March 2009

Sundays at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Bravo

April is full of laughs during comedy month on INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO. New episodes feature comedians Mike Myers (Apr. 5), Conan O’Brien (Apr. 12), Ricky Gervais (Apr. 19), and Dave Chappelle, who hosts the special two-hour 200th episode airing Apr. 26. On April 5, Bravo! broadcasts repeat episodes to kick off the month of comedy. Julia Louis Dreyfus airs at 11 a.m. ET, Billy Crystal at 12 p.m. ET, Eddie Murphy at 1 p.m. ET, and Chris Rock at 3 p.m. ET.

Saturday, April 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network

Returning to his hometown of Cincinnati, Williams says and does exactly what he feels, provoking nonstop laughter on everything from sex and relationships to parenthood and his shattered L.A. illusions.

Saturday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on Space

A quiet seaside town is engulfed by a thick fog precisely one century after a boat sunk just off the coast under mysterious circumstances. Stars Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair.

Saturday, Apr. 4 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo

WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE

CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA is a 90-minute live-to-tape production of Tony Award®-winning Director Des McAnuff’s Stratford Festival hit. Screened to sold-out audiences at Cineplex Odeon theatres across Canada earlier this year, television viewers can now experience the drama, intrigue and comedy of George Bernard Shaw’s renowned play. Starring legendary actor Christopher Plummer along with Nikki M. James, CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA is a witty and seductive comedy about the relationship between a veteran Roman political strategist and an enchanting Egyptian teenage queen. Produced in association with Bravo!

Saturday, Apr. 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Bravo

Music legend Elvis Costello strikes a chord when creative minds come together for intimate discussions and unparalleled musical performances on the critically-acclaimed series SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…. The hour-long series kicks off on a high note with guest Sir Elton John, as the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers discuss each other’s work and give the viewer priceless insight into their collective creative genius. Upcoming episodes feature The Police, Tony Bennett, Rufus Wainwright, Diana Krall, Bill Clinton, Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson and more. Conceived and developed in Canada by Executive Producer Stephen Warden, the series explores the creative process, the power of music and the impact it has on creators and the world at large.

Thursday, Apr. 2 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo

WORLD PREMIERE

Professional ballet hopefuls push their skills and test their limits in BALLET HIGH, a documentary about students at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the final year of the intense seven year training program. BALLET HIGH is rife with rivalries and tension as the dancers prepare to leap into the competitive world of professional ballet. Produced in Association with Bravo!

Thursday, April 2, AT 8 P.M., on CBC

STORIES FROM THE EPICENTRE OF A HORRIFIC NATURAL DISASTER

Nearly 70,000 people were killed in the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province on May 12, 2008. Lives and livelihoods, homes and villages were torn apart in seconds. Beijing’s first response was to ban media coverage from the disaster zone, but it was too late: Chinese reporters had hurried to the scene and were already filing live and uncensored reports. Their stories of unimaginable devastation unleashed an outpouring of international public support and sympathy. China took the unprecedented step of allowing international aid teams to come in. But soon the earthquake disappeared from the headlines, replaced by dazzling images from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. A year after the earthquake, what became of the people who survived? Viewers will witness their stories in China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures, airing on DOC ZONE, Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television.

A team from CBC Television’s award-winning Documentary Unit recently traveled to Sichuan in search of the people whose stories so inspired the world. China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures captures tales of incredible heroism and heartbreak. The film also explores whether the new image China presented to the rest of the world continued once the cameras moved on.

Viewers will meet Li Yue, a school girl who believed she was born to be a ballerina, but whose life was irrevocably changed after the earthquake when she witnessed many of her classmates die in front of her. Nine-year-old Lin Hao became a “Little Hero” in China, but his newfound celebrity has put a terrible strain on his family. And what of the Chinese journalists who were free for a time to report what they saw? One young reporter now finds herself the subject of controversy as people ask whether her desire to tell the story of a trucker trapped in the rubble ultimately imperilled his life? Perhaps one of the most enduring images of the earthquake was of a communist party official on his knees begging the parents of dead schoolchildren to stop their protest as they scream at him in anger. Did he follow through on his promises and did anything change for those parents?

China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures goes beyond the headlines to bring viewers tales of endurance and hope, of sorrow and rage, of life extinguished and life reborn.

China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures is directed by Susan Teskey. Executive producer is Jim Williamson.

Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age airs Thursday, April 2, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age investigates the world of Internet pornography, a multi-billion dollar industry whose explosive growth knows no bounds. A tidal wave of hardcore images saturates the net, beyond the control of law enforcement, politicians or parents. Children and teens are consuming pornography in ever-greater numbers, and the industry has spawned an entire generation of cyber-sex addicts. The cameras journey to California’s “San Pornando” valley, where viewers meet old-guard porn king Larry Flynt in his penthouse perch, a cyber-porn mogul at his sprawling multi-million dollar ranch, a backstreet bondage superstar and a porn agent promoting his latest discovery. Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age also explores the future of porn, including virtual online sex pioneered by a Vancouver company.

The documentary also reveals an epidemic of porn addiction from teenage cell phone users to a British Columbia oil executive who belongs to the fastest growing self-help group in the world—Sex Addicts Anonymous. As one sex therapist concludes, “the Internet is the crack cocaine of porn.”

Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age is written, directed and produced by Robin Benger, produced in HD-TV by Christopher Sumpton and Robin Benger, edited by Greg Hopen, with music by Donald Quan. The documentary was produced by Cogent/Benger Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credits.

April 9

Air India 182 airs Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m. (1.5-hour commercial-free telecast)

Airing at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) is an encore presentation of Air India 182, a riveting documentary from renowned Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarson on the final hours, days and weeks before Air India flight 182 disappeared off Irish radar screens. The documentary reveals the story of how Canada’s first major counter-terrorism operation failed to thwart the conspiracy and lays bare the ‘perfect storm’ of errors that resulted in the world’s most lethal act of aviation terrorism before Sept. 11.

This Can Happen to You airs at 9:30 p.m. (1/2-hour telecast)

Airing at 9:30 p.m. (10 NT) is This Can Happen to You, a fast-paced investigation into a case of wrongful conviction. The documentary is hosted by famous ex-boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. “The Hurricane” explores the case of Ronald Dalton, a Newfoundland banker, who was convicted of murdering his wife on the basis of faulty forensic evidence. Dalton served eight and a half years in prison before finally being acquitted in 2000. The documentary traces his ordeal from the night of his wife’s fateful choking accident and features a highly charged interview with Dr. Charles Hutton, the pathologist responsible for the conviction. Dalton’s final vindication occurred when Justice Antonio Lamer found his lawyers negligent in defending him, and recommended sweeping changes in the licensing of forensic pathologists.

This Can Happen to You is written and directed by Peter Thurling, produced by Joan Schafer, edited by Ron Wisman. Produced by Red Car Productions with participation of CTF, Canada film or production tax credit and OFTTC.

 

Wednesday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network

When he discovers his bleach-stained clothes in the laundry room of his building, Jon wants justice; extreme justice! Fueled by revenge, Jon plays detective, and determines that his prime suspect is “The Man in White”. In a scene too shocking for civilized people, Jon exacts his revenge in a bizarre and extraordinary manner. So what if he has the wrong man. It’s funny.

Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV

Vancouver’s own Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, 
k.d lang, Hedley, Nickelback, Serena Ryder, City and Colour and Simple Plan
all expected to grace the red carpet

ETALK AT THE JUNOS airs on CTV, Star!, FashionTelevisionChannel and CTV.ca –

Toronto, ON (March 24, 2009) CTV’s ETALK brings music’s hottest stars straight from their limos into the limelight on ETALK AT THE JUNOS. Celebrating the biggest night in Canadian music, ETALK delivers the official red carpet arrivals special for Canada’s Music Awards with a spectacular, star-studded red carpet event. Airing Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV live from Vancouver, viewers at home can witness the live action as music’s most celebrated bold-faced names take a stylish stroll amid a symphony of screaming fans and photographers’ flashbulbs lining the red carpet.ETALK anchors and red carpet specialists Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim host the special while joining them in the parade of dazzling arrivals areETALK’s Vancouver-based reporters, gossip maven Lainey and style specialist Susie Wall. ETALK reporter Traci Melchor joins the team for the second year.

ETALK AT THE JUNOS also airs on Star! – Canada’s Entertainment Channel, at 7 p.m. ET, and on FashionTelevisionChannel at 8 p.m. ET.  Viewers around the world can also watch the show on demand on their computers using the CTV Video Player at junos.CTV.ca beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Visit www.junos.CTV.ca for complete broadcast information.

