February 2009

From pandas, to grizzlies to polars, Animal Planet roars its way into the 1st annual BEAR WEEK from Sunday, March 22 to Saturday, March 28. With programs featuring raw footage, stunning wildlife cinematography and emotional accounts of survival, BEAR WEEK is a fascinating week-long tribute to one of the world’s most endangered and deadly beasts.

1st annual BEAR WEEK premieres March 22-28 on Animal Planet

Presenting astonishing revelations about bear behaviour, evolution and survival, BEAR WEEK features a mix of real life drama and innovative storytelling. Kicking off the week with the Animal Planet premiere of GRIZZLY MAN: THE BEGINNING, two premiere episodes per night of GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES, and ending with a PANDAMONIUM marathon, the 1st annual BEAR WEEK is destined to be an Animal Planet viewer favourite.

Animal Planet’s full BEAR WEEK 2008 lineup is as follows:

GRIZZLY MAN **Animal Planet Premiere**
Sun., March 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
*Repeat* Sat., March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Get an inside look at the life of Timothy Treadwell, as documented by filmmaker, Werner Herzog. Treadwell spent 13 summers in Alaska living with grizzly bears. He spoke their language, knew their moods, and survived unarmed among them until his untimely death from the very creatures he loved so deeply.

GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES
**Animal Planet Premiere**
March 23-27 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/9 and 9:30 p.m. PT
This series documents the life of Timothy Treadwell in the decade before his death. This eight-part mini-series draws upon hundreds of hours of archived footage, private pages from his diaries and more than 10,000 still photographs, ultimately telling the story Timothy Treadwell truly wanted to. The footage and stories within GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES present astonishing revelations about grizzly behavior and survival.

ULTIMATE GUIDE: THE BEARS
Mon., March 23 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Cutting-edge computer animation and stunning wildlife photography show off the bear family’s remarkable range of adaptations, the result of 35 million years of evolution.

MOONBEARS: JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
Tues., March 24 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Follow the dramatic journey of three rescued bears from China’s torturous bear bile farms; see the moment they are cut free from their coffin-like cages through to their final releases into a beautiful protected wildlife sanctuary.

NATURAL WORLD: POLAR BEARS & GRIZZLIES **Animal Planet Premiere**
Wed., March 25 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
This natural history film documents the similarities between polar bears and grizzlies. The two creatures are alike but have significantly different hunting styles, raising the question of whether cubs will be able to adapt as the Arctic gets warmer.

XTREMELY WILD WITH MARK MILLER – “Bruce Bears & Grouse Grizzlies”

Thurs., March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT
Mark goes looking for the dens of black bears on the Bruce Peninsula and later gives a Grizzly Bear a check up at the Grouse Mountain rehab centre.

NATURAL WORLD: BEAR MAN OF KAMCHATKA
Thurs., March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Follow the incredible story of a man who has devoted his life to the grizzly bears of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

STAYING SAFE IN BEAR COUNTRY **Animal Planet Premiere**
Fri., March 27 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
STAYING SAFE IN BEAR COUNTRY is a valuable instructional program using consensus opinion of leading experts on bear behaviour and its relevance to human safety. Using real bears and re-enactments, this program presents vital information to help you if you are confronted with a bear in the wild.

PANDAMONIUM (Marathon)
Sat., March 28 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. ET/1 to 7 p.m. PT
Go behind the scenes of the first, largest and most successful panda breeding, research and conservation centers in the world at the Wolong Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province, Southwest China. Witness the daily struggle of keepers and staff to preserve one of the planet’s most at-risk species before releasing them back into the wild. Through inspiring storytelling, PANDAMONIUM brings life to the mission of rescuing the beloved panda and immerses viewers into their animal world. The final episode documents efforts to continue the work following the devastating earthquake that hit Sichuan Province on the afternoon of May 12, 2008. Check in to see how the Pandas are and how the earthquake affected the Centre’s work.

Animal Planet is available on digital cable and satellite across Canada. To subscribe, contact your local cable or satellite provider and ask for Animal Planet.

Making Runway history… Winners, the official Project Runway Canada fashion retailer and partner announced today plans to produce and distribute 1,200 exact replicas of next week’s winning design.

Premiering Tuesday, March 3 – 10pm ET/PT on Global, in the special episode entitled “Hope Springs Eternal”, the designers are challenged to make the perfect spring dress for the Winners customer. The ultimate prize for this challenge could truly launch one talented designer’s career as the top design will be sold in 14 Winners stores across Canada.

“Winners is thrilled to be the first retailer to produce an exclusive Project Runway Canada garment, what an incredible way to kick-off the spring fashion season,” said Shannon Johnson, Manager of PR and Sponsorship, Winners Merchants International. “Winners delivers the hottest designer labels in-store everyday, and we are proud to be bringing the fashion leaders of the future to our customers through this exclusive offer.”

Making Project Runway Canada history, this is the first time Winners has produced a garment for sale in stores. The winning dress will be available in an assortment of eye-catching colours for the season including green, pink, blue and of course, the always sultry black. PRC fans and designer aficionados alike can purchase the dress at Winners locations nationwide beginning Wednesday, March 4th.

Continuing throughout the series run, the designers have unlimited access to the Winners Accessory Wall that houses all the latest shoes, handbags, and jewelry to complete their looks for the design challenges. As well, in addition to sponsoring the season’s Photo Gallery on the official Project Runway Canada site (GlobalTV.com/runway), Winners further complements the series broadcast with online features of their weekly accessory selections with exclusive tips for fashionistas nationwide.

