olympics

London 2012 Olympics – Sunday July 29

Diving: Women’s synchronized three-metre springboard

Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel.

Cycling: Women’s road race

Clara Hughes.

London 2012 Olympics – Saturday July 28

Cycling: Men’s road race

Ryder Hesjedal.

Basketball: Women

Canadian women’s team.

Swimming: Men’s 400-metres freestyle

Ryan Cochrane. Continue reading »

With more viewing options and extensive coverage of the Olympic Games than ever before, Canadians can count on CTV News to report the day’s events that matter most.

Beginning Monday, July 23 through to the Closing Ceremony, CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme takes the show on the road to London 2012.

In addition to the national broadcast, CTV News will produce two local newscasts per day – at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (check www.CTVNEWS.ca for local broadcast times) throughout the Games. Continue reading »

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium announced today coverage of its initial London 2012 event – Canada’s first qualifying round group match in women’s soccer against Japan.

Live coverage begins two days before the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET on TSN, Sportsnet, RDS, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca, as well as on the CTV Olympics London 2012 App.

Co-hosts of OLYMPIC DAYTIME ON CTV, James Duthie and Jennifer Hedger, lead studio coverage in London and will be joined by Prime Time Soccer Analyst Kara Lang, who was a member of the Canadian women’s soccer team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Continue reading »

The question of who will be broadcasting the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics is still unanswered.

Bell Media and CBC initially partnered up in order to avoid driving up the price due to the competition between them but the International Olympic Committee has other ideas.

The IOC rejected two joint bids from Bell and CBC and the two broadcasters will not submit any ore together. Continue reading »

Golden days and nights are ahead as CTV announced its pre-London 2012 summer lineup. Featuring three hotly-anticipated debuts and six returning hits, it all leads up to the world’s most-watched television event, the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES, airing Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 12.

The CTV summer lineup includes all-new primetime lineups on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, dance competition sensation SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back for its ninth season, leading into CTV’s hit original series THE LISTENER, back for a third spellbinding season.

Then, CTV introduces a new Thursday lineup packed with steamy reality fare and sizzling drama. Starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), and Daniel Gillies (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), the new CTV original medical drama SAVING HOPE makes its highly-anticipated debut in simulcast with NBC.

Kicking off the night, it’s new dating series TAKE ME OUT, hosted by beloved entertainer George Lopez. Then, CTV unearths love in the jungle with the return of the dating competition series LOVE IN THE WILD, with new host Jenny McCarthy.

Meanwhile, a fresh twist on the reality genre, the live and interactive new competition series THE GLASS HOUSE (Mondays) pits 14 contestants against one another for a shot at a $250,000 cash prize, all at the mercy and direction of their social media followers. Fans take unprecedented control, dictating everything from what contestants will wear and eat, to the games they will play and where they will sleep – ultimately determining who will rise up as the favourite and have the best shot at being the last one standing. 

It’s all the perfect warm-up to the biggest television event of the year, the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES. CTV’s unbeatable coverage of the 2012 GAMES, as lead broadcaster of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, will capture every twist, turn and show-stopping moment, and bring the excitement of London into the homes of viewers across Canada from the starting whistle to the finish line. 

 

NEW SERIES

 

SAVING HOPE – Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 7

SAVING HOPE is CTV’s new original medical drama, which debuts in simulcast this summer with NBC. Starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), Daniel Gillies, (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Wendy Crewson (Away From Her), Huse Madhavji (COMBAT HOSPITAL), Julia Taylor Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), and Kristopher Turner (THE LISTENER), the one-hour drama is from acclaimed Gemini award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, WOULD BE KINGS). When charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos – and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), Alex races to save Harris’ life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.

 

TAKE ME OUT – Sneak Peek on Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 14

TAKE ME OUT is a hilarious and fast-paced new dating series that presents 30 single women with a series of hopeful bachelors each week and a new chance at love. Filmed in front of a studio audience, the female contestants all vie for the same bachelor and over four rounds, choose to keep the light on at their podium as long as they feel a spark, or turn it off when the attraction fizzles. Multi-talented entertainer George Lopez plays double-duty as host and matchmaker as he invites some flirtatious fun between the ladies and brave bachelor before them, who hopes to make a lasting first impression to win them over and score the ultimate dream date. Produced by FremantleMedia (AMERICAN IDOL, THE X FACTOR) and based on the widely-popular British format, this one-hour series flips the switch on love.

