December 2010

It was a season of blood, sweat and tears – eight weeks of stunning performances, incredible showmanship, thrilling victories and heart-breaking defeats. Now, the cast of 2010’s super-hit BATTLE OF THE BLADES gathers together for the very last time to relive the laughter and the tears in AFTER THE ICE MELTS, a one hour special airing Sunday, December 5 at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television.

All 16 competitors, along with hosts Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning and judges Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick, come together on the ice to share the highs and lows of the most exciting season in BLADES history – one that ended with Canadians falling in love with the dynamic Russian pair of Ekaterina “Katia” Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.

AFTER THE ICE MELTS relives the Russians’ fight for the crown – and the bitter disappointments and personal bests of the competitors as the season unfolded. The conversations will be unscripted and the competitors will be candid, as the show recalls the season’s most exciting moments and reveals exclusive, never-before-seen footage that will surprise a country that has grown to love BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal or the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

Settle in this winter as HGTV Canada celebrates the great indoors with a brand new roster of entertaining and inspiring home related programming.

Beginning January 3rd, network viewers will indulge in 12 new series and seasons, strengthening the already powerful primetime schedule.

HGTV’s daytime schedule has also undergone a complete overhaul, launching all new back to back weekday programming strips of some of the channels most talked about series including: Disaster DIY, For Rent, House Hunters International and Property Virgins.

The newly refreshed lineup features six brand new series including: Cracking Antiques, a show that proves people can add style and glamour to any type of home by investing in second-hand, vintage and antique furnishings; Sarah 101, with Canadian design maven Sarah Richardson offering a crash course on the basics of good design; and Professional Grade, the series that helps dynamic homeowners renovate a room in their house using their own budget and acting as their own general contractor.

“HGTV’s winter primetime lineup includes the most schedule changes the network has ever seen,” says Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network. “We’re thrilled to offer HGTV viewers something new every night of the week, delivering the best in home related content spanning design, renovation and real estate.”

The fan-pleasing schedule is bolstered by new seasons of returning favourites, including: Holmes Inspection, Flipping Out, Dear Genevieve, Selling New York and more. For a full schedule please visit: www.hgtv.ca. 

 

Brand New Series Include:

Sarah 101 (World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 4

Sarah 101 is a back-to-basics crash course in design that breaks every project into simple building blocks and showcases Sarah Richardson’s signature approach. The series offers tips and tricks to solve design problems so that you too can transform any room in your home.

 

Design DNA (World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET/10:30pm PT beginning January 4

Design DNA focuses on the amazing stories behind some of the most extraordinary and ordinary pieces of home design.  From the first spark of conception, through the trial and error of design, to the factory floor, and finally to a stunning reveal in a magnificent home, each episode features the life story of three iconic and sometimes not-so-iconic pieces of home design.

 

Professional Grade (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Thursdays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning January 6

Savvy and resourceful homeowners tackle a room renovation trying to achieve professional quality results on a limited budget. If they can fool a team of master contractors into thinking they spent more money than their actual out-of-pocket costs the homeowners will win the difference.

 

Cracking Antiques (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning January 7

The series that drags antiques from their pedestals, blows the dust off them and shows how they can be more affordable, stylish and better made than much of what the high street has to offer.

 

Property Ladder UK (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 7

Hosted by Sarah Beeny, this series follows the journey of amateur property developers as they set out to make a life changing profit from renovating challenging houses.

 

Color Splash: Miami (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)  

Saturdays at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT beginning January 8

Designer David Bromstad finds inspiration around every corner in his very hot hometown of Miami. Taking cues from the amazing architecture and cultural pulse of the city, he transforms ordinary rooms and outdoor spaces into something spectacular.

Discovery World HD uncovers the mysteries that make up our distant past and out-of-this-world future with captivating new programs in January.

Journey to the farthest reaches of outer space with WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM and then delve deep underground with DIGGING FOR BRITAIN. Next, explore some of the world’s most famous cities and regions with WATERFRONT CITIES OF THE WORLD, ATLAS: MYSTERIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN and WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES. Then, discover key innovations from our past with two new exploratory series: THE WORKS and EVOLVE. 

 

January programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

New Series:

WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM 

Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 1

Immerse yourself in the true and awesome beauty of our solar system with WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune, this five-part series reveals the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, and offers a vivid and unprecedented tour of the world beyond our planet.

 

THE WORKS

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 3

Author and robotics expert Daniel Wilson explores everything from skydiving and power tools to beer and sneakers in this fun and fact-filled 10-part series.

 

EVOLVE

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 6 

This 11-part series traces the history of the key innovations that have driven nature’s evolutionary arms race from the dawn of life to today, from the anatomical (eyes, jaws and body armour) to the behavioural (movement, communication and sex). EVOLVE blends spectacular live-action natural history sequences, CGI, epic docudrama and experimental science to illustrate ours and our fellow species’ eternal struggle for survival on Earth.

 

WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES 

Saturdays at 8 p.m./10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 8

Exploring a day-in-the-life of New York, London, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Hong Kong, Griff Rhys-Jones goes behind the scenes in this six-part series to uncover how the different cities work as living machines and celebrates the infinite variety of life.

