MuchMusic has fans covered for all things music as VJs Sarah Taylor, Jesse Giddings, and Liz Trinnear head to Newfoundland and Labrador this weekend for THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS.

Much’s live weekend coverage culminates Sunday night when fans hijack the JUNOS red carpet in the one-hour, commercial-free special FANS TAKE OVER THE JUNOS at 7 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. NT on MuchMusic and MuchMore and immediately preceding CTV’s broadcast of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS at 8 p.m. ET. VJ Sarah Taylor hosts, but it’s the fans who are interviewing the biggest stars and artists from across the country. Leading up the star-studded Awards show, viewers won’t miss a beat with Much’s live hits from around St. John’s from Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 18.

MuchMusic brings fans all the action from Saturday’s JUNO Fan Fare, a free event for fans in St. John’s to meet some of Canada’s biggest music stars, take photos, win prizes and get autographs. Hosted by VJs Sarah Taylor and Jesse Giddings, Much goes live with hits covering everything from interviews inside Fan Fare with artists like Alexisonfire, Arkells, Classified, Down With Webster, Stereos and The Trews, to catching up with music- lovers in the crowd. It’s one Saturday afternoon fans won’t want to miss.

But the party doesn’t stop there. That night, MuchMusic gives fans an all-access pass as the only camera inside the Redbull Heavy on The Right Coast party, hosted by rap superstar Drake. Capturing Canada’s leading DJs on stage and Canada’s fastest-rising hip-hop artist Drake at the legendary Majestic Theatre in St. John’s, it’s a party only Much can deliver. Catch the behind-the-scenes footage with Drake during Much’s live hits on Sunday, April 18 beginning at 12 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. NT.

On Sunday, MuchMusic gets red carpet ready on JUNO day with live hits from the carpet beginning at 12 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. NT. Much VJs also give away passes to the MuchMusic Red Carpet party before the official JUNO Red Carpet begins. Fans can visit muchmusic.com for more details.

In addition, MuchMusic viewers can catch up with some of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS nominees with encore presentations of the following programs:

Thursday, April 15
9:30 p.m. ET    MY DATE WITH… HEDLEY
10 p.m. ET       MY DATE WITH… JUSTIN BIEBER
10:30 p.m. ET  MY DATE WITH… TAYLOR SWIFT

Friday, April 16
4 p.m. ET         SPRING BREAK ‘10

Saturday, April 17
9:30 a.m. ET    DISBAND STEREOS

With only five days to go until Canada’s Music Awards broadcast, CTV announced today its wall-to-wall coverage in support of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS and the Canadian music industry on its family of conventional and specialty television, radio and online properties. From ETALK, MuchMusic, CANADA AM and CHUM Radio, to junos.CTV.ca, Bravo! and FashionTelevisionChannel, CTV Inc.’s extensive programming devoted to THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS will be seen across the various news and entertainment platforms again this year.

THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS airs Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit junos.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), preceded by five hours of JUNO-related programming earlier in the day on CTV. The broadcast will be made available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca on Monday, April 19.

“THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS is the culmination of coverage that began on CTV the moment the nominations were announced,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The goal is to take advantage of every opportunity, ensuring The Juno Awards receive blanket coverage on all of CTV’s platforms, including conventional, specialty, radio and online.”

MuchMusic is all over THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, including hosting the official, one-hour, commercial-free Red Carpet special, FANS TAKE OVER THE JUNOS, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 18. Viewers can also tune into MuchMusic during JUNOS Weekend (April 16-18), when VJs Sarah Taylor, Jesse Giddings and Liz Trinnear go live from the Newfoundland and Labrador capital, covering all of the JUNO Awards action, including Saturday afternoon’s JUNO Fan Fare.

