February 2012

Tuesday, February 28 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) on Citytv

“Ding Dong Ditch”

The Baxters are constantly awakened by an early morning prankster who rings their doorbell and runs away. When Mike (Tim Allen) catches the teenage boy, the kid injures himself and his litigious father expects Mike to pay the doctor’s bill. Also, single working mom Kristin (Alexandra Krosney) starts college.

Tuesday, February 28 at 8pm ET on OMNI.1; 6MT/PT (10CT) on Citytv on Citytv

This week, the 11 remaining players are put to the test when they all go home for 18 days with a chance to gain immunity by losing five per cent of their body weight. They’ll also compete individually in a home-rowing challenge that will award the winner $10,000 at the weigh-in. Later, the contestants return to the ranch for gruelling last chance workouts. Then another player goes home in the most emotional elimination of this season.

The dynamic lineup of stars for Season 14 of DANCING WITH THE STARS includes a Super Bowl champion, a telenovela star, a tennis legend, a Disney Channel star, a classical singer and a music legend.

They will all perform either the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of DANCING WITH THE STARS on Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

As announced this morning by DANCING WITH THE STARS hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, the 12 celebrities heading to the dance floor this season are listed below in alphabetical order. Full bios for each celebrity can also be found below.

 

The cast of DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 are:

 

Singer Gavin DeGraw

Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver

Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan

Former child star Melissa Gilbert

Singer Katherine Jenkins

Music legend Gladys Knight

Actor and model William Levy

EXTRA host Maria Menounos

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova

THE VIEW star Sherri Shepherd

Soap opera star and singer Jack Wagner

FAMILY MATTERS star Jaleel White

 

Gavin DeGraw – No stranger to the top of the charts, Gavin DeGraw first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want to Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” DeGraw’s self-titled second album debuted at #1 on the digital sales chart and at #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning him his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love with a Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009 DeGraw released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of his live favorites. He released his third studio album, Sweeter, in September of 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, was just certified platinum, and has been climbing the sales and radio charts since its June 2011 release. DeGraw partners with last season’s champ, Karina Smirnoff, who returns for her eleventh season. 

 

Donald Driver – Donald Driver has overcome a childhood of homelessness and various obstacles to become a Super Bowl champion and the All-Time Leading Receiver in Green Bay Packers history. After being selected in the last round of the NFL draft, he went on to hold the Packers’ all-time receiving records for yards and receptions, as well as a host of others. Driver faced struggles growing up that many could not imagine. Growing up homeless and living in a U-Haul truck for a period of time, he was inspired to become one of the most community-minded athletes of our generation. He and his wife, Betina, created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001 with a focus on homelessness, education and health & wellness initiatives. He has donated his time for hundreds of community appearances. Driver is most proud of his family – wife Betina, and kids Cristian, Christina and Charity. His kids, and his commitment to education, drove him to write three children’s books revolving around the lovable character Quickie. The books’ illustrations and stories are based on his family. He recently read his latest book, Quickie Wins a Championship, at the Library of Congress at an event that featured First Lady Michelle Obama. Driver joins Peta Murgatroyd, who is returning for her second season. 

 

Roshon Fegan – Most widely recognized for his roles on Disney Channel, this musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor currently stars on the Disney Channel original series SHAKE IT UP! as Ty Blue. Prior to this role, he appeared as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel original movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Fegan also performed songs on the Camp Rock soundtrack, as well as the DVD bonus track “Camp Rock.” The 20-year-old Fegan recently released his first self-produced EP, I Am Ro•Shon, which contains two new tracks written and produced by Fegan himself, “Got Me Like,” and “Top of the World” that fuses a unique universal sound of Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Funk and Electronic Dance music. He writes and produces all of his own music under his independently owned record label, 3inaRo Entertainment, where he serves as CEO. Roshon Fegan teams with Chelsie Hightower, who returns for her sixth season. 

