July 2011

10:00pm – Wednesday, July 27 on CTV

A sudden announcement changes the course of the game. Later, the couples descend into the depths of Lost Canyon where they encounter a stubborn mule, a terrifying waterfall and a grueling flight of jungle stairs. However, a devastating injury threatens to derail one contestant’s quest for love, while the others fight to find their way back to their true partner.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, July 27 on Comedy Network

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

The votes are in and four acts from the previous night’s performance show move on to the top 24 to continue their pursuit of the $1 million prize.

The Comedy Network takes to the streets of Montreal this week with some of the funniest people in the world at the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival.

Throughout the final Festival weekend, July 28 – 31, The Comedy Network is pleased to present live shows and conference panels and tape two live shows for broadcast, a first for the network.

The specials, AMP’D (featuring the iconic Weird Al Yankovic and Tom Green) and TRIBUTE TO NERDS (hosted by THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg) will air later this Fall, exclusively on The Comedy Network. 

The Comedy Network also presents a live showcase of comedy troupe Picnicface, before a series of the same name premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m., exclusively on The Comedy Network, and the highly anticipated annual “State of the Industry” address by Andy Kindler.

As well, Amanda Brooke Perrin, winner of The Comedy Network’s country-wide “BEST JOB SUMMER JOB EVER” search for a social media intern, is set to thrill the Twitterverse with exclusive backstage interviews at some of the hottest JFL shows.

Viewers can check out her comedy adventures on Twitter @comedynetwork and at thecomedynetwork.ca. 

 

Below is a day-by-day snapshot of The Comedy Network’s stellar showing at the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival this weekend in Montreal: 

 

Thursday, July 28

PITCH ‘TIL YOUR SIDES SPLIT: TV SERIES PITCH SESSION

The Comedy Network executive Jake Labow joins an esteemed panel of network execs on hand to help guide budding comedy writers and producers as part of the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference. This session is a great opportunity to provide constructive guidance to the pitchers which will be invaluable to them and to their audience. 

 

PICNICFACE

Part of the Just For Laughs Insider Series, this live show is a 90-minute performance of sketches with world premiere clips from the PICNICFACE television series, premiering September 21 following a series sneak peak, August 31 on The Comedy Network. The stage performance is an aggressively paced, absurdist roller coaster of comedy, with steep drops and sudden, unexpected turns. The audience will get up close and personal with the Halifax-based comedy troupe comprised of Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian Eldon Macquarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman, and Bill Wood.

 

AMP’D 

To be taped for broadcast later this year, exclusively on The Comedy Network, AMP’D, hosted by the legendary Weird Al Yankovic, is what happens when you mix awesome music with kick-ass comedy. Produced by Just for Laughs in association with The Comedy Network, this show features YouTube sensation Bo Burnham, comedian/musician Reggie Watts, the world-renowned Tim Minchin and duo of comedians who can rock a beat, Garfunkel & Oates. After nearly twenty years, Canada’s own Tom Green reunites with Organized Rhyme for this sonically stellar show. This blend of cutting edge comedians and out-there music promises to be one of the coolest shows at the fest.

 

Friday, July 29

ANDY KINDLER’S STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ADDRESS 2011 Presented by The Comedy Network, Festival attendees are invited to pontificate against the machine with Andy’s yearly gripe-fest. This promises to be an upbeat tirade sprinkled with friendly contempt and misplaced anger. What is the sound of one man whining?

 

HOMEGROWN COMIC COMPETITION

Presented by The Comedy Network, some of the best young comics in Canada are invited to Montreal to bust their butts and duel it out in front of a live audience. Hosted by Mark Little of The Comedy Network’s PICNICFACE, the homegrown comics on board for this stand-up throw-down are Sunee Dhaliwal (Vancouver), Kathleen McGee (Edmonton), Steve Scholtz (Calgary), Dave Merheje (Windsor), Mark DeBonis (Toronto), Nile Seguin (Toronto), Darrin Rose (Oshawa), Matt Carter (Ottawa) and Massimo (Montreal). The discerning panel of judges includes The Comedy Network executive Sarah Fowlie. 

 

TRIBUTE TO NERDS 

To be taped for broadcast later this year, exclusively on The Comedy Network, and hosted by THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg, TRIBUTE TO NERDS pays homage to those whose lives consist of iPhone apps, graphic novels, World of WarCraft, and everyone else who knows that geek = chic. No dress code required but thick-rimmed glasses are strongly encouraged. This show also features some of the nerdiest comics in the biz such as Brian Posehn, Mark Little, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani, Dan Mintz and Sammy J & Randy. Produced by Just for Laughs in association with The Comedy Network. 

