March 2009

Wednesday, April 1 – 8pm ET/PT

Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues investigate a construction site building collapse. They attempt to save three men trapped inside the building.

Tuesday, March 31 – 10pm ET/PT

The remaining four designers fight to make it to the finale. They are instructed to create a modern take on the power suit. The workroom heats up when the designers find out they must also create a lingerie look for their models, who have a bigger hand in the design than usual. Guest judge designer David Dixon joins the panel to decide the top three designers who will create a collection to show at Toronto Fashion Week.

Tuesday, March 31 – 9pm ET/PT

Liam displays his dark side to Naomi, who is stunned but captivated by the intense, handsome bad-boy. Meanwhile, Annie and Ethan face another bump in their relationship when Adrianna makes it known that Ethan and Rhonda shared a kiss, and Silver and Dixon make a video that stirs quite a controversy at West Beverly Hills High.

Tuesday, March 31 – 8pm ET/PT

Gibbs has to put his personal feelings aside and work with Trent Kort who returns in order to track down a dangerous criminal.

Monday, March 30 – 10pm ET/9pm PT

The heroes try to mend their broken relationships as Nathan and Claire seek refuge in Mexico and Peter and Angela hide out in a church. Danko’s bid to wipe out the super powered population intensifies as he unites with a surprising new ally.

Monday, March 30 – 9pm ET/10pm PT

The FBI is forced to collaborate with other federal agencies; the threat intensifies as the administration shakes things up and seeks a new perspective.

Monday, March 30 – 8pm ET/PT

House is injured in a motorcycle accident in New York and finds himself in bed next to a patient suffering from complete paralysis. As House transfers the patient to Princeton to determine what’s wrong with him, Wilson tries to find out why House was in New York.

Returns To Correct Time and Day – 8pm ET/PT

Jalapao is forced to get down to the nitty gritty when it comes to casting votes. Timbira continues to perform well under pressure at challenges, but camp life is another story.  Another castaway is voted out!

Last night’s broadcast of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS won a gold medal for CTV, attracting an average audience of 1.227 million viewers. The two-hour broadcast pulled in more viewers from 9-11 p.m. than any other broadcaster, with total viewers and the key selling demos A25-54 and A18-49, preliminary overnight data from BBM Nielsen Media Research confirms. More than 4 million viewers watched some part of the two-hour show, which was broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound from General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The audience compares to the broadcast of Canada’s Music Awards in 2005 (1.217 million) and 2006 (1.225 million).

A closer look reveals that THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS on CTV was the most-watched program from 9-11 p.m. last night, attracting 30% more total viewers than Global (FAMILY GUY/AMERICAN DAD/THE UNIT; 849,000), 51% more viewers A25-54 and 5% more viewers A18-49.

“Vancouver stepped onto the podium with THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With an enthusiastic host city, a terrific line-up of performers, a hilarious host, and an extraordinary production, THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS broadcast was a wonderful prelude to Vancouver 2010.”

Highlights from the broadcast are now available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at junos.CTV.ca. As well, MuchMoreMusic presents an encore broadcast of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

eTalk at the JUNOS attracted 421,000 viewers on CTV and Star! for its red carpet arrivals special at 7 p.m. The one-hour pre-show saw its audience increase 42% among A18-49 and 15% among A25-54 compared to last year. Hosted by ETALK’s Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, the star-studded special featured presenters, performers, nominees and celebrities including multiple-award winners Nickelback, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Sarah McLachlan, Hedley, Deborah Cox, Bryan Adams and Kathleen Edwards and host Russell Peters. ETALK continues their exclusive coverage of the 2009 JUNO AWARDS – including interviews from backstage in the exclusive ETALK Lounge – with a 30-minute wrap-up special tonight from Vancouver at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

Hosted by comic sensation Russell Peters from Vancouver’s General Motors Place, The 2009 JUNO Awards saw Nickelback take home three trophies, including the Juno Fan Choice Award (presented by Pepsi), Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association), and Group of the Year.

