June 2011

Shaw Media today announced an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to produce the first Canadian edition of the international hit series, Four Weddings and has joined forces with Canadian production company, Proper Television, on the production of the series.

For the first time, Canadian brides-to-be have the once in a lifetime opportunity to pit their weddings against one another for a shot at a dream honeymoon.

Casting is currently taking place across the GTA, with more information available at www.slice.ca/castingcall. Four Weddings is slatedto premiere on SliceTMin 2012.

Originating in the United Kingdom on Living TV (now Sky Living) and produced by ITV Studios, Four Weddings became the best performing original series in the channel’s history at the time it launched. There are currently 16 existing formats of Four Weddings; SliceTM will air the first Canadian edition of the series.

“Four Weddings is an international hit series and in partnering with ITV Studios and Proper Television we are able to bring viewers the first Canadian edition,”said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Wedding content is a fundamental part of the SliceTM schedule and Four Weddings Canada will be a perfect addition to the already robust slate of programs celebrating a couple’s big day.”

“The sheer range and diversity of Canadian weddings has never been celebrated like this before,” said Guy O’Sullivan, President, Proper Television. “Four Weddings is a cracking format where brides do battle on the most important day of their lives. Prepare to be seriously entertained.’’

This is the first time Canadians will have the opportunity to compete in the Four Weddings format, which follows four brides as they attend each other’s wedding as a guest and judge the day based on four categories: the dress, the food, the venue and the overall experience. The bride with the best wedding wins a fabulous dream honeymoon!

Proper Television and SliceTM are seeking brides-to-be across the GTA who are getting married between June and November 2011. Casting for Four Weddings is open to every kind of wedding imaginable, at every budget level and will attempt to showcase Canada’s gorgeous cultural and ethnic diversity and the country’s wealth of big personalities. Weddings could include:    

home-catered

big swanky affairs

same-sex couples

theme weddings

cottage or backyard weddings

do-it-yourself weddings

 

Casting is open now. Further details about how to apply are available at www.slice.ca/castingcall under Four Weddings.

Tuesday, June 28 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Wipeout welcomes a dean of students, a philosopher and a game show pedigree contestant whose parents were featured on The Newlyweds. They’re thrown for a loop on the Lawnmower, bounced off the Big Balls and finish the qualifier in a literal Chinese Food Buffet of wipeouts. The top 12 contestants take on ‘the Scareousel’ for a chance to win the $50,000 prize.

8:00pm – Tuesday, June 28 on /A

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

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Bollywood fever swept Toronto last weekend and OMNI Television was there to bring viewers unprecedented coverage of the all-things IIFA.

Broadcasting LIVE from on the green carpet Saturday night, Bollywood Boulevard: LIVE at IIFA 2011 brought viewers an up-close-and-personal look at the big event with 2-hours of exclusive coverage followed by the Canadian premiere of IIFA “Best Film” winner, Dabaang.

Record numbers of Torontonians tuned in to the pre-awards special and film, pushing OMNI to #1 spot in key demos 18-49 and 25-54.*

“Hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country came together to watch one of the largest events to ever come to Canada and OMNI Television is proud to be the broadcaster that made that possible,” commented Alain Strati, VP of OMNI Television. “As a multilingual/multicultural television system, OMNI Television’s coverage and immense array of South Asian entertainment leading up to the three-day weekend, confirmed the station’s commitment to multiculturalism in Canada. “

Touching down on North American soil for the very first time, the IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony took over the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto Saturday night. From the glamourous green carpet events to coverage of the hottest stars around the city, as the Official Broadcast Partner of IIFA 2011, OMNI television took to on-air and online for four full days of programming to bring viewers an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the big event.

In addition, OMNI Television delivered a vast array of South Asian entertainment leading up to the special coverage of the IIFA Weekend and Awards, from locally produced South Asian news in all markets, to IIFA themed Indian blockbuster hits on Bollywood Freetime Movies, to daily and weekly coverage of the IIFA celebrations on Bollywood Blvd., and the launch of two new series, Best of the IIFAs and Bollywood Top 10 Best, starring Canadian actress, Lisa Ray.

The IIFA 2011 excitement continues to thrive on OMNI Television with even more IIFA programming. This week, Bollywood Boulevardcontinues to air daily, bringing viewers more coverage of the three day extravaganza. Watch the IIFA 2011 winner of best film, Dabaang, starring Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday, July 3.

Relive the best moments of the IIFAs with two specials, IIFA Curtain Raiser and IIFA Flash Backon Sunday, July 17. Watch the much anticipated, Canadian broadcast premiere of the IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony on July 24 at 8pm. Tune in for the glitz and glam of IIFA Rocks, featuring performances by Jermaine Jackson and Sonu Nigam on Sunday, July 31.

