Bravo! and CTV along with Take 5 Productions jointly announce exciting additions to the cast and creative team of the upcoming 10-episode series THE BORGIAS.

The accomplished Canadian team to date includes Jeremy Podeswa (THE PACIFIC, SIX FEET UNDER) who directs two episodes, Director of Photography Paul Sarossy (THE LISTENER, Chloe) and Production Designer François Seguin (The Barbarian Invasions, Lucky Number Slevin). Colm Feore (FLASHPOINT, 24) joins Jeremy Irons (Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia) in the new Canada/Hungary/Ireland co-production.

Breakout star François Arnaud joins the cast as Cesare Borgia, Rodrigo’s (Irons) ruthless son. One of Quebec’s most promising young actors, Arnaud beat out competition from around the world, winning the role after an extensive international search. His credits include the award-winning film I Killed My Mother and the Quebec television series YAMASKA.

Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The End of The Affair) writes and directs the first two episodes, and Michael Hirst (THE TUDORS, Elizabeth) writes episodes 3 -10. THE BORGIAS is executive produced by Sheila Hockin and John Weber (THE TUDORS, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL), James Flynn (THE TUDORS, Angela’s Ashes), Neil Jordan and Michael Hirst.

“Assembling some of the finest talent in world – both in front of and behind the camera – is what makes international co-productions so appealing,” said Susanne Boyce President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With THE BORGIAS, we also get a plotline loaded with scandal, corruption and deception, making this 15th century historical drama an intriguing primetime soap as well.”

“Through our international structure, we have attracted an elite level of talent from all over the world. With Bravo! and CTV’s support, we are excited to bring this series to the Canadian audience,” said John Weber, President of Take 5 Productions.

THE BORGIAS revolves around a powerful and corrupt 15th-century Italian family headed by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Irons), who became Pope in 1492. Feore plays Rodrigo’s arch nemesis Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere. The series is scheduled to premiere in 2011 on Bravo! and CTV in Canada and on Showtime in the U.S.

The Canadian boys from MTV’s hit series THE BURIED LIFE visit one of the most sought-after couches on daytime television. Dave Lingwood, Ben Nemtin, Duncan & Jonnie Penn stop by THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW on Friday, April 9 at 4 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings) to talk about the success of the series, the buzz it has created across the globe, and reveal a few surprises with Oprah they have been keeping under lock and key.

THE BURIED LIFE follows the four friends from Victoria, BC who travel across North America with a list of 100 things to do before they die. The series showcases the guys’ extraordinary attempts to accomplish all these items – large and small – and check them off the list. The foursome also make a promise to themselves – for every goal they achieve, they pay it forward and help a complete stranger discover, organize or attempt their wildest dreams.

Canwest and ABC today announced scheduling details for Rookie Blue, the latest homegrown series to be picked up for broadcast in the United States.

Premiering Thursday, June 24 – 9pm ET/PT in simulcast on Global and ABC, this highly-anticipated original series is a one-hour, 13-part drama that follows the lives of five inexperienced rookies thrown into the world of big city policing – where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences.

Commissioned by Canwest and picked up by ABC Television Network during development last year, Rookie Blue (previously titled Copper) was developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor, E1 Entertainment.

“Canadians have been waiting for the next great homegrown series, and Rookie Blue has ‘hit’ written all over it,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President of Content, Canwest Broadcasting.  “From the top-notch writing to the superb cast and incredible production values, we love everything about this show. Canwest is committed to making Rookie Blue the next big TV success story in Canada and around the world.”

Rookie Blue features a stellar lineup of Canadian talent including Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) as eager Andy McNally; Gregory Smith (Everwood) as thrill-seeker Dov Epstein; Charlotte Sullivan (M.V.P.) as ambitious Gail Peck; Enuka Okuma (24) as feisty Traci Nash; and Travis Milne (My Green House) as police poster-boy Chris Diaz.

The series also stars Ben Bass (Would Be Kings) as Detective Sam Swarek; Eric Johnson (Smallville) as Detective Luke Callaghan; Matt Gordon (Rent-A-Goalie) as Oliver Shaw; Noam Jenkins (Flashpoint) as Jerry Barber; and Melanie Nicholls King (The Wire) as Noelle Williams.

