January 2010

Ellen Pompeo is just returning from maternity leave which means that Meredith is about to get more screen time than she has all season, and the focus is about to return to her relationship with Derek. We revealed previously that they might encounter a few issues later this season, and TV Guide gives a little more information.

Q: Should I be worried about Mer and Der on Grey’s Anatomy?

A: Rule No. 1 of marriage (Post It or otherwise): Never let slip something your spouse told you in confidence. Derek will learn that lesson the hard way when he blabs one of Meredith’s secrets around the hospital. While Derek will definitely be in the doghouse, the secret’s impact will be much more wide-ranging at Seattle Grace-Mercy West.

9:00pm – Wednesday, January 6 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Inspired by true events and based on the book by Richard Siklos, Shades of Black is a dramatic snapshot taken from the life of Canada’s own Lord Conrad Black of Crossharbour. Starring acclaimed actor Albert Schultz as the legendary Conrad Black and Hollywood actress Lara Flynn Boyle as his equally famous wife Barbara Amiel Black, Shades of Black co-stars Jason Priestley as fictionalized reporter Jeff Sargeant. The two-hour movie is set in the fall of 2004 before Black – business tycoon, financier and biographer – was charged with civil fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Roll out the red carpet…Global’s Entertainment Tonight and Entertainment Tonight Canada are kicking off the New Year with wall-to-wall coverage from the most coveted award shows. On location in Hollywood, the people’s most trusted entertainment news source brings fans those special moments they won’t want to miss.

“As a universally recognized and respected entertainment brand, Entertainment Tonight and Entertainment Tonight Canada are granted access to Hollywood’s biggest events,” said Senior Executive Producer, ET Canada, Tamara Simoneau. “From the People’s Choice Awards to the Golden Globes to the Grammys, ET Canada is dedicated to bringing Canadians the most exclusive and entertaining awards season coverage.”

This coverage comes on the heels of an amazing fall season where the two series maintained their crown as Canada’s most watched hour of entertainment news, beating CTV’s combination of eTalk and Access Hollywood by 18% (2+ national) and 30% (Adults 18-49). The hour’s viewership also increased by 37% (2+) vs. Fall ’08.

Here’s what fans can expect in the coming months:

Getting Hollywood’s awards season off to a glamorous start is the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6 – 9pm ET/PT on Global. ET Canada has the exclusive Canadian access to all the fan favourite talents in music, movies and television including Host, Queen Latifah, Eva Longoria, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Walsh, Howie Mandel, Miley Cyrus and so much more.

Then, ET and ET Canada are onsite at the 67th Annual Golden Globes on Sunday, January 17th. Known for its informal, freewheeling style, the Golden Globes red carpet is consistently filled with the brightest stars as they step out in their finest for award season’s biggest dinner party. This year’s carpet will feature an array of celebrities including 2010 nominees Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman and Tobey Maguire.

A rising star in the award show game, the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards will take place on Saturday, January 23 – 8pm ET/PT. Making its broadcast debut on Global, the SAG Awards are one of the industry’s most prized honours as nominees are selected by fellow actors and award recipients are pegged as Oscar hopefuls. With behind-the-scenes access and interviews with all the high-wattage stars, Global’s entertainment news duo has the intimate details.

Music’s biggest night, the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards gets underway on Sunday, January 31 – 8pm ET/PT on Global with the red carpet pre-show, The Grammy Awards: ET Canada Live, kicking things off at 7pm ET/PT. Scandalous outfits, jaw-dropping interviews and everything in between, ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Rick Campanelli and Kim D’Eon will have the exclusive scoop live from the top of the carpet. Unique to this year’s ET Canada pre-show is the addition of supermodel Coco Rocha who will be stationed alongside the reporting crew as the special guest fashion commentator. Coco will use her extensive professional experience from the catwalk to assess the night’s best and most interesting designer threads.

