July 2009

Premieres Tuesday, July 21 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)

Talented and hot tempered chef Gordon Ramsay is back for a fresh new season of Hell’s Kitchen. It’s a whole new set of contestants and challenges, but the over all goal remains the same – be the best chef … and don’t talk back. See who has what it takes to survive Hell’s Kitchen and walk off the grand prize – a restaurant to call their very own.  Find out just who can handle the heat!


In a recent interview with EW’s Michael Ausiello, Grey’s Anatomy creator revealed where the inspiration for that haunting elevator scene from the season 5 Grey’s Anatomy finale came from.

Question: Got any more Grey’s scoop? –Katie
Okay, you wore me down: Remember the haunting image of an army-clad George waiting outside the elevator for Izzie in the season finale? Well, it wasn’t supposed to be George standing there. The scene was originally shot with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Denny playing the role of Izzie’s heavenly escort. But as Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes explains to me exclusively, “I received the first cut [of the finale] on a Friday and something didn’t feel right. All weekend long something was bugging me. And then I woke up Monday morning and it hit me, ‘My God, it’s George! When the elevator opens, it should be George we see.'” There was just one problem. Actually, there were two problems. And to find out what they were and how they got resolved (apologies in advance) pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale Friday!

Question: How much longer do we have to wait for Grey’s scoop?! –Carly
One of the two problems involved Katherine Heigl’s location at the time of Shonda’s epiphany. That’s all you’re getting. You have to pick up the mag for the rest.

Question: Anything on Grey’s? –Nancy
The other problem involved what T.R. Knight did to his head after production wrapped. Now I’m really done.

10:00pm – Monday, July 20 on /A

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

The team finds a hidden Wraith girl, cared for by a man with a serum that allows her to survive without eating. Beckett (Paul McGillion) wants to perfect a retrovirus turning Wraith into Humans.

The wait is over. Fans of the sci-fi drama DOCTOR WHO and its hit spin-off series, TORCHWOOD will be over the moon when all-new episodes catapult onto SPACE for six thrill-filled nights. The adventure and suspense begins when the five-part television event TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH unfolds over five consecutive nights beginning Monday, July 20 at 10 p.m. ET. The voyages continue on Saturday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET with the Canadian premiere of DOCTOR WHO: PLANET OF THE DEAD. This is the first of the final four adventures of the tenth Time Lord.  Episodes are available on demand at www.spacecast.com immediately following their television premiere.

Separate from the government, outside the police, and beyond the United Nations, Torchwood is a crack squad of charismatic agents who gather intelligence and protect humanity from alien threats. The highly anticipated Season 3 premiere TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH is one epic story told over five episodes. Led by the mysterious and enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), the Torchwood team must come to terms with the death of their closest friends. Faced with their fiercest threat to date, the future of Torchwood and the entire human race hangs in the balance. Special guests Peter Capaldi (In The Loop), Paul Copely (CORONATION STREET, THE BILL) and Liz May Brice (BAD GIRLS, THE BILL) join returning cast members Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen and Tom Price.

Television’s longest running science fiction series, and a global phenomenon, DOCTOR WHO triumphantly returns to Canadian television exclusively on SPACE with four all-new specials. Revealing the final exploits of the tenth Time Lord, DOCTOR WHO: PLANET OF THE DEAD follows the Doctor (David Tennant) aboard a London double-decker bus on a detour to an alien world. Forced to work with the extraordinary Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, BIONIC WOMAN), the Doctor soon discovers that the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand, and the deadly Swarm is getting closer.

9:30pm – Monday, July 20 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) creates a monster when he introduces Penny (Kaley Cuoco) to the world of online gaming.

9:00pm – Monday, July 20 on CTV

Zack Nichols (Jeff Goldblum), Meghan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) and the detectives of New York City’s Major Case Squad find themselves on the world stage, untangling the dark politics behind the Olympic Site Selection Committee.

9:00pm – Monday, July 20 on /A

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

Convinced that Alan’s (Jon Cryer) family doesn’t fully appreciate him, Melissa (Kelly Stavles) invites Alan to live with her and her mom.

Host Chris Harrison puts Canada’s sweetheart, Jillian Harris and this season’s most talked about men in the hot seat for a revealing question and answer session Monday, July 20 on Citytv.  It’s the bachelors like you’ve never seen them before.

“This season of The Bachelorette is a fan-favourite with Canadian viewers”, says Malcolm Dunlop, EVP Programming, Rogers Media Television.  “Citytv’s audience has fallen in love with Jillian Harris and this next episode is sure to have all of Canada talking.”

For the first time since their eliminations, Jillian meets face-to-face with the 13 men she rejected and the guys aren’t holding anything back! They openly confront Jake about his decision to return and tell Jillian that Wes has a girlfriend. Things get heated as David and Juan confront each other about their relationship on the show.  Plus, the bachelors give their shocking opinions on one of the most controversial men this season, Wes.  One man offers up a shocking secret that Wes confided in him and heated arguments ensue!

