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Last night, Shaw Media experienced significant ratings wins on both conventional and specialty networks with the series premiere of Off the Map on Global and the record-setting series premiere of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS on History Television.


The diagnosis for Global’s new Wednesday night medical drama, Off the Map is very good. Garnering more than 1.4 million viewers (Ind 2+, national), the series debut had strong initial sampling and won its timeslot nationally and in the key Toronto and Vancouver markets.


OFF THE MAP PREMIERE DATA HIGHLIGHTS (All data A18-49 unless otherwise indicated):

563,000 viewers nationally in key A18-49 demo

· Off the Map garnered 49% more viewers nationally than its closest timeslot competitor, The Defenders (CTV)

· In the key markets, it outperformed The Defenders by 169% in Toronto and 102% in Vancouver


Off the Map – Global – 563,000

The Defenders – CTV – 377,000

Criminal Minds (repeat) – /A\ – 128,000

Murdoch Mysteries – CityTV – 56,000


Viewers who missed last night’s premiere of Off the Map can catch an encore presentation of the first episode tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Global or online anytime at

Next week on Off the Map (“Smile. Don’t Kill Anyone.” – Wednesday, January 19 at 10pm ET/PT), Zee, Lily and Ben help a wildlife photographer who is being attacked by an anaconda. Meanwhile, Tommy learns a cultural lesson, and Mina gets off on the wrong foot with Ryan. Cheech Marin (LOST) guest stars. 


Hot off its best Fall season of all time, History Television continues its ratings success with the premiere of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS – the spin-off of hit series Ice Road Truckers – which has become the highest-rated single episode in channel history. The anticipated spin-off garnered nearly 1 million viewers on January 12 at 9pm ET/PT.



The season premiere placed History Television in the #1 Specialty position for the day

IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS delivered 968,000 (2+), 416,000 (A25-54) and 395,000 (A18-49)

This episode of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS exceeded the network’s previous high-water mark for a single-viewing for Pawn Stars at 804,100 (2+) and 499,500 (A25-54) on October 12, 2010

IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS fans can watch the record-setting premiere at

History Television’s Winter schedule, which launched on January 3, 2011, features an incredible lineup of hit series including the world premieres of Rodeo: Life on the Circuit (Tuesdays at 8pm), Museum Secrets (Thursdays at 10pm) and the second season of Ice Pilots NWT (Wednesdays at 8pm), as well as Swamp People (Wednesdays at 10pm) and the second season of American Pickers (Tuesdays at 10pm). IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS airs Wednesday at 9 pm ET/PT.

Source: All data based BBM Canada PPM – Jan 12/11 based on overnight data.

The new year offers a new start, so when revaluating eating habits, work-out regimes and lifestyle choices, don’t forget about your home.

Beginning January 31st, DIY Network Canada’s new winter schedule offers creative projects, value boosting tasks and step-by-step information sure to convince anyone who’s ever considered taking on a DIY task that now’s the time.

This winter DIY Network Canada will inspire more Canadians than ever before as the network will be on a free preview throughout the month of February making the channel available to 6.2 million Canadians.

DIY Network has three brand new series to encourage even the most hesitant homeowner. Each episode of Disaster House features host and contractor Josh Temple as he subjects a house to simulated storms and disasters to show homeowners what it takes to repair accident and storm damage.

In Run My Renovation homeowners turn their renovations over to online users to make all the design decisions through online voting leaving homeowners with no say at all.

Finally, proving that anyone really can take on a DIY project, 90’s pop icon and self-taught reno master Vanilla Ice (a.k.a Robert Van Winkle)and his construction crew renovate a rundown mansion and turn it into a jaw-dropping villa in The Vanilla Ice Project. 

Returning with new episodes are: 10 Grand In Your Hand, BATHtastic!, Cool Tools, Desperate Landscapes, House Crashers, Kitchen Impossible, Man Caves, Renovation Realities, Rock Solid and Sweat Equity. 


Brand New Series: 


Disaster House (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) 

Thursdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning February 3

DIY Network actually has the guts to totally destroy its very own house just to repair it! Disaster House suffers very real damage like dropping a half-ton piano from almost 10 storeys high, sponsoring the first sanctioned roller derby inside the living room and having Page, an 8,000-pound African elephant, help clog the toilet. These outrageous experiments accelerate the typical wear and tear a house incurs and mimic common catastrophes so viewers can discover what it takes to repair some of the biggest mishaps homeowners face today. 


