June 2010

TVtropolis and Lone Eagle Entertainment dare Canadians from coast-to-coast to submit their application for a chance to compete on the world’s largest obstacle course and become a contestant on the highly-anticipated, Wipeout Canada.

Beginning today, eligible Canadians may submit their application form at www.WipeoutCanada.com. All candidates must complete their application online before the official Canada Day closing deadline at midnight, Thursday, July 1, 2010.

“We’re looking for daring, thrill-seeking Canadians who believe they have the skill to compete in Wipeout’s extremely challenging course,” said Karen Gelbart, SVP, Content, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting.

Quick-witted Canadian TV veteran Jonathan Torrens (TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens, Trailer Park Boys) and Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Ennis Esmer (Young People F**king; The Listener) will host the Canadian format of the painfully funny series, offering humourous running commentary. Model and actress, Jessica Phillips (Deal or No Deal Canada; Being Erica) will be on the front lines of all the wipeout action as co-host, providing additional commentary and contestant reactions direct from the course.

Slated to premiere on TVtropolis in the Spring of 2011, Wipeout Canada will give 20 contestants in each episode the chance to conquer the course over four rounds of competition, ultimately leading to the crowning of the winner who will earn a $50,000 grand prize.

Thirteen one-hour Canadian episodes will be taped on the iconic Wipeout set this October, promising to provide the most spectacular and often painfully hilarious spills, face plants and wipeouts.

For exclusive news, interviews, contests and behind-the-scenes footage and photos, fans are encouraged to join the Official Wipeout Canada Facebook fan page at www.Facebook/WipeoutCanada.com.

 

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has said a Christian character is set to join the cast of the hit show.

Murphy announced recently he is introducing a female character with strong Christian beliefs to the mix of popular kids, nerds and outcasts.

“I’m adding a Christian character,” he said. “We’ve taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year, so what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognise and say, ‘Oh, look—I’m represented there, too!’ If we’re trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we’ve got to include that point of view as well.”

Apparently the new character will not be afraid to speak her mind, and in doing so will not be liked by all, including homosexual character Kurt (Chris Colfer) whom she will struggle to accept. She will also object to some of the more sexually suggestive music and dance choices of the Glee club.

Source: TV Tonight

Here’s the first look at new series Hawaii Five-0, hitting Global in June.

The wait is over! Hollywood’s most anticipated night has arrived as MTV is set to deliver a title wave of JERSEY SHORE exclusive content live from the 2010 MTV MOVIE AWARDS red carpet.

On Sunday, June 6 beginning at 8pm ET, MTV airs the JERSEY SHORE BLOW OUT AT THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS pre-show as the entire cast of JERSEY SHORE appear live on the red carpet.

Snooki, Pauly D, J-Woww, “The Situation,” Angelina, Sammi, Ronnie and Vinny will be on hand to present the first look at the highly anticipated JERSEY SHORE Season 2. Viewers will see never-before-seen footage of the cast as they leave behind the northeast cold and prepare for a drama-filled road trip to Miami, Florida.

JERSEY SHORE Season 2 premieres on Thursday, July 29 at 10pm ET. The 2010 MTV MOVIE AWARDS, hosted by Aziz Ansari, broadcasts live from Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 6 at 9pm ET. In Canada, viewers are kept up to speed on all the action with MTV MOVIE NIGHT’s Johnny Hockin who is hosting interstitials throughout the evening.

In addition, devoted fans are treated to an unexpected surprise as MTV debuts the new music video for “I Like It” performed by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull, the first single off the upcoming JERSEY SHORE soundtrack. LMFAO is the celebrity DJ on the red carpet.

If that’s still not enough JERSEY SHORE’s “queen of the poof,” Snooki works double duty as she joins the MTV NEWS team from the U.S. Together with Sway and Tim Kash, Snooki brings her tanned best as a guest correspondent to interview the night’s biggest honorees, nominees, performers and presenters live from the red carpet. With Snooki on live TV, viewers can expect more unfiltered questions and unpredictable, OMG red carpet moments than ever before.

