May 2011

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

The dates for this week have the 18 remaining bachelors dreaming of finding love with the Bachelorette. Ashley whisks away her first date, William in a private jet to Las Vegas. The next day, 12 guys head to Las Vegas to join Ashley at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, where the group meets the Jabbawockeez, the celebrated hip hop dance crew. Later that night at the after party, Ashley gets some one-on-one time with West and Bentley. Then, at a pressure-packed cocktail party, the drama escalates as one man finally makes his move and kisses Ashley; Jeff, the masked man, vows to finally reveal himself; and Bentley, ever the sly competitor, literally sweeps the Bachelorette off her feet. At the end of the night, 15 men will remain.

8:00pm – Monday, May 30 on CTV

In Season 2 of HICCUPS, Nancy Robertson returns as the hot-headed children’s author Millie Upton, who continues to give her “life coach” Stan Dirko (Brent Butt) a run for his (lack of) money. In the season premiere, a trip to Hollywood is in order for Millie, Stan and Taylor (David Ingram) to investigate some options for a Grumpaloo movie. Back at the Haddison House, Joyce (Laura Soltis) uses Anna (Paula Rivera) and Crystal (Emily Perkins) as guinea pigs to test homemade skin care products.

8 p.m. Monday, May 30 on E!

Two high school students are thrown together after the young man gets into trouble and is made to do community service. As the two become closer their relationship blossoms. Starring Mandy Moore and Shane West.

Bell Media announced today that it will extend its market-leading CTV brand to its /A\ network, renaming it CTV Two this Fall.

The debut of the new identity is strategically scheduled to coincide with the launch of the network in High Definition, also planned for this Fall, and its expansion into the full Toronto extended market next year.

The move will immediately strengthen local CTV Two stations serving Vancouver, Toronto, Southwestern Ontario, Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, including the conversion of /A\ NEWS outlets in these markets under the CTV NEWS banner. A dynamic new CTV Two schedule will be revealed at the CTV Upfront presentation in Toronto this Thursday, June 2.

“As we stated to the CRTC, we are committed to the viability of the /A\ stations,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We are extending CTV, Canada’s strongest television brand, to our second network, so that these channels can resonate deeper with audiences, advertisers, and the communities they serve. Along with our investment in HD and our commitment to local programming, today’s announcement signifies a new beginning for this network.” 

The announcement comes just weeks after the Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputation Survey named CTV as Canada’s most-trusted media brand. Ranking #24 on the Top 100 list of the most trusted brands in Canada, CTV was the only Canadian media brand to place in the Top 30.

In additional good news for viewers and advertisers, the new CTV Two schedule will be delivered in High Definition beginning this Fall, for the first time ever. Reaching the same amount of viewers as Citytv, CTV Two will immediately be accessible to nearly 90% of viewers in English Canada.

CTV is also moving forward with plans to add a re-broadcast transmitter in southern Ontario in 2012. Extending the reach of the current transmitter in Barrie, ON, the move will create a larger simulcast opportunity for advertisers in the Toronto/Hamilton extended market, subject to CRTC approval.

At this week’s CTV Upfront presentation on June 2, CTV will reveal a new CTV Two schedule featuring eight new programs to the network, seven in simulcast, including one monster acquisition to anchor the schedule. 

“We are committed to building the CTV Two schedule to contend on nearly every night of the week,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “We are confident that we have scheduled franchise programs in key timeslots that will appeal to both audiences and advertisers alike.”

Marking the synergy between the CTV and CTV Two brands, the new CTV Two schedule will receive unprecedented promotional support across CTV’s main schedule in some of television’s biggest programs. A comprehensive external promotional campaign is also planned to support the launch.

“Leveraging the strength of the CTV brand on both networks is a strategic move to more effectively market, program and sell CTV Two,” said Rick Lewchuk, Senior Vice-President, CTV Creative Agency and Brand Strategy. “Additionally, CTV Two works as a navigational tool, directing viewers to one of two networks where they can find CTV programming.”

The CTV Two communities across the country will also benefit from leveraging Canada’s most trusted news brand when /A\ NEWS transitions into CTV NEWS in each market, also this Fall. While still retaining their editorial independence, the former /A\ NEWS broadcasts will be strengthened under the umbrella of the CTV NEWS brand. Additionally, local CTV Two stations will use the CTV brand in their ongoing community investment initiatives, providing a more powerful extension of support into the communities they serve.

“Extending Canada’s most trusted news brand to these local stations demonstrates our commitment to these communities,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “We hope that under the CTV NEWS banner, these local stations will ultimately be able to survive on their own.”

