Entertainment Tonight Canada

Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada celebrate 2011 with ‘New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls,’ a nationally televised New Year’s Eve bash for the entire nation.

On Friday, December 31 – 10pm ET/PT on Global, ET Canada’s two-hour live countdown to the New Year gets underway across from the world-famous Falls in the heart of Queen Victoria Park. One of Canada’s most celebrated live performers, Great Big Sea will kick off the second annual celebration followed by performances by international music sensation Kardinal Offishall and the GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO award-winning, Barenaked Ladies.

“Coming off of last year’s incredible show and enormous crowds, there was no question we would be returning to Niagara Falls for this amazing party,” said Barbara Williams, SVP of Content, Shaw Media. “Whether you’re in eastern, central or western Canada, audiences can tune in for off the chart performances, exclusive interviews by our ET Canada hosts and of course, a spectacular view of the Falls.”

Hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli, this year’s fete promises to dazzle audiences with a breathtaking fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. With last year’s show having drawn crowds of up to 15,000 and a peak audience of 1.6 million viewers (national 2+) at 12:01am ET, ‘New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls’ has firmly established itself as Canada’s foremost NYE celebration.

Event partners include: The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), The City of Niagara Falls, Fallsview Tourist Area, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Victoria Centre Tourist Area, Clifton Hill Tourist Area, VIA Rail, Celebrate Ontario and other stakeholders within the city. For more information, log on to the NPC’s website at www.niagaraparks.com.

ET Canada airs weeknights at 7:30pm ET/PT on Global and 11pm ET/8pm PT on SLICETM. To catch up on special episodes and all the latest in entertainment news, please visit etcanada.com.

In advance of ETALK anchoring CTV’s new E! specialty service, Canada’s entertainment leader has become even stronger this Fall. ETALK now not only delivers bigger audiences than ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA, but ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT as well.

Meanwhile, ETALK has delivered some of its largest audiences ever this Fall, as it continues to gain momentum leading into the launch of E! on November 29.

A snapshot of the first few weeks of November show that in a head- to-head battle at 7 p.m. against ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ETALK is now consistently drawing larger audiences than the aging American entertainment veteran, especially among younger viewers. 

Nov 1-12, 2010 

        2+      A18-34  A18-49  A25-54 

ETALK   605,000 109,000 210,000 244,000

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT   517,000 64,000  157,000 181,000

ETALK Lead      +17%    +70%    +34%    +35%   

 

And the momentum continues. Since this season’s September launch, more and more viewers have tuned into ETALK to get their entertainment news fix. In September, ETALK averaged 458,000 viewers. In October that number swelled to 501,000 and November is off to an outstanding start averaging 605,000 to date. The series has also been achieving record audiences, including an incredible 702,000 viewers on Nov. 5, which places it among the top-rated episodes in the show’s history.

“As the originators of the format in Canada, our priority has always been capturing audiences through breaking news and exclusive content from a distinctly Canadian perspective,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer. “As we approach our historic tenth season and begin airing on E!, it’s great news that more and more Canadians are responding to our efforts.”

Overall, ETALK audiences have climbed 3.5% over last season to a half-million viewers (499,000) each weeknight at 7 p.m. on CTV. Meanwhile, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA has decreased 5% to 382,000, while ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT has dropped 11% to 571,000 viewers.

Global’s Entertainment Tonight Canada revealed this evening the details surrounding their exclusive red carpet Festival Central gala events in celebration of the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). As the only entertainment show to officially sponsor the Festival, ET Canada will feature wall-to-wall coverage of all things TIFF every night for 11 days beginning Thursday, September 9th.

“TIFF is a landmark event for film worldwide and after five years going strong, Festival Central parties have become renowned among the top tier talent that walk our red carpet,” said Tamara Simoneau, Sr. Executive Producer, ET Canada. “ET Canada is pulling out all the stops for our exclusive gala nights and fans can catch the evening’s best moments every night on the show.”

Returning to the city’s most coveted rooftop real-estate, Festival Central headquarters will once again be located in the heart of Yorkville. Under the stars and overlooking the crowds below, ET Canada will host four consecutive nights of glamour, including the official celebrations for “BARNEY’S VERSION” and “GOOD NEIGHBOURS.” Plus, ET Canada is celebrating will.i.am’s new media network DIPDIVE as well as teaming up with celebrity-endorsed charity, The Creative Coalition, to present the SPOTLIGHT AWARDS and official after party.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

will.i.am and ET CANADA present “DIPDIVE NIGHTS” brought to you by Blackberry

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am gets it started and mans the turntables for tastemakers, trendsetters and his famous friends. Celebrity guest DJs are expected throughout the evening for a body rocking, beat pumping, rooftop dance party.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 

“BARNEY’S VERSION” – Entertainment One 

Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Scott Speedman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre.