In this sexy, high-stakes drama, the young group of 20-something officers carry big guns and even bigger emotional baggage. Rookie Blue examines the trials and triumphs, competition and camaraderie of this rookie family who are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for this job – or for life.

At the core of the group is Andy McNally (Peregrym), an ambitious rookie who was raised by her cop father. Andy’s unstable childhood left her searching for a family, which she finds in her fellow rookies. Despite her strong instincts and convictions, few see Andy for who she really is: a vulnerable girl who is trying too hard to appear invincible for the sake of her fellow officers, her father and for herself.

After only nine episodes, CAPRICA has won over critics and viewers, dispelling the myth that most prequels disappoint. On April 17, SPACE re-boots the series for fans wanting to catch-up on the ground-breaking sci-fi drama with a CAPRICA marathon. Starting at 10 a.m. ET, all nine episodes air back-to-back until 8 p.m. ET. The nine remaining Season 1 episodes of this pre-apocalyptic BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel are scheduled to air Fall 2010/Winter 2011.

Since its premiere in January, CAPRICA has been the #1 series on SPACE, with an average of more than 200,000 total viewers. Throughout its run, CAPRICA’s total audience grew by 13%, with a mid-season finale drawing in nearly 250,000 viewers on Friday, March 26, making it the #1 non-sports specialty program in its time slot.

Set 58 years before BSG’s galactic war, CAPRICA follows two rival families, the Graystones and the Adamas. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) is a computer genius and a prominent businessman in the Twelve Colonies. His wife, Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcolmson) is an elite neurosurgeon. Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) is an immigrant, a lawyer with ties to the mob, and a father desperate to reconnect with his estranged son, William (Sina Najafi). Bound, and then divided by tragedy, their bitter rivalry brings the end of life as they know it.

Following the April 17 all-day marathon, SPACE premieres yet another exclusive and revered prime-time series. The much-anticipated new DOCTOR WHO series starring Matt Smith as the new dapper Doctor, blasts off at 9 p.m. ET.

A Glee-volution is about to take over the Toronto airwaves…

As part of Global Television’s unprecedented marketing campaign heralding the return of smash hit Glee on Tuesday, April 13 – 9:25pm ET/PT, the Canadian network will take over a Toronto radio station one day prior, replacing its format with a celebration of everything Glee.

On Monday, April 12, from 6:00am to 10:00pm ET, 103.9 Proud FM will be rebranded as “GLEE-FM” 103.9, dedicated to airing the show’s extensive selection of chart topping music and highlighting the characters that have become pop culture sensations.

Toronto fans can tune in to 103.9 FM for Glee’s amazing lineup of songs including Gold Digger, Somebody To Love, Jump, Imagine and Don’t Rain On My Parade – plus, the one that kick-started the Glee hit parade: Don’t Stop Believing.

Glee fans outside of the Toronto station’s signal range can also listen along live at www.GlobalTV.com/GleeFM anytime throughout the day.

“GLEE-FM is not only unique, fun and innovative; it’s the first of its kind, anywhere,” said Jamie Schouela, VP Marketing Strategy, Global. “The music is such an integral part of Glee, and for Canada’s #1 new comedy, we couldn’t think of a more natural way to celebrate the series’ return.”

In addition to a great range of music from Glee: The Music Volumes 1 and 2, both already certified platinum in Canada, “GLEE-FM” listeners can expect a long list of exclusives including:

–  Interviews with key Glee talent
–    Behind-the-scenes show highlights and information on TV’s hottest cast 
–    Hourly chances to win a CD prize pack including the first two Glee CDs and The Power of Madonna dropping on Tuesday, April 20, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Canada
–    A Grand Prize Contest: A chance to win a trip for two to New York plus tickets to the sold out Glee U.S. concert tour
–    A special performance by Global’s Glee choir who have been singing on the streets of Toronto
–    Plus, a custom created sound to the station including special “GLEE-FM” jingles

The “GLEE-FM” launch will be fully supported with on-air promotions on Global Television, print advertisements, street teams, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and of course, online with a special micro-site housed at GlobalTV.com.

After the event, listeners who want to continue to enjoy the sound of “GLEE-FM” can go to www.GlobalTV.com/Glee for a live audio stream of their favourite Glee songs, plus preview new songs to be featured in the upcoming episodes week-to-week.

