April 2010

Steve Carell has said in an interview that the next season of The Office will “probably” be his last.

The American actor was on a BBC radio station promoting his latest film Date Night with Tina Fey when he was asked about his future.

“How long does your contract run?” asked the interviewer.

“Contract through next season,” Carell answered.

“And will you stay after that?”

“I don’t think so,” Carell answered.

“That will probably be my last year.”

Carell, who plays bungling boss Michael Scott on the US show, received a Golden Globe in 2006 for his role in the spin-off of the hit Ricky Gervais-created comedy.

US network NBC has not confirmed the news nor announced whether the show would continue without Carell.

Source: news.com.au

British funny-man Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for the second time in two years.

Gervais has signed on for hosting duties once again of the 68th Annual Golden Globes, with NBC claiming viewership was up 12% due to the comedian’s performance at the awards show this year.

“As viewers discovered with our last awards telecast, Ricky’s surprising and unpredictable humor is a great fit for the Globes which will continue as a live event across the nation,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative at NBC.

“He’s a true force of nature with a wicked sense of humor who always keeps everyone on their toes waiting for the unexpected.”

The Office star will host the ceremony on January 16, 2011.

Source: THR

History Television joins forces with U.S. AETN channel, History™, to produce the Canadian Specialty channel’s first-ever scripted limited series, The Kennedys.

Featuring an outstanding cast, this revealing one-hour, eight-part drama spotlights one of America’s most legendary families as they have never been seen before. The series is set to premiere in 2011.

Heavy on star-power, the ambitious series features Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning actor Greg Kinnear (As Good As it Gets, Little Miss Sunshine) as President John F. Kennedy, Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, The Ice Storm) as First Lady, Emmy® Award-winning actor Tom Wilkinson (In The Bedroom, John Adams) as Ambassador Joe Kennedy Sr. and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, Enemy of the State) will star as Attorney General, Robert Kennedy.

“There’s an endless fascination with the Kennedy story, and it’s one that continues to resonate with people around the world,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “As the network’s very first scripted drama series, we’re excited to bring this prolific piece of American history to life with our partners at AETN.”

Produced by Muse Entertainment for AETN and History Television, The Kennedys come from the Emmy® Award-winning team behind the groundbreaking series 24, creators Stephen Kronish and Joel Surnow. The series will be directed by Jon Cassar (24, Criminal Minds) and produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment. Joel Surnow, Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jon Cassar and Jamie Paul Rock serve as the executive producers.

Shooting is set to begin in June in and around the Greater Toronto area and will continue through until September, 2010.

Canwest is expanding its industry-leading Specialty television portfolio with the launch of an all-new channel: Global Reality Channel, Canada’s first and only destination for hit reality programming 24/7.

All reality, all the time, Global Reality Channel offers viewers a one-stop destination for the most popular reality shows and franchises from around the world – from past to present – including Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice UK. Global Reality Channel launches on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

“The launch of Global Reality Channel emphasizes Canwest’s commitment to delivering top channels that Canadian viewers love, and further strengthens Canwest as a leader in Specialty television,” said Peter Viner, President, Canwest Broadcasting. “We’re thrilled to be launching this exciting new Specialty channel.”

As the second most popular television genre (after dramatic programming) and with 20 million viewers tuning in last fall*, reality programming has evident mass appeal among Canadian audiences. “Reality viewers have a voracious appetite for this type of programming and we are pleased to give them a place to discover new shows, relive their favourite moments, or enjoy earlier seasons of hit shows for the first time,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President of Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Global Reality Channel will offer viewers the best and biggest reality franchises.”

Hit-reality series confirmed for launch include new seasons of Big Brother and Apprentice UK, as well as viewer-favourite series Survivor, The Apprentice, Project Runway Canada, X-Weighted, Fear Factor, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Deal Or No Deal Canada. Global Reality Channel will give viewers the exclusive opportunity to catch the most popular reality franchises right from the very beginning.

“The first Global-branded Specialty channel, Global Reality Channel is a natural extension of the Global brand,” said Walter Levitt, Chief Marketing Officer, Canwest Broadcasting. “Global brings instant credibility and increased appeal for this new channel which, according to a study from Solutions Research Group, will instantly become a top 5 favourite for reality TV fans**. We are thrilled that Rogers has recognized the potential of the channel and joined us for this launch.”

Global Reality Channel will be available as part of the Rogers VIP package, Canada’s most popular digital programming package with over one million subscribers. Canwest is currently in discussions with other television providers and further distribution announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Global Reality Channel joins the industry leading stable of Canwest digital Specialty channels including top ranking Action, National Geographic, Showcase Diva and the recently launched DIY Network Canada. Canwest will also launch a Global Reality Channel website to coincide with the channel’s on-air launch.

