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CTV Secures Broadcast Rights to Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis
(June 4, 2007)

– Live Earth Coming 7/7/07 from All 7 Continents on CTV –
– Organizers partner with CTV, Same Broadcaster that Delivered Historic Live 8 in 2005 –
– CTV Joins Worldwide Broadcast Consortium, Including NBC, BBC, NHK and others –

Toronto (June 4, 2007) – CTV has acquired the broadcast rights to Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis, a series of 9 incredible concerts, spanning 7 continents over a 24-hour period, taking place on 7/7/07 around the world. The announcement was made today by Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group who executed the deal with Kevin Wall, Live Earth Founder and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer.

With the announcement, CTV joins an international movement that will bring together more than 100 music artists and two billion people worldwide in an effort to combat the climate crisis (see “About Live Earth,” below).

“We are thrilled that CTV has stepped up in Canada to answer Live Earth’s SOS call,” said Wall. “Live Earth is about engaging a critical mass of people to tackle the climate crisis, and CTV’s coverage of Live Earth ensures that Canadians will be able to tune in to the concerts, join the SOS movement, and take action against the climate crisis.”

“If it’s important to Canadians, then it’s paramount to CTV,” said Boyce. “Live Earth is music with a message and for CTV, a perfect fit with our strategy to provide the most relevant programming available to our audience. CTV is now building the most effective plan to bring the Live Earth message home to Canadians in every corner of our country.”

CTV confirms that it is now planning unprecedented coverage and promotional support across its conventional stations and specialty services. In addition, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic and CHUM Radio were part of the CTV bid and as a result, additional coverage will be seen and heard across these platforms. A full broadcast plan will be announced shortly.

Live Earth features performances from some of the world’s biggest music headliners, including Madonna, Bon Jovi, The Police, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Melissa Etheridge, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, John Mayer, Faith Hill, Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Duran Duran and many others.

Live Earth becomes the second major international concert event that will be broadcast on CTV within the course of the first week of July. Earlier this year, CTV was named official

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Canadian broadcaster of “The Concert for Diana,” airing live from London on CTV in Canada and around the world on July 1 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

With today’s announcement, CTV joins some of the world’s pre-eminent broadcasters in the Live Earth broadcast, including BBC (U.K.), NBC (U.S.A.) and NHK (Japan). Live Earth is the first-ever international concert event to be broadcast completely in High Definition (including on CTV) and will be seen in more than 100 countries.

On July 2, 2005, CTV led the world with its broadcast of Live 8. One of CTV’s most ambitious broadcast initiatives ever, Live 8 on CTV reached a stunning 10.5 million viewers, roughly one in three Canadians and 45 per cent of all Canadian households. As one of the largest total audience reaches ever for any single program ever aired on the network, CTV’s Live 8 broadcast sets the stage for a massive potential audience for CTV’s Live Earth broadcast on July 7. Source: BBM Canada (2005).

About Live Earth
Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, CEO of Control Room, the company producing the music events globally. Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 of the world’s top music acts to inspire an audience of over two billion people to combat global warming. Official Live Earth concerts will be staged in New York, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Hamburg and Istanbul. Live Earth is a project of the SOS campaign, which aims to motivate people around the world to “Answer the Call” through solutions-based short films, PSAs, books, an interactive web experience, and through the Live Earth concerts. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection and other international NGOs to drive individuals, corporations and governments to make immediate and lasting changes to solve the climate crisis. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and Partner of Live Earth.

A full list of concert lineups, locations and more, including detailed information about the SOS campaign, is available now at www.liveearth.org.

Comedy Now!

After nine seasons, nearly 100 hours of original stand-up comedy and over 120 comics later, Comedy Now! celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary season as Canada’s reigning pre-eminent stage for homegrown comedic talent. For the past ten years, Comedy Now! has helped pave the way for numerous Canadian writer/comedians such as Brent Butt, Roman Danylo, Nikki Payne, Shaun Majumder, Seán Cullen, Daryn Jones, Jay Malone and Jenn Robertson, to name a few. Stadium headliner Russell Peters was thrust into the stratosphere after elements of his Comedy Now! episode appeared online. A calling card for comedic success, an impressive 88 Comedy Now! alumni have either appeared or starred in numerous film and television roles. The series has also amassed an impressive 18 international awards and several Performance Geminis (see below for a list of past Comedy Now! alumni).

This season, Comedy Now! returns with a brand-new lineup of all-Canadian laughs, featuring the hilarious stylings of Lachlan Patterson, Sugar Sammy, Erica Sigurdson, Wafik Nasralla, Toby Hargrave, Mike Beatty, Mark Forward, Trevor Boris, Jason John Whitehead, Gavin Stephens, Dylan Mandlsohn, Terry McGurrin and Kenny Robinson.

