March 2009

Ready, set, spell! Global Television proudly returns as the exclusive broadcaster of the 2009 Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee Finals.

On Saturday, April 18th –  8pm ET/PT Ottawa heats up as Colin Mochrie (Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?) hosts this year’s spelling finals.  ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli co-hosts the event and will be joined by colour analyst, Finola Hackett, the two-time Canadian Champ and 2006 runner-up in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“Year after year, the drama of the spelling finals has captured our audiences nationwide, and this year will be no exception,” said Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “It’s absolutely incredible to see the poise and intellect reflected in these young spellers. The contenders keep getting stronger, and we’re extremely proud and excited to continue our unwavering support.”

Approximately 1700 schools registered to take part in the Canspell program for 2009, engaging a quarter million students from coast-to-coast.  All ten provinces are represented at the national event which sees 22 young spellers competing for the Canadian title in Ottawa.  These 22 top spellers will additionally proceed to the international competition, the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. during Bee Week in May of this year.

Canwest is joined by presenting and lead sponsor Canada Post, who covered all school registration fees associated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Canwest Canspell is affiliated with the renowned Scripps event so that Canadian spellers can compete on the international stage each spring.

From dingy dogs to pampered pooches, and South Central to Rodeo Drive, Animal Planet brings the latest in the world of primping, preening and reality dog grooming! First, watch the contestants fight like cats and dogs to win the supreme dog-grooming title in Season 2 of GROOMER HAS IT returning Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Then, follow the 2008 “Groomer of the Year”, Artist Knox, in BEVERLY HILLS GROOMER, premiering Tuesday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, as he takes to the chic streets of Beverly Hills to follow his dream of becoming a groomer to the stars.

Contestants from GROOMER HAS IT Season 2 premiering Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

The catty comments and hissy fits are back as Season 2 of GROOMER HAS IT sniffs out 12 of America’s most creative and hard-working groomers – amateur and professional – and brings them to Los Angeles to compete for the 2009 title of “Groomer of the Year”. With tougher challenges and bigger rewards, see how inspired and competitive these groomers get as they transform some of the scruffiest-looking dogs to their doggie best!

Hosted by Emmy award-winner Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), watch as judges Dr. Karen Halligan, Xavier Santiago and Joey Villani put the groomers through their paces each week to see whose knowledge and skill can turn the shaggiest, most unstylish pooch into a fancy, prancing pup. The grand-prize winner will receive his/her very own state-of-the-art mobile grooming salon from Wag’n Tails Mobile Grooming, a brand-new Subaru Forester, a cash prize of $50,000 and the prestigious title of “Groomer of the Year”. Each of these groomers thinks he/she has what it takes to be top dog in this competition, but in reality, only one GROOMER HAS IT.

Meet the Groomers:

· Krista, 28 – “Vegas Girl Turned Groomer” with two years of experience from Sherwoord Park, Alberta, CAN
· Cassandra, 25 – “The Spunky Chic” with five years experience from Akron, OH
· Danielle, 25 – “Groomer from the Bronx” with 11 years of experience from Los Angeles, CA
· Huber, 42 – “Groomer with a Heart” with 33 years of experience from Los Angeles, CA
· Jessica, 22 – “The Girl Next Door” with four years of experience from Jefferson, MA
· Joe, 58 – “Chicken Joe” with more than 50 years of experience from Wells, ME
· Lisa, 42 – “Veteran Groomer” with 30 years of experience from Genoa, IL
· Marco, 25 – “All Business” with three years of experience from Redondo Beach, CA
· Michael, 39 – “Confident Groomer” with five years of experiences from Chicago, IL
· Sherri, 28 – “The PTA Mom” with eight years of experience from Medina, OH
· Vanessa, 27 – “The Animal Communicator” with 10 years of experience from Long Grove, IL
· William, 41 – “The Fashionista” with 16 years of experience from Delray Beach, FL

Then in the highly anticipated spin-off from Animal Planet’s successful first season reality competition series, GROOMER HAS IT, comes BEVERLY HILLS GROOMER! Continuing the story of the newly crowned “Groomer of the Year,” Artist Knox, BEVERLY HILLS GROOMER shows how Artist found his calling in the unlikeliest of places – dog grooming – after growing up on the rough streets of South Central.

