August 2009

The Much MTV Group is proud to announce an impressive five Gemini nominations honouring MuchMusic, MuchMore, and MTV. Being acknowledged include MuchMore Host Matt Wells, MTV Original production THE AFTER SHOW and MuchOriginal productions DISBAND and the 2008 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.

Congratulations to all those nominated!

MTV

THE AFTER SHOW

Best Talk Series

Garrett Wintrip, Pam de Montmorency, Alex Sopinka

MUCHMORE

Matt Wells

Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series for WHERE YOU AT BABY? HUEY LEWIS

MUCHMUSIC

2008 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

Best Music, Variety Program or Series 

John Kampilis, Bob Pagrach, Sheila Sullivan 

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or Series 

Michael “Spike” Parks

DISBAND – THE HOMECOMING

Best Reality Program or Series 

Mark Myers, Chris Barrow, Jason Ford, John Kampilis

Global is off the charts this September, bringing viewers across the country the most buzzed about season premieres of any network.

Glee takes center stage first this Fall on Wednesday, September 9, with the highly anticipated Series Premiere at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the Series Premiere of an all-new updated Melrose Place at 10pm ET/PT.

The excitement continues throughout the month with the most anticipated mix of program premieres including: Survivor: Samoa (Thursday, September 17), House (2-Hours, Monday September 21),and The Good Wife (Tuesday, September 22).  Nearing the end of September, catch Global’s hit animated line-up (The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy and new series The Cleveland Show) on Sunday, September 27.  Lie To Me rounds out premiere month on Monday, September 28.

For Global’s Complete Fall 2009 Premiere Calendar, go to: http://canwesttvmedia.com/files/networkfiles/644/file_global_premieres_calendar.doc

Not only can viewers watch their beloved hits on TV, but they can also catch up on episodes throughout the entire season online. GlobalTV.com leads the industry with an unprecedented 18 of 21 U.S. primetime and late night programs available for streaming.  Viewers won’t have to miss a moment of their favourite shows with such offerings as new series Glee, Melrose Place, The Cleveland Show, The Good Wife and 90210, as well as returning hits like House, Survivor, The Office, Heroes and Family Guy.  For the full list of what’s available online, check out the Fall 2009 Premiere Calendar link above.

Building on the success of another hot summer season, /A\ continues to shine bright this fall with a gripping new primetime lineup. /A\ announced today premiere dates for the 2009 fall season, including TV’s most buzz-worthy new series: David S. Goyer’s (Batman Begins) highly-anticipated thriller FLASHFORWARD (Sept. 24), based on the novel by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer. Also heating up the schedule this season are fresh new series including mystical drama EASTWICK (Sept. 23), starring Canada’s own Paul Gross; and Ashton Kutcher’s gossip-grabbing drama THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (Sept. 16).

The /A\ schedule is still home to many of last season’s hits including dance sensation SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Sept. 9), the racy teen drama GOSSIP GIRL (Sept. 14), J.J. Abram’s breakout hit FRINGE (Sept. 17) and GREY’S ANATOMY spin-off PRIVATE PRACTICE (Oct. 1). Monday nights boast a laugh-out-loud comedy lineup including the back-to-back comedy powerhouse of Canada’s #1 comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN and this summer’s break-out hit THE BIG BANG THEORY, along with mid-season hit CASTLE (all Sept. 21). Entering its 20th season, classic drama series LAW & ORDER (Sept. 25) keeps the /A\ schedule grounded along with returning favourite mystery thriller MEDIUM (Sept. 25). A detailed list of premiere dates is included below.

Please note: all times listed are Eastern. All dates and times are subject to change.

PREMIERE DATES

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Wed. Sept. 9 8:00 p.m.

GOSSIP GIRL – Special Time
Mon. Sept. 14 9 p.m. – moves to 8 p.m. ET Sept. 21

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE **NEW** – Special Time
Wed. Sept. 16 10 p.m. – moves to 9 p.m. ET Sept. 23

FRINGE
Thurs. Sept. 17 9 p.m.

TWO AND A HALF MEN
Mon. Sept. 21 9 p.m.

BIG BANG THEORY
Mon. Sept. 21 9:30 p.m.

CASTLE
Mon. Sept. 21 10 p.m.

