May 2010

itytv Herbie Day: Friday, May 28 – Kicks off on Breakfast Television at 6am and concludes on CityNews at Six on Citytv

Citytv will broadcast LIVE from SickKids Hospital to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Herbie Fund during its Fifth Annual Citytv Herbie Day. Live broadcast coverage begins on Breakfast Television and wraps up on CityNews at Six. Join CityNews anchor, Gord Martineau, and other favourite Citytv personalities on the front lawn of SickKids Hospital for a full day of fun! Citytv Herbie Day kicks-off with a special prize announcement on Breakfast Television followed by an exciting give-away on CityNews at Six. Start your morning with coffee and goodies courtesy of Tim Horton’s followed by afternoon barbeques at SickKids and Yonge-Dundas square with all proceeds going to the Herbie Fund.

With summer on the way, the US networks are set to pump out their brand new TV shows over the next couple of months.

Of course, a lot of these new shows will premiere in Canada too so here’s a preview of what to expect in the near future from the US.

Scoundrels

Based on acclaimed kiwi series Outrageous Fortune, this new comedy/drama stars Virginia Madsen.

Good Guys

From Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, this new action/comedy series is said to owe a lot to Quentin Tarantino in terms of violence but with cheesier humour.

The Gates

Channelling the vampire-loving teen market, this new show focuses on a cop and his family relocating to a creepy upscale community.

Memphis Beat

Produced by George Clooney’s production house, this drama features Jason Lee and is said to be quality in all areas.

Persons Unknown

An hour-long mystery show that may well become replacement for Lost fans.

Haven

Fuelled by Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, Haven is a supernatural action thriller starring Brothers & Sisters’ Emily Rose.

Thursday, May 27 at 8:30pm ET/PT (9:30pm MT, 7:30pm CT)***Series Premiere*** on Citytv

Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, Peep Show) is looking for love. She’s rejected multiple marriage proposals — but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Michael Benjamin Washington, Mama Mia), – who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Smith Cho, Fired Up), Jill (Collette Wolfe, Hot Tub Time Machine), Mike (Christopher Moynihan, For Your Consideration) and Wayne (David Walton, Quarterlife). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship.

Children’s channel Cartoon Network has announced they are planning an animated series featuring DC superhero the Green Lantern.

The planned series, creatively entitled Green Lantern: The Animated Series, is scheduled for a 2011 release and looks as though it may screen around the same time as the Warner Bros. movie starring Ryan Reynolds hits cinemas.

No other details are available as yet.

Source: THR

A pair of Project Runway spin-offs are in the works over in the US according to Variety.

The first of which will feature two ex-contestants in Santino Rice and Austin Scarlett, who have become popular designers following their stints on the reality show.

The pair will travel across the country dishing out fashion and styling tips as well as makeovers to in-need women.

The second show lined up will feature host Heidi Klum and her singer husband Seal, who openly boast a successful marriage, counselling couples on what makes a healthy relationship.

The series has a working title of Love’s Divine and will be dramatically less about fashion than the two other spin-offs including Models of the Runway.

Source: TV Squad

The competition heats up this summer with America’s Got Talent on Citytv.

Watch as the entertaining and the downright eccentric go head to head to secure their chance at having their dreams come true. America’s Got Talent premieres with a special 2 hour episode Tuesday, June 1 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) followed by the Wednesday edition on June 2 at 9pm ET/PT/CT (8pm CT, 10pm MT).

“America’s Got Talent is proven US ratings winner with an existing fan base,” says Malcolm Dunlop, EVP Programming, Rogers Media Television. “This season is sure to be a hit with prior fans of the series as well as our audiences in its new home on Citytv.”

A talent search open to acts of all ages, America’s Got Talent brings the variety format back to the forefront by showcasing performers from across the country.

The series features a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to perform on stage hoping to win the $1 million prize. Nick Cannon hosts and celebrity judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Canadian funny man Howie Mandel bring a dynamic and entertaining perspective to the judging panel in an effort to help contestants take their talents to the next level.

The season kicks off with coverage of the star-making and sometimes heart-breaking auditions from Los Angeles. Don’t miss a second of the excitement!

America’s Got Talent airs 2 Episodes per week (Tuesdays and Wednesday nights)

*Tuesday episodes move to 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT) starting June 8

*Wednesday episodes move to 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) starting June 9

 

The Premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Begins at 8 p.m. ET Tonight on CTV

It’s the last day of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Countdown, and your last chance to prove you know your SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE trivia.

DAILY QUESTION: What all-stars all specialize in jazz/contemporary/broadway?

The first person to reply to jacqueline.vansickle@ctv.ca with the correct answer wins today’s trivia prize.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner Denette Wilford from TV GUIDE who responded that Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval appeared in Quest Crew, during Season Three of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew.”

Showcase’s all-new Canadian original comedy series The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour, starring Mike Smith, Robb Wells and JP Tremblay (Trailer Park Boys), commenced production May 26, 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The six-episode, half-hour limited series is slated for Showcase.

The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is an innovative comedy series, that builds on the success and popularity of the stars of the seminal Showcase comedy series Trailer Park Boys, inspired by comedy classics like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the more recent British import The League of Gentlemen.

Set in the sleepy fictional town of Port Cockerton, the series catches up with Mike, Robb and JP in the midst of shooting their new sketch-variety TV show called “The Happy Funtime Hour.” Disastrously, an actor hired to play a wacky German scientist (Maury Chaykin) assumes the personality of his character after synthesizing a powerful and addictive hallucinogen derived from local berries. Chaos ensues in the town as the cast ingests the drugs and begins to believe they really are the characters they portray on the show – including deranged pirates, drug-addled playboys from an 80’s television show and a group of not-so-super superheroes. The three stars play a total of 24 characters throughout the series.

The series’ impressive lineup of guest stars includes Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, How to Train Your Dragon), Genie and Gemini Award winner Maury Chaykin (Entourage). Trailer Park Boys alumni Pat Roach and John Dunsworth will also guest star in the series.

Directing the series is Gemini Award nominated Ron Murphy (Dan For Mayor, Being Erica). Stars Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells are also the writers and producers of the series.

The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is produced by Happy Funtime Productions 2007 Inc. in association with Canwest Broadcasting with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, Film Nova Scotia and the Bell New Media Fund. Producers are Paul Pope and Louis Thomas.

 

Thursday, May 27, 11 p.m. ET

Lost – Series Finale episode

In this special hour-long episode, hosts Ajay Fry and Teddy Wilson talk about the LOST finale, discuss viewer feedback and their favourite moments from this iconic series.

The winner of American Idol has been named.

Lee DeWyze has taken out the competition, beating Crystal Bowersox in the show’s season finale.

“I don’t know [how it feels] this is amazing,” DeWyze said after the win, “Thank you guys so much for everything. Thank you, thank you!” he said after the result was announced.

“I can’t believe this. I love you guys. Crystal, I love you. I’m so happy right now, I’ve never been happier in my life. There are no words to describe it. This is amazing and I appreciate everything everybody here has done.”