ETALK doesn’t miss a beat of the THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS with its pre and post-show coverage. Since the nominations were announced, ETALK has been providing non-stop coverage to get everyone ready for the big weekend in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The nightly, JUNO Award-themed segments include features on nominees Michael Bublé, Drake, Stereos, Johnny Reid, and Carly Rae Jepsen. After the awards show rocks The Rock, the half-hour special ETALK AT THE JUNOS (April 19) has all of the Red Carpet interviews and adrenalin-packed, must-see moments from ETALK’s exclusive backstage lounge, hosted by Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim, Leah Miller and Traci Melchor.

Also, continuing this week, CANADA AM offers a daily dose of interviews with JUNO nominees. Then, once the awards have been bestowed, CANADA AM’s Seamus O’Regan co-hosts from his hometown of St. John’s on Monday, April 19.

Below is a chronological (by channel) rundown of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS programming initiatives, leading up to and following the Awards show premiere on CTV.

CTV:

Sunday, April 18

1 p.m. ET – THE MUSICAL BRAIN

THE MUSICAL BRAIN draws on the research of  Montreal neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin and examines the physical and psychological responses to music through a variety of tests on children and adults. The documentary also features candid interviews with prominent musicians, including Sting, who puts his own musical mind to the test when he enters a functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging machine to have his brain scanned.

2 p.m. ET – ARTS&MINDS JUNOS 2010

In this original Bravo! Special, host Seamus O’Regan sits down for intimate interviews with Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Diana Krall, among others.

2:30 p.m. ET – LIVE AT ETALK: NICKELBACK

Host Tanya Kim sits down with Grammy-Award® winning rock superstars Nickelback, to chat about their studio album Dark Horse, and their current world tour.

3 p.m. ET – DIARY: JUSTIN BIEBER

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber has been tearing up the charts, singing and dancing his way into the hearts of girls worldwide. And now fans get another dose of Bieber fever with DIARY: JUSTIN BIEBER, an intimate behind-the-scenes look into his life, narrated by the superstar himself.

3:30 p.m. ET – LIVE AT ETALK: HEDLEY

Host Ben Mulroney reconnects with Hedley two days after the release of their third studio album, The Show Must Go, to chat about what’s up next for the band.

4 p.m. ET – LIVE AT ETALK: MICHAEL BUBLÉ

Host Ben Mulroney sits down with Michael Bublé in front of a live studio audience, and fans outside of CTV’s street-level studios, to talk about his career, his personal life and his new studio album Crazy Love.

4:30 p.m. ET – ETALK PRESENTS: YOUNG ARTISTS FOR HAITI

ETALK takes viewers through the creation of the hit single “Wavin’ Flag”, which was rerecorded by Young Artists for Haiti – 57 of Canada’s brightest musicians – for Haiti earthquake relief. The special includes interviews with the song’s creator, K’NAAN, Randy Lennox, President & CEO of Universal Music Canada, Lights, and Sam Roberts, among others.

5 p.m. ET – IN FASHION

Glen Baxter talks to JUNO nominees Michael Bublé, Drake, and K’NAAN about their sense of style and the importance fashion plays in their careers. Plus, IN FASHION examines three designer collections inspired by rock and roll.

5:30 p.m. ET – FASHIONTELEVISION

Jeanne Beker chats with some of the most stylish musicians including Slash, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Tina Turner to find out just how much of a role fashion plays in their careers. Plus, FT looks at musicians-turned designers P Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Gwen Stefani, before discussing the importance of style with this year’s JUNO nominees Emily Haines (Metric), Carly Rae Jepsen, Stereos, and Lights.

6 p.m. – CTV NEWS

Always offering the most current news from key Canadian events, CTV NEWS delivers viewers ongoing THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS reports, live from St. John’s.

8 p.m. ET – THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS

11 p.m. – CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO delivers the latest from THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS.

12 Midnight ET – THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS (Encore)

Monday, April 19

6 a.m. ET – CANADA AM

Host Seamus O’Regan reports live from St. John’s, bringing viewers some of the first backstage interviews with artists from the previous night’s THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast.

