July 2010

American Idol will lose the services of judge Ellen DeGeneres for the next season with the talk-show host deciding to exit the judging panel.

The exit is said to be a mutual decision between DeGeneres and the Fox network and part of an Idol overhaul which will see the network try to re-invent the brand.

The Ellen DeGeneres show host made her feeling clear to Idol producers months ago that she was looking to quit in order to concentrate more on her own successful show.

“I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next,” DeGeneres said. “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

DeGeneres also said that she struggled with some of the criticisms she had to give contestants on the show.

“I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on ‘Idol’ and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be,” she said.

With fellow judge Simon Cowell leaving the judging panel also, the path is open for possibly a complete overhaul which may see producers clear the panel of Kara DioGuardi as well and build  a new panel around Randy Jackson.

Source: Variety

 

Thursday, July 29 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) ***Encore Presentation*** on Citytv

The gang reunites after winter break and much to their surprise there’s a new addition. One of their fellow classmates is eager to join their study group and the gang must decide whether or not this particular individual is worthy. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) signs on as editor of the Greendale Gazette Journal.

8:00pm – Thursday, July 29 on /A

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

When Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) make a dangerous new enemy, Stefan suddenly finds himself in a perilous situation. Matt (Zach Roerig) is hopeful that his mom, Kelly (guest star Melinda Clarke, She Drives Me Crazy), may be back to stay. After her car breaks down in a storm, Caroline (Candice Accola) makes a horrific discovery that shocks everyone in town.

Thursday, July 29 – 8pm ET/PT *Live Episode* on Global

The third house guest is evicted from the compound and the Head of Household competition takes place.

Thursday, July 29 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) ***Encore Presentation*** on Citytv

The gang reunites after winter break and much to their surprise there’s a new addition. One of their fellow classmates is eager to join their study group and the gang must decide whether or not this particular individual is worthy. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) signs on as editor of the Greendale Gazette Journal.

Ex-The OC actress Rachel Bilson will return to the set of How I Met Your Mother for another guest appearance in the upcoming season.

Bilson, who joined Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor and co on the sitcom in the fifth season, will reprise her role as Cindy, the roommate of Ted’s (Radnor) future wife.

The show’s creator Carter Bays has said that Bilson will play a large part of what happens this season.

“The season premiere is going to be very much informed by her presence,” said Bays.

Source: EW

 

CTV announced today the Fall premiere dates for the season’s sure-fire new hits and returning favourites.

Premiere Week hits full swing starting Monday, Sept. 20 as CTV kicks-off its powerhouse lineup – a fresh mix of comedy, drama and reality for prime-time, along with new shows in daytime and late-night.

With seven of TV’s top 10 shows airing on CTV last season*, the most-watched programs in Canada return to the network this Fall joined by dynamic new additions: LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES, BLUE BLOODS, THE DEFENDERS, $#*! MY DAD SAYS, and NO ORDINARY FAMILY.

Marking the return of Must-See Thursdays beginning Thursday, Sept. 23, CTV’s lineup is anchored by THE BIG BANG THEORY and features CSI, GREY’S ANATOMY and THE MENTALIST. Also featured during the blockbuster night is SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA when it moves to Thursdays for Results Episodes beginning Sept. 23 (performance episodes move to Wednesday night beginning Sept. 22). The third season of the hit Canadian series premieres on Sunday, August 15.

 

CTV FALL 2010 SCHEDULE (PREMIERE DATES)

All dates are subject to change; times soon to be released.

 

MONDAYS

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Aug. 23; Top 20 Performance)

DANCING WITH THE STARS (Sept. 20; 2-Hour Premiere)

CASTLE (Sept. 20)

 

TUESDAYS

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Aug. 24; Top 20 Results Episode)

NO ORDINARY FAMILY *NEW* (Sept. 28)

DANCING WITH THE STARS (Sept. 21, Special Performance Episode; Sept. 28, Premiere Results Episode)

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (Sept. 21)

 

WEDNESDAYS

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Performance Episodes, Beginning Sept. 22)

THE DEFENDERS *NEW* (Sept. 22)

CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 22)

LAW AND ORDER: LOS ANGELES *NEW* (Sept. 22)

