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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecomminications Commission has this week denied an application for a new entertainment news channel in Canada.

Rogers had pitched an idea for a network called The Entertainment Desk but had their plans thwarted by the CRTC who deemed the service to be too similar to E!.

Rogers had stated in their pitch that the service would be different to E! but the regulator didn’t agree that it would offer something unique.

The CRTC believed that Rogers hadn’t offered enough in the way of differentiation from E! and claimed that in time The Entertainment Desk would directly compete with E!. Continue reading »

E! announced today that the always entertaining Leah Miller has been secured as the first dedicated host of the channel, which returned to Canada last November.

A movie, TV, entertainment, fashion, and celebrity aficionado, Miller will deliver daily entertainment hits to viewers and keep them in the loop about all things Hollywood.

Miller’s extensive knowledge of celebrity and relatable attitude make her the perfect compliment to E!, Canada’s pop culture, entertainment and celebrity destination.

“As part of our commitment to specialty television and the E! brand, the addition of a dedicated host was the next logical step in the evolution of the E! brand in Canada,” said Neil Staite Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment, Bell Media. “Well-loved and relatable to our viewers, Leah Miller is the perfect fit for E! thanks to her extensive knowledge and background in entertainment.”

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to take on a new role and can’t wait to be part of the E! family,” said Leah Miller. “I am a big fan of the brand and have been watching my staple E! shows for years.”

As the new host of E!, Leah Miller has come a long way since the audition that landed her a job with Canada’s flagship music station, MuchMusic in 2004. She was most recently the Gemini Award-winning host of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, and was also a correspondent for Canada’s #1 entertainment newsmagazine, ETALK. In addition to her latest hosting duties, Miller has been a five-time co-host of the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and former co-host of MUCHONDEMAND. Miller is well-versed in celebrity, having chatted with some of the hottest stars around, including Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Coldplay, Kanye West and Rihanna. Miller was also named one of Flare’s 30 most inspiring, newsworthy women to watch.

E! is powered by pop culture phenoms such as KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, CHELSEA LATELY, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, KENDRA, FASHION POLICE, E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY and THE SOUP. E! recently premiered new series H8R, with celebrities going head-to-head with the people who hate them, and DIRTY SOAP, which takes viewers inside the real lives of soap stars.

And in October exclusively on E!, it’s the wedding of the season: KIM’S FAIRYTALE WEDDING: A KARDASHIAN EVENT. The two night, four-hour special, follows beloved TV reality stars Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries and the entire Kardashian clan from the lavish wedding planning and fabulous parties to the highly anticipated big day when Kim and Kris say “I do.” KIM’S FAIRYTALE WEDDING: A KARDASHIAN EVENT airs Sunday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET and Monday, October 10 at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on E!. E! also has seven new addictive series set to launch in Canada this November, plus three returning tabloid darling favourites.

E!’s roster of popular personalities includes the Kardashians, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic, Joel McHale, Kelly Osbourne, Holly Madison, Ice & Coco, Kendra Wilkinson and Joan Rivers.

Hollywood’s hottest source for everything celebrity has kept the masses up-to-date on all the juicy gossip for the past 20 years.

Now, E! looks back on the most memorable celebrity and pop culture events, red carpet disasters and salacious scandals in the one-hour special E! CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE CELEBRITY REVOLUTION airing on E! launch day, Monday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. ET.

E! CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE CELEBRITY REVOLUTION also kicks off the special E! sneak peek marathon on CTV this Saturday, Nov. 27 at 12 noon ET.

In E! CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE CELEBRITY REVOLUTION, E! looks back on memorable celebrity and pop culture events and developments. Celebrity interviews include Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Randy Jackson, Audrina Patridge, Brooke Burke and John Henson.

