August 2011

8:30pm – Sunday, July 31 on CTV

After a late night hockey accident destroys her ant farm, Millie (Nancy Robertson) moves in with Stan (Brent Butt) and Anna (Paula Rivera). Millie immediately makes an impression on Anna, which doesn’t bode well with Stan who finds solace elsewhere. Meanwhile, Joyce (Laura Soltis) strikes gold and finds the perfect receptionist.

7:30pm – Sunday, July 31 on CTV

As the new mayor, Dan (Fred Ewanuick) finds himself having to attend a variety of events from pig roasts to pancake breakfasts. However, with Claire (Mary Ashton) on his arm, he is unsure whether she is a political asset or liability. Alan (Laurie Murdoch) already has his mind made up and imposes himself as the Mayor’s handler by keeping Claire occupied.

Lurking in closets, hiding under bushes, or even living right next door, Investigation Discovery uncovers the people and spirits who harass victims, and evade police and investigators.

First, join Brad and Barry Klinge as they look for paranormal presence in the most haunted places in America in GHOST LABS (Sept. 6).

Then, seemingly harmless relationships turn scary when STALKED: SOMEONE’S WATCHING (Sept. 7) exposes dramatic cases that sometimes have killer endings.

Next, I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT (Sept. 9) returns with another batch of failed fugitives and caught criminals. And find out what happens after they get caught and explore the reality of prison life in BEHIND BARS (Sept. 22). Now, if only there was a prison for the ghosts…

September programming highlights on Investigation Discovery include:

 

NEW SERIES:

 

STALKED: SOMEONE’S WATCHING

Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning September 7

This chilling six-part series follows the dramatic and emotional stories of stalking victims and the twisted psychology of the people who relentlessly pursue them. Each episode covers one harrowing story, as those victims still alive recount their personal experiences in riveting and intimate interviews; while family members, friends, police and investigators speak on behalf of victims who are dead. Stories include that of outgoing Cameron who meets Ryan, a shy student in her school art class – little does Cameron know that this acquaintance will stalk her for next 10 years.

 

BEHIND BARS

Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning September 22

This four-part series explores the uncompromising reality of prison life. Through unrestricted access to the cell blocks of some of the highest level security prisons, each hour-long episode captures a world where every day constitutes a fight for survival. On the surface, prison life is built upon order and discipline. The prison guard shifts run like clockwork as they closely monitor the inmates and escort them back and forth from their cells. However, underneath this routine is a seedy underworld.

 

 

RETURNING SERIES:

 

GHOST LABS

Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, beginning September 6

Join Brad and Barry Klinge, founders of Everyday Paranormal, as they travel the U.S. using some of the world’s most sophisticated equipment to gather powerful supernatural research. In this 13-part series, the brothers are on a mission to visit the most haunted places in America, find evidence, and test new theories to probe the existence of the afterlife using a fringe-scientific approach.

 

I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT

Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, beginning September 9

Criminals sometimes try to escape from justice, using their families, fake identification documents and violence to avoid capture. Some fugitives have even resorted to burning off their own fingerprints to avoid the authorities. But what could push these fugitives to go to such lengths to avoid prison time? This 13-part series follows the lives of criminals on the run. Learn what pushed these individuals to their crimes, how they stayed one step ahead of the police and managed to evade the law – at least for a while.a

 

Monday, August 1

·         Known for sharing compelling stories and tackling controversial issues as a reporter for ABC NEWS, 20/20, 60 MINUTES and CNN, Emmy® award-winning journalist, author and TV personality ANDERSON COOPER (ANDERSON COOPER 360˚) drops by to chat about his new syndicated talk show ANDERSON, premiering this fall on CTV and CTV Two.

 

Tuesday, August 2

·         Actress and comedian WHITNEY CUMMINGS (CHELSEA LATELY) drops by to chat about her unique and hilarious perspective on love in her new comedy series WHITNEY, premiering this fall on CTV.

·         Real estate expert SANDRA RINOMATO (PROPERTY VIRGINS) reveals the most common mistakes people make while their house is on the market and offers viewers home staging tips to receive a maximum return.

 

Wednesday, August 3

·         With all eyes focused on Kate Middleton’s fashion choices during her recent Royal Visit to Canada, wardrobe consultant and Marilyn’s personal stylist ALEXIS HONCE helps kicks off an all-Canadian fashion show featuring the styles of renowned Canuck designers and brands including Erdem & Smythe, Pink Tartan, Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, John Fluevog, Wayne Clark, and more.