The 13-part, half-hour, uncensored series premieres Sunday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

Calling all Corpses: Lucky CTV Viewer to Play Dead on CSI; CTV’s “CSI Miniature Killer Contest” Launches April 26
Thursdays 9:00 PM

One CTV viewer will get the chance to play a corpse on the hit series CSI next season after winning the “CSI Miniature Killer Contest,” launching tomorrow, Thursday, April 26 on CTV. The contest will see one CSI fan win a “to die for,” “lie-down role” on the series next season as well as a trip for two to L.A. and a complete tour of the CSI set (see “Contest Details,” below).

The “CSI Miniature Killer Contest” is inspired by the provocative “miniature killer” storyline that continues to heat up on CSI through May on CTV. In upcoming CSI episodes, Grissom, Willows and the rest of the Crime Lab Technicians continue to search for clues to catch an elusive criminal, nicknamed the “miniature killer.” Not only has the murderer been terrorizing Las Vegas by committing carefully orchestrated crimes, but he or she has been taunting the CSI team by creating, and then delivering, freakishly exact miniature replicas of the crime scenes.

Contest Details:
•The contest launches during a new CSI episode this Thursday, April 26 on CTV.
•All Canadian viewers have to do is “see the doll and make the call” to be entered into the contest.
•As soon as a doll icon pops up on the screen during the CSI broadcast on CTV, call toll-free to 1-866-4730-CSI or visit MiniatureKiller.ca to enter.
•Callers and web surfers will then hear a message related to the “miniature killer” followed by entry details.
•Phone lines and the online entry page will open each Thursday: April 26, May 3 and May 10 during broadcasts of CSI on CTV. The phone lines and online entry page will remain open until 12 noon ET on the next day.
•The contest closes on Friday, May 11 at 12 noon ET.
•The winner of the contest, who will appear as a corpse in the eighth season of CSI, will be announced during the May 17 season finale episode on CTV.
•Visit CTV.ca for more details.

The “CSI Miniature Killer Contest” launches on the heels of CTV’s exclusive Criminal Minds: The Usual Suspects contest, an interactive online game where CTV viewers have the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.

In this week’s all-new episode of CSI entitled “Ending Happy,” premiering Thursday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV, the “miniature killer” cases remains unsolved. With four victims and four perfect crimes … the question remains, who will be next?

In addition, in their attempt to identify the murderer of a has-been boxer, who lived among a group of prostitutes who detested him, the CSIs must establish which of several life-threatening acts against him in one night actually killed him.

Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation follows six Las Vegas crime scene officers led by the enigmatic Gil Grissom. It is currently Canada’s second most-watched series following American Idol and is joined on the CTV schedule by successful spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: New York.

Addison “Spins Off” to Los Angeles in a Special Grey’s Anatomy
Only on CTV
Thursday May 3
9:00 PM ET

Seattle Grace’s favourite redhead is taking a temporary leave in a special two-hour Grey’s Anatomy airing Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The episode follows all-new episodes of ER and CSI airing on this date only at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET respectively on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The special episode, rumoured to be a pilot for a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off called “Private Practice,” features an all-star guest cast including Taye Diggs (Rent, Day Break), Tim Daly (The Fugitive, The Nine), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break) and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy).

** Media Note ** Download photos from Grey’s Anatomy at ctvmedia.ca.

In the episode entitled “The Other Side of This Life,” Addison takes a road trip to Los Angeles in order to visit some old friends from medical school. As Meredith continues to bond with her stepmother Susan, Cristina reluctantly plans her wedding with the assistance of her mother, Helen, and Burke’s mother Mama Jane (guest star Diahann Carroll). Meanwhile, Derek must perform emergency surgery on Ava/Jane Doe (recurring guest star Elizabeth Reaser, Sweetland), as Alex continues his unfailing bedside manner with her.

In addition to those mentioned above, the guest cast in the special two-hour episode also includes Merrin Dungey (Alias) and Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars).

Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, Katherine Heigl as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Kate Walsh as Addison Shepherd, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres and Eric Dane as Mark Sloan. “The Other Side of This Life” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Michael Grossman.

Canadian Competitors Revealed When On The Lot Premieres May 22 on CTV

Spielberg Calls on Industry Vets Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, Garry Marshall
and Jon Avent to Judge Semi-Finals

Toronto, ON – Lights! Camera! Action! CTV announced today that On The Lot, the new moviemaking competition series executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg and featuring Canadian competitors, will premiere following the final American Idol performance episode on May 22 on CTV. The names of the movie industry vets who will serves as judges for the first two “audition episodes” were also confirmed today: actress, author and screenwriter Carrie Fisher (Star Wars, Postcards From The Edge), as well as directors Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 3, X-Men 3: The Last Stand), Garry Marshall (Georgia Rule, Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman) and Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Up Close & Personal). Judges for additional rounds as well as the series’ host will be announced at a later date.

