September 2009

Friday, September 25 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

A documentary about new mother and award-winning filmmaker Min-Sook Lee’s search for safe, sane and affordable ways to raise her daughter Song Ji in a world that seems increasingly embedded with toxic threats.

Premieres on CBC-TV, Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Production has commenced on THE RON JAMES SHOW, scheduled to premiere in the coveted timeslot of 8 p.m., beginning Friday, Sept. 25, on CBC Television.

THE RON JAMES SHOW will shoot in front of a live studio audience at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, in Toronto, beginning Sept. 10 and 11; information on how to become part of the live studio audience will be announced soon. The series (10 x 30 min.) will culminate with a one-hour special on New Year’s Eve, a slot that has become a solid tradition as well as a critical and ratings success year after year for Ron James.

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.’

For the last 10 years, James’ live comedy shows have consistently sold out theatres from coast to coast, garnering unanimous critical acclaim for his uniquely Canadian style. He has been called “the funniest man in Canada” by the Victoria Times-Colonist and “devastatingly funny and clever” by The Globe and Mail. According to James, “the series will try to make sense of the rapidly spinning planet that we all share.”

It’s Must-CTV Thursday again as an astounding 3.28 million Canadians tuned-in to GREY’S ANATOMY last night, making it the #1 program of the day. The much-anticipated two-hour premiere won the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. timeslots in all demos, not only nationally but in the key markets of Toronto and Vancouver.

With 2.5 million viewers, the premiere of CSI saw an increase of 49% over last season’s finale broadcast*, finishing #2 in the 8 p.m. timeslot and threatening to push past SURVIVOR. In Calgary, it was the #1 program of the day with total viewers and adults (18-49 and 25-54).

Additional CTV and /A\ Ratings HIGHLIGHTS (September 24, 2009)

– GREY’S ANATOMY premiere surged to series high, with 3.28 million total viewers tuning in last night. Crushing the competition, the premiere was 38% higher than last year’s season debut*. 
– THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, airing out of simulcast last night at 7 p.m. on CTV, retained a healthy 95% of last week’s simulcast audience with A18-34.  
– In the 9 p.m. timeslot, 877,000 total viewers tuned in to FRINGE on /A\, ranking #2 behind GREY’S ANATOMY and ahead of THE OFFICE on Global (762,000).
– On /A\, the season’s most anticipated new series, FLASHFORWARD, established itself in all key markets, delivering 725,000 viewers for its debut broadcast. 

Premiere week continues on CTV tonight with GHOST WHISPERER at 8 p.m. ET, MEDIUM at 9 p.m. ET and FLASHPOINT at 10 p.m. ET. Also tonight is the season premiere of LAW & ORDER at 8 p.m. ET on /A\.

It’s a jungle out there! Last night, Survivor continued to prove that it is a force to be reckoned with. Over 2.8 million fans tuned in to Global for the high stakes reality series Survivor: Samoa, winning its timeslot nationally and in the two major markets Toronto and Vancouver (2+ and in the key Adults 18-49 demographic).

SURVIVOR: SAMOA (8pm) DATA HIGHLIGHTS (A18-49):

· Won its timeslot nationally, and in Toronto and Vancouver
· 6% audience increase in Toronto
· Topped CTV’s CSI by 14% national 2+ and 44% in the key A18-49 demo
· Topped A Channel’s FlashForward by 286% national 2+ and 413% in the key A18-49 demo

These results are a strong indication that fans love this new season, no doubt in large part to contestant Russell Hantz, the biggest Survivor villain ever!

Fans can catch all new episodes Thursdays – 8pm ET/PT on Global, or log onto GlobalTV.com at anytime.

Citytv is issuing a design challenge to Canadian families from coast-to-coast. With the addition of the popular Extreme Makeover: Home Edition program to its new fall line-up, Citytv is launching an online contest to encourage Canadian families to spend time together by building a smaller-scale version of their own Extreme Dream Home.  Photos of the constructed designs can be uploaded to Citytv’s website at www.Citytv.com starting today until October 29th, 2009.  One lucky entrant will win a Gourmet Inclusive one week family trip for four to Azul Beach Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico courtesy of itravel2000.

