March 2009

BATTLESTAR Goes Out With A Bang!

Two-hour series finale was most-watched program on specialty television last Friday –

Encore of finale and FANDOM FORUM added to schedule, March 28 –

Toronto, ON (March 24, 2009) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA wrapped the frak up on Friday night with out-of-this world numbers, becoming one of the highest rated events ever on SPACE. A massive audience of 430,000 Viewers 2+ watched as the Galactica flew off into the sunset and the remnants of civilization began their lives on a new planet. The series finale, which aired last Friday at 9 p.m. ET, ranked third behind CTV and Global in its timeslot. An encore presentation of the two-hour finale has been added to the schedule this Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. ET.

The series, which has been called the best show on television by TimeRolling StoneThe Chicago Tribune, and Newsday, ended on a high note as the two-hour finale episode became the most watched show on specialty television on Friday night. The series finale also created a lot of buzz online on spacecast.com, increasing daily unique visitors by more than 70% over the eight-week average.*** Fans can catch the highly-anticipated prequel CAPRICA, exclusively in Canada on SPACE in 2010.

SPACE’s original special FANDOM FORUM, which followed the series finale at 11 p.m. ET, had a strong performance with a Viewers 2+ audience of 132,000, garnering 34% more audience than its normal time slot. The first-ever live event for SPACE, hosted by on-air reporter Teddy Wilson, was held in front of a live-studio audience at CTV’s headquarters in the heart ofToronto’s entertainment district. On-air reporter Natasha Eloi reported live from Vancouver amongst a fleet of BSG fans dressed as their favourite characters from the series at a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA party throughout the FANDOM FORUM. The FANDOM FORUM also repeats this Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

“The success of Friday’s finale, and our subsequent FANDOM FORUM, proves what a community of passionate sci-fi junkies our audience is,” said Fraser Robinson, Director of Content, SPACE. “The record number of viewers who watched FANDOM FORUM were able to access a sharing of ideas that kicked off an entire weekend’s worth of arguments and theorizing in our living rooms, coffee shops and online forums. I know that’s how I spent my weekend!”

Also a success online, the series finale brought record numbers to spacecast.com. SPACE’s live chat had more than 1000 participants during the season finale with 3,500 messages posted during the two-hour period. With the finale posted online after broadcast, video streams of BATTLESTAR nearly doubled for the season finale this past weekend, reaching record high daily page views to the site – nearly double the weekly average. Daily unique visitors increased by 70% compared to the eight-week average.***

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA has helped make SPACE the #1 specialty network destination for P2+, A25-54 and A18-49 on Fridays 10-11pm, with a higher audience than any other English Specialty station during its timeslot.** Every Friday, more than half a million Canadians tune in to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (average weekly reach of 506,000 P2+). BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is the most-watched non-sports series among M25-54 and M18-49 this broadcast year to date.*

SPACE is Canada’s national science fiction, speculation and fantasy channel. SPACE is truly the boutique station for all those who dare to challenge their imagination (www.spacecast.com). SPACE is owned by CTV Limited, a division ofCTVglobemedia, Canada‘s premier multi-media company.

Source: BBM-NMR, Canada, *BYTD Sept 1/08-Mar 20/09, **Since the premiere of BSG Jan 16-Mar 20/09

***Source: Omniture

 

— CTV and Star! to broadcast ETALK AT THE JUNOS Red Carpet special —

— CHUM Radio to broadcast red carpet show live on nine radio stations across Canada –

— junos.CTV.ca gives users the full JUNO Awards experience with up-to-the-minute coverage –

Toronto, ON (March 24, 2009) – As the set continues to be unloaded at Vancouver’s General Motors Place, CTV announced today its unparalleled broadcast plan in support of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS on its conventional and specialty television, radio and online properties. With less than a week to go until the big night, programming dedicated to Canada’s Music Awards will be seen on numerous news and entertainment platforms on CTV as well as six specialty channels, nine radio stations and various online outlets. In addition, the official Red Carpet arrivals special ETALK AT THE JUNOS will not only air on CTV, but also on Star! – Canada’s Entertainment Channel in super simulcast.