Canadian competitors found in a global casting call will step into the spotlight in front of the four-member judging panel when the series’ two “audition” episodes premiere Tuesday, May 22 at 9 p.m. ET and Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

After receiving a record-setting 12,000 video submissions at thelot.com from aspiring filmmakers around the globe (over 4,000 of which were from Canadians), CTV has officially entered the summer movie blockbuster race with the new filmmaking competition series On The Lot from Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg. In March, On The Lot producers visited Toronto and Vancouver where they interviewed 27 Canadian filmmakers hoping to be cast on the show. Now, the Top 50 applicants (including Canadians) will discover the magic of moviemaking when they are brought to Los Angeles to visit a real-life film set for the first time.

After facing the judges for the first time with their personal submission film, the 50 semi-finalists must endure a rigorous “Hollywood Boot Camp.” There, they must survive a Hollywood-style “pitch” meeting; a “24-Hour Film Shoot,” where they each must shoot and edit a short film in a 24-hour period; as well as a “One-Page, One-Hour” film shoot, where they will have an hour to film a one-page scene with the help of professional directors of photography, camera and sound operators and actors. The judges will give their ultimate feedback and select the Top 18 Finalists, who will move on to compete in the first “Film Premiere” episode the following week.

A special two-hour “Film Premiere” episode, featuring the first films produced by the 18 finalists, will air Monday, May 28 from 8 – 10 p.m. ET on CTV. It will then be up to the public to determine the first finalist to be eliminated from the competition. Voting results will be announced the following night on the first “Box Office” results show, airing Tuesday, May 29 from 8 – 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

On the Lot’s weekly, one-hour “Film Premiere” episodes air in their regular time period beginning Monday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET with the weekly half-hour “Box Office” results shows airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting Tuesday, June 5 on CTV.

Judge Details

Carrie Fisher
Since her feature debut opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo in 1975, Carrie Fisher has been a compelling force in the film industry. She attained international recognition as “Princess Leia,” a role that made her a cultural icon, in the box office phenomenon Star Wars and the smash hit sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. On the literary front, Fisher wrote The New York Times best seller Postcards From the Edge, for which she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Three additional best-selling novels, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma and The Best Awful, followed. Along with writing the telefilm These Old Broads, Fisher also wrote the screenplay based on her bestseller Postcards From the Edge, which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Brett Ratner
In a very short time, Brett Ratner has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful directors. Ratner’s seven feature films have grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide. Ratner recently shattered several box office records with his latest release X-Men 3: The Last Stand. The film opened with a staggering $123 million in just four days. Ratner is currently finishing post-production on Rush Hour 3, the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise, in which Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan reprise their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Royal Hong Kong Police Chief Inspector Lee. The film is scheduled to be released on August 10.

Garry Marshall
Garry Marshall’s long and illustrious career has encompassed directing, producing, writing and acting. Marshall started his career in television as a writer/producer on such comedy classics as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. He is best known as one of the leading directors of romantic comedies, including Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride, Overboard, The Princess Diaries and its sequel, The Princess Bride 2: Royal Engagement. His most recent directorial effort, Georgia Rule, starring Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan, opens in theaters May 11.

Jon Avnet
Jon Avnet has directed and produced more than 50 motion pictures and television movies over the last 25 years, from box office hits like Risky Business and Fried Green Tomatoes to the critically-acclaimed Uprising, The Burning Bed and Heatwave for television. His work has won or been nominated for multiple Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as Writers Guild of America awards, the Peabody, the Humanitas and CableACE awards. On Broadway, he produced the Tony Award-winning Spamalot, The Pillowman, The History Boys (which received six Tony Awards, including Best Play) as well as this year’s revival of Inherit the Wind, starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy. Avnet recently directed and produced the feature film 88 Minutes, a thriller starring Al Pacino, and serves as director and executive producer for the upcoming cable miniseries The Starter Wife, based on the best-selling novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer.

On The Lot affords aspiring filmmakers the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to win a $1-million DreamWorks development deal. Each week, the hopeful filmmaker finalists will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They’ll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer – professional writers, actors and crew – to help create their films.

After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the “Film Premiere” episodes.

But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all – the public. It will be movie fans whose votes determine which films should be left on the cutting-room floor. On each “Box Office” results show, the director whose feature garners the fewest votes will be sent home.

