June 2009

After a challenging week both at the model mansion and in front of the camera, Rebeccah is eliminated from CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. The 18-year-old from Cambridge, ON is the sixth model hopeful to head home, leaving just five girls vying for the title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

It was a busy week for the top six. After a crash course in media training from MTV’s Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, the girls were thrown head first into a real-life media challenge at LG Fashion Week in Toronto. Amidst industry elite, they posed for paparazzi and were put on the spot by two of CTV’s hottest entertainment correspondents – Lainey from ETALK and LainyGossip.com and Trevor Boris from MuchMusic’s VIDEO ON TRIAL. Nikita’s outgoing personality proved to be an asset helping her win the challenge and a $4,000 shopping spree at Holt Renfrew. The photo challenge was particularly difficult as the girls had to model against each other in the same shot. Unfortunately Rebeccah was out of her comfort zone and it showed; the judges decided to set her free to pursue other dreams.

“To be honest, I’m kind of relieved,” she said on her departure. “The pressure was really intense and it was a bit terrifying at times.”

In next week’s all-new episode, premiering Tuesday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, Host Jay Manuel and a special guest shock the Final 5 when they announce that they’ll be making their second international trip of the competition – this time, to New York City. Hopefully everyone has their passports this time! The models race through fashion hot spots, meeting major designers and the fashion elite in a bid to make an impression.  At the NYC photo shoot challenge, the competitors pose with a NYC icon behind them, then spin through the city with $5,000 in their pocket.  In a tense and controversial judging, one model is sent packing. 

Tune into ETALK tomorrow (Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET) for the national broadcast exclusive with Rebeccah after the judges sent her home.

Encore presentations of tonight’s episode air on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursday at 10 p.m. ET; and a special Sunday night catch-up broadcast airs on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET.  Episode 6 premieres Tuesday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Find out more about all 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.

Tonight is the big reveal; which celebrity will win on tonight’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here? Since last night, Patti Blogojevich was voted off the show after 23 days in the jungle, we know for sure it’s not going to be her! Patti Blogojevich may not have been a celebrity in the formal sense of the world, even amongst the D-List celebrities that have participated in the show.

Patti Blogojevich filled in on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for her husband, former Governor Rod Blogojevich, who was banned from participating in the reality series by a judge. However, Patti as his replacement quickly became a favorite of the fans and her fellow celebrity contestants. Now that she’s out of the running, we’ll just have to see which of the remaining contestants wins the competition, with all proceeds from viewer donations going to a charity of their choice.

Tuesday, June 23 10:45 p.m. ET/PT

Tim gets embarrassed when Eric shows a naked baby picture of him. Steve Brule gets drunk while doing a report on wine.

Tuesday, June 23 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

The Bread Heads try to get to a Bread Harrity concert. The Mayor and Roy Teppert have a disagreement.

For viewers of Jon & Kate Plus 8, last night’s big announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise. No, Jon & Kate Gosselin are not taking a break or quitting their TLC show in order to work on their marriage; they’re calling it quits. In fact, according to a text caption that aired at the end of the episode, Jon & Kate wasted no time in beginning the legal proceedings for their divorce; filing papers on Monday, June 22nd, the same day the big announcement aired.

Jon & Kate claim that the show must go on, although naturally they will be filming their time with the kids separately. The couple, even following their legal separation, will continue to share their Pennsylvania home in a unique way. Kate will keep the home as her full-time residence, and vacate when Jon returns for his scheduled time with the kids so that the children are never displaced.

While the show may not be going off the air, it sounds like there might be a hiatus in filming. Monday’s episode is set to be a compilation of clips, including some unseen moments, and after that no new episodes will be set to air until August 4th.

Well TLC, it’s time to consider a new name for Jon & Kate Plus 8 – how about Jon & Kate Separ8?! But let’s face it, is this marriage ending also about to lead to the end of the TLC show?

Photo via: Vancouver Sun

As the awe-inspiring Susan Boyle phenomenon from BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT continues make headlines around the world, fans of the series format have another reason to be excited with the return of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT on ‘A’ this summer. Kicking off its fourth season with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by a third hour on Wednesday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET, the uber-talent competition features performers from across the United States showcasing their special talents in the hope of winning $1 million.