Hosted by the Gemini Award-winning comedic sensation Russell Peters, THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS airs on Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET from Vancouver’s General Motors Place on CTV and CTV HD East/West (see below or visit junos.CTV.ca for local broadcast times). THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS will be rebroadcast on MuchMoreMusic (April 2), Star! (April 4, 5) and Bravo! (April 11).

** Media Note – Download photos for all THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS programming at ctvmedia.ca.

“Canadians are invited to join the party by experiencing THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS everywhere – on CTV, online at CTV.ca and on the radio on CHUM stations across the country,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc. “CTV’s coverage spotlights the Canadian music industry like never before, with in depth profiles of the host, performers and nominees across CTV’s various and multiple news and entertainment platforms.”

On CTV and Star!, ETALK, Canada’s most-watched entertainment newsmagazine, leads the coverage with daily features leading up to Canada’s premiere red carpet event, ETALK AT THE JUNOS on March 29. CTV News and CANADA AM feature additional coverage, while six specialty channels – MuchMusic, MTV, Bravo!, Star!, MuchMoreMusic and FashionTelevision Channel – also get the buzz going in the final days leading up to the big event. Bravo! presents four all-new JUNOS specials; MuchMusic interviews nominees while Much VJs tweet behind-the-scenes; reports from MTV NEWS; FashionTelevision Channel takes a look at JUNOS style; and MuchMoreMusic profiles Hall of Fame recipients Loverboy. Meanwhile, CHUM Radio provides live coverage from the ETALK Red Carpet on nine radio stations across the country andjunos.CTV.ca delivers the complete JUNO Award experience with a comprehensive nominees section, photo gallery and videos.

For the complete THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS broadcast schedule for Sunday, March 29 on CTV as well as additional JUNO Awards programming on CTV (including ETALK, CANADA AM and CTV British Columbia), Star!, Bravo!, FashionTelevisionChannel, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, MTV, CHUM Radio and junos.ctv.ca click here.

Premieres Sunday, April 19th – 7:30pm ET/PT on Global

Iconic Canadian Duo Return in an All-New Animated Global Original Series

TORONTO, March 24, 2009 – Canada’s favourite pair of ‘hosers’, the McKenzie brothers, return to primetime on Global in an all-new half-hour animated comedy series, Bob & Doug.

Premiering Sunday, April 19th – 7:30pm ET/PT, the 22-episode Original Series, starring SCTV alum Dave Thomas (“Grace Under Fire”) and comedianDave Coulier (“Full House”), will join Global’s highly successful Sunday night line-up alongside such animated favourites as “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons”.

Bob & Doug builds on the hilarity of the Canadian cult classic while offering viewers a fresh animated look at these beloved characters,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “It is an outstanding addition to our strong and unique original slate.”

Driven with character stereotypes reminiscent of the celebrated film “Great White North”, the series is centered around the fictional Canadian town of Maple Lake, Bob and Doug’s lives as garbage men and their gang of friends who often gather at the ‘Skate ‘n Bowl’.

“As a project close to my own heart, the return of Bob & Doug has been an incredibly exciting process, one that couldn’t have been made possible were it not for Canwest and their unwavering support,” said series creator and star, Dave Thomas.

The series features the voices of notable Canadian comedy stars including Jayne Eastwood, Pat McKenna, Derek McGrath, Ron Pardo, Neil Crone, Stacey De Pass, Tracey Hoyt, Julie Lemieux and Ho Chow.

Full episodes will be available via video on demand and online at GlobalTV.com. Plus, fans can also log onto the site for a sneak peek at the virtual town of Bob & Doug and get acquainted with the colourful cast of characters in the show.

Executive produced by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis with Patricia Burns as Producer and Jonah Stroh as Line Producer.

