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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.

NEW STAR! SPECIAL – Star! presents a timely tribute to Canadian musician and international icon Jeff Healey. Widely known for his hit “Angel Eyes”, Healey was one of the greatest jazz and blues-rock guitarists/vocalists of our time; his legendary career is thoroughly examined in this new half-hour retrospective. Hosted by Star!’s Husein Madhavji, the special also features rare commentary and memories from some of Healey’s musical colleagues including the Barenaked Ladies, Sass Jordan, Tom Cochrane, Bryan Adams, and Healey’s long time friend and publicist Richard Flohil. From various local clubs in Toronto to renowned venues around the world, Star! revisits some of Healey’s famed live on-stage performances. Plus, Husein sits down with CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) President Jim Saunders, who discusses Healey’s influence as an ambassador for CNIB and his personal battle in combating a rare disease – which ultimately took one of “Canada’s greats” too soon.

Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Star!
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Wednesday, January 2
NEW for 2008! Only Star! delivers the most in entertainment headlines, now bringing you 90 solid minutes of your favourite newsmagazine programs daily Mon-Fri. The up-to-the minute entertainment block begins with eTalk at 7:30 p.m. ET – Canada’s number one source for everything entertainment; followed by TMZ at 8 p.m. ET and Access Hollywood at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday, December 29
3 p.m. ET – Star! Attraction – “The Grace Kelly Story”

Star! takes you back to the movies! Every week we pull out the hottest films about show business, including biographies and stories set in the world of filmmaking, television and entertainment. Today, witness the fairy tale story of the actress who became a princess in The Grace Kelly Story. Kick back this holiday season with this stunning biography, which traces the princess’ rise from Philadelphia socialite…to Hollywood movie star.

Additional November Highlights on Star!

Programming highlights include:

Dave Navarro has a new “Addiction” for Texas Hold’em on Celebrity Poker Showdown (Nov. 19).
Fashion turns to music for inspiration with all new episodes of Look-A-Like, starting with Hilary Duff (Nov. 22) and Alanis Morissette (Nov. 29).
Will Russell Crowe throw another fit if his rugby team loses the Grand Final? Don’t miss the season finale of South Sydney Story (Nov. 27).
The Girls Next Door switches gears by kicking things into overdrive (Nov. 29).

Below is a chronological listing of additional programming highlights for November 19 – 29, 2007 on Star!. All programming is subject to change (All times ET; go to www.star-tv.com to confirm local broadcast times):

Monday, November 19
8 p.m. – Celebrity Poker Showdown

Filmed before a live studio audience at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Celebrity Poker Showdown features five celebrities competing for a piece of the $250,000 NetZero Internet prize pool, in a game of No Limit, Texas Hold’em poker, for the charity of their choice.

Hosted by Canadian comedian/actor Dave Foley and joined by Expert Poker Commentator Phil Gordon, tonight’s game features actors Jerry O’Connel, Richard Kind, Willie Garson, famed-guitarist Dave Navarro and actress Jennie Garth, all vying for the top prize.

Tuesday, November 20
9 p.m. – South Sydney Story – “The Book of Feuds”

NEW EPISODE – The South Sydney Rabbitohs are bonding beautifully; however, their connection isn’t translating on the field. With an enforced new code of discipline set up, a player’s mentor group established and the players taking on etiquette lessons – games are still being lost! Behind the scenes, Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes Á Court have to contend with a new concept – ownership decisions. Deciding on which player stays and which player goes, becomes crucial to the survival of the team…and challenging for the duo in command.

Wednesday, November 21
8:30 p.m. – Making It – “Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show”

Known as the Academy Awards of dog shows, The Westminster Kennel Club holds its annual competition every February at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With over 2,500 hundred dogs entered, winning “Best In Show” is the most coveted prize on the dog show circuit. Making It follows veteran dog handler, Alison Alexander, who is showcasing five dogs on her 12th trip to the show. Plus, share in the experience with first-timers Alan and Joanne Matheson, whose dog Diva is a champion Border Collie in Canada. Will either of them come home with the “Best In Show” crown?

