February 2012

The 84th Annual Academy Awards proved once again its status as one of television’s premiere broadcasts when 6.1 million viewers watched THE OSCARS® last night on CTV.

Marking his ninth time as host, Billy Crystal drove more younger viewers to the just over three-hour broadcast, up 8% among A18-34, while total viewers remained steady compared to last year (6.11 million).

THE 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS becomes the second-most watched broadcast of the year, following SUPER BOWL XLVI (7.3 million, CTV), and the #1 entertainment broadcast of the season.

· In all, more than one in two viewers (54.1%) watching television last night in English Canada were watching the OSCARS on CTV.

· Overall, the broadcast attracted 14.1 million unique viewers, peaking at an incredible 7.03 million viewers at 10 p.m. as the legendary Christopher Plummer graciously accepted his OSCAR® for Best Supporting Actor.

· The broadcast attracted 2.7 million A18-49 viewers and 2.6 million A25-54 viewers, and had double-digit ratings in all key markets with total viewers and A25-54, including a 25.2 Rating in Toronto (A25-54).

Kicking off OSCAR night was Canada’s official red carpet show CTV AT THE OSCARS at 6 p.m., which grew 24% compared to last year to 1.1 million viewers on CTV. With the coveted second position on the carpet, CTV had the red carpet covered with ETALK’s Ben Mulroney on the ground and Leah Miller and ELLE magazine creative director Joe Zee reporting on all the arrivals and fashion hits and misses from the balcony. Not only did Mulroney get George Clooney laughing, but he also chatted with numerous nominees and presenters including Canadians Christopher Plummer and Philippe Falardeau, Jean Dujardin, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Nick Nolte, Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Demián Bichir, Gary Oldman, Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey. CTV AT THE OSCARS is available on demand at OSCARS.CTV.CA, where viewers can relive all the arrivals and fashion choices.

The red carpet coverage continued on CTV at 8 p.m. with 2.5 million viewers watching OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE, up 11% from last year. Hsted by Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle and Nina Garcia, they chatted with all the A-list stars and took viewers into the Hollywood and Highland Centre® prior to the awards.

With 323,000 viewers watching LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS, E! became the #1 non-sports specialty channel last night among all key adult and female demos (5:30-8:30 p.m.). Featuring E! host Ryan Seacrest’s run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen, who appeared in character from his upcoming movie The Dictator, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET reached more than 1.1 million unique viewers. Combined, E!’s Sunday night Oscar coverage (COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, RED CARPET ROUNDUP, CTV AT THE OSCARS, E! AFTER PARTY) reached nearly two million unique viewers overall.

Lainey’s Live Blog from inside the press room at the Hollywood & Highland Center on OSCARS.CTV.CA had movie and fashion lovers generating nearly 33,000 page views and enjoying behind-the-scenes insight during the Awards.

ETALK has a full OSCAR recap tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, including all the red carpet highlights and an exclusive reaction from E!’s Ryan Seacrest immediately following his moment with Cohen. ETALK also has an exclusive interview with Sir Elton John from The 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, where he talks to Tanya Kim about his upcoming role with Fashion Cares. ETALK’s L.A. correspondent Jessi Cruickshank is joined by Joe Zee, as they break down the night’s best and worst fashion choices.

ETALK also talks fashion hits and misses during ETALK FASHION FIX: OSCARS 2012. Hosted by Tanya Kim, the special airs Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and 1:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

E!’s OSCAR red carpet coverage also caps off tonight with style queen Joan Rivers and her hilarious crew of fashion critics on FASHION POLICE at 10 p.m. ET (visit eonline.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Rivers, alongside her outspoken panel of fashion judges Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos, dish on all the red carpet looks from this year’s OSCARS, from every sky-high slit, low-rise neckline and hot coral colour in between.

Weeknights – 7pm ET/PT on Global

ET brings all the best and most outrageous moments from the 84th Annual Academy Awards, including everything you didn’t see during the show. Plus, ET visits the set of The Avengers starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and Dancing with the Stars announces their new contestants!

Corus Entertainment’s newest service, ABC Spark, launches on Monday, March 26 with the day-and-date season premiere of the critically acclaimed The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

The primetime schedule will also include ABC Family original series Switched at Birth, Melissa & Joey, The Lying Game and Make It or Break It.