** Media Note ** – Download photos of ETALK AT THE JUNOS, host Russell Peters and scheduled performers atctvmedia.ca.

Each year, ETALK AT THE JUNOS pulls out all the stops to create a unique red carpet experience that confirms its position as Canada’s undisputed red carpet leader. ETALK delivers unparalleled star wattage and non-stop glamour in support of Canada’s music industry, and an opportunity for fans to witness the action as it unfolds.  This year’s red carpet at Vancouver’s General Motors Place is guaranteed to uphold its tradition for excellence:

“We love taking the JUNOS red carpet show on the road,” said ETALK host and red carpet veteran Ben Mulroney.  “Each year, ETALK AT THE JUNOS unites the fans lining the carpet and those tuning in from home with Canada’s hottest musical talent. It’s a pleasure to invite Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate the glamour and excitement of the country’s very best homegrown musical talent.”

ETALK delivers a star-drenched 135-foot red carpet walkway where more than 100 limos will drop off a constellation of nominees, presenters, performers and VIPs.

Also to note:

  • The red carpet is 6,200 square feet in size.
  • Hundreds of local, national and international media will line the red carpet
  • More than 1,200 screaming fans are expected to line the red carpet and interact with the stars
  • ETALK’s dedicated production and technical crew will work around the clock starting today to create a flawless red carpet
  • The red carpet is built in four days and torn down in a matter of hours
  • 6 ETALK cameras capture every angle of the stars on the red carpet so fans at home catch all the excitement

A stunning array of Canada’s top talent are expected to descend upon ETALK AT THE JUNOS red carpet extravaganza, including:

  • Vancouver’s own Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan, star of CTV’s SPECTACLE Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, Bryan Adams, k.d lang, Hedley, Nickelback, Serena Ryder, and Simple Plan.
  • Some of the stellar performers and nominees include acclaimed funny man and host of the 2009 JUNO AWARDS Russell Peters, City and Colour, Crystal Shawanda, Divine Brown, Great Big Sea, Kathleen Edwards, Sam Roberts, The Stills, The Midway State, and Tokyo Police Club.
  • Presenters and special guests include Feist, Kreesha Turner, Nikki Yanofsky, Deborah Cox, David Furnish, Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo, Loverboy, Theo Tams, Eva Avila, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
  • The best in Canadian music are joined by the best in amateur sport when Canada’s Olympians and Paralympians grace the red carpet.  Olympic silver medallist Jeremy Wotherspoon and Olympic bronze medallist Mellisa Hollingsworth will greet fans on the red carpet and will be joined by fellow Olympians and Vancouver 2010 contenders Emily Brydon, Steve Omischl, Ashleigh McIvor, Charles Hamelin and Denny Morrison.  Also appearing on the red carpet will be Paralympians Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska, as well as Michael Landsberg, Whistler Host of Olympic Daytime on CTV and Host of Off The Record on TSN.

Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, ETALK is the most-watched Canadian entertainment newsmagazine. From the Oscars® and the Emmys® to the JUNO Awards and The Giller Prize, ETALK is front-and-centre delivering up-to-the minute news in film, television, music and more. Celebrating both homegrown talent and international stars, ETALK became Canada’s first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV and at 8:30 p.m. ET on Star!

 

Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on Global

Designers Adejoké Taiwo and Kim Cathers were sent home on Project Runway Canada last night…
Adejoke’s ready to wear outfit was praised by the judges for its fresh and youthful feel on the runway, however a lack of cohesiveness between the two designers couldn’t be overlooked. Kim’s silhouette was deemed interesting by the judges, however the poor construction of the avant-garde design made it hard for Iman to appreciate.

About Adejoké
Calgary’s Adejoké Taiwo got the itch for fashion when she was in grade school. 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. Looking to the future, one of Adejoké’s goals is to design a fashion line involving sustainable indigenous fabrics.

About Kim
Kim says fashion has always been a part of her life. She started her career designing leather bags and restyling vintage clothes, traveling around to music festivals and farmers markets selling her wares. After completing the fashion design program at the Blanche McDonald Centre, she opened a retail store to sell her kdon clothing line. She says she creates enchanting, progressive and innovative clothing made out of natural fibers whenever possible. She was forced to close the store in 2007, but continues to push the kdon line further while supplementing her income doing odd jobs.

Project Runway Canada
encores on SLICETM Saturdays at 9pm and Mondays at 10pm ET/PT.