January 2011

With no managers, no assistants and no hair-and-makeup team – Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsh, Lupe Fiasco and others climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last January to raise awareness about the global clean-water crisis.

Joined by actress Isabelle Lucas, and musicians Santigold and Kenna – as well as a team of scientists, United Nations ambassadors and experienced mountain guides – SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT documents their once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Africa’s highest peak.

Premiering on Discovery World HD on Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT, this two-hour special follows the group as they brave freezing temperatures, dizzying heights, exhausting delirium and crippling altitude at over 5800 metres.

The SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT expedition was conceived by singer and producer Kenna, whose father suffered from waterborne diseases as a child in Ethiopia and for whom the climb was dedicated. Of his celebrity climbers, Kenna said “we’re representing people who can’t represent themselves,” adding “On top of this whole magnificent thing, it’s personal for me because I could have been one of those kids.”

Actress Jessica Biel was quick to join the climb, “[Kenna] told me his story and I was just inspired by him. And I called him and asked him if I could go.”  

Although immediately wondering what she got herself into after the first night on the mountain, Biel and the others persevered to complete the climb. Emile Hirsh had high-energy throughout most of the climb and called the experience “humbling.” Of the daunting task Lupe Fiasco said, “We’re risking our lives to save some lives. It’s surreal.”

Their efforts help bring attention to the more than a billion people across the globe who don’t have access to clean water. The solution to this life-threatening crisis is surprisingly simple. “The amazing thing about the global clean-water crisis is that we don’t need a vaccine, we don’t even need new technology,” said UN humanitarian Elizabeth Gore who participated in the climb, “We have the ability to solve this crisis. We just need support.”

Viewers can trace the climb online through a highly interactive website and social media accounts. Blog posts, videos and tweets gave daily updates of the trek. Donations are still being accepted through the website – where a dollar can provide 1,000 litres of clean water to those who need it. To learn more visit http://www.summitonthesummit.com/

Uncover the true crimes that have dominated both local and international newspapers – and the gritty crime fiction that topped the Best Sellers lists – this March on Investigation Discovery.

In Chatham, ON, parents stick by their 20-year-old son convicted of killing his sister in LIFE WITH MURDER, the first of three CTV documentaries exploring Canada’s most captivating crime stories (followed by THE PIG FARM and IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY).

Also, DEADLY INTENT investigates cases from home and abroad, including the surprising murder of a First Nations sex trade worker in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Then, fact inspires fiction as best-selling author James Ellroy explores Hollywood’s most gruesome crimes – with his signature unvarnished candour in – JAMES ELLROY’S L.A.: CITY OF DEMONS.


March programming highlights for Investigation Discovery include:





Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning March 1

This Canadian original series chronicles some of the most intriguing crimes in both Canadian and international history, from multiple suspicious deaths under a nurse’s care in Northhampton, OH, to a case of bullying that goes too far in Victoria, BC. Go behind the scenes in this eight-part series to find out what occurred, meet the people involved, see the techniques used to solve the crime, and learn the final resolution of the case.



Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, beginning March 30

Best-selling crime fiction author, James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential and Blood’s a Rover), takes a fresh look at some of Hollywood’s most notorious crimes from the past to the present. The six-part series delivers the dirt, stamped with Ellroy’s untamed and unfiltered personality. Slip through the crevices of crime that demonically define the City of Angels.






Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

When 20-year-old Mason Jenkins is convicted of murdering his only sibling, 18-year-old Jennifer, his parents are faced with whether to accept their daughter’s killer back into the family or to break with him. With footage of the entire family over a 10-year period the two-hour special follows their evolving, strained relationship starting from just a few minutes after the murder to present day. Jenkins’ parents stand by their son despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence of his guilt. Then, in an astonishing twist, Jennifer Jenkins’ real killer confesses to the murder on camera. 



Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Robert “Willy” Pickton became one of Canada’s most notorious murderers after the most expensive serial killer investigation in Canadian history. This two-hour special takes an in-depth look at Pickton’s life, the police who investigated him, and the women who went missing over the years before his conviction. Now serving life behind bars for the murder of six women, many questions remain unanswered including why, despite mounting evidence, Pickton had not been caught sooner.



Thursday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Around 8 a.m. on December 10, 2007, police in Mississauga, ON, responded to a 911 call from a man who had said he had just killed his daughter. When officers arrived, they found 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez suffering from life-threatening injuries. She later died in hospital. This two-hour special explores the fate of this young Muslim woman and three others, meeting with the women, their families and friends. Enter into a normally closed culture where young women wanting to bridge two worlds are victimized by the men who claim to love them the most.



