January 2009

Finally….A Forum for Twenty Somethings:
ichannel’s “The What Is!”

Toronto – January 23, 2009 – It’s not hard to figure out what demographic most television current affairs shows are targeting. Watch a commercial break, and you’re likely to see ads for cholesterol controllers, prostate treatments and retirement funds.

That’s why digital television network ichannel formed a partnership with Not Like Us Productions, the creative young minds behind the indie television series “Twixters” as well as the Cynically Tested Channel on MySpace and YouTube. The result is a series called “The What Is!”.

Hosted by comedian Dan Speerin, “The What Is!” is a collection of timely and irreverent exposés that explore issues largely overlooked by typical news magazines. The issues presented are real, and the content is factual. However, the programs deliver each topic with a lampoonery, typical of satirical “political commentaries” like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

ichannel aired a pilot, The What Is: Election 2008!, in October. Audience and critical response to the premiere were so positive that three more installments have been completed, and more shows are in pre-production.

Episode one of the series premieres on Thursday, February 12th at 7:30pm ET. Titled “The Rebuttal” it features Speerin and his “focus group” as they fight back against “the growing media backlash toward Generation Y”.

Program number two, “The Drop Fees Bailout” is scheduled to air Thursday, February 19th. Focus group and man-on-the-street segments analyze student debt and implore the government to provide federally or provincially funded relief.

The third show, titled “The Awkward Office”, explores the possibility of a growing generation gap in the modern work place, as well as an emphasis on the current job economy. Included is an interview with Workopolis president Patrick Sullivan.

Each show is repeated on the following Friday night at 10:30pm ET, exclusively on ichannel – Intelligent Television. ichannel is available by subscription from cable and satellite providers across Canada.

For further information, contact:
Vince Kesavamoorthy, “The What Is!” Producer, (647) 287-5374, vince@twixterstv.com
Alan So, “The What Is!” Producer, (416) 689-7987, alan@twixterstv.com
Rosemary Fusca, ichannel Head of Programming, (416) 756-5523, rfusca@stornoway.com

Sunday, February 8 – 8pm ET/PT

It’s the biggest night in the music industry! Current GRAMMY® Award nominees Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood are the latest performers announced. They join previously announced performers and nominees Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry, to be broadcast live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Sunday, January 25 – 8pm ET/PT

Actress Emily Blunt makes a guest voice appearance as Lisa’s equally academic and creative new friend Juliet. Together they construct a fantasy world that takes them both a little too far from reality. Musical sensation Fall Out Boy, who are named after Radioactive Man’s sidekick Fall Out Boy, pay homage to their fans and the citizens of Springfield when they perform their rendition of The Simpsons theme song during the end credits.

Sunday, February 1 – approximately 10pm ET/PT (Right after the big game)

When Dwight’s fire-safety seminar causes trouble, he decides to help calm the other workers. Michael discovers he’s the main office stressor, so decides to hold a roast, in order to make them feel more comfortable around him. While watching a bootleg video, Andy believes that Jim and Pam are film gurus.

Sunday, February 1 – 6:30pm ET/PT

When this story first aired on 16:9 you responded in record numbers. Now 16×9 brings you a special encore presentation that looks into these controversial CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) and EMF ( Electro Magnetic Frequencies). They call it dirty electricity or poor power quality but what is it and can it make you sick? 16:9 has the full investigation from the homeowners who claim these frequencies can make them sick to tracking down our Federal Health Minister for long awaited answers.

Friday, January 30 – 9pm ET/PT

Coach Taylor is pressured to make some changes to his team for an upcoming game; Saracen feels the heat as fans lose faith in him; Tim tries to get out of debt.

Friday, January 30 – 8pm & 8:30pm ET/PT

Canadian Howie Mandel’s new hidden camera series with a trunk full of disguises and laughs. Howie and his team of professional pranksters take to the streets performing hoaxes and hilarious tricks on unsuspecting targets.

Thursday, January 29 – 8pm ET/PT

When a volunteer fireman is murdered at an ice rink, Booth and Brennan begin the investigation, but Booth must recuse himself due to a conflict of interest. When details come to light, Booth becomes a suspect in the homicide.

Wednesday, January 28 – 9pm ET/PT

A commanding officer is accused of sexual assault by a female soldier, and Lightman is brought in to resolve the situation. Meanwhile, the Lightman Group must find out whether a college basketball star is lying when rumours that the student accepted a bribe to attend the university rise.

Tuesday, January 27 – 8pm ET/PT

The NCIS team investigates a bizarre murder of a sergeant whose suspicious private life might be the reason why he got killed.