January 2012

8:00pm – Thursday, January 26 on CTV

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) experiment with dating, while Raj (Kunal Nayyar) develops a peculiar relationship with his phone’s virtual assistant.

CTV locked up Wednesday night with Marg Helgenberger’s departure from perennial favourite CSI, which pulled in 3.11 million viewers last night at 10 p.m., the series’ highest audience since January 2009.

For the day, CSI was #1 with total viewers and all key demos, attracting million plus audiences among A25-54 (1.22 million) and A18-49 (1.2 million) and becoming the most-watched program of the week.

Overall, it was a killer Wednesday for CTV as the network delivered the Top 3 most-watched programs of the day, winning each hour of primetime (8-11 p.m.) both nationally and in Toronto in total viewers and all key demos.

At 8 p.m., AMERICAN IDOL won its timeslot with 2.31 million viewers, up 24% with A18-34 and +10% with A18-49 from last week. For the day, AMERICAN IDOL was #2 with A18-34 after CSI.

At 9 p.m., CRIMINAL MINDS captured a season-high 2.45 million viewers, ranking #2 for the day with total viewers, A18-49 and A25-54. The series’ 150th episode delivered almost 1 million more viewers at 9 p.m. than the preview of the new series TOUCH (1.5 million, GLOBAL/FOX).

CTV’s Top 3 programs of the night CSI, CRIMINAL MINDS and AMERICAN IDOL each pulled in million + audiences in 18-49 and 25-54 and are also the Top 3 programs of the week to date.

His dying wish, Alan Billis donated his body to science – but he had a very specific purpose in mind. Unlocking the secrets from the dynasty of Tutankhamen, MUMMIFYING ALAN explores the enduring scientific mystery of how ancient pharaohs were perfectly preserved for millennia.

Premiering Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, this captivating 90-minute special explores and replicates Egypt’s ancient mummification formula to create a 21st century mummy.  

Few would donate their bodies for such an extraordinary experiment – and lasting legacy. But this is the dying wish of Alan Billis, a man who has provided his body as a means for a team of scientists to crack an ancient Egyptian enigma.

But why would a family man from Torquay, UK, with terminal lung cancer decide to become an Egyptian mummy? And what can recreating this ancient technique tell scientists about how the greatest pharaohs were preserved 3,000 years ago?

Inside one of the UK’s leading forensic pathology labs, a team of scientists endeavour to unlock the preservation techniques used during the 18th Dynasty, the Golden Age of Tutankhamen. A time of vast cultural and political revolution, this era also marked the pinnacle of the Egyptian embalming techniques. Using a secret and complex blend of ingredients and processes, these early embalmers managed to stop decomposition almost entirely. But what were the mysterious recipes they were using? Did they understand the science behind them? And if so, could this represent the greatest scientific achievement in the entire history of Ancient Egypt?

Reunion Pictures today announced that production is underway on Continuum, an original one hour drama-action series about a policewoman from 2077 who travels back in time and teams with a present day cop to track down escaped convicts from her future.

Continuum is slated to premiere in Canada on Shaw Media’s specialty channel, Showcase in spring 2012.

When a group of fanatical terrorists escapes their planned execution in the year 2077, they vault back in time to the year 2012, sweeping dedicated CPS Protector, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), along with them. Stuck in the past and unable to get back to her husband and son, Kiera concentrates on bringing down the terrorists before they can wreak havoc in our present. Kiera receives unexpected assistance from a teen tech genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudson). Impersonating a member of local law enforcement, Kiera also forms an uneasy alliance with her detective partner Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster).

“We’ve been excited about this show from the day Simon Barry told us the story,” says Reunion Pictures Tom Rowe. “It’s attracted a lot of terrific talent on both sides of the camera. Shaw Media shares our belief that smart writing, a great cast and a highly creative production team will bring us all success.”

Starring Rachel Nichols (Criminal Minds, Alias) Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place) Erik Knudson (Jericho, Scream 4) the cast also includes Stephen Lobo (Smallville, Little Mosque On The Prairie), Roger Cross (The Gates, Fringe), Lexa Doig (V, Stargate SG-I), Omari Newton (Blue Mountain State, Sophie), Luvia Petersen (The L Word), and Terry Chen (Combat Hospital).

