March 2010

Sunday, March 14 – 8:30pm ET/PT *NEW TIME* on Global

Stewie pulls a “Tootsie” in order to star in the American version of Jolly Farm Review. Meanwhile, Peter makes Lois feel bad about her age, and she gets a bit jealous of Meg’s new boyfriend.

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

When Bart fails to turn in his homework, Mrs. Krabappel sends a letter home about his behaviour. Despite Bart’s best efforts to intercept it, Homer reads the letter, and he and Marge visit Principal Skinner for a parent-teacher conference. When Bart realizes he can pit Homer and Marge against each other to his benefit, his scheming reaches new heights.

Featuring harrowing tales from bear-attack survivors, groundbreaking filming techniques that have captured unprecedented footage of bear behaviour and a man who has developed a unique – but controversial – relationship living among bears, Animal Planet roars its way into the 2nd annual BEAR WEEK beginning Sunday, March 14 to Saturday, March 20 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/9 to 11 p.m. PT each night. With the spotlight on one of the world’s most endangered and deadly beasts, Animal Planet’s week-long tribute to bears showcases many ursine species including the sloth, grizzly, polar, black, panda and spectacled bear.

From gentle giant to grizzly beast, Animal Planet’s 2ND annual BEAR WEEK returns with captivating new series and specials beginning March 14.

Featuring a mix of remarkable raw footage, real life drama and innovative storytelling, BEAR WEEK presents astonishing revelations about bear communication, evolution and the impact humans are having on their survival. Kicking off the week is the Animal Planet premiere of I’M ALIVE; STRANGER AMONG BEARS; BEARS: SPY IN THE WOODS and THE BEAR WHISPERER premiere through the week.

Animal Planet’s full BEAR WEEK 2010 lineup includes:

I’M ALIVE (10X60) **Animal Planet Premiere**
Sunday, March 14 at 8 and 9 p.m. ET/9 and 10 p.m. PT
Over 100,000 people are killed each year by wild animals, but equally astounding is that hundreds of people beat the odds and survive from the most brutal maulings and deadliest stings, to the most poisonous bites. Why do some people live and others die, and how did the lucky survive? I’M ALIVE presents 10 heart-stopping journeys past the edge of human endurance. Ordinary people thrown into epic struggles for survival tell their own stories while drama brings these incredible experiences to life. I’M ALIVE kicks off during BEAR WEEK with two back-to-back bear-themed episodes; the series continues Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT.

STRANGER AMONG BEARS (6X30) **Animal Planet Premiere**
Monday, March 15, 16 and 17 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/9 and 9:30 p.m. PT
For more than 20 years, Charles Vandergaw has been living with wild bears in the Alaskan wilderness. He has developed a unique – but controversial – relationship with the black and grizzly bears that live near his isolated cabin. Now, for the first time, Vandergaw has allowed cameras to capture an entire season on film at what he calls “bear haven.”

AUSTIN STEVENS: GRIZZLY BEAR STAKEOUT (1X60)
Monday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Celebrated wildlife photographer Austin Stevens heads to Western Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest hoping to come face-to-face with a full-grown grizzly. He’s out of his element in this northern terrain but has timed his mission to coincide with the annual salmon run, which lures bears of all sizes out into the open for feeding.

SEASON OF THE SPIRIT BEAR (1X60)
Tuesday, March 16 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Natural history and tribal folklore combine to give a unique insight into the world of Sri Lanka’s most endangered and charismatic mammal – the Sloth Bear.

YELLOWSTONE: THE GRIZZLY BEAR’S STORY (1X60)
Wednesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
As a grizzly bear family emerges from their den at Snake River, the mother finds an abundance of food for her new cubs, but she has to fight to defend her prey against the newly dominant wolves, bald eagles and local coyotes.

POLAR BEARS & GRIZZLIES: BEARS ON TOP OF THE WORLD (1X60)
Thursday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT    
Follow the differing fortunes of a mother polar bear and a mother grizzly bear as they raise their cubs in a changing world; the shrinking Arctic ice is making life harder for polar bears, but it’s offering new opportunities for grizzly’s to the south.

WILD CHANCE: A BEAR’S STORY (1X30)
Thursday, March 18 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Black bears are fast adjusting to the modern world; as suburbs, resorts and towns expand, bears are learning that food doesn’t just come with a pulse – it can be wrapped, baked, grilled or fried.

