June 2009

Tuesday, June 16 10:45 p.m. ET/PT

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Tuesday, June 16 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Tim receives a robin from Eric. A dad and his father spend a silent moment in the hallway.

Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (60 min.)

MTV’s first family of hip hop is back! It’s time to step inside RUN’S HOUSE as patriarch Rev Run and the rest of the Simmons clan once again open their doors, and hearts, for MTV’s cameras. Rev Run and Justine have had their own unique and effective way of navigating their family through times of joy and tragedy. More RUN’S HOUSE family drama can be seen online at mtv.ca/runshouse.

Monday, June 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Maestro Ennio Morricone has composed music for more than 500 movies since the 1950s. Dedicated to the victims of 9/11 and all victims of all the massacres in history, ENNIO MORRICONE CONCERT IN VENICE features Morricone conducting a 100-piece orchestra and choir who perform some of his most memorable music from movies such as The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon A Time In The West and The Mission. And if that wasn’t enough, the entire concert is shot against one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, the Venice San Marco Square.

With the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs almost over, weeknight episodes of CORONATION STREET return to CBC Television on Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Sunday morning repeats of the series remain at 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Episodic synopsis for the week:

Monday, June 15 – Teresa’s poisoning puts Jerry in jeopardy. Amber makes a move on David. Dev and Nina go for a dirty weekend.

Tuesday, June 16 – Jerry’s at death’s door after weeks of poisoning. Tina gives David another chance. Dev is just another notch on Nina’s bedpost.

Wednesday, June 17 – Teresa runs at the threat of discovery. Dev is feeling increasingly used by Nina. Gail fears Tina’s going to discover her secret.

Thursday, June 18 – Jerry’s horrified as Teresa comes clean. Nina reminds Dev who is the boss in the relationship. Becky forces Roy to face up to reality.

Friday, June 19 – Mel’s arrogance lands her best mate in hospital. Sean’s humiliated when Tom rebuffs him. Dev gets stood up by Nina.

Sunday, June 14 10:45 p.m. ET/PT

Andy is irked by the evolution of his sitcom, and Orlando Bloom brags about his good looks to a dubious Maggie.

Sunday, June 14 10 p.m. ET/PT

The Slough branch of Wernham Hoggs hosts a small party to welcome the new intake from Swindon following the merger.

Tragedy is often defined as a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event. But in the CTV Original Movie SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY, it has another effect – bringing two very different sisters closer together. Executive Produced by Kelly Rowan (IN GOD’S COUNTRY, EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE) and Shaftesbury Films (THE LISTENER), SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY premieres Sunday, June 14 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. The touching, two-hour movie stars Melinda Clarke (THE O.C.) as the wild, free-spirited Blithe, and Krista Bridges (THE SUMMIT, Niagara Motel) as the conventional and demure Virginia. Together, they are sisters who reunite after being torn apart by past heartbreaks, all while embarking on a surprising emotional journey.

In SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY, quiet and housebound Virginia (Krista Bridges) is nothing like her confident and worldly sister Blithe (Melinda Clarke), whose wild ways have continually been a point of contention for her younger sister. The two have been separated for many years, and Virginia is happy to keep it that way. But one day, Virginia’s safe, insular world is turned upside down when her controlling husband suddenly passes away and the sheltered widow is left to fend for herself. Then, out of the blue, Virginia is invited by Blithe to pay her a visit, only to be strong-armed to join her on an impulsive road trip in Blithe’s hot new Mustang convertible.

Returning to the hometown of their youth, the sisters revisit old romances and explore former stomping grounds, including attending a high school reunion. Long-buried family secrets are unearthed and past heartbreaks are exposed, but it’s only when Blithe reveals a burden of her own that the sisters finally put aside their differences and reconcile.

“Melinda Clarke and Krista Bridges deliver a wonderfully touching performance of two sisters who reconnect after years apart,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “A story that many families and siblings can relate to, SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY take viewers on an emotional  journey of self-discovery, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption.”

“It’s great to be working again with Kelly Rowan, this time as executive producer,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury Films. “When Kelly brought this script to us we thought it was full of heart and heartbreak and a compelling story.”

Filmed around Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY also stars Chris Potter (ZOE BUSIEK: WILD CARD) as Hank, Blithe’s high school sweetheart, and Michael Seater (LIFE WITH DEREK) as Virginia’s son Pete.

Sunday, June 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Follow world-renowned carver Don Yeomans and his son and partner on a beautiful journey as they create the entrance to Vancouver’s International Airport, a Totem Pole of the First Nations people of the North West Coast, The Haida. In THE MAKING OF A HAIDA TOTEM POLE, Métis filmmaker Kelvin Redvers portrays the making of these unique poles, from log to installation, and provides insight into the carver’s creative process, his relationship with family and culture, and his philosophy about art and tradition.

Recently my husband has gotten hooked on the Food Network’s Family restaurant show, which follows an Alberta family through the trials and tribulations of opening a restaurant with family. The show is quirky, and relatable, but until recently, wasn’t award winning; but that just changed!

From a media release:

Family Restaurant: The Quons woks away with two Rockies at Banff World Television Awards

Chinese luck was in play at the Banff World Television Festival this week when Anaïd Productions’ Family Restaurant won the Grand Prize for Best Entertainment program—its second surprise triumph in as many nights.

One day earlier, the show won a Rockie Award as Best Lifestyle/Information program, nudging out such high-profile contenders as celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Canada’s own Steven and Chris.

“We were truly honoured,” says Series Producer Sophie Mardirossian, “just to be nominated alongside such amazing company. To win our category, and then top it off with a Grand Prize, is overwhelming.”

The series, which launched this past winter on Food Network Canada, tells behind-the-scenes stories of tradition and transition, along with generational mayhem at The Lingnan, a landmark Edmonton restaurant owned by the tireless, exuberant Quon family. The series began shooting with the traditional Big Luck Ceremony that heralds the start-up of important Chinese projects – an event which is paying off for all involved.

This year’s 130 category nominees, chosen from over 800 entries, represent 29 countries. Anaïd Productions is one of only five Canadian companies to receive a 2009 Rockie award, and one of two to receive a Grand Prize.

“The Lingnan holds an important place in Edmonton’s culture just as the Rockie Award is legendary in the world of television,” says Executive Producer Margaret Mardirossian. “We are delighted to share these two incredible prizes with the Quons as they opened their lives to us, giving us the flashes of mayhem along with the flavours of tradition, wrapped up in delicious bites of entertainment.

Georges Leclere, Director of the Banff Program Competition, comments “We are honored to present winners with the “Rockie”, the trophy that truly inspires excellence in international television and represents a great generation of promising producers and directors.”