September 2009

It was just announced that something that has been expected for a number of seasons, since Katherine Heigl has been open about bashing the show to the media, that Izzie Steven’s will be leaving Seattle Grace. It’s not said to be a permanent move – apparently the actress will just be absent for 5 episodes of the upcoming season while she films a movie.

Now that her character Izzie Steven’s has just made a miraculous recovery from cancer, how will producers explain her absence? Apparently, we can expect a huge merger between Seattle Grace and the hospital’s main compeition, Mercy West and Izzie gets lost in the shuffle, actually finding herself laid off. According to sources, this is also how the show will explain Ellen Pompeo’s absence from a few episodes after she gives birth this fall as well.

Insiders promise that after Katherine Heigl’s 5 episode hiatus, she will be returning to the set to finish out the season; but will she, or are they just avoiding telling us that another fav will be departing for good?

Last night over one million Canadians tuned into Global to experience an encore presentation of the Glee pilot, fall’s hottest new show. The series that made its premiere earlier this year in the US is clearly captivating audiences with its unique brand of biting humour. Deemed “the best thing you’re going to see on television all year”, by the Los Angeles Times, Glee strikes up that rare and unbeatable balance of pure entertainment.

The newfound ‘gleeks’ fuelled the strong broadcast performance, allowing the series to solidly win its timeslot nationally and in all metered markets, in the key Adults 18-49 demo. The results only continue to build the fan anticipation in advance of the series premiere next Wednesday, September 9 – 9pm ET/PT.

Viewers who missed the network broadcast or want to revisit the pilot can log onto www.GlobalTV.com to stream the episode in its entirety.

ATTENTION ‘GLEEKS’: TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SERIES PREMIERE:

GLEE Episode #2 Synopsis: ‘Showmance’

Wednesday, September 9 – 9:00pm ET/PT

The Glee Club performs in front of the school for the first time and pushes their performance to the limits. When Quinn realizes Rachel’s feelings for Finn, she goes to great lengths to keep her man. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester’s wife reveals some surprising news, forcing Will to figure out a new way to make ends meet.

Thursdays at 10 pm ET/PT beginning September 3

Life After People: The Series begins in the moments after people disappear. As each day, month, and year passes, the fate of a particular environment, city or theme is disclosed. Special effects, combined with interviews from top experts in the fields of engineering, botany, biology, geology, and archeology provide an unforgettable visual journey through this hypothetical state of the Earth. As modern cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington are ravaged by nature, this series exposes the surprising insights about how they function today.

Thursdays at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT (Part of the Top Gear Strip, Weeknights at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT)

Can’t get enough of Jeremy Clarkson? Viewer-favourite series Top Gear will now air every weeknight at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, with all-new episodes from season 13 airing Thursdays.

Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning September 3

Underworld Histories reveals the key moments in the crime stories of four great cities including: the destruction of the Lucchese Family in New York by its own bosses; the drug wars fought by rival cartels over the worlds most lucrative drug smuggling route in Tijuana; the rise and fall of a new American mafia made up of Brooklyn-based criminal émigrés from Russia and the war waged by Hong Kong Triads and Chinese-American gangs for control of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

September 3 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), DOC ZONE

The second hour of This Beat Goes On keeps the Canadian hit parade rocking, set to the tune of classics like Burton Cummings’ “Stand Tall” and Loverboy’s “Turn me Loose”.  The program documents Canadian music’s international breakthrough in the latter half of the ’70s.  Solo artists like Joni Mitchell and progressive rockers such as Rush still rule but it is also a time for punk and new wave artists to push their way into the spotlight. Music sounds from around the world, including Celtic and reggae beats work their way into the Canadian mainstream. With guaranteed airtime at home, the Canadian rock revolution impacts audiences, both here and abroad.

Thursdays at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT beginning September 3

There’s a lot to be said for being in the right place at the right time – Supermodel Kate Moss was discovered in an airport, and Claudia Schiffer got her big break while dancing at a nightclub. This new reality series follows two of the U.K.’s top model scouts, Becky Southwick and Jody Furlong, as they hit the streets to find new talent. They are on the hunt for ordinary people with extraordinary potential to model in advertising campaigns for some of the country’s top brands. In each episode, the scouts meet a new client and are given one month to find the right person for their big campaign. Once found, the contenders are plucked from obscurity to go on an emotional journey and the transformation of a lifetime. Each show culminates in a dramatic reveal as the client decides which of the finalists will become the face of their campaign.

Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT beginning September 3

Cranes, helicopters, trains, cars and machines are all perceived as testaments to our modern intelligence and ingenuity. But new findings suggest otherwise. Perhaps all these inventions, and many more, were conceived thousands of years ago in places like ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Far East. Ancient Discoveries goes back in time to see how our ancestors’ grandest ideas mirror those of modern society. 

It was announced tonight that MELANIE B. and ANTHONY would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage, after more than one million votes were cast. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast after host Leah Miller revealed the three couples with the lowest number of votes, and the competitors danced for their lives. Sixteen dancers are now in the running for the chance to be crowned Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Last night’s Top 18 Performance show averaged 1.43 million viewers, a season high for the program.

The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were CORYNNE Barron, 18, Edmonton, AB, and ANTHONY Grafton, 24, Calgary, AB who danced a passionate Paso Doblé routine; JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, Toronto, ON, and NICOLAS Bégin, 24, Quebec City, QC who danced a bumpin’ hip-hop routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, ON, and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, Mississauga, ON, who performed a flowing Smooth Waltz. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that MELANIE B., a Latin Ballroom dancer and ANTHONY, a Ballroom dancer, would be the next dancers to be eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 18 opened the show with a Bollywood group number choreographed by Longinus Fernandes, the choreographer behind the Academy Award®-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Tonight’s Canadian performance marks the first time that Fernandes has choreographed for any SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show in the world. Dressed in white and silver with bright colour accents and silver rhinestone jewelry, the Top 18 opened the number with a carrousel of bright coloured scarves and continued with fast but flowing movements across the stage.

Performing in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong as well as guest judges Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams for the third Performance episode of the season on Tuesday, September 8 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
AUSTIN  Di Iulio, 20, 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, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill           
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 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

Next week, the Top 16 will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey and Pierre Allaire, as well as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer. Choreographers Flii Stylz and Gustavo Vargas make their first appearance this season. The Performance show will also feature choreography by judges Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.

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).

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.

Last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance Canada was a pretty exciting one, but unfortunately, despite the amazing Bollywood Dance number more than one someone still had to go home!

From a media release – September 3, 2009:

MELANIE Buttarazzi and ANTHONY Grafton are Eliminated From So You Think You Can Dance Canada Leaving 16 in the Running for Canada’s Favourite Dancer

  • Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams join the panel as Guest Judges, Sept. 8 and 9

It was announced tonight that MELANIE and ANTHONY would be leaving the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage, after more than one million votes were cast. The results were revealed live during tonight’s broadcast after host Leah Miller revealed the three couples with the lowest number of votes, and the competitors danced for their lives. Sixteen dancers are now in the running for the chance to be crowned Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Last night’s Top 18 Performance show averaged 1.43 million viewers*, a season high for the program.

The bottom three couples who performed their solos for the country this week were CORYNNE Barron, 18, Edmonton, AB, and ANTHONY Grafton, 24, Calgary, AB who danced a passionate Paso Doblé routine; JENNA LYNN Higgins, 18, Toronto, ON, and NICOLAS Bégin, 24, Quebec City, QC who danced a bumpin’ hip-hop routine; and MELANIE Buttarazzi, 22, Woodbridge, ON, and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, Mississauga, ON, who performed a flowing Smooth Waltz. Following the reveal, each dancer had the opportunity to dance for their lives before the judges deliberated and decided that MELANIE, a Latin Ballroom dancer and ANTHONY, a Ballroom dancer, would be the next dancers to be eliminated from the competition.

Before the results were revealed, the Top 18 opened the show with a Bollywood group number choreographed by Longinus Fernandes, the choreographer behind the Academy Award®-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Tonight’s Canadian performance marks the first time that Fernandes has choreographed for any SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show in the world. Dressed in white and silver with bright colour accents and silver rhinestone jewelry, the Top 18 opened the number with a carrousel of bright coloured scarves and continued with fast but flowing movements across the stage.

Performing in front of judges Jean Marc Genereux and Tré Armstrong as well as guest judges Sean Cheesman and Melissa Williams for the third Performance episode of the season on Tuesday, September 8 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
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, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Richmond Hill
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 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

Next week, the Top 16 will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey and Pierre Allaire, as well as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer. Choreographers Flii Stylz and Gustavo Vargas make their first appearance this season. The Performance show will also feature choreography by judges Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.

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).

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.