July 2011

8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Thursday, July 28 on Comedy Network

After witnessing Millie’s eating habits at a dinner party, Anna and Joyce suggest that Millie detoxify her system with a cleanse. As a sign of support they all take the plunge and suffer the consequences. Taylor’s wayward behavior gets the best of him and he turns to Stan for help. Stan learns more about himself than expected in Taylor’s journey towards abstinence.

Thursday, July 28 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Bosses and employees team up for in ultimate team building exercise for a chance to take home the $50,000 grand prize as they encounter the dreaded “caterpillar” and “total carnage.” Teams such as the “X-ray Men” compete against a duo of morning “Shock Jocks” and a couple of “Country Club Cuties.”

It’s a race to the courthouse as Bravo! welcomes an irreverent team of leading lawyers to its Monday night lineup, beginning August 22.

First on the docket, comedy-drama FRANKLIN & BASH, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET, kicks off the proceedings with the first of two back-to-back premieres, exclusively on Bravo!

Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD BLUE) and Breckin Meyer (Road Trip), the hour-long series zeros in on a pair of non-traditional, bad-boy, street lawyers recruited to join one of Los Angeles’ top law firms.

TNT recently announced that the series has been green lit for a second season on the heels of a strong summer debut. Next up, is the hour-long drama SUITS, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.

Starring Gabriel Macht (Love and Other Drugs) along with Toronto-native Patrick J. Adams (LOST, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), the pair play the best legal closer in New York and the college-dropout genius he takes under his wing. Shot in New York and Toronto, the series launches with a special 90-minute premiere episode (visit bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

In FRANKLIN & BASH, Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) are best friends and young attorneys with a no-holds-barred courtroom style. Peter has a knack for connecting with the judge and jury and Jared loves sticking it to authority every chance he gets.

They are dedicated lawyers and surprisingly better than their hot-shot looks and frat-boyish behaviour lead most people to believe. The duo are recruited to the buttoned-down law firm Infeld Daniels by its eccentric patriarch Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell, HEROES, ENTOURAGE), causing a seismic culture clash at the firm. 

In the premiere episode (Monday, August 22 at 9 p.m. ET), the wise-cracking pair and their equally oddball staff – researcher Pindar Singh (Kumail Nanjiani, MICHAEL & MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES) and paralegal Carmen Phillips (Dana Davis, 10 Things I Hate About You) join the firm and enter the world of high-stakes corporate law.

With the promise of some creative liberty, the partners tackle their first case involving a pilot accused of causing a plane crash by joining the mile high club with a flight attendant, and make an immediate enemy in the firm’s star lawyer, Infeld’s nephew Damien Karp (Reed Diamond, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET). 

No law degree, no problem. In the carefully-crafted series SUITS, one of the most brilliant lawyers in New York City, Mike Ross (breakout Toronto-native Patrick J. Adams, LOST, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) doesn’t even have a degree.

Unmotivated but brilliant, Mike passed the bar exam without attending law school. While running from a drug deal gone bad, the street-smart college dropout lands a job with one of the city’s best legal closers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).

Cold-blooded legal shark Harvey has a reputation for breaking the rules. When it comes time to hire an associate, he takes a gamble on Mike after recognizing that this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler.

In the special 90-minute SUITS premiere (Monday, August 22 at 10 p.m. ET), Mike must quickly prove his worth to Harvey in order to save their jobs and keep their secret from everyone including managing partner Jessica (Gina Torres, GOSSIP GIRL) and Harvey’s arch nemesis Louis (Rick Hoffman, SAMANTHA WHO). To win Harvey’s approval, he’ll need to put his genius, photographic memory, charisma and street smarts to the test. But to survive the cutthroat world of high-profile law, he’ll also need Harvey’s wisdom and guidance. And while Harvey may seem like he’s emotionless, Mike’s sympathy and concern for their cases and clients help remind Harvey why he went into the law in the first place.

The consistently bold and always hilarious TOSH.0 continued making waves with it’s mid-season finale Tuesday night on The Comedy Network, blowing its own previous record out of the water and winning the night among all non-sports specialty channels.*

With an audience of 358,000 total viewers, the episode achieved a series-high audience, up 9% over its previous high.

With this new and impressive record, Season 3 of TOSH.0 has found itself in the spotlight once again as the most-watched series in The Comedy Network’s history among total viewers, adults (18-49), and young men (18-34).

While desperately awaiting the return of the series for the final block of Season 3 on Tuesday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, fans can enjoy all their favourite TOSH.0 episodes during The Comedy Network’s TOSH.0 block, every Sunday from 10 p.m. –12 a.m. ET or on demand at www.thecomedynetwork.ca.

