Canada's Live Red Carpet Special ETALK AT THE OSCARS Kicks Off the Biggest Night in Hollywood as THE OSCARS® Shine February 26 on CTV

– For 14th year in a row, Canada's most-watched entertainment program ETALK hosts Canada's only live, record-breaking Oscar red carpet special –
– CTV.ca is home to exclusive online content, including a live stream of the show and an on-demand replay of the broadcast –
– ETALK hosts take over social media with live tweet chats all weekend long –
– ETALK's annual one-hour special ETALK's ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE: 2017 airs Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO –
– For the third year, ETALK presents the Canadian Nominee Reception, a pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 23 –  
– Viewers get an in-depth look at all the glitz and glamour of THE OSCARS with E!'s signature specials COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, RED CARPET RUNDOWN, E! AFTER PARTY, and FASHION POLICE –
– Download CTV's printable 2017 Oscar ballot at CTV.ca

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TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Hollywood's most anticipated and glamourous night in film has arrived, as CTV announced today broadcast details for THE OSCARS®, now the most-watched entertainment television broadcast in the country with an audience of 5.7 million in 2016. Airing live Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), THE OSCARS® starts with Canada's own official red carpet special, ETALK AT THE OSCARS, launching Oscar Sunday live across the country at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. MT / 5 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. AT) and leading into OSCARS® OPENING CEREMONY: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO (check local listings).

CTV's ETALK AT THE OSCARS is the only Canadian entertainment news outlet broadcasting live from the Oscar red carpet as Anchor Ben Mulroney provides a Canadian perspective, while ETALK Co-Anchor Danielle Graham and ETALK and THE SOCIAL's Lainey Lui report from the exclusive balcony position for a birds-eye view of OSCAR's red carpet. Last year, ETALK AT THE OSCARS garnered 1.3 million viewers and had social media buzzing throughout the night with the hashtag #etalkRedCarpet trending across Canada.

All weekend long, the ETALK AT THE OSCARS hosts provide an exclusive, up-close-and-personal perspective as they immerse themselves in all-things OSCAR. Viewers can engage all weekend long, by following and tweeting along with @etalkCTV, @BenMulroney@DanielleGraham, @LaineyGossip, @CTV_PR, and @CTV_Television, interacting on Instagram @BellMediaPR and @etalkCTV, and tuning in to live Facebook chats and updates. Further details will be revealed throughout the week.

"From the first step on the carpet, to the last award handed out on stage, CTV is the ultimate destination for the exclusive OSCAR experience," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. "For the first time ever this year, CTV airs its exclusive red carpet special ETALK AT THE OSCARS for a full hour across every market in the country on CTV and CTV Two, providing a truly immersive OSCAR experience for Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

As Canada's #1 source for Oscar news, and leading up to Oscar Sunday (Feb. 26), for the third year in a row CTV's ETALK is taking a starring role as presenting sponsor of the Canadian Nominee Reception. On Feb. 23, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Telefilm Canada, and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles will host this year's Canadian Nominee Reception from 11 a.m.1:30 p.m., presented by CTV's ETALK at the Official Residence of Canada in Los Angeles. Attendees include Canadians nominated for Academy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, as well as notable L.A.-based Canadian actors. This year's intimate event replaces the Canada Stars of the Awards Season event of past years. Attendees include Canadian Academy Awards nominees and Canadian talent such as Denis Villeneuve (Director, Arrival), Mark O'Brien (Arrival, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), Julie Roy (Blind Vaysha), Benjamin Hollingsworth (CODE BLACK), Karine Vanasse (CARDINAL), Maxim Roy (19-2, SHADOWHUNTERS), Simu Liu (KIM'S CONVENIENCE), and Amanda Brugel (EYEWITNESS), as well as, key industry producers and influencers.

"Kicking off OSCAR weekend with the third annual Canadian Nominee Reception in L.A, and culminating with a post-OSCAR show, ETALK covers everything in between, delivering unparalleled access to viewers for the most exciting weekend in Hollywood," said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Production. "Whether it be live tweeting from their red carpet rehearsal, or attending the weekend's most exciting pre-parties leading in to Sunday's big night, our ETALK hosts are once again at the forefront of it all, providing a uniquely Canadian perspective and the very best in original content."

