June 2010

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Once at the mansion, the 17 remaining Bachelors – including Canadians Chris H, Craig M, and Justin – quickly learn that roses are at stake on the group date and two individual dates with Ali. First, Ali whisks Frank away to famed Hollywood Boulevard, where they’re swarmed by fans and paparazzi. The next day, 12 of the guys meet Ali at a beautiful Malibu beach house where they will strike a pose for a charity calendar photo shoot. With a rose up for grabs, each guy fights for the time with Ali. Jonathan calls out one man for being “dangerous”. Next up for a one-on-one date is Jesse, who is wowed when he meets Ali at a private jet to fly off to Las Vegas. At the end of the night, 14 men remain to battle for Ali’s heart.

Homer Simpson has been crowned the greatest character created for film and television in the past 20 years.

The cartoon character has edged Harry Potter to win the title in a survey in industry magazine Entertainment Weekly.

Following the pair were Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Heath Ledger’s Joker from the Batman film, Tony Soprano and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel from Friends.

The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening said the character of Homer was easily relatable to its viewers.

“People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to,” he said.

“Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him.

“His love of whatever has caught his eye is a joy to witness.”

Other characters to place in the EW poll were The X Files Moulder and Scully, South Park’s Cartman, The Office’s David Brent and Mike Myers Austin Powers.

Source: Herald Sun

 

MTV are set to add another remake to the tally with news the network is planning to adapt an English show.

The American network has set its sights on teen comedy series The Inbetweeners with plans for an American version in the works.

The news comes after MTV recently announced they were remaking Teen Wolf and hit E4 series Skins for the US.

The Inbetweeners series will feature original creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley as executive producers who had previously been attached to an unsuccessful attempt at an American remake of the show.

The original series, centring on a group of youths at a London high school, has been airing in the US on BBC America.

Source: TV Tonight

Here’s a clip from the recent Glee Tour featuring Mark Salling and Matthew Morrison, AKA Puck and Mr Schue, playing Over The Rainbow live in New York.

Canadian actors are being urged to protest the recent buying spree by Canadian networks of American shows.

ACTRA Toronto, the local branch of Canada’s actors union, is calling for Canadian talent to join forces outside the Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville on Tuesday when the Canadian networks pitch their American buys to domestic advertisers.

The rally’s aim is to urge Canadian networks to buy Canadian and not rely on content from South of the border.

Local actors Eric Peterson, Gordon Pinsent, Leah Pinsent and Colin Mochrie will be present at the rally which will aim to get their message through to the likes of Canwest Global and Rogers Media.

The call for support comes after ACTRA national president Ferne Downey blasted local broadcasters for stocking up on new US shows while Canadian efforts are sidelined.

“They’ve been packing their schedules tight with U.S. programming and ready-to-go promotion packages while enjoying the benefit of protection from foreign competition. Let’s hope they surprise us with lots of Canadian programs at their upfronts,” Downey said.

Source: THR

 

Contestants are put on the edge in the new big-buzz, high stakes game show series DOWNFALL, premiering Tuesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

As announced last week as part of CTV’s summer series schedule, the six-episode series tests players’ courage and smarts as they race against the clock to collect prizes, all while standing on the edge of a 10-story building.

The daring new, action-packed game show DOWNFALL is played atop the roof of a downtown Los Angeles high-rise, where contestants quickly try to answer a series of trivia questions against the clock in seven rounds.

Fabricated facsimiles of all prizes – which include a pair of jet skis, a grand piano and a new car – are placed on the largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV with a pile of cash at the end ranging from $5,000 to $1 million. In each round, players try to answer all the questions before their prizes and cash go over the edge, off the roof and sent crashing 100 feet to the street below.

If the cash goes over the side of the building, then the game is over and that player is eliminated.