7 p.m. ET – ETALK AT THE JUNOS

Once again, ETALK holds the premiere spot on the Red Carpet and is the first stop for winners, presenters, and performers backstage at THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS. Viewers can watch all the Red Carpet highlights and big-winner reactions from the show in this half-hour special, hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim from St. John’s. Along with Ben and Tanya, Leah Miller and Traci Melchor chat up the stars in the ETALK Lounge – the #1 destination for winners, presenters and performers fresh off the stage.

MuchMusic

Viewers can watch some great programming on some of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS nominees, including DISBAND STEREOS (April 12 at 10 p.m. ET and April 17 at 930 a.m. ET), MY DATE WITH HEDLEY (April 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET), MY DATE WITH JUSTIN BIEBER (April 15 at 10 p.m. ET), MY DATE WITH TAYLOR SWIFT (April 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET).

April 16 – April 18 – Live hits direct from St. John’s into regular programming all weekend long. VJs Sarah Taylor, Jesse Giddings and Liz Trinnear cover all of the JUNO weekend festivities.

April 18 at 12-2 p.m. ET – MuchMusic brings fans a glimpse of the JUNO Red Carpet with exclusive live hits from the middle of the action, during RANDY JACKSON PRESENTS AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW.

April 18 at 7 p.m. ET – FANS TAKE OVER THE JUNOS Red Carpet Special (see description above).

THE JUNO AWARDS Online at JUNOS.CTV.ca

JUNOS.CTV.ca is the online destination for nominee and performer photo galleries, articles, artist interviews, contests and JUNO Weekend and live event videos.

On Demand: Plus, catch the entire awards ceremony on demand at JUNOS.CTV.ca beginning April 19 to relive your favourite performances and JUNO moments.

Live Chat: During the television broadcast on Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET, viewers can take part in the live chat on JUNOS.CTV.ca, interact with other fans, ask questions, comment on the performances and see what everyone online is saying about the THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS.

Music Downloads: Within 48-hours of the television broadcast, JUNO Award performances from every artist will be available through popular download sites with proceeds going to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity.

Soap star Aiden Turner is the latest celebrity to get the boot from Dancing With The Stars following a poor performance.

Turner and his professional partner Edyta Sliwinska bowed out of the competition despite calls from many fans to see reality mom Kate Gosselin shown the door.

The All My Children star came in at second-to-last place on Monday’s performance show for his rumba. The judges were critical, saying it “lacked musicality and flow”.

“It was like stop-motion animation,” judge Bruno Tonioli said of Turner’s dancing.

The low judge’s scores coupled with viewers votes were enough to send the soap actor home.

Aiden Turner and his partner are the third pair to be eliminated from the show, following Shannen Doherty and Buzz Aldrin in previous weeks.

Just days after the premiere episode screened on HBO in the US, the network has announced they are renewing drama Treme for a second season.

The show takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans, where ordinary New Orleanians try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.

Treme (pronounced “treh-MAY’) boasts a cast which features John Goodman, Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami), Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River).

Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said, “I can’t think of another show that is more emblematic of what we aspire to be as a network than Treme. In the tradition of The Wire David Simon and Eric Overmeyer have embarked on an exploration of the soul of one of the world’s most unique cities through the lives of an exquisitely crafted cast of characters.”

Treme pulled 1.4 million viewers for its debut episode last Sunday.

One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush will appear in the pilot episode of new ABC show Southern Discomfort.

The 27-year-old, best know for her work as Brooke Davis in the CW series, will appear alongside Don Johnson and Mary Steenbergen in the new family comedy.

Bush is due to play the overachieving daughter of Johnson and Steenbergen’s characters in the show which centres on a father whose life is “turned upside down when his grown kids move back in with him.”

However, If One Tree Hill gets picked up for another season, Southern Comfort may be without Bush due to contractual reasons.

