January 2009

Thursday, January 1, 6:30 p.m.

Cast members from the internationally-acclaimed CTV drama series, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, traveled to Kenya with the Toronto-based organization, Free The Children, to build a much needed addition to the Motony Primary School. The team had just under two weeks to complete the project while MTV’s cameras captured the emotional and physical journey for the half-hour special MTV PRESENTS: DEGRASSI IN KENYA.

Thursday, January 1, 1 p.m.

Relive the edge-of-your-seat Season 1 moments with encore broadcasts of the last four performance episodes and finale results shows of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The dance-a-thon starts with the four performance shows that narrow the Top 10 dancers down to the Top 4, Allie Bertram, Miles Faber, Nico Archambault and Natalli Reznick.

Thursday, January 1, 11 a.m.

ETALK’s Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim host ETALK PRESENTS: ME TO WE, Free The Children’s National Me to We Day special, the largest one-day event of its kind which unites top social issues speakers and performers with more than 8,000 student leaders from 600 schools and 40 school boards across Canada. The one hour special, features an impressive roster of speakers and performers – including Sarah McLachlan, award-winning actress Mia Farrow, celeb designer Nate Berkus, Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams, Crash Parallel, Liberal MP-elect Justin Trudeau, and Free The Children founders Craig and Mark Kielburger – who are joining together to celebrate the power of young people to change the lives of others.

Jump start your New Year with the adrenaline-fuelled, international sporting event Dakar Rally 2009. In depth, daily coverage begins Sunday, January 4 at 7:30pm ET/PT (with encore presentations at 10:30pm ET/PT) and continues until Monday, January 19 on OLN!

The ultimate test of endurance and skill, this year’s Dakar Rally – marking it’s first ever occurrence in South America – will put competitors against dunes, fesh fesh sand, limitless roads and perilous mountains. The competition isn’t the only thing that’s hot! Professionals and amateurs alike will be going head-to-head in the intense heat of the austral summer. Over the last 30 years, Dakar has forged itself a legendary reputation on the African territory that helped solidify its position as one of the major sporting events of the international calendar. It continues to resonate with adrenaline junkies as 530 teams representing 49 nationalities get set to start their engines for this year’s rally including 230 motos, 30 quads, 188 cars and 82 trucks. Watch as lone Canadian competitor, 50 year-old, Vancouver Island native Donald Hatton sets his sights on victory in Dakar 2009.

The round trip to Buenos Aires, via Valparaiso is a challenge in which the most enduring competitors will find their way and have the opportunity to distinguish themselves. With close to 6,000 kilometres of specials and difficulties scattered on the whole course, the battle for the title will remain wide open until the finish. Mitsubishi’s title will be up for grabs against their major rivals at Volkswagen, BMW and Team Gordon. In T2, we will find Toyota and Nissan looking for a highly coveted victory. On the two-wheeler side, KTM will turn out in force to maintain its domination of the discipline. All the best truck teams will be there as well: Kamaz, Tatra, Hino, Mercedes, Ginaf, and the title-holder Man will vie for first place.

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 11 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The team believes they’re investigating a custodial kidnapping case after a teen, last seen with her mother, vanishes. But the case turns ominous when the agents discover the teenager has a secret life.

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Rush and the team investigate the 2007 case of an auto mechanic who was murdered after he won eight million dollars in the state lottery. Also, Valens discovers there may be a big problem with his budding relationship with Frankie.

Sunday, January 4, 8 p.m.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

Regis Philbin continues in primetime television as host in Season 2 of this modern update of one of television’s classic game shows. In this episode, contestants team up with THE LATE LATE SHOW’s Craig Ferguson and Olympic gold medalist/professional tennis player Serena Williams and have the potential to win up to $1 million. As the designated celebrity and contestant take turns being the clue-giver and clue-receiver, one word hints are given to determine that round’s PASSWORD. If the player and the celebrity can work together to successfully give and receive clues in multiple rounds, the contestant may be able to guess the MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD and win the cash that goes along with it.

Sunday, January 4, 7 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 8 p.m. on ACCESS

From bloopers to embarrassing moments, America’s most bizarre and unexpected events are caught on tape and seen by viewers across the country. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, AFV includes footage of what happens when adults, children and inanimate objects are at their spontaneous best.

Friday, January 2, 7 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 7 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Now in her twenties, Anne (Megan Follows, ROBSON ARMS) returns to Avonlea for the first time since Marilla Cuthbert’s death. Gilbert (Jonathan Crombie, Empty Room) has been offered a position in a hospital in New York, and he persuades Anne to come with him. He arranges a position for her at a large publishing house, but big city life is not what they expected. Meanwhile, the Great War is blossoming in Europe, and many of Anne’s former classmates have enlisted to serve. The thrilling and affecting story follows the characters from New York, to Europe and the war effort, eventually returning them to the red earth of Prince Edward Island.

PART 2 continues Saturday, January 3, 7 p.m.
Also airs at 7 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 7 p.m. MT on ACCESS