EASTWICK **NEW**
Wed. Sept. 23 10 p.m.

FLASHFORWARD **NEW**
Thurs. Sept. 24 8 p.m.

LAW AND ORDER
Fri. Sept. 25 8 p.m.

MEDIUM
Fri. Sept. 25 9 p.m.

PRIVATE PRACTICE
Thurs. Oct. 1 10 p.m.

CTV announced today the premiere dates for Canada’s #1 schedule. With a powerhouse lineup of Canada’s most-watched programs already in place, CTV’s dynamic lineup of hits welcomes three new additions: big buzz series THE VAMPIRE DIAIRIES (Sept. 10) starring rising Canadian actor Nina Dobrev (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), THE DR. OZ SHOW (Sept. 14), hosted by best-selling author and medical authority Dr. Mehmet C. Oz and OVER THE BOLTS (Sept. 26), one of several new Canadian original series with ties to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Sure-fire returning hits lighting up the fall schedule this year include: the continuation of last season’s #1 new program SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA; the addition to the CTV schedule of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (Sept. 9); perennial favourite DANCING WITH THE STARS (Sept. 21); Canada’s #1 program overall GREY’S ANATOMY (Sept. 24); and last fall’s breakout hit THE MENTALIST (Sept. 22). Also bringing back the drama and intrigue are a vast array of Top 20 series including LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (Sept. 22); CSI: MIAMI (Sept. 21); CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 23); CSI: NEW YORK (Sept. 23); CSI (Sept. 24); THE AMAZING RACE (Sept. 27); and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Sept. 27). A detailed premiere date list is included below.

Please note: all times listed are Eastern. All dates and times are subject to change.

PREMIERE DATES

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Top 20 Performance Show
Tues. Aug. 25 8 p.m.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Top 20 Results Show
Wed. Aug. 26 7:30 p.m.

PARADISE CITY: DEGRASSI GOES HOLLYWOOD **PREMIERE** – CTV Original Movie
Sun. Aug. 30 8 p.m.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL – Two-hour premiere
Wed. Sept. 9 8 p.m.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES **NEW** – Special Time
Thurs. Sept. 10 8 p.m. – moves to 7 p.m. ET beginning Sept. 24

THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME **PREMIERE** – CTV Original Movie
Sun. Sept. 13 8 p.m.

THE DR.OZ SHOW **NEW** – Airs Monday to Friday
Mon. Sept. 14 5 p.m.

DANCING WITH THE STARS – Two-hour premiere
Mon. Sept. 21 8 p.m.

CSI: MIAMI
Mon. Sept. 21 10 p.m.

THE MENTALIST – Special day and time
Tues. Sept. 22 9 p.m. – moves to Thurs. at 10 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 1

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
Tues. Sept. 22 10 p.m.

CRIMINAL MINDS
Wed. Sept. 23 9 p.m.

CSI: NEW YORK
Wed. Sept. 23 10 p.m.

CSI
Thurs. Sept. 24 8 p.m.

GREY’S ANATOMY – Two-hour premiere
Thurs. Sept. 24 9 p.m.

GHOST WHISPERER
Fri. Sept. 25 8 p.m.

SOUTHLAND
Fri. Sept. 25 9 p.m.

FLASHPOINT
Fri. Sept. 25 10 p.m.

OVER THE BOLTS
Sat. Sept. 26 5:30 p.m.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Special Time
Sun. Sept. 27 7 p.m. – moves to 9 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 4

THE AMAZING RACE – Two-hour premiere
Sun. Sept. 27 8 p.m.

COLD CASE
Sun. Sept. 27 10 p.m.

DEGRASSI: TNG
Sun. Oct. 4 7 p.m.

An epic battle of barn-burning proportions is set to commence on The Comedy Network. It’s red-hot versus redneck as eight of the comedy industry’s greatest take to the airwaves for 10 nights of non-stop stand-up. The Comedy Network’s SUMMER OF STAND-UP continues on Monday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT as the bad boys of comedy step into the ring for five nights, followed by the Blue Collar challengers beginning Monday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT for another week of late-night laughs.

