January 2011

Tuesday, January 25 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

**Starring Daniel Craig (Defiance), Academy Award� Winner Judi Dench (Nine) and Eva Green (Camelot)**

In his first mission, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must stop Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a banker to the world’s terrorists. Le Chiffre is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M (Judi Dench) sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?

ETALK has teamed up with Mattel to explore Barbie and Ken’s on-and-off-again relationship as only the most-watched Canadian entertainment news program can do.

Spotlighting one of Hollywood’s most talked about couples – popularly referred to as “Kenbie” – ETALK uncovers how the pair’s long-time romance fell apart nearly seven years ago.

Rolling out four exclusive features – chronicling everything from Ken’s bachelorhood, to his change of heart and trying to get Barbie back in his life – Mattel and ETALK partner to share the story of Ken’s emotional journey since his famous split with Barbie in 2004. 

In a creative collaboration, CTV Brand Partnerships and Mattel bring viewers the latest gossip on the “star couple” by illustrating the stories through still photo animation and voice overs by ETALK host Ben Mulroney.

“It’s been a really fun journey for CTV Brand Partnerships and Mattel to participate in the story-telling of Barbie and Ken,” said Mary Kreuk, Vice-President, Marketing CTV Inc. “ETALK knows celebrity and what better place for Canadians to take a closer look at the ultimate celebrity “couple” (albeit plastic) of this generation.” 

In a world exclusive interview airing Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, follow the drama as Ken sits down with ETALK to set the record straight about his relationship with Barbie and plan to win her back (Ken was last captured by ETALK flying solo at Toronto’s Fashion Week in October, 2010. Check out the footage online here). Following the upcoming exclusive, ETALK looks into what’s next for the star couple and will continue to follow this story closely over the coming months.

Catch the breaking news and exclusive interview coming up January 26 on ETALK, the Most-Watched Canadian Entertainment News Program, weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings on www.ctv.ca).

The road to SUPER BOWL XLV delivered hard-hitting audiences for CTV yesterday. BBM Canada overnight data confirms that the AFC Championship on Sunday evening featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets attracted an average audience of more than 2.12 million viewers. 

Earlier in the afternoon, an average audience of 2.11 million viewers tuned in to CTV to see Aaron Rodgers and the Green Pay Packers secure their place in the SUPER BOWL by defeating their main rivals the Chicago Bears in a hard-fought NFC Championship.

The NFL Conference Finals won the day for CTV in total viewers and in all key adult demographics. They were also the two most-watched sporting events on an extremely competitive weekend in world of sports broadcasting. 

The two games rank among the top four NFL playoff audiences ever on Canadian television just behind last year’s record-setting NFC and AFC championship games. 

Overall, this NFL postseason has been a success on Canadian television with all ten NFL Wildcard and Playoff games on CTV and TSN registering average audiences of more than one million viewers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers will face-off against each other in SUPER BOWL XLV. CTV has exclusive Canadian coverage of the single most-watched sporting event in North America on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6 with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET. 

At 157 metres long – almost the length of 1.5 football fields – DSV Skandi Arctic is a beast to manoeuvre. But it’s what happens beneath the hulking ship that’s truly amazing.

When the landmark Canadian series MIGHTY SHIPS returns, the fourth season dives in – quite literally – with an exploration of the extraordinary technology on a saturation dive ship that works to keep the divers safe doing the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Premiering Wednesday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, this “high stakes, high seas, high drama” series offers exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the most extraordinary ships from around the world – from massive heavy cargo lifters and drug patrol vessels, to Arctic icebreakers.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of MIGHTY SHIPS 4 include:

 

MIGHTY SHIPS: “DSV Skandi Arctic”

Wednesday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

MIGHTY SHIPS fourth season begins on the frontline of exploring Earth’s final frontier – the sea floor. DSV Skandi Arctic is a new breed of ship. A saturation dive support ship, this vessel is the mother ship for aquanauts who work hundreds of meters below the surface on jobs considered the most dangerous in the world. Christened in 2009, Skandi Arctic is 157 meters long and the saturation dive habitat that sits on her stern is both state of the art and borderline science fiction. Saturation divers are risk takers – adrenaline junkies at the pinnacle of the dive community. For 30 days, 24 divers live in the pressurized habitat that’s better suited for life on Mars. They dive 24/7 using diving bells to travel deep below the surface. Each time they dive, they put their lives at risk. If they lose Heliox, pressure, or the heat in their suits, they’re dead in seconds.  On deck, the job of Skandi Arctic’s 90-plus crew is to support the divers to get the job done. MIGHTY SHIPS is there to see why the stakes are so high and the job is so dangerous, how the technology is truly space age and the potential for disaster is omnipresent.

