Canwest Broadcasting announces the pick-up of Haven, E1 Entertainment’s much-anticipated drama series, co-commissioned with Syfy. Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters, ER), Lucas Bryant (Queer as Folk, Dollhouse), and Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under) have been cast in the series, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from legendary author Stephen King.  The one hour, 13-episode series is set to premiere this summer on Showcase.

Haven centers on the small town of Haven, Maine, where FBI agent Audrey (Emily Rose) discovers that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural afflictions. As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven – including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place. 

“The drama and suspense of Haven is sure to resonate with our audiences,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.  “With intriguing supernatural storylines and fascinating characters played by such a talented cast, we can’t wait to get this into production.”

Production on Haven is scheduled to begin this Spring 2010.

A Legend’s Journey out of the Rough

From humble, wholesome beginnings to recent personal bogies and the scandal that followed, Tiger Woods’ meteoric career and fall from grace has been widely documented. Witness his story, as Tiger prepares to reclaim his spot on the green in the ultimate gentleman’s game.  The updated Tiger Woods biography premieres Thursday, April 1 at 8pm ET/PT on The Biography Channel.

A child prodigy, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods began his golf career at the age of six months, imitating his father’s swing.  Taking the golf world by storm, Tiger has won 95 tournaments, 71 of those on the PGA Tour, and in 2009 was named Athlete of the Decade by The Associated Press.  Scandal in his personal life involving infidelity has tarnished Tiger’s image and resulted in a hiatus from golf and the loss of many lucrative endorsement deals.  Tiger Woods Biography features interviews with Woods, his late father, other sports over-achievers including Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Lance Armstrong, as well as a host of golf luminaries.

Woods makes his highly anticipated return to the green at the Masters this April. Will this be the ultimate comeback story? You be the judge. Catch the premiere of Tiger Woods Biography Thursday, April 1at 8pm ET/PT on The Biography Channel (with encore presentations April 7 at 8pm ET/PT, April 11 at 9pm ET/PT, and April 12 at 8pm ET/PT)

Empowered; determined; committed. Today’s “Y” generation has been put in a compromising position: succumb to the destructive trends of our past and watch the health of our planet deteriorate, or create environmental alternatives that could save the Earth for future generations to enjoy. From the daughters of world-renowned scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki and his wife Dr. Tara Cullis, comes AN EVENING WITH THE NEW CENTURIONS, an engaging 90-minute special about our global future and the steps needed to repair years of neglect. Premiering Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Discovery HD, new centurions and highly-accomplished environmentalists, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, debate about our future with other generations and discuss their world – the one they’re taking over – and how they’re going to fix it.

How do you feel about the future of planet Earth? Are we taking the right actions to sustain the resources we’ve got? Can we make a difference that will impact global change? AN EVENING WITH THE NEW CENTURIONS asks questions, entertains and enlightens as today’s youth prove their allegiance to matters “green” and introduce environmental solutions to reverse the destructive trends affecting our planet. It’s their world now and we’re about to become spectators!

This special features a series of compelling interviews with leaders in the eco-field and awards presentations to nine of this generation’s most important contributors. Among the presenters are Stefanie Powers, Sandy Duncan, Alan Thicke, Thea Andrews, Susan Clarke, and two young stars from DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, Evan Williams and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer.

Wedding season has begun on a high note on Showcase with 27 Dresses

The blockbuster nuptial flick delivered a total viewing audience of 1.1 million viewers (2+) between all three of its Saturday plays, making it the highest rated movie of all-time on Showcase

The 4pm play shattered the previously held record for any single-viewing cable premiere on the channel with 659,000 (2+) and 333,000 (25-54) viewers when compared to 594,000 (2+) and 292,000 (25-54) set by the cable premiere of Spiderman 3.

With a schedule that delivers an unprecedented number of blockbuster movies straight off-pay, Showcase is the go-to destination for viewers seeking the biggest Hollywood movies. Since introducing popular titles such as Casino Royale and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, movies have become the top performing programs on the channel.

Showcase viewers can look forward to a schedule featuring even more smash-hit titles every Saturday with the upcoming premieres of Alien vs Predator: Requiem, The Simpsons Movie, and Robots.

Source: BBM-PPM Data – as of March 16, 2010.

Join us from 8pm as we blog the winners of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Ricky Gervais is hosting tonight’s 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Of course, it’s all about him vs Steve Carrell. He’s a funny guy, really.

