May 2009

Tuesday, May 26 8 p.m.

After scouring the country from Vancouver to Halifax, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL has un-earthed 11, all-Canadian beauties bound for the big-time. Join Host/Executive Producer Jay Manuel as he coaches the girls on their way to modeling stardom.

The wait is over! CTV confirmed today that the Gemini Award-winning series CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is set for its CTV debut. The first program to be announced for CTV’s sizzling summer schedule, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 26 on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). With an encore Super Simulcast on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel on Wednesday, a Thursday broadcast on MTV, and a special Sunday night catch-up broadcast on ‘A,’ CTV is bringing CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL to the biggest audience possible. Four different television platforms give Canadians multiple opportunities to join Host/Executive Producer Jay Manuel as he coaches 11 of the nation’s most beautiful girls on their way to modeling stardom.

CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL – Broadcast Schedule:

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (Premiere)
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Star! and FashionTelevision
Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV
Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on ‘A’

After scouring the country from Vancouver to Halifax, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL has un-earthed 11, all-Canadian beauties bound for the big-time.

They are:

Jill, 19, Vancouver, British Columbia, Student
Maryam, 18, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Student
Alexandra, 22, Penticton, British Columbia, Sales Employee
Linsay, 22, Edmonton, Alberta, Student
Nikita, 20, Calgary, Alberta, Sales Representative  
Meaghan, 19, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Retail
Tiffany, 23, Toronto, Ontario, Receptionist
Rebeccah, 19, Ottawa, Ontario, Retail Sales Associate
Tara, 19, Chateauguay, Quebec, Student
Ebonie, 21, Repentigny, Quebec, Receptionist
Heather, 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Student 

“CTV has had great success with programs that identify and nurture undiscovered Canadian talent, said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.  “Following in their shoes, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL gives 11 young women the opportunity of a lifetime, while inviting viewers to join in on this journey from the sidewalk to the catwalk.”

Find out more about the 11 finalists, including biographies and photos, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is an intense competition that can frazzle even the toughest, most-confident, and most-beautiful people. From auditions to makeovers to photo shoots, the finalists experience the exciting and demanding world of fashion as they fight for a place in Canada’s fashion legacy.

As previously announced, world-renowned fashion icon Jay Manuel leads the panel of judges, comprised of FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, and Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz. Nolé Marin returns in the role of creative director for the second time. The winner of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL receives a modeling contract with Elmer Olsen Model Management, a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty: makers of Cover Girl, Olay, Crest Whitestrips and Perfect 10 by Nice ‘n Easy, and is featured in an editorial spread in FASHION Magazine.

Each week, finalists undergo breathtaking image transformations and learn the important skills and business savvy to help them succeed in an industry about which they are genuinely passionate. Viewers can expect edge-of-seat suspense when finalists face the panel of expert judges for no-holds-barred critiques after competing in intense challenges designed to test their modeling abilities. One cast member is eliminated each week and the last model standing wins the coveted title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

It’s the biggest news story of the day, and etalk was the first to discuss the ruling of Proposition 8 with one of the world’s biggest entertainers, Elton John.  Earlier today the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 which bans same-sex couples right to marry.

“That’s just awful. I mean when you see places like Iowa saying yes and there’s now five states [in favour] in America…and California is supposed to be a progressive state it just defies logic to me and I’m very disappointed with that.”

Sir John married his Canadian partner David Furnish on December 21, 2005, in the first day that civil partnerships could be performed in England.

Catch the exclusive interview with Elton John tonight on etalk, the Most-Watched Canadian Entertainment Newsmagazine, at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings on CTV.ca).

MTV in New York announced this morning the addition of more star-studded guests for the 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Megan Fox and Michael Bay are set to reveal never before seen clips for the most-anticipated flicks to hit the big screen this summer, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Viewers in Canada can tune in for their exclusive sneak peaks at home as the 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARD, hosted by Andy Samberg, air Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV in Canada.

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

The countdown to the 2009 MMVAs is on and MuchMusic needs fans to help put the highly-coveted MMVAs statues in the hands of deserving nominees. The 2009 MMVAs UR FAVE Awards (formerly People’s Choice Awards) give fans the power to determine the winners in three award categories: UR FAVE New Artist/Group, UR FAVE Video and UR FAVE International Video.

Fans can vote now for the 2009 MMVAs UR FAVE Award nominees by hitting up muchmusic.com or by texting MMVA to 299299. They can also log on to the website to check out all of the nominated videos, plus shop for downloads and ringtones from all the nominees.