Continuum is created by Executive Producer Simon Barry (The Art of War) while Jeff King (White Collar, The Black Donnellys) is Executive Producer/Show Runner. Reunion Pictures partner Tom Rowe is Executive Producer. Directors for the series include Emmy Award winner and DGA nominee Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys, Terra Nova) and Patrick Williams (Shattered) who also serves as Executive Producer. The creative team includes the Emmy nominated Director of Photography Joel Ransom ( Band of Brothers, Camelot, The X Files) and Production Designer Chris August (Battle In Seattle, War).

Filmed on location in Vancouver, BC, Continuum is developed and produced by Reunion Pictures.

Citytv has licensed the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to Katie Couric’s upcoming daytime talk show Katie from Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

The one-hour, live daily show from the award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular television personality will premiere on Citytv in September 2012.

Katie is the latest Citytv licensed show from Disney-ABC, a partnership which also includes the hit prime time series Revenge, Happy Endings, Body of Proof, and Private Practice and daytime talk show, The Chew. Citytv is also the Canadian home of upcoming Disney-ABC series Scandal and the new daytime program, The Revolution. 

“Licensing Katie signals Citytv’s commitment to a dynamic and successful daytime television schedule,” said Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice-President of Television Programming and Operations, Rogers Media. “We’re thrilled to be working with Disney-ABC to bring viewers what we believe will be the breakout hit daytime program of the fall season.” 

In June, the Disney-ABC Television Group signed a multi-year, multiplatform agreement with Couric. The ABC News team member and former Today co-anchor will be reunited on Katie with Jeff Zucker, who will be executive producing the show alongside Couric. Katie will broadcast live every day from New York City. It is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and is cleared on stations representing 93% of the U.S., to date. 

“We are enormously pleased to partner with Citytv in the Canadian marketplace on 2012’s highly anticipated new talk show Katie,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Katie Couric is one of the brightest, most talented, versatile, and most dynamic television personalities, and we’re delighted that Citytv’s viewers will be able to tune in to her show on a daily basis.” 

Prior to joining the Disney-ABC Television Group, she was anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, a 60 Minutes correspondent, a CBS Sunday Morning contributor and anchor of CBS News prime time specials. When the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric debuted on September 5, 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast. She also writes a monthly column for Glamour magazine, which features an interview with a dynamic female role model every month and is active on Twitter @katiecouric. 

Corus Entertainment’s W Network announces two additional companies who will be sending their bosses to the frontlines on its new series from Alliance Films, Undercover Boss Canada.

Canada’s largest fitness company, GoodLife Fitness (Jane Riddell, COO) and resort and destination community innovators, Skyline International Development (Michael Sneyd, CEO) join the series which follows 10 executives as they leave the comfort of their offices to go undercover in their own companies.

Produced in association with W Network, Undercover Boss Canada premieres Thursday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Goodlife Fitness and Skyline International Development join the ranks of previously announced undercover companies including The Toronto Zoo ( John Tracogna, CEO ), Pizza Pizza (Paul Goddard, CEO), 1- 800 -GOT-JUNK? ( Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO), Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) ( Karen Stintz, City Councillor and TTC Chair ), Cineplex Entertainment (Ellis Jacob, CEO), Molson Coors Canada (Kelly Brown, Chief Legal Officer), Second Cup (Stacey Mowbray, CEO) and FedEx Express Canada (Lisa Lisson, CEO).

Each episode of Undercover Boss Canada features an executive who is transformed into a frontline worker with a covert disguise and a convincing back story. Working alongside their employees, each “boss” takes an often emotional journey, discovering the effects their decisions have on others, the perception of the company, and who the unsung heroes of their workforce are. Most importantly, they learn how to apply what they have gained from the experience – both for their company and for themselves.


The airdates for Undercover Boss Canada are as follows:


•  Episode 1: The Toronto Zoo airs Thursday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

•  Episode 2: Pizza Pizza airs Thursday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

•  Episode 3: 1- 800- GOT-JUNK? airs Thursday, February 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

•  Episode 4: The Toronto Transit Commission airs Thursday, February 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

•  Episode 5: Cineplex Entertainment airs Thursday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

•  Episode 6: Molson Coors Canada airs Thursday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

•  Episode 7: Second Cup airs Thursday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT


Additional scheduling information will be announced at a later date.

Undercover Boss Canada is based on the format devised by Studio Lambert, part of the ALL3MEDIA group of companies. Undercover Boss has been seen in over 175 territories to date through sales of the UK and USA show and as a format sale – ALL3MEDIA International will also take responsibility for marketing the Canadian show to other broadcasters internationally.

