTV Inc.’s Canadian HD strategy. CTV was the first national conventional broadcaster to transmit over-the-air in High Definition when its first HD transmitters began operating in Toronto and Vancouver in 2005. CTV was also the first national broadcaster to transmit a feed in High Definition when CTV HD East debuted in 2003, followed by CTV HD West in 2004. CTV has applied to the CRTC for additional transitional digital television licenses in other major Canadian markets.

As revealed last night on ETALK, CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today that the 2009 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient Sarah McLachlan is the first artist slated to perform live on CTV’s broadcast of The 2009 JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 29. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2009 JUNO Awards will air on CTV from Vancouver’s General Motors Place. Music fans should note, as announced previously, Early-Bird JUNO Awards ticket packages go on sale this Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. (PT).

The Canadian songstress, who calls Vancouver home, is an eight-time JUNO Award winner, multiple Grammy Award winner, and the recipient of the 2009 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, recognizing her outstanding work as a Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.(See “About Sarah McLachlan” below). Additional performers for CTV’s broadcast will be announced next Tuesday, February 3, immediately following the reveal of the nominees for The 2009 JUNO Awards at a media conference at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON.

“The talented Sarah McLachlan is one of Canada’s most successful artists,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Her dedication to fostering the Canadian music community through organizations such as the Sarah McLachlan Foundation gives young Canadians a chance to follow in her footsteps. We are honoured to both celebrate her accomplishments and have her perform on the JUNO stage.”

The JUNO Awards organizers have confirmed that only 500 Early Bird Ticket Packages will be available for purchase beginning this Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. (PT), providing music fans with a chance to secure their place at select JUNO Weekend Events. Packages can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 604-280-4444.

About SARAH MCLACHLAN

Since signing with Nettwerk Records in 1988, Sarah McLachlan has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. Her debut album, Touch, was followed by a string of monumental albums including Solace (1991, gold), Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1994, 3X platinum), Surfacing (1997, diamond), Mirrorball (1999, 4X platinum) and Afterglow (2003, 5X platinum). McLachlan is a multiple JUNO Award winner and received Grammy Awards for her stellar hits, “Building a Mystery,” “Last Dance” and “I Will Remember You.” Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan (2008) marks her first-ever career anthology featuring new and classic tracks from her award-winning catalogue. Visit her Official Website for more information: www.sarahmclachlan.com

Broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound and hosted by Russell Peters, The 2009 JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, March 29th from General Motors Place in Vancouver. It will be the eighth year in a row that The JUNO Awards will air on CTV, the Official Broadcast partner of The JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards have travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to millions of Canadians. CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from St. John’s (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007) and Calgary (2008). The 2010 JUNO Awards will be broadcast once again from St. John’s, NL.

The 2009 JUNO Awards is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions and Melanie Berry and Stephen Stohn for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Donna Luke is Supervising Producer. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Broadcast sponsors for The 2009 JUNO Awards are Garnier, Pepsi, Pontiac and Rogers.

Sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver, Music BC and Radio Starmaker Fund.

It’s showtime! From Springer Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, Standard Poodles and Doberman Pinchers, the 133rd ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW showcases America’s top dogs as they wag, pose and strut their way to the pedestal in hopes of winning the title “Best in Show”. Considered one of the largest and most prestigious dog shows in the world, The 133rd ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW airs LIVE Monday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb 10 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Animal Planet and Monday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb 10 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery HD. The ultimate in reality TV, the 133rd Annual WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW promises nail biting real life suspense and high doggy drama!

2008 “Best in Show” winner taken from the 132nd ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW.

America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event – trailing the Kentucky Derby by only one year – THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW is the undisputed world leader in the sport of purebred dogs. With entries from virtually every U.S. state and a number of foreign countries, the race is on for all canine contenders as this year is America’s first and only champions-only dog show with a 2,500 dog entry limit.

Exclusive to 170 champion breeds and varieties – including the new breed for 2009, the Dogue De Bordeaux – these canine athletes will be judged in seven different groups including Hound, Terrier, Non-sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working and Toy. From here only the group winners advance on to compete for the coveted prize of “Best In Show”.

Animal Planet’s three-hour live action coverage of the two-day event kicks-off at Madison Square Garden in New York City – the venue of choice for the show since 1883. With the Beagle taking “Best in Show” in 2008, there’s no telling who will take home this year’s coveted prize.

The WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW was named after a Manhattan hotel that was popular in 1877. It was at the Westminster hotel’s bar where sporting gentlemen would meet to drink and talk about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually, they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there, hired a trainer and named the club after their favourite watering hole.

See our planet from a wilder perspective! The world’s weirdest, wildest and most wonderful creatures take charge of Animal Planet Canada in the most entertaining and engaging ways. From the most perilous encounters with nature’s fiercest predators to
the pets we bring into our own family, all creatures big and small are the undeniable stars of Animal Planet – and we are their human entourage. They surprise us, scare us, play with us and teach us – and sometimes they need to think twice about not eating us!

Launched in 2001, Animal Planet programming offers an immersive and compelling journey into the animal world at home and around the globe, from confrontational and raw to compassionate and intimate. Visit Animal Planet online at animalplanet.ca, part of Canada’s leading online network.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as another nail-biting season of THE AMAZING RACE returns to CTV’s primetime schedule on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning February 15 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Phil Keoghan returns as host in the fourteenth instalment of the hit series which begins at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base near Long Beach, CA. A viewer favourite and consistent Top 10 series in Canada, the Emmy Award-winning competition series follows the teams as they travel over 40,000 miles in 22 days to nine countries, including Romania for the first time, as well as Switzerland, India and Russia.