Pirate Master the Highlight of CTV’s Summer Series

CTV announced today that Pirate Master, the next epic adventure reality series from Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett, will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 31 on CTV (visit CTV to confirm local broadcast times).

Hosted by Australian actor and musician Cameron Daddo, the series joins a blockbuster summer line-up on CTV that will be fully confirmed soon.

Pirate Master sends 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure where they will live as buccaneers and travel around the Caribbean island of Dominica in search of hidden treasure valued at over $1 million. Over the course of 33 days, the pirates live aboard a massive 179 foot, square-rigged barque which carries 12,500 square feet of sail.

Each week, the pirates will embark on extraordinary expeditions where they will decipher clues along the way in search of missing treasure. Gold coins — real money which the pirates may take with them after the series ends — will be awarded after each expedition, but only to some. The gold will play a key role as pirates strike deals with each other or plead for long-term security. In addition to claiming the lion’s share of each week’s riches, one pirate will become the captain of the ship and will assign roles and chores to the remaining crew members, setting the tone for either law and order or betrayal and sabotage, which could lead to mutiny by the crew.

Each episode concludes on the ship at Pirate’s Court, a lively gathering of public speaking and judgment where one individual will be eliminated and “cut adrift.” In the end, one will be the first to find the largest booty, worth $500,000, and claim the title of “Pirate Master.”

“Pirate Master breaks new ground in that it’s the collision of fantasy and reality,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “This is a show where, in true pirate fashion, anything can happen with a group of people that live by their own set of rules and usually break them. It’s adventure, excitement and loads of treasure. Anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate will love this show!”

In each episode, host Cameron Daddo will distribute clues at the start of the expeditions and preside over Pirate’s Court. Daddo’s many television credits include roles on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, FX: The Series and Hope Island. He has guest-starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami. He has also appeared in feature films, including Zebra Lounge, Inland Empire and the upcoming Drifter and Passengers.

Adam Beach Stars in CTV Original Movie Luna: Spirit of the Whale, May 13

Toronto, ON (April 17, 2007) – Acclaimed actor Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU) stars in the poignant CTV Original Movie Luna: Spirit of the Whale, premiering on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and in High Definition on CTV HD East / West (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

— Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal and Jason Priestley co-star in film for all ages about B.C.’s famous stray orca.

Inspired by the true story of Luna, an orca whale who received international attention when he appeared in the harbour of a small aboriginal village off Vancouver Island in 2001, Luna: Spirit of the Whale premieres in Toronto this week at the Sprockets International Film Festival. Shot entirely in British Columbia, the movie for all ages also stars Graham Greene (Spirit Bear, Transamerica), Tantoo Cardinal (Unnatural and Accidental, Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis) and Jason Priestley (Shades of Black, Beverly Hills 90210).

Luna: Spirit of the Whale dramatizes the plight of a lone orca whale and how he impacts the life of a man searching for his place in the world. When Mike Maquinna (Adam Beach) comes home to his estranged father’s funeral, a stray orca named Luna suddenly appears in the village harbour. Like his father and grandfather before him, Mike is destined to become Chief of his village, but it’s a task he feels would be better handled by a more suitable elder (Graham Greene). Mike’s people, the Mowachaht -Muchalaht, along with his mother Gloria (Tantoo Cardinal), believe that Luna is the embodied spirit of his late father, who has come to be Mike’s spiritual guide. But Mike, a man separated from his culture, is disbelieving.

Luna soon becomes the center of a spiritual and political controversy when government official Ted Jefferies (Jason Priestley) announces plans to transport the whale overland to reunite him with his pod. Luna’s plight motivates Mike to face his fears and to fight for his people’s beliefs in an emotional struggle that rouses his entire community. Along the way, Mike’s journey inspires a troubled teen (Aaron Miko, Catwoman) to embrace his past and forces a passionate Fisheries officer (Erin Karpluk, Godiva’s) to question her own ideals.

“As he prepares for a brand-new lead role in Law & Order: SVU, Adam Beach delivers a terrific performance as a man searching for his destiny,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

“While Luna is inspired by a true story, it was necessary to dramatize certain events to tell Luna’s tale,” said Executive Producer Trish Dolman. “In order to properly represent Luna and the people he touched most, we consulted the Mowachaht-Muchalaht and had their support and participation throughout the production.”

