March 2010

Monday, March 29 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

President Taylor’s vision of global peace has been foiled over the last 13 hellish hours, and the situation worsens when the imminent threat of mass destruction clarifies. As her idealistic nature becomes a point of contention, she tasks Jack Bauer with a crucial mission.

Mondays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning March 29

Hosted by Tony Robinson, this new Canadian original series travels back through 200,000 years of human history to find out what happened to our ancestors when violent climate change turned their world upside down. Vicious and sudden changes to the climate killed millions; but benign climate conditions have enabled humans to multiply and develop at an extraordinary pace. Using CGI effects and stunning imagery, this series visualizes the world’s changing landscape over tens of thousands of years.

Mondays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning March 29

Ever wonder what the biggest food stars and chefs eat in their free time – when they’re paying? Find out on The Best Thing I Ever Ate! It’s the ultimate guide to the most amazing meals and treats as told by the pros that spend their lives obsessing over food. From a barbecue sandwich worth driving more than 1500 miles for, to canolli so good it could completely heal a bad breakup. Don’t miss this series featuring some favourite Food Network stars, offering a taste of the things to try before you die.

Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT beginning March 29

For years, many scientists have warned that humans are increasingly harming the planet through industrialized farming, gigantic dams, pollution, and greenhouse gases. In follow-up to the top-rated one-off, Aftermath: the World Without Humans, this four-part Canadian original series takes a deeper look at various possible global catastrophic changes.

Ok, so last week Entertainment Weekly revealed that one of the popular shows aired on CTV in Canada would have a key character reveal a shocking pregnancy during the season finale.

Well, it looks like Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy could be the two contenders. And, while I don’t know that I believe there will be an actual pregnancy but perhaps pregnancy talks, I think it could be Grey’s. The previews for this episode’s show has Meredith talking to Alex saying “he wants me to have a baby” and going on to explain that she had a bad mom so she’d be a bad mom.

Well, the timing would be a little suspect considering earlier this season they could have easily written Ellen Pompeo’s own pregnancy into the show. But at that stage the show’s creator claimed that it’s just not something Meredith would want. Maybe they were just trying to throw us off the scent and there will be a McDreamy baby?!

Reel Injun, airing Sunday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network, is Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s entertaining and insightful look at how Hollywood has portrayed North American Natives through a century of film.

Reel Injun traces the evolution of the cinema’s depiction of Native people from the first flickering images of the “Injun” in silent films to today’s big-screen portrayals. Along the way, Diamond travels to such iconic film locales as Monument Valley, the setting for countless Hollywood Westerns, and the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Crazy Horse (rumoured to be Hollywood’s inspiration for the mystical warrior stereotype) and whose descendants now live in poverty on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Diamond discovers that the future of Native cinema seems to reside in the unlikeliest of places – Canada’s North.

A star-studded list of interviews is headlined by Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, Unforgiven). From his studio in Los Angeles, Eastwood talks about the image of Indians in Westerns and what the Cowboy-and-Indian myth means to Americans. Other interviewees include Canadian Robbie Robertson, a half-Jewish/half-Mohawk musician (The Band) and soundtrack composer (Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs of New York), Cherokee actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo), filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man) and Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) and acclaimed Native actors Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart) and Adam Beach (Smoke Signals, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers). Diamond also travels north to the remote Nunavut town of Igloolik (population: 1,500) to interview Zacharias Kunuk, director of the Cannes film fest award-winner The Fast Runner.

Also weighing in on how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives are Native American activists John Trudell, Russell Means and Sacheen Littlefeather and CBC film critic Jesse Wente.

Reel Injun is directed by Neil Diamond and produced by Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge & Linda Ludwick (Rezolution Pictures, Montreal) with the National Film Board of Canada and in association with CBC News Network.

Sunday, March 28 at 9:00pm ET/CT/PT (7:00pm MT) on Citytv

In a Masonic Temple, Victor Bernard (Kevin Dennis) drops dead during his initiation ceremony. Witnessing the suspicious death are fellow Masons Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) and Crabtree (Jonny Harris). They have to pull rank to convince their fellow members to allow Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a catholic, and Ogden (Hélène Joy), a woman, into the temple to conduct their investigation of a closed and secretive membership which includes many of the city’s movers and shakers. As the investigation proceeds, Ogden discovers that Victor Bernard harboured a stunning secret that may have been led to his murder. Murdoch ultimately discovers the identity of the killer and the tragic irony that led to Bernard’s death.

Sunday, March 28 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

In their next challenge, the celebrities are asked to create a four-page advertorial for a new product, but the men are hindered by a technologically incompetent teammate.

Sunday, March 28 – 8:30pm ET/PT *New Time* on Global

*Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men) and James Woods (Shark) Guest Voice*

When Lois reads Brian’s pilot script, she insists that he meet with network executives. The execs respond positively, and the initial casting session goes well with Elijah Wood (guest-voicing as himself) auditioning for the lead role. But Brian is torn when the suits insist that he hire James Woods (guest-voicing as himself) and change the entire concept. Meanwhile, Chris and Meg seriously injure Stewie and try to cover it up.

Sunday, March 28 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

*Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat) Guest Voices*

Flanders invites the Simpson family on his church retreat to Jerusalem with the hope of redeeming Homer. Unappreciative of the history and culture, Homer would rather hang out at the hotel’s breakfast buffet. But when an eccentric tour guide (guest voice Sasha Baron Cohen) takes the group to famous monuments, including the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall, Homer finally proves he is not beyond salvation.