Thursday, November 22
8 p.m. – Look-A-Like – “Hilary Duff”

NEW EPISODE – Eva can sing, dance and act just like her idol Hilary Duff. But after a remarkable transformation by the Look-A-Like style team, Eva shocks those on-set, by pulling off Hilary’s sultry, exotic brunette look to the max!

9 p.m. – The Girls Next Door – “Training Dazed”

NEW EPISODE – The Girls Next Door depicts life at the world famous Playboy Mansion by following the lives of Hugh Hefner’s three leading girlfriends—Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. From the parties to the everyday issues of sharing one man, it’s all a day in the life of these lovely ladies. Tonight, Bridget decides to send her dog to obedience school, while Kendra enrolls herself in charm school and Holly continues with her apprenticeship at Playboy Magazine.

Saturday, November 24
8:30 p.m. – Style Her Famous – “Drew Barrymore”

Can Jay Manuel (America’s Next Top Model, Canada’s Next Top Model) help a country girl score Drew Barrymore’s big-league glamour? Tune in to find out how Jay and his style team were able to take the country out of this one cowgirl, only to reveal box office appeal.

Monday, November 26
7:30 p.m. – eTalk

The Grey Cup wraps up its weekend festivities and eTalk was at all the parties paying tribute to Canada’s football championship. The sporting event draws out droves of celebrity and sports personalities, and only eTalk can take Canadians behind the scenes to the best parties, including the buzzed-about Maxim Players bash at the CN Tower.

8 p.m. – Celebrity Poker Showdown

Head back to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for Celebrity Poker Showdown. Tonight’s game rounds up Golden Globe®-winning actress Angie Dickinson, comedian Penn Gillette, Emmy Award®-winning comedian Kathy Griffin, professional race car driver Jeff Gordon

and actor Ron Livingston.

Tuesday, November 27
9 p.m. – South Sydney Story – “Rabbit Season”

SEASON FINALE – The final games of the season will determine if the grand experiment of privatisation has worked for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Nothing other than making the Grand Final will satisfy some fans – particularly those who voted against Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes Á Court’s mentorship. In this season finale, we find out if 2007 will be known as a building year or a winning year for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Thursday, November 29
7:30 p.m. – eTalk

eTalk has exclusive coverage of the Unite Against AIDS concert in Montreal. Hosted by eTalk’s Ben Mulroney, the concert highlights include performances by Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan and Corneille.

8 p.m. – Look-A-Like – “Alanis Morissette”

NEW EPISODE – Janine, a 26-year-old, ‘ironically’ likes rock music just like her Canadian celebrity double, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette. Watch how the Look-A-Like style team turns up the volume on this amazing makeover!

9 p.m. – The Girls Next Door – “Dangerous Curves”

NEW EPISODE – Hugh Hefner’s leading bunnies continue to expose the secrets of the Playboy Mansion. In tonight’s episode, the ladies kick things into overdrive as Kendra prepares to participate in the celebrity portion of the Toyota Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Bridget gets her Porsche customized and Holly goes “green” by purchasing a Toyota Prius.

Star! Program Alert – Highlights for November 2007

Programming highlights include:

Don’t miss the season finale of Springer Hustle (Nov. 4) and I Wanna Be A Soap Star (Nov. 14).
Russell Crowe tackles fashion on South Sydney Story (Nov. 6).
eTalk has complete coverage of The Giller Prize (Nov. 7)
See how one bodybuilder lives out his ‘Rocky’ dream in an all new episode of Look-A-Like: “Sylvester Stallone” (Nov. 15).
You’re invited to Hugh Hefner’s 81st birthday on Girls Next Door (Nov. 15).
Plunge head first into New York City’s Fashion Week on an all new episode of Fashionista Diaries (Nov. 17).

