September 2010

Calling all experts: CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is looking for people to share their expertise and lifestyle advice as part of the show’s roster of regular on-air contributors.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is assembling the most fun aficionados in lifestyle and beyond. Be it fashion or finance, dating and relationships, cooking, gardening, technology, fitness, health, or home décor, the highly anticipated new daytime series is looking for people who make any one of these topics their passionate preoccupation, to appear regularly on the program.

Open casting for these coveted spots begins today online at CTV.ca/marilyn, and in person on October 16 at CTV’s Toronto HQ at 299 Queen St. West. Applicants can call 416.384.2000 for more information. Deadline for applications is October 16, 2010.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is the destination daytime talk show set to hit millions of homes across the country Monday through Friday each week on CTV. With the right personality and know-how, anyone across the country could step into the studio to become a regular part of the most fun and dynamic entertainment and lifestyle talk show to hit television in years.

“This is not a contest, but a once in a lifetime opportunity and a career-making nationwide search,” said Nan Row, Executive Producer. “We expect a combination of those with television experience and enthusiastic newcomers to show us their skills. In the end, anyone from your accountant to your esthetician could make the cut. We would love it if some fabulous elementary school teacher walked through our doors to reveal that they were a fierce fashionista and ended up making a name for themselves on the program.”

“If you’re someone who can’t get enough of what you love, and you’re up to date on its current trends, then you’ve got a shot at being on the show,” said Marilyn Denis. “If you can see yourself sitting next to me speaking passionately about it unlike anyone else, you’re someone we want to meet. And maybe you’ll get the break you’ve been dreaming of.”

Talented hopefuls can check out CTV.ca/marilyn for details on how to audition for a contributor spot on the team from anywhere across the country. All applicants need to fill out the show’s questionnaire, now available online. Those applying in person can come down to CTV’s landmark 299 Queen St West headquarters in Toronto on October 16th and give the show’s team the best they’ve got in a live audition. For the Toronto live auditions, applicants can grab a spot in line with their headshot and résumé in tow and get ready to step up and tell the team why they think they’re the best person for the job. Applicants who can not attend the open call can send in their demo reel and resume along with the completed form to be considered.

About THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW 

Hosted by Marilyn Denis and broadcast live before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily entertainment and lifestyle talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts, established and emerging alike. Building on Marilyn Denis’ connection to her fans, interviews and ideas are delivered with the ease and humour of a conversation with your best girlfriend. Marilyn Denis invites viewers into her life weekdays at 10 a.m., beginning January 2011.

Who says nobody watches TV on Fridays? With 2 million+ audiences at both 9 and 10 p.m. ET Friday night, CTV continued to rule Premiere Week, including 2.126 million viewers for the series premiere of BLUE BLOODS.

The new drama starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg lands in a statistical tie for the #1 new series of the Fall so far, with preliminary overnight data placing the premiere just 10,000 viewers less than the debut of HAWAII FIVE-0 (2.136 million).

Winning the night overall for CTV was the season premiere of CSI: NY with 2.33 million viewers. The series premiere of BLUE BLOODS is available now, on demand, on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

BLUE BLOODS had nearly 3.5 times the audience of its closest competition at 10 p.m., OUTLAW on Global/NBC (612,000). BLUE BLOODS also won Saturday night, when 926,000 viewers tuned in for an encore broadcast at 9 p.m. on CTV. In all, 5.46 million viewers watched some or all of the premiere on Friday or Saturday night.

At 9 p.m., CSI: NY was the #1 show of the day in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver with total viewers and the key A25-54, A18-49 and A18-34 demos.

With five times the audience of Global and 3.5 times the audience of CBC in primetime, CTV delivered the Top 4 programs of the day in primetime with total viewers and all key demos: a repeat of HUMAN TARGET (#3) delivered 1.06 million at 8 p.m. while BIG BANG THEORY (#4) drew 859,000 viewers at 7:30 p.m.

Kloe Schultz and Shavar Blackwood discuss their time on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

10:00pm Monday, September 27 on CTV

When a famous psychic is murdered, Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) search for her killer while also carrying on a spirited debate on the existence of extrasensory abilities. Evidence mounts on both sides, especially when a letter arrives from the victim, penned the day she was killed and predicting her own death – or was it written by a clever killer, hoping to throw off the investigation?

Sunday, September 26 – 10pm ET/PT *Season Premiere* on Global

It’s been a year since the Walker family was torn apart by a tragic car accident, but truths and reality start to set in when the family is forced to come together for Justin’s homecoming party.

10:00pm – Sunday, September 26 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and their team reopen the unsolved case of a serial killer who has attacked someone for the first time in 20 years.

