June 2008

Canwest Broadcasting is pleased to announce that Global National has won the prestigious Best Newscast and Best Spot News Awards, in the network television category at the 2007 Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada Awards (RTNDA). Global BC, Global News Calgary, Global News Edmonton, Global News Maritimes and CHBC News Kelowna were also honoured with several accolades in the national television category, at the awards gala held in Ottawa last night.

The network and national awards received by Global National, Global News and CHBC News were as follows:

Global National (network level)

Best Newscast (Bert Cannings Award): “November 6 Newscast” – Global National’s comprehensive coverage of the murder of a Canadian RCMP officer in Canada’s remote and far north. With a tight turnaround and the country’s earliest news deadline, Global National delivered a well-rounded lead-in story, providing poignant insight from the fallen officer’s family in Ontario.

Best Spot News (Charlie Edwards Award): “Conrad Black Verdict” – Global National’s extensive live, breaking news coverage of Conrad Black’s verdict, delivering in-depth analysis and world-wide reaction. With a hard-working on-location team, Global National provided Canadians with more context of the complicated case with a historical look at the lengthy trial and Black’s more infamous comments made in the media.

Global BC (large market – national level)

Best Editorial/Commentary (Sam Ross Award): “Mike McCardell’s Downtown Eastside Series” – A frank and honest series of commentaries from Global BC’s Mike McCardell on Vancouver’s once thriving Downtown Eastside. Along with cameraman Mike Timbrell, McCardell spent a week in Canada’s toughest neighbourhood speaking directly to junkies, dealers and the homeless, many of whom want to leave but cannot find the will power. His editorial is a powerful catalyst for change that is nothing like the Shangri-La that appears in many tourist brochures.

Global News Edmonton (large market – national level)

Best Long Feature (Dave Rogers Award): “Black Friday – 20 Years Later” – An exclusive half-hour special dedicated to the victims and families hit by the 1987 Edmonton tornado, one of the worst tornadoes in Canadian history. On the 20th anniversary of the deadly twister, the Global News team took a historical look through the eyes of several people directly impacted by the event, and investigated what has changed since the tragic event when it comes to predicting tornadoes and preparing for such emergencies.

Global News Maritimes (medium market – national level)

Best Spot News (Charlie Edwards Award): “Armed Robbery” – Global News Maritimes’ breaking news coverage of a gas station robbery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the dramatic arrest of two suspects when they got into a taxi cab. Reporter Russ White’s compelling story-telling included interviews with the gas station manager and cab driver, with excellent footage of police officers and their K9 unit apprehending the suspects.

Best Continuing Coverage (Ron Laidlaw Award): “Bill and Mary Boates” – Reporter Jacqueline Foster’s heart-warming series on the plight of Bill and Mary Boates, an elderly couple from Nova Scotia who were forced to live apart when Bill was ordered out of the nursing home where they both lived. Foster followed the story for months, took their story to the government and helped to influence change that finally resulted in the couple’s reunion.

Global News Calgary

Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award: “Minority Report – Alberta’s Culture Collision” – For the second year in a row, Global News Calgary has won the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award which recognizes stories, features or series that best exemplify or explore an issue of diversity in a Canadian news program. This year, the Global News Calgary team won for their news special about the cultural diversity in the community of Brooks.

CHBC News Kelowna (medium market – national level)

Best Short Feature (Dave Rogers Award): “Hockey Fan” – CHBC News’ touching story about a severely disabled but dedicated hockey fan from Kelowna, Jamey Brew. Jamey, who has cerebral palsy, is the Alaska Grizzlies’ number one fan, a hockey team that travels all the way to the Vernon winter carnival peewee hockey tournament. Win or lose, Jamey gives the team pep talks every year. There is laughter, and tears of joy, and the players walk away knowing that victory is not always what ends up on the scoreboard.

A delicious blend of hilarious comedy and lethal satire are a guarantee in eTalk’s Queen Street headquarters next Monday, when Sandra Bernhard joins a live audience in the storefront studio.

The edgy genius behind the hilarious and provocative one-woman shows Without You I’m Nothing, and I’m Still Here … Damn It! lands in Toronto and headlines Toronto’s Pride Week (June 20 – 29).

Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker welcomes the multimedia celebrity in studio before a live audience on Monday, June 23 at 3:45pm.

Fans can expect the tough talking, acidic wit for which Bernhard is known and revered, and can ask questions…if they dare.

