- Six-hour pre-game marathon kicks off day-long Super Bowl festivities -
- Nip/Tuck season premiere sews up coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot -
- TSN, ESPN Classic, Canada AM and CTV News go deep with Super Bowl
- Jesse Palmer reports for eTalk and TSN from Arizona -
TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - This Sunday will mark the first Super Bowl on
CTV - and the network has the biggest sporting event of the year covered from
all angles in the days leading up to the big game. CTV's exclusive Canadian
coverage of Super Bowl XLII, featuring the undefeated New England Patriots
taking on the New York Giants in a potential history-making game, airs Sunday,
Feb. 3 in High Definition beginning at 12 noon ET from Glendale, AZ with six
hours of pre-game programming (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
Super Sunday on CTV concludes with the Season 5 premiere of the 'cutting-edge'
drama series Nip/Tuck immediately following the conclusion of Super Bowl XLII
(approximately 10:15 p.m. ET; west of Ontario at 10 p.m. ET).
CTV sports, news and entertainment properties also get in on the gridiron
action, delivering a comprehensive lineup of Super Bowl programming across the
board. From SportsCentre on TSN and eTalk on CTV, to the newly-expanded
Canada AM in the morning, CTV News at night and even ESPN Classic and
FashionTelevision, Canadians across the country will have around-the-clock,
behind-the-scenes access to all of the action and festivities from Super Bowl
XLII (see details below).
Calling the Super Bowl will be the NFL broadcast team of Emmy-Award
winner Joe Buck and three-time Super Bowl champ and Hall-of-Fame QB Troy
Aikman, while reporters Pam Oliver and Chris Myers patrol the sidelines.
Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee will co-host the pre-game, post-game and
halftime shows alongside analysts Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson, NFL Insider
Jay Glazer and Canadian Jillian Reynolds (née Barberie). Ryan Seacrest,
popular host of American Idol on CTV, will be the entertainment host for the
Super Bowl, blitzing the stars on the red carpet and anchoring the halftime
show featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Prior to kick-off, American
Idol Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem.
CTV has delivered record-breaking audiences throughout the NFL Playoffs.
The NFC and AFC Conference Championships were the two most-watched NFL games
ever on the network, with audiences of 1.83 million and 1.38 million,
Below is an overview of Super Bowl programming on CTV and its sports,
news and entertainment properties:
CTV gets fans up-close and personal with the biggest names on the NFL's
biggest stage prior to Super Bowl XLII, with six hours of comprehensive
coverage leading up to the most-watched sporting event in North America. The
broadcast schedule is as follows (subject to change):
- 12 noon - 1 p.m. ET: Road to the Super Bowl - Narrated by Alec
Baldwin, Road to the Super Bowl captures the most dramatic moments of
the 2007 NFL season, from the opening kick-off of Week 1 in September
through the AFC and NFC Championship games. The best material from
more than 100 players and coaches wired for sound make this a
memorable look back at an unforgettable season.
- 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET: Inside the Rings with Troy Aikman - Inside the
Rings takes a close look at key quarterbacks and their personal
journeys to Super Bowl victory. Featured QBs include John Elway,
Kurt Warner and Doug Williams.
- 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET: Howie Long's Tough Guys "Super Bowl Edition" -
Analyst Howie Long pays tribute to the NFL's 'roughest and toughest'
with a little help from 'tough guy ambassadors' of the past. Old
meets new as legendary tough guys, such as quarterback Jim Kelly and
tight end Mark Bavaro, comment on current players who show true grit
- 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET: FOX Super Bowl Sunday Pre-Game Show - Terry
Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the pre-game show, with analysts
Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson, reporters Pam Oliver and Chris Myers,
comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo, NFL Insider Jay Glazer and
Canadian Jillian Reynolds from a specially constructed set on the
field inside University of Phoenix Stadium. The four-hour show offers
a thorough analytical breakdown of each team's offense, defense and
special teams, player/coach features, interesting statistical
tidbits, historical perspective, keys to the game and late breaking
injury news. Mixing the safety blitz with Hollywood glitz is American
Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who will report all the razzle dazzle from
the red carpet of Super Bowl XLII and anchor the entertainment
portions of the program. While Bradshaw & Co. cover the Xs and Os,
Seacrest will report on the musical offerings and interview the
celebrities who annually attend the grandest spectacle in sports.
Musical performances are expected from Seacrest's American Idol
castmate Paula Abdul, Alicia Keys, and a duet between Willie Nelson
and Sara Evans.
