August 2009

CTV’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA achieved its biggest audience of the season last night with the first performance show of the year. The two-hour episode was watched on average by nearly 1.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched program of the night on Canadian television. The audience grew throughout the broadcast, peaking with 1.7 million viewers at 9:49 p.m. Up 17% over Sunday’s Special Top 20 reveal episode, more than 3.3 million viewers tuned in to some or all of the broadcast.

Featuring the first-ever live performances by the newly announced Season 2 Top 20, young, urban viewers once again flocked to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The episode won its timeslot (8-10 p.m.) by 29% among A18-34 (322,000) and by 5% among A18-49 (619,000) over the NCIS/BIG BROTHER simulcast (CBS/Global). As well, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was the #1 program of the night in Canada’s two-largest urban markets, Toronto and Vancouver.*

Tonight, Janet Jackson choreographer Gil Duldulao and the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20 pay tribute to Michael Jackson in first Results Episode at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

9:00pm – Wednesday, August 26 on /A

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

The votes are in and five more acts from the previous night move on to make up the top 20. Those acts will continue their pursuit of the million dollar prize and will be one step closer to becoming the most talented person in America.

Gil Duldulao has danced on and choreographed Janet Jackson’s world tours. Now, he is paying tribute to her brother Michael Jackson with a SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20 group performance. Dance phenom Duldulao is the genius behind tomorrow night’s group number in honour of Michael Jackson in the first results show of the season, airing Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit dance.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Duldulao, who is from the island of Oahu, Hawaii, has also toured with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Tina Turner, first began dancing with Janet Jackson when he was just 17. Now 30, Duldulao has worked with Jackson for the past 13 years, including as Creative Director. His choreography is seen in Jackson’s Rock Wit U and Feedback videos as well as many of her TV appearances, including numerous awards shows and on OPRAH, ELLEN and TODAY.

“Because of shows like SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, it’s important for all dancers to be able to do all styles of dance,” said Duldulao. “That’s what’s worked for me – training every day, learning and trying to perfect every style of dance.”

7:30pm – Wednesday, August 26 on CTV

In the first live results show of the season and one guy and one girl are eliminated from the competition.

Rogers Media Television is pleased to congratulate and celebrate the Gemini Award nominated Canadian programming broadcast on Citytv and OLN for 2008-2009.

“The number of nominations we received in key categories at this year’s Gemini Awards speaks to the vast talents of the producers, actors and crews of our homegrown programming” commented Alain Strati, Vice President of Specialty and Development, Rogers Media Television. “Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

Citytv Programming:

The smart and edgy half-hour comedy series Less Than Kind received 9 Gemini nominations including nods for Best Comedy Program or Series, four nods for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series, two nominations for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or series and Best Achievement in Casting. A sharp and humorous look at the collisions and twists that happen between the hugs and kisses in a “loving” family, Season 2 of Less Than Kind is set to premiere early 2010 on Citytv.

Citytv’s Murdoch Mysteries garnered six nominations including Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, Best Achievement in Make-up, Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series, Best Achievement in Main Title Design, Best Performance by an Actor Featured in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series. Set in 1895 Toronto, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch, a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques, like fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Season 3 of Murdoch Mysteries is set to premiere early 2010.

The epic adventure series Crusoe was recognized with nominations for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series and Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series.

CityNews’ resident Sports Specialist Kathryn Humphreys received her first Gemini nomination in the Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast category.

OLN Programming:

The OLN original series Departures received 6 Gemini nominations including Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series, Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Performing Arts Program or Series, Best Photography in an Information Program or Series and three nominations for Best Picture Editing in an Information Programming or Series. Departures chronicles the travel adventures, unforgettable friendships, personal successes and sometimes crushing disappointments of Ontario natives Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach and Andre Dupuis. Season 3 of Departures is set to premiere January 2010 on OLN.

Survivorman starring Canada’s favourite adventurer Les Stroud earned 3 Gemini nominations including Best Documentary Series, Best Direction in a Documentary Series and Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series.

Angry Planet, which follows daring storm chaser George Kourounis received a nomination for Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series.

The original series Which Way To… takes viewers to exotic travel locations around the world and provides a unique behind-the-scenes perspective you won’t find in any tourist guide! Which Way To… received a Gemini Nomination for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series.

Congratulations to the academy and to all of the individuals involved in the Gemini nominated productions. Tune in to Citytv and OLN for more high quality, Canadian programming during the 2009-2010 broadcast season.

Tatiana and Taylor have become the first two dancers of the season to be eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, leaving 18 competitors in the running next week for the chance to become Canada’s favourite dancer. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast by host Leah Miller after the three couples with the lowest number of votes danced for their lives. Nearly one million votes were cast after the first performance episode of the season last night, nearly double the number of votes compared to last season.

The first three bottom couples of the second season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s were: AMY Gardner, 21, Calgary, Alta., and VINCENT Desjardins, 20, Trois-Rivières, Que., who danced a sexy Samba routine; TATIANA Parker, 21, Toronto, Ont., and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 19, Mississauga, Ont., who performed a playfully combative Capoeira routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, Ont., and TAYLOR James, 22, Vancouver, B.C., who performed a fiery Tango routine that brought new meaning to blood on the dance floor, as TAYLORATIANA’s mouth bled after a minor mid performance collision with his partner. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that TATIANA, a hip-hop dancer and TAYLOR, a contemporary dancer, would be the first two dancers eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 20 performed a Michael Jackson tribute group number choreographed by Gil Duldulao to open the show. Duldulao, who has worked extensively with Janet Jackson as well as Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, brought some of Jackson’s unforgettable moves to life as the competitors performed a medley to “I Want You Back” and “ABC” by The Jackson 5. Duldulao is also choreographing and directing the highly-anticipated Michael Jackson dance tribute at this year’s MTV Video Awards in the U.S.

