Movie

Thursday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT, 10 p.m. MT on Citytv

Actor/director Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on-hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and the competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Starring: Catherine O’Hara (Glenn Martin DDS), Eugene Levy (American Pie), Jane Lynch (Glee), Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls), John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher), and Parker Posey (The Sweetest Thing).

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When freedom is on the line, one moment can be the difference between justice served and justice denied. Premiering Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), OF MURDER AND MEMORY is an Original CTV movie inspired by Canadian author Linda Spalding’s involvement in the murder trial of a presumably innocent woman in Hawaii. Spalding’s real-life experiences and guilty conscience led her to write a novel about the case, entitled, Who Named the Knife. Bringing the story from the pages to small screen is a star-studded cast including Annabeth Gish (BROTHERHOOD), Chandra West (JOHN FROM CINCINNATI), Hugh Dillon (FLASHPOINT), Gabriel Hogan (RENT-A-GOALIE) and Maury Chaykin (ENTOURAGE).

Fifteen years ago, Sally Linden (Annabeth Gish) was called to serve as a juror in the murder trial of a woman, Teresa Nichol (Chandra West). The star witness for the prosecution is Teresa’s husband, Vincent Nichol (Hugh Dillon), who claimed his wife shot the victim in cold blood during a robbery attempt gone wrong. On the last day of the trial, Sally arrives to court five minutes late, and is excused from the jury. When Teresa is found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Sally leaves Hawaii, her own troubled marriage and her involvement in the trial behind. After coming across her old journal 15 years after the trial, Sally suspects a miscarriage of justice and seeks Teresa out, after visiting Theresa in jail, and going over the trial on her own, Sally fights to have the case reopened. In OF MURDER AND MEMORY, she is forced to face her own questions of guilt, justice and responsibility.

“OF MURDER AND MEMORY explores the themes of justice and redemption in a compelling and emotional way,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With a strong cast bringing the story to life, this movie will definitely resonate with viewers who understand the importance of second chances.”

“We were so passionate about bringing Linda Spalding’s story to the screen, and CTV got that right away,” said Semi Chellas, who penned the film. “The story is incredible – about the bond between a woman serving life in prison for a crime she may not have committed, and the woman who put her there. Ultimately, like THE ELEVENTH HOUR [Chellas and Frank’s Gemini-award winning CTV drama], this is a story of hope, integrity and justice — told through the lens of an extraordinary friendship.”

OF MURDER AND MEMORY was filmed on location in Toronto, Hamilton, ON, and Peterborough, ON, in the fall of 2007. The movie was developed by Thump Inc. in association with CTV. It is produced by Thump Inc. in association with CTV, Lifetime and with the participation of COGECO Program Fund.

OF MURDER AND MEMORY is Executive-Produced by Ilana Frank (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, THE LIFE BEFORE THIS) and Daniel Iron (LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE RED VIOLIN), directed by David Wellington (LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, WOULD BE KINGS) and is written by Semi Chellas (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, RESTLESS SPIRITS), who was inspired by the book Who Named The Knife, by Linda Spalding. Director of Photography is Derek Rogers (FOOLPROOF, NEW WATERFORD GIRL), James McAteer (IN A HEARTBEAT, HALF A DOZEN BABIES) is the Production Designer and Laurie Drew (THE DARK ROOM, REGENESIS 2) is Wardrobe Designer. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels for CTV Inc.

OF MURDER AND MEMORY is the eleventh original movie from CTV’s “Heroes, Champions and Villains” production strand that focuses on remarkable Canadian personalities, characters and stories. The strand is responsible for 2007’s IN GOD’S COUNTRY, starring Kelly Rowan, which delivered a record 1.6 million* viewers and was the most-watched movie (U.S. or Canadian) to air on any Canadian network in 2006-2007. Previous “Heroes, Champions and Villains” titles that have enjoyed critical and ratings success on CTV include ELIJAH, the two-part miniseries LIVES OF THE SAINTS, TERRY, THE MAN WHO LOST HIMSELF, EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE and SHADES OF BLACK, about the rise and fall of media mogul Conrad Black.

Revered by generations of fans from around the globe, Canada’s red-headed sweetheart, Anne Shirley, returns to television screens this holiday season.

A CTV major television event, the world premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING airs Sunday, December 14 from 7-10 p.m. ET on CTV.

Written and directed by the Emmy Award-winning Kevin Sullivan, the force behind the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES movies, the three-hour telefilm stars screen legend and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Shirley MacLaine and Oscar Nominee/Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Barbara Hershey, alongside Canadians Rachel Blanchard and Hannah Endicott-Douglas.

The timely CTV Original Movie honours the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables.

In addition, CTV and ‘A’ will present a collection of titles from Sullivan Entertainment to complement the premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING, including the original three ANNE OF GREEN GABLES mini-series, additional episodes from the Emmy Award-winning series ROAD TO AVONLEA, and more. The complete CTV and ‘A’ 2008 Holiday Programming lineup will be unveiled soon.

Anne Shirley is one of the world’s most heartwarming iconic characters – but what happened before her surprising arrival at Green Gables in Prince Edward Island? This expansive new movie, which is both a prequel and a sequel to the original films, answers that question. Audiences will learn about the foundations of Anne’s childhood that shaped her life and haunted her in later years: the origins of her carpet bag; the source of her expression, “kindred spirits”; the development of her intense imagination as a means of survival; and most profoundly, many of the relationships with adults and peers that structured her character so distinctively, prior to her arrival at Green Gables.