Luna: Spirit of the Whale is a CTV Original Movie produced by Screen Siren Pictures in association with CTV. The Executive Producer/Producer for the film is award-winner Trish Dolman, (Flower and Garnet, The Score). Anne Marie La Traverse (Playing House, Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story) is the Consulting Producer and Lori Lozinski (The Score) is the Associate Producer. Luna: Spirit of the Whale is directed by Don McBrearty (Terry, The Interrogation of Michael Crow, Chasing Freedom), with a script by Beth Stewart (Falcon Beach, Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story). Jan Kiesser (Fido, Beowulf & Grendel) is the Director of Photography and Matthew Budgeon is Production Designer (Godiva’s, Miss Texas). CTV’s production executives are Robin Johnston and Louise Clark. Tecca Crosby is Acting Senior Vice-President, Dramatic Programming for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

Luna: Spirit of the Whale is the ninth original movie from CTV’s “Heroes, Champions and Villains” production strand that focuses on remarkable Canadian personalities, characters and stories. The strand, part of the BCE-CTV Benefits, is responsible for this year’s In God’s Country, starring Kelly Rowan, which delivered a record 1.6 million* viewers on its way to becoming the most watched movie (U.S or Canadian) to air on any Canadian network in 2006-2007. Previous HCV titles that have enjoyed critical and ratings success on CTV include the two-part mini-series Lives of the Saints, Terry, The Man Who Lost Himself, Eight Days to Live and Shades of Black, about the rise and fall of media mogul Conrad Black. Elijah, the story of Elijah Harper, one of the earliest First Nations people to enter Canadian politics, is the next HCV title slated for broadcast on CTV.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at ctv.ca.

New Episodes Are Pouring into Primetime This April on CTV

Take a rain-check and chill out with CTV’s not-to-miss primetime line-up full of new episodes, specials and documentaries throughout the month of April. Programming highlights for March 31 – April 15 include:

• Nip/Tuck moves to Saturdays at 10 p.m. in all markets beginning March 31 (Rosie O’Donnell guest stars)
• The JUNOS red carpet arrivals special will air exclusively on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca and MTV.ca beginning at 6 p.m. ET (April 1)
• eTalk at the JUNOS is rolling out the red carpet for the JUNOS in Saskatoon (April 1)
• Nelly Furtado hosts The 2007 JUNO Awards from Saskatoon (April 1)
• The Amazing Race heads to Poland in a special two hour episode (April 1)
• Seamus O’Regan joins the rest of the Canada AM team from Saskatoon with JUNO Awards highlights (April 2)
• Legendary rock ‘n’ roll songwriter and musician Neil Sedaka visits the Canada AM studio (April 4)
• Tony Bennett performs on American Idol (April 4)
• The CTV Original Documentary In The Cards: The Deal on Canada’s Bridge Bums follows Canadians involved in the surprisingly competitive world of professional bridge (April 7)
• Criminal Minds moves to Sundays at 10 p.m. beginning April 8
• Canada AM marks the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9)
• Platinum-selling vocalist Jennifer Lopez will coach the Top 8 and perform on American Idol (April 10, 11)
• Jeffrey Dean Morgan returns as Denny to host a one-hour special of Grey’s Anatomy (April 12)
• Kate Jackson of Charlie’s Angel fame guest stars in Criminal Minds (April 15)

Below is a chronological listing of March 31 – April 15 programming highlights. All programming is subject to change (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

Saturday, March 31
9 p.m. ET – Robson Arms – “Mussolini and Me”
When Yuri’s older brother, the firecracker-dealing, alcoholic Valentino shows up for an unanticipated visit, their dysfunctional family dynamic is revealed.

9:30 p.m. ET – Jeff Ltd. – “Size Matters”
Jeff falls big time for the agency’s new client, the owner of an organic food empire, and fantasizes about the genetic perfection of their potential offspring. Meanwhile, Samir’s new carpet store commercials have Uncle Kazem fuming and plotting to take ‘an eye for an eye.’

10 p.m. ET – Nip/Tuck – “Dawn Budge”
Christian earns a fortune from a rags-to-riches client, Dawn Budge (recurring guest star Rosie O’Donnell), when she requests surgical makeovers for her entire family. Nonetheless, Christian continues longing for what he does not have: an honest and loving relationship. Meanwhile, James (recurring guest star Jacqueline Bisset) blackmails Christian while forcing a terrified Michelle to remember her past actions. Sean makes Julia a very romantic offer and Kimber convinces Matt to move out of his parents’ house.

Sunday, April 1
6 p.m. ET – JUNOS Red Carpet Special – The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca and MTV.ca
Co-hosted by eTalk’s Red Carpet team along with MTV Live hosts Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and Johnny Hockin the JUNOS red carpet arrivals special airs exclusively on CTV.ca and MTV.ca beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

6:30 p.m. ET – eTalk at the Junos
Canada’s music awards are set to take over Saskatoon, and like every year, Canada’s favourite entertainment show is there with eTalk at the JUNOS, the official red carpet special. Before the JUNOS begin, celebrities arrive in style thanks to eTalk’s talented designers, producers, hosts and legions of fans. The full red carpet special can also been seen on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.

