CTV.ca Insider Team's Top 10 moments of the year
While Beyoncé’s baby-to-be and the Kardashians’ shockingly short marriage may be considered by many to be the top entertainment stories of the year, the CTV.ca Insider Team’s highlights had more to do with Jim Cuddy in hockey skates and Will and Kate’s royal nuptials.
Here are our Top 10 moments for 2011:
1. The Juno Awards
The Junos returned to Toronto for their 40th anniversary in March and leading up to the event, Lindsay was thrilled to be able to get in on the creative processes of musicians like Justin Rutledge and Basia Bulat (and chat brunch with some of her favs!)
Kicking off the whirlwind weekend was the annual hockey game between the rockers and NHL greats and Sheri and Lindsay particularly enjoyed watching Blue Rodeo front man Jim Cuddy lace up his skates and take to centre ice (a memory only trumped by the post-hockey-game office serenade of “Try”). And after a (very chilly) red carpet with a flash mob (!) we loved seeing greats like Neil Young and Shania Twain take the stage, while Drake had us all rolling in the aisles with laughter.
2. The Royal Wedding
Covering the April 29th wedding of the century in her favourite city of the world was a dream assignment for Sheri, who got all verklempt after seeing Will and Kate go by in their royal carriage. She then purchased a ton of tacky souvenirs (and some very expensive Kate dolls for her nieces) to commemorate the big day.
3. So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Lindsay spent the summer on the set of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada,” and when she wasn’t interviewing the ever-charming Nico Archambault, winner of the first season, or biting her fingernails on elimination night, she was learning all the backstage secrets in the wardrobe and makeup departments.
At the annual CTV Upfronts, the CTV.ca team had the chance to chat with many of the stars from the new fall show, including Anderson Cooper (yup, he is as charming as he seems!) and the “Pan Am” stewardesses, a.k.a. Christina Ricci, Karine Vanasse, Margot Robbie and Kelli Garner, who were just as gracious in person as the characters they play on TV.
5. Grey’s Anatomy
We had a ton of fun watching and writing about this hit CTV show this year, due to some seriously dramatic storylines, including the fallout of Meredith tampering with Derek’s clinical trial, Owen and Cristina’s rocky relationship and the budding (yet tragic) romance between Teddy and Henry.
Gearing up for the premiere of Season 8, Lindsay and Sheri also triaged the most critical storylines (Because, really, does hospital lingo every get old?).
6. Fairy Tale Frenzy
Once the fall schedule kicked off, it was all fairy tales all the time with “Grimm,” (a show that had Lindsay jumping out of her skin and screaming aloud while watching it in the office) and “Once Upon a Time,” which even won these two very skeptical reporters over thanks to a very cute Sheriff/Huntsman (who we’re really hoping makes a comeback after the mid-season finale shocker!).
7. Pan Am
We loved watching the high flying adventures of the “Pan Am” girls this fall and Sheri had a particularly great interview with Canadian star Karine Vanasse, who plays Colette.
We enjoyed the inaugural season of ‘The X Factor,’ which was filled with intense performances and plenty of drama due to several surprise eliminations.
Lindsay also felt like a proud “SYTYCDC” mama interviewing “Dance” alumni Kim Gingras, who was a backup dancer, while Sheri professed her love for host Steve Jones during an interview (by way of saying ‘WE’ all loved him up in Canada). The gracious presenter thanked her for her time and promised he would see her soon. (We’re sure he was just being nice but a girl can dream, right?)
As well as becoming a big fan of the new CTV crime drama, Sheri had an anything but forgettable interview with Poppy Montgomery, who stars as a police detective with a photographic memory.
And things are looking just as exciting for the New Year here at CTV with premieres of the musical-inspired “Smash,” the scary-looking “The River,” the edgy adult drama, “The L.A. Complex,” and “Up All Night” moving over to CTV’s Thursday night lineup. (We’ve even started signing off our emails with Ava’s catch phrase: “Keep watching and growing!”)
About Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, Lindsay’s highlights include criss-crossing Canada on four SYTYCDC audition tours and covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!
About Sheri Block
Sheri Block has been covering entertainment for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to covering Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in London, Sheri’s highlights have included going on tour with “Canadian Idol,” being a stand-in on “Canada’s Next Top Model” and meeting Colin Farrell at the Toronto International Film Festival.Follow her on Twitter!