All new Combat Hospital tonight on Global.

Armed with an arsenal of paintball guns and rubber bullets, and dressed in her trademark head-to-toe black, Ann Bryant is the bear protector.

Now, in the new series BLONDE VS. BEAR, Bryant and her fellow BEAR League volunteers are on a mission to save Lake Tahoe’s black bears from their biggest threat ever: people.

Premiering Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, don’t miss a minute as human-bear conflicts escalate when thousands of tourists flood into the region and come face to face with the black bears that call Lake Tahoe home.

Dozens of bears are killed each year after encountering people, and Bryant and her team of volunteers face an uphill battle as they try to maintain peace on the frontline of this extraordinary conflict.

Catch all the action as Ann Bryant tries to save the bears of Lake Tahoe on BLONDE VS. BEAR, premiering on Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT only on Animal Planet.

 

Highlights from BLONDE VS. BEAR include:

 

BLONDE VS. BEAR: “Breaking Point”

Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Bear protector Ann Bryant faces an emotionally-charged start to her summer campaign to save the black bears of Lake Tahoe. Bryant is called upon to deal with a 136-kg mother bear that charged a tree surgeon, and comes into conflict with the Sheriff when a bear terrifies a tourist inside his vacation home. Finally, a young bear faces the death penalty after being accused of breaking into a home. As the situation escalates, Bryant is pushed to the breaking point in her fight to protect her beloved Tahoe bears.

 

BLONDE VS. BEAR: “Crime and Punishment”

Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

It’s mid-summer and Ann Bryant’s battle to protect Lake Tahoe’s black bears rages on. Hungry bears are breaking into houses and Bryant must stop them before someone gets hurt. A late night emergency call puts Bryant on the trail of a mother bear and her three cubs who break into a vacation home. Unruly young bears looking for food alone for the first time are causing chaos and must learn to stay away from people. Trash is also attracting increasingly bigger bears into neighborhoods. Bryant must unleash her unique brand of tough love if she wants to save these bears from death.

 

BLONDE VS. BEAR: “Breakdown”

Monday, August 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

As the tourist season reaches its climax in Lake Tahoe, Ann Bryant is hit with a crisis that could jeopardize the future of her bears and put her own life in danger. A notorious black bear’s crime spree starts to endanger lives, forcing the authorities to issue a “shoot to kill” order. Elsewhere, Bryant takes a dangerous risk to stop a bear from climbing onto a motel roof in a busy tourist town. And, the consequences of her 24/7 commitment to saving the bears finally take a toll on Bryant’s health.

After twelve weeks of blood, sweat, tears, and the most intense culinary competition this country has ever seen, Canada is only days away from crowning its very own inaugural Top Chef.  

With only three competitors left standing in Food Network Canada’s number one series, Top Chef Canada, the competition is fierce for one to take home the grand prize of $100,000, a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000, and the coveted title of Canada’s first ever Top Chef.  

The final episode of the inaugural season of Top Chef Canada will air on Monday, July 4th at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada.

Rising above every demanding culinary challenge throughout the season to date, Calgary’s Connie DeSousa (CHARCUT Roast House), Vancouver’s Dale MacKay (Ensemble), and Toronto’s Rob Rossi (formerly Mercatto) have outperformed their fellow 13 competitors and are ready to battle each other in the biggest, most important culinary competition of their lives.

The three finalists have honed their culinary skills and earned their keep since entering Top Chef Canada’s GE Monogram Kitchen for the first time.  Having won two Quickfire and three Elimination Challenges, Connie was awarded a trip for two to Los Angeles to stay at the Mondrian Hotel as well as a trip for two to Chicago via Porter Airlines for a weekend.  Dale won three Quickfire and Elimination Challenges each, and received $5,000 in President’s Choice gift cards.  With his one Quickfire and four Elimination Challenge victories, Rob took home $2,500 in Le Creuset products as well as a $5,000 cash prize.

But which of these three finalists will be left standing as Canada’s Top Chef?  Find out in the cut-throat, high stakes finale that will no doubt be an emotional rollercoaster for competitors and viewers alike.  To catch up on the entire first season to date, viewers can tune in to a Canada Day marathon of the 12 episodes of Top Chef Canada airing July 1st from 12pm ET/9am PT until 12am ET/9pm PT.  All the drama builds up to the season finale of Top Chef Canada which airs on Food Network Canada Monday, July 4th at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT, with an encore presentation Saturday, July 9th at 7 pm ET/PT.

Starting Thursday, June 30, the eyes of the world will be on Canada as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge begin their first overseas visit as a Royal Couple.