Below is a chronological listing of programming highlights for November 2007 on Star!. All programming is subject to change (All times ET; go to www.star-tv.com to confirm local broadcast times):

Thursday, November 1
8 p.m. – Look-A-Like – “Justin Timberlake”
NEW EPISODE – Argiris can act and dance like his favourite celebrity, but can he pull off the same star-studded look? Soaking up all the attention on set, see how this one guy brought ‘sexy back’, with his Justin Timberlake makeover and a transformation that proves guys can also be ‘nsync’ with their image.

9 p.m. – Girls Next Door – “P.M.O. Why Not?”
NEW EPISODE – The eagerness to learn who will become the next Playmate of the Year and win the $100,000 prize and coveted Playmate car has the Mansion buzzing as the girls get to know the finalists. Of course, bonding with all the finalists only makes it harder when Hef finally announces his decision for 2007’s Playmate of the Year! Find out which Bunny reigns in tonight’s episode.

Friday, November 2
7:30 p.m. – eTalk

The Giller Prize gala is just around the corner and eTalk continues the countdown with a profile of shortlisted author Daniel Poliquin, whose book A Secret Between Us is in the running. Also, a new season of The Amazing Race is set for another exciting globetrotting adventure and only eTalk has exclusive interviews with the contestants and host Phil Keoghan. Meet the competing pairs tonight before the race starts on Sunday, Nov. 4 on CTV.

Saturday, November 3
8:30 p.m. – Style Her Famous – “Hilary Duff”
NEW EPISODE – Jay Manuel (America’s Next Top Model, Canada’s Next Top Model) and his top-notch team of makeover maestros help a woman with a dated style embrace actress/singer Hilary Duff’s mature and modern look.

11 p.m. – Fashionista Diaries – “What A Super Saturday!”
NEW EPISODE – The Fashionista Diaries follows the real-life ups and downs of six ‘twentysomethings’ trying to pursue a dream of making it in the glamourous, highly competitive worlds of the fashion, beauty and publishing industries. Tonight’s episode finds the fashionistas taking a weekend vacation in the Hamptons, where Laurie and Bridget cover a fund raiser and Rachel throws a birthday party on the beach. But we all know in the world of fashion…there’s no such thing as time off!

Sunday, November 4
9:30 p.m. – Springer Hustle
SEASON FINALE – This shocking docu-soap takes viewers behind-the-scenes of television’s most controversial talk show – Jerry Springer. Continuing in its tradition of displaying the never-ending human oddities we’ve come to know and love, Springer Hustle wraps up its season with two associate producers given the order to spearhead their own show. The producer who excels gets promoted…but can anything get worse than Springer? Too hot for TV…just got even hotter!

Monday, November 5
7:30 p.m. – eTalk
On the eve of the most celebrated literary award, The Giller Prize broadcast on CTV, eTalk wraps up its author profiles with an interview with Michael Ondaatje, author of Divisadero.

Tuesday, November 6
9 p.m. – South Sydney Story – “Armani Army”
NEW EPISODE – This week, Russell Crowe takes on the job of re-designing the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ rugby attire. From what the players are wearing when they turn up for games, to how they present themselves at private functions, Russell gives advice on how to dress for success.

Wednesday, November 7
7:30 p.m. – eTalk
Tonight, eTalk has complete coverage of The Giller Prize, including highlights from the glamourous evening and an interview with the literary winner.

9 p.m. – I Wanna Be a Soap Star – “Who Am I?”
NEW EPISODE – I Wanna Be A Soap Star is a reality series that follows 12 contestants competing in various acting challenges for the prize of a recurring role on the Daytime Emmy Award®-winning drama General Hospital. In the soap plot hall of fame, amnesia has to be near the top of the list. This is the theme of tonight’s episode that features special guest, Alec Musser (Season Two Soap Star winner).

Thursday, November 8
8 p.m. – Look-A-Like – “Sharon Osbourne”
NEW EPISODE – Stella is a sassy paralegal by day and a rock star wannabe by night. The Look-A-Like style team helps this flirtatious and entertaining gal channel Sharon Osbourne’s style and humor in a Look-A-Like transformation sure to bring out everyone’s inner Brit!