 

THE GLASS HOUSE – Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 18

THE GLASS HOUSE is an exciting and interactive reality competition series where viewers are in charge of the game. In a competition for a quarter million dollars, 14 contestants will live and compete in a totally wired, state-of-the-art house, competing not just against each other, but playing to win over viewers each week. Both online and through their social networks, viewers are encouraged to support and follow their favourite contestants, with their votes helping to determine who is eliminated and who will earn the chance to return to the “glass house”. Several times a week, viewers can watch a live online feed from inside the house and vote to decide everything from what they wear, eat, games they play and were to sleep. In the end, it’s about who plays the best social game and the alliances they create with their fans.

 

RETURNING SERIES

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Two-Hour Season Premiere Thursday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT; Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning May 30

Back for its ninth season, the Emmy®-nominated hit dance competition series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, kicks off with a two-hour premiere Thursday, May 24. This season’s auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Salt Lake City feature host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Lil’ C, Stacey Tookey and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will air once a week and each jam-packed two-hour show will feature awe-inspiring performances, as the contestants compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.

 

HOT IN CLEVELAND – Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning May 29

Betty White’s HOT IN CLEVELAND is back for its third season with more adventures for the dynamic trio of best friends and their house’s rather opinionated caretaker. With Valerie Bertinelli starring as Melanie, Jane Leeves as Joy, Wendie Malick as Victoria and Betty White as Elka, together, these four women create comedic magic that runs from banter to farce to physical comedy, with none of them missing a beat.

 

THE LISTENER – Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning May 30

In the highly-anticipated third season of CTV’s hit Original Series THE LISTENER, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, The Timekeeper) decides to ignore his telepathic abilities and live a normal life. Choosing to step away from his role as a paramedic to work more closely with the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB) and Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Gemini Award-nominee Lauren Lee Smith, CSI), he puts undue pressure on himself to prove to his peers that he belongs. While his new consultant role means curtailing some of his EMS duties, the critical care team remains the emotional heart of his complicated life. This is especially true when Toby’s best friend and paramedic partner, Oz (Ennis Esmer, THE L.A. COMPLEX), moves into the apartment next door and tries to work up the courage to make a commitment to St. Luke Hospital triage nurse Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn, CORNER GAS).

 

COMEDY NOW! – Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 2

Entering its 14th season, this hilarious, all-Canadian, star-making stand-up series has won awards all over North America. A TV calling card for comedic success, COMEDY NOW! has featured some of Canada’s most successful comedians, including Brent Butt, Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford and Russell Peters. Starring in the all-new season are Jeff McEnery, Roman Danylo, Nathan Macintosh, Darrin Rose, Christina Walkinshaw, Eddie Della Siepe, Graham Chittenden, Perry Perlmutar, Nile Séguin, and Lars Callieou.

 

MASTERCHEF – Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 4

Featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliott and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, MASTERCHEF debuts its third season, as a new batch of amateur cooks are challenged by testing their palates, knowledge and determination to follow their dreams of making a mark in the culinary world.

 

LOVE IN THE WILD – Two-Hour Season Premiere Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV; Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 14

LOVE IN THE WILD returns for a second season with new host Jenny McCarthy (SINGLED OUT), a new location in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, and even wilder adventures chock-full of surprises and dramatic twists. Putting relationships to the ultimate test, LOVE IN THE WILD pairs 10 single men with 10 single women, for a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. More hearts will be broken and catfights will abound when the new crop of singles embark on their journey to find true love.

 

SPECIAL EVENT TELEVISION

 

THE 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

CTV provides Canadians with exclusive live coverage of THE 2012 BILLBOARDS MUSIC AWARDS for its second consecutive year. Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell (MODERN FAMILY), the Awards features performances by megawatt stars including Canada’s own Justin Bieber, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, THE VOICE’s Cee Lo Green, party rockers LMFAO and British-Irish boy band The Wanted. Viewers get instant access to the excitement and entertainment live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing Sunday, May 20 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. Additional broadcast details to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

CTV MOVIE: IT’S COMPLICATED – Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV

In the Golden Globe® Award-winning film IT’S COMPLICATED, brought together at a family event, Jane (Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady) hooks up with her ex-husband, Jake (Golden Globe® Award-winner Alec Baldwin, 30 ROCK), who is married to Agnes (Lake Bell, HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA), the younger woman he left Jane for. If being your ex’s mistress and hiding the affair from their kids isn’t tough enough, Jane also finds herself drawn to Adam (Golden Globe Award®-nominee Steve Martin, The Pink Panther), a smitten architect. While Jane and Jake still maintain other romances, the complications cannot help but mount as the couple continues with their affair.

