February 2011

Join OMNI Television in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with special programming to welcome the New Year.

Watch OMNIoriginal productions inMandarin and Cantonese; news coverage of the sights and sounds of local celebrations; broadcast specials from Beijing and Taiwan; Chinese New Year movie presentations; and Just For Laughs Toronto: The Chinese Comedy and Variety Show!  


OMNI Chinese New Year Special Programming is as follows:


OMNI Television Present’s: Mandarin WeekendNew Year Special: Saturday, February 5 at 6pm ET/MT and Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 10pm PT

Hosted by OMNI News: Mandarin Edition’s Grant Guo, this one hour special will feature the telling of traditional folklore surrounding the Year of the Rabbit, cooking demonstrations of traditional Chinese New Year dishes and news coverage of local B.C. and Alberta Chinese community celebrations. Plus, greetings from Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty; Alberta Premier, Ed Stelmach; and B.C. Premier, Gordon Campbell.


OMNI Television Present’s: Cantonese New Year Special: Saturday, February 5 at 7pm ET/MT and Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11pm PT

Hosted by on-air OMNI News: Cantonese Edition personality’s Stanley So, Jason Leung, Kenneth Li, Josephine Au, Tina Tse and Eric Chan, this one hour special will highlight extraordinary Chinese New Year celebrations from around the world, fromToronto to China, to Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The special will also feature delicious Chinese New Year cuisine, plus greetings from Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty; Chinese Ambassador of Canada Zhang Junsai; Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Maureen Siu;and other Canadian Chinese politicians.


Chinese New Year Movie Presentation: All’s Well, Ends Well Too 2010: Saturday, February 5 at 8pm ET/MT (11pm PT)

After spending a decade honing her ceremonial skills in the Midland, Princess Pearl (Angela Yeung Wing) of Flowerland begins her journey home. Along the way she meets General Wing (Ronald Cheng), a strong leader in the Midland Army, who joins her on her travels. An unexpected series of events turns this trip upside down when General Wing rescues a young woman from taking her own life. When the three travelers are later attacked by a gang of pirates Princess Pearl falls overboard and suffers from amnesia. General Wing knows that Princess Pearl is still alive and he won’t rests until his true love is back in his arms.


CCTV Beijing Chinese New Year Gala: Saturday, February 5 at 10pm ET/MT (8pm PT)

A mainland Chinese Television event, the CCTV Beijing Chinese New Year Gala will feature various dramatic and comedic skits as well as song and dance performances direct from Beijing.


Taiwan Chinese New Year Special: Sunday, February 6 at 7:30pm ET (9:30pm MT)

Celebrate New Year with the brightest stars of Taiwan’s entertainment scene.


Just For Laughs Toronto: The Chinese Comedy and Variety Show: Sunday, February 6 at 8:30pm ET/PT (10:30pm MT)

Alongside some of his funniest countrymen and women, Chinese comedy megastar Jiang Kun will be featured on stage in Toronto, combining hilarious Xiangsheng (two-performer comedy ‘crosstalk’) in Mandarin, non-verbal slapstick physical comedy, masterful sound-effects, eye-popping shadow puppetry, mesmerizing comedy magic and stunning musical and dance performances.

Chinese New Year Movie Presentation: 72 Tenants of Prosperity: Saturday, February 12 at 8pm ET/MT (11pm PT)

Back in the 1970s, Ha Kung (Eric Tsang) and Shek Kin (Jacky Cheung) prevented a greedy pair of slumlords (Lam Ka-Tung and Charmaine Sheh) from evicting 72 destitute tenants and saved a young woman named Pinky (Anita Yuen) from entering into an arranged marriage. Torn between the two men who both declared their love for her, Pinky flipped a coin to determine who she would marry and Ha won. In the years that followed, the goodwill between Ha and Shek gradually eroded and the two former brothers grew into sworn enemies. Forty years later, the two rivals are both working in Mongkok, trying to corner the electronics market as the tenants they once stood up for observe the fierce competition from afar.


Grand Festive Music Concert 2011: Saturday, February 12 at 10pm ET/MT (8pm PT)

Broadcasted from the Concert Hall of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the concert will feature the China National Symphony Orchestra, featuring internationally renowned artistic director, Mr. Chen Zuohuang and the outstanding Mr. Lu Jia as the conductor.


OMNI B.C. Year of the Rabbit Celebration Special: Sunday February 13 at 8pm ET/PT (9:30pm MT)

The OMNI B.C. Year of the Rabbit Celebration Special brings viewers lion dancing, fun and fortune. Celebrate Chinese New Year with OMNI B.C. news personalities Carol Wang and Fiona Law as they deliver stories about Chinese New Year cuisine, family traditions and art to viewers at home. They’ll also hop into the Year of the Rabbit with the sights and sounds from the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.

HGTV Canada’s breathtaking reveals and remarkable transformations are better than ever as the channel is now available in High-Definition.