New this season, comedian/actor/ writer/producer/musician Nick Cannon (THE NICK CANNON SHOW, Bobby), joins the series as a first-time host.  The series also continues to feature a dynamic panel of celebrity judges including David Hasselhoff (BAYWATCH), Sharon Osbourne (THE OSBOURNES) and Piers Morgan (BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT).

“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is a family-friendly series for viewers of all ages,”  said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With a vast selection of  remarkable – and sometimes odd  – performers, viewers can join the judging panel on the lookout for the next big talent phenomenon.”

Last summer, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was the #1 most-watched, regularly-scheduled program on ‘A’ in the Toronto market’s key adult demos. In Vancouver, the series also earned top marks as the #1 most-watched program (P2+) on ‘A’ during its summer 2008 season. 

With the talent search open to acts of all ages, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT has popularized the variety format. The series features a colourful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage to win America’s hearts – and the $1 million prize.

Auditions were held in cities including Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington D.C., Chicago, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas; New York, New York; Miami, Florida; Seattle, Washington; and Houston, Texas. This year, contestants also had the opportunity to upload audition videos on MySpce. The show’s producers will review submissions and selected participants will take part in an audition show dedicated solely to MySpace submissions. Contestants will compete for slots in the semi-finals and finals. All of the acts will be eligible for the $1 million grand prize.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television. Simon Cowell (AMERICAN IDOL), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (AMERICAN IDOL), Jason Raff (Clash of the Choirs) and Scott St. John (DEAL OR NO DEAL) are executive producers.

Fresh and dynamic, ‘A’ is the new home of established primetime hits, critical favourites and big-buzz new series. ‘A’ delivers Canadian television’s most exciting new schedule in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and British Columbia as well as in Alberta on ACCESS in certain primetime hours. ‘A’ spotlights day-to-day life in local communities in Victoria/Vancouver, Barrie/Toronto, Ottawa and London through its award-winning ‘A’ News programming. ‘A’ is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about ‘A’ may be found at www.atv.ca.

In record numbers, MMVAs fans took control of Sunday’s 2009 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and MuchMusic was right there with them, delivering more content in more places than ever before. In person, in front of the TV, online, and all over social media forums, fans actively engaged with the show and with one another.

The three-hour TV broadcast of the international headline-making 2009 MMVAs and the MMVAs 09 RED CARPET SPECIAL was the #1 destination for both the target T12-17 and P12-34 demos across all of Canadian television from 8-11 p.m. ET on Sunday, including both conventional and English-language specialty channels. Up 49% with teens over last year, it was the most-watched MMVAs for teens in six years and the largest teen audience (99,000 T12-17) generated on MuchMusic this broadcast year-to-date. Overall, a total audience of 515,000 total viewers watched the back-to-back awards broadcast at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on MuchMusic, up 14% compared to 2008 and up 38% compared to 2007.*

“This year’s MMVAs was the biggest and best ever, giving our fans more A-list stars, more performances and more content than ever before,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, The Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “The huge and record-setting results we have seen across every platform, prove that the fans were completely immersed in the entire MMVAs experience and loved every moment of it.”

While a staggering – and record-breaking – 10,000 fans swarmed MuchMusic HQ to get within arm’s length of Lady Gaga, the Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas and many others, fans also came out in droves online on Sunday night. Fans made history, creating the biggest single day audience ever on muchmusic.com with 143,000 unique visitors**. Within the first 24 hours after the show, 128,000 visitors to MuchMusic.com viewed more than 300,000 on demand videos including the full 2009 MMVAs and the MMVAs 09 RED CARPET SPECIAL**.

During the broadcast, more than 19,000 fans connected online for a live, six-screen high definition streaming experience on MuchMusic.com, a North American first featuring HD Smooth Streaming Microsoft Silverlight technology.*** Meanwhile, more than 100,000 online video streams of the Awards and auxiliary activities were viewed live, including access to backstage, the press room, and the VIP Room, all streamed simultaneously with the live TV broadcast **. Completely connected and suffering from sensory overload, 55% of fans who watched the show online also took in all the action live on TV as well***.

But it was the way fans connected with one another via social media forums during the show that really made the 2009 MMVAs unique. Conversations surrounding the MMVAs ranked #4 on both Google Trends and Twitter.com Trending Topics, worldwide real-time ranking systems of the most buzz-worthy topics discussed on the networks. Fans used Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to engage directly with not only celebrities in attendance, but with MuchMusic and with one another as well, sharing their thoughts and providing instantaneous feedback. More than 21,000 comments were shared through an online chat that appeared on muchmusic.com which spread virally through social networking sites.

