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A delicious blend of hilarious comedy and lethal satire are a guarantee in eTalk’s Queen Street headquarters next Monday, when Sandra Bernhard joins a live audience in the storefront studio.

The edgy genius behind the hilarious and provocative one-woman shows Without You I’m Nothing, and I’m Still Here … Damn It! lands in Toronto and headlines Toronto’s Pride Week (June 20 – 29).

Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker welcomes the multimedia celebrity in studio before a live audience on Monday, June 23 at 3:45pm.

Fans can expect the tough talking, acidic wit for which Bernhard is known and revered, and can ask questions…if they dare.

Sold out stadiums, legions of fans, and 70-million albums sold worldwide – New Kids On The Block walked away from it all when they called it quits in 1994. Staging one of the most anticipated band reunions ever, the New Kids are back to prove that they still have “The Right Stuff.” Only days ago, eTalk’s Lainey met with the boy band phenom in Toronto for a dream interview and the chemistry was electric! Fans can join Lainey backstage where she gets the latest scoop – plus a flirty invite to join the upcoming tour! – by watching the half-hour exclusive eTalk Special: New Kids On The Block, airing Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on Star! – Canada’s Entertainment Channel. (Encore presentations: Saturday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 22 at 9:30 p.m. on Star!).

Reuniting just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum album “Hangin’ Tough,” Joey McIntyre, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, and Danny Wood, get set to share the stage when they kick off their world tour in Toronto this September.

In eTalk Special: New Kids On The Block, eTalk reporter and gossip maven Lainey sits down with the gold standard of the 1990s boy band, uncovering the turmoil of their split, and charting the road to their big comeback. Giggling and flirtation spices up an often hilarious heart-to-heart, where the now 30-somethings share their thoughts on being back in the studio together for the first time after more than a decade. Lainey digs deep, discovering how they feel about reprising New Kids as they approach 40, and their delight at the surprising crush of a loyal fan base who are still here after years of obscurity from the pop music scene. The massive, ridiculous fame they walked away from looms on the horizon as the New Kids prepare to go on world tour. No one but Lainey gets the goods on how they feel about re-opening the door to millions of swooning fans, now that most of the New Kids are married with families.

Oprah makes dreams come true, and next week she is teaming up with Canadian activists Craig and Marc Kielburger to help them achieve their dream of ending poverty and exploitation of children around world. On Monday, May 26, Oprah devotes a full-hour to the the Kielburger brothers and Free The Children founders as they announce their new “O Ambassadors” initiative in association with Oprah’s Angel Network (at 4 p.m. ET).

Before that, CTV explores the Kielburger’s tireless efforts with Free The Children in a one-hour eTalk special (at 10 a.m. ET). Later that day, Degrassi: The Next Generation features a Free The Children storyline (at 7:30 p.m. ET) and a special cameo appearance by Craig Kielburger (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

O Ambassadors, the Free The Children’s joint project with Oprah’s Angel Network, aims to inspire young people to become active and compassionate global citizens. On Monday’s Oprah (4 p.m.), Craig and Marc Kielburger join the talk show host along with more than 350 O Ambassadors from around the world who are already creating ripples of change in their local and global communities.

“The Kielburger’s appearance on Oprah is proof positive of how a local movement can resonate on an international scale,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “These two incredible young Canadians have made a difference in the lives of children worldwide and we are proud to share their story with a national audience.”

In the eTalk Special Event (10 a.m. on May 26; repeating Tuesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. ET), Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim welcome Craig and Marc Kielburger to the eTalk street front studios on Queen Street in Toronto. Joined by student leaders from across Toronto, cast members from Degrassi: The Next Generation, and webcast submissions from around the world, eTalk honours Free The Children – the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. Montreal correspondent Sophie Grégoire Trudeau engages student leaders on location in Quebec.

More attention is paid to Free The Children when the organization is featured in an all-new episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation at 7:30 p.m. It’s Anya’s (Samantha Munro) first year running the Free The Children Freedom Fast to promote education and health in Africa, and she has a lot to coordinate. Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger makes a special cameo appearance.

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7pm Thursday, April 3

Leading up to The 2008 JUNO Awards, eTalk brings viewers an exclusive interview with host Russell Peters in his L.A. home (Part 1). The show is also on the road with Theory of a Deadman; Measha Bruggergosman shops for her JUNO dress and eTalk host Tanya Kim gets red carpet ready with Project Runway winner Evan Bidell.

