August 2010

Tuesday, August 3 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT, 10:00pm MT) on Citytv

The fourth group of 12 from the top 48 contestants perform live for a chance to win a $1 million prize and become the most talented act in America. Judging is turned over to the American viewing audience. Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan star as the celebrity panel of judges and Nick Cannon hosts.

Glee looks set to have a visit from Susan Boyle in the second season with creator Ryan Murphy confirming the singer is being lined up for a role.

Murphy confirmed that the former Britain’s Got Talent runner-up is very close to being signed for the role which would see her manning the food station as a dinner lady.

It is understood Boyle would appear on the Christmas episode of the hit musical show.

Murphy also stated that Paul McCartney had sent him some music for him to consider using in the series.

“I received some fantastic mixed tapes from Paul McCartney a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “I thought I was being punked!

“It came out of blue in a package, handwritten, and it had two CDs and it said ‘Hi Ryan, I hope you will consider some of these songs for Glee’.”

Source: Digital Spy


Fans are invited to attend Dora and Friend’s Celebration at the CN Tower on August 5 Nickelodeon’s Beyond the Backpack pro-social campaign to launch in honour of Dora the Explorer’s landmark anniversary

(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s premium preschool network Treehouse is honouring the 10th anniversary of the world-wide hit Dora the Explorer with the premiere of the hour-long primetime movie Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure on Sunday, August 15 at 6 p.m. ET, airing day and date with Nickelodeon in the U.S.

“Dora has a huge audience following on both Treehouse and Nickelodeon (Canada) and we are thrilled to give our viewers the chance to enjoy more of this popular show with these special 10th anniversary celebrations,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, VP, Programming and Production, Corus Kids.

“We are proud to commemorate this important milestone in kids television through this programming event, along with celebrations in Toronto, and by supporting the Breakfast for Learning program – an important initiative that changes kids’ lives.”

Reaching 2.5 million Canadian viewers a month, Dora the Explorer is a preschool favourite seen in over 151 markets around the world and translated in more than 30 languages. To celebrate, viewers are invited to tune into the one-hour premiere of Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure guest-starring the voices of Rosie Perez as the witch, John Leguizamo as the flying monkeys, and Hector Elizondo as the wishing wizzle. The final installment of the Magic Storybook Trilogy, Dora and Boots find their way home for Dora’s birthday party where all of her family and friends are waiting to celebrate with her. Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure premieres on Treehouse day and date with Nickelodeon in the U.S. on Sunday, August 15 at 6 p.m.

In addition to the programming event, Dora’s 10th anniversary will be honoured at the Dora and Friend’s Celebration on Thursday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CN Tower in Toronto. Young fans will be invited to participate in special activities as well as meet and greets with their favourite Nick characters, Kai-lan, SpongeBob and Diego. Fans can also check out a Dora cake made out of Mega Bloks as they watch popular Dora episodes, take home loot bags and enter for a chance to win great prizes.

Treehouse and Nickelodeon (Canada) are also marking this world famous and beloved Latina heroine with a unique pro-social campaign entitled Beyond the Backpack. Beginning on Wednesday, August 11, Treehouse will launch a fundraising auction of limited-edition Dora backpacks, with designs by Salma Hayek Pinault and other celebrities. Proceeds from the Canadian Beyond the Backpack program will benefit Breakfast for Learning, a national non-profit organization dedicated to student nutrition programs that enhance learning, and the healthy development of children and youth in Canada. Offering nutrition grants, program support and educational materials, Breakfast for Learning focuses on community-centered programming, delivering breakfast, lunch and snack programs in inclusive and nurturing environments. Visit for more auction information.

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora. Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do every day, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

In every episode, Dora and Boots invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a “We Did It!” anthem. Viewers can tune into Dora the Explorer every day of the week at 4:30 p.m. on Treehouse.

Viewers can catch two repeat airings of Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure on Monday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m. on Nickelodeon (Canada).


Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that he is in the early stages of developing a new musical series with Emmy-winning actress and Glee guest star Kristin Chenoweth.

The new series will be fronted by Chenoweth but Murphy has poured cold water over any suggestions it will be a spin-off.

Murphy has been quick to point out the series will not be linked to Glee in any way, saying it will be separate and more adult.

“I’ve always wanted to do something for Kristin, and Kristin is a good, close friend of mine obviously, so I’m writing a half-hour musical comedy specifically for Kristin because if you can sing like that, I want her to be the star of her own show where she sings,” Murphy said

“I can’t say too much about it yet. Kristin is so funny. I want it to be adult.”

Murphy said he is looking forward to doing something more along the lines of Nip/Tuck, which he describes a “dark and procedural”.

Source: TV Squad



8:00pm – Tuesday, August 3 on /A

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

Bobbi (Natalia Cigliuti) takes the case of a woman charged with smuggling drugs that involves Michelle’s (Melissa Sagemiller) cop boyfriend. Elsewhere, Jerry (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) tries to obtain a better deal for his client and goes against Marcus (J. August Richards) over the issue.

