January 2010

Looks like Grey’s Anatomy has a new cardio god..err, goddess full-time. Kim Raver, playing Teddy has been invited to become a full-time cast member of the show. She will be in most of the remaining episodes for this season and is therefore likely to be the cause of some more Cristina/Owen drama. Things have only just started to heat up, it seems, as the drama we’ve seen so far between this awkward romantic triangle just hasn’t been sufficient.

Welcome to the drama, Kim Raver..and the Grey’s team too!

Mondays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning January 4

This new Canadian original series brings to life the most dramatic and monumental tank battles ever fought through stunning CGI animation and eyewitness accounts. Filmed on the battlefields of Belgium (Ardennes), Egypt (el Alamein), France (Normandy), Germany (Rhineland), Israel-Syria (Golan heights) and Russia (Kursk), Greatest Tank Battles puts viewers in the heat of battle, witnessing historic armored duels as they see the action  through the eyes of the very men who manned the tanks and fought to the finish.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv

In the season premiere episode Jake returns to the same Malibu mansion where he first met Jillian, to meet 25 gorgeous bachelorettes from across the U.S. As Jake greets each bachelorette, one charming woman confesses her fear of flying, and an alluring teacher causes a stir when she dons a revealing flight attendant’s uniform and steals Jake away from an unsuspecting single mom. Then, an athletic hottie starts the first ever barefoot-in-eveningwear football scrimmage in Bachelor history! The competition intensifies when host Chris Harrison introduces the “first impression” rose, and announces a twist: the ladies must impress Jake AND last’s season’s happy couple – Jillian and Ed. The former Bachelorette and her fiancé join Jake to help him with his tough decision and share a special announcement. Finally, Jake must eliminate ten of the 25 women the first night, leaving 15 to compete for his affections, and in the end, his heart.

Hopeful romantic Jake Pavelka sets out to prove that nice guys don’t always finish last in love. In his own bid for true love, Jake will get to choose from among 25 bachelorettes, when Season 14 of The Bachelor premieres Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv (s/ABC).

“Canadian audiences really embraced the last season of The Bachelorette making it a true ratings success,” commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Programming, Rogers Media Television. “We expect the upcoming season of The Bachelor to continue to build on that momentum this winter.”

Romantic and adventurous dates will reach new heights this season! Watch as Jake invites six bachelorettes on a glamorous photo shoot and whisks away one lucky woman to Palm Springs for an exclusive concert by superstar rock group, Chicago. Exciting exploits await Jake and the bachelorettes at Six Flags Magic Mountain and laughs abound when Jake takes eight women to the famous Jon Lovitz Comedy Club.  Plus, a surprise road trip up California’s panoramic coast makes for close quarters for the bachelorettes. The three final women are treated to a breathtaking trip to the island paradise of St. Lucia for sexy overnight dates, as well as the thrilling finale. Jake is in for a wild ride as he faces one bombshell after another on this journey of a lifetime. Secrets are revealed, emotions run deep and one bachelorette crosses a line with devastating results. Will Jake finally find his special woman or will this nice guy’s dream of love end in heartbreak?

In the season premiere episode Jake returns to the same Malibu mansion where he first met Jillian, to meet 25 gorgeous bachelorettes from across the U.S. As Jake greets each bachelorette, one charming woman confesses her fear of flying, and an alluring teacher causes a stir when she dons a revealing flight attendant’s uniform and steals Jake away from an unsuspecting single mom. Then, an athletic hottie starts the first ever barefoot-in-eveningwear football scrimmage in Bachelor history! The competition intensifies when host Chris Harrison introduces the “first impression” rose, and announces a twist: the ladies must impress Jake AND last’s season’s happy couple – Jillian and Ed. The former Bachelorette and her fiancé join Jake to help him with his tough decision and share a special announcement. Finally, Jake must eliminate ten of the 25 women the first night, leaving 15 to compete for his affections, and in the end, his heart.

Want more drama? Catch up on episodes of The Bachelor at Citytv.com 24 hours post broadcast.

Ever since Jake shared a magical one-on-one date with Bachelorette Jillian Harris, millions of women have had their ‘Top Gun’ fantasies about him. A fan favourite for his reputation as an honest guy with an open heart – not to mention his good looks — viewers were stunned when Jillian rejected Jake right before the hometown dates on last season’s The Bachelorette.  An accomplished pilot, Jake became an airline captain flight instructor at 23. On his days off, he has fun flying acrobatic planes, taking dance lessons and woodworking at the home he owns near Dallas. His parents have had a long and happy marriage, and it seems to run in the family, as Jake also has two happily married brothers – older brother Jason and younger brother Matt – and two nieces. Jake grew up in Denton, Texas and attended University of North Texas and Embry Engineering University for Aerospace Science.

