September 2010

Chad and Stephanie

 

Chad Waltrip

Age: 26

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Connection to your Teammate: Boyfriend 

Current occupation: Operations Manager 

Favorite hobbies: Traveling, outdoor sports and cooking 

Achievements: I’ve had a lot of success at my age within the company I work for, IST Management Services. 

Lifelong to do list: Write a novel, complete an Ironman and run my own business 

What scares you most about traveling? The thought of getting arrested while abroad for something I didn’t do and not being able to get out of jail is a little terrifying. 

What excites you most about traveling? The time leading up to the destination and the chance to see a totally different world from mine

If I could switch places with someone: Mathew McConaughey – It would be awesome to star in the movies he has been in as well as live life the way he does. 

Role model/hero: My mom is definitely my biggest hero. She raised my brother and me alone for 11 years until she re-married. She always made sure we never lacked in experiencing life to the fullest or making excuses for why something couldn’t be done. She passed away from cancer when I was 18 and fought until the very end. 

What are you passionate about? I’m very passionate about living life to the fullest and getting to know all walks of life. 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? If we were to win the million dollars, I would do my best to invest it wisely even though I might have to blow a little bit first. 

People would be surprised to learn: I’m a great cook.. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Ochos Rios, Jamaica 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Learning to communicate and take a back seat to each other will be our biggest hurdle on the road. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to grow as a person and as a couple. I really look to gain a whole new perspective on life from the travel and obstacles we will face. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: She has a lot of great ideas, but does not always see them through. 

 

Stephanie Smith

Age: 23

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Connection to your Teammate: Girlfriend 

Current occupation: Hair Stylist 

Favorite hobbies: Singing, swimming and water sports 

Achievements: Biggest achievements include placing in the top 10 at Miss USA 2008 and being ranked nationally as a swimmer at age 14. 

Lifelong to do list: It’s really too long to list everything, but I want to start my own business, record my own CD, host a variety show and have a happy family of my own. To do these things, I have to keep setting goals and going after them with full force.

What scares you most about traveling? Breaking a law that I am unaware of 

What excites you most about traveling? Learning about different cultures, people, religions and styles of clothing is what I look forward to most when traveling.

If I could switch places with someone: Celine Dion. I would love to know how it feels to perform as powerfully as she does. 

Role model/hero: I have a lot of people I look up to for inspiration, my family and friends included. Although I have always been impressed with Kelly Ripa. You can’t help but just love her. 

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about whatever makes me happy. I am an enthusiastic person. If I like something and set out to achieve a goal, I am extremely passionate about that task. 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would try to be a responsible young lady and pay school loans, have a family vacation and invest in another home. Maybe get a new wardrobe too. 

People would be surprised to learn: I can sing. I was in a classic rock band in Charleston, S.C. I would love to start performing again. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: I was a competitive swimmer growing up and was given the opportunity to train at the Colorado Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. It was a gorgeous place and such an exciting trip. 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Chad and I are so much alike. The things we love about each other are the same things we hate. Communication will be our biggest hurdle — and his temper. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? All the positive and negative experiences of traveling with someone you love and then to see how he handles problems we will have to face together. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: He can be inconsiderate of other people’s feelings and he can be very brash.  

Gary and Mallory

 

Gary Ervin

Age: 53

Hometown: Morganfield, Ky. 

Connection to your Teammate: Father 

Current occupation: Entrepreneur 

Favorite hobbies: Triathlon, scuba diving and hunting/fishing 

Achievements: Building a company from the ground up with my family to become one of the largest in the industry; getting my commercial pilots license and logging over 5000 hours; and, I wrestled and coached for University of Central Missouri and Union County High School.

Lifelong to do list: Be a better husband, father and friend 

What scares you most about traveling? Being out of the country if something were to happen to my family 

What excites you most about traveling? Learning about different people and cultures 

If I could switch places with someone: No one – I’m not perfect, but I’m happy with who I am. 

Role model/hero: My parents – I still strive to make them proud of me. 

What are you passionate about? My family, work, faith and fitness 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? If I were to win the million dollars I would help as many people with it as I could. 

People would be surprised to learn: I ran 13 marathons and a half Ironman triathlon after I turned 45. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Ngoro Ngoro crater in Tanzania 

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: The biggest obstacle of running the Race will be living up to our family’s expectation that we are going to win. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I would like to win for my family and community. I hope to represent both well so that they will be proud of my effort. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: My daughter has a stubborn streak — a lot like me. 

 

Mallory Ervin 

Age: 24

Hometown: Lexington, Ky. 

Connection to your Teammate: Daughter 

Current occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009 

Favorite hobbies: Performing, spending time with my family on our farm and thrill seeking activities like skydiving and bungee jumping 

Achievements: I was very proud of being selected as 4th runner up at Miss America. It was something that I have worked and prepared for my entire life. 

Lifelong to do list: Perform on Broadway! I also love motivational speaking and would love to find a way to continue this throughout my life. Lastly, I want to make my family proud. 

What scares you most about traveling? Being out of the country if something was to happen to my family 

What excites you most about traveling? I love diving blindly into new cultures and cities – the food, the language and the general attitude toward life. I also love that feeling that I have when I return home and realize all the good things that I have right here. 

If I could switch places with someone: Phil, because he gets to do The Amazing Race every season. 