7 p.m. ET – The 2007 JUNO Awards
Airing from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon and hosted by International Superstar Nelly Furtado, The 2007 JUNO Awards honours the biggest names in Canadian music. Performers include DJ Champion, Patrick Watson, The Tragically Hip, Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Billy Talent, k-os, Gregory Charles, Nelly Furtado and Three Days Grace.

9 p.m. ET – The Amazing Race – “If I Were in Town I Would Ask For Your Number”
In a two hour special, teams head to Warsaw, Poland where a disagreement sparks an intense argument and name calling between teammates.

Monday, April 2
6:30 a.m. ET – Canada AM
Seamus O’Regan joins the rest of the Canada AM team from Saskatoon with JUNO Awards highlights from Sunday’s show. Also from April 2 – 5, Canada AM looks at the lives of Canadian soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge through the eyes of students who are researching them. The students are preparing to travel to Vimy, France to represent the soldier they are researching for the 90th anniversary of the Battle.

8 p.m. ET – Dancing With The Stars
Ten teams remain vying for the chance to be crowned champion of Dancing with the Stars.

Tuesday, April 3
8 p.m. ET – American Idol
Tonight the Top 9 finalists will perform LIVE for the nation after being coached by legendary vocalist Tony Bennett.

9 p.m. ET – Dancing With The Stars
The couple with the lowest score as determined by a combination of the judges scores and viewers votes, will be dismissed from the competition by evenings end.

10 p.m. ET – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Responsible”
An honor student dies at a party. While the primary suspect is their alcohol supplier, the four honors students who threw the party are arrested for criminally negligent homicide. Det. Stabler enlists his own teenage daughter Kathleen (Allison Siko) to guide him through the world of teenage cyberspace to find out where the next party is taking place. The website leads to the home of one of the students, where they find the mother of one of the kids – Lillian Rice (guest star Laura Leighton) in a compromising position, and she is arrested. The arrest and entire cyberspace scenario hits a personal nerve with Stabler. Judith Light guest stars.

Wednesday, April 4
6:30 a.m. ET – Canada AM
Legendary rock ‘n’ roll songwriter and musician Neil Sedaka visits the studio and performs two of his greatest hits and chats with the hosts.

8 p.m. ET – Lost – “Left Behind”
After discovering that one of her own has betrayed her to The Others, Kate is left to fend for herself in the jungle with Juliet. Meanwhile, Hurley warns Sawyer to change his selfish ways and make amends with his fellow survivors or he may face a vote of banishment.

9 p.m. ET – American Idol
Last night, after coaching by legendary singer Tony Bennett, the Top 9 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s votes. Tune in tonight to enjoy a special LIVE performance by Bennett. The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition.

9:30 p.m. ET – Degrassi: The Next Generation – “Free Fallin’, Part 2”
With her degree in jeopardy and the little issue of a dramatic dorm fire, Paige develops a Banting “allergy”. She slinks home to Toronto with her tail between her legs, but keeps the truth about what happened to herself. Despite rising panic attacks and friends who just might understand, Paige is committed to keeping her secret, no matter what.

Thursday, April 5
8 p.m. ET – Desperate Housewives – “The Juiciest Bites”
A one-hour special which highlights some of the most memorable moments from past episodes.

9 p.m. ET – CSI – “Big Shots”
Greg is forced to again contend with the hostile mother and brother of the hoodlum he killed in self-defense several months ago when the CSI team discovers that the brother is involved in a new murder case.

Friday, April 6
8 p.m. ET – Ghost Whisperer – “Delia’s First Ghost”
After witnessing the spirit of Delia’s husband sabotaging Delia’s date, Melinda puts their friendship to the test and reveals her unique ability.

9 p.m. ET – Close to Home – “Maternal Instincts”
Annabeth prosecutes a man suspected of murdering his father but when the supposed killer’s mother recants her first assertion that her son assaulted her and killed his dad, the case falters.

10 p.m. ET – Law & Order – “Bling”
A rap musician is found murdered, and while there are multiple suspects, the reason for her demise is not the obvious one. Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Nina Cassady (Milena Govich) are determined to find out whether this was a random homicide or connected to her work in the music business.

Saturday, April 7
7 p.m. ET – The CTV Original Documentary – In The Cards: The Deal on Canada’s Bridge Bums
Poker gets all the headlines these days, but there are also people who make a living playing a card game that time seems to have forgot – contract bridge. Playing on teams “sponsored” by incredibly rich bridge players, think Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, two of the hottest young stars on the professional bridge circuit are Canadians.

9 p.m. ET – Robson Arms – “All About Kitty”
Toni’s life has her feeling old, unattractive, and underappreciated. To make matters worse, Elvis, the new property manager, is jacking up the rent on the store beyond their reach and she’s in the throes of menopause.

