She was the voice of the nation during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games with her anthem “I Believe” and now Nikki Yanofsky is coming to MUCHONDEMAND to talk about her whirlwind year.

On Wednesday April, 21 at 5 p.m. ET, the 16 year-old singing sensation heads to MuchMusic’s Queen St. headquarters for a live interview. Nikki sits down with VJ Jesse Giddings to talk about what it was like singing to the world at the Olympic Games, lending her voice to the Haiti relief efforts on K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” and the upcoming release of her first studio album Nikki.

Viewers can also catch Nikki when she hosts THE DAILY FIX on Friday, April 30th at 7 p.m. ET on MuchMore.

As always, viewers are at the centre of the action at MuchMusic, whether in the live audience or from home by asking questions via text, phone, e-mail, and webcam.

Nikki made her musical debut at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, but rocketed to superstardom when she was chosen to sing “I Believe” at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Recently, Nikki joined fellow Canadian artists in recording K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” for Young Artists for Haiti. Nikki’s first studio album, Nikki, will be released this week, followed by an international tour across Canada, the US, the UK, Japan and Europe.

US action drama series Burn Notice has been given another two seasons.

The USA Network show will return for seasons five and six with a minimum of 15 and 18 episodes apiece.

The fourth season of the hit show is currently filming in and around Miami and will premiere in June in the US. Season five will begin production in roughly a years’ time.

The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.

Beginning October 3, 2010, CBC Television, CBCSports.ca and bold will begin 12 consecutive
days of comprehensive coverage of Delhi 2010: The XIX Commonwealth Games from Delhi,
India.

The XIX Commonwealth Games mark the first time the event has been held in India, and
the second time in Asia (after the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur). It will be the
largest multi-sport event ever held in India, which previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951
and 1982. CBC has broadcast coverage of every Commonwealth Games to Canadians since The 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Vancouver.

Canada has a storied record at The Commonwealth Games, dating back to the original event
when the legendary Percy Williams brought home gold in the 100-yard dash. Since that time
many Canadian stars have shone on The Commonwealth Games stage, including two-time high
jump gold medalist Mark Boswell; gold and silver medalist Clara Hughes; multiple medalist
Alexandre Despatie; 2002 triathlon gold medalist Simon Whitfield; multiple medal winners
Blythe Hartley and Émilie Heymans; freestyle wrestling gold medalist Daniel Igali and many
more.

The Games have featured countless memorable moments throughout the years, such as
1954’s “Miracle Mile” race between Roger Banister and John Landy in Vancouver; Canadian
swimmer Graham Smith setting a then-Games record with six gold medals in Edmonton in 1978; Australia’s remarkable Ian Thorpe winning four gold medals in 1998 followed-up by another six in 2002, and most recently Canadian rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Orlando winning six gold medals at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

“We’re excited to once again be Canada’s broadcaster for The Commonwealth Games,” said
Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales &
Marketing. “CBC has a long and proud history of providing Canadians with the best in amateur
sports from around the world. The Games began a rich tradition of world-class competition in
Canada in 1930, and there is no better place for coverage of this tremendous event than on
CBC.”

The Commonwealth Games made its debut as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada in 1930. Since then, 16 cities from around the world have welcomed amateur athletes
from more than 70 nations and territories from every continent. Top athletes compete in aquatics; archery; athletics; badminton; boxing; cycling; gymnastics; field hockey; lawn bowling; netball, rugby 7’s; shooting; squash; table tennis; weightlifting and wrestling. In the most recent Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in 2006, Canada finished third atop the medal count with a total of 86 medals, 26 of them gold.

Full broadcast schedules and additional details will be available in the coming months.

CBC today announced it is making the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs available to hockey fans
wherever and whenever they want via the Hockey Night in Canada app available on the App
Store. The App will offer iPhone and iPod Touch users live streaming of every CBC game
broadcast from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Since launching in the fall of 2009, the Hockey Night in Canada app has been installed by more
than a quarter of a million iPhone and iPod Touch users. The updated version of the app includes new video capabilities, player search functions and a redesigned schedule page. The app will continue to offer all of the current features for free (including instant access to live box scores, statistics and results from all NHL games), and the premium video offerings for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be available for In App Purchase.