/A\ finishes the 2010/2011 television season as a strong contender for Canada’s fourth network, besting programs such as Citytv’s MODERN FAMILY (with CRIMINAL MINDS) and THE EVENT (with TWO AND A HALF MEN and MIKE & MOLLY) in total viewers and key demos. /A\ delivered nearly 40 broadcasts with more than one million viewers this season, led by Top 20 programs such as AMERICAN IDOL and DANCING WITH THE STARS, compared to just 20 for Citytv.

Making its Canadian debut on Corus Entertainment’s Sundance Channel (Canada) on Sunday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET, Rake, the hour-long dark and humorous drama follows the innately self-destructive and brilliant criminal defense lawyer Cleaver Greene (played by Richard Roxburgh).

Greene is as drawn to hopeless legal cases, including bigamists, cannibals, bestialities and even his own loan shark, as he is to the other vices in his life including drugs, women and gambling.

Cleaver Greene was born with a mind numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind. With a knack for creating chaos – be it in court before a judge or holding court in a restaurant, be it in a brothel or a casino, be it with his ex-wife, his son or his best friend. The series begins with Greene recovering from a beating for unpaid gambling debts and as usual, Greene retreats to the arms of his lover/friend/confidant Missy (Adrienne Pickering), a high-class call girl who works at a local brothel. However, to Greene’s dismay he finds out Missy is leaving the world’s old profession to start law school and take up with the lawyer indicting him on tax fraud. The only thing that takes his mind off his troubles is a case he can’t resist – the defence of Professor Graham Murray (Hugo Weaving), a world renowned economist accused of cannibalism.

The series includes notable guest stars including Hugo Weaving (episode 1), Sam Neil (episode 5), Rachel Griffiths (episode 6), Heather Mitchell (episode 5) and Lisa McCune (episode 2).

Weeknights – 7:30pm ET/PT on Global

ET Canada has exclusive interviews with the cast of X-Men: First Class, plus more exciting news from the world of entertainment.

Full CBC broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2011 Stanley Cup finals series between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.

Schedule:

Wednesday June 1 – 19:30 ET 2000 ET – Scotiabank Hockey Tonight  & Boston at Vancouver

Saturday June 4 – 19:30 ET 2000 ET 2300 ET – Scotiabank Hockey Tonight  & Boston at Vancouver

Monday June 6 – 20:00 ET – Vancouver at Boston

Wednesday June 8 – 20:00 ET – Vancouver at Boston

Friday June 10 – 20:00 ET – Boston at Vancouver

Monday June 13 – 20:00 ET – Vancouver at Boston

Wednesday June 15 – 19:30 ET 2000 ET – Scotiabank Hockey Tonight & Boston at Vancouver

Weeknights – 7pm ET/PT on Global

Entertainment Tonight has a jam-packed lineup of some of the biggest and hottest movies hitting theatres this summer. Plus, ET sits downs with music legend Stevie Nicks to discuss her new album “In Your Dreams.”

Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd., announced today that Rogers will be launching CityNews Channel, a new 24-hour, interactive, local news channel in Toronto. 

“We’re taking the number one news radio format in Canada, 680 News, and bringing it to television under the brand of CityNews Channel,” commented Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. “By incorporating our trailblazing and trusted news brands from CityNews, 680 News, and publishing – including Canada’s most trusted news magazine, Maclean’s – CityNews Channel is poised to be the destination local news channel.” 

CityNews Channel will be available to digital cable subscribers this October and will feature an enriched and interactive screen format. 

“Our CityNews team has the strongest local news pedigree in Canada,” added Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice-President, Television Operations, Rogers Media Television. “CityNews Channel will take all news television to the next level combining our trusted news personalities with content from across all Rogers Media platforms.”

Local television remains a vital source of news and information and CityNews Channel will play an active role in keeping viewers well informed on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour basis with unique, integrated coverage on both the breaking news and in-depth stories that matter most.

Citytv announced today its new 2011-12 primetime schedule that includes two new, Canadian series, Canada’s Got Talent and Secret Millionaire Canada, along with the acquisition of six new dramas, five new comedies, and four newly acquired series — representing the very best new television programs produced by the top studios.

Showcasing writing and producing from industry heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), the 2011-12 schedule features the character driven new dramas Terra Nova, The Playboy Club, Revenge, Person of Interest, along with newly acquired Private Practice and midseason series Alcatraz and Scandal.

From the creative geniuses behind 30 Rock, Modern Family, Sex in the City and Hung come hilarious new comedies 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and newly acquired Raising Hope and The Middle. Midseason comedy, Apartment 23 and the newly acquired critically acclaimed drama, Shameless join the Citytv lineup.