ABC Spark, built on the foundation of the successful U.S. brand ABC Family, will also feature a slate of popular general entertainment programming that will complement the primetime lineup.

“With the launch of ABC Spark, the wait is over for Canada. Fans of hit series like The Secret Life of the American Teenager will now have unprecedented access to ABC Family programming, delivered across multiple platforms,” said Ted Ellis, Vice President, Programming, Kids and Family. “Nested blocks of ABC Family programming that aired on YTV, W Network and CMT leading up to the launch of the service have been very successful. Clearly, there is real appetite for these kinds of shows and we are excited to grow this brand in Canada.”

Viewers across Canada will have the opportunity to sample this new network during a free preview beginning Monday, March 26 through to Saturday, June 30.

 

ABC Spark’s primetime schedule to include:

 

The Secret Life of the American Teenager – Season 4 – New episodes!

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT starting March 26

From the creator of 7th Heaven comes a heartfelt one-hour drama that focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with an unexpected teen pregnancy. The series’ regular cast includes popular actress Molly Ringwald ( Sixteen Candles ) and Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley ( The Descendants , The O.C .). The series also stars Ken Baumann, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Greg Finley, Daren Kagasoff, Megan Park and Francia Raisa with Steve Schirripa.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager picks up right where it left off after a dramatic summer finale, with Amy accepting a marriage proposal from boyfriend, and father of her son, Ricky and Adrian and Ben moving on from their tragic past. This season, the series continues to explore new and ever changing relationships with the introduction of several new characters. Despite the crazy relationships, there’s an undercurrent of discovery, honesty and growing up – even for the adults.

 

Make It or Break It – Season 3

Mondays at 9 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT starting March 26

Make It or Break It is a one-hour scripted drama, set in the world of competitive gymnastics and follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight.

In Season 3, Payson (Ayla Kell), Kaylie (Josie Loren), and Lauren (Cassie Scerbo) move into the USA Training center to endure a rigorous eight-week training competition to make the cut for the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team. With a new coach and fierce competition – including the return of former rivals Kelly Parker and Jordan Randall – Payson, Kaylie and Lauren are pushed to their limits physically and emotionally. The girls are closer than ever and committed to making the Olympic team together, but secret betrayals, questionable alliances and the reality of competing to make the final cut will test their loyalties like never before.

 

Switched at Birth – Season 1 – New episodes!

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT starting March 27

A one-hour scripted drama, Switched at Birth , tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Vanessa Marano plays Bay Kennish , a girl who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc) , is a girl who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis and grew up with a single mother in a working class neighbo u rhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. T his dramatic new series also includes Lea Thompson ( Caroline in the City ), and D.W. Moffett ( Friday Night Lights). The series also stars Constance Marie, Lucas Grabeel and Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe. Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin is a recurring guest star as Melody Bledsoe, Emmett’s mother.

Bay’s father Angelo (Gilles Marini) is back and his motives continue to be questionable as he attempts to reunite the biological Vasquez family (himself, Regina, and Bay) and mend fences with Daphne . Bay and Emmett confront the obstacles of a hearing/deaf relationship, as Bay falls deeper for Emmett and meets his father . Wilke (Austin Butler) heats up his romantic pursuit of Daphne, which complicates things between Toby (Grabeel) and Wilke.

 

The Lying Game – Season 1

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT starting March 27

In The Lying Game , inspired by the Sara Shepard ( Pretty Little Liars ) book series of the same name, Emma (Alexandra Chando) is a kind-hearted foster kid who can’t catch a break. She finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando), who, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on their birth mother. Initially excited to do this favour for her sister, Emma soon learns that Sutton has gone missing and could be in trouble. Now, Emma must decide whether to come clean to Sutton’s family and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s true whereabouts, along with truth about why they were separated in the first place.

 

Melissa & Joey – Season 1

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT starting March 28

Melissa & Joey is a hit comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. Melissa Joan Hart portrays Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and adolescent nephew, Ryder. Spread too thin to manage by herself, help comes in the unlikely form of Joe (Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family’s “manny.”

Calling all crooners and songbirds! MuchMusic and Coca-Cola Canada are once again teaming up for the Covers competition.