 

As US President Obama made history as the first sitting president of the United States to make an appearance on the Late Show with Jay Leno, in order to reach out to Americans who may not follow traditional news outlets. By utilizing modern media, like the Late Show, Obama hopes to inform a greater number of people about his intended policies and provide reassurance about the state of the economy. Politics aside, Obama made a whole different kind of political statement, by comparing American politics to one of his daughters’ favorite shows, American Idol.

While Jay Leno never actually asked Obama if he manages to find the time to watch this season of American Idol, or better yet which Idol contestant has his vote, Leno did manage to squeeze one American Idol reference out of the President where he said “[Washington D.C] It’s a bit like American Idol, except everyone is like Simon Cowell.” Fans of American Idol might remember Obama’s taped appearance on last season of American Idol, for Idol Gives Back when running as a presidential candidate, where he revealed that his daughters love the show. No word yet whether the President made his Idol connection as a shout-out to the famous judge, as a knock at the current American political arena, or as a way to bridge the gap with some of the American population.

American Idol may be the number one show in the US, but even it takes a back seat to President Obama. This week’s episodes of American Idol will be airing on Wednesday at 8pm EST (2 hr competition episode), and Thursday at 8pm EST (1 hour Idol results show) on CTV, since Obama will be taking its usual timeslot on Tuesday night.

Fans of CTV’s Grey’s Anatomy in Canada may finally see the end of one of the most predictable plotlines of the season, during an upcoming May 7th episode; according to a statement by producer of the hit show, Shonda Rhimes.

While wedding bells are definitely approaching on Grey’s Anatomy, producer Shonda Rhimes has neither confirmed or denied whether or not McDreamy and his resident sweetheart will finally get engaged and marry after a short engagement. While it may seem like the most predictable plotline of the season, as their on-again, off-again romance has remained much more on than off for a change. So, while wedding bells for Derek and Meredith may seem like the most obvious answer on Grey’s May 7th episode, Rhimes claims that the wedding bells may be ringing for one of Seattle Grace’s unexpected couples. Based on their relationship history of commitment issues, Meredith and Derek still may fit the bill. But, viewers might also prepare to see Hunt and Yang, or Alex and Izzie walk down the isle (the latter has my vote).

Rumor has it, that the big engagement between Derek and Meredith will air on CTV this Thursday at 9pm EST , following American Idol at 8pm. But as for the wedding bells, you’ll have to tune in!

Wednesday, April 15 – 8pm ET/PT

A whole new season brings even more drama! Khloe gets a prison sentence for a parole violation, causing Kris to confront some unresolved issues concerning her late ex-husband.

Sunday, March 29 – 9pm ET/PT

Teams are given 5 rooms at the Lowes Regency Hotel and must cater to their guests’ every need. The celebrities don hotel uniforms and run every aspect of the hotel, cleaning rooms, running the concierge, and delivering room service. Each celebrity wears several hats, trying to give the high-end service they are used to getting. One team must contend with disgruntled guests, while the other team faces off with a leader who’s out of control. Guest surveys give one team the edge and, in a powerful, moving boardroom, Trump must fire another celebrity.

Friday, March 27 – 9pm ET/PT

Saracen’s grandmother’s mental health rapidly deteriorates; Lyla learns that she has been accepted to her dream college; tensions between Joe and J.D. escalate.

Friday, March 27 – 8pm ET/PT

Colin Mochrie, the famed comedian and actor from Canada, hosts this five-episode special. Based on the US primetime game show hit, ordinary Canadians try their luck at a series of questions targeted at the fifth-grade level. Two more contestants face off against the Canadian 5th Graders.

Thursday, March 26 – 8pm ET/PT

As Dodge (Louis T. Moyle) develops feelings for a young girl in the neighbourhood, Randy is reminded of the summer when he met his first love, Pinky. Encouraged by Darnell to reconnect with her, Randy and Earl set off to find the girl Randy has been dreaming of all these years.