9:30 p.m. ET – Jeff Ltd. – “The Yachtsman”
Jeff receives a hefty bill when he hosts a wild party on the wrong yacht. Jeff thinks Liz’s new intern is a crazy psycho-stalker with a ‘Jeff’ obsession.

10 p.m. ET – Nip/Tuck – “Faith Wolper, PH.D”
While trying to arrange a second honeymoon for himself and Julia, Sean learns that a nanny the couple had hired, Monica Wilder (recurring guest star Jennifer Hall), has no intention of leaving. Christian’s therapist, Dr. Faith Wolper (recurring guest star Brooke Shields), reveals her obsession, as Christian wrestles with his relationship woes. Burt Landau (recurring guest star Larry Hagman) discovers the affair going on between Michelle and Christian and proposes an unorthodox solution. Recurring guest star Peter Dinklage appears as Marlowe Sawyer.

Sunday, April 8
8 p.m. ET – The Amazing Race
The remaining teams continue to race for the million dollar prize.

9 p.m. ET – Desperate Housewives – “Dress Big”
Susan discovers some revealing secrets about her future in-laws, Gaby has a devastating catastrophe at her home, and an unexpected love affair develops on Wisteria Lane.

Monday, April 9
6:30 a.m. ET – Canada AM
Canada AM marks the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and speaks to experts, students and family members as the anniversary ceremony gets underway in Vimy, France. Also, from April 9-13 Canada AM gives you information to get your motor running with everything you need to know about car care.

8 p.m. ET – Dancing With The Stars
The nine remaining teams perform ballroom dances.

10 p.m. ET – CSI: Miami – “Bloodline”
Horatio suspects that the County Supervisor and the owners of a nearby Native American Casino may be involved when a murder victim is found scalped.

Tuesday, April 10
8 p.m. ET – American Idol
Tonight on American Idol the Top 8 finalists will perform LIVE for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. Platinum-selling vocalist Jennifer Lopez coaches the contestants before they perform on stage in hopes of winning Americas vote and surviving another week.

9 p.m. ET – Dancing With The Stars
The couple with the lowest score, as determined by a combination of the judges scores and viewers votes, will be dismissed from the competition.

Wednesday, April 11
8 p.m. ET – Lost – “One of Us”
Jacks joyous reunion with his fellow survivors is cut short when they realize that accompanying him is one of The Others, and Claire is stricken by a mysterious, life-threatening illness.

9 p.m. ET – American Idol
Last night, the Top 8 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight who will sing again next week and who will go home, and enjoy a special LIVE performance from multi-talented star Jennifer Lopez.

10 p.m. ET – CSI: New York – “What Schemes May Come”
A knight in shining armor stabbed with a lance surfaces in Central Park, and a body lives after pronounced dead.

Thursday, April 12
8 p.m. ET – Grey’s Anatomy – “Greys Anatomy: Every Moment Counts”
Loved by Grey’s Anatomy fans for his role as Denny, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan hosts a one-hour special which highlights some of the most memorable moments from the last three seasons.

9 p.m. ET – CSI – “Lab Rats”
While Grissom and the rest of the CSIs are out investigating new cases, Hodges leads Archie, Henry, Mandy and Wendy to believe that Grissom wants them to secretly band together that evening in an attempt to solve the four miniature killer cases.

10 p.m. ET – ER – “Photographs and Memories”
Sam (Linda Cardellini) and Morris (Scott Grimes) are caught off guard when a photographer (guest star Annabella Sciorra) comes into the ER snapping photos alongside a terminally ill patient. Neela (Parminder Nagra) continues to feel upstaged by the new surgical intern that seems to be Dr. Dubenko’s (Leland Orser) new favorite. Meanwhile, it is Sam’s birthday (Linda Cardellini) and all she can think about is Alex (Dominic Janes).

Saturday, April 14
9 p.m. ET – Robson Arms – “Lizard of Doubt”
When Andrew gets serious about having a baby, Chris gets nervous about their relationship changing – bye-bye spontaneity, hello responsibility.

9:30 p.m. ET – Jeff Ltd. – “Contra-Dynamantics”
When Liz sends Jeff to a weekend business seminar, he is transformed into the consummate professional. Newly empowered by the doctrine of “contra-dynamantics,” Jeff decides that he alone can cure Gavin’s blind grandmother.

10 p.m. ET – Nip/Tuck – “Burt Landau”
Dawn Budge returns to McNamara/Troy seeking reconstructive surgery. The ill Liz receives much-needed help from an unexpected source. Following a stroke, Burt Landau demands facial surgery. Kimber shuns Matt’s advances but succumbs to Christian’s. And Sean struggles with the man he has become.

