September 2010

Wednesday, September 29 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Participants continue their quest to be the sole survivor, and another castaway is voted off at tribal council.

8:00pm – Wednesday, September 29 on /A

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

This week’s photo shoot takes the remaining models underwater as they are photographed by top beauty photographer Matthew Rolston. Rolston also serves as this week’s guest judge alongside Tyra Banks, Andre Leon Talley and Nigel Barker.

Sparrow Media Company Inc., in association with CTV and The Comedy Network announce that production is underway on Season 2 of Brent Butt’s hit comedy series Hiccups.

This season, Millie goes to Hollywood to firm up a Grumpaloo movie deal, Stan (Brent Butt) and Anna’s (Paula Rivera) life gets interrupted when Millie (Nancy Robertson) moves in, and Millie obsesses about the sound of her voice when a talking Missy Grumpaloo doll is introduced.

On the heels of securing international distribution rights with Electus Distribution for Season 1, the 13-episode half-hour series will shoot its second season in Vancouver until December, 2010.

Ben Silverman, the award-winning producer and CEO of Electus, has secured the international distribution rights for the first season in a sub-distribution deal with Thunderbird Films through Electus Distribution.

Season 1 of Hiccups premiered to 1.9 million viewers on March 1, making it the most-watched premiere of any scripted Canadian series and the new #1 comedy program (Canadian or American) of the year.

Viewers can catch encore broadcasts of Season 1 on The Comedy Network Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and on demand at watch.ctv.ca.

Hiccups stars Nancy Robertson (Corner Gas, Robson Arms) as Millie Upton, a successful children’s author who is socially unpredictable, except for being predictably inappropriate. She is prone to sudden outbursts of laughter, sadness and rage. All traits that her life coach Stan (Brent Butt) tries to subdue, her publisher Joyce (Laura Soltis, The Guard) fails to keep under wraps and her slick but useless agent Taylor (David Ingram, Queer As Folk) is too self-centred to notice. Meanwhile, Stan finds life-support in his wide-eyed and slightly bewildered wife, Anna (Paula Rivera, Flashpoint), who does her best to support his impractical dream of becoming a life coach. All observed by the sardonic eye of Joyce’s spoiled receptionist, Crystal (Emily Perkins, Gingersnaps).

Created, written and executive produced by Brent Butt (Corner Gas), Hiccups is also executive produced by Laura Lightbown (DaVinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) and David Storey (Corner Gas). Producers are Nancy Robertson (Corner Gas) and Arvi Liimatainen (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) and supervising producer is Andrew Carr (Corner Gas).

The 16 BATTLE OF THE BLADES competitors are ready to rock the rink for the very first live performance show this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. Joining the judging panel this week is one of the top goal scorers of all time, NHL all-star Brett Hull.

Brett Hull’s comments will bring added variety when combined with the remarks of permanent judges Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick. All three will preside together on the judging panel and set the tone for the season as the show’s eight pairs compete for the very first time in the hopes of winning a $100,000 donation for their charity of choice. This week’s theme is Rock.

Destined for greatness, Brett Hull played his very first NHL game in 1986 with the Calgary Flames during the Stanley Cup finals and then went on to play for the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. During his impressive career he scored 741 goals, placing him third overall in the NHL. He has won two Stanley Cups: one for the Dallas Stars in 1999 where he scored the winning goal; and one with the Red Wings in 2002. Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 and is currently the Executive Vice President of the Dallas Stars.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

HBO Canada presents The Promise: The Making of “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, an in-the-studio look at the recording of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, the follow up to the breakthrough success of Born to Run.

The documentary premieres Thursday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada).

Premiering recently at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival®, Grammy- and Emmy® -winning filmmaker Thom Zimny combines never-before-seen footage shot from 1976-1978 with recent interviews of Bruce Springsteen, members of the E Street Band, and the producers who helped shape the classic 1978 album. The film offers insight into the critically acclaimed album and the creative process, both for hard-core Springsteen fans and newcomers  to his music.

The documentary reveals how Springsteen viewed his success as both a blessing and a potential curse. As Springsteen looks back 30 years later, he remembers worrying that his sudden fame, and the pressure to make another chart-topping LP filled with hit singles, might cause him to lose touch with the people and places that brought him his unique musical sound and inspirations.

The never-before-seen studio footage shows Springsteen at the peak of his powers, and includes several exuberant, impromptu collaborations between Springsteen and Van Zandt, jamming on tunes and melody fragments that never ended up making the record. With Darkness on the Edge of Town Springsteen realized his goal of a thematically consistent sound – and took a giant, uncompromising step to becoming an authentic musical artist who remains true to himself and his craft. The film includes the album’s popular songs “Prove It All Night” and “Badlands.”

(From a press release)

Corus Entertainment (TSX:CJR.B) and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network announced that they have finalized a licensing agreement that will enable Corus to add OWN to its portfolio of Canadian specialty services.  OWN is set to launch in Canada in early 2011 following the U.S. premiere January 1, 2011.

OWN is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives.

OWN is a perfect addition to our Women’s portfolio of specialty channels, and Corus is proud to launch this highly-anticipated brand in Canada,” said Doug Murphy, President, Corus Television. “With a wide spectrum of great programming offerings and the addition of Oprah’s Next Chapter later next year, OWN is going to be a must-have channel on the dial for Canadian audiences.”

“Corus has a great track record launching channels, and we’re excited to join them in bringing OWN and Oprah Winfrey’s vision to Canada,” said Christina Norman, Chief Executive Officer, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

OWN will target adults 18 – 54 with a core of women 25 – 54 and explore issues that matter, from health and wellness, home and relationships to stories of strength and transformation. With over 1200 hours of original and acquired programming, series will include Rosie O’Donnell’s return to daytime television with The Rosie O’Donnell Show,   Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season, Oprah Presents: Master Class, In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman, The Miracle Detectives, and Oprah’s Next Chapter.