 

MIGHTY SHIPS: “USCGC Bertholf”

Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The incredible USCGC Bertholf is the first of eight Legend Class ships built for the U.S. Coast Guard. Bertholf is a multi-purpose frigate equipped with only the best and most advanced technology and weaponry. MIGHTY SHIPS joins Bertholf as she patrols the high seas, looking for drugs, weapons, human trafficking, as well as conducting traditional search-and-rescue missions. Bertholf’s advanced weapons systems reinforce the reality that this is a front-line warship. On patrol in the dangerous eastern Pacific off of Columbia, the young but dedicated crew carries out their primary mission – stemming the growth of illegal drug use and addiction by stopping drug shipments before they enter the country. MIGHTY SHIPS is onboard as the crew engages and catches real smugglers in pulse-pounding chases. It’s no wonder that the USCGC Bertholf’s motto is: “Legends Begin Here.”

 

MIGHTY SHIPS: “Beluga Bremen”

Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Step aside Mike Tyson – and meet Beluga Bremen. A true heavy-weight champion, Bremen is the world’s first multipurpose heavy lift cargo carrier that can hoist more than 1,400 tons of weight. Bremen is the first of 16 ships in Beluga’s latest generation of super heavy lift P2 series carriers… the biggest, most powerful heavy lifters in the shipping world. Bremen’s very first job is to lift, transport and deliver two of the largest mining autoclaves ever built to a gold mine in the Dominican Republic.  Each one weighs in at an astronomical 820 tonnes!  It’s the heaviest cargo ever delivered to this Caribbean Island. MIGHTY SHIPS tells the unique story of this challenging voyage full of firsts, starting in  Malaysia where Bremen picks up her cargo. Next, she docks in the busiest port on Earth, Shanghai, to pick up another heavy load. And finally, Bremen crosses the Pacific Ocean and navigates the busiest, most famous canal in the world, the Panama Canal – all before her real job even begins!

 

Also this season on MIGHTY SHIPS, hop into the world’s hot zones with “USNS Robert E. Peary”, a T-AKE 5 supply ship, built for 21st century warfare. Join Peary on active deployment in the Gulf of Aden, where re-supplying a fleet of 20 warships is the key element in the chase and capture of the globe’s most notorious modern pirates (March 16). Next, explore life aboard the world’s biggest ferry, “Stena Britannica,” a car carrier, passenger ferry, cargo transport and cruise ship all rolled into one. Catch up with Britannica as she enters active service on the busiest ferry route in the world, between Holland and England (March 23). And finally this season, go aboard “CCGS Amundsen,” a research icebreaker whose job is to battle Arctic extremes to understand just how global warming is radically changing life in the high Arctic. Amundsen’s crew of mariners and scientists study the implications of unprecedented climactic changes by going where no ship has gone before – through the historic and dangerous Northwest Passage (March 30).  

 

MIGHTY SHIPS is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada.

Come Super Bowl Sunday, The Comedy Network provides some options for those who want less “hut hut hut” and more “hot hot hot”.

Canada’s home for comedy delivers a TV touchdown with “Hot Bowl”, a HOT IN CLEVELAND marathon featuring all 10 episodes from Season 1, and more. Starting Sunday, Feb. 6, at 12 noon ET/PT and wrapping up with the BEHIND THE HOTNESS Season 1 special airing at 11 p.m. ET/PT, Hot Bowl is 12 full hours of curling iron – not gridiron – fun.

From Melanie’s (Valerie Bertinelli) close call reunion with her ex-husband and Joy’s (Jane Leeves) close call reunion with her past, to Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) secret Japanese commercial and Elka (Betty White) and Max’s (Carl Reiner) first date, viewers will get to re-live the series’ funniest moments all over again.

Before the “Hot Bowl” kick-off, Season 2 of HOT IN CLEVELAND premieres Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network. HOT IN CLEVELAND also airs on CTV and on-demand on THECOMEDYNETWORK.ca and CTV.ca. SUPER BOWL XLV coverage begins at noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 6 on CTV.

Additionally, whether planning to watch the Hot Bowl or CTV’s SUPER BOWL XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6, fans of sport and comedy alike can celebrate all week long with football-themed episodes of THE SIMPSONS, Monday, Jan. 31 –Saturday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Also, available immediately on THECOMEDYNETWORK.ca: stand-ups talk jock! A whole lot of football humour get Canadians in the mood, from a monologue on The Worst Place on Earth (Stadium Washrooms) to a lesson on the language of football from comics: Lewis Black; Rob Riggle; Jon Reep; Frank Caliendo; Nate Bargatze; Tammy Pescatelli; Greg Behrendt; and more.

Logo announced today that it has acquired the rights to air the second season of MTV Canada’s cult hit talk show, “1 girl 5 gays.”  