HGTV HD will continue to feature hugely popular hosts who are the leading experts in design, renovation and real-estate, and top-quality programming that is now brought to life by vibrant, clear and true-to-life picture quality.

Currently the third ranked specialty channel among women 25-54 and top 10 among adults 25-54*, viewers flock to HGTV for its outstanding series including Sarah 101, a brand new series by design guru Sarah Richardson, and new seasons of fan favourites, Holmes Inspection, My First Place and Flipping Out.

Check out HGTV’s transformation and tune-in for entertaining and inspiring marathons, available in superior image quality, throughout February.


February 2011 Marathons include:


House Hunters International Marathon

Sunday, February 6 from 11am ET to 7pm ET

Escape from Superbowl Sunday madness with House Hunters International and a day of daydreaming. 


Property Virgins Valentine’s Day Marathon

Sunday, February 13 from 11am ET to 7pm ET

Watch couples fall in love with their very first home during this Valentine’s Day inspired marathon of Property Virgins.


House of Bryan Marathon

Monday, February 21 from 12pm ET to 6:30pm ET

Spend Family Day with Bryan Baeumler as he demolishes his family’s house to make way for their dream home.


*source: BBM Canada PPM, September 6, 2011 – November 29, 2011.

Global’s exclusive broadcast of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards deserves an award of its own.  

Not only did it put a lock on the country (Ind 2+) but it experienced meteoric growth since the first Global broadcast in 2010, indicating the continuing rise in importance of the SAG Awards.


Highlights include:

· Year to year nationally, 54% increase (Ind 2+) and a 95% increase in the key A18-49 demo

· Global owned Sunday night prime time (8pm-11pm, Ind 2+), beating CTV by 38% and Citytv by 70%

· Global’s broadcast of the SAG Awards also won the night in the key markets of Toronto and Vancouver (A18-49)

· Year to year, Toronto was up 67% (A18-49) and Vancouver was up 20% (A18-49)


A little more than halfway through awards season, Global anticipates another strong showing when it broadcasts The GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 13, which will be preceded by ET Canada’s Red Carpet Special.

CTV Inc. today announced it has completed installation of an over-the-air (OTA) High Definition transmitter in Montréal. CTV becomes Canada’s only broadcaster to have HD transmitters in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montréal. 

CTV Montréal’s leading lineup of top-rated programming – from THE BIG BANG THEORY, AMERICAN IDOL, and THE MENTALIST to FLASHPOINT and the upcoming SUPER BOWL XLV – is now available to viewers with an HD-capable television equipped with a digital tuner and antenna on Channel 12.1 (RF channel 51).

“Viewers receiving CTV over-the-air can now get Montréal’s most-watched programs in High Definition,” said Don Bastien, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Montréal. “As Montréal’s #1 English-language television station, we are enormously proud to deliver this service to our viewers.”

Today’s announcement represents the latest development in the multi-stage rollout of CTV Inc.’s Canadian HD strategy. CTV was the first national conventional broadcaster to transmit over-the-air in High Definition when its first HD transmitters began operating in Toronto and Vancouver in 2005. CTV was also the first national broadcaster to transmit a feed in High Definition when CTV HD East debuted in 2003, followed by CTV HD West in 2004. 

Currently celebrating its 50th year of broadcasting, CTV Montreal was the first private television station in Quebec. Its newscasts have been the top-rated English news programs in Montreal since it began, earning the station its place as a reliable voice for the English community in Montréal. In its market, CTV Montreal offers supper-hour and late-night newscasts seven days a week, plus a full hour of news weekdays at noon. CTV NEWS with Todd van der Heyden and Mutsumi Takahashi and the entire news team deliver a comprehensive local news and events package, along with national and international news coverage. CTV Montreal is proud to be known for its charitable work as well as its news programming including its work with Spirit of Giving a Community Action Program, which co-ordinates with six Montreal community organizations to help alleviate poverty in the city. For more information about CTV Montreal visit http://montreal.ctv.ca/ 

It’s the biggest party on the biggest sports stage in North America and it’s coming to CTV on Sunday, as CTV has exclusive Canadian coverage of SUPER BOWL XLV featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Green Bay Packers in the ultimate fight for the Vince Lombardi trophy.

CTV’s coverage of SUPER BOWL XLV airs nationally in High Definition on February 6 beginning at 12 noon ET with six hours of pre-game programming on SUPER BOWL Sunday (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

TSN kicks off coverage of SUPER BOWL XLV with a four-hour championship edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN at 10 a.m. ET, while RDS’s coverage of the big game begins at 5:30 p.m. ET.

SUPER BOWL Sunday on CTV concludes with the shocking season finale of the international hit series FLASHPOINT immediately following SUPER BOWL XLV at 10 p.m. ET. In the gripping season three cliff-hanger episode, Canada’s favourite TV cop unit is threatened like never before, as the fate of Team One and the life of one of the team’s own hang in the balance.

