September 2009

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT beginning September 2

Twenty miles off the coast of eastern Africa, four modern-day explorers are sailing toward the deep interior of Tanzania. They’ll travel over 900 miles through African terrain that is as stunning as it is fraught with danger. Using only a compass and basic maps, they will attempt to recapture the spirit of one of the worlds most remarkable adventures—journalist Henry Morton Stanley’s perilous 1871 journey to find Dr. David Livingstone. Their historic exploration has been captured by one of the premiere storytellers of our time, Mark Burnett. This is not a competition or a game; it’s a real-life adventure.

Airing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Newsworld

In Jellyfish Invasion Australian jellyfish expert Jamie Seymour introduces viewers to the Irukandji jellyfish. This incredible animal is a translucent penny-sized creature that packs a deadly punch and is being spotted in swarms worldwide. In Japan, these giant jellyfish, known as Normuras, are not only growing in numbers, but wreaking havoc on the country’s fishing industry.

Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning September 2

The Ice Road Truckers return for a second high-tension season. The adventure takes off in Inuvik, 100 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Freak blizzards, polar bears, -50° C temperatures and isolation is no match for the danger of the new ice roads, built miles out into the turbulent Arctic Ocean. Even slight miscalculations in speed can force the frigid water to crash up through the ice with catastrophic consequences as the truckers haul vital equipment and supplies to gas exploration sites.

From a media release – Sept 2, 2009:

FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada Premieres September 5 on Citytv

Strap on your stilettos and strut your stuff to the nearest television set to catch the premiere of the exciting four part series as Maybelline New York presents FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada, only on Citytv, premiering Saturday, September 5 at 8 PM.

Citytv is your all access pass as FORD Models, the world’s most prestigious fashion talent agency, sends its top scouts across the country in search of the next fresh face who will represent Canada in the global final of FORD Models Supermodel of the World competition. Co-hosted by Citytv on-air personality, Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television – pictured), and editor, Laura Lanktree, the search kicked off in Toronto making stops in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, meeting thousands of hopefuls. From the tears to the triumphs, find out which of the 12 contestants stood out among the rest.

Episode 2 (September 12) finds the Top 12 descending upon Toronto. There, they meet industry experts from Maybelline New York, Redken and Diesel, who coach them in the areas of make-up, hair, and wardrobe. The episode concludes with an exotic photo shoot in the middle of a downtown hotel lobby. At the end of the episode, eight of the young hopefuls advance to the next round and for four of the young contestants their journey comes to an end.

Episode 3 (September 19) finds the Amazing Eight back in Toronto where they are put through their paces with fitness and nutrition experts and learning to walk like Supermodels on the catwalk. Their photo assignment is a salute to the 30 years of FLARE magazine. At the end of this episode, only 6 contestants will be moving forward to our LIVE finale at Citytv’s new state-of-the-art production facility in the heart of downtown and one hopeful will be named FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada.

Visit for photos from the auditions, bios, fashion articles, videos, and behind the scenes photos the contestants have taken themselves. Plus – read Laura Lanktree’s blog about the nationwide search and vote for your favourite contestant to win the “Fan Favourite Award.”

Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV

– Longinus Fernandes, choreographer of the Academy Award®-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, choreographs for the first time on a SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE stage –

Longinus Fernandes, the world-renowned choreographer best known for his work on the Academy Award®-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, brings Bollywood to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times). This marks the first time Fernandes has choreographed for a SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE franchise, giving Canada the opportunity to highlight Bollywood with the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 18. The competitors will open tomorrow night’s Results episode with the group number, before one guy and one girl are eliminated from the competition.

Mumbai-based choreographer Fernandes has been performing and choreographing for over 15 years. Fernandes recently received the prestigious 2009 Filmfare Best Choreography Award for Best Film Choreographer (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane). The Filmfare ceremony is one of the oldest and most prominent film events given for Hindi films in India and has been referred to as Bollywood’s equivalent of the Oscar®. Fernandes also received the 2009 Astaire Award for Slumdog Millionaire. No stranger to dance competition series, Fernandes gained widespread popularity when he was named the runner-up on Jhalak Didhhla Jaa, the Indian version of Dancing with the Stars. Prior to his work on Slumdog Millionaire, Fernandes choreographed dance routines for numerous Bollywood films including Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008), Mera Dil Leke Dekho (2006), Corporate (2006), Page 3 (2005) and Sajna Ve Sajna (2005).

“I’m unbelievably honoured to be part of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA and have the opportunity to feature Bollywood,” said Fernandes. “I’ve been given such talented dancers to work with, and I’m glad this show pushes dancers to learn new types of dance – especially international styles.”

