September 2009

After yesterday’s revelations about Katherine Heigl’s leave of absence and Izzie getting fired from Seattle Grace (at least for five episodes), Michael Ausiello of EW has more spoilers and gossip for us to marinate on today. Let’s get right down to it …

Q: Grey’s Anatomy scoop on Owen and Cristina, please!

A: They’re headed for a dry spell. In the season premiere, Amy Madigan’s shrink advises Dr. Owen Hunt against making further sexy time with Cristina until he can get the voices in his head to shut the hell up. They’re not breaking up. Just taking things slooooow.

Q: Mark-Lexie scoop please!

A: “They’ve got a lot of challenges coming down the pike,” concedes a Grey’s Anatomy insider and writer for the show. “The most consistent challenge is the one that’s built into the fabric of their relationship: He’s pushing 40, she’s in her early 20s.”

Q: What will happen to Patrick Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, on Grey’s Anatomy when Ellen Pompeo (Meredith) heads off on maternity leave?

A: He will get some much-needed alone time. As Grey’s executive producer Krista Vernoff explains, Dempsey has been “patiently” waiting to get a story that wasn’t directly tied to the Der-Mer love story. And this season he will finally get his wish.

“Derek hasn’t been a fully explored character separate from Meredith,” Vernoff adds, noting that “the fact that by necessity Ellen Pompeo is going to need a little less screen time gives us more encouragement to explore Derek as a doctor.”

This includes what Vernoff calls an “extraordinary medical story” involving McDreamy and a patient in the sixth episode, directed by co-star Chandra Wilson.

Sunday, Sept. 6 And Monday, Sept. 7, At 8 P.M.

GUNS is the story behind the headlines of Canada’s mounting gun problem and the lives touched by violence. The two-part, four-hour miniseries featuring an all-star cast telecasts on CBC Television on Labour Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.

A gritty and explosive drama, the miniseries tells the story of four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking and the ripple effect this has on their lives. From the streets of Toronto to Dayton, Ohio, and all the way to the front lines of Uganda, GUNS examines the incendiary issues of illegal arms in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. This is the story of the people who traffic guns, the elite police force charged with catching them, and the lives caught in the crossfire.

GUNS follows a pair of Toronto detectives leading an investigation centering on a 23-year-old gun trafficker, Bobby Duguid (Gregory Smith: Everwood, Closing the Ring, The Dark is Rising). Detective Rick Merriweather (Shawn Doyle: 11th Hour, Big Love) and Detective Constable Ford Sanders (Lyriq Bent: Sophie, SAW II-IV) are two dedicated officers from the Weapons Enforcement Unit who struggle to balance family life with an investigation growing in complexity and danger.

Duguid traffics guns from the U.S. and sells them to street thugs. His father, Paul Duguid (Colm Feore: Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Chicago), is the man pulling the strings behind a much larger organization. Paul is a legitimate arms dealer accredited by many governments to sell weapons internationally, but he sells weapons illegally too. Paul comes under increased police scrutiny when Bobby mistakenly shows up at a street level gun dealer’s house that happens to be under surveillance. Trouble deepens for Bobby after he engages his girlfriend Frances’ (Elisha Cuthbert: 24, Captivity, Love Actually) help and the police begin tracking her movements as well.

GUNS also stars Cle Bennett (How She Move, Odyssey 5) as Conrad Shannon, KC Collins (Doomstown, Poor Boy’s Game) as Derek Wilson, and Stephen McHattie (Diamonds, 300, The Rocket) as Detective Sgt. Clay.

GUNS is written and co-created by Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland. It is directed by Sudz Sutherland and produced by Jennifer Holness. It is a Hungry Eyes Film & Television in association with CBC Television.

Sundays at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

This September, Star! delivers a collection of movies every week as part of the channel’s STAR! ATTRACTION line-up. Included in the list is the Star! premiere of the Mel Gibson-produced revenge flick Paparazzi (Sept. 6), along with the Canadian romantic-comedy The Art of Woo (Sept. 12) starring Adam Beach and Sook-Yin Lee, and Kissing Jessica Stein (Sept. 20) with Jennifer Westfeldt.