Determined to prove that an underdog can become the top dog in the grooming industry, Artist is bringing his infectious charm, signature style and grooming skills – along with his recent winnings – to the ultra chic streets of Beverly Hills. In this 12-part, half-hour, fish-out-of-water reality series, BEVERLY HILLS GROOMER documents the trials and tribulations of Artist as he recruits furry and fabulous clients alike, raises funds to open his own shop and hopes to beat the odds of becoming a business success. Armed with his mobile grooming truck, his trusty dog Bumpy by his side and his credo, “one for me, one for free,” Artist’s ultimate goal is to give back to his community and the dogs that need him most.

Paging all ER fans to CTV! After fifteen seasons, 331 episodes, countless surgeries and endless drama, County General will close its doors in a special two-hour series finale of ER on Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Audiences won’t want to miss the final chapter of one of television’s most beloved and revered series, which also features guest appearances from past ER alumni, to be revealed during the broadcast. The finale will also be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its broadcast premiere. Also, viewers can catch up on the last four episodes from this season, online at CTV.ca.

Noah Wyle guest-stars in the series finale of ER airing

Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

Since its premiere in September 1994, ER quickly became a Thursday night ratings juggernaut, both in Canada and the US, with its tear-jerking romances, gut-wrenching operations and all-star cast. The series was CTV’s #1 weekly program for eight years from 1994-2002. Recently, the return of George Clooney in this season’s March 12 episode drew 2.07 million viewers on CTV, its largest audience in more than two years. In all, the series has won 113 awards including a total of 22 Emmy® Awards, one Golden Globe and eight People’s Choice Awards. 

Launching the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, notably Oscar-Winner George Clooney, ER also became a hotly coveted destination for actors, all vying to get in on the medical action. Guest stars scrubbing in during the series’ decade and a half tenure include Sally Fields, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Alan Alda, Ewan McGregor, Mikey Rooney, Marlee Matlin, Thandie Newton and James Cromwell.

“For fifteen wonderful seasons, ER has done a fantastic job of keeping its finger on the pulse of its audience,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “ER’s connection with viewers, and ability to tackle hard-hitting topics, has made it one of the most successful television series of all time.”

In the finale episode, “And In The End, Part 1 & 2,” Gates (John Stamos) works on a young teen brought in with alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends. Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago and some old friends from County General all come to show their support. It’s Sam’s (Linda Cardellini) birthday and Alex (Dominic Janes) and Gates surprise her with a special gift. Meanwhile, Carter works with an intern to save a mother in labor with twins. Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS) and Ernest Borgnine (From Here to Eternity) guest star. Parminder Nagra, Scott Grimes, David Lyons and Angela Bassett also star.

ER may be ending, but a whole new drama is just beginning. Picking up where ER left off is the brand-new series SOUTHLAND, from Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING). A raw, gritty and genuine look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles, the new, heart-pounding drama, co-starring Benjamin McKenzie (THE O.C.), takes over ER’s longstanding Thursday timeslot when it premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS on CTV rocked Vancouver tonight during one of the most star-studded events in Canadian music. Nickelback cranked up the show with an incredibly pyrotechnic opening number;

and it was clear from the start that it would be a night to remember for the 6X platinum-selling rock group.  With a #1 selling album, Dark Horse, Nickelback received the JUNO Award for Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association), Group of the Year and the Juno Fan Choice Award (presented by Pepsi).

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.

The CTV broadcast was hosted for the second year in a row by comedian Russell Peters, who first appeared in a Bollywood/Breakdancing number and then went on to skewer musicians in the audience, from Loverboy and Sarah McLachlan to Bryan Adams and Michael Bublé.

One after another, Canada’s biggest names and most exciting recording artists graced The JUNO Awards stage to the delight of a packed audience at Vancouver’s General Motors Place. Presenters included Aaron Pritchett, Feist, Hedley, k.d lang and Kreesha Turner as well as a rare appearance by music’s power-couple Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, who together presented the last JUNO Award of the evening.