Canadians must flex their creative muscles to design and build their Extreme Dream Home entries using whatever materials they choose (popsicle sticks, building blocks, cardboard, pop cans etc) .Top Canadian designers, Ramsin Khachi and Janette Ewen from CityLine, along with Samantha Sannella from Design Exchange helped kick-off the contest by creating their very own Extreme Dream Homes which will be on display at Citytv Toronto’s new home located at 33 Dundas Street starting Monday, September 28, 2009.   All three design experts will judge the top ten entries as selected by Citytv and the winning entry will be announced on www.Citytv.com on November 12, 2009.

“In the same spirit of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, this contest creates a sense of community”, says Koreen Ott, Director of Marketing and PR for Citytv.  “Not only does it encourage families to come together to build their own Extreme Dream Home, this contest reaches out to Canadians on a national scale to come together to share their photos and stories of inspiration with one another.”

Photo submissions along with a brief description of the design and its inspiration can be entered on the Citytv Extreme Dream Home Build contest page at www.Citytv.com.   The winner will enjoy a luxurious one week Gourmet Inclusive family trip for four to Azul Beach Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico courtesy of itravel2000.  A full list of contest rules and regulations are available at www.Citytv.com.

Tune in to Citytv and watch the two hour season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday, September 27th at 7:00PM ET/PT (6PM CT, 8PM MT).  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition moves to its regular time slot starting Sunday, October 4 at 8PM ET/PT (7PM CT, 9PM MT).  In the premiere episode, the team led by Ty Pennington, travels to South Range, Wis., to build a new home for a decorated firefighter and his wife; actress Patricia Heaton volunteers to help.

For more information about the Extreme Dream Home Build contest and to find out more about the new Citytv fall program line-up and local airtimes, visit www.citytv.com.

Thursday, September 24 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Annie is humiliated that the entire school received her sext message and is on a mission to reveal Naomi as the sender of the revealing photo. Dixon meets his dream girl, Sasha (guest star Mekia Cox, Bones) and sparks immediately begin to fly, though he fails to reveal his true age. Silver continues to get over Dixon while Adrianna and Navid deal with Teddy’s (guest star Trevor Donovan, Days of Our Lives) presence in their life. The gang joins Teddy on his father’s yacht for an afternoon of ocean-filled drama.

Thursday, September 24 – 9:30pm ET/PT on Global

The veteran late-night show Saturday Night Live expands its “Weekend Update” segment in this special series. Amy Poehler guest stars.

9:00pm – Thursday, September 24 on /A

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

A highway construction worker in rural Pennsylvania goes missing when he is mysteriously drawn into an underground tunnel filled with human remains. Meanwhile, back in the lab, Walter (John Noble) is attempting to simulate travel between realities on frogs. When it’s discovered that the disappearance in Pennsylvania is not an isolated incident, the Fringe team travels to the crime scene to unearth evidence.

9:00pm – Thursday, September 24 on CTV

In the first hour, the hospital staff is left to deal with the aftermath of George’s (T.R. Knight) passing. Hitting the staff hard, they all find unique ways to get through the various stages of grief. George’s (Debra Monk, DAMAGES) mom returns, faced with the difficult task of deciding what to do with his organs. In the second hour, time has passed and everyone is struggling after losing one of their own and turning to any distraction they can find. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) seem to be consummating their marriage anywhere and everywhere, while Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) have been instructed to abstain from sex by Dr. Wyatt (Amy Madigan).

Thursday, September 24 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

A request by Jim leaves Michael feeling insecure and defensive. Meanwhile, Pam deals with the guest list for the wedding, and Dwight convinces Toby to investigate Darryl’s worker’s comp claim.