April 2010

Saturday, April 3 – 8pm ET/PT *Two-hour Special* on Global

In this two-hour special, 21 young spelling champs from across Canada compete for the national title and the coveted Canwest Canspell Cup in Ottawa. Colour commentary and expert analysis are provided by ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli and two-time Canwest Cup Champion and 2006 Scripps runner-up Finola Hackett. The winner will receive the Canspell Cup, a $15,000 education award and the honour of representing Canada at the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in early June.

Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Leafy sea dragons, axolotls and pygmy sloths are just some of the wild and wacky zoological oddities featured in Season 3 of NICK BAKER’S WEIRD CREATURES. In a unique collaboration with the British Natural History Museum, this landmark series takes viewers to some of the most remote corners of the globe in order to find the ugliest, slimiest and downright bizarre animals that grace the planet. Developed over time, these creatures’ bizarre evolutionary features haven’t done much for their social life but have helped them to survive some of the most inhospitable climates on Earth.

After winning hometown glory, 21 young spelling champs are determined to take home the national title and the coveted Canwest Canspell Cup. The 21 Finalists for the sixth annual Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee Canadian championship are gearing up for an exciting battle of word power in Ottawa.

On March 13, the last finalist earned her place on the national stage by winning the regional spelling bee in Kamloops. In total, 21 regional finals were held from coast-to-coast to arrive at the final group which will meet in Ottawa March 24-29.

The 2010 competitions started at the school level at the beginning of the year as some 250,000 students across the country registered to take part in their school spelling bees; of that number, approximately 1100 spellers advanced to the 21 regional competitions. Now it’s down to the country’s 21 best spellers.

The national competition takes place on Sunday, March 28 beginning at 10:00 am ET and will be webcast live on www.canspell.com. Once again, colour commentary and expert analysis will be provided by Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Rick Campanelli and two-time Canwest Cup Champion and 2006 Scripps runner-up Finola Hackett. A 2-hour special, featuring the highlights of the event will air on Global Television and NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, April 3rd, at 8:00 PM local time (please check listings).

The entire Canwest Canspell Spelling Bee program was made possible this year through the generous support of Canada Post as the presenting partner. Canspell would like to congratulate Canada Post for its dedication to promoting literacy and academic excellence through this program and the others in which it has taken a leadership position.

“Our involvement with Canspell reinforces Canada Post’s continued commitment to supporting literacy and a lifetime of learning,” says Anthony Wilson-Smith, Vice-President of Communications at Canada Post. “We are pleased to partner with Canwest again this year on a program that engages and applauds bright, young scholars from across the country.”

The winner of the Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee will receive the Canspell Cup, a $15,000 education award, courtesy of Egg Farmers of Canada and the honour of representing Canada at the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in early June.

Canwest would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Air Canada as the exclusive Canwest Canspell airline partner. Spellers and their chaperones will travel to Ottawa from all corners of this vast country courtesy of Air Canada.

Saturday, April 3 – 7pm ET/PT on Global

In this new episode, 16X9 examines the growing popularity of basement brawling, where kids gather to fight each other bare-knuckled and without rules. Then, find out about chess boxing – the latest underground craze that gives geeks a fighting chance to beat their muscle bound opponents. Players can win by a knockout or by checkmate. And finally, 16X9 chronicles the growth of the medical marijuana industry in Colorado.

Saturdays at 12pm ET/9am PT beginning April 3

Comedian Sue Perkins and restaurant critic Giles Coren explore the eating habits of the last 500 years. Resplendent in period costume, Sue and Giles eat their way through typical menus representing seven different eras. Bringing history alive with wit and humour, they spend a week experiencing the food and lifestyles of each time, measuring the impact on their waistlines and general wellbeing. Guest chefs serve up the food that shaped a nation, delivering culinary delights such as leaping-frog pie and sheep’s head.

Friday, April 2 at 8:00pm ET/PT (9:00pm MT, 7:00pm CT) on Citytv

Brooke Shields embarks on a journey to discover which side of her divided family she identifies with most. On the one hand there is her mother’s thrifty ”coupon clipping” New Jersey family, and on the other her father’s more illustrious European aristocratic family with rumoured royal connections. In New Jersey, Brooke explores the immigrant neighbourhood where her grandmother Teresa Dollinger grew up and uncovers the truth about Teresa’s painful formative years. Back in New York, Brooke sets out on the trail of her very different paternal ancestry. Her journey takes her to Rome where she discovers that her ancestors were one of the wealthiest and most influential families in 19th Century Italy. But it doesn’t end there – on the trail of yet another illustrious ancestor, Brooke heads to Paris and the very heart of French nobility!