Thursday, March 24 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In Palermo, Sicily on November 7, 2007, Italian police raid a meeting of high-ranking mafia officials at the secret hideout of Salvatore Lo Piccolo, a.k.a. The Baron, a 65-year-old gangster who is suspected to be the Sicilian “boss of bosses.” Strewn among pistols, Cuban cigars and bottles of bourbon are dozens of cryptic, typewritten documents. As police furiously break the coded messages, they realize they have in their possession a set of rules for being a good Mafioso – find out what the 10 commandments of the Mafia are in this two-hour special.

From great Grizzlies to fancy felines, Animal Planet explores the big, the small, the wild and the domestic in March.

Among this month’s highlights, see how one brave biologist gains the trust of the most dangerous bears on the planet in ALONE AMONG GRIZZLIES.

Then, get ready for a cavalcade of cats on MUST LOVE CATS – a globe-trotting adventure that packs wild, wonderful and heartwarming encounters into a journey to the centre of the feline universe.

Also in March, don’t miss the Canadian premieres of PET-O-RAMA and ALASKA DOGS. And finally, grab the popcorn and settle in for “Family Feature Saturdays” as Animal Planet presents animal-themed movies, including Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (March 5), Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story (March 12), Napoleon (March 19) and In The Company of Whales (March 26).


Programming highlights for Animal Planet in March include:





Wed., March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

British cameraman Richard Terry teams up with Swiss biologist David Bittner in the remote Alaskan wilderness to gain unprecedented insight into Bittner’s unique experiences with grizzly bears. ALONE AMONG GRIZZLIES follows the brave biologist to one of nature’s most epic events, the Alaskan salmon run, where he gets within touching distance of some of the biggest and most dangerous bears on Earth – and gains their trust. Packed with adventure, stunning wildlife footage and moments of genuine jeopardy, this one-hour special follows the two adventurers as they attempt to survive off the land alongside the mighty coastal brown bears of Kodiak Island.





Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, starting March 29

MUST LOVE CATS is a celebration of fascinating felines and the people who love them. From cats that saved their owners’ lives to swanky cat-only hotels, the series spans the realm of all things “cat.” It offers a potpourri of amazing feline stories, jam-packed with interesting factoids and trivia. This six-part series is hosted by musician John Fulton, who combines his love for ditties with kitties. He is on a mission to prove to himself and the world that America is, in fact, a Cat-nation.



Tues., March 8 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

The first-ever amateur pet talent and beauty contest takes place right in their owners’ home living rooms. In this one-hour special, pets face off against each other via webcams, and celebrity judges.  



Tues., March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dogs are crucial to life in Alaska, and the working dogs of this Arctic state are uniquely adapted to the harsh environment. From avalanche rescue dogs, to sled-pulling Malamutes, this one-hour special profiles Alaska’s remarkable dogs and their devoted owners.




Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

Sat., March 5 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Based on the famous nature documentary series, The Crocodile Hunter, this feature film stars Steve Irwin and his wife Terri Irwin. The Irwins play themselves filming an episode of The Crocodile Hunter while trying to protect a crocodile from poachers. What the Irwins don’t know is that the crocodile is involved with a missing top-secret U.S. satellite beacon, and the poachers are actually American special agents sent to retrieve it. In the Outback and through the bush, the Crocodile Hunter is out to save the croc and relocate him.


Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story

Sat., March 12 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Simon Jackson is a charismatic teen who is passionate about the environment and spends much of his time alone in the British Columbian wilderness. Attacked during one such trip, Jackson is rescued by a rare white Kermode Bear known as the “Spirit Bear.” When he discovers that these bears are endangered and their habitat is targeted for clear-cutting, Jackson turns into a passionate and vocal teenaged political activist.



Sat., March 19 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Life as a house pet isn’t much fun for young Muffin, a puppy who dreams of being a “wild dog.” So when he gets his chance to escape his suburban backyard in a helium balloon-powered basket, the pup hops on board, changes his name to Napoleon and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime. Napoleon is a wonderful treat the whole family will love!


In the Company of Whales

Sat., March 26 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Experience breathtaking close-up encounters with the largest mammal that ever lived – the Blue Whale. Follow Humpbacks, Orcas, Right Whales and dolphins for a stunning new perspective on these mysterious marine mammoths. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men), the film resonates in an exploding panorama of colour and excitement.

CTV, in association with Artbound and Free The Children, announced today that production is underway on a new documentary featuring multi Grammy and Juno Award winner Nelly Furtado.