This Spring, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral ‘s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) brings subscribers even more of the highest quality programming available on premium television with all-new series, films, documentaries and returning favourites from HBO.

All programming will debut day-and-date with HBO in the US, and subscribers will have access in High Definition, on demand and online. HBO Canada’s Spring 2012 programming line-up includes:


Series and Original Films


Game Change (HBO Original Film)

Premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT 

Starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, this HBO Films presentation follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Harrelson portrays Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist. Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong. Executive Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Roach.


Game of Thrones , Season 2 (HBO Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, April 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT 

HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones kicks off its 10-episode second season. Based on the popular book series A Song of Ice and Fire , by George R.R. Martin, this Emmy ® and Golden Globe ® -winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom.  Among the returning members of the ensemble cast are Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emmy ® and Golden Globe ® winner Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey and Kit Harington. The series is Executive Produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.


Girls (HBO Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ( Tiny Furniture ), this new 10-episode, half-hour comedy looks at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s in New York City.  Girls is Executive Produced by Dunham along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. Also starring Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Adam Driver.


VEEP (HBO Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar® nominee for co-writing In the Loop), VEEP is a new eight-episode, half-hour comedy starring Emmy® winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. The series is Executive Produced by Iannucci along with Frank Rich and Christopher Godsick. Also starring Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy C. Simons and Sufe Bradshaw.


Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO Original Film)

Premieres May 2012

Starring Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Clive Owen and Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn recounts one of the greatest romances of the last century – the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway and the beautiful, trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn – as it follows the adventurous writers through the Spanish Civil War and beyond. Executive Produced by Philip Kaufman, Trish Hofmann, James Gandolfini, Alexandra Ryan and Barbara Turner. Also starring David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Rodrigo Santoro, Parker Posey, actor-musician Lars Ulrich and Tony Shalhoub.




Saving Face

Premieres Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT

This 40-min documentary spotlights British cosmetic surgeon to the stars Dr. Mohammad Jawad, as he travels to his homeland in Pakistan to treat survivors of radically disfiguring acid attacks, the majority of whom are women targeted by family members. The film also follows one of his patients as she becomes involved with women in the Pakistani parliament to address the issue of acid violence on a national level.  From Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.


God Is The Bigger Elvis

Premieres April 2012

Directed by Rebecca Camissa, this documentary tells the story of Dolores Hart, a rising Hollywood starlet who appeared in films with Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Quinn, but abandoned her career to become a Benedictine nun in 1963 at age 23. Now Mother Prioress of the cloistered Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Connecticut, she reveals her life, past and present, with grace and humour.


The Weight of the Nation

Premieres May 2012

Developed in partnership with leading research institutions in the United States, this documentary looks at the contemporary obesity epidemic. Three years in the making, the multi-part series sheds new light on the facts and myths of this urgent public health problem, showing how obesity affects the health of a nation and cripples the health-care system through diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis.


In Eastern Canada, all programming will be available in High Definition and on demand, and on HBO Canada OnLine with Bell TV Online , Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron’s Illico Web. In Western Canada, programming will be available in High Definition on Movie Central HD, and on demand and online with Movie Central On Demand.

Monday, Jan. 30

RAMSIN KHACHI: Marilyn’s design build contractor showcases the best of “As Seen on TV” infomercial products for the home.

KELLEY KEEHN: The personal finance expert, media personality, and author gives viewers the basics on understanding credit scores including, how to check one’s financial number and how to change it.

FAMILY DINNER MONTH (Week 4): Marilyn’s resident chef, ROGER MOOKING (host of EVERYDAY EXOTIC) cooks up a Pad Thai inspired stir fry as part of the show’s “Family Dinner Month” series, featuring meal ideas for $15 or less.


Tuesday, Jan. 31

JULLY BLACK & DEB DIGIOVANNI: JUNO Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black and stand-up comedian Deb DiGiovanni join Marilyn’s panel chat for a discussion on hot-button headlines of the day.

NADIA G: The Canadian chef and host of BITCHIN’ KITCHEN cooks-up a treasured passed down recipe, Sartu di Patate (potato, cheese and sausage casserole).

JOE RICH: In advance of Bell Let’s Talk Day (Feb. 8) in support of mental health, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW’s family therapist and author Joe Rich addresses the issue amongst teens, discussing warning signs, risk factors, symptoms and treatment of teen depression and mental health.  


