January 2011

8 p.m. Sunday, January 9 on E!

AJ decides to take matters into her own hands by buying engagement rings and proposing to Billy. Meanwhile, Etty faces some struggles while raising her boys.

All right stop, collaborate and…renovate?! That’s right, Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. Robert Van Winkle), 90’s pop-icon and Grammy-nominee is coming to DIY Network Canada with a brand new series that focuses on his long-standing passion for renovation.

Premiering February 6 at 8pm ET/ 9pm PT The Vanilla Ice Project showcases the singer’s self-taught home improvement skills as he and his crew of contractors take on their biggest project yet – a complete overhaul of a six-bedroom, five-bathroom, 7,000 square-foot lakefront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. 

After his chart topping hit “Ice, Ice Baby,” Rob turned his focus to buying and flipping houses. Through a lot of research and hands-on experience he’s mastered the basics and been renovating old homes and foreclosures for over 15 years. The Vanilla Ice Project reveals a side of Rob that his fans have never seen.

In each episode cameras follow Rob and his team as they work through each room of the home and its exterior in order to get the house on the market. To spruce up the outside, the crew turns a dilapidated pool and patio into a backyard oasis fully decked out with tiki torches and a fire bowl. Inside they transform rooms from busted to blinged-out by adding a faux coral fire place and bar area to the living room, high-end custom cabinets and top-of-the-line counter tops in the kitchen and a spa-like retreat in the master bathroom. These masters of home renovation leave no room untouched as they prepare to reveal their rockin’ finished product. 

DIY Network Canada will be on a national free preview throughout the month of February, making the channel and The Vanilla Ice Project available to 6.2 million Canadians.

After a three-year absence from /A\ News, award-winning reporter Sean Irvine is rejoining the station as the new weekend anchor for /A\ London and /A\ Windsor.

In addition to anchoring the top-rated weekend news program in southwestern Ontario, Irvine will report three days a week for /A\ London.

“Sean was one of our best reporters so it’s great to have him back on the team,” said Cal Johnstone, News Director, /A\ London/Windsor. “His addition means that viewers will be able to count on even more stories they won’t see, read or hear anywhere else.”

Irvine spent 10 years in a variety of roles at /A\ before leaving in 2008 to take a senior communications position at a London private sector company. His journalistic accomplishments include an RTNDA award for feature reporting for his series “Return to Vimy” as well as being the first news reporter on scene at the Walkerton water tragedy. 

“I never lost the journalism bug,” said Irvine. “So it’s great to be able to get back to telling stories that matter to Southwestern Ontario.”

Prior to working at /A\ News, Irvine worked as a reporter and anchor for CTV Saskatchewan and Craig Broadcasting in Manitoba. He’s a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism program at Fanshawe College.

Watch out Seaside, from fist-pumps to fists-in-the-face, JERSEY SHORE is back!

Everyone’s favourite guidos and guidettes from the Shore returned for a third season last week, shower caddies in hand, with their highest season premiere yet.

A total of 377,000 total viewers tuned in last week to watch as the roommates moved back to their home in Seaside Heights, with 236,000 in the key P12-34 demo. The Season 3 premiere was up 13% among total viewers and 17% among P12-34 viewers compared to the Season 2 debut last July. 

More people were watching MTV last week during JERSEY SHORE than any other (English) specialty channel in Canada. The episode was also the most-watched, non-sports specialty program of the day amongst P12-34 and A18-34 viewers.

JERSEY SHORE also took over Twitter with seven trending topics in Canada during the broadcast. Last week’s episode is available now on demand at mtv.ca.

In this week’s episode, airing Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the battle royale between Sammi and J-Woww leads to tensions in the house. Ronnie and Sammi continue to isolate themselves, missing the first family dinner. And when Ronnie decides to hang out and have fun with the rest of the house, Sammi feels all alone.

In advance of Monday’s premiere of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV announced today that Sears has signed on as the series’ lead sponsorship partner.

In conjunction with Marilyn and her team of experts and contributors, Sears will connect viewers both in show and online with the latest trends in fashion, home furnishings and appliances.

Premiering Monday, January 10, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs daily at 10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET on CTV, at 5 p.m. ET on /A\ (check local listings), and on demand at CTV.ca.

Throughout the week, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW creates great conversation around the most current lifestyle and entertainment topics. Celebrity guests and experts join in the fun, making THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW the go-to destination for viewers looking for ways to add a bit more style into their everyday lives.

Working with the CTV Brand Partnerships group, Sears is set to inspire fun fashion segments, dynamic fashion shows, and floor-to-ceiling room makeovers with featured products from throughout the store. From fashion to interior design to consumer promotions across all of the show’s platforms, Sears gives viewers access to the best products to help them achieve their personal style goals. Sears media planning and buying opportunities are handled by MEC. 

“Sears Canada is excited to partner with Marilyn Denis to help her launch the next phase in her enviable broadcast career,” said Mark Malinowski, Divisional Vice-President, Brand Strategy, Advertising and Creative at Sears Canada. “Canadians have come to depend on Sears and Marilyn as trusted sources for fashion, home and lifestyle advice. Sears Canada looks forward to building on this synergy with its sponsorship of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW.”

“MEC is thrilled to be partnering Sears Canada with CTV and the return of Marilyn Denis, a Canadian icon, to network television,” said Bruce Neve, President, MEC. “This partnership will be a dynamic illustration of what we mean by Paid, Earned, Owned media initiatives. CTV continues to offer MEC clients the best of integrated efficient national properties”. 

“Sears is the perfect partner for THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW,” said Mary Kreuk, Vice-President, Marketing, CTV Inc. “We are very excited to leverage Sears’ expertise across the many categories that are relevant to both our viewers and the highly anticipated show!”

In addition to sponsored segments throughout the year, this season, Sears and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW will provide fans with an opportunity to win a Sears Shopping Spree. One lucky viewer will win a trip to Toronto, tickets to a taping of the show and a shopping adventure throughout Sears, sending them home with great fashion, furnishings and appliances. In addition, they are promising fans additional access to feature contests throughout the season. For complete details on featured products throughout the season, as well as ongoing and upcoming consumer promotions, fans can visit marilyn.ca.

Watch Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan, Marci Ien, and Jeff Hutcheson on CANADA AM weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV.

 

Monday, Jan. 10

REBUILDING HAITI: This week marks the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and CANADA AM looks at what the country needs to begin the healing process.

30-DAY CLOTHING CHALLENGE: Ever fret over what to wear in the morning? For the next 30 days, Smart Cookie, Angela Self, will have just six pieces to choose from as she takes on the Canada AM clothing challenge. Follow her progress online at ctv.ca/Canada AM.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 11

• REAL VS RUMOUR: CANADA AM kicks-off its Royal Wedding series “Real vs. Rumour” with a look who’s really expected to make the guest list with Royal correspondent Camilla Tominey live from London, England. 

BEN FORD: Chef and restaurateur Ben Ford (and son of Harrison Ford) is known for being an urban forager, who frequently finds his own ingredients in public areas near his California restaurant Ford’s Filling Station. He talks about his mission to end childhood hunger in America while cooking for the AM Team.

HAITI ORPHANAGE: Canadian Frank Chauvin responded to the earthquake in Haiti by building an orphanage for girls, Le Foyer des Filles Chretiennes, one year later he shares his story and updates the project.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 12 

JOSH GROBAN: World-renowned musician and multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban performs three songs on the CANADA AM Soundstage and chats about his new album, Illuminations.

HAITI ONE YEAR LATER: One year ago today, an earthquake ravaged Haiti killing more than 200,000 people and plunging an already fragile country into chaos. CTV News’s Tom Walters is in Port Au Prince to shed light on all the work still needed to rebuild Haiti.

CLINT HOWARD: Talks to CANADA AM about his role in the new Ron Howard comedy The Dilemma. 

 

Thursday, Jan. 13 

• JIM BROADBENT: Seamus O’Regan interviews this award-winning actor about his new film Another Year. Directed by Mike Leigh the film has garnered critical acclaim and award buzz. 

 

Friday, Jan. 14

• MOVIE REVIEWS: CANADA AM’s film expert, Richard Crouse reviews The Green Hornet, Piranha 3D and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

Discovery World HD explores the great outdoors this February and explores our changing environment. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas climb for a cause in SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT.

Survivalist Mykel Hawke, with his wife, TV journalist Ruth England, shows what it takes to survive in the wild in MAN, WOMAN, WILD.

