April 2009

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

From bloopers to embarrassing moments, America’s most bizarre and unexpected events are caught on tape and seen by viewers across the country. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, AFV includes footage of what happens when adults, children and inanimate objects are at their spontaneous best.

From a media release – April 24, 2009:

E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company and Jonsworth Productions Inc. Announce Start of Production on CTV/CBS Original Canadian drama series, THE BRIDGE

  • Guest Directors include Helen Shaver and Stuart Margolin
  • Five-time Gemini Award winner Alan Di Fiore heads writing team

E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company and Jonsworth Productions, in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television announce that principal photography is underway on the original Canadian drama series, The Bridge.

Originally commissioned as a two-hour movie of the week and back-door pilot by CTV, 11 episodes will be shot on location in and around Toronto until August 12 to round out the first season. This start of production follows February’s (2009) joint announcement by CTV and CBS of the deal to broadcast The Bridge in the United States. The Bridge is the third series from E1 Entertainment to be picked up by a high-profile U.S. network in the last 18 months, and the first for 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company. The CBS deal also marks the third Canadian drama series from CTV to be picked up by a major U.S. network in the last 20 months.

Informed by the insights of veteran insider and outspoken former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, The Bridge reveals the struggle of street cops who not only battle criminals, but also their own bosses in order to protect society and, ultimately, themselves. The series will take viewers beyond the blue line, offering a glimpse of the police, power and politics that unfold behind the scenes.

The Bridge follows fictional character Frank Leo (played by Aaron Douglas, Battlestar Galactica) and his climb from street cop to union head where he begins his quest to clean up the force. But the old boys network running the police force, and the city’s self-serving politicians, won’t sit idly by while a former street cop makes up his own rules.

The Bridge stars Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica; Smallville) as outspoken union head Frank Leo; Paul Popowich (Angela’s Eyes; I Me Wed) as Frank’s partner and confidante Tommy Dunn; Gemini Award nominee Inga Cadranel (Rent-a-Goalie; M.V.P.) as Jill, the free-spirited detective on the force; Genadijs Dolganovs (Max Payne; Jeff Ltd.) as Jill’s partner, Alex Volkolev; Frank Cassini (Vice; Intelligence) as Staff Sergeant Bernie Kantor; Theresa Joy (All the Good Ones are Married; Sixty Days) as the feisty tomboy Police Constable, Billy; Ona Grauer (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) as the beautiful, passionate prosecutor, Abby St. James; Michael Murphy (Away From Her; X-Men: The Last Stand) as Chief of Police and political animal, Ed Wycoff, and two-time Emmy Award Winner Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files, Tom Stone) as Frank’s father, Vic Leo.

Slated to direct the series are Gemini Award winners John Fawcett (Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Holly Dale (Durham County); Daytime Emmy Award winner Paul Kaufman (Run the Wild Fields); Genie and Gemini Award winner Helen Shaver (We All Fall Down/Just Cause) and two-time Emmy Award winner Stuart Margolin (Rockford Files). Heading up the writing team is five-time Gemini Award winner and six-time nominee, Alan Di Fiore (Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Life).

When a curmudgeon takes on stand up the results can be hysterical and no one does it better than comedian Jeremy Hotz.  Hot off a successful tour of Western Canada, Hotz is back in JEREMY HOTZ –WHAT A MISERABLE SHOW THIS IS premiering Saturday, April 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. If once is not enough, help yourself to a second dose of Hotz in the encore presentation Monday, April 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Part of The Comedy Network’s SATURDAY NIGHT STAND-UP series, JEREMY HOTZ –WHAT A MISERABLE SHOW THIS IS will also be available uncensored and on demand at thecomedynetwork.ca.

Already a legend on the Canadian comedy scene, Hotz has been a stand-out performer at seven Just For Laughs Festivals and headlined the Just For Laughs Canadian Tour in 2005. Filmed during his live show at the 2008 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, JEREMY HOTZ – WHAT A MISERABLE SHOW THIS IS showcases Hotz at his blundering best.

Riffing on everything from construction sites to the feeding habits of goldfish, Hotz makes astute observations resulting in a hilariously fresh take on everyday life.  Here’s Jeremy on…

Goldfish: here’s the most exciting thing that happens in a fish aquarium. A fish will be swimming this way, and then a piece of shit from another fish will float down, the fish will see it, eat it, realize it’s shit, and then spit it out.  It keeps swimming this way, but then it will turn around and eat it again!  It the same shit from two seconds ago!  No wonder you’re in a tank!

Canada versus the U.S.: we’re the same, but different.  They [U.S.] try to do the same things we do, like we both celebrate Thanksgiving, but they do it on a different day. Why, ‘cause they’re assholes! 

UPS: I never understood UPS, you dress them in brown and it looks like a human piece of shit walking up.  Just leave the package on the doorstep; we’ve got kids in the house!