When a tragic turn of events leaves an adorable baby rhino, a tiny warthog and a hyper hyena orphaned, native Zimbabwean and conservationist Judy Travers takes on the mammoth task of raising all three – in her home!

Premiering Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, Animal Planet’s one-hour special THERE’S A RHINO IN MY HOUSE is the story of an unconventional herd and one woman’s determination to save them. With the hyena tearing the furniture apart, the warthog in her bed and a half-tonne rhino to bottle feed, life for Travers and her husband John is turned topsy-turvy.

When it comes to raising rhinos in the wild, the Travers – who have made it their lives’ work to give rescued wild animals a home at their 4,400 hectare game park, the Imire Safari Ranch – are experts, but having orphaned rhino Tatenda in their home brings about a totally new experience. Weekday mornings at the Travers’ is anything but the norm and everything involved in keeping Tatenda alive is a major undertaking. 

Having rescued Tatenda, the Travers now face an even greater challenge – convincing him he’s not a pet and cannot stay at home forever. For the Travers, protecting Tatenda’s future is not just about teaching him how to survive in the wild – it’s about how to change the mindset of the local people so that black rhinos can have a future at all. And although illegal poaching in Zimbabwe has challenged them with a daily battle to keep their animals alive, their compassion and determination to save this species for the next generation keeps their values strong and their mission thriving.

For over 20 years, the Travers focused much of their efforts on their black rhino conservation project, where in September 2007 Tatenda became the 14th baby rhino to be born. Sadly, just weeks later, Tatenda’s mother was butchered by poachers, leaving the orphaned baby rhino behind. The Travers instantly made the decision to adopt the traumatized Tatenda, raising him in their home. In the same week, another orphan – a tiny warthog they named Pogs – also became part of the Travers’ odd family; along with Tsotsi, a hyena they rescued when he was abandoned as a pup.

The Comedy Network celebrates 10 years of the Beaver Award with the CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.

Premiering Saturday, May 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on The Comedy Network, ex-pats Jason Jones and Samantha Bee host a one-hour special featuring performances from Beaver-worthy comedians and highlights of Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival past and present. To dive deeper into the Beavers, viewers can re-visit the special on demand at thecomedynetwork.ca.

Taped at the Masonic Temple in November, CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL showcases some of the decade’s funniest comedians. In front of a live audience, past and present Beaver Award winners and nominees including Nathan MacIntosh, Graham Clark, Kate Davis, Tim Steeves and sketch troupe The Imponderables, showcase their Award-worthy material.

Aside from killer stand-up, the CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL features behind-the-scenes footage of this year’s The Comedy Network Presents the Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival 2009 held in Saint John, New Brunswick. Interviews include Canadian funny people Mary Walsh, Jessica Holmes, Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson. The special also pays tribute to past hosts presenters and award winners including Sean Cullen, Scott Thompson, Russell Peters and Seth Rogen.

Jake Pavelka has become the second reality star in a row to be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars.

Jake and partner Chelsie Hightower were voted off the show after failing to wow the judges on Monday night with their samba.

The pair finished the night at the bottom of the star heap with a score of 21 for their samba and an extra 4 for their effort in the Swing Dance Marathon, taken out by Nicole and Derek.

“I have loved every second of this. I love you,” Jake said to Chelsie following the announcement they were leaving the competition.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette star thanked his fans for keeping him in the competition for this long.

“I was so honored to be here. I enjoyed every second of this. I want to thank Texas, I want to thank all the Mavericks fans, Canada, all the tweets, Facebook…thank you for keeping me here for six episodes. I can’t even put it into words how much I enjoyed this.”

“This is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” he added.

Source: E!




Tuesday, April 27 at 10:00pm ET/PT (9:00pm CT, 8:00pm MT) on Citytv

Adam (Peter Krause) has his hands full when Kristina (Monica Potter) goes back to work and leaves him with Max (Max Burkholder) and Haddie (Sarah Ramos) for the weekend. Along with taking care of his own kids, Adam gives Drew (Miles Heizer) girl advice when a school dance approaches. Sarah (Lauren Graham) tries to get Amber (Mae Whitman) excited about college by taking her to an event on campus and unexpectedly runs into an ex. Meanwhile, Julia (Erika Christensen) attempts to teach Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) a lesson about lying and Crosby (Dax Shepard) takes Jasmine (Joy Bryant) on a real date without Jabbar (Tyree Brown).

10:00pm – Tuesday, April 27 on /A

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

Lives of the Fifth Column members are in danger, Ryan (Morris Chestnut) finally reveals his true being to Val (Lourdes Benedicto), and Chad (Scott Wolf) boards the Mothership to heal his aneurysm.

Tuesday, April 27 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

When Alicia goes head-to-head in the courtroom with former boss Jonas Stern, she debates whether or not use personal information to her advantage. Meanwhile, Peter uses religion to work on his appeal.