October 2009

9 p.m. ET/PT – Friday, October 2 on Space

SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate and emerge aboard an ancient ship, when their hidden base comes under attack. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive.

Follow your Destiny. STARGATE UNIVERSE (SGU), the highly anticipated latest installment of the STARGATE franchise, debuts in a two-hour, world television premiere Friday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on SPACE. Following their television broadcast, each of the 20, 60-minute episodes of SGU are available on demand at www.spacecast.com.

The first of several all-new shows coming to SPACE this fall, SGU is the third series in a franchise that has spawned four films, three television series, countless novels, and several comics and video games. The 1994 film that started it all, Stargate, became an instant hit grossing nearly $200 million (USD) worldwide. Three years later, Canadian Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner created the first spin off television series STARGATE SG-1.

STARGATE took SPACE viewers by storm with the hit series STARGATE SG-1. Ranking among SPACE’s top programs with viewers aged 25-54, STARGATE SG-1 thrust SPACE to become the #1 English specialty station in its time block.* Now, edgier than any STARGATE chapter before it, SGU takes the celebrated and beloved franchise to new heights leaving Earth behind.

SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard the ancient ship Destiny, set on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. 

Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s stargate to survive.  The danger, adventure and hope they find on board reveal the heroes and villains among them.

Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Full Monty) stars as Dr. Nicholas Rush, a brilliant scientific mind whose motives are not what they appear to be. The series also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na, Alaina Huffman, Louis Ferreira, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and Brian J. Smith. Guest stars include STARGATE franchise veterans Amanda Tapping (SANCTUARY), Michael Shanks and Gary Jones. Shot in Vancouver, SGU features Canadian actors Justin Louis, Alaina Huffman, Elyse Levesque, and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

8:00pm – Friday, October 2 on CTV

Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) investigates a chain email that preys on the citizens of Grandview.

8:00pm – Friday, October 2 on /A

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

A crime scene investigator is found dead with her unfaithful fiancé as the prime suspect. However, when a young journalist is attacked and linked to the crime, this open-and-shut case may not be as simple as it originally seemed.

Friday, October 2 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Clubland is a candid nocturnal romp through Toronto’s groundbreaking Entertainment District. This documentary will take us on a VIP tour beyond the long line-ups and velvet ropes. We hang with clubbers as they take-in the party scene at some of the hottest nightspots in the world. We spend the night with many of the District’s key movers and shakers….the savvy clubowners and expert promoters who have been so instrumental in Clubland’s rise to a level of success few could have imagined – and of course the cops who try to control this testosterone and alcohol highball.

In the second week of the new fall season, CTV’s Thursday night line-up continues to deliver.

At 9 p.m., GREY’S ANATOMY delivered an overwhelming 3 million Canadians, up 31% from last year’s season average*, making it the #1 program of the day nationally and with the 3 key adult demos ahead of NHL opening night on HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC, 2.5 million) and SURVIVOR (Global/CBS, 2.6 million).

At 10 p.m., 2.3 million mesmerized viewers tuned in to THE MENTALIST on CTV, marking the series’ biggest audience ever**. Settling into its regular Thursday nights at 10 p.m. timeslot, the episode surged 60% from last Tuesday’s season premiere.

Among all entertainment programs in primetime last night, GREY’S ANATOMY and THE MENTALIST won their hours nationally in all key demos and in key markets with A18-49 and A25-54.

At 8 p.m., CSI attracted 2.4 million viewers, retaining 97% of the previous week’s premiere audience amidst increased competition.

Overall, CTV once again dominated primetime as an average 2.48 million viewers tuned-in from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday night, more than double Global (1.14 million). 

Over on /A\, the season premiere of PRIVATE PRACTICE at 10 p.m. drew 766,000 nationally, 83% ahead of 90210 (Global, 418,000) and 84% ahead of THE JAY LENO SHOW (CityTV, 417,000). The season premiere on /A\ also bested the same competition with key demos A18-49 & A25-54.

Last night’s thepisode of Grey’s Anatomy was a little bit intense. The characteristic lesbian couple made their relationship official, so it looks like the latest lesbian plotline is not about to go anywhere. The big merger also took tis first victims, and while there’s a good chance a few more major stars are at least going to temporarily find themselves lost in the shuffle, they escaped unscathed yesterday. There is one Grey’s Anatomy cast member, who’s been there from the beginning, however, who was fired from Seattle Grace yesterday. Remember nurse Olivia, former lover of both Alex and George and transmittor of an unfortunate STD epidemic? Well, she’s gone now.

Izzie went back to work in last night’s episode, and Derek went head-to-head with the Chief about the merger. When the Chief failed to step in and see the laid-off staff members off, Dr. McDreamy stepped in offerring condolances and job referrals.

The episode ending in classic Grey’s Anatomy form – although the usual tequila and dancing were replaced by beer and baseball!



It was announced earlier this week that Jon Gosselin was being fired by TLC from the family’s hit show “Jon & Kate Plus 8”, but what you might not have heard by now is about the TV dad’s retalliation; threating to pull the plug on the show saying he believes the environment is detrimental to his children. Funny how that never came up when the couple was struggling to save their marriage, or even while he was still actively involved with the show. This announcement only came after his TLC paycheque was being threatened. Nonetheless, here’s Jon Gosselin’s take on the situation, as he outlined in an interview on Larry King Live last night.

“It’s not healthy for my kids to be on the show… it’s detrimental to them. It’s my right as a parent and as a father of my kids to determine whether the show is good for my family. I don’t think it’s healthy for them because we’re going through a divorce right now. I don’t think it should be televised and I think my kids should be taken off the show.”

Kate’s camp has also responded today, explaining that Jon will not be in a position to pull the plug on “Kate Plus 8”. On the Today Show this morning, Kate’s lawyer explained the couple’s agreement “These parties entered into an agreement once the divorce action was filed that allowed each parent — who had physical custody of the children — to make the filming decisions when the children were with them,” said Mark Momjian.
Well, at least one positive resolution came out of the situation today -Jon Gosselin changed the sign banning TLC from his home which contained a few typos – including the spelling of his name.

12 a.m. ET – Friday, October 2 on Space

Timmy Robinson’s best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy must fight to keep Fido part of the family. Stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly and Dylan Baker.

The biggest season in Dragons’ Den history scored a massive hit for CBC Television last night, capping off the start of CBC’s fall entertainment lineup.  Over 1.32 million viewers tuned in for the full debut episode of the fourth season, watching aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to the Dragons.

CBC Television is off to one of its best seasons ever with strong ratings across the board.  Rick Mercer Report bungeed to 1.295 million viewers on Tuesday at 8 p.m. followed by 22 Minutes with 774,000 and Being Erica with 793,000.  On Wednesday, The Tudors reigned with 835,000 viewers.  Last week saw the debut of The Ron James Show drawing 803,000.

“Our programs are clearly connecting with Canadians on a number of fronts, the excitement of Dragons’ Den, the great comedy of Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes and The Ron James Show , the drama of Being Erica and The Tudors, “ said  Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice President CBC Television.  “Canadians are tuning into great Canadian entertainment on CBC.”