May 2009

Saturday, May 23 beginning at 8 a.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET (Cycle 1)

Sunday, May 24 beginning at 8 a.m. ET – 10 p.m. ET (Cycle 2)

Before the latest cycle of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns to Star!’s schedule (May 27), Star! gives viewers the chance to relive every model moment with encore presentations of Cycle 1 & 2 airing all weekend long (May 23/24). Viewers can catch full episodes of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL back-to-back – that’s 30 hours of model mania!

Friday, May 22 10 p.m.

Also airs at 10 p.m. ET in a super-simulcast on ‘A’

Now in his ninth decade, the irrepressible Tony Bennett is not only the steward of the Great American Songbook, but one of the last living connections to it. In this seductive and utterly charming hour, Tony and Elvis discuss many of the great songs and the colourful people responsible for them with warmth and affection. Accompanied by (in Tony Bennett’s estimation) “the finest jazz pianist today,” Bill Charlap, Tony sings several classics, and pulls a very special surprise guest from the audience for a spontaneous and irresistible duet.

Friday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET

Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, May 24 at 6 p.m. ET on Bravo!

Now in his ninth decade, the irrepressible Tony Bennett is not only the steward of the Great American Songbook, but one of the last living connections to it. In this seductive and utterly charming hour, Bennett and Costello discuss many of the great songs and the colourful people responsible for them with warmth and affection. Accompanied by (in Tony Bennett’s estimation) “the finest jazz pianist today,” Bill Charlap, Bennett sings several classics, and pulls a very special surprise guest from the audience for a spontaneous and irresistible duet.

Friday, May 22, 2009 8 p.m.

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

On this exciting game show hosted by Wayne Brady, contestants choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists, taking centre stage to sing alongside the studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen. Suddenly the music stops and the words disappear. To win the $1 million at stake, contestants need to sing the correct missing lyric without freezing under the pressure. With the pressure on to remember the lyrics, will the contestants rock hard or fall flat?

Friday, May 22 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

In an attempt to force the release of crime lord Ziro the Hutt from prison, bounty hunters seize control of the Senate building and hold its members hostage.

Canada's Next Top Model Fashion Magazine Cover 2009How cool is this?  The week Canada’s Next Top Model premieres – Tuesday May 26, 8pm ET on CTV.  On the 28th, the cast, and Jay of course, hit newsstands on the cover of FASHION Magazine.

 

With a great deal of speculation circulating around the internet regarding the fate of two major Grey’s Anatomy characters, who found themselves in the fight of their lives on last week’s season finale. While unfortunately, we will have to wait until September, when the new season of Grey’s Anatomy airs to find out for sure who will live, or who will die; Shonda Rhimes and EW’s Michael Ausiello have both weighed in on the fates of these two popular Grey’s Anatomy characters.

During a recent interview with TV guide, Shonda Rhimes certainly didn’t give away the results of the Grey’s season finale cliffhanger that will ensure viewers tune into the next season, but she did give some vague insight regarding these shocking Grey’s Anatomy plotlines. When asked whether Izzie or George will live to see another season of the show, Rhimes responded, stating “We will definitely answer those questions in the fall. As with anyone you come to love, you don’t want to see them die, but it’s all part of the circle of life.” But naturally, not willing to commit to a statement that alludes one or both of the characters might die, Rhimes adds, “there are some top-notch doctors at Seattle Grace and although there may not be miracles, there could be some good medicine.”

While EW’s Michael Ausiello is usually a wealth of information when it comes to what to expect on Grey’s Anatomy, his weigh in on the fates of Izzie and George, are surprisingly less helpful than that of the show’s vague creator.  When asked the question that’s on every Grey’s Anatomy fan’s mind, Ausiello speculated very little.
Q: OMG. Grey’s finale. George or Izzie? What’s the deal?
A: My guess? One will live, another will die.
So what’s your guess? I would have to agree with Michael Ausiello on this one; one of the actors that portray these characters with unknown fates will be out when Grey’s Anatomy begins next season. But, I think that if it’s TR Knight who will be taking hiatus (whether permanent or temporary) from filming with the popular TV show; another actor will fill his role since George’s disfigurement has rendered him unrecognizable.

How would you speculate about the fates of George and Izzie?

Toronto – May 20, 2009 Along with a thriving career that has garnered two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and decades of longevity, Ted Danson feels equally passionate about his other life’s work:  saving the world’s oceans.  The star discusses his commitment to this cause on the new exclusive ichannel series Celebrity Soapbox.  The program profiles famous people and the charitable or social causes they adopt, support and represent. 

 

Danson says that one of the catalysts of his oceanic interest was an epiphanic moment when he had to explain to his daughter why she couldn’t swim at the beach.  The water was deemed unsafe, because of pollution.

 

He helped found the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, originally established to challenge offshore drilling in coastal California.  In 2002, American Oceans Campaign merged with Oceana, the largest conservation organization in the world.  Danson sits on the board of directors of Oceana, often serving as spokesperson.  In 2007, he addressed the World Trade Organization in Geneva concerning the issues of subsidizing and over-fishing.

 

One key factor identified by Oceana that precipitates over-fishing is governmental subsidies for the industry.  These subsidies enable large commercial fisheries to afford bigger boats and fleets that trawl giant expanses of the ocean floor, causing considerable damage to the ecosystem. 

 

Another concern is “bi-catching”, which refers to the practice of catching species of fish, other than those the fishermen intended to net.  Generally, these fish, sea turtles and various undersea life are disposed of.  According to Danson, ten to thirty percent of each catch is discarded, which is taking its toll on fish populations.  He uses the catchphrase, “Count it. Catch it. Control it,” meaning that entire catches should be counted against fishermen’s quotas, regardless of species.  

 

Quoting U.N. figures, he says one-third of the earth’s fisheries have already collapsed, with “seventy five percent of fisheries either fully over-fished or right at the brink”.  He indicates that “according to science coming out of Canada”, in fifty…sixty…seventy years we will fish out our oceans. 

 

Overall, Danson gives Canada kudos on its subsidy and commercial fishing policies.  However, he encourages citizens to engage the government and close loopholes that allow too much freedom to the global fishing industry, “This is not about ‘don’t catch fish’.  This is about making sure we take care of that resource, so it’ll be there for everybody.”

 

The world premiere of Celebrity Soapbox is on Monday, June 8th, at 9:00pm ET.  ichannel Intelligent Television is available by subscription through local cable and satellite television providers across Canada.  The digital cable network is owned and operated by Stornoway Communications.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Kevin O’Keefe, Celebrity Soapbox Producer, (416) 756-5505, kokeefe@ichannel.ca 

Rosemary Fusca, Head of Programming, (416) 756-5523, rfusca@stornoway.com

Sunday, May 21 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

To raise funds, Camilla hosts a Botox party with a cocaine-addicted plastic surgeon as the guest of honour. When Joyce and Lillian decide to let themselves become test subjects in a hormone-replacement therapy experiment, they experience some unusual side effects.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 10 p.m.

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When a woman kidnaps another woman whom she suspects of having an affair with her husband, the SRU is called to the scene. But when things quickly escalate, several team members question how the situation was handled.