 

Canadian producer Shaftesbury Films is thrilled to announce that season four of their international hit series Murdoch Mysteries has been renewed by Citytv in Canada and by UKTV’s crime drama channel Alibi in the UK.

ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment Ltd is excited to continue their co-production relationship with Shaftesbury Films and have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the significant fourth season of the one-drama and will showcase the series at MIPTV. The highly anticipated fourth season is scheduled to begin production in Toronto, Canada later this year.

The series has proven to be a great success globally as illustrated by the opening numbers for the third season with an increase of 123% *(adults per episode) over the first 8 episodes in the UK on Alibi. The series also has received many glowing reviews, including “The superb period sleuthing drama is back for a third season,” appearing in Britain’s well-regarded Sky Magazine. Murdoch Mysteries is the thrilling murder-mystery primetime television drama set in 1890s Toronto, starring Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch and has gained international recognition as a successful independently produced television series. New episodes from season three are currently airing on Citytv in Canada and on Alibi in the UK. The series (39 x60) is watched in over 80 territories around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Italy and the UK.

Based on Maureen Jennings’s critically acclaimed Detective Murdoch Mystery novels, Murdoch Mysteries is set in 1895 Toronto, and explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science, and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch’s eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Though his unconventional approach elicits skepticism from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case.

The series is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films, and Larry Lalonde and Phil Bedard. It is produced by Peter Meyboom and Laura Harbin for Shaftesbury Films. Production executives are Alain Strati (Vice-President, OMNI Station Group, Specialty TV & Development) and Patrice Baillargeon (Director, Develop & Production, Rogers Media Television) for Citytv, Noel Hedges (Executive Producer) for ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and Alexandra Finlay (Acquisitions, UKTV) for UKTV.

Global Television’s broadcast of the 2010 Masters Tournament on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 had a total reach of 9 million viewers tuning in at some point during the two-day broadcast. The most highly-anticipated sporting event of the spring averaged 1.4 million viewers (Ind 2+, national) – an increase of 60% over 2009’s coverage.

This year, Phil Mickelson’s emotional victory was his third Masters win.

2010 MASTERS DATA HIGHLIGHTS:

59% more viewers than last year Ind 2+, national
64% more viewers than last year A18-49, national

Saturday 2010 vs. Saturday 2009
Averaged 1,044,500 viewers Ind 2+ national; 337,100 for A18-49 national
Viewing peaked at 6:12pm ET  Ind 2+ with 1.5 million viewers
62% more viewers than last year Ind 2+, national
80% more viewers than last year A18-49, national

Sunday 2010 vs. Sunday 2009
Averaged 1,772,100 viewers Ind 2+ national; 641,600 for A18-49 national
Viewing peaked at 6:40pm ET Ind 2+ with 2.6 million viewers
71% more viewers than last year Ind 2+, national
73% more viewers than last year A18-49, national

Source: All data, as of August 31st 2009, BBM Canada PPM Overnight Data based on Adults 18-49 unless otherwise indicated.

Toronto-born actress Shenae Grimes drops by the MTV studios on Tuesday, April 13 for a pre-taped appearance on THE AFTER SHOW, airing that night at 11 p.m. ET.

Hosts Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank talk all things 90210 with the star. The duo also ask Grimes what’s it’s like to be a paparazzi favourite and talk to her about growing up with rap superstar, and fellow DEGRASSI alum, Drake.

Before landing a starring role on 90210, Grimes was seen on televisions across North America on hit Canadian series DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION.

From a mother’s touching story of loyalty and survival to an intimate glimpse of birth, parenthood and emotional evolution, Animal Planet celebrates mothers of all kind with two back-to-back premieres this Mother’s Day.