 

Count down to Nov. 29 with more fun facts about the past 20 years of E!:

 

1.        This isn’t Kourtney Kardashian’s first time on an E! reality show. She got her start on FILTHY RICH: CATTLE DRIVE

2.        Before he met Julianna Hough, E! News host Ryan Seacrest, was named People magazine’s “most eligible bachelor”

3.        THE SOUP’s Joel McHale has a Canadian connection – his mother was born in Vancouver  

4.        E! News’ Guiliana Ranic was born in Italy and returned for her wedding with husband Bill Rancic

5.        Before Brooke Burke was on DANCING WITH THE STARS, she hosted E!’s travel show WILD ON! giving viewers a rare glimpse of the exotic and exciting destinations in the world

6.        Greg Kinnear was the original host of E!’s EMMY® Award winning TALK SOUP, the first program to poke fun of talk shows

7.        E! is available in countries such as Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Portugal, Albania, Israel,   Romania, Ireland and Singapore

8.        E! is currently available for 80 million cable and direct satellite subscribers

9.        E!’s OSCAR® day coverage lasts almost 16 hours – from the early morning buzz to the after party glam

10.    E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET host and comedienne Joan Rivers read our minds and made “who are you wearing?” the most famous question on the red carpet

11.    “K-Speak” is a language used by the Kardashians and includes terms such as “totes magotes”, “ridic” and “Sistah’s”

With exactly one week to go before it returns to Canada, E! Entertainment Television announced today it will be available in every market from coast-to-coast, reaching more than 6.2 million households overall.

Canada’s ultimate destination for the latest news and information on celebrities, entertainment and pop culture, E! launches on Monday, November 29 at 12 noon ET.

Below is a partial listing of the channels on which E! can be found in major markets across Canada. For markets not listed, please contact your local television service provider or visit eonline.ca for more information.

 

Vancouver

Bell TV – 621

Novus Entertainment – 42

Shaw – 88

Shaw Direct – 168/527

TELUS Optik TV – 148

 

Victoria

Bell TV – 621

Shaw – 53

Shaw Direct – 168/527

TELUS Optik TV – 148

 

Calgary

Bell TV – 621

Shaw – 54

Shaw Direct – 168/527

TELUS Optik TV – 148

 

Edmonton

Bell TV – 621

Shaw – 50

Shaw Direct – 168/527

TELUS Optik TV – 148

 

Saskatoon

Bell TV – 621

SaskTel Max – 76

Shaw – 66

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Regina

Access Communications – 58

Bell TV – 621

SaskTel Max – 76

Shaw Direct – 168/627

 

Winnipeg

Bell TV – 621

MTS TV – 113

Shaw – 38/53

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Barrie / Kitchener / London / Ottawa

Bell TV – 621

Rogers – 71

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Windsor

Bell TV – 621

Cogeco- 22

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Toronto (GTA)

Bell TV – 621

Cogeco – 22

Rogers – 63/71

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Montreal

Bell TV – 621

Cable VDN – 47

Shaw Direct – 168/527

Videotron – 125

 

Halifax

Bell Aliant – 212

Bell TV – 621

Eastlink – 57/98

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Fredericton / Moncton / Saint John

Bell Aliant – 212

Bell TV – 621

Rogers – 71/238

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

Charlottetown

Bell Aliant – 212

Bell TV – 621

Eastlink – 98

Shaw Direct – 168/527

 

St. John’s

Bell Aliant – 212

Bell TV – 621

Rogers – 40/71

Shaw Direct – 168/527

The countdown is on. Scratch that gossip itch and indulge as CTV announces the programming lineup and launch strategy for the return of the world’s top entertainment brand to Canada.

E! Entertainment Television explodes onto Canadian airwaves on Monday, November 29 with a week-long sneak peek of the famous E! programming viewers can come to expect from the new specialty channel, including all the hook-ups, break-ups and make-ups that star-struck fans can stand.

E! rolls out the red carpet for viewers on Launch Day with the day-and-date premieres of both E! NEWS and CHELSEA LATELY on Nov. 29. Throughout the week, E! presents a tease of its schedule with special programming featuring all the glitz, gossip and glamour of Hollywood, providing viewers with a taste of all the spicy antics yet to come.

Then, beginning Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m. ET, it’s all Kim, all Khloe, all Kourtney, all the time: a 29-hour, three-day marathon of E!’s record-breaking #1 series, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS.

