March 2010

March 21 from 10am ET to 3pm ET (Encore presentation from 4pm ET to 9pm ET)

Get ready for spring with HGTV’s favourite landscape experts as they transform outdoor spaces in back-to-back episodes of Take it Outside and Dirty Business.

 

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA presented by George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC Television’s The Hour and CBC Radio 2’s The Strombo Show, has already brought the war years alive in three dramatic episodes, conveying the importance of this period in a powerful, human and accessible way by focusing on the propaganda that was used to trigger and fight the conflict.

“The lessons of the Second World War are timeless,” says Mark Starowicz, executive director documentary programming, CBC Television. “We live in an era permeated by hyper-spin; we have seen how propaganda incites hatred and killing today. Through this important series, a new generation will see clearly that although the dictators of that era are dead, the ideas and the forces that spawned them are still very much alive.”

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA, a six-part series co-produced by CBC and Radio-Canada, explores the psychology of war through the lens of propaganda. The Second World War was the first modern war in which all combatants bombarded their citizens with mass media messages through film and broadcast newsreels and posters, radio addresses and songs, speeches and rallies. The era’s wartime leaders understood how propaganda could awaken powerful passions, for good and evil. They employed every emotional weapon available—truth, half-truths and sometimes outright lies, using powerful symbols and persuasive words to sway entire populations.

Episode four, Truth and Total War, airing on Thursday, March 25, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, begins in 1943 when the tide is turning in the Allies’ favour. This chapter tells how “total war” proves a major turning point for all combatants and how the propaganda on all sides has to be adjusted to reflect the new realities.

For the British and Canadians, an attempt to create good news for the Allies by raiding the French seaside town of Dieppe turns into a terrible failure, providing a victory for Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi propaganda machine.

But the Germans have to confront their own failure. Their attack on Stalingrad fails; for the first time in the war an entire German army is forced to surrender, causing Goebbels to torque his message: to save Germany, it is the duty of every German to fight to the death.

Airing on Thursday, April 1, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television is episode five, Hiding the Horrors. With the D-Day invasion in June 1944, the Allies finally establish a beachhead in France, successfully repelling the Nazis but at a huge human cost. To maintain morale, the Allied High Command never focused on the numbers of soldiers and French civilians killed while taking Normandy. According to John Grierson, dubbed Canada’s “propaganda maestro” as the creator and head of the National Film Board, “the wisest propaganda keeps rich men in hope.”

Until now, the Nazis have succeeded in concealing the extent of their campaign to exterminate all European Jews. But as reports of death camps grow more numerous and credible, Germany attempts to silence the stories by inviting the International Committee of the Red Cross to tour a detention camp near Prague. Theresienstadt is made into a “show camp” for the visit; the Red Cross falls for the charade.

In the Far East, Japan and the United States have been at war since December 1941, but so far the U.S. has not invaded Japan. The firebombing of Tokyo in 1944 shocks the Japanese, who have been told by their Emperor that they are invincible. Koyo Ishikawa, a Japanese police photographer, records the horrific scenes in which 100,000 people die. Ishikawa chooses to bury this powerful record rather than hand his photos to authorities.

The sixth and final episode, Changing the Story, airing on Thursday, April 8, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, shows how, by 1945, propaganda machines that had groomed populations for war now have to prepare them for peace. With the end of the war, and the beginning of the Cold War, enemies become partners and allies become foes.

The Allies chase the Nazis from France and close in from all sides on Berlin. The “Free French” retake Paris under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle. Nazi collaborators in France are identified and publicly humiliated. War-crimes trials are held in Nuremburg and Nazi propagandists are condemned by the very images they created. The Allies begin a process of “de-Nazification”, seeking to persuade Germans that what they have believed for years under Hitler is all a lie.

Meanwhile, the war in the Pacific continues. The Second World War is only brought to a final end when the United States drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Emperor Hirohito tells the world that Japan is surrendering for the first time in 2,600 years. The dropping of the bombs is seen through the eyes of a young woman named Kikue Nakamatsu.

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA captures images and stories never seen before on Canadian television. The six-hour series combines sequences shot in HD with a rich array of historical footage. The visual resources are vast; newly available films and archival material (from Russia and Japan, among other sources) reveal stories that were previously inaccessible.

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA speaks from the vantage point of the 21st Century about a time when the world seemed to go mad. Viewers of all ages will draw their own conclusions about what we have learned since then.

Young Canadians can enter a contest by visiting cbc.ca/documentaries/lovehatepropaganda/ for a chance to win some great prizing and join the online discussion on the series on the LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA Facebook page.

Own this remarkable series on DVD. LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA – The Second World War For a New Generation is available July 2010. Order on-line at www.cbcshop.ca

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.

 

Ali Vincent was the first woman to win The Biggest Loser in season 5. She lost 112 pounds and is now a popular spokeswoman for fitness and self-esteem programs across America. Fans are invited to log on to The Biggest Loser show page at Citytv.com to participate in the LIVE chat with Ali during the March 23 episode of The Biggest Loser on Citytv.

On this episode, the contestants return to their hometowns to visit family and friends. But with those happy reunions comes the challenge of continuing to eat right and exercise despite all of the distractions and temptations away from the ranch. After arriving home, the players get a surprise from Host Alison Sweeney which leads to a grueling endurance challenge and some sweet temptations. Later, the weigh-in back at the ranch reveals how they all did at home before another contestant is eliminated and sent home for good.

