July 2009

Tuesday, July 28 10 p.m. ET/PT

Two morons face off in a YMCA pool for a raft fighting competition. Then it’s Stick Figure Action Theatre animation as Biker Santa confronts twig-like thugs.

9:00pm – Tuesday, July 28 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Contestants who made it through the first round of auditions head to Los Vegas. As the acts dream of being the next Vegas headliners, the celebrity judges, David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne set out to deliberate, debate and determine which of the acts will make it into the elite Top 40. After being unable to reach some decisions, they agree to issue a challenge to some of the contestants in an attempt to break the judging deadlock.

Premieres Tuesday, July 28, at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT)

Proving that love comes in all shapes and sizes is the focus of this new, inspirational dating competition series from Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) in which a single, average guy with a big waist and an even bigger heart romances several confident and secure plus-size women. Each week, the husky hunk will wine and dine a group of curvy women to determine if they have more love to give or if they are truly more than he can handle. When the size of competition narrows, he will have to decide if one full-figured lady will become his true love.

8:00pm – Tuesday, July 28 on /A

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

Monk’s (Tony Shalhoub) hypnotic regression to his childhood begins to affect the case he’s consulting – an actress who’s disappeared, and the holes in her story when she’s found after a deadly escape.

Amanda Lang, host of Business News Network’s SqueezePlay, is joining CBC News this fall.  At a time when business news is more important than ever to Canadians, Lang will bring her business acumen to viewers with astute analysis, lively debates and key interviews. In addition to hosting a new business program on CBC Newsworld, weekdays at 4:30 p.m. ET, Lang will regularly contribute to CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL.

“Amanda is one of the most respected business journalists in this country and we’re delighted to welcome her to the CBC News team,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News. “She has built a loyal following and we look forward to Amanda bringing her business reporting savvy to our viewers.”

Amanda Lang is a veteran business journalist who got her start at The Globe and Mail before moving to the Financial Post, first as a technology reporter and later as the paper’s New York correspondent. Amanda began her television career in 1999 at the newly launched Report on Business Television (now known as Business News Network) and in the past 10 years she also worked at CNN, reporting from the New York Stock Exchange.

“It’s an honour to join CBC News, with its rich legacy, and to host a show that’s part of CBC’s dynamic new direction in programming,” said Lang. “I look forward to bringing the day’s breaking business news and continuing a no-holds-barred approach to the people, companies and stories making that news.”

16 AND PREGNANT, the documentary series which tackles one of the most controversial and thought-provoking topics today – teenaged pregnancy – made MTV the #1 destination last night for P12-34 across all of Canadian English Specialty Television from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT for the second week in a row. Last night’s episode pulled in 113,000 viewers in the P12-34 demographic, a 48% increase from last week’s premiere which saw 77,000 viewers in the same demo. Last night’s episode was also the #1 program across all of Canadian English Specialty for the entire day for both P12-34 and A18-34.*

Next week’s episode (Monday, August 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV) visits Amber, a typical high school senior, hanging with her friends and stirring up trouble in her small town of Anderson, Indiana. She spends most of her time with her boyfriend Gary, who she’s been with for almost three years. She loves him very much, despite her family’s less-than-warm feelings toward him. They never really got over the fact that she snuck behind her older brother’s back and stole his best friend as her sweetheart. They’re going to have to get used to Gary, though, because… that’s right… Amber’s pregnant with his baby.

16 AND PREGNANT follows the lives of teenaged girls for 5-7 months as they navigate the unfamiliar territory and uncertainty of being pregnant.  MTV captures every moment and reaction in real time, including several of the births and how the young mothers and fathers dealt with new parenthood. The series tackles a variety of issues including marriage, adoption, attending school and dealing with gossip. Cameras continued to follow the teens for a significant amount of time after they gave birth to document how they coped with taking care of their infants in addition to balancing adult responsibilities with teenage life. The series was embraced by U.S. audiences garnering record ratings for the entire season, resulting in a second season pick-up.

16 AND PREGNANT airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and is available on demand on mtv.ca.

Mercy moves from midseason to join Citytv’s exciting fall line up swapping places with previously scheduled Parenthood. The hour-long medical drama follows the lives of the patients and staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best — its nurses. Mercy premieres September 23 on Citytv (s/NBC).

