August 2009

9:00pm – Sunday, August 2 on CTV

Super-simulcast with /A and ABC
Two of the eight novice astronauts onboard mysteriously develop heart ailments only hours after leaving Earth’s orbit for Venus and a six-year inter-planetary sojourn aboard the spaceship Antares. Replacing the ill engineer, Ajay Sharma (Zahf Paroo) and Mission Commander Rollie Crane (Ty Olsson), are experienced astronauts Maddux Donner (Ron Livingston) and Ted Shaw (Malik Yoba). Donner’s arrival disturbs the ship’s geologist Zoe Barnes (Canadian Laura Harris), who is linked to him by a strange dream and a romantic encounter from their early training days. Meanwhile, back at Mission Control, Commander Goss (Andrew Airlie) holds a press conference, ostensibly to explain the abrupt removal of Ajay and Rollie from the Antares.

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – Sunday, August 2 on Space

After Cain, Glitch, Raw, and a mysterious dog rescue DG from Azkadellia, they travel to the O.Z.’s southern land in search of the emerald.

Sundays at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Summer Thrillers continues as part of BRAVO!’S SUNDAY CINEMA line-up. This August the thrill of the chase continues with Hollywood hunks Brad Pitt and Robert Redford in Spy Game (Aug. 2), Ladder 49 (Aug. 9) with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix, King Arthur (Aug. 16) with Clive Owen and Hugh Dancy, The Italian Job (Aug. 23) with Mark Wahlberg, and The Legend of Zoro (Aug. 30) with Antonio Banderas which ends Bravo!’s Summer Thrillers line-up.

As Canadian astronaut Julie Payette preps for the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour tomorrow morning to join fellow Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk on the International Space Station, CTV is also preparing to defy gravity. The new CTV/SPACE drama series DEFYING GRAVITY debuts Sunday, August 2 at 9 p.m. ET in a special two-hour super-simulast premiere on CTV, /A\ and ABC. CTV’s fourth cross-border scripted series continues August 9 in its regular timeslot, Sundays at 10 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Created by GREY’S ANATOMY’s James Parriott and executive produced by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’ Michael Edelstein DEFYING GRAVITY is a sexy, provocative space thriller set in the very near future, following eight astronauts – from five countries including Canada – on a mysterious mission through the solar system.

CTV drama series DEFYING GRAVITY premieres August 2 at 9 p.m. ET

As the Canadian representative on DEFYING GRAVITY’s International Space Station Antares, smart and to-the-point biologist Jen Crane (Canadian actress Christina Cox) suffers no fools. Wise and supportive, with an opinion on everything, her “honeymoon in space” is derailed when her husband Rollie is removed from Antares in the eleventh hour, only to be replaced by Ted Shaw, with whom she has an illicit history.

Following the CTV/ABC broadcast premiere, encore episodes of DEFYING GRAVITY air on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. The series will premiere on SPACE at a later date.

On November 4, 2008, CTV, along with Fox Television Studios and Vancouver’s Omni Film Productions Limited, jointly announced the series co-venture, with CTV as lead broadcaster. Production began January 17, 2009 in Vancouver and wrapped June 19. Three weeks later ABC announced it had ordered DEFYING GRAVITY for broadcast in the U.S., the fourth drama series CTV has been involved in to also air on a major U.S. network in primetime.

“DEFYING GRAVITY is a sexy, beautifully shot drama full of mystery, suspense and intrigue,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With a stellar international ensemble cast set against the backdrop of space millions of kilometres from Earth, Jim and Michael have delivered a drama that is truly out of this world”.   

“DEFYING GRAVITY has been a labour of love from the very beginning,” said Creator and Executive Producer, James Parriott. “Part of what made it so was the wonderful collaboration with our partners in Vancouver. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the show getting its ideal on-air home in Canada, the United States, and around the world.”

In the two-hour DEFYING GRAVITY series premiere (Sunday, August 2 at 9 p.m. ET), two of the eight novice astronauts onboard mysteriously develop heart ailments only hours after leaving Earth’s orbit for Venus and a six-year inter-planetary sojourn aboard the spaceship Antares. Replacing the ill engineer, Ajay Sharma (Zahf Paroo) and Mission Commander Rollie Crane (Ty Olsson), are experienced astronauts Maddux Donner (Ron Livingston) and Ted Shaw (Malik Yoba). Donner’s arrival disturbs the ship’s geologist Zoe Barnes (Canadian Laura Harris), who is linked to him by a strange dream and a romantic encounter from their early training days.