With one fateful collision 65 millions years ago the dinosaurs’ luck was up. They were enjoying their global reign when a massive meteorite struck the Earth, setting off a series of events that ultimately spelled extinction for the dinosaurs. But were dinosaurs just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Premiering Sat., July 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT during Animal Planet’s month-long freeview*, My Pet Dinosaur is a one-hour special that asks “what if the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs had missed?”

In a dino-obessed world where children grow up admiring the biggest baddest beasts that roamed the globe, My Pet Dinosaur dares to imagine a world where dinosaurs are not just curiosities dug up from the ground, but are in fact living breathing everyday creatures populating our world today.

Filled with eye-popping CGI and engaging expert opinions, this amusing special illustrates the great success of the dinosaur species in the cretaceous period in effort to demonstrate that if the meteorite hadn’t hit, having dinos in the 21st century would not be that unlikely.

By analyzing cross-sections of fossilized bone fragments, scientists are learning more about dinosaur life from the inside out. Discoveries indicate a fast growth rate on par with modern warm blooded mammals and birds, meaning dinosaurs were highly adaptable and could have had a decent shot at existing today were it not for that fateful meteorite.

My Pet Dinosaur takes this research and runs wild with the possibilities: would humans keep dinosaurs as pets? Would dad carve up a serapod steak instead of a veal chop at the summer barbeque? Would troadons be urbanized scavengers like raccoons? Would triceratops be used for farming? Witness a world where history is re-written and dinosaurs are domesticated in My Pet Dinosaur.

Sunday, June 29

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ASN

Edie is shocked when she receives some news at the gynecologist’s office, an unexpected visitor discovers Bree’s pregnancy is a hoax, and Wisteria Lane welcomes new neighbours.

Saturday, June 28

The premiere episode finds Eli Stone (Jonny Lee Miller), a successful and cutthroat lawyer, struggling to cope with the strange visions he keeps seeing. While his acupuncturist, Dr. Chen (James Saito, I Think I Love My Wife), believes Eli’s visions are prophetic, Eli is skeptical until he recalls the words of his late father (Tom Cavanagh): “You’re meant to do great things… speak inspired words… you’re going to help people.” Eli redefines his outlook on life and his role as a lawyer, beginning with a case in which he represents an old acquaintance against one of his firm’s most important clients. Despite opposition from his imposing boss and future father-in-law (Victor Garber, Alias) and his fiancée (Natasha Henstridge, Would Be Kings), Eli chooses to stay the course.

Friday, June 27

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ASN

In a cutting-edge format combining trivia challenges like those utilized on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with the strategy used in the World Series of Poker, each episode features a new group of contestants vying to duel either the previous week’s winner or a brand new opponent. The goal? Win a series of duels and take home $500,000. But along the way, contestants will be tempted to leave the game and walk away with their accumulated winnings.

Friday, June 27

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ASN

Jason Kennedy of E! News hosts this new reality competition in which amateur dancers compete for big bucks. Each episode features six real people from all walks of life who will face off in a series of one-on-one “dance-offs” to the most popular songs of all time. Throughout the night, contestants are eliminated by voters in the studio audience. By the end of the evening, just two finalists will be left to challenge each other for the honour of being crowned that night’s “Dance Machine” and awarded with $100,000 in cash.

Thursday, June 26

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ASN

Having just returned from her honeymoon with Meredith, Cristina searches for Burke. Meredith, Cristina, Izzie and Alex spend their first day as residents with their own groups of interns, among them are George, repeating his intern year after failing his exams; and Lexie Grey, Meredith’s half-sister whom she has never met. Now that Derek’s relationship with Meredith has reached an emotional impasse, he looks to his fellow doctors for friendship; Bailey wrestles with her place within the hospital now that her former interns report to new Chief Resident Callie; and Richard resumes his position as Chief of Surgery.

Thursday, June 26

From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of Grey’s Anatomy, comes a story about new beginnings and old friends. Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh) is a renowned neonatal surgeon, respected by her friends and colleagues at Seattle Grace Hospital. Deciding she can no longer healthily co-exist with her ex-husband, McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), and her ex-lover, McSteamy (Eric Dane), Addison heads to Los Angeles for sunnier weather, and happier possibilities, at a chic private practice.

Wednesday, June 25

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ASN

While out for a walk, Sofia Archer (guest star Jennifer Beals, The L Word), her husband, nanny (guest star Anna Chlumski, 30 Rock) and her two children all stop for ice cream. While Sofia is inside, her husband and son – recently adopted from Africa – are shot at, and her husband is killed. When the police find the shooter, they are surprised to discover that the accused is related to the adopted boy. Is the young lad really adopted from Africa? And if he’s not, where did the real adopted child go?