November 2010

OMNI Television is pleased to present the world broadcast premiere of the Canadian documentary TO in 2 4 to English language audiences on December 5th at 9pm ET on OMNI. 2 in Ontario, 11pm MT on OMNI Alberta and 9:30pm PT on OMNI B.C.  

For 24 straight hours, 24 cinematographers dispersed across the cultural city of Toronto, each with a single assignment, to capture the heart, soul and everyday miracles discovered within the city. With unprecedented access to the city’s most secretive locations and traditions, the assignment was a success! View the Skydome at night, open and filled with fans from a birds eye view, the Toronto skyline from a boat in the middle of lake Ontario and a Buddhist monk in the middle of prayer.

“TO in 2 4 provides an honest picture of Toronto, capturing its beauty, vibrancy and variety of culture and tradition,” commented Madeline Ziniak, National Vice President, OMNI Television. “The diverse ethnicity reflected in this doc demonstrates what makes Toronto such a unique and exciting world class city.

Shot in over 300 locations across Toronto TO in 2 4 interweaves an epic story through a unique visual style. Shot in 4k resolution, the stunning cinematography and musical soundscape touches the complexity of humankind. This documentary transcends the preconceptions of Toronto and speaks in a language that has no enemies.   

Join OMNI Television and experience Toronto like you’ve never seen it before!

The two families that will compete on the second season of My RONA Home in the challenge of a lifetime – to design, build and win their very own home were revealed last week on Breakfast Television in Calgary and Edmonton.

The Ausmus and Maley families will race against-the-clock in construction, design and decorating challenges when My RONA Home returns for a second season Spring 2011 on Citytv. 

The search launched on September 25 and Calgary based Ausmus and Maley families were selected from hundreds of applicants from across Canada.

Robyn and Jordan Ausmus recently returned to Calgary from California where Jordan studied to be a chiropractor. Student debt has left them living with grandma and they long to move into a house of their own with their two young children where they can entertain family and friends.

Raegan and Jesse Maley have their hands full with four children under the age of eight. Originally from Ontario, the Maleys moved to Calgary to pursue opportunities out west. Discouraged by the hurdle of down payments, the couple has struggled to get their first foot on the property ladder. 

Elissa Lansdell returns as host for the second season of My RONA Home, where these two families will be teamed up with a designer and a contractor to tackle everything from dry walling to decorating, moving room by room and turning a house into a home. The pressure intensifies with each fresh DIY challenge as Elissa’s couples have no more than 30 hours to get the job done. Their workmanship is appraised every time by eagle-eyed professional judges. 

Ultimately Canadian viewers will have the final say on which couple will win their dream home, voting online or by phone. The nation’s verdict is revealed at the end of the 10-week season, determining which family wins the keys to the front door – plus the entire contents of furniture, appliances and electronics. The other couple will be given an opportunity to buy their home… and a spectacular consolation prize will be waiting for them, too! 

My RONA Home is produced by Montreal production company Zone 3. 

This January, Corus Entertainment’s W Network delivers a brand new series starring celebrated designer and W Expert Candice Olson, best known as host of the channel’s flagship home series Divine Design.

Candice Tells All offers a glimpse into Candice’s design process, revealing the secrets of timeless design principles and where she finds her inspiration. Produced by Fusion Television in association with W Network, Candice Tells All premieres Thursday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“Through eight seasons of Divine Design, audiences have been drawn to Candice’s vibrant personality and brilliant designs,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment, Corus Entertainment. “Candice has developed a loyal following and W Network viewers can’t seem to get enough of her, and we’re thrilled that Candice Tells All will give audiences a chance to see what really makes Candice tick.”

Each week, Candice will take viewers through the ins-and-outs of her signature makeovers while exploring a key design principle in each episode. The audience will be able to see first-hand where Candice draws her design inspiration from and they will join her as she traverses the city in exploration of how these principles work in other mediums and art forms. Candice will also get the scoop from design industry insiders and will meet up with professionals and artists who are doing inspiring and fabulous things beyond the world of interior design.

In the first episode, premiering Thursday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Candice sets out to prove that there is no need to sacrifice style just because you have kids. Using the principles of indestructible design, Candice takes an uninspiring living/dining room and transforms it into a chic urban industrial modern space. Viewers will learn insider secrets of this design approach, including using resilient materials and forgiving fabrics to create a stylish, kid-friendly, contemporary space that can endure everything from crayons to muddy paws.

For more information about Candice Tells All including a sneak peek of the series, design tips and expert advice, visit www.wnetwork.com/candicetellsall.

Hosted by renowned chef Scott Conant (chef and owner of New York’s Scarpetta, now also in Toronto’s Thompson Hotel), each episode of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle features dueling teams of aspiring restaurateurs who have 24 hours to conceive, plan and open their own restaurants for one night.

On each team, one person handles front-of-house issues like décor, seating and service while the other manages back-of-house matters like menu planning, shopping and, of course, cooking.