This award-winning* brand partnership gives young hopefuls from across Canada a shot at winning a trip to the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and the Grand Prize of being crowned winner of the Covers 2012 MuchMusic Video Award.

The Covers competition ups the ante this year, with the Grand Prize now including a digital release of the winner’s original song, and a music video fully funded by MuchFACT.

Beginning today, viewers from across Canada can submit their own renditions of some of the biggest songs in music today at covers.muchmusic.com.

The casting call phase has increased this year from six weeks to seven, allowing viewers more time to come up with their own creative and innovative entries.

The user-generated submissions are then rated by fans who vote for their favourite Covers artist. After an extensive round of judged elimination stages, three finalists receive a trip to the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS in June, where a new winner is crowned with the 2012 Covers MuchMusic Video Award. In addition, each of the three finalists stars in their own individual commercial.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering up with Coca-Cola for a second year of this award-winning initiative, said Neil Staite, Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment, Bell Media. “The Covers competition delivers on our promise to fulfill our viewers’ desires to be part of special and exciting experiences.”

“We are so excited to be working again with MuchMusic to shine a spotlight on undiscovered Canadian music talent,” said Michael Samoszewski, Director of Marketing with Coca-Cola Canada.  “We were blown away by the passion and creativity that Canadians showed us during last year’s competition and can’t wait to see what Covers inspires next.”

Reigning Covers winner Danyka Nadeau, of Edmunston, NB, relinquishes her title to one aspiring singer who will take home the hardware at the 2012 MMVAs. Since winning the Covers Award at the 2011 MMVAs, Nadeau has had a whirlwind year. In one highlight, she performed an original song in front of 20,000 fans during Vancouver We Day, which was later broadcast on national television.

 

Stage 1: CASTING CALL

Begins today, Monday, February 27, and continues for seven weeks

Viewers can submit videos on covers.muchmusic.com, as well as view and rate other submissions

Stage complemented by a 45-second co-branded broadcast and online spot

MuchMusic’s highly active social media platforms push fans to the website

Cover song choices Include:

1.      LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem”

2.      Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

3.      Marianas Trench – “Haven’t Had Enough”

4.      Britney Spears – “I Wanna Go”

5.      Hedley – “Invincible”

6.      Selena Gomez – “Love You Like A Love Song”

 

Stage 2: TOP 10 (including Wild Card)

Begins Monday, April 23 and continues for three weeks

The Top 10 semi-finalists are announced and given a new list of songs to cover and post on covers.muchmusic.com

Stage complemented by a 60-second co-branded broadcast spot featuring the Top 10 “Covers”

MuchMusic utilizes its vast network of social media is used to promote the initiative

 

Stage 3: TOP 3

Begins Monday, May 28 and continues for three weeks

The Top 3 finalists are selected and announced via three different 30-second   co-branded spots (one finalist per spot)

A revamped covers.muchmusic.com features only the semi-finalists’ videos

In June, all three finalists receive a trip to Toronto, including airfare, hotel accommodations, and spending money, while attending Canada’s biggest block party – the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS!

 

Stage 4: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

The Covers winner is announced at the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

The winner becomes the subject of a 60-second broadcast vignette during the show, accepting the second annual Covers Award

 

The 2011 Covers contest was an overwhelming success, with over 1,200 videos uploaded and 52 hours of content created. Fans flocked to covers.muchmusic.com as the website generated over 330,000 visitors and two million page views, with two million impressions delivered across social media. 

Monday, Feb. 27

POST OSCAR DISCUSSION

The hosts of INNERSPACE discuss all the dish and drama post OSCARS®.

HUGO BLU-RAY/DVD

INNERSPACE looks at the multiple OSCAR® winning film Hugo while highlighting the special features of the Blu-ray/DVD.

BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE: BOUNTY HUNTER

Co-hosts Teddy Wilson and Ajay Fry chat with seven-time WWE Champion Trish Stratus in the INNERSPACE studio about the upcoming release of her new action film Bounty Hunter on Blu-ray/DVD.

BINARY DOMAIN

INNERSPACE highlights Binary Domain, the new third-person shooter game hitting store shelves Tuesday, Feb. 28.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28

MASS EFFECT 3 – PREVIEW

INNERSPACE showcases Mass Effect 3, the highly anticipated action role-playing game which will mark the final edition in the Mass Effect trilogy.

