November 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. Ten seasons later, more viewers watch ETALK than any other entertainment newsmagazine on television – and the audiences continue to break records.

CTV looks back at the made-in-Canada success story with ETALK PRESENTS: 10 YEARS OF STARS, SCANDALS AND LIFE ON THE RED CARPET, an all-new one-hour special premiering Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

In its tenth anniversary season, ETALK is experiencing its most-watched season ever, with increases in both total viewers (+14%) and the key A18-49 demo (+5%) nationally.

ETALK has also seen growth in total viewers in the key markets of Toronto (+8%), Calgary (+11%) and Vancouver (+17%), with Vancouver also seeing substantial growth in all three key demos (A18-34, +133%; A18-49, +100%; A25-54, +80%).

With an average audience of 601,000 viewers, nearly 1.9 million viewers check out ETALK each day, with one in five English Canadians (5.2 million) tuning in at least once a week.*

In addition to the 10th Anniversary special, ETALK fans will have six additional celebrity fuelled specials to keep their entertainment fires burning this holiday season (see details below).

In ETALK PRESENTS: 10 YEARS OF STARS, SCANDALS AND LIFE ON THE RED CARPET, anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with reporters Danielle McGimsie, Traci Melchor, Lainey and Susie Wall, reflect on how this little-show-that-could began.

The special features clips from their first interviews and most memorable moments, to breaking celebrity news and the program’s support of Canadian artists and our homegrown entertainment industry. The story is told by the hosts themselves, who reflect on what’s to come for the venerable Canadian series.

“Starting in 2001, ETALK set the benchmark for entertainment news in Canada, and we couldn’t be more pleased by the growth we’ve continued to experience during our tenth anniversary season,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “From our new set, HD launch and glamorous TIFF coverage in September to a fabulous fall full of ETALK exclusives and juicy star scandals, Canadian viewers continue to choose ETALK for their entertainment news from our backyard and around the world.”

As Canada’s #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine, ETALK bests U.S. stalwart ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (535,000) by 12%, and delivers more than one-and-a-half times the audience of its Canadian competition ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA (353,000).

In the past two-and-a-half weeks** alone, ETALK has seen growth of 13% (669,000) with total viewers compared to the first seven weeks of the season, and has achieved three of its Top 7 highest-rated episodes ever. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, ETALK attracted a season-high audience, and its second highest audience ever***, with almost 900,000 viewers, up 49% over its average season audience and with dramatic increases in all key demos (A18-34, +144%; A18-49, +79%; A25-54, +46%).

Recapping 2011 the ETALK way, CTV delivers eight new specials to viewers throughout the holidays, covering everything from gossip to fashion to music. In addition to ETALK PRESENTS: 10 YEARS OF STARS, SCANDALS AND LIFE ON THE RED CARPET detailed above, the specials include:

·         ETALK’S HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE takes a look at new premieres and the most buzz-worthy films on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. ET.

·         ETALK PRESENTS: BEST OF FASHION FIX 2011 premieres Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET and rehashes all the celebrity fashion dos and don’ts.

·         Featuring interviews with Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Coldplay, ETALK PRESENTS: THE BEST OF MUSIC 2011 premieres Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. ET.

·         ETALK PRESENTS: BEST OF TV 2011 premieres Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and includes an exclusive interview with Debra Messing, the star of the upcoming series SMASH, as well as the casts of PAN AM and ONCE UPON A TIME.

·         Taking a look at the best fashion of 2011, ETALK PRESENTS: BEST OF FASHION 2011 premieres Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. ET.

·         ETALK’s Ben Mulroney and Lainey face-off about the year’s biggest celebrity stories in the second annual ETALK PRESENTS: THE YEAR IN GOSSIP, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. ET.

·         ETALK rings in the New Year on Monday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. ET with ETALK PRESENTS: ONES TO WATCH 2012, with a look at what’s to come in music, TV and fashion.

When it snows like cats and dogs out there this holiday season, snuggle up with some of Animal Planet’s favourite puppies, kittens – and even a sasquatch – for special Christmas and New Years presentations.

