December 2009

8:00pm – Thursday, December 3 on CTV

Against Wedeck’s (Courtney B. Vance) orders, Mark (Joseph Fiennes) and Demetri (John Cho) travel to Hong Kong in search of the woman claiming to know details of Demetri’s fate. Meanwhile, Lloyd (Jack Davenport) tries to come clean about his and Simon’s (Dominic Monaghan) involvement in the global blackout against Simon’s better judgment and Zoey (Gabrielle Union) discovers the true meaning of her flashforward.

Thursday, December 3 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

After another cast off leaves the island, the remaining Survivors endeavour to win the Reward and Immunity challenges. Tension is tight as the castaways have the final four in sight. Another Survivor leaves the island after tribal council.

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Hoping to track down one of the world’s biggest snakes, Stevens heads to a remote wilderness area of South Africa in search of the monster-sized African rock python.

With a long hiatus for the show over the holidays, missing stars (due to pregnancies and other projects) and some Thursdays where new episodes were noticeably absent – it wasn’t hard for viewers to start wondering if we were in for another short season of Grey’s Anatomy. According to a tweet posted by Shonda Rhimes today – there is a complete season in store with a total of 24 episodes planned.

To date, a mere 10 espisodes of Grey’s Anatomy have aired, which means that once the show returns in January, there aer 14 more in store until the show ends for the season in May. Our Grey’s fix might be lacking now, but it will come; at least that’s what they’re promising us!

To make up for tonight’s lack of Grey’s Anatomy, there will also be two episodes of Private Practice aired and 9pm and 10pm tonight which might just satisfy the craving (kinda).

 

E! Online has explained the Grey’s hiatus for the holidays – and after my rant yesterday, I think it’s pretty fair to say that I do not agree!

Q: No new Grey’s Anatomy episodes until January? Why do we have to wait so long?!

A: TV ratings are kinda schlumpy over the holidays because lots of people are, you know, actually spending time with their families and whatnot, so networks are loathe to “waste” an original episode of a major series like Grey’s Anatomy during this period. Sorry.

In the meantime, can we possibly ply you with some Seattle Grace: On Call webisodes, which post every Thursday in lieu of new TV? The fake documentary format is a little bit strange and kind of awkward, honestly, but it features the awesome Joe the Bartender.

There’s also a scandal involving pregnant Meg and Steve, and lots of dish on how Charlie (the big guy who got Izzie fired) is soooo in love with Reed (Nora Zehetner).

Honestly, if only because this web series isn’t behind a pay wall, unlike some Verizon and Amex-sponsored series we could name, it’s better than nothing … right?

 

After 51 years in journalism, veteran newsman Max Keeping is stepping down as Vice-President of News and Anchor of CTV Ottawa’s flagship newscast. Keeping’s last day is set for March 31, 2010 at which time he will become CTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador. Graham Richardson will replace Keeping at the anchor desk along side Keeping’s long-time co-anchor Carol Anne Meehan.

“Max Keeping is the greatest news anchor that the Ottawa and Seaway Valleys ever had,” said Robert Hurst, President CTV News. “He is a beacon in the community and has touched thousands of people through his work on-air, with various charities, service groups, neighbourhoods, and schools. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues at CTV and his viewers.”

Keeping and his CTV News team have dominated the news ratings in the region (Ottawa, the Ottawa and Seaway Valleys, and Outaouais) for three decades.  Keeping is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and was awarded Honourary Doctorates by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.  He has received the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship, the 2004 Ottawa United Way’s Community Builder of the Year, a 2003 Gemini, and dozens of other awards and accolades. In addition, a new wing of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is named in Keeping’s honour. Keeping is also a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame and he has also helped raise more than $100-million for charities during his 37 years at CTV Ottawa.

“Max Keeping is more than a news anchor,” said Louis Douville, Vice-President and General Manager CTV Ottawa. “He has served this newsroom and the community with his time, energy, and enthusiasm and the success of this station is due in large part to his leadership in our newsroom. It has been a privilege to work alongside him.”

“I’m hardly going to retire; I will continue to give my time to the countless community events and programs that do much good works in our community,” said Max Keeping. “This anchor chair has been my second home for 37 years and I know that I am leaving the viewers in good hands with Carol Anne and Graham.”

Graham Richardson has nearly 20 years experience as an award-winning journalist covering news across Canada and around the world. He has been working in Ottawa for the past three years as CTV News’ Parliamentary Correspondent covering the news on Parliament Hill and traveling extensively to bring Canadians some of the best political coverage in the country. Richardson has served as back-up anchor for CTV NEWS CHANNEL, CANADA AM, and CTV News Channel’s POWER PLAY. Prior to his move to Ottawa, Richardson spent nearly two years as CTV’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief.  From his post in Southern California, Richardson was dispatched to report on Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma,  the Michael Jackson trial, the Academy Awards and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Before his posting in Los Angeles, Richardson spent four years at Queen’s Park. Richardson graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, and when he’s not on the ice volunteering with his two son’s hockey teams, he likes to spend as much downtime as possible along the shores of Bob’s Lake, near Westport with his wife and family

“Ottawa is my home now and I’m thrilled to be joining the Capitals’ leading news team in a region that I love,” said Graham Richardson. ”Max can never really be replaced.  But with Carol Anne’s help, I’m going to work as hard as I can to continue to build on his incredible record of service to this community.”

Keeping will continue his role as co-anchor CTV NEWS AT SIX until the end of March; viewers will begin to see more of Richardson beginning in January 2010 on the 6 p.m. newscast as he becomes a regular face at the anchor desk.

It’s the holiday season and while there are many holiday shows on the air, many of the great primetime shows are on hiatus. I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year that I would love nothing more than to sit in front of the fire with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine, and watch my favorite shows. Sure, a holiday special does it once in a while, but what about Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and my other favs? Where the heck did they go?

Okay, so Desperate Housewives is still airing, but Grey’s did an episode prior to American Thanksgiving that featured that holiday along with Christmas and New Year’s all rolled into one. I’m sorry, but I’m just not ready to celebrate the holidays with my favorite characters in mid-November, before I’ve even started to put up my own decorations. Now, when I’m really ready to cozy up with my favorite show, it’s absent until the New Year. It just doesn’t seem right!

Am I the only one who doesn’t appreciate TV shows that take a holiday hiatus? Okay fine, shows don’t need to air the week of Christmas, or even between Christmas and New Year’s, but do they really need to stop in November?

10:00pm – Wednesday, December 2 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

While enduring a visit from her mother, Edie (Joanna Kerns) and Roxie (Rebecca Romijn) discover a newfound power. After Jamie’s (Jack Huston) failed attempt to poison Darryl (Paul Gross) lands Greta Noa (Rosanna Arquette) in the hospital, Darryl urges Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) to embrace her healing abilities so she can save his friend from certain death. Meanwhile, as Joanna (Lindsay Price) tries to resurrect her writing career, her rivalry deepens with cocky reporter Max (Jason George). And Jamie is forced to team up with Bun (Veronica Cartwright) and Eleanor (Cybill Shepherd) to finish the job on Darryl.

Wednesday, December 2 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Amanda moves into Sydney’s penthouse while her Bel Air mansion is being built and takes an interest in David. Meanwhile, David and Lauren’s relationship continues to grow, and Ella uses her charms to get Jonah a new job. Also, Amanda and Michael reunite.

Wednesday, December 2 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

Kelly tests her faith and patience in search of water – any water – to go skinny dipping. Sparse desert landscapes, camel rides, dry river beds and difficult companions…nothing proves easy when searching for a waterhole in the middle of the Australian Outback.