Run My Renovation (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) 

Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/10:30pm PT beginning February 3

In every half-hour episode of Run My Renovation, homeowners allow a room in their house to be completely transformed according to the whims of online users, who vote on everything from flooring to fixtures, cabinets to cooktops, and moldings to mantelpieces. When the votes are tallied it’s up to our contractor/host, with a little help from the homeowners, to pull all of the elements together into an amazing room. 


The Vanilla Ice Project (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) 

Sundays at 8pm ET/9pm PT beginning February 13

Best known for his ’90s music, pop icon Vanilla Ice brings more than 15 years of home improvement experience to this 7,000-square-foot Palm Beach mansion. In each episode of DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project, Vanilla Ice (a.k.a Robert Van Winkle) and his crew of contractors get down to business and renovate a different room of the home. He’ll pound nails and call the shots in this room-by-room renovation.


For the full winter schedule please visit:

All right stop, collaborate and…renovate?! That’s right, Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. Robert Van Winkle), 90’s pop-icon and Grammy-nominee is coming to DIY Network Canada with a brand new series that focuses on his long-standing passion for renovation.

Premiering February 6 at 8pm ET/ 9pm PT The Vanilla Ice Project showcases the singer’s self-taught home improvement skills as he and his crew of contractors take on their biggest project yet – a complete overhaul of a six-bedroom, five-bathroom, 7,000 square-foot lakefront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. 

After his chart topping hit “Ice, Ice Baby,” Rob turned his focus to buying and flipping houses. Through a lot of research and hands-on experience he’s mastered the basics and been renovating old homes and foreclosures for over 15 years. The Vanilla Ice Project reveals a side of Rob that his fans have never seen.

In each episode cameras follow Rob and his team as they work through each room of the home and its exterior in order to get the house on the market. To spruce up the outside, the crew turns a dilapidated pool and patio into a backyard oasis fully decked out with tiki torches and a fire bowl. Inside they transform rooms from busted to blinged-out by adding a faux coral fire place and bar area to the living room, high-end custom cabinets and top-of-the-line counter tops in the kitchen and a spa-like retreat in the master bathroom. These masters of home renovation leave no room untouched as they prepare to reveal their rockin’ finished product. 

DIY Network Canada will be on a national free preview throughout the month of February, making the channel and The Vanilla Ice Project available to 6.2 million Canadians.

Downsized airs back-to-back Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 5 exclusively on TVtropolis

When the economy crumbles, families must deal with the harsh reality of mounting debt. It’s time to get Downsized with the Bruce family, a modern day Brady Bunch, who once lived a lavish life of five-star getaways, fine dining and summer homes.

Victims of the recession, the Bruce’s are flat broke with two homes in foreclosure and a collapsed contracting business. Hailed as, “…impossible not to root for…” (New York Times) witness the Bruce’s use love, humour and discipline to navigate the very real stresses of life. Downsized airs back-to-back Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 5.


Also joining the TVtropolis lineup are reality series including*:

·         Fear Factor – back-to-back episodes Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

·         Hardcore Pawn – Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

·         Reality Obsessed, Season 3 – Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT

·         Bad Girls Club, Season 2 – Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET/PT

·         Winter Wipeout – Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT


Returning comedy series include*:

·         Friends – back-to-back episodes Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

·         That ‘70s Show – back-to-back episodes Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

·         Family Guy – Tuesday to Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT


*New schedule begins January 3, 2011

Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce the premiere of the original dramatic series Blackstone on two national networks in the New Year:

APTN weekly broadcasts begin Tuesday, January 25, 9:00pm EST (check local listings)

Showcase weekly broadcasts begin Friday, January 28, 11:00pm EST



Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes. This raw, authentic drama tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand – the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create lasting and substantial change.

“Blackstone is relevant and relational in an Aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general,” said Ron E. Scott, who created, wrote, directed and executive produced the series.

An uncompromising story told from an Aboriginal point of view, Blackstone is in sharp contrast to sympathetic stories about First Nations’ people being victimized by outside forces. While the dramatization can be dark and all too real, Blackstone is foremost a story of hope and reconciliation in its portrayal of Native people fighting for a better life in their community.



Blackstone stars the who’s who of Aboriginal talent including Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault and Gordon Tootoosis.