After the week-long overdose of celebrity culture and La-La Land scandal, E! settles into its regular schedule on Sunday, December 5 with the premieres of KOURTNEY & KHLOE TAKE MIAMI, followed by the debuts of KENDRA (Dec. 7), TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY (Dec. 8), THE SOUP (Dec. 10), FASHION POLICE (Dec. 10), MARRIED TO ROCK (Dec. 12) and BRIDALPLASTY (Dec. 12). Visit eonline.ca to confirm local listings.

“Our goal is to present E! programming day-and-date with the U.S., so our launch strategy allows Canadians to get caught up with E!’s franchise series,” said Joanna Webb, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. “Additionally, pairing ETALK with E! NEWS weeknights solidifies E! as this country’s destination for all things celebrity, entertainment and lifestyle.”

 

A quick look at the E! schedule (subject to change):

 

WEEKNIGHTS

ETALK

Monday – Friday, 6 p.m. ET & 11:30 p.m. ET

E! launches the night with Canada’s first look at  entertainment headlines from Canada’s most-watched entertainment newsmagazine. Hosts Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim are front-and-centre delivering up-to-the minute news in film, television, music and more.

 

E! NEWS

Monday – Friday, 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, 9 a.m.  ET and Sunday, 11 a.m. ET

In a city that changes trends like most people change underwear, it’s important to get groundbreaking news right away…and hosts Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic tap into Hollywood as it happens. Tune in daily for breaking Hollywood news, up-to-the-minute scoops on the latest trends, movie deals, award show moments and celebrity unions and break-ups.

 

CHELSEA LATELY

Monday – Friday, 11 p.m. ET

Chelsea Handler’s quick-witted commentary and refreshing approach brings a unique perspective on pop culture and entertainment news with her hilarious round table guests, out-of-the-ordinary interviews, and comedic field pieces.

 

SUNDAYS

MARRIED TO ROCK (8-9 p.m. ET, 2 x :30)

What happens when a rock star finds true love? He puts a ring on it! Meet the beauties behind the beat of musicians from Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Billy Idol and Guns N’ Roses. They’re going on the road, raising kids and cookin’ up trouble at home. Hold on to your back-stage passes as this promises to be a rockin’ new series.

 

BRIDALPLASTY (9 p.m. ET, 1 x :60)

Hosted by Shanna Moakler, 12 brides compete for the chance to make their plastic surgery dreams come true. With every challenge, a lucky lady wins one procedure off her wish list. Which winning bride will be unveiled at the altar with a completely new look? Viewers-and one anxious groom-will have to wait to find out!

 

KOURTNEY & KHLOE TAKE MIAMI (10-11 p.m. ET, 2 x :30)

They may be coming to Miami to open a new Dash store, but when Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian leave Mom and Kim behind, they take full advantage of their new home away from home. From shopping to partying to hooking up, this summer’s all about fun!

 

MONDAYS

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (8 – 11 p.m. ET, 6 x :30)

Canadian viewers can catch up to the shenanigans on E!’s #1 series Monday nights before the all-new KOURTNEY AND KIM TAKE NEW YORK premieres in the new year. Tabloid princess Kim Kardashian and her colourful blended family are the subjects of this reality series that chronicles their often chaotic domestic life together. Although often at odds, especially Kim and sisters Kourtney and Khloe, they always support one another in the end.

 

 

TUESDAYS

KENDRA (10-11 p.m. ET, 2 x :30)

Playmate Kendra Wilkinson has moved out of the mansion and is on her own for the first time in her life. We see what it’s like for one of Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriends as she attempts to build her career, plan a wedding, and make a life for herself.

 

WEDNESDAYS

TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY / E! ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALS (10 – 11 p.m. ET, 1 x :60)

Want the inside scoop on Tinseltown’s steamiest secrets? E!’s EMMY®-nominated documentary series TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORIES provides the real story on the shows, the stars and the secrets of the Hollywood elite, including Taylor Swift, Bret Michaels, Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen, Adam Lambert and many more. Additionally, E! dials into celebrity profiles and showbiz gossip with E! ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALS such as Jersey Shore Unleashed, Justin Bieber: My World, Maxim Celebrity Beach Watch: 15 Hottest Bods, Women of the Forbes Celebrity 100,  and Kiss and Tell: The Other Woman Speaks.