 

Melissa Gilbert – A native of Los Angeles, Melissa Gilbert comes from a long line of entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer of THE HONEYMOONERS, and her father, respected comedian, actor, musician and dancer Paul Gilbert. At age two, Gilbert made her on-air debut modeling baby clothes and appeared in more than 30 television commercials over the next seven years. At age nine, she joined the cast of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, continuing with the popular series for 10 years. She has since starred in hundreds of television movies, specials and series, including the Emmy Award-winning movie of the week The Miracle Worker. In feature films, Gilbert starred in Sylvester and did a cameo role playing herself in Griffin Dunne’s film, Lisa Picard is Famous. On stage she made her off Broadway debut in A Shayna Maidel, and later starred in The Miracle Worker, The Glass Menagerie, and Love Letters. She made her directorial debut with the ABC after-school special, Me and My Hormones, and produced the A&E documentary Child Stars: Their Story. Gilbert’s legacy came full circle when she starred as Ma in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical. In 2009 she shared her personal story in her New York Times bestselling memoir, Prairie Tale. Gilbert served two terms as the 23rd President of Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO executive council, acted as Vice President for the California Labor Federation, as a commissioner on the California Film Commission, and as chair of the 2005 SAG Theatrical/Television Negotiating Committee. An avid philanthropist, she is the President of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, and recently became the first-ever national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. She is a devoted mother to four sons. Gilbert partners with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his twelfth season. 

 

Katherine Jenkins – Katherine Jenkins is the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist. The Welsh mezzo soprano has sold in excess of seven million albums since launching her career in 2004. An internationally recognized figure, at the age of only 31 Jenkins has become an ambassador and inspiration for millions of people around the world. When she was still only 23, she signed what was said to be the biggest ever UK classical recording deal. She has broken records, becoming the fastest selling mezzo soprano ever, has released eight studio albums, has won two Classical BRIT awards, and broken countless records with her albums going platinum around the world. She has performed with Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, had lunch and performed for the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, as well as for prime ministers and dignitaries around the world. Having recently worked with internationally renowned producers including David Foster and John Shanks, Jenkins’ unique and timeless vocals have defined the genre. Known for her interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, she is also known for her long-standing work with the British Forces Foundation for which she is a trustee, and has consequently made various trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the troops. This support for the troops has led her to being referred to as the Forces’ Sweetheart. Cherished as one of Britain’s favorite singers, Jenkins has now become one of its greatest musical exports. Jenkins joins two-time champ Mark Ballas, back for his tenth season. 

 

Gladys Knight – Eight-time GRAMMY® winner Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. The Georgia-born Knight began performing recitals at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church. Three years later, in 1952, she won the grand prize on television’s TED MACK’S AMATEUR HOUR, and the following year she, along with her brother, Bubba, and her cousins, formed The Pips and had their first hit in 1961. In 1962 the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, recording some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Top 20 hits like “Every Beat of My Heart,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “If I Were Your Woman,” set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, while Top 10 gold-certified singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me,” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia” established Gladys Knight & The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world. All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade. This spring she will release her newest album, featuring the hit “I Who Have Nothing.” Most recently, Knight appeared in the Tyler Perry film, I Can Do Bad All By Myself. A longtime Las Vegas resident, Knight returned to the Strip this past year at the famed Tropicana Hotel for a special engagement that ran in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas. Knight partners with Tristan Mcmanus, who returns for his second season. 

 

William Levy – William Levy was born in Cuba and very early on knew he would go after his dreams, even if it meant leaving his beloved country and risking his life. By age 15, Levy was living in Miami, Florida, where he attended high school and learned to speak English. His incursion in acting was a supporting role on Telemundo’s LOS TEENS, a series about Hispanic teenagers growing up in the United States. Prior to LOS TEENS, Levy had appeared in two reality shows, also for Telemundo, and a music video. His modelling career also took off at this point and he was signed to one of the most prestigious national modelling agencies. Levy’s big break came in 2007, when he was personally chosen by famed Televisa producer Carla Estrada to play the role of Vasco Darien in Pasion, an epic novela production set in Mexico’s colonial period. Levy gained instant recognition and his acting career skyrocketed as a consequence of the novela’s popularity. After Pasion, he travelled to Ecuador and participated in the film Retazos de Vida. Shortly thereafter he returned to Mexico for his first leading role in CUIDADO CON EL ANGEL, a soap opera production that consolidated him as one of Mexico’s most sought after leading actors. He starred as Alejandro Lombardo on Univision’s SORTILEGIO, Mexico’s highest rated primetime production, and now stars in TRIUNFO DEL AMOR, #1 rated telenovela on TV. Levy enjoys playing all kinds of sports, but he considers himself an avid baseball fan. He currently resides between Los Angeles, Mexico City and Miami, FL. Levy partners with two-time champ Cheryl Burke, returning for her thirteenth season. 