There will be a number of streaming video price options available to users. Single game live
streams will be available individually for $2.99, Stanley Cup Final games will be available for
$4.99 or users will be able to purchase access to all of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada 2010
Stanley Cup Playoff broadcasts for $14.99.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural
institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a
comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

From the first puck drop to the hoisting of the Stanley Cup in June, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is home to the biggest names and brightest stars, bringing Canadians wall-to-wall coverage of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive Canadian coverage of the Stanley Cup Final in High-Definition.

“CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada continues the long standing tradition of bringing the passion of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs to Canadians,” said Sherali Najak, executive producer, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. “Our mandate is to provide hockey fans with an exciting schedule and unparalleled coverage of the matchups, players and personalities that make this our game.”

CBC’s powerhouse playoff schedule kicks off on Tuesday, April 13 at 8 p.m. local with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada: Stanley Cup Countdown preview show in front of a live studio audience. Host Ron MacLean will be joined by analysts Kelly Hrudey, Mike Milbury and P.J. Stock to set the stage for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The one-hour special will breakdown all eight Playoff series with detailed analysis of the sixteen teams competing in the NHL post-season. Following the special will be the first puck drop of the Playoffs on Wednesday, April 14. All of the games in the Pittsburgh / Ottawa, Vancouver / Los Angeles, Buffalo / Boston and San Jose / Colorado series will be available exclusively on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA.

On Wednesday, April 14, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA kicks off its schedule with a must-see doubleheader. Ron MacLean will host the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs along with Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET when Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins host Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators at Mellon Arena. Bob Cole will call the series alongside analyst Garry Galley supported by rinkside reporter Elliotte Friedman. Analyst Glenn Healy will be in the heart of the action between the benches for the duration of the series. In the nightcap of the twin bill, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will go to HP Pavilion in San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET as Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks host Paul Stastny and the Colorado Avalanche. This West Conference Quarterfinal best-of-seven showdown will be called play-by-play commentator Mark Lee and analyst Kevin Weekes.

The excitement continues on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET as Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres host Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins at HSBC Arena. Reporter Cassie Campbell, play-by-play commentator Dean Brown and analyst Greg Millen will cover this East Quarterfinal series. At 10 p.m. ET the west coast roars as Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks welcome Drew Doughty and the upstart Los Angeles Kings to GM Place for the start of their best-of-seven series. Jim Hughson will call the series with analyst Craig Simpson and rinkside reporter Scott Oake. On Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA sets the stage with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, the pre-game show, followed by game two of the Vancouver /Los Angeles series. Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, returns on Sunday, April 18 at 6 p.m. ET to set up game three of the Pittsburgh / Ottawa series.

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada will feature the Vancouver / Los Angeles series in Punjabi, with Parminder Singh handling play-by-play for the Punjabi language broadcasts, working alongside analyst Harnarayan Singh. The Punjabi broadcasts will be available at CBCSports.ca.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA goes live and interactive throughout the Playoffs on CBCSports.ca/stanleycup. Each CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast will be streamed live ondemand at CBCSports.ca/stanleycup, where hockey fans will also be able catch up to the minute news, features, previews, highlights and analysis for every game. The Chevrolet Stanley Cup I-Desk, hosted by Hall of Fame journalist Scott Morrison and Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS host Jeff Marek will feature live chats with hockey fans across the country during all games broadcast on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Facebook users can become fans of CBC Sports at facebook.com/cbcsports, and try out the Beard Yourself application that allows fans to sport the perfect playoff beard on their profile picture while cheering on their favourite team throughout the Playoffs. Twitter users can join the CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA Twitter feed, twitter.com/cbcsports, to see all breaking news as it happens throughout the Playoffs.

In addition, fans will have a chance to put together their own winning lineup for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Playoff Pool presented by Kia. Just like the regular season, fans will have a chance to win great prizes and to drive off with the grand prize, a new 2011 Kia Sorento.

CBCSports.ca’s Stanley Cup Countdown broadcast begins Tuesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. ET and will continue through the playoffs. The daily 30-minute preview show will be hosted by Morrison and Marek, and will preview the upcoming night’s games, as well as look back at what transpired the night before.

Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS with host Jeff Marek will also offer comprehensive coverage of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channel 97 airing Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. ET (encore presentation from 8-11 p.m. ET).

 

Comedian Patton Oswalt is out of his co-starring role in new NBC comedy pilot Beach Lane only days after he was cast.

On Monday this week the news came of Oswalt’s inclusion in the cast of the new pilot alongside Kristen Johnston and Matthew Broderick. He was set to play James, a slacker with inherited wealth who’s given the job of running a small newspaper in the Hamptons. He hires a renowned journalist (Broderick) to help turn around the paper.

Reports are saying the producers of the show are offering Oswalt another part but it is unclear whether or not he will stay in the show.

Beach Lane is created by Paul Simms (“Bored to Death,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) and produced by Lorne Michaels and Marci Klein.

Source: The Hollywood reporter

A brutal murder unearths old mysteries in the quiet little town of Haplin, Minnesota when Happy Town premieres April 28 on /A\.

Airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the new, one-hour mystery thriller stars an ensemble cast including Sam Neill and Steven Weber and features multiple Canadians including Toronto-native and Gemini Award-nominee Sarah Gadon. Other recurring Canadian stars include Toronto-native Peter Outerbridge, Scarborough-born Dan Petronijevic, Timmins-native Natalie Brown, Sault Ste. Marie-born Joanna Douglas, and Nova Scotians Stephen McHattie and Steve Arbuckle.

Shot in Port Hope, Ontario, Happy Town is anything but “happy”. It’s a town where the past has come back to haunt it and where “happy” and “terrifying” collide. 

In Happy Town, the residents of the sun-splashed town of Haplin, Minnesota, also known as “Happy Town”, have enjoyed an uneasy peace for the past five years, but that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, Haplin now faces a disturbing new crime that brings all of its unresolved fears to the surface. As the town’s mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens’ motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time. Lauren German (A Walk to Remember), who plays Henley Boone, Haplin’s newest resident, describes the series as a blend between a “supernatural show, thriller, and a murder mystery”. 

HAPPY TOWN co-stars Geoff Stults (7TH HEAVEN) as Tommy Conroy, Sam Neill (THE TUDORS, Jurassic Park) as Merritt Grieves, Lauren German as Henley Boone, Steven Weber (BROTHERS & SISTERS, WINGS) as John Haplin, Amy Acker (DOLLHOUSE) as Rachel Conroy, Toronto-native Sarah Gadon (BEING ERICA) as Georgia Bravin, Robert Wisdom (THE WIRE) as Roger Hobbs, Jay Paulson (OCTOBER ROAD) as Eli “Root Beer” Rogers and Ben Schnetzer (Ben’s Plan) as Andrew Haplin.

Recurring stars include Frances Conroy (SIX FEET UNDER) as Peggy Haplin, Abraham Benrubi (ER) as Big Dave Duncan, M.C. Gainey (LOST) as Sheriff Griffin Conroy, Peter Outerbridge (REGENESIS) as Dan Farmer, Warren Christie (OCTOBER ROAD) as Greggy Stiviletto, Dan Petronijevic (TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND) as Ronald Stiviletto, Natalie Brown (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) as Carol Haplin, Joanna Douglas (BEING ERICA) as Shell Jenkins, Stephen McHattie (Watchmen) as Carl Bravin, Steve Arbuckle (DARK ORACLE) as Baby Boy Stilviletto and Sophia Ewaniuk (NINETY-ONE) as Emma Conroy.

In the series premiere, “In This Home on Ice” (April 28), Henley Boone (Lauren German) has decided to take up residence in seemingly idyllic Haplin, just as a shocking murder occurs at the local pond. This horrific crime rekindles Happy Town’s dark mysteries, including the whispers about an unknown, evil force that has come to be known as the “Magic Man,” who may be responsible for the past disappearances of Haplin residents. Tommy Conroy (Geoff Stults), a small town deputy and son of the long-time popular sheriff, must help solve the crime while easing the town’s growing fears.

The cast of Happy Town join the /A\ lineup Wednesday, April 28 at 10 p.m. ET

The 2010 Juno Awards are this weekend, broadcast live on CTV on Sunday April 18 at 8.pm ET.

Crooner Michael Buble leads the nominations with six in total including Album of the Year and the Fan Choice Award, while Drake, Johnny Reid and Ontario rockers Billy Talent each have four.

