May 2011

Citytv today announced plans for Canada’s Got Talent, the Canadian version of the hit Got Talent franchise, from Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia.

Co-produced by Rogers and Insight Productions, Canada’s Got Talent will be broadcast across Canada in Spring 2012 on Citytv.  The format is licensed by FremantleMedia globally.

“Canada’s Got Talent is the perfect opportunity to showcase the strengths of Rogers Media with its vast multiplatform offerings,” commented Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. “A Canadian version of the series allows us to tap into the expansive homegrown talents from across Canada and engage viewers on a national scale like never before.”

Canada now joins more than 40 countries including America, Germany, and the UK as markets with original Got Talent productions.

“Rogers Media is uniquely poised to utilize the power of its media assets to bring this entertaining phenomenon to Canadian audiences”, commented Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.  “The show is a modern day version of the classic variety show that appeals to viewers of all ages.  It will be exciting to see what Canadians bring to the table through the auditions and beyond.”

Rogers Media will leverage all of its platforms (television, radio, publishing, digital, and wireless), resources and talent, to produce, promote and broadcast the new Canadian series to reach Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

“The Got Talent franchise is a proven international ratings performer and we have seen the results first hand with America’s Got Talent on Citytv,” commented Mitch Dent, Executive Vice President Sales, Rogers Media Television.  “Maximizing our properties across Rogers’ brands will create unique sponsorship opportunities and enhance the consumer experience.”

With no age limit and no act too obscure, Canada’s Got Talent will embark on a nationwide 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.  Top acts will compete to impress an expert panel of judges to move on to the next round. The Canadian version will follow the format of the British series that launched in 2007 and discovered stars like Susan Boyle and Paul Potts.

Further announcements for Canada’s Got Talent, including host, judging panel and the nationwide audition process, will be revealed shortly.

Canada’s Got Talent is executive produced by John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Production Company Ltd.

Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit

Shaw Media has acquired the rights to new Canadian World War II drama Bomb Girls.

The six-part series, focussing on women working in bomb factories during the war, will be produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films.

Bomb Girls will be unwrapped at the Shaw Media Upfront presentation in Toronto this week.

The series will be shot in Toronto.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

9 p.m. Sunday, May 29 on E!

Joan and Melissa aren’t speaking but must attend a charity event together; Joan is booked to do the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and Melissa struggles through a business meeting.

Sunday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

In the film that jump-started Judd Apatow’s career and catapulted Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl to movie star status, KNOCKED UP is a romantic comedy drama film that follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand that results in an unintended pregnancy. Also starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, who is also Apatow’s wife.

Sunday, May 29 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

*Network Premiere*

Christopher Nolan steps back into the director’s chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis — the dreaded Joker. Just as it begins to appear as if the good guys are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos.

Disney XD, the new channel and multiplatform brand from Astral Media Inc., launches on Wednesday, June 1 with the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl at 6:30 p.m. ET.

A perfect example of the type of action and adventure programming that will air on the new channel, this blockbuster movie sees Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as a legendary pirate drawn into an unforeseen quest to rescue a fair maiden while battling his arch-rival.

For the daring and charming Captain Jack Sparrow, the high seas of the Caribbean present a vast playground where adventure and mystery await. But Jack’s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech) steals his ship, the Black Pearl and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s daughter, Elizabeth.

In a gallant attempt to rescue Elizabeth, her childhood friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo, along with their motley crew, set out in pursuit of Barbossa and his men. Unbeknownst to Will, there is a curse that has doomed Barbossa’s fleet, a curse that can only be lifted if a once-plundered treasure is restored.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl comes from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Chad Oman (Black Hawk Down), Michael Stenson (Black Hawk Down), Bruce Hendricks (Pearl Harbour) and Paul Deason (Jurassic Park) serve as executive producers and the film is directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring).

Saturdays in June are filled with action and adventure on Disney XD as marathons and movie premieres pack the schedule. Beginning June 4, each Saturday will feature a marathon from Disney XD series kicking off at 2 p.m. ET. Following each marathon at 6:30 p.m. ET, a feature film will debut; the lineup includes Sky High (June 4), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (June 11 – encore), Holes (June 18) and Finding Nemo (June 25).

Monday, May 30

Known for her dramatic appearances on MTV’s THE HILLS and THE CITY, famed fashion publicist and author KELLY CUTRONE (KELL ON EARTH), whose client list included the likes of Valentino and Vivienne Westwood, drops by to chat about her new no holds barred book Normal Gets You Nowhere.

Hollywood glam arrives, as ultra high-end interior designer KENNETH BORDEWICK, who has modelled the homes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Sir Paul McCartney, gives viewers an inside-look into the private homes of his celebrity clients.


Tuesday, May 31

Gemini award-winning comedian RUSSELL PETERS drops by to chat about his latest DVD The Green Card Tour; before he helps Marilyn in the kitchen by putting a Russell spin on a classic dish.

From head to toe, beauty contributor JILL DUNN gives viewers the specifics on hair removal 101 – from methods to products that will ensure the smoothest legs at the pool this summer.


Wednesday, June 1

FLARE magazine editor-in-chief LISA TANT reveals the Top 10 summer items every woman must have in their closet this summer.

