September 2009

Viewers of Jon & Kate Plus 8, whether loyal or otherwise, have been holding their breath waiting for the big announcement that the show was cancelled. Instead, it seems the show has simply decided to cancel their contract with one of the reality star parents – yes, TLC is saying goodbye to Jon Gosselin! This announcement follows last night’s “new” episode which took previously unused footage of Kate’s time with the children on Baldhead Island earlier this summer, which was filmed before the couple’s big separation announcement. It was clear to viewers who tuned in last night, that new footage had not been filmed, despite TLC delivering a “new” episode according to schedule.

Today it’s all coming together, since clearly something else has been going on behind the scenes, and that’s the decision to dump the reality show dad who has recently created bad publicity for the TV show. On November 2nd, TLC will be relaunching the series which will be newly titled “Kate Plus 8″…not quite as catchy, but we’ll take it. According to the network, Jon Gosselin will appear on the show on occasion, but the focus will be on Kate’s journey as a single mother, which they believe will be more relatable to viewers. “Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers. Additionally the network is in development on a Kate project for 2010” says Eileen O’Neill, President and GM, TLC.

CTV.ca Relaunched

CTV today announced a relaunch of CTV.ca, the online destination for Canada’s most-watched prime-time television shows and News. The new site offers a revitalized online look, simplified navigation, more options for users to access and customize national and local News pages, and better search function.  Responding to the growing demand for shows and entertainment online, CTV.ca makes it easier to find program features, video online and exclusive celebrity news. The redesign provides a more robust platform to provide an audience-centric Web experience, and a springboard for future development.

“The redesign of CTV.ca is an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our unique blend of premium programming, news content and entertainment in one destination”, said Stephan Argent, Vice-President of Digital Media, CTV Inc. “It offers both our audiences and advertising partners an unparalleled experience to discover all that CTV has to offer.”

CTV.ca‘s fresh new design offers simplified navigation and interactive new features

The new site continues to build on the success of online video, and offers more opportunities for audiences to interact with the brand on their own terms. Audiences now have greater editorial control over content through features such as most-viewed video and the MyNews user-generated portal. In response to viewer engagement with online video, a rotator box at the top of CTV.ca can become a window for easy access to important breaking stories and events.

These changes round out features users already love, such as the CTV Video Player with full episodes of hit shows online, user-generated News galleries and video, reporter blogs, prime-time schedules and recaps, movie trailers online and entertainment news.

The new site is launching with some more innovative partnerships like the Wii Get Up and Play Challenge, which offers viewers multiple levels of uploadable content to interact with. In addition, both Dove and Dodge are on board to present the streaming of GREY’S ANATOMY, engaging viewers with attention-grabbing backdrops and co-branded schedules.

CTVglobemedia’s online network experienced significant growth throughout the 2008/2009 television season reaching almost half a billion video views since September 2008*, more than four times that of its closest competitor.**  This fall’s most-talked about series and last fall’s break-out hits join Canada’s most-watched television series on the CTV Video Player. New big buzz series FLASHFORWARD and THE DR. OZ SHOW are among 11 fresh titles joining the lineup, which already includes blockbusters like GREY’S ANATOMY, THE MENTALIST and THE AMAZING RACE. CTV.ca allows viewers to catch up with their favourite CTV programs, while offering exclusive online content.

With Sunday night in the books, Premiere Week 2009 has wrapped and CTV has once again emerged as the overwhelming choice for prime-time viewing in Canada. Averaging nearly two million viewers (1.95 million) per minute – every minute – CTV finished 58% bigger than Global (1.2 million), 215% bigger than CBC (621,000) and 453% bigger than Citytv (353,000)*.

Last night, THE AMAZING RACE (9 p.m. ET) had nearly three million (2.86 million) total viewers tuning-in – an increase of 32% over last season’s finale episode**. Following as the #2 program of the night was COLD CASE (10 p.m. ET) with 1.54 million total viewers, nearly doubling the season premiere audience of BROTHERS & SISTERS (Global/ABC, 787,000) in the same timeslot. Coming in just behind at #3 for the night was DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES with 1.44 million watching at 7 p.m. ET, airing out of simulcast on CTV and beating CBC’s broadcast of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (1.36 million).

Viewers who missed the premiere episodes of THE AMAZING RACE and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES can also watch them on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

Canada’s late night talk show, THE HOUR, returns for its sixth season of unconventional television this month. On Monday, Sept. 28, at 11 p.m., on CBC Television, award-winning host George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with acclaimed Canadian actor and activist Michael J. Fox for an intimate hour-long conversation. Covering his work as an actor and the launch of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in Canada, THE HOUR brings viewers a closer look at Fox’s early rise to fame and his more recent efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

A hybrid of news and celebrity, guests who land in THE HOUR’s signature red leather chair meet Stroumboulopoulos’s one-of-a-kind brand of interviewing. It’s personable, it’s revealing, and there’s no other place on Canadian television to catch such captivating stories. Going beyond the headlines for unique, in-depth conversation, Stroumboulopoulos interviews some of the most fascinating personalities in the world. THE HOUR welcomes Michael Moore, Snoop Dogg, Anne Murray, Michael Buble, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Clive Owen, Michael Douglas, Richard Dawkins, Andre Agassi and John Irving to the show this season.