Leading up to the main event, CTV will be broadcasting five hours of Juno build-up.

MuchMusic is getting in on the act also with official, live red carpet show Fans Take Over The Junos from 7pm ET.

Artists performing at the ceremonies broadcast are Justin Bieber, Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, Michael Bublé, Classified, Drake, Great Lake Swimmers, K’naan, Metric and Johnny Reid.

The official list of award nominees for awards presented during the broadcast are listed below:

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD

Ginette Reno

Johnny Reid

Maxime Landry

Michael Bublé

Nickelback

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Rusted From the Rain
Billy Talent

Anybody Listening
Classified

Best I Ever Had
Drake

Haven’t Met You Yet
Michael Bublé

Love Is A First
The Tragically Hip

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

III
Billy Talent

Quiet Nights
Diana Krall

Dance With Me
Johnny Reid

My World
Justin Bieber

Crazy Love
Michael Bublé

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Billy Talent

Blue Rodeo

Hedley

Metric

The Tragically Hip

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Carly Rae Jepsen

Danny Fernandes

Drake

Justin Bieber

Shiloh

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Carly Rae Jepsen & Ryan Stewart
“Tug Of War” | “Bucket” | “Money And The Ego”
TUG OF WAR – Carly Rae Jepsen

Emily Haines & James Shaw
“Gimme Sympathy” | “Sick Muse” | “Help I’m Alive”
FANTASIES – Metric

Joel Plaskett
“Through & Through & Through” | “Deny, Deny, Deny” | “All The Way Down The Line”
THREE – Joel Plaskett

K’Naan
“Wavin Flag” – co-songwriters B. Mars, P. Lawrence & J. Daval | “Take A Minute”, “If Rap Gets Jealous” – co-songwriters G. Eaton & B. West
TROUBADOUR – K’Naan

Michael Bublé and Amy S. Foster
“Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Hold On” – co-songwriters Alan Chang
CRAZY LOVE – Michael Bublé

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Still Fly
Big Page, Drake & U.G.O. Crew

Self Explanatory
Classified

So Far Gone
Drake

Yes!
k-os

Troubadour
K’Naan

Glee, pop culture phenomenon and Canada’s #1 New Show, made its much anticipated return to primetime last night with 2.1 million tuning in to the broadcast nationally (2+) to get their Glee on.

From Oprah to Obama, GLEEks around the world have been waiting for more of the award-winning series and last night’s return episode did not disappoint. With upcoming A-list guest stars including Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Lopez and more, GLEEmania shows no signs of slowing down.

GLEE DATA HIGHLIGHTS (All data for Adults 18-49):

·         Most-watched episode of the series to date
·         Up 22% from the series’ fall average
·         Won the night nationally for A18-49 with 1.3m viewers, beating American Idol by 21%
·         Also won the night in the three key metered markets
 
GLEEks can log onto GlobalTV.com for the latest scoop on the show, guest stars, cast news and to catch up on full episodes the day after broadcast.

All-New Episode – Tuesday, April 20 – 9pm ET/PT “THE POWER OF MADONNA”

Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna’s greatest hits, including “Express Yourself” and “Like a Prayer.” Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) give Sue (Jane Lynch) a vote of confidence with a Madonna makeover that is definitely in “Vogue.”

CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today the final names completing the biggest lineup of special guests ever for THE JUNO AWARDS. Joining the two-hour broadcast airing this Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV are multiple JUNO Award-winner Deadmau5; pop rockers Hedley; and Newfoundland and Labrador natives Damhnait Doyle, Great Big Sea, and Kim Stockwood (visit junos.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).  Doyle and Stockwood will host the “JUNOS on George” outdoor segments to be featured in the broadcast on CTV.

In all, nearly 30 stars are confirmed to present and make special appearances during the two-hour show, from both the Mile One Centre stage and – a JUNO first – an outdoor location on legendary George Street in St. John’s. For the complete list of performers and presenters appearing during THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, click here.

THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, Canada’s Music Awards, airs Sunday, April 18 on CTV for the second time from the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the ninth year in a row that THE JUNO AWARDS will air on CTV, the Official Broadcast Partner of the JUNO Awards.