It is also a night for first-looks as movie fans are treated to exclusive sneak peaks from some of this summer’s hottest upcoming films, including The Last Airbender from director M. Night Shyamalan and an exclusive clip from Michael Cera’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Viewers are also treated to an exclusive scene from the upcoming summer blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (in theatres June 30) during the show while a member of The Twilight Saga wolf pack hits the red carpet.

As previously announced, movie megastars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, the cast of The Grown Ups including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aubrey Plaza, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Shaun White, Vanessa Hudgens, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Russell Brand are confirmed to present popcorn statues.

Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock is receiving the esteemed MTV Generation Award.

In addition, Christina Aguilera returns to the MOVIE AWARDS stage for a performance from her explosive new album Bionic (available June 8) and Katy Perry performs her hit summer anthem “California Gurls” the first single from her forthcoming album Teenage Dream (available August 24).

Continuing its tradition for being one of the most shocking and atypical awards show on television, the 2010 MTV MOVIE AWARDS features three all-new and outrageous categories that include “Global Superstar” “Best Scared-As-s**t Performance” and “Biggest Badass Star.” For the first time ever in MOVIE AWARDS history, voting goes international as fans worldwide vote for their favorite global stars in the “Global Superstar” category. Canadian fans can vote by logging onto mtv.ca.

 

As Rufus Wainwright’s first opera Prima Donna makes its North American debut at the Luminato festival in Toronto this year, Bravo! gives TV viewers a chance to see how it all began when the captivating documentary RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: PRIMA DONNA makes its Canadian television premiere Monday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!.

The film showcases the making of and inspiration behind Wainwright’s grand opera. The JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter’s obsession with opera is explored through candid interviews with his friends and family, as well as never-before-seen home videos of Rufus’ childhood. To view the documentary trailer click here.

Affectionately referred to as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” by Sir Elton John, Wainwright reflects on growing up in a musical family (he is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright), and the influences behind his unique sound.

Set in Paris, 1970, Prima Donna tells the story of Régine Saint Laurent, an aging opera singer attempting to confront her past to again regain her triumphant status as one of the world’s greatest sopranos. After thrilling UK audiences last summer, Prima Donna makes its North American debut on-stage at this year’s Luminato festival in Toronto and stars opera great Janis Kelly.

 

Saturday nights are brimming with home-spun laughs when two original comedies return to CTV with all-new seasons.

Beginning Saturday, June 12, the 12th season of the star-making stand-up series COMEDY NOW! and fifth season of the multi-award winning sketch series COMEDY INC. air back-to-back on Saturday nights from 10 to 11 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Both series air on The Comedy Network in the fall. Viewers can also catch the laughs on-demand at CTV.ca.

Canada’s reigning pre-eminent stage for homegrown comedic talent, COMEDY NOW! has helped an illustrious list of Canadian writer/performers earn their stripes in the comedy world.

The list of luminaries includes the likes of Brent Butt, Roman Danylo, Nikki Payne, Shaun Majumder, Seán Cullen, Daryn Jones, Jay Malone, Jenn Robertson and stadium headliner Russell Peters.

COMEDY NOW! returns with a brand-new lineup of burgeoning Canadian comics featuring Ian Bagg, Simon King, Darcy Michael, Kelly Taylor, Dana Alexander, Trent McClellan, Allyson Smith, Dylan Rhymer, J.P. Mass, Ivan Decker, Dave Hemstad, Debra Di Giovanni and Tyler Hawkins. The uncensored series premieres this fall on The Comedy Network.

COMEDY INC. returns for a fifth season of off-beat sketch comedy bursting with edgy political/social satire, hilarious parodies and uninhibited physical comedy. Three time winner of the prestigious Gold Medal Award for “Best TV Variety Program” at the New York Festivals, COMEDY INC.  features an ensemble cast starring writer/comedian Roman Danylo, Jen Goodhue, Terry McGurrin, Jenn Robertson, Winston Spear, Gavin Stephens, Albert Howell, Ian Sirota, Sarah Cornell, Bob Kerr, Renée Percy and Leslie Seiler. COMEDY INC. also premieres this fall on The Comedy Network.