OWN will be available in Canada based on a licence agreement with OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

(From a press release)

It was no ordinary night. The premiere of NO ORDINARY FAMILY drew 2.07 million viewers Tuesday on CTV in the competitive 8 p.m. timeslot, making it one of this Fall’s biggest series premieres.

NO ORDINARY FAMILY becomes the #1 new show this Fall for A18-34, and joins three other CTV series among the Top 5 new Fall show debuts of the season with total viewers.

NO ORDINARY FAMILY ranked #2 in its timeslot with total viewers and all key demos.

The extra-ordinary night continued on CTV at 9 p.m. as DANCING WITH THE STARS attracted 2.05 million viewers to its Week 2 results show, winning its timeslot with total viewers and A18-34.

At 10 p.m., LAW & ORDER: SVU earned 1.69 million viewers out of simulcast on CTV, winning its timeslot against the season premiere of THE GOOD WIFE (Global/CBS; 1.33 million) in all key demos, including a 129% advantage among A18-34.

Canada’s Top 5 New Fall Show Debuts:

HAWAII FIVE-0 (Global) – 2,136,000

BLUE BLOODS (CTV) – 2,126,000

NO ORDINARY FAMILY (CTV) – 2,074,000

THE DEFENDERS (CTV) – 1,915,000

$#*! MY DAD SAYS (CTV) – 1,485,000

All of last night’s episodes on CTV are available now on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

CBC News provides extensive and insightful live coverage of the installation of Canada’s 28th Governor General, David Johnston, Friday, Oct. 1, on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio and CBCNews.ca.

The broadcast special, The New Governor General, airs live across the country, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, on CBC Television and CBC News Network with chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge. On CBC Radio One, Kathleen Petty, host of The House, anchors live coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

Joining her is Andrew Cohen, columnist and president of the Historica-Dominion Institute, and Chris Hall of CBC News who will provide analysis. And CBCNews.ca carries live streaming of the ceremony and presents an exploration of the history of the Governor General’s role in Canada as well as dynamic real-time discussion of Canadians’ reaction to the departure of Michaëlle Jean and the arrival of David Johnston.

“Canadians have always turned to CBC News for coverage of signature events in the life of the nation,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News. “Our coverage will help Canadians learn more about the man, the position and what might be in store in the transition to a new Governor General.” 

Unique programming features include: On-camera commentary from Barbara Uteck, former Secretary to the Governor General (2000-2006); interviews with friends and colleagues who know David Johnston best; a look back on the years spent at Rideau Hall by Michaëlle Jean, and whether she changed the face of the position; live reports from Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial where the new Governor General will make his first official visit; live streaming of the installation ceremony; and an online discussion of the contributions of Michaëlle Jean and expectations for David Johnston.

Fans are placed at the heart of all the action as THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW premieres January 2011 on CTV.

The destination daytime talk show hits millions of homes across the country live at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday each week.

But viewers can experience the fun and laughter up close and in person by signing up to become a member of the live studio audience right now. Fans can access tickets online today at ctv.ca/marilyn.

Construction of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW studio is underway at CTV’s Toronto HQ at 299 Queen St. West, giving fans an ideal space for the live experience they have been missing.

Fans can head to ctv.ca/marilyn to pick the dates that they would like to attend the show. A maximum of four tickets are available per request. Audience members must be at least 18 years of age to attend.

Food Network Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary this October with great pride, having achieved consistent growth over the last decade and record highs this past year.  Viewership has tripled since launch in 2000,1 more than doubled in the past four years,2 and increased by 18% this year among adults aged 25-54 and 35% among women of that age bracket.3

Over the last decade the channel has broadened its appeal to become a top 10 ranking specialty channel4 and continued to expand its family of world class chefs and TV personalities, delivering to Canadians the best in entertaining, food related series.

“We have much to celebrate as we enter our 10th year as a Canadian specialty broadcast network,” said Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network at Canwest Broadcasting.  “The outstanding increase in viewership and passion expressed by a growing number of Canadians over the past 10 years is a testament to the strength of the brand and its success in delivering top notch entertaining and diverse food related programming.”

Since its inception in October 2000, Food Network has become a favourite among Canadians5 with its much-loved and passionate hosts and exceptional programming from Canada, the U.S., Britain, and around the world.  To commemorate the channel’s anniversary, Food Network will be airing marathons of some of the most watched series on the channel throughout October and November:

Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Marathon – airing Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear Food Network Thanksgiving Special – airing Sunday, October 10, 2010

Iron Chef America Thanksgiving Special – airing Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Marathon (Dear Food Network Thanksgiving and Food Network Challenge) – airing Monday, October 11, 2010

Ace of Cakes Marathon – airing Sunday, October 17, 2010

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Marathon – airing Sunday, October 24, 2010

Throwdown with Bobby Flay Marathon – airing Saturday, November 6, 2010

Food Network is spreading the word about its milestone anniversary in a number of different ways, including on-air promotions featuring a customized ’10 years’ logo and bug, on-air “happy birthday” greetings from hosts, a partnership with Indigo whereby in-store promotions will feature the adapted logo on signage, and a special collector’s edition of TV Guide Canada celebrating 10 years of Food Network that will hit newsstands nationwide on October 4.  Food Network’s online promotions for the 10th anniversary include a comprehensive 10th anniversary microsite featuring a 10-year timeline, video greetings from hosts as well as their top 10 favourite recipes, and a 10 year anniversary-themed Cooking Club Challenge for the Foodnetwork.ca online community.

For more information about Food Network’s 10th anniversary, visit www.foodnetwork.ca/anniversary, which goes live on October 1.