August 2008

New Time – Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT, beginning September 14; Repeats Fridays at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Bravo!FACT Presents offers cutting-edge Canadian short films produced with Bravo!FACT grants. This episode pays homage to past and present films featured at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cattle Call showcases the Manitoba Livestock Auctioneers and is eligible for the Best Canadian Short Film Award this year. A Parisian waif sits on a doorstep, mournfully clutching a dogless leash in Où est Maurice. In The Saddest Shorts: Sombra Dolorosa, a widow wrestles El Muerto for her dead husband’s ghost, a race against an eclipse, and an attempted suicide. A man and woman are forced to get married and maintain a healthy relationship in True Love.

Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Sundays at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

Bravo!’s weekly arts magazine features cultural figures from home and abroad. This Arts & Minds TIFF special showcases the top Canadian features, the documentaries, and the shorts profiled in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Highlights of this episode include Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, and Paul Gross’ feature film directorial debut Passchendaele.

Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Sundays at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

Bravo!’s weekly arts magazine features cultural figures from home and abroad. This Arts & Minds TIFF special showcases the top Canadian features, the documentaries, and the shorts profiled in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Highlights of this episode include Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, and Paul Gross’ feature film directorial debut Passchendaele.

As a tribute to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Bravo! presents flicks from past festivals including Water (Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET) and Amelie (Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET & Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. ET). On September 6, Bravo! spotlights Grace of My Heart (7:30 a.m. ET); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (10 a.m. ET); The Four Feathers (12:30 p.m. ET); Secretary (11 p.m. ET); and Before Night Falls (Sept. 6 at 1 a.m. ET). The TIFF tribute continues on September 7 with Bob Roberts (6 a.m. ET); Only You (8:15 a.m. ET); Mighty Aphrodite (10:45 a.m. ET); Sweet and Lowdown (12:30 p.m. ET); Life is Beautiful (2:30 p.m. ET); In the Bedroom (9 p.m. ET); and Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET).

Sunday, September 28 at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt

This one-hour documentary profiles stand-up comedian Irwin Barker and his cross country comedy tour a year after his diagnosis with terminal cancer. Through candid interviews with Irwin, his comedy colleagues, and family, this program follows Irwin’s courageous and witty approach to living in spite of this deadly disease.

Aida

Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt

An Ethiopian princess brought into slavery becomes a military commander’s object of affection. This adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece was produced at the Teatro alla Scala in 2006. The stage production was directed and designed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli.

Monday, September 15 at 9 p.m. Et / 6 p.m. Pt

In Marie Chouinard’s innovative project, the company’s 10 dancers execute variations on the exercise of freedom. Not only do the dancers appear on pointe, they also use different devices – crutches, rope, prostheses, horizontal bars, and harnesses – which either liberate or restrict their movements. Chouinard presents her ideas through an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The work was first presented at the Venice Biennale’s International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Italy in 2005, and received the Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts in 2007, Canada’s most prestigious cultural award.

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt, beginning September 10

Taped at Toronto’s intimate Berkeley church, this series showcases musical performances from an eclectic group of singers and musicians. The six-part series features performances by indie-rock father-son duo Bill and Joel Plaskett (Sept. 10); alt-country artist Jon Langford (Sept. 17); pop singer Sarah Slean (Sept. 24); neo-southern country-gothic artist Jim White (Oct. 1); acoustic guitar virtuoso Kaki King (Oct. 8) and singer-songwriter Pete Elkas (Oct.15).

This fall’s most-anticipated new series is getting a super-simulcast series premiere in Canada. CTV announced today it will simulcast the series premiere of Fringe together with ‘A’, creating a one-time-only super-simulcast for the big buzz sci-fi series. From Emmy Award-winning producer J.J. Abrams (Lost), and starring B.C. native Joshua Jackson (Bobby, Dawson’s Creek), Fringe makes its television debut on Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, ‘A’ and in Alberta on ACCESS (simulcast with FOX; visit CTV.ca/Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). This one-time promotional stunt is designed to deliver the biggest exposure possible for the series premiere. Following its debut, Fringe settles into its regular ‘A’ time-slot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 16.

