September 2010

Andy’s father, Tommy, has confessed that he may have committed a serious crime during one of his alcohol-induced blackouts. As she and Swarek try to piece together what happened, Andy is faced with the possibility of sending her father to prison.

Thursday, September 2 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

CBC News is rolling out an extensive series of reports and insights from across Canada to help parents as they prepare to send their children back to class.

BACK TO SCHOOL STUDY GUIDE ( is a week-long series of stories beginning Monday, Sept. 6 on all CBC News platforms—The National, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, and local news programs across the country.

This can be one of the most daunting, stressful times of the entire year for parents. But CBC News has the answers they need. From putting together a healthy lunch to finding eco-friendly school supplies to understanding curriculum changes to the latest digital learning aids, this series of stories gives parents everything they need to know to get through the sometimes confusing, sometimes exhausting process of getting their kids ready to go back to school.




THE NATIONAL – 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV, 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network

Ian Hanomansing presents the “lunch box breakdown.” On Monday, Sept. 6, he’ll examine the pressures faced by parents as they try to pack nutritious lunches that kids will want to eat. Then Tuesday, Sept. 7, the focus shifts to food forensics when The National reveals the truth about what’s really inside many pre-packaged lunch foods. Plus, Reg Sherren sits down for lunch at an Alberta school that is making healthy food popular with students.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, CBC News investigates why new technology in schools is ringing some alarm bells. WiFi Internet service is now transmitted within many Canadian schools. But with its arrival, many kids have complained about health issues and headaches. So have WiFi waves been tested for their safety? Ioanna Roumeliotis investigates this invisible concern. 

And touted as the greenest school in Canada, Windsor is set to open a new $17-million elementary school—Dr. David Suzuki Public School—where everyone’s trying to get into the green.



As children head back to school, parents have lots of questions. Watch CBC News Network daily for the answers.

CBC News’ Colleen Jones will have a look at how fashion this year takes back-to-school back to the styles of the ’70s.  Plus, look for live reports as kids in much of the country say good-bye to summer and hello to their teachers.

The 2010 Film and Television Charity Challenge continues to showcase the creativity and generosity of those working in the industry with the latest contributions coming from two new productions.

Returning YTV series How to Be Indie took the idea of creative fundraising seriously, holding a bake sale on its Toronto set. Led by cast member Sarena Parmar, cast and crew members participated by contributing sale items or buying each other’s goods. The event raised over $500 for the Fund and was an enjoyable break in the day, proving that taking part in the Charity Challenge can be fun and easy.

Winnipeg’s Men with Brooms, a comedy series set to debut this fall on CBC, raised $2,150 for the Challenge before the first episode has even aired! Cast member Joel Keller and Production Manager Dave Mahoney led cast and crew in showing their support of the Fund, resulting in a collection of over $1,000 to help industry members in need. Producer Ari Lantos agreed to match what was raised through individual donations.

Whether it’s by holding a bake sale or collecting individual donations, every production can find a way to participate in the Challenge. Past events have ranged from donating proceeds of a prop and costume auction to throwing a barbeque for 400 people, complete with silent auction, pony rides and live fiddlers. Some of the more popular ideas have been to hold a 50/50 draw on set with half the proceeds going to the Actors’ Fund, encouraging cast and crew to sign up for the Reel Friends payroll donation plan or raising money at the wrap party. Productions who want to do something splashier could plan a community event in keeping with the theme of the show. For more ideas and updates on the challenge please visit

The Actors’ Fund of Canada is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. The Actors’ Fund is not just for actors: performers and those who work behind the scenes in film and television, theatre, music and dance can apply for emergency financial aid from the Fund, which recently set a new record for the amount of financial aid delivered to industry members in a single year, topping $600,000 in 2009. The Fund has helped over 10,000 entertainment industry workers recover from illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship since it was founded in 1958. The Actors’ Fund of Canada is a registered charity. It receives no government funding and is wholly sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations.

(From a press release)

Have you ever wanted to travel through time like Marty McFly in Back to the Future? Use an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter in The Prisoner of Azkaban? Or fight with Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars?

Exploring the world of the seemingly impossible, Discovery Science’s new 12-part series, SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU premieres Tuesday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Time travel, invisibility, teleportation, force fields, parallel universes and other wild concepts are some of science fiction’s most popular ideas.

And though none of these have become reality, world-renowned physicist and co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, explains that what is impossible today could become matter-of-fact tomorrow. 