8:00pm – Tuesday, August 3 on CTV

Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal races head to head at Concord Speedway in North Carolina against Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver and recent winner of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. In this episode he also travels to the nation’s capital to take on the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, 15-year old Kavya Shivashankar, and enlists the help of this year’s finalists.

Tuesday, August 3 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Contestants tackle the Door Knock, Pendulum Shape Shifter and Moving Big Balls.

The stories are hard to imagine, the evidence is difficult to ignore and the cases are impossible to forget.

Beyond the news and behind the emotions, Investigation Discovery and renowned Emmy®-winning journalist, Paula Zahn, join forces to investigate life’s criminal mysteries by lifting the secrecy on acts of deceit, malice and revenge that have engrossed North American headlines.

Anchoring Investigation Discovery’s Sunday night lineup beginning Sunday, September 5 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN takes viewers through every twist and turn inside staggering real-life investigations. Revealing the raw emotions these tragedies have left behind, Zahn conducts riveting interviews with the very people touched by these fascinating cases.

In each episode of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, Zahn tracks the real-life drama of each story by featuring the personal points of view of the people closest to the case, including exploring the motivation and thought processes of the men and women responsible for these crimes.

The series includes perspective from law enforcement investigators, families of the victims and the incarcerated, and lawyers representing both sides of legal proceedings.  Presenting the spectrum of viewpoints directly touched by these cases, Zahn’s interviews reveal chilling details that uncover the truth.

Highlights from the first episodes of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN include:

ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN – “A Murder in Pleasant Valley”

Sunday, September 5 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Dawn Silvernail, is a convicted murderer who gunned down her former lover, Susan Fassett, in a church parking lot in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. Silvernail’s trial exposed her twisted murder plot and the sordid truth of Fassett’s secret life of infidelity, dominance, sex and betrayal.



Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Facing 10 years in prison if convicted, Timothy “Tracey” Humphrey hatched a plan to silence ex-girlfriend Sandra Rozzo, who pressed charges against him for kidnapping and assault. Needing an accomplice to pull it off, Humphrey manipulated – and later married – a shy 19-year-old girl right out of high school to do his dirty work and shoot Rozzo at point-blank range in her garage.



Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

In January 2001, Alexander Algeri was shot and killed as he left his gym. More than a year later, police uncover that Algeri had been the victim of mistaken identity and the bullet had actually been intended for his best friend, Paul Riedel, who had been in a custody battle with his estranged wife, Lee Ann. Police discover that Lee Ann’s then new boyfriend, Ralph Salierno, had hired his friend Scott Paget to help him kill Riedel, but the two men simply got the wrong guy.

This fall TVtropolis brings viewers an all-new lineup of thrills, spills and automobiles with America’s Worst Driver, Southern Fried Stings, All Worked Up, Total Wipeout and The Marriage Ref.

TVtropolis gets serious with the gripping realities of Intervention and I Survived…, and laugh-out-loud funny with Canadian original series Totally Tracked Down and TV With TV’s Jonathan Torrens. The fall schedule launches August 30, 2010.

The primetime block is jam-packed with more adrenaline-pumping series than ever before. TVtropolis introduces viewers to America’s Worst Driver – the series where coming in first isn’t best.

Each week, four contestants, nominated by their friends and family, compete in a series of driving challenges through the streets of their hometown. The first place contestant is named worst driver and their car is destroyed.

The show has been adapted by 16 countries, and TVtropolis is home to one of the most successful formats. America’s Worst Driver airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 31.

Joining the fall schedule are two truth-telling, real-life drama series. The A&E Emmy® Award–winning hit, Intervention, profiles people whose dependencies on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behaviour have brought them to a point of personal crisis. TVtropolis is also the exclusive home of I Survived…, a cinematic interview style series where survivors of unbelievable circumstances explain how their lives have changed forever. Intervention airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT followed by I Survived… at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 1.


TVtropolis is serving up playful reality with two exclusive series courtesy of TruTV. Southern Fried Stings follows ex-State Trooper and addiction expert Jay Russell as he and his team take on tough and bizarre cases. All Worked Up goes on the job with people whose work entails delivering bad news or dealing with difficult situations where the recipient may explode in rage. Southern Fried Stings airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT and All Worked Up airs Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 30.


Also joining the TVtropolis lineup are reality series including:

Total Wipeout – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 30

The Marriage Ref – Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 31

Totally Tracked Down – Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 2

TV With TV’s Jonathan Torrens – Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 3


Returning comedy series include:

Family Guy – Monday to Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Friends – back-to-back episodes Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

That 70’s Show – back-to-back episodes Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

King of Queens – back-to-back episodes Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT


After the Final Rose: August 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT (9:00pm CT, 11:00pm MT) on Citytv

With Ali’s search for her soul mate over, she talks to Chris Harrison about her final three bachelors this season. She’ll take viewers back to exotic Tahiti when Frank dropped his bombshell announcement that he was in love with his ex-girlfriend. She will share how Frank’s decision not only left her completely heartbroken, but left her questioning herself and what she was looking for in a man. Ali will discuss her different relationships with the final two men and the last minute, heart-wrenching decision which changed all of their lives forever. Both Chris L. and Roberto come back to sit with Ali and talk about the shocking outcome of the series.