 

This. Is. Happening! MuchMusic announced today that Canadian rap-superstar Drake and Canada’s reigning rock-pop group Hedley are set to blow the roof of the 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.

Performing for the first time on the MMVAs’ stage, hometown boy-turned international phenom Drake returns to the city that gave him his start, while Hedley fans swoon over MuchMusic faves Jacob, Tom, Dave, and Chris. Don’t miss the biggest music party of the year live on Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET, with the MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL at 8 p.m. ET.

Drake and Hedley join previously announced performers Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, Marianas Trench, Down With Wesbter, and co-host Miley Cyrus, with additional guest announcements to come.

“These artists represent some of the incredible musical talent coming out of Canada,” said Sheila Sullivan, 2010 MMVAs Executive Producer. “Drake has had an unbelievable year, and Hedley has long been a fan-favourite on the MMVAs stage – both these acts are guaranteed to blow our fans minds at this year’s show.”

Not only are Drake and Hedley performing at the MMVAs, but they also lead with seven and six MMVAs nominations respectively. Justin Bieber nabbed four nominations, with Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, Marianas Trench, and Down Webster all scoring two nods. For a full list of MMVAs nominees, click here.

Fans aged 14+ should keep Saturday, June 12 – and the days leading up to it – completely free if they want the coveted wristband for the 2010 MMVAs, the biggest show in the country. The giveaway starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 at MuchMusic headquarters, located at the corner of Queen and John in downtown Toronto. Only one wristband per person is allowed and fans must be prepared to have it affixed to their wrist until the show on June 20. Music lovers are highly encouraged to help make a difference and bring a non-perishable food item for the Daily Bread Food Bank and, as always, photo ID is absolutely mandatory!

Drake

The Toronto-born actor and recording artist has become the fastest rising newcomer in hip-hop, scoring two Grammy® nods before the release of his debut album. Despite not being signed to a label, his first single “Best I Ever Had” reached #1 on Billboard Rap Charts and #2 on Billboard Hot 100. After an intense bidding war, Drake signed with Aspire/Cash Money/Young Money, and is set to release his highly anticipated debut album Thank Me Later on June 15. In April, Drake took home his first two JUNO Awards, while performing his single “Over”. Drake is currently headlining his first major solo tour, the Away From Home Tour, which has sold out venues across US, Europe and Canada.

Hedley

Hedley fans last lost their minds when the band performed on the MMVAs stage in 2008, and the boys took home the most hardware that year, winning all major categories. Now, the Vancouver-based band returns to rock the stage on this year’s show. Hedley burst onto the music scene in 2005, and both their self-titled debut album and follow up album Famous Last Words are certified double platinum. Their third studio album, The Show Must Go, is certified platinum, and the album’s hit singles “Cha Ching” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” are double platinum on iTunes. A fan favourite, every Hedley video has reached #1 on the MuchMusic chart and the boys are sure to make this year’s MMVAs a night to remember. Catch Hedley on tour this summer and fall.

 

9:00pm – Tuesday, June 1 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. on ACCESS

In the film The Transporter, ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham, The Italian Job) hires himself out as a mercenary “transporter” who moves goods – human or otherwise – from one place to another. After being hired by an American known only as “Wall Street” (Matt Schulze, Mr. Brooks), Frank stops along his route and notices his “package” is moving. Violating his own personal rules, Frank looks inside the bag, finding its contents to be a beautiful, gagged woman.

The seventh season of Entourage hits screens this June and HBO has released the first promo poster to get the buzz started.

The latest word is ex-90210 actor Jason Priestley is joining the cast of the upcoming comedy/drama series Scoundrels.

The 40-year-old Canadian will join the hour-long show for a multi-episode arc where he will play a prolific TV personality who falls for Leven Rambin’s aspiring actress, Heather.

The brand new series, based on a successful New Zealand drama, is set to premiere on Sunday 20 June at 9pm on CTV.

Source: EW