With appearances on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, Hotz is a fan favorite across Canada and the U.S. He recently starred in Comedy Central’s THE JEREMY HOTZ SPECIAL, and has guest starred in MTV’S HALF HOUR COMEDY HOUR. The recipient of a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series for his work in the series NEWSROOM on the CBC, Hotz also received the Dave Broadfoot comic genius award at the 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards. In addition to his stand-up, Hotz was a staff writer on Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed THE JON STEWART SHOW.

SPACE brings special Star Trek programming to the franchise’s hardcore and newfound fans in anticipation of the pop culture phenomenon’s return to the big screen on May 8th. Beginning Saturday, April 25, SPACE presents two FANDOM FORUM specials, produced by SPACE’s production team, discussing the 10 movies in the franchise. Then, beginning Sunday, April 26, SPACE presents a two-week movie marathon featuring the 10 Star Trek movies airing in chronological order, Sundays to Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET. Finally, the original SPACE special, BEHIND THE SCENES: STAR TREK, premiering Friday, May 1 at 10 p.m. ET, features interviews and on-set footage of the new J.J. Abrams film.

Film editor and Star Trek fanatic Alex Shuper hosts both FANDOM FORUMS, the channel’s original format in which experts discuss topical issues related to the genre. The first, airing Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET, focuses on the first five films in the Star Trek franchise. The panel includes director Johnny Kalangis, comic book writer Ty Templeton, writer Nalo Hopkinson, and long-time fan Karen Mortfield. Their discussion ranges from the franchise’s treatment of ecology and racism, to the casting of William Shatner as James T. Kirk, and their expectations for the new movie.

The second FANDOM FORUM looks at the next five films in the Star Trek franchise and airs the following Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Comic book writer Grant Sauve, L.A. Times blogger Christie St. Martin, consultant Rupinder Dhillon, and Toronto Star’s Raju Mudhar make up the panel. Topics include the transition from the “Classic” crew to the “Next Generation” crew, the death of Captain Kirk, and J.J. Abrams’ latest adaptation, which premieres the following weekend.

SPACE’s Ajay Fry and ETALK’s Ben Mulroney unite to co-host BEHIND THE SCENES: STAR TREK, a 30-minute look at the upcoming new Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The special features interviews with the cast and crew of one of this year’s most highly-anticipated movies.

SPACE’s special Star Trek programming is as follows:

FANDOM FORUM (Star Trek Movies 1-5) – Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Monday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek III: The Search of Spock – Tuesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET
BEHIND THE SCENES: STAR TREK – Friday, May 1 at 10 p.m. ET
FANDOM FORUM (Star Trek Movies 6-10) – Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Sunday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek: Generations – Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek: First Contact – Tuesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek: Insurrection – Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. ET
Star Trek: Nemesis – Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, April 25, 2009 8 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

Karen (Daphne Zuniga, ONE TREE HILL) was born to a wealthy family and has never quite found her way out from under the wings of her overprotective parents. Karen is seeing an analyst, but she’s also having an affair with him — which does not make her unusual among his female patients. When her psychiatrist/lover is killed after one of her appointments, Karen becomes the police’s prime suspect. She decides to play with the truth and tells the police that she can no longer remember what happened that day. On the advice of her lawyer, Karen begins working with another psychiatrist, Dr. Peter Rexler (Jack Wagner, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), in hope that he can help recover the memories from her last meeting with the doctor. But Karen’s forgetful act works all too well when Peter, unable to get to the bottom of her repressed memories, has her institutionalized.

There was no need to “Stop The Music” last night when Barbados superstar Rihanna made a glamorous VIP appearance at Katy Perry’s live performance for CHUM FM’s BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS 2009 concert last night. As undisputed “It Girl” Perry rocked the stage, hometown girl Rihanna had heads turning as the most welcome party-crasher of the night.  Rihanna and Perry were spotted watching Kelly Clarkson’s powerful set which followed Perry’s from side stage.

Last night marked the triumphant finale to CHUM FM’s BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS 2009, with show-stopping performances featuring international hit-maker Kelly Clarkson, dazzling songstress Katy Perry and Canadian rockers Simple Plan. The trio of performers joined the ROGER, DARREN & MARILYN morning show, treating CHUM FM contest winners to the live musical event of the year. CHUM FM listeners in Toronto were also able to tune in to the live on-air performance.

Island girl Rihanna arrived in Barbados earlier in the week, spending a few days showing her new BFF Katy Perry around the island.  Ecstatic CHUM FM contest winners were able to get up close and personal to the chart-topping artist, who mingled with partygoers through the night.  The evening included an impromptu audience “Happy Birthday” serenade for Kelly Clarkson, who proceeded to wow the crowd by belting out her hits “My Life Would Suck without You”, “Since You’ve Been Gone”, “Breakaway”, and a powerful rendition of “Because of You”.

