October 2009

7:00pm – Monday, October 26 on /A

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In need of publicity for his new hotel, Chuck (Ed Westwick) decides to move up his club’s opening and enlists Serena’s (Blake Lively) help to get the word out to her celebrity clients. Feeling left out of the planning, Blair (Leighton Meester) attempts to win Chuck’s approval by secretly helping him with a problem concerning opening night. Dan (Penn Badgley) is unnerved when he finally watches one of Olivia’s (guest star Hilary Huff) infamous sex scenes with co-star and real-life boyfriend at the time, Patrick Robinson (guest star Simon Miller). Jenny (Taylor Momsen) is forced to choose between her relationship with Eric (Connor Paolo) and her new role as Queen Bee. Rufus (Matthew Settle) gets Lily (Kelly Rutherford) into the Halloween spirit.

This week TLC is really going all out, letting viewers connect with two of TLC’s hottest moms – Michelle Duggar and of course Kate Gosselin in a Q&A. While Jon & Kate Plus 8 have answered viewer questions during past seasons of Jon & Kate Plus 8, this will be the first time that there’s something more than basic parenting and cute things their kids have done to talk about. Only Kate will be sitting down in the interview chair to ask controversial and personal questions posed by viewers – which according to previews include her goals for her family in the next 10 years, her plans to marry again, and if she reads the tabloids.

Noticeably absent from the Jon & Kate Plus 8 Q&A will be Jon Gosselin; probably a smart move on TLC’s part since the dad has not been nearly as diplomatic about the couple’s drama as his estranged wife and has been saying some not so kind things to the media about the network.

Who knows if tonight’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 will be as revealing as viewers are hoping for, but I would bet that many will tune into find out, making this a good PR move on behalf of the network when other media outlets are hearing about the couple’s struggles and the show itself has had a limited focus.

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Sunday, October 25 on Comedy Network

You and the guys get an extremely low-energy dog to help pick up chicks, and later, Sam does whatever it takes to have his first wet dream.

10:00pm – Sunday, October 25 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In this very special episode, SPECTACLE host Elvis Costello recuses himself from the proceedings when his wife, Diana Krall, turns up as the featured guest. SPECTACLE executive producer and music legend Sir Elton John steps into the breach to conduct his first-ever interview. Sharing their love of piano (where the interview takes place), jazz, sad songs and great singers, Diana and Elton engage in playful banter, explore some history and even team up for a duet on one of Elton’s biggest hits. The very talented Christian McBride (bass) and Karriem Riggins (drums) join Diana on a couple of extraordinary performances, while Elvis shows up again at the end to join his wife and Elton for a funny and charming closing number.

Sunday, October 25 at 10:00pm ET/PT/CT/MT on Citytv

It’s week seven, and Biana and Marc are feeling the pressure when Jason J. gets into trouble, Roti sends a message, Jen faces a dilemma, and disaster-magnet Jamie pushes his bosses to the limit. A helicopter ride lifts the trainees’ spirits and Biana’s gospel brunch for family and friends reveals some big surprises.

Sunday, October 25 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

The entire Walker family, except Nora, are literally swept off their feet by the charms and tango lessons of Sarah’s new lover, Luc Laurent (Gilles Marini). But Nora quickly finds that her new French houseguest is a great comfort during a very difficult time. Meanwhile, Robert puts forth his most romantic efforts to distract Kitty from cancer, and Kevin and Scotty stumble on an unexpected surrogacy candidate.

Premiering on THE PASSIONATE EYE, Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10 P.M. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld, Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father is a scathing indictment of the Canadian justice system that unfolds like a masterful thriller with unbelievable plot twists. Directed by American filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, it began as a tribute to his best friend from childhood, Dr. Andrew Bagby, who was murdered in November 2001. The prime suspect was his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, who promptly fled the U.S. for St. John’s, Nfld. Once in Canada, she announced she was pregnant with Andrew’s child, a little boy she named Zachary.

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne originally intended this as a personal memory album for Zachary. But when Shirley Turner was allowed to walk free on bail in Canada and given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to face the murder charge, the film’s focus shifted dramatically. It follows Zachary’s grandparents David and Kathleen Bagby, who move to Newfoundland, and chronicles their desperate efforts to win custody of Zachary.

Dear Zachary is a crime story that questions how the Canadian Justice system handled the case. But it also pays tribute to Zachary’s grandparents, who despite unspeakable heartbreak devote their lives to affecting change.

Canada has watched her Jive, Salsa, Quick Step, Rumba, Mambo and Hustle to the top and following tonight’s gripping SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA second season finale, CTV congratulates TARA-JEAN Popowich, on becoming Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Host Leah Miller announced live that TARA-JEAN, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB received the majority of close to three million votes cast during the countrywide poll on Tuesday night and therefore claims the title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer and the grand prize of $100,000 as well as the keys to a brand new 2010 Mazda 3 Sport.

Fellow Top 4 finalist VINCENT Desjardins, 20, a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières, QB, was declared the runner-up and also receives the keys to his very own 2010 Mazda 3 Sport. TARA-JEAN and VINCENT along with fellow Top 4 Finalists EVERETT Smith, 25, a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON., JAYME RAE Dailey, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QB., and the remaining dancers from the Top 20, all took to the stage during the two-hour live extravaganza broadcast on CTV.

TARA-JEAN has been winning Canada’s hearts and votes since her audition in Saint John, NB., earlier this spring. During her time on the show, TARA-JEAN has demonstrated her versatility on stage tackling everything from Contemporary to House to Samba with the same dedication, skill and flare for performance. Best known for her determination, gracious demeanour, hard work and perseverance, TARA-JEAN has been praised by the judges for being a true performer and an inspiration to dancers everywhere. During the Top 4 performance show, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Judge Blake McGrath comments to TARA-JEAN foreshadowed the big win when he said, “There’s something very, very important you need in this competition to win. It’s called star quality, and baby you have it!”

Sunday, October 25 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT, 8:00pm MT) on Citytv

Our families are working on the family room. How they are going to make the space work for everyone in the family?

Lanny McDonald, one of the most beloved Toronto Maple Leaf players, is returning to historic Maple Leaf Gardens as a guest judge on CBC Television’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, October 25 and Monday, October 26, at 8 p.m. McDonald is married to figure skater Ardell McDonald, making the hockey legend’s story one that mirrors what the BATTLE OF THE BLADES has accomplished.

McDonald started his illustrious NHL career in 1973 as the first draft choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Widely recognized for his iconic moustache, he also played with the Colorado Rockies, starting in 1979, and later joined the Calgary Flames where he helped bring them to glory by winning the team’s first Stanley Cup in 1989. This was also the year he retired from the sport.

Drawing from what he knows of hockey and figure skating, McDonald’s comments will bring added variety when combined with the remarks from regular judges Sandra Bezic and Dick Button. All three will preside together as the show’s remaining five pairs contend to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

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.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.