CTV News Channel delivers continuous coverage of the Royal Tour of Canada beginning June 30 at 2 p.m. ET as Will and Kate land on Canadian soil. Former advisor to the Royal Family, Bonnie Brownlee, has in-depth analysis on each stop of the Royal visit to Canada.

On Canada Day, July 1, join CTV News Channel for full coverage of the celebrations in Ottawa and across the country as Will and Kate join Canadians in the country’s capital, with a special Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. ET. **

From July 4 – 8, CTV News Channel delivers CANADA AM with special interviews about The Royal Tour. Highlights include Matthew Rowe of The Monarchist League of Canada talking about Canada’s youth and their views towards the monarchy (Wednesday, June 29 at 7:15 a.m. ET) and Canada’s Governor General of Canada David Johnson discusses meeting the Royal Couple on their arrival in Canada (Thursday, June 30, 8:10 a.m. ET).

TheRoyals.ca remains the home of Royal Family news, delivering in-depth coverage of the top Royal leading up to and through the Royal Tour, photo galleries, exclusive web videos and much more.

CTV NEWS CHANNEL also has extensive coverage of Will & Kate’s travels to Montreal and Quebec City as well as updates on their stop in Summerside, PEI with a rumoured visit to Anne Of Green Gables House. In addition, CTV News Channel tracks Will & Kate as they explore Canada’s north in Yellowknife, NWT and finish up in Western Canada as the couple kicks up their boots in Calgary Alberta during the world famous Calgary Stampede and board the jet back to California, as they bid farewell with fond memories of Canada on July 8.

Earlier this year, Canadians said “I Do” to Bell Media’s Royal coverage as 1.6 million Canadians tuned-in to the ceremony on CTV when Will and Kate tied the knot.

What’s red and white and full of laughs? Why, the 2011 YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF, of course!

This hour-long, all Canadian stand-up thrown-down crash lands Canada Day weekend – Saturday, July 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – exclusively on The Comedy Network.

Eight up-and-coming comedians go head-to-head for a shot at fame and Canada’s largest comedy prize. Scarborough native Mark DeBonis takes the $25,000 cake in this annual battle of quips.

Following the television broadcast, viewers can catch the 2011 YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF online at www.thecomedynetwork.ca.

Hosted by YUK YUK’s founder Mark Breslin, the YUK YUK’s GREAT CANADIAN LAUGH OFF showcases side-splitting sets from eight finalists, each with their eye on the $25,000 prize. The laughs come courtesy of Eric Andrews, Claire Brosseau, Mark DeBonis, Brian Hatt, Massimo, Ian Peet, Darrin Rose and Eddie Della Siepe .

Every joke is scrutinized by a panel of four prestigious judges, made up of Just For Laughs Festival COO Bruce Hills, CONAN Talent Coordinator Ashley Olivia, Talent Executive for CHELSEA LATELY, Michael Cox, and The Comedy Network’s very own Vice-President, Millan Curry-Sharples. Evaluated on material, delivery, timing, stage presence and audience response, DeBonis took home the grand prize with his straight-up delivery and “everyman” likeability.

Corruption, greed, violence, betrayal…and recess. HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) brings the mean streets to the schoolyard in The Yard, a mockumentary series from The Movie Network and Movie Central, debuting Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/MT with two back-to-back episodes.

In the six-part, half-hour miniseries viewers are taken inside a schoolyard by an unseen Documentarian (voiced by Paul Gross) who records students’ behaviour during recess. Through interviews with the kids, he sees adult-world scenarios played out by two schoolyard gangs: 12-year-old leader Nick; his idealistic younger brother J.J., the brains of the outfit; weird pal Johnny, his lieutenant; big girl Suzi, the muscle; and his six-year-old little brother Adam, who just wants to play. Nick’s crew tries to keep the peace while defending their turf against: Frankie Miladic, leader of his gang of self-indulgent, cruel bullies; “Pork Chop” and his brother Mickey; while also fighting his affection for Frankie’s popular and influential sister Mary, leader of the girls.

Starring kids between the ages of 10 and 13, The Yard was created and written by Michael Mabbott (The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico) and David Eddie (House Broken, Globe & Mail’s Damage Control). The series stars Quintin Colantoni, Keana Bastidas, Sarah Cranmer, Daniel Lupetina, Alex Cardillo, Shemar Charles and is Executive Produced by Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, David Eddie and Michael Mabbott.

The Yard is developed and produced by Whizbang Films. The Movie Network and Movie Central developed, commissioned and invested in the series. It is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation and distributed by Entertainment One.

Following its special two-part premiere, subsequent episodes of The Yard will debut Fridays at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. All episodes will be broadcast in High Definition. In Eastern Canada The Yard will also be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron’s Illico Web and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.