March 2010

Thursday, March 25 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30pm CT, 9:30pm MT) on Citytv

Preparing the Summer Events Catalog, Leslie (Amy Poehler) decides to take Ron (Nick Offerman) and the past directors of the Parks Department out for a picnic lunch. Tom (Aziz Ansari) enlists the help of Ann (Rashida Jones) and Mark (Paul Schneider) to pose for the cover photo.

Thursday, March 25 at 8:00pm at ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) on Citytv

Pierce (Chevy Chase) is willing to do and wear whatever it takes to reach a new level of ascension in his Buddhist church. Meanwhile, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) secretly tries to shake her reputation as a “buzzkill,” resulting in a prank gone horribly wrong. Britta’s misguided attempt at levity forces new campus security officers Annie (Alison Brie) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) to investigate the crime.

Canwest Broadcasting announces the pick-up of Haven, E1 Entertainment’s much-anticipated drama series, co-commissioned with Syfy. Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters, ER), Lucas Bryant (Queer as Folk, Dollhouse), and Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under) have been cast in the series, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from legendary author Stephen King.  The one hour, 13-episode series is set to premiere this summer on Showcase.

Haven centers on the small town of Haven, Maine, where FBI agent Audrey (Emily Rose) discovers that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural afflictions. As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven – including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place. 

“The drama and suspense of Haven is sure to resonate with our audiences,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.  “With intriguing supernatural storylines and fascinating characters played by such a talented cast, we can’t wait to get this into production.”

Production on Haven is scheduled to begin this Spring 2010.

This Spring on Showcase viewers can indulge in a lineup of powerhouse network premieres, exclusive series and highly-anticipated returns. The schedule kicks off on March 29, with a gang of juvenile delinquents in the Showcase exclusive British series Misfits, followed by an unlawful society in British drama Survivors. For the first time ever the Showtime smash-hit series Californication makes its way onto off-pay television and lands on Showcase. Finally, viewers can hang-up their inhibitions for the tantalizing second season of Showtime series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

The first season of the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning series, Californication comes to Showcase. The acclaimed dramatic comedy stars David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a novelist who struggles to help raise his 13-year-old daughter, while pining for his ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone), all while trying to re-launch his writing career in LA. His obsession with honesty, self-destructive behaviour and women are taking Hank on a rollercoaster ride he can’t seem to get off. Californication airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 13.
Everyone’s favourite call girl returns to Showcase with a second season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Belle’s (Billie Piper) life is further complicated by a bubbly but clingy young call-girl-in-training named Bambi (Ashley Madekwe) who she takes under her wing. While her best friend Ben (Iddo Goldberg), the only person who knows about her secret life, settles into domestic bliss, Belle throws herself into her work. When she meets Alex (Callum Blue), a handsome doctor who she mistakes for a client in a hotel bar, Belle becomes conflicted with the most difficult question of all – can she keep having sex for money while falling in love? Secret Diary of a Call Girl airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 14.
The BBC breakout hit series Misfits adds further drama to the new schedule. Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha and Simon have each committed a crime. Needless to say, when they find themselves working together on community service, it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly. When a freak electrical storm hits the town, strange things begin to happen to them, way beyond their control. They have no idea they’ve turned into superheroes, each with a power that reveals their deepest, darkest insecurities. Misfits airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 29.

Also from BBC comes the first season of science fiction drama Survivors that portrays the world stripped of all the conveniences of a modern society – no law, no shops, no communications, no transport, no electricity and no clean water. This is the apocalyptic scenario facing the heroes at the centre of this chilling drama series. Set in the present day, Survivors focuses on the world in the aftermath of a deadly virus as the lonely few who remain struggle to start over in a devastated world. Survivors airs Wednesdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 29.
Full episodes of Californication, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Misfits and Survivors will also be available exclusively on Showcase.ca the day after broadcast.

The World’s Honeybees Are In Crisis and Are Vanishing at an Alarming Rate. Animal Planet’s THE LAST BEE KEEPER Ponders this Mystery and the Impending Impact of Bee Extinction, April 22.
 
THE LAST BEE KEEPER is a thoughtful meditation on the devastating effects of economic and ecological change as an unexplained illness threatens the world’s bee population
In 1950, there were 500,000 beekeepers in the U.S. –today there are less than 1,600. With beekeepers earning most of their income pollinating crops, many travel to California’s enormous annual almond pollination (an event so large it requires nearly all the bees in the U.S.) to make their living. However, in 2007 just before the almond pollination, 20 billion bees mysteriously disappeared; many beekeepers went bankrupt.

Animal Planet’s THE LAST BEE KEEPER is the story of three who survived. Premiering Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, this heartwarming 90-minute special follows the lives of three commercial beekeepers (from South Carolina, Montana, and Washington) over the course of one year as they struggle with a growing phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Threatening crops, the world food supply and the livelihoods of beekeepers, this mysterious occurrence brings into focus a global problem, asking with a sense of urgency, “what is the fate of our planet if the fate of our bees is in jeopardy?”