“Based on details from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s own diary and descriptions from the original novel, Kevin Sullivan has fashioned a moving and complex glimpse into the circumstances that created one of the most beloved fictional characters of our time,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

“I wanted to create a film that would offer a rare insight into Anne Shirley’s personality,” said Kevin Sullivan, President, Sullivan Entertainment. “I tried to imagine what Anne would have become if she had grown up to be an author like Montgomery herself; a gifted storyteller who was haunted by her childhood her whole life.”

Produced, written and directed by Sullivan, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING is set as the Second World War is winding down. Anne Shirley (played by Barbara Hershey, Beaches, Portrait of a Lady) is now a successful, middle-aged writer who has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended visit. While writing a play for the summer theatre season, she discovers a long-hidden secret under the floorboards at Green Gables.

As Anne struggles to complete her play, she delves into long-buried and long-forgotten memories, reliving her troubled years before she arrived as an orphan at the Cuthbert farmhouse. Over the course of one remarkable summer, Anne discovers the truth about her parents, the origins of her quest for “kindred spirits” and the genesis of her brilliant, magical imagination.

As the movie flows between present-day discoveries and past memories, Hannah Endicott-Douglas (THE GOOD WITCH, SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY) portrays the young Anne Shirley alongside Rachel Blanchard (Where the Truth Lies, 7TH HEAVEN, CLUELESS) as Louisa Thomas, Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes, Terms of Endearment, Bewitched) as Amelia Thomas, and Ron Lea (RACE TO MARS, THIS IS WONDERLAND) as Gene Armstrong.

Casting for the young Anne Shirley involved an expansive search to find an actress who could play the role made famous by Megan Follows. The quest for the ideal actress involved a cross-Canada audition tour and an open casting call on YouTube. More than 1,000 young girls from Canada, the United States, England and Australia auditioned for the coveted role in the film. After three months of searching, 12-year-old Hannah Endicott-Douglas from Toronto was chosen to carry on the legacy of Anne Shirley.

Filmed in studio in Toronto, ON and on location in Dundas, ON, and Rockwood, ON, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING recreates, with vivid detail, the setting for Anne Shirley’s tumultuous childhood. The production crew and special effects team were able to re-construct a number of locations made famous in the previous films, including some of the more well-known locations from the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES trilogy.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING is produced by Sullivan Entertainment in association with CTV. Trudy Grant (BUTTERBOX BABIES, Under the Piano, Sleeping Dogs Lie) is the executive producer of the film. Ray Sager (THE MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES, WIND AT MY BACK, THE ELEVENTH HOUR) is the executive in charge of production and Yuri Yakubiw (1-800-MISSING, SUE THOMAS: F.B. EYE) is the director of photography. Martha Mann (LANTERN HILL, ROAD TO AVONLEA) is the costume designer, and was also the costume designer on the original, multi award-winning ANNE OF GREEN GABLES mini-series.

Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m.

From the classic Canadian series ROAD TO AVONLEA, comes the holiday special AN AVONLEA CHRISTMAS, which pays tribute to the indomitable and sometimes intolerable matriarch of the King family, Hetty King. When she suddenly collapses during the holidays, Hetty is hospitalized. Feeling homesick and alone, she begins to re-evaluate her relationships and her accomplishments in life.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

CTV and Bravo! Bring Christopher Plummer in Stratford’s Caesar and Cleopatra to the Small Screen

– National audiences can now witness this summer’s Stratford Festival hit directed by Tony Award®-winner Des McAnuff –

Toronto, ON (November 3, 2008) – CTV and Bravo! announced today that it will bring Christopher Plummer’s acclaimed performance in this year’s Stratford Festival hit Caesar and Cleopatra to television viewers across the country next year. Produced in association with Melbar Entertainment Group, the two-hour special was shot last week in High Definition before a live audience in Stratford, Ontario. Executive produced by Michael Levine, Barry Avrich and Christopher Plummer, and directed by Shelagh O’Brien, the multi-camera production captures all the drama, intrigue and comedy of George Bernard Shaw’s renowned play.

Starring legendary actor Christopher Plummer along with Nikki M. James, and directed by Stratford’s Artistic Director and Tony Award®-winner Des McAnuff, Caesar and Cleopatra is a witty and seductive comedy about the relationship between a veteran Roman political strategist and an enchanting Egyptian teenage queen. Stratford’s production was hailed by The New York Times as “the climactic event in the company’s impressive current season.”

The two-hour television version of CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA will air on Bravo! in 2009 following a nation-wide premiere in cinemas across Canada.

“Featuring one of Christopher Plummer’s all-time greatest performances on one of the world’s most prestigious stages, CTV and Bravo! jumped at the chance to bring CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA to audiences across Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Shaw is a populist playwright, and this critically acclaimed production deserves to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.”

Bravo! presents CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA is produced by Melbar Entertainment Group. Executive producers are Michael Levine, Barry Avrich and Christopher Plummer. The producer is Barry Avrich. CTV’s production executive is Ismé Bennie. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.