Supported by the bold acquired programming schedule, Rogers Media heads into an exciting new era of audience interaction with the launch of Canada’s Got Talent and Secret Millionaire Canada and the new, 24-hour CityNews Channel.

“Rogers Media has the unique ability to reach Canadians across all platforms, and what is really exciting about the Citytv schedule is that we have acquired the rights to make these new series available on all screens,” commented Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media Inc. “Bringing together our resources across all media, our continued investment in seamless integration and distinctive, destination content positions Rogers as innovative, entertaining, informative and bold.”

“We are excited to be launching a competitive schedule that balances the proven strength and stability of returning hits with innovative new programming,” said Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. “With the addition of Canada’s Got Talent and Secret Millionaire Canada, along with the launch of the CityNews Channel, Rogers Broadcasting will significantly increase our domestic production capabilities to match our strongest ever primetime line-up.”

“Building upon our strong foundation of critically acclaimed comedies, dramas and top-rated reality programming, we’re taking our 2011-2012 primetime schedule to new heights with the addition of even more premium scripted series and Canadian programming,” said Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Programming, Rogers Media Television. “From the latest dramas from proven hit makers, Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, to the most buzzed about new comedies featuring breakout stars such as Zooey Deschanel and Kat Dennings, Citytv’s fall lineup showcases very best television has to offer.”

Along with Citytv’s trailblazing new roster, the Fall 2011 schedule also features the return of hit dramas Body of Proof and Fringe and returning comedy series, Modern Family, Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, Parks and Recreation, and Community. Reality series The Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are back for another emotional season this Fall. Midseason premieres include returning new seasons of original Canadian series, Murdoch Mysteries and proven fan favourites Cougar Town and 30 Rock –that also returns five nights a week in syndication, starting this Fall.

Epic new family adventure series, Terra Nova, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, kick starts Monday nights leading into veteran favourite How I Met Your Mother. Michael Patrick King’s highly anticipated new comedy 2 Broke Girls is up next followed by the provocative new, one-hour drama, The Playboy Club, which transports viewers back to mob-ruled Chicago and the birth of an icon that irrevocably changed American culture.

Citytv’s Tuesday night is the home of proven hits as The Biggest Loser and Body of Proof bookend the night making room for the arrival of hilarious new comedy New Girl, starring indie-darling Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer) and newly acquired returning comedy, Raising Hope.

Wednesday nights become LOL Wednesday’s bringing appointment television to a whole new level as the newly acquired comedy, The Middle, starring two-time Emmy® award winner, Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), kicks off the night followed by the brand new comedy, Suburgatory. Citytv’s top-rated comedy, Modern Family, coupled with critically acclaimed, Happy Endings leads straight into Wednesday’s must-see new drama, Revenge starring Canadians Emily Van Camp and Henry Czerny.

Thursday balances comedy and drama starting off with the return of back-to-back fan favourites, Community and Parks and Recreation. Two-time Emmy® award winner J.J. Abrams’ (Fringe, Lost) new high-octane drama, Person of Interest leads into newly acquired returning medical drama, Private Practice.

Ratings winner Extreme Makeover: Home Edition heads to Friday nights followed by another gripping season of J.J. Abrams’ hit drama, Fringe.

Saturday’s returning hit comedy, Rules of Engagement kicks-off the night followed by Canadian movies and original series, Dussault Inc.

Sunday starts with non-stop laughter featuring Tim Allen’s (Home Improvement) new comedy series Last Man Standing, followed by new Canadian series The Quon Dynasty/Extraordinary Canadians. 

 

The Citytv primetime schedule is as follows (all times Eastern): 

 

MONDAY 

8-9pm – Terra Nova (s-FOX) **NEW** 

9-9:30pm – How I Met Your Mother 

9:30-10pm – 2 Broke Girls **NEW ** 

10-11pm – The Playboy Club (s-NBC) **NEW** 

 

TUESDAY 

7-9 pm – The Biggest Loser (NBC) 

9-9:30pm – New Girl (s-FOX) **NEW ** 

9:30-10pm – Raising Hope (s-FOX) **NEW to Citytv** 

10-11pm – Body of Proof (s-ABC) 

 

WEDNESDAY 

8-8:30pm – The Middle (s-ABC) **NEW** 

8:30-9pm – Suburgatory (s-ABC) **NEW** 

9-9:30pm – Modern Family (s-ABC) 

9:30-10pm – Happy Endings (s-ABC) 

10-11pm – Revenge (s-ABC) **NEW** 

 

THURSDAY 

8-8:30pm – Community (s-NBC) 

8:30-9pm – Parks and Recreation(s-NBC) 

9-10pm – Person of Interest (s-CBS) **NEW** 

10-11pm – Private Practice (s-ABC) **NEW to Citytv** 

 

FRIDAY 

8-9pm – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (s-ABC) 

9-10pm – Fringe (s-FOX) 

 

SATURDAY 

8-8:30pm – Rules of Engagement (s-CBS) 

8:30-9pm –Dussault Inc. **NEW** 

9-11pm – Canadian Movie 

 

SUNDAY 

7-7:30pm– Last Man Standing **NEW** 

7:30-8pm – The Quon Dynasty/Extraordinary Canadians **NEW** 

8-9pm – Beyond Survival 

9-10pm – Murdoch Mysteries 

 

* Schedule subject to change. 

