February 2012

You know what they say about payback: it’s a bitch.

Desperate Housewives meets Mean Girls in the highly anticipated, deliciously fun, much buzzed-about new drama, GCB, premiering Sunday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Mobile and on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Set in the heart of Dallas, Texas, GCB stars Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Emmy® and Tony Award®-winner Kristin Chenoweth (PUSHING DAISIES), Emmy® Award-nominee Annie Potts (DESIGNING WOMEN), and Canada’s David James Elliot (JAG).

From Executive Producer and creator Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias, First Wives Club), along with Darren Star (SEX AND THE CITY, MELROSE PLACE), GCB entertains the idea that you can go home again – but only if you’re ready to face the sins of your past.

The series follows Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school “mean girl,” forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Hesitant about re-entering the world of big hair, affluence, salacious gossip and Bible study, she is unsure if the good Christian women will welcome her with open arms, or stab her in the back with a stiletto. As Amanda and her teenaged kids try to adjust to their new surroundings, the ladies of the Highland Park community alternate between sympathy and scheming.

The other fabulous GCBs include former unpopular teen-turned-diva-of-Dallas Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth); the shrewd, distinguished CEO Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor, DAMAGES); the endearing, consummate housewife and mother, Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen, PARTY OF FIVE); and the self-made, always-single-but-on-the-prowl Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols, 24, NCIS: LOS ANGELES).  Amanda’s fabulously Texan mother Gigi Stopper (Annie Potts) is the societal matriarch of Dallas, one classy dame not to be crossed. Tough-yet-loving, Gigi has specific ideas about how Amanda should re-enter Dallas’ complex and terrifyingly excessive social scene.

Behind every great GCB is a great husband. In addition to Ripp Cockburn (David James Elliott), a devoted hunk to Carlene with a secret or two, the series also features Cricket’s chap Blake Reilly (Mark Deklin, HOT IN CLEVELAND), and Sharon’s Zack Peacham (Brad Beyer, SEX AND THE CITY), a good-time guy and former pro athlete. In the end, GCB begs the question: Can you go back home to a place where no one seems to have grown up?

In the series premiere (March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES on CTV), the women of Dallas are none too happy to see Amanda back in town and are about to get a major dose of PTSD. Former unpopular teen-turned-diva-of-Dallas Carlene Cockburn (Chenoweth) was tortured by Amanda in high school but has made quite the “assisted” transformation since. Then there’s Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Shor) whose boyfriend Amanda stole and later married. Fallen beauty queen Sharon Peacham (Aspen), whose chance at the Miss Teen Dallas crown was snatched away by a malicious rumor Amanda started, hasn’t really been the same since. Finally, there’s Heather Cruz (Nichols), a bit of an outsider back in high school who has now become fully inducted into this twisted little social clique of affluent, sugary, God-fearing, steely women whose bark is as bad as their bite. The GCBs who now rule the school that is Dallas society still can’t seem to let go of old grudges.

Here’s the official video that the copyright owners won’t be taking offline of Admiral Aladeen spilling Kim Jong Il’s ashes over Ryan Seacrest at the 84th Academy Awards.

11 p.m. ET – Sunday, February 26 on Space

A man decides to turn his life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

10 p.m. ET – Sunday, February 26 on Space

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Grimm

9 p.m. ET – Sunday, February 26 on Space

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8 p.m. ET – Sunday, February 26 on Comedy Network

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CBC Television proudly presents WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II – the follow-up to the highly successful Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story– in two parts on March 4 and 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II tells the story of Cherry’s later years and his evolution into one of Canada’s cultural media icons, with Jared Keeso reprising his Gemini Award-winning performance as the host of Coach’s Corner.  The first part of the Cherry story drew 1.3 million viewers in 2010.   

No one thought the newly-unemployed coach of the Colorado Rockies would last more than a few weeks as a CBC commentator in 1980, never mind eventually be voted number seven on the all-time list of great Canadians. 

WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II uncovers who Don Cherry really is, the events that shape his past and the key moments in his life that allow him to continue to stay relevant to people today. More than just a broadcaster, Don is controversial, populist, politically involved, a supporter of the troops, and a figure who stirs up emotions of all kinds everywhere he goes.  

WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II will explore the impact Don’s outspokenness has had on his Coach’s Corner platform, and the attempts that have been made to curb his opinionated nature.

Delving into the fast-paced, high-stakes buy-and-sell world, OLN today announced that production has begun on original Canadian series The Liquidator.  

The 13-part, 30-minute reality series follows haggler, trader and pawn shop owner Jeff Schwarz as he navigates the adrenaline-packed world of buying low and selling high.

Commissioned by OLN and produced by Anaid Productions (X-Weighted), The Liquidator is currently filming in Vancouver. The series will debut on OLN this summer. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. 

“Jeff Schwarz’s dicey and high-intensity life of wheeling and dealing is a perfect fit for OLN’s adrenaline-fuelled  programming lineup,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting. “The series is wildly entertaining and filled with larger-than-life characters at every turn. We’ve seen buy-and-sell on television before, but never with the craftiness of a liquidator like Schwarz.”

When it comes to moving discarded merchandise, Schwarz has done it all. Setting his sights on the big-time deal, he’s trading up to become the “Liquidation King,” living out his mission of buying low, selling high, and keeping the merchandise moving. From getting the tip and checking out the goods, to making the deal and finding a buyer, viewers will see it all –and it isn’t always pretty.

The Liquidator is an OLN original series. Executive Producers are Margaret Mardirossian (X-Weighted) and Helen Schmidt (X-Weighted) for Anaid Productions.  Claire Freeland is Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting and Marni Goldman is Production Executive for Rogers Original Programming.

OLN’s ongoing support of Canadian independent productions has been a major contributor to the success of series such as Mantracker, Survivorman, Departures, Beyond Survival, Word Travels, Ed’s Up, Angry Planet and Which Way To.

Citytv is putting the country’s largest talent search at the fingertips of its fans with the new Canada’s Got Talent app for the BlackBerry PlayBook and iPad, now available.

For the PlayBook, the Canada’s Got Talent app is available free on BlackBerry App World. On iPad, the app can be downloaded via the App Store or at iTunes.ca.

Leading up to the broadcast premiere, CanadasGotTalent.com features additional, exclusive, interactive content that further enhances the online offerings currently available on the site.

Canada’s Got Talent airs Sundays at 8 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. local time, beginning March 4.

“With the creation of this app and the expanded online content, we are offering an experience to be shared by all Canadians on any platform at any time,” said Andrea Gagliardi, Senior Director and General Manager, Rogers Digital Media, Broadcasting. “Whether up on stage or at home on the couch, performers and fans alike are connected through the features and content that allow them to engage in and fully embrace this competition.”

Beginning March 4, the Canada’s Got Talent app will feature unique show content, including photo galleries, a live chat during every episode, and an interactive “At-Home Judge” component, giving viewers a chance to pull up a seat at the judges’ desk. Users can track the success of each performance in real time as Canadians across the country chime in with their own buzzers. Then, beginning with the first live semifinal round on April 2, viewers can catch a live stream of the Excel Refresh Lounge, sponsored by Excel gum, where digital correspondent Graeme O’Neil will get the backstage scoop from each act. This co-viewing experience will be made available on both the app and CanadasGotTalent.com website.

The hub for all things Canada’s Got Talent, the interactive CanadasGotTalent.com site will feature additional premium content that fans won’t be able to find anywhere else. Following the premiere, the site will boast a comprehensive episode guide complete with recaps, commentary, live chats, photo galleries, clips and full episodes, to ensure that fans don’t miss a beat. Beginning March 27, the site will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at the competition through the eyes of the semifinalists as they blog about their experience.

Additional information about the viewer voting component of Canada’s Got Talent will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Canada’s Got Talent is the largest national talent search in Canadian television history and features a colourful array of hopeful stars, including comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers and singers all vying for a chance to perform on national television and win the coveted title. This original series is a tribute to the rich talents that define and characterize Canada’s diversity.

Visit www.canadasgottalent.com, follow us on Twitter @CGTCitytv, and “like” us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements.

6 p.m. Sunday, February 26 on E!

Hosted by E! NEWS hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET is the ultimate pre-show extravaganza and is one of E!’s most recognized programming events, airing in more than 160 countries around the world. LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET gives viewers the best seat in the house for THE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS.