March 2011

10 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 on E!

After Kelly Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as sidekick to Regis Philbin, the former soap star’s fame jumped to a whole new level. With exclusive insights and interviews, THS examines the life of Kelly as she balances the hectic schedule of hit television shows, endorsements, three children and marriage to actor Mark Consuelos.

Wednesday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Seamus O’Regan conducts in-depth, one-on-one conversations with arts luminaries and other prominent figures to uncover their inspirations in THE O’REGAN FILES. This month, Seamus O’Regan talks to Canadian musical icon, Anne Murray, winner of 24 Juno Awards.

Wednesday, March 23 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The competition continues as the two tribes battle it out for rewards and immunity and another castaway is sent to Redemption Island.

Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert stars in the hilarious new comedy that explores life AFTER the breakup.

Find out what happens to one couple and their tight knit group of friends when “I Do” becomes “I Don’t” on the series premiere of Happy Endings, with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT, 8MT) and 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 8:30MT) on Citytv (s/ABC). 

“Happy Endings perfectly compliments our strong Wednesday night line-up following Modern Family and Cougar Town” commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Programming, Rogers Media Television. 

Happy Endings offers a fresh and funny take on modern friendship and what one urban family will do to stay friends after the perfect couple who brought them all together, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert, 24) and Dave (Zach Knighton, FlashForward), break up on their wedding day.

The failed nuptials forces the group to question their own life choices. Alex’s sister, Jane (Eliza Coupe, Scrubs), a suburban housewife, and her husband, Brad (Damon Wayans Jr., The Underground), are considering starting a family while Max (Adam Pally, Taking Woodstock) and Penny (Casey Wilson, Saturday Night Live), worry about never finding the right guy. Although Alex and reach a truce with each other, they must learn to live with the changes their breakup has caused. 

Happy Endings moves to its regular time slot Wednesday, April 20 at 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 8MT) on Citytv (s/ABC).

In recognition of his exceptional journalistic career, the late CityNews anchor and voice of Citytv, Mark Dailey, will be honoured with the 2011 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be accepted by Mark’s wife, Kim Dailey, and Vice President, News/Executive Producer, Tina Cortese at the RTNDA Central Regional Awards Banquet in Waterloo on Saturday, May 7, 2011. 

“Mark was an exceptional broadcaster and journalist, a real Citytv original,” commented Tina Cortese, Vice President, News/Executive Producer, Citytv. “This posthumous recognition for his admirable body of work is truly an honour and a testament to his impact on the industry.” 

Mark Dailey’s distinguished career spanned over 30 years with Citytv. As CityNews anchor, Mark delivered the news that mattered most to the local community. His iconic baritone was instantly recognizable as the voice that helped shape and define Citytv and Toronto.

Some of his most notable career highlights include receiving an RTNDA award for the CityNews serial, I Want Work, and a Letter of Appreciation from the Governor General of Canada for his active leadership in community service.

He was honoured with the City of Toronto Civic Award of Merit and named Consumers Choice, Man of the Year in 2009. Mark was also a multiple winner of the Metro Police and Toronto Fire department Best Media Coverage of the Year award.

In addition, Mark was named Honorary Chief of the Toronto Police Service. Prior to his time at Citytv, Mark was known for his work in radio, particularly with the legendary “Big 8”, CKLW in Windsor in the early 1970s.

His charitable involvement over the years included work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Salvation Army, St. John Ambulance, the Sick Kids Hospital Therapeutic Clown Program, Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation, Kinder Foundation, Alzheimer Society, and many others. 

Six years ago, Mark successfully battled prostate cancer. As a tireless advocate for prostate screening, his award-winning CityNews series on his own treatment helped to increase awareness of the disease and he was a proud spokesperson for Prostate Cancer Canada. Sadly, Mark succumbed to kidney cancer in December, 2010. 

The RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2002 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their career in broadcast journalism.

Zach Galifianakis has joined HBO on a deal that will see him produce a comedy series for the network.

The Hangover actor has agreed to a first-look deal with the cable network where he will work alongside friend and collaborator Brody Stevens.

The pair will develop a mockumentary series centring on Stevens playing himself. Galifianakis will guest star in the series should it be picked up.

Source: Digital Spy

Following last week’s episode which garnered an impressive 825,000 viewers, W5 investigates the plight of North Vancouver resident Pavel Kulisek who has languished in a Mexican jail for three years awaiting trial.

This breaking news report airs on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Also in this episode, W5 tells the incredible tale of two severely-wounded Canadian veterans, who refuse to let their injuries hold them back, and compete in a two-thousand kilometre road race across Newfoundland.

W5’s Victor Malarek reports on the deeply flawed case against Kulisek including dubious evidence, a corrupt police officer and a lead prosecutor accused of taking bribes. Pavel Kulisek was a successful entrepreneur in search of a simpler life for he and his family. They were savouring the beauty of Mexico’s Baja peninsula when on March 11, 2007, his life changed forever. He was arrested and charged with being a part of an organized crime group – the Tijuana Drug Cartel.

Three years later, there’s still no end in sight. Kulisek, who has no criminal history, says he simply was a victim of circumstance. He has spent the years since his arrest in a squalid prison separated from his wife and daughters growing more and more despondent and ever more desperate for a chance to prove his innocence.