Sunday, April 15
7 p.m. ET – Cold Case – “Cargo”
The cold case team re-opens the 2005 case involving the murder of a longshoreman who inadvertently got in the middle of a profitable human trafficking ring lead by the Russian mob

8 p.m. ET – The Amazing Race
The race around the world continues as the remaining teams continue to battle for the million dollar prize.

9 p.m. ET – Desperate Housewives – “Liaisons”
Tom feels threatened by the interest a new Scavo`s Pizzeria employee shows in Lynette, Susan considers moving from Wisteria Lane and a neighbour’s darkest secret is revealed.

10 p.m. ET – Criminal Minds – “Honour Among Thieves”
Agent Prentiss’ mother, Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss (Kate Jackson, Charlie’s Angels), asks the BAU team to help locate a Russian immigrant who has been kidnapped and held for ransom.

Canadian Hot Shots Try to Make it Big in the World of Professional Bridge in the CTV Original Documentary In The Cards, April 7 on CTV

They’re young. They’re brash and they’re considered the Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin in the surprisingly competitive world of professional bridge. CTV follows two Canadian bridge sensations, Gavin Wolpert and Vincent Demuy, as they strive to become the best bridge players in the world in the CTV Original Documentary In The Cards, premiering Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Some say that bridge is the ultimate card game – it makes poker seem like child’s play.

Gavin from Toronto and Vincent, a protégé from Laval, have dedicated their lives to getting rich playing professional bridge. From Las Vegas to Sydney, the two travel around the world making a living playing cards. But it’s not enough – they want to make it big. Hundreds of thousands of dollars can be earned when playing in the international bridge circuit, but to get there, Gavin and Vincent need to convince rich successful bridge players to hire them as members of their bridge teams. The biggest challenge of all is to not self-destruct, keep their relationship intact and find a way to keep the money flowing.

In The Cards is a production of Pederson Productions, in association with CTV. Executive Producer is Mark Pederson. Producer is Jon Pederson. Director is Andy Pederson. Robin Johnston is CTV’s Head of Independent Production for Atlantic Canada. Bob Culbert is Vice President of CTV Documentaries and Susanne Boyce is President, CTV Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

In The Cards is the latest in a series of titles that are part of CTV’s 2006/2007 Original Documentaries slate. Additional titles include Canadaville; Holiday in Paradise; Lost in Canada; Short Guys; The Suicide Tourist; Forgiveness: Stories of our Time; Tabitha’s Journey; Music Rising; Double Identity; As Seen on TV: The K-Tel Story; Unsafe to Teach and There’s Something Out There: A Bigfoot Encounter.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca .

Remembering Vimy – Lloyd Robertson To Host Live Network Special, April 9 on CTV

— CTV Delivers Complete Coverage of the Ceremony Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge —

Toronto, ON (April 4, 2007) – As Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Stephen Harper join the tens of thousands of people gathering in France to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, CTV will deliver live and complete coverage of the historic ceremony. The network announced today the details of their Vimy coverage which features Remembering Vimy – a live CTV News special anchored by Lloyd Robertson airing Monday, April 9 beginning at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on CTV, CTV Newsnet and The CTV Broadband Network.

Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, Lloyd Robertson, will lead CTV’s coverage of the ceremony, which includes the dedication of the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial and live addresses from the Queen and the Prime Minister. Hundreds of Canadian school children will also be in France for the ceremony. Veteran CTV journalists Tom Kennedy and David Akin will report live from France and Jane Urquhart, the celebrated author of The Stonecarvers, will join Lloyd Robertson to share her unique insights and expertise on the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“Vimy is one of those moments in history that defined Canada as a nation, and 90 years later it has not lost any of its significance,” says Robertson. “As Canadians, young and old, pay tribute to Vimy on this momentous anniversary, CTV will be with them every step of the way.”

In addition to streaming Remembering Vimy live on The CTV Broadband Network at 10 a.m. ET, CTV.ca will also feature a special micro-site dedicated to Vimy and the accomplishments of Canadians in the First World War along with an interactive map recreating the battle scenes. Full coverage of Vimy celebrations will be featured on Canada’s #1 newscast CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson at 11 p.m. and on CTV’s local evening newscasts (check CTV.ca for broadcast times).

CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations including nine foreign and seven domestic network news bureaus. CTV News operations include CTV Newsnet, BNN – Business News Network and information programming, including CTV News with Lloyd Robertson, CTV News with Sandie Rinaldo, Canada AM, W-FIVE, Question Period, Mike Duffy Live and The Verdict with Paula Todd. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the number-one news organization in Canada.