November 2010

8:00pm – Sunday, October 31 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men) and Jay (Will Smith, Seven Pounds), members of a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth. The two Men in Black (MIB) find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MIB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It’s just another typical day for the MIB.

8 p.m. ET – Sunday, October 31 on Space

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If hurtling down a mountain at speeds clocking 135kph is all in a day’s work, how does Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery find a new kind of rush?

After reaching the top of the podium at Vancouver 2010, the charismatic skeleton champion enlists three of his closest friends for an athlete’s ultimate road trip – in fact, it’s the BEST. TRIP. EVER.  

Premiering Saturday, November 27 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, this one-hour special follows the adrenaline-seeking crew of four – which includes Montgomery’s fiancée and teammate Darla Deschamps, his best friend and conditioning coach Kelly Forbes, plus his friend and skeleton teammate Sarah Reid – as they drive across British Columbia in a 2010 Toyota 4Runner – a winning combination of off-road capability and on-road driving comfort – engaging in a little friendly competition.

Tackling extreme sports from kite surfing and slack-lining to heli-biking and Vancouver’s gruelling Grouse Grind, the foursome is attempting most of the activities for the first time. With bragging rights – and besting their own personal gold standards – on the line, the competition is fierce!

Skeleton racers Montgomery, Deschamps and Reid are joined by their conditioning coach Forbes.  A former skeleton racer himself, a back injury forced Forbes out of competition, but over the past two years he has developed innovative – and challenging! – ways to train his friends and teammates. And so, as the group embarks on a six-day “vacation,” Forbes leads the crew to test out the most exciting and extreme sporting adventures B.C. has to offer. They pile into a 2010 Toyota 4Runner and start their journey that showcases the best of beautiful British Columbia. Along the way, Forbes functions as a guide, introducing the team to other “adventure athletes” who coach the foursome in high-adrenaline sports they’ve never tried before.

But is being an Olympian enough to master every sport? They soon find out…

With just six days, an extreme sports “bucket list” and a game-for-anything attitude, the foursome revs up their 2010 Toyota 4Runner and starts their BEST. TRIP. EVER.  Highlights include:

 

·         Kite Surfing – Nitinat, a world mecca for kite surfing, is a salt lake that boasts the area’s most consistent winds – which is perfect for kite surfing. The setting is ideal, but Forbes’ “innovative sense of direction” means they’ve arrived late after a long drive and only one of the crew finds kite surfing success… sparking the first friction of the trip.

 

·         Night Surfing – it’s a beautiful sunset in Tofino, B.C., but the day is far from over.  Warmed by the fire of a little friendly competition, the gang dives headlong into the Pacific for a “team surfing” competition – Montgomery and Deschamps vs. Forbes and Reid.  Complete with, ummm… wrestling masks.

 

·         Tree Climbing – Every kid does it, so how hard can it be? Forbes introduces the crew to an expert tree climber who shows them how to use mechanical ascenders, a crossbow and other cool tools to conquer a 70-metre-tall old-growth cedar.  It’s a race – and when strength is less important than skill, it’s anyone’s to win.

 

·         The “Grouse Grind” – This iconic Vancouver landmark is nature’s stairmaster.  Climbing its 2830 steps to the top of Grouse Mountain has become a race among enthusiasts striving to beat constantly changing records. Piece of cake for Olympians, right?  But they aren’t endurance athletes and the arduous 2.9km hike – at times, at a 30 degree incline – takes a surprising toll on one of them.

 

·         Slack-lining – The foursome heads to the Squamish Chief, an iconic mountain between Vancouver and Whistler where mountain climbers hone their skills. With the help of a world-class mountain rigger, the crew is coached in the art of walking a slack line. Rigged between two peaks – across a 300-metre chasm – the friends need every bit of courage to make the heart-stopping walk.

 

·         Heli Biking – When the team arrives in Whistler, it is Montgomery’s first visit since he captured Skeleton gold in February.  But they’re not here to slide – they’re hitting Whistler Bike Park. After tackling some of the country’s most challenging mountain bike terrain, the guys take it up a notch and move to Rainbow Mountain… which is accessible only by helicopter.