Saturday, September 5 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

As students prepare for the grind of tests and textbooks, Bravo! brings a taste of school spirit with the 1982 cult classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. This coming-of-age comedy follows the lives of freshmen teens as they deal with love, laughs, and high school supremacy, all the while dealing with the hilarious Mr. Hand who is absolutely convinced all of his students are “on dope.” The film also features early appearances by actors such as Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Eric Stoltz, and Forest Whittaker.

Strap on your stilettos and strut your stuff to the nearest television set to catch the premiere of the exciting four part series as Maybelline New York presents FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada, only on Citytv, premiering Sunday, September 5 at 8 PM.

“Last year’s program was so well-received by our viewers, we have expanded the program to four episodes, which capture the search and showcase the 12 charismatic finalists, any of whom would be a welcome addition to the world of modeling,” commented Robert Lawlor, Executive Producer, Non News Programming, Citytv.

Citytv is your all access pass as FORD Models, the world’s most prestigious fashion talent agency, sends its top scouts across the country in search of the next fresh face who will represent Canada in the global final of FORD Models Supermodel of the World competition.  Co-hosted by Citytv on-air personality, Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television), and TeenFlare.com editor, Laura Lanktree, the search kicked off in Toronto making stops in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, meeting thousands of hopefuls. From the tears to the triumphs, find out which of the 12 contestants stood out among the rest.

Episode 2 (September 12) finds the Top 12 descending upon Toronto.  There, they meet industry experts from Maybelline New York, Redken and Diesel, who coach them in the areas of make-up, hair, and wardrobe.  The episode concludes with an exotic photo shoot in the middle of a downtown hotel lobby. At the end of the episode, eight of the young hopefuls advance to the next round and for four of the young contestants their journey comes to an end.

Episode 3 (September 19) finds the Amazing Eight back in Toronto where they are put through their paces with fitness and nutrition experts and learning to walk like Supermodels on the catwalk. Their photo assignment is a salute to the 30 years of FLARE magazine. At the end of this episode, only 6 contestants will be moving forward to our LIVE finale at Citytv’s new state-of-the-art production facility in the heart of downtown and one hopeful will be named FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada.

Visit www.Citytv.com for photos from the auditions, bios, fashion articles, videos, and behind the scenes photos the contestants have taken themselves. Plus – read Laura Lanktree’s blog about the nationwide search and vote for your favourite contestant to win the “Fan Favourite Award.”

Watch as 12 contestants go stiletto to stiletto vying for the coveted FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada title when FORD Models Supermodel of the World Canada premieres September 5 on Citytv.

Saturdays at 6pm ET/PT beginning September 5

The Re-Inventors Matt Hunter and Jeremy MacPherson are back to dig up original patent designs to build and test inventions from the past including the Hydraulic Saw and the Wind Wagon. Some designs crash and burn, but others actually prove brilliant when given a chance.

Despite the fact that Michelle Duggar thought that she would stop with 18 kids, TLC was right not to remove the “and counting” portion of the show’s title, because the mom of 18 is pregnant with her 19th child! She recently made the announcement on her blog on TLC’s website explaining how the new addition will affect the rest of the family.

Baby News Surprises Everyone, Even Mama

09/01/2009

By now you may have heard: we’re expecting another baby!

Can you imagine? I thought my baby years might be behind me, but now we’ve learned we are expecting baby #19 in March!

Right now, I’m feeling sick and tired, which means things are happening! I keep that perspective to get me past that three-month mark.

A lot of women feel different, depending if it’s a boy or a girl. For me, it seems with each pregnancy, from about the sixth week to the twelfth week, I feel that nausea and queasy feeling. I keep almonds in my purse, and I don’t know if it’s the protein, iron,  or whatever, but it keeps me going. I might snack on pretzels, and small little bits of protein during the day.