Beginning Christmas Eve, “Must-See AP” goes into overdrive with a full-slate of the year’s top-rated marathons and specials – including CATS 101, HERO DOGS OF 9-11, BREEDER OF THE PACK, FINDING BIGFOOT, PIT BOSS and DINOSAUR REVOLUTION. Animal Planet’s parade of holiday hits includes: 

From adorable Goldendoodle puppies on BREEDER OF THE PACK to the sasquatch search on FINDING BIGFOOT, Animal Planet wraps up 2011 with marathons galore, beginning Christmas Eve.



Saturday, December 24 at 6 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)

Grab the kids – and granny too! – for Animal Planet’s six-hour Christmas Eve marathon spectacular featuring two series that define the mesmerizing beauty of our planet’s most incredible creatures. First, go on an extraordinary adventure with MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S WILD KINGDOM, one of television’s longest running series. Investigate the lives of animals around the globe as they struggle to survive, unraveling the mysteries surrounding them. From the spectacular reefs of the Mozambique coast to the wild Indian monsoon season, witness the beauty of exotic animals in their natural habitat. Then, it’s NATURAL WORLD, the classic wildlife series which tells in-depth stories of incredible animals, featuring award-winning photography in some of the most extraordinary places in the world.



Sunday, December 25 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

In one of her first major roles, Academy Award-nominee Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) stars as one-half of a father-daughter pair who get more than they bargained for when they buy an old house that was formerly inhabited by the nice old Mrs. Ashboro and her pet cat, Margaret. When strange things start happening in the house, all fingers point to the presence of Margaret, who died the same day as Mrs. Ashboro. But why has she come back to haunt them?


CATS 101

Sunday, December 25 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

Discover everything about your feline friend in CATS 101. This special Christmas Day treat highlights the frisky, feisty and contagiously cute behaviors that helped these cheeky creatures overtake dogs as the most popular pet in North America. Learn about the various breeds, their genetic history, famous felines and quirky cat facts.



Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

This one-hour documentary special tells the true stories of the working dogs that were part of the rescue and recovery operation in lower Manhattan after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The special focuses on the unsung hero pups who answered the call, their enduring legacy, and what the future holds for the working dog today. 



Sunday, December 25 at 8 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET (5 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)

On Christmas Day, catch up with Animal Planet’s BREEDER OF THE PACK. Follow the trials and tribulations of Canada’s most passionate breeders as they try to enhance and improve the breed of the dog they love. The eight-part marathon offers an intimate and in-depth understanding of what it takes to excel in this very demanding business – the hopes, triumphs, crises and conflicts. This season’s A-List pooches include Afghans, Border Collies, English Bulldogs, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, German Shepherds, Central Asian Shepherds, Bullmastifs and the most-buzzed about dog on the market – the Goldendoodle! 



Monday, December 26 at 3 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)

Boxing Day is all about Bigfoot on Animal Planet as the four-person team from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) – the leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery – investigates supposed Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported. The team listens to harrowing tales of run-ins with Bigfoot before generating reconstructions of the encounters to judge their plausibility or dismiss them as hoaxes. Then, outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the team sets out on exhilarating and eerie investigations where any broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Sasquatch is lurking nearby.



Saturday, December 31 at 6 p.m. ET – 2 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 11 p.m. PT)

Welcome 2012 in style with Shorty Rossi – a little person with a tall order. He runs two operations – a Hollywood talent management company for little people and a pit bull rescue which he holds near and dear to his heart. Rossi has lofty ideas but is armed with a tough, no-nonsense attitude and an entertainment rolodex to help his cause – to rescue and rehabilitate pit bulls and place these “underdogs” in loving, nurturing homes. Joining forces with Rossi to help with his mission are his three employees and fellow little people who have the biggest hearts for dogs that are often larger than they are. Knowing full well what it’s like to be judged, the foursome takes on the gargantuan task of rescuing dogs in need and raising awareness about the most misunderstood dog of all – the pit bull.



Sunday, January 1 at 7 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET (4 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT)

From 2012 to the land before time…DINOSAUR REVOLUTION combines the talent of the world’s best dinosaur illustrators and animators with the latest paleontological research.   Presented with sparse narration and the latest cutting-edge animation and computer generated storytelling techniques, this four-hour New Years Day marathon features never-before-seen intimate behaviors to illustrate the extraordinary life of dinosaurs. A host of new behaviors are featured throughout, including exotic mating dances, the inner workings of T-Rex’s nuclear family and new creatures like a Jurassic flying squirrel and frogs so big they could eat dinosaurs.