Then, Canadian scientists sail down south to document climate change in ANTARCTICA: HUMAN ENDEAVOUR. And Sir David Attenborough is back digging underground to uncover the earliest life forms in FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH.

February programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

New Series:

 

MAN, WOMAN, WILD

Wednesday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Mykel Hawke is a former Special Forces survival expert. His wife, Ruth England, is a TV journalist. Together, they take on some of the most forbidding and remote locations in the world in MAN, WOMAN, WILD. In this eight-part series, the couple must survive as a team with only a knife and the clothes on their backs for four days and nights.

 

ANTARCTICA: HUMAN ENDEAVOUR

Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

A team of adventurous Canadian scientists and filmmakers sail south to Antarctica in order to document the most important environmental challenge facing our planet – climate change – in ANTARCTICA: HUMAN ENDEAVOUR. Braving some of the Earth’s roughest and coldest seas, as well as the long, dark Antarctic winter, the team in this 12-part series bears witness to the changes wrought on one of the most rapidly warming places on the planet – the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

Saturday, February 5 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

With the help of expert fossil hunters, David Attenborough uncovers evidence of the earliest life forms in FIRST LIFE. From the fog-bound coasts of Newfoundland and the ice-capped Rockies, to the parched Australian Outback and the rugged deserts of Morocco, this two-part series unearths some of the most remarkable fossils preserved for hundreds of millions of years.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE II

Wednesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Chronicling the high seas and high stakes of swordfishing in the North Atlantic’s stormy Grand Banks, SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE II enters some of the most dangerous waters on the planet. In this 10-part series a team of long line fisherman from New England risk all to catch an elusive prey – swordfish.

 

SAM BROWN PRESENTS

Tuesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Samantha Brown is the go-to girl for travel and is sharing her know-how in SAM BROWN PRESENTS. In this six-part series, Brown takes viewers to the must-see hotels, restaurants and activities, including some of her secret, off-the-beaten path places, from across the world. 

 

New Specials:

 

SUPERBODIES

Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Fly full throttle into the fastest, highest, most dangerous and difficult cold winter sports in SEVERE SNOW SESSIONS. This one-hour special takes a harrowing and fascinating ride down slopes, around the rink, and along the tracks at the world’s most intense snow sports.

 

SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT

Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Follow actors Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas along with musicians Kenna, Lupe Fiasco and Santigold as they attempt to make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, in SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT. Narrated by Justin Timberlake, the 90-minute special takes the team on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, exposing them to new knowledge and engaging them to draw attention to the global clean water crisis.

This Week on CANADA AM – Josh Groban Performs! Haiti: One Year Later, The Royals: Real vs Rumour, Clint Howard and Jim Broadbent, more…

Watch Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan, Marci Ien, and Jeff Hutcheson on CANADA AM weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV.

Monday, Jan. 10

·         REBUILDING HAITI: This week marks the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and CANADA AM looks at what the country needs to begin the healing process.

·         30-DAY CLOTHING CHALLENGE: Ever fret over what to wear in the morning? For the next 30 days, Smart Cookie, Angela Self, will have just six pieces to choose from as she takes on the Canada AM clothing challenge. Follow her progress online at ctv.ca/Canada AM.

·         THE KENNEDY DETAIL: Co-authors Gerald S. Blaine a former Secret Service Agent, and Journalist Lisa McCubbin visit CANADA AM to talk about The Kennedy Detail, an inside look at JFK’s assassination. 

Tuesday, Jan. 11 

·         REAL VS RUMOUR: CANADA AM kicks-off its Royal Wedding series “Real vs. Rumour” with a look who’s really  expected to make the guest list with Royal correspondent Camilla Tominey live from London, England.

·         BEN FORD: Chef and restaurateur Ben Ford (and son of Harrison Ford) is known for being an urban forager, who frequently finds his own ingredients in public areas near his California restaurant Ford’s Filling Station. He talks about his mission to end childhood hunger in America while cooking for the AM Team.

·         HAITI ORPHANAGE: Canadian Frank Chauvin responded to the earthquake in Haiti by building an orphanage for girls, Le Foyer des Filles Chretiennes, one year later he shares his story and updates the project.

Wednesday, Jan. 12  

·         JOSH GROBAN: World-renowned musician and multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban performs three songs on the CANADA AM Soundstage and chats about his new album, Illuminations.

