September 2009

Airs on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE LENS on CBC Newsworld.

This riveting documentary traces the outcome of an investigation into the sexual abuse of female students at Quest, an outdoor education program run by a prominent Vancouver high school in the 1970s. School of Secrets is a story of self-redemption for the women, who after years of silence, have decided to come forward. The documentary also explores the cautionary implications for the parents, the school and the community that turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the rumours.

Tuesday, September 8 – 9pm ET/PT, Thursday, September 10 – 8pm ET/PT, Sunday, September 13 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

With only four remaining houseguests vying for half a million dollars, the level of competition rises to an all new high. Find out who will secure a spot in the two hour season finale.

Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT beginning September 8

At the age of 26, Mike Leahy decided to leave the professional world of motor mechanics behind and go back to school. He decided that he wanted to study Environmental Biology and went on to earn a PhD in Virology and Molecular Biology at Oxford University. These days he is interested in two things: traveling and parasites! Join Dr. Mike as he travels to popular tourist destinations to learn more about the lethal parasites that call these places home. Under the watchful eye of a paramedic accompanying the crew, Dr. Mike explores the science behind their secret weapons, allows himself to be exposed, and highlights how travellers can avoid an unwanted close encounter.

Tuesdays at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT

The fifth season of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES returns to Bravo! and the ladies of Wisteria Lane bring a new year of lies, love, and deceit to their seemingly perfect suburban lives. Starring Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, this dark, comedic-drama reveals the secret and surprising lives of five beautiful and wealthy housewives.

Season 5 premieres: Tuesday, September 8 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT

Monday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

The raved-about hit series gives viewers an in-depth update about what’s going on with all six girls from the 16 AND PREGNANT: LIFE AFTER LABOR special. Viewers get to watch unseen and intimate footage of the new mommies from Season 1, with this special hosted by Dr. Drew. Since giving birth, the girls seem to have found a new appreciation for life, love and youth, but they weren’t always able keep it all together. Tune into 16 AND PREGNANT: UNSEEN MOMENTS on MTV and online at mtv.ca/16andpregnant.

Airs on Monday, Sept. 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and again on Friday, Sept. 11, on CBC NEWS: THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Newsworld.

must-see for anyone who loves conspiracy theories. M/11 Conspiracy Files: The Third Tower investigates the conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around Sept. 11, including the collapse of a third tower at the World Trade Center, which unlike the Twin Towers, was never hit by a plane. The 47-story tower fell seven hours after the other two crumbled and has become the subject of heated speculation and conspiracy theories largely fuelled by the internet. 9/11 Conspiracy Files: The Third Tower sets out to separate the facts from fiction.

Despite the fact that Lost ended up with quite a following during its run – I was one of those viewers that never really made it past the first season. Some of the mystery was great, but once it turned from being somewhat fathomable to being completely unrealistic, I lost interest because the element of intrigue was gone. I’ve been watching Defying Gravity since its premiere, and with the introduction last night of an element that’s surely going to be bridging on science fiction.

So far during the season, they’ve been alluding to something else going on that may or may not have a relation to what happened during a previous journey to Mars. There’s no doubting that some of the characters are aware of what’s at play while others are not. Since the start of the show, some of the characters have been experiencing hallucinations relating to their most emotional or terrifying memories, and although it was initially explained last night that a “halo” was causing the astronauts to have reactions like they were on acid, the end of the show finally indicated something else.

Once two of the characters realized that they’d both been experiencing the most bizarre and terrifying dream (Zoe and Donner), they caught on that something else in the universe was the cause of these strange hallucinations. Up until that point, I was an avid viewer, but now if they keep it up, they might just lose me..I know it’s a show based in the future, but there’s still got to be a limit.

How are you feeling about this show?

Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld

One of the most popular documentaries on THE PASSIONATE EYE last season, Who Killed the Electric Car? airs again, on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld. It investigates what many consider to be one of the U.S. auto industry’s biggest corporate blunders: the scrapping of the General Motors-designed electric car in the 1990s. Fashioned like a tongue-in-cheek murder mystery, Who Killed the Electric Car? sets out to uncover who was responsible for the demise of the EV-1, an electric car considered to be one of the fastest and most efficient production cars ever built.

Currently, major auto companies are racing to launch a fully electric car into the consumer market. On Aug. 11, with great fanfare, GM announced it hopes its new Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car will be in showrooms next season with a fuel consumption rating of around 1.0 L/100 km for city driving, or 230 miles per U.S. gallon. (This figure has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

Sundays at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

This September, BRAVO!’S SUNDAY CINEMA delivers a mix of drama, comedy, and melody beginning with the suspense-driven Traffic (Sept. 6) – starring Benicio Del Toro and Michael Douglas in a modern day look at America’s drug war told through the lives of four separate characters. The following week, a teenager’s dreams comes true when a former porn star (played by sultry Canadian starlet Elisha Cuthbert) becomes his new neighbour in the comedy The Girl Next Door (Sept. 13). Next in the Sunday line-up is the Bravo! Premiere of the award-winning musical Rent (Sept. 20), which follows a group of impoverished young artists and musicians (starring Anthony Rapp and Rosario Dawson) dealing with the struggle of AIDS and surviving New York City.

Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

Drawings come to life with this week’s collection of diverse animated shorts. Laurie Gordon and the late Ryan Larkin look for Spare Change; Kwan Ho-Tse compresses decades of history into minutes in Time. Finally X-ing is about a hilarious clash between two groups of friends on a stretch of lonely Canadian highway; and Sharon Katz’s Profile takes an unusual look at how people use masks in order to protect themselves from madness built into our society. (Encore Presentation: September 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)