May 2010

With only four episodes left of Bravo!’s acclaimed INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO series (Season 16), this week host James Lipton sits down with Hollywood’s leading comeback actor Mickey Rourke – who also stars in the highly-anticipated Iron Man sequel which  hits theatres this weekend. 

In this episode, which Lipton calls “by far one of the most emotional shows,” Rourke holds nothing back as he reflects on his rollercoaster career, his stint as a professional boxer, and his triumphant comeback in The Wrestler. The actor also shares some of the most personal experiences of his life including details of his abusive childhood, the untimely death of his brother, and re-connecting with his long-lost father. Rourke also talks about his short career as a gangster when he was young and how he got into acting because of a drug deal gone bad.

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO with Mickey Rourke premieres Sunday, May 9 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Bravo!

The season wraps-up with Danny DeVito (May 16) and Bon Jovi (May 23) before concluding with Hilary Swank (May 30).

Top Chef Masters, II premieres its third episode tonight, Monday, May 3 at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada with the Real Housewives of Orange County sharing their expertise in the world of cocktails as guest judges in the Quickfire Challenge.

This week’s elimination challenge brings competing culinary artists to the cramped kitchen of Tom Bergin’s Tavern on Fairfax, the oldest Irish establishment in L.A., where they must re-invent traditional pub dishes ranging from bangers and mash to fish ‘n’ chips. Graham Elliot Bowles, Jonathan Waxman, Ludo Lefebvre, Mark Peel, Rick Moonen, and Wylie Dufresne go head-to-head in a rousing attempt to satisfy the venue’s clientele with old-school tastes and skeptical attitudes towards “modern” pub food.

Missed last night’s episode of The Simpsons?  Check out the new opening sequence

Weekdays – 7:30pm ET/PT on Global

Queen Latifah talks about her upcoming film, Just Wright, on Monday, May 3. Also on Monday, ET Canada catches up with William Shatner. Then, Amanda Seyfried chats about the release of her new film, Letters to Juliet, on Tuesday, May 4.

Sunday, May 2 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

When the teams are asked to create three radio commercials, one celebrity questions another’s ability to perform. And, in the boardroom, the teams must face the heat before another celebrity is fired.

Sunday, May 2 – 8:30pm ET/PT *Special Time* on Global

*Grammy® Award winner Kanye West and Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Guest Voice*

“Brotherly Love”

Rallo gives Cleveland Jr. a few pointers on how to win over the girl of his dreams, Chanel (guest voice Taraji P. Henson). But when Cleveland Jr. finds out her boyfriend is local rap star Kenny West (guest voice Kanye West), he challenges Kenny to an epic Stoolbend rap battle to compete for Chanel’s heart.

The success of hit TV show Glee is rubbing off on the music industry.

The overwhelming popularity of Glee has not only boosted Television ratings for those networks carrying the show but also album sales for artists whose music is covered on the hit teen show.

The likes of Journey, whose song Don’t Stop Believin’ was a hit on the first season of Glee, has profited from the show’s use of the track, with sales of their music rising dramatically.

Neil Diamond also enjoyed a significant boost in sales following the use of his hit Sweet Caroline on the show.

With the hugely popular Madonna-themed episode screening a couple of weeks ago, more and more musicians are jumping aboard the Glee bandwagon with hopes of securing their music a place on the show. It has been reported that the likes of Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, and Courtney Love are interested in having a piece of the action.

But of course it’s not just the original music that is proving popular, as sales figures of the Glee soundtracks will tell you. The third album from the Glee cast, which features only Madonna covers, shot to number one on the Billboard charts last week, beating the likes of Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas in the process.

Glee soundtracks accounted for three of the top ten albums in terms of downloads on iTunes.


Sunday, May 2 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

A bomb squad mistakenly blows up Homer’s unattended gym bag, releasing radiation into the city and causing authorities to suspend civil liberties. Then, Wiggum and his men install surveillance cameras around Springfield to round up suspected terrorists. But when monitoring the non-stop flow of video imagery becomes too overwhelming, Wiggum enlists concerned citizens to help keep the city safe. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes fed up with being blonde and dyes her hair a dark color.

Sunday, May 2 – 7pm ET/PT *Special Time* on Global

“Brian and Stewie” *150th Episode*

When Brian and Stewie get locked in a bank vault, they are forced to deal with each other on a whole new level. The episode plays out in real time as they react to being locked in a small space with no baby food or martinis to keep them from losing their minds while they hatch an escape plan.

Global National anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman is stepping down after a decade in the job.

The announcement was made by Interim President of Canwest Broadcasting Peter Viner to staff last Friday, telling them the celebrated anchor was leaving the show.

Newman will stay until August, after which a replacement, who is so far un-named, will take up the coveted spot.

The network has said Newman approached network execs recently saying he felt like it was time to move on.

“Ten years ago, Global approached Kevin Newman with a big idea: to create a new national newscast unlike any other,” Viner wrote. “It would be earlier, younger, faster and more conversational.”

More than a million viewers a night tune in to the Global National broadcast.

“It is an understatement to say that he will be deeply missed,” said Viner.

There is no word yet as to the details of Newman’s final show.