Finally, ET and ET Canada bring colourful and comprehensive coverage from Hollywood’s Night of Nights: the 82nd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7th. Up-and-comers and seasoned stars alike will walk Oscar’s famous red carpet for a remarkable evening of honouring the year’s best in cinema. With the preceding award galas serving as a strong indicator, the roster of A-listers expected to attend will surely not disappoint. 

ET Canada airs weeknights at 7pm ET/7:30pm PT on Global and 11pm ET/8pm PT on SLICETM. Entertainment Tonight airs weeknights at 7:30pm ET/7pm PT on Global. To catch up on special episodes and all the latest in entertainment news, please visit: www.ETCanada.com.

Championship sports, riveting dramas and music we love will highlight bold’s amazing lineup with a free preview for digital cable and satellite subscribers, Jan. 4 to Feb. 3. With exclusive live coverage from Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the GMC Alpine Ski Series, bold delivers unprecedented coverage of Canada’s world-class athletes.

And viewers looking for the best in British pop culture won’t be disappointed with the award-winning teen drama Skins, and a musical trip to Abbey Road.

Capital One Grand Slam of Curling—visit CBCSports.ca for the complete broadcast schedule

CBC’s digital channel, bold, has exclusive coverage of the 2010 Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, where Canadian curlers prepare for the world stage. This January, bold will be home to exclusive, live coverage of The National from Guelph, Ont. (Jan. 8 and 9) and the BDO Classic Canadian Open from Winnipeg, Man. (Jan. 22 and 23).

Skins – Wednesdays, at 9 p.m. ET; new episodes begin Jan. 6

This award-winning teen drama takes bold viewers on the rollercoaster ride of adolescence.
Set in Bristol, England, the series follows a group of teenagers dealing with angst and confusion, love and despair, sex and sexuality, friendship and betrayal. What may seem like any teenager’s dream—a life with little adult supervision and lots of partying—turns quickly perilous as characters experiment with drugs and alcohol, commit arson, cope with abuse and turn to pornography. This uncompromising series was produced by Company Pictures, and created by father and son television writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Britain.

2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships – Jan. 15-17

Viewers will be rink-side as Canadians strive for a spot on the podium and the chance to compete for gold in Vancouver! bold has exclusive live coverage of the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships from London, Ont. Gemini Award-winner Scott Russell, host of CBC Sports Weekend, will host the championships along with analysts and Canadian figure skating legends Tracy Wilson and Kurt Browning. Visit CBCSports.ca for the complete broadcast schedule.

Live From Abbey Road—Thursdays, at 8 p.m. ET, beginning Thursday, Jan. 7 on bold PREMIERE – Season Three of this award-winning series

Showcasing the world’s finest musicians including James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Fleet Foxes, Keane, The Killers, The Fray, Sugarland, Doves and Imelda May, each episode consists of three top performers as they experience their session at the world’s most prestigious recording studio. Watch as each musician lives out his or her dream when Live From Abbey Road airs Thursdays, at 8 p.m. ET, on bold. And be sure to tune in to episode 12, which pays special tribute to the Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

GMC Alpine Ski Series – All winter long

Throughout the winter, bold is home to exclusive live World Cup skiing with Canadians racing to the podium both at home in Canada and around the world. Visit CBCSports.ca for the complete broadcast schedule.

Wednesday, January 6 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

With a new producer, never-before-seen categories, and an A-list lineup, People’s Choice Awards 2010 is taking the excitement to a whole new level. Fans can tune in for the star-studded surprises at the gala awards ceremony hosted by Queen Latifah.

8:30pm – Wednesday, January 6 on /A

Also airs at 9:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) must decide whether to confront trashy neighbor Rita (guest star Brooke Shields, LIPSTICK JUNGLE) after a fight between Sue (Eden Sher) and Rita’s sons erupts.

