June 2009

Thursday, June 25 9 p.m.

Two more dancers are eliminated in this week’s results show, narrowing the competition down to 14 contestants.

Global Television is heading into the second half of 2009 with impressive on-air and online growth, a review of television ratings and online data from the first six months of the year has revealed.

While other TV networks focus on rebuilding their schedules after a year of slumping ratings, Global finished the season with continued strength. The network’s national primetime audience grew 3% this spring1, bolstered by substantial gains where it matters most: in the country’s two largest television markets and among the core television demographic of Adults 18-49. In Toronto, Global’s primetime audience grew 6%; in Vancouver, the growth was an impressive 11%. Global’s ratings success was fueled by its strong roster of primetime hits including one of Canada’s top programs, House – up another 12% in Toronto this spring; The Simpsons – up 20%; NCIS – up 22%; and Family Guy – up 10%2. All four shows are returning to Global’s primetime schedule this fall.

Global also solidified its long-standing lead over Canada’s secondary networks. This spring, Global’s audiences were almost double those of the CBC, ahead 98% in Toronto and 71% in Vancouver. Global also increased its dominance over Citytv, with audiences 105% larger in Toronto and a staggering 240% larger in Vancouver2.

Global also hit a new digital milestone this spring with the re-designed GlobalTV.com. The new site – now streaming episodes of the majority of the network’s primetime programs, skyrocketed ahead of all other Canadian broadcasters to become Canada’s #1 Website for Broadcast Video.

Key highlights for GlobalTV.com include:
· The Most Overall Video Plays of any Canadian broadcaster, with 6.4 million video streams, up 895%.
· The Most Engaged Video Viewers with 80 minutes a month of video watched per viewer, up 244%. This is far ahead of second place CBC.ca (57 minutes) and more than four times the engagement of CTV.ca (19 minutes).
· The Most Video per Viewer with 22 videos per month, up 238%.
· GlobalTV.com is also the Fastest Growing Site for Video with triple digit increases for all key video metrics3.

Sources:
1: BBM NMR, Jan 5-May 17/09 vs Jan 7-May 18/08, M-Su 8-11p, total viewers 2+.
2: BBM NMR, Jan 5-May 17/09 vs Jan 7-May 18/08, M-Su 8-11p, viewers 18-49.
3: comScore Inc., Video Metrix Total Canada, All Locations, April 2009 2+ audience, comparing Global to CTV, CBC and Citytv. Fastest growing compares to September 2008.

It is with great sadness that we bid a final farewell to Maggie Krell and Charlie Mills (06/18), who were the latest to meet their brutal demise on Harper’s Island.

Maggie was a native of Harper’s Island, and had survived the horrific rampage years ago.  However, when the killer decided to go on a second round, Maggie’s luck had clearly run out.

Sheriff Mills had high hopes for reconciliation with his daughter Abby, but he had a lot of lost time to make up for.  With more and more of his darkest secrets exposed, it was unclear if he could be trusted.  Unfortunately, now his family and friends will never find out.

Two lives full of promise, two journeys cut short.

Can you find the killer?

Harper’s Island
Continues TONIGHT at 10pm ET/PT on Global

Episode: “Splash”
Abby confronts the killer, but the guests start thinking he may have an accomplice. Another guest dies and another goes missing.

For full episodes, interactive weekly victim polls and character bios visit: www.GlobalTV.com

Thursday, June 25 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

It looks like Toby (Craig Olejnik) might just get lucky when things take a tragic turn.  After Toby hooks up with Mina (Sarah Power) at a nightclub, she’s found dead.  Initially fingered as a suspect in her death, Toby does some “listening” to find the real murderer.

 

Good news for those who have been tuning into Grey’s Anatomy for the girl-on-girl action, lesbian plotlines are about to return to the series in a big way next season since Jessica Capshaw, who plays Arizona, will be coming back as a full-time cast member.

After playing a guest role this past season of Grey’s Anatomy, Jessica Capshaw has been invited to become a series regular, which will surely progress the Arizona/Callie love affair that has been gradually developing.

This might not come as a surprise to viewers, who might have heard show create Shonda Rhimes gushing about the actress and her role on the show shortly after the season 5 finale. “I love Jessica Capshaw,” she gushed. “And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.”

Wednesday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET

Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo!

“The cavernous Garden felt like an intimate nightclub” –  NY Times

This one-hour special features an intimate and complex portrayal of the Canadian singing sensation in the days, minutes and seconds leading up to his historic concert at Madison Square Garden. The special includes masterful Bublé performances and breathlessly captures all the elements surrounding the show. In addition, viewers observe Bublé in action backstage with his band and family. Performance highlights include the classic romance song “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Leon Russell’s beloved “A Song For You,” and the haunting Bublé-penned love letter and No. 1 hit single, “Home.”

The Michael Bublé Tour lasted two years and played to one million fans worldwide including 80 sold out appearances in the United States.  MICHAEL BUBLÉ MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN also features footage of Bublé’s emotional visit to the famed Blue Note Club where he first performed in New York City before exploding onto the music scene.

Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET (60 min.)

As they live together, REAL WORLD: CANCUN roommates discover other cultures and lifestyles and learn what kind of person they are, and who they want to become. But when they stop being polite and start getting real, they wind up learning about each other and going down paths they never dreamed of. Some roommates become instant BFFs while others are left out in the cold. As the roommates lives collide, their values are challenged and their true feelings are exposed. Watch all of your REAL WORLD favourites at mtv.ca/realworld.

Wednesday, June 24 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

A medieval knight comes through an anomaly chasing what he believes to be a dragon.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, AT 9 P.M., ON CBC-TV

It’s been one year since viewers fell in love with the 10 Maria hopefuls who vied for the iconic role of Maria Von Trapp in the CBC Television series HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA?

Through the power of reality television, Elicia MacKenzie became an overnight sensation in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish’s stage production of The Sound of Music. With MacKenzie’s portrayal of Maria Von Trapp, and runner-up Janna Polzin as her alternate, the musical attracted widespread critical acclaim and continues to wow audiences at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.

One year after the competition, MacKenzie and Polzin reunite with the other hopefuls, Jayme Armstrong, Tamara Fifield, Allie Hughes, Alison Jutzi, Katie Kerr, Donna Lajeunesse, Marisa McIntyre and Kyla Tingley to explore how the reality series changed their lives. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gavin Crawford and judge and vocal coach Elaine Overholt make special appearances.

Find out what’s become of the Maria hopefuls, Wednesday, June 24, at 9 p.m., on CBC-TV, during 10 MARIAS: 1 YEAR LATER. Is there life after Maria and which finalist is appearing in a new Andrew Lloyd Webber production? The one-hour documentary explores the power of reality television, its ability to cast and create stars, and the kind of lasting effect it has on the lives of participants.

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with CBC Television. The executive producers are David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg.

Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Soorgal was only ten when he left his family in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. He was supposed to study for a year in Tajikistan, but it would take 16 years and a journey to Canada before he could return to his village. He was one of many Afghan children sent to Tajikistan during the Soviet occupation of their country. When civil war broke out on both sides of the border, many children were left stranded. Soorgul, along with his schoolmate Amir, were able to leave Tajikstan only after many years when Canada accepted them as refugees.

The Sweetest Embrace follows Soorgul and Amir on their treacherous journey towards the villages of their home country to reunite with their families.