The documentary will chronicle Artbound’s first assignment in Kenya as 20 young professionals including Artbound’s Honourary Chair Seamus O’Regan, Global Ambassador Dayle Haddon, and Free The Children’s founder Craig Kielburger, head to Kenya on a Me to We Trip, to build Free The Children’s first arts school.  An air date has not yet been announced.

“The arts have the power to inspire children and see themselves and their world differently,” said Nelly Furtado.  “My goal is to help raise awareness for this incredible new, Canadian-based organization that stands to make an incredible difference in the lives of young people and their communities in places like Kenya and other developing nations.”

“We are thrilled to have Nelly Furtado join Artbound’s first assignment,” said Seamus O’Regan, Honorary Chair, Artbound and co-host, CANADA AM. “We hope her involvement inspires other artists in Canada and around the world to work with Artbound.”

With the end goal of creating sustainable change in developing countries through the arts to help break the cycle of poverty, Artbound’s three-part mandate is: first, to enrich students by teaching them various art forms – including arts and crafts, visual arts, pottery, music, dance and drama; second, to empower students by providing them with platforms to showcase their talent and generate a sustainable source of funding; and third, to engage a local and global audience to take action through financial support or volunteer work that will directly improve the lives of the students.

Watch Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan, Marci Ien, and Jeff Hutcheson on CANADA AM weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV.


Monday, Jan. 31

·         ANNE MURRAY: Canadian legend, Anne Murray has won more Juno awards than any other artist in the country.  The icon sits down with CANADA AM’s Seamus O’Regan to talk about the music scene on the eve of this year’s Juno nominations and tells us why she’s telling young musicians to think hard before going into the music business.

·         REAL VS RUMOUR: What’s in a name? A lot, if you are the soon-to-be Princess Bride. The awarding of titles is steeped in centuries of history and convention, and speculation is rampant on what title the Queen will bestow on Kate Middleton CANADA AM’s narrows the possibilities with royal insider Hugo Vickers.

·         SUPERBOWL SNACKS: CANADA AM serves up game day menu ideas to take armchair quarterbacks across the country from pre-show, to kickoff, and through half-time.


Tuesday, Feb. 1

·         RICK HANSEN: Canada’s favourite ‘Man in Motion’ joins CANADA AM this morning with a special announcement.

·         HEART AND STROKE REPORT CARD: From healthy eating to daily exercise, how heart healthy are we? CANADA AM delivers a cross-country check up into how Canadians treat our tickers.

·         CRASH PARALLEL: Canadian alternative rock sensation lights up the CANADA AM soundstage this morning with a live performance.


Wednesday, Feb. 2

·         JUNO NOMINATIONS RECAP: Music expert Eric Alper joins CANADA AM this morning with a look at the JUNO Award nominees.  

·         EAT LOCAL IN WINTER: Calling all locavores – CANADA AM features tips on how to continue buying local even through the winter.

·         BOBBY BAZINI: With his star on the rise following the release of his debut album Better In Time, the celebrated Quebec singer-songwriter performs for CANADA AM Viewers in studio today.


Thursday, Feb 3 

·         BARRY PEPPER: Best known for his roles in Hollywood flicks like Saving Private Ryan and The Green Mile, the Canadian actor returns home for an interview with CANADA AM.

·         CHINESE NEW YEAR: CANADA AM shows you how to whip up some celebration fare to mark Chinese new year in mouth watering style.


 Friday, Feb.4

·         SUPERBOWL: CANADA AM brings Dallas to Canada with Superbowl previews from former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer

·         SUPERBOWL PARTY: No Superbowl would be complete with out BBQ! CANADA AM helps viewers get their party started with tips for gourmet grilling on the eve of one of Superbowl Sunday.

·         GAGE AVERILL: Sounds of Haiti garner the Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia Dean

Saturday, January 29 – 11:30pm ET/PT on Global

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) hosts and hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj performs.

10:30pm – Saturday, January 29 on /A

Also airs at 11:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

Hilarity ensues with the Season 5 premiere of the Canadian sketch comedy series.

9:00pm – Saturday, January 29 on CTV

In the Comeback Season (YEAR), Walter Pearce (Ray Liotta, Charlie St. Cloud), a married man, tries to win back his wife (Glenne Headley, MONK) after cheating on her. Pearce enlists the help of the local high school football star (Shaun Sipos, LIFE UNEXPECTED) to help him.

Saturday, January 29 at 9p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

This Canadian film depicts what would happen if a super bug that causes blindness were to suddenly infect a large urban center.

9 p.m. ET – Saturday, January 29 on Space

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna, the second InGen dinosaur lab, resulting in an unexpected landing…and unexpected new inhabitants on the island. Stars Sam Neill and William H. Macy.