Seven JUNO Award statuettes were bestowed throughout the night including a win for indie-pop sensation Lights for New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), and rap/reggae chameleon Kardinal Offishall for Rap Recoding of the Year, taking home a second award after a previous win for Single of the Year at yesterday’s JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards.

The house erupted with applause when surprise guest Gordon Downie of The Tragically Hip joined newly minted Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio) Dallas Green for an unforgettable performance of “Sleeping Sickness.”

The night was full of unique collaborations counting a triple threat segment by three of Canada’s hottest young stars Crystal Shawanda, Divine Brown and Serena Ryder who each performed their smash singles.  Music icon Bryan Adams sang “Walk On By” with the help of JUNO Award nominee Kathleen Edwards on violin.  As well, Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea teamed up with Hawksley Workman and world music group Eccodek for a show-stopping closing number and one of a kind musical experience.

Other electrifying performances came from Sam Roberts who tonight received the JUNO Award for Artist of the Year and yesterday for Rock Album of the Year, Sarah McLachlan, Simple Plan and The Stills, who won two JUNO Awards last night for

New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) and Alternative Album of the Year.

Famed music producer Bob Rock honoured 80s rock icon Loverboy during a special presentation.  Members Mike Reno, Paul Dean, Doug Johnson, Matt Frenette, the late Scott Smith and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve are the newest inductees to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Alongside multiple hit albums and more than 20 million records sold worldwide, Loverboy is perhaps best known for the resonating party anthem “Everybody’s Working For The Weekend.”

And what a weekend it was in Vancouver!  Tonight’s CTV broadcast of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS was the fantastical culmination of a four-day celebration of Canadian music that was packed with musical highlights, festivities, concerts and events.

And the winners were:

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD (PRESENTED BY PEPSI)
Nickelback EMI

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Dangerous Kardinal Offishall Kon Live Universal

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Viva La Vida Coldplay Capitol EMI

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)
Dark Horse Nickelback EMI

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Sam Roberts Universal

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Nickelback EMI

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND CANADA’S PRIVATE RADIO BROADCASTERS)
Lights Underground Operations Universal

NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND CANADA’S PRIVATE RADIO BROADCASTERS)

The Stills Arts & Crafts EMI

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO)
Dallas Green
“Waiting…” | “Sleeping Sickness” | “The Girl”
BRING ME YOUR LOVE – City and Colour Dine Alone Universal

COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Life Doc Walker Open Road Universal

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY GALAXIE, RISING STARS PROGRAM OF THE CBC)
is it o.k Serena Ryder EMI

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Oceans Will Rise The Stills Arts & Crafts EMI

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY 91.7 THE BOUNCE)
Flavors of Entanglement Alanis Morissette Maverick Warner

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Love At The End Of The World Sam Roberts Universal

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lucky Molly Johnson A440 Universal

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Embracing Voices Jane Bunnett EMI

TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Second Time Around Oliver Jones Justin Time Fusion III

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Nostomania DJ Brace presents The Electric Nosehair Orchestra Balanced Records

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Tous les sens Ariane Moffatt Audiogram Select

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Snacktime! Barenaked Ladies Desperation Warner

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Homage James Ehnes ONYX SRI

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
Beethoven: Ideals Of The French Revolution Orchestre symphonique de Montréal/Kent Nagano Analekta Select

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels Ensemble Caprice Analekta Select

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Flanders Fields Reflections John Burge FLANDERS FIELDS REFLECTIONS Marquis EMI

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Not 4 Sale Kardinal Offishall Kon Live Universal

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ENERGY 101.5)
Random Album Title Deadmau5 Ultra EMI

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
The Love Chronicles Divine Brown WEA Warner

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Everything Humble Palm of Gold Records

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)
Running For The Drum Buffy Sainte-Marie Gypsy Boy EMI

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO

Proof Of Love Old Man Luedecke Black Hen Fontana North

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Chic Gamine Chic Gamine Independent