TOM CLANCY: GHOST RECON FUTURE SOLDIER

INNERSPACE highlights Tom Clancy’s military tactical shooter video game, Ghost Recon.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM

INNERSPACE showcases the latest video release of the action film series Justice League: Doom.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 29

X:COM

INNERSPACE showcases the highly anticipated tactical, strategy-based, first-person shooter video game, X:Com.

DRAGON AGE: REDEMPTION DVD

INNERSPACE speaks to writer/actress Felicia Day about the release of her six-part original web series Dragon Age: Redemption onto DVD.

PINBALL CAFÉ

Calling all pinball lovers! Co-host Teddy Wilson takes INNERSPACE inside the new Toronto hot spot – Pinball Café.

 

Thursday, March 30

JOHN CARTER

Co-host Ajay Fry sits down with the cast of the new fantasy film John Carter to get the inside scoop.

DR. SEUSS – THE LORAX

INNERSPACE showcases Dr. Seuss’s new film The Lorax, starring Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms and Betty White.

THE NEW BLOOR CINEMA

After a huge renovation, INNERSPACE takes viewers inside the retro Bloor Cinema and finds out about its upcoming gig hosting North America’s largest international film festival – Hot Docs.

 

Friday, March 2

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 1 ON BLU-RAY/DVD

INNERSPACE highlights the release of the must-see hit television series GAME OF THRONES Season 1 onto Blu-ray/DVD.

BLINDNESS

Don McKellar stops by the INNERSPACE studio to discuss the SPACE movie premiere of Blindness – Sunday, March 4 at 11 p.m. ET. The film is about a city that is ravaged by a sudden epidemic of instant “white blindness”.

March is about to get more spring in its step as Juicebox offers up a free preview of parent-approved, kid-friendly music programming, 24-7.

From March 1 until April 10, the music video channel devoted specifically to pre-teens will be available free to viewers across the country through participating television service providers.

During the six-week free preview, music-loving kids can catch all of today’s hottest videos including One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”, Big Time Rush’s “City is Ours”, Taylor Swift’s “Story of Us”, and Allstar Weekend’s “Blame it On September”.

For kids and parents on the go, Juicebox is also available on Bell mobile smartphones, superphones and tablets through Bell Mobile TV. Details available at bell.ca/mobiletv.

Launched in November 2011, Juicebox features music programming vetted by a committee of parents, ensuring that the channel provides an age-appropriate environment for kids to enjoy their favourite music. Juicebox is available on more than 30 carriers across the country. For a full list of service providers, visit juiceboxtv.ca. Subscribers can contact their local service provider for availability in their area.

Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories is the first documentary detailing the recent cruise ship tragedy in Italy with a minute-by-minute account.

Told primarily through the eyes of those who experienced it, this one-hour special weaves together in-depth stories from passengers, staff, and Coast Guard rescuers using stunning home video and CGI to reconstruct the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories outlines the chaos of that fateful day.

Hear the full story firsthand as passengers and crew describe the scramble to get on to the last remaining lifeboats, the Coast Guard’s search for survivors – and the outrage over the captain abandoning the ship.

As announced today from BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, SPACE has acquired the brand new, high-octane adventure series, SINBAD.

Expected to air this fall on SPACE and SPACE HD, the one-hour fantasy-drama promises a 21st century take on the 8th century iconic hero. Produced by the Emmy® and BAFTA-winning Impossible Pictures (PRIMEVAL), SINBAD reinvigorates the hero’s adventures for a contemporary audience.

”We’re thrilled about this captivating new addition to our upcoming fall schedule – one more terrific series from our partners at BBC Worldwide,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “Expected to be on par with other sensations like DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD and MERLIN on SPACE, this new series offers more magic to enchant all viewers.”

“SPACE is the perfect home for an epic adventure such as Sinbad,” said Hilary Read, COO, BBC Worldwide Canada. “Their unwavering dedication to innovative, quality sci-fi programming makes for a truly compelling fan experience, as well as a fantastic business partner.”

The deal was completed by Gwen Jones McCauley, Vice President Sales & Co-productions, BBC Worldwide Canada and Rachel Goldstein-Couto, Director, Programming, Comedy & Drama for Bell Media.