 

THURSDAYS

CSI (Sept. 23)

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Results Episodes, Beginning Sept. 23)

THE BIG BANG THEORY (Sept. 23)

GREY’S ANATOMY (Sept. 23)

THE MENTALIST (Sept. 23)

 

FRIDAYS

HUMAN TARGET (Sept. 24)

CSI: NY (Sept. 24)

BLUE BLOODS *NEW* (Sept. 24)

 

SATURDAYS

W5 (October; Date TBA)

 

SUNDAYS

NFL FOOTBALL (Sept. 12)

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Aug. 15, 2-Hour Season Premiere)

THE AMAZING RACE (Sept. 26, 90-min Premiere)

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Sept. 26)

UNDERCOVER BOSS (Sept. 26)

CSI: MIAMI (Oct. 3)

 

WEEKDAYS

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW *NEW* (Sept. 20)

THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW (Sept. 13, 25th and Final Season)

THE BIG BANG THEORY *NEW STRIP* (Sept. 13, Monday-Wednesday and Friday)

THE CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW *NEW* (Nov. 8; Monday-Thursday)

/A\ announced today premiere dates for the promising new shows shaking up its Fall schedule: the shot-in-Vancouver HELLCATS (Sept 8), NIKITA (Sept 9), shot in Toronto; and a Chuck Lorre double bill on Mondays, with MIKE & MOLLY (Sept 20) paired with TWO AND A HALF MEN, which makes its move to /A\.

Women, in particular, are sure to find new favourites paired with old faithfuls on Wednesdays and Thursdays this Fall. /A\ presents AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and HELLCATS on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 8, while Thursdays is the home of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and NIKITA beginning Sept. 9, in addition to PRIVATE PRACTICE, premiering Sept. 23.

Kicking off prime-time on weeknights are CORNER GAS and ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, with CRIMINAL MINDS also scheduled multiple nights each week.

 

/A\ FALL 2010 SCHEDULE (PREMIERE DATES)

All dates are subject to change; times soon to be released.

 

MONDAYS

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (Sept. 13)

TWO AND A HALF MEN *NEW TO /A\* (Sept. 20)

MIKE & MOLLY *NEW* (Sept. 20)

 

TUESDAYS/SATURDAYS/SUNDAYS

THE BIG PICTURE movies (Sept. 7)

 

WEDNESDAYS

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (Sept. 8)

HELLCATS *NEW* (Sept. 8)

 

THURSDAYS

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Sept. 9)

NIKITA *NEW* (Sept. 9)

PRIVATE PRACTICE (Sept. 23)

 

FRIDAYS

MEDIUM (Sept. 24)

DATELINE (Sept. 24)

 

WEEKDAYS

CORNER GAS *NEW STRIP* (Sept. 13)

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (Sept. 13)

CRIMINAL MINDS *NEW STRIP* (Sept. 6; Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

CTV Communications: twitter.com/CTV_PR

Hellcats http://www.facebook.com/Hellcats

Nikita http://www.facebook.com/nikita

Mike & Molly: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-and-Molly/120537781310020 ; http://twitter.com/MikeMolly_CBS

 

Wednesday, July 28 at 10:30pm ET/PT (9:30pm CT, 8:30pm MT) *** Season Finale Encore Presentation *** UPDATED on Citytv

Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) hatch an elaborate plan to break the news to Bobby (Brian Van Holt) that they’re officially dating, and Travis (Dan Byrd) sees the wrath of a truly angry woman for the first time when he forgets his momentous seven-month anniversary with Kylie (Spencer Locke.)

Wednesday, July 28 at 10:30pm ET/PT (9:30pm CT, 8:30pm MT) ***Encore Presentation*** on Citytv

Nine-time Grammy � Award Winning Singer – Songwriter Sheryl Crow guest stars as Sara, a confident wine rep who sets her sights on Grayson; but is he strong enough to be her man? Meanwhile, when Ellie (Christa Miller) tells Jules (Courteney Cox) she can’t change past a certain age, Jules is determined to prove her wrong by giving up wine… for a month; and Bobby’s (Brian Van Holt) new dog poses some unwanted competition for Andy (Ian Gomez.)