·         HAITI ONE YEAR LATER: One year ago today, an earthquake ravaged Haiti killing more than 200,000 people and plunging an already fragile country into chaos. CTV News’s Tom Walters is in Port Au Prince to shed light on all the work still needed to rebuild Haiti.

·         CLINT HOWARD: Talks to CANADA AM about his role in the new Ron Howard comedy The Dilemma.

Thursday, Jan. 13  

·         JIM BROADBENT: Seamus O’Regan interviews this awardwinning actor about his new film Another Year. Directed by Mike Leigh the film has garnered critical acclaim and award buzz.

Friday, Jan. 14

·         MOVIE REVIEWS: CANADA AM’s film expert, Richard Crouse reviews The Green Hornet, Piranha 3D and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

 

The details behind some of the world’s most intriguing crimes are uncovered on Investigation Discovery this February. Dan Abrams and Scott Pelley  – two of America’s most authoritative investigative journalists join Investigation Discovery’s Sunday night lineup in February. Abrams, chief legal analyst for NBC/MSNBC, offers a deeper exploration of cases featured on DATELINE with CHASING JUSTICE WITH DAN ABRAMS; and award-winning correspondent Pelley hosts 60 MINUTES ON I.D. with a look at the series’ most compelling investigations. Also this month, best-selling authors reveal which real-life cases inspire their fictional masterpieces in HARDCOVER MYSTERIES; baffling “missing person”cases are explored in DISAPPEARED; and medical practitioners face surprising challenges as they practice their calling behind prison walls in DOCTORS BEHIND BARS


February programming highlights for Investigation Discovery include:

NEW SERIES

HARDCOVER MYSTERIES
Wednesday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Authors of some of The New York Times’ best-selling thrillers and whodunits explore the line between fact and fiction in the eight-part series HARDCOVER MYSTERIES. Authors including David Baldacci (Absolute Power), Harlan Coben (Tell No One), Sara Paretsky (Blacklist) and Kathy Reichs (Bare Bones) use dramatic re-creations and interviews to explore the real-life cases that inspired their page-turners and compelled their fascination with mysteries.

DISAPPEARED
Friday, February 4 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Follow missing person investigations and learn how and why people simply vanish on DISAPPEARED. Lead by hidden clues and unpredictable twists, this 13-part series begins from the moment an individual vanishes to the sometimes tragic resolution.

ANATOMY OF A TAKEDOWN
Sunday, February 6 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

In the three-part series, ANATOMY OF A TAKEDOWN explores the danger involved pursuing relentless murderers in some of America’s most complex police investigations.

CHASING JUSTICE WITH DAN ABRAMS
Sunday, February 13 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Chief legal analyst for NBC/MSNBC Dan Abrams digs deeper into stories from NBC’s DATELINE on CHASING JUSTICE WITH DAN ABRAMS. The 12-part series provides an intimate look at the cases that captivated audiences by covering the details surrounding the crimes, the investigations, trials and verdicts. 

60 MINUTES ON I.D.
Sunday, February 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

Stories from the CBS magazine show 60 MINUTES are expanded on 60 MINUTES ON I.D.. Offering the best of hard-hitting interviews and timely investigations, this eight-part series is hosted by award-winning 60 MINUTES correspondent, Scott Pelley.

BEHIND BARS
Wednesday, February 23 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Explore the uncompromising reality of prison life through unrestricted access to the cellblocks of some of the highest-level security prisons on the four-part series BEHIND BARS.

NEW SPECIAL

DOCTORS BEHIND BARS
Wednesday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
A surprising number of the doctors who work in Chicago’s sprawling Cook County jail are women. DOCTORS BEHIND BARS offers a glimpse at the dangers and challenges these doctors face when dealing with the city’s most dangerous criminals.

RETURNING SERIES

DEADLY WOMEN
Monday, February 21 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT
Back with 13 new episodes, DEADLY WOMEN investigates the motives of history’s most notorious female murderers and reveals the bizarre world of women who kill for thrills. Each episode profiles four famous cases from the past; brought to life by elaborate dramatized reconstructions.

9:30 p.m. Saturday, January 8 on E!

Holly takes on a public appearance and calls on her friend Kendra to help her out. Meanwhile, Angel moves out of her childhood home.