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ramblin’ Son Julian Fauth Electro-Fi Outside

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Ending Is Beginning Downhere Centricity David C. Cook

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
Africa To Appalachia Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko Independent Outside

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Lanois “Here Is What Is” | “Not Fighting Anymore” HERE IS WHAT IS – Daniel Lanois Red Floor  Fontana North

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Churko “Disappearing” | “The Big Bang” U-CATASTROPHE – Simon Collins Razor & Tie Sony

CD/DVD ARTWORK DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Anouk Pennel (Director/Designer); Stéphane Poirier (Illustrator)
En concert dans la forêt des mal-aimés avec l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal PIERRE LAPOINTE Independent Select

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY VIDEOFACT)
Honey Honey Anthony Seck FEIST Arts & Crafts EMI

MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR

Blue Road Christopher Mills, Geoff McLean BLUE RODEO WEA Warner

On March 20, 2009 Bravo announced a Casting Call for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County which also airs on the Slice Network in Canada. With only a few of the original cast members remaining from Season 1 of the popular series; Vicki Gunvalson and Jeana Keough, fans of the show can’t help but wonder how many cast members will depart after Season 4.

March 20, 2009 – Bravo’s celebrated series about real women, living fabulous real lives, is headed back to the OC!  The hit docu-soap TV series gives viewers an inside look at Southern California’s most glamorous Housewives.  Bravo is looking for fabulous women and their families to be featured in the next season of the series.

We are looking for outgoing, exciting, strong, focused women who reside in South Orange County and want to share their lives with us.

We are looking for women who are “Housewives” in the present-day sense.  They should be lively and energetic, with defined opinions and views.  The women will have busy lives, involvement with the community, strong work ethic, an active social calendar and an enjoyment of the good life.

We love women who are self-confident and happy with who they are.   
The women, their significant others and families must be open to sharing their experiences with the producers and the television audience.

Bravo’s Casting Call for Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County closes April 4, 2009; so if you are a resident of Orange County who wants to appear on the show; act fast!

 

Popular host of the Slice Network’s “’Till Debt Do Us Part” will be hosting a new show on the Canadian TV station, called “Princess”, where she will attempt to tame demanding divas; spreading her wings and her focus beyond finances to careers and relationships as well. If you have a demanding diva in your life, it’s time to nominate her to appear on Princess. While Slice has yet to announce when the show will begin airing, they are casting for the new show!

Do you have a princess in your life? You know, a friend or family member who thinks the world revolves around her? A girl who can’t leave the house unless she’s in $300 jeans and matching manicure? Someone whose bad behaviour means that personal and professional relationships are suffering in the process? Want to give her a dose of reality?

Slice Network’s new program Princess is on the hunt for those demanding divas. Our host, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, is about to blast her tough-love tactics onto a whole new generation of women. Watch as Gail sets these girls straight when it comes to career, money, and relationships and thrusts them into the life they’ve always dreaded: their own!

Contact us by email at casting@franticfilms.com

So nominate the pampered prima donna in your life and see if she can earn some respect in the real world. Your princess’s envious lifestyle is about to get the dose of reality it’s always needed.

Five years in the making, Derek and Meredith are finally one step closer to tying the knot on Grey’s Anatomy, following this Thursday’s touching and romantic episode that aired on CTV.

As we expected, Derek’s second “proposal” (if you can call it that), was turned down when he unromantically said to Meredith he “needs her to say yes” before going in to perform drastic brain surgery on Izzie. However, later in the episode he more than made up for it, with a heartwarming elevator proposal; the location where their relationship was allowed to develop and grow over the five seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

After the Chief delayed Meredith from getting on the wrong elevator, Derek greeted Meredith looking quite dapper (finally shaven in a nice suit) in an elevator with a timeline of their history together. Derek took Meredith back in time using imaging of previous patients; surgeries where they worked together that preceded or followed significant points in their romantic relationship. Derek didn’t get down on one knee, but he didn’t have to; and naturally, Meredith agreed that she would become the next Mrs. McDreamy.