Based on Dr. Kaku’s New York Times best-selling book Physics of the Impossible, SCI-FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU combines his knowledge of theoretical physics with his ability to turn high-level science into viable, intelligible blueprints for light sabers, starships, time travel and more. In each episode, Dr. Kaku illustrates how each fantastic invention would work and could be built. As he designs each blueprint, Dr. Kaku consults with the world’s most authoritative scientists to ascertain whether or not the technologies are possible and when we might be able to manufacture each of them.

“Science fiction helped inspire me to become a theoretical physicist. It was a thrill of a lifetime to bring together the world’s top scientists, dazzling special effects and the fans to produce, for the first time, the most authoritative and exciting analysis of our future,” said Dr. Michio Kaku.

SCI-FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU uses everyday analogies such as poker games, roller coasters and shopping malls, as well as eye-catching computer graphics to break down complex scientific theories and demonstrate how each technology would be constructed. Dr. Kaku tackles how mankind can deal with real-life situations from the world of science fiction and explores how these technologies can feasibly (or plausibly) become parts of human life.


Episode highlights from SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU include:


SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU – “How to Build a Light Saber”

Tuesday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Dr. Michio Kaku uses cutting-edge science and existing technology to show how we could build the most popular movie weapon ever. He examines the awesome power of the laser and shows how to harness the power of lightning. A visit to Harvard University’s Dr. Ron Walsworth shows that stopping light isn’t quite the hurdle you might think. At MIT Professor Brian Wardle explains how nanotechnology might one day be used to generate enough energy to power up a light saber.



Tuesday, September 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Could a real life death star ever actually be built? Dr. Michio Kaku thinks so. Fellow astrophysics professor Stephen Thorsett reveals that out in deep space a devastating gamma ray burster is pointing right at planet Earth. Dr. Kaku believes that an advanced civilization might be able to manipulate these bursters and beam destruction onto whatever planet they liked. He visits the world’s biggest laser at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, and sees how fusion power might one day provide enough energy to power a laser that could destroy a planet, just like the death star in Star Wars.


SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU – “How to Build a Sci Fi Robot”

Tuesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Sci-fi is full of intelligent robots but so far humankind has built nothing like the amazing machines we see in the movies. Now Dr. Michio Kaku reveals how artificial intelligence will become reality. He meets STAIR, Stanford University’s pattern recognition robot and sets some tasks for LAGR, a robot that New York University’s Professor Yan LeCun has designed with the ability to learn. But the key to artificial intelligence lies in quantum computing and Dr. Kaku travels to MIT to meet Professor Seth Lloyd and find out how atomic computers will change the world.

This week marks the launch of HGTV’s hotly-anticipated Fall schedule and eye-catching advertising campaign. This season HGTV is highlighting two entertaining series – the exciting brand-new U.S. acquisition Selling New York and Canadian viewer-favourite Income Property – with clever creative executions that promote the breadth of home related content available on HGTV.

Selling New York will seduce viewers with tales of New York City’s extravagant residential properties and the colourful characters who buy and sell them. It’s a rare glimpse into the lives and homes of the rich and famous – all of which stands out in the print, radio spots and on-air creative.  

On-air promos offer a look through a key hole into a glamorous home providing viewers with a sneak peek into the exclusive high-end world of Manhattan real estate and will air across Canwest specialty channels and Global including a roadblock on day of launch.

Print creative takes a different yet equally glamourous approach, showcasing a dazzling New York City skyline at night with full-page colour ads running in national and regional newspapers and with subway platform posters in select Toronto stations.

The series will be promoted online across all Canwest websites and on high traffic sites including:, and Radio spots will be heard across female skewing radio stations across Toronto and surrounding markets.

To drive awareness of the smash-hit series Income Property, the creative takes a fresh and humorous approach by featuring a stack of money with host Scott McGillivray on the face of the bills that playfully reinforces the premise of the show – how one can turn their home into an income generating property. The campaign consists of subway platform posters in Toronto, radio spots on male-skewing radio stations and on-air promos airing on Canwest Specialty channels and Global leading up to the premiere.

“This Fall we played up the entertaining and informative nature of HGTV. The creative for Selling New York emphasizes the glitz and glamour of high-end New York City real estate while campaign elements for Income Property position host and expert Scott McGillivray as someone who’ll help viewers make money,” said Solange Bernard, Director of Marketing, Lifestyle Channels, Canwest Broadcasting. “We’re sure HGTV’s alluring and amusing Fall advertising campaign promoting two very different but equally widely appealing series will resonate with audiences and drive viewership.”

