February 2010

Strutting their stuff in front of millions of television viewers, a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden and countless more online, the award-winning pedigree on display at the 134th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW will prove they’ve got what it takes to bring home the 2010 title of “Best in Show.” Premiering LIVE Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Animal Planet – and simulcast on Discovery HD – the 134th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW promises to bring viewers the real life suspense of a thriller and the drama of a great day-time soap! With 173 different breeds and varieties this year, including Bouviers Des Flandres, Portuguese water dogs and Rhodesian ridgebacks, it will take two days to work through the 2,500 dogs that begin the prestigious canine competition – a.k.a the Super Bowl for dogs! And the man responsible for hosting this year’s event? Hollywood heartthrob, AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW host and former DANCING WITH THE STARS contestant, Mario Lopez.

The 134th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW premieres Feb. 15 and 16 on Animal Planet and Discovery HD.

Trailing the Kentucky Derby by only one year, America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event – THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW – is the undisputed world leader in the sport of showing purebred dogs. With entries from virtually every U.S. state and a number of foreign countries, the race is on for all canine contenders including three breeds newly-recognized by the American Kennel Club who will compete for the first time ever in 2010: the Irish red and white setter in the sporting group, and the Pyrenean shepherd and Norwegian buhund in the herding group.

Following two days of judging and dramatic eliminations, the final countdown will begin with the seven winners in the sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding groups. And when 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 16 rolls around, “Best In Show” judge, Elliott Weiss of Eagle, Idaho, will step into the centre of the ring and crown the Westminster winner as America’s Dog for 2010. Who will be awarded with this year’s coveted title? Tune in for all the action and find out!

In 2009, senior citizens everywhere celebrated the victory of Stump, a wonderful Sussex spaniel that became the oldest dog ever to capture “Best In Show” at the World’s greatest dog show. Stump was 10 years, two months and nine days old – more than two years older than the previous age record holder. Making his win all the more remarkable was the fact that he had nearly died a few years earlier after retiring from the show ring, and that he had not been shown in nearly four years.

The WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW was named after a Manhattan hotel that was popular in 1877. It was at the Westminster hotel’s bar where sporting gentlemen would meet to drink and talk about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually, they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there, hired a trainer and named the club after their favourite watering hole.

Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 PT on Bravo! on Bravo!

Irish music phenomenon Celtic Woman have earned International recognition for their heavenly melodies and magnificent live shows. Recorded in the lush Irish country setting of the majestic Powerscourt House & Gardens, this one-hour special provides audiences with a sneak peak of the girls’ fifth studio album (Songs From The Heart), before the ladies set out on their 2010 Tour. The five-member Irish female ensemble known for putting a modern twist on Celtic sound, deliver contemporary hits like Mariah Carey’s “When You Believe,” Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” and Billy Joel’s “Goodnight My Angel,” as well as the Irish classics “Galway Bay” and “My Lagan Love.”

Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

It’s the moment dogs and dog lovers have been waiting for! The 134th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW is back and ready to showcase America’s champion breeds. Who will win the 2010 title of “Best in Show”? Tune in and find out!

Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

Though much is known about the lives of history’s American presidents, many of their deaths continue to remain a mystery. Premiering on President’s Day, this edition of UNSOLVED HISTORY sees secret service officers, historians and forensic scientists piece together the details behind unsolved assassinations and other unexplained presidential deaths.

Monday, February 15 from 1pm ET to 5pm ET
(Encore presentation from 5pm ET to 9pm ET)

Enjoy a full afternoon of family-friendly fun with back-to-back episodes of Last Cake Standing.

1pm ET Last Cake Standing: Personal Best Cakes
2pm ET Last Cake Standing: Elopement Cakes
3pm ET Last Cake Standing: Extreme Superhero Cakes
4pm ET Last Cake Standing: Sweet 16 Sextuplets Cakes

Monday, February 15 from 11:30am ET to 6pm ET

Spend Family Day with the Grant family. In the full season marathon of Family Renovation the Grant family has a renovation planned – but they’re not going to do this the easy way. With five children under the age of 10, mom Marie-France Leblanc has a clear idea of how she would like old style elegance to meet modern function and amenities in her dream home. This strong-willed woman wants to supervise every part of the reno and live in the house (with her children) while the massive renovation takes place. This is a personal renovation story fuelled by construction chaos, family tension and looming deadlines.

British filmmaker Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas while trekking in the Columbian mountains in 2003. Never knowing if he was going to be killed, he was finally released after 101 days of captivity. Then 11 months later, he received a very strange and unexpected e-mail from one of his former kidnappers, Antonio. After fleeing Colombia, Antonio was on the run and looking for Henderson’s help. In My Kidnapper, airing on THE PASSIONATE EYE, Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC News Network, Henderson and three of his fellow hostages take an emotional journey back to the jungles of Columbia to confront their kidnappers.

Henderson’s decision to respond to these e-mails set in motion an unlikely relationship between kidnapper and hostage. Online, they shared everything from Columbian movie recommendations to MP3s of British music. Henderson even received an invitation to his former kidnappers’ wedding (which he declined). In another strange twist, Antonio’s fiancée, also one of the kidnappers, contacted another former hostage and asked her to become a Facebook friend. But on the subject of the actual kidnapping, the Colombian remained extremely guarded. After years of planning, the filmmaker organized a clandestine meeting in South America to confront his kidnappers and hopefully close this chapter of his life.

My Kidnapper is an emotional and cathartic journey exploring the inexplicable bond hostages can have with their captors, the extreme challenges of surviving a kidnapping, and the need for forgiveness. Produced and directed by Mark Henderson and Kate Home. My Kidnapper is produced by Renegade Pictures in association with ARTE France and CBC News Network.

Sunday, February 14 – 9:30pm ET/PT on Global

Stan gives Francine “love coupons” for Valentine’s Day, but refuses to honor them once he becomes preoccupied with his very own CIA cyborg. Meanwhile, Roger helps Steve and his friends remake a classic ’80s movie.

Sunday, February 14 at 9:00pm ET/PT/MT (8:00pm CT) on Citytv

Time Change for Special 2 Hour Episode

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition travels to Prince George’s County, MD – with celebrity volunteer Tyler Perry (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) – to repair the Tripps crumbling home. Tripp’s father ran a bus ministry for a local Baptist Church. Now a generation later, Tripp and Tamara are continuing a family tradition of service and generosity. About 40 kids each week board the bus for fun and safe activities. Tripp and Tamara have taken on the role of mentors to many of these children. Since their church cannot afford to fund the activities available through the “Big Blue Bus,” the Tripps pick up the tab. Earning only modest salaries from their regular jobs, Tripp and Tamara have little left over to repair the crumbling house they share with their young sons, Micah, 5, Ethan, 3 and Aaden, 9 months.

Sunday, February 14 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

When Chris and Stewie go missing for several days, Lois is at her wit’s end until she sees a psychic who assures her they are safe. Even after the boys return home, Lois and Peter’s psychic obsession continues, and Peter takes it a step too far when he starts charging neighbours for his extrasensory perception. Meanwhile, Chris develops a crush on a girl at school. Michelle Lee guest voices.