When the doors open, each restaurant serves a discerning group of diners along with Scott and a rotating panel of judges representing three areas of expertise: restaurant marketer, restaurant reviewer, and restaurant investor.

Based on the restaurant’s concept, execution, and viability, the judges choose a winning team who receive $10,000 in seed money toward realizing their dream.

 

 

24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 4 

 

 

About Scott Conant

After 15 years’ cooking in some of New York City’s finest Italian restaurants, chef Scott Conant opened Scarpetta in New York and Miami Beach in 2008, where he serves seasonally-inspired Italian cuisine. Both restaurants were critical successes, garnering glowing three-star reviews from The New York Times and New York Magazine, as well as a four-star review from The Miami Herald, the highest rating possible. The New York location also received a 2009 James Beard Award nomination for Best New Restaurant. In 2010, Scott opened Faustina at The Cooper Square Hotel, Scarpetta Toronto at the Thompson, and Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills. In late 2010, Scott opens Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Scott is the author of two cookbooks: New Italian Cooking (2005) and Bold Italian (2008). Scott appears regularly as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped and now hosts the new Food Network series, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Meltem, and their daughter.

Ice Pilots NWT, the hit docu-series from OMNI Film Productions following the adventures of renegade Arctic airline Buffalo Airways is back for a second season. And Season Two promises to be bigger and badder!

Thirteen episodes packed with nail-biting challenges and riveting stories about the pilots, engineers and crew who risk everything to fly vintage warplanes across the last frontier on earth. Ice Pilots NWT Season Two (13 x 60’) premieres on Wednesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on History Television.  Please check local listings.

“We were blown away by the success of Ice Pilots NWT in Season One.” says Creator and Series Producer, David Gullason, “The show really took off and fans fell in love with the fantastic people who make Buffalo Airways the great story that it is.  I can honestly say that Season Two of Ice Pilots will be even better.”

In Season Two, “Buffalo” Joe tests a new batch of “rampies” desperate to become Buffalo pilots, and Mikey travels to Venezuela and the UK in search of prized planes to add to Buffalo’s fleet. Pilots Devan and Scott struggle to maintain their cool as engines act up on the C-46 while crusty “Mr. Fix-It” Chuck faces off with a stubborn Electra. And a team of crack mechanics struggles to fit the DC-3 with skis in time for Arnie and AJ to land on a lake of rapidly thinning ice. But, nothing compares to the hockey fever that spreads through Buffalo as the DC-3 flies the iconic Stanley Cup on a tour of the North.

What’s more, the Ice Pilots NWT multi-platform campaign continues to soar in Season Two. Omni Film, in association with the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, has developed a mobile-optimized version of the highly successful website, www.icepilots.com. Beginning in Season Two, fans will be invited to interact with the TV show in real time during broadcast. On-air bugs will direct viewers to a quiz on their smartphones. Once they’ve answered all the questions, viewers can connect with other mobile fans via Facebook Connect and view an exclusive short video delivered instantly to their mobile device.

“We’re pleased by the incredible success of our new media and social marketing initiatives,” says Omni partner and Executive Producer, Gabriela Schonbach. “It’s crucial to keep our loyal and media savvy fan base engaged with the show, and to attract viewers of all ages, so we’re excited about introducing this new level of interactivity in Season Two.”

Canadian comedy legend Leslie Nielsen has passed away at his home in Florida a the age of 84. Best known for his work in Airplane! and The Naked Gun, Leslie suffered complications from pneumonia and died at 5:34pm/est surrounded by his wife and family.

RIP Leslie.

Sunday, November 28 – 9:30pm ET/PT on Global

Stan invites his half-brother, Rusty (guest voice Lou Diamond Phillips), over to show off his cornucopia of wealth and good fortune. When Stan finds out that Rusty is far wealthier than he led on, Stan tries to take from Rusty what he feels is rightfully his. Things don’t go well, and the Smith family nearly loses it all.

Sunday, November 28 – 8:30pm ET/PT on Global

Donna’s bossy sister, Janet (guest voice Niecy Nash), and her unruly children visit the Browns for Thanksgiving. Cleveland can’t stand her, but Holt can. He falls in love with Janet and they run away to elope in Las Vegas. The Browns soon follow in hot pursuit so they can save their family Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 28 – 8pm ET/PT *Broadcast Television Premiere* on Global

When a pigeon flies through the Simpsons’ home and suffers a broken wing, Bart makes it his duty to care for the bird and nurse it back to health. When the bird, Ray, is ready to fly, Homer decides to enter him in a bird race when Danica Patrick (guest voicing as herself) appears to him in a dream. Things don’t go according to plan, however, when Santa’s Little Helper swallows Ray.

8:00pm – Sunday, November 28 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Starring Carey Elwes (Saw: 3D), Richard Lewis (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), and Dave Chappelle (CHAPPELLE’S SHOW), Robin Hood: Men in Tights adds its own hilarious touch to the classic Robin Hood tale, parodying adventure flicks, romance films and the very idea of men running around the woods in tights.