Earlier this month fans flocked to muchmusic.com to cast more than 70,000 votes that added Karl Wolf, Simple Plan, and Britney Spears as Wildcard nominees to the 2009 MMVAs UR FAVE Award categories.

Find out which UR FAVE nominees go home MMVAs winners at the 2009 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS airing live Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

The full lists of 2009 UR FAVE Nominees are:

UR FAVE New Artist/Group
Danny Fernandes/ “Fantasy”
Lights / “Drive My Soul”
The Midway State / “Never Again”
Shiloh / “Goodbye, You Suck”
Karl Wolf / “Africa”

UR FAVE Video
Danny Fernandes / “Fantasy”
Kardinal Offishall f. Akon / “Dangerous”
Marianas Trench / “Cross My Heart”
Nickelback / “Gotta Be Somebody”
Simple Plan / “Save You”

UR FAVE International Video
Jonas Brothers / “Burnin’ Up”
Katy Perry / “I Kissed A Girl”
Lady Gaga / “Poker Face”
Lil’ Wayne / “A Milli”
Britney Spears / “Circus”

About MMVAs
MuchMusic gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at the 2009 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The show airs live on Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET with a star-packed Red Carpet special beforehand. Past years have seen performances by Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Simple Plan, New Kids On The Block, City and Colour, Kanye West, Kardinal Offishall and Akon, Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears, Hedley, The Killers, Fergie, and many more. At the MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at muchmusic.com or Twitter @MuchMusic for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.

Due to a technical error with Nielsen’s Borealis Software on May 12, 2009, CTV is issuing a revised list of Top New Programs in Canada, 08/09 Year to Date (2+).

Top New Programs in Canada, 08/09 Year to Date (2+)*

1 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA PERF. (CTV) 1,396,000     
2 FRINGE (CTV) 1,352,000
3 SOUTHLAND (CTV) 1,206,000
4 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA RES. (CTV) 1,145,000
5 THE MENTALIST (CTV) 1,123,000
6 LIE TO ME (Global) 788,000
7 HARPER’S ISLAND (Global) 649,000
8 THE UNUSUALS (Global) 642,000
9 SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… (CTV) 638,000
10 RAISING THE BAR (CTV) 615,000

 

Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research, CTV Total, Global Total and CBC Total
*Sept. 1, 2008 – May 10, 2009, minimum five telecasts

Production is set to begin today on the Bravo! docudrama NUREYEV, which explores the life of one of the century’s most renowned and enigmatic arts figures, Rudolph Nureyev. As auditions continue in Toronto today for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Bravo! is pleased to announce that NUREYEV stars Season 1 winner Nico Archambault. NUREYEV is directed by award-winning filmmaker Moze Mossanen (ROXANA, THE RINGS OF SATURN), and uses mostly dance and choreography to portray the tumultuous life of the famed dance great. Auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA come to a close in Montréal next week on Tuesday, May 26 at Théâtre St-Denis.

Nureyev entered into popular consciousness when he defected from Russia in a Paris airport in 1961. Leaving a political firestorm in his wake, he went on to change the face of ballet in the West, presenting a masculine and sexually charged persona never before seen. Enigmatic, controversial and extraordinarily gifted, he has left a legacy seldom surpassed. He died in 1993 of an AIDS related illness in Paris at the age of 54.

Nico Archambault, who won audiences hearts and votes to become the first winner of CTV’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, knew at the age of 14 that there was nothing that he would rather do than dance. Archambault has been training in dance since high school and is proficient in a mix of styles including contemporary, hip hop, jazz and tap. He attended the renowned Louise Lapierre School for eight years and then the Academy of Modern Dance of Montréal during college. Archambault has performed all over Canada, the USA, Cuba, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and under Egypt’s Sphinx and Pyramids.

NUREYEV co-stars Greta Hodgkinson, prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, in the role of Margot Fonteyn. Hodgkinson recently starred in Moze Mossanen’s critically acclaimed, Gemini Award-Winning film, ROXANA.

NUREYEV is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Moze Mossanen (THE RINGS OF SATURN, FROM TIME TO TIME) and is co-produced by Peter Gentile (MOB STORIES, VILLENEUVE: A LEGEND, A CHAMPION) with choreography by award-winner Matjash Mrozewski (THE YEAR OF THE LION). NUREYEV is produced by Mossanen Productions Inc in association with Bravo!

 

Last night’s season premier of Jon & Kate Plus 8, was anything but what viewers have come to expect of the quirky show which has typically been entertaining because of the cute, playful banter that takes place between the couple. In season 4’s finale, Jon voiced that he wasn’t sure he was in for another season of the show due to the stress and scrutiny caused by living in the public eye. After rumors of cheating on both sides, and Jon’s newly developed tendency to hit the nightlife with college aged women; surprise, surprise, their rumored $60,000 to $75,000 paychecks brought them back for a 5th season.

