September 2010

This morning, CBC Television earned significant industry recognition for its quality popular programming with a haul of 151 nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 25th Annual Gemini Awards.

“CBC Television is delighted with how many nominations the Academy has granted our talented stars, writers, journalists and other professionals – and we congratulate them all,” said Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services and General Manager of CBC Television “Above all else, this showing confirms that CBC Television is the place to watch the best Canadian shows and the biggest Canadian stars.”


Among the nominations received by CBC Television:


Little Mosque on the Prairie

Rick Mercer Report



Republic of Doyle

The Tudors



Battle of the Blades



Dragons’ Den



The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos




o  Shaun Majumder, 22 Minutes

o  Peter Keleghan, Erin Agostino, Carl Alacchi, Angela Asher, Ellen David, Stacey Farber, Al Goulem, Tiio Horn, Jesse Rath, Michael Seater, Arielle Shiri, 18 To Life



Rick Mercer, Rick Mercer Report



Allan Hawco, Republic of Doyle

Michael Riley, Being Erica



Lynda Boyd, Republic of Doyle



Kurt Browning, Battle Of The Blades



George Stroumboulopoulos, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos



Ian Hanomansing, CBC News Vancouver

Peter Mansbridge, CBC News: The National

Diana Swain, CBC News: Toronto at 6:00

Taking you behind all those edge-of-your-seat moments in hit blockbuster films like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers and I Am Legend, experience the illusion of the impossible transformed into THE possible!

Premiering Monday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, Discovery Science gives viewers an all-access pass inside the world of movie magic with SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES. Meet the innovative wizards who bring these films to life as Discovery Science invites viewers on a geektastic journey to the cinematic intersection of art, culture, science and technology.

As a cornerstone of pop culture, movies fascinate societies around the world and, with an ever-increasing impact of technology, learn how computer science has fundamentally changed the movie-making landscape and is now creating what cameras can’t.

Whether it’s helping Fxperts Inc reconstruct a six-metre replica of Bumblebee from Transformers, or visiting the virtual set for the hit television series 24, hands-on host and self-proclaimed movie geek Nar Williams brings viewers the inside scoop on the tricks of the Hollywood trade.

Appealing to the movie junkie in us all, this new Discovery Science series explores the remarkable – yet rarely celebrated – scientific world that exists behind the screen. SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES breaks down famous movie scenes to reveal the inside science on how each sequence was strung together. From motion-capture film techniques and the science of perspective in chase scenes, to state-of-the-art cameras and creating 3-D worlds, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES features rare behind-the-scenes footage to help bring viewers to the cutting-edge of filmmaking technology.

Acting as the guinea pig, Williams gets some much appreciated hands-on experience to show the technological creative process behind the scenes. Highlighting the equipment used in creating the latest visual effects and computer graphics, coupled with interviews with the award-winning artists, stunt men and technicians responsible for using – or sometimes even inventing – the equipment, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES celebrates the world of movie magic like never before. 


Highlights from SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES include:


SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “Transformers: Bumblebee Rises”

Monday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Host Nar Williams helps Fxperts Inc reconstruct a six-metre replica of Bumblebee from Transformers and later morphs into a video game character at Image Metrics. Then he digs into the science of 3-D moviemaking at Stereoscope and gets his brain waves read by neuromarketing company Applied fMRI Institute – but something goes horribly wrong. 


SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “The Explosive Science of ‘24’”

Monday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Willams gets a lesson in movie sound design at Todd A.O and later the science of night vision and thermal cameras at Sofradir EC. He gets blown up on a Look Effects Inc. virtual set for the TV show 24, and a nuclear physicist challenges the notion that Indiana Jones could survive the nuclear blast from the latest “Indy” movie. 


SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “The Force is with You: Skywalker Sound”

Monday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Williams visits Skywalker Sound and lends his voice to a battle droid from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then Rhythm & Hues creates cutting-edge visual FX for Land of the Lost and Svengali’s matte paintings for I Am Legend. Later, Williams and a palaeontologist see if dinosaurs could really be cloned from DNA à la Jurassic Park.