The first week starts with heavyweight Dane Cook followed by the raunchy Bob Saget and unfiltered Russell Brand. The legendary George Carlin finishes the match with two of his classic specials. After a weekend break, the Blue Collar comedians rush the ring. Throwing the first swings are Jeff Dunham and his right-hand…err…puppets. Fellow rednecks Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White deliver hard-hitting proletariat punches. In the final round, Jeff Dunham is back with a bad-assed ventriloquist throw down.

Monday, August 24 at 10 p.m. – DANE COOK: VICIOUS
For two hours, Cook tackles issues like the therapeutic value of a good lie, the sincerity behind a post-sneeze ‘God bless you,’ cheating and the shock of seeing your father’s genitals.

Tuesday, August 25 at 11 p.m. – BOB SAGET: THAT AIN’T RIGHT
Bob Saget’s performance in New York City proves that even a wholesome television dad can get raunchy… real raunchy.

Wednesday, August 26 at 11 p.m. – RUSSELL BRAND: LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY
Russell Brand covers everything from his experience working with Britney Spears, to the philosophical side of being a rocking sex god.

Thursday, August 27 at 11 p.m. – GEORGE CARLIN: ON LOCATION AT USC
In his first comedy special, Carlin explores topics like flying on planes, supermarkets, and his controversial “Seven Dirty Words” routine that provoked a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Friday, August 28 at 11 p.m. – GEORGE CARLIN: IT’S BAD FOR YA
Filmed just four months before his death; Carlin riffs on death, hero worship, and the failure of the “self-esteem” movement.

Monday, August 31 at 11 p.m. – JEFF DUNHAM: ARGUING WITH MYSELF
Dunham is joined by old favourites Peanut, Walter and Jose Jalapeno as well as two new sidekicks Bubba J and Sweet Daddy Dee.

Tuesday, September 1 at 11 p.m. – BILL ENGVALL: HERE’S YOUR SIGN

After years of watching dummies in action, Blue Collar Comedy veteran Bill Engvall calls out stupidity of all kinds in this one hour stand-up special.

Wednesday, September 2 at 11 p.m. – LARRY THE CABLE GUY: MORNING CONSTITUTIONS
Larry comments on everything from terrorism to Wal-Mart, throwing in a few country songs for good measure.

Thursday, September 3 at 11 p.m. – RON WHITE: THEY CALL ME TATER SALAD
White ponders the absurdity of fashionable eyewear, contemplates idiots and discusses his half-mad, deer-hunting cousin in his stand-up performance.

Friday, September 4 at 11 p.m. – JEFF DUNHAM: SPARK OF INSANITY

The puppet show continues when Dunham and his crazy cast of friends, including Walter and Jose Jalapeno, return in a second off-the-wall special.

Monday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

16 AND PREGNANT is an hour-long documentary series focusing on the controversial subject of teen pregnancy. Each episode follows the trials and tribulations of a pregnant teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and the coming of age. In the finale episode of 16 AND PREGNANT high school junior Catelynn explains to potential adoptive parents why she’s adamant on providing her daughter with the life she never had. Follow the experience of being 16 AND PREGNANT online at mtv.ca/16andpregnant.

From a media release – August 21, 2009:

CBC’S BATTLE OF THE BLADES TO BE BROADCAST FROM MAPLE LEAF GARDENS IN FRONT OF A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE

  • Four-time Stanley Cup Champion Claude Lemieux added to the men’s roster

Beginning Sunday, October 4, CBC Television’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES will open the doors to historic Maple Leaf Gardens for the first time to former world class female figure skaters and NHL players in a fierce pairs competition of athleticism, drama and intrigue.

Hosts Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning will welcome a live studio audience and viewers from across the country to the legendary ice surface for this seven-week ground breaking event. Information on obtaining tickets will be available shortly.

In addition to the announced venue, former Conn Smythe trophy winner and agitator Claude Lemieux has signed on to compete in BATTE OF THE BLADES. Over the course of his 20-year career Lemieux played for Montreal, New Jersey, Colorado, Phoenix, Dallas and San Jose collecting 786 points and 1,777 penalty minutes. The Buckingham, Que. native replaces Sean Burke who was unable to participate due to professional obligations.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.

(Photo: Enforcers Tie Domi (left) and Bob Probert (right) face-off in BATTLE OF THE BLADES on CBC Television this October.)