CTV announced today a deal with Rogers Cable Communications Inc. that will allow viewers to never miss an episode of Canada’s most powerful television lineup. The strategic retention strategy will see 17 hit CTV programs become available on a new, CTV-branded channel on Rogers On Demand. Beginning today, the CTV content will be available to consumers following their original television broadcast on Rogers Channel 100.

It’s the first time that Rogers on Demand has featured CTV’s primetime, network programming. The deal provides an opportunity for CTV viewers to catch up on last week’s missed episode, before next week’s new episode airs on CTV or /A\. The service launches today on Rogers with last night’s episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA.

CTV’s Rogers on Demand channel is a strategically programmed mix featuring Canada’s #1 drama series (GREY’S ANATOMY), #1 reality program (THE AMAZING RACE), #1 new program of the year (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA), #1 new drama (THE MENTALIST) and #1 Canadian scripted series (FLASHPOINT), all among a long list of Top 20 hits. The service also features this fall’s most-talked about new series, including THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, DR. OZ and THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE, as well as late-night’s #1 comedy power hour, THE DAILY SHOW and THE COLBERT REPORT.

“This catch-up initiative is clearly focused on allowing our viewers to stay up to speed with their favourite programs,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Program Scheduling, CTV Networks. “Almost all of the programs we’ve targeted for the service are serialized, which are often challenging to keep up with in today’s busy world.”

“We want our customers to enjoy a personal TV experience that allows them to catch-up on their favourite CTV programs, whenever they want. On Demand is a service unique to Rogers whereby our Digital Cable customers can enjoy anytime of the day,” said David Purdy, Vice President, Video Product Management, Rogers Cable. “We are thrilled to add CTV’s primetime line up to Rogers On Demand bringing our customers more choice and even more titles, with a library that now includes over 4,500 hours of programming.”

CTV on Rogers on Demand Complete Lineup:


THE AMAZING RACE (Season 15 – Bruckheimer Films, in association with ABC Studios and CBS Productions)                                                
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (Cycles 13 & 14 – CBS Television Studios; 10 x 10 Entertainment; Bankable Productions)                  
THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (Season 1 – CBS Television Studios; Warner Bros. Television; Katalyst Films)
CRIMINAL MINDS (Season 5 – ABC Studios)                                                                       
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Season 6 – ABC Studios)                                                   
FLASHPOINT (Season 2 – Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television Inc.)                                                                                 
FRINGE (Season 2 – Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television)
GREY’S ANATOMY (Season 6 – ABC Studios)                                                                     
GOSSIP GIRL (Season 3 – College Hill Pictures and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.)      
LOST (Season 6 – ABC Studios)                                                                                                          
THE MENTALIST (Season 2 – Warner Bros. Television)                                                                     
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Performance (Season 2 – Danse TV Productions in association with CTV, 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions)           
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Results (Season 2 – Danse TV Productions in association with CTV, 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions)    
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Performance (Cycle 6 – 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions)                        
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Results  (Cycle 6 – 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions)                
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season 1 – Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios)                                                                   


THE DR. OZ SHOW (Season 1 – Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television)                                                                  

Late Night

THE COLBERT REPORT (Seasons 5 & 6 – Mad Cow Productions, Comedy Central Productions, Spartina Productions)                                                      
THE DAILY SHOW  (Seasons 14 & 15 – Busboy Productions Inc. & Comedy Central Productions)


Production has commenced on THE RON JAMES SHOW, premiering Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. E.T. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television. The show will shoot in front of a live studio audience, from Sept. through Dec. 2009, at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.

For free tickets, fans can e-mail, and include the following information: first and last name, phone number, e-mail address, number of tickets requested, and first and second choice of show date and time.

*Show dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 11 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 30 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

*More shows will be added to the schedule in Dec.

THE RON JAMES SHOW showcases the talents of renowned and much-beloved comedian Ron James, and his poetically-charged observations about surviving life in the modern world.  Anchored by James’ hilarious and razor-sharp standup comedy, the show will also feature an eclectic mix of in-studio sketches, field sketches, and a weekly instalment of L’il Ronnie, an animated look at James’ early childhood in Cape Breton. All of these segments will allow James to shine a humorous light on the frustrations and challenges everyday people face, in “their daily march through life’s bright fury.”

Airing Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC NEWS: THE LENS on CBC Newsworld

Saving Luna tells the true story of Luna, a baby killer whale who was separated from his family in 2001 and went looking for companions. The film follows Luna’s quest for “friends” that produced an intense debate between government officials, scientists, environmentalists and local natives, who all believed they knew what was in this beautiful mammal’s best interest.


Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning September 1

Cities of the Underworld explores the streets of the world’s most famous cities to uncover secrets hundreds of feet beneath the pavement. This season ventures into combat tunnels, mafia escape routes, underground vaults, secret surveillance nerve centres, and forgotten underworlds that have been lost to the hands of time.