Post by Allan Heinberg on the Grey’s Writer Blog

We were interested in exploring the somewhat counterintuitive idea that by accepting our own – and other people’s – limitations, we actually allow ourselves to experience life as it’s really happening – to appreciate it on its own terms, rather than to constantly measure it against impossible expectations.

In the “limitations” draft, Meredith, crippled by the emotionally abusive parenting she received from Ellis and Thatcher, had serious doubts about her ability to be anyone’s mother.  But by essentially parenting Alex and his brother, Aaron, throughout the episode, Meredith discovered she might not make such a terrible mom after all.

Alex knew he could never bring himself to return to Iowa to become his family’s full-time caretaker again, but he was able to help Aaron in his own limited way.  He did get his brother a free surgery, after all.  And ultimately Alex was surprised to realize that all Aaron really wanted – in fact, the only reason he even came to Seattle – was to reconnect with his brother again.  And that much, Alex could do.

Also in the course of the first draft, Cristina came up against her own limitations trying to communicate with and care for Owen as he continues to suffer from PTSD.

Mark and Teddy found themselves limited by not being able to be with the people they truly loved.  However, by finally admitting to the unspoken truth that they’re both in love with other people, they were actually able to take some comfort in one another.

Lexie, Richard, April, and Derek were forced to come to terms with the limitations of medicine – as well as the emotional limitations dictated by their profession.

And Callie and Arizona finally had to question whether or not their romantic partnership can survive their own — and each other’s — limitations.  Callie wants to have a child.  Arizona doesn’t.

Even on a metaphorical level, Meredith spends the episode parenting Alex.  As does Bailey, for that matter.  Alex spends the episode trying to parent Aaron without completely losing himself in the past and his family’s dysfunction.  And if you extend the metaphor further, Richard parents Lexie through the rigors of having to take her patient off life-support.  Bailey parents Callie on the subject of having children.  Teddy parents Cristina in the O.R. and in her personal life with Owen.  When viewed through the thematic prism of parenthood, I was suddenly seeing examples of it throughout the episode.  Anytime the doctors of Seattle Grace-Mercy West helped each other, taught each other, cared for each other, they were parenting.  They were raising one another.  Which seems appropriate.  Seattle Grace-Mercy West is a teaching hospital, after all.

I couldn’t help but appreciate the irony that an episode about limitations transcended its own theme and organically became an episode about parenthood, a miraculous process by which people transcend their own limitations and discover there’s absolutely no limit to the amount of love it’s possible to feel for another person.

Thursdays at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT beginning April 1

Everyone knows Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is a champion on the ice, but he also gives a gold medal performance in the kitchen! In the new series, What Would Brian Boitano Make? Brian demonstrates his culinary skills and passion for one-of-a-kind entertaining. In every unpredictable episode, Brian hosts get-togethers at his San Francisco home. With a humorous and knowledgeable approach to cooking, Brian puts his unique spin on irresistible dishes like Chicken Paella Burgers, Pear and Almond Crostata, Crab and Avocado Crostini, and Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts.

Thursdays at 11pm ET/8pm PT beginning April 1

Hilarious, informative and deliciously demented, Bitchin’ Kitchen is a brand new cooking show for a new generation of foodies. From ‘One Night Stand Breakfasts’ to ‘Dump ‘em Desserts’, twisted mastermind and chef-comedienne Nadia G offers recipes, lifestyle tips and more madness than you can shake a zucchini at! This program is based on the wildly popular web series.

Thursday, April 1 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

*John Schneider (Smallville), April Parker Jones (Jericho), Greg Vaughan (General Hospital) and Hal Ozsan (Californication) Guest Star*

“Clark Raving Mad”

Naomi immediately butts heads with the Blaze’s new faculty advisor, Mr. Cannon (guest star Hal Ozsan) and is reprimanded in front of her peers. Adrianna is now the lead singer of the Glorious Steinems and confides in Silver and Naomi about her feelings for Gia. Meanwhile, Dixon and his birth mother, Dana (guest star April Parker Jones), continue to bond; Liam catches his stepfather (guest star John Schneider) with another woman; and Debbie’s yoga instructor, Kai (guest star Greg Vaughan), oversteps his boundaries.