October 2009

10:30pm – Friday, October 30 on /A

Also airs at 11:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Famous for his “over-the-top” antics, comedy dynamo Johnny Gardhouse takes the stage on COMEDY NOW!

Friday, October 30 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

The FBI team investigates a decommissioned air base that has recently observed mysterious paranormal activity. While looking into a woman’s death, spooky occurrences change the tone of the investigation.

10:00pm – Friday, October 30 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business,” Big Daddy Tazz takes the stage on the season 11 premiere of COMEDY NOW!

10:00pm – Friday, October 30 on CTV

A desperate woman, Rachel (Gina Holden, HARPER’S ISLAND) attempts to hold up a gas station. But the robbery goes wrong and hostages are taken. The SRU is called in and discovers that Rachel is on the run from a cult compound called “The Farm”. Rachel believes that her husband, the cult’s leader Charles (John Pyper-Ferfuson, BROTHERS & SISTERS), has lost his grip on reality and has become dangerous. Ed (Hugh Dillon) and Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) are sent to investigate. When Ed discovers signs of an imminent mass homicide, he is taken hostage. The SRU surrounds the cult compound, racing against time to free Ed and rescue all the cult members from a fiery end.

Friday, October 30 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT, 10:00pm MT) on Citytv

Betty (America Ferrera) is overwhelmed with her editorial work, so Wilhemina (Vanessa Williams) assigns Marc (Michael Urie) to be Betty’s temporary assistant. Betty’s story idea to cover the worst jobs in New York goes south when she has to dress up as a hot dog and do a Bollywood dance number. Meanwhile, Marc frets that he’ll never be taken seriously by his idol at Vogue magazine, Hilda (Ana Oritz) gets Archie’s campaign in trouble, Daniel (Eric Mabius) hires a gorgeous but inept assistant (supermodel Brooklyn Decker), and Natalie introduces Daniel to the Community — a group whose charismatic leader (Dylan Baker) zeroes in on Daniel.

Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

Every Nov. 11 we mark Remembrance Day to honour the sacrifices made by those who serve their country in wartime. We remember, especially, the dead and those who carry the physical wounds of war. But, what of those with the invisible injuries, the crippling wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

In Broken Heroes, airing Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV’s the fifth estate, Gillian Findlay introduces us to three Canadian soldiers, recently returned from Afghanistan: Jeff, Matt and Dave. All three speak candidly about the hell that now consumes their lives:  flashbacks hurtling them back to the danger of the war zone, grief for dead comrades, their ongoing battles with addiction, even suicide attempts.

PTSD is not a new phenomenon. In the First World War, it was called “shell shock”, never really understood, and never adequately dealt with. But, the urgency to find a treatment has never been greater. By the time Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan is over in 2011, 35,000 Canadian men and women will have served there. Using the military’s own arguably conservative estimate, as many as 2,000 of those could be coming home with PTSD.

What Canada’s military knows about PTSD comes largely from General Romeo Dallaire’s very public personal story. After witnessing the Rwandan genocide, Dallaire returned to Canada, consumed by what he had seen and what he felt he had not done. He tells Gillian Findlay that he attempted suicide four times. Now a Senator, Dallaire argues that military suicides should be recorded as any other casualty and criticizes Canada’s armed forces command for not doing enough to help.

Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynchuk, acknowledges that more could have been done in the past for soldiers suffering from PTSD and says that it is now one of his highest priorities. 

There’s no easy answer, but one thing is clear: Canada’s true casualty rate won’t be known until long after the fighting has stopped.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET, Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Friday, October 30 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Echo is sent to stop Senator Daniel Perrin (guest star Alexis Denisof) before he can expose the Dollhouse’s secrets. Adelle and Topher travel to the Washington, DC, Dollhouse where they meet its genius programmer, Bennett Halverson (recurring guest star Summer Glau), a woman with a mysterious past connection to Echo.

9:00pm – Friday, October 30 on /A

Previously aired on CTV and /A Atlantic

The investigation of a missing girl leads to a schizophrenic serial rapist as tension brews within the department. Cynthia Nixon (SEX AND THE CITY) guest stars.

9:00pm – Friday, October 30 on CTV

Allison (Patricia Arquette) has vivid nightmares that insert her into scenes from the classic horror film Night of the Living Dead, which leave her with unexplained cuts and bite marks and possible clues that could lead her to a funeral director’s murderer, on a special Halloween episode of MEDIUM.

A crime is a crime, no matter the colour. And a con-man is a con-man, no matter the job. Bravo! uncovers a world of deceit and deception in the new hour-long, buddy-crime drama WHITE COLLAR. This intelligent and witty series teams up a convicted felon and the FBI agent who put him behind bars to take down the world’s most stealth criminals. The series kicks off with a 90-minute premiere on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET. The following week, WHITE COLLAR begins hour-long episodes available in Canada only on Bravo!. Viewers can watch an encore presentation of WHITE COLLAR’S premiere Friday, Oct. 30 at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT and Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Following the premiere, weekly encores air on Fridays at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT and Saturdays at and 5 p.m. ET.

WHITE COLLAR is about the most unlikely of partnerships between a con artist and an FBI agent. The story unfolds after charming criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer, CHUCK, TRAVELER) is caught by his nemesis, G-Man extraordinaire Peter Burke (Tim DeKay, TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, CARNIVÀLE). After escaping from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Caffrey is nabbed by Burke once again. Rather than returning to jail for this daring getaway, Caffrey suggests an alternate plan – providing his expertise to assist the Feds in putting away infamous and elusive criminals in return for his freedom.

WHITE COLLAR’S cast also includes Tiffani Thiessen (WHAT ABOUT BRIAN), who plays Burke’s wife Elizabeth, an intelligent, high-status event planner with a certain intuition of her own. Willie Garson (SEX AND THE CITY) plays Mozzie, a friend of Caffrey’s with a strong distrust of the Feds and an unyielding belief in conspiracy theories. Diahann Carroll (GREY’S ANATOMY) is part of the cast as a dynamic recurring guest star.

WHITE COLLAR was created and is executive produced by Jeff Eastin (HAWAII, MEET THE MARKS) and comes from Fox Television Studios. Bronwen Hughes (BURN NOTICE, BREAKING BAD, FORCES OF NATURE) directed the pilot. Clifton Campbell (STREET TIME, PROFILER) and Tom Garrigus (SWINGTOWN, EVERWOOD) serve as consulting producers.