CTV Programming Highlights: July 1 –15

— June 30, 2015

July begins with the highly-anticipated Season 3 premiere of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, kicked off by ETALK PRESENTS: READY, SET, RACE!   CTV also delivers the final match of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™, the season premiere of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, as well as all-new episodes of ZOO, HOT IN CLEVELAND, MASTERCHEF, MISTRESSES, and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. New to CTV are episodes of BITTEN, ORPHAN BLACK and 19-2. To tweet this alert: http://bmpr.ca/1GKGvxo Programming Highlights for July 1 –15 on CTV and CTV GO include:
  • Leading up to the highly-anticipated Season 3 premiere of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, ETALK PRESENTS: READY, SET, AMAZING RACE! a new original special (July 1)
  • The remaining home cooks celebrate a MASTERCHEF milestone, the 100th episode (July 1)
  • Two nations go head-to-head in the final match of the tournament to determine which team will be named the champion of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™(July 5)
  • The judges handpick the 10 Stage dancers and the 10 Street dancers who have what it takes to make it through the last round of callbacks on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (July 6)
  • After Jackson Oz (James Wolk) rescues his best friend, Abraham Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie), from a lion attack in Botswana, Abraham’s firsthand account of the attack reveals that the lions are no longer afraid of humans and might be killing for sport on ZOO (July 7)
  • In the Season 3 premiere of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, two contestants lead a team of three celebrities in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize (July 7)
  • The nation’s biggest TV show kicks off Season 3 in Québec City and Toronto where 12 teams begin their epic journey on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (July 8)
  • Calista (Jennifer Esposito) meets the other ladies and finds a way to stay connected to Luca (Noam Jenkins, LOST GIRL) – only to be duped, on MISTRESSES (July 9)
  • Elka (Betty White) and Mayor Deacon (Ben Vereen, INTRUDERS) have a scandalous affair on HOT IN CLEVELAND (July 14)
** Media Note **– Download photos for CTV programming at BellMediaPR.ca. Below is a chronological listing of detailed highlights for July 1 – 15. All programming is subject to change (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).  Wednesday, July 1 7 p.m. – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ – Semi-finals – LIVE Japan battles England in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP semi-final match in Edmonton. For further broadcast information, matchups, news, and analysis, please visit TSN.ca. (Also available on TSN/CTV GO/TSN GO/TSN Radio Network) 7:30 p.m. – ETALK PRESENTS: READY, SET, AMAZING RACE! – CTV TWO – NEW SPECIAL *** Airs in select markets on CTV (Atlantic, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Leading up to the highly anticipated Season 3 premiere of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA on July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, ETALK presents viewers with exclusive pre-race interviews with all 12 teams. Hosted by senior reporter Devon Soltendieck from the pit start, the half-hour special goes inside the racers’ bags for the first time in franchise history. Devon also chats with the teams about their hopes, fears, and strategies. Plus, viewers get a glimpse at the final interviews before the racers embark on an adventure of a lifetime.  9 p.m. – MASTERCHEF – “Happy Birthday MASTERCHEF” – NEW EPISODE *** Note: 9 p.m. airing is a one-time only special time slot in Atlantic, Ontario, Montreal, and Winnipeg *** In the next Team Challenge, the remaining home cooks celebrate a MASTERCHEF milestone, the 100th episode! Each team prepares a two-course menu for the 100th episode celebration, during which VIP guests dine on oyster and caviar appetizers and a duck breast entrée, followed by a special surprise dish by judge Christina Tosi. The losing team faces the next Pressure Test, in which contestants must create a three-layer birthday cake. Thursday, July 2 8:30 p.m. – THE McCARTHYS – “Gerard’s Engagement Party” – NEW EPISODE The family is reluctant to celebrate Gerard (Joey McIntyre) and Katrina’s (Jessica St. Clair, PLAYING HOUSE) engagement, but when Gerard gets on the wrong Boston Harbor Cruise ship, Marjorie (Laurie Metcaf) is forced to bond with her soon-to-be daughter-in-law. Meanwhile, Sean (Jimmy Dunn) hits it off with Katrina's mother (Jean Smart, SAMANTHA WHO?), and Arthur (Jack McGee) judges Jackie (Kelen Coleman) for how her baby was conceived. 9 p.m. – MISTRESSES – “Into the Woods” – NEW EPISODE Joss (Jes Macallan) pushes her new relationship with Harry (Brett Tucker) faster than she should. A misunderstanding between Karen (Yunjin Kim) and Vivian (Sonja Bennett, Preggoland) leads to a deepening of their friendship and a surprising act of intimacy. Lucy’s (Corinne Massiah) sexy headmaster, Blair (Brian White, The Cabin in the Woods), teaches April (Rochelle Aytes) a thing or two about parenting while on a school camping trip. Calista (Jennifer Esposito) finds herself getting pulled back in by Luca (Noam Jenkins, LOST GIRL), but just as she lets her guard down, it's clear that Luca has ulterior motives. Saturday, July 4 8:00 p.m. – THE MILLERS – “Diggin’ Up Bones” – NEW EPISODE In an attempt to get Carol (Margo Martindale) to be more daring, Kip (Sean Hayes) encourages her to confront her former Central Elementary School work nemesis at the woman's retirement party. 