September 2009

Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Before Madonna’s third greatest hits album Celebration hits shelves and online this week, Star! offers viewers and fans alike an inside look into the ‘Material Girl’s’ life with her documentary I’m Going to Tell You a Secret. Considered the follow-up to 1991’s Truth or Dare, the film follows the pop-singer on her successful Re-Invention World Tour, chronicling rehearsals, opening night, and continuing all the way through the final show and her visit to Israel.

There have been mixed reviews about this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the season 6 premiere of the popular series, and a lot of speculation about the decisions that were made regarding the role of each character during the show. On the Grey’s Anatomy writer’s blog, the writer who penned the season 6 premiere gives her take!

George: I think the reason I don’t want to spend any time writing about these episodes is not just that I’m lazy but that it makes me sad. Watching them made me sad, writing them made me sad and now writing about them will make me sad because, as Cristina finally acknowledges 40 days after the event, “George O’Malley died.” It’s heartbreaking.

I fell in love with George, like many of you did, Season One.

The first episode of Grey’s Anatomy that I got to write was the one where George is kind to Annie, the lady with the 60 lb tumor. In an attempt to comfort her about her procrastination in seeing a doctor, George talks to her about his love for Meredith and how he has yet to confess it.

And Annie says something like, “Seriously? You’re equating your love life with my record-breaking tumor?? Seriously??” I loved George O’Malley because he was doing that; because his love for Meredith was as big as that tumor; because, like Izzie, George led with his heart.

The funeral scene: I have to admit that this is one of my very favorite scenes ever … they came together fresh-faced kids and now one of them has cancer and one of them is dead and damn, life is freakin’ like that, y’know? Growing up is crazy hard.

Friends get sick and friends die and marriages begin and end. It’s so complicated and so beautiful and so painful and the best any of us can hope for, I think, is to have friends who will stick by us and laugh with us and cry with us and just be with us through it all.

Callie: Sara was so beautiful in every frame of these episodes. She always drops my jaw – but when she’s wailing to Mark, “… and Arizona keeps bringing me doooooooonuts,” I just loved her even more. And as for Callie, here’s the big question:

If faced with having to decide what to do with your brain-dead ex-husband’s organs, would you rise above and turn to his ex-mistress for help?

Derek and the Chief: This is a thing that won’t be going away any time soon. Derek was pretty freakin’ noble. So noble! Cause you KNOW how much he wants that job. It was a promise of the Chiefdom that brought him to Seattle from NYC to begin with. Okay, that and his love for ferry boats. Oh, and the Mark/Addison messiness but y’know, mostly, it was becoming Chief.

And right here, the job was his for the taking. And out of loyalty and friendship, he went to the Chief and warned him. So what is up with the Chief that in response, he completely shut Derek out? Pride. He’s all proud and hurt and threatened. Really, really threatened.

And people are flawed. Even the Chief, whom I adore, is deeply flawed.

Saturday, September 26 – 11:30pm ET/PT on Global

Sex symbol Megan Fox hosts the 35th Season Premiere, with musical guest U2.

Break out the jalapeno poppers and veggie sticks as The Comedy Network brings the comedy club experience into the home,  with YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF.  On Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, eight international comedians go head-to-head in a full-fledged battle of the wits for a shot at fame and $25,000 bucks. As an ongoing commitment to bring viewers Canada’s funniest talents, at this very moment, The Comedy Network is having serious talks about funny things with GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF winner Mark Little and his sketch group Picnicface.

Hosted by YUK YUK’s founder Mark Breslin, 2009’s YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF showcases the finalists’ 10-minute sets, and features highlights of “on the road to getting there.” The laughs come courtesy of Chuck Byrn, Graham Chittenden, Mark Forward, Mark Little, Cedric Newman, John Ki, Trixx and Ryan Garrett. Their material is so hot the only folks sweating more than the comedians, are the four judges – including The Comedy Network’s very own Director of Content, Michelle Daly.  Joining her are Just For Laughs Festival CEO Bruce Hills, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Talent Coordinator Ashley Olivia and Celia Joseph, Comedy Booker for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Evaluated on material, delivery, timing, stage presence, and audience response, Mark Little wins big bucks and bragging rights with his hilariously neurotic take on life proving that geek is chic.

Four-time comedy award-winner Mark Little is no stranger to the stage, the camera, or the script. Besides taking gold at YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF, Little claimed the top spot at Toronto’s Just For Laughs 2009 Homegrown Comics Competition presented by The Comedy Network. In his home town, he was crowned Halifax’s Best Comedian in 2007 and 2008. As a writer, he’s worked on THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, and writes and performs on the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated sketch group Picnicface.

Viewers can check out an encore presentation and behind-the-scenes footage of YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF on demand at thecomedynetwork.ca.

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

MuchMusic is proud to be the official broadcaster – televised and digital – of one of the most coveted prizes in Canadian music, the POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ’09. For the first time, all 10 shortlisted nominees perform in front the live crowd at The Concert Hall at CTV’s historic Masonic Temple. Honouring artistry, creativity, and musicianship, the POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ’09 airs Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on MuchMusic. The show is also streamed live and uninterrupted on muchmusic.com, Monday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

Encore presentations air on Friday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV2 and Monday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo!

Hosted by Much VJ Sarah Taylor and Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3, the POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ’09 is chock full of music and live performances from beginning to end. Performers are Elliott BROOD, F***ed Up, Great Lake Swimmers, Hey Rosetta!, K’NAAN, Malajube, Metric, Joel Plaskett, Chad VanGaalen, and Patrick Watson. One of these talented Canadian musicians will win $20,000.

Before they rock The Concert Hall in front of a packed crowd, each act is introduced by an industry member with a tie to the artist. Presenters include MuchMore Host Matt Wells, MTV NEWS reporter Johnny Hockin, radio personality Alan Cross, author Rob Bowman, radio host Jian Ghomeshi, and more.

Hit up muchmusic.com for everything Polaris including full album streams, videos from nominated artists, music and ringtones from all nominees.

The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates, and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Judged by a group of music critics, the panel looks for the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history. Previous winners are Caribou for Andorra (2008), Patrick Watson for Close To Paradise (2007), and Final Fantasy for He Poos Clouds (2006).

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8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT – Saturday, September 26 on Space

A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. Stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel.

7:00pm – Saturday, September 26 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In the film The Perfect Husband, Laci Peterson, a pregnant mother to-be disappears on Christmas eve. Her husband, Scott Peterson (Dean Cain, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), and her whole family searches for Laci. Months go on and on and the media and public start to think that Scott murdered his wife. The Rocha family support Scott, and defend him, until Scott’s mistress Amber Frey (Tracy Middendorf, Just Add Water) holds a press conference admitting that she was having an affair with Scott, while he was married. This makes the Rocha family start to doubt Scott’s innocence. Laci’s mother, Sharon Rocha (Dee Wallace, SON’S AND DAUGHTERS) always believed Scott to be a perfect husband, but now she doubt’s that.

irresistible human stories and science fiction … a philosophic review of a compelling debut

 

In-depth audio interview with FlashForward author Robert J. Sawyer (no spoilers – just lots of great background information)

 

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Friday, September 25 on Comedy Network

Schaal explains that she got her start in comedy by doing forensics in high school.