The four-week multi-platform campaign targeting Adults 25-54 in Toronto, Kitchener, London, Ottawa and Vancouver also includes promotion of Selling New York and Income Property at Fall home shows in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

Dr. Oz finds himself in the unfamiliar role of patient when THE DR. OZ SHOW returns for its second season on Tuesday, September 7 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

As part of the second season premiere, the EMMY® AWARD-winning host, who turned 50 in June, undergoes a colonoscopy to emphasize the critical role they can play in detecting and preventing colon cancer.

But there are some surprising results: Dr. Jon LaPook, gastroenterologist and chief medical correspondent for CBS News, administers the screening and reveals some news that will have a profound impact on Dr. Oz’s life, family and viewers.

THE DR. OZ SHOW airs Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET on CTV. New episodes of THE DR. OZ SHOW are available on demand the day following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at THE DR. OZ SHOW also airs Monday – Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Star!.

Last season, THE DR. OZ SHOW averaged 644,000 viewers on CTV and became the #2 talk show in the country behind THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW with total viewers and A25-54 and A18-49. Additionally, Dr. Oz won an Emmy® for outstanding informative talk show host at the 2010 Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards, while THE DR. OZ SHOW was nominated for Best Informative Talk Show. 

Additional episodes airing during premiere week feature three major themes which will recur throughout the new season – “5 to Know,” “Just 10 Pounds” and “The Pulse.” Each of these three segments will teach viewers about the five most important numbers that can save lives: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, weight and waist size. 

Wednesday, September 8 at 5 p.m. ET – Dr. Oz facilitates a conversation on breast cancer and examines the discussion surrounding ductile carcinoma in situ or DCIS.  Esteemed breast cancer specialists Dr. Laura Esserman, Director of UCSF Breast Center and Dr. Ruth Oratz, a breast cancer surgeon and advisor to Susan G. Komen for The Cure will discuss the difference of opinions, risks and options for women diagnosed with DCIS.

Thursday, September 9 at 5 p.m. ET – THE DR. OZ SHOW travels across America, from Embarrass, Minnesota to Peculiar, Missouri, and from Truthville, New York to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to reveal America’s most embarrassing questions. Some residents are in studio to ask Dr. Oz their blush-worthy queries in person. This show also provides a back pain clinic for the number one cause of missed work in America – low back pain. 

Friday, September 10 at 5 p.m. ET – THE DR. OZ SHOW debuts a brand new feature segment for 2010 – “The Pulse” – which rounds up top medical experts for a spirited discussion of the hottest health headlines. Friday’s episode features the most interesting stories of Summer 2010, such as the danger of cosmetic contact lenses. “The Pulse” will re-appear throughout the season at various intervals and when major health stories happen. 

Monday September 13 at 5 p.m. ET – THE DR. OZ SHOW marks the debut of “Just 10 Pounds”. Just 10 pounds are all you need to make a huge difference in reducing your risk factors for stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. Dr. Oz shows his audience the consequences of the extra weight with a fatty liver, smaller brain, fatty heart, fatty omentum and deteriorated knee cap pulled from a cadaver. A team of experts consisting of Dr. Mike Roizen, interventionist Brad Lamm, trainer Gunnar Peterson, and nutritionist Dr. Ro will be on hand to discuss specific techniques to lose the weight and how to stay motivated. 

Wednesday, September 1 – 10pm ET/PT *Series Premiere* on Global

In the series premiere, Ben Sullivan (Callum Keith Rennie), a smart, tough homicide detective who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder, unwittingly drags his new partner, Amy Lynch (Camille Sullivan), into a clouded murder investigation.

10 p.m. ET – Wednesday, September 1 on Space

In the Season 1 finale, Arthur is seriously injured by a mystical monster known as a Questing Beast. Merlin travels to the Isle of the Blessed to retrieve a cure, but the potion comes with a price: in order for Arthur to live, another must die.

10 p.m. ET – Wednesday, September 1 on Space

In the Season 1 finale, Arthur is seriously injured by a mystical monster known as a Questing Beast. Merlin travels to the Isle of the Blessed to retrieve a cure, but the potion comes with a price: in order for Arthur to live, another must die.

9 p.m. ET – Wednesday, September 1 on Space

Uther has Gwen’s father imprisoned for treason and sorcery, which leads Morgana to seek revenge against the sovereign by joining a plot to kill him. Merlin, meanwhile, must choose whether to stop the assassination attempt or allow it to proceed.