9 p.m. – Girls Next Door – “Family Affairs”
NEW EPISODE – Join Hugh Hefner and his three lovely ladies—Holly, Bridget and Kendra—as they continue to expose the secrets of the Playboy Mansion. In tonight’s episode, Holly, who is currently studying real estate and business, works on a new project – a Playboy pictorial featuring her and Hef!.

Saturday, November 10
8:30 p.m. – Style Her Famous – “Salma Hayek”
NEW EPISODE – Jay Manuel (America’s Next Top Model, Canada’s Next Top Model) and his top-notch team of makeover maestros help a Marilyn Monroe impersonator find her own fashion identity, inspired by the ‘Betty-full’ looks from Mexican actress Salma Hayek.

11 p.m. – Fashionista Diaries – “It’s A GO Time”
NEW EPISODE – Tonight, Tina gets some help for a double date at a makeup demonstration; Bridget gets some negative feedback at a photo shoot and Rachel begins to prepare for her interviews at NYC’s Fashion Week.

Tuesday, November 13
9 p.m. – South Sydney Story – “Glory Glory”
NEW EPISODE – Some pre-season magic seems to have been injected into the South Sydney Rabbitohs as the team starts the season with three straight wins. The new Athletic Performance coach, Errol Alcott, explains what it takes to get a team into shape and keep them there. Off the field, there are changes for the fans too, as the team song is modernized and the cheer girls have been sacked. Out of the blue, their captain and star player David Kidwell is bizarrely injured after tripping over his two year-old daughter, and is out for the season.

Wednesday, November 14
9 p.m. – I Wanna Be a Soap Star – “All Good Things Must Come To An End”
SEASON FINALE – From learning how to cry on cue, to filming love and fight scenes, soap actress Debbi Morgan and General Hospital Casting Director Mark Teschner judge the final performances of two soap star wannabes, Jimena and Ashlee. Hosted by Cameron Mathison (All My Children), tonight’s finale will crown the show’s first female winner.

Thursday, November 15
8 p.m. – Look-A-Like – “Sylvester Stallone”
NEW EPISODE – When bodybuilder Paul isn’t working out at the gym, he is busy dreaming of meeting his idol, actor Sylvester Stallone. Leave it up to the Look-A-Like style team to grant Paul his makeover wish to live out his ‘Rocky’ dream!

9 p.m. – Girls Next Door – “Home Sweet Suite”
NEW EPISODE – Holly, Bridget, Kendra and the rest of the Playboy bunnies head to Las Vegas to celebrate Hugh Hefner’s 81st birthday. Because what happens in Vegas…doesn’t apparently stay in Vegas. Details behind the big boss’ celebration are revealed in this all new episode!

Saturday, November 17
8:30 p.m. – Style Her Famous – “Katie Holmes”
NEW EPISODE – Can Jay Manuel (America’s Next Top Model, Canada’s Next Top Model) and his team help a ‘plain Jane’ capture actress Katie Holmes’ sophisticated style? See how one woman’s look went from ‘Dawson’s Creek’ to Red Carpet chic!

11 p.m. – Fashionista Diaries – “Surviving the Catwalk”
NEW EPISODE – Six hungry fashionistas plunge headfirst into the New York fashion world on The Fashionista Diaries. Will these wannabes prove themselves as assistants and end up with the glamorous careers they dream of? Or will their demanding new bosses crush their fragile self-esteem and send them home in tears? This week, the assistants perform tasks during NYC’s Fashion Week, but only one of them will get the full-time position they worked so hard for.

Monday, November 26
7:30 p.m. ET – eTalk
The Grey Cup wraps up its weekend festivities, and eTalk was at all the parties paying tribute to Canada’s football championship. The sporting event drew out droves of celebrity and sports personalities, and only eTalk can take Canadians behind the scenes to the best parties, including the buzzed-about Maxim Players bash at the CN Tower.

Thursday, November 29
7:30 p.m. – eTalk
eTalk has exclusive coverage of the Unite Against AIDS concert in Montreal. Hosted by eTalk’s Ben Mulroney, the concert highlights include performances by Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan and Corneille.