 

LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 12 on CTV 

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is poised to deliver viewers the greatest Summer Games experience ever, with the most comprehensive multi-platform coverage in Canadian Olympic media history. Led by CTV and its broadcast team, including Brian Williams, James Duthie, Catriona Le May Doan, and Donovan Bailey, all eyes will be on the Canadian athletes expected to generate headlines. These include hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep who became a mother just eight months ago, shot putter Dylan Armstrong who missed the podium in 2008 by a centimetre, cyclist Clara Hughes who could become Canada’s most decorated Olympian, Mary Spencer who is hoping to celebrate the official debut of women’s boxing at the Games by winning a gold medal, and the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team aiming to win the country an Olympic medal which has not been realized in a traditional summer team sport in 76 years. The two top international storylines will feature American swimmer Michael Phelps attempting to become the most decorated Olympian of all time as well as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt striving to break his World and Olympic records.

Bell Media and CBC/Radio-Canada announced today that they have reached an agreement to form a broadcast partnership that will bid for the exclusive Canadian media rights for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

A successful bid through this new bilateral partnership will combine the strength of Bell Media and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Olympic broadcasting history in Canada to deliver to all Canadians, in English and French, the most comprehensive, diverse, and media-rich Games ever seen in this country. 

“The Olympic Games are a premium property that requires a strong partnership in order to deliver the level of experience that Canadian viewers and advertising partners now expect,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “With our combined resources and experience, this strategic alliance with CBC/Radio-Canada allows us to deliver the best possible Games experience to Canadians, and ensure the legacy of the Olympic movement in this country. Of course London 2012 is just around the corner, and we look forward to extending the successful partnership with Rogers exhibited at Vancouver 2010 into a powerful media experience for viewers once again.” 

“This partnership is positive news for Canadians as it is a first and important step in renewing the Olympic tradition on all of the public broadcaster’s platforms,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC/Radio-Canada. “With our commitment to keep offering world-class sports events, including Olympic Games, we will continue optimizing partnership opportunities like this one for the benefit of all Canadians.”

The new broadcast partnership is independent of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, comprised of Bell Media (80%) and Rogers Media (20%), which will broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games next summer. 

The International Olympic Committee is expected to begin the bidding process for the Canadian media rights to future Olympic Games later this year. No further details will be released until the bid process is complete.

For 17 days, Canadians came together in celebration as our Olympians stood tall and made the world take notice.  Now, one year later, CTV takes viewers on a journey back to that magical moment in time that galvanized the country and made believers of us all.

CTV has produced two original programs celebrating Vancouver 2010 and Canada’s Olympians: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, and the documentary 17 DAYS.  The programs air this weekend to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games (see programming details below).

In addition, from February 11 to March 1, ETALK will showcase interviews with Olympians on the one year anniversary of their medal performance.  On TSN, SPORTSCENTRE will highlight the key events and medal performances on each day of competition, one year later, while THAT’S HOCKEY will revisit each Team Canada game on the corresponding day.

 “The pride and passion Canadians experienced during Vancouver 2010 was at an all-time high.  Our athletes delivered inspiring and stellar performances that, to this day, continue to bring heartfelt joy,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.  “The one year anniversary is a perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy those special moments that made us proud to say we are Canadian.”

VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Airing Sunday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. local time (9 to 11 p.m. local in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)

Encore presentations on TSN – Feb. 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Encore presentation on TSN2 – Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. ET

On-demand at CTV.ca and 2010.ctv.ca – Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET

 

VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is a two-hour retrospective that uses a blend of Games highlights, never-before-seen interviews, anecdotes and reflections that weave together the moments of achievement and drama that touched the hearts of all Canadians.  Hosted by Brian Williams with James Duthie and Lisa LaFlamme in Vancouver and Jennifer Hedger in Whistler, the special catches up with Canada’s Olympians one year later. 

The majority of Canadian medallists are highlighted in the special.  Also featured are John Furlong, who reflects on his dream and his journey one year following the Games, and Wayne Gretzky, who discusses his perspective on the Opening Ceremony, the honour of lighting the cauldron and what the Games meant to Canada.

VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL opens with a heartfelt essay exploring how Vancouver 2010 changed Canada and the belief that the Olympic flame and all that it represents still burns in the hearts of Canadians.  The special closes with another poignant essay from Lloyd Robertson and his perspective on the effects of Vancouver 2010 on the national psyche. 

The special also includes stories and photos from Canadians across the country, as well as the Bell Memorable Moment – the most memorable moment of the Games, as chosen by Canadians in an online poll.

To enhance the viewers’ experience, a digital component has been created through online (2010.ctv.ca), mobile and tablet devices to deliver a true multimedia storytelling experience.  Available now, there are more than 150 videos of interviews, highlights, news items and broadcast features that enrich the back story of the television segments.  During the broadcast, users will be able to use a dynamic timeline to filter the videos, narrowing the selection to only those videos that are relevant to what is airing on television at that moment.

