August 2008

Dallas Green’s JUNO award-winning solo project City and Colour graces the stage in the inaugural episode of the Bravo! Concert Hall, premiering Tuesday, August 26 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. This new concert series is taped at the legendary Concert Hall in Toronto’s historic Masonic Temple. It features intimate performances by international stars in the tradition of Bravo!’s Live at the Rehearsal Hall.

City and Colour performs in a room that has hosted a who’s who of music royalty in the past 50 years. The Rolling Stones rehearsed numerous times in the Concert Hall while Led Zeppelin played its first Toronto concert there. One of Canada’s best live music venues, the Masonic Temple’s Concert Hall has also housed historic performances by The Supremes, The Who, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Grateful Dead, The Cure, Duran Duran, R.E.M., The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and recently Kanye West and Sam Roberts.

The Bravo! Concert Hall series fuses exciting live performances with insightful interviews featuring today’s most urbane musical artists. In this premiere episode, City and Colour perform tracks from their hit albums: Sometimes and Bring Me Your Love, including Comin’ Home and Waiting… City and Colour dazzle the crowd with alluring guitar riffs harmonized by Green’s signature delicate vocals. During interviews with host Lance Chilton, Green reminisces about his high school days and the teacher who inspired him to achieve his dream despite his fear of singing in public.

Think your job is tough? Would you log the forests of Oregon, go crab fishing, or drill for oil for the chance to win more than $250,000? Thirteen people embark on an extraordinary – and potentially life-changing journey – as they tough it out in unique work environments in the new competition series America’s Toughest Jobs, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 25 on ‘A’.

The series moves to Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 19. Simulcast with NBC, America’s Toughest Jobs becomes the 13th series scheduled to be simulcast in primetime on the dynamic, new ‘A’ schedule.

America’s Toughest Jobs presents contestants who venture out of their safe, comfortable careers with some of the most challenging, dangerous and demanding jobs on earth. Hosted by Josh Temple (Gear Tech, Dude Room), each episode of America’s Toughest Jobs features contestants facing new occupations at various geographical locations, where they’ll have to perform to the same standards as the pros. The challenge? Survive several days on the job or get the axe. In the end, the contestants’ new boss and co-workers will determine their success or failure, and those who don’t make the grade are sent home. Upping the ante, the annual salary of each job will be thrown into the accumulating pot each week until the finale, where one rookie will take home the well-earned cash.

In the debut episode “Crab Fishing,” premiering Monday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 13 people board two crab boats and set sail in the Bering Sea off the coast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. After explaining the dangers of crab fishing, the contestants get to work, grinding fish for bait, setting hundred-pound crab traps, hauling and sorting crab and cleaning the boats’ decks. After an exhausting 40 hours of constant labour, the worst four workers are sent back out to sea for another 30-hour run. The worst of the bottom four will be eliminated.

The 13 brave men and women taking on America’s Toughest Jobs are:

  • Amy Brodsky – Sailboat Deliverer from Boston
  • Rick Broider – Vice-President of a Software Company from Loudon, New Hampshire
  • Senta Burke – Executive Assistant from Los Angeles
  • Michaela Clemence – Scientific Recruiter from Brighton, Massachusetts
  • Ben Coleman – Carpenter from Brighton, Massachusetts
  • Bryce Frazier – Personal Trainer from Los Angeles
  • Sandy Gabriel – ­Math Teacher from Austin, Texas
  • Rommel Gargoles – Martial Arts Instructor from North Hollywood, California
  • Rie Heffron – Product Specialist from Woodland Hills, California
  • Steven Hopper – College Student/Technology Receptionist from Los Angeles
  • Phil Kolarczyk – Pharmaceutical Sales Rep from Orlando
  • Eric Waterhouse – Sculptor/Renaissance man from Long Beach, California
  • Christopher Young – Investment Broker from Pasadena, California

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

Bravo!FACT Presents offers cutting-edge Canadian short films – an eclectic mix of dance, drama, animation and spoken word – produced with Bravo!FACT grants.

September 28 / October 3 – This episode features a tribute to Sean Cullen. A disgruntled goldfish decides to end his life in The Interior Monologue of Gill the Goldfish. A story of heroism, nobility, and a man with misplaced priorities is presented in Sir Francis Drake, the Queen’s Pirate. In Burnt Toast: I Am Soooo Over You, Trevor and Constance are reunited in this sequel to the Bravo!FACT favourite, Toothpaste.

Weekdays at 1 p.m. & 11 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. PT, beginning September 23

This fall Bravo! presents the 18th season of Law & Order, the longest-running crime series and the second-longest-running drama series in television history. Filmed entirely on location in New York, the realistic program looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. This season features Jesse L. Martin, Jeremy Sisto, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, Alana De La Garza, and Sam Waterston.

Saturdays at 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT & Sundays at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, beginning September 13

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized drama Mad Men explores the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. The second season of this Golden Globe®-winning series continues to blur the lines between truth and lies, perception and reality. This season features Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slattery.

Weekdays at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. PT, beginning September 8

Bravo! welcomes the women of Wisteria Lane. Desperate Housewives, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning series, starts from the very beginning in a strip run Monday to Friday, beginning September 8. The critically acclaimed primetime soap opera brings viewers into a world where salacious drama is served up daily.

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

September 14 / 19 – 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

September 27 / 28 / October 1 – 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.