 

With a unique approach to storytelling, BEST. TRIP. EVER.  features two sets of cameras covering every move this team makes. One set is literally placed in the hands of the foursome to document their own trip – watch as they assign each other camera duties!  A remarkable 16 HD cameras capture every second of the action, adrenaline and real fear. Cameras are body-mounted, helmet-mounted, board-mounted, bike-mounted, and even high-wire-mounted to ensure that the team can share their fears, frustrations and triumphs as they face each new wild adventure challenge. A second set of cameras offers full coverage of the group’s activities, scenic and beauty shots, heli-shoots, etc. captured by the professional production crew. Together, this offers the viewer an immersive experience shared with friends on the trip of a lifetime in one of Canada’s most beautiful regions.

The adventure continues online. Visit besttripever.ca for bonus video and behind-the-scenes footage; “Jon’s Top 5” lists (from favourite sporting moments and top movies to best bites); team bios and a photo gallery; background and links to the adventure companies featured in the special; and more info on the team’s TOYOTA 4RUNNER.  BEST. TRIP. EVER. will be available for online viewing following its broadcast.

Imagine a time in the not too distant future when scientists try to mimic the effects of a volcanic explosion in a desperate bid to reverse global warming. Consider a climate emergency so severe that engineers create a sulphuric sunscreen, hoping to stop the melting of polar ice, turn back the rising sea and prevent the horrific storms that would send environmental refugees running for their lives.

Premiering Thursday, November 25, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television’s DOC ZONE, Playing God With Planet Earth explores the last ditch efforts of scientists and engineers trying to avert a planetary meltdown.

As the threat of climate change grows more urgent, scientists are considering radical and controversial schemes to rehabilitate the climate. Since none of these wild—and possibly dangerous—ideas have ever been tried before, the filmmakers used a distinctive “painted animation” technique (like a “graphic novel”) to explore these futuristic scenarios.

“Human ingenuity could temporarily roll back the effects of global warming. At the same time, it could cause catastrophic damage and spark deadly political conflict,” says director Jerry Thompson.  “We’ve interviewed some of the world’s leading scientists, engineers, environmentalists, lawyers, and disaster-relief workers about the possible consequences of intentionally manipulating the climate—versus the risk of doing nothing.”

Salting the ocean with iron dust to trigger plankton blooms, shooting salt crystals into clouds to make them brighter, genetically-engineering “robo trees” to hoover carbon from the air — these are just a few of the big ideas under consideration.

But the one form of “solar radiation management” likely to work fastest in a climate emergency would be to mimic the effects of a huge volcano by spraying clouds of sulphuric acid into the stratosphere. Jet drones or high-altitude balloons could do the job. Quick and cheap compared to breaking our addiction to carbon and retooling the industrial revolution.

Cheap and easy enough that any country feeling threatened by horrific storms or a rapidly rising sea level could decide to go it alone and launch one of these climate rehabilitation campaigns unilaterally. The problem? They might save themselves but cause unintended consequences for others by reducing rainfall, causing drought and mass starvation. Climate change and geoengineering could even lead to war.

Tinkering with the atmosphere: will it save the day—or trigger disaster on a planetary scale?

Playing God With Planet Earth was developed and produced by Lightship Entertainment Inc. in association with CBC Television, with the participation of The Canada Media Fund, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC. The documentary was directed and produced by Jerry and Bette Thompson, and executive produced by Terence McKeown.

Premieres on CBC-TV’s DOC ZONE, Thursday, November 25, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Dick clark productions (dcp) president, Orly Adelson, announced that Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Ke$ha will perform at the 2010 “American Music Awards®” making it the first time each of the artists will perform on the AMAs.

They join previously announced acts including Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, P!nk and Usher.  Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Ke$ha are also all nominated for Artist of the Year joined by Lady Gaga and Eminem.

Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. The show will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21st (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.  Tickets are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS).

AMA producer Larry Klein stated, “Justin, Katy and Ke$ha have been on the top of the charts all year long. We are happy to see each of them make their own AMA history.”

Justin Bieber is a global sensation. His two albums, November 2009’s My World and March 2010’s My World 2.0, have sold more than six million copies. The video for his song “Baby” is the single most viewed music video on YouTube, and his total YouTube views total more than one billion. Justin is currently out on his first headlining tour of North America.

