September 2009

8:00pm – Thursday, September 24 on /A

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

The series premiere episode begins in Los Angeles, where FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) and his partner, Demetri Noh (John Cho), are in the middle of a car chase monitored by their boss, Stanford Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance), and colleague Janis Hawk (Christine Woods). Mark’s wife, Dr. Olivia Benford (Sonya Walger), is in the middle of surgery, Dr. Bryce Varley (Zachary Knighton) is weighing a potentially life-ending decision, Mark’s friend, Aaron Stark (Brian O’Bryne), is working high above the ground on power lines and Nicole Kirby (Peyton List) — baby-sitter to Mark and Olivia’s daughter, Charlie (Lennon Wynn) — is in the throes of passion with her boyfriend. Suddenly, and without warning, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn’t seem to exist.

8:00pm – Thursday, September 24 on CTV

The CSI team, with the unexpected but welcome return of Sara (Jorja Fox), comes together to investigate the death of a famous young actress killed in a dubious traffic collision.

Thursday, September 24 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

After the first cast-away is voted off, the remaining Survivors endeavour to win the Reward and Immunity challenges. Another Survivor leaves the island after tribal council.

What would the world do if given a glimpse of the future? Would people accept what they saw and live life to its fullest, or would they do everything in their power to change their destiny? Inspired by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer’s award-winning 1999 novel, the thrilling new hour-long drama FLASHFORWARD airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET in simulcast with ABC, beginning September 24 on /A\ (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). In one of the most-anticipated new series this fall, an unexplained event knocks out the world’s population for two minutes and seventeen seconds and gives everyone a glimpse of their future, forcing them to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided. Sawyer, who has a cameo in the pilot, is serving as a consultant on the series and is also writing an upcoming episode.

Get a glimpse of the future with the FLASHFORWARD trailer, available now on demand on The CTV Video Player at Atv.ca. Encore episodes will also be available on demand the day following the broadcast beginning September 25.

Beginning during the US/Canadian Upfronts last spring and building through last Augusts’ Television Critics Association tour, anticipation for the series has been electric. Media have been unanimous in their acclaim: “ABC’s most intriguing new series…” said the Associated Press; “The fall’s best new show,” said The Buffalo News; “Among the most-awaited new fall TV series, and one that some are calling the next LOST,” said TVGuide.com; “FLASHFORWARD is, quite simply, the most eye-filling, heart-wrenching pilot episode of a new network drama series since LOST,” said Canwest; and FLASHFORWARD “has hit written all over it,” said The Globe and Mail.

In the series premiere episode, “No More Good Days” (Thursday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET on /A\), it’s just another normal day in Los Angeles. FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love) and his partner, Demetri Noh (John Cho, Star Trek) are in the midst of a car chase monitored by their boss, Stanford Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT) and colleague Janis Hawk (Christine Woods, COLD CASE); Mark’s wife, Dr. Olivia Benford (Sonya Walger, LOST), is in the middle of surgery; Dr. Bryce Varley (Zachary Knighton, BONES) is weighing a potentially life-ending decision; Mark’s friend, Aaron Stark (Brian F. O’Byrne, The International), is working high above the ground on power lines; and Nicole (Peyton List, MAD MEN) — baby-sitter to Mark and Olivia’s daughter, Charlie — is in the throes of passion with her boyfriend when suddenly and without warning, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time.

As the world attempts to come to grips with what happened, people eventually begin chronicling what they saw in their flashforwards on a worldwide website — the Mosaic Collective — that will further draw people together. And some of the flashforwards just might help Mark and his colleagues piece together the cause of the blackout. Knowing their fate will alter each person’s life in one way or another and poses the questions: Can destiny be changed? And by changing just one destiny, what effect would that have on those of others? For some the future will be joyous and hopeful, for others, shockingly unexpected, and for a few, it simply doesn’t seem to exist.

FLASHFORWARD also stars Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe (SWINGTOWN) and Dominic Monaghan as Simon (LOST).

The bicycle has come of age as a serious of mode of transportation– but at what cost?

Airing on DOC ZONE on September 24, at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), Pedal Power  explores how a city becomes defined as “bikeable” and how a humble 19th century invention is now challenging the automobile.  Light, portable, inexpensive, and non-polluting – and a great form of exercise – bikes also pose a problem: how do bikes and cars safely share the road?

This inquisitive documentary looks at the story of Igor Kenk, a Toronto man who is alleged to be the greatest bike thief in the world after his well-publicized bike bust in Toronto in the summer of 2008.  The documentary also considers what it would take for a city like Toronto to become truly bike-friendly like Amsterdam, Paris or even New York City.