8:30 p.m. – THE MILLERS – “When the Pope Comes Marching In” – NEW EPISODE The Pope is scheduled to come to town, and Nathan’s (Will Arnett) planned week-long series of reports hits a snag when Ray (J.B. Smoove) gets a job offer to become the cameraman for a rival field reporter. 9 p.m. - ORPHAN BLACK – “The Weight of This Combination” – SEASON PREMIERE NEW TO CTV Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) fights to locate a disappeared Helena (Maslany) and must repel a lethal investigator from the mysterious shadow corporation Topside, who threatens the Leda sisters’ lives. Meanwhile, Cosima (Maslany) appears to be rebounding from her illness, while Alison (Maslany) and Donnie (Kristian Bruun) face newfound financial woes. When the menace of Castor rears its head once more, Sarah and her entire family must come together to survive. 10 p.m. BITTEN – “Bad Blood” – SEASON PREMIERE – NEW TO CTV Elena (Laura Vandervoort) and The Pack are on the hunt for Malcolm (James McGowan, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION ). Meanwhile, back at Stonehaven, Jeremy (Greg Bryk) receives an ultimatum from the Council of International Alphas that challenges his leadership over North America. Sunday July 5 7 p.m. – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ – Final – LIVE The FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP culminates live as the top two nations battle for glory in the championship game on CTV/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4. 10 p.m. – THE FOLLOWING – “A Hostile Witness” – NEW EPISODE On the day of an important trial, things go awry, causing the FBI to split up to hunt down a missing person. With his team breaking apart, Ryan (Kevin Bacon) enlists the help of a former enemy to defeat a greater one. Monday, July 6 8 p.m. – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – “Vegas Callbacks #2 / Top 20 Chosen” – NEW EPISODE The Callbacks continue in Las Vegas, as the judges handpick the 10 Stage dancers and the 10 Street dancers they think have what it takes to make it through the last round of callbacks. Tuesday, July 7 8 p.m. – HOT IN CLEVELAND – “Tazed and Confused” – NEW EPISODE Joy (Jane Leeves) and Bob (Dave Foley, SPUN OUT) take Victoria (Wendie Malick) for a ride-along to prepare for her detective role. Elka (Betty White) and Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) battle Agnes (Millicent Martin, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont) and Mona (Bayne Gibby, Cliff) in a game competition at Stormi’s. 9 p.m. – ZOO – “Fight or Flight” – SUMMER SERIES EVENT – NEW EPISODE After Jackson Oz (James Wolk) rescues his best friend, Abraham Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie), from a lion attack in Botswana, Abraham’s firsthand account of the attack reveals that the lions are no longer afraid of humans and might be killing for sport. Also, Jamie (Kristen Connolly) and Mitch (Billy Burke) run tests on a lion cub in the Los Angeles Zoo and uncover a link to a chemical made by a biotechnology company, plus Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder) returns to Paris, where she must overcome her own trauma and focus on her work as a government intelligence analyst. 10 p.m. – HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT – “Two Janes Are Better Than One” – SEASON PREMIERE In the Season 3 premiere, two contestants each lead a team of three celebrities, which include OSCAR®-winning musician, John Legend, model Chrissy Teigen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Untraceable), Giada De Laurentiis (GIADA AT HOME), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), and Jane Krakowski (30 ROCK), in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize. Wednesday, July 8 8 p.m. – MASTERCHEF – “Gordon’s Greatest Hits” – NEW EPISODE In the next challenge, the remaining home cooks learn from the best as they enter a special taste-it-and-make-it challenge. Each contestant must recreate Gordon Ramsay's signature Beef Wellington. The home cooks with the worst dishes compete in the next Pressure Test, featuring another Gordon Ramsay dish – scallops with purée of English peas, bacon, and quail eggs, finished with shaved truffles. 9 p.m. – THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – “Who’s Feeling Sporty Now” – SEASON PREMIERE Season 3 of the most-watched Canadian television show in history kicks off in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in North America, Québec City. The 12 teams begin their epic journey in the historic and picturesque city of Old Québec in front of one of the most photographed hotels in the world, the Chateau Frontenac. After their first challenge, teams then travel to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, where they will complete their first roadblock of the season. Right out of the gate, teams will test both their mental and physical abilities, and come face-to-face with their fears.     