For the first time ever, MuchMusic has partnered with Universal Music Canada to bring fans the exciting raw energy of live performances from the awards, making them available to the masses exclusively on iTunes. Fans can visit iTunes and be the first to get their hands on these collector edition performances that include Lady Gaga’s “Medley: LoveGame/Poker Face”, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow”, Alexisonfire’s “Young Cardinals”, Rise Against’s “Audience of One”, and Shiloh’s “Operator” (A Girl Like Me).

The highly buzzed-about awards show has left the masses wanting more and CTV is set to meet the overwhelming demand with the first HD broadcast of the 2009 MMVAs this Saturday, June 27 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

Fans can catch the 2009 MMVAs online right now at mmva.muchmusic.com and on MuchMusic mobile where viewers can pick their favourite performances or see the whole broadcast in its entirety. MuchMusic is set to rebroadcast the show throughout the week with airings on today at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Thursday at 11 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., and 7 p.m.; and on Saturday at 12 a.m. and 5 p.m.

International broadcasts can be seen on TV Guide Network in the U.S. on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and in 20 countries around the world on MTVNHD and on XYZnetworks in Australia. Broadcast dates for MTVNHD and XYZnetworks will be announced later.

Official sponsors for the 2009 MMVAs include Pepsi, Nokia, Molson, Subway and Virgin Mobile.

* Source: BBM-NMR research, total Canada, total Homes, preliminary overnight reports
** Source: Omniture internal reporting.
*** Source: Akamai internal reporting and MuchMusic.com viewer survey panel.

Lanny Mcdonald, Glenn Anderson, Tie Domi, Bob Probert, Craig Simpson and Stéphane Richer on Battle Of The Blades

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean and four-time World Figure Skating Champion Kurt Browning to host national pairs competition

CBC Television announced today the first competitors to sign on to participate in CBC Television’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES. NHL Hall of Famer and fan favourite Lanny McDonald, NHL Hall of Famer and six-time Stanley Cup-winner Glenn Anderson, legendary enforcers Tie Domi and Bob Probert, two-time Stanley Cup-winner and HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA analyst Craig Simpson, and two-time Stanley Cup-winner Stéphane Richer will go head-to-head in this fierce competition. These hockey heavyweights will be paired with some of Canada’s top female figure skaters in a competitive and thrilling pairs showdown beginning this October.

“Whatever else you can say about Canadians, they know hockey and they know figure skating—and are passionate about both,” said Kirstine Layfield, CBC Television’s executive director of network programming. “We’re going to bring the two together in a way that’s never been seen before. It’s going to be great.”

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s Ron MacLean and Canadian figure skating icon Kurt Browning host the seven-week BATTLE OF THE BLADES series. Browning’s storied international career and his infectious personality combined with MacLean’s deep-rooted knowledge and passion for hockey will provide viewers with the insight and intricacies of both sports and their unlikely combination.

All-Star forward Probert holds the Detroit Red Wings’ franchise record for career penalty minutes. Domi is one of the most popular players to ever don a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey and ranks third overall in penalty minutes in NHL history.

A gentleman both on and off the ice, McDonald’s contribution to his teams and community earned him both the Bill Masterson and King Clancy Memorial trophies. Simpson’s influence extends from playing to coaching and currently as an analyst on CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Simpson is the last Edmonton Oiler to score over 50 goals in one season. Richer is one of the all-time leaders in playoff overtime goals and is the last Montreal Canadien to score over 50 goals in a season. Anderson is considered one of the all-time great playoff performers with 214 playoff points, ranking him fourth overall in playoff history.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht, and development of Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.

CTV has been recognized with more awards than any other Canadian broadcaster at the 2009 Promax|BDA Awards Competition in New York City last week. The CTV Creative Agency was honoured with 31 medals recognizing excellence in promotion and design, which includes 24 Promax|BDA Promotion and Marketing Awards and seven Promax|BDA Design Awards. Highlights include multiple wins for CTV British Columbia, CTV Toronto and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA plus a World Design Award for the redesign of /A\.

