February 2010

Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Canadian Olympic champion Silken Laumann reviews The Birth House by Ami McKay – a moving novel set on the Bay of Fundy coast in Nova Scotia. Laumann reveals one of the many reasons she loves this novel including its young protagonist who champions the cause of midwifery during the years of World War I.

Sunday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (90 mins) on Bravo!

HERE I AM is a heart-felt, intimate look at the remarkable life of Halifax’s Denny Doherty – actor, songwriter, and lead singer for The Mamas and the Papas. Music gems help document his journey, including mega-hits like “California Dreamin'” and “Monday, Monday”. The musical journey also includes recordings of Doherty and some of his closets friends: Scott McKenzie, Barry McGuire, McKenzie Phillips, Doris Mason, and Dennis Ryan and interviews with Michelle Phillips and John Phillips. HERE I AM is produced by Creative Atlantic Inc. in association with Bravo! and directed by Greg Jones.

Sunday, February 21 – 7pm ET/PT on Global

OxyContin was touted as a miracle painkiller to Canadian doctors: pain relief with few side effects and less addictive than morphine. But soon this drug, known on the streets as “hillbilly heroin,” became the most prescribed drug in Canada – with tragic results. In this episode, 16×9 chronicles the king of painkillers’ fall from the top, ending in 100 families filing a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer.

Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

This episode follows the lives of six individuals throughout Egypt. Stories include a 17-year-old bread delivery boy in Cairo; a Bedouin herbal healer in Sinai, hoping to pass on his secrets to a new generation before he dies; a man who left his Cairo home to become a Coptic Christian monk; and the conservative lifestyle of women in the oasis town of Siwa in contrast to a successful businesswoman and founder of a women’s magazine in Cairo.

Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

This visually stunning, Emmy®-winning series transports viewers to places many have not had the opportunity to see for themselves. Providing a rare perspective and in-depth investigation, ATLAS continues its inspirational quest to explore the history, geography and civilization of some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. The first one-hour episode journeys to the land of the Pharaohs into the living soul of modern Egypt; the following week explores the new democracy of South Africa – the Rainbow Nation; and finally ATLAS pulls back the iron curtain on Russia to tour a gulag and hear from a labour camp survivor.

World culture comes alive in striking High Definition and with innovative storytelling when three all-new episodes of ATLAS premiere exclusively on Discovery HD, beginning Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Kicking off the journey from a land of pyramids, pharaohs and the river Nile comes ATLAS: “Egypt”. The following week, ATLAS: “South Africa” transports viewers through millions of years of evolving geography and climate – past, present and future – where bushmen battle to keep their traditional way of life. Finally, the captivating expedition continues with ATLAS: “Russia” where the people of new Russia are beginning to embrace their past once again following the crippling collapse of the Soviet Union.

For many who haven’t had the chance to explore in-person the rich history and thriving culture of Egypt, South Africa and Russia, Discovery HD’s ATLAS presents – in remarkable High Definition – a lively portrait and in-depth investigation of each stunning locale. Uncovering extraordinary and surprising connections between the landscape, natural history and indigenous people, ATLAS uniquely uncovers the “hows” and “whys”, acting as your own personal tour guide through each spellbinding country.

Weekend of February 20 and February 27

Need a break from Olympic™ frenzy but crave the entertainment of a competition? For two weekends in February, HGTV presents four different marathons featuring competitive spirit, dramatic reveals and Canadian programming pride.

Saturday, February 20 11am ET – 4:30pm ET
Encore presentation from 4:30pm – 10pm ET House Poor

Sunday, February 21 11am ET – 4:30pm ET
Encore presentation from  4:30pm – 10pm ET For Rent, Season II

Saturday, February 27 12pm ET – 10pm ET Top Design

Sunday, February 28 11am ET – 5pm ET
Encore presentation from 5pm ET – 10pm ET Million Dollar Listing, Season II

Friday, February 19 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

In a bid to explore history’s most alluring female killers, DEADLY WOMEN fuses bone-chilling storytelling, sumptuous period drama and shocking forensic facts. Each episode profiles four famous cases from the past where killers and their victims are eerily brought to life in elaborate reconstructions.

Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

In the second instalment of its three-part series that looks back on how the fifth estate covered the first decade of the new century, the show’s award-winning hosts reflect on some of its most extraordinary and unforgettable characters. the fifth estate:  21st Century – The People airs on Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV.

For the fifth estate’s investigative journalists, the telling moment of a key interview is crucial to their journalism and storytelling. Hana Gartner says:  “When you sit down with somebody and they expose in some fundamental way exactly who they are, what they think and what they believe, in such a forthright manner, for me, that is the moment.”

Among the fifth estate people that Gartner and her colleagues Linden MacIntyre, Bob McKeown and Gillian Findlay will reflect on:

Bishop of Bountiful (various air dates) – In 2003, Hana Gartner first met Winston Blackmore, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a breakaway polygamist sect of the Mormon church in Bountiful, B.C. That interview, and others that followed, became some of the most memorable in the fifth estate’s vast catalogue of confrontations. 

Luck of the Draw – (October 2006) – Gillian Findlay remembers a perfectly ordinary small-town Ontario senior citizen who became a perfectly extraordinary David to the Ontario Lottery Corporation’s Goliath. Bob Edmonds went to battle over a stolen lottery ticket and righted a wrong that changed the way the OLG does business. 

The Iceman – (November 2006) – When their 23-year-old son Duncan went missing while on vacation in the Austrian Alps, his parents, Bob and Lynda MacPherson, refused to accept the official explanation of what had happened to him. Hana Gartner accompanied Bob and Lynda to Austria where their son’s body, and eventually the truth, was found.

Karlheinz Schreiber (various air dates) – For 15 years the fifth estate has investigated the 1988 sale of 34 Airbus A-320 jets to Air Canada and the mysterious dealmaker, Karlheinz Schreiber. Reporter Linden MacIntyre came to see the interplay of characters and story in this way:  “There’s something Shakespearean about that. You see all the strengths and weaknesses of human character revealed in this story.”

Lost in the Struggle (October 2006) – When the fifth estate reported on the culture of violence in Toronto’s notorious Jane and Finch area, Gillian Findlay was drawn to Chuckie, the child of a Vietnamese immigrant, who struggled daily to leave behind a life of crime and end the cycle of violence that ruled his life.

The Rat (November 2006) – After a Toronto mother of three was the innocent victim of a mob hit gone wrong, the police were able to identify the shooters because of an informant, Raffaele Delle Donne. In disguise, Delle Donne sat down with Hana Gartner to tell her about his life as a small-time mobster with the Toronto Sicilian mafia—a story of turf wars, betrayal and attempted murder.
The Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury (October 2009) – Against all odds, Theo Fleury—a physical lightweight in a heavyweight league—established himself as a major star in the National Hockey League. Through it all, Fleury was as troubled as he was talented and tough. In a candid interview with Bob McKeown, Fleury told his remarkable story of disgrace and redemption.
Part Three of the fifth estate: 21st Century will broadcast on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), and will reflect on the issues that viewers associate more than any other with the fifth estate: justice and injustice.
Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. The series producer of the fifth estate:  21st Century is Patsy Pehleman.

CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Saturdays, at 8 p.m. ET, Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information on the fifth estate, visit their website at www.cbc.ca/fifth and join us on Facebook.

You probably don’t care anymore, because the 15 minutes of fame post-Jon & Kate Plus 8 has long expired. But, Jon Gosselin has finally reached a settlement in the lawsuit and countersuit that ultimately put an end to the TLC show.

It was announced by TLC on Wednesday, and since then Jon’s lawyer has issued a statement, indicating that perhaps the Gosselins, whether just the parents or the children, might appear on the network that they were estranged from.

“Jon has expressed his desire to close the litigation chapter of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8,’ he said. “Sometimes litigants that kiss and make up find their relationship is much better the second time around. As Jon’s attorney, I truly hope this new adventure for TLC and the Gosselins is a much more joyful journey.”

Only time will tell, but as predicted, Jon Gosselin has seemingly smartened up and realized that if he wants to stay in the limelight, he’d better stick with what got him there because interest is waning.