In the second story, “Road To Recovery,” W5’s Paula Todd takes viewers on an emotional and inspiring tale of two remarkable heroes who have not allowed the horrors of war to define their lives or their goals. W5 reports on Andrew Knisley and Jody Mitric, two Canadian soldiers who sustained catastrophic injuries while serving in Afghanistan. In January 2009, Corporal Knisley lost his right leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED). Mitric’s life changed forever in 2007 when a bomb he stepped on was detonated, resulting in the loss of both of his legs below the knee.  They are among the more than 500 Canadian soldiers who have been severely wounded during the war against the Taliban.

Back in Canada, these brave soldiers are on a new mission – to raise money for their fellow wounded vets. And the way they plan to do it is to race in The Targa, a wild, 2,000 km road race on Newfoundland’s cliff-hanging highways. W5 follows the amputee amateurs in the months before the race, as they set out to learn how to race a car with just one leg and three arms between them, and through to the dramatic, surprising finish line.

W5 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m. on CP24, on Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 45th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson and Sandie Rinaldo, the award-winning series is the most-watched documentary program in Canada. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President of CTV News and Current Affairs.

Live from downtown Toronto, ETALK is ready to make some noise on the biggest night in Canadian music with ETALK AT THE JUNOS live red carpet special on Sunday, March 27 with a half-hour broadcast on CTV Ontario and Montreal (6:30 p.m. ET), CTV Alberta (6:30 p.m. MT), and CTV Atlantic (7:30 p.m. AT).

An hour-long broadcast of ETALK AT THE JUNOS will air on CTV BC (6 p.m. PT), CTV Winnipeg and Saskatchewan (6 p.m. CT) and CP24 (6:30 p.m. ET), as well as on E! (7 p.m. ET), /A\ Atlantic (8 p.m. AT), and online at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca, eonline.ca, Atv.ca and CP24.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of CTV broadcasting the awards and the 40th anniversary of the JUNO Awards, ETALK brings the country the hottest stars, latest music-makers, best in rock ‘n’ roll fashion and all the exclusive moments you won’t see anywhere else.

ETALK anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with ETALK reporter Lainey and MTV NEWS host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani wrap up awards season in style with ETALK AT THE JUNOS.

As the JUNOs have grown over the past 10 years, so has the ETALK red carpet show, which has literally defined the red carpet broadcast in Canada since CTV’s first pre-show in St. John’s in 2002. Since then, hundreds of Canadian and international stars have walked the ETALK red carpet, from sleet and snow in Ottawa in 2003 to under a tent in Edmonton in 2004. Now, it’s the biggest and best red carpet broadcast in the country as ETALK rolls out the red in front of the Air Canada Centre for the first time in front of thousands of local fans.

This year, viewers can watch for fun, new and interactive additions to the ETALK AT THE JUNOS broadcast, starting with a special surprise featuring Toronto-native brothers and hit music sensations Shawn Desman and Danny Fernandes. Meanwhile, after a nation-wide, cross-platform fan outreach initiative asking Canadians to profess their love for Canadian music in 150 words or less, hundreds of lucky fans have been selected to get up close and personal with their musical icons. They will be taking in all the red carpet action from the JUNOs red carpet fan pits where MTV NEWS host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani will be reporting from the middle of all the excitement.

 

And finally, ETALK also gives fans a voice this year with the help of Twitter and ETALK reporter Lainey. Stationed directly across the street with a bird’s eye view of the JUNOs red carpet, fans can send Lainey questions for their favourite stars via @etalkctv and she’ll pose the questions directly to the musical superstars themselves.

 

 

Apps. There’s a show for that… and it’s called APP CENTRAL, a new 30-minute co-production from BNN and CP24 that explores the growing market of apps for tablets and smartphones.

Tech savvy co-hosts Amber MacArthur and Michael Hainsworth, along with technology reporter Kris Abel, test drive the latest available apps, and interview the movers and shakers in this growing industry.

An online trailer for APP CENTRAL is available today and full episodes will be available post-broadcast at appcentral.ca with the television broadcast premiering Tuesday March 29 at 8 p.m. ET on BNN and April 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET on CP24.

“We live in a world where smartphones and tablets have become mobile offices and apps are the way we personalize these gadgets, but how do you know which ones you should pick? That’s the inspiration behind APP CENTRAL,” said Bob McLaughlin, Senior Vice-President, CTV Productions and General Manager, CP24. “Amber, Michael and Kris are new media shepherds here to guide app users of all types though the app economy.”

APP CENTRAL airs weekly on BNN Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET and repeats on CP24 on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. This innovative and fast-paced program is the first of its kind in Canada to exclusively cover app developments and news. APP CENTRAL will help viewers navigate the ever expanding world of apps from business to health and beyond.

App development has sky-rocketed over the past few years and apps are being created by everyone: from a guy with a good idea to a business that finds a mobile audience for their product. Each week, APP CENTRAL will review the latest apps, interview an app innovator, talk to celebrities about what’s on their smartphone, new release app picks, and offer an app related gadget review. Produced by Ashlea Kay and Kris Abel, pitches for these segments can be directed to appcentral@ctv.ca.

Top Gear finally brings its high-adrenaline entertainment to America. Based on the hugely popular British version, this series tracks the colourful history of the automobile and celebrates the art of driving.

Hosted by comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood, Top Gear features super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts.

Throughout the ten one-hour episodes, Top Gear explores the history of America, one lap at a time.

Episode 1: Cobra Attack

In the series premiere, there’s a battle between two snakes as Rutledge and Tanner give the soon-to-be replaced Dodge Viper SRT a fitting send off by pitting it against a Cobra attack helicopter through the streets of Griffin, Georgia. The hosts also settle which Lamborghini is the best in a 180 mile an hour desert drag race, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes on the Top Gear test track.