May 2010

Sunday, May 23 � 8:30pm ET/PT *Season Finale* on Global

*Frances Callier (He�s Just Not That Into You), Craig Robinson (The Office), Comedian Corey Holcomb (Dance Flick) as well as Earth, Wind & Fire Guest Star*

�You�re the Best Man, Cleveland Brown�

Much to his dismay, Cleveland finds out that Cleveland Jr. will inherit all of his ex-wife�s belongings and that his parents, Cookie (guest voice Francis Callier) and Freight Train (guest voice Craig Robinson), plan to remarry. Then, Freight Train dumps Cleveland as best man in favour of Donna�s ex-husband, Robert (guest voice Corey Holcomb). In the end, Cleveland steps in to save the day.

Hit series Glee has been renewed for a third season by Fox.

With an overwhelmingly successful first season under its belt and a second in the works, the series has done enough to impress those in charge at Fox.

“In just one year, Glee has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Peter Rice, Fox’s entertainment chairman.

“Everything about Glee – from the concept to the characters to the marketing – has been innovative and risky, but with [series creator] Ryan Murphy tapping into the zeitgeist, the risk has paid off with this truly remarkable series,” added Kevin Reilly, the network’s entertainment president.

“Glee has one of the most active, devoted fan bases I’ve ever seen, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to give Gleeks a third season of their favourite show.”

Source: Digital Spy

 

Sunday, May 23 � 8pm ET/PT *Season Finale* on Global

*Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson (American Idol), Guest Voice*

�Judge Me Tender�

When Moe discovers a hidden talent for judging contests, he is approached by a television agent to join the American Idol judges� panel. Moe flies to Los Angeles where he tours the Fox lot and receives some sage career advice. Meanwhile, Homer drives Marge crazy when he begins hanging around the house.

8:00pm – Sunday, May 23 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, ACM PRESENTS: BROOKS & DUNN-THE LAST RODEO is a tribute concert honouring Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn who will receive the Academy’s Milestone Award in recognition of their 20-year, record-breaking career. The all-star concert features some of country music’s most distinguished artists including Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.

Food Network Canada and Insight Production Company Ltd. have signed on Mark McEwan, one of Canada’s most celebrated culinary masters, as head judge for the premiere season of Top Chef Canada launching spring 2011 on Food Network.

With Mark McEwan on board, the search for the country’s top culinary talent is on. The national casting call for Top Chef Canada begins today with information available at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef.

The nation’s best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit foodnetwork.ca to download the application form.

In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality. Applicants will be selected to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be crowned Canada’s Top Chef and a $100,000 prize.

“We want to hear from those Canadians who think they have the culinary skills and star personalities to compete on Top Chef Canada,” said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. “The culinary scene in Canada has never been so hot and I’m certain our casting search will find Canada’s most promising chefs.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Insight Productions and Mark McEwan to uncover a roster of talented individuals from across the country,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “Mark McEwan is an industry genius and the level of creativity, skill and determination he’ll expect from the Top Chef Canada competitors will make for tough competition.”

Mark McEwan (owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat) is a leader in the Canadian food industry and his participation as the head judge on Top Chef Canada demonstrates the high standards expected of the show’s competitors. As the owner of three of Toronto’s top restaurants, a catering company and a fine food store, Mark’s expert experience ranges from the start up and running of successful businesses, to high-quality food preparation, restaurant service and catering. He is well versed in the high-intensity of a professional kitchen and has mastered working under immense pressure. Mark also has the know-how to perform on camera with three seasons of the Food Network series, The Heat, and a season of Superstar Chef Challenge under his belt.

“It’s an absolute honour to be a part of such an exciting project that will showcase the range of culinary talent this country has to offer,” said Mark McEwan, owner of North 44, Bymark and ONE restaurants, McEwan Fine Food Store and host of Food Network’s The Heat. “I’ve been in the food and service industry for over 30 years and look forward to sharing that expertise with the chosen competitors on Top Chef Canada.”

All information on how to apply to be on Top Chef Canada is now available at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef. Casting opens today, May 10, and runs through June 14, 2010.

Top Chef Masters 2 currently airs Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network.

 

New Canadian drama series Rookie Blue hits screens on June 24 on Global. Check out the trailer below to see if its for you.

Sunday, May 23 � 7pm ET/PT *One-Hour Season Finale/Special Time* on Global

�Something, Something, Something Dark Side�

The homage to the Star Wars saga continues with a retelling of The Empire Strikes Back.

7:00pm – Sunday, May 23 on CTV

Viewers get a final glance at one of television’s most talked about and critically acclaimed shows. The LOST series finale event begins with a two-hour special that takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking series.

CTV takes centre stage and shows off the biggest and brightest talent on television right now with a three-night, six-hour, back-to-back star-studded finale extravaganza, beginning this holiday Monday, May 24.