 

Saturday, July 30

SHOWRUNNERS: THE KINGPINS OF TV 

Sponsored by The Comedy Network, this Just For Laughs Comedy Conference panel discusses one of the most unusual and demanding, right-brain/left-brain job descriptions in the entertainment world – showrunners. Not just writers and producers, they hire and fire writers and crew members, develop story lines, write scripts, cast actors, mind budgets and run interference with studio and network bosses. Bill Carter (The New York Times) moderates the illustrious panel which includes David Mirkin (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Reiss (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Schur (PARKS AND RECREATION), Robert Carlock (30 ROCK) and Steven Levitan (MODERN FAMILY).

This September, Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) presents the premiere of Paul Brandt’s BUILD IT FORWARD, a series about inspiring individuals and communities to give of themselves and create a better world for everyone in it.

Produced by Corkscrew Media Inc., in association with CMT (Canada), this series premieres Saturday, September 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

Hosted by country music star Paul Brandt (@paulbrandt), BUILD IT FORWARD chronicles the emotional journey of seven separate families at risk of homelessness who will be receiving a new home.

While the recipient family works first hand and receives the goodwill and grace of donations and volunteers in the creation of their new home, they are also required to “build it forward” by volunteering in their own community as well as travelling abroad to help build for others in need.

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. Although his roots started far from stardom, today his fan base, music and philanthropic efforts reach small towns, across big cities and beyond international borders.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, his first big break was in 1996 with the single “My Heart has a History”, which hit number one in Canada and made him the first Canadian male country artist to reach the Billboard Top Ten in the US since Hank Snow in 1974.

A Gold (US) and Triple Platinum (Canada) selling album, “Calm Before the Storm”, followed. Paul has nine tremendously successful albums to his credit to date.

In addition to his music, Paul also has a strong passion for helping people, working with a number of charities, including his own foundation, The Priceless Gift of Hope Foundation (priceles$), and being involved with humanitarian pursuits around the globe.

Wednesday, July 27 – 8pm ET/PT *Veto Night*, Thursday, July 28 – 9pm ET/PT *Live Elimination Night*, Sunday, July 31 – 8pm ET/PT *Nomination Night* on Global

There are 12 houseguests left in the beach house and no one is safe. Each of them must step up their game in order to survive another week and win the $500,000 prize.

New beats and more bass flood Disney XD in August as Tripp and his band mates return for the season two premiere of I’m In The Band on Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of the Sizzlin’ Summer Marathon.

Following the premiere, new episodes of the series continue to air in their regular timeslot on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. ET.

In the music-filled comedy, I’m In The Band, Tripp Campbell joins his favourite rock band, Iron Weasel, determined to help the band he idolizes make an epic comeback.

While Tripp has his hands full dealing with the trio of metal misfits who are his band mates, the three stooges do their best to help him steer through his teenage years and turn him into a bona fide star.

In the second season, Tripp and Iron Weasel are back and taking on screaming fans, playing unexpected gigs and working out the next step in their comeback tour. 

In the premiere episode “Burning Down The House,” airing Saturday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET, Tripp’s mom Beth kicks the band out when they throw a party and accidentally burn down her house. When Beth discovers that her curling iron started the fire, she apologizes and tries to get the band to move back home.

The second season premiere is part of the Sizzlin’ Summer Marathon on Disney XD, which features episodes highlighting the heat of summertime. The lineup, which airs from 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET, includes new episodes of Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil, Pair of Kings, Zeke and Luther, Kickin’ It and more. All episodes featured will be available on Disney XD OnDemand beginning August 9. Viewers who can’t wait any longer to rock out can visit DisneyXD.ca to play I’m In The Band games and check out video clips.

As the United States and the world prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that changed America and the world, the National Geographic Channel presents GEORGE W. BUSH: THE 9/11 INTERVIEW. 

The premiere documentary, airing Thursday September 8 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT reveals exclusive, first-person insight into the man at the epicenter of U.S government’s decisions in the face of the deadliest terrorist attack launched on American soil.  

Taped over the course of a two-day interview, President George W. Bush opens up with candid details and personal experiences on the grueling hours and pressure-packed days following the attacks.  George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview also opens a new window into his personal account, with never-before-released archival footage and exclusive materials directly from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Until now, the former president has never discussed on camera what he was thinking and feeling, and what drove his real-time, life-or-death decisions in the first minutes, hours and days after the attacks.  In the most in-depth televised interview he has ever given on the subject, he provides intimate detail on what he grappled with as both commander in chief charged with protecting his fellow citizens, and as a family man concerned for his loved ones. 

