September 2010

9 p.m. ET – Wednesday, September 1 on Space

Uther has Gwen’s father imprisoned for treason and sorcery, which leads Morgana to seek revenge against the sovereign by joining a plot to kill him. Merlin, meanwhile, must choose whether to stop the assassination attempt or allow it to proceed.

Eliminated So You Think You Can Dance Canada contestants Yonni Fournier and Bree Wasylenko chat about their time on the hit CTV dance show.

Wednesday, September 1 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

In this episode, the dramatic Power of Veto competition is held.

Global’s Entertainment Tonight Canada revealed this evening the details surrounding their exclusive red carpet Festival Central gala events in celebration of the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). As the only entertainment show to officially sponsor the Festival, ET Canada will feature wall-to-wall coverage of all things TIFF every night for 11 days beginning Thursday, September 9th.

“TIFF is a landmark event for film worldwide and after five years going strong, Festival Central parties have become renowned among the top tier talent that walk our red carpet,” said Tamara Simoneau, Sr. Executive Producer, ET Canada. “ET Canada is pulling out all the stops for our exclusive gala nights and fans can catch the evening’s best moments every night on the show.”

Returning to the city’s most coveted rooftop real-estate, Festival Central headquarters will once again be located in the heart of Yorkville. Under the stars and overlooking the crowds below, ET Canada will host four consecutive nights of glamour, including the official celebrations for “BARNEY’S VERSION” and “GOOD NEIGHBOURS.” Plus, ET Canada is celebrating’s new media network DIPDIVE as well as teaming up with celebrity-endorsed charity, The Creative Coalition, to present the SPOTLIGHT AWARDS and official after party.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 and ET CANADA present “DIPDIVE NIGHTS” brought to you by Blackberry

Black Eyed Peas frontman gets it started and mans the turntables for tastemakers, trendsetters and his famous friends. Celebrity guest DJs are expected throughout the evening for a body rocking, beat pumping, rooftop dance party.



“BARNEY’S VERSION” – Entertainment One 

Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Scott Speedman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre.

From producer Robert Lantos, Barney’s Version is a film based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel. Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney’s candid confessional spans four decades and two continents, and includes three wives (Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre), one outrageous father (Dustin Hoffman) and a charmingly dissolute best friend (Scott Speedman). Directed by Richard J. Lewis.




For the first time ever, ET Canada will exclusively partner with not-for-profit New York City based organization, The Creative Coalition for the Spotlight Awards. The Awards pay homage to actors, directors and producers who support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world. Past winners and presenters include Natalie Portman, Harvey & Bob Weinstein, Elijah Wood, Adrien Grenier and Precious director, Lee Daniels.



“GOOD NEIGHBOURS” – Alliance Films

Starring Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire and Jay Baruchel.

Director Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) returns with an innovative and unsettling thriller about some very strange people living in the same apartment building in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. The film follows some three usual inhabitants – Victor (Jay Baruchel), an overly friendly elementary school teacher who’s desperate for human contact; Louise (Emily Hampshire), a waitress with an unhealthy attachment to her cats; and Spencer (Scott Speedman), a widower who’s confined to a wheelchair.


Also, for the second year in a row, ET Canada will partner with Playback for the magazine’s fourth annual Canadian Film & Television Hall of Fame awards ceremony taking place on Monday, September 13. The awards are a celebration of film and television heavyweights including actor Donald Sutherland; writer/director/producer Paul Haggis; host/scientist David Suzuki; film producer Don Carmody; and the late actor John Candy.

Each night guests of Festival Central will be given the VIP treatment with special party features including a GUESS branded photo booth stationed at the end of the red carpet and the return of the hugely popular ET Canada branded golf carts that will whisk partygoers from street level to the excitement on the roof. ET Canada is proud to partner with some of Canada’s top advertisers this Festival. Platinum sponsors L’Oreal Paris and The Bay will be creatively integrated into the Festival Central events and coverage, and Gold sponsors Energizer Canada, Stella Artois and GUESS will have a unique presence at each of the parties as well. Silver sponsors include Grand Marnier and Fuze. ET Canada will once again bring Festival Central to life with the help of Liberty Entertainment Group.

