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CTV Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Canada's Most-Watched Entertainment Event Broadcast of the Year, THE 86th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS®, March 2

- ETALK's Ben Mulroney, ETALK and THE SOCIAL's Lainey Lui, and E!'s Leah Miller host Canada's official red carpet special ETALK AT THE OSCARS -
- ETALK delivers two new exclusive specials RED CARPET READY: 10 YEARS OF ETALK AT THE OSCARS and ETALK'S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE leading up to Oscar night -
- Ellen DeGeneres makes her second Academy Award® stage appearance as host -
- CTV features complete lineup of Oscar-winning/nominated movies and celebrity specials leading up to Hollywood's big night -

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TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - THE OSCARS® - the most-anticipated night in Hollywood and the most-watched entertainment event broadcast in Canada for the past four consecutive years - returns Sunday, March 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on CTV and CTV GO (check local listings). For more than a decade, CTV has been the only Canadian network broadcasting live from the Oscar red carpet - giving viewers exclusive access behind the velvet rope with ETALK AT THE OSCARS, beginning at 6 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. AT on CTV Two, on CTV Vancouver at 3 p.m. PT, and on CTV Alberta at 4 p.m. MT. The red carpet special also simulcasts on M3 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). New this year, Canada's #1 entertainment series ETALK gets viewers Oscar-ready by delivering two new specials leading up to Hollywood's biggest night.

** Media Note ** - Download photos for THE OSCARS at BellMediaPR.ca

Oscar Programming on CTV:

RED CARPET READY: 10 YEARS OF ETALK AT THE OSCARS - NEW SPECIAL
Monday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. on CTV and CTV GO
The road to The Oscars begins as ETALK celebrates a decade on the red carpet. The half-hour special looks back at ETALK's favourite and most memorable moments covering The Academy Awards, including game-changing red carpet questions - like when Jennifer Lawrence's mother exclusively revealed to Ben Mulroney that she was reading The Hunger Games, as Lawrence was announced to play the role of Katniss Everdeen in the successful film franchise. Hosted by Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim, Lainey, and ETALK executive producer Morley Nirenberg, the special also examines the program's best and worst red carpet moments, behind-the-scenes secrets, and best red carpet looks from the past decade. RED CARPET READY: 10 YEARS OF ETALK AT THE OSCARS will be available on demand following the broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

ETALK'S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE - NEW SPECIAL
Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. on CTV and CTV GO
ETALK presents a full hour of Oscar fun facts and celebrity scoop to help viewers win their Oscar pool with ETALK'S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE. The new, one-hour special features trivia, a review of this year's nominations and predictions, award season fashion roundups and red carpet predictions, and everything viewers need to know from the entire ETALK team. ETALK'S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE will be available on demand following the broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

ETALK AT THE OSCARS - Red Carpet SPECIAL
Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. ET on CTV Two and CTV GO
On Oscar night, CTV's red carpet special ETALK AT THE OSCARS offers two sought-after positions on the red carpet, including the exclusive balcony position, capturing all the red carpet arrivals from a bird's eye view. ETALK anchor Ben Mulroney delivers celebrity interviews from the red carpet, while ETALK and THE SOCIAL's Lainey Lui and E!'s Leah Miller are positioned on the balcony, delivering a first-hand look on all the fashions that night. Red carpet coverage begins on CTV Two Ontario at 6 p.m. ET, CTV Two Atlantic at 7 p.m. AT, CTV Vancouver at 3 p.m. PT, and CTV Alberta at 4 p.m. MT. The red carpet special also simulcasts on M3 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. ETALK AT THE OSCARS will also be available on demand following the broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO app. Red carpet coverage continues with OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE! at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

THE OSCARS
Sunday, March 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO
Hosted by the hilarious Ellen DeGeneres (THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW), THE 86th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS air live across the country from the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Los Angeles. THE OSCARS will also live stream on CTV.ca and be available on demand following the broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

Online at CTV.ca, viewers can participate in a live chat beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET (Mar. 2) with CTV personalities and local celebrities. CTV.ca will also be home to Oscar red carpet photo galleries and up-to-the-minute news on all the night's winners. Visit CTV.ca for details.

Oscar fever continues as Canada's #1 daytime series THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV's hit lifestyle series THE SOCIAL, and Canada's #1 entertainment show ETALK, deliver pre- and post-award show coverage of Hollywood's biggest night.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW
Weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO
Host Marilyn Denis and fashion stylist Peter Papapetrou show viewers how to get the looks inspired by this year's Oscar nominees' street-style fashion (Feb. 28). Then, famed fashion director and TV personality Randy Fenoli and THE SOCIAL co-host and ETALK reporter Traci Melchor joins join Papapetrou for a full recap of the previous night's highlights (Mar. 3).

THE SOCIAL
Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO
Co-hosted by Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui, and Traci Melchor, the ladies of THE SOCIAL test their knowledge of Oscar history and this year's nominees in an ultimate Oscar trivia showdown (Feb. 25). Then, the ladies share their guide to hosting a chic Oscar viewing party (Feb. 27) and recap all the award-show highlights and fashion hits and misses following the Oscars (Mar. 3). Lainey also appears live from L.A. via satellite (Feb. 27, 28, and Mar. 3) to give viewers insider gossip on Hollywood's biggest event.

ETALK
Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO
The ETALK team, including Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim, Lainey, Danielle McGimsie, and Jessi Cruickshank, report on location from outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, bringing viewers pre-award show highlights as well as behind-the-scenes coverage as crews continuously setup for Hollywood's biggest night (Feb. 28). Then on one of ETALK's most-watched broadcasts of the year (Mar. 3), the team provides viewers with exclusive coverage of the most buzzed-about Oscar after parties, backstage moments, and exclusive red carpet highlights not seen during Sunday night's live broadcast. Danielle McGimsie also brings viewers party highlights from Elton John's annual post-Oscar bash.

For a complete list of Oscar-related programming airing on CTV and CTV Two, including Oscar-winning/nominated blockbuster movies and celebrity specials, CLICK HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - @TheAcademy
ETALK - @etalkCTV
Ben Mulroney - @BenMulroney
Tanya Kim - @Tanya_Kim
Danielle McGimsie - @MissDMcG
Lainey - @LaineyGossip
Traci Melchor - @stayfabulous
Devon Soltendieck - @DSoltendieck
Jessi Cruickshank - @JESSI
THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW - @TheMarilynShow
Marilyn Denis - @MarilynDenisCTV
THE SOCIAL - @TheSocialCTV
Melissa Grelo - @melissagrelo
Cynthia Loyst - @cynthialoyst
Leah Miller - @LeahMiller

Facebook: Facebook.com/CTV
Facebook.com/etalkCTV
Facebook.com/MarilynDenis
Facebook.com/TheSocialCTV

Instagram:
etalkCTV
MarilynDenis
TheSocialCTV

Pinterest:
Pinterest.com/TheSocialCTV

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 12 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.

- CTV -

Source: BBM Canada. 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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