 

Maria Menounos – Actress, author and the host of EXTRA, Maria Menounos’ story began cleaning Boston nightclubs alongside her Greek immigrant parents at the age of three, and not learning to speak English until she was 10. At 22, she became the youngest person to host ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, and would later report for TODAY, DATELINE and NIGHTLY NEWS. She has travelled to such places as El Salvador, South Africa and Afghanistan while reporting on earthquakes, the AIDS epidemic and the war. Inspired by her world travels and the devastating effects of the AIDS crisis, she created the charity, Take Action Hollywood! In 2008, she conducted the only interview with the Obama family during the Presidential campaign. Menounos is the New York Times bestselling author of the self-help book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life. She recently launched AfterBuzzTV.com, an online digital network dedicated to producing wrap-up shows for America’s favorite television series. She loves people, life and trying new things! Menounos joins three-time champ Derek Hough, who is returning for his ninth season. 

 

Martina Navratilova – A champion both on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is an influential athlete and cultural figure. Born in Prague in 1956, Navratilova is the most dominant tennis player ever to set foot on the court. She is the only player in history to win Grand Slam titles in four different decades, including a curtain-closing U.S. Open victory in mixed-doubles at age 49. Her resume is highlighted by 59 Grand Slam titles, a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships, and an unrivaled 344 tournament victories. Off the court, Navratilova has been a lifelong champion for individual freedom and a pioneer for human rights. At age 18 she left communist Czechoslovakia and sought political asylum and freedom in the United States. After receiving her U.S. citizenship in 1981, she publicly acknowledged that she is gay – at a time when such announcements came at great personal cost to public figures. In 2010, Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer. She approached breast cancer like her tennis training, subsequently becoming cancer free and a champion for breast cancer awareness. She is currently the Fitness Ambassador for AARP, inspiring its 39 million members to follow her example by redefining what it means to be over 50. Navratilova is an accomplished author and speaker and is an on-air commentator for the Tennis Channel. Navratilova teams with Tony Dovolani, who returns for his thirteenth season. 

 

Sherri Shepherd – Sherri Shepherd is an actress, comedienne and co-host of the hugely popular daytime talk show, THE VIEW, which airs at 11 a.m. ET on CTV. Whether she’s on stage or screen, this Daytime Emmy® Award-winner’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humour never fails to delight audiences. She has appeared in such popular television shows as 30 ROCK, LESS THAN PERFECT and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, and in films including Precious, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and most recently One for the Money. She is the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing). Shepherd partners with Val Chmerkovskiy, who is returning for his second season. 

 

Jack Wagner – An actor of daytime and primetime television and the stage, Jack Wagner is one of the most popular stars in the history of soaps. Wagner studied theatre in college, graduating from The University of Arizona with a BFA in drama. He has starred in multiple television series, over a dozen television movies, and has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions around the world. In 1983 Wagner landed the starring role of rocker Frisco Jones on ABC’s daytime series, GENERAL HOSPITAL. He recorded several songs for the show, eventually signing with Quincy Jones’ record label, Qwest, where he recorded his first hit single, “All I Need.” The single was #2 on Pop charts and #1 on Adult Contemporary charts. In 1987 Wagner returned to his theatrical roots, touring nationally as Tony in West Side Story and as Danny Zucko in Grease. In the early 90s he moved to primetime television, joining the hit series MELROSE PLACE, where he spent the next five seasons both acting and directing. In 2000 he took the role of a lifetime in the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. Most recently Wagner joined the company of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and participating in celebrity golf tournaments around the country. He is the National Celebrity Ambassador of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which benefits from The Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic, his annual golf tournament. Wagner joins Anna Trebunskaya, returning for her ninth season. 

