February 2010

Scandalous outfits, jaw-dropping speeches and everything in between… the year’s best in music to be honoured at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards.

Broadcast live on Sunday, January 31 – 8pm ET/PT on Global, the prestigious award ceremony boasts 2009’s most celebrated recording artists as they vie for a spot in GRAMMY® history. Fueled by spectacular performances from Bon Jovi, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum and Maxwell, the night promises to be filled with memorable moments and unexpected musical pairings.

“The GRAMMY® Awards are guaranteed to deliver the coolest A-list talent and show-stopping performances, but I think this year’s Michael Jackson tribute is going to truly knock everyone’s socks off,” said Barbara Williams, EVP of Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Whether it’s the ultra-glamorous ET Canada red carpet pre-show or the always-outstanding Awards themselves, music fans need only tune into Global for all things GRAMMY®.”

As the only Canadian entertainment outlet positioned on the red carpet, ET Canada’s special pre-show, ‘The GRAMMY® Awards: ET Canada Live’ kicks off the festivities starting at 7pm ET/PT and will lead directly into the Awards broadcast. ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Rick Campanelli and Kim D’Eon will have the exclusive scoop live from the top of the carpet, joined by special fashion correspondent, supermodel Coco Rocha. Coco will share her extensive professional experience from the catwalk with fans and assess the best and most interesting designer threads lighting up the red carpet that evening. 

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

Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m.

Hosted by Gordon Pinsent (Away from Her) and created by Peter Keleghan (18 to Life, The Newsroom) and Leah Pinsent (Made in Canada, More Tears), LOVE LETTERS is a performing arts special based on the 1989 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney. The one-hour show, airing on CBC-TV, Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., features some of Canada’s most well-known real-life acting couples in an exploration of love and relationships.

The special includes excerpts from Gurney’s play performed by Keleghan and Leah Pinsent, along with Peter Donaldson (Emily of New Moon, Guys and Dolls – The Stratford Festival) and Sheila McCarthy (Little Mosque on the Prairie), Carlo Rota (Little Mosque on the Prairie, 24) and Nazneen Contractor (24, The Border), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (both of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

Leah Pinsent first saw the play Love Letters, co-starring her legendary acting couple parents, Gordon Pinsent and Charmion King, in Victoria, B.C. She later experienced the piece first-hand when she performed it with her husband, Peter Keleghan, at the Picton Theatre Festival.

The impetus for the television special grew from Pinsent’s and Keleghan’s love of the play, and their desire to do something different with it using a wealth of Canadian talent who are couples in real life. Soon, the couple decided that it would be interesting to film LOVE LETTERS on stage with various real-life couples performing the roles, and insert filmed interviews with each couple talking about their real experiences in love.

LOVE LETTERS is directed by Tim Southam (The Bay of Love and Sorrows, One Dead Indian, The Tale of Teeka), with production design by Sean Breaugh (MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives). It is produced by Triptych Media (Heyday!, The Tale of Teeka, Emotional Arithmetic), with executive producers Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent.

Sunday, January 31 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) on Citytv

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition travels to Davidson County, NC – with celebrity volunteers Jewel & Ty Murray — to meet Tricia Creasey, a beloved teacher who is battling stage-four cancer while her husband struggles to keep their home livable for their family. The Creaseys bought their home as a fixer-upper, but the necessary repairs and renovations have taken a back seat to Tricia’s medical care. Numerous structural problems such as holes in the floor, walls and roof — where animals can get in — cracks in the foundation, lack of insulation, and extensive water damage from a leaking roof create additional, everyday obstacles and hazards for Tricia and the entire family. Now it’s up to Ty and the gang to build William, 40, Tricia, 37, Brittany, 12, Makenzie, 5, and Makayla, 5, a new home that will not only be a safe place for Tricia to battle her cancer, but provide a place for family, friends and the community to gather and offer support.

Sunday, January 31 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Music’s biggest night returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, honouring excellence in the recording industry; Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pink and Zac Brown Band are scheduled to perform. As a special highlight, GRAMMY winners Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, and Usher will join together, along with the voice of Michael Jackson, in a moving tribute to Jackson’s life.

Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Canadian ballet dancer Rex Harrington (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA) celebrates Stunt, the quirky first novel of Claudia Dey. The humour and oddness of the story are beautifully heightened by the musical score and animations.

Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

TAKAO TANABE: A WORK OF ART is a biographical portrait of one of Canada’s greatest painters. Throughout the hour, Tanabe is very direct and articulate and does not lend himself to false flattery; this biography gives the audience a true sense of the man while revealing his remarkable body of work. The premiere of TAKAO TANABE: A WORK OF ART coincides with an exhibition of Tanabe’s paintings in Toronto entitled ‘The Early Years’ (1951-1965). The biography is produced by Prometheus Films in association with Bravo! and directed by Catherine Chesterman.

Sunday, January 31 – 7pm ET/PT on Global

Host Cheryl Hickey returns for a special night to bring fans the most exclusive Grammy access alongside co-host Rick Campanelli, Senior Reporter Kim D’Eon and ET Canada’s Grammy fashion correspondent, Coco Rocha. The ET Canada crew will give viewers a front row seat to all the red carpet excitement for the biggest night in music! Canadians can catch their favourite artists as they check in with the ET Canada team and strut their stuff in their finest threads.