XTREMELY WILD WITH MARK MILLER: GRIZZLIES (1X30)
Thursday, March 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountain region of Canada are frequently invading recreational campsites; Miller joins park rangers struggling to teach these burly bears a lesson about the dangers they’ll face if they get lost in these more populated areas.

BEARS: SPY IN THE WOODS (1X60) **Animal Planet Premiere**
Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Camouflaged roving cameras bring viewers within a paw’s swipe of the world’s bears, offering the most intimate portrayal of these engaging creatures ever recorded. State-of-the-art techniques help to unravel the lives of the giant panda, the brown bear, its white cousin the polar bear and the lesser-known spectacled bear (with light colouring on its face resembling eyeglasses).

CIRCUMPOLAR BEARS: BEARS WITHOUT BORDERS (1X60)
Friday, March 19 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Travel throughout the northern regions of Canada, Alaska, Finland and Russia to compare the lives of grizzly and polar bears found in the Circumpolar North.

THE BEAR WHISPERER (1X120) **Animal Planet Premiere**
Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Reformed hunter-turned-bear-whisperer Steve Searles of Mammoth Lake, California, handles between 20 and 30 calls a week from panicked residents to extricate black bears when they roam into town.

STAYING SAFE IN BEAR COUNTRY (1X60)
Saturday, March 20 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT
This valuable instructional program uses consensus opinion of leading experts on bear behaviour and its relevance to human safety. Using real bears and re-enactments, this program presents vital information to help you if you are confronted with a bear in the wild.

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

As a musician, Patricia O’Callaghan has a special relationship with the novel Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje – the fictionalized story of a real jazz cornetist in the early 20th Century who ends up going mad. For O’Callaghan, this gorgeously poetic book truly articulates many aspects of the creative experience.

Sunday, March 14 – 7:30pm ET/PT *NEW TIME* on Global

Musicians daryl hall and john oates as well as CANADIAN Will Sasso (madtv) Guest Voice

Cleveland and his friends prepare to enter Stoolbend’s annual boat race as a team. But when Cleveland’s celebrity idol moves to town, he makes it a priority to befriend him. Then, Cleveland is forced to make a difficult decision.

Friday, March 12 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Charlie and Amita get married, but before they head off to London they help Don search for his missing gun, which has been involved in a series of crimes.

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

For those who work on Newfoundland’s remote offshore oil patch, danger was always thought to be in the work itself. But, on the morning of March 12, 2009, the most dangerous place for a group of oil riggers to be was on a helicopter bringing them to work. With little warning, Cougar flight 491 plunged into the frigid Atlantic.  Of the 18 on board, only one man survived. Now, one year to the day after that tragedy, a the fifth estate investigation reveals new details about events leading up to the crash and tells a story of hope and hubris – the hope of ordinary working people trying to make a living, and the hubris of professionals who boasted that they had designed and built the safest helicopter in the world. Cougar 491 airs on Friday, March 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television.

Cougar, which until that day in March 2009 had a stellar safety record, was one of the first helicopter operators in the world to use a new design of helicopters – the Sikorsky S92.  It was billed as state-of-the-art for speed, efficiency and safety.

In Cougar 491, Linden MacIntyre shows that worries about the S92 arose eight months before the Newfoundland crash.  Near Broome, Australia, an S92 was forced to make an emergency landing.  Everyone on board survived, but the Canadian owners of that S92 wanted an independent analysis of the S92 and asked the Transportation Board of Canada to conduct one.  The finding:  two titanium studs, securing the oil filter system, fractured and came loose with a catastrophic loss of the lubricating oil that allows the blades to rotate and keeps the helicopter in the air.

Both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Sikorsky were informed of the TSB findings. For five months, there was no significant action from Sikorsky.  Finally, in January of 2009, Sikorsky issued an alert to operators of S92s, telling them to replace the titanium studs within a year or 1250 flying hours. Just two months after that alert, Cougar flight 491 crashed into the Atlantic.

In addition to revealing new details of events that led to the crash, the fifth estate talks to surviving family members, putting the tragedy into its starkest human terms.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. 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.

Dating.  Dating is a lot of things.  Fun.  Exhilarating.  Exciting.  Breathtaking.

No.

Occasionally, maybe.  But usually it’s miserable.  It’s a freakshow.  A slog.  Punishment for killing children in a past life, perhaps.  It sucks.  Your heart, your hopes, your dreams, all projected onto some hapless wretch on the other side of the table, who’s using the drink menu to pick his teeth.