Grammy-nominated Katy Perry’s latest album, Teenage Dream debuted at the top of the Billboard Charts and has already produced two #1 singles, “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” with third single “Firework” just breaking into the charts. Katy’s California Dreams 2011 world tour kicks off in Europe next February before hitting Australia and Japan in May, and then America during summertime.

2010 has been an incredible year for Ke$ha, who has sold over 15 million combined units worldwide.  Less than 10 months after the #1 debut of Animal in January 2010, the album, featuring the smash breakthrough single “TiK ToK,” has been certified platinum and sold over 2 million units worldwide. Ke$ha’s highly anticipated companion album, Cannibal, will be released on November 22nd.

dick clark productions will also air a live red carpet digital pre-show, “Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live!” @ The 2010 AMAs, on November 21st at 2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET). The pre-show, featuring hosts Danny Gokey, Jennette McCurdy, Lance Bass, Whitney Port and the returning Coca-Cola Correspondent David Lehre, will be available on ABC.com and USTREAM.TV.

For the fourth year, winners will be determined by online voting at the official Coca-Cola voting location www.amavote.com as well as ama.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Soundtracks and Contemporary Inspirational.  Fans can go to the official homepage of the “2010 American Music Awards,” ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, and more.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life but how do we prevent it from taking over our lives? This week, Canada AM’s “Stress Through The Ages” series will offer viewers helpful advice on identifying and coping with stress at different stages of our lives. Hosted by Beverly Thomson and Seamus O’Regan, CANADA AM airs Monday – Friday beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV.

Monday, November 1 – Children experience stress just as adults do but it often goes unrecognized. This morning, CANADA AM highlights the causes and symptoms of childhood stress and offers viewers a ‘coping toolbox’ of childhood stress-reducing strategies. And Libby Norris shares exercises to help beat stress.

Also, Olympic ice-dancing champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir stop by the CANADA AM set to chat about their new book, Tessa and Scott – Our Journey From Childhood Dream to Gold.

Tuesday, November 2 – Adolescence is a period of significant change causing many teenagers to become overloaded with stress. CANADA AM will focus on these changes and offer stress-management techniques that teenagers can employ throughout their lives. It’s no secret that stress is related to major physical illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure. Dr. Marla Shapiro takes a look at the physiological impact of stress, to help viewers identify early warning signs.

Saskatchewan born country music star Donny Parenteau performs on the CANADA AM soundstage.

Wednesday, November 3 – CANADA AM talks to Professor Jeffrey Arnett about “emerging adulthood,” a phrase he coined to describe the trend of delaying major life decisions and the stresses that come along with this unsettled, exploratory time of our lives. And what do almonds, blueberries and tuna have in common? Leslie Beck takes viewers into the pantry, revealing foods that help fight stress.

Don’t stop believin’: CANADA AM brings the hits from the ‘80’s in house as the cast from stage musical hit Rock of Ages perform for viewers this morning.

Thursday, November 4 – Midlife is another transitional life stage that involves significant physical and emotional changes. CANADA AM will explore holistic approaches to stress management in an attempt to avoid a midlife crisis.  Karl Lohnes, CANADA AM’s in-house design expert shows viewers practical tips on de-stressing home décor with his no-nonsense decorating ideas.

And, he co-wrote the Celine Dion hit “A New Day Has Come,” and then struck gold when he penned “I Believe,” the anthem for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Stephan Moccio joins CANADA AM in studio this morning.

Friday, November 5 – Age isn’t kind and the stress of aging can be one of the most destructive mental and physical processes in life. CANADA AM takes an in-depth look at stress coping strategies and support systems for the elderly and their caregivers. Ever find that you need a vacation to relax from a vacation? Loren Christie offers valuable tips on how to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

She pours out her heart in her personal songs, and this morning, country music darling Taylor Swift joins CANADA AM in conversation.

In an unprecedented campaign for a conventional broadcaster in support of a literary event, CTV Inc. announced today its extensive multi-platform effort in celebration of the 2010 Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE.