10:00pm – Sunday, September 26 on CTV

The President and CEO of Choice Hotels International (Steve Joyce), one of the world’s largest hotel franchises (with chains in Canada including Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge), is the first boss to make an undercover journey on the second season premiere of UNDERCOVER BOSS.

CBC’s hugely popular hit series BATTLE OF THE BLADES kicks-off the live portion of its dramatic second season on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. with eight formidable pairs of female figure skaters and ex-NHL hockey players competing to win a $100,000 prize donation towards their charity of choice.

The live performance show airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. followed by the live results show Monday nights at 8 p.m., where, week after week, a duo will be eliminated until the new championship pair is crowned.

The live performance competition series is a test of incredible skill and showmanship, and the pairs have been chosen to maximize the best in athleticism and on-ice entertainment. The pairs, and their chosen charities, are:

Afanasieva and Stock — Violetta Afanasieva, who won the first-ever Extreme Ice Skating World Championship with her Canadian partner/husband Peter Dack, is paired with P.J. Stock, who played 235 games in the NHL and is currently part of the CBC HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA team. Charity: One x One.

Brasseur and Warriner — Isabelle Brasseur, one of four returning skaters, is a five-time Canadian pairs champion and winner of two Olympic bronze medals with partner Lloyd Eisler. She teams up with Todd Warriner, a hard-working NHL winger who scored the Maple Leafs’ very first goal at the Air Canada centre in Toronto. Charity: The Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Bourne and Brisebois — A 10-time Canadian Dance Champion with partner Victor Kratz, with whom she captured the World Figure Skating Championship, Shae-Lynn Bourne returns for her second season on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. This time, she is paired with Patrice Brisebois, who played 15 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before becoming a NASCAR driver. Charities: Make-A-Wish Foundation (Bourne) and Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation (Brisebois).

Gordeeva and Bure — A two-time Olympic Gold medalist and four-time World Champion, Russian native Ekaterina Gordeeva is considered by many to be the world’s best pairs figure skater. Her partner is “Russian Pocket Rocket” Valeri Bure, who scored 400 points during his 11-year NHL career. Charities: Cardiac Kids/Hospital For Sick Children (Gordeeva) and Compassion Canada (Bure).

Hough-Sweeney and Courtnall — Christine Hough-Sweeney, another return performer, represented Canada with her partner, Doug Ladret, at two Olympic Games. This season she teams up with Russ Courtnall, a former Olympian and speedy right winger who played 17 seasons with the NHL. Charity: The Archie Courtnall Center –Victoria Hospital Foundation

Ina and Chase — A Japanese-American pairs skater, Kyoko Ina competed at three Olympics and won the U.S. championships five times with two different partners. This time she joins forces with Kelly Chase, a hardnosed former NHLer who earned the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1998 for his work helping developmentally disabled people participate in hockey. Charity: Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Langlois and Laraque — Anabelle Langlois, who came back from a near career-ending foot injury to compete at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, is paired with Georges Laraque, one of the toughest players in the NHL and known for his charitable work, notably for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Charity: Hockey for Haiti.

Salé and Fleury — Jamie Salé, the reigning BATTLE OF THE BLADES champion, won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics with partner David Pelletier and the World Championships in 2001. She teams up this year with Theo Fleury, a gritty forward who collected more than 1,000 points during his 15-year NHL career and twice represented Canada at the Olympics, winning a gold medal in 2002. Charity: The Men’s Project.

“Last year’s pairs took a huge leap of faith, and together they ventured into the unknown. Their legacy has given this year’s pairs the benefit of knowing what is achievable. Each of our new pairs has attacked the challenge with veracity and an almost child-like enthusiasm,” says Sandra Bezic, Co-Creator and Judge and Kevin Albrecht, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of BATTLE OF THE BLADES. “Their work ethic, strength and a youthful competitiveness will guarantee a new level of technical risk and danger that will be sure to keep Canadians on the edge of their seats.”

For more information about the competitors, please visit www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal of BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Sunday, September 26 – 9pm ET/PT *One-hour Season Premiere* on Global

** Drew Barrymore (Whip It), James Woods (Shark) and Ashley Tisdale (Hellcats) Guest Voice**

When the Griffins and other residents of Quahog are invited to visit the mansion of James Woods, the evening turns into a real murder mystery when guests end up dead and everyone scrambles to figure out who done it.

Sunday, September 26 – 8:30pm ET/PT *Season Premiere* on Global

Cleveland takes a struggling rapper Kenny West (Kanye West) under his wing in attempt to prove his own prowess after receiving some surprising news about his childhood basketball camp nemesis. Together, Cleveland and Kenny write, record and perform a new hit single, “Be-Cleve in Yourself.” The track burns up the charts and ignites Kenny’s new rap career, but leaves Cleveland behind in the dust.