September 2008

Toronto – September 30, 2008 – ichannel producer and host Kevin O’Keefe determined that the exponential increase in gay parental households or “The Gay-by Boom”, was a movement that warranted more examination and better understanding by the masses. He pitched the topic as a story idea to ichannel’s Head of Programming for the social issues show @issue. O’Keefe was delighted to receive support for not just one show, but a series.

“I attended a gay parenting class and met a number of gay couples who intended to have children. I thought ‘we have reached a time in our society when this is a subject that is suited for more media coverage’.” He adds that the show’s timing for broadcast on October 13th, 14th and 15th, was decided because of “National Coming Out Day” on October 11th.

The three part series, airing at 8:00pm each night, begins with O’Keefe’s own disclosure about being a gay man, who is considering fatherhood, “I figured it’s a series on gay parents, and it’s for National Coming Out Day. I can’t pretend I don’t have a vested interest in this topic, so I felt I had to say ‘I am gay’.”

In episode one, “Adoption”, we meet Mario and Stephen Howard a married couple who adopted a little girl. However, their new family has not come without a cost. The Howards say that they have lost about 90 percent of their gay friends, who are unsupportive of their decision to be parents.

In episode two, “Surrogacy”, we’re introduced to a family that took two women and two men to create. Drew Gyorke and Sam Wong fertilized eggs donated by one of the women; then, the eggs were implanted into a surrogate. Eight months later, she gave birth to twin girls. The cost of the surrogate / donor recruitment processes, medical procedures, and legal services is generally between fifty and one hundred thousand dollars, and according to one reproductive lawyer, surrogacy is a “legal minefield”.

The final installment is called “Co-Parenting”, and it looks at lesbians and gay men who have children together, although they are not married or romantically involved. The program features Heather Carlson, Mike Hall and their three-year-old son Shaw, whose lifestyle is similar to any other traditional nuclear family unit, except Heather has a girlfriend and Mike is a gay man.

The three-part “Gay-by Boom” series is one of ichannel’s new fall @issue shows; @issue airs weeknights at 8 and 11 Eastern and Pacific times. ichannel is available by subscription from cable and satellite providers across Canada; for more information on ichannel programming, visit www.ichannel.ca.

For further information, contact:
Rosemary Fusca, Head of Programming, (416) 756-5523, rfusca@stornoway.com
Kevin O’Keefe, Show Producer and Host, (416) 756-5505, kokeefe@ichannel.ca

Survivor Gabon is here! Jeff Probst is back after recently winning an Emmy Award.

18 Americans have been bought together and flown to one of the most remotest parts of Africa. They are arriving in their street clothes where they will have to work together to survivor until one by one, they are eliminated and one walks away with the million dollar prize.

39 days. 18 people. 1 Survivor. This is Survivor Gabon – Earth’s Last Eden.

Everyone introduces themselves and what they do. We’ve got everything from Ken the professional video game player and big on strategy to an Olympic Gold Medalist, Photographer, Medic and students.

The two oldest members are Bob and Gillian and have the job of picking tribes. They rock off and Bob wins to get the selection process started. There are no rules about who you can choose.

Bob calls over Ace. Sugar, Matty, Charlie, Paloma, Kelly, Corrine and their Tribe name is Kota.

Gillian chooses, Crystal, Suzanne, Marcus, Randy, Dan, GC, Ken and Melissa and their tribe name is Fang.

The first challenge is to be the first person from each tribe to race to the top of a hill and grab one of two immunity idols. The first tribe to have al their members on the mat will also take an extra bag of beans and rice.

GC and Marcus are first to the hill which is a real challenge to climb. Marcus has the idol for Kota and GC has the idol for Fang.

Michelle, the last girl picked was the first girl to the top of the hill and says they can all kiss her ass now.

Kota wins the extra bag of corn and beans with Fang being a way back. It wasn’t close at all which bodes well for Kota if they can maintain that success in the challenges.

Kota arrive at their camp and find some very run down shacks. Sugar thinks it looks really nice.

Bob takes control at camp and builds and works camp into a reasonable semblance of society.

Gillian is hoping Fang can stay positive. She wants them to bring back any elephant dung they can find as it burns well.

Ken finds a termite mound and convinces Michelle to eat them. Ken is smitten with her and he’s hoping for romance.

Ace is getting on some nerves at Kota. Charlie thinks he has a connection with Marcus. Marcus isn’t that way inclined though.

At Fang, there are elephants and other animals wandering very close to camp. Randy smacks his head on something and gets a nasty gash on his head. The medics are called and he’s given stitches leaving him petrified that he might be taken out of the game.

In the morning, there are crickets and other insects for breakfast. Michelle complains about how cold it is and can’t understand why that is being so close to the equator. She complains about being stuck in a camp with dorks while the other tribe has the smart and beautiful people.

The first challenge arrives via tree mail. Ace wants to get everyone on the same page and hopes the tribe is in sync and runs a yoga class.

At the challenge, the two tribes are playing for immunity and have to race around a course and dig up three bags of puzzle pieces and then assemble the puzzle for the win.

Solving the puzzle are Paloma, Sugar and Bob for Kota. Susie, Gillian and Randy are solving the puzzle for Fang.

It’s neck and neck through the leech filled swamp and then Fang take the lead over the net wall.