CTV's live broadcast of THE OSCARS® is complemented, once again, by extensive digital coverage on CTV.ca. CTV.ca will house a live stream of the show, clips from THE OSCARS® ceremony, including all awards and speeches, all the red carpet specials, and an on-demand replay of the broadcast. Also, CTV.ca is home to behind-the-scenes interviews, "Thank You Cam," photo galleries of the broadcast show, the best looks from the year's most glamorous red carpet, the exclusive after parties, and other exclusive online content not seen during the broadcast. Leading up to Oscar Sunday, CTV.ca and etalk.ca/Oscars are the home of extended ETALK interviews online with select OSCAR nominees, including Emma Stone (La La Land), Denzel Washington (Fences) and Viola Davis (Fences), and more. Click here for CTV's printable 2017 Oscar ballot.

Hollywood's biggest night is complemented with extensive pre and post-Oscar coverage on CTV's in-house productions including YOUR MORNING and THE SOCIAL, as well as, Bell Media's specialty channel E!. Full programming information is outlined below:

OSCAR Programming on CTV, CTV Two, E!,  and CTV GO:

YOUR MORNING
Weekdays from 6-9 a.m. ET on CTV (Ontario, Québec, and Eastern Canada) and CTV GO and nationally on CTV News Channel
On Feb. 24, Ben Mulroney and Lainey Lui give viewers a preview of life on the Oscar red carpet live from L.A. – and share their expectations for what viewers can expect to see on the big night. Then, on Monday (Feb. 27), Ben delivers all the highlights, big winners, and social media moments from THE OSCARS broadcast and red carpet. YOUR MORNING also takes a closer look at what trends emerge on fashion's big night with Fashion Expert Afiya Francisco.

THE SOCIAL
Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO
On Feb. 24, Lainey Lui joins THE SOCIAL co-hosts live from L.A. via satellite to share hot Oscar gossip leading up to the big show. Then, on Feb. 27, Lainey once again joins the panel live from LA to dish on all the fabulous red carpet fashions and the most exciting moments from THE OSCARS broadcast. Plus, viewers learn how to get all the hottest accessory trends and beauty looks as seen on the Oscar red carpet.

ETALK
Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO; 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO
Beginning Friday, Feb. 24, ETALK brings viewers an exclusive interview with this year's Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel, followed by exclusive party coverage from the Canadian Nominee Reception in L.A.. In addition, the ETALK team, including Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham, and Lainey Lui, report on location from outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to bring viewers pre-award show highlights and behind-the-scenes coverage as crews continuously setup for Hollywood's biggest night.

ETALK's ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE: 2017 – SPECIAL
Sat., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO; 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO; Encore presentation Sun., Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. ET/PT
Featuring ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney, Co-Anchor Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondent Lainey Lui, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporter Liz Trinnear, and Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, ETALK's annual one-hour special ETALK's ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE: 2017 dissects the top categories and stories from this year's Oscar race, including the success of La La Land, the controversies surrounding some of the nominees, and who should be taking home an Oscar this year.

COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET: THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS
Sun., Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on E!
E! hosts and special guests provide viewers the ultimate guide to Oscars night with extensive entertainment insight and style scoop to prepare pop culture fans for television's most highly anticipated night.

LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS
Sun., Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET on E! 
Nights like these start with E! when LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET returns with the most extensive multiplatform coverage of THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS. Hosted by E!'s Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, only E! brings the real magic of the red carpet to pop culture fans around the globe, capturing every spontaneous moment of the night, and delivering the most fun and authentic celebrity conversations with the industry's hottest names.