7:00pm – Thursday, September 24 on CTV

Airing for the first time in its new 7 p.m. ET timeslot, Elena (Nina Dobrev) tries to ignore Bonnie’s (Katerina Graham) warnings about the disturbing vibes she got from Stefan (Paul Wesley). Mr. Tanner (guest star Canadian Benjamin Ayres, SMALLVILLE) reluctantly lets Stefan join the football team. Elena invites Stefan and Bonnie to dinner, hoping that the two will bond, but the evening is disrupted by the unexpected and unwelcome arrival of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Caroline (Candice Accola).

102% bigger than Global. 350% bigger than Citytv.** Wednesday night primetime just got real for the competition as the season premieres of CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NY joined CTV’s already surging AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA for a can’t miss monster Wednesday lineup on CTV.

CRIMINAL MINDS opened with its biggest Canadian audience ever** on CTV at 9 p.m. delivering 2.97 million viewers. Additionally, the season premiere of CSI: NY locked up 2.64 million viewers at 10 p.m. to complete a one-two punch for CTV. CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NY were the Top 2 programs nationally in total audience and the key 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

Additional CTV Ratings HIGHLIGHTS (September 23, 2009)

At 7:30 p.m. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA kicked off primetime winning its timeslot with 1.09 million viewers.
A new episode of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL was up 27% from last weeks’ audience with 1.35 million viewers. In addition, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL bested the premiere of BONES among teens and the 12-34 demo. 
The premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS was its highest audience ever**, up 11% from last season’s premiere
The CRIMINAL MINDS premiere won all key demos nationally against GLEE by 39% (A18-34), 81% (A18-49) and 109% (A25-54) including the young male and female demos
Crushing its competition in its timeslot, The CSI: NY premiere won all key demos nationally against MELROSE PLACE by 146% (A18-34), 332% (A18-49) and 455% (A25-54)

Premiere week continues on CTV tonight with season premieres of CSI at 8 p.m. ET and GREY’S ANATOMY at 9 p.m. ET. The big-buzz new series FLASHFORWARD premieres at 8 p.m. ET on /A\.

There was so much drama and backlash surrounding Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s award acceptance, that it practically went unnoticed when Lil Mama jumped on stage during the epic performance by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys at the end of the MTV VMAs.

Well, now that some of the drama has blown over, both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have spoken out about their experience during talk show appearances. Neither artist was impressed by the interruption of their performance, not surprisingly.

In response to the incident, Jay-Z said: “Me, personally, I would never do that.  I would never have the nerve to do that. It’s just like, someone’s up there performing, we went through rehearsals, we did run throughs and we worked really hard at the performance to put on a show for people and to interrupt that moment for us, you know, I don’t think that was the right thing to do. I actually thought it was the equivalent of what Kanye did to Taylor Swift.  And I’m cool with her being excited and all that but you have to understand, people put in work to make that performance happen, that took weeks.  I was a little angry to be honest, but what I’ma do, fight Lil Mama?”

Alicia Keys played it down a little bit more when asked about the performance on the Today Show, stating “I would rather not speak about it because the performance was so phenomenal it doesn’t even matter about anything else.  Jay-Z and I are native New Yorkers.  It’s kind of a classic New York song like new Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli.  I can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired but we would have preferred she did it from her seat.”

There are only 10 competitors left and four weeks to go until Canada’s Favourite Dancer is revealed. Following Tuesday night’s Performance show and more than a million votes from across the country, CORYNNE and DANIEL were eliminated from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, leaving 10 dancers in the race to become Canada’s Favourite Dancer. During tonight’s live broadcast, host Leah Miller announced the bottom three couples; MELANIE Mah, 19, Richmond Hill, ON and CODY Bonnell, 19, Unionville, ON who performed a vampire inspired jazz routine; CORYNNE Barron, 18, Edmonton, AB. and AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, Mississauga, ON. who performed a sassy salsa routine and JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, Montreal, QB. and DANIEL Dory, 23, Montreal, QB. who performed a wedding themed contemporary routine. After each competitor had the opportunity to dance for their lives, the judges deliberated and announced that, CORYNNE and DANIEL would be eliminated, just missing a spot in this year’s coveted Top 10.

The remaining dancers have survived various dance styles from dancehall, house, hip-hop quick step, salsa and mambo, to capoeira and afro brazilian. The dancers range in age from 19 to 28 and represent a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballroom, tap, ballet and hip-hop, and are representing communities across the country; EMANUEL Sandhu from British Columbia, AMY Gardner and TARA-JEAN Popowich from Alberta, AUSTIN Di Iulio, CODY Bonnell, EVERETT Smith and MELANIE Mah from Ontario, and JAYME RAE Dailey, KIM Gingras and VINCENT Desjardins from Quebec. The Top 10 have now made it through five gruelling rounds of elimination. It all culminates during the finale in late October, when the winner will dance away with $100,000, and both the winner and runner-up will receive the keys to a brand new 2010 Mazda 3 Sport.