THE AMAZING RACE once again follows teams competing in a race around the world in hopes of winning a $1million dollar prize. The 11 new teams battling it out for big bucks in THE AMAZING RACE are:

Siblings Tammy Jih and Victor Jih, Harvard lawyers from Los Angeles, CA

Student Amanda Blackledge and Sales Representative Kris Klicka, a couple from San Diego, CA

Christie Volkmer, from Oklahoma, and Jodi Wincheski, from Texas, Flight Attendants and friends

Brad and Victoria Hunt, a husband and wife team from Columbus, OH

Writer Mel White from Virginia, and his son Mike White, a Writer/Producer/Director from Santa Monica, CA, a gay father and son team

College grad Luke Adams, the first-ever deaf contestant, and his mom, research assistant Margie Adams, from Monument, CO

Carpenter Steve Cole and his customer service rep wife Linda Cole, traveling country bumpkins

Program coordinator Lakisha Hoffman and Marketing Assistant Jennifer Hoffman, sisters from Kentucky

Michael Munoz, from Hawaii, and Mark Munoz, from Los Angeles, CA, a sibling stuntmen team

Law student Cara Rosenthal and former Police Officer Jaime Edmondson, from Delray Beach, FL

Software Engineer Preston McCamy and student Jennifer Hopka, from South Carolina

Robert Hurst, President of CTV News and Current Affairs, announced today that Paul Workman has been appointed CTV’s Washington Bureau Chief, effective next Monday, February 2. Workman leaves his most recent post as CTV’s South Asia Bureau Chief to replace Tom Clark, who was recently appointed the new host of CTV Newsnet’s premiere daily political program ON THE HILL.

“Paul is an extraordinary journalist with decades of foreign bureau experience,” said Robert Hurst. “There is no one more qualified than Paul to take over in this role.”

“Reporting in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan for the past two years has been an incredible and difficult experience and I’m eager to take on this new challenge during such an exciting time in Washington,” said Workman.

Acclaimed journalist Paul Workman has lead CTV’s extensive coverage of news events in South Asia including the ongoing efforts of the Canadian troops in Afghanistan, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the fall of Pakistan’s former President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Contributing more than 30 years to Canadian journalism, Workman has a wealth of experience and has covered a multitude of national and international news events. Reporting from locations throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, Workman has covered notable news events including war in the Middle East, the revolutionary changes in Eastern Europe and the tragic death of Princess Diana.

CTV’s new South Asia Bureau Chief will be announced later.

From the Underground Railroad and the earliest Black settlement in the Maritimes, to the election of the first African-American President of the United States, there are some momentous markers in North American history that will be celebrated during Black History Month. Global News, along with The New FLOW 93.5 and the National Post, invite Ontarians to write in and share what Black History Month means to them. The Black History Month contest offers viewers a chance to share their personal stories during segments presented by special features reporter Terese Sears on the News Hour at 6 on Global.

Viewers are invited to visit globaltvontario.com and submit stories detailing the significance of Black History Month to them, in 500 words or less. From personal anecdotes and family histories to hopes, dreams and philosophies, viewers are encouraged to write in and share their thoughts with fellow Ontarians. Four winning entries will then be chosen by a panel of judges and featured during the News Hour at 6 pm ET on Global, Fridays in February. Winners will also have a chance to tell their stories on the radio on the New FLOW 93.5, be mentioned in print in the National Post, and receive behind-the-scenes VIP media tours of all three locations.

In addition, throughout the month of February, the News Hour at 6 on Global will be featuring various stories and coverage of events related to Black History Month. Community listings will also be broadcast on the air, outlining various events related to Black History Month.

The contest is open until February 2nd to anyone in Ontario over 14 years of age. Official contest rules and regulations are available at globaltvontario.com.

As parliament resumes on January 26, the fate of Stephen Harper’s minority government hangs in the balance. CTV, CTV Newsnet, CP24 and CTV.ca deliver complete live coverage of the throne speech on Monday, January, 26 and the new federal budget on Tuesday, January 27.

As Parliament Hill shifts into high gear, Sandie Rinaldo joins CTV Newsnet on a permanent basis beginning Monday, January 26. This new role will be in addition to her duties as weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, co-host of W-FIVE and backup anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

“Sandie brings a great deal of experience, editorial muscle and stature to our national all-news channel” said Robert Hurst, President of CTV News and Current Affairs. “Her experience covering live events like the Gulf and Iraq wars, the deaths of two popes and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will fit perfectly with the live demands of CTV Newsnet.”

CTV’s coverage of Monday’s throne speech and Tuesday’s budget begins each morning at 6 a.m. with CANADA AM, followed by wall-to-wall coverage on CTV Newsnet and CP24. On Monday, January 26, Sandie Rinaldo hosts the CTV NEWSNET SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THRONE SPEECH, beginning at 1 p.m. On Tuesday, January 27, Lloyd Robertson anchors the CTV SPECIAL PRESENTATION: BUDGET 2009, beginning at 4 p.m., live across the country. At 5 p.m. on both days, CTV Newsnet’s marquee political program, ON THE HILL, deconstructs both the throne speech and the budget with guests including Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff. CTV’s coverage ends each night with the most-watched newscast in the country, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON at 11 p.m. (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Also beginning Monday, January 26, CTV.ca delivers up-to-the-minute breaking news on the throne speech and the federal budget with live streaming video and an interactive feature that tracks the deficits and surpluses throughout the past 20 years. Other special features include an analysis of the GST. Visitors can find out whether federal finances would be in better shape today had the GST not been cut.