January 2009

Have the holidays left you strapped for cash? Can’t afford the winter escape of your dreams? OLN has the release you’re looking for with new and exciting episodes of your favourite travel-adventure shows! Catch the season premieres of Survivorman, Word Travels and Departures January 2009 on OLN!

Survivorman – Season 3
Premieres Monday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT with encore presentation at 11pm ET/PT.
Plus, tune in to OLN weekdays at 8pm ET/PT for all of the highlights from the first two seasons of Survivorman.
Your favourite Survivor Les Stroud is back for a thrilling third season! In each new episode, follow the film maker and renowned naturalist Les Stroud to a different remote location where he demonstrates primal methods of survival. Whether it be starting a fire with nothing but a flashlight filament, finding ‘all natural’ sources of food (think scorpions) or learning to drink water from rain-filled moss – Les has got you covered! Survivorman showcases Les’ ability to utilize resources the rest of the world would overlook – in one episode an old plywood box serves as a temporary shelter while Les uses steel wool and his CB Radio battery to make a fire! Each seven day journey documents a new adventure, while showcasing the beautiful natural landscapes the world has to offer.

In this season’s premiere episode see Les in his natural habitat – Sierra Nevada. Just because this is Les’ home turf, doesn’t mean he knows the land well… it’s pretty easy to get lost in the desert! Les was instructed to live like a “lost” hiker, but watch as he actually becomes one!

Word Travels – Season 2
Premieres Sunday, January 18 at 8:30pm ET/PT with encore presentation at 11:30pm ET/PT
Word Travels is back and better than ever! Your favourite travel writers Robin Esrock and Julia Dimon take you around the world while showing you the truth behind the byline as they battle deadlines, jetlag and their own emotional limits to find the next great story. This season of Word Travels takes viewers on an adventure to both exotic and familiar locations – see Robin and Julia as they visit Sri Lanka – where they stumble upon a bizarre bloody ritual guaranteed to make your jaw drop and learn about the manufacturing of the world famous Ceylon Tea. When in Mexico, they discover that there’s more to tequila than a good night out and in Korea they
spend a night in a Buddhist temple! Then, watch as they head to Canada’s West coast and check out Vancouver Island’s surfing community. Don’t miss the adventure with Word Travels, it’s full of surprises, always beautiful and always unpredictable – just like the world it uncovers!

Departures – Season 2
Premieres Sunday, January 25 at 7pm ET/PT with encore presentation at 10pm ET/PT
Best friends Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach and cameraman Andre Dupuis left their everyday lives behind in search of unique experiences and adventures abroad in season one of Departures. They just finished travelling the world in a year long adventure… so why stop now! Reuniting in Spain, the boys set sail for another adrenaline filled adventure. Come along for the ride as they venture to exotic locations including Libya, Brazil and Cuba. From epic landscapes and unforgettable people, to the often trying times that come with international travel, and the occasional romance, life with these boys is anything but dull! This season expect to see singing camels, poisonous plants and insects, the world’s largest living rodents, angry snakes and even… a reunion with Gisele! See it all when Departures premieres!

Don’t get left behind! Catch the season premieres of Survivorman, Word Travels and Departures January 2009 on OLN.

Bang a gong and get it on, The Comedy Network is bringing back a classic. Stars are made and feelings are hurt when the all-new Gong Show with Dave Attell premieres Thursday, January 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

Prepare yourself for the weird, wacky, and absurd as The Gong Show with Dave Attell gears up to deliver hilarity. Like the original series, The Gong Show with Dave Attell consists of eight to 10 off-beat, and hilarious acts, critiqued by a panel of three revolving celebrity judges. Paired with the bold personalities of the celebrity judges and the show’s outrageous acts, Dave Attell’s sharp wit and dry sense of humour creates a fresh, new take on the iconic ‘70s series.

Before SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Canadian Idol, and Dancing With the Stars there was The Gong Show. In 1976, NBC unleashed the power of reality television on viewers in this talent show spoof. The Gong Show immediately captivated audiences with its wild acts, unruly celebrity judges, and quirky host and producer, Chuck Barris. Amateur performers had 45 seconds to showcase their “finest” talents in hopes of adulation. If a performer got “gonged” it meant humiliation. After a two-year run, The Gong Show had become known as a show where everything and anything goes. Judges were tied up, breasts exposed, and when “Gene Gene the dancing machine” came out, chaos and laughter ensued. Notable celebrities such as David Letterman, Steve Martin, and Dionne Warwick all took a shot at handling the mallet as they quipped, struggled, and argued over an act’s fate.

