May 2009

Saturday, May 2 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Hosted by film editor and Star Trek fanatic Alex Shuper, this FANDOM FORUM looks at films 6-10 in the Star Trek franchise.  Topics include the transition from the “Classic” crew to the “Next Generation” crew, the death of Captain Kirk, and J.J. Abrams’ latest adaptation.

Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET on Documentary

This documentary is a story about how humans deal with change, as heard through the ears of a man going blind. On his 18th birthday, Ryan Knighton was told he would slowly go blind. Now, 15 years later, as he loses his last sliver of sight, he wants to travel to an ancient church in Germany to hear the note change in the 639-year-long organ performance of the John Cage composition “As Slow as Possible.”

According to the media, the Swine Flu is becoming a global pandemic, having spread North from the Mexican borders to affect 37 confirmed cases in Canada. But, is the Swine Flu really a major medical crisis or a media pandemic?

Perhaps the media is causing premature panic over the Swine Flu, indicating that it might end up impacting as many as 120 million people worldwide, but they’re also education the public about a potentially deadly disease even if not all of the facts are known. This week, popular paparazzi website and TV show, TMZ, asked Paris Hilton if she was worried about the Swine Flu. The response? “I’m not worried, I don’t eat that.” However, the next day when they encountered the heiress again and posed a similar question, she admitted that she was worried since she had studied up on the illness; perhaps an example of why they are trying to change the name from Swine Flu to H1M1 instead.

So while the media may be causing people, like Howie Mandell, a self-professed germaphobe to retreat into hiding, it’s inflicting enough fear into the public to encourage them to educate themselves about the disease and take the appropriate precautions. Is the media exaggerating about how widespread the Swine Flu might become? Only time will tell, since at this stage it’s too soon to determine just how many lives it will touch here in Canada and around the world.

Friday, May 1 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

A 30-minute look at J.J. Abrams’ new film starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The special features interviews with the cast and crew of one of this year’s most highly-anticipated movies.

Friday, May 1 – 10pm ET/PT

Still reeling from Don’s brush with death, Charlie aims to redeem himself by tracking down a serial killer.

Friday, May 1 at 10 p.m.  ET (1/2 hour telecast) on Documentary

Lisa was raised in the right part of town, she went to the right schools, had the right friends. But somewong the way something went terribly wrong. At age 37, Lisa is an estranged mother of one, and a crack addict who prostitutes herself to help support her drug habit. Get a glimpse into the harsh reality and chaotic lifestyle of drug addiction. This film will force you to examine all of your stereotypes about the addicted—in a sometimes-shocking way.here al

Friday, May 1 9 p.m.

Billy Dresden (Calum Worthy, SMALLVILLE) is a shy, sensitive teen who’s had enough after being bullied everyday for a year. Team One is called in when he brings a gun to school bent on murderous revenge. In addition to the chaos of a locked down high school filled with panicked students, the team must deal with a cop who takes the law into his own hands when he learns his son is trapped inside the school. The team races to track Billy down before it’s too late.

Friday, May 1, 2009 9 p.m.

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT in ‘A’ Atlantic

Shannon and John both have high profile jobs at a large church, but their home is a far cry from a peaceful sanctuary. All four of their children fight with each other so viciously and so frequently that mom usually intervenes only if someone has drawn blood. That happens regularly because the kids bite, pinch, kick and pull hair for all they’re worth. Mom’s yelling isn’t working, and Dad says he spanks to discipline, since he doesn’t believe that time-outs or talking work. But in spite of the hard-line tactics, neither parent has much authority. How will Jo deal with these challenges, especially with a dad resistant to her methods?

Friday, May 1 8 p.m.

Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) grows fond of a girl’s dollhouse that appears to be full of ghosts in need.

Friday, May 1, 2009 8 p.m.

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT in ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Young parents who celebrate Halloween year-round swap lives with older parents who believe in strict, traditional values.