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24, Simpson’s and Heroes season finale’s

(TORONTO) A hero’s work is never done…With an animated Jack Bauer to the rescue, Springfield may be safe – but the danger doesn’t end there. Heroic thrills are found on Global with back-to-back season finales of 24 and Heroes.


Sunday, May 20 – 8pm ET/PT

“24 Minutes” – The show’s 400th episode pokes fun at the popular television show ‘24’. Canadian Kiefer Sutherland guest stars along with Mary Lynn Rajskub as their characters, Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian, try to rescue Springfield Elementary from certain disaster.


Monday, May 21 – 8pm ET/PT

“Day 6: 5:00 AM-6:00 AM” – The clock is ticking as Jack Bauer powers through the final hours of a very stressful day. With the surprising death of a Counter Terrorist Unit employee and the return of Jack’s father (James Cromwell), Jack will stop at nothing to protect innocent lives from universal disaster – but can he save the world once more?


Monday, May 21 – 10pm ET/PT (POST-RELEASE)

“How to Stop an Exploding Man” – Despite the forming of enemy alliances and Isaac’s (Santiago Cabrera) horrible predictions unfolding before them, the heroes haven’t given up their quest to save the world. Can Hiro (Masi Oka) stop Sylar (Zachary Quinto)? And can Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) stop himself from exploding? The season comes to a dangerous close that puts every hero’s life in danger — and not all will survive.

“Budget 2007” Global National Broadcasts Live, Half-Hour Special On Monday,

While the Canadian government tables their 2007 Federal Budget, Kevin Newman and the Global National team will provide Canadians with live analysis of the budget details, bringing real-world perspective and insight on the major issues.

Joining Newman on this half-hour special is Ottawa bureau chief Jacques Bourbeau, and political correspondents Hannah Boudreau, Peter Harris and Ben O’Hara-Byrne, who will focus on the budget results and reactions from the Opposition. National Post’s Don Martin and a team of analysts and financial experts will deliver additional commentaries, breaking down the budget and making them relevant to viewers. Is the Harper government going to cut taxes to help Canadians? Will this budget be used as a spring board to an early election campaign?

Reporters Tara Nelson, Francis Silvaggio and Mike Armstrong will provide local context, speaking directly to Canadians on how their lives will be influenced by the government’s budget decisions.

The Global National newscast will follow at its regular scheduled time at 5:30 p.m. local.

Howie Mandel says hosting ‘Deal or No Deal’ is ’emotional roller coaster’

TORONTO (CP) _ With pulsating, synthesized music playing in the background, contestants crying and passing out in the foreground, a gaggle of beauties on the sidelines and the silhouette of a banker looming above, it’s hard not to get swept up in the drama on the set of "Deal or No Deal," says host Howie Mandel.

"In my heart, I want people to walk out of there with as much money as they possibly can, and it breaks my heart to see somebody get crushed and walk out of there with nothing," the Canadian comedian said in a recent interview ahead of Sunday’s debut of "Deal or No Deal Canada" on Global.

"But I’m not allowed . . . to tell somebody what to do, so all I do is I point out evenly both sides because there always is another side."

The Toronto-born funnyman, who starred in the 1980s TV medical drama "St. Elsewhere" and has had his own talk show, has gone through a resurgence in fame in recent months as "Deal or No Deal" fever draws in millions of viewers a week. The U.S. version of the show began airing on NBC in December 2005.

The flashy game show, which originated in Denmark, sees contestants choosing one of 26 numbered briefcases that they believe is holding $1 million. That case is then put aside while the contestant continues to pick other briefcases that are opened by models in slinky gowns. An anonymous banker also calls the host throughout to offer deals to the contestant, who could potentially end up getting just $1 in the end.

Producers say the Canuck version has been tailored to suit the country’s style, with a new set, all-Canadian cast and home-grown fashion designer for the models.

The bald-headed Mandel surmises the "Deal or No Deal" brand is such a hit because people can somehow relate to it.

"It’s just an emotional roller-coaster of heights that I’ve never seen before," he said. "I’ve seen like, devastation to excitement to, I don’t know, I can’t pick out one particular thing. You know, men are brought to tears, people pass out."

The first version Mandel ever watched was in Italian, and although he couldn’t understand it, "you could sense the tension and you could feel the drama," he said.

Yet Mandel didn’t want to do the U.S. version when it was initially pitched to him. "It doesn’t make any sense on paper," he said over the telephone from L.A., where he lives with his family.

