April 2010

Global Toronto announced today that esteemed local news personality Anne Mroczkowski will join Leslie Roberts as the new co-anchor of the station’s flagship 6pm newscast on June 1st, 2010.

“Leslie and Anne are an unbeatable team,” said Patrick O’Hara, Vice President, Eastern Stations & General Manager, Global Toronto. “Their collective experience, knowledge, and deep connection with viewers in the Greater Toronto Area make them a winning combination. We are very pleased to welcome Anne to Global Toronto and are confident that our viewers will love our new co-anchor team.”

For more than 30 years, award-winning, veteran news anchor Anne Mroczkowski has brought local television audiences the stories that have moved, shaken or stirred their hearts, minds and lives in the GTA. She comes to Global having co-anchored CityTV’s primetime newscast for more than two decades. Anne was born in Hamilton, raised in Toronto’s Parkdale district and studied journalism at Carleton University and Niagara College.  Despite many opportunities to work abroad, she chose to remain in the community she loves so much, where her roots are deep and her commitment to the GTA is one of enduring affection.

“I look forward to being part of the Global Toronto news team,” commented Anne. “I have always recognized them as a talented and dedicated group who consistently bring insight and perspective when covering stories in the GTA. I am excited to be a part of this incredible family and to share the anchor desk with Leslie, a journalist whom I have admired for many years.”

Leslie Roberts has been the trusted anchor of the News Hour for almost a decade. A media veteran who hails from a long line of Canadian journalists, Leslie began his storied career in radio and made the jump to television in 1985 at CTV Montreal. After a ‘tour of duty’ in the United States with TV News in New York in the late 90s, Leslie returned home in 2000 to become a valued member of the Global News family in Montreal. He joined Global Toronto in 2001 and has led its award-winning news team ever since.

“Anne has had an outstanding career in local television and has made an enormous contribution to Toronto,” said Leslie. “I welcome the opportunity to work with her and know she will be an invaluable addition to our news organization.”

Sexy sambas lit up the dance floor tonight on Dancing With The Stars as the remaining seven couples attempted to wow the judges with more than their moves.

Argentine Rumbas and Sambas were the dances of choice this week, with half the contestants performing one or the other. Following this was a special Swing Dance Marathon where couples were awarded points for the length of time they survived on the floor.

But this week the stars not only had their moves to concentrate on but their costumes as well, having been designated design duties on their own, and their partners, flashy dance outfits.

Nicole solidified her position as the star to beat with another stunning dance with partner Derek, taking 26 points from the judges for their samba. Combined with the 10 points for their win in the Dance Marathon, they sit atop the leader board with 36 points for the week.

Jake and Chelsie were the lowest-scoring couple with 21 for their samba and 4 in the Dance Marathon.

Here are the complete results:

Jake & Chelsie
Dancing: samba
Song: Instrumental

Scores: 7+7+7=21

Evan & Anna
Dancing: samba
Song: “Hey Mama”

Scores: 7+7+7=21

Niecy & Louis
Dancing: Argentine tango
Song: Something in Spanish that I don’t know

Scores: 7+7+7=21

Erin & Maks
Dancing: samba
Song: “When I Get You Alone”

Scores: 9+7+9=25

Chad & Cheryl
Dancing: Argentine tango
Song: Instrumental

Scores: 8+8+8=24
 
Nicole & Derek
Dancing: samba
Song: “Maria”

Scores: 9+7+10=26

Pamela & Damian
Dancing: Argentine tango
Song: “All I Ever Wanted” (Instrumental)

Scores: 7+7+8=22

The Swing Dance Marathon results:

1st eliminated (4 points): Jake & Chelsie
2nd eliminated (5 points): Niecy & Louis
3rd eliminated (6 points): Evan & Anna
4th eliminated (7 points): Chad & Cheryl
5th eliminated (8 points): Pamela & Damian
6th eliminated (9 points): Erin & Maks

WINNER: Nicole & Derek

Fox has lined up a quirky new reality show which centers on people’s greatest fears.

Panic Attack is the name of the new series picked up by US network Fox in which contestants face their fears with the help of a pair of therapists.

The series will target those scared of heights, animals, tight spaces etc, and work them through it with hosts Nik and Eva Speakman, a husband-wife psychotherapist team. The pair have hosted the UK series A Life Coach Less Ordinary in the past, with both specialising in motivational speaking.

Word is the series will take on a fast-paced, high-intensity style, similar to that of Fear Factor.

Source: THR

Monday, April 26 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*Eric Christian Olsen (The Back-up Plan) Guest Stars*

“Fame”

The NCIS team is joined by LAPD liaison Marty Deeks (guest star Eric Christian Olsen) to investigate the murder of a Navy officer entangled in the world of Hollywood glitz and glamour.

Monday, April 26 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*D.B. Sweeny (Criminal Minds) Guest Stars*

“Day 8: 10:00am – 11:00am”

With only six hours left, the clock races toward the series finale as President Allison Taylor faces impossible choices and enlists a private security firm to complete a sensitive task. Meanwhile, Jack calls in a favour to his old friend Rick Vickers before he embarks upon a crucial mission of his own.

8:30pm – Monday, April 26 on CTV

Jeff (Paul Bates) has trouble convincing the other Mayoral candidates that Dan (Fred Ewanuick) should take part in the upcoming televised debate, while Dan and Brianna (Agam Darshi) decide to go public with their romance.

8:00pm – Monday, April 26 on /A

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

The competition gets closer to the coveted mirror ball trophy as the remaining 7 couples take the stage on a new 90-minute performance episode.

Monday, April 26 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

*Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) Guest Stars*

“Open and Shut”

House and the team take on the case of a woman in an open marriage who becomes ill during a date with her on-the-side boyfriend. As perplexing as the case is, their patient’s healthy yet polygamous relationship is equally baffling to the team. Meanwhile, House tests Wilson’s relationship with Sam.

8:00pm – Monday, April 26 on CTV

Millie’s (Nancy Robertson) anniversary gift puts Stan (Brent Butt) and Anna (Paula Rivera) at odds with each other, while Taylor (David Ingram) and Joyce (Laura Soltis) try to quietly take on a case of copyright infringement.

The Transporter film series is on its way to the small screen with plans for a new television series based on the explosive action flicks.

Lagardere Entertainmnet and EuropaCorp are working together to launch the news series which will run for 12 episodes in its first season.

The franchise will be distributed internationally with discussions already underway in regards to the major networks and broadcast deals.

The Transporter series will begin shooting in early 2011 in European locations as well as Canada with casting being undertaken at the moment in London, with plans to scour both LA and locally in Toronto.

The Jason Statham-starring movies followed an ex-special forces agent as he transported various “packages” for large sums of money. The franchise which ran between 2002-08 was directed by French director Luc Besson.

Signed on as writer and show-runner of the TV production is German Alexander Rumelin. There is no word yet on a director.

Source: THR