Global News and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) announced today that they have selected four Global News reporters to travel to Africa as part of the joint Shaw Africa Project.

Global BC’s Rumina Daya, Global Edmonton’s Laurel Clark, Global Toronto’s Sean O’Shea and Global News Videographer Barry Acton will each travel to three separate sub-Saharan countries in the first move of a partnership announced late last year.

“With Rumina, Laurel, Sean and Barry, we have a group of professionals who represent the high journalistic standards and principles advocated by Global News,” says Troy Reeb, Vice-President, Global News. “We are happy to provide them with an amazing opportunity to grow personally and professionally while helping to strengthen the communities they visit.” 

Location and information as follows: 

Rumina Daya in Sierra Leone: Daya is an awarding winning journalist who has covered stories all over the world, including the war in Afghanistan, the tsunami in Sri Lanka and sex tourism/human trafficking in Thailand and Myanmar for which she won a Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) award. Originally from Calgary, Daya graduated with a Communications degree with a major in journalism at Mount Royal University.  

Laurel Clark in Liberia: Clark has reported on major news events in all three capitals on the Prairies, covering the June 2010 house explosion in north Edmonton, the funeral for Greyhound bus murder victim Tim McLean Jr, and the devastating fires that swept through Slave Lake in May, 2011. Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism, Highest Honours from Carleton University in Ottawa. 

Sean O’Shea in Ghana: An award-winning investigative and consumer reporter, O’Shea has spent 25 years with Global Toronto, and is the station’s longest-serving on-air reporter. He has hosted several programs and segments and has reported on events, including countless federal, provincial and municipal elections, as well as elections in Haiti and El Salvador. Throughout his career, O’Shea has mentored and trained more than 100 journalists. Born in Calgary, O’Shea is a graduate of the University of Regina, School of Journalism. 

Barry Acton in Liberia: A seasoned videographer and photojournalist, Acton has over 20 years experience shooting major news events. Acton has been embedded in Afghanistan twice, and was on the ground for revolts in Bangkok, as well as in Egypt, Bahrian and Libya during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in each country. Acton now resides in Ottawa, working on The West Block with Tom Clark. Raised in Nepean, Ontario, Acton is a graduate of Loyalist College’s Television Broadcasting program. 

Daya, Clark, O’Shea and Acton will spend approximately three weeks in these African countries to file location-specific stories and conduct human rights reporting workshops. On returning, each will work with JHR’s youth engagement division to help provide a deeper understanding of reporting from Africa. 

“Journalists for Human Rights is delighted to partner with Global News on the Shaw Africa Project,” says Rachel Pulfer, JHR’s Executive Director. “Shaw Media’s journalists get an introduction to what is arguably one of the most rewarding forms of journalism that exists: putting hard-earned reporting skills to work for development goals in places where the need for a stronger media is very great.”

Selected journalists will be sent to each location within the coming months. Specific dates will be announced shortly. 

HGTV Canada has confirmed a new exclusive three-year content deal with celebrity contractor Mike Holmes and The Holmes Group.

On the heels of the new agreement production has broken ground on Holmes Makes It Right, a brand-new series set to air this fall, that will see Canada’s most trusted contractor helping unfortunate homeowners whose homes, lives and finances have been brutally disrupted by disastrous renovations.

Homeowners who have tried everything to end their nightmare and need Mike’s help can find the information to apply to be on the show at www.hgtv.ca/hgtv/castingCall.aspx.  

“Mike Holmes is a vital member of the HGTV family, and through our new content deal we will continue bringing viewers more of the sought-after Holmes programming for years to come,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “The new series Holmes Makes It Right will offer more personal perspectives from homeowners as they share their stories of home despair and discover just how much goes into making it right.”

In this new series Mike Holmes takes on catastrophes that would make other contractors run. With the same commitment to high standards that is at the forefront in Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection, Holmes Makes It Right will feature Mike at his hands-on best – strapping on a tool belt, and helping desperate homeowners.

“These people are in need,” says Mike Holmes. “These people have broken homes and broken lives. It’s time to Make it Right for them.”

Along with the expert construction team viewers know and love from Mike Holmes’ previous series, Mike is opening up his heart and using his skills to help devastated homeowners and Make It Right.