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7pm Friday, April 4

With The JUNO Awards only two days away, Elaine “Lainey” Lui gives viewers a sneak peek of the eTalk Lounge while JUNO nominee and eTalk Correspondent Jully Black and her dancers get ready for her JUNO performance. Also, Tanya Kim is at the JUNO Cup hockey practice, Belly shows us his JUNO bling, and the second part of an exclusive interview with JUNO host Russell Peters airs.

Sunday, April 6
7 p.m

eTalk hosts Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim, and MuchMoreMusic personality Traci Melchor have all this year’s star-studded red carpet coverage as the JUNO presenters and performers make their way into Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome for The 2008 JUNO Awards.

New Star! Special – Chart-topping songstress/JUNO nominee Jully Black and eTalk’s Tanya Kim head to Jamaica for a little “Revival” of their very own. The duo, along with 44 lucky CHUM Radio contest winners, go on wild adventures including climbing Dunn’s Falls, dog sledding, horseback-riding, and of course enjoying some of the best jerk at landmark restaurant, Scotchies. eTalk explores Black’s emotional journey and her personal connection to the Caribbean paradise. Plus, she performs her first-ever concert on the island of her heritage.

Sunday, March 2 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on Star

February 22, 2008

A month ago he was drinking tall boys with friends in Toronto. Today he is wining and dining with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. It’s been quite a ride for 27-year-old Josh Raskin of the Academy Award®-nominated Canadian short I Met The Walrus. Along with producer Jerry Levitan, Raskin has been making the rounds in Hollywood in the days leading up to Sunday’s Oscar broadcast on CTV: screenings at the Skywalker Ranch, meeting with agents at William Morris and ICM, exclusive parties at the Canadian Consulate and Dreamworks Studios have kept the pair busy. Last night, Levitan and Raskin, along with Walrus illustrator James Braithwaite, were feted by CTVglobemedia CEO Ivan Fecan and Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc., at the legendary Bel-Air Hotel at an intimate dinner party with eTalk hosts Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim and Lainey Lui. The duo has also participated in a whirlwind of media interviews from CNN to The Globe and Mail and The National Post. Entertainment Weekly along with many other outlets has predicted a win for the film. I Met The Walrus was produced with a $20,000 grant from CTV’s Bravo!FACT.

In May 1969, Jerry Levitan was a 14-year-old Beatles fan who invited himself into John Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and convinced him to do an interview. Almost 40 years later, Levitan took the audio from that interview and teamed up with Toronto director/animator Josh Raskin – who was born in the year John Lennon died – to create what has become I Met The Walrus.

Earlier this month, Raskin and Levitan attended the annual Oscar’s nominee’s luncheon where they rubbed shoulders with A-listers. Sunday night, they will be doing the same as they step onto the red carpet for the world’s most glamorous entertainment event.

eTalk will report on the events in Raskin and Levitan’s “Walrus Weekend” this coming Monday as part of their exclusive post-Oscars wrap-up special including exclusive back-stage interviews airing Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings on CTV.ca).

I Met The Walrus receives its World Television Premiere this Sunday, Feb. 24 immediately following the Academy Awards broadcast on CTV (check local listings).

Only eTalk can bring Canadian viewers exclusive post-awards coverage from Hollywood, including: red carpet highlights; who won and who was snubbed; reports from backstage with the winners; celebrations from Elton John’s after-party; and the fashion hits and misses.

Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m. ET

February 16, 2008

— CNN travels to Toronto this weekend to report on the little film attracting North American attention —

Tonight on eTalk – In the midst of a tight Oscar race for Best Animated Short, America’s leading consumer entertainment and pop culture magazine, Entertainment Weekly, has listed I Met The Walrus – funded by CTV’s Bravo!FACT – as the favourite to win. eTalk will have full details tonight at 7 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV.

In addition to the accolades from Entertainment Weekly, the film is attracting attention in media ranging from the Hollywood Reporter to The New York Times. Today’s Chicago Sun Times (Bill Stamets) also gives props to the “more adventurous sort of short,” and “highly recommends it,” while news leader CNN is visiting Toronto this weekend to interview producer Jerry Levitan. The film is being screened this weekend in New York City for Academy voters.

About I Met The Walrus — In May 1969, Jerry Levitan was a 14-year-old Beatles fan who invited himself into John Lennon’s hotel room and convinced him to do an interview. Almost 40 years later, Levitan took the audio from that interview and teamed up with Toronto director/animator Josh Raskin. The result is Bravo!FACT’s I Met the Walrus, an intricate, animated visual narrative that accompanies John Lennon’s timeless message, featuring the pen sketches of James Braithwaite and the digital illustrations of Alex Kurina.

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