Nicole Kidman is presenting our first award tonight. She mentions the ribbons people are wearing for the people of Haiti. George Clooney is apparently running a Telethon next week to help raise funds for the Haitian Earthquake victims.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo’nique

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Toni Collette (United States of Tara)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Lithgow

Best Animated Feature Film
Up

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“the Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” — Crazy Heart

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Michael Giacchino (Up)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Grey Gardens (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Best Foreign Language Film
The White Ribbon

Best Television Series – Drama
Mad Men

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Director – Motion Picture
James Cameron (Avatar)

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Glee

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Hangover

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Avatar

Nine seasons in, AMERICAN IDOL returned to CTV last night with its biggest premiere audience ever. A record-high 3.2 million viewers tuned in for opening night, an increase of 25% compared to the Season 8 premiere last January. It was the #1 program of the day nationally and in the metered markets with all three key adult demos. An astonishing 8 million viewers tuned in to some or all of the show while 1.6 million viewers watched from CTV’s key A25-54 demo.

AMERICAN IDOL delivered 36% more viewers from 8-9 p.m. than NCIS (Global, 2.15 million viewers) and over two million viewers more than NCIS: Los Angeles from 9-10 p.m. (Global, 1.4 million)

AMERICAN IDOL propelled LAW & ORDER: SVU to one of its highest audiences of the season at 10 p.m. on CTV. It was the #3 program of the night with 1.66 million viewers.

The 25th year of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be it’s last according to a spokesperson for Harpo, which Oprah is set to confirm during tomorrow’s show in the US.

Oprah has suggested calling it quits in the past but as her new cable network (OWN – Oprah Winfrey Network) launches in January 2011, the media mogul intends to place her energies there.

Oprah has impacted millions of lives across the world during the last quarter of a century and the final 20 months of the show promises to make history once again before the lights go out on the set.

The 24th Annual Gemini Awards concluded this evening with the Broadcast Gala, a glitzy event held at the historic BMO Centre, Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta. Hosted by awardwinning comedian Ron James, a total of 17 awards were presented including those for Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Dramatic Series. The gala, broadcast on Global and Showcase, also included special tributes to Corner Gas, Royal Canadian Air Farce, and Trailer Park Boys for their outstanding and enduring contributions to the Canadian television industry.

The following categories were announced:

Best Comedy Program or Series
Rick Mercer Report
(Island Edge Inc.)
Gerald Lunz, Rick Mercer

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
Kelly Makin – Flashpoint – Planets Aligned

Best Dramatic Mini-Series
Burn Up
(Seven 24 Films Inc., Kudos Film and Television)
Tom Cox, Stephen Garrett

Best Dramatic Series
Flashpoint
(Flashpoint Season 1 Inc., PINK SKY ENTERTAINMENT INC., AVAMAR
ENTERTAINMENT INC.)
Anne Marie La Traverse, Bill Mustos

Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
Steve Cochrane, Kevin Ellis, Phyllis Ellis, George Komorowski, Adriana Maggs, Jordan McCloskey, Steven Morana, Paul Snepsts, Joel Stewart – Three Chords from the Truth – Tommy’s Label Showcase

Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
George Stroumboulopoulos – The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

Best News Anchor
Diana Swain – CBC News at Six

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Enrico Colantoni – Flashpoint – Who’s George?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Hugh Dillon – Of Murder and Memory

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
David Suchet – Diverted

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Erin Karpluk – Being Erica – Dr. Tom

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Barbara Hershey – Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Christine Ghawi – Celine

Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series

Leah Miller – So You Think You Can Dance Canada – Season 1 – Finale

Best Reality Program or Series

Dragons’ Den
(CBC)
Stuart Coxe, Lisa Gabriele, Tracie Tighe

Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series

Adam Reid, Max Reid – Billable Hours – A Manson for All Seasons

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program

Tiger Spirit
(Storyline Entertainment Inc.)
Ed Barreveld, Anita Lee, Min Sook Lee

The biggest season in Dragons’ Den history scored a massive hit for CBC Television last night, capping off the start of CBC’s fall entertainment lineup.  Over 1.32 million viewers tuned in for the full debut episode of the fourth season, watching aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to the Dragons.

CBC Television is off to one of its best seasons ever with strong ratings across the board.  Rick Mercer Report bungeed to 1.295 million viewers on Tuesday at 8 p.m. followed by 22 Minutes with 774,000 and Being Erica with 793,000.  On Wednesday, The Tudors reigned with 835,000 viewers.  Last week saw the debut of The Ron James Show drawing 803,000.

“Our programs are clearly connecting with Canadians on a number of fronts, the excitement of Dragons’ Den, the great comedy of Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes and The Ron James Show , the drama of Being Erica and The Tudors, “ said  Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice President CBC Television.  “Canadians are tuning into great Canadian entertainment on CBC.”

It’s Television’s night of nights as the stars gather at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate and recognise the best television in 2009.

Hosting tonight’s 61st Emmy Awards show is Neil Patrick Harris.

Of course, Kanya West gets mentioned.  Thankfully he’s not in the building so he shouldn’t be interrupting any acceptance speeches here tonight.

Tonight, the awards are going to be divided up into five genres.  First up, the Comedy Awards.