“We are very excited to once again partner with ET Canada to produce Festival Central during this year’s TIFF. We have seen the event grow over the past five years to truly become one of the highlights of the Festival,” said Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group. “This year’s events will be our best yet and we look forward to toasting another successful year with our friends at ET Canada.”

ET Canada’s Studio Lounge will be based next door at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel where stars will stop by for interviews with show hosts Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli. VIP guests will sip on Moët et Chandon and autograph a custom Magnum to be auctioned off for charity. The ET Canada exclusive gift suite will feature Thomas Sabo fine jewelry and the newest fall lingerie and beauty collections from Victoria’s Secret, which just opened its first stores in Canada.

It’s a bit terrifying to think that there are giant rocks flying straight at our planet on a regular basis – but it’s true. Though our atmosphere helps fry the occasional wayward piece of asteroid or comet as it heads our way, once in a while a handful (or more) makes it through.

Now on a hunt to find these incredible lost pieces of the universe comes the new seven-part Discovery Science series METEORITE MEN premiering Monday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

After racing through space at speeds of 48,000kph until violently crashing here, lost pieces of the universe have been buried deep below the Earth’s surface for thousands of years. And although they’re among the rarest natural objects on Earth – more uncommon than gold – meteorite hunters Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold will stop at nothing to track down these ancient alien treasures.

There is no mountain too tall, no dry lake bed too deep and no desert too harsh to keep these guys from their mission of locating pieces of history that can answer incredible questions about our past and future. Finding these cosmic treasures is a difficult task requiring innovative, cutting-edge detection technology, as well as a keen ability to scientifically decipher the mystery where each might lie. That is where professionals Notkin and Arnold come in. Armed with an assortment of high-tech equipment and their own archive of secret maps – locations where they believe meteorites have fallen – the meteorite men reveal to viewers how strongly adventure is intrinsic to the pursuit of scientific discovery.

The series begins with Notkin and Arnold on a quest to find answers to the “Tucson Ring Mystery” – one of the most intriguing anomalies in the meteorite world. The meteorite men also search outside of Odessa, Texas, for a massive 65,000 year-old meteor buried deep in the ground, and scour West Texas for tiny pieces of the “Ash Creek Meteorite,” which caught the public’s attention when it streaked across the sky in February 2009. 

Nearly polar opposites in terms of personality (one is British and one is American; one is a vegetarian and the other a devoted carnivore), Notkin and Arnold meet almost exclusively at their love for meteorite hunting. It’s this shared passion for unearthing pieces of outer space that has sent the duo to all corners of the globe for nearly 13 years.


Highlights from the first episodes of METEORITE MEN include:



Monday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Modern day treasure hunters, Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin, have travelled the world for years to search for remnants of ancient meteorites. The duo uses inventive, cutting-edge technologies to detect these treasures from space as each are often buried over centuries by substantial amounts of dirt and sediment. With a first-hand look at the unique science of meteorite hunting, the first episode takes viewers to the farmlands of Brenham, Kansas, – a hotbed for meteorites – as Notkin and Arnold search for pieces of a large meteorite that fell to Earth thousands of years ago.


METEORITE MEN – “Tucson Ring Mystery”

Monday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Meteorite hunters Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold take viewers on a search for clues to uncover the 150 year-old mystery of the “Tucson Ring.” Accidentally discovered in the 1850s by a Mexican farmer, the “Tucson Ring” is an enormous meteorite that now resides in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. The location of where it fell remains a powerful mystery. Now, with the help of ATV’s, trucks and eventually their feet, Notkin and Arnold – armed with the latest metal detection technology – navigate the narrow trails of rugged southern Arizona mountains to unveil the mystery of the “Tucson Ring.”


METEORITE MEN – “Odessa Iron Meteorite Crater”

Monday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Approximately 50,000 years ago a giant meteor created one of only two craters in the United States that have produced meteorite fragments. Notkin and Arnold are on a mission to explore the crater from the inside out. The team will interview the veteran hunters who found the crater and meet Tim Rodman, one of the last people to journey into the crater’s shaft before it was closed. On the hunt for meteorite fragments, the METEORITE MEN use state-of-the-art metal detectors to determine the difference between the iron of the oil pipes in this area and the iron found in meteorites.