 

FRIDAYS

THE SOUP (10 – 10:30 p.m. ET)

Host Joel McHale highlights the best reality TV clips of the week, with biting commentary, hilarious skits and his ever-present sidekick Chihuahua, Lou. It’s the meatiest, juiciest sarcastic-est show on television.

 

FASHION POLICE (10:30 – 11 p.m. ET)

Joan Rivers brings her notorious and no-holds-barred fashion and pop culture commentary to viewers in this new weekly series co-hosted by E! NEWS’s Giuliana Rancic, red carpet regular Kelly Osbourne, and Hollywood stylist George Kotsiopolis.

 

WEEKENDS

E! MARATHONS (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Each weekend, E! presents back-to-back celeb-packed marathons, whether from series, E! SPECIALS, E! ORIGINALS or TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY.

 

Additional programming details will be announced in the coming weeks.

CTV and Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) have partnered to bring E! Entertainment Television back to Canadian audiences.

Today, the companies announced a multi-platform program supply and trademark licence arrangement that will debut a new Canadian E! channel, formerly Star!, beginning November 29.

Dedicated exclusively to informing Canadian viewers on all aspects of the entertainment industry, E! will immediately be available in more than 6.2 million Canadian households.

One of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, E! is the #1 primary source on American television for celebrity and entertainment news and continues to rank as a top five network in the U.S. for both A18-49 and A18-34.* Targeting the female 18-49 demo, the return of E! in Canada marks the arrival of a very strong specialty brand to CTV’s industry-leading suite of specialty channels. 

“E! is a specialty brand for a specialty service. It’s a hot network that has seen dramatic year-over-year ratings growth,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The time is right to refresh our own entertainment channel so it can achieve its potential for viewers and advertisers. E! is a dynamic complement to what we’ve built with ETALK, Canada’s #1 entertainment source.”

“We’re delighted to bring E! back to audiences in Canada as we enter this new partnership with CTV,” added Duccio Donati, Executive Vice President, CIMG.  “E!’s signature content has been a long-time favourite with TV viewers in the market and the network’s robust line-up of entertainment news programming, hit reality series and red carpet coverage, complement the channel’s localized programming, as part of an E! branded 24/7 channel.”

Powered by pop culture phenoms such as KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, CHELSEA LATELY, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, THE SOUP and E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, E! enjoyed its highest-rated and most-watched September ever in the U.S. 

The arrangement between CTV and CIMG will see:

· exclusive access to current programming on E!;

· exclusive access to E!’s array of digital media assets in Canada, including mobile and Video on Demand;

· a Canadian-managed website, eonline.ca, eventually featuring both E! and original digital content and allowing for integration of Canadian ad sales; and

· a commitment to create new, original Canadian programming.

 

Research indicates that an overwhelming majority of Canadian viewers are already familiar with E!, including 96% females A18-34 and 92% males A18-34. The network recently expanded its flagship series E! NEWS to a new one-hour format, while MARRIED TO ROCK, BRIDALPLASTY, and Season 3 of KENDRA will premiere on E! this November. Journalist and author Laura Ling also recently joined the network as host of the popular investigative documentary series E! INVESTIGATES. E!’s roster of popular personalities includes the Kardashians, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic, Joel McHale, Kelly Osbourne, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Joan Rivers.

The channel will present 50 per cent Canadian programming throughout the broadcast year, including 40 per cent in prime time. Additional programming details regarding E!’s new schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

CTV will utilize its award-winning promotion, marketing and communication resources to relaunch the E! brand in Canada. The company already manages Canada’s #1 specialty brands in sports (The Sports Network, aka TSN), music and youth (MuchMusic and MTV), factual (The Discovery Channel), business (BNN – Business News Network), comedy (The Comedy Network), and genre (SPACE), among others.

Toronto, ON and Los Angeles, CA (November 1, 2010) – CTV and Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) have partnered to bring E! Entertainment Television back to Canadian audiences. Today, the companies announced a multi-platform program supply and trademark licence arrangement that will debut a new Canadian E! channel, formerly Star!, beginning November 29. Dedicated exclusively to informing Canadian viewers on all aspects of the entertainment industry, E! will immediately be available in more than 6.2 million Canadian households.

