May 2009

Friday, May 1– 8pm ET/PT

Slowly but steadily mainstream acceptance, outspoken Hollywood celebrities and television shows have all given credibility to plastic surgery. “True Hollywood Story Investigates: Plastic Surgery Nightmares” reveals everything you ever dreaded about this risky business.

Friday, May 1 – 8pm ET/PT

Michael has an uneasy reunion with Christina, who drops a bombshell regarding Lincoln. Lincoln races to stop Christina’s deadly master plan. T-Bag must prove he is a Company man.

Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Documentary

In spring 2003, award-winning filmmaker James Miller and reporter Saira Shah set out to explore the culture of hate that permeates the Middle East. Miller and Shah captured the lives of three Palestinian children growing up in the bullet-riddled streets of Gaza. They had also planned to film the lives of Israeli children but, in the midst of production, Miller was shot to death by an Israeli tank, falling victim to the very conflict he covered.

   Author, poet, television producer, journalist, columnist and intellectual activist are titles that could describe George Jonas’ prolific body of work.  Digital television network ichannel puts Jonas in front of a camera to personally describe his remarkable life and career “In His Own Words”.

 

From his childhood in Hungary, his immigration to Canada, to his long and productive award-winning career, the documentary follows Jonas’ personal narrative with authentically descriptive photos and footage.  His monologue is peppered with engaging anecdotes and witty philosophical repartee.

 

For example, on his early years, “One of the advantages that I had was not having much of a formal education.  I had the opportunity to look into things for myself.”

 

His perspective on writing, “Unless writing is its own reward for you, you shouldn’t bother.  Writing is no fun, but I enjoy having written.”

 

On the holocaust, “It is the human race that is genocidal, not the Germans.  In one vital sense, we are all Jews, and we are all Germans, potentially.”

 

The assessment he gives of the Middle East, “I don’t foresee a solution to the Middle East problem, because I don’t believe the Jews will give up the idea of having a state of their own, and I don’t believe the Arabs and Muslims will acquiesce in the idea of having the state in the Middle East.”

 

Jonas was working for Radio Budapest when the Hungarian Revolution began in 1956.  He joined thousands of other Hungarian refugees on their exodus to Austria, where he admits that he approached Canadian Immigration because there was no one waiting in line, as opposed to the American Consulate where people were lined up for ten blocks. 

 

Upon moving to Canada, he had to learn English very quickly before getting a job at the CBC as a script editor, and eventually a producer.  Since then, he has written 15 books, including bestsellers.  He may be best known for writing, producing and/or directing over 200 dramas and documentaries for the CBC, including the Gemini Award winning “The Scales of Justice”.  His book “Vengeance” was adapted to the big screen as “Sword of Gideon” and later by Steven Spielberg for the film “Munich”.  Summing up his life and career, Jonas says, “I wanted to be a writer, pure and simple.”

 

“George Jonas: In His Own Words” airs Saturday, May 23rd at 8pm and 11pm ET and PT.  ichannel is available by subscription through local television providers across Canada; the network is owned and operated by Stornoway Communications.

 

For more information, contact: 

Rosemary Fusca, Head of Programming, (416) 756-5523, rfusca@stornoway.com

Find out who will land “the best job in the world” when CANADA AM’s Jeff Hutcheson broadcasts live from Queensland, Australia from Monday, May 4 to Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 6 a.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The Queensland Tourism contest has narrowed its pool of applicants from around the world down to 16 finalists – including 39 year-old Vancouver native Erik Rolfsen – who will compete for the opportunity to work for six months as the caretaker of Hamilton Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

CANADA AM has been following Queensland Tourism’s unique job contest since they announced their 50 finalists, which included seven Canadians, on March 2, 2009. Only 16 finalists remain in this extreme job interview to be the keeper of Hamilton Island, charged with educating potential visitors about this unique part of the Great Barrier Reef by exploring and reporting back about their adventures by keeping a blog.

Starting Monday, May 4, Hutcheson follows the progress of the finalists who will face grueling tests of their physical strength, mental acuity and superior knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef and all things Australian.

The new Island Caretaker will be announced on Wednesday, May 6 and Hutcheson will be there to introduce the successful candidate to Canadians. Follow Hutcheson’s adventures in Australia on Twitter, www.twitter.com/jeffhutcheson, and visit his blog at www.ctv.ca/canadaam by clicking on CANADA AM link: “Best Job in the World”.

Thursday, April 30, 2009 10 p.m.

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

As Violet (Amy Brenneman) chooses between Pete (Tim Daly) and Sheldon (Brian Benben), a grief-stricken patient poses a danger to her, and Addison (Kate Walsh) faces her feelings for Noah (Josh Hopkins, SWINGTOWN, The Perfect Storm) as Morgan (Amanda Detmer, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, Saving Silverman) goes into Labor.

Thursday, April 30 – 10pm ET/PT

The twisted tale of murder and revenge continues as the wedding guests – each with their own motives, fears and desires – must find the killer (or killers) before he (or she) strikes again.

Thursday, April 30 10 p.m.

Detective Sal Salinger’s (Michael McGrady) nightmare comes true when his car slams into a light pole and gang members steal his weapon. Gang Detectives Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) and Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) arrive on the scene to help out their boss. Moretta reluctantly agrees to assist Bryant in the search for the perpetrators and Salinger’s weapon without calling it in. Elsewhere, still preoccupied with her personal life, Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King) is caught off guard when a man exposes himself to her outside her home.

Thursday, April 30 – 9pm ET/PT

Workers take the term “casual Friday” a bit too literally. Problems escalate between the sales team, so Michael has to intervene.

Thursday, April 30 9 p.m.

As preparations continue for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) wedding, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) receives a surprise hospital visit from her handful-of-a-mother, Robbie (Sharon Lawrence, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES). Meanwhile, a newly sober Thatcher (Jeff Perry) visits his daughters, Meredith and Lexie (Chyler Leigh), in order to make amends, and the Chief (James Pickens Jr.) and Meredith bitterly fight over a controversial medical case.