From a media release – August 21, 2009:

TIL DEBT DO US PART LAUNCHES EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON

  • Premiering Friday, September 11 at 9pm ET on Slice™

This fall, Financial Expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade returns as host of the eighth and final season of Til Debt Do Us Part, which includes its milestone 100th episode – a testament to the popularity of the show and Gail’s techniques with viewers in Canada and around the world. The eighth season premieres Friday, September 11 at 9pm EST on Slice™.

Over the years Gail has helped families become debt free with her simple, effective strategies. Once again this season Gail continues to haul families back from the brink, identifying the causes of their cash crisis and offering them realistic solutions. In the premiere episode, Gail creates her own “Back to School Special” and sends a pair of teachers to Finance 101 as she struggles to convince the husband of the severity of his financial situation.

Also this season, Gail has advice for parents searching for a strategy to plan for their children’s financial futures. Practical information on everything from allowances for young children to creating a plan for RESPs is featured throughout the 13 episodes.

Til Debt Do Us Part season eight premieres Friday, September 11 at 9pm EST on Slice™.

CTV weathercaster Tamara Taggart took a bite out of the Big Apple Friday with nearly half a million viewers along for the ride. As guest host on CTV’s LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY, Taggart’s LIVE! debut saw audiences increase 56% above average with 474,000 viewers. The Vancouver weathercaster was the only Canadian top 10 finalist in the “From Local to LIVE Co-Host for a Day” search, filling in for series regular Kelly Rippa.

On Friday’s show, Taggart and Regis Philbin interviewed actress Renee Zellweger about her recent film My One and Only, and journalist/author Geraldo Rivera about his new book The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity. As well, Regis and Tamara announced some of the nominees from the 2009 Relly Awards and the winner of the Ultimate Hometown Grill Off. Several Canadian Taggart fans were in the LIVE! studio audience to cheer her on.

During the show, Philbin complimented Tamara’s poise under pressure. “You know, we have one of the most-jammed shows we have ever had in the history of this show. That’s why I am glad you’re so experienced, because it’s going to take all of our talents to get through this today.” By the end of the broadcast, Philbin was asking “Hasn’t this girl been terrific?”

Meanwhile, Taggart completed more than two dozen interviews with media outlets across the country as the result of her co-hosting gig. Viewers in Canada followed her Big Apple adventure at ctvbc.ctv.ca/tamara, increasing traffic to the site by 82%, and at twitter.com/tamarataggart which saw a 38% jump in traffic. Taggart kept followers updated on everything from flight delays in Toronto to presenting an Olympic mascot to Regis to messages of congratulations from Premier of British Columbia Gordon Campbell.

LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY airs Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The series is executive produced by Michael Gelman and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

CTV, Canada’s Olympic Network, is also Canada’s largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada’s most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada’s premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

*Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research Preliminary Overnight Reports
** Source: Omniture Site Catalyst

Beginning Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), 10 couples leave their hearts on the dance floor as the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA performance shows begin. The Top 20 think they can dance; now it’s Canada’s turn to be the judge. CTV announced today details on how viewers can vote for their favourite SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA dancers this season, and all votes are free from landline telephones. This is a crucial part of the competition, as Canadians are given a say in who will represent the nation in the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 and ultimately become Canada’s Favourite Dancer this season.

Voting is restricted to one, two-hour window following the conclusion of Tuesday’s performance show broadcasts in each region of the country. For the first five weeks viewers will vote on their favourite couples, and for the remaining four weeks they will vote for their favourite dancers. The voting telephone number will appear at the bottom of the screen following each performance as well as at the end of the broadcast. Each vote is free from landline telephones. The results of the countries votes will be announced every Wednesday night starting August 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.)

