CTV announced today its plans to move entertainment show, etalk DAILY, to 7 p.m. ET beginning Monday, June 9 (check local listings). With the move into primetime, the daily series hosted by Ben Mulroney is positioned to become the official news and entertainment source for Canadian Idol, which premieres the same day (June 9).
While continuing as the source for the latest on movies, music, TV and gossip, the program will also feature special Idol segments, including a behind the scenes look at the judges, contestants and host.
As previously announced, Mulroney has joined the Canadian Idol series as host, pulling double-duty as he takes etalk DAILY into primetime where he can provide viewers the exclusive Idol insider information they will crave.
“While cheering on their favourites on Canadian Idol, Canadians can tune in to etalk DAILY for can’t miss updates on the competition,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming. “Along with the Idol updates, viewers can count on all the information they’ve come to expect from Canada’s entertainment news source.”
“etalk DAILY has quickly established itself as the premiere entertainment show in Canada,” said Jordan Schwartz, CTV Vice-President of Daytime Programming. “By moving to primetime, we can continue to expand coverage of the biggest names and latest news in entertainment.”
etalk DAILY continues to bring to its viewers the latest information from industry experts, guaranteeing that if it’s happening in entertainment – especially in Canada – etalk is there. The team of correspondents includes roving reporter and music expert Tanya Kim, and Jacintha Wesselingh with “TV talk”, along with a team of regular contributors from coast to coast. Kim has also been pulling double-duty during the Canadian Idol cross-country auditions and will report on music and style for that show from several of the regional auditions.
The show’s first week in primetime kicks-off with a five-part Canadian exclusive interview with pop sensation Christina Aguilera.
etalk DAILY is Canada’s destination for entertainment news. Hosted by Ben Mulroney, the 30-minute magazine program airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET on talktv beginning June 9. Karen Barzilay is Senior Producer. Morley Nirenberg is Supervising Producer. Jordan Schwartz is Executive Producer and Vice-President, Daytime Programming for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President of Programming for CTV.
CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.