Animal Planet’s THE LAST BEE KEEPER examines the world honeybee crisis caused by the devastating effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, April 22.

Bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain – responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat – and they are disappearing without a trace. With some beekeepers reporting an unexplained 60 – 90% decrease in their hive population, entomologists are working to solve this environmental mystery of what caused this shocking trend and how it can be stopped. At first, though many failed to see Colony Collapse Disorder as more than a tough break for the honey industry, the severity of the situation is beginning to sound alarms – bees play a vital role in pollinating many crops, and without them the growth of many staples could come to a standstill.
 
Animal Planet’s THE LAST BEE KEEPER explores the consequences of Colony Collapse Disorder by following the beekeepers’ emotional journey as they prepare for the annual almond pollination season – which requires them to load their hives on flatbed trucks and drive thousands of kilometres cross-country to California. Watch as they struggle to keep their hives healthy and ponder the possible impact of bee extinction on the agricultural industry. Beekeeping is not just a career for these people; it’s their life and passion, a feeling made poignantly clear as each beekeeper fights back tears as they discover their hives are disappearing.
 
The cause of Colony Collapse Disorder remains unknown and if honeybees continue to decline at the same rate, they will cease to exist in the U.S. by 2035.

Visit www.animalplanet.ca for more buzz on bees and weigh in about this alarming new trend with other Animal Planet viewers.

Over the past little while, everyone related to the show on Katherine Heigl and her departure from Grey’s Anatomy before this season even ends, and this week it was her turn to speak to Entertainment weekly.

Heigl claims that her decision to leave has nothing to do with her move to film, but her desire to stay home with her recently adopted daughter more often. This sounds like a reasonable explanation, though considering the history she’s had with the show and her obvious desire to become a much bigger star, it’s hard to say if it’s the truth or just what she thinks will go over better with the public.

“I am done,” the Emmy winner said. “We just finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on.”

“It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”

Well, the 31-year-old is nothing if not candid. She reveals that it was family issues, not her burgeoning film career, that prompted her to approach series creator Shonda Rhimes.

“I started a family and it changed everything,” says Heigl, who took a three-month leave from Grey’s this season to bond with her newly-adopted daughter, Naleigh, and is now free of her contract 18 months early. “It changed my desire to work full-time.”

Although she was scheduled to appear in this season’s final five episodes, that is no longer happening. As a result, the January 21 episode was her final one as Dr. Izzie Stevens.

“I know I’m disappointing the fans,” she says. “I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.” Was it? You tell us by leaving comments and voting in our poll below:

Wednesday, March 24 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*Billy Campbell (The 4400) Guest Stars*

Ella is a little overwhelmed by Jonah’s constant attention and decides couplehood might not be for her. Lauren succumbs to Dr. Mancini’s threats and David decides to buy Coal, but the price turns out to be a little higher than he thought. Meanwhile, Drew moonlights in a band and Amanda catches Ben (guest star Billy Campbell) and Riley in a compromising position.

It almost sounds too good to be true. Half-acre building lots for only $1. The catch? All the homes must be built from scratch and residents must live “off-the-grid” – no electricity and no town services. That’s the innovative and eco-friendly solution a small prairie town devises to revive itself and stave off its economic demise. Eco-Home Adventures, airing Wednesday, March 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network, spends a dramatic year following the efforts of the pioneering new residents who accepted the challenge and set out to build an eco-community and survive the Saskatchewan winter.

The founders of the new eco-friendly suburban dream are a diverse lot. They include an ex-military man, his wife and four kids, self-described “eco-hippies” escaping the urban madness of Toronto, and a couple trying to keep their sons healthy and safe. The group begins the adventure with high hopes and lofty ambitions – only to encounter the inevitable harsh reality. Mistakes are made – no surprise when you’ve never built a house before – early structures are destroyed; plots are abandoned and reclaimed; tensions with long-time residents escalate; and everyday maladies like marital strife, a custody battle and escalating costs complicate life.

Eco-Home Adventures, narrated by Canadian actor and Saskatchewan native Eric Peterson, sets out to discover whether a group of strangers can build a green utopia of odd-shaped, straw-bale homes in the middle of the prairie. Or will the environment – not to mention personality conflicts – derail the ambitious high-stakes experiment?

Eco-Home Adventures is directed by Leif Kaldor and produced by Leslea Mair (Zoot Pictures, Regina) in association with CBC News Network.

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30pm CT, 10:30pm MT) on Citytv

Sara (guest star Sheryl Crow) a confident wine rep sets her sights on Grayson (Josh Hopkins); but is he strong enough to be her man? Meanwhile, when Ellie (Christa Miller) tells Jules (Courteney Cox) she can’t change past a certain age, Jules is determined to prove her wrong by giving up wine…for a month; and Bobby’s (Brian Van Holt) new dog poses some unwanted competition for Andy (Ian Gomez).

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT, 10:00pm MT) on Citytv

Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) each take on one of the kids’ school projects; Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) bond during a night out.