March 2009

Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m. on A

SEASON 2 PREMIERE

Sam (Bret Harrison) returns from a road trip with Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez) hoping to make things right with Andi (Missy Peregrym). However, when the guys return they discover they’ve been fired from the Work Bench and evicted from their apartment. Meanwhile, Andi refuses to talk to Sam and the Devil (Ray Wise) is back with a new assignment.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Monday, March 2 at 12:37 a.m. on A

SERIES PREMIERE

Comedian and expert impersonator Jimmy Fallon (SNL) takes over the reigns as the third host of the highly popular comedy-talk franchise LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor, director and producer Robert De Niro and six-time Grammy® Award-winning singer Justin Timberlake will be guests in the premiere. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Van Morrison will perform from his critically-acclaimed Astral Weeks album.

Also airs at 1:37 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 1:37 a.m. MT on ACCESS

Monday, March 2 at 10pm on A

ALL-NEW EPISODE

Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) asks Allison (Patricia Arquette) to help his friends find their daughter, who seems to have left town with no explanation. Allison’s dreams and investigations point to the young woman’s husband as the person responsible for her disappearance but after talking to the missing woman’s mother (guest star Emmy® Award-winner Blythe Danner, WILL AND GRACE) she begins to think otherwise.

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT

NEW EPISODES

RAW is Canada’s first-look to the most recent designer collections hot off the runways. Its documentary-style captures the candid and unpolished moments that occur both backstage and on the runways. RAW: FRESH FROM PARIS takes viewers to Paris Fashion Week with highlights from Lacroix, Dior, Chanel, and Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2009 collections.

Monday, March 2 at 9 p.m. on A

Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) deals with the ghost of an arsonist who set fire to a restaurant. The case reminds her of another blaze five years ago on the night she met Jim (David Conrad). As she prepares to celebrate the anniversary, it appears that he has forgotten the date.

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

First Photos of Rachel McAdams and Beau Josh Lucas

March 2 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV

While a cold spell grips Toronto, romance is heating up for Canadian cinema darling Rachel McAdams. etalk gets the first official photos of McAdams with her new beau Josh Lucas out together for a stroll in the city this weekend. The duo were photographed by etalk holding hands and stopping for smooches on the same stomping grounds where etalk spotted McAdams and her former sweetheart Ryan Gosling just last summer.

Catch the breaking news and the exclusive photos tonight on etalk, the Most-Watched Canadian Entertainment Newsmagazine, at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings on CTV.ca).

 

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

Outperforms Idol Nationally and In All Markets

Reality Series Renewed for Astonishing 19th and 20th Editions

TORONTO, March 2, 2009 – Broadcast television’s longest-running reality competition series lived up to its name last week as SURVIVOR outpaced American Idol in Canada, a direct reverse of ratings results south of the border. The Emmy award winning show outpaced American Idol nationally and in all demos across all markets.

A testament to the show’s performance and popularity came in last week’s announcement from CBS that they have ordered a record-setting 19th and 20th editions of the show, through 2010.

Highlights Include:

• Survivor outperformed Idol by 13% nationally Ind. 2+ and 16% in the core A18-49 demo

• In the markets, Survivor beat Idol by 27% in Toronto, 40% in Vancouver and 94% in Calgary*

• The show continues to gain new fans as last week saw an 11% increase in Toronto, a 25% increase in Vancouver and a 52% increase in Calgary*

• Survivor remains a Top 10 staple, both nationally and in all three markets for A18-49

National      Toronto       Vancovuer        Calgary

Ind.2+ A18-49 Ind.2+ A18-49 Ind.2+ A18-49 Ind.2+ A18-49

8pm

SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS Global 1,890,000 997,000 442,000 248,000 304,000 151,000 81,000 57,000

AMERICAN IDOL 8 AR CTV 1,677,000 859,000 418,000 195,000 194,000 108,000 54,000 30,000

DOC ZONE CBC 387,000 109,000 64,000 12,000 34,000 3,000 6,000 200

 

Takes Top Spot in Toronto and Vancouver

Audience Grows 32% During Toronto Premiere

TORONTO, March 2, 2009 – Celebrity Apprentice trumped the competition last night, hands down winning its timeslot in Toronto and Vancouver, outperforming CTV’s Criminal Minds and The Mentalist. The Donald and his new band of merry ‘celebpreneurs’ particularly entertained Toronto fans as the audience in the key market grew by 32% during the course of the show.

Program Channel Start time Toronto Vancouver Calgary

9pm-11pm

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE E! 9pm 209,000 69,000 27,000

CRIMINAL MINDS CTV 9pm 129,000 28,000 33,000

THE MENTALIST CTV 10pm 107,000 25,000 15,000

FAMILY GUY Global 9pm 144,000 71,000 25,000

AMERICAN DAD Global 9:30pm 120,000 76,000 18,000

LIFE ON MARS Global 10pm 36,000 31,000 7,000

Takes Top Spot in Toronto and Vancouver

Audience Grows 32% During Toronto Premiere

TORONTO, March 2, 2009 – Celebrity Apprentice trumped the competition last night, hands down winning its timeslot in Toronto and Vancouver, outperforming CTV’s Criminal Minds and The Mentalist. The Donald and his new band of merry ‘celebpreneurs’ particularly entertained Toronto fans as the audience in the key market grew by 32% during the course of the show.

Program Channel Start time Toronto Vancouver Calgary 9pm-11pm CELEBRITY APPRENTICE E! 9pm 209,000 69,000 27,000 CRIMINAL MINDS CTV 9pm 129,000 28,000 33,000 THE MENTALIST CTV 10pm 107,000 25,000 15,000 FAMILY GUY Global 9pm 144,000 71,000 25,000 AMERICAN DAD Global 9:30pm 120,000 76,000 18,000 LIFE ON MARS Global 10pm 36,000 31,000 7,000

The 5th season of hit series Grey’s Anatomy is about to get even steamier, according to Entertainment Weekly. Actress Jessica Capshaw who plays Callie Torres’ new lesbian love interest at Seattle Grace has been offered a contract to become a permanent cast member of CTV Canada’s popular primetime show. After originally signing a contract to play pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins on only three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, users were reintroduced to the controversial lesbian love affair that saw actress Brooke Smith, who played Dr. Erika Hahn kicked off the show. After the network decided to pull the controversial lesbian plotline due to negative viewer feedback; engaging Dr. Torres in yet another steamy lesbian affairseems like a risky move on the part of the network responsible for Grey’s Anatomy.

Perhaps the lesbian plotline between Dr. Torres and Dr. Robbins will make an abrupt stop before it ever gets off the ground, but fans of Seattle Grace’s first featured pediatric surgeon will be happy to see her make an appearance in every remaining episode of season 5. Viewers might also be able to expect to see more interaction between Arizona Robbins and Miranda Bailey since we can only speculate that she will be offered the position in peds that she has been petitioning the chief for, rather ineffectually, for a period of weeks. Mentorship from the bright, bubbly doctor may be just what the doctor ordered to soften Dr. Bailey’s tough exterior to prepare her for a new role in the pediatric ward.

Grey’s Anatomy fans unfamiliar with Jessica Capshaw’s resume can rest assured she is an actress well-versed in working on hit primetime series after a long-running stint on the popular series, The Practice. And those already won over by Dr. Arizona Robbin’s charms can expect to see more of her beyond season 5, as the 32 year old actress has the option to return as a regular on Grey’s Anatomy season 6.