Sparks are gonna fly!  Paul Teutul, Senior; and Paul Teutul, Junior, are about to go head to head – or helmet to helmet – as they put their personal issues aside and get down to business. The two-part chopper challenge, AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE: THE BUILD-OFF airs Mon., Dec. 5 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT (two hours, recorded earlier in the evening) and Tues., Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (one hour, LIVE) on Discovery Channel from Las Vegas.

But it’s not just the Teutuls who will be putting their skills and their ego on the line. Jesse James – who made his television debut on Discovery Channel – will return to the network for the first time since 2006 to take on the Teutuls. James will be joining the father and son in his attempt to prove that one doesn’t need the surname “Teutul” to win the title of master bike builder. 

Jesse James and the Teutuls previously shared time on the network with their own hit series – MONSTER GARAGE and AMERICAN CHOPPER, respectively – but now, these combustible characters will share the same stage for the first time. The fierce competition and live results special will test the breaking points of the Teutuls family feud and Jesse James’ notoriously hot temper.  

Coming on the heels of AMERICAN CHOPPER’s return to Discovery Channel last year with the new SENIOR VS JUNIOR spin, the veteran show will take its success to new heights with its first LIVE event. On Monday, the first night of this two-part event, see the teams build extraordinarily cool new bikes. Then on Tuesday, Night 2, AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE: THE BUILD-OFF will air LIVE, straight from the Strip in downtown Las Vegas, NV. What better place than Sin City to crown the winner of this unique bike building competition?

Will Senior’s years of experience give him the edge? Will Junior’s younger outlook lead him to victory? Or will wild card Jesse James wipe the floor with the two of them?

The 2011 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE, is confirmed to make its Canadian debut on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m. ET on SPACE!

Set during World War 2, THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE sees a woman and her two children evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

The special is the ultimate Christmas gift for DOCTOR WHO fans and is part of the Christmas With The Doctor Marathon, a full day of DOCTOR WHO specials and Season 6 episodes, on Dec. 25 beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

The DOCTOR WHO special and marathon are the centre piece for THE 12 DAYS OF SPACE-MAS (details below), which kicks off Thursday, Dec. 22 and runs until Monday, Jan. 2!

Unfortunately, due to illness, the FLORENCE + THE MACHINE PLAYS WITH MTV NEWS taping scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1, has been cancelled. Subsequently, the special FLORENCE + THE MACHINE PLAYS WITH MTV NEWS, set to premiere Friday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. ET, on MTV, is also cancelled.

Monday, November 28 at 10pm ET/PT (9CT, 11MT) on Citytv

“Survivor’s Guilt”

A drive-by shooting leaves one police officer dead and another wounded in what appears to be a targeted attack on a witness in a murder trial. As Ronnie (Bradley Walsh) and the team investigate, they are surprised to learn the gunman was specifically targeting police officers. In a case that sees the whole team emotionally exhausted, defence barrister Doug Greer (Colin Salmon) argues that his client was the victim of police racism.


Monday, November 28 at 9:30pm ET/PT (10:30MT) on Citytv

“Heckler/Cop Movie”

While performing his act on stage, Louie (Louis C.K.) is heckled mercilessly by an attractive woman. When she won’t back down, Louie fires back and taunts her with no holds barred. Meanwhile, Louie’s agent has booked him on a movie, but having sworn off acting, Louie refuses to take the part until his guilt gets the better of him.

Monday November 28 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

House and the team treat a patient who has a deep-seated psychological disorder. Meanwhile, Wilson becomes obsessed with proving that House is hiding something in his home.

Monday, November 28 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT) on Citytv

“Born and Raised”

While promoting her new book about Pawnee, Leslie (Amy Poehler) falls prey to some “gotcha” journalism. Meanwhile, Ann (Rashida Jones) is determined to bond with Ron (Nick Offerman) and April (Aubrey Plaza).

9 p.m. ET/PT – Monday, November 28 on Comedy Network

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