The show started with the sextuplets 5th birthday on May 10th, 2009; which Kate was left to organize and plan on her own while Jon was noticeably absent from their home. She explains her husband’s absence stating that “Jon decided he needs a weekend off” but neglected to mention the fact that their children’s’ fifth birthday coincided with the rumors of Jon’s cheating with a local 23- year old teacher. Cut to their interview room testimonials, which were rumored to have been filmed at the last minute, to catch the latest drama for the premier; and you could cut the tension with a knife. As we predicted, Jon and Kate who typically sit down together and playfully banter back and forth about their experiences with their 8 kids sat down separately to talk about the state of their marriage.

Typically at the end of an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, I’m left feeling light-hearted, with new insight into the world of parenthood. However, after watching last night’s episode, all I felt was sad for the kids; especially when one of the children came up to Jon at the birthday party and said “I miss you daddy…never leave us again.” Sure, filming the TLC show has opened many doors for the family and provided opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise had available to them. The kids will certainly have their future educations paid for, they finally have a home that’s better suited in size for the large family, and they’ve been able to travel and get a typical childhood experience, not inhibited because of their large family size. But, is it all really worth it at the sacrifice of a family where mom and dad can no longer live as a family under the same roof? Or where the family’s every move is under scrutiny?

I’m still not entirely convinced that last night’s episode wasn’t a publicity stunt, but quite frankly, I don’t believe that either Jon or Kate are that good actors – a real problem definitely exists in their marriage. But, as the once light-hearted family show transforms itself to a drama-filled documentary, where the humor and characteristic banter of the once playful couple is noticeably absent…will their audience and the popular TV network keep them onboard? Or can we expect to say “Bye!” not only to Jon & Kate’s marriage, but also to Jon & Kate Plus 8 the show?

Monday, May 25 – 10pm ET/PT

Sam assists Poppi in handing out condoms and safe sex pamphlets to the student body, which leads to an unexpected connection with Jake, Alicia’s ex. Meanwhile, Noah, Kat and Robyn struggle to make sense of their feelings for each other, while Rich realizes he wants to get back together with Sam.

While other religious groups in Canada are seeing a decline in membership, emerging evangelical groups are experiencing double-digit growth. Is the religious resurgence due to a return to Christian values or a clever recruitment strategy? The new Global original documentary Revealed: Hip 2B Holy, airing May 25 at 10 pm ET/PT, examines the evangelical rising. Narrated by Global National anchor Kevin Newman, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film, Hip 2B Holy offers unprecedented access as it goes deep inside Canada’s evangelical underground and reveals their growing influence, supporters, and political aspirations.

“The growth and power of the evangelical movement is a fascinating part of Canada’s current fabric,” said Kevin Newman, Global National Anchor and Executive Editor. “But the mutual mistrust between journalists and followers has prevented a judgement-free examination. With our current Prime Minister among those who believe in this new version of church, we need to examine the evangelic movement for what it is, not what secular Canada assumes it is. Hip 2B Holy is the first documentary to take viewers inside a young and vibrant Christian revival movement so Canadians can make up their own minds about it.”

Believed to be between 10-15 per cent of Canada’s population, the ever-growing evangelical movement aims to raise that number through concerted efforts in youth markets. The film introduces viewers to the Connexus Community Church, a church in Barrie, Ontario that employs modern technology like the internet and Video on Demand to reach its congregation, and The Alpha Course, a 10-week after-work primer on conservative Christianity that has attracted over 10 million participants across the globe. Backed by Canadian billionaire Jim Pattison, The Alpha Course hosts groups of young professionals in pubs and churches across Canada for a crash course in the Bible.

Hip 2B Holy also follows the stories of young people associated with the evangelical movement, including Nate, a youth pastor who uses music and dance to spread the gospel, and Aaron, an atheist whose devout girlfriend hopes he will embrace her faith. Shot over one full year, the film traces the spiritual journeys of these young people and offers never-before-seen access into evangelical churches and meeting groups to examine what has created the exponential growth of the religious movement that is quietly sweeping the country.

*Revealed: Hip 2B Holy will air on Global on Monday, May 25 at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Time, 9 pm Central Time, and 8 pm in Alberta and the Maritimes

**Global National airs 5:30 pm local time in Ontario, BC, Quebec, Winnipeg, Regina/Saskatoon, Calgary/Edmonton/Lethbridge and 6:30 pm local time in the Maritimes.