May 2009

Tonight’s premiere of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL on CTV saw drama of statuesque proportions with not one, but two finalists packing up their high heels. Alexandra, 22, from Penticton, BC, chose to leave the competition and Tiffany, 23, from Toronto, ON, was the first girl eliminated by the judges. Viewers who missed the premiere can watch encore presentations on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET; and a special Sunday night catch-up broadcast on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET. Episode 2 premieres next Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The first episode strutted right into action unveiling the Top 11 finalists. The girls were immediately thrown into their first photo shoot challenge where Creative Director Nolé Marin introduces them to their exotic partners – a vulture, a wolf, a snake, and a bobcat – and their equally fierce photographer, Nigel Barker. Heather from Halifax best rocked the big hair, bold prints, and feral sidekicks at the 80s-glam shoot and took home the first challenge title. The prize: a fashion shoot on the ice floes off Canada’s East Coast. Heather chose Jill and Nikita to go along for the cool ride.

At the photo shoot, the first causality of the CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL competition was revealed when Alexandra tearfully quit the competition due to pain from a previous injury. Her unexpected exit had the girls atwitter as they moved into their new, celeb-calibre digs at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel overlooking Toronto’s skyline. More drama ensued and the first sign of cattiness reared its ugly head when Heather, Jill, and Nikita returned to the loft to find that they have their own room and a spread of special gifts waiting for them.

During the first elimination, the girls were introduced to the judging panel: FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz, and guest judge Nigel Barker. Although one competitor had already gone home, the judges still sent Tiffany packing.

Now nine contestants are left to vie for a modeling contract with Elmer Olsen Model Management, an editorial spread in FASHION Magazine  and a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty: makers of Cover Girl, Olay, Crest Whitestrips and Perfect 10 by Nice ‘n Easy.

In Episode 2 (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.

Tune into ETALK tomorrow (Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm ET) for 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.

Canada’s own THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW stole the spotlight for a night from THE HILLS. The season finale of MTV’s homegrown hit THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW was the #1 program of the day on MTV and in its timeslot with 146,000 P12-34 viewers at 10:30 p.m. ET, beating out the second last episode of THE HILLS Season 5 which took second place with 122,000 P12-34 viewers at 10 p.m. ET.

The combo of THE HILLS and THE HILLS AFTER SHOW packed the one-two punch last night as MTV was the #1 destination during the one-hour period for demos P12-24, P12-34, A18-24, A18-34, F12-17, F12-24, F12-34, F18-24, F18-34, F18-49, and M18-24 across all Canadian English Specialty Television.*

More than 600 fans packed into MTV’s studios at the Masonic Temple last night to bid adieu to Lauren Conrad in high style. Hosts Jessi Cruickshank and Dan Levy welcomed LC to Toronto for what could be the last time on THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW, which was also simulcast live with MTV U.S. Conrad has confirmed she is leaving the show after the special one-hour season finale, airing Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

For fans who aren’t able to say goodbye just yet, MTV airs a special HILLS marathon May 31, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Dan and Jessi join in on THE HILLS action live with interstitials from the red carpet of THE 2009 MOVIE AWARDS, beginning at 7 p.m. ET leading into the highly-anticipated Season 5 finale. Immediately following the finale at 9 p.m. ET is the live simulcast of THE 2009 MOVIE AWARDS hosted by Andy Samberg.

Full episodes of THE HILLS and THE HILLS AFTER SHOW are available on demand on mtv.ca via the site’s high-res video player. And check out mtv.ca/movieawards for the latest in golden popcorn news, clips from nominated movies and videos of host Andy Samberg.

MTV in Canada is a Canadian programmed and managed business wholly owned by CTV Inc., a division of CTVglobemedia. MTV offers a distinctly Canadian interpretation of the MTV brand across multiple platforms – including a revolutionary broadband service, MTV.ca – and across an MTV-branded analog specialty service that delivers innovative lifestyle, talk and documentary programming with a commitment to 71 per cent Canadian programming in primetime. The MTV business is powered by an alliance between CTV, Canada’s No. 1 television brand and MTV Networks, the world’s most valuable media brand. MTV in Canada is one of 50 MTV-branded services worldwide serving 171 territories around the world.

*Source: BBM-NMR Research, Total Canada, Monday, May 25th, All above highlights are based on overnight data.

MuchMusic announced today that Lady Gaga, the musical pop-culture phenom, is the latest performer confirmed to hit the stage at the 2009 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Gaga promises to take MMVAs fans on a fashion forward, shock-filled ride, live on Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET, with faint-inducing MMVAs co-hosts the Jonas Brothers. The party gets started with the MMVAs 09 RED CARPET SPECIAL at 8 p.m. ET. Famous for her musical talent, flair for the theatrical, and in-your-face exhibitionism, the GRAMMY®-nominated star has dominated the charts with three No. 1 singles, “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and her latest “Love Game.” The countdown to the 2009 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS is on, with additional A-List performer and guest announcements in the coming weeks.

“I’m so delighted to be performing at this year’s MuchMusic Video Awards,” said MMVAs performer Lady Gaga. “Canada feels like a second home to me now, and I’m ready to throw it down for my fans on the MuchMusic stage. Love and Art, Lady Gaga.”

Lady Gaga has taken the world by storm with her debut album The Fame, claiming her place as part of pop music royalty. Strongly influenced by the glam rock of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, her sophomore hit “Poker Face” is her second digital single to go six times platinum in Canada, the first being “Just Dance”, a feat that has never before been accomplished by any other artist.

Gaga’s love of rock, pop, and theatre has created a larger-than-life persona that includes hot dance tracks, eccentric style, and tongue-and-cheek performances that exude her undeniable sexiness. Dubbed by some as the next Madonna and Princess of Pop, Gaga is a singer-songwriter who fought hard for her chart-topping status. With musical roots in New York’s Lower East Side club scene, Gaga definitely paid her dues.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE got Canadians into the groove last night as 1.43 million viewers tuned into the Season 5 premiere on CTV, up 20% compared to last year (1.2 million). It was the most-watched season premiere ever for the series among younger viewers aged 18-34. Starting out with auditions in Denver and New York, the quick-stepping premiere was the #1 program of the night with total viewers nationally, in key demos and in key markets Toronto and Vancouver, and grew throughout the two-hour broadcast in each of its half-hours to peak at 1.7 million viewers at 9:58 p.m.

US dancers make a splash north of the border just as Canadians have one last chance to prove they can dance at the final stop of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA audition tour which hits Montreal this Tuesday, May 26 at the Théâtre St-Denis (1594 St-Denis Street) beginning at 8 a.m.

Following the summer’s first two-hour dance party, the finale of new CTV drama SOUTHLAND hit 1.02 million viewers at 10 p.m. The series has delivered more than one million viewers for each of its CTV original broadcasts and ends the season as one of the most-watched new programs of the year.

Viewers can catch an encore of last night’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE episode this Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. on MuchMusic.  The new season continues on CTV, Wednesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET (visit ctv,ca to confirm local broadcast times) with the two-hour SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE audition episode, with dancers trying out in Miami and Memphis. On Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times) auditions will continue in Los Angeles and Seattle, wrapping up the Season 5 cross-country audition tour for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

MTV in New York announced this morning that the 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS will pay tribute to funny man Ben Stiller with the coveted MTV Generation Award. Audiences fell in laugher with Stiller’s side-splitting antics in Reality Bites, There’s Something About Mary, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder and most recently in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Viewers in Canada can join in on the hilarity at home as the 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS, hosted by Andy Samberg, air Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV in Canada.

Past recipients include Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

For more info on the show, go to mtv.ca/movieawards

Last night, 2.62 million viewers tuned in to CTV to watch a shocked 23-year-old Kris Allen from Arkansas become the eighth AMERICAN IDOL, preliminary data from BBM Nielsen Media Research confirms. The most-watched program of the night, week and month, it was also the most-watched AMERICAN IDOL episode of the season, up 18% compared to it’s season-to-date average (2+).

Last night’s program becomes one of the most-watched season finales of the year in Canada, following the series finales of CORNER GAS (3.025 million viewers) and ER (2.8 million) in April. The AMERICAN IDOL season finale bested the season finales of SURVIVOR: TOCANTIS by 72% (1,527,000) and HOUSE by 32% (1,989,000).

After an intense singing showdown between favourite Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on Tuesday night, Wednesday’s highly anticipated finale grew in each half-hour and peaked with 3.6 million viewers when the surprising verdict was read at 10:01 p.m., announcing the coronation of fan-favourite Kris Allen.

On Tuesday, AMERICAN IDOL’s Top 2 performance show garnered 2.3 million viewers, winning the top show of the night, as the finalists battled for votes. Both Allen and Lambert performed the new single set out for this year’s IDOL, “No Boundaries”.

Kris Allen receives a record contract with 19 Entertainment. He, along with Adam Lambert and the rest of the Top 10 will take part in this summer’s AMERICAN IDOL Tour, beginning on July 5. Canadian stops on the tour include Vancouver, BC on July 8 (General Motors Place) and Hamilton, ON on August 14 (Copps Coliseum).

Tuesday, May 26 – 10pm ET/PT

In the series opener, Ruby, who is a nearly 500-pound woman, is told that her life is in danger if she doesn’t exercise, change her eating habits and lose weight. Ruby receives guidance from a personal trainer, an obesity expert and a psychiatrist.

Tuesday, May 26 10 p.m. ET/PT

Platinum-selling recording artist, two-time Grammy® nominee, movie and television star, best-selling author, and headlining stand-up comic Larry the Cable Guy finds himself put to the fire by Roast Master Lisa Lampanelli.  Other roasters include Nick DiPaolo, Jeff Foxworthy, Toby Keith, Maureen McCormick and Jeffrey Ross poke playful fun at the Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran.

Tuesday, May 26 – 9pm ET/PT

A new one-hour medical-mystery drama follows psychiatrist Jack Gallagher as he delves inside his patients’ minds in hopes to uncover what might be the key to their long-term recovery. He is overseen by Nora, the department administrator and his ex-lover, who must reconcile his effective yet highly unorthodox treatment. Starring Chris Vance (Prison Break) and Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8 p.m.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Sam (Bret Harrison) and Andi (Missy Peregrym) try to find Tony (guest star Ken Marino, PARTY DOWN) to help them translate the scroll Nina (Jenny Wade) brought back from Hell. Sam discovers that he can summon The Devil (Ray Wise) with a specific incantation that will trap him into a competition. Sam challenges The Devil to a game of quarters, but they play to a draw and The Devil refuses a rematch, so Andi offers her soul as collateral.