Beginning today, television enthusiasts will have access to a collection of bold original content from Showcase for purchase and download on the  iTunes Store in Canada (www.itunes.ca), including fan favourites Trailer Park Boys, Kenny vs. Spenny and the gaming comedy Pure Pwnage.

The content on iTunes complements the array of digital platforms currently available for Showcase’s original Canadian series. In addition to the channel’s website Showcase.ca, iTunes provides another opportunity for viewers to catch up on missed episodes, purchase broadcast episodes, pre-order upcoming episodes, download entire seasons of their favourite series, and access exclusive free content.

“Making programs available on iTunes is an extremely important step for Showcase, allowing us to extend our wealth of much-loved, high-quality original series to an even broader audience who wish to access this content on their own terms,” says Paul Burns, VP, Digital Media, Canwest Broadcasting. “We always strive to find new ways to engage Canadian viewers through multiple platforms and availability on iTunes is an exciting move forward in that direction.”

Showcase series are available for purchase in both Standard Definition and High Definition, and iTunes customers can purchase a Season Pass, which allows fans to buy an entire season of currently airing programming at a discounted price. With a Season Pass, episodes are automatically downloaded when they become available the day after television broadcast.

As of today, iTunes customers in Canada can start enjoying a variety of award-winning, critically-acclaimed dramatic and comedic Showcase originals, including:

·  Cra$h & Burn: Season 1
·  Kenny vs. Spenny: Seasons 4-6
·  Pure Pwnage: Season 1
·  The Foundation: Season 1
·  Trailer Park Boys: Seasons 1-7, The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special
·  Testees: Season 1

Hosted by country music legend Reba McEntire The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards honours country music’s top talent along with the industry’s hottest emerging artists.   This year’s event features star studded performances by chart toppers by Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins and Jason Aldean.

Leading the nominations is Lady Antebellum, with 7 nods, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood with 6 nominations, Taylor Swift with 5 nods, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley each receive four nominations. Plus, tune in to find out which performer will be awarded the Fan’s choice for Entertainer of the Year.

Sunday, April 18 LIVE on Citytv.

Glee, Canada’s #1 New Show returns to Global on Tuesday, April 13th – 9:25pm ET/PT with an all-new episode featuring an amazing line-up of songs and special guest stars. All subsequent episodes will air in its regular timeslot Tuesdays – 9pm ET/PT.

Coming off a knockout fall season, Global’s Top 10 hit series has captured the attention of the world. From First Lady Michelle Obama’s request for a Glee performance at the White House Easter Egg Roll to the ‘Queen of Daytime’, Oprah Winfrey, dedicating one of her upcoming shows to the talented ensemble – the buzz is building for the year’s most anticipated series return. To top it all off, the Glee cast is taking the show on the road this spring for a seven-date U.S. concert tour kicking off in May.

“Clearly the excitement surrounding the phenomenon that is Glee has only continued to grow during the show’s winter hiatus,” said Barb Williams, EVP, Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “We are on pins and needles, along with the rest of Canada, for the series’ much-anticipated return to Global and we’re confident it will be worth the wait.”

Award-winners at the 2010 People’s Choice, Golden Globes® and SAG Awards®, Glee has established itself as one of the brightest shows on television and Hollywood heavyweights are taking notice. Upcoming episodes of the show will feature cameos by an array of celebrities, including singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, global sensation Lady Gaga, music legend Olivia Newton-John, Tony Award®-winner Idina Menzel, actor Neil Patrick Harris and actor-comedian Molly Shannon. Plus, the one and only, Madonna has permitted seven of her biggest hits including “Express Yourself”, “Vogue” and “Like A Prayer” to be given a Glee makeover for a tribute episode airing the second week back.

For all things Glee, Gleeks can log onto GlobalTV.com and check out the official Glee Club blog featuring the latest scoop on the show, guest stars and what’s new with the cast. In addition, fans can catch up on full episodes the day after broadcast, read the weekly episodic playlist and take the ‘Gleek Quiz’ to find out which character they’re most like.

From creator Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck), Glee is an award-winning musical comedy that depicts Will Schuester’s (Matthew Morrison) efforts to save McKinley High’s Glee Club from cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). Chalk full of musical numbers, underdog characters and biting comedy, Glee is a runaway pop-culture hit.

