February 2010

Future Earth 2025, airing on Monday, Feb. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network (repeats Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT) takes us on an extraordinary CGI journey into the future, offering a vision of what the world might be like if we continue to deplete one of our primary resources—water.

Los Angeles consumed by raging firestorms, Rome under attack from billons of locusts, Washington D.C. flooded, massive dust storms engulfing Las Vegas, nations suffering drought as rivers dry up, forcing conflicts over water. Just the stuff of apocalyptic Hollywood movies?

It’s estimated the world’s ever growing population will need 50 per cent more water in the next 20 years. Future Earth 2025 creates credible disaster scenarios based on changing weather and rain patterns, and uses the testimony of some of the world’s leading scientists and engineers to project the future, and explore how these disasters can be diverted by adopting new technologies and making changes to the way we live. Future Earth 2025 is produced by U.K. based Darlow Smithson.

rom the early days of Team MerDer vs. Team Addek, to the more recent bed-swapping of Mark, Lexie and Alex, certain Grey’s Anatomy debates provoke varied fan reactions.

Miranda Bailey’s love life is not one of those issues. After all she’s been through with her divorce, what Grey’s Anatomy fan isn’t excited for a Bailey romance heating up soon?

According to TV Guide, Chandra Wilson will be back behind the camera again after making her directorial debut this season in the fantastic episode, “Give Peace a Chance.”

Soon enough, Wilson will direct an episode in which the new anesthesiologist (Jason George) films some steamy scenes with her. Expect “lots of romance and kissing scenes.”

Wilson is not listed as the director of the next two episodes, so we’re not entirely sure when this happens, but we assure you we’ll be watching (excitedly!) when it does!

Monday, February 1- 9pm ET/PT on Global

Undercover Agent Renee Walker confronts her painful past when attempting to broker a deal with a ruthless, but very well-connected German arms dealer. When CTU shifts its focus from the perilous circumstances surrounding Jack and Renee, lead analyst Dana Walsh comes up with a plan to quell her situation and Chloe O’Brian puts Arlo Glass in his place. As Jack and Renee’s undercover mission takes unexpected turns, the Hassan family turmoil has President Taylor reeling as the peace agreement is jeopardized.

Monday, February 1 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) on Citytv

The pressure is on as Jake struggles to decide which four women he will escort home to meet their families. But first, the five remaining bachelorettes end their adventurous road trip in the romantic city of San Francisco. On the first individual date, one of the bachelorettes joins Jake for a private trolley ride and they discuss their possible future together. On the two-on-one date, the romance between Jake and one of the women intensifies And, when the trio head off to their respective bedrooms at the end of the date, Jake gets a late-night surprise visit. Jake spends the day of the rose ceremony enjoying the city with one Bachelorette, and Jake has some troubling issues he must confront her about. No woman is safe at the rose ceremony. In the end, he must narrow the field to four hopeful bachelorettes.

Monday, February 1 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The team disagrees on how to treat a pro football player who wants to be cured in time to complete in the NFL tryouts. Meanwhile, Foreman’s brother Marcus (Guest star Orlando Jones) pays him a visit.

Bravo! honours Black History Month with a collection of programs celebrating the rich  history and culture relevant to Black history in Canada and around the globe. In THE INCOMPARABLE JACKIE RICHARDSON (Feb 1 at 8 p.m. ET), Richardson performs live with musicians Doug Riley, Kim Richardson, Ben Riley Dave Young, and Ted Quinlan. SOUNDS LIKE MOTOWN (Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET) follows Victoria, B.C. high school kids performing with Motown great Martha Reeves. A SONG FOR AFRICA (Feb. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET) sees artists such as Ian D’sa (Billy Talent), Damhnait Doyle, Luke McMaster, and Simon Wilcox who travel to Kenya to capture the everyday stories that are often untold. WHEN MOSES WOKE (Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET) is a Gemini award-winning performance inspired by the combined experiences of Harriet Tubman and numerous Freedom Seekers who traveled through the Underground Railroad.

Sunday, January 31 at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Directed by Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector, Patriot Games), THE QUIET AMERICAN is based on the classic novel by Graham Greene and stars Michael Caine (nominated for an Academy Award® for this role) and Brendan Fraser. The film, set in early 1950s Vietnam, follows a young American entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. Executive Produced by Sydney Pollack, the film also illustrates the political turmoil and American involvement that led to the Vietnam War.

In the wake of professional baseball superstar Mark McGwire’s admission to past steroid use, Sundance Festival favourite (Premiere) Bigger Stronger Faster takes an unflinching look at North America’s win-at-all-cost culture and the repercussions it’s having on a generation of athletes. From the producers of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 Bigger Stronger Faster airs Sunday, Jan. 31, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network.

At the heart of Bigger Stronger Faster is the story of director Christopher Bell and his two brothers, who grew up idolizing muscular giants like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who went on to become members of the steroid subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. In 1988, the same year Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal, Bell’s older brother ‘Mad Dog’ started playing university football and within a week was on steroids. His youngest brother ‘Smelly’ started taking ‘the juice’ while trying to get a pro wrestling deal with the WWE.

Blending comedy and pathos, Bigger Stronger Faster is a collision of pop culture and first-person narrative, from a diverse group of people on camera, including U.S. congressmen, professional athletes, medical experts and everyday gym rats. Director Chris Bell questions what the use of steroids by so many sports heroes says about the ethics of our culture, where so much emphasis is placed on becoming Bigger Stronger Faster.

Sunday, January 31 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT/ MT) on Citytv

Chuck (Zachary Levi) juggles his two lives as he trains new Nerd Herder Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk) and gets his very own asset who is caught up with The Ring. Chuck thinks he can handle his asset all on his own but Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) feel the need to intercede. Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) must lie to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) when she starts to ask questions about Chuck and Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) do some recon work to learn more about Hannah (Kristin Kreuk, Smallville)

Canada’s own Chef Michael Smith, host of Food Network Canada’s Chef Abroad and Chef At Home, was called to battle in kitchen stadium on Iron Chef America and has risen to the challenge. The ultimate Iron Chef America culinary competition between Michael Smith and Iron Chef Bobby Flay is scheduled to air January 31 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

When Chef Michael Smith was invited to compete on Iron Chef America he and his two sous-chefs, Bill Pratt (Halifax based retired Navy chef) and Chef Paul Rogalski (Chef Proprietor of Calgary based Rouge Restaurant) readied themselves for combat. On January 31, Michael Smith and his challenger, Bobby Flay, will take to their stations in kitchen stadium and once the legendary “secret ingredient” is revealed, begin their race against time to create a four star meal for a panel of judges.

During the battle between Smith and Flay, The Chairman, Mark Dacascos, oversees both competitors as they combat the clock. Kevin Brauch (Food Network’s Thirsty Traveler), exposes the goings-on in each competitor’s kitchen while Alton Brown, host of Good Eats, offers play-by-play analysis and personal insights as dishes are created and tensions rise. An all-star judging panel, including Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and culinary personality); Antonio Sabato Jr. (Actor); and Anya Fernald (Director of Live Culture Co.), will score each dish for taste, presentation and originality and declare victory for one chef. Tune in to find out whose cuisine reigns supreme.

Apart from his appearance on Iron Chef America, Michael Smith has an action packed winter season in store. Chef Michael will be leading a team of chefs in the Whistler Athletes Village preparing a menu of Canadian favourites and global flavours for all the athletes of the world during the games. 85 Olympic teams, upwards of 12,000 meals a day!