One of the most-watched competition shows in Canada, the multiple EMMY AWARD-winning series THE AMAZING RACE returns to CTV with an extended 90-minutes premiere Sunday, September 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

A Top 10 show in Canada which averaged 2.54 million viewers last season, the 17th cycle of THE AMAZING RACE visits new destinations including Bangladesh, Ghana and the Arctic Circle.

THE AMAZING RACE moves to its regular timeslot on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning October 3. New episodes of THE AMAZING RACE are also available on demand the day following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at

THE AMAZING RACE sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another. At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges – some mental and some physical – and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

This season’s cast of racers travel over 32,000 miles, covering four continents and 30 cities. Additionally, for the first time in the history of THE AMAZING RACE, the team to finish in first place during the premiere episode is awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.

Season 17 features racers from all walks of life, including a team of home shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth mother/daughter team who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago. 


Below are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:


Team 1:

Brook Roberts

Age: 27

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host


Claire Champlin

Age: 30

Hometown: Reno, Nev.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host


Relationship: Home Shopping Hosts


Team 2: 

Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26

Hometown: Henderson, Nev. 

Occupation: Bartender  


Vicki Casciola

Age: 26   

Hometown: Henderson, Nev. 

Occupation: Hair Stylist


Relationship: Dating


Team 3:

Ron Kellum

Age: 45

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Occupation: Director/Choreographer


Tony Stovall

Age: 42

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctoral Student (University of



Relationship: Best Friends


Team 4:

Michael Wu

Age:  58

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Occupation: Software Consultant and Content Creator  


Kevin Wu

Age: 20

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Occupation: Student/Internet Entertainer


Relationship: Father/Son


Team 5:

Chad Waltrip

Age: 26

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Occupation: Operations Manager


Stephanie Smith

Age: 23

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Occupation: Hair Stylist   


Relationship: Newly Dating


Team 6:  

Nat Strand

Age: 31

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctor


Kat Chang

Age: 35

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif. 

Occupation: Doctor


Relationship: Doctors/Friends


Team 7: 

Gary Ervin

Age: 53

Hometown: Morganfield, Ky. 

Occupation: Entrepreneur  


Mallory Ervin

Age: 24

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.  

Occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009


Relationship: Father/Daughter


Team 8: 

Connor Diemand-Yauman

Age:  22

Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio

Occupation: Student (Princeton)


Jonathan Schwartz

Age: 22

Hometown: Cranford, N.J.

Occupation: Student (Princeton)


Relationship: Ivy League a Cappella Singers


Team 9:

Jill Haney

Age: 27 

Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif.  

Occupation: Hair Stylist


Thomas Wolfard

Age: 30

Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif. 

Occupation: Ad Sales Director


Relationship: Dating


Team 10:

Andie DeKroon

Age:  43

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom


Jenna Sykes

Age: 21 

Hometown: Athens, Ga. 

Occupation: Student (University of Georgia)   


Relationship: Birth Mother/Daughter


Team 11:

Katie Seamon

Age: 23

Hometown: Rahway, N.J.

Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player


Rachel Johnston

Age: 24

Hometown: Moorestown, N.J

Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player


Relationship: Beach Volleyball Partners

First it was the MMVAs. Then it was the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS. Next up: ETALK.

The Jonas Brothers are coming back to CTV’s Queen St. headquarters tomorrow and they are headed straight to ETALK’s newsroom studio. Just before Friday’s television premiere of CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM and three tour stops in Canada, Jonas Brothers are set to exclusively co-host ETALK with anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, live in-studio on Thursday, September 2.

Every fan in Canada can watch the world’s most-famous brothers hold it down on Canada’s most-watched entertainment program that night at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit for local listings).

If testing JoBros’ entertainment-news expertise with a co-hosting gig wasn’t enough, ETALK puts Kevin Jonas to the test with “etalk boot camp”. Now that he’s mastered being an international pop star, ETALK’s team of reporters takes him through a series of tasks to see if he has what it takes to join the ranks.

Viewers can watch an encore presentation of tomorrow’s episode of ETALK at 11:30 p.m. ET on Star! or at

Around 8 a.m. on December 10, 2007, police in Mississauga, ON responded to a 911 call from a man who had said he had just killed his daughter. When officers arrived, they found 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez suffering from life-threatening injuries. She later died in hospital.

