CTV Taps THE BEAVERTON to Deliver its New Year’s Eve Marquee Special

— December 13, 2017

– The new hour-long CTV special, THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS anchors its high-profile New Year’s Eve programming slate –
– THE BEAVERTON co-hosts Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas skewer 2017 with correspondents Aisha Alfa, Dave Barclay, Laura Cilevitz, Donavon Stinson, and Marilla Wex –

TORONTO (December 13, 2017) – CTV announced today that it’s recruiting the minds behind THE BEAVERTON to highlight its New Year’s Eve must-watch viewing schedule with the year-end special event, THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS. Debuting Sunday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the up-to-the-minute special helmed by co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas is charged to deliver a satirical audit of the year’s unbelievable news with the same unapologetic and biting wit of its wildly popular online incarnation, TheBeaverton.com. “In the crowded landscape of late-night satire, THE BEAVERTON has broken through boundaries, and carved out its own space” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Capping off the year with a stand-alone special on CTV made perfect sense, as we continue to champion this show and expand its reach.” “THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW will help us figure out 2017, a year that was strange to live, but funny in hindsight,” said Executive Producer and President of Pier 21 Films, Laszlo Barna. In the last 12 months, the world has survived Twitter wars, said goodbye to several cultural icons - either due to physical or social death - and witnessed the power of a can of Pepsi. Needless to say, there’s a lot to cover. So before 2018 starts blasting out headlines, THE BEAVERTON'S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS feasts on the year’s opioid-induced highs and apocalypse-adjacent lows, as it revisits the most-talked about topics of the year. Here’s a peek at what’s in store for viewers:
  • Hosts Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas weigh in with the Top 17 explosive (and often surreal) news stories which include plenty of ‘TNT’, a.k.a., Trudeau and Trump.
  • The Beaverton Sports Network checks out the Top 10 sports highlights of the year.
  • Miguel and Emma face off in an epic battle, in 2017’s final Point/Counterpoint segment.
The special also airs on The Comedy Network on Monday, Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand at CTV.ca, CTV GO, TheComedyNetwork.ca, and CraveTV, following its Comedy broadcast. Fueled by the no-holds-barred wit of a writing room led by co-creators and series showrunners Luke Gordon-Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED), The Comedy Network’s original series THE BEAVERTON hits above, below, and to the right and left of the belt, casting a Canadian lens on global issues with timely and topical viral-ready segments. Delivering the critical blows are comedians and co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, along with correspondents Aisha Alfa, Dave Barclay, Laura Cilevitz, Donavon Stinson, and Marilla Wex. Seasons 1 and 2 of THE BEAVERTON are currently streaming on CraveTV. Viewers can also engage with the series and access exclusive digital content 24/7 across The Beaverton and Comedy’s social media accounts, and TheBeaverton.com. New episodes of THE BEAVERTON return to The Comedy Network Wednesday Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. THE BEAVERTON is the brainchild of co-creators Luke Gordon Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED) of TheBeaverton.com, as well as website senior editors Jacob Duarte Spiel and Alexander Saxton. Directors are Shelagh O’Brien (JUST FOR LAUGHS GALAS), Andrew Bush (PICNICFACE), Craig David Wallace (TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL), and Henry Sarwer-Foner (THE RICK MERCER REPORT). Pier 21 Film’s Laszlo Barna and Melissa Williamson serve as Executive Producers. Nicole Butler serves as Producer. THE BEAVERTON is produced by Pier 21 Films in association with The Comedy Network, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.  

About Pier 21 Films
Pier 21 Films is a television and film production company that builds on founder Laszlo Barna’s history of creating award-winning scripted and non-scripted television series, mini-series, movies of the week, and feature films. Pier 21’s reputation for the development, production, financing, and packaging of innovative top quality programming within North America and for the international marketplace is growing rapidly. Following the success of Pier 21’s G-SPOT, DA VINCI’S INQUEST, WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II (2012), and TREASURES DECODED, Pier 21 is continuing their tradition of delivering innovative programming. www.pier21films.com

About Bell Media Original Programming
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

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 16 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.

About The Comedy Network
Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.

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