Tuesday, April 13 **All-New Episode**
“HELL-O”: New Directions is fresh off their monumental win at Sectionals and feeling on top of the world. With an extra spring in their step, they get to work on new numbers for Regionals – including a memorable rendition of The Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye.” But when Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn’s (Cory Monteith) budding romance hits a bump in the road after she becomes involved with a competitor, Jesse St. James (guest star Jonathan Groff), it threatens to derail the entire club. Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) pays a visit to Shelby Corcoran (guest star Idina Menzel), coach of Vocal Adrenaline, to confirm Jesse’s motives. Meanwhile, Will is newly single, but is he ready to take his relationship with Emma (Jayma Mays) to the next level? And to top it all off, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) returns from her condo in Boca with a renewed focus on destroying Will and disbanding the glee club.

Glee Dates to Remember:

White House Easter Egg Roll performance – Monday, April 5
Glee on Oprah – Wednesday, April 7 (4pm PT on Global BC)
“HELL-O” Spring Premiere Episode – Tuesday, April 13 – 9:25pm ET/PT
“THE POWER OF MADONNA” Tribute Episode – Tuesday, April 20 – 9pm ET/PT *series regular timeslot*

From journeyman minor league hockey player to broadcasting legend, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, the two-part biopic scored a massive hit for CBC Television. More than 1.38 million viewers tuned in for the series debut episode on Sunday, March 28 and an additional 1.27 million watched last night’s finale of this unlikely Canadian love story. Viewership peaked at 1.83 million.

“Don Cherry has been a beloved member of the CBC family for 30 years and it‘s wonderful to see that Canadians feel that same personal connection,” said Kirstine Stewart, General Manager CBC Television.  “The success of this movie is a testament to CBC’s dedication to great storytelling that connects and resonates with viewers across the country.”

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY is the brainchild of Cherry’s son Tim Cherry, who is the writer and executive producer. 

In some of the world’s most desolate and stunning locations, the damaging impact of human activity is evident; climate change is hitting the Arctic harder and faster than any other region on Earth. Although the North may seem remote from the population centres of the world, this – sensitive ecosystems forever altered by climate change – is where the brunt of our carbon footprint is felt the most.

Premiering Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Discovery HD presents ARCTIC CIRCLE, where untold riches are at stake – and maybe the future of the planet itself. As ice melts and polar bears die, this two-part documentary series – produced in association with the National Film Board of Canada and NHK Japan – reveals nations scrambling to claim Arctic territories and pump oil and gas from under pristine northern waters.

Gearing up for Earth Day 2010, Discovery HD presents ARCTIC CIRCLE – a two-part documentary series on the dramatic effects climate change is having on the Far North, April 21.
 
In the remote Svalbard Islands of Norway, a polar bear cub lies dead. After days of wandering on the once ice-covered shore searching for food, the cub finally succumbs to starvation. Meanwhile, across the Barents Sea, in the Norwegian village of Hammerfest, a massive new liquefied natural gas plant has sprung up. It processes gas drilled from deep below the Arctic waters – something that would not have been possible only a few years ago when this region was covered in thick ice.
 
In what should be one of the coldest places on Earth, there is little doubt that the climate is getting warmer. And sudden changes in nature’s once predictable ways are not only alarming – they’re life-threatening. Discovery HD’s ARCTIC CIRCLE lays bare the devastating reality of the Far North and the potentially irreversible effects of human behaviour on this region.
 
Highlights from the two-part series of ARCTIC CIRCLE include:
 
ARCTIC CIRCLE: “On Thin Ice”
Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Chronicling the effects of climate change on the land and animal inhabitants, meet an international team of scientists who are vividly demonstrating how global warming threatens the very existence of polar bears, seals and other creatures. Later, witness huge ice shelves crumbling into the sea, polar bears struggling to survive and torrents of water flowing where there should only be ice.
 
ARCTIC CIRCLE: “Battle for the Pole”
Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
In an epic race to claim territory, meet the very people battling to pump oil and gas from beneath the pristine Arctic seabed. For the engineers constructing ice-breaking tankers and the crew of the world’s northernmost oil rig, the pursuit is all about excitement, opportunity and new frontiers. But the more energy exploited from the Arctic, the more the ice will melt – locking into a destructive cycle whose effects are only starting to become apparent and which may be unstoppable.
 
ARCTIC CIRCLE was produced by the National Film Board of Canada and NHK Japan in association with Discovery HD.