- 6 p.m. ET: Super Bowl XLII with New England Patriots vs. New York
Giants - The Patriots put their undefeated season on the line and
make a run at history when they take on the Giants for the Vince
Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XLII. Should the Patriots come out on
top, they will be the only team in NFL history to achieve a perfect
- 10:15 p.m. ET (approx): Nip/Tuck Season Premiere - In Season 5 of the
critically-acclaimed show about two plastic surgeons, Dr. Sean
McNamara sells his half of McNamara/Troy and departs for Los Angeles.
Having ended his engagement, Dr. Christian Troy soon follows, thus
relocating McNamara/Troy to the West Coast. Dr. Liz Cruz also joins
the new McNamara/Troy practice, looking for a fresh start as she
recovers physically and emotionally from past loves. Now living in
New York with daughter Annie and baby Conor, ex-wife Julia visits
Sean in Los Angeles, bringing a new female love with her. Matt and
Kimber, who wed last season, also descend on Los Angeles, shrouded in
the anguish of addiction and with a baby daughter in tow.
Results of CTV's fan contest, Super Bowl Game Face, will be revealed
during the big game on Feb. 3, as 20 lucky Canadians will have their best
'game face' showcased in four, 15-second spots during Super Bowl XLII. The
online contest, which ran for two weeks in mid-January on www.nfl.ctv.ca,
invited fans of all ages to upload photos of themselves with their game faces
on, in support of their favourite NFL teams. All uploaded fan photos will also
be displayed in an online gallery at www.nfl.ctv.ca.
TSN travels to the University of Phoenix Stadium, site of Super Bowl
XLII, where SportsCentre's Rod Smith quarterbacks TSN's extensive coverage of
the big game, with NFL analysts Chris Schultz and Jesse Palmer breaking down
the play action and Farhan Lalji filing daily reports. Smith, Schultz and
Palmer will also be live on the field immediately following the conclusion of
Super Bowl XLII to gather post-game reaction and provide analysis.
Fans are also invited to visit TSN.ca and submit their best Super
Bowl-related questions to Schultz, who will answer them exclusively online in
his annual Schultz At The Super Bowl feature, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30.
CTV's eTalk scrimmages for all the glitz, glamour and celebrity gossip of
Super Bowl XLII, as Hollywood's finest head to Arizona for a weekend of
pre-game partying and post-game schmoozing. eTalk entertainment correspondents
Elaine "Lainey" Lui and Jesse Palmer will be on the ground to file daily
reports beginning Thursday, Jan. 31, with additional coverage posted on the
eTalk Broadband player. eTalk will be front and centre with exclusive
behind-the scenes access to the weekend's hottest parties and the biggest
Canada AM jumps on the Super Bowl bandwagon and tees up the championship
game beginning Thursday, Jan. 31. Highlights of Canada AM's coverage include:
- Thursday, Jan. 31 - Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann provides
tips on throwing the perfect Super Bowl party
- Friday, Feb. 1 - Canada AM chats with Janet Kaczur, mother of New
England Patriots offensive lineman and Brantford native Nick Kaczur.
Also, Jesse Palmer joins the show live from Arizona to preview Super
- Monday, Feb. 4 - Canada AM breaks down the best commercials from
Super Bowl Sunday
CTV News will be on the ground in Glendale, as LA bureau chief Tom
Walters covers all the action surrounding Super Bowl XLII. Reports will air on
CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM, CTV Newsnet and CP24. CTV's
local newscasts will also be reporting from many of the Super Bowl events
taking place across Canada.
ESPN Classic gets pumped for Super Bowl XLII with a 21-hour marathon of
some of the greatest NFL championship clashes from the past. The three-day
tribute airs February 1 to 3 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET each day. Highlights
include the Buffalo Bills' one-point loss in Super Bowl XXV, Steve Young's
championship-winning performance in Super Bowl XXIV, and the birth of the New
England Patriots' dynasty in Super Bowl XXXVI.
CTV's FashionTelevision explores the history, marketing, design and
branding of NFL uniforms - and the unlikely connections this manly sport has
to the world of fashion. The show airs Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET on CTV.
Together, CTV and TSN boast the biggest - and most prestigious - NFL
schedule in Canada, with exclusive Canadian coverage of all Sunday afternoon
early games (1 p.m. ET), Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, the
Thursday/Saturday NFL package, every NFL Playoff game and the coveted Super
Bowl, making CTV and TSN the home of the NFL in Canada.
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
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