January 2010

Monday, January 18 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Sylar visits Claire, while Hiro’s past decisions manifest subconsciously due to his brain tumor. Meanwhile, Samuel tries to impress Vanessa, his long-lost love, but things don’t go as planned.

In the wake of the foiled terrorist attack on a Detroit bound plane on Christmas Day and a Yemeni based Al-Qaeda group claiming responsibility, U.S. President Obama faces yet another challenge to his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly half of the prisoners remaining in Guantanamo are from Yemen. Closing Guantanamo, airing Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network, is a gripping documentary that explores why the first promise Obama made when he became president one year ago has been so difficult to keep.
Over the past eight months, Britain’s former secretary of defence, Michael Portillo, visited the prison camps, and travelled to Yemen, Bermuda and Washington to investigate what could be done with the remaining prisoners—some of whom are thought to be too dangerous to release, yet difficult to successfully prosecute and convict. Among the prisoners is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of Sept. 11 and suspected collaborator in the murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl.
In Closing Guantanamo, Portillo also visits Yemen, where cameras are rarely allowed, and talks to former prisoners about their experiences inside Guantanamo, and how that may have changed their view of jihad. He looks at how President Obama got stuck between a rock and a hard place,  and questions where does Obama go from here? Obama originally promised to close Guantanamo by Jan. 22, 2010.

Directed by Alex Cooke and produced by Alan Hayling of Renegade Productions for the BBC.

ERAs the new year begins, MTV proudly presents an inspiring series guaranteed to motivate resolutions for the next decade. THE BURIED LIFE follows four Canadians with a list of 100 things they want to do before they die. Premiering Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, this real life adventure of four regular guys from Victoria, B.C. proves anything is possible.

You can’t “friend” a dream. You can’t “download” your first kiss. You can’t “tag” happiness. With that in mind, Duncan Penn, Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, and Jonnie Penn made a list… and not just an everyday “To Do” list. The group certainly has their work cut out for them with tasks like: #15 – Get on the cover of Rolling Stone; #55 – Kiss Rachel McAdams; #59 – Deliver a baby; #78 – Fall in love; and #95 – Play ball with Obama. And now, with the help of MTV, Duncan, Ben, Jonnie and Dave crossed #53 off their list – Start a TV Show. Now, THE BURIED LIFE showcases these four guys’ extraordinary attempts to accomplish all of these items – large and small – and check them off the list.

“Life moves fast and we wanted to slow down and enjoy it,” said Jonnie Penn of THE BURIED LIFE. “To do that we had to ask ourselves some important questions, most importantly: What do I need to achieve or experience before I die? When we asked strangers this question, we were fascinated with the answers we received. Given the ultimate deadline, people are forced to ignore the day-to-day trivialities that sometimes bury their lives, and evaluate their most personal dreams and ambitions.”

The foursome also made a promise to themselves – for every goal they achieve, they pay it forward and help a complete stranger discover, organize, or attempt their wildest dreams. As they travel from town to town on their purple bus “Penelope”, the four race to make the implausible happen, all before leaving on their next adventure.

“Duncan, Ben, Dave, and Jonnie are perfect examples of a generation taking destiny into their own hands,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “THE BURIED LIFE is a truly inspirational series that touches the hearts of all audiences. These four guys from Victoria prove that anything is possible and show the world how to live life to its fullest. We are so proud they are Canadian.”

For more information and to watch full episodes on demand, please go to mtv.ca/theburiedlife

Monday, January 18 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv

Tensions mount among the 12 remaining bachelorettes and jealousy reigns when it’s revealed that there will be two special one-on-one dates – each with a rose at stake – and one group date. First, one woman’s elation at being alone with Jake turns to apprehension when the couple’s chopper lands on a towering bridge nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains. She becomes a nervous wreck when it becomes apparent that they will bungee jump off the Bridge to Nowhere. Next, eight bachelorettes visit the famous Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. After sharing a few jokes with the women, Lovitz explains that they will be the ones performing stand up in his club that night. Later, Jake takes the women to a VIP after party and tries to get alone time with some of them. But the night takes a shocking turn when one bachelorette pushes him too far. The next morning, Jake picks up a lucky bachelorette with a helicopter right in the mansion’s driveway. As the rest of the women enviously look on, they fly off to San Diego’s Sea World for a memorable one-on-one date. A tension-filled cocktail party reveals a division in the house, with one woman dramatically set against the rest of the bachelorettes. At the end of the contentious night, nine women continue on the fairytale journey to win Jake’s heart.

