July 2009

Beginning Monday, August 31, Canadians wanting more local news can turn to CBC News’ new 90-minute supper-hour newscasts. CBC News has extended its 60-minute newscast and moved it to an earlier timeslot, from 5-6:30 p.m. (local time), to better serve Canadians.

“Canadians want more local news and want more options of when to get it,” said Kirstine Layfield, CBC Television’s executive director of programming. “So we are extending CBC News against a larger local footprint.”

This initiative by the CBC demonstrates leadership in the Canadian television market at a time when the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has asked all broadcasters to invest more in their local stations.

“CBC News will deliver balanced, reliable, up-to-the-minute coverage with the background and depth needed to really understand the story,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News.  “It’s really quite thrilling to be able to expand our local news coverage to better serve Canadians in an economic environment where the inclination could be to retreat.”

Coinciding with the expansion of local supper-hour newscasts, CBC Television will air GHOST WHISPERER at 4 p.m., CORONATION STREET at 6:30 p.m., WHEEL OF FORTUNE at 7 p.m. and JEOPARDY at 7:30 p.m.

As announced this morning on CTV’s LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY, CTV BC weathercaster Tamara Taggart has been selected to guest co-host on LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY, having made the Top 10 in the “From Local to LIVE Co-Host for a Day” search. Taggart will fill in for Kelly Ripa one day during the week of August 17-21.

The search, which began on June 26, generated thousands of nominations for broadcasters across North America. On Monday, July 27 Taggart and CTV Toronto weathercaster Tom Brown were selected as the only Canadian top 20 finalists. Today Taggart’s position in the Top 10 was confirmed – guaranteeing her a co-hosting role on the show one day next month. Taggart joins four other female and five male North American broadcasters who will become guest co-hosts, selected as the result of hundreds of thousands of votes from viewers across North America.

“I am absolutely over the moon!” said Taggart. “I’m excited, nervous and most importantly honoured to have this incredible opportunity to fill in for Kelly Ripa”.

LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY airs Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The series is executive produced by Michael Gelman and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television

10:00pm – Thursday, July 30 on CTV

Toby (Craig Olejnik) is enlisted by Detective Charlie Marks (Lisa Marcos) to use his telepathic abilities on a traumatized teenager who witnessed the murder of his parents.

9:00pm – Thursday, July 30 on CTV

The Top 4 dancers are revealed as two more competitors are eliminated from the competition.

Thursday, July 30 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

The film chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space. Stars James Spader, Angela Bassett and Lou Diamond Phillips.

8:00pm – Thursday, July 30 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Since the party restrictions have now been lifted, Omega Chi and Kappa Tau throw competing parties to celebrate. But the Kappa Taus discover they might not have the funds to put on the kind of party they are known for. Will they be able to pull it off?

Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET

In the first ever DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION movie, the Degrassi students venture to L.A. via school bus with hopes to score parts in Mewesical High, a musical directed by Jason Mewes (Clerks) under the mentorship of Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma). Paige (Lauren Collins), personal assistant to THE SHORES reality television star Hailey Montel (Mary Ashton), understands that in life you work from the ground up, but when Hollywood hands Paige a shortcut to fame and fortune, she jumps at the opportunity and takes Marco (Adamo Ruggiero) and Ellie (Stacey Farber) along for the ride. Back in Toronto, Manny (Cassie Steele) has immersed herself in her university theatre program and is committed to becoming an “actor of substance.” The star of Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?, Manny blows an opportunity to star in Mewes’ feature and then heads on a road trip to L.A. to win the role and realize her dream.

Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m. ET

Canadian viewers and fans alike get a taste of Hollywood when star of THE GOODS: LIVE HARD. SELL HARD. Jeremy Piven stops by MUCHONDEMAND, along with electro pop band The Mission District. Catch it all on Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

Piven brings his swagger, style, and the goods to the big screen in his hot new role as Don Ready in THE GOODS: LIVE HARD. SELL HARD. When Ready is asked to help save an ailing local car dealership from bankruptcy, he and his ragtag crew take over the town like a pack of coyotes. In theatres on Aug. 14, this hilarious flick also features Ving Rhames and James Brolin.

Fans can check out Jeremy Piven and The Mission District live on MOD. Viewers are always at the centre of the action at MuchMusic, whether in the live audience or from home by asking questions via text, phone, e-mail, and webcam.

Then, tune into THE DAILY FIX as Piven hosts the full hour on Monday, Aug. 10 at

7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on MuchMoreMusic. Host Matt Wells’ full sit down interview with the A-Lister airs on MUCHNEWS WEEKLY, Monday, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. ET.

Three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Jeremy Piven is most known for his role as Ari Gold, an aggressive and rambunctious agent in the mega-popular hit series ENTOURAGE. His first major role was on THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW and has since been seen in RocknRolla, Smokin’ Aces, The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, Old School and more.

Montreal quintet The Mission District is firmly on everyone’s bands to watch list. At the cusp of rock with an 80’s pop vibe, their diverse tempos and tones have garnered the group comparisons to The Cure, Weezer, and Jimmy Eats World.  The band’s newest album, Youth Games, is out Aug.10.

Montreal quintet The Mission District is firmly on everyone’s bands to watch list. At the cusp of rock with an 80’s pop vibe, their diverse tempos and tones have garnered the group comparisons to The Cure, Weezer, and Jimmy Eats World.  The band’s debut album hits stores this fall.

Ok, so I have to say I’m a little bit annoyed – last season of Grey’s Anatomy we were left with a cliff hanger that could arguably have been the most intense season finale that the show has produced during their 5 seasons on the air. Viewers hung onto the shocking scene when it was discovered that the good samarian patient who was disfigured and yet to be identified was George O’Malley. The progression of the episode was so well done, that even thinking about it again now, it’s giving me the chills, just as it did when I watched the last 5 minutes over and over again on YouTube. So that being said I’m feeling a little irritated about how Grey’s producers have allowed this plotline to be spoiled, even before season 6 began filming.

I know; I’ve released some spoilers myself regarding what to expect for season 6 – but those are take it or leave it. You would have had to look closely in order to find some of those answers. However, what you can’t avoid is the glaring media attention regarding TR Knight’s decision to leave the hit series. As viewers were left wondering whether Izzie or George would live to see season 6, it’s pretty much been revealed since the actor playing George has been quite vocal about his decision to not return to filming with the series. Could Grey’s Anatomy producers and TR Knight not arranged for a little bit of silence until season 6 premiered and the plotline unfolded with out ruin? I mean, come on! We can avoid spoilers, but we can’t avoid the obvious, and not everyone wants to know the outcome of one of Grey’s Anatomy’s best plots before the season even airs!

It’s one thing when fans of the show can take or leave the hints that have been dropped surrounding the outcome of the cliffhanger, but another, when, unless there is a very serious twist to the plot, we have no choice. Now that you know what’s to come, I bet you won’t be as eager to tune into the season 6 premier, because neither will I!

If you’ve had any doubt about what the most recent photos from the Grey’s Anatomy set were revealing, as the cast filmed at an outdor set all in black and looking morose; a new photo leaked pretty much shows the inevitable – a coffin indicates that a Grey’s Anatomy plotline that we’ve all been wondering about is finally about to be buried.

Sure, it’s hard to say for sure that the coffin contains George O’Malley, but can there really be any doubt when the actor has confirmed he will not be returning to the show and Katherine Heigel has been seen filming, so clearly her character Izzie isn’t the one making a trip to the grave.

Looks like we don’t need to wait for the highly anticipated new season to find out how this plotline is going to unfold…