 

2011-12 New Series Descriptions

 

Visit rogersmediatv.ca for full show descriptions and photography, and schedules for Pacific, Mountain and Central time zones. 

 

DRAMAS: 

Terra Nova – From executive producers Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park), Peter Chernin, René Echevarria (Castle, The 4400) and Brannon Braga (24) comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past. Click here for full description 

The Playboy Club – From Academy Award® -winning executive producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), The Playboy Club is a provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture. It’s the early ’60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies — and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Click here for full description 

Revenge – Revenge is written and executive-produced by Mike Kelley (Swingtown), along with executive producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight), wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. EMILY THORNE (Emily Van Camp, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood) is new to the Hamptons. She’s met some of her wealthy neighbours, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn’t exactly new to the neighbourhood. Click here for full description 

Person of Interest – Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in this thought-provoking crime action drama from The Dark Knight’s Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Fringe, Lost, Alias). Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (i.e., cops, criminals, corruption), this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Click here for full description 

Private Practice – Following a failed attempt at marriage reconciliation, neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) moves to Santa Monica, California for sunnier weather and happier possibilities. Click here for full description 

 

COMEDIES: 

2 Broke Girls –A lot of young girls move to New York City to “make it.” Max and Caroline are just trying to make their rent. In this fun, outrageous comedy series written by Emmy® Award winner Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and white-hot stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, two girls from very different backgrounds — Max, poor from birth, and Caroline, born wealthy but down on her luck — wind up as waitresses in the same colorful Brooklyn diner and strike up an unlikely friendship that could lead to a successful business venture. All they need to do is come up with $250,000 in start-up expenses. Click here for full description 

Suburgatory – Manicured lawns. Cookie-cutter homes. Big lips. Little nose jobs. Synchronized sprinkler systems. A massive mall featuring the latest in animal print and food-court cuisine. Welcome to the suburbs, heaven for many. But for one teenage transplant from New York City, the suburbs represent her unique version of hell. Forget purgatory — this is suburgatory.Click here for full description 

New Girl – A new single-camera comedy from Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached) New Girl features a young ensemble cast and takes a fresh and outrageous look at modern male/female relationships. JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel, (500) Days of Summer) is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. As their relationships progress, the friends come to realize they need each other more than they ever thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional family. Click here for full description 

Last Man Standing – Today it’s a woman’s world, and this man’s man is on a mission to get men back to their rightful place in society. Tim Allen returns to in this new comedy from Jack Burditt (30 Rock). Men may have built civilizations, invented the locomotive and created ESPN, but they’re about to find out that it’s not a man’s world anymore. Click here for full description 

Raising Hope – Raising Hope is a new single-camera family comedy from Emmy® Award winner Greg Garcia that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their already terribly flawed household. 

The Middle – Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Click here for full description 

 

NEW MIDSEASON: 

 

Canada’s Got Talent – With no age limit and no act too obscure, Canada’s Got Talent will embark on a nation-wide search for Canada’s favourite performer, celebrating the diverse and eclectic homegrown talent from across the country. Much more than a singing or dancing competition, Canada’s Got Talent will showcase the top acts from magicians to jugglers, contortionists to fire eaters, singers and dancers – anything goes. 

Alcatraz – From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Star Trek) and showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost, Deadwood) comes Alcatraz, a chilling new drama revolving around America’s most infamous prison and onetime home to the nation’s worst criminals. Click here for full description 

Apartment 23 – After a naive Midwestern girl’s big city dreams are dashed her first week in New York, she finds herself living with her worst nightmare in this hilarious, contemporary comedy about a female odd couple who are surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters. Created and written by Nahnatchka Kahn (American Dad), Apartment 23 is executive-produced by Kahn, Jason Winer (Modern Family), Dave Hemingson (American Dad, How I Met Your Mother) and Jeff Morton (Modern Family). Click here for full description 

Scandal – From the creator and executive producers of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. Click here for full description 

Shameless – Meet Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) proud, working-class patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids who, without him, would be… better off. Click here for full description