October 2009

Will Afghanistan become Obama’s ‘Vietnam’, and define his time in the White House? In Obama’s War, airing on THE PASSIONATE EYE, Monday, Oct. 26, at 10 P.M. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld, veteran PBS correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see first-hand how President Barack Obama’s new strategy is taking shape—and to capture vivid footage from the front lines.

Thousands of new American troops are on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander calling for even more troops, and armed with a counter-insurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But popular support for the war in Afghanistan is plummeting, and many experts and politicians do not agree with Obama’s strategy. Through interviews with top generals, diplomats and government officials, Smith also reports on the internal debates over President Obama’s attempt to combat terrorism at its roots. Produced by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith for PBS Frontline Productions, it’s shot in Helmand province—the Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan where Smith is embedded with Echo Company of the 2nd Marines, 8th Battalion.

9:30pm – Monday, October 26 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) relationship with a new woman starts moving too fast, he goes to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) for advice.

Monday, October 26 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT, 10:00pm MT) on Citytv

Tyler (Kevin Rankin) and Boone (Derek Luke) are on the scene when chaos erupts at a Halloween party. Meanwhile, Nancy (Anastasia Griffith) and Glenn’s (Taylor Kinney) shift takes an unusual turn. Elsewhere, a secret is revealed that can change a partnership.

Monday, October 26 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

A face from Lightman’s past pulls him into a dangerous criminal conspiracy, testing his friendship and loyalty. Meanwhile, The Lightman Group investigates a high school student’s homicidal threats. Guest starring Lennie James.

9:00pm – Monday, October 26 on /A

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

Charlie (Charlie Sheen) joins Alan (Jon Cryer), Herb (Ryan Stiles) and his next door neighbor in a night of alcohol-fueled sexual reminiscences after Chelsea (Jennifer Taylor) finds nude pictures of another woman on his phone.

Last night, 2.35 million viewers were watching as TARA-JEAN was crowned Canada’s Favourite Dancer during the season finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The two-hour live dance extravaganza won its timeslot with total viewers and sweeps key demos, including young A18-34 and the three key female demos both nationally and in the key Toronto market, and finished with a series high average audience of 1.7 million viewers; more viewers than the inaugural Season One Finale and up 19% in the key A25-54 demo alone.

In all, nearly 6 million (5.8 million) viewers tuned in to some part of the Finale broadcast on CTV, preliminary overnight data from BBM Canada confirms.

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Finale capped another winning night for CTV, which started at 7 p.m. ET with DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (1.35 million), followed by THE AMAZING RACE (2.6 million) at 8 p.m. ET. The Finale (9 to 11 p.m. ET) stomped on its timeslot competition, delivering 111% more viewers than its closest competitor BROTHERS AND SISTERS (799,000), 174% more viewers than FAMILY GUY (617,000) and 387% more viewers than AMERICAN DAD (347,000).

The SO YOU THINK CAN DANCE CANADA phenomenon continues to sweep the nation, with 9% more total viewers compared to Season 1*. Since being crowned Canada’s first female Favourite Dancer last night, TARA-JEAN kicked off a whirlwind media junket this morning completing 45 interviews with various media outlets across Canada.  The 20 year-old Lethbridge, Alberta native also received a cheque for $100,000, the keys to a 2010 Mazda 3 Sport.

The series may have wrapped, but dancers will have their chance in the spotlight when the Season 3 Audition Tour travels to five cities across Canada this winter with confirmed stops in Toronto on Saturday, November 14, Montreal the weekend of November 28 and Vancouver on Saturday, December 5. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in all cities. Auditions will also be coming to Calgary and an East Coast City to be announced. Confirmed dates and venues will be announced as information becomes available.

