August 2009

We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore when SPACE gets swept into another world with the thrilling, three-part mini-series TIN MAN.  A dark re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Emmy®-award winning TIN MAN airs over three consecutive nights beginning Saturday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET and continuing with Episode 2 on Sunday, August 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The two episodes air again on Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, before TIN MAN concludes with Episode 3 at 10 p.m. ET.

TIN MAN is The Wizard of Oz for a new generation. Viewers familiar with Baum’s storyline will delight in the clever ways this new interpretation echoes the old. However, the Ozian realm portrayed in TIN MAN, a menacing world populated by wicked sisters, cowardly psychics, and brain-drained inventors, is much further over the rainbow than ever before.

In the premiere episode, a fierce tornado rips DG (Zooey Deschanel) from her life as a waitress in the Midwest and drops her in The O.Z. (The Outer Zone).   DG soon discovers that the new Oz is a bewitched, fantastical land that’s no place like home. Plunged into a decade-long night of fear by the sorceress Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), the O.Z. is oppressed by dark magic. Aided by her Longcoat storm troopers – led by Zero (Callum Keith Rennie) – and winged Mobat (“monkey bat”) spies, Azkadellia has seized power from her mother, the rightful queen, and neutralized powerful Ozian leaders like the Mystic Man (Richard Dreyfuss). 

As she searches desperately for a way home, DG collects a group of ragged but loyal companions: Glitch (Alan Cumming) who lost his brain in Azkadellia’s torture chamber, Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough) a heartbroken ex-cop (or “Tin Man”), and the fearful Raw (Raoul Trujillo), one of the half-wolverine oracles used and discarded by Azkadellia.

Azkadellia’s sole purpose is to possess the Emerald of the Eclipse, end the royal family line and bring everlasting darkness to the O.Z. Standing in her way is DG, who has the map coordinates to the emerald’s location buried in her subconscious.  With every step down the famed brick road, emboldened by her own emerging memories, DG learns to shed her old identity and embrace her true destiny.

TIN MAN is directed by Nick Willing. The series was written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, who also serve as executive producers along with Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

8:00pm – Saturday, August 1 on /A

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

A psychic’s investigation into the disappearance of a Senator’s daughter leads her to a dangerous cult and the truth about her mysterious past.

8:00pm – Saturday, August 1 on CTV

In the movie, Double Frame, a shady cop gets in over his head when he frames his partner during a drug scam. Daniel Baldwin (A Darker Reality), James Remar (DEXTER) and Leslie Hope (RUNAWAY) star.

Run for cover! MTV2 is one-year-old and we’re going to break some stuff to celebrate. On Saturday, August 1, MTV2 takes over its big brother MTV for a day with programming that will make you cry for your mommy. Beginning at 12 p.m. ET/PT, MTV2’S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON MTV is a special seven-hour block starring MTV2’s signature outrageous programming. Featured are a unique take on pop culture in HOW’S YOUR NEWS?, roommate payback in HOMEWRECKER, the ultimate makeover in TRAILER FABULOUS, extreme sports followed by extreme pain with SCARRED, and record-breaking bad-asses in the CALL TO GREATNESS. The party continues on MTV2 with the Canadian television premiere of the BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD for the 21st century, the new animated slapstick series DJ & THE FRO at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“After all the unruly programming we have launched in the past year, its hard to believe we are still on the air,” said Brad Schawrtz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, MuchMTV Group, CTV Inc. “Even though this channel is all sorts of wrong, the audience has gravitated to its wild and inventive programming, making MTV2 one of the fastest-growing digital channels in Canada. So look out Canada – here come the terrible twos!”

MTV2’S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON MTV

HOW’S YOUR NEWS?
Saturday, August 1 at 12 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

HOMEWRECKER

Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

TRAILER FABULOUS
Saturday, August 1 at 2 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

SCARRED
Saturday, August 1 at 3 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

CALL TO GREATNESS

Saturday, August 1 at 4 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

BULLY BEATDOWN
Saturday, August 1 at 5 p.m. ET/PT  (2×30 min.)

FIST OF ZEN
Saturday, August 1 at 6 p.m. ET/ PT (2×30 min.)

MTV2 EXCLUSIVE

DJ & THE FRO
Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 1 (30 min.)
In the cubicle maze of Oppercon Industries sit DJ & THE FRO, who spend their days blowing off work while they find and mock the sickest and most hilarious videos ever to grace the Internet. When they’re not slacking off, DJ & FRO kill time by doing things like coaxing co-workers into doing their work for them, pulling attention seeking stunts, and sexually harassing one another by carrying on an awkward bromance. For more information visit mtv.ca/djandthefro.

