New Canadian Talk Series THE SOCIAL Joins CTV's #1 Daytime Lineup, Weekdays
Beginning Sept. 2
- Walmart partners with THE SOCIAL for monthly in-show segments and seasonal
- Topical daily gabfest airs live weekdays at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. AT) on CTV and
CTV Mobile, with encores at 2 p.m. ET on CTV Two and 7 p.m. ET on E! -
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TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - CTV announced today the premiere date of its
brand new original daily talk series THE SOCIAL. The network invites viewers
to sit down, grab a coffee, and join the conversation weekdays at 1 p.m. (2
p.m. AT) following local news beginning Monday, Sept. 2 (visit CTV.ca to
confirm local broadcast times). Co-hosted by a distinct group of lively women
with varying perspectives, THE SOCIAL joins Canada's #1 daytime lineup with
news anchor Melissa Grelo (@melissagrelo, relationship expert Cynthia
Loyst@cynthialoyst), Canada's foremost gossip blogger Lainey Lui
(@LaineyGossip, and entertainment reporter Traci Melchor@stayfabulous).
CTV also announced today its first sponsorship for the series - a premier,
custom, 52-week partnership with Walmart that will include monthly in-show
segments as well as seasonal integrations to help viewers stretch their
budget. Walmart is also partnering with THE SOCIAL to recognize and reward
inspirational Canadian moms as part of its third annual 'Mom of the Year'
campaign. The 'Mom of the Year' partnership will include in-show integrations
and a co-branded promo spot featuring talent from THE SOCIAL which will
encourage viewers to go online and nominate a special mom in their lives with
the winner receiving $100,000 for the charity of her choice.
**Media Note** Download photography of the cast of THE SOCIAL at
BellMediaPR.ca. For a behind-the-scenes look at the hosts at their photo
shoot, click here.
"THE SOCIAL is the perfect complement to our strong and diverse roster of
daytime programming," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports.
"Touching on the most talked-about subjects of the day, THE SOCIAL is sure to
not only capture the attention of our viewers, but also involve them in the
"Anchored by four engaging hosts who will get Canadians talking and a
top-notch production team, Bell Media In-House Productions is ready to deliver
a second hour of not-to-be-missed original daytime content," said Rick Brace,
President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production.
"THE SOCIAL is like the lunch date with friends you wish you had time for
every day," said Michelle Crespi, Executive Producer, THE SOCIAL. "Viewers
will laugh, learn, and connect. Plus, the conversation lives on 24 hours a day
on TheSocial.ca and on our various social media platforms."
The Hosts on THE SOCIAL:
-- "People are going to be shocked, I think, about who is liberal
about things and who's not so liberal." - Melissa
-- "When the four of us get together, it's kind of an explosion."
-- "We love our friends and we are supportive of them - but that
doesn't mean we see eye-to-eye all the time." - Lainey
-- "Coming together and being better for it, that's what THE
SOCIAL is about." - Traci
The Hosts on Each Other:
-- "Not only is she funny and her comments always poignant,
they're so well timed she should be a comedian." - Melissa on
-- "She's fierce, she's opinionated, she's a bit snarky, and she's
unapologetic." - Cynthia on Lainey
-- "She's professional, and she's capable. She is kind of like the
discussion boss." - Lainey on Melissa
-- "And then there's Cynthia. Articulate. Brilliant." - Traci on
THE SOCIAL delivers an innovative forum for viewers to debate and discuss the
topics of the day by interacting with the co-hosts through Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram, and Pinterest. Each show kicks-off with a round-table chat
featuring the buzz-worthy subjects Canadians are talking or Tweeting about,
including headlines of the day, celebrity news, and trending topics. The
round-table is followed by lifestyle segments inspired by viewers, while
celebrity guest co-hosts will also stop by to join the panel discussions.
THE SOCIAL airs weekdays at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. AT) on CTV, 2 p.m. ET on CTV Two,
and 7 p.m. ET on E! THE SOCIAL also airs live on CTV Mobile (visit CTV.ca to
confirm local broadcast times), as well as on demand across CTV's digital
platforms: including CTV.ca, TheSocial.ca, the CTV App, the CTV Mobile channel
on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners such as Bell Fibe TV
following the broadcast.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter: @TheSocialCTV @melissagrelo @cynthialoyst @LaineyGossip@stayfabulous
About THE SOCIAL
Produced by Bell Media In-House Productions, THE SOCIAL brings a fresh, daily,
perspective on the up-to-the-minute news, pop culture and lifestyle topics
that matter most to Canadians in a socially interactive format. The series is
co-hosted by Melissa Grelo, Lainey Lui, Cynthia Loyst, and Traci Melchor.
Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer. Laura Scarfo is Supervising Producer.
Nanci Maclean is Executive Director, Bell Media Production. Catherine MacLeod
is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is
President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is
Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV
Programming and Sports.
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 and digital. Bell Media is part of 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.
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