February 2010

Sunday, February 14 – 8:30pm ET/PT on Global

Holt admits to Cleveland that he wishes he had a special someone in his life. Determined to help his lonely friend, Cleveland introduces Holt to Jill (guest voice Fergie), a cat-loving redhead who ends up being more than a handful. Meanwhile, Cleveland Jr. and Rallo anticipate the “birth” of Rallo’s pet.

Sunday, February 14 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Homer takes Marge out for a romantic evening of ice skating and hand-holding, but upon entering the rink they encounter a curling team practicing. Marge and Homer take to the ice and discover their love for the sport, and soon after, join the curling team and compete with them in the Olympic trials. Team Springfield claims the win and moves on to the 2010 Vancouver Games where Bob Costas (guest-voicing as himself) covers the action. Meanwhile, sleazy vendors introduce Lisa to the world of collecting Olympic pins, and before long, Lisa is hopelessly addicted.

Sunday, February 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Valerie Pringle returns to GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS to celebrate The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. An incredible true story of a man who cuts down a rare tree and sacred to the Haida people is thoroughly riveting. The beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands acts as a stunning visual backdrop for this episode.

Sunday, February 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

As an enigmatic musical poet, world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate 27 years after his untimely death. Intimately revealing the man behind the myth, GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD casts a fresh light on the mysterious pianist whose ideas were as controversial, and his private life as passionate, as his music. The film features never-before seen footage of Gould, photographs, and excerpts from his private home recordings and diaries. The biography also reveals personal memories from Gould’s most intimate friends and lovers, some who have never spoken about him publicly before. GENIUS WITHIN is produced by White Pine Pictures Inc. in association with Bravo! and directed by Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer.

Sunday, February 14 – 7pm ET/PT on Global

From the Caribbean to an icy Canadian track, they are the brothers of the original Jamaican bobsled team. Now, two decades later, their legacy lives on. 16×9 travels to Jamaica to find out what the movie didn’t show you – see how a last minute switch kept these Olympians in the running.

Sunday, February 14 from 5pm ET to 9pm ET

Food Network lovers can delight in some of the sweetest challenges and tastiest competitions during this four-hour marathon.

5pm ET Iron Chef America: Symon vs. Duff       
6pm ET Iron Chef America: Flay vs. Bowels
7pm ET Food Network Challenge: Chocolate Wonders
8pm ET Food Network Challenge: Chocolate Masterpiece

Sunday, February 14 from 11am ET to 4:30pm ET
(Encore presentation from 4:30pm ET to 10pm ET)

Watch couples fall in love with their very first home during this Valentine’s Day inspired marathon of Property Virgins couples episodes following a one-hour HGTV special.

11am ET – 12pm ET HGTV Special TBA
12pm ET – 4:30pm ET Property Virgins

Saturday, February 13 from 2pm ET to 5pm ET

From the land down under, Food Network brings viewers a three-hour afternoon marathon featuring Australia’s beautiful scenery and culinary diversity.

2pm ET Food Safari: Indian
2:30pm ET Food Safari: Indonesian
3pm ET Boy’s Weekend: Huon Valley
3:30pm ET Boy’s Weekend: The Great Barrier Reef
4pm ET Boy’s Weekend: Palm Cove
4:30pm ET Chef Abroad: Tasmania

It’s exciting every week to see exactly what the Grey’s writer behind the last aired episode has to say about how it all came together and what the inspirations were during the writing process. This week it was Valentine’s Day, and we know it’s not all about chocolate and romance in the halls of Seattle Grace (though some of those things made an appearance) and here’s what William Harper had to say about it Meredith and Derek, Lexi and Mark and some of the other drama. Read the complete entry on the Grey’s writers blog

The romance can get a little dark and twisty around Seattle Grace.  It’s never going to be candlelight and roses.  Derek can’t get three blocks on a date with his wife without being paged back for a mass casualty.   But honestly, that was the fun of writing this episode; finding all the ways of illuminating romance.

here’s the tale of unrequited love between Emile and Mrs. Banks, for one.  And Meredith and Alex get sucked in like it’s a chick flick.  Will he?  Won’t he?  Will she?  I think the romance is not just in Emile’s unrequited pining, but in the warmth and comfort that Mrs. Banks has found in decades of marriage to her husband.  I think everything she says to Meredith is true.  Finding the right person, being with them, knowing them so well – and being known — is romantic.  That’s what Meredith has signed up for, on that post-it note.  But it’s still a scary proposition.  And with the new pressures Derek is facing as Chief, Meredith’s suddenly faced with the question of how she’s reinvented herself in this marriage.  Will it limit her going after her passion, the thing that makes her HER?  And she’s faced with deciding how much she’ll commit to the role, how she’ll allow herself to be defined by it.  In the end, she learns that a marriage, like life, is a constant reinvention.  You choose, over and over again to adapt to each other and with each other, always being clear on what you will and won’t give up to accommodate the other.   Change, adaptation, is what keeps a marriage stable in an unstable world.