Make your next car buying experience a memorable one, as The Globe and Mail’s Drive columnist PETRINA GENTILE takes viewers through car buying 101 basics and the nuts and bolts of car care. 


Thursday, June 2

Correspondent CABRAL RICHARDS takes viewers to a local Farmer’s Market to revel in the fresh produce and thriving community that a Canadian market delivers; before chef JASON ROSSO cooks up some fresh meal ideas featuring homegrown ingredients straight from the market. 


Friday, June 3

Best known for their roles on the CTV award-winning sitcom CORNER GAS, Canadian comedic darlings BRENT BUTT and NANCY ROBERTSON drop by to chat about Season 2 of their hit Canadian comedy series HICCUPS, returning May 30 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

Veteran real estate expert SANDRA RINOMATO (PROPERTY VIRGINS) joins CIBC financial expert JAMIE GOLOMBEK to provide practical advice for financing home renovations and reveal which projects are guaranteed to increase the value of any home.

Plus, MARILYN DENIS reveals the winner of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s “Best Friend Makeover Contest” – after thousands of viewers across the nation secretly nominated their unfashionable BFF’s for a style overhaul courtesy of SEARS Canada. 


Hosted by Marilyn Denis and broadcast live before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily entertainment and lifestyle talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts, established and emerging alike. Building on Marilyn Denis’ connection to her fans, interviews and ideas are delivered with the ease and humour of a conversation with your best girlfriend. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs live Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. ET on CTV and, and then again at 2 p.m. ET (CTV), 5 p.m. ET (/A\), and on demand at (check local listings).

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Monday, May 30

·         CANUCKS GO FOR THE STANLEY CUP:  All this week, CANADA AM follows the Vancouver team’s quest for the Stanley Cup starting today with a panel of sports hosts from Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver debating if the country’s hockey fans will rally behind the Canucks.

·         SOCCER TIPS: Continuing CANADA AM’s soccer series, Julian De Guzman of Toronto FC gives a lesson in trapping the soccer ball.

·         THE SCRIPT: Irish trio Danny O’Donaghue, Mark Sheehan, and Glen Power are sporting a new brand of Celtic Soul and today they perform on the CANADA AM Soundstage.


Tuesday, May 31

·         JEFF LIVE FROM PEI:  CANADA AM goes to Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish, PEI, for a morning filled with East-Coast music, oyster shucking, lobster cracking, and a very special announcement by CANADA AM that’s not to be missed!

·         CFL GREY CUP ANNOUCEMENT: It’s a cultural sporting event a century in the making; the 100th Grey Cup is coming to Toronto! CANADA AM gets the inside scoop on plans for the big party.

·         DOUG PAISLEY: Canadian born alternative country artist performs songs from his debut album Constant Companion on the CANADA AM Soundstage.


Wednesday, June 1

·         FAWZIA KOOFI: She’s Afghanistan’s most famous female politician and she has an extraordinary story of beating the odds to great success. She’s now written her memoir Letters to my Daughters and today she shares her story in studio.

·         JENNIFER LAWRENCE: Seamus O’Regan chats with Lawrence about her indie film roots and her upcoming role in summer blockbuster X-Men.

·         SHUTTLE LANDING: As the space shuttle “Endeavour” returns from space this morning, CANADA AM takes the landing live.

·         PRAIRIE VEGETABLE GARDENING: Gardening expert Mark Cullen goes to Edmonton to show how to grow the sweetest tomatoes out west.


Thursday, June 2

·         RETURN TO PARLIAMENT: Today marks the first day of Prime Minister Harper’s majority government. It’s also a first day for many of the rookie MP’s who were elected. CANADA AM talks to a few of the newbie’s on the hill about what day one on the job means to them.

·         BRENT BUTT & NANCY ROBERTSON: On the heels of the season premiere of HICCUPS, the stars of the most-watched new Canadian series talk to CANADA AM about season 2.

·         JAY INGRAM:  With a fond farewell planned by Discovery Channel on June 5, Ingram bid’s goodbye to Discovery Channel’s flagship series DAILY PLANET after 16 remarkable years as co-host. CANADA AM talks to the Canadian science journalism pioneer as he prepares for the next chapter in his outstanding career.


Friday, June 3

·         WHALE WARS: Animal Planet’s Emmy-nominated #1 hit series kicks-off its fourth season, today, Canadian Captain Paul Watson joins CANADA AM to talk about the season premiere and whether this season could be the last for Capt. Watson and the Sea Shepherd.

·         BBQ FRIDAY: Weber’s grilling expert Naz Cavallaro whips up some fresh ideas for summer grilling on the CANADA AM patio.

·         MOVIE REVIEWS: Film Friday continues as film critic Richard Crouse reviews X-Men, First Class and Good Neighbours.


CANADA AM is Canada’s most-watched national morning newsmagazine. Since its launch in 1972, CANADA AM has brought Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories, featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive Producer for CANADA AM and Wendy Freeman is the President of CTV News.

7 p.m. Sunday, May 29 on E!

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent an unknown suspect from bombing the event. Starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine and Benjamin Bratt.

5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29 on E!

Joan meets a fashion junkie who spends over $1 million on clothes – per year! Then, she meets the inventors of Butt Paste and The Slanket as well as a couple who were so broke, they served pizza at their wedding. Now they’re worth billions. How’d they get so rich?