Role model/hero: My dad 

What are you passionate about? My family, singing and helping others find joy in life 

What would you do if you won the million dollars? I would give some of it to the organizations that helped me along my way to achieve my dreams — the Miss America and Miss Kentucky Organization, Autism Awareness as well as the Catholic grade school and public high school I attended. I would save or invest the rest. My father will probably disagree. 

People would be surprised to learn: I’ve already made a million dollars – for charity. When I was Miss Kentucky I sold a country ham for 1.3 million dollars and all the money went to local charities in my state. 

Favorite place you have ever visited: Rome, Italy

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: We’re both very stubborn so we will have to learn how to give a little. We also need to work on trusting each other. 

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to have the adventure of a lifetime and an experience to share with my Dad. He is a huge fan and has never missed an episode. It would mean a lot to him to be able to run the Race together. 

Pet peeve about your teammate: Biggest pet peeve about my dad is that he never thinks about himself. 

Monday, September 27 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Following the abduction of a former NSA cyber terrorism expert, the team must rescue the man and prevent a breach of national security.

10:00pm – Monday, September 27 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The team investigates the mass murder of five college students killed in a method similar to that used by a local Native American tribe in times of war long ago.

Monday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Bravo! recognizes and celebrates the talent of Canadian musical artists with the 2010 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE. The annual music award is given to the best full-length Canadian album and is judged based solely on artistic merit. The Prize’s shortlist of nominees includes Broken Social Scene for their latest album Forgiveness Rock Record and Tegan and Sara for their album Sainthood.

9:30pm – Monday, September 27 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Molly (Melissa McCarthy) develops a cold before her first date with Mike (Billy Gardell), she takes some cold medication to help her feel better – with disastrous results.

Canwest and Canada’s Walk of Fame have announced Howie Mandel as Host of the 13th annual celebration of Canadian achievements, exclusively revealed tonight on ET Canada.

The internationally renowned comedian, much-beloved Canadian and 2009 inductee returns home, leading the 2010 ceremony as his fellow Canucks come together to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Airing Wednesday, October 20 – 9pm ET/PT on Global and SliceTM, the annual star-packed gala event will be held at Toronto’s Canon Theatre featuring highlight reels and special performances to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Howie Mandel lights up the stage wherever he goes and we’re honoured to have him back as the host for this year’s Tribute Show,” commented Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Howie’s a gifted performer through and through; we can only begin to imagine the wonderful things he has in store for the inductees and our audiences nationwide.” 

A constant force in show business for over 30 years, Howie’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. He is best known for his work on the Emmy®-Award winning “St. Elsewhere,” his international animated children’s series “Bobby’s World,” and as the host of “Deal or No Deal,” both in the US and in Canada. Howie recently received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Reality/Competition Host” and a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Game Show Host” for the syndicated version of the show. This summer Howie embarked on his latest endeavor as a judge on the hit talent competition series “America’s Got Talent” alongside Sharon Osborne and Piers Morgan.

“Howie has made me laugh since I first saw him perform in a Toronto night club, so I don’t find it surprising at all that his charisma and wit have had audiences worldwide falling in the aisles for years now,” said Peter Soumalias, CEO and President, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “But when I asked him to host our show this year, I didn’t think that this shining yet incredibly busy Canadian ambassador would be able to fit it in. Howie was as thrilled with the offer as we were at the prospect of having him at the helm, and he accepted without pause. It’ll definitely be a lot of fun!”

Howie helps shine the spotlight on the amazing roster of 2010 inductees on Saturday, October 16th: musician David Clayton-Thomas; singer Nelly Furtado; magician, the late Doug Henning; Olympian Clara Hughes; actor Eric McCormack; author Farley Mowat; and actor Sarah Polley.

The two-hour Walk of Fame Tribute is presented to a selection of internationally recognized Canadian luminaries for their lifetime achievements in the fields of music, sport, film and television, as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation.

CBC-TV’s prime time shows drew impressive ratings in the first week of the new Fall season, with several programs posting significant increases over last year’s audience numbers, the network reported today.

“CBC has debuted its Fall season to growing numbers, proving that once again our network is the destination for people who want great Canadian programs,” said Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services. “We’re thrilled that audiences are tuning in to support the talented actors, writers and production crews of the Canadian television industry.”

Among the week one highlights:

Anticipation was clearly high for the season two premiere of Battle of the Blades, a special Game On episode, with an audience of more than 1.5 million Canadians, with a total reach of 3.4 million – roughly one in ten Canadians – tuning in.

Dragons’ Den premiered to an audience of almost 1.6 million, an increase of 18% over last season’s premiere.

Despite going up against the strong premiere of Glee on Global, the Rick Mercer Report premiered with an audience of 1.22 million, up 12% over last year’s season average of 1.09 million. 

Drama series Heartland and The Tudors both premiered to audiences of almost one million viewers.

22 Minutes premiered to an audience of 818,000, 30% above the 2009/10 season average of 630,000. 

The fifth estate also posted a major increase over last year’s premiere, with the season opener (“Above Suspicion”) earning an audience of 641,000 – up 38% from the 2009 Fall premiere.

Monday, September 27 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

In order to ease Clint’s suspicions regarding the new wind farm deal, Bob recruits the man who taught him everything about being a con man to help him with the scheme: his father. Meanwhile, Lindsay begins to suspect that she may not know as much about Bob as she thought, and Cat is forced to repeatedly bail her brother Drew out of trouble.

9:00pm – Monday, September 27 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith) asks Alan (Jon Cryer) to move in with her, Charlie (Charlie Sheen) will do anything to get Alan to say “yes.”