Although nearly every facet of life on the Antares is broadcast to avid viewers on Earth by documentary producer Paula Morales (Paula Garces), there is also a hidden force that appears to be controlling events from within the spacecraft. With the real purpose of the mission known only to flight director Mike Goss (Andrew Airlie) and a select few, the Antares finally leaves Earth’s orbit for the immensity of interstellar space.

In the second hour, some rocky and intriguing developments confront the crew as they learn to adjust to life on board the Antares, now well on its way to Venus. In spite of the libido-suppressing HALOS supposedly worn by everyone on board, pilot Nadia Schilling (Florentine Lahme) continues her seductive designs on Donner. Zoe still hears strange cries, seemingly coming from Storage Pod 4 – which is off limits to most of the crew.  After Ted, now spaceship commander, is briefed by his wife, scientist Eve Shaw (Karen LeBlanc), about the true nature of the mission, he enters Pod 4 and is confronted by a frightening maelstrom.

Meanwhile, back at Mission Control, Commander Goss holds a press conference, ostensibly to explain the abrupt removal of Ajay and Rollie from the Antares. Skeptical British reporter Trevor Williams (Peter Howitt) is determined to discover the truth.

With state-of-the-art CGI effects by award-winning visual effects company Stargate Studios (HEROES, GREY’S ANATOMY, UGLY BETTY), in collaboration wit veteran set designer Stephen Geaghan (THE OUTER LIMITS) and his team, DEFYING GRAVITY is a stunning visual production. The series comes to life by anticipating scientific technologies of the future; from the massive, spectacularly detailed spacecraft to innovative visual effects, which depict the astronauts’ weightless realities, and their descent onto planets so far untouched by man. The series was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.

DEFYING GRAVITY is a co-venture produced by Fox Television Studios and Vancouver’s Omni Film Productions Limited in association with CTV, the lead broadcaster. Starring a diverse, international ensemble cast led by Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Vancouver-native Laura Harris (24), the hour-long, 13-episode series will also air on the BBC in the U.K. and on ProSieben in Germany.

The series’ international ensemble cast is led by Ron Livingston (Office Space, Band of Brothers) as Antares’ flight engineer Maddux Donner; Canadian Laura Harris (24) as ship’s geologist Zoe Barnes; Malik Yoba (New York Undercover) as Antares commander Ted Shaw; Canadian Christina Cox (Blood Ties) as Canadian biologist Jen Crane; Florentine Lahme (IMPACT) as pilot Nadia Schilling; Paula Garces (THE SHIELD) as pilot, scientist and on-board documentary producer Paula Morales; Eyal Podell (24) as psychiatrist and medical officer Evram Mintz; and Canadian Dylan Taylor (House Party) as theoretical physicist Steve Wassenfelder. The cast on planet Earth is led by Canadian Andrew Airlie (REAPER) as Mission Control Commander Mike Goss; Canadian Karen LeBlanc (ReGenesis) as scientist Eve Shaw; Canadian Zahf Paroo (Battlestar Galactica) as grounded flight engineer Ajay Sharma; Canadian Ty Olsson (MEN IN TREES) as grounded mission commander – and Jen’s husband – Rollie Crane; and Canadian Maxim Roy (MVP) as flight surgeon Claire Dereux. Episodic Director and Canadian Peter Howitt also plays the role of British journalist Trevor Williams.

DEFYING GRAVITY was created by award-winning, Emmy® Award-nominated writer/producer James Parriott (executive producer on GREY’S ANATOMY and UGLY BETTY). Parriott and Emmy® Award-nominated producer Michael Edelstein (executive producer on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) are executive producers, along with Omni’s Brian Hamilton and Michael Chechik. Ron French (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) is the producer. DEFYING GRAVITY is produced by Fox Television Studios and Omni Film Productions (producers of CTV’s critically-acclaimed series ROBSON ARMS) in association with CTV and Germany’s ProSieben. Fraser Robinson is Director of Content for SPACE. Robert Hardy is Development Manager, Western Production for CTV. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

8:00pm – Sunday, August 2 on CTV

Uther’s (Anthony Head) past comes back to haunt him as a mysterious Black Knight (Rick English, Love, Honor and Obey) rides into Camelot, throwing down his gauntlet and challenging the Knights of Camelot to mortal combat.

Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

Escape the summer heat with a refreshing dip in the water! This week’s Bravo!FACT shorts takes on an aqua theme when Andrew Munger’s Ah! Mes Synchronettes follows bathing beauties on the beach and Dana Gingras explores underwater in Aurelia. Plus, cheer on the 97-pound-weakling in Patricia Harris-Seeley’s Superhero Wannabe, before Alan Pakarnyk searches for a fallen star in Black Lake; and Jenn Goodwin jumps in a lake in Big Chief Ballet. (Encore presentation airs August 7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Terrell Owens is letting his guard down and allowing fans and foes alike to take a peek into his life off the field as he shifts his focus to love, family and life beyond football.   The T.O. Show premieres Sunday, August 2 on Citytv at 7pm.

