October 2009

9:00pm – Wednesday, September 30 on CTV

When a disturbed man kills several people at a pharmacy, the BAU must figure out what triggered his actions before he hurts anyone else.

Personal and professional difficulties plague England’s most notorious monarch, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), in the highly-anticipated third season of THE TUDORS premiering on CBC Television, Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m.

This season marks a turning point in the Tudor Dynasty. The King’s attempts to institute his religious Reformation policies encounter strong resistance from an army of peasants in the North, prompting Henry to employ ruthless tactics in order to extinguish the revolt—tactics that are questioned by one of the King’s oldest friend and contemporaries—Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk (Henry Cavill).

King Henry’s personal life is equally as turbulent. He weds for a third time, choosing Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis) as his wife. A kind noblewoman, Jane’s positive and calming influence changes the King him the better—she is able to convince him to revoke his claim of illegitimacy over his first daughter Mary (Sarah Bolger) and reunite the family. Henry is happy, but will Jane fulfill his ultimate desire and provide him with a male heir to the throne?

The third season of THE TUDORS features Canadian cast members including the celebrated tenor and star of Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, Colm Wilkinson as Lord Thomas Darcy; Alan Van Sprang (Guns) as Sir Francis Bryan; and Mark Hildreth (Being Erica) as Reginald Pole. Musician Joss Stone joins the third season as Anne of Cleves as does Hollywood icon Max Von Sydow as Cardinal Von Waldburg. James Frain and Henry Cavill return as Sir Thomas Cromwell and Charles Brandon.

Famed Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa (Dexter, The Pacific) directs four episodes of THE TUDORS this season, including the finale Michael Hirst, writer and creator of THE TUDORS, also brought English history to life in the Academy Award®-winning feature films Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

The second season of THE TUDORS is nominated for 11 Gemini Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (David Alpay). The Awards will be presented Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Gemini Awards Gala in Calgary, Alta.

Produced by Toronto-based Peace Arch Entertainment in association with CBC Television and Showtime Networks, THE TUDORS is presented in HD and is a Canada-Ireland coproduction. The fourth and final season is currently in production in Ireland.

Stay tuned for an exciting new website launching soon at www.cbca.ca/thetudors.

Wednesday, September 30 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The bones of Levi Yoder, a member of an Amish community, are found near a railroad. When Booth and Brennan discover that Yoder was a brilliant pianist, they believe his talent may have lead to his death. Meanwhile, Cam has a hard time coping with becoming a new parent, and asks Booth to help keep Michelle in line.

8:00pm – Wednesday, September 30 on CTV

The girls must work extra hard to stand out, literally, when Tyra wraps them up in vibrant fabrics and photographs them during this week’s photo challenge. Supermodel China Chow, a famous petite model, joins the judging panel as guest judge.

DRAGONS’ DEN is back for its fourth season with $15 million worth of investment deals. After country-wide auditions with twice the number of entrepreneurs as last year, the hit reality TV show returns for its biggest season yet. The panel of self-made Canadian business moguls is back and ready to invest their hard-earned cash in winning ideas. Dianne Buckner hosts as the Dragons breathe fire into the Den in 11 one-hour episodes, debuting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. on CBC Television.

DRAGONS’ DEN continues to be a barometer for the economy. Past seasons saw waves of mom and eco-preneurs. This season, the stakes are even higher as victims of the economic downturn step into the Den. Laid-off employees of Ontario’s auto sector and British Columbia’s mining industry are looking for capital to start their own empires. In today’s economic reality, only the best businesses stand a chance at surviving the Dragons’ gruelling grilling. The Dragons are after an idea that will make them an instant fortune, so candidates must be smart, prepared and persuasive. What ideas will pry open the Dragons’ vaults and lead to financing at a time when we are experiencing a credit crunch?

“We know from last year’s fabulous ratings that Canadians are tuning in and looking to see success stories during these times, and this season promises to give viewers a taste of what it takes to get an idea off the ground,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, English Services. “Viewers can’t get enough of the personalities in the Den, and everyone has a favourite.”

This season’s returning Dragons:

Arlene Dickinson, 20-year marketing veteran and award-winning CEO of Venture Communications Ltd., one of Canada’s largest independent marketing firms.
Robert Herjavec, Croatian immigrant and head of The Herjavec Group, one of Canada’s leading and fastest-growing IT security and infrastructure integration firms.
Kevin O’Leary, co-host of CBC Newsworld’s new business show and manager of O’Leary Global Equity and Income Fund, O’Leary sold his software firm to make a fortune.
Jim Treliving, a former RCMP officer who owns several multi-million dollar companies, including real estate company White Rock Commercial, Mr. Lube and Boston Pizza.
W. Brett Wilson, one of Canada’s most successful businessmen and respected philanthropists, Brett is an innovative merchant banker with extensive holdings in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports, and entertainment industries.