BREAKFAST IN BARBADOS 2009 was sponsored by Air Canada Vacations, Almond Resorts and CIBC Aerogold VISA.

James Taylor, Diana Krall and President Bill Clinton are the next special guests for CTV’s latest hit original series SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…. After premiering with rave reviews three weeks ago, the series is averaging 646,000* viewers Friday nights on CTV. This past Friday, SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, ROSANNE CASH, NORAH JONES and JOHN MELLENCAMP once again won its timeslot for a non-sports program with 650,000 viewers. The series continues to serve up a spectacular array of international guests on the music-centric talk series in the coming weeks, including a special episode in which Sir Elton John interviews Costello’s wife Diana Krall (May 1), scheduled to air in the middle of her cross-Canada tour.

The next three episodes of SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… are:

SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… James Taylor
Friday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV
Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. ET (special time) on Bravo!
James Taylor epitomizes the term “singer-songwriter,” and in this rare, in-depth interview, he sheds light on the various influences that have shaped his music over the past 40 years. With a guitar readily at hand throughout the hour, Taylor shifts easily and engagingly from conversation to performance mode, playing some of his best-known songs and some of his favourites by other writers, including Carole King and George Jones. Costello joins Taylor in song a few times, to charming effect. The intimate conversation includes the very personal (Taylor’s upbringing, family and occasional struggles with personal demons) and, naturally, the very musical (influences, collaborations and inspirations). Throughout it all, the pure, sweet James Taylor voice that has seduced music fans for four decades remains a thing of beauty and comfort.

SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… Diana Krall
Friday, May 1 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV
Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, May 3 at 6 p.m. ET on Bravo!
In this very special episode, Spectacle host Elvis Costello recuses himself from the proceedings when his wife, Diana Krall, turns up as the featured guest. Spectacle executive producer Sir Elton John steps into the breach to conduct his first-ever interview. Sharing their love of the piano, jazz, sad songs and great singers, Krall and John engage in playful banter, explore some history and even team up for a duet on one of John’s biggest hits. The very talented Christian McBride (bass) and Karriem Riggins (drums) join Krall on a couple of extraordinary performances, while Costello shows up again at the end to join his wife and John for a funny and charming closing number.

The episode airs in conjunction with Krall’s cross-country tour, in support of the release of her latest album Quiet Nights, including stops in Winnipeg, MB (April 22); London, ON (April 25); Kitchener, ON (April 26); Hamilton, ON (April 28); Toronto, ON (April 30 and May 1); Ottawa, ON (May 2 and 3); Kingston, ON (May 5); Montreal, QC (May 6 and 7); Moncton, NB (May 9); Halifax, NS (May 10); and Vancouver, BC (May 14 and 15).

SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… President Bill Clinton
Friday, May 8 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV
Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, May 10 at 6 p.m. ET on Bravo!
Elvis Costello and the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, sit down for an unprecedented and revealing chat about President Clinton’s early career aspirations as a jazz saxophonist; the astonishing degree to which music shaped him as a man, a politician and a president; the challenges – and critical importance – of music education; and the shared skills of musicians and politicians, with observations on Elvis (Presley), John Coltrane, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nina Simone and N.W.A..

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… is produced by Toronto’s Tri-Fi Productions Inc. (a partnership of SpyBox Pictures, Prospero Pictures and reinvention entertainment) and Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s Rocket Pictures, in association with CTV, Sundance Channel, Channel 4 and FremantleMedia Enterprises. Executive Producers are Sir Elton John, Elvis Costello, David Furnish, Steve Hamilton-Shaw, Jordan Jacobs, Martin Katz and Stephen Warden. Co-Executive Producer is Alex Coletti. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Friday, April 24 10 p.m.

James Taylor, one of the biggest stars of the American singer-songwriter movement which dominated popular music in the early 70s, joins Elvis for an intimate and candid conversation – and some equally intimate and candid music.

Friday, April 24 – 10pm ET/PT

Don’s life hangs in the balance after he is injured during a raid while investigating a series of home invasions.

April 24 at 9 p.m. ET

Jules Callaghan (Amy Jo Johnson) returns

Justin Fraser’s (Ryan Kennedy, SMALLVILLE) life couldn’t be better. He’s got a good job, a beautiful wife (Amanda LeBlanc, M.V.P.) and a baby on the way. His only problem: his brother Mike (James Gilbert, The Room) owes thousands to a vicious criminal gang. In an effort to save his brother’s life, Justin uses his brilliant technical skills to steal the money from the Internet bank where he works. When the gang’s demands escalate, the situation explodes and Justin finds himself holding hostages at gunpoint. It’s up to Parker (Enrico Colantoni) and Team One to unravel the web of deceit that’s forced a good man into a desperate effort to save everything he loves and stop him before he ruins his life forever.