The series is produced by Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film + Television, with Ron E. Scott as executive producer, writer and director, Jesse Szymanski as producer, Damon Vignale as producer and writer, and Gil Cardinal as writer. Blackstone was produced in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Showcase and Shaw Media; with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund; with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund; with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit; and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund.

Canadians have one more way to enjoy their favourite Global programs this holiday season, thanks to Shaw’s Global App for iPad. Released on December 4, it was the number one free download on the Canadian App Store during its entire week of launch.

The Global App for iPad offers viewers another exciting way to access the network’s blockbuster library of premium content, including full episodes of House, The Good Wife, NCIS: LA, The Office, Rookie Blue and Survivor, just to name a few.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways for our customers to access content whenever, wherever they want,” said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. “Thanks to the exceptional video quality, super fast download capability and background footage, audiences will be amazed by the viewing experience with this new video application.”

Highlights of the Global App for iPad include:

– Full-length episodes and clips

– Superb video quality

– Sleek interface design with user-friendly features

– Progress bars to indicate runtime – allowing viewers to exit the application and to resume viewing at the same spot

– Schedule guide for Global programs with listings up to two weeks in advance

– Behind-the-scenes footage and Web-exclusive content

A recent Ipsos Reid survey* found that the majority (77%) of Canadians have never used a dating service, and many (26%) would not even consider seeking the help of one to aid their love life.

When Patti Stanger returns to SliceTM to rescue the dating impaired in the new season of The Millionaire Matchmaker on Saturday, January 8 at 5pm ET/2pm PT, Canadians will see what they’ve been missing.

In the fourth season, Patti brings her matchmaking expertise from L.A. to New York City, and learns that finding love in the Big Apple is more challenging than expected. She’s taking on some of her most difficult and over-the-top clients yet, including: Judith Regan, the queen of all media; Freddie Mitchell, ex-wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles; and Albie and Chris Manzo, the sons of Caroline from The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

When it comes to successful romantic matches, Canada also has regional variations according to Slice’s survey. Of those who have used a dating service in the past or are currently using one, Atlantic Canadians were most likely (76%) to have had a meaningful relationship with someone they met through a dating service, while Ontarians were the least likely (only 46%) and British Columbians only slightly more successful (53%).

Continuing to prove that maybe money can buy love, Patti Stanger gives her big-bucks clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, dating coaches, and therapists, and then hand-picking their dates based on beauty and intelligence. In the same survey, 62% of Canadians agreed that money is at least somewhat important when it came to a potential romantic partner.

Patti Stanger’s bold, blunt approach to love is the unapologetic attitude that – love it or hate it – Slice viewers are drawn to. Aided by her team of determined staff, Destin Jude Pfaff, Chief Operating Officer, and Rachel Federoff, VP of Matching, Patti holds nothing back this season, and breaks out a few new tricks, including: a spy camera, lie detector test and a make-up specialist from Saturday Night Live.

Viewers can go to to find dating advice and Patti Stanger’s Twitter feed.


The first two Canadian broadcast premiere episodes are:


The Millionaire Matchmaker IV, Episode 1: Welcome to the Big Apple

Saturday, January 8 at 5pm ET/2pm PT

Patti Stanger decides to make a BIG change and makes the move to the Big Apple. Patti focuses on her first two clients who scream NYC: Derek Tabacco, a bigger than life sports fanatic with a lot to learn about the ladies, and Bryce Gruber, a 26 year old heiress with attitude to spare. Patti and her team set up a VIP mixer at the famed Water’s Edge restaurant for Bryce and Derek to meet their potential dates.


The Millionaire Matchmaker IV, Episode 2: Jersey in the House

Saturday, January 15 at 5pm ET/2pm PT

Patti is surprised with a visit from Caroline Manzo, the powerhouse of The Real Housewives of New Jersey who wants Patti to set up her two sons, Albie, 24, and Chris, 21. With looks, brains, and charm, Albie seemingly has it all, but ever since he has been seen on TV, he feels most girls are after him for the wrong reasons. Chris is a whole different problem and Patti’s youngest client ever.

This year, Showcase invites you to sit back, pour some eggnog and tune into the best holiday specials, marathons and big-ticket movies.