10 p.m. – 19-2 – “School” – SEASON PREMIERE – NEW TO CTV In the stirring Season 2 premiere, the entire squad is embroiled in an intensely tragic school shooting with consequences that profoundly impacts all of their lives. Thursday, July 9 8:30 p.m. – THE McCARTHYS – “Cutting the Cord” – NEW EPISODE When the family realizes they have become extremely dependent on one another, they make a bet to see who can be independent the longest. Meanwhile, Jackie (Kelen Coleman) hides her pregnancy while on a date. 9 p.m. – MISTRESSES – “Threesomes” – NEW EPISODE April’s (Rochelle Aytes) on a high after Blair (Brian White, The Cabin in the Woods) agrees to a date. Karen (Yunjin Kim) deals with the aftermath of her scandalous encounter with Vivian (Sonja Bennett, Preggoland) and Alec (Ed Quinn), as they all try to figure out what this means for them moving forward. Calista (Jennifer Esposito) meets the other ladies and finds a way to stay connected to Luca (Noam Jenkins, LOST GIRL), only to be duped. Scott (Justin Hartley, EMILY OWENS M.D.) calls Joss (Jes Macallan) to ask for his ring back and she finds out he’s already engaged to another woman. Issues continue to ensue in Harry (Brett Tucker) and Joss’ relationship, pushing them to the breaking point. Saturday, July 11 9 p.m. – ORPHAN BLACK – “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis” – NEW TO CTV The Castor clones pursue the Leda clones for original tissue samples as a pregnant and imprisoned Helena is examined by a mysterious new villain. The Castor boys are also out to play, toying with a frightened young woman, Patty (Natalie Krill, THE NEXT STEP), which ultimately sets Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and Art (Kevin Hanchard) hot on the Castor trail. But it’s not all fun and games for Castor, as Sarah gleans they may have a mysterious defect that puts their lives in peril. 10 p.m. BITTEN – “Scare Tactics” – NEW TO CTV Clay (Greyston Holt) investigates a mysterious symbol that may be related to witchcraft while the rest of The Pack interrogates a captive Malcolm (James McGowan, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION). However, when both inquiries lead to the same destination, The Pack is faced with a disturbing truth – witches live among us. Sunday, July 12 9 p.m. – THE FOLLOWING – “Reunion” – NEW EPISODE With their latest target on the run, Ryan (Kevin Bacon) and Mike (Shawn Ashmore) follow a tip to a small town to investigate and confirm he isn’t seeking protection. While in town, they both discover an even larger threat who has managed to avoid suspicion up until now. Meanwhile, Max (Jessica Stroup, 90210) struggles to make a confession. Monday, July 13 8 p.m. – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – “Top 20 Perform” – LIVE – NEW EPISODE In the first live show of the season, the Top 20 dancers have been chosen and now it's time for them to give it everything they've got and show America they have what it takes to win. A special surprise guest performer also takes the stage. Tuesday, July 14 8 p.m. – HOT IN CLEVELAND – “Out of Our Minds” – NEW EPISODE Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) and Jack (Rhys Darby, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) try to spice up their relationship. Victoria (Wendie Malick) becomes the spokesperson for a new vodka brand. Joy’s (Jane Leeves) new hairstyle backfires when she meets Owen’s (Michael McMillian, TRUE BLOOD) office crush. Elka and Mayor Deacon (Ben Vereen, INTRUDERS) have a scandalous affair. 8:30 p.m. – ANGER MANAGEMENT – NEW EPISODE Synopsis not available.  9 p.m. – ZOO – “The Silence of the Cicadas” – NEW EPISODE Jackson Oz (James Wolk) and Abraham Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie) fly to Japan to recover the rest of Oz’s father’s research involving animals. Also, Jamie (Kristen Connolly) convinces Mitch (Billy Burke) to accompany her on a trip to her hometown in Louisiana to show a senator their findings on the abnormal behaviour of the zoo lions. In Paris, Chloe (Nora Arnezeder) is the first to be recruited by a shadowy intelligence agent, Gaspard Alves (Henri Lubatti, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), who is looking for the cause of the strange animal behaviour, and a death row inmate escapes from a Mississippi prison after a vicious wolf invasion sets the prison ablaze. 10 p.m. – HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT – “Your Popcorn Made a Messing” – NEW EPISODE Two contestants will lead a team of three celebrities, which include Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee (In My Dreams), Will Arnett (THE MILLERS), Meredith Vieira (THE MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW), Melissa Fumero (The House That Jack Built) and J.B. Smoove (THE MILLERS), in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize. A series of unique party games will bring out the best, funniest and most competitive sides of some of Hollywood's most beloved stars in this hilarious no-holds-bar competition hosted by Jane Lynch. Wednesday, July 15 8 p.m. – MASTERCHEF – “Rice, Rice Baby” – NEW EPISODE In the next Mystery Box Challenge, the remaining home cooks are faced with an assortment of rice, and each contestant must create a dish in 60 minutes. The contestant with the winning dish will be featured in Family Circle magazine and will not have to participate in the next elimination challenge. Then, in the elimination challenge, contestants will be tasked with creating dishes based on dynamic duo ingredients. 9 p.m. – THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – “We’re Going to Dance!” – NEW EPISODE The teams move on to the next location, and compete in a series of challenges 10 p.m. – 19-2 – “Disorder” – NEW TO CTV In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting, the squad copes with the trauma as it affects them in ways they never expected.

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