From Tuesday, August 25 to September 8, the voting schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Region        Broadcast Time        Voting Window
BC               8 – 10 p.m. PT            10 p.m. – 12 Midnight PT
AB               8 – 10 p.m. MT            10 p.m. – 12 Midnight MT
SK/MB         7 – 9 p.m. CT              9 – 11 p.m. CT
ON/QC         8 – 10 p.m. ET            10 p.m. – 12 Midnight ET
NB/NS/PEI    8 – 10 p.m. AT            10 p.m. – 12 Midnight AT

On Tuesday, September 15, the voting schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Region         Broadcast Time       Voting Window
BC                8 – 9:30 p.m. PT        9:30 – 11:30 p.m. PT
AB                8 – 9:30 p.m. MT        9:30 – 11:30 p.m. MT
SK/MB          7 – 8:30 p.m. CT        8:30 – 10:30 p.m. CT
ON/QC          8 – 9:30 p.m. ET        9:30 – 11:30 p.m. ET
NB/NS/PEI     8 – 9:30 p.m. AT        9:30 – 11:30 p.m. AT

From Tuesday, September 22 to October 13, the voting schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Region        Broadcast Time       Voting Window
BC               8 – 9 p.m. PT             9 p.m. – 11 p.m. PT
AB               8 – 9 p.m. MT             9 p.m. – 11 p.m. MT
SK/MB         7 – 8 p.m. CT             8 – 10 p.m. CT
ON/QC         8 – 9 p.m. ET             9 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET
NB/NS/PEI    8 – 9 p.m. AT             9 p.m. – 11 p.m. AT

On Tuesday, October 20, the voting schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Region       Broadcast Time        Voting Window
BC              8 – 10 p.m. PT            10 – 12 Midnight PT
AB              8 – 10 p.m. MT            10 – 12 Midnight MT
SK/MB        7 – 9 p.m. CT              9 – 11 Midnight CT
ON/QC        8 – 10 p.m. ET            10 – 12 Midnight ET
NB/NS/PEI   8 – 10 p.m. AT            10 – 12 Midnight AT

Viewers watching a feed on satellite or digital cable that is earlier or later than the regularly scheduled broadcast in their region will not be able to vote outside of their regional voting window; instead, they will hear a “busy” signal. The voting window is fixed and is open for two hours, starting immediately after each performance episode concludes in each broadcast region.

A detailed FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document on how to vote can be found on the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA website at dance.ctv.ca, and a summary can be found below:

How to Vote for Free by Toll-Free Telephone:

Each couple (for the first five weeks) or dancer (for the remaining four weeks) will be assigned his or her own toll-free number (e.g. 1-877-9-SPIN-01 or 1-877-9-7746-01 for Competitor #1) that will appear on screen, and be announced during each performance show. Only after the broadcast is over can viewers cast their vote by dialing the phone number of the couple or dancer for whom they wish to vote. Viewers can vote from a landline, cell phone or pay phone anywhere in Canada. The phone lines remain open for two hours following the broadcast in each region. All votes are free from landline telephones.

After viewers vote, they will hear a pre-recorded message thanking them for voting for their chosen competitor or couple. After the voting window, no more votes will be accepted and lines will play out a “busy” signal. Voting is toll-free from landline telephones, including pay phones. If a wireless phone is used to vote, airtime and applicable roaming charges may apply.

VOTING TIPS

Call during non-peak periods.
The toll-free voting lines are open for two hours following each SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA broadcast. The busiest voting period generally occurs within the first 30 minutes after the broadcast ends. If you call to vote during the first few minutes after the show, you’ll most likely get a busy signal or no dial tone at all. Waiting for non-peak times before calling increases your chances of successfully voting for your favourite SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA couple/dancer using the toll-free numbers. Take advantage of the full two-hour voting window and call later.

Wait for dial tone before dialing.

We know you’re excited, but calls to the toll-free lines can only be processed if a dial tone is heard. Don’t try to make a call until after you hear a dial tone. If you don’t hear a dial tone, do not hang up and try again. Stay on the line and wait until you hear a dial tone; this will maintain your priority in the queue. Waiting to hear a dial tone keeps your line ready for the next dial tone that becomes available.

Do not use automatic re-diallers.

Most automatic re-diallers are not sophisticated enough to wait for a dial tone when calling the toll-free numbers. Calls can only be processed if a dial tone is heard. During periods of high call volume, dial tone may be delayed and automatic re-dials may not go through.

Use a cell phone to call.

Try calling from a cell phone if you cannot get through using a landline. Cell phone transmissions go to a tower and, in most cases, are then fed along a dedicated trunk line that is separate from a regular landline. You may have a better opportunity to vote via a cell phone as cell phone lines are generally less congested. But keep in mind, if a wireless phone is used to vote, airtime and applicable roaming charges may apply.