January 2010

What happens when the comic book goes to the battlefield? Comic Books Go To War, airing Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network, explores the journalistic, aesthetic and political implications of using comic strips to report from a war zone in an effort to reach new audiences.

For nearly 100 years, comic books have provided fantasy and escape for youth who often felt powerless and misunderstood in their own lives. Yet in this age of 24-hour news, comic books have become a journalistic tool. Viewers are introduced to some of the masters behind this craft, from the likes of Joe Sacco, a pioneer in the industry whose first book, Palestine, launched the genre of comic book journalism in 1992; cartoonist Ted Rall, who wrote To Afghanistan and Back on the American invasion in Afghanistan; and Marjane Satrapis, writer of Persepolis, whose comic book was turned into an Oscar-nominated film that provides a window into childhood during the 1980 Iranian Revolution.

Comic Books Go to War is directed by American filmmaker Mark Daniels.

Wednesday, January 27 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30pm CT, 10:30pm MT)on Citytv

When Josh tells Jules (Courteney Cox) he’s in love with her, she knows the time has come to break things off with him. Unfortunately for Jules, she’s not the best at ending relationships without hurting people’s feelings, but thankfully she has the expertise of friends Laurie (Busy Philipps) and Ellie (Christa Miller) to see her through. Meanwhile, Bobby (Brian Van Holt), Grayson (Josh Hopkins) and Andy (Ian Gomez) hit the links with money and pride on the line.

Wednesday, January 27 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Chef Gordon Ramsay travels to Philadelphia, PA to help the family-owned Hot Potato Café.

With three stops already complete on the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 3 audition tour, CTV today announced the two remaining locations on the cross-country tour. The audition tour will spin into Halifax on Saturday, March 6 at the Bella Rose Arts Centre before it wraps up at the final stop in Calgary on Saturday, March 13 at the MacEwan Conference and Event Centre (University of Calgary), giving dancers two more opportunities to perform in front of the judges and prove that they have what it takes to become Canada’s next Favourite Dancer.

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 3 audition tour kicked off in Toronto in November 2009 before travelling to Montreal and Vancouver. Halifax will be the fourth stop and Calgary will be the fifth and final stop. Auditions are open to all Canadians who, as of November 14, 2009, are of the age of majority in the province/territory in which they reside, and are no older than 30 years of age. The age of majority in Nova Scotia is 19 and in Alberta it is 18. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in both cities. Check dance.ctv.ca for full audition details and FAQs.

Audition details are (subject to change):

Halifax, NS    
Saturday, March 6     
Bella Rose Arts Centre
283 Thomas Raddall Drive 

Calgary, AB    
Saturday, March 13     
MacEwan Conference and Event Centre
Room 251, MacEwan Student Centre,
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW      

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is designed to showcase and judge the talent of Canadian dancers who have roughly the same level of experience and maturity.
Among the rules and regulations that should be noted for the auditions:

· Competitors must be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

· All competitors must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

· Competitors must be of the age of majority in the province/territory in which they reside and no older than 30 years of age as of November 14, 2009. The age of majority is as follows: 18 years of age in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan; and 19 years of age in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut and Yukon.

· All competitors must provide two pieces of identification, including a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license or passport), at the audition.

· Competitors may bring a non-competing dance partner for purposes of the audition.

· All competitors must bring with them, along with the proper ID, the signed personal release, the completed preliminary questionnaire, and the music sheet. All will be available at the audition site and for download at dance.ctv.ca.

· All competitors are asked to bring with them the completed music sheet indicating the music they will use in their audition, along with the CD containing the indicated music.

· All songs must be “original” songs that are commercially available.  A song must not be a re-mix of a song, a song downloaded from the Internet, or a competitor-created mix.

· Competitors will not be permitted to audition in any article of clothing with a visible designer, sports or other logo; artwork; name; photo; or other mark which may be subject to protection by copyright or trademark laws.

Tuesday, January 26 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

After receiving a page claiming “agent needs assistance”, the team attain information regarding their safety.

Too lazy to get off the couch for the pizza delivery guy? Need some help getting a date? Looking for a tandem bike-riding buddy? Don’t worry, with the help of expert pet trainer and YouTube sensation Zak George, your pet’s got you covered! George believes he can teach anyone how to teach any pet to perform any trick – and he does just that in Animal Planet’s new series, SUPERFETCH, premiering with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, January 26 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/9 and 9:30 p.m. PT. Follow George as he works with pet parents and shows them how to transform their ordinary pet into a trick-tastic stunt animal. Then, at the end of several weeks of intensive at-home training and three visits from George, pet and parent are put to the test to see if they can pull off “the big trick!”