MTV runs the gamut and takes its viewers on an incredible journey this fall, from inspirational real life stories to escapist hilarity. From new series premieres, returning favourites, and highly-anticipated season finales, MTV has programming that inspires, entertains, and gets young people talking.

Inspiring real life series, representing youth from all walks of life, include the new docu-series WORLD OF JENKS (September 13) where documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks shadows the lives of complete strangers.

The Canadian boys from THE BURIED LIFE (September 27) continue to make dreams come true as they return for Season 2 asking viewers what they want to do before they die? A surprisingly inspirational season, REAL WORLD: NEW ORLEANS comes to a close (October 6) after the cast witness and contribute to the rebirth of the city. Maci, Farrah, Catelynn and Amber close out another season of TEEN MOM (October 12), while a new crop of teens explore the beginnings of parenthood in a new season of 16 AND PREGNANT (October 13).

MTV continues to get people talking as a new season of the wildly popular 1 GIRL 5 GAYS (September 3), returns with a new batch of feisty men to dish the dirt on all things love, sex, and relationships. The hijinx and hilarity continue every Monday to Thursday on MTV LIVE, followed by MTV NEWS delivering all the entertainment highlights of the day. MTV NEWS’ Sharlene Chiu takes viewers on a tour of unexpected musical gems in various cities in the new series MTV NEWS: SHARLENE VS. (September 6). 

Rounding out the schedule with a chance to escape, the season finale of the series that inspired first pumps and excessive tanning, and brought you “The Shirt Before The Shirt”, JERSEY SHORE (October 21).

Hell hath no fury like a cheerleader scorned. Viewers get fired up as /A\ and MuchMusic bring the heat with the feisty new Vancouver-filmed series HELLCATS.

The new hour-long drama premieres Wednesday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET on /A\ and Friday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMusic. A cheeky look into the cut-throat world of competitive college cheerleading, HELLCATS stars HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL’s Ashley Tisdale as cheerleader captain Savannah Monroe and BANDSLAM’s Alyson Michalka.

With choreography by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA choreographer and guest judge Paul Becker and featuring Season 1 Top 2 finalist Allie Bertram, HELLCATS is sure to get viewers moving. New episodes of HELLCATS are available on demand following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at and on

HELLCATS joins /A\’s new Wednesday night fall line-up, which begins with the 15th cycle of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 8. The new series also joins MuchMusic’s new Friday night line-up, leading into the second season of VAMPIRE DIARIES at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 10.

HELLCATS follows Marti Perkins who finds herself competing for a spot on Lancer University’s cheer squad to rectify her financial setback after her scholarship comes to a screeching halt. Marti is soon going toe-to-toe with the competitive, peppy, and fierce cheer captain Savannah Moore. The squad must work together despite the drama to win the national title and be atop of cheerleading supremacy, and Marti has to give it all she has to make her dreams come true.

Based on the book Cheer! Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by Kate Torgovnick and produced by Emmy® Award winner Kevin Murphy (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and actor Tom Welling (SMALLVILLE). HELLCATS is punchy and upbeat with a soundtrack worth cheering for.

In the series premiere “A World Full of Strangers,” resourceful and spirited Marti Perkins (Alyson Michalka) is forced to apply for the Hellcats cheer squad at Memphis’ Lancer University to secure a scholarship and keep her place in school. Marti is shocked to see rival Savannah Monroe (Ashley Tisdale) is the Hellcat captain and holds the key to her fate. joins forces with Bedlam Games and Prodigy Pictures to develop the ultimate fan site for the upcoming supernatural series Lost Girl.

In addition to exclusive video content, downloads, episode guide, games and fan forums, the website is anchored by the dynamic Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic.

A first for, the premiere installment of the Lost Girl Interactive Motion Comic launched this week at

Featuring gripping storylines and impressive animation, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic is a perfect complement to the television series, extending the Lost Girl world into the digital universe. The site puts the fan in the director’s chair, allowing them to choose their own adventure. The six installments of the comic are a prequel to the series.