For those who missed this week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA finale, viewers can catch an encore on MuchMusic on Sunday, November 1 beginning at 6 p.m. ET (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Jodeyne Higgins and Ken Daneyko, after a heartfelt and soulful performance, were the fourth pair iced, as the results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi are the fourth pair to be saved, joining the three remaining pairs for a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

The two pairs with the fewest votes in the fourth week of competition were Higgins and Daneyko, who skated to James Brown’s I Got You, and Hough-Sweeney and Domi, who performed their routine to Robin Thicke’s Superman. Both pairs performed again before regular judges Sandra Bezic, Dick Button and guest judge Lanny McDonald for a final chance to remain on the show. McDonald is renowned for his years with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames.

For their efforts, Higgins and Daneyko’s Canadian charity, Foundation Fighting Blindness, will receive a $25,000 donation. Foundation Fighting Blindness is a national charity organization that funds research into the causes, treatments and ultimately the cure for all retinal disease. Its annual Ride for Sight event is Canada’s largest motorcycle charity fundraiser in support of the Foundation.

The four pairs returning to compete on Sunday, November 1 are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Claude Lemieux, Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer, Christine Hough-Sweeney and Tie Domi, Jamie Salé and Craig Simpson. All will perform to songs inspired by movies and musicals.

Olympic gold medalist and figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband Bret Hedican, who won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes, will reside as guest judges for the fifth week of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2. Yamaguchi and Hedican will draw from their knowledge of both sports to provide a combined score alongside regular judges Bezic and Button. All four will also determine who of the bottom two ranking pairs—as determined by viewer votes—gets iced on Monday’s skate-off show.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the series and the source for everything about BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

8:00pm – Monday, October 26 on CTV

The stars continue to show-off their moves on the dance floor during this two-hour performance episode.

Let the challenges begin! From nearly 4000 applicants, fans and MuchMusic narrowed the search to eight VJ candidates, all battling for the job of a lifetime. Now these eight semi-finalists go head-to-head in a series of jaw-biting, take-no-prisoners challenges to secure a spot in the Final Four. Fans can go to muchmusic.com to watch the action unfold and interact with VJ hopefuls as they duke it out for the best gig in media.

“Fans’ support for the VJ candidates has been incredible. They’ve interacted, engaged and supported our search for the next MuchMusic VJ,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “With their help, we now have eight talented semi-finalists ready to compete at muchmusic.com to secure a spot in the Final Four. From here on out, it’s no holds barred as we get closer to finding another amazing MuchMusic VJ.”

The competition begins with semi-finalists giving back and getting socially active by raising money for a charity or cause of their choice. Then it’s all about music and celebrity culture as the VJ hopefuls tackle the top entertainment and news stories of the day, along with interviewing a local musician. The challenge really gets crackin’ when the candidates turn the camera on and show fans just how well they can throw to their favourite music videos. The stakes are high, as only four go on in the competition. Fans can hit up muchmusic.com to checkout the challenges and support their favorite VJ wannabes. Doritos® presents the MuchMusic VJ 2.0 Final Four on Nov. 23.

The eight semi-finalists were narrowed down from the Top 16 based on fan views, ratings and feedback, along with the applicants’ photos, video submissions, social links, and written submission. The Top 8 can be viewed and supported online at muchmusic.com:

Nadine Sykora – Vancouver, BC
Kelly Peter – London, ON
Liz Trinnear – London, ON
Julian Koehler – Kitchener, ON
Jessy Pesce – Keswick, ON
Marlon Palmer – Toronto, ON
Laith Hakeem – Richmond Hill, ON
Alli Walker – Summerside, PEI

For more information on Doritos Presents MuchMusic VJ 2.0, go to muchmusic.com.

Weekdays – 7pm ET/7:30pm PT

Monday, October 26 – Blonde bombshell and health guru Suzanne Somers and smooth songstress Anne Murray are in the ET Canada studio. Plus, new interviews with Sandra Oh and Brothers & Sisters’ Gilles Marini, and Part 1 of a new edition of Cheryl’s Celebrity Makeover.

Tuesday, October 27 – Sally Field sits down with ET Canada to chat about her television show Brothers & Sisters. Plus Part 2 of Cheryl’s Celebrity Makeover.

Friday, October 30 – A brand new interview with Rob Lowe of Brothers & Sisters, and plus a sit down with Nia Vardalos.