Throughout the season, the timeslot in which TOSH.0 was scheduled was, on average, the most-watched timeslot on Canadian Specialty TV among A18-34. The series has been steadily growing among total viewers, with Season 2 up 70% over Season 1, and now Season 3 up 137% over S2.

In the finale episode on Tuesday, Daniel Tosh explored the ‘5 Second Rule’ and tried to find the leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama. Also announced was the winner of the college campus invasion, awarded to Arizona State University for playing hard to get by not submitting their entry to the contest.

Always topical, TOSH.0 delves into the ridiculous and absurdity that has come hand in hand with the popularity of viral videos. The series features viral clips of the week and original videos created by and starring well-known actors and comedians. Each episode also features the segment “Web Redemptions” which gives subjects of infamous viral videos a chance to redeem themselves.

If you have ever purchased a home in Canada or have thought of purchasing one, you have faced the all-too familiar dilemma – urban or suburban?

Beginning Wednesday, August 31 at 10pm ET/PT, brand new Canadian original series Urban Suburban will showcase Canadian families stuck making that very decision.

Brother and sister real estate experts Philip DuMoulin and Sarah Daniels face off in each episode as they guide families through urban and suburban houses – competing to find each family their perfect location, price, and home.

Philip takes on the urban landscape, proving to potential homeowners that urban living doesn’t necessarily mean tiny square footage and prices as high as the skyscrapers. Sarah takes families through suburbia, showing that not all of these homes are cookie-cutter replicas and personalities exist beyond the stereotypical soccer mom. Each family will ultimately make their own decision, based on the location that suits them best.

“Urban Suburban is HGTV’s first show to confront the dilemma home buyers face when choosing urban or suburban” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Philip and Sarah maintain an excellent tug of war between the choices, all the while providing viewers  with useful tips and information on how to make their way through this difficult decision.”

“We’re delighted to be working with HGTV on this series to address an often overlooked, but an important fundamental real estate buying decision,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer & Partner at Force Four Entertainment Inc. “From Vancouver to Halifax, homebuyers are confronted with this same decision at various stages in their lives, and we’re hoping the series will provide insight for viewers in an entertaining, yet informative way.”

Filmed in major cities across Canada, Urban Suburban truly represents a national dilemma. Potential homeowners in Vancouver, Halifax, Winnipeg and Toronto all face the same problem, although each city has their own characteristics to take into consideration. In the end a choice must be made, and after visiting six houses with Philip and Sarah, each family must choose just one to make their home – but will it be urban or suburban?

For further information on Urban Suburban, exclusive content from the hosts and to watch full episodes the day after they air, visit www.hgtv.ca.

From the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Comedy Network announced today a development slate of original programming brimming with homegrown Canadian comedic talent.

The robust list of upcoming projects includes the likes of Just for Laughs featured performers and Canadian comedy heavyweights Russell Peters, Jeremy Hotz and Tim Steeves.

Featuring a slew of seasoned and up-and-coming writers and producers, these new projects are the latest examples of the channel’s ongoing commitment to original Canadian production and programming.

Comedy Network executives will now work with the talent involved in developing the projects into potential pilots and/or series.

The Comedy Network’s new development slate includes (working titles):

RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: International comedy superstar, Russell Peters, is dreaming of a “multi-cultural, ethnically diverse, this ain’t your dad’s Christmas special”, featuring stand-up, sketch, animation and musical performances, all with the help of top international and Canadian performers.

HOTZ D.V.M: Starring Gemini Award-winning actor and Canada’s “most miserable” stand-up comic, Jeremy Hotz, this half-hour scripted series centres around a neurotic, self-obsessed man who moves back home to open his own veterinary practice and is reunited with his three closest childhood friends. International comedy award-winning Hotz has appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO numerous times and has starred in his own critically acclaimed one-hour stand up special JEREMY HOTZ: WHAT A MISERABLE SHOW THIS IS. Attached to this project are producer/director/writer Troy Miller (BORED TO DEATH, PARKS AND RECREATION) and producer Jodi Lieberman (JUST FOR LAUGHS).

THE TIM STEEVES PROJECT: A weekly comedic review of events, newsmakers and cultural trends that have both irritated and intrigued host Tim Steeves (writer, TALKING TO AMERICANS, RICK MERCER REPORT). The Gemini Award-winning international stand-up comedian takes a no holds barred, gun-slinging and sometimes acerbic look at the world from a Canadian perspective. Attached to this project are Greg Eckler (writer, THE RICK MERCER REPORT and LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE) and Mark Farrell (creator, DAN FOR MAYOR; developer, CORNER GAS).

SATISFACTION: This half-hour scripted sitcom from Tim McAuliffe (writer, DAN FOR MAYOR, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, UP ALL NIGHT) explores the hilariously complicated relationship between a twentysomething Montreal couple and their “single guy” roommate.