CTV’s Business News Network- BNN turns 10 years old today, and in celebration BNN is presenting special anniversary programming looking back over the past 10 years.  Starting today, Tuesday, September 1, 2009, BNN presents special vignettes within regular programming that highlight the milestones in BNN’s broadcast history as well as the stories that have captivated the business community since 1999. Today, BNN is stronger than ever, reaching 5.8 million subscribers* with an average audience of 1.2 million viewers tuning in each week**., recently awarded RTNDA’s Best Use of New Media, will also follow the retrospective look back at a decade of business broadcasting.

Since ROBTv (renamed BNN in 2008) launched on September 1, 1999, it has been the go-to destination for business stories that matter to Canadians. BNN’s team of 120 staff works tirelessly to bring viewers 25 live business interviews daily, and to date have conducted more than 60,000 live interviews.

“Over the past decade, BNN has enjoyed steady growth and has been embraced by the Canadian business community” said Jack Fleischmann, General Manager, BNN. “BNN’s team is responsible for making the channel what it is today and we will rely on their talent and dedication to continue to bring Canadians the business stories that matter in the next ten years.”

On Wednesday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET, BNN presents BNN FLASHBACK, a special 30-minute, 10th anniversary program. BNN FLASHBACK features a countdown of the stories that have shaped Canadian business this decade. BNN has covered a range of top business stories from Y2K hysteria in 1999 to the Canada/U.S softwood lumber dispute of 2002 to the Conrad Black trial of 2007. In September, 2008, the story of Canada’s recession resulted in a 291% spike in ratings for BNN***, a story that will challenge the others for the top spot in the countdown of the Top 10 headlines that helped shape business new from 1999-2009. The Top 10 stories will be revealed during BNN FLASHBACK by a distinguished panel of Canadian business experts who weigh in on why the stories have mattered to Canadians:

David Beatty — Conway Director, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness and Professor of Strategic Management
Clive Beddoe – Former CEO, WestJet
Tom Caldwell – Chairman, Caldwell Securities
Jack Mintz – Former President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute, Prof. University of Calgary
Jimmy Pattison – Chairman, CEO, The Jimmy Pattison Group
John Risley – Chairman, Clearwater Seafoods
Catherine Swift – Chairwoman, President and CEO, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Today, BNN announces their 10th year of business news programming and unveils BNN’s Fall Schedule 2009, premiering Tuesday September 8, 2009. BNN is back with the popular programs and personalities viewers have come to expect from the business broadcast leader. Notable changes are Andrew Bell, who becomes the new face of COMMODITIES REPORT and the host a new half hour called AFTER HOURS; Howard Green, who helms extended and more prominent versions of HEADLINE along side new co-host Andrea Mandel-Campbell and MARKET CALL; Michael Hainsworth, who picks up hosting duties for THE CLOSE and MARKET CALL TONIGHT; Kim Parlee, who moves over from THE CLOSE to host SQUEEZEPLAY; and Mark Bunting, who takes over the reigns of BNN’s popular show THE BUSINESS NEWS (all programming subject to change).

BNN’s Fall Schedule 2009

* Indicates program change
** Indicates host change

BLOOMBERG TV 6 – 8 a.m. ET
THE STREET w/ Michael Kane 8 – 9 a.m. ET
MARKET MORNING w/ Frances Horodelski and Marty Cej 9 – 10:30 a.m. ET
MARKET MORNING w/Pat Bolland 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET
BERMAN’S CALL w/ Larry Berman (Monday) 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
COMMODITIES w/ **Andrew Bell (Tuesday – Friday) 1:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. ET
*HEADLINE w/ Howard Green and **Andrea Mandel-Campbell 12 – 1 p.m. ET
MARKET CALL w/ **Howard Green 1 – 1:30 p.m. ET
TRADING DAY w/ Frances Horodelski and Marty Cej 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
TRADING DAY w/ Pat Bolland 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET
THE CLOSE w/ **Michael Hainsworth 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
*AFTER HOURS w/ Andrew Bell 4:30 – 5 p.m. ET
SQUEEZEPLAY w/ **Kim Parlee 5 – 6 p.m. ET
THE BUSINESS NEWS w/ **Mark Bunting 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET
HEADLINE w Howard Green and **Andrea Mandel-Campbell (Repeat) 6:30 – 7 p.m. ET
MARKET CALL TONIGHT w/ **Michael Hainsworth 7 – 8 p.m. ET

* Source: CTV Affiliate Relations Internal Subscriber Report
** Source: BBM/NMR, September 1, 2008 – August 23, 2009
*** Source: Average Minute Audience A25-54 Mon – Fri 8a – 8p, BBM Nielsen Media Research