The Executive Producer of DRAGONS’ DEN is Tracie Tighe, and the Senior Producer is Lisa Gabriele. Throughout the season, viewers can go to http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden to find out more about pitchers and updates on their progress.

7:30pm – Wednesday, September 30 on CTV

Ten dancers become eight as another guy and girl are eliminated live and leave the competition.

Celebrated Canadian actors guest star in season three Tonya Lee Williams, Arsinée Khanjian, Kristin Booth, Patrick McKenna and more…

In its most explosive season yet, CBC’s Gemini award-winning hit show, THE BORDER, delivers more action and gripping storylines than ever, picking up from last season’s cliffhanger finale — a firefight with a vicious gang.

Premiering on CBC Television on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m., season three opens with Major Mike Kessler (James McGowan) critically wounded and wracked with guilt. Deemed a rogue cop, Gray Jackson (Graham Abbey) is suspended, while Liz Carver (Grace Park) fights for her life in a Washington hospital. Language specialist Khalida Massi (Athena Karkanis) joins the Squad, impressing colleagues with her motorcycle and her martial arts training, and Slade (Jonas Chernick) is completely smitten.

Ponzi schemes and white supremacists. honour killings and attempted presidential assassinations. China, Africa, Russia, Afghanistan, Britain and the United States, people and conflicts from around the world play a role in THE BORDER.

“This season will have Canadians hooked from the start,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, English Services. “THE BORDER continues to deliver to audiences.”

As he tries to restore the Squad to its former strength and unity, Kessler struggles with powerful emotions – guilt, anger, suspicion and lust for MI-6 agent Charlotte Bates (Daisy Beaumont), and the surprising rekindling of his love for Terri (Julie Stewart), his soon-to-be-married ex-wife. While Kessler works to restore morale at the ICS, suspended cop Gray Jackson has his own plan: to avenge the deaths of everyone he has lost in the firefight.

Sophia Milos (CSI: Miami, The Sopranos) returns as DHS Agent Bianca LaGarda. Season three guest stars include Tonya Lee Williams (The Young and the Restless, Poor Boy’s Game), Arsinée Khanjian (Ararat, Adoration), Mimi Kuzyk (Sophie, Blue Murder), Kristin Booth (Prairie Giant, The Tommy Douglas Story, Young People Fucking), Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show, Traders) television veteran Art Hindle (Paradise Falls, MVP) and Al Sapienza  (The Sopranos).

Anne-Marie Mediwake, former supper hour anchor on Global TV, is joining CBC News this fall as an anchor on CBC Newsworld.

“Anne-Marie is a well-respected news anchor and journalist—a powerhouse, really—and we’re delighted to welcome her to the CBC News team,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News. “Anne-Marie’s ability to make positive connections and build a strong rapport with her audience makes her an ideal anchor for bringing breaking news to our viewers.”

Anne-Marie Mediwake has enjoyed a celebrated and distinguished career in television news since 1993. Her passion for storytelling took her to stations throughout Alberta, her home province—writing, producing and hosting news, current events and lifestyles programs. She moved to Ontario in 1999 and joined CTV in 2001.

While there, she reported for CanadaAM, Newsnet and CTV National News. Mediwake moved to Global Television in 2004. That year, the tsunami hit Sri Lanka, her birth country. She took a small crew and her father to the devastated region and produced the documentary “A Journey Home”.

In 2008, she experienced her greatest success—giving birth to triplets. With humour and honesty, she shared her journey through pregnancy and entry into motherhood in a popular, weekly column in The National Post.

“I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to report on a variety of stories in my television career and I am very excited to take this experience and passion to CBC News viewers,” said Mediwake. “I have never been one to shy away from any story and I look forward to continuing my love for storytelling at CBC.”

Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips: IT’S A TEEN’S WORLD is an unprecedented and unflinching exposé of the impact the internet and our wired world has on the sexual behavior and attitudes of teens. Kids today are active players in a sexually charged popular culture, fuelled by personal technology. But at what cost? Following the social lives of three diverse groups of teens in Toronto, the film reveals a generation pushed to flaunt its sexuality without grasping the consequences.