 

Jaleel White – Jaleel White has brought laughter to millions of people around the world as a multi-talented actor who has also become an emerging screenwriter. White is best known for his portrayal of Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle on ABC’s long-running series, FAMILY MATTERS. The series is one of 22 shows in television history to reach 200 episodes. While attending UCLA’s School of Film and Television, White occupied a dual role as star and producer of the UPN series, GROWN-UPS. Upon graduating from UCLA, he worked as a WGA writer for such notable companies as Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel Television. He has also resumed acting, playing guest starring roles in BOSTON LEGAL, HOUSE, NCIS, and Dreamworks’ Dreamgirls. Last year, White played a role in the feature film Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer, voiced the role of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, and wrote, produced and starred in his own web series, Fake It ‘Til You Make It. White currently plays recurring roles on USA Network’s cable smash, PSYCH, and the Nickelodeon series PROBLEM SOLVERZ. Coming up, he will host the new SyFy game show, TOTAL BLACKOUT, and will begin production on a film which he co-wrote, Parkin’ Lot Pimpin. White teams with two-time champ Kym Johnson, who returns for her eleventh season.

HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), pulls back the curtain on the intense human drama surrounding John McCain’s 2008 presidential run in the HBO Films Presentation, Game Change.

Based on the bestselling book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the film follows the McCain campaign trail from the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as vice presidential running mate to their defeat in the general election. Game Change premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

Game Change stars Julianne Moore as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Woody Harrelson as McCain strategist Steve Schmidt and Ed Harris as Arizona Senator John McCain. Offering a unique glimpse into the inner workings of the historic campaign, the story is told through the eyes of Schmidt, the man who most championed Palin for the ticket. The film reveals the uncertainty surrounding the decisions made behind closed doors, and examines the chain of events that would determine the leadership of the country.

The film also stars: Ron Livingston as Mark Wallace, a senior advisor to the McCain-Palin campaign, who also led Palin’s debate preparation team; Peter MacNicol as Rick Davis, national campaign manager for McCain’s campaign; Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace, a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign; Jamey Sheridan as McCain speechwriter Mark Salter; and Bruce Altman as Fred Davis, McCain’s chief media strategist.

Game Change is a Playtone Production in association with Everyman Pictures. The film was directed by Jay Roach film from a script by Danny Strong, and is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. It’s executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Jay Roach, Danny Strong and Steven Shareshian are co-executive producers.

In Western Canada, Game Change will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, and on demand and online with HBO Canada On Demand where available through participating broadcasters.  In Eastern Canada, all Game Change 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.

They ride the Google slide, play with dancing Android robots, and learn about your search patterns…APP CENTRAL closes Season 2 from inside the top secret offices of Google.

On Tuesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on BNN, APP CENTRAL co-hosts Amber MacArthur and Michael Hainsworth deliver exclusive interviews with members of the Google team about everything from Google+ features and YouTube’s redesign to Chrome’s web store and more.

Encore broadcasts of APP CENTRAL’s season finale air Saturday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET on CTV and 6:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and Sunday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. ET on CP24.

In this special episode, APP CENTRAL co-host Michael Hainsworth travels to the California headquarters of Google to catch the creative wave of this innovative team. Hainsworth talks tech with John Langerling, the Director of Android Global Partnerships. Then he talks TV with YouTube’s Shivia Rajaraman and finds out why people have become their own video curators, before getting the insider scoop on ways the YouTube team is working to make the user experience more slick everyday.

Ever been told to “Just Google It?” Hainsworth knows just the guy! Yury Pinksy, Product Manager for Google’s Mobile Search division, is paying close attention to users search patterns and explains how Google is made a little bit smarter with every search. To conclude his insider trip, Hainsworth makes a Canadian connection with Chris Elliott, a graduate of the University of Waterloo and credited with making the Android Robot Disco Dance, who gives APP CENTRAL a private dance demo.