One of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, E! is the #1 primary source on American television for celebrity and entertainment news and continues to rank as a top five network in the U.S. for both A18-49 and A18-34.* Targeting the female 18-49 demo, the return of E! in Canada marks the arrival of a very strong specialty brand to CTV’s industry-leading suite of specialty channels.

“E! is a specialty brand for a specialty service. It’s a hot network that has seen dramatic year-over-year ratings growth,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The time is right to refresh our own entertainment channel so it can achieve its potential for viewers and advertisers. E! is a dynamic complement to what we’ve built with ETALK, Canada’s #1 entertainment source.”

“We’re delighted to bring E! back to audiences in Canada as we enter this new partnership with CTV,” added Duccio Donati, Executive Vice President, CIMG. “E!’s signature content has been a long-time favourite with TV viewers in the market and the network’s robust line-up of entertainment news programming, hit reality series and red carpet coverage, complement the channel’s localized programming, as part of an E! branded 24/7 channel.”

Powered by pop culture phenoms such as KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, CHELSEA LATELY, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, THE SOUP and E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, E! enjoyed its highest-rated and most-watched September ever in the U.S.

The arrangement between CTV and CIMG will see:

• exclusive access to current programming on E!;
• exclusive access to E!’s array of digital media assets in Canada, including mobile and Video on Demand;
• a Canadian-managed website, eonline.ca, eventually featuring both E! and original digital content and allowing for integration of Canadian ad sales; and
• a commitment to create new, original Canadian programming.

Research indicates that an overwhelming majority of Canadian viewers are already familiar with E!, including 96% females A18-34 and 92% males A18-34. The network recently expanded its flagship series E! NEWS to a new one-hour format, while MARRIED TO ROCK, BRIDALPLASTY, and Season 3 of KENDRA will premiere on E! this November. Journalist and author Laura Ling also recently joined the network as host of the popular investigative documentary series E! INVESTIGATES. E!’s roster of popular personalities includes the Kardashians, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic, Joel McHale, Kelly Osbourne, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Joan Rivers.

The channel will present 50 per cent Canadian programming throughout the broadcast year, including 40 per cent in prime time. Additional programming details regarding E!’s new schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

CTV will utilize its award-winning promotion, marketing and communication resources to relaunch the E! brand in Canada. The company already manages Canada’s #1 specialty brands in sports (The Sports Network, aka TSN), music and youth (MuchMusic and MTV), factual (The Discovery Channel), business (BNN – Business News Network), comedy (The Comedy Network), and genre (SPACE), among others.

E! is set to launch a new reality series focussing on the wives of well-known rock stars.

Married To Rock will feature three women who are married to famous rockers and one that hopes to reach rock stardom herself.

Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s wife Susan Holmes McKagan is featuring, as well as Etty Farrell and Josie Stevens, wives of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens respectively.

AJ Celi, girlfriend of Billy Duffy of The Cult also features in the series.

“So many women have a fantasy about landing a rock star,” said Lisa Berger, executive VP programming at E! “We’re raising the curtain on the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle and showing there’s more to it than the late-night partying, ravaged hotel rooms and jet-set life we’ve all read about. But, of course, there’s all of that too.”

Source: HR

20/20: REMEMBERING MICHAEL JACKSON
TONIGHT – 9PM ET/PT ON E!

THE MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL – 1PM ET ON E! & EONLINE.COM
Adding to the extensive live television coverage of the pop icon’s final farewell, Canada’s destination for everything entertainment will also be streaming the Michael Jackson Memorial broadcast on Eonline.com. E! News co-host Giuliana Rancic hosts the live coverage.

20/20: REMEMBERING MICHAEL JACKSON – 9PM ET/PT
Barbara Walters hosts this special edition of 20/20 honouring the life and times of The King of Pop.

E! Everything Entertainment is the place for complete Grammy coverage Catch all the post-Grammy Awards buzz including all the Red Carpet winners and losers by visiting: eonline.com – the destination for everything entertainment