One thing that was blatantly missing from one of the most significant scenes on Grey’s Anatomy this season, was the ring. After a non-traditional proposal, perhaps Meredith will not announce her engagement with a glamorous piece of bling; or perhaps the jewelry will resurface from it’s resting place in the woods.

Now that the engagement has happened, will the wedding bells be ringing this season for Derek and Meredith who have finally managed (or so it seems) to whether the storm of their turbulent relationship?

The plot unfolds next week on Grey’s Anatomy. Tune into CTV at 9pm EST.

Thursday night on American Idol, America finally voted for talent over tragedy. While some may be surprised Michael Sarver hung on so long, others have been expecting him to remain, not because of his voice, but because of his hardworking, relatable personality.

Sure, he probably is a very nice guy; a family man with a tough job,  but according to Idol judge Simon Cowell on Wednesday night, that singing as he has; he has no hope to win the competition. And for once, it seems that America agreed, sending Sarver home after placing Matt Giraud and Scott Macintyre in the bottom 3 during Thursday’s episode.

However, Michael Sarver has no plan to return to his oil rig job just yet, according to the Associated Press; so fans who loved him more for his story than his voice, might have to reevaluate their conceptions of the American Idol contestant. Okay, maybe not too much since Sarver intends to devote his full attention to his family before the Top 10 embarks on the Idol tour. He also doesn’t want to return to work and risk injury that might prevent him from performing and extending his 15 minutes of fame.

March and Women’s History month may be drawing to a close, but Grey’s Anatomy is continuing to celebrate the strength of women through its powerful plotlines. Last week, on the episode rightly titled “Stand by Me”, writer Zoanne Clack who penned the episode believes that Meredith was the front-runner for strong women when Grey’s aired on CTV last Thursday.

While Izzie struggled with the decision as to whether or not she should treat her cancer, Bailey tried to save the day by sending doctor after doctor out to the woods after Derek, and Cristina tried to mobilize Izzie into action; Meredith, instead of running (her normal reaction to potential conflict), tried to convince her not yet fiancé to return to the hospital as Izzie’s white knight.

Perhaps it is Meredith’s history of fleeing that makes Clack happy to see her take a stand in an attempt to control a situation spiraling out of control; but viewers will definitely have to tune in tonight to see if her efforts finalize a marriage proposal and, most importantly, bring Dr. McDreamy back within the hospital walls.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on CTV tonight at 9pm EST, following the American Idol results show.

March 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. on CBC

On Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. people around the world will turn off the lights for one hour to celebrate “Earth Hour”.

As the official broadcast sponsor with World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), CBC Newsworld will be there to mark “Earth Hour” as Canadians coast-to-coast power down in support of global climate action change.

For one hour live at 8:00 p.m. ET with Diana Swain in Toronto, and later, at 8:00 p.m. PT (11:00 p.m. ET) with Ian Hanomansing in Vancouver, CBC Newsworld will showcase what Canadians are doing to participate in this powerful event. Canadians will have the opportunity to witness the glow of their city lights vanish, demonstrating – through darkness – the need for action against climate change.

As a lead up to this worldwide rally, CBC Newsworld will broadcast The Tipping Point on March 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  This shocking documentary follows the Canadian Icebreaker Louis St. Laurent as it sails through the North West Passage. Viewers will watch as scientists warn Canadians of an ice-free summer arctic as early as 2012.

Millions of Canadians participated in the 2008 Earth Hour and more than 49 per cent of our nation chose to turn off their lights and other unnecessary power supplies.  Earth Hour mobilizes millions of people towards global change and shows how small actions can have big results. During these special hour-long broadcasts, CBC Newsworld will be calculating its energy usage and offsetting its carbon footprint by purchasing carbon credits in hopes of mobilizing the efforts of so many Canadians who work tirelessly to ensure change for future generations – tune in but turn off all your other appliances!

Follow all of the up to date CBC “Earth Hour” coverage through the following social media tools:

Twitter: earthhourcbc
Skype: earthhourcbc
Email: earthhour@cbc.ca