CTV Breaks Into Season 2 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA



    
           - No. 1 new series of 08/09 returns for second season -
        - Ratings juggernaut stomped the competition with 1.4 million
                             viewers each week -
     - Series green lit as 2009 Top 10 So You Think You Can Dance Canada
                   tour makes its way across the country -

     "It's a show next to which the American original starts to look like
                             a faded Xerox copy."
                                               - Rob Salem, The Toronto Star

      "It took us in America four years to get it right so far, and you
                      guys got it right in one season."
                                - Choreographer and Guest Judge Mia Michaels

     "They have enough talent to cast three shows in just one time out."
                                                   - Guest Judge Mary Murphy

       "All I can say is that the last time I sat in a room with...this
             much talent was on Broadway watching A Chorus Line."
                                    - Kenny Ortega, Choreographer, Producer,
                                      Director and Guest Judge
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Get ready to dance again Canada! As the
cross-country tour pulls into Toronto's Air Canada Centre today, CTV announces
that smash-hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has been green lit for
a second heart-racing season. Last season, approximately 2,500 hopefuls busted
a move for the judges during the first-ever audition tour, ultimately crowning
Montreal's Nico Archambault as Canada's first-ever, favourite dancer. This
year, CTV and Danse TV Productions are warming up for another cross-country
search for the next Canada's Favourite Dancer (audition details to be
announced soon). SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is based on 19
Entertainment and dick clark productions' popular international format SO YOU
THINK YOU CAN DANCE from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

    
    (xx) Media Note (xx) High resolution photos from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN
    DANCE CANADA's first season are available at www.ctvmedia.ca/dance2008
    

    "The success of the first season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has
inspired a whole new group of dancers across the country," said Susanne Boyce,
President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "With the talent Canada
has to offer, the second season is sure to be even more show-stopping than the
first."
    This past fall, the first season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA
broke ratings records with an average of 1.4 million viewers tuning in each
week on CTV, quickly making it Canada's No. 1 new fall program with total
viewers and the key demos A18-34, and A18-49. The home-grown hit consistently
won its timeslot nationally and in Canada's major urban centers, placing the
series in the Top 20 list of the most-watched programs in Canada(*). The series
boasted a highly-coveted female audience (66% of total audience) and nearly a
third of its viewers were from the key A18-34 age group. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN
DANCE CANADA was also the No. 1 program on MuchMusic for total viewers and
P12-34 during its broadcast season.
    When Quebec dancer Nico Archambault was named Canada's first ever
Favourite Dancer at the end of the first season, the audience peaked at 1.9
million viewers. "The opportunity to work with such talented dancers and
choreographers was a great privilege," said Archambault. "I'm definitely a
better dancer for it."
    Today's announcement comes at the half way point of the successful
first-ever SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA 15-city tour. Playing at Canada's
premiere concert venues across the country, the tour has already strutted its
stuff across stages in; Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon,
Regina, Winnipeg and Sudbury. Cities still waiting to get their SO YOU THINK
YOU CAN DANCE CANDA tour groove on are; Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton,
London and the final tour stop will be Kingston on February 21. The tour
features Canada's Top 10 dancers from the competition and some of the hottest
performances from throughout the show's first broadcast season. For more
information on the must-see tour, visit dance.ctv.ca.

    SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel
Lythgoe, and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions in
association with CTV. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Ed
Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is
President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    About Danse TV Productions

    Executive Producer Sandra Faire, acclaimed as one of Canada's leading
variety producers, is also a vice-chair of the National Ballet of Canada and a
cabinet member of Grand Jeté for the National Ballet School. Ms. Faire, along
with Executive Producer Trisa Dayot and Senior Producers Bronwyn Warren and
Millan Curry-Sharples, helm SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. For over a
decade the team has produced an impressive array of Canadian award-winning
programs seen in Canada and the U.S. Ms. Faire still holds the record for the
highest-rated variety special in Canadian television history, ANNE MURRAY'S
FAMILY CHRISTMAS, which garnered a 43 per cent share on CBC with 4.2 million
viewers. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Producer is Janet Lavack.

    About 19 Entertainment

    The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has
achieved over 40 No. 1 singles and 15 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an
impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the U.K.
alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global
phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998,
Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while
its three television series have consistently topped children's viewing
figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and
produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop
Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the U.K.,
while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly
Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard in the United States.
19 Entertainment produces the FOX summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE along
with Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

    About Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

    Founded in 1957, Dick Clark Productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading
independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits
such as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, Dick Clark's New
Year's Rockin' Eve and the Academy of Country Music Awards. DCP also produces
popular weekly television programming, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE,
and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive
entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of American
Bandstand among other things. For additional information, please visit
www.dickclarkproductions.com.

    About CTV Inc.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

    (*) Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research





For further information:

For further information: Laura Heath Potter, CTV Inc., (416) 384-4633 or
laura.heathpotter@ctv.ca; Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 384-5325 or
amanda.rinaldo@ctv.ca; Ashley Applebaum, CTV Inc., (416) 384-4228 or
ashley.applebaum@ctv.ca


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