Not for the bashful or faint at heart, “1 girl 5 gays” pushes the envelope in a series of quick fire, roundtable question and answer sessions with the namesake “1 girl and 5 gays” that would make most people blush.  

In this “Hot Topics for 20-Somethings,” our adorable straight girl host throws out outrageous questions of sex, love and life to a rotating panel of take-no-prisoners and tell-it-like-it-is gay boys.  

Not your typical late-night “interview couch,” think of it as an adult version of “Truth or Dare,” without the dares.  

Largely unedited for content and definitely not safe for daytime, “1 girl 5 gays” will continue to anchor Logo’s weeknight, late-night lineup where the first season increased ratings in its Midnight time slot +55% compared to the network’s Q4 2010 average for that time period.  

The first of the second season’s 40 episodes premieres on Monday, February 7th at Midnight.

“‘1 girl 5 gays’ has been a sleeper hit for Logo,” said Marc Leonard, Senior Vice-President of Multiplatform Programming, Logo.  “Without much initial fanfare, and after much pleading from fans of the show on AfterElton.com, it was added to our schedule and quickly became one of the most tweeted and talked about shows on the network.  We know our viewers can’t wait to see what boundaries will be pushed in the second season, and we’re all just a little bit scared.”

“1 girl 5 gays” brings together host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani with a panel of five of her best gay friends for frank, funny, and always fierce discussions on sex and relationships.  The alternating group of gay men, chosen for their sass, individuality, and confidence, never shy away from outrageous or taboo subject matters.  Each member of the rotating panel is smarter, funnier and more honest than the next, and the laugh-riot that ensues is more like late night smack-talking with your college besties than your typical 11pm strip.  “1 girl 5 gays” – she asks, and they do tell.

“1 girl 5 gays” is produced by Garrett Wintrip with Alex Sopinka as Executive Producer and Pam De Montmorency as Supervising Producer.  Mark McInnis is Vice President of Production, Much MTV Group and Brad Schwartz is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Much MTV Group.  Bob McLaughlin is Senior Vice President, Production, CTV and Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

For more information on “1 girl 5 gays” and to catch up on episodes from the first season, go to LogoTV.com.  For up-to-date “1 girl 5 gays” news and exclusives, join the 1 girl 5 gays Facebook page.

Can an office that works together sing together? Global posed the question last summer when it announced Canada Sings!, a truly original series that challenged Canadians to form workplace glee clubs and battle it out in competition for their charity of choice. The teams have been selected and routines decided upon, so now the hard work begins.

“Imagine trying to dance and sing with the person that you normally work with,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “These people are putting their hearts and souls into this so there’s no doubt we’re going to see some fireworks leading up to the final showdowns.”

Over the next few weeks, cameras will be rolling to capture every second as each team struggles to transition from co-workers to cast members – from the unsteady days of rehearsal to the polished performances. Luckily the newly formed glee clubs will be assisted by world class choreographers Christian Vincent (Dance Captain for Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour”) and Kelly Konno (Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good” music video) as well as professional vocal coaches Scott Henderson (founding member of Juno®-nominated R&B group, The EarthTONES) and Sharron Matthews (“The Music Man,” “Hairspray: The Movie”).

“We’re so excited about Canada Sings!” said John Brunton, Executive Producer & President of Insight Production Company Ltd. “This original Insight format has captured the attention and enthusiasm of workplaces from coast to coast. From funeral homes to zoos to huge corporations like Air Canada, everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame and everyone wants to be a rock star. Canada Sings! will give them that chance.”

 

The workplace glee clubs that are gearing up to hone their skills include:

 

Air Canada

Boiler House Restaurant

Eric Hamber Secondary School

Good Life Fitness

Hamilton Police

Just Energy

Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies

Scarborough General Hospital

The Keg

Toronto Fire Department

 

Complete details for Canada Sings! including glee club members, show host, celebrity judges and broadcast date will be announced in the coming months.

Canada Sings! is created by Insight Productions for Shaw Media.

Monday, January 24 at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT) on Citytv

“Heat of Passion”

Harry (Kathy Bates) defends an impoverished 87-year-old woman who commits armed robbery to buy food. Meanwhile, in an attempt to impress a beautiful woman, Adam (Nate Corddry) takes on an unlikely case in which he must argue in favor of a laundromat owner’s strict “one-child only” policy for his employees, but is shaken when opposing counsel is none other than flamboyant media hog Tommy Jefferson (guest star Christopher McDonald, Happy Gilmore). Jordana Spiro (My Boys) also guest stars.

10:00pm – Monday, January 24 on CTV

Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) have to lock lips to get close enough to capture a killer.

10:00pm – Monday, January 24 on /A

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

The team investigates a serial killer dubbed “The Road Warrior,” a suspect who kills luxury car owners while they are driving on freeways in Southern California.