At the dig, Kota finds all their bags and head to the final stage while a tired Fang keep hunting for their bags. It’s another whitewash as Kota wins immunity and fire before Fang even get their puzzle pieces to the puzzle mat.

GC is a little disappointed at not having fire but knows he’s safe having won the immunity idol. He’s hoping someone steps up as a leader as they have no game plan.

Michelle seems to be the favorite to go as she is too negative for a lot of the others. Randy wants Gillian to be gone though as he thinks she’s the weakest link. Michelle and Ken are also hoping that it will be Gillian going home.

At tribal council, Michelle gets nailed about the challenge after she says others took breaks during the challenge. They decide to nominate GC as the leader.

At the vote, the cards fall the way of Michelle. Gillian looks happy while Ken is kissing his romantic prospects goodbye. Everyone gets over the vote fairy quickly when Jeff tells them that they can take fire back to camp.

GC is feeling as though he has a bigger target on his back now that he’s been given the title of leader by his tribe mates.

At Kota, Charlie can’t understand why the girls aren’t all over Marcus. Marcus views his relationship with Charlie as an inner circle arrangement. They want Jacqui and Corrine in their alliance as well before anyone else makes a pitch.

At Fang, GC is trying to organise camp. They have a plan for the day which involves making the bed comfortable. There are some issues with the rice which Randy thinks is crazy. He’s a weird one and has a game plan to sit on his ass and watch everyone else crash and burn.

Back at Kota, Corinne, Marcus, Jacqui and Charlie want to bring Bob into their alliance.

That night, GC does laundry while the others sleep and snore. Gillian complains at him about making sloshing noises. He tells her that the reason he got up was because they woke him up snoring.

GC quits as leader and Randy is happy. Dan wasn’t happy with the decision but doesn’t think his management style would suit the tribe and would prefer to be the silent leader.

They get tree mail and then decide to prep for the challenge by painting their faces with charcoal. It’s an attempt at unity.

The challenge is to roll a giant boulder through gates and get a couple of sets of keys. There is a fishing kit up for grabs along with the chance at sending someone from the other tribe to exile island.

Kota get their first set of keys first bit Fang are close behind them. By the second set of keys, it’s neck and neck.

At the final gate, Kota just sneaks through ahead of Fang. They send Dan to Exile Island.

Kota have a fishing spree and after their 3 wins and the rewards they’ve had leaves them thinking they cant lose.

At Exile Island, Dan has a choice between clue or comfort. He chooses the clue but he can’t figure it out and doesn’t find the crater where the idol is buried just over the hill from where he is searching.

Fang are wondering if they will ever win. They’re starting to talk about the dynamics of the tribe and who is going to be eliminated. Gillian thinks Ken should be the next to go.

Randy impresses GC after making a fish hook from his glasses. It becomes a group effort after they use some shoe laces and find some worms. Their work pays off and despite not winning the fishing gear, they’re having fish for dinner anyway.

Dan arrives back from Exile Island with a warning that they really need to think about who they send there from the other tribe.

GC wonders if he has the idol and thinks he’s acting too weird. Crystal is sure he has it as he’s too smart.

At Tribal Council, Gillian is given her marching orders and Fang realise that they really need to work together if they are to have any success in winning this game.

Wednesday, October 15
8pm

The Top 18 dancers take the stage for Canada’s votes.

Tuesday, October 14
9pm

CTV’s Chief Anchor Lloyd Robertson will be at the helm of CTV’s election headquarters, joined by an exceptional team of veteran broadcast journalists and election specialists, to deliver in-depth coverage, detailed analysis and the latest breaking news on the federal election as the votes are counted in each region.

Monday, October 13
10pm

A savage double murder in the Everglades pits Horatio and the team against the brute force of Miami’s Russian mob.

Monday, October 13
9.30pm

When Brent enters a reluctant Lacey into an eating contest, it tarnishes his reputation and results in a very offended Davis. At the Leroys’, Emma’s new MP3 player allows Oscar to get away with a bit too much. Karen’s auctioneering experience pits Hank and Wanda in a battle of vehicles.

Monday, October 13
8pm

The remaining competitors cha cha through another tough week of competition in week four of Dancing with the Stars.

Sunday, October 12
9pm

Bree’s estranged daughter, Danielle (Joy Lauren), returns to Wisteria Lane and is met with a deluge of criticism; Gaby and Susan find themselves embroiled in a catfight brought on by an altercation between their kids; to her chagrin, Lynette comes home to find Tom and Dave have formed a garage band after she told him to get rid of his old things; and Katherine and Mrs. McCluskey invite Edie to lunch to press her for more information on Dave.

Sunday, October 12
8pm

The remaining competitors travel to new destinations in a race around the world for a million-dollar prize.

Uptown Girl, Part Two

Sunday, October 12
7.30pm

Mia does what she can to ensure her success with Tom, but quickly has difficulty balancing school, beginning a relationship with Danny, and going to wild parties with Tom at night. After Mia wins the job, she learns a shocking truth – the decision was made entirely without Tom’s input. Now, she’s a bona fide model, but at what cost? And as we get better acquainted with the gifted grade 9 class we see the relationships come together between Connor and Clare. Clare says she doesn’t care what people think, but when new boy K.C. shows obvious interest, she begins to care what he thinks!