·         Interior decorator, TV personality and Canadian House & Home magazine editor SUZANNE DIMMA chats about the popularity of gingham and reveals creative ways to incorporate the checkered pattern in your home’s décor.

 

Thursday, August 4

·         Cast members from CTV’s highly anticipated new series PAN AM, premiering this fall on CTV, drop in to chat with Marilyn about passion, jealousy, and espionage at 30,000 feet. Leading ladies CHRISTINA RICCI (Monster, Sleepy Hollow), French-Canadian actress KARINE VANASSE (Polytechnique), KELLI GARNER (MY GENERATION) and MARGOT ROBBIE (NEIGHBOURS) discuss the style of the 1960s and excitement that occurred during the dawn of the Jet Age, before teaching Marilyn how to conduct a pre-flight safety demonstration.

·         Having appeared on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE EARLY SHOW and AFTER BREAKFAST, TV personality LAURIE GELMAN (THE MOM SHOW) chats about the anxiety and frustrations associated with trying to find the right babysitter for your children. Married to Michael Gelman (executive producer of LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY), this mom of two also reveals tips to finding the perfect nanny and talks candidly about the trials, tribulations, and joys of motherhood. 

 

Friday, August 5

·         Making his MARILYN debut earlier this season, famed fashion consultant CLINTON KELLY (WHAT NOT TO WEAR) returns to give lucky viewers from across Canada a head-to-toe style overhaul. Appearing for the full hour, Kelly will help transform the looks and lives of four women hailing from Burnaby, BC,  Edmonton, AB, New Minas, NS and Port Colbourne, ON.

 

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 CTV.ca, and then again at 2 p.m. ET (CTV), 5 p.m. ET (/A\), and on demand at marilyn.ca (check local listings).

7:00pm – Sunday, July 31 on /A

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

A CTV original film, PLAYING HOUSE, is based on Canadian author Patricia Pearson’s best-selling novel of the same name. Frances Mackenzie, (Joanne Kelly, WAREHOUSE 13) is a Canadian junior copy editor making it big in Manhattan. She has good friends, an exciting job and a hot new affair with Calvin (Lucas Bryant, HAVEN), a musician who has just gone off on a European tour. She’s then offered a dream job with provocative author, Michael Tate (Colin Ferguson, EUREKA), just as she discovers she’s pregnant. As her life spirals out of control, Frannie finds herself back at her parents’ home in Canada. She’s pregnant, jobless, and an emotional wreck but is determined to figure out her next step.

7 p.m. Sunday, July 31 on E!

In GARDEN STATE, a quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. Starring: Zach Braff, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard, Amy Ferguson and Natalie Portman.

Watch Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan, and Jeff Hutcheson on CANADA AM weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV. Visit CANADA AM online at www.canadaam.ctv.ca for the latest videos, top stories, CANADA AM extras, daily show info, contributor’s stories, book corner, and recipes.

Monday, August 1 – Pre-Taped

·         CANADA AM AFLOAT: On holiday Monday CANADA AM sails around the Toronto Island and reviews their favourite morning segments including: The Cat Whisperer, Canadian country singer Aaron Pritchett’s performance, Anne Murray’s tour of Springhill, Nova Scotia and more.

·         GRILLING MONDAY: CANADA AM mixes fire and water as grilling experts Jennifer MacKenzie demonstrates how to make the perfect flank steak, Chris Mills grills up the perfect burger, Steve Adams shows his award winning French Tandoori winglets and Naz Cavallaro delivers amazing seafood BBQ offerings.

·         STEVE CARELL: Film critic Richard Crouse, interviews Carell about his role in the hit romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love; Carrell’s character tries to get his game back while his marriage is unraveling.

 

Tuesday, August 2

·         GREAT INVENTIONS:  During the month of August, CANADA AM looks at great Canadian inventions. The series kicks off with a look at great ideas from the telephone to the zipper, everyday items that we couldn’t live without.  

·         THE HELP: She’s got acting in her blood: Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard, plays Hilly Holbrook, an upper crust wife in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi in the new movie The Help.