CTV’s widespread coverage is anchored by its broadcast of the GILLER PRIZE Gala, hosted by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan and airing live on Bravo!, BookTelevision, and Giller.CTV.ca on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET, on CTV on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET, and on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. on CTV and 7 p.m. ET on /A\ (see broadcast chart below).

This year, CTV supports the Giller Prize with unprecedented special coverage leading up to the Gala. Highlights include Bravo!’s ONE COUNTRY 5 BOOKS companion series – also airing on CTV – and the pre-GILLER, one-hour special, ARTS & MINDS SPECIAL EDITION: THE GILLER WRITERS’ CIRCLE. As well, CP24 features interviews with the Giller Prize shortlisted nominees, CANADA AM presents author profiles and a roundtable discussion, and ETALK pairs each finalist with a celebrity interviewer including Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT) and Jordan Todosey (DEGRASSI). Full broadcast details below.

With worldwide exposure online and through multiple national telecasts here at home, Canadian authors have experienced what has been coined CTV’s “Giller Effect” – the significant spike in sales enjoyed by the GILLER PRIZE’s featured authors following the CTV broadcasts. A record 2.8 million* Canadians tuned in to some part of CTV’s multiple presentations of the Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE last year, the biggest reach ever for the broadcast. Subsequently, the sales for last year’s shortlisted authors increased ten fold, with the winner, Linden McIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man, enjoying a sales increase of 812% over the first two weeks following his win.

“CTV is proud to support the spirit of the Prize in uniting Canadian readers in admiration for this country’s extraordinary literary talent,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “This truly unique broadcast resonates with readers, writers and viewers in an immediate and meaningful way.”

“As our media partner for the fifth year in a row, CTV has been a vital component in bringing the best of Canadian literature into the lives and living rooms of millions of Canadians across the country,” said Jack Rabinovitch, founder of The Giller Prize. “This year, CTV goes above and beyond in their promotion and support of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as the network’s various platforms get involved in some way, big and small, online and on air.”

“I’m proud that CTV has spent a lot of time and resources to build the audience for this,” said Seamus O’Regan, host of the Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE gala and broadcast. “If you can celebrate [the prize], make it sexy, somewhat competitive, and put on a gala with champagne –   it’s like the Golden Globes® for authors, it’s got that cool veneer.”

7:00pm – Sunday, October 31 on CTV

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7 p.m. ET – Sunday, October 31 on Space

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CTV is the only network in Canada that has seen its entire rookie slate picked up for the full season. The network confirmed today that all eight of its new series on CTV and /A\ this Fall have been given full season orders.

The confirmation comes as CTV continues to deliver four of Canada’s Top 5 new programs with break-out hits BLUE BLOODS, $#*! MY DAD SAYS, NO ORDINARY FAMILY, and THE DEFENDERS.

In addition to having four of Canada’s Top 5 new series, CTV also has more new series in the ranking of Canada’s Top 20 most-watched shows than any other network with BLUE BLOODS (#16), $#*! MY DAD SAYS (#18) and NO ORDINARY FAMILY (#19). Finally, the network lays claim to the #1 new program of the season with $#*! MY DAD SAYS for both A18-49 and A18-34.*

“As we said in June, our goal was to freshen our schedule, and it worked,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “These new hits represent timeslots in every hour of prime, on every night of the week.”

Meanwhile, four new series on /A\ have also been given full-season orders, including MIKE & MOLLY, NIKITA, HELLCATS and LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES. LOLA moves to CTV as of tomorrow, airing in a special 8 p.m. ET timeslot. Next week, the series settles into its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning Nov. 3, following CRIMINAL MINDS at 9 p.m. ET and THE DEFENDERS at 8 p.m. ET.

CTV reinforced its  #1 schedule this Fall with a diverse mix of new series following what has become a very a successful acquisitions mission last Spring. The Fall 2010 CTV Primetime Schedule was refreshed with new programs on every night and in every timeslot from Sunday to Friday.

Fresh and dynamic, /A\ is home to established Top 20 hits, critical favourites and big-buzz new series in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and British Columbia as well as in Alberta on ACCESS in certain primetime hours. /A\ spotlights day-to-day life in local communities in Victoria/Vancouver, Barrie/Toronto, Ottawa and London through its award-winning /A\ News programming. /A\ is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about /A\ may be found at www.atv.ca.