Monday, January 18 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Jack Bauer becomes further involved in preventing an assassination attempt on visiting president Omar Hassan. As the crisis continues to escalate, the crew at the newly upgraded CTU is challenged by some unexpected complicated circumstances. Meanwhile, tensions run high when an explosive event jeopardizes international security, and Jack is reunited with Agent Renee Walker.

Citytv today announced changes to its primetime programming line up. Effective March 1, 2010 the following programs will replace The Jay Leno Show weeknights on Citytv, Chuck (Mondays at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT, 8pm MT); Parenthood (Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT, 8pm MT); Ugly Betty (Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT, 8pm MT); two back-to-back episodes of How I Met Your Mother (Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT, 8pm MT); and Murdoch Mysteries (Fridays at 10pm ET/PT, 9pm CT, 8pm MT).  For the two week period of February 15 – 26 Citytv will air Dark Blue weeknights at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT).

“We’re optimistic that the strength of our new primetime lineup will draw even more audiences than The Jay Leno Show”, commented Malcolm Dunlop, EVP Programming, Rogers Media Television.  “The addition of the new drama, Parenthood starring Lauren Graham coupled with proven fan favourites Chuck, Ugly Betty and Murdoch Mysteries will continue to entertain existing audiences and attract new viewers to Citytv.”

Citytv’s updated primetime schedule is as follows:

Mondays (starting March 1)
The Bachelor (s/ABC) 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)
Chuck at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT)
**Starting March 8 the Monday night line up will change to:
How I Met Your Mother (s/CBS) at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)
How I Met Your Mother at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30pm CT, 9:30pm MT)
Trauma (s/NBC) at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT)
Chuck at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT)

Tuesdays (starting March 2)
The Biggest Loser (s/NBC) at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)
Parenthood (s/NBC) at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT)

Wednesdays (starting March 3)
Mercy (s/NBC) at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)
Modern Family (s/ABC) at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT)
Cougar Town (s/ABC) at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30pm CT, 10:30pm MT)
Ugly Betty (s/ABC) at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT)

Thursdays (starting March 4)
Community (s/NBC) at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)
Parks and Recreation (s/NBC) at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30pm CT, 9:30pm MT)
Accidentally on Purpose at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT)
30 Rock (s/NBC) at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30pm CT, 10:30pm MT)
How I Met Your Mother at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT)
How I Met Your Mother at 10:30pm ET/PT (9:30pm CT, 8:30pm MT)

Fridays (starting March 4)

Who Do You Think You Are? at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)
Supernanny at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT)
Murdoch Mysteries (season 3 premiere) at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT)

NEW SERIES SYNOPSES:
Parenthood:

From the executive producers of the box-office hit Parenthood, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), comes the story of the colorful and imperfect Braverman family – four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches, and joy of being parents. When Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls), a financially strapped single mother, returns to her family home she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Craig T Nelson, Coach, Family Stone), and strong mother, Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, Heart Like a Wheel), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings – sister, Julia (Erika Christensen, Six Degrees), and brothers Crosby (Dax Shepard, Baby Mama) and Adam (Peter Krause, Six Feet Under) – all struggling with issues of their own, it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life.

Who Do You Think You Are?:
Who Do You Think You Are? is an exciting genealogy series where Hollywood A-Listers find out just who they think they are.  Acting as detectives in search of their own family histories and secrets from the past, follow celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon on their journeys of self discovery. Lisa Kudrow (Friends) is executive producer on the series.

Murdoch Mysteries (Season 3):
Season three will bring back some of Murdoch Mysteries more intriguing characters such as; the mysterious warmonger Terrence Meyers (Peter Keleghan), Julia Ogden’s sister Ruby (Sara Gadon) and Murdoch will once again call upon Nikola Tesla (Dimitry Chepovetsky) to help defeat his new nemesis.    Some of the cases Murdoch will try to solve in season three include his investigation into the world of Eugenics; the death a decorated police officer that blows open the dark underbelly of Station Number Two; and  the elaborate heist of a valuable Rembrandt painting. Based on Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch Mystery novels, Murdoch Mysteries is set in 1895 Toronto, and explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a handsome young detective who uses radical forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science, and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch’s eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Though his unconventional approach elicits skepticism from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case. 