Users are introduced to the heroine of Lost Girl, a succubus named Bo, and, in the first installment, are taken through a day-in-her-life where the fan gets to decide the outcomes of Bo’s dark impulses, among other situations featuring secondary characters. With six installments at roughly four minutes in length, this is the first online interactive motion comic created for a Showcase series.

“Bedlam Ink and Prodigy Pictures have done an outstanding job creating a website that complements the creativity and originality of the series,” said Chris Harris, Director, Online Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “The Lost Girl website marks a significant milestone for as we continue to push the boundaries to develop first-rate online extensions of our hit series.”

“We’ve worked tirelessly with Prodigy Pictures and to develop a site that will remain top of mind for Lost Girl fans and have created an addictive interactive component that will have users returning to each installment just as they would tune into Showcase to watch the series,” said Trevor Fencott, CEO, Bedlam Ink. Jay Firestone, Executive Producer, Prodigy Pictures adds, “it’s thrilling to see our initial vision of a Lost Girl motion comic finally being brought to life. The final product is dynamic, engaging and truly exceeds our expectations.”

The website acts to broaden the scope of the Lost Girl underworld, giving users an all-access pass to additional narrative and behind-the-scenes content. In addition to the interactive motion comic, Lost Girl cast biographies and character back-stories are available, and full episodes of the series will be available after broadcast. The site is also home to the online Lost Girl fan community where viewers can discuss favourite moments from the show.

The website was developed to complement the hotly anticipated debut of Lost Girl, produced by Prodigy Pictures. The television series premieres Sunday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on Showcase. 

CTV’s new Monday night lineup kicks off the Fall with some killer moves as the star-studded competition series DANCING WITH THE STARS returns at 8 p.m. ET, followed by mystery-comedy CASTLE at 10 p.m. ET beginning September 20 on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

Last season, DANCING WITH THE STARS performance shows drew an average of 2.172 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched reality series in Canada. Meanwhile, CASTLE popped in its sophomore season, averaging 1.7 million viewers in May to become one of last season’s hottest shows.

As announced last night, the impressive list of celebrities confirmed to compete this season on DANCING WITH THE STARS include Michael Bolton, Brandy, Margaret Cho, Rick Fox, Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Kyle Massey, Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Kurt Warner.

The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the first two-hour results show, featuring performances by music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry on Tuesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET (the results show moves to its regular timeslot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 28 on CTV).

New episodes of DANCING WITH THE STARS and CASTLE are also available on demand the day following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at



Hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke, each week, the celebrity and professional dance pairs perform live choreographed Latin, traditional and contemporary ballroom dance routines to popular live music played by a 17-piece orchestra. The dance routines which are judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, who all return for their eleventh season together. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes are sent home on the DANCING WITH THE STARS results show.

The 12 celebrities heading to the dance floor this season are: multiple Grammy®- award winner Michael Bolton; platinum-selling R&B singer and actress Brandy; one of the most successful stand-up comediennes Margaret Cho; three-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, actor and producer and Toronto-born Rick Fox; beloved film and television actress Jennifer Grey; television superstar David Hasselhoff; actress, talk show host, recording artist, author and Broadway veteran Florence Henderson; star of Disney Channel’s hit series CORY IN THE HOUSE Kyle Massey; former first daughter of Alaska Bristol Palin; star of hit reality series THE HILLS Audrina Patridge; star of hit series JERSEY SHORE Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino; and the first quarterback to ever participate in DANCING WITH THE STARS, St. Louis Rams star Kurt Warner.



When viewers first met Richard Castle (Edmonton-native Nathan Fillion), he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Hamilton-born Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive homicide detective with a fascination for offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Though they instantly clashed, sparks of another sort began to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle stepped in to help find the copycat killer. Once that initial case was solved, Castle and Beckett continued to investigate strange homicides in New York, combining Castle’s writer’s intuition and Beckett’s creative detective work.

Another guy and another girl are sent home on the live results episode.

8:30pm – Tuesday, August 31 on CTV