Meanwhile, north of the boarder, Amber MacArthur tours Google’s Canadian head office with Stergios Anastasiadis and gets the latest scoop on Google+ the fast growing social networking offering from Google. Moving right along, Rick Byers, Software Engineer for Chrome, explains the Chrome web store and why their apps have a vivid look and feel. Finally, MacArthur talks with Matthew Izatt, Product Manager for Gmail, who explains how Gmail is all grown-up and is now on any mobile device.

Also in this episode, catch the season’s final segment of Old vs. New as Google Earth is pitted against a paper map with APP CENTRAL producer Michael Bancroft challenging Director of Geo Maps for Google, Chikai Ohazama. Find out who can find the CN Tower from San Francisco first, and which method wins on ease of use, accuracy, and out of the box applications.

Catch past episodes of APP CENTRAL, read up on Contributors blog posts, and follow the social media conversation at www.appcentral.ca.

Va-va-Vancouver the Real Housewives are here. This spring SliceTM is indulging audiences with the year’s most buzzed about new Canadian series, The Real Housewives of Vancouver.

The first Canadian installment of the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise takes viewers on a wild ride into the extravagant lives of five of Vancouver’s most privileged, powerful and glamorous women.

Debuting with a special two-hour premiere event on Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00pm ET/PT, the new series will settle into its regular time the following week, Wednesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT exclusively on Slice.

After much excited speculation, the secret about the wives is out and SliceTM is giving Canadians five hot new reasons to love Vancouver: Christina, Jody, Mary, Reiko and Ronnie.  The must-see first season introduces this elite group of women and reveals intimate and often outrageous details about their relationships, career triumphs and pitfalls, sex lives and family drama.

 

Get to know the The Real Housewives of Vancouver:

Christina Kiesel – free-spirited jet-setter

Jody Claman – self-made businesswoman and fashionista

Mary Zilba – singer and former pageant queen

Reiko MacKenzie – adrenaline junkie with a need for speed

Ronnie Seterdahl Negus – winery owner and luxury toy aficionado

 

These West Coast beauties love to live large in every sense including dining at top restaurants, partying at gala soirées, jet-setting on luxurious vacations, cruising in top-of-the-line cars, and shopping for the best designer clothes, shoes and jewelry. They stop at nothing as they try to re-launch a singing career, manage a high-end clothing boutique, train for a mixed-martial arts green belt, celebrate a land-mark birthday and start up a wine label.

“The Real Housewives of Vancouver is packed with all of the juiciest story lines, drama, power, wealth and glamour that viewers love about the huge, international hit franchise. Every episode will leave people wanting more,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “There’s an insatiable appetite for the Housewives’ series and we are thrilled to launch the first ever Canadian edition.”

“Vancouver is the perfect choice to launch the Real Housewives series in Canada and we’re proud to be a part of such a successful production franchise,” commented Louise Clark, President, Executive Producer, Lark Productions. “We are delighted that Shaw and NBCUniversal have given us this opportunity to showcase this world-class city and exciting talent in a way that will definitely please both new and existing Real Housewives fans.”

The Real Housewives of Vancouver joins Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Miami, D.C. and most recently, Athens, Israel and France, as the first Canadian edition of the international hit franchise.

Monday February 27 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Five-0 crosses paths with Tony Archer (James Caan), a retired NYPD bomb expert who is now a private investigator on Oahu, when they investigate the death of famous talk radio DJ Bobby Raines (Dennis Miller).

10 p.m. Monday, February 27 on E!

Join celebrity fashion correspondent, Joan Rivers and her outspoken panel of fashionistas, including Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos for a special edition of FASHION POLICE.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Monday, February 27 on Comedy Network

Larry shows us one of the greatest animal exhibitions on the plant at the amazing Henry Doorly Zoo. Then, he digs in at Dakin Farms in Vermont, where they have been making mouthwatering breakfast staples since 1792. Finally, he puts up his dukes at Gleason’s, the legendary Brooklyn bowing gym that gave us everyone from Jake LaMotta to Muhammed Ali to Mike Tyson.

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

“Clarence Montgomery”

Clarence Montgomery (guest star Mahershala Ali, Alphas), was the only innocent man in Alcatraz, but all that changes when he returns to San Francisco on a crime spree. The team must figure out what has propelled him to commit these crimes after all this time.