Dark Blue:

This character-based police drama will follow a squad of young undercover LAPD officers as they walk the thin line between doing their job and being seduced into the easy money and corruption of the L.A. crime world. The mission of this small and elite group of officers is clear: Infiltrate through deception, expose the crime and don’t get killed. The temptations will be many, but our heroes will never lose their focus and their desire “to protect and to serve.” Dylan McDermott (Big Shots) stars as Carter Shaw, the head of this crack undercover team of police officers who are so covert, many of their own colleagues don’t even know they are involved. Shaw is a deeply wounded character, having lost his wife and much of his former life as he struggles to bring down bad guys through complex undercover assignments. His team includes a recently married cop (Omari Hardwick, Saved) who struggles with personal relationships he has developed while undercover; a shoot-from-the-hip offcer (Logan Marshall-Green, The O.C.) whose activities make fellow team members wonder if he has gone over to the bad side; and a green patrol cop (Nicki Aycox, Supernatural) brought in because of her excellent skill in lying and shady past.

Weekdays – 7pm ET/7:30pm PT on Global

On Monday, January 18, Kim D’Eon is in LA with all the latest Golden Globes coverage, plus don’t miss an all-new interview with Mel Gibson. Then on Tuesday, January 19, only ET Canada can give Canadian viewers the first look at the new movie Buried, including an exclusive interview with the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds. On Wednesday, January 20, ET Canada sits down with pop sensation Ke$ha, while on Thursday, January 21, Amanda Seyfried talks about her upcoming film Dear John. And ET Canada’s Sundance Film Festival coverage begins on Friday, January 22, with interviews featuring Malin Ackerman and Canada’s own Sarah Polley.

According to Patrick Dempsey, it looks like Meredith and Derek, following their post-it note marriage have finally overcome relationship uncertainty; at least the actor hopes so!Speaking with USA Today, Patrick said:

“I think this is probably the first season where I’m really happy with the direction the character’s going,” he says. “We couldn’t get past the ‘Are they together? Are they not?’ for so long. In episodic TV, that’s sometimes the cross you bear.”

“I couldn’t find any other way to look longingly at Meredith [Ellen Pompeo],” he says. “It’s nice to be moving forward. It was fun initially — like for the first few years. Then we kind of got stuck in that and I think everybody got frustrated.”

 

In today’s security conscious world, just how much do the government and private companies know about you? As Canada gears up for the Olympics and Vancouver prepares for a massive security and surveillance operation, Erasing David airs Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network.

British filmmaker David Bond wants to find out if it’s possible in the digital age to slip under the surveillance grid and disappear. He sets up a challenge, hiring Britain’s top private investigators to track him using whatever information they can find in the public domain. He wants to find out if privacy is dead.

Disappearing is not going to be easy particularly in Britain, where more data is collected about residents than anywhere in the world except for Russia and China. The average British adult is now registered on more than 700 databases and is caught daily on one of the four million CCTV cameras located on nearly every street corner.

Igniting Bond’s decision to escape is the news he receives that his young daughter is among 25 million residents whose details have been lost by the government’s Child Benefit Office. During Bond’s journey, he’s hounded across Europe and uncovers some alarming truths about what the government and private companies already know about ordinary citizens—some of whom have been caught in the crossfire of the database and had their lives shattered.

Throughout the film, viewers will also hear from former British home secretary David Blunkett, author Timothy Garton-Ash and author and political columnist Henry Porter, who explain how the mountain of data being accumulated and centralized by the government is epic in scope and can be devastating when misapplied. Erasing David is a wake-up call to those of us interested in guarding our civil liberties in an increasingly invasive digital age.

Directed by David Bond for Channel 4 in the U.K.

10:00pm – Sunday, January 17 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

Christian (Julian McMahon) and Kimber (Kelly Carlson) start doing business together. Meanwhile, Sean (Dylan Walsh) is struggling to find a way to fix his insomnia.