Ok, so there’s been a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming premiere of Defying Gravity, a new hit series from the creators of Grey’s Anatomy which is set to air on CTV. But fans of Grey’s Anatomy are about to find that the formula for the show isn’t so different from one that we are already familiar with. How? During scenes, the show is set to be narrated by one of the characters, who speaks in a context rich with metaphors; the male lead character on the show is said to sleep with one of his female students during a drunked one night stand. Ok, so the series takes place in space on a 6 year journey, and isn’t always shown in the presence, since a good part of the series focuses upon a flashback to times when the crew trained and came together both profesionally and romantically. But yes, overall, Defying Gravity sounds just like the Grey’s Anatomy of space.

Does that mean I won’t tune in? Probably not; sometimes it’s a case of if it’s not broke don’t fix it, and creators might just hit it out of the park again with this new series. But then again, Private Practice tried to follow a similar formula to its sister show, and that wasn’t a huge success, so I guess we’ll have to see.

 

As much as some fans have been hoping, we’ll probably never find out exactly what happened to character George O’Malley during the final episode of season 5. Although we know by hearing from the character and hospital patient that he saved, he was sent home for the day to see his mother, and while everyone assumed he had left, he was in fact sitting in a hospital bed as John Doe after pushing a unsuspecting woman out of the way of a bus. Ok, lets be honest, there might not be too many blanks to be filled in between the time that George left and the time his true identity was discovered in a chilling moment at the end of the eposide, however, it would be a great way to send off a character that’s been there from the beginning who quickly became a fan favorite.

But instead, Grey’s Anatomy season 6 is rumored to be starting with a funeral, and while producers also had the intention of giving the character a send off as outlined above that’s not happening. Why? Because TR Knight refused to even return to the set to make one last cameo episode on Grey’s Anatomy.

Some fans are siding with TR Knight, agreeing that the final elevator scene was an emotional and sentimental send off perfect for George’s character, while others would rather get one last glimpse and a little more closure to the plotline before George is put in the ground. What do you think?

 

 

Green Day and P!nk have been added to the performers list at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. The show airs live, exclusively in Canada on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

Live from New York City, Green Day and P!nk join previously announced performers Taylor Swift and Muse on the MTV VMAs stage. Also announced are presenters Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, and GOSSIP GIRL’s Chace Crawford. The popular, and controversial British comedian Russell Brand returns as host .

For everything MTV VMAs related go to the official Canadian site at www.mtvvma.ca.

MTV has once again tapped Canadian Jesse Ignjatovic to executive produce this year’s musical extravaganza. Ignjatovic also serves as one of the executive producers of PEAK SEASON, a CTV/MTV Canada co-production debuting this fall.

CBC News, continuing its new programming direction, announced that this fall Peter Armstrong will be the new host of WORLD REPORT on CBC Radio One, and Mark Kelley will host a new prime-time show on CBC Newsworld.

Peter Armstrong is returning to Canada from his most recent posting in Jerusalem, as the foreign correspondent for CBC News. While stationed in the Middle East, Armstrong was embedded with Canadian troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. He reported on last month’s elections in Lebanon and also shed light on multiple angles of the Israeli-Palestinian story, including Israel’s military offensive in Gaza last December and January, and a memorable behind-the-scenes look at Palestinian militants in Gaza making Qassam rockets to fire into Israel.

“Each morning, more than one million Canadians begin their day with CBC Radio’s World Report, CBC’s launch pad for the day’s news platforms on radio, television and online,” said Jane Anido, director of news programming, CBC Radio. “Building on the success of the show, Peter takes the helm as the new host, bringing his national and worldly experience to listeners.”

Armstrong has also worked in CBC locations across Canada, beginning in Quebec City with stops in Saint John, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. His coverage of news stories in Canada and the United States includes the SARS outbreak in Ontario, the election of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2006 and the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

Mark Kelley, correspondent for CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL, will host a news talk show, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, on CBC Newsworld.

“Mark’s passion for covering breaking events, along with his extensive reporting experience on national and international stories, will bring viewers a fresh perspective on the day’s stories,” said Cynthia Kinch, director, CBC Newsworld. “Mark’s ability to engage easily with the audience makes him a natural fit for a news talk show.”

Kelley was honoured in 2008 with a Gemini Award for Best News Magazine Segment for his story about the immigration and integration of Muslims in Europe. He has also won two Gemini Awards for Best Host or Interviewer in a news information program—one for his work covering the Sept. 11 attacks on the morning show, and one for his reportage on Disclosure.

10:00pm – Friday, July 31 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 11 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The team is captured by Ford (Rainbow Francks) and is forced to take the Wraith enzyme. Ford has a plan.

9:00pm – Friday, July 31 on CTV

Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the murder of a woman found drowned in a bathtub of motor oil at a transient hotel. But when they uncover a dark secret about the woman’s past, they must unravel a 20-year-old mystery.