The CTV Creative Agency Captured 2 Gold Medals, 11 Silver and 18 Bronze, including 4 “World Design” awards representing the best in international television design and promotion. CTV, /A\ and its affiliates were honoured with 21 awards. Other CTV specialty services recognized with awards include The Comedy Network (1), TSN (3), TSN2 (1), MuchMusic (1), SPACE (2), CP24 (2).

“Under a new set of much tougher guidelines this year, the CTV Creative Agency picked up an impressive number of awards including 4 World Design Awards,” said Rick Lewchuk, Senior Vice President, CTV Creative Agency and Brand Strategy. “Last week’s achievements represent the teams’ incredible level of creative focus. Congratulations to everyone.”

Promax|BDA is the worldwide association of entertainment marketers, promoters and designers, representing more than 500 television stations and all major broadcast and cable networks from the U.S. as well as more than 3,000 individual members in 70 countries. The association provides members with education, recognition and interaction through conferences, award competitions and publications as well as networking opportunities.

Below is a complete list of 2009 Promax|BDA Promotion and Marketing Awards for CTV and its family of channels:

CTV (8 Awards)

Content Promotion- Daypart/Block of Programs Spot (single) – eTalk/Access Hollywood

Content Promotion-Public Service Announcement (single) – Healthy Start

Content Promotion-Public Service Announcement (single) – Top 20 Under 20 (Turtle) 

Promotional Item – CTV – ELIJAH Game Board

Content Promotion-Day-Part/Block of Programs Campaign – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA

Content Promotion-Made-for-television-Movie (single) – MAYERTHORPE

Content Promotion-Non-Fiction/Reality Programming Spot (multiple) – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA

Something for Nothing – Snow is a 4-Letter Word

CTV Toronto (2 Awards)

Craft Categories-Copywriting – Snow Support Group-Intervention 

Funniest Promo – Snow Support Group-Intervention

CTV Montreal (2 Awards)

Content Promotion-News/Information Program Promotion Campaign – CTV News Image Campaign 2008

Special Project Award – CTV Spirit of Giving Campaign 2008 

CTV British Columbia (8 Awards)

Content Promotion-Program Promotional Spot-in-House – Summercamp

Use of An Original Composition in a Promo – Making A Difference

Network, Channel, Station, Platform Branding/Image Promotion – On Air Promotion for Website – Breaking News Anytime

Special Projects Award – Perry’s Supercamp

Content Promotion – Public Service Announcement – Summercamp

Content Promotion – Public Service Announcement – Salvation Army

Craft Categories – Abbotsford Air Show

Funniest Promo – CTV Store Coffee Mug

/A\ (1 Award)

Network Package Design: Image All Media – /A\: Redesign

CP24 (2 Award)

Art Direction and Design: Image Campaign – CP24: 2008 Fall Image Campaign  

Craft Categories-Editing – CP24: Anywhere Anytime

The Comedy Network (1 Awards)

Art Direction and Design: Image Promo – Graffiti Alley 

TSN (3 Awards)

Topical Publication Advertising – Colour – Retro Week Print Ad 

Sports Bumper – NHL on TSN Bumper

Poster Campaign – TSN: Hockey Hall of Fame Display Redesign

TSN2 (1 Award)

General and Content Promotion Outdoor/Environmental/Transit AD Campaign – BCE Domination 

SPACE (2 Awards)

Network, Channel, Station, Platform Branding/Image Promotion-Holiday/Special Event Spot (single) – SPACE Superhero Halloween

Voice Over-Best Male – SPACE Superhero Halloween

MuchMusic (1 Award)

Special Project Award – MuchMusic Video Awards

Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

In its Canadian debut, Leaving the Fold tells the story of five young people born and raised within an ultra-Orthodox Jewish world who no longer wish to remain on the inside. The featured subjects in the film grew up in a sheltered society where deviation from the rules of conduct is often punishable by ostracism, intimidation or worse. As young adults they pay a steep price for abandoning their parents and community to seek the freedom to make their own choices.

From the Hasidic enclaves of Montreal, Brooklyn and Jerusalem, the filmmakers unveil stories of conflict coercion and struggle. Leaving the Fold is a film about complex, spiritual journeys in the opposite direction. It was written and directed by Eric R. Scott and produced by Frederic Bohbot and Evan Beloff.