December 2010

Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce the premiere of the original dramatic series Blackstone on two national networks in the New Year:

APTN weekly broadcasts begin Tuesday, January 25, 9:00pm EST (check local listings)

Showcase weekly broadcasts begin Friday, January 28, 11:00pm EST

www.blackstonetheseries.com

 

ABOUT BLACKSTONE

Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes. This raw, authentic drama tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand – the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create lasting and substantial change.

“Blackstone is relevant and relational in an Aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general,” said Ron E. Scott, who created, wrote, directed and executive produced the series.

An uncompromising story told from an Aboriginal point of view, Blackstone is in sharp contrast to sympathetic stories about First Nations’ people being victimized by outside forces. While the dramatization can be dark and all too real, Blackstone is foremost a story of hope and reconciliation in its portrayal of Native people fighting for a better life in their community.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Blackstone stars the who’s who of Aboriginal talent including Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault and Gordon Tootoosis.

The series is produced by Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film + Television, with Ron E. Scott as executive producer, writer and director, Jesse Szymanski as producer, Damon Vignale as producer and writer, and Gil Cardinal as writer. Blackstone was produced in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Showcase and Shaw Media; with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund; with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund; with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit; and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund.

TELETOON Canada inc. is pleased to announce that Fugget About It, an animated comedy originally developed for the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project, has been greenlit for production into a 13-part series in English and French.

Produced by Toronto-based 9 Story Entertainment, Fugget About It follows the misadventures of 16-year-old Petey Falcone, the son of a former New York mob boss who now lives in a witness protection program with his family in Canada.

“The TELETOON At Night Pilot Project was a unique initiative by TELETOON to tap into the rich store of talent within the Canadian animation industry,” said Alan Gregg, Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada inc. “TELETOON received some great projects through this initiative and we’re thrilled to be able to take the Fugget About It pilot and develop it into a series with the humour and broad appeal we look for in our comedy programming.”

Originally launched in fall 2007, ten projects, including Fugget About It, were selected as finalists from over 200 submissions. TELETOON invested $1.5 million dollars into creating the pilots which straddle a wide range of topics, animation styles and comedy sensibilities. The TELETOON at Night pilots premiered online and have been featured on-air since September 2010 as part of TELETOON at Night’s popular Sunday night hosted block “Fred at Night.”

“The TELETOON at Night Pilot Project afforded us an incredible opportunity to get the Fugget About It pilot made and we couldn’t be more excited to see it go to series,” said Vince Commisso, President and CEO, 9 Story Entertainment. “We have a stellar creative team led by show runner Jeff Abugov (Two and a Half Men, Roseanne, Cheers) and TELETOON is the perfect home for this production.”

About Fugget About It

Teenager Petey Falcone’s father, Jimmy Falcone, was once the head of a large crime syndicate. But when Jimmy refused to whack his good ol’ Uncle Cheech, the Falcones were forced into witness protection in Canada. Petey, who was finally starting to figure out life in New York, now lives as Petey “MacDougall” in Regina, Saskatchewan. In their new life, the Falcones must come to terms with the fact that they are no longer respected neighbourhood big-shots – they’re just regular shmucks.

Fugget About It is a 13-part half-hour series slated to air on TELETOON English and TELETOON French in fall 2012.

From Canada’s golden role as host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, to the country’s failed bid for a seat on the UN Security Council, and the very visible and costly G8 and G20 summits, Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a solid front-page position in the world’s headlines in 2010.

CTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lloyd Robertson along with CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife deliver CTV’s annual year-end interview with the Prime Minister, in the one-hour exclusive CTV Special Presentation A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, Saturday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

The special airs again on CTV on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. ET and on CP24 at 1 p.m. ET and 12 midnight ET. As well, the interview will be available on-demand at CTV.ca immediately following the premiere broadcast.

A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER includes a first-ever television interview with Laureen Harper, who joins her husband to talk about life in the spotlight, convincing her husband to sing in public, her charitable causes, raising their children at 24 Sussex Drive, and the more than 150 cats they’ve rescued. The special also takes viewers on a rare visit to Harrington Lake, the country retreat for Canada’s prime ministers located in Quebec’s Gatineau Hills.