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT (7pm Ct, 9pm Mt) on Citytv. Plus, catch up on previous episodes and tonnes of Biggest Loser extras like recipes, fitness tips and advice from trainers Bob and Jillian online at Citytv.com

This week EW`s Michael Ausiello revealed that one of the original Grey`s Anatomy characters will reveal a juicy part of their past, and it will relate to growing up in foster care. We don`t know whether he`s talking strictly about the interns or if the complete cast of characters is included here. Choices are limited, since of course we have a pretty good understanding of many of the characters`backgrounds. Meredith and Cristina both had parents raise them regardless of how stable their home lives were. Izzie grew up in a trailer park, and though something else might have gone on in between; her character`s not set to return so unless it`s related toher write-off from the show it can`t be her. If it`s an original intern, that really only leaves Alex and the chances are pretty good that it`s him as far as I`m concerned.

What do you think? Which one of the interns grew up in foster care? Or do you think that it’s one of the attendings?

Saturday, March 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel

Considered a most unique haven – an emporium of goods for both kings and gods – the land of Punt has an air of fantasy, like that of an Eldorado or Atlantis. To the ancient Egyptians, the land of Punt – with its reed, beehive shaped houses raised on stilts above water – was one of the most exotic and mysterious places to visit. In search of myrrh, the most famous ancient Egyptian expedition to Punt was conducted during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. A report of that voyage survives on a relief in Hatshepsut’s funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri.

Saturday, March 20 – 7pm ET/PT on Global

16×9 examines the cyber seduction of a 16-year-old Barrie boy by his 42-year-old internet girlfriend. In a case of cross-border romance that is making international headlines, 16X9 reveals why police believe this Texas mom is a predator.

Friday, March 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

Hannah Jones has spent most of her 13 years in hospitals. At age four, she was diagnosed with leukemia, but the chemotherapy that saved her life also damaged her heart. Hannah’s heart is failing and her only chance to keep on living rests with a risky heart transplant. Now, though barely into adolescence, it is Hannah who must decide what to do.

In Hannah’s Heart, the fifth estate’s Bob McKeown presents this moving story, prepared by the BBC, about the British girl whose heart is weak but whose spirit is strong. Hannah tells her family that she’s had enough of hospitals and doctors and refuses the operation even though the medical prognosis is clear: Hannah is dying. Her parents, Kirsty and Andrew, bravely support their daughter’s right to choose, even though it leaves them with their own kind of heartbreak, and then, makes them objects of public criticism when Hannah’s decision comes to dominate newspaper headlines in the U.K.

The public debate centres on the ethics of allowing a 13-year-old to make a life-or-death decision or whether authorities should intervene and force her to have the transplant. As that debate rages, the documentary cameras follow Hannah and her parents through their intimate, difficult journey to a final decision. As they move through their normal family routines, they are always aware that every day with Hannah could be their last one. 

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.

Last night, CBC Television’s DRAGONS’ DEN came to a rolling boil with almost two million (1.956 million) viewers tuning in to watch The Road to Riches special season finale. Canadians from across the country watched the Dragons’ emotional journeys to self-made success. The compelling finale won its time slot among both 2+ and 25-54 viewers with a reach of almost 4.1 million watching some or all of the show, and almost two million among 25-54. The episode peaked at 2.565 million viewers. DRAGONS’ DEN finishes with a season average of 1.75 million per episode, reaching over one in three Canadians with a cumulative reach of almost 14 million viewers.*

“Canadians continue to be fascinated by DRAGONS’ DEN and want to know more about our Dragons,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television. “DRAGONS’ DEN wrapped the season on a high note and we’re excited to have the Dragons back for more fierce action from the Den this fall.”

Already stoking the fire for a new season, DRAGONS’ DEN is currently on a cross-Canada audition tour, searching for Canadians with creative ideas and money-making savvy to appear in front of the Dragons. Audition information and scheduling details are available at http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden.

DRAGONS’ DEN is hosted by Dianne Buckner and features Dragons Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving and W. Brett Wilson. DRAGONS’ DEN is one of the top-rated Canadian-produced reality television shows in the country.

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.

So, it’s no secret that Katherine Heigl has had it with Grey’s Anatomy and this week E! Online gave us some more info on where the drama stands.

According to E! Online, Katherine has been asking to leave the medical drama for close to three years, and she finally got what she wanted last week when Grey’s Anatomy creator / executive producer Shonda Rhimes and ABC agreed to let her out of her contract.

According to one of Heigl’s coworkers on the Grey’s Anatomy set, things got “pretty miserable” for all parties involved and “they [the producers] decided to let her leave.”

The show’s ABC rep has no comment, and Heigl just parted ways with her personal publicist, but it looks increasingly likely that Katherine will not return at all to the set.

Unlike T.R. Knight, whose George O’Malley ended up getting a heroic, and tragic sendoff during the Season 5 finale, the writing staff is unsure how to handle Heigi’s exit.

So was she a no-show? If so, why? A source in Heigl’s camp says she wasn’t given a call time to return to Grey’s Anatomy after her family leave ended earlier this month.

According to this source, Heigl’s “calls weren’t returned” when she phoned in asking when to report back. A statement may be made regarding this matter later this week.

Basically, it looks like there’s no love lost, or communication between parties in this contentious TV divorce. Was Shonda so bitter at Katherine that she didn’t even call her?

Thursday, March 17 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*Kelly Lynch (The L Word) Guest Stars*

Naomi enlists Ivy’s help with Liam, but things get physical when she discovers Ivy’s ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Jasper blackmails Annie with photographic proof of her hit-and-run; Adrianna and Gia’s friendship continues to develop; and Silver and Teddy toy with the idea of trying to make a relationship work. Then, Ryan meets free-spirited Laurel (guest star Kelly Lynch) at a bar and tries to get to know her better… in her car.