“With a larger than life personality like Terrell Owens, we feel that Citytv viewers will really enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a popular professional athlete” commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Rogers Media Television.

The T.O. Show takes an introspective look at the life of Alabama native Terrell Owens, revealing his private side and providing new insight into his famously brash and brazen personality. Follow Terrell from the day he was released by the Dallas Cowboys until he reports for summer camp to his new team, the Buffalo Bills. His close friends (and publicists) Monique (Mo’) Jackson and Kita Williams accompany Terrell on his road of discovery, playing an essential role in his quest for success and personal growth as confidants, business partners and his support system.  Mo’ and Kita are there to guide Terrell every step of the way–always keeping him on track, always keeping it real, and always letting him know when T.O. needs to step aside and let Terrell take over.

Starting July 31, viewers can log on to Breakfasttelevision.ca and click on contests for their chance to win a Buffalo Bills Jersey autographed by Terrell Owens.  Ontario residents are also eligible to enter to win a Buffalo Bills Star Pass for four which includes four VIP tickets to the Bills home game on September 20 where they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a field tour and a signed jersey.

The T.O. Show is executive produced by Evan Prager and Jesses Ignjatovic for Den of Thieves. Executive producers for VH1 are Jill Holmes, Alex Demyanenko, Noah Pollack, and Jeff Olde.

10:00pm – Saturday, August 1 on /A

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

Karen (Natalie Zea) and Nick (Peter Krause) profess their love for one another and she reveals to him that she’s pregnant with Simon’s (Blair Underwood) baby. Meanwhile, Simon picks Jeremy (Seth Gabel) to pull off his fake murder, but Nola (Lucy Liu) thinks it’s a trap. She is desperate to save her brother, but she fears that in return, Simon will hurt Jeremy. Patrick (William Baldwin) meets again with Congressman Whatley (John Schneider, NIP/TUCK) who hit on him, but this time it is the congressman’s wife, Dana (Krista Allen, THE STARTER WIFE), who is making moves on Patrick.

Hotter than a Texas sidewalk in July, ‘09s smokin’ hot comedian Zach Galifianakis brings his particular brand of genius to The Comedy Network this weekend. The puns and pot-stirring madness will be in full effect on Saturday, August 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT when ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: LIVE hits the small screen. Get more Galifianakis when he joins other alt-comic greats for three hours of comic gold when THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY: LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR follows at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Part of The Comedy Network’s SATURDAY NIGHT STAND-UP series, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: LIVE and THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY are available uncensored and on demand at thecomedynetwork.ca.

The newest superstar to emerge from the alt comedy circuit, Zach Galifianakis is currently riding the wave from his stand-out performance in this summer’s box office hitThe Hangover. In ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: LIVE, Galifianakis gives a primer to pretenders to the comedy throne. Switching between coddling and chastising his audience at San Francisco’s famed Purple Onion, Galifianakis puts the ‘alt’ in alternative with the introduction of his twin and alter-ego “Seth” Galifianakis.

Zach Galifianakis:Live:

“My name is Zach Galifianakas and um… I hope I’m pronouncing that right. I’m named after my granddad. My middle name is Zach Granddad Galifianakas”

“I went to my stylist before the show tonight and she asked me, “Zach what kind of look are you going for?” And I said, “just give me the amber alert.”

“I think that sign in neighbourhoods that reads “slow children playing” is so mean.”

“I went to my high school reunion a while back and it was so weird because I was home schooled.”

“When you look like I do, it’s hard to get a table for one at Chucky Cheese.”

In THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY: LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR, Zach Galifianakis adds his talent to the controlled chaos known collectively as the Comedians of Comedy. Filmed live at Los Angeles’ famed Troubadour, Galifianakis joins 14 other alt comics for an evening of side-splitting humour. With an eclectic line-up including Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Sarah Silverman, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk the jokes are sure to hit the fan(s).

Zach Galifianakis in THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY:

“I’ll tell you something a girl does not like to be whispered in her ear and that is “I’m going to perform Jihad on your pussy.”

“I was trying to download something the other day on my computer and it took forever because I was wearing mittens.”

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – Saturday, August 1 on Space

DG is a waitress and student whose life takes a strange turn when a tornado whisks her to a dark magical realm called the O.Z. There she finds herself in the presence of some very strange company and has a chance to find her biological mother.