Dating is best left to the young.  The young and the optimistic, who can ride their optimism through the countless dinners at Italian restaurants required to zero in on a life partner.  Unfortunately, the young ain’t the ones doing it anymore.  Grown men and women, people who waved goodbye to their twenties long ago, are dating.  They’re divorced.  Or they wanted to focus on their careers before they worried about marriage and family.  They’re grown ups, and they’re sitting in Italian restaurants across the land, talking about their childhoods, and their rock climbing, and how they wish they had more time to cook.

Mark Sloan.  Miranda Bailey.  These are not people who ever thought they’d have to have the conversation over pasta.  Bailey married young.  Dating for her was milkshakes in high school.  Movies.  Bowling.  And Mark… well, we know what it was for Mark.  It was a lot of women, over a lot of years, and it was, shall we say, aerobic.  So all this crap about getting to know each other, and figuring out how to get close to a perfect stranger is baffling.  Bailey’s forgotten all the rules.  Mark never knew them in the first place.  It’s a nightmare.

Now, if you have to date, you should date Jason George.  He’s the amazing and terribly hot actor who plays Ben, and the fact is, while I have great sympathy for grown women who have to start dating after years of marriage, it’s not easy to muster up all that much sympathy for Bailey when she’s dating freaking Jason George.  But I try.  And Mark, well, him I really do feel sorry for, because this isn’t his thing.  He’s a ragingly confident man.  But he’s never had to play this game.  He’s never trolled for a wife before, he’s trolled for… you know… but not for the mother of his children.  And yet he goes for it.  He tries.  He’s so earnest.  And so nervous.  And nobody believes him.  Teddy can’t imagine that he’s someone you take seriously.  So nothing makes me happier than seeing him, at the end of the episode, just melt her with talk of an aggressively unromantic lunch date.  He grows.  He wins.  And he deserves to.  Bailey?  She wins too.  Jason George is cooking her dinner.  And kissing her.  That’s the definition of a win win situation.  I guess that’s the moral of the story.  Dating sucks, but if you can survive it, sometimes nice things happen after.

I want to talk about Callie for a minute, and how lovely it is that she’s suddenly the one who has her act together.  She’s the grown up.  She’s not the freak, sleeping in the basement and getting her heart slammed.  She’s the authority.  Mark wants her help.  Bailey wants her advice.  And she’s good at it.  It’s lovely.  For the three seconds before Arizona tells her that they don’t have the same vision of the future.  But until then… it’s so nice.  I’m so happy for her.  She’s suddenly at peace in her own skin.

That’s the problem.  Surgeons are achievers.  Over-achievers.  And they’re used to being successful.  But you can’t win at every game, no matter who you are.  Seeing them wander outside their comfort zones… it’s so very painful.  But the beauty is, they try.  They push.  They attack.  Comfortable or not.  Confident or not.  They push.  And slowly… slowly… they grow.

Read the rest of the entry on the Grey’s writer blog to learn about Chandra Wilson directing the episode and more of the drama between the chief and Derek

Ok, I’ll admit when I’m wrong, and it seems EW will have to as well since they were the ones who initially indicated that characters were leaving the show, but Izzie Stevens wouldn’t been one of them.

Well…now they say we should be ready to say bye to Katherine Heigl, or rather, we already have since the star won’t be filming anymore episodes and her last one already aired.

Here’s what EW has to say:

After six seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is finally nearing a discharge.

EW says series creator Shonda Rhimes has agreed to release the fast-rising movie star from her contract and it’s up to ABC Studios and Heigl’s reps to hash out an exit agreement.

Why is all of this coming down right now? That’s where things get interesting.

After taking more than half of the current season off to make another movie and connect with her adopted daughter, Heigl was scheduled to return to the Grey’s Anatomy set on March 1 to begin work on the five remaining episodes of the season.

Just one problem: March 1 came and went and there was no Heigl.

nother insider, however, “insists that it’s much more complicated than that.”

So she just didn’t go in? This whole thing is bizarre.

The source adds that talks between Heigl and ABC have been going on for months and last week both sides mutually decided that the best solution would be to part ways now.

As a result, Heigl is not expected to return to the Grey’s Anatomy set this season after all, which means her final episode as original character Dr. Izzie Stevens already aired.

 

Thursday, March 11 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Naomi shares a cozy evening with Liam on his boat after returning from vacation. Adrianna and Gia grow closer after attending an AA meeting and Navid and Dixon plot to get rid of Jasper. Also, Debbie confronts Kelly about her feelings for Harry.