If a player begins to struggle for answers to the game’s category-based questions, there are two ways to back up the belt:

“Surrender a Personal Possession” – here the player offers a personal material possession onto the conveyor belt at the risk of it being dropped over the edge and destroyed

“Friend on the Belt” – a player’s own friend or family member, such as their grandmother, can be placed on the belt to help them find the answers. If they don’t beat the clock, this person takes the chance of going off the side of the building just like the previous prizes. (Players put on the conveyor belt wear a decelerator harness to soften the fall.)

After each successful round, the player can leave with prizes won or risk them all and advance to the next round to keep playing toward the $1 million final prize. In the last round, the player is placed on top of the conveyor belt holding all the cash where they’ll need to answer all 10 questions correctly before time runs out. If not, they’re sent over the edge to their DOWNFALL.

DOWNFALL is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Scott St. John is executive producer.

 

There’s only one thing keeping the West family together, and that’s handcuffs. As announced last week in CTV’s summer schedule release, the new hour-long series SCOUNDRELS premieres Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

A humorous look at a family of small-time criminals who try to turn their lives around after their father is sent to prison, SCOUNDRELS stars Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways, The Astronaut Farmer) as matriarch Cheryl West and Toronto-native David James Elliott (CLOSE TO HOME) as Wolfgang “Wolf” West. Following broadcasts on CTV, SCOUNDRELS will also be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

Based on the New Zealand hit series OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, SCOUNDRELS also stars Patrick Flueger (THE 4400) as Logan West and twin brother Calvin “Cal” West; Leven Rambin (GREY’S ANATOMY) as Heather West; Vanessa Marano (GILMORE GIRLS) as Hope West; and Carlos Bernard (24) as Sergeant Mack.

In the series premiere “And Jill Came Tumbling After” (Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET), the family is shaken when their father Wolf (Elliott) is sentenced to a surprisingly long prison term, leaving mom Cheryl (Madsen) to take care of the criminally enterprising brood on her own. In an effort to keep her kids out of trouble, she decides it’s time for the family to go straight.

Meet the West Family:

Wolfgang “Wolf” West (David James Elliott) – Thieving is in his blood, and Wolf learned from the best. His father, Grandpa West, is a world-renowned safe-cracker, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Wolf’s a criminal, but he’s a criminal with a code. He’s the kind of guy you invite over for a burger and a beer, but you keep the real silverware locked up – just in case.

Cheryl West (Virginia Madsen) – Bold and beautiful is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Cheryl. A mother, wife and a force to be reckoned with, Cheryl will stop at nothing to protect her family.

Cal West (Patrick Flueger) – Certainly his father’s son, Cal works alongside Wolf in “the family business.” He may not be the smartest of the bunch, but what Cal lacks in brains, he more than makes up for in spirit. Cal appreciates the simpler things in life: beer, babes and his bros.

Logan West (Patrick Flueger) – An identical twin (to Cal) yet the odd man out, Logan struggles to find his place in the West family. Having utilized the intelligence and motivation that evaded his brother Cal, Logan strayed from “the family business” to become the exact opposite: a lawyer.

Heather West (Leven Rambin) – Most comfortable when she’s the centre of attention, Heather’s sole future plan is to become a supermodel. Possessing self-confidence and enthusiasm that belie her current status as an unemployed unknown, Heather dedicates most of her time and energy to primping, grooming and waiting for fame to arrive.

Hope West (Vanessa Marano) – Sharp-witted and astute, Hope is quite possibly the smartest member of the West clan. While she undoubtedly loves her family, Hope doesn’t have much in common with her siblings except DNA. Hope finds high school to be a tedious waste of time, distracting her from her bright future as a filmmaker.

Lyn Greene (NIP/TUCK), Richard Levine (NIP/TUCK) and Francie Calfo are executive producers. John Barnett, whose company South Pacific Pictures produces the New Zealand series, is also executive producer. Co-executive producers are Michael Larkin, Michael Goldstein, Bruce Cervi and John Lansing.