From J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Alias, comes the most-anticipated series of the fall. Variety magazine says Fringe “mixes elements of The X-Files and Altered States” in its exploration of the blurring line between what is possible and impossible.

When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with everyone on board dead, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, Mistresses) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. When Olivia’s investigation leads to multi-billion dollar corporation Massive Dynamic and its manipulative corporate executive, Nina Sharp (Blair Brown, The American Experience), Olivia, along with Department of Homeland Security Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, Lost) and FBI Agents Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo, The Black Donnelly’s) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole, Take the Lead), discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

In the super-simulcast series premiere (Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’), after Special Agent Olivia Dunham’s partner, John Scott (Mark Valley, Boston Legal), is nearly killed during the investigation of a plane with everyone on board dead, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help. This leads her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasures of Fiji), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 17 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Peter (Joshua Jackson, Bobby, Dawson’s Creek) in to help. Under Special Agent Phillip Broyles, the trio work to discover the shocking truth behind “fringe science.”

Fringe settles into its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 16, exclusively on ‘A’.

Lone Eagle Entertainment Presents the World Premiere of…

TRIBES OF THE 21ST CENTURY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH – 9:00 P.M. ET/10:00 P.M. PT ON DISCOVERY CIVILIZATION

(TORONTO, August 14, 2008) — Lone Eagle Entertainment, in association with Discovery Civilization Channel, is proud to announce the world premiere of the documentary series, TRIBES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. This three part series explores the complicated and often misunderstood world of 21st century tribes: the Tribe of Stand Up Comics (airing September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT), the Tribe of Bodybuilders (airing September 11 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT) and the Tribe of Bike Couriers (airing September 18 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT).

Written by veteran journalist and award-winning writer Allen Abel, TRIBES OF THE 21ST CENTURY is a documentary anthology series (3 x 60 min.) that takes an in-depth look at different ‘tribes’ within our society: tight knit communities that are defined by a shared occupation, interest, or habit. ‘Tribes’ that we are not born into, but choose for ourselves. ‘Tribes’ that thrive on the fringes of modern civilization.

“TRIBES OF THE 21ST CENTURY will bring the fourth wall down on the numerous groups and subcultures that exist around us,” says Michael Geddes, Executive Producer and President of Lone Eagle. “It promises to be a fascinating exploration.”

Just like traditional tribes, TRIBES OF THE 21ST CENTURY are made up of elders, neophytes, and warriors. Get to know fascinating people like ‘tribal warrior’ Darren Frost, the foul-mouthed stand-up comic who battles hostile audiences at comedy clubs across the country, as well as ‘chieftains’ Ron James and Russell Peters. Matriarch Laura Binetti is Canada’s highest ranked woman in the Tribe of Bodybuilders. She trains neophytes in the tribe’s elaborate rituals: the extreme diet, tiny posing suits and spray-on tans. Young John Michael, neophyte in the Tribe of Bike Couriers, struggles to stay alive against Toronto’s treacherous weather and angry drivers.

TRIBES OF THE 21ST CENTURY was created by Executive Producers Michael Geddes and Sheldon Teicher, produced by Rachel Horvath and directed by Leslie Coté.

Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd. is an independent production company based in Toronto. Founded in 1994 by Michael Geddes, Lone Eagle develops and produces high-concept television such as the smash hit series Popstars, the #1 rated Canadian series for three consecutive seasons. Lone Eagle has also brought TV audiences Inside the Box, You Bet Your Ass, The Office Temps, The Call and Supermodels.

Journey back through time with Discovery Civilization to revel in humanity’s defining moments. Meet the people, cultures and ideas that have shaped our common past, and those that will dictate our future. Discovery Civilization is about learning where we came from and knowing where we can go.

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Media Contacts:

Jill Spitz, T. 416-482-1370, jillspitz@rogers.com

Christine Liber, T. 416-651-4722 x 1, christine@libertyink.ca

Shannon Hall, Discovery Civilization Channel, 416-332-5903, shall@discovery.ca