November 2009

8:00pm – Monday, November 23 on CTV

The pressure is on as the final two couples dance-off for the win.

MTV and Free The Children unite again, extending CTV’s commitment to the international children’s charity. A week-long eBay bidding war over 19 fabulous, designer dresses came to a close last night. The stunning gowns, donated by THE AFTER SHOW host Jessi Cruickshank and celebrity friends Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port and Lo Bosworth, fetched more than $12,500 for Free The Children’s Adopt A Village program. All proceeds raised go to building a new school in Kenya. The inspiration behind this initiative is captured in MTV PRESENTS: JESSI IN KENYA, premiering Monday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on MTV.

MTV cameras catch every moment as the AFTER SHOW host leaves her high heels behind to become part of a Maasai family inside rural Kenya. She is immediately accepted into the tight-knit community and becomes entrenched in their way of life.

“I left the comfort of the MTV studio for this documentary, not realizing just how welcomed and supported I’d be by my new Maasai family – they had nothing but gave me everything,” said Cruickshank. “I was determined to give back to the community that welcomed me. I’m overjoyed that through THIS IS MY DRESS we raised enough money to build a school in this remarkable community.”

Cruickshank first committed herself to supporting Craig and Mark Kielburger’s Free The Children organization as a 12-year-old, after joining a Youth in Action group at her school. Now the charismatic MTV host continues her efforts as an ambassador for Free The Children through initiatives like the THIS IS MY DRESS eBay auction.

MTV PRESENTS: JESSI IN KENYA represents the fourth MTV PRESENTS documentary special produced by MTV Canada with Free The Children. Previous specials have included DEGRASSI IN KENYA, DEGRASSI IN EQUADOR, and JESSI IN INDIA.

For more information, go to mtv.ca/think

Weekdays – 7pm ET/7:30pm PT on Global

ET Canada is on the red carpet with the year’s hottest musical talents at the American Music Awards on Monday, November 23. Then, ET Canada has all the best interviews with the stars from Nine including a sit-down with actress Nicole Kidman on Tuesday, November 24 and a chat with her co-star Kate Hudson on Friday, November 17. Plus, ET Canada is celebrating the season’s biggest blockbusters with a weeklong look at what’s new on the silver screen.

“New York is nice. It’s three hours from my house where my kids are,” Jon said in his final confessional on the TLC show, which airs as part of Monday night’s series finale. “Which means, it’s like… I have work again. Although I live there, it’s not like I’m at my house and work is at my house and everything is just crashing down, you know what I mean? I couldn’t leave. Now, it’s like I have a place to go.”

And while he’s leaving behind the family home in Wernersville, Penn., where the reality series was shot, Jon said he can always return to his roots and “chill.”

“When I get sick of the city and all the press and the media and everything, I cross the [George Washington Bridge] and go back to my country place and I’m going to chill,” he added. “So I’ve got the best of both worlds right now.”

For Kate, in her final confessional interview for the show, she said she’s still getting used to life without her estranged husband.

“It always crosses my mind that I should be in the passenger’s seat and Jon should be driving. Every single time,” she told the cameras, referring to driving her brood around.

“To clarify, I never wanted that to change. Maybe I wanted roles to change and people to step up and stress loads to shift,” she continued. “But I never wanted him absent from that driver’s seat.”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, last week TLC announced plans for a series spin-off, “Kate Plus 8,” were no longer in the works.

“‘Kate Plus 8’ is not in production,” TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg told Access.

However, that doesn’t mean the reality mom is hanging up her reality TV hat.
“We are focusing on the launch of Kate’s new series in early spring,” Goldberg added.

Monday night’s series finale will feature both Jon and Kate taking their eight kids – 9-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets – on separate outings.

While dad brings his brood to a fire station near the family home, Kate takes the kids to a local dairy farm.

Over the weekend, the reality parents met for an arbitration session in Pennsylvania to discuss custody and financial matters.

And while the meeting was described as “successful,” the same couldn’t be said for Jon’s gift for his estranged wife.

Jon showed up to the hearing with a bouquet of red roses for his ex.

However, a source confirmed to Access that the roses never touched Kate’s hands, “but the receptionist had a beautiful bouquet to take home for the day.”

Via: Access Hollywood

SHOP TIL YOU DROP: A 30 minute weekly shopping show featuring television’s shopping maven, Alice Worsley. This brand new series from Triangle /Stratos Television goes out and about with our intrepid shopaholic, Alice Worsley, as she ferrets out the new, the quirky, as well as great bargains to be had; and meets the retailers and manufacturers. Every weekly programme features shops in a certain area: from factory shopping through to bespoke traders – in the greater Auckland area, Matakana to Pokeno and all stops in between.

If you want to feature on the show, please contact the producer, Deb Faith, on deb@tritv.co.nz

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.30am on Triangle and Stratos

Sunday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE, go behind-the-scenes in the race to create orgasm-enhancing drugs for women. Orgasm Inc. offers a shocking and sometimes humorous look inside the pharmaceutical industry, which sees the potential for this drug to produce billions of dollars in profit.

Eight years ago, filmmaker Liz Canner took a job editing erotic videos for a company doing trials on a Viagra-type drug for women. The promised result: orgasm and “normal” sexual function. When she suspects that her employer and other medical companies may be taking advantage of women, she turns on her camera. With extraordinary access, she films the pharmaceutical industry in the race to win FDA approval for a drug for a new disease they’d like us to believe needs to be treated: Female Sexual Dysfunction.

Along the way she encounters sex educators, doctors and scientists who resist the pharmaceutical industry’s notion that sexual dissatisfaction is a disease that needs to be treated with a drug.  Most of women’s sexual problems, they believe, are due to relationship issues, abuse, poor sex education and stress. Their goal is to stop the “big pharma” before it is too late.

Orgasm Inc. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are reshaping the way we look at health, illness, and our most intimate moment: orgasm.

Produced and Directed by Liz Canner for Chicken and Egg Pictures and Roco Films International.

10:00pm – Sunday, November 22 on CTV

The team reopens a 1983 case of a Chinese-American teenager who was slain before he could obtain justice for his girlfriend, who was killed by one of many bullets unleashed at a festival by Chinese gang members.

Sunday, November 22 – 9:30pm ET/PT on Global

When Hayley goes to a My Morning Jacket concert against Stan’s wishes, he crashes the show to bring her back home, but when he hears their music for the first time, it calls to him and he’s smitten. Stan becomes obsessed with the band and decides to follow them on the road as a groupie.

On Sunday, Nov. 22, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, The Suzuki Diaries hits the road again and this time host David and his daughter Sarika travel the coastlines of Canada, looking for good news stories. In Suzuki Diaries: Coastal Canada, David and Sarika reverse roles, as the marine scientist daughter becomes the expert and the father becomes the protégé. Their passion for the troubled ocean is evident in these stories that touch on the ways of life of coastal Canadians. Not only does Canada have the longest coast in the world, but Canadians also have storied relationships with the waters that surround them.  David and Sarika reveal what the ocean means to these Canadians and why it’s important for the rest of us to remain hopeful.

Sunday, November 22 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Peter and the guys interview potential friends to fill the vacancy left by Cleveland. However, things don’t look so good for NBA star Kevin Garnett when it’s discovered that Quagmire hates him.