The fate of this young Muslim woman and three others is explored in depth in the world television premiere of the two-hour Original CTV Documentary IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY, Tuesday, September 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times). The film will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at following its broadcast premiere.

IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY puts a very human face the harrowing circumstances estimated to claim the lives of 5,000 women around the world every year. Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Shelley Saywell (Crimes of Honour) continues her list of hard-hitting films that deal with human rights issues. Selected to screen at Hot Docs earlier this year, the film was awarded the 2010 Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature, marking the second time Saywell has earned this distinction at Hot Docs.

“Stamping out violence against women requires ongoing education in mainstream society and local communities,” said Saywell. “This film is a call to social, religious and school leaders to say this is wrong, and will hopefully help keep immigrant communities and families from feeling alienated and under fire.”  

In addition to Parvez, the film also looks at teens Sarah and Amina Said of Dallas Texas, shot to death allegedly by their father who has disappeared, and university student Fauzia Mohammad of New York, who miraculously survived eleven stab wounds inflicted by her brother. IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY examines each case from multiple viewpoints and explains how the clash between an ancient tribal notion of honour and western culture leads to these crimes.

Islam does not sanction this practice in any way.  But the murder of young women by their family members is often justified by distorted religious and cultural interpretations. As immigration to Canada and the United States increases, there has been an upswing in the brutalization and murder of young Muslim women by their fathers or brothers for defying male authority, which they feel brings shame on their family.


IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY follows the course to violence as the girls start embracing the culture of their new countries. From the refusal to wear a hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, to wearing figure-flattering clothes and having connections with non-Muslim men, male family members believe they are justified in punishing them. They often show no remorse for these acts. In the film, viewers meet the girls, their families and friends, and enter into a normally closed world where young women wanting to bridge two worlds are victimized by the men who claim to love them the most.

Big-time fitness club and gym chains equal big-time business with annual revenues in Canada in excess of $2 billion. Fully five million Canadians currently hold gym or fitness club memberships.

However, lots of clients are reporting problems.

CBC’s award-winning consumer watchdog program MARKETPLACE is calling on Canadians to share their stories through the Big Gym Ripoff Search: you tell us—how bad is it? What horror stories do you have?

Viewers can submit their experiences online beginning Aug. 30 at

“Instead of getting ripped, people are getting ripped off. Year after year, the exploitative terms of gym memberships rank among the top ten consumer complaints reported to government,” said Erica Johnson, co-host of MARKETPLACE. “For the first time ever, we’re offering Canadians a chance to tell their stories so that we can expose which gym chains most need to snap themselves into shape.” 

The new season of MARKETPLACE begins in January 2011.

The second season of the riveting 6 hr. crime series Durham County received 7 Gemini nominations today. The Gemini Awards are Canada’s “Emmy Awards” and honour outstanding achievement in television.

Durham County – Season 2 received nominations for Best Dramatic Series (Michael Prupas, Janis Lundman, Adrienne Mitchell and Laurie Finstad Knizhnik); Best Direction (Adrienne Mitchell); Best Actress (Hélène Joy) as well as Best Casting, Best Make-up, Best Sound and Best Main Title Design. In 2009, the series brought home 5 Gemini Awards.

Praised by the New York Times as “entirely addictive”, Durham County is developed and produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc. and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. with Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and Astral Media’s The Movie Network. The series is produced with participation from the Canadian Media Fund and is being distributed internationally by ITV Global Entertainment Media. Durham County season 3 will air this fall on The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada).

Other Muse Entertainment titles nominated for this year’s Gemini awards include: The Mini-Series Ben Hur (Best Sound & Best Visual Effects) – a Muse Entertainment (Canada)/Drimtim Entertainment (Spain) production in association with Zak Productions (Morocco), Akkord Film (Germany) and FishCorbFilms; the mini-series The Phantom (Best Mini-series, Best Editing for Arthur Tarnowski); the TV movie Carny (Best Visual Effect) and the tween series Family Biz (Best Direction for Craig Pryce) – a Muse Entertainment, Summit Crescent Productions and France’s Breakout Films production.

(From a press release)