 

DANCING WITH THE STARS, the #1 show on /A\, comes to a close as fan favourites Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek and Nicole Scherzinger compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy during the final performance show of the season on Monday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

Then, on Tuesday, May 25, it’s three hours of event television on CTV with the head-to-head singing showdown on AMERICAN IDOL at 8 p.m. ET followed by the two-hour season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS at 9 p.m. ET. Finally, on Wednesday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET, Simon Cowell makes his final remarks from the judging panel on the two-hour season finale of AMERICAN IDOL live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

After one of the most attention-grabbing seasons of DANCING WITH THE STARS yet, ESPN host Erin Andrews, Olympic Games gold medallist Evan Lysacek and sultry pop star Nicole Scherzinger set fire to the dance floor as they perform for the country’s votes one last time on Monday. On Tuesday, catch all the results live as Tom Bergeron and former DWTS champion Brooke Burke present the Mirror Ball trophy to this season’s winner.

Before the Mirror Ball champion is revealed, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze sing one last time for America’s votes during the final performance episode of AMERICAN IDOL live on Tuesday. To cap off all the excitement, the Top 12 reunite live on stage on Wednesday before the newest American Idol is crowned. The end of the series’ ninth season also closes a chapter in AMERICAN IDOL history as Simon Cowell steps down from the judging panel.

Both AMERICAN IDOL and DANCING WITH THE STARS continue to be two of Canada’s most-watched programs. As CTV’s #1 program with total viewers this season, AMERICAN IDOL has gained momentum and is up 23% in total viewers for performance shows over last year. This week’s Top 3 results episode alone earned 2.6 million viewers and was the #1 show of the day. Similarly, DANCING WITH THE STARS is the top program on /A\, with a total viewers increase of 47% for performance shows over last spring, bringing in 1.7 million total viewers on average.

Once again ETALK will be front and centre at both finales offering Canadians coverage of the red carpet and reporting on all the action, as the biggest names in show biz attend two of the most talked about finales in Hollywood. Throughout finale week, ETALK will be backstage catching all the emotional and shocking moments as they happen. A full recap of all the riveting performances and results air during ETALK’s broadcast on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; and Ken Warwick, executive producer, FremantleMedia North America. The series features host Ryan Seacrest and judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.

DANCING WITH THE STARS is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, STRICTLY COME DANCING. This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs.

 

Pumping leaking oil out of a tanker that rests on the Mediterranean Sea floor or fighting fires in the pitch-black bowels of a burning ship, marine salvaging is one of the world’s most hazardous jobs and many lives are lost each year.

Now in a TV first, follow the real-life action heroes that battle together against major emergency shipwrecks – to save vessels, crews and cargo – while attempting to avoid disaster.

Premiering Wednesday, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, Discovery Channel presents the dynamic high-stakes five-part series SALVAGE: CODE RED, inviting viewers behind the scenes to join salvors as they risk life and limb to save some of the most dramatic shipwrecks in recent years. These complex engineering operations require equal amounts of skill and courage and in some of the world’s most dangerous waters, anything can – and will – happen.

Leading these incredible operations are the salvage masters themselves, who drive and coordinate their team of divers, naval architects, engineers, fire fighters and chemical experts to save stricken ships. Whether battling to right a capsized ferry, running headlong into a typhoon to rescue a coal carrier, or salvaging a beached freighter, SALVAGE: CODE RED offers an exclusive inside look at one of the most treacherous work environments on the planet. There are over 500 serious ship wreck incidents reported annually, from ships destroyed by storms and head-on collisions, to explosions and fires on oil tankers. SALVAGE: CODE RED follows the action across the globe as salvage teams battle nature’s fury in some of the most complicated, dangerous and expensive salvage operations of all time.

 

Episode highlights from SALVAGE: CODE RED include:

 

SALVAGE: CODE RED – “Fire Storm”

Wednesday, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Beached off the coast of Blackpool, England, the salvors battle to right the capsized ferry, Riverdance. They need to work fast to remove the oil and lighten the ferry, but immense storms hamper their every move. Meanwhile, another team of salvors get ready to board Adriyatik, a burning ferry drifting ablaze off the coast of Croatia. Venturing deep into the bowels to fight the raging blaze, crews worry if the ship will sink before the salvors can extinguish the fire.

 

SALVAGE: CODE RED – “Blown Away”

Wednesday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Off the North East coast of Japan, a Russian coal carrier, Jane, is stuck on the rocks and is being battered by the Pacific Ocean. After helicopters manage to get all 17 crew members to safety, a crack team is sent to pump the coal from the ship to refloat her. Despite state-of-the-art salvage gear, a huge battle with the elements ensues pushing the team to their limits. Then, in Mexico, an old ferry, Arcangel, has run aground charging the crew with clearing away the deteriorating vessel before its oil spills onto the stunning Cancun coastline.

 

SALVAGE: CODE RED – “Dangerous Seas”

Wednesday, July 7 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In the Straits of Gibraltar – the treacherous gateway to the Mediterranean – a bulk carrier, New Flame, has collided with an oil tanker and is sinking fast. As water floods into her engine room, New Flame is in dire danger of disappearing completely, spilling almost 30,000 tonnes of scrap metal cargo – spelling environmental disaster for the entire region. Meanwhile, after heavy seas and the Japanese typhoon season battered Jane off the coast of Japan, the salvors must once again attempt to refloat her.