ETALK AT THE OSCARS – LIVE RED CARPET SPECIAL
Sun., Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. ET on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV GO
On Oscar night, Canada's official live red carpet special, the 14th annual ETALK AT THE OSCARS, offers all the glamour from the red carpet with ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney chatting with the hottest stars and delivering celebrity interviews, while ETALK Co-Anchor Danielle Graham and ETALK and THE SOCIAL's Lainey Lui are positioned on the balcony, delivering a first-hand look on all the fashions of the night. Red carpet coverage begins on CTV Ontario at 6 p.m. ET, CTV Atlantic at 7 p.m. AT, CTV Vancouver at 3 p.m. PT, CTV Alberta at 4 p.m. MT, and CTV Winnipeg and Saskatchewan at 5 p.m. CT (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The red carpet special also airs on CTV Two at 6 p.m. ET (Toronto); 3 p.m. PT (Vancouver); 7 p.m. AT (Atlantic); and 4 p.m. MT (Alberta). During the red carpet show, ETALK will be live tweeting using #etalkRedCarpet. Fans can also follow @etalkCTV on Twitter and Instagram, Facebook.com/etalkCTV and Snapchat (etalk_CTV) for daily Oscar updates.  

OSCARS® OPENING CEREMONY: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET
Sun., Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO (check local listings)
The exclusive, lead-in to the live broadcast of THE OSCARS, OSCARS® OPENING CEREMONY: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET showcases the nominees, presenters, and performers arriving on the ABC red carpet.

RED CARPET RUNDOWN: THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS
Sun., Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on E!
RED CARPET RUNDOWN recaps the biggest moments from THE OSCARS' red carpet.

THE OSCARS
Sun., Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO
Hosted by late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, THE 89th OSCARS® airs live across the country from the Dolby Theatre™ at the Hollywood and Highland Center® in Hollywood. Confirmed presenters to date include Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Dwayne Johnson, Emma Stone, Brie Larson, Kate McKinnon, Samuel L. Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Jamie Dorman, Dakota Johnson, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Hailee Steinfeld, and more.

E! AFTER PARTY: THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS
Mon., Feb. 27 at 12 a.m. ET on E!
The celebration of one of Hollywood's biggest nights continues as E! AFTER PARTY breaks down the night's most memorable moments - from the winners and snubs to the fashion standouts and buzzworthy speeches.

ETALK
Mon., Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET on E!, 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
One of ETALK's most-watched broadcasts of the year, Canada's #1 entertainment team, reporting on location in L.A., provides viewers with exclusive Oscar coverage of the most buzzed-about after parties – including Elton John's annual post-Oscar bash, with reports from L.A. Correspondent Jesse Giddings, the Governor's Ball, and Vanity Fair party, plus ETALK reveals candid moments that occurred backstage during the awards ceremony and exclusive red carpet highlights not seen during Sunday night's live broadcast. 

FASHION POLICE: THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS
Mon., Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on E!
Hosts Melissa Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Nene Leakes, and Margaret Cho break down celebrity fashion, and highlight the good, the bad, and the WTF moments from THE 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: #etalkRedCarpet
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
@etalkCTV
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences – @TheAcademy
Ben Mulroney@BenMulroney 
Danielle Graham@DanielleGraham
Lainey Lui@LaineyGossip
Traci Melchor@stayfabulous
Devon Soltendieck@DSoltendieck
Liz Trinnear@liztrinnear
Chloe Wilde@TheChloeWilde
Jesse Giddings@jessegiddings

Facebook:
Facebook.com/CTV
Facebook.com/etalkCTV

Instagram:
@BellMediaPR
@CTV_Television
@etalkCTV

About ETALK
Hosted by Anchor Ben Mulroney, with Co-Anchor Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporter Liz Trinnear, and L.A. Correspondent Jesse Giddings, ETALK is the most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and JUNO Awards, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production and Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.  More information about ETALK can be found at etalk.ca, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.

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Source: Numeris, CTV electronic audience databases incorporate data beginning in 1994. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.   

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For further information: Allie Page, CTV Networks, 416.384.4596 or allie.page@bellmedia.ca; Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca; Jesse Wanagas, CTV Networks, 416.384.3193 or jesse.wanagas@bellmedia.ca


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