October 2009

Bravo! brings the legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python to the small screen for the Canadian premiere of MONTY PYTHON: ALMOST THE TRUTH (THE LAYWER’S CUT). The six-episode series airs on Bravo! in three, two-hour blocks beginning Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The subsequent episodes air Sunday, Oct. 25 and Monday Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

A highly-anticipated official history, MONTY PYTHON: ALMOST THE TRUTH (THE LAYWER’S CUT) features interviews with the surviving troupe members including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. ALMOST THE TRUTH also features archival footage of the late Graham Chapman. Throughout the series, the Pythons tell their life story and reveal deeper truths of their 40-year history with never-before-seen material.

Along with an in-depth look at the Pythons from the Pythons themselves, the docu-series also takes a look at what others – rock stars, comedians, actors, politicians, writers, broadcasters, religious groups, Python-haters, and potential axe murderers – have to say about the troupe’s history. Dozens of featured guest interviews include Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, Hugh Hefner, Eddie Izzard, Olivia Harrison, Stephen Merchant, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Roth, Seth Green, among many others.

9 p.m. ET – Saturday, October 24 on Space

While on a road trip, two brothers and their girlfriends get into an accident that begins a terrifying experience in a secluded house of horrors. Stars Jordana Brewster.

8:00pm – Saturday, October 24 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In the film White Noise, the pregnant wife of the architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) is missing after a car accident near a cliff, and the police do not know whether she is dead or abducted. Some weeks later, a mysterious man comes to Jonathan and tells him that his wife is dead and had communicated with him through Electronic Voice Phenomena. Jonathan is then informed by the police that her body was found in the sea near a harbor, and the tormented grieving Jonathan decides to try to contact her using uncontrolled E.V.P, potentially jeopardizing his own life.

W5 – Canada’s #1 current affairs program – returns to CTV with a new season, a new look, new logo and for the first time ever is broadcast in stunning High Definition. In the season premiere on Saturday, October 24 at 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca for local listings) reporter Paula Todd turns the high beams on All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). With more than 100 Canadian deaths in 2009 alone, W5 discovers virtually non-existent safety regulations in Canada that may leave drivers of the popular off-road vehicles at risk of injury and death. W5 puts several ATVs to the test in an effort to determine just how prone they are to tipping.

While almost a million Canadians own an ATV, the public is generally unaware of the dangers associated with these recreational vehicles. W5 has uncovered mounting evidence that these powerful, heavy machines are more dangerous than most people realize and that little is being done by either government or ATV manufactures to increase safety standards.

In Alberta, where ATV injuries and fatalities are on the rise, W5 interviews Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette. In 2002, Ouellette promised to create a new ATV safety law, which was to include new helmet requirements and a minimum age for riders. To date, no ATV safety act has been drafted or passed despite the increase in preventable injuries and deaths.

On the opposite side of the debate are those who say it’s the ATV rider’s skill level and blatant disregard for safety that are to blame for the high accident rate, not the safety standards that are set by the ATV’s industry. 

Todd seeks answers to why the federal government has done little to create standards for ATVs from federal Transport Minister John Baird.

Also in W5’s season premiere, reporter Victor Malarek discovers that there is a thriving black market for spouses willing to wed for money. W5 goes undercover in a hidden-camera investigation and reveals immigration consultants willing to arrange illegal marriages for cash to obtain Canadian citizenship.

Malarek investigates how far people are willing to go to get there. In his report, Malarek finds that thousands of Canadians have been used by foreign brides and grooms, who abandon their spouse after they arrive in Canada and receive their Landed Immigrant Status. These Broken Vows leave their sponsors responsible for their former spouse, including welfare costs.

10:00pm – Friday, October 23 on CTV

On his last day on the job, on air radio talk show host Pat Cosgrove (guest star Michael Riley, BEING ERICA) promises to go out with a bang when he takes prominent politician Ryan Malone (guest star Paul Christie, WILD ROSES) hostage. Team One races to the station to find Cosgrove has kidnapped Malone and is now broadcasting from a remote, secret studio. Things take a volatile turn when Cosgrove puts Malone “on trial” for a homicide he believes the man committed years ago.

Friday, October 23 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

A geneticist’s daughter is kidnapped and suspicion falls on the girl’s unstable mother. The case becomes more complicated when it’s learned that the missing girl may be a clone. Meanwhile, Charlie and Amita discuss having children, and Liz reveals a dark secret.

9:00pm – Friday, October 23 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS Previously aired on CTV and /A Atlantic

When fertilized embryos go missing from a sperm bank, the detectives must investigate the growing list of suspects before time runs out.

9:00pm – Friday, October 23 on CTV

When Allison (Patricia Arquette) investigates an infant’s kidnapping, Joe (Jake Weber) worries when she becomes too attached to the little boy. Also, Bridgette (Maria Lark) and Joe are amazed when Marie (Miranda Carabello) plays the clarinet perfectly without one lesson while Bridgette struggles to learn to play, on the 100th episode of MEDIUM.

Friday, October 23 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

We learn more about Sierra’s connection to Rossum and the twisted trail of deception, obsession, and murder that led her to the Dollhouse.

Naughty children beware! Supernanny is back – say goodbye to temper tantrums, melt downs and talking back.  Supernanny returns for the most powerful season premiere yet on her new station, Citytv, Friday, October 23 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pmMT). Let the time-outs begin!

“The sixth season of Supernanny will see both parents and children learning a lesson or two,” commented Malcolm Dunlop, EVP Programming, Rogers Media Television. “I think audiences will be talking about this premiere episode for seasons to come.”

Supernanny, Jo Frost, travels across America taking on some of the toughest parenting challenges.  She gives viewers an all-access look into families to determine the very root of each unit’s problems.  In season six, she helps a family with triplet two-year-olds and a four-year-old, another with a youngster recently diagnosed with diabetes and a family that defends their right to spank – which Jo loathes.  Identifying each families’ problems, she corrects both the thinking and approaches of parenting for the family

On the season premiere of Supernanny:

The Coliers of Cleveland, Georgia, are a blended family on the brink.  Jason, a father of four coddles his three young sons, but is hostile towards his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Madison.  Stay-at-home mom, Dawn, feels caught in the middle when Jason clashes with Madison and undermines her time-outs with the toddlers.  Jo forces the couple to closely examine whether or not they want to continue in this marriage.  Tune in to find out why Jo is disgusted by this dad’s behaviour and see whether she can get this family back on track.

Catch the season premiere of Supernanny Friday, October 23 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pmMT) on Citytv! Plus, log on to www.Citytv.com 24-28 hours following the broadcast to catch up on all your favourite moments from each episode.