Wednesday, Feb. 1

JIM KARAS: Celebrity trainer (whose clientele includes Hugh Jackman and Diane Sawyer) and New York Times best-selling author Jim Karas drops by to talk health and fitness featuring tips from his new book, The Petite Advantage Diet – a comprehensive plan to achieving weight loss for women 5’4″ and under.  

ANNABELLE WAUGH: Days leading up to SUPER BOWL XLVI (Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. ET on CTV), Canadian Living magazine’s food director cooks up delicious one pot dishes viewers can serve during kick-off.


Thursday, Feb. 2

DÉCOR DEFINED: Host MARILYN DENIS and House & Home magazine president and founder LYNDA REEVES share their captured highlights from this year’s Interior Design Show (IDS 12). Additional guests of the day include renowned interior designer ALEXANDRA HUTCHISON who reveals the hottest fireplaces on the market. Plus, specializing in high-end residential architecture and interior design, DEE DEE TAYLOR EUSTACE and MIKE NIVEN answer viewers’ design dilemmas and deliver traditional and modern solutions for designing a 500-square-foot space. 


Friday, Feb. 3

MARILYN MAKE ME OVER: Canada’s Queen of Daytime, MARILYN DENIS, grants the makeover wishes of two women hailing from Brampton and Ottawa, ON. Helping the women get their sexy back, are Marilyn’s fashion expert PETER PAPAPETROU and hairstylist JUSTIN GERMAN who help Marilyn with the big reveal at the end of the show.

Food Network Canada and Temple Street Productions announced today that the powerhouse competitive reality series Recipe to Riches is returning for a second season and diving into a cross-Canada search for the best recipe from a Canadian home cook.  

The original Food Network series offers Canadians with exceptional recipes a once-in-a-lifetime shot at having their recipe developed into a President’s Choice® product and a chance to ultimately win the grand prize of $250,000.  

The national casting call for Recipe to Riches begins today with information available at recipetoriches.ca.

In each episode of Recipe to Riches, three home cooks compete in one of seven food categories ranging from appetizers and snacks to entrées and desserts.  

A series of challenges determines whether or not the contenders’ delicious recipes can be mass-produced and if they have the marketing potential to fly off grocery store shelves.  

Each category winner receives $25,000 and their recipe is developed into a President’s Choice product made available at select Loblaw stores across the country just days after the episode airs.  

After all category winners are chosen, it’s up to Canadian viewers to vote online for the best-of-the-best and ultimately decide who will truly make the journey…from recipe to riches.

“Recipe to Riches had a groundbreaking first season that encouraged viewer engagement like no series before, as recipes went from TV screen to store shelves just days after airing and offered Canadians the rare opportunity to vote online to determine the grand prize winner,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.  “We’re thrilled to work with Temple Street and Loblaw again to bring this captivating series back with a brand new season.”

“Recipe to Riches’ success marks a significant milestone in Temple Street Productions’ original format programming,” say David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions.  “We are pleased that we had the full support of a strong broadcast partner in Shaw Media and an equally great sponsor in Loblaw to be able to bring Canadians a program that they felt engaged in from the audition process through to voting for their favourite finalist.  Now we’re ready to do it all again!”


Contestants will compete in one of seven culinary categories including:


1.    Hors d’oeuvres

2.    Cakes, puddings and pies

3.    Savoury snacks

4.    Entrées

5.    Condiments and dips

6.    Candies and chocolates

7.    Cookies and squares


Interested contestants are encouraged to register for their audition city, date and time at recipetoriches.ca.


Auditions will be held in four cities on the following dates:


·         Halifax: February 11

·         Vancouver: February 18

·         Montreal: February 25

·         Toronto: March 4 


Evaluating the auditions in each city will be esteemed Recipe to Riches judges Laura Calder, host of French Food at Home; Tony Chapman, Founder and CEO of leading advertising agency Capital C; and Dana McCauley, Culinary Director of Janes Family Foods. 

TO SUBMIT A RECIPE AND REGISTER ONLINE: please visit recipetoriches.ca.  To keep tabs on what’s new and what Canadians are saying about Recipe to Riches, check out the Recipe to Riches page on Facebook at facebook.com/recipetoriches or follow @RecipetoRiches on Twitter.

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