With one simple “I do”, three couples become connected for better or worse, ‘til death do them part’… 18 TO LIFE captures the stories of neighbouring families with vastly different lifestyles, who reluctantly become in-laws after their teenage kids get married at the tender age of 18. This new family comedy debuts on CBC Television, Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.

It’s a complicated situation, but ripe for comedy: Ben (Peter Keleghan, The Newsroom, Love Letters) and Judith (Ellen David, Surviving My Mother, Mambo Italiano, Heist) are conservative and like to keep up with the Joneses. Their son Tom (Michael Seater, Life With Derek, The Zack Files) is an easy-going guy’s guy. Neighbours Phil and Tara Hill (Al Goulem, The Tournament, Stardom and Angela Asher Degrassi: The Next Generation, Queer as Folk) are tree-huggers who like to rock out. Their daughter Jessie (Stacey Farber, Degrassi: The Next Generation) is passionate and outspoken.

No longer satisfied with stealing kisses through the fence dividing their houses, Tom and Jessie decide they are mature enough to seal the deal. When the newlyweds move into Tom’s parents’ attic, their marriage becomes public property, stirring up new frictions, old passions and spousal tug-of-war.

“What could be shocking for many parents is perfect fodder for a comedy. Canadians of all generations will relate to the hilarious situations that ensue when two star-crossed teenagers take the plunge, with their parents in tow, on 18 TO LIFE,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manger, CBC Television.

18 TO LIFE is created and written by Derek Schreyer and Karen Troubetzkoy. Writers also include Paul Sheridan (co-producer), Skander Halim, Jenn Engles and Andrew De Angelis. It is produced by Ian Whitehead and Neil Bregman and directed by Peter Wellington, Paolo Barzman and Stefan Pleszczynski. Executive producers are Derek Schreyer, Karen Troubetzkoy, Andrew Orenstein and Arnie Gelbart. It is a Gala Film production in association with CBC Television.

Weekdays – 7pm ET/7:30pm PT on Global

ET Canada kicks of the New Year with an exciting weeklong series called New Year New You. The series features a number of topics to help kick start a healthier and happier 2010. With experts in the fields of diet, beauty and style, it’s sure to inspire some self-improvements. Monday, January 4th, Oscar-nominated Amy Adams sits down to discuss her latest film Leap Year. Also, viewers can catch in-depth People’s Choice Awards coverage on Thursday, January 7th.

Okay, so if you want to take my headline literally – it’s only partially accurate, since in reality, it was the last episode (pre-New Year) that ended with a bang. But if you’re more the figurative type as I was hoping, you’ll recognize that tonight’s episode was full of drama and excitement that we’ve yet to see all season. Yes, the New Year was started off with a bang, though perhaps not the most optimistic way to welcome a New Year. While everyone else is pledging to make 2010 a better year, the guys and gals of Desperate Housewives were struggling with some harsh realities.

It wasn’t all negative, however. With lives hanging in the balance, many of the show’s major characters reflected upon their lives, and the good fortunes that they’ve had even amongst all of the bad. It was an episode filled of “what could have beens” with Susan questioning what might have been had she stayed married to Carl. Or what the outcome may have been if Bree had married Susan’s deceptive ex husband. Or the future of Gabby’s daughter. The “what could have beens” shed positive light on everything that the characters have today, regardless of how their pasts, presents and futures could have changed if they had made different decisions.

Tonight’s episode was everything that Desperate Housewives should be. Especially after a hiatus, and when nothing else has returned to TV. So maybe that’s a bias talking, but I liked it!!

As U.S. President Barack Obama struggles to get his health care reform bill through the Senate, THE PASSIONATE EYE presents an encore presentation of Sicko, Michael Moore’s exposé of the dysfunctional American health care system, Sunday Jan. 3, at 9:30 pm ET/PT.

Sunday, January 3 – 9:30pm ET/PT on Global

When Francine demands that Stan get rid of his gas-guzzling SUV because it’s draining the family of money, he hatches a plan with Roger at the local horse track to avoid giving up his ride. Meanwhile, it’s up to Steve and his friends to help out an old friend.

Sunday, January 3 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

After Peter hits his head and develops amnesia, he forgets everything, including his family and his friends. Lois takes extra care of Peter and tries everything to jog his memory and until he starts hitting on other women. Fed up with his antics, Lois takes the kids and leaves, giving Quagmire his opportunity to swoop in and score.