Stepping onto the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong and Luther Brown and guest judge and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge Mary Murphy for the second Performance episode on Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
ANTHONY Grafton, 24, a Ballroom dancer from Calgary
AUSTIN  Di Iulio, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga
CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville
CORRYNNE Barron, 18, a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton
DANIEL Dory, 23, a Hip Hop/House dancer from Montreal
DANNY Lawn, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Brockville
EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, Contemporary/ Ballet dancer from Vancouver
EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris
JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal
JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, a Jazz/Lyrical dancer from Toronto
KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal
MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge
MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
NATALIE Lyons, 23, a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax
NICOLAS Begin, 24, a B-boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City
TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge
VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières

An encore of he Top 20 Reveal Special will air on MuchMusic Sunday, August 30 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and will be followed by last night’s Performance episode and tonight’s results. The weekly Performance and Results episodes will air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning September 6 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Watch episode highlights on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca, which also includes behind-the-scenes video, exclusive footage and clips. Fans can get up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs and more.

Patrick Dempsey has always been a big advocate for the relationship his character, Derek Shepperd has with Meredith Grey and recently, he spoke out about how he felt about their Post-It Note wedding and how he would feel about a baby for the couple.

Dempsey recently told Extra that he was shock when he read the script, that the highly anticipated wedding for Mer-Der would be a simple Post-It exchange. “I think the fans are expecting a wedding,” the actor said. “I was surprised too, like this is it?”

“This is what it’s gonna be?”

However, the actor remains mum as to whether we can expect to see a real wedding in the works for season 6 and beyond, but he isn’t shy about saying he would have liked to see Ellen Pompeo’s pregnancy be written into the show for a McBaby, adding “I think it would’ve been interesting to see her juggling a career and baby.”

Well, we know where the plot might head if Patrick Dempsey were responsible for writing the script, but since that’s not about to happen, we’ll have to remain in the dark.

Last night Kate Gosselin made an appearance on Larry King live as part of her post-divorce press tour. Her interview with Larry King was the usual song and dance that we’ve learned to expect from her. She refused to answer any of the hard questions – like how her and Jon went from renewing their marriage vows in Hawaii one month, to on the verge of separation the next. Instead of addressing these questions posed by the talk show host, she claimed she couldn’t answer because she’s vowed to say only positive things for the sake of her kids. Yeah right…we’ve all been watching and seen the knocks against her estranged husband.

Kate did address a few divorce topics, explaining how her 8 children are coping with the split: “They understand the process [of divorce]. They’re working through it the same way that Jon and I are. They’re doing remarkably well.”

I can’t help but think that she is discouraging people from watching her TLC show, which is obviously something she’s not setting out to accomplish. Ratings might have been higher than ever around the time the reality tv couple announced their split, but for all of those who are hoping to tune in to learn some more juicy gossip about the couple, it’s being made pretty clear that it’s not something we can expect.

Kate did address one recent piece of news that came out of the rumor mill – the fight at the former couple’s home that lead to police being called and Kate checking into a local hotel in tears. Kate claims she knew that the kids were in the hands of a babysitter, and not their dad whose time it was with the kids. “It was not this huge fight,” she said. “It was just a thing where I wanted to be there with the kids as opposed to a babysitter. And he wasn’t fond of that idea.” She also explains that she didn’t call 911, but did pick up the phone to the local police. She blames the incident on this being one of her bad days, ” I have good days and bad days…this day was a rough day.”

What do you think’s in store for Jon & Kate Plus 8..not the media frenzy, the TLC show?

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Tuesday, August 25 on Comedy Network

Eric’s chance encounter with Q gives birth to timanderic.com. Dr. Steve Brule reads Jan’s emotions.

Canadian indie band Patrick Watson takes to the stage in the next installment of Bravo!’s AT THE CONCERT HALL series. PATRICK WATSON AT THE CONCERT HALL premieres Tuesday, August 25 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, exclusively on Bravo! The Montréal-based band performs tracks from their latest album Wooden Arms, which has just been shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize. (Encore Presentation airs Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.)

Having recently played before a crowd of 100,000 at Montréal’s Jazz Festival and currently touring overseas, Patrick Watson take to a more intimate setting in CTV’s legendary Concert Hall at Toronto’s historic Masonic Temple. The band treats the audience to original songs all from their latest LP, including the hit singles “Fireweed,” “Tracey’s Waters,” and “Beijing;” plus the jams “Big Bird in a Small Cage,” “Travelling Salesman,” “Where The Wild Things Are,” and “Machinery of The Heaven.”

Between sets, the band chats with host Seamus O’Regan about constant life on the road, their eclectic tastes in musical instruments, and the pressure they received while working on their new album.

Compared to the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, and Pink Floyd, Patrick Watson is known for blending various musical styles including cabaret pop, classical, and indie rock. Lead singer-songwriter Patrick Watson fronts the eclectic four-piece band consisting of fellow members Simon Angell, Robbie Kuster, and Mishka Stein – all who have toured the globe with James Brown, The Dears, Philip Glass, and The Stills. Watson’s previous album Close To Paradise won the 2007 Polaris Music Prize and their latest LP is shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

Bravo!’s AT THE CONCERT HALL series fuses exciting live performances with insightful interviews featuring today’s most urbane musical artists. One of Canada’s best live music venues, the Masonic Temple’s Concert Hall has also housed historic performances by The Supremes, The Who, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Grateful Dead, The Cure, Duran Duran, R.E.M., The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and recently Kanye West and Sam Roberts.