Of course, I am exhausted. So, when the little ones nap, I try to take one, too. 
My cravings aren’t strange. In the beginning, it’s always pickles or lemons, things that are sour or salty. After that, I’m not really interested in anything particular, just concerned with getting enough protein and calcium, so I’ll eat more cottage cheese, yogurt and stuff like that. I make a strong effort to eat a balanced, healthy diet, and eat the right snacks.

I’m just thankful. I dont take this experience for granted, ever. I cherish that I have the time and ability to play with my children and be active for them.

I don’t take pregnancy for granted, either. I thought we might be done. I was a little sad about it, but I just accepted it was a stage of my life and perhaps God felt my family was complete. I had a very light cycle, and truly thought I was done having children. I took a test, just on a whim. Something made me question it. I told Jim Bob right away, and he was so excited, he couldn’t hold it in. We told the children right then, and they were excited, too.

I know Jordyn won’t understand. She’s only eight months old, and far too little to figure out what is going on. But I think Jennifer will love to see my tummy getting bigger. Last pregnancy, my little guys talked to the baby through my belly button, and I’m sure she’ll think that’s wonderful!

And Johannah, she

is just tickled. She’s all into her babies, and she says this is going to be a girl! I think it’s just her wishful thinking.

All of the sudden, it seems the number 18 is lucky for us. I am due on March 18, 2010; Josh and Anna’s baby is due on October 18, and our last little one, Jordyn, was born on December 18. Something about that number right now is working for us.

You know, it’s funny being pregnant when expecting our first grandchild. If my mom were here, she’d be crying. This is just like my mom and my sister.

My oldest sister Pam was expecting when my mom had me. My nephew and I are 3 months apart, and I have a nephew and a niece older than me! I  grew up with my nieces and nephews around all the time, and we were all so close. I wish that for my grandchild and this baby.

Anna is really such a cute pregnant mommy. She has only seven weeks left. They’ve taken all their classes on natural childbirth and we’re just hoping for uneventful, healthy delivery for her, and then for me!

We were blessed with a healthy delivery just eight months ago. Check it out here.

It’s a galactic invasion when the U.S.S. Enterprise leads a three-day, trek-tastic takeover on SPACE with the STAR TREK MOVIE MARATHON. The assault begins with all six Captain Kirk films on Saturday, Sept. 5. Continuing into Sunday, Sept. 6, SPACE beams up Captain Picard and the NEXT GENERATION films. Then, on Monday, Sept. 7, the countdown begins at 12 noon ET, with the Top 10 favourite episodes of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES as chosen by SPACE viewers at spacecast.com. The episodes have all been digitally remastered, and viewers can vote for their faves until Thursday, Sept. 3. The final surge is the Canadian premiere of the pilot that started everything: STAR TREK: THE CAGE, airing Monday, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. ET.

Saturday September 5
11 a.m. ET – Star Trek: The Motion Picture
1:50 p.m. ET – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
4:15 p.m. ET – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
6:35 p.m. ET – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
9:10 p.m. ET – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
11:30 p.m. ET – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Sunday, September 6
4:40 p.m. ET – Star Trek: Generations
7:15 p.m. ET – Star Trek: First Contact
9:35 p.m. ET – Star Trek: Insurrection
11:45 p.m. ET – Star Trek: Nemesis

Monday, September 7
12 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #10
1 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #9
2 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #8
3 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #7
4 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #6
5 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #5
6 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #4
7 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #3
8 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #2
9 p.m. ET – VIEWER’S CHOICE #1
10 p.m. ET – STAR TREK: THE CAGE

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Friday, September 4 on Comedy Network

Foley reveals the hardships of coming out to her Catholic mother, seeing Heidi Klum, and getting in touch with the “little girl” within in her.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Friday, September 4 on Comedy Network

Discover the sharp wit of British comic Jimmy Carr as he hops across the pond in this half-hour stand-up special.