One of Canada’s most popular television websites and YouTube Channels, THE HOUR has a busy online following with THE HOUR’s Blog, archived episodes and award-winning podcasts on iTunes. THE HOUR is taped daily in front of a live studio audience and has won six Gemini Awards and a 2009 Gracie Award for Outstanding TV Show – Public Division, by the American Women of Radio and Television.

Monday, September 28 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

As Hiro’s life continues to hang in the balance, he distracts himself with saving the lives of others. Meanwhile, Angela tries to help the new “Nathan” (Adrian Pasdar) remember his past, at the risk of his remembering too much. Elsewhere, Tracy is determined to get her old job back, but soon realizes that she needs to make more of an impact. Ashley Crow, Saemi Nakamura and Dawn Olivieri guest star.

10:00pm – Monday, September 28 on /A

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

When two separate murders are committed on the same night, Castle (Nathan Fillion) wagers Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) that he and Beckett (Stana Katic) will solve theirs first. The frenzied race to catch their respective killers and win the bet leads each investigative duo to a likely suspect, only to find that they both have airtight alibis. But bizarre twists in both cases force the two teams to work together to unravel the mind-bending mystery behind each murder.

10:00pm – Monday, September 28 on CTV

When the lab is attacked, Horatio (David Caruso) must fulfill a gunman’s unique request in order to save five hostages.

Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC NEWS: THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Newsworld.

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country is a riveting documentary that follows a determined group of video journalists (VJs) who risk their lives to expose the repressive government ruling their country. Armed with pocket-sized video cameras, they go undercover to report on anti-government protests, smuggle material out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite, or offer their stories for free usage to international media. Burma VJ airs on Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC NEWS: THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Newsworld.

A winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the Amsterdam Documentary Festival, Burma VJ follows these local VJs as they record the massive anti-government protests led by thousands of Buddhist monks in Sept. 2007, and exposes the military junta’s brutal crackdown which began on Sept. 26, 2007.

Viewers will be introduced to 27 year-old “Joshua”, an undercover VJ who suddenly becomes the tactical leader of the undercover reporters who risk death or life in jail if caught. With foreign TV crews banned from entering the country at the time, it was Joshua and his crew who documented the events, exposing the story to the rest of the world.  It is their footage that kept the revolution alive.

As government intelligence agents understood the power of the camera, the VJs soon became a target. During the turbulent days of Sept., Joshua finds himself on an emotional rollercoaster between hope and despair as he frantically tries to keep track of his reporters in the streets. With Joshua as the psychological lens, the Burmese condition is exposed to a global audience, who rarely gets to see more than a news clip from this closed country.

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country is directed by acclaimed Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard.  CBC Newsworld was one of a group of international broadcasters who helped finance the documentary.

9:30pm – Monday, September 28 on /A

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

Leonard (Johnny Galechi) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) struggle to recover from an awkward first hookup while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Howard (Simon Helberg) stake their best comic books on a bet to determine the species of a cricket.

The adrenaline rush is just another day on the job for the life-saving team of Trauma.  This heart-pounding medical drama is the first series of its kind to focus in on the fast-paced world of first responder paramedics. Catch the high-octane series premiere Monday, September 28 (s/NBC) at 9:00PM ET/PT (8:00PM CT, 10:00PM MT) on Citytv.

“Trauma is a unique medical drama series that offers Citytv viewers blockbuster special effects and stunts, compelling story lines and a healthy dose of action”, commented Malcolm Dunlop, EVP Programming, Rogers Media Television. “Viewers can expect an adrenaline-fueled ride each week as the series focuses more on the accident than on the medical mystery”.

Trauma gives audiences an intimate look at one of the most intense medical professions– first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General are first on the scene.  Travelling by land, sea or air, these modern day heroes brave the most extreme conditions to save lives.

Follow dare devil flight medic Reuben “Rabbit” Palchuk (Cliff Curtis), Cameron Boone a stoic paramedic (Derek Luke), strong willed paramedic Nancy Carnahan (Anastasia Griffith), tough rookie helicopter pilot Marisa Benez (Aimee Garcia), edgy EMT Tyler Briggs (Kevin Rankin), rookie EMT Glenn Morris (Taylor Kinney), and mentor Dr. Joe Savino (Jamey Sheridan) in their complicated work lives and often more complicated personal lives.

Trauma is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights), Peter Noah (The West Wing) and series creator Dario Scardapane serve as executive producers.

Watch Trauma at 9:00PM ET/PT (8:00PMCT, 10:00PM MT) premiering Monday, September 28 on Citytv.