Chris and Jillian recount some of the season’s most memorable moments and give viewers a sneak peek at some amazing and funny moments that never made it to air.  In addition, the happy couple from last season’s The Bachelor, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, are back for the first time since the dramatic events last year. Find out if it was all worthwhile.  Plus, get a sneak peek at the remaining two men, Kiptyn and Ed one week before Jillian makes her final decision. Who will Jillian choose in the end?

Tune-in to the broadcast schedule (s/ABC) as follows to find out:
Citytv Toronto  Monday, July 20 at 8pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg Monday, July 20 at 7pm CT
Citytv Calgary Monday, July 20 at 9pm MT
Citytv Edmonton Monday, July 20 at 9pm MT
Citytv Vancouver Monday, July 20 at 8pm PT

Tuesday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Few artists can claim to have been as close a witness to the birth of rock and roll as guitarist Scotty Moore. In this special tribute concert, Moore is joined by a series of special guests including Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Martin Taylor, Mike Sanchez, and Paul Ansell, performing 28 of The King’s best-loved hits including “Jailhouse Rock”, “Blue Moon”, “All Shook Up”, and “Blue Suede Shoes.”

Developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor, E1 Entertainment, Copper (working title), began production last week and will continue shooting in and around the GTA through November 2009. This one-hour, 13-episode series commissioned by Canwest and picked up by ABC Television Network during development, will be simulcast on Global and ABC Television Network later this season.

Copper is a workplace drama about five young rookie cops just out of the police academy. They have bonded together, fought together, drank together, worked together and slept together. Now they’re on the job together. They’re kids with guns, experiencing firsthand the hardest kind of policing there is. They are first responders, and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you for life.

“From cast to crew, the pedigree of talent involved in this original series is simply incredible,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content, Global Television. “We’re so excited to be joining forces with Thump Inc., E1 Entertainment and ABC Television Network on Copper, and bringing these amazing scripts to screen. It’s a creative, smart and sexy police drama sure to resonate with audiences on both sides of the border.”

“Tassie, Ilana and the entire Copper team have crafted an exciting, innovative new twist on the traditional cop franchise,” said Noreen Halpern, President, Dramatic Programming, E1 Entertainment. “This project is unusual. While it was originally developed with Canwest, ABC has been actively involved, early on, since the pitching stage. The result has been a series with a truly international sensibility and E1 couldn’t be more excited about what this augurs for the future of international co-productions.”

Vancouver’s Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) portrays Andy McNally, a young woman who has grown up fast and carries a gun, but feels like a fraud half the time. She comes from a police family and all she’s ever wanted to be is a cop. A born rescuer, Andy is the soul of the close-knit group of five rookie officers plunged into the high stakes world of big city policing – a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences.

Joining Missy is Gregory Smith (Everwood) whose character, Dov Epstein, is the thrill-seeker in the group. After spending many years watching Starsky & Hutch as a sickly child sucking on his asthma inhaler, he is now living his dream and is thoroughly jacked to be a cop. Enuka Okuma (24) plays Traci Nash, a girl from a working class family raised in a tough neighbourhood. She is a serious party girl and a single mother, a fact she’s hiding from her colleagues. Travis Milne (My Green House) is Chris Diaz, the police poster boy — handsome, athletic, clean-cut. A good soldier with a surprising temper, Chris follows orders and believes in defending the weak.

Charlotte Sullivan (M.V.P.) is Gail Peck, the group’s politico, whose mother is a superintendent next in line to be Chief of Police. Coming from cop royalty, she is determined not to let her parents down, no matter what it takes.

The all-Canadian cast is rounded out by Ben Bass (Would Be Kings), Eric Johnson (Smallville), Matt Gordon (Rent-A-Goalie), Noam Jenkins (Flashpoint), Melanie Nicholls King (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Aidan Devine (M.V.P.).

Celebrated Canadian producer Ilana Frank (Would be Kings) serves as the series Executive Producer. Gemini Award winning screenwriter Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint) will undertake the roles of Copper’s showrunner and head writer. E1 Entertainment’s Noreen Halpern (Hung) and John Morayniss (Hung) round out the team as Executive Producers.

Alongside Cameron, Copper was co-created by award-winning writers Ellen Vanstone (At the Hotel) and Morwyn Brebner (Hotel Metropolitan). Copper’s directing team is comprised of notable Gemini Award winning directors with David Wellington (Queer as Folk, The Eleventh Hour) taking the helm directing five episodes followed by, John Fawcett (Da Vinci’s Inquest), Charles Biname (Hunt for Justice) and Alex Chapple (Law and Order). E1 Entertainment handles the international distribution for the series.