The Prime Minister’s final televised interview of the year provides Canadians with a round-up of 2010 and a look ahead to next year, with Robertson and Fife asking the tough questions Canadians want answered about topics including Canada’s economic recovery, plans for a Continental Security Perimeter with the United States; the decision for Canada’s troops to remain in Afghanistan until 2014; as well as discussion about the federal budget and the federal debt;  and the likelihood of a federal election in 2011.

A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER has been an annual year-end CTV tradition since the network’s first interview with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson more than four decades ago. Since then successive Canadian Prime Ministers have shared their perspective on the year gone by and their hopes for the future in the hour-long special presentation. Brett Mitchell is the Senior Producer of A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News and Current Affairs. Susanne Boyce is President, Content, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc.

Beginning in January, even more of CTV’s killer primetime lineup will be up and available for streaming.

For the first time in Canada, new episodes of CSI, CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NEW YORK will be available on demand online following the television debut.

It all starts with CSI: MIAMI on Monday, January 3.  The hugely successful franchise is a proven fan-favourite with the Season 9 premiere of CSI: MIAMI attracting 2.62 million viewers on CTV, and combined averaging 2.044 million viewers on TV through the first half of this broadcast season.

 

Highlights from CTV.ca’s mid-season schedule:

 

– Comedy favourites TWO AND A HALF MEN and MIKE & MOLLY are available Tuesday, Jan. 4.

– CTV’s award-winning original series FLASHPOINT makes its mid-season premiere with riveting new episodes, on demand Wednesday, Jan. 5.

– Canada’s #1 series THE BIG BANG THEORY and #1 new series $#*! MY DAD SAYS  are back with new episodes on Friday, Jan. 7.

– The highly anticipated series debut of daytime talk show THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW joins CTV.ca’s online roster on the same day of the television premiere, Monday, Jan. 10.

– Comedy hit HOT IN CLEVELAND is back online with the Season 2 premiere Tuesday, Jan. 25.

– THE LISTENER is available on demand beginning Saturday, Jan. 30. Listener.CTV.ca will also feature great extras including an intuitive problem-solving game.

– All-new comedy series MR. SUNSHINE, starring Matthew Perry and Allison Janney, joins the CTV.ca lineup on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

– LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES returns to CTV.ca with new episodes on Thursday, Feb. 10.

– With last season earning 66% more on demand views than the previous season online, THE AMAZING RACE is back Monday, Feb. 21.

Betty White has capped off an incredible year with another award, voted Entertainer of the Year by the Associated Press.

The Hot In Cleveland star took the honour ahead of the cast of Glee with a total of 20 first place votes out of 102 ballots, with the Glee cast coming a close second with 18.

White adds the honour to an already colourful list of achievements in 2010 including a lifetime achievement Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Emmy, another SAG nomination and a successful new sitcom among other things.

But the 88-year-old plays down her success this past year.

“It’s ridiculous,” White told the AP. “They haven’t caught on to me, and I hope they never do.”

“Everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback. I haven’t been away, guys. I’ve been working steadily for the last 63 years. … I’ve had my own following all that time. If they want me to go away, if they get tired of me, just stop asking me because I keep saying yes.”

Source: Zap2it

9:00pm – Monday, December 20 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In this one-hour musical comedy special, a snowed-in Stephen Colbert weathers the storm with help from his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart.

9:00pm – Monday, December 20 on CTV

When a mother’s 19 year old son goes missing, she must race against the clock to find her son in order to save his life. This suspense film stars Kelly Rowan (THE O.C.).

Monday, December 20 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30pm CT, 9:30pm MT) on Citytv

Audry (Megyn Price) wants to quit her job when she realizes it makes her unhappy. Allison (Taryn Southern) tells Timmy (Adhir Kalyan) that their relationship is moving too quickly.

Monday, December 20 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv

Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) research how to conceive a baby with the gender of their choice. Meanwhile, Robin (Cobie Smulders) is growing more and more irritated by her perky new co-anchor.

8:00pm – Monday, December 20 on /A

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

The final figure-skating pairs perform for the last time for viewer votes, before the live finale.