 

WATERFRONT CITIES OF THE WORLD

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 11

World-famous photographer Heidi Hollinger discovers vibrant port cities and captures their true essence and soul in this 13-part series. Settled centuries ago when boat travel was the only means of communication, these ports have developed into commercial and cultural metropolises. The series features visits to San Francisco, Moscow, Bangkok, Melbourne and more. 

 

DIGGING FOR BRITAIN

Thursdays at 9 p.m./PT beginning Jan. 20

History may be written and edited by those in power, but no one can scrub out the bodies, pots and pans, temples, graffiti and religious sacrifices that ordinary men and women leave behind. Each episode in this four-part series spans archaeological digs that focus on a specific period: The Stone Age, the Romans, The Dark Ages and The Middle Ages.

 

New Special:

 

ATLAS: MYSTERIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Saturday, January 1 at 8 p.m./10 p.m. PT

Viewers are transported to the Mediterranean with this visually stunning, Emmy® Award winning special as ATLAS: MYSTERIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN reveals the geography and natural phenomena of some of the world’s oldest and most diverse countries.

 

Juno and Grammy® award-winning singer songwriter BRYAN ADAMS gives fans a special intimate evening of music drawn from his inspired collection of minimally arranged hits from his new release Bare Bones.

Recorded at the historic Masonic Temple, AT THE CONCERT HALL is a front row seat to Adams stripped down set showcasing three decades of hits.  BRYAN ADAMS AT THE CONCERT HALL premieres Tuesday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!.  

Encore presentations air December 17 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, and beginning December 15, fans can also catch the show online at Bravo.ca.

Adams’ distinctive voice and guitar accompanied on select songs by keyboardist Gary Breit, lend a new found appreciation and perspective to what many consider some of the most beloved songs in pop/rock.  The international rock icon gives viewers a rare glimpse, showcasing the original crafting of the song with a well balanced mix of old, rare, familiar and new material.  Adams makes an instant connection with the audience as they share a relaxed yet spontaneous hour filled with passion, humour and ‘well-crafted, rock meets pop songs – the soundtrack for a generation’.1

From “Cuts Like A Knife” to “Heaven”, “I’m Ready” and “Run to You”, it is an hour not to be missed, a truly unforgettable concert experience from Canada’s # 1 ambassador and celebrated rocker.

CTV announced today that Robert Hurst will step down as President of CTV News and Current Affairs. Hurst will remain with CTV News until his successor is named in the coming weeks.

“Bob goes out a winner with CTV News standing tall as Canada’s #1 news,” said Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia and Chief Executive Officer, CTV Inc.

“Bob took an already successful news organization and lifted it even higher,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “In his time as President, he has cultivated our news team, both on-air and off-air, nationally and locally, to become the best there is.”

“CTV News has been #1 for 22 years,” said Hurst. “The reporting team is the best in Canada and well positioned to remain #1 for many years.”

Named President in September, 2002, CTV News has become Canada’s first choice for both national and local news under Hurst’s leadership. As President, he oversees all aspects of CTV’s national, international and local news operations including Canada’s #1 newscast CTV NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

Hurst has been with CTV for 38 years and became News Director of CFTO News in Toronto when he was only 26 years old. Since then, he has distinguished himself as an award-winning reporter, a foreign correspondent, news editor, and author. Hurst was a correspondent for 25 years assigned to among other places, Beijing, Moscow and Washington.

Tuesday, November 30 – 10pm ET/PT *One-hour Special* on Global

Supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Candice Swanepoel, Chanel Iman, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, along with other Victoria’s Secret Angels will strut the runway in this year’s array of sexy lingerie. The show will also feature the $2 million Bombshell Fantasy Bra designed by renowned Italian jeweller Damiani. Plus, Grammy� nominated superstars Katy Perry and Akon will rock the runway.

10:00pm – Tuesday, November 30 on CTV

This hard-hitting and emotional series from the LAW & ORDER brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department, the elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

Tuesday, November 30 at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT, 10pm MT) on Citytv

The stakes are higher than ever this week as the last six contestants find out there will be a red line and a yellow line at the weigh-in this week, and those who stay above both will be in the final four. Special guest Nastia Liukin, a five-time Olympic medalist and four-time World Champion gymnast, meets up with the players for a pop challenge that tests their stamina as they compete in five different exercises. Then, it’s time for the traditional end-of-season challenge in which the players all put their original weight back on and drop it incrementally as they lost it on the show. Later, one player tearfully says goodbye after falling below the red line at the weigh-in, and then two more are up for an elimination that really takes the player voted out by surprise.

9:00pm – Tuesday, November 30 on CTV

NO ORDINARY FAMILY is an action packed drama that features the Powell family, who go from ordinary to extraordinary. After their plane crashes in the Amazon River during a family getaway, they soon realize that their lives have been forever changed.

8:30pm – Tuesday, November 30 on CTV

It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek (Mike Myers, Austin Powers). He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona (Cameron Diaz, My Sister’s Keeper) and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about. But when Donkey (Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls), Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas, The Legend of Zorro) and the rest of the gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.