Four other awards were handed out over the course of the broadcast. Indie-pop sensation Lights was named New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), while rap/reggae chameleon Kardinal Offishall won Rap Recording of the Year. Dallas Green was named Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio) and Sam Roberts was awarded Artist of the Year. Also during the broadcast, famed 80s band Loverboy were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. A complete list of winners can be found at www.junoawards.ca or www.junos.CTV.ca.

The two-hour broadcast was jam-packed with performances by 18 different artists. Multiple winners Nickelback literally opened the show with a bang, performing “Something in Your Mouth” amid a sizzling pyrotechnical display. Also performing during the broadcast were award-winner Sam Roberts, Simple Plan, Alan Waters Humanitarian Award winner Sarah McLachlan, and New Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year winners The Stills. Another performance slot saw country music star Crystal Shawanda, R&B singer Divine Brown and JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder share the stage as they sang their latest hits in succession.

Additionally, Songwriter of the Year award winner Dallas Green teamed up with special surprise guest Gord Downie for a beautiful performance of “Sleeping Sickness” while Canadian music icon Bryan Adams sang “Walk on By” accompanied by Kathleen Edwards on violin. Finally, Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea teamed up with Hawksley Workman and world music group Eccodek for a show-stopping closing number.

Returning as host for the second year in a row, Peters pulled no punches in a caustic and hilarious opening monologue, skewering everyone from Steven Page and Anne Murray to Sarah McLachlan and Loverboy.

THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, Canada’s Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 18, 2010 from St. John’s, NL. It will be the ninth year in a row that THE JUNO AWARDS will air on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards. Since 2002, CTV has presented THE JUNO AWARDS from across Canada, bringing a local, electrifying stadium show to millions of Canadian viewers at home.

Is a lot going to happen 40 km from nowhere? On Monday, April 13, at 9:30 p.m. ET, CTV together with ‘A’ present the much-anticipated series finale of CORNER GAS, “You’ve Been Great, Good Night,” in super-simulcast. In the sensational, not-to-be-missed, top-secret final episode, Brent’s mysterious disappearance every Wednesday night has the whole town talking. When it is discovered he has been pursuing a lifelong dream, the gang is forced to cope with the news. After six unforgettable seasons, how will Canada’s favourite comedy series come to an end?

Before the sun sets on Dog River, CTV shines a spotlight on the milestones, the memories, and the laughter with two hours of tribute programming on April 13. At 8 a.m. ET, the entire cast of CORNER GAS wakes up the neighbourhood as CANADA AM broadcasts a live one-hour special from Toronto’s Masonic Temple. Later in the day, the cast appears with fans on LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS at 7 p.m. ET. Then, CTV goes behind-the-scenes of the taping of the final episode  in the exclusive, half-hour retrospective special, IT’S BEEN A GAS, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“It’s farewell, not goodbye. While April 13 marks the series’ finale, the memories and the legacy it leaves behind will live on forever,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who have made this history-making series a juggernaut success, and to the millions of fans who visited Dog River weekly.”

Back in the province where it all started, Premier Brad Wall will declare April 13 Corner Gas Day in Saskatchewan, paying tribute to the series that put Dog River on the map and made the small town of Rouleau a tourist attraction.

“We want to thank Saskatchewan’s own Brent Butt, and the Corner Gas producers, cast and crew for six years of laughter,” remarked the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. “Their stories have really captured the spirit of this great province, and shown off Saskatchewan to the world.”

Written by series creator Brent Butt and CORNER GAS Supervising Producer Kevin White, “Good Night, You’ve Been Great” is directed by Executive Producer David Storey. As the title of the episode suggests, the episode is a tribute to the millions of fans who have remained faithful viewers of the series since it premiered on January 22, 2004. Six seasons and 107 episodes later, the series finale is surprisingly poignant while still delivering the laughs that have made the series, as some say, the most successful Canadian comedy of all time. CORNER GAS maintains an incredible average audience of 1.4 million viewers for each of the 104 episodes that have aired.

Here is what CTV has in store for CORNER GAS Day on CTV, Monday, April 13:

Canada AM – 8 a.m. ET

Rise and shine with Canada AM’s CORNER GAS one-hour special, live from Toronto’s Masonic Temple. Starting at 8 a.m. ET, Brent and the gang take over Canada’s #1 morning show in front of a live studio audience. Fans can wake up to a morning of Dog Riverite fun with interviews, highlights, high jinks and prize-pack giveaways.

LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER GAS – 7 p.m. ET

Later in the day, the Dog Riverites take over the eTalk storefront studio at CTV headquarters in Toronto at 299 Queen Street West. The entire cast will have a rap session with ETALK in front of a live audience about the laughs, their most memorable moments, and what CORNER GAS means to them.

IT’S BEEN A GAS – 7:30 p.m. ET

In the lighthearted and poignant 30-minute special, cameras go behind-the-scenes during the filming of the final episode of CORNER GAS. As the shooting of the final scene draws near, creator Brent Butt marks the series finale in conversation with each cast member, reflecting on the past six seasons of laughter. Shot on location in Regina and Rouleau, SK, the special features sneak-peeks at the top-secret series finale, “You’ve Been Great, Good Night.”

The Comedy Network offers a second shot at saying goodbye with an encore presentation of IT’S BEEN A GAS on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by “You’ve Been Great, Good Night,” at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. For those who can’t bear to part with it at all, episodes are available on demand on The CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, thecomedynetwork.ca, and on the go at iTunes.ca.

The CORNER GAS Season 6 DVD will be released on June 9, 2009 from Video Service Corp. The new, three-disc, DVD set includes all 19 episodes of the final season, the television special IT’S BEEN A GAS and footage of the final read-through. Seasons 1-5 are also currently available on DVD at cornergas.com.

Meanwhile, the sequel to Michele Sponagle’s best-selling companion book Tales From Dog River will be published in November by Penguin Canada. Entitled Dog River Confidential: The Super, Even more Complete Corner Gas Guide is an all-new volume featuring episodic guides for Seasons 4-6 and more.

As the series finale of CORNER GAS approaches on April 13, CTV gives fans the opportunity to say goodbye to Canada’s #1 original comedy series in their own unique way. The “Corner Gas Pump Out a Poster Contest” allows viewers to express their feelings visually about the end of the Corner Gas era and say goodbye at the same time.

Fans, pop-culture fanatics, design students and artists across the country are invited to submit their artistic rendering celebrating CORNER GAS through Thursday April 2 at CTV.ca. The Grand Prize winner of the “Pump Out a Poster Contest” receives the honour of having their artwork live on forever as the official, limited edition, CORNER GAS commemorative poster, chosen by series creator Brent Butt among others, along with $3,500 worth of prizes.

Originally developed by Brent Butt for The Comedy Network and CTV, Corner Gas began production in the summer of 2003. The series, which currently airs in over two dozen countries worldwide, went on to become a cultural phenomenon, spawning a chart-topping book, sold-out comedy tours, a successful line of clothing and merchandise, a top-selling series of DVDs and a thriving tourist industry in Rouleau.

Throughout the years, the success of CORNER GAS has been undeniable. The series has created an increased confidence in the Canadian television industry, leaving behind a legacy of great writers and crew who have honed their craft and gone on to work in other Canadian productions.

Corner Gas has been nominated more than 80 times for numerous awards, including an International Emmy Award, Gemini Awards, Leo Awards, Director’s Guild of Canada Awards, Canadian Screenwriting Awards and Canadian Comedy Awards. The series has won six Gemini Awards, including Best Comedy Series.

Canada tips its hat to the CORNER GAS cast of Brent Butt as Brent Leroy; Eric Peterson and Janet Wright as Oscar and Emma Leroy; Gabrielle Miller as coffee shop owner Lacey Burrows; Fred Ewanuick as best friend Hank Yarbo; Lorne Cardinal and Tara Spencer-Nairn as police officers Davis Quinton and Karen Pelly; and Nancy Robertson as retail assistant Wanda Dollard.

The laughs come courtesy of a six person writing team which includes Supervising Producer Kevin White (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) along with Mark Farrell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made In Canada) as producer/writer; Emmy® winner Norm Hiscock (Saturday Night Live, King Of The Hill, Kids In The Hall) as consulting producer/writer; Andrew Carr (Comics) as story editor/writer; and Dylan Wertz as story editor/writer.