The re-imagined series, The Gong Show with Dave Attell, is sure to bring all the craziness of the ‘70s series back with a modern twist. Instead of “Gene Gene the dancing machine”, celebrity judges like musician Dave Navarro, comedian Andy Dick, and Robert Smigel’s infamous brazen puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, whirl the audience into hysteria with their uncensored humour, and unabashed commentary. The premiere episode features Midget Wrestling World Champion, Water Glass Symphony, and Monkey Burlesque.

Named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Dave Attell cut his teeth hosting four seasons of the successful hit series, Insomniac with Dave Attell on Comedy Central. Recently, Attell was featured in the HBO stand-up special Captain Miserable and has starred in his own stand-up special on Comedy Central. He has also made numerous appearances on the late-night circuit including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Howard Stern Show, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The Gong Show with Dave Attell is executive produced by Happy Madison Productions and Andrew Gilder (Identity and Win Ben Stein’s Money) in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Sunday, January 11, 8 p.m.

Stars of the silver screen and small screen shine in the 66TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS, broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Friday, January 9, 10 p.m.

From the 10-time Emmy® Award-winning producer Steven Bochco (L.A. LAW, NYPD BLUE), the legal drama battles and relationship quandaries among young lawyers are charted in this courtroom drama. In the pilot episode, idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, NYPD BLUE) fights for a man he’s sure is innocent, but holding court is a judge who loathes him. Meanwhile, DA staffer Michelle Ernhardt (Melissa Sagemiller, SLEEPER CELL) takes on a rape case

Friday, January 9, 9 p.m.

The hit CTV original series that climbed to the height of the ratings charts in both Canada and the U.S. this past summer returns to the CTV schedule. Colm Feore and Wendy Crewson guest star as the SRU handles a VIP protection shift at a lavish downtown Toronto hotel. David Graham, a charming philanthropist (Feore) and his beloved wife (Crewson) are in town to give away $5 million at an international conference. Ed Lane’s (Dillon) admiration for the man shatters when the philanthropist’s past catches up with him in a terrifying public showdown.

Thursday, January 8, 10 p.m.

Banfield treats two brothers that come into the ER with serious injuries after a drug deal goes bad. Gates is upset with Sam that she didn’t tell him that Alex was going home from the hospital. Neela considers pediatric surgery after treating a young girl with sickle cell anemia. Meanwhile, Dr. Banfield and her husband make a critical decision about the future of their family.

Thursday, January 8, 8 p.m.

Encore Episode

When a fire breaks out in Stella’s apartment, the CSIs investigate and determine it was arson.

Wednesday, January 7, 9 p.m.

OF MURDER AND MEMORY is a CTV Original Movie inspired by author Linda Spalding’s novel Who Name the Knife, detailing her involvement in the murder trial of a presumably innocent woman. Fifteen years ago, Sally Linden (Annabeth Gish, BROTHERHOOD) was called to serve as a juror in the murder trial of a woman, Teresa Nichol (Chandra West, 90210). The star witness for the prosecution is Teresa’s husband, Vincent Nichol (Hugh Dillon, FLASHPOINT), who claimed his wife shot the victim in cold blood during a robbery attempt gone wrong. On the last day of the trial, Sally arrives to court five minutes late, and is excused from the jury. Teresa is then found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. After coming across her old journal 15 years after the trial, Sally suspects a miscarriage of justice and seeks Teresa out. Sally fights to have the case reopened and faces her own questions of guilt, justice and responsibility

Tuesday, January 6, 10 p.m.

Heather Hallander (guest star Ellen Woglom, GHOST WHIPERER) miraculously returns home after being reported missing over four years ago. Unrecognizable to her family, Heather tells Detectives Benson and Stabler of the cement cell where she spent the past four years as a sex slave and of her fortunate escape. Benson and Stabler drive Heather around town to help stir up any memories of her abduction. When Heather’s answers don’t seem to match up, the detectives find revealing evidence that make them question her kidnapping and true identity.

Tuesday, January 6, 9 p.m.

Encore Episode

Every second counts when a strange, almost-otherworldly parasite mysteriously attaches itself to the internal organs of a dying FBI agent. With a life on the line and strong suspicions of a Pattern connection, Agent Dunham rushes to Germany to meet with an imprisoned man who reveals disconcerting details of a much larger threat. Meanwhile, Peter and Walter attempt to help Olivia by tapping into a dead man’s brainwaves.