CBC Newsworld’s The Passionate Eye presents the premiere of the one-hour documentary Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips: IT’S A TEEN’S WORLD on Monday October 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, repeating Sunday Oct. 11 at 8 pm ET.

Award-winning filmmaker Lynn Glazier (It’s a Girl’s World) takes us on an insider’s journey into a culture of sexual bullying that is rampant among today’s teens. Whether it’s posting provocative photos and raunchy video on the net, ass-grabbing in the school hallway, or spreading explicit gossip that shatters school careers, some 85 per cent of Canadian youth report involvement with sexual harassment by the time of their high school graduation. 

The documentary challenges three groups of Toronto kids (ages 13-17) to think more critically about their hypersexual and high-tech social world, following them inside all-age clubs, checking out their computer screens and candid personal diaries, and inspiring them to make their own short dramatic films about sexual pressures.

For some, this process has been a life-changing experience. 

Beyond the telecasts on CBC Newsworld, IT’S A TEEN’S WORLD is a project that also includes a three-part radio series to be broadcast on consecutive Wednesdays starting September 30 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC Radio One’s Ideas, Canada’s national program of contemporary thought. An extensive educational website (www.itsateensworld.com) and DVD and Blu-Ray release (the feature length film and interactive classroom modules based on the completed dramas created by the teens) are aimed at teenagers, their parents and educators concerned about sexual harassment. 

Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips: IT’S A TEEN’S WORLD is the thematic sequel to Glazier’s acclaimed and influential documentary film It’s a Girl’s World, about female social bullying among pre-teens.

“The internet and other technologies have changed everything,” says Glazier. “Never before in history has our popular culture been so sexually explicit, so instantly accessible and its degrading messages so unchallenged. Sexual harassment is the number one form of bullying among teens today and it’s warping them. We just can’t shrug our shoulders and dismiss it as a normal part of growing up.”

Glazier’s career as a documentary director, producer and writer spans more than 25 years. Along with It’s a Girl’s World, she produced the Gemini Award-nominated Boxing: In and Out of the Ring, which investigated the corrupt world of professional boxing, for A&E and TVO. Her documentaries on global issues for CBC Radio were heard for many years on the program Sunday Morning, earning her a myriad of national and international awards.  

Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips: IT’S A TEEN’S WORLD is directed, written and produced by Lynn Glazier and produced by Ed Barreveld (Tiger Spirit, Hitler’s Canadians, Shipbreakers, Aftermath: Remnants of War). The Executive Producer for The Passionate Eye is Catherine Olsen.

The first television series from Michael Eisner’s Tornante Animation, Glenn Martin, DDS premieres Saturday, October 3 at 8PM ET/CT/MT/PT on Citytv.

“Glenn Martin, DDS is a new, entertaining animation series that speaks to the lighter side of family-life that audiences can relate to,” commented Malcolm Dunlop. Executive Vice President, Rogers Media Television. “Actors Catherine O’Hara and Peter Oldring voice the series giving it a unique Canadian connection that Citytv viewers will enjoy.”

This laugh-out-loud primetime animation series follows the adventures of local dentist Glenn Martin (Kevin Nealon, Saturday Night Live) and his family – wife Jackie (Catherine O’Hara, Best in Show), daughter Courtney (Jackie Clarke, Starveillance) and son Conor (Peter Oldring, Chocolate News) – as they leave suburbia behind and embark on a cross-country adventure in their toothbrush-topped mobile dental RV.  Glenn and his family discover that life on the road has more twists and turns than they bargained for. Their endless adventure will take them from Amish country to Sin City, from the back lots of Hollywood studios to the halls of the White house and everywhere in between.

“Animation is a great vehicle for comedy,” commented Alain Strati VP Specialty & Development, Rogers Media Television.  “The strength of the partners involved in Glenn Martin, DDS including Tornante Animation and Michael Eisner, as well as the Canadian-based animation producer Cuppa Coffee contributed to a high-quality animated series that Citytv is pleased to be a part of.”

In the premiere episode “Save The Tooth” Glenn Martin, DDS, comes home from a tough day at work to find his family preoccupied with their own interests. He sits down to read and discovers that Singer Park, a beloved place from his youth, is about to be demolished. This inspires him to take his family on a road trip to save the park and hopefully reconnect their familial bond. After some misadventures, it is Jackie that convinces Glenn that the family should stay on the road.