The competitors will begin rehearsing immediately for the Top 10 performance episode on Tuesday, September 29 beginning at 8 p.m. ET (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The Season 2 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 are:

AMY Gardner, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB.

“It has been a bit of a rollercoaster so far, but the show has taught me to believe in myself and has helped me have more confidence. I’ve made some great friends and worked with some amazing choreographers and it’s been so much fun. I want to thank my fans and supporters, and no matter what happens, I want to show Canada what unique style and versatility I have as an artist.”

AUSTIN Di Iulio, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON.

“It’s amazing to have all of my efforts over this past year finally pay off. The experience has been surreal so far and I can’t wait to se what is in store. Much love to all my supporters and fans.”

CODY Bonnell, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

EMANUEL Sandhu, 28, a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC.

“This journey is sometimes scary but also exciting and I’m grateful that I haven’t had to do it alone. I’m the happiest boy in the world right now. Thank you Canada!”

EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON.

“Last year I really wanted to make Top 20 and be a part of the show in Season 1, but I feel I wasn’t ready to believe in myself. This year, I wanted to be real from the beginning and lead with my heart. I want to bring tap back and thank everyone who’s always believed in me. No matter how hard the journey may get, believe in yourself and you can overcome anything that gets in your way.”

JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QB.

“Last season I was sitting at home watching the show and I can’t believe I’m part of it now. This has been a great learning experience and I feel it’s the beginning of something amazing in my life. Most importantly, I feel blessed by all the teachers I’ve had and support from my family. They have given me the tools to be able to make it this far and I hope the journey continues.”

KIM Gingras, 23, a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QB.

“I’m touched by all of the support I’ve received and I wouldn’t be here without it. I am thankful and blessed to be part of this experience and to have worked with amazing choreographers. Over a few short weeks I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn as a dancer in such a short amount of time and can’t wait for it to continue.”

MELANIE Mah, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON.

“Wow! I can’t believe I made the Top 10! All I have to say is thanks to everyone who has supported me on my journey so far. This has absolutely been the best experience of my life and I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has pushed me and believed in me as a dancer.”

TARA-JEAN Popowich, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB.

“The experience so far has made my life. I want to thank everyone for their support – especially my hometown. Thanks Lethbridge!”

VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, QB.

“When I auditioned my goal was to make Top 20, but making Top 10 is more than I could have hoped for. Thanks to my hometown for all your support!.”

The competition will now become even more intense as the Top 10 face new choreography, but also new partners each and every week. Who stays and who goes is in the hands of Canadians, as viewer votes solely determine who continues in the competition and who goes home. After votes are tallied on Tuesday, September 29, two more dancers will be eliminated on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings). The judges will critique the dancers, but the guy and girl who receive the lowest number of Canada’s votes will be eliminated from the competition.

Offering their advice and support behind the judge’s desk next week are Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. The Top 10 competitors will work with returning choreographers Stacey Tookey, Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, Sho-Tyme, Sean Cheesman and from season one of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Francis Lefrenière and Natalli Reznik.

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. The weekly Performance and Results episodes also air back-to-back Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Last night’s LAW & ORDER: SVU season premiere handcuffed the premiere of THE GOOD WIFE (Global/CBS, 1.39 million) winning its timeslot nationally in all key demos, as 1.44 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode on CTV at 10 p.m.

Notably, the LAW & ORDER: SVU premiere won with key female demos:

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10-11 p.m.) CTV 158,000 (F18-34) 384,000 (F18-49) 394,000 (F25-54)

THE GOOD WIFE (10-11p.m.) GLOBAL/CBS 110,000 (F18-34) 287,000 (F18-49) 351,000 (F25-54)

Additional CTV Ratings HIGHLIGHTS (September 22, 2009)

– Kicking off the night at 8 p.m., the homegrown hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA retained an impressive 88% of its previous week’s audience with 1.3 million viewers and won the night with the key female 18-34 demo, delivering 7% more viewers in the demo than the premiere of NCIS (GLOBAL).
– The LAW & ORDER: SVU premiere won key demos nationally against THE GOOD WIFE by 58% (A18-34), 52% (A18-49) and 39% (A25-54)
– LAW & ORDER: SVU also won the key demos A18-34 and A18-49 in all markets, including Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver
– Last night’s premiere of THE MENTALIST, in a one time only Tuesday at 9 p.m. timeslot, delivered 1.42 million total viewers, four times higher than last year’s season premiere*. In addition, THE MENTALIST bested the premiere of NCIS L.A. amongst female demos F18-34, F18-49 and F25-54.

The all-new must-see programming continues on CTV tonight with the season premieres of CRIMINAL MINDS at 9 p.m. ET and CSI: NEW YORK at 10 p.m. ET. The new series EASTWICK starring Canadian Paul Gross premieres at 10 p.m. ET on /A\.

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