First, follow a wise old elephant matriarch, Echo, as she guides her family through drought and famine in Southern Kenya when ECHO AND THE ELEPHANTS OF AMBOSELI premieres with two half-hour episodes on Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Then, from lion to lemur and hippo to chimpanzee, follow the emotional journey of BBC’s one-hour special WILD MOTHERS AND BABIES on Sunday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Capturing sophisticated animal behaviour, culture and emotion in these two breathtaking premieres, Animal Planet sheds light on the development of animal parenting and displays with remarkable cinematography and storytelling how surprisingly “human” these creatures can be.

Animal Planet celebrates Mother’s Day with ECHO AND THE ELEPHANTS OF AMBOSELI and
WILD MOTHERS AND BABIES, May 9.

ECHO AND THE ELEPHANTS OF AMBOSELI (13X30)
Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
As the oldest female elephant and head of her family, Echo guides four generations of her relatives through the cruel famine that follows the failure of the latest rains. Alongside 1,500 other wild African elephants, Echo must protect her family from attack by lions and from the growing conflict with fierce Maasai warriors. Observing her – as they have been for the past four decades – are American scientist Cynthia Moss and her team of researchers from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. As Echo nears the end of her life and prepares to pass on the reigns of her African kingdom, Moss and team watch nearby as she leads her family out of harm’s way, steers clear of battling tuskers, prevents clashes with neighbours over water, crops or grazing and avoids natural calamities like deadly mudtraps. ECHO AND THE ELEPHANTS OF AMBOSELI is an awe-inspiring portrayal of animal leadership, maternal care, communication and survival.

WILD MOTHERS AND BABIES (1X60)
Sunday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
The most important moments of an animal’s life are the first few days after its birth; it’s at this point that the bonds are forged between parent and child. However, in the wild, there are additional dangers to consider. For animals with fewer young, the effort and time taken with each offspring is greater, yet the babies are also less developed and more helpless – rendering them extremely vulnerable. One of the biggest threats they face often comes from their own kind. A newborn can frequently cause jealousy, and infanticide is a common problem in the animal world; a baby languor monkey is most likely to die at the hands of a fellow monkey, while male lions who are desperate to retain their authority within a pride will kill any cubs they feel that may not be theirs. Combining spectacular cinematography with the daily struggles of raising a newborn, WILD MOTHERS AND BABIES reaches some surprising conclusions about human biology and emotional evolution.

MuchMusic recruits Miley Cyrus to help bring the party to the fans! Announced today, the chart-topping superstar is confirmed to co-host and perform at the 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The über-talented, über-successful, and über-sought-after 17-year-old has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and continues to capture the ears and eyes of the world with her distinct voice and exploding career. The 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS airs Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET live from MuchMusic HQ in Toronto.

In December 2007, Cyrus’ first trip to MuchMusic sent fans at home and in the MUCHONDEMAND audience into decibel leveling chaos, leaving them wanting more of the singer/songwriter/actress.

Cyrus is the youngest person in history to have a #1 album, #1 book and #1 movie all at the same time. In December 2009, she played five shows at the O2 in London breaking all-time attendance and merchandise records; it was her first time touring the UK.

Cyrus broke onto the scene with her hit television series HANNAH MONTANA, available in more than 150 different countries and 27 languages. Since then, her status and schedule have soared. In 2009, Cyrus hit #1 in the U.S. with “Party in the USA” on the Billboard 200, and #1 with “The Climb” on the HHHot AC chart.

“I’m so excited to co-host the MuchMusic Video Awards,” said Miley Cyrus.”I can’t wait to get back to Canada and perform for all of my fans. It’s going to be an awesome night!”

“Miley Cyrus is a multi-media superstar, plain and simple,“ said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer, 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. “Music, movies, television, she’s conquered it all. We know she is going to be ecstatic by the enthusiasm and devotion of the MMVAs fans. After all, it is, the party of the year!”

Follow the countdown to the MMVAs on muchmusic.com or on Twitter @MuchMusic for the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, the chance to win big prizes, and how to vote in the all-important UR FAVE categories. Fans can also stay tuned for the full list of nominees, which is slated to be announced in May.