February 2010

It looks like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie: an intrepid explorer sealed in a chamber with a slithering mass of deadly snakes. Except this explorer – biologist, adrenaline-junkie and Animal Planet host Donald Schultz – has joined the snakes voluntarily…and he’s not afraid! Right now, in front of crowds surrounding the world-famous O’Sheas Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and webcam fans on animalplanet.ca, world-renowned venom expert Schultz, is locked in a 28-square-metre glass box with 100 snakes – many of them deadly. Here, he’ll spend 10 consecutive days testing his luck against his cold-blooded “roommates” while cameras roll. Capturing all the dangerous drama, Animal Planet premieres the two-hour special, VENOM IN VEGAS, Tuesday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT. For real-time webcasts of Shultz’s perilous exploits go to animalplanet.ca now to catch all the action.

For Schultz, the jeopardy increases each day as he eats, sleeps and drinks alongside snakes such as pythons, rattlesnakes and cobras. He started with 50 snakes and five new ones are added daily to reach 100. But the catch? He doesn’t know which species will be introduced until he opens up each double-bagged snake delivery and discovers his venomous – and potentially deadly – new roommates.

In a shared custom 40 x 50 cm glass enclosure – complete with a bed and tiny bathroom – on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip), VENOM IN VEGAS star, Schultz, is doing more than simply existing alongside these dangerous snakes. He’s working with them hands-on every day, extracting venom that will be shipped around the world so research for venom variation and potential pharmaceutical use can continue. And when he’s not milking venomous snakes with his bare hands, he’s conducting cutting-edge tests to measure, for example, the potency of venom, the depth of fang penetration, and the strike range of the world’s fastest snakes, through the use of high-speed cameras.

“Every year, more than 100,000 snake bite victims die because the antivenom that could save them isn’t available or is in short supply,” noted Schultz. “Not only do I want to raise global awareness of the urgent need for anti-venom in developing countries, I want to push myself and test the boundaries of human/serpentine co-habitation. While this might be an average person’s nightmare, this is truly my dream!”

While living in the box, Schultz will squeeze in some fun when some famous guests stop by for a visit. And equipped with a specialized “armored” outfit, Schultz can invite them in for a cozy visit with him and the snakes – if they dare!

While there’s no guarantee even a venom veteran like Schultz won’t be bitten, Animal Planet has readied a team of world-class experts should something go wrong with him or any of the snakes. He’s working with Dr. Jeremy Sabatini, a  veterinarian with extensive reptile experience; Dr. Sean Bush, envenomation expert and professor of emergency medicine at Loma Linda University; and Dr. Bruce Young, associate professor of biology at Washburn University.

Animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz has travelled worldwide to collect venom and DNA from rare animals for his upcoming television series WILD RECON (premiering Monday, April 12 on Animal Planet Canada). Each week, Schultz gets his hands on some of the deadliest animals on the planet: black mambas in South Africa, sea snakes in Australia, and even rampaging elephants in Sri Lanka.

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

It’s a star-studded Olympic-themed episode of The Biggest Loser! This week, the contestants head to Colorado to train like Olympic athletes at the Olympic training facility. Contestants are informed that the game is going from teams to singles, and multiple medal-winning paralympic athlete Allison Jones warmly welcomes them to the U.S.O.C. campus. Trainers Bob and Jillian invite two Olympians to help work out the contestants – gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Skiing) and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, the Freestyle Skier famous for his “hurricane” jump. Then it’s off to a pop challenge involving a slide board, where U.S. Olympic Speed Skater J.R. Celski cheers them on. Later, they move on to this week’s last chance workout — with pairs figure skater Rockne Brubaker!

Tuesday, February 9 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

After one of the drivers of a shady shipping company is found dead, the NCIS team has to go on the road to take down the illegal activities along with the FBI.

CBC Television today announced that Tom Hastings has been appointed head of drama for the network, effective immediately. Hastings replaces Sally Catto, who was recently made executive director of arts and entertainment.

“Tom has a keen understanding of the value of thoughtful, engaging dramatic programming to our audiences and our network,” said Catto. “His knowledge and expertise in managing the creative development and production of some of this country’s most successful dramas ideally suit him to this new role.”

Hastings joined the CBC drama department in 2007 as executive in charge of production. With over 12 years of successful television and documentary production experience behind him, including six years as production executive at Alliance Atlantis and manager of research at National Geographic Channel Canada, he is a seasoned content executive with extensive relationships in Canada’s independent production and literary communities and a proven track record managing Canadian and international productions.

Previously, Hastings worked as an award-winning producer and a writer in the Canadian independent production community, and has written documentaries for National Geographic Channels International, Discovery Channel and History Television. He also holds a doctorate degree, having obtained his Ph.D. in English Literature, and is a specialist in Canadian and Commonwealth literatures with numerous publications in those fields, including a book-length study of Canadian fiction of the First World War.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

Monday, February 8 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

As Noah’s life hangs in the balance, Samuel prepares to kill thousands and Peter and the others must band together to stop him and save Emma.

Miracle Bodies airs Monday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network. Superhuman performances of world-class downhill skiers and skaters are captured and analyzed by ultra high-speed HD cameras as they prepare for the Olympics. These HD cameras not only capture split second actions often invisible to the naked eye, they offer us the opportunity to see how the skill and the anatomy of these athletes can make the difference between winning and losing the ultimate prize. In downhill skiing, where racers can reach speeds of 150 km an hour, Miracle Bodies focuses on Canadian downhiller Eric Guay and Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal.

It also showcases figure skating champion Brian Joubert (France) and Daisuke Takahashi (Japan) as they train and perform what is now considered to be an essential element of any gold medal performance—the quad—the most difficult jump in history and the ultimate jump in figure skating. Both are considered serious contenders for medals at the Olympics.

Miracle Bodies is produced by NHK.

Monday, February 8- 9pm ET/PT on Global

Despite averting the assassination attempt on peacekeeping leader Omar Hassan, Jack Bauer’s day intensifies when he is forced to go deeper undercover to secure the unsecured enriched nuclear materials. As international delegates reconvene at the United Nations, President Taylor’s goodwill comes into question and CTU races against time to assist with the mission.

Monday, February 8 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on Bravo! on Bravo!

Produced and directed by Izabel Barsive and choreographed by Anik Bouvrette, LUSTRALE is a dance/art film that chronicles a journey shared by two women as they approach the hereafter, guided by the poetry and sensuality of water and light.

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

Jake leaves his home for an emotional journey across the country to visit the final four women’s hometowns. His first stop is New York to visit Gia and her protective family. During the trip, Jake learns about Gia’s insecurities and why she’s been so reticent about falling in love. Next, Jake journeys to Massachusetts to see Ali. Ali’s main concern is about her mother’s opinion – does Jake make the cut? Then Jake heads to Oregon, to meet Tenley and her family. Jake has a lot on his mind, and wants to be assured that Tenley is truly over her divorce. For the last hometown date, Jake goes to Florida, where he visits Vienna and she confesses that her dad has never really liked any guy she’s brought home. And this time is no different. Back in Los Angeles, one bachelorette makes a surprise visit to Jake’s room, disclosing a totally unexpected shocking revelation.

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

Cuddy has a day to herself when she has to deal with her personal and professional life, as well as House and his team.