·         SMARTGIRLS: Olympian Jenn Heil introduces Canadians to the winners of the smartgirls challenge. Christy Smith (Victoria, B.C), Caroline Smeenk (Oakville, ON) and Kama Money (Port Alberni, BC) have all made a difference in the lives of girls and women in their communities and abroad. Today they talk about their upcoming trip to Rwanda with Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative.

·         TENILLE: She’s a nominee for 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards Female Artist of the Year for her debut album Real and this morning this country songstress from Grand Prairie performs on the CANADA AM Soundstage.

 

Wednesday, August 3

·         JoSH: Originally from Montréal, JoSH members Rupinder Magon and Qurram Hussain have been able to transcend religious and cultural barriers with their Indian/Pakistani fusion band. Today they perform on the CANADA AM Soundstage with a performance of S.I.N.G which stands for “Songs Inspired By the Need to Give”.

·         BEN MEZRICH: He’s the bestselling author of Sex On The Moon, an incredible true story of how a bright young NASA recruit and two female accomplices stole the rarest substance on the planet. Today, he’ll talk about writing the book on what he calls “the most audacious heist in history”.

·         SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA: Two more dancers go home Tuesday night, leaving 14 finalists chasing the title of Canada’s favourite dancer (Season 4). The two eliminated dancers chat with CANADA AM this morning about their experience on the show and what they’re going to do next.   

 

Thursday, August 4

·         TRANSPORTABLE DÉCOR: Karl Lohnes takes a look at décor products that are portable and stylish.

·         54-40: Now celebrating 30 years together, this Canadian rock band is touring Canada with its 13th album Lost in the City. This morning they rock the CANADA AM Soundstage.

Friday, August 5

·         JASON BATEMAN & RYAN REYNOLDS: From the directors of Wedding Crashers, Bateman and Reynolds play best friends living very different lives in The Change Up until one wish allows them to swap bodies and lives. CANADA AM talks to Bateman and Reynolds about the laugh out loud comedy.

·         JESSI CRUICKSHANK:  ETALK’s special correspondent in LA is back in Toronto to help launch the eco-friendly, sweatshop free shirt she designed for Me to We Style; “The Africa Shirt” is inspired by her volunteer trip to Africa.

·         MOVIE REVIEWS: Film Friday continues with film critic, Richard Crouse reviewing The Change-Up, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Television Networks, NBC and Global are proud to announce that Canadian actress Molly Parker (“Deadwood,” “Swingtown”) has signed on to star as Abby McDeere in the new legal drama series “The Firm,” based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel and executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.

Ten years ago, Abby helped her husband Mitch bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob.  Her life was never the same.  Abby’s a true partner to Mitch – a smart, resourceful woman who after a tumultuous decade is excited to start a new life in Washington, D.C. as a school teacher.

Parker joins previously announced cast including Josh Lucas (“The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Sweet Home Alabama”), as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film); Juliette Lewis  (“Natural Born Killers,” “Cape Fear”) as Tammy, Mitch’s feisty, sexy receptionist, and Callum Keith Rennie  (“The Killing,” “Californication”) as Ray McDeere, Mitch’s charming yet volatile older brother whose work as an investigator in Mitch’s office is uniquely informed by his past stretch in prison for manslaughter.  

Despite a “highly un-ambitious” nature that stands in stark contrast to his Harvard-grad brother, Ray shares one key quality with Mitch: a loyalty that is unbreakable.

Based on the blockbuster feature film and the best-selling novel of 1991 by world-renowned author Grisham (“The Pelican Brief,” “The Client”), “The Firm” continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere (Lucas) who, as a young associate, brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob.  After a difficult decade, McDeere and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future — only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

“The Firm” is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Paramount Pictures. The executive producers are Grisham, Lukas Reiter (“Law & Order,” “Boston Legal”), John Morayniss (“Haven,” “Hung”), Michael Rosenberg (“Hung,” “The Riches”) and Noreen Halpern (“Rookie Blue,” “Call Me Fitz”). David Straiton (“House,” “Fringe”) is confirmed to direct the pilot episode which will commence production in Toronto this August. Helen Shaver (“Judging Amy,” “Law & Order: SVU”) has also joined the series as a Producer and will direct multiple episodes.

6 p.m. Sunday, July 31 on E!

E! NEWS host Giuliana Rancic and her husband, THE APPRENTICE alum Bill Rancic prepare to move into their new home in Chicago, while Giuliana works the red carpet at the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS.