May 2009

It’s never been so hard or so funny to be so Goode! The hilariously-satirical animated series, The Goode Family, chronicles one family’s attempts to navigate daily life in today’s society – one politically correct step at a time.  The laughs begin Wednesday, May 27 on Citytv.

When it comes to living life by the rules the Goodes are more than just a little over the top!  Gerald (Mike Judge, King of the Hill), Helen (Nancy Carell, The Office), Ubuntu (Dave Herman, King of the Hill) and Bliss (Linda Cardellini, ER) – are a family obsessed with doing the “right” thing environmentally, politically and socially.  Every move is carefully checked against their self-imposed social conscience and often results in unintended comic consequences. From their hybrid car that they only use in emergencies because it’s bad for the environment, to their beloved dog Che who despite being raised vegan satisfies his meat cravings by devouring neighbourhood pets, to the lengths to which Gerald and Helen will go to relate to their children, the Goodes live life by the best of intentions.  While their choices don’t always pay off, they always leave you rooting for them.

The Goode Family was created, written and executive produced by Mike Judge (King of the Hill), David Krinsky and John Altschuler (Blades of Glory; King of the Hill).  Executive producers include Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally and the series is produced by MRC and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Broadcast Schedule is as follows:

Citytv Toronto   Wednesday, May 27 at 9pm ET (s/ABC)
Citytv Winnipeg  Wednesday, May 27 at 9pm CT (s/ABC)
Citytv Calgary   Wednesday, May 27 at 10pm MT (s/ABC)
Citytv Edmonton  Wednesday, May 27 at 10pm MT (s/ABC)
Citytv Vancouver Wednesday, May 27 at 9pm PT (s/ABC)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9 p.m.

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

Mia Lorimer (guest star Clea Duvall) claims to have been raped in attempt to hide being abused by her husband, Brett Lorimer (guest star Nathaniel Marston). Their tenants, Jonah (guest star Mike Farrell) and Linnie Malcolm (guest star Brenda Blethyn), are aware of the abuse, but in fear of being evicted, do not report it. With the help of Linnie, Detective Benson gets Mia to confess to being beaten by Brent, and sends her to a battered women’s shelter. After Brett is arrested and makes bail, Mia returns to her husband and drops all charges to Detective Benson’s dismay. Devoted to Mia’s safety, Detective Benson hides in the secret stairway of the Lorimers’, leading her to come across another case of spousal abuse and murder.

Wednesday, May 27 – 8pm ET/PT

PSYCH is a breezy comedy about young police consultant Shawn Spencer (James Roday), who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute the precinct detectives think he’s psychic – at least that’s what he lets them believe.  In the premiere episode; Gus’ supervisor, Frankjim Ogletree, demands that he quit moonlighting at Psych, lest he face termination. The vice-president of Gus’ pharmaceutical company, however, decides to hire the duo as his wife believes that their home is haunted.

Wednesday, May 27 – 8pm ET/PT

Everybody’s favourite extreme obstacle course is back for a whole new season! Plank in the Face, Fender Bender, Aqua Launch, Wrecking Ball Log Roll, King of the Mountain and Raging Rapids are among the wild and outrageous new obstacles included in this season. Hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s SportsCenter), John Henson (Talk Soup) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner.

Wednesday, May 27 8 p.m.

The search continues as thousands of hopefuls audition for the chance to become America’s Favourite Dancer.

MuchMusic has forever changed the lives of six boys from Alberta. Now known as Stereos, the musicians were discovered on the MuchOriginal series DISBAND which helped them sign a major label record deal with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  Don’t miss the rags to riches story in the one-hour season finale of DISBAND, premiering Wednesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

A few months ago Pat Kordyback, Robb Chalifoux, Miles Holmwood, Daniel Johnson, and Aaron Verdonk were living a rock ‘n’ roll hard luck story – trying to keep their musical ambitions alive while scrambling to find money for rent. The born and bred Edmontonians who fuse doo wop, r&b, pop, rock, and hip hop, submitted a tape to MuchOriginal series DISBAND, which gives young Canadian bands a chance to be seen and heard by music industry execs. On a wing and a prayer, they hopped in a van and drove to Toronto, never imagining their MuchMusic journey would end with a major label deal from Universal Music Canada.

“DISBAND is exactly what MuchMusic is all about – music, celebration, and Canada,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice-President, General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “Our audience has a great sense of bravado and a ‘why not’ spirit infused into all areas of their lives. DISBAND captures that spirit in every episode, but especially in this amazing season finale where we see one unknown Canadian band fulfill a dream by getting a major record deal.”

MuchMusic’s hour-long special chronicles the band’s journey to stardom, including three long road trips from Edmonton to Toronto and quitting numerous jobs multiple times to make their musical dreams a reality. Not to mention a week long rock star boot camp with DISBAND Guru Greig Nori (Producer, Iggy Pop, Hedley, Marianas Trench, and Lead Singer, Treblecharger), a session with the foremost songwriters in the business, the pressure of recording a professional demo in one day, a naked photo shoot, all capped off by a do-or-die performance in front of top music execs. After a few more shows, road trips, and meetings, Stereos signed with Universal Music Canada.

“MuchMusic’s DISBAND is an authentic glance into the world of rock ‘n’ roll and an exciting platform to expose new Canadian talent,” comments Mark Spicoluk, A&R, Universal Music Canada and DISBAND judge. “Stereos are an eclectic band whose star is rising and I can’t wait for them to be introduced to MuchMusic’s audience and the music fans across the country.”

Now, Stereos presents the world video premiere of their first single, Summer Girl and perform live on MUCHONDEMAND on Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m. ET. The band is currently working with Canadian production legend Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Metric, Billy Talent) in anticipation of the release of their debut record, set for Fall 2009. Follow Stereos rise to fame with exclusive blogs, photos, and behind the scenes footage at muchmusic.com.

MuchOriginal series DISBAND helps develop young, struggling Canadian bands and gives them music industry exposure with honest critique. Artists from across the country are put through a one week rock star boot camp with DISBAND Guru Greig Nori followed by the biggest performance of their lives in front of the country’s music industry elite. During its first season, 21 bands were profiled and given the opportunity of a lifetime. The show is a bona fide hit on Much, receiving over 700 applications in its first season. Bands can apply at muchmusic.com/disband.

The series premiere of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL on CTV last night was the #1 program on Canadian television last night for its target audience, A18-34.* In all, 694,000 viewers watched the premiere episode, preliminary overnight data reveals, making it one of the most-watched premieres of an original Canadian program this season. CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL was the #1 non-sports program from 8 – 9 p.m. among A18-34, A18-49 and A25-54.

Also to note, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL:

– Won its timeslot against a simulcast encore of NCIS (Global/CBS) by 158% (A18-34); 48% (A18-49) and 20% (A25-54);

– Had double-digit growth from its first half-hour to the second among A18-34 (+32%; A18-49 (+26%) and A25-54 (+22%);

– Was the most-watched among four premieres last night on Canadian television in the key demos, with CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (377,000) outranking MENTAL (Global/FOX, 9-10 p.m., 273,000) by 38% among A18-49.

In last night’s episode, Tiffany from Toronto was the first girl eliminated from the competition. In an unexpected turn of events, Alexandra from Penticton, BC withdrew herself from the competition due to ongoing pain from a previous injury.

Next week, (Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), Jay Manuel and Nolé Marin turn the girls into models with the beloved – and sometimes dreaded – makeovers. Then the newly-polished models face another challenge with someone who knows celebrity style and a photo shoot at the stunning Galleria Italia – The Art Gallery of Ontario’s sculpture gallery designed by Frank Gehry. But the fun of photos, makeovers, and challenges all come to an end when another girl gets the boot and goes home.

Viewers who missed the premiere of Canada’s Next Top Model can watch encore presentations on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET Thursdays on MTV, and a special 10 p.m. ET Sunday night catch-up broadcast on ‘A’. Episode 2, which follows the girls through their highly anticipated makeovers, airs Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Tonight ETALK will have the national broadcast exclusive interview with departed competitors Alexandra and Tiffany after they left the show. ETALK is the only television show to have behind-the-scenes footage not seen on CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Find out more about the 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

On Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT), THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki returns to CBC Television with entertaining and thought-provoking documentaries including two new titles—one about a hot, green world, the other a series about a cold, white world. As homeowners are dusting off their lawn mowers and golf fans look to the fairways, the promise and pressures of summer are all about one thing: grass. American Savannah captures man’s obsession with having a golf course-like lawn and the consequences of this obsession.

Also airing this summer on THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki is Arctic Meltdown. This three-part series explores who will protect the rapidly thawing North as Arctic countries compete for its resources, the consequences of the Northwest Passage beginning to open and Arctic animals, who once called this snowy land home, threatened because of the changing climate.

Below is the summer broadcast schedule for THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki on CBC Television.

Gone Sideways
Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

American Savannah
Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Arctic Meltdown: A Changing World
Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, June 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Arctic Meltdown: The Arctic Passages
Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, July 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Arctic Meltdown: Adapting to Change

Saturday, July 4 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

The Suzuki Diaries

Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television
Repeat on Thursday, July16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Supercar: Building the Car of the Future

Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

Living City: A Critical Guide
Saturday, August 8 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

Antarctic Mission: Islands at the Edge
Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

Alberta-turned-international rock gods Nickelback and R&B’s new northern light Danny Fernandes lead the way with five nods each as the 2009 MMVAs nominations were announced today. Vancouver punk poppers Marianas Trench follow closely with four. Co-hosted by the larger-than-life, heart-stopping trio known as the Jonas Brothers, the 2009 MMVAs honour the coolest, sexiest, and craziest Canadian videos of the year. The show airs live Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on MuchMusic. The MMVAs 09 RED CARPET SPECIAL kicks off the A-List action at 8 p.m. ET.

Other multiple nominees include rapper on the rise Classified, piano driven pop rockers The Midway State, first time nominee Lights, and Much veteran k-os. Additional nominees include international superstars and 2009 MMVAs performer Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Lil’ Wayne, and MMVAs co-hosts the Jonas Brothers. The MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS celebrate the art and mastery behind the Canadian music video industry, honouring the genius in front of, and behind the camera.

“From East Coast to West Coast, we’ve seen some amazing Canadian artists and music videos this year,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, The Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “We listen to our fans all year long and then we throw an awards show like no other. The MMVAs are all about our fans and a celebration of the musicians and celebrities they love.”

Follow the countdown to the MMVAs on muchmusic.com or on Twitter @MuchMusic. Sign on to receive up-to-the-minute 2009 MMVAs announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, the chance to win big prizes, and how to vote in the all-important UR FAVE Awards. For highlights from previous years, go to muchmusic.com/mmva.

On the heels of three successful seasons of CBC Television’s DRAGONS’ DEN, and season four currently in production, Canadian venture capital celebrities Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec join ABC’s Shark Tank. Based on the format created by Nippon Television Network and licensed by Sony Pictures Television in which budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to established business moguls, DRAGONS’ DEN has been hugely popular on CBC, BBC and with audiences around the world.

“We’re proud of the franchise that we have established in Canada over the last three years,” said Kirstine Layfield, executive director of network programming, CBC Television. “It’s a testament to the success of DRAGONS’ DEN and the format that our Canadian Dragons would be asked to participate in the U.S. version.”

The Gemini-nominated series DRAGONS’ DEN returns on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m., on CBC Television for an extended season of exciting reality television, as well as some special surprises. With audition attendance at an all-time high, thousands of Canadian entrepreneurs of all ages are fighting for the chance to face the Dragons and pitch their business ideas in the Den. Rivals Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec are joined by marketing guru Arlene Dickinson, former RCMP officer and retail giant Jim Treliving, and maverick capitalist and philanthropist extraordinaire W. Brett Wilson.