Through the two-day interview, President George W. Bush tells his first-person story, starting with his morning jog before a school visit where he first learned the nation was under attack.  We hear what facts he weighed when Andrew Card first whispered in his ear; the impact of his situation in a classroom full of children and the press corps; his first efforts to communicate with the nation at large; the concerns of the Secret Service for his safety on Air Force One; the flow of information from the military, intelligence agencies and news outlets; and his historic trip to Ground Zero in New York in the aftermath of this unprecedented moment.

“From the air it looked like … a giant scar.  But when I actually got to the site, it was like walking into hell,”

President Bush said of his Sept. 14 visit to Ground Zero. President Bush also shared the personal concerns that many Americans had that day — for his parents, his children, his wife.  Hear in intimate detail as never before what the president was feeling, not only as the president but as a man worried for his family.  “One of my concerns, like the concerns of other husbands and wives, was, ‘Was my spouse okay?  Was Laura okay?’  And my second concern was ‘Were our girls okay?’”

Coincidentally, the day before NGC’s two-day interview with President Bush, the announcement that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden was made by President Obama.  Bush gave his real-time reaction to those fresh events on camera:  “And President Obama called me [and] told me that Osama bin Laden had been killed.  And my response was, I congratulated him, and the special operators that conducted a very dangerous mission.… And so I was grateful.  I didn’t feel any great sense of happiness or jubilation.  I felt a sense of closure.  And I felt a sense of gratitude that justice had been done.”

The in-depth interview and candid observations by the former president illuminate his personal journey through one of the most unforgettable moments in modern American history.  “There were no politics, no agenda as he recalled what happened that day,” explains Peter Schnall, executive producer and director, who conducted the two-day interview.  “What you hear is the personal story of a man who also happened to be our president.  Listening to him describe how he grappled with a sense of anger and frustration coupled with his personal mandate to lead our country through this devastating attack was incredibly powerful.” 

“Eventually, September the 11th will be a day on the calendar; it’ll be like Pearl Harbor Day,” President Bush concludes.  “For those of us who lived through it, it’ll be a day that we’ll never forget.”

In Canada, the film kicks off 9/11 – Ten Years Later, a week of programming that includes the premieres of Inside 9/11: The War Continues (premiering Tuesday, September 6), a new chapter in NGC’s critically acclaimed, definitive four-part documentary on the attacks; CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind (September 6), chronicling the CIA’s dramatic story of the quest to capture Khalid Sheik Mohammed; and 9/11 and the American Dream (Sunday September 11), offering the very personal stories of people from all over the world who came to the United States and were working in the towers when the planes struck. These survivors explore why they survived when so many others perished.

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview is produced by Partisan Pictures for National Geographic Channels worldwide.  For Partisan Pictures, director/producer is Peter Schnall; producer/writer is Don Campbell; editor is Connie Rinehart; coordinating producer is Whitney Johnson; associate producer is Kyle Giddens.  For National Geographic Channels International, executive producer is Allan Butler.  Senior vice president of programming and production is Michael Cascio.

What happens at sea, stays at sea – or does it? Find out when WHALE WARS: WAR STORIES debuts on Animal Planet on Wednesday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, immediately following the Season 4 finale of WHALE WARS.

On this one-hour reunion special, five Sea Shepherds – along with Captain Paul Watson – sit down with host Lisa Ling (THE VIEW) to talk about what happened when the cameras were and weren’t rolling.

WHALE WARS: WAR STORIES will include the best-of and never-before-seen footage of dramatic conflicts between Watson’s controversial conservationist group and the Japanese whaling industry, and discussion about some of the harrowing decisions the crew made to keep them out of jeopardy.

After an exhilarating, heart-pounding – and potentially final – season of Animal Planet’s most-watched and talked-about series, Watson and Sea Shepherds are enjoying a hard-won, if not cautious, victory.

Hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary were saved this year by Sea Shepherds through their direct-action efforts… followed by the unprecedented cancellation of the Japanese whale hunt earlier this year.

But will the whalers return next season as suggested in recent news reports? Now, crew members from Sea Shepherd have the chance to share all details of their unforgettable and undoubtedly rewarding campaign with unfiltered commentary, behind-the-scenes knowledge and viewer questions.

Joining Watson are helicopter pilot Chris Aultman, Gojira Captain Locky MacLean, bosun Benjamin “Pottsy” Potts, quartermaster and rescue swimmer Fiona McCuaig, and crane operator Matt Smith as they discuss their three-month adventure defending whales in the treacherous waters of Antarctica.

Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm ET/PT/MT (6CT) on Citytv

Annabel Gray from Studio City, CA and Melissa Soso from West Hollywood, CA continue their quest for a chance to win the cash prize. Later, Karen Rowend from Coronodo, CA and her future son-in-law, Trent Brookshier from Irvine, CA, team up for their chance at $1 million when they take on “What’s Worth More?” as their first challenge. Cedric “The Entertainer” hosts.