April 2010

Showcase’s all-new drama series Haven, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King, commenced production on April 20 just outside of Halifax in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Haven stars Emily Rose (Damages) as Audrey Parker, the shrewd and confident FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are afflicted with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities.

As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven – including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place. Among the citizens who cross Audrey’s path are local cop Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant, MVP, Queer as Folk), who eventually becomes Audrey’s partner, the mysterious and charming Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour, 24, Six Feet Under) and her new boss, Police Chief Wournos (Nicholas Campbell, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cinderella Man).

Adam Kane (The Mentalist, Heroes, Pushing Daisies) will direct the pilot.

Haven is developed and produced by E1 Entertainment in association with Pillar, Segan Shepherd. The series has been co-commissioned by Canwest and Syfy Channel with Showcase serving as the Canadian broadcaster and Syfy as the U.S. broadcaster. International distribution is handled by E1.

The impressive creative team behind Haven includes showrunner Scott Shepherd (Tru Calling, The Dead Zone) who is joined by E1 Entertainment’s John Morayniss (Hung, Rookie Blue), Noreen Halpern (Hung, Rookie Blue), Laszlo Barna (The Bridge) and Michael Rosenberg (Hung, The Riches). In addition his partners, Executive Producers Lloyd Segan and Shawn Piller (The Dead Zone, Wildfire, Greek) are also behind the project. The pilot is written by Sam Ernst (Shrek the Third, The Dead Zone) and Jim Dunn (Shrek the Third, The Dead Zone) who will also serve as Executive Producers on the series.

Bringing Season 2 of Spectacle to a close, Springsteen returns to the stage to wrap up his conversation with Elvis Costello in the second part of the season finale. Please find attached the link to three audio and video clips from the final episode in the finale of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… featuring Bruce Springsteen (premiering Saturday, May 1 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV).

In the second instalment in the two-part season finale, Elvis Costello continues his conversation with the legendary Bruce Springsteen.

Elvis Costello chats with Bruce Springsteen on the season finale of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… premiering Saturday, May 1.

In the final instalment of this two-part season finale (May 1), Elvis Costello continues his conversation with Bruce Springsteen and, with his guitar in hand, ‘The Boss’ opens up about his pre-E Street Band bands. He also chats about his early and current inspirations and the resurgence of New Jersey. E Street Band members Nils Lofgren and Roy Bittan sit in for a couple of songs.

Listed as one of the top shows of 2009 by U.S. heavy weight publications such as TIME Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… proved that there is substantial audience for an intelligent and entertaining program about music. It also became one of last season’s Top 10 new television series in Canada.

on Citytv

While in Europe, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) realize they’re traveling on a train with Spanish spies. Even though they’re all alone, they decide to take on these rogue agents. Of course, this impromptu mission doesn’t go smoothly. Meanwhile, Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) orders her newest “unlikely” spy team – John Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) – to track down the missing couple.

Weekdays – 7:30pm ET/PT on Global

Beginning Monday, April 26, the stars of Iron Man 2 – including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rourke – talk about the highly-anticipated release of their new film. Also on Monday, Colin Firth chats about his stop in Toronto. Then, on Thursday, April 29, Canada’s favourite “bachelorette,” Jillian Harris, stops by the ET Canada studio. And, on Friday, April 30, ET Canada visits Kirsten Dunst on the Montreal set of her latest project.

Numb3rs executive producer Don McGill will join CSI after signing a new deal.

McGill has put pen to paper and will work with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with producer Carol Mendelsohn for at least two years. His seven-figure contract includes a development component as well at CBS.

He joins the show following the recent departure of ex-CSI exec producer Naren Shankar.

The future of Numb3rs however, is unclear with no word yet as to whether the drama will be renewed for a seventh season.

Source: Variety

America’s Got Talent is utilising YouTube for its upcoming season by introducing a new audition process.

Acts will be able to upload their performance onto a special page on the video website and will be in consideration for the NBC show. Producers will trawl through the web talent and select 40 to post on a channel for users to view and vote for at their will. 12 from the original 40 will then perform live on the show.

“This audacious new twist to the audition process offers our viewers not only a priceless golden ticket to get onto the biggest stage in the country in the middle of the competition, but also the opportunity for a thrilling live show where anything can happen. No other show would dare to take on this challenge.” said Paul Telegdy, executive VP of programming at NBC.

There is no word as to whether other countries Talent shows will adopt the online auditions.

The show will begin in the US on June 1.

Source: THR

9:00pm – Sunday, April 25 on CTV

The Fairview strangler has been living among the women of Wisteria Lane. He once caught Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) and Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) during an intimate moment, Bree (Marcia Cross) offered him a job and some dating advice, Susan (Teri Hatcher) encouraged his passion for art and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) shows him some kindness and generosity.

Sunday, April 25 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

When the teams are tasked with creating celebrity workout classes for a fitness centre, one project manager reaches an emotional breaking point. Then, in the boardroom, another celebrity is fired.

Sunday, April 25 at 9:00pm ET/PT (9:00pm CT, 7:00pm MT) on Citytv

Investigating the deadly robbery of a priceless Rembrandt draws Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) into the vibrant world of power couple James Pendrick (Peter Stebbings) and his free-spirited wife Sally (Kate Greenhouse) who has eyes for Murdoch.

8:00pm – Sunday, April 25 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 7 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In an encore presentation, The Canadian Olympic Committee further unites Canada following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games with the induction evening at the Bell Centre in Montreal. More than 1,200 guests welcome 2010 inductees kayaker Caroline Brunet, sprinter Bruny Surin, speed skater Susan Auch, builders Walter Sieber, Peter Lougheed and Carol Anne Letheren (posthumously), and athletics coach Paul Poce as they officially enter the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. ETALK’s Ben Mulroney hosts the evening’s events which include musical performances by Sarah McLachlan, Tom Cochrane, Ginette Reno, the Canadian Tenors, Simple Plan, and singers Annie Villeneuve and Nikki Yanofsky, accompanied by composer Stephan Moccio who will perform CTV’s Official Song for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games I Believe/J’imagine.