In fact, it took three presentations from producers for Mandel to finally come around, and he did so only because his wife, Terry, persuaded him.

"I showed it to my wife and my wife seemed to get it more than I did, so she happened to be right," said Mandel. "She’s the smarter one of the two of us."

It’s no surprise that Mandel, who performs over 200 stand-up shows a year and is reviving his Emmy-nominated children’s series "Bobby’s World," would shy away from the idea of being a game show host.

After all, he suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, a condition that, for him, has resulted in mysophobia _ a fear of germs.

Mandel handles it well though, and viewers of the show may not even notice his idiosyncrasies.

"What I really can’t do, because of germs, is I can’t shake hands, you know, but I can hug," said Mandel, who can often be seen performing hidden camera bits on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

"Intellectually it probably doesn’t make sense to people but I deal with it and I go to therapy for it and I’m OK with it and I’m comfortable with it and I’m highly functioning and doing pretty well with it."

Having a sense of humour about the situation also helps, said Mandel, who has talked about the condition publicly on talk shows and joked about it on his blog.

"I know it’s actually a pretty serious thing, but you know it’s actually funny," he said. "But most serious things are funny and ultimately it’s a part of who I am, and I make fun of many aspects of my life and situations."

The first of five episodes of "Deal or No Deal Canada," which were taped last week in Toronto, will air immediately following the Super Bowl. The rest of the segments will be broadcast Thursdays beginning Feb. 8.

Mandel, who considers himself to be a conservative gambler, says he thinks contestants do better on the show if they take "the deal" earlier in the game from the banker, whom he calls "a nemesis" and "evil dark side to the show."

"I’ve seen him but I don’t like him," jokes Mandel.

"(The banker) is really talkative. People always ask me if I’m making up what I hear. No, he is talking to me on the phone, the offers are based on odds in a mathematical equation and he’s playing a totally different game. He’s trying to get you out of there with as little as possible."

Internet, mobile affect on broadcasters

GATINEAU, Que. (CP) _ The impact on broadcasting by new technologies currently outside the regulatory realm has been marginal, says a report by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission _ but it warns that quick action is needed to hold them at bay.

The report predicts that Canadians’ rising use of unregulated electronic platforms, such as the Internet and mobile networks, will have an increasing effect on regulated broadcasting. It says these shifting patterns, while marginal so far, need to be addressed within three to seven years or it may be too late.

The report, The Future Environment Facing the Canadian Broadcasting System, urges the "detailed and ongoing monitoring of developments in the evolution, contribution and impact of audio-visual technologies," saying it is essential to the formation of informed public policy.

"The Canadian broadcasting system must remain relevant in a global digital environment and must meet the diverse needs of Canadians of all cultures," said CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen.

"This report is an important step in providing policy-makers with the information needed to make decisions that will ensure the ongoing health, contribution and relevance of the Canadian broadcasting system."

The report says Canadians still receive the vast majority of programming through regulated broadcasts.

But acting on order from Heritage Minister Bev Oda, the agency that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications has begun three years of regulatory framework review of radio, TV and broadcasting distribution, focusing on the role of technological change.

"The CRTC will continue to seek ways to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden to ensure that our measures are as effective and efficient as possible," it said in a statement Thursday.

‘House’ dominates Tuesday night, Prison Break, Heroes tops Monday

(TORONTO – November 29, 2006) – Canadians have a soft spot for the cantankerous Dr. Gregory House…over 2.5 million viewers tuned into an all-new episode of House on Global Tuesday night, solidly pushing it into the #1 spot for Tuesday evening for its fifth consecutive week, and an astounding six consecutive weeks for the key demo Adults 18-49.

And the appetite of television fans nationwide was fully satisfied Monday night with the entertainment-packed primetime combination of Prison Break and Heroes. Nearly 1.7 million viewers tuned into last night’s fall finale of Prison Break as Michael and Lincoln made their narrow escape and are back on lam, followed by the six-month retrospective look back on Heroes, where the characters’ individual powers begin to emerge – the #1 new series solidly maintained its weekly domination with 1.5 million viewers. 


Over 2.5 million viewers nationally

1.4 million viewers in key demo A18-49 Tops Law and Order: Criminal Intent by 125% in total viewers and amongst key demo Adults 18-49

Tops 2nd place program of the night Law and Order: SVU by 24% and 44% amongst A18-49
#1 show of the night in key markets: Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary Continues to top last Fall’s average by 23% in total viewers; 31% for adults 18-49, season-to-date

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