 

17 DAYS

Airing Saturday, Feb. 12 on CTV; 7 to 8 p.m. local time

Encore presentations on TSN – Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Encore presentations on TSN2 – Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. ET, Feb. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET

On-demand at CTV.ca and 2010.ctv.ca – Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ET

 

Just as the Olympians experienced moments of high drama and pressure, so too did the team at Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, who brought the Games to Canadians and delivered the athletes’ stories.

It is not known in the general public what these storytellers do and why.  This documentary turns the camera’s unblinking eye on the professional choices made by the people at the Consortium who were privileged to tell present and future generations the historic story of the ‘seventeen days’ in February when Canada hosted the world for the 2010 Winter Games.

Where were you when Sidney Crosby scored the ‘golden goal’? How did you celebrate Canada’s gold medal victories? How did Vancouver 2010 impact you, your family, the country? What made Vancouver 2010 so special? CTV wants to hear your stories.

In celebration of the upcoming one year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, CTV is asking Canadians to share their favourite Vancouver 2010 stories, videos and photos.  CTV.ca has launched a special anniversary website at 2010.ctv.ca, where Canadians are encouraged to share how they watched and experienced Vancouver 2010. 

Select stories, videos and photos will air during a 90-minute Vancouver 2010 Anniversary Show, airing nationally on CTV on February 13 (show details to be announced in the coming weeks).

“For 17 days, we experienced the drama that touched the hearts of Canadians and united the country.  There are so many untold, wonderful stories.  We wanted to give Canadians a chance to be part of this celebration and tell the rest of the country what Vancouver 2010 meant to them,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

A radical vision that was conceived five years ago by Ivan Fecan, President and CEO, CTVglobemedia and CEO, CTV Inc., allowed the country to embrace the 2010 Winter Games like never before and led to a record seven Gemini Awards for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for its revolutionary cross-platform coverage of Vancouver 2010.

The awards were presented last night in Toronto at the 25th annual Gemini Awards celebrating excellence in English Language television.

“It takes a dedicated team across all departments to produce an event of this magnitude. We were 1,400 strong in Vancouver with each and every member of our group contributing to a new standard for Olympic Games coverage. We are both humbled and proud to receive this recognition,” said Adam Ashton, President, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. “It was a responsibility and our privilege to share the athletes’ stories to all Canadians, and we look forward to doing it all again at London 2012.”

The seven awards are:

Best Live Sporting Event – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This marks the first Gemini Award for Rick Chisholm, Executive Vice-President of Broadcasting, who has worked in television production (primarily sports television) for 40 years. It is also the first Gemini Award for 25-year veteran Gord Cutler, Executive Producer.

Best Sportscaster/Anchor – James Duthie, Host of Olympic Daytime on CTV. This marks back-to-back wins for Duthie, who won last year for TSN’s coverage of TradeCentre 09.

Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer – Chris Cuthbert, Men’s Gold Medal Hockey. His memorable call of the ‘golden goal’ saw a nation jump to its feet in jubilation and has become part of Canadian vernacular. This is Cuthbert’s third Gemini Award; his most recent win was in 2006 along with broadcaster partner Glen Suitor for their work on the CFL on TSN. 

Best Sports Analyst – Catriona Le May Doan, Long Track Speed Skating. She is a three-time Olympic medallist and a five-time world champion. Now Le May Doan has another trophy to add to her collection with her first Gemini Award. 

Best Sports Analysis or Commentary (Program, Series or Segment) – Superbodies. A series of 12 two-minute vignettes featuring a rare look at the inner workings of an Olympian’s body using 3D computer imaging. The series was created and produced by Don Young, giving him a total of three career Gemini Awards, and Les Tomlin.

Best Sports Feature Segment – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Closing Essay. Renowned Globe and Mail columnist Stephen Brunt and longtime TSN producer Matt Dunn captured the emotion and pride of Vancouver 2010 with a closing essay that brought both smiles and tears to an entire nation.

Outstanding Technical Achievement in Digital Media – Alon Marcovici. This special award was presented to Marcovici, Vice-President of Digital Media and Research, and his digital team in mid-October for breaking new ground with their unprecedented digital media coverage and consumer access to broadcast, live event and original content at www.CTVOlympics.ca and www.RDSolympiques.ca. 

In addition, Brian Williams, Host of Olympic Prime Time on CTV, is nominated as Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast. This award will be presented at the Gala event on November 13.

The Consortium delivered the Top 5 most-watched events in Canadian television history during its coverage of Vancouver 2010, led by an average audience of 16.7 million viewers for the men’s gold medal hockey game. Ninety-nine per cent of the Canadian population experienced the 2010 Winter Games through one of the Consortium’s platforms (television, online, in print or on radio). Canadians consumed 1.25 billion hours of Vancouver 2010 coverage on television alone, with the average viewer watching 38 hours of content throughout the Games.