From producer Robert Lantos, Barney’s Version is a film based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel. Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney’s candid confessional spans four decades and two continents, and includes three wives (Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre), one outrageous father (Dustin Hoffman) and a charmingly dissolute best friend (Scott Speedman). Directed by Richard J. Lewis.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  13  

THE SPOTLIGHT AWARDS & OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY

For the first time ever, ET Canada will exclusively partner with not-for-profit New York City based organization, The Creative Coalition for the Spotlight Awards. The Awards pay homage to actors, directors and producers who support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world. Past winners and presenters include Natalie Portman, Harvey & Bob Weinstein, Elijah Wood, Adrien Grenier and Precious director, Lee Daniels.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

“GOOD NEIGHBOURS” – Alliance Films

Starring Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire and Jay Baruchel.

Director Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) returns with an innovative and unsettling thriller about some very strange people living in the same apartment building in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. The film follows some three usual inhabitants – Victor (Jay Baruchel), an overly friendly elementary school teacher who’s desperate for human contact; Louise (Emily Hampshire), a waitress with an unhealthy attachment to her cats; and Spencer (Scott Speedman), a widower who’s confined to a wheelchair.

 

Also, for the second year in a row, ET Canada will partner with Playback for the magazine’s fourth annual Canadian Film & Television Hall of Fame awards ceremony taking place on Monday, September 13. The awards are a celebration of film and television heavyweights including actor Donald Sutherland; writer/director/producer Paul Haggis; host/scientist David Suzuki; film producer Don Carmody; and the late actor John Candy.

Each night guests of Festival Central will be given the VIP treatment with special party features including a GUESS branded photo booth stationed at the end of the red carpet and the return of the hugely popular ET Canada branded golf carts that will whisk partygoers from street level to the excitement on the roof. ET Canada is proud to partner with some of Canada’s top advertisers this Festival. Platinum sponsors L’Oreal Paris and The Bay will be creatively integrated into the Festival Central events and coverage, and Gold sponsors Energizer Canada, Stella Artois and GUESS will have a unique presence at each of the parties as well. Silver sponsors include Grand Marnier and Fuze. ET Canada will once again bring Festival Central to life with the help of Liberty Entertainment Group.

“We are very excited to once again partner with ET Canada to produce Festival Central during this year’s TIFF. We have seen the event grow over the past five years to truly become one of the highlights of the Festival,” said Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group. “This year’s events will be our best yet and we look forward to toasting another successful year with our friends at ET Canada.”

ET Canada’s Studio Lounge will be based next door at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel where stars will stop by for interviews with show hosts Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli. VIP guests will sip on Moët et Chandon and autograph a custom Magnum to be auctioned off for charity. The ET Canada exclusive gift suite will feature Thomas Sabo fine jewelry and the newest fall lingerie and beauty collections from Victoria’s Secret, which just opened its first stores in Canada.

Weekdays at 7pm ET/ 7:30pm

Monday, March 31– ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli is in Orlando, Florida for WrestleMania XXIV.

Wednesday, April 2 – Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker talks about her new flick Smart People.

ET Canada showcases five unique and culturally diverse Caribbean destinations, and takes five of Canada’s hottest celebrities along for the ride.

Monday, February 4
Rosey Edeh hosts Kari Matchett (ER, 24) and her mother in Cancun, Mexico.

Tuesday, February 5
Rick Campanelli shows Tamara Taylor (Bones) and her new husband the best of Punta Cana.

Wednesday, February 6
Cheryl Hickey brings Roger Cross (24, Mad Money) and his family to Negril, Jamaica.

Thursday, February 7
Roz Weston hangs with Missy Peregrym (Heroes, Reaper) and her two sisters in Aruba.

Friday, February 8
Kim D’Eon hits Puerto Vallarta with Shaun Majumder (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Unhitched).

Host, Cheryl Hickey is back on the glamourous red carpet at the music industry’s most coveted awards gala with a 1-hour special show…fans can stay tuned for the inside scoop at the Grammys.

Premieres Sunday, February 10 – 7pm ET/PT