The lucky designer to be crowned the winner of season two of Project Runway Canada will be given a ‘Runway to Retail’ business mentorship with Winners including the opportunity to spend time with Winners’ Merchandising and Marketing executives to learn how to take their fashion designs from sketch-pad to retail floor. 

Project Runway Canada encores on SLICETM Saturdays at 9pm and Mondays at 10pm ET/PT.

Project Runway Canada is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. Project Runway Canada’s Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, Supervising Producer is Andrea Gabourie.

As viewers and Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING) say a tearful goodbye to long-standing hit series ER, viewers are invited into the world of his next great project, SOUTHLAND. CTV announced today that it has landed Wells’ highly-anticipated new series and will add it to its line up on television’s biggest night. A raw, gritty, and authentic look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles, the new, high-intensity drama, co-starring former O.C. heartthrob Benjamin McKenzie, takes over ER’s longstanding Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot when it premieres April 9 on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). SOUTHLAND will also air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET, beginning April 15 on Bravo!

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with John Wells,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “With a fabulous ensemble cast and a rock solid creative team, SOUTHLAND continues to uphold the excellence in television that ER has demonstrated for the past decade and a half.”

Still a Top 20 performer and timeslot winner after 15 seasons of heart-stopping, tear-jerking medical drama, ER’s historical last shift culminates in the two-hour series finale on Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. In the home stretch to the finale, the series has already racked up guest appearances by notable ER alumni such as Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Alex Kingston, and Gloria Reuben. Meanwhile, John Wells recently told People that George Clooney and co-star Julianna Margulies will reunite on the upcoming March 12 episode. “I want their story to be very fulfilling in the end,” he said. “If you are a fan of ER, you won’t want to miss this one.”

The following week, on Thursday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET, viewers are transported from the Chicago’s ER to the beaches of Malibu and the streets of East Los Angeles in the premiere of SOUTHLAND. The fast-moving drama takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims, and their families. John Cooper, (Michael Cudlitz, A River Runs Through It) is a seasoned Los Angeles cop assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie, THE O.C.). Cooper’s honest, no-nonsense approach to the job leaves Sherman questioning whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer.

Cudlitz and McKenzie are joined by an accomplished ensemble cast of characters. Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King, Ray, Jerry Maguire) lives with and is the primary caregiver of her mother. Her partner, Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott, Boiler Room), is an unhappily married father of three. Detective Daniel ‘Sal’ Salinger (Michael McGrady, The Thin Red Line) oversees fellow gang detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro, UGLY BETTY) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy, Alpha Dog). Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis, Crossing Jordan) is a patrol officer and single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into SWAT.

SOUTHLAND is a John Wells Production in association with Warner Bros. Television. Garnering worldwide acclaim for his work on both stage and screen, Wells has received several awards, including six Emmy Awards for his work on THE WEST WING and ER combined. Wells, Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue) and Chris Chulack (ER, THIRD WATCH) serve as executive producers. Biderman is the creator and Chulack will also serve as director of the series.

Sunday, March 22 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Victoria Beckham was a driven teen with a lust for fame, who took the world by storm on girl power. From the height of her reign, to a failed attempt at a solo career, finding true love, and dodging health rumours, this new one-hour biography examines the posh career of Victoria Beckham. Through a series of candid interviews, Beckham reveals the truth behind the glossy façade. Love her or hate her, THIS IS…VICTORIA BECKHAM.

Friday, March 27 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

The fourth season of AMERICAN IDOL EXTRA returns exclusively to Star!. Canadian fans of the American pop-culture franchise are given the opportunity to witness the first in-depth interview from the competition show’s top 10 finalists who are voted off each week. Canadian-born Jillian Reynolds (FOX NFL SUNDAY, GOOD DAY LA) joins the series as the new host, along with new co-host and former IDOL finalist Ace Young (Season 5). In addition, a familiar AMERICAN IDOL EXTRA face and former IDOL contestant Constantine Maroulis (Season 4) returns as a special field correspondent reporting straight from IDOL’s stage.

Saturday, March 7 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

Star! offers viewers the chance to relive every model moment as the hit dramality series AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns with Cycle 12. During this cycle, 13 participants live together and vie for the grand prize, competing in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp. Throughout the series, supermodel Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots and CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL host Jay Manuel, and runway guru J. Alexander mentor the participants.

Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Star! (Simulcast with MuchMusic)

Just when everyone thought she had enough friends, world-famous, party-hopping socialite Paris Hilton is ditching the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – and a history of BFF letdowns – for the ultimate British bestie in PARIS HILTON’S BRITISH BEST FRIEND. The series follows 16 starlet wannabes who join Paris in London as they claw it out in hopes of becoming Paris’ new overseas companion of choice. The lucky Brit who best fits Paris’ preferences is awarded an all access pass into the exciting red carpet life of Paris Hilton, including the hottest exclusive parties, celebrities, and so much more.

Saturday, February 28 – 9pm ET/PT

SPECIAL DAY & TIME

The Walker family experiences a birth and a life-threatening illness; Rebecca discovers information that could ruin the family business and send someone to prison.

Sunday, March 8 – 10pm ET/PT

Even in the wake of a life threatening medical crisis & the excitement surrounding the birth of his son; Robert remains steadfast in his drive to run for governor; Despite the damage that it may do to his marriage. Saul & Sarah go to extremes to hide Tommy’s legal troubles from Nora; Ryan gets a bit too close too fast for anyone’s good.

Sunday, March 8 – 9pm ET/PT

To make money and pay off his debts, Peter participates in medical experiments, including one that makes him gay. He winds up in a relationship with another man and leaves Lois and the family brokenhearted, however, they realize the important thing is that Peter is happy.