“Mercy is a unique take on the medical drama genre focusing on the frontlines of patient care, the nurses,” commented Malcolm Dunlop, EVP Programming, Rogers Media Television. “With strong casting and interesting story arcs, we feel this program is one that Citytv audiences will gravitate towards.”

Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, Dark Matter) returns to Mercy Hospital from a military tour in Iraq — and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, Rescue Me) and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper (Men in Trees) as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica’s life; Diego Klattenhoff (Supernatural) as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) as Nurse Angel Lopez.

Mercy is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining creator/executive producer Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) are executive producers Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (Pushing Daisies, Pepper Dennis), Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (30 Rock, Rescue Me) is the director of the pilot episode.

Fans of Grey’s Anatomy might still have a while to wait until the premier of the show in September, but as the cast begins to film next season’s episodes, the show’s creator speaks out about what’s going to happen with Meredith’s character now that actress, Ellen Pompeo is pregnant while taking to EW.


Q: Hey, do you have any Grey’s Anatomy news that doesn’t involve George or Izzie?

A: Yes – the entire cast will be following T.R. Knight out the door. At least series creator Shonda Rhimes is braced for them to. Eventually. She got to thinking about it both because of Knight’s departure and Ellen Pompeo’s impending maternity leave.

“It’s going to be tricky,” Rhimes says. “Ellen is incredibly optimistic and somehow thinks she will be back and ready to rock ‘n’ roll. [But] I have a child, so I know that that’s not true. [So] we have a lovely story [on deck] that will take us into her maternity leave.”

“And we have plans for some really interesting stand-alone episodes for [while she’s gone]. But we’re heading towards the future of the show and eventually, unless we are extremely lucky, everybody’s going to go. That’s what the end of Season 5 taught me.”

“So we’re looking at, How do we mess with that structure now while we have everybody and figure out ways in which, ‘What would we do without Ellen? What would we do if we had an episode without Patrick Dempsey?’ So Season 6 is important.”

“A lot of shows don’t make it because they don’t know how to transition.”

an Rhimes envision Grey’s Anatomy someday going on with Pompeo (and Mer) completely out of the picture?! “I don’t know” she hedges. “I clearly want Meredith Grey on the show for as long as Ellen Pompeo wants to be on the show; that’s not even a question.”

“But I think that there’s a possibility of [her leaving the series good at some point]. I haven’t even thought that far. That’s the one blank spot I have in my head. I can’t really picture Mer Grey not appearing on the show. But [at least] we have Lexie Grey.”

But would anyone watch Lexie Grey’s Anatomy?

Q: Will Ellen Pompeo’s pregnancy be written into Grey’s Anatomy?

A: No. “Ellen is pregnant, but Meredith is not,” Rhimes says. “Meredith wouldn’t be pregnant.”

Q: Now that Grey’s Anatomy has finally started production, you got anything?

A: Look for Owen’s PTSD to possibly flare up in the September 24 opener. I say this because a Grey’s Anatomy mole says that Seattle Grace’s go-to shrink, Amy Madigan, will appear in the second hour of the two-hour premiere.


Grey’s Anatomy Insider just leaked photos of the cast of Grey’s Anatomy filming an episode for season 6 outdoors, and it seems pretty clear with the morose dress code and somber faces that a funeral filming is in progress.

Although TR Knight has already confirmed that he will not be returning to the show, and there are rumors that Katherine Heigel has renewed her contract; there has still been some speculation if George will return, perhaps with a different actor playing the role of the unrecognizable character, or if Izzie will in fact die as soon as the season begins. The photos leaked from the scene that the cast of Grey’s Anatomy leaves little to speculation now since Heigel is pictured.

So, I think at this point it’s pretty fair to say that Izzie is going to make it, and George is a definite goner.


10:00pm – Monday, July 27 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In the second season premiere, Earth’s new battle cruiser Daedalus arrives under the command of Colonel Caldwell (Mitch Pileggi) and saves Major Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) from his suicide run on the Wraith Hive ships. McKay (David Hewlett) and his team must get the new ZPM installed and raise the city shields to protect Atlantis before the rest of the Wraith fleet arrives to take the city.