8:00pm – Wednesday, January 6 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) buys a hormonally challenged Sue (Eden Sher) an expensive pair of jeans so she can fit in with her peers, and Mike (Neil Flynn) helps Axl (Charlie McDermott) get a car to impress a girl.

8:00pm – Wednesday, January 6 on CTV

Danny Ocean’s team of criminals is back and is composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino, Righteous Kill) double-crosses Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould, FRIENDS), causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean (George Clooney, Up in the Air) vows that he and his team will do anything to bring Willy Bank and everything he’s got down. Even if it includes hiring help from one of their own enemies, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia, New York, I Love You).

Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT beginning January 6

The end is near. At least that’s what the doomsday predictions from Nostradamus, the Book of Revelation, the Mayan “long count” calendar and others would have us believe. Many unsettling forecasts of global destruction even pinpoint the year: 2012. How worried should we be? Michel de Nostradamus was a 16th-century French physician and astrologer whose very name is synonymous with apocalyptic visions of the near and distant future. His ominous writings appear to have accurately anticipated numerous natural disasters, plagues and wars. The Nostradamus Effect examines these and other end-of-time predictions from cultures across the globe, and connects the dots with current global events to separate the prophecies that appear to be inspired visions from those that are merely crackpot conspiracies.

Canada’s hottest reality show is back with nine new episodes and special celebrity guests on CBC-TV, Jan. 6

The Dragons are back to heat up the winter! For the first time in the show’s history, DRAGONS’ DEN will be shooting flames for a full-year, broadcasting nine brand new, one-hour episodes starting Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. Entrepreneurs venture into the Den to convince the Dragons, five of Canada’s savviest business tycoons, that their business ideas can make millions. Dianne Buckner hosts as the Dragons make or break the dreams of a new generation of innovators.

“DRAGONS’ DEN speaks to the aspirations of all Canadians who have ideas they hope will translate into the next big thing,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television. “Canadians tune in week-after-week to catch the endlessly intriguing business plans, the Dragons’ expert analysis, and the pure entertainment of what unfolds in the Den.”

The Dragons have added some star power to the Den, inviting some of Canada’s biggest names to help them cash in on the latest consumer trends. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, for one episode only, DRAGONS’ DEN welcomes fashion industry legend Jeanne Beker, home improvement guru Mike Holmes; and interior design diva Debbie Travis. These industry moguls know how to spot a great idea and turn a big buck.

With an economic recovery on the horizon, Canada’s infamous panel of Dragons offer their forecasts for 2010:

Arlene Dickinson – “I’m optimistic, confident and aggressive. Well-run, small-to-medium size businesses will find 2010 to be a good year. It is opportune moments, like emerging from a recession, that give the nimble and resilient Davids of the world the ability to take on Goliaths.”

Robert Herjavec – “After a year of challenge comes a year of opportunity. I honestly believe there has never been a better time to fulfill the dream of starting a business.”

Kevin O’Leary – “The economy is still very fragile. Cash is king and only the strong are going to survive. Any business plan that does not respect the Darwinian laws of cost-cutting will get slaughtered.”

Jim Treliving – “I believe that this can be a great time for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Canada. We are starting a period of slow and steady economic recovery in Canada and there will be opportunities for new ideas, investment and growth in 2010.”

W. Brett Wilson – “I am looking forward to 2010 with cautious enthusiasm and am a bull on energy commodities. I have invested in more than a dozen companies on DRAGONS’ DEN and share these entrepreneurs’ passion for what we can accomplish together.”

DRAGONS’ DEN took home the 2009 Gemini for Best Reality Program or Series, and garnered an average audience of 1,715,000 per episode, making it one of the top-rated Canadian-produced reality television shows in the country (numbers based on unconfirmed PPM Data for September 28-December 2, 2009). The executive producer of DRAGONS’ DEN is Tracie Tighe and the senior producer is Lisa Gabriele. Throughout the season, viewers can go to http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden to find out more about pitchers and updates on their progress.

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