SPUN OUT: SPUN OUT follows a disgraced writer who tries to turn his life around by joining a PR firm. The problem? This group of spin doctors is incapable of spinning their own lives in the right direction. Created by Brent Piaskoski (Executive Producer, THE LATEST BUZZ, RADIO FREE ROSCO), Jeff Biederman (Executive Producer, OVERRULED!, MUDPIT) and Emmy Award-winning Brian K. Roberts (Director, DAN FOR MAYOR, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND). Should it move forward, the series will be produced by Andrew Barnsley (Producer, HOTBOX) of Project 10 Productions.  

MTV announces the first line-up of artists who will perform LIVE at the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards.”  

British singer-songwriter and chart-topper Adele, whose quadruple platinum hit single “Rolling in the Deep” received an incredible seven nominations, will make her VMA performance debut at this year’s show.

With an impressive year under his belt and three nominations in his pocket, including “Best Hip Hop,” superstar music mogul Lil Wayne is aiming to take the VMA crown once he hits the stage to perform.

After his memorable debut at the 2007 VMAs, Chris Brown, who has multiple VMA nods, is ready to up his game and unleash another huge performance.

The “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.) MTV will announce additional performers and presenters on a later date.

“Being a nominee AND performer on the VMAs once again is an honor because everyone doesn’t get that opportunity. Looking forward to performing on the show, and having Tha Carter IV drop the same week!” – Lil Wayne

“I am excited about my nominations and to be back on the VMA stage.  I have a special performance planned for my wonderful fans.” – Chris Brown

Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Best New Artist,” by visiting vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone.  In addition, Best New Artist text voting is open to all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 66333. Voting continues through the show, live on August 28th.  Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 66333 (standard message rates apply.)

The 2011 “MTV Video Music Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 640 million households around the world as well as through syndication.  In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s nearly 200 digital media properties around the world.

The 2010 VMAs averaged a 10.0 P12-34 rating and 11.4 million total viewers, marking the network’s best deliveries for any MTV telecast since the 2002 VMAs (8/29/02) as well as making it the third most watched telecast in MTV’s history.

Superheroes, celebrities and fans of all kinds flocked to San Diego last week for one of the world’s largest comic conventions, Comic-Con 2011, and INNERSPACE and ETALK crews were on the ground for all of the pop culture/genre action.

SPACE and CTV bring their special coverage to fans with the INNERSPACE/ETALK: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SPECIAL airing this Friday, July 29 at 11 p.m. ET on SPACE and again on Saturday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

INNERSPACE’s Ajay Fry and ETALK’s Lainey sort through the sensory overload of Comic-Con to reveal to fans what’s hot this year in genre and mainstream television, film, games, and more. There was something for everyone: from freaky to funny and even – furry! The INNERSPACE/ETALK: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SPECIAL catches up with the stars and gives viewers an inside look at the convention.

Highlights from the special include a chat with The Doctor, as Matt Smith pops his Comic-Con cherry this year to the delight of his adoring North American fans. Smith shares details about his first experience and what to expect on the upcoming season of DOCTOR WHO. The hosts also caught up with the stars of fan favourites SANCTUARY and BEING HUMAN, the cast of MERLIN and various upcoming SPACE and CTV series, including CHARLIE’S ANGELS, GRIMM, ONCE UPON A TIME, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE SECRET CIRCLE.

Ajay and Lainey also bite into the hottest upcoming movies, catching up with Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison about their new film Twilight: Breaking Dawn. In addition, the duo chat with Justin Timberlake about his upcoming film In Time, Jessica Biel and Colin Farrell promoting their film Total Recall, Emma Stone of The Amazing Spiderman and many more!

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, July 27 on Space

If you go out in the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise: warriors, maidens and monsters fighting to the death with weapons made of foam and duct tape. The finale features two couples, a pair of newbies and a pair of veterans, in the ultimate adventure, where players put on costumes and live and breathe their fantasy characters. This ain’t no foolin’ around. This is LARP!

Wednesday, July 27 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT) on Citytv

A telephone operator, Tess Moffatt (Rachel Wilson), takes a liking to Constable George Crabtree but becomes a headache for Detective Murdoch after she hears what appears to be the strangulation death of a young woman over the telephone lines. Tess fancies herself an amateur sleuth and has cried wolf before. Inspector Brackenreid, in the midst of a “makeover” at the hands of his political advisor Isaac Lowe (Graham Abbey), resists Murdoch’s wish to pursue Tess’s latest report. But then a murder victim is discovered, vindicating Tess, and a second body – tortured to death – is also found. Crabtree and Tess grow closer as they work to solve the murders, but it’s Murdoch’s improvised telephone wire-tapping technology that uncovers an elaborately constructed criminal enterprise and a psychotic killer who will stop at nothing to preserve it.