I think Derek’s scene in the scrub room with April may be my favorite example of reinvention in the episode, because, to me, it’s the point when Derek becomes the Chief he would want to be, bringing all his compassion and experience to lead and teach.  Despite that, this transition to Chief isn’t going to be easy, professionally or personally.  In the end, they’ll face the struggle together.  Move forward, find a new shape.  That in itself is pretty romantic.

Two reinventions I particularly like, because they’re so different, are Lexie’s and Mark’s.  Lexie’s is blatant, and sudden and shocking:  NEW HAIR.   New hair is a safe change, because it’s just gonna grow back.  Lexie’s not really committed.  She didn’t do something bold and permanent, like a neck tattoo (I’m not endorsing this, either).  She made the safe change. She’s made a change that’s only skin deep, and temporary. And Jackson calls her on it.  (I love that Jackson reveals this by admitting he was treated as the pretty, dumb one.  And had to reinvent himself).

The other reinvention – Mark’s – I love because it’s building over time.  It culminates when he steps up to adopt his newborn grandchild.  In an instant. In a blurt.  He’s wanted a child since we met him – Addison’s —  but he’s spent the time since then maturing — from man-whore to monogamist, to responsible father to Sloan, then committing to adopt and raise a newborn baby — to the point where we really want one for him:  He’s grown up a lot.

Teddy (And Owen) are trying to do maybe the most difficult reinvention of all: to go backward.  What I love about her speech to Owen in the scrub room, is that, not only is it an act of forcing him to acknowledge their friendship, but that we learn so much in that speech about the level of camaraderie and intimacy they shared as friends in the Army.

Next week’s episode, in fact, will give you a glimpse of a Seattle Grace you’ve never seen before, and some stories of our doctors that you never knew happened, even if you’ve been watching from the beginning.  It’s an exhilarating, funny and really moving episode.  So see you back here, then.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

EPISODE ONE: War and Terrorism

In a three-part series, beginning Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), the fifth estate will air special programming that looks back on a remarkable time—the tumultuous first decade of the 21st Century. In those 10 years, the program has investigated, uncovered, illuminated, aggravated and even entertained its viewers with nearly 200 stories. the fifth estate’s award-winning hosts will reflect on some of the significant issues and personalities they covered in that time.

Over the next three weeks, the fifth estate looks back at a decade defined, above all else, by war at home and abroad; the people and personalities you won’t forget; and justice and injustice.

The first episode of this special series will focus on the fifth estate’s unique coverage of War and Terrorism. Reporter Linden MacIntyre says:  “We tend not to follow the news agenda. We tend not to be terribly obliged to get on big bandwagons. But, you have an event like 9/11, like the invasion of Iraq…if everybody in your audience is thinking of this subject you have to at least find some way of looking at it that might be of service.”

Among the fifth estate stories that MacIntyre and his colleagues Hana Gartner, Bob McKeown and Gillian Findlay will be remembering and commenting on are:

Beyond Belief (October 2001)
– A lingering human puzzle from the ashes of Sept. 11. Who was Jiad Samir Jarrah? A quiet, pleasant young man from a middle-class Beirut family, he is also believed to have piloted United 93 and flown it into a farmer’s field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.   Just a month after that momentous event, Linden MacIntyre and the fifth estate team produced an indelible portrait of an enigma.

Conspiracy Theories (October 2003) – Bob McKeown delved into the labyrinthine and surprising ties between the Bushes and the bin Ladens and found that even the most outlandish conspiracy theory may have its basis in a legitimate question.

Act of Faith (April 2003) – As George Bush’s and Tony Blair’s armed forces invaded Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Linden MacIntyre investigated what possible bond could link two such disparate personalities and politicians and unite them in a common cause.

Sticks and Stones (January 2005) – In 2005, the United States was in the midst of a very un-civil war—a war of words that pitted conservative against liberal. The new gladiators were commentators like Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter and their forum was the television studios of networks like Fox. It was loud and raucous, Bob McKeown reported, but did it have anything to do with the truth?

The Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney (October 2004) – The real power in George Bush’s White House, many believed, lay inside the office of his Vice-President, Dick Cheney.  This is the story of Cheney’s vision of America—a very selective vision. Cheney’s remarkable life story involves the relentless accumulation of power in every form and Bob McKeown explored how he accomplished this and at what cost.

The Canadian (January 2005)
– Ottawa-born computer whiz Momin Khawaja instantly became notorious when he was the first person to be charged under Canada’s new anti-terrorist law.  Hana Gartner investigated Khawaja’s transformation from a road hockey player and civil servant to a planner of destruction and mayhem in the name of Islam.

Life and Death in Kandahar (March 2008)
– In this dramatic story, Gillian Findlay and the fifth estate cameras were granted four weeks of unprecedented and exclusive access to the NATO trauma hospital at the main military base in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 

Broken Heroes (October 2009)
– Gillian Findlay examined the reality of soldiers returning from Afghanistan with invisible wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder. She spoke with three Canadian soldiers who candidly recall the hell that has consumed their lives and with Canada’s most eloquent spokesman on the subject of PTSD, Senator Romeo Dallaire.

Part Two of the fifth estate:
21st Century will broadcast on Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), and will look back on some of the extraordinary characters you’ve met on the program.

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 issue that viewers may associate more than any other with the program: 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.

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