Presenting the first award are Tina Fey and John Ham.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Pushing Daisies • ABC • Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television
Kristin Chenoweth, as Olive Snook

The stars of How I Met Your Mother take the stage to present the next Award.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock • Reunion • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studios
Matt Hubbard, Writer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler present for the “last official year of broadcast television”

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Two And A Half Men • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum Company in association with Warner Bros. Television
Jon Cryer, as Alan Harper

Justin Timberlake steps up to present an award.  Sarah Silverman is wearing a very realistic looking moustache.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
United States Of Tara • Showtime • Showtime presents in association with Dreamworks Television
Toni Collette, as Tara Gregson

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester present the next awards.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin Timberlake • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Justin Timberlake, as Various Characters

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live • Presidential Bash 2008 • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Tina Fey, as Governor Sarah Palin (Spoof)

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
The Office • Stress Relief • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association with Universal Media Studios
Jeff Blitz, Director

Rob Lowe takes to the stage to present the next award.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studios
Alec Baldwin, as Jack Donaghy

And now to the Reality Genre.

Jon Cryer and Hayden Panettiere present the first award.

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Survivor • CBS • SEG
Jeff Probst, Host

Tracey Morgan presents the next award.

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program
The Amazing Race • CBS • World Race Productions Inc.
Bertram van Munster, Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer, Executive Producer
Jonathan Littman, Executive Producer
Hayma “Screech” Washington, Executive Producer
Elise Doganieri, Co-Executive Producer
Amy Nabseth Chacon, Co-Executive Producer
Mark Vertullo, Co-Executive Producer
Matt Schmidt, Supervising Producer
Jarratt Carson, Supervising Producer
Evan Weinstein, Supervising Producer
Giselle Parets, Senior Producer
Michael Norton, Senior Producer
Patrick Cariaga, Senior Producer
Phil Keoghan, Producer

The next genre is Movies and Miniseries.

Presenting the first awards are Kevin Bacon and Keira Sedgwick.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
House Of Saddam • HBO • HBO Films in association with BBC
Shohreh Aghdashloo, as Sajida

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO Films
Ken Howard, as Phelan Beale

Next to present are Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Into The Storm • HBO • Scott Free and Rainmark Films production in association with the BBC and HBO Films
Brendan Gleeson, as Winston Churchill

Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Patricia Arquette present next.

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Little Dorrit • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH Boston
Andrew Davies, Writer

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Little Dorrit • Part 1 • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH Boston
Dearbhla Walsh, Director

Alec Baldwin presents the next award.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO Films
Jessica Lange, as Big Edie

Keifer Sutherland and Anna Torv present the next awards.

Outstanding Made For Television Movie
Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO Films

Outstanding Miniseries
Little Dorrit • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH Boston

And onto the next genre: Variety.

The cast of The Big Bang Theory take to the stage to present the next awards.

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
American Idol • Show 833 (The Final Three) • FOX • FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.
Bruce Gowers, Director

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Steve Bodow, Head Writer
Jon Stewart, Writer
David Javerbaum, Writer
Josh Lieb, Writer
Rory Albanese, Writer
Kevin Bleyer, Writer
Jason Ross, Writer
Tim Carvell, Writer
John Oliver, Writer
Sam Means, Writer
Rob Kutner, Writer
J.R. Havlan, Writer
Rich Blomquist, Writer
Wyatt Cenac, Writer
Elliott Kalan, Writer
Rachel Axler, Writer

Jimmy Fallon presents and performs for the next awards.

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
81st Annual Academy Awards • Song Title: Hugh Jackman Opening Number • ABC • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
William Ross, Original Music
John Kimbrough, Original Music
Dan Harmon, Original Lyrics
Rob Schrab, Original Lyrics

Sir Ricky Gervais presents the next award.

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

It’s time for the awards for Drama.

Presenting the first awards are LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Lost • ABC • Grass Skirt Productions and ABC Studios
Michael Emerson, as Ben Linus

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
24 • FOX • Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions
Cherry Jones, as President Allison Taylor

Steven Moyer and David Boreanaz announce the winners of the next awards:

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Swing • NBC • Wolf Films in association with Universal Media Studios
Ellen Burstyn, as Bernadette Stabler

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Rescue Me • Sheila • FX Networks • Produced by Apostle, The Cloudland Company and DreamWorks Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Michael J. Fox, as Dwight

These two winners present the next awards.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
ER • And In The End • NBC • Constant c Productions, Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Rod Holcomb, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Mad Men • Meditations In An Emergency • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Kater Gordon, Writer
Matthew Weiner, Writer

Simon Baker presents the next award.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Damages • FX Networks • FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Glenn Close, as Patty Hewes

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • High Bridge, Gran Via Productions, Sony Pictures Television
Bryan Cranston, as Walter White

Bob Newhart presents the second to last award of the night.

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studios

And to the final award of the night, presented by Sigourney Weaver:

Outstanding Drama Series
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television