“The SUPER BOWL is an unparalleled spectacle of pro sports and pop culture that transcends all genres and translates into one of the biggest days on television. There really is nothing else quite like it and CTV is extremely proud to deliver this marquee, must-see event to football fans across Canada,” said Phil King, President of Sports and Executive Vice-President of Programming, CTV. 

Calling the SUPER BOWL are veteran NFL broadcaster Joe Buck and analyst and three-time SUPER BOWL champion Troy Aikman from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The SUPER BOWL halftime show, sponsored in Canada by Pepsico, features the Grammy Award-winning pop group Black Eyed Peas, while pop superstar Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem prior to kick-off.

Once again, CTV is on pace to sell out all available advertising time for one of the biggest events of the broadcast season. Labatt and Hyundai have returned as major sponsors of the SUPER BOWL broadcast on CTV with Nissan and Chevrolet also becoming major sponsors this year. Many of the advertisers have confirmed that they will debut new campaigns on CTV during the SUPER BOWL broadcast.

Last year’s SUPER BOWL broadcast was watched by more than 6.3 million viewers on CTV.


Broadcast Schedule

CTV gets fans up-close and personal with the biggest names on the NFL’s grandest stage prior to SUPER BOWL XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6 with six hours of all-encompassing coverage leading up to the most-watched sporting event in North America. TSN also hits the gridiron on Sunday with a super-sized SUPER BOWL edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN at 10 a.m. ET. 


The broadcast schedule is as follows (subject to change):


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET

Host Chris Berman is joined live on location in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square by his usual stable of Sunday NFL analysts – Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Chris Mortensen – and Insider Adam Schefter as they set the table for SUPER BOWL XLV. SUPER BOWL champions Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer and Steve Young also contribute to the show, while the MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL team of Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden are joined by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.



12 noon – 1 p.m. ET

Produced by Emmy-Award winning NFL Films, ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL captures the most dramatic moments and sound bites of the 2010 NFL season, from the opening kickoff from the Louisiana Superdome during Week 1 in September, through the AFC and NFC Championship Games.



1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET

The NFL Films-produced documentary uses High Definition footage to detail how the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers each reached the NFL’s championship game.



2 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET

Co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee anchor the SUPER BOWL XLV pre-game show live from outside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, reporters Pam Oliver and Chris Myers, comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo, NFL Insider Jay Glazer and NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira. The pre-game show tees up the championship tilt with an in-depth look at the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, along with additional analysis, features, interviews and celebrity sightings in Dallas.



6 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET

The Steelers and the Packers go head-to-head for the Vince Lombardi trophy in SUPER BOWL XLV live from state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.


FLASHPOINT – “Fault Lines” – on CTV

10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET

In the most-coveted timeslot in prime time television, CTV’s international hit series FLASHPOINT concludes its third season with a shocking season finale that has Team One grappling with life and death choices and tough decisions. The gripping episode guest stars renowned actor Victor Garber (ALIAS, ELI STONE) as an elite military psychologist who sets his sights on destroying Team One by exposing deep secrets and faults amongst the top cop unit.

Citytv announced today the addition of two local programs to its schedule in Calgary and Toronto. This Spring, Citytv in Calgary will broadcast a new half-hour suppertime program in Calgary and CityNews will return to weekends on Citytv in Toronto. 

The new untitled 30-minute show in Calgary will air weekdays Monday to Friday. The province-wide search for its new local host created a buzz in the industry that lead to today’s early announcement about the new program. 

“Due to competitive reasons we can’t reveal too much about the show at this time, except that it will be hosted by a personality well-known in Calgary and throughout most of Alberta,” commented Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice-President, Television Operations, Rogers Media Television. “We identified an opportunity to engage and interact with Calgarians daily.” 

The return of CityNews at six and eleven on weekends in Toronto is another welcomed announcement for Citytv viewers. Anchors of the weekend news will be announced shortly before the program returns to the airwaves in early March.

10:30 p.m. Monday, January 31 on E!

Lights, Camera, FASHION! Style maven and celebrity commentator Joan Rivers joins Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos for a look at all the red carpet ensembles from this year’s SAG Awards. Celebrity A-listers go under the fashion microscope as Joan and the co-hosts evaluate who got it right and who got it oh-so-wrong. This special episode of FASHION POLICE is not to be missed!

10:00pm – Monday, January 31 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The team searches for a female suspect who uses her professional skills as a high class call girl to lure and kill high-powered executives.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Monday, January 31 on Space

Aidan is confronted by a different kind of ghost and Josh is haunted by the normal life he could have had; Sally makes a friend.

9:30pm – Monday, January 31 on CTV

Mike (Billy Gardell) comes on too strong after spending the weekend with Molly (Melissa McCarthy) and later takes Carl’s (Reno Wilson) advice to play it cool.