YouTube phenomenon Zak George turns average pets into “super” pets when SUPERFETCH premieres Jan. 26 on Animal Planet

In SUPERFETCH, George shows pet parents step-by-step how to teach their animals new and unbelievable stunts. From finding the TV remote and picking up the dinner dishes, to learning how to bowl and taking out the trash, there is no challenge George isn’t willing to take on and teach a pet to do.

Basic training is essential for an animal to accomplish these incredible tricks. So even people who aren’t looking for their pets to help make the bed or be their video game partner will find tips they can apply to their own lives too. Central to George’s training philosophy is that the process must be totally enjoyable for the animal as well as enrich the bond between owner and pet. By finding out what “currency” motivates a pet, such as food or play; how the pet and their parent communicate and what the animal’s aptitude is for learning new skills, George designs a custom plan that will get each pet/parent pair to cross the finish line.

“Working with people and their pets is a true passion of mine, and I believe that animals are capable of learning anything we take the time to teach them,” says host Zak George. “My goal in SUPERFETCH is not only to entertain but to help pet parents on the show and watching at home learn more about their relationship with their furry family members while picking up some useful training tips along the way.”

Pet trainer Zak George has always had a passion for dogs and with the help of his Border Collie, Venus, he’s turned that passion into an impressive career. He and Venus won five extreme dog-trick competitions in their first year of competing and have since become one of the most in-demand training duos in the world. With his newfound fame and almost three-million YouTube fans, George has helped more than 3,000 dog owners worldwide train their pets to do awe-inspiring tricks over the past five years alone.

Tuesday, January 26 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv

This week starts off with a high-stakes pop challenge in which contestants race for the prize of immunity. The winning team also gets three envelopes to give to the teams of their choice with instructions that could have a dramatic impact at this week’s weigh in. Plus, tensions are high between the trainers and one team suspected of game play, and a lifting competition rewards the winning team with a prize that everyone wants.

Tuesday, January 26 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

While on the flight back from Paris, Tony and Ziva realize that their assignment to protect a government witness in an embezzlement case is in great danger when they learn that an assassin is located on the same flight.

It’s safe to say the Seattle Grace-Mercy West merger did not work out for anyone.

No offense to Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and his good looks, but no one else came out of this looking good. Especially not the Chief, who started drinking again.

On Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked,” the truth finally came out thanks to Derek, who’s poised to take the top job.

So what does this mean for James Pickens, Jr., (Chief Richard Webber) staying on the show? How will the doctors take to Patrick Dempsey’s Derek being the boss now?

Sources say Pickens is not leaving the show and Derek is not permanently taking his position. But Derek will be acting as interim chief while Richard works on his issues.

“Obviously the minute that your leader trips, there’s a ripple effect that happens throughout the hospital,” Jessica Capshaw said. “It’s going to bring great challenge.”

“Is he going to leave, is he going to get help, is he not going to get help, who’s going to get help for him, is he going to get help for himself?” the actress pondered.

Co-star Justin Chambers added: “We’re all in shock because for me, the Chief has always represented someone stoic and smart and definitely experienced. I still respect McDreamy, but to see him as the big cheese is going to be kind of strange.”

While some doctors can see that Derek was doing what was right for the hospital, others accuse him of betraying the Chief. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) is on Team Der.

“Owen has a scene where he kind of supports him,” McKidd said. “Derek asks, ‘Do you feel like I’m being selfish?’ and he says, ‘If this benefits the most amount of people, then that’s the right decision. If it’s just benefiting you, it’s the wrong decision.'”

If you think Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is all of a sudden going to get special treatment for being married to the interim head honcho, then you best think again.

“Meredith is so good anyway,” said Chambers. “She has a high IQ, she does every surgery impeccably. I don’t think we’ll have a problem with her. However, I’m sure Alex will throw out a few words that aren’t necessarily polite about her sleeping with the Chief.”

Mondays at 11:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm PT beginning January 25

Danny and Seamus bonded over Oasis in ’94 and have been best mates ever since. Both Manchester born-and-bred, both mid-twenties and both temping in dead-end jobs, they’re united by one all-consuming passion: music. Inspired by the city’s local heroes, Joy Division, the lads wile away the dreary office hours dreaming of their own record label. But while they put in the effort when it comes to gigs (three a week) and beer (considerably more than that) time is ticking by and they’re on the road to nowhere. That is until Danny’s grandmother passes away and leaves him £10,000. Danny doesn’t hesitate – he and Seamus are going to have their label no matter what it costs.