The merriment begins on December 23rd with The Kenny vs. Spenny Christmas Special.  While Spenny is determined to make a feel-good Christmas special, Kenny sets out to trip him at his every step. The infamous ‘frenemies’ throw a puppet show, remake the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol and execute a holiday-themed challenge of epic proportions. The Kenny vs. Spenny Christmas Special airs Thursday, December 23 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT.

After the festivities have died down, take a snow day and indulge in marathons of some of Showcase’s best new series:

·  Follow the world’s hottest demon, Bo as she navigates the mysterious world of Fae in the original Showcase hit series Lost Girl, airing Monday, December 27 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT  

· A small Maine town finds its unlikely saviour in the form of FBI agent Audrey Parker on the supernatural series Haven, airing Tuesday, December 28 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT 

· Follow Canada’s favourite rookie Andy McNally and her team from the beginning on the smash hit series Rookie Blue, airing Wednesday, December 29 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT  

· Watch the modern-day Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson solve the unsolvable on the critically acclaimed adaption of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic Sherlock, airing Friday, December 31 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET/PT

Let big-ticket Hollywood movies be your New Years day remedy with hit titles including Get Smart and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. Airing Saturday, January 1, 2011 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT.* 

On December 12, watch the highly-anticipated season finale of the series that has swept the nation, Lost Girl.

In the finale episode entitled “Blood Lines,” Bo finally learns the truth about her mother and that those closest to her have been keeping secrets about her past. Without knowing who to trust, Bo decides to track down her mother on her own in an effort to uncover the truth about her origins once and for all.

While the Fae frantically search for Bo, Dyson visits an ancient Norn, a wish-granting, tree-dwelling crone, and makes a sacrifice that may change his relationship with Bo forever. Paths cross in a final face-off between mother and daughter that forces Bo to choose whose life will be spared and whose will be lost.

Lost Girl is Showcase’s No. 1 series and has been renewed for a second season slated to air Fall 2011.



It may be cold outside, but this winter SliceTM is heating things up with a new lineup of over-the-top entertainment beginning Sunday, January 3.  

This season curl up to the most guilty-pleasure programs, where the housewives are bolder than ever, outrageous party moms don’t hold back and brides will stop at nothing to plan their perfect day.

Saturday nights are still the hottest evening for a ladies’ night in, featuring new series and seasons of gossip-worthy favourites, including The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel’s highly anticipated spinoff, Bethenny Getting Married? and the long-awaited-but-worth-it Project Runway VIII.

Sunday’s star-studded block of back-to-back movies is fun and flirty. Sexy flicks like Cruel Intentions and Good Will Hunting join romantic comedies and hot action favourites like Jerry Maguire and Top Gun in a January lineup to make any girl swoon.

Weeknights feature new seasons of Canadian favourites, Rich Bride, Poor Bride VI; Party Mamas III and Last 10 lbs Bootcamp V.


Brand New Series:


Bethenny Getting Married? (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (10 x 60mins)

Saturdays at 7pm ET/4pm PT beginning January 8

Featuring The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel, this series follows Bethenny as she prepares for two of life’s biggest milestones – a wedding and a baby – simultaneously. Bethenny’s life goes into overdrive as she prepares for motherhood and becoming a real “Real Housewife” when she weds fiancé Jason Hoppy – all while juggling her burgeoning career as an author and natural foods chef.


New Seasons of Returning Favourites:


Rich Bride, Poor Bride VI (World Broadcast Premiere) (13 x 60mins)

Tuesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 4

Whether a princess or a pauper, each episode of Rich Bride, Poor Bride looks at how a bride, no matter what size her budget is, struggles through the planning of her wedding. 


Party Mamas III (World Broadcast Premiere) (13 x 30mins)

Tuesdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 4

Party Mamas is a jam-packed, nerve-filled, triple-latte-paced ride through the lives of outrageous mothers who pull out all the stops to throw “the best party ever” for their little darlings.


Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp V (World Broadcast Premiere) (13 x 30mins)

Thursdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 6

Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp propels women through an intense fitness and nutrition regimen to dramatically resize them in only four weeks – just in time for a special event. Host, Tommy Europe, former football star turned celebrity trainer, is one of Canada’s most sought-after personal trainers with a military-style approach.

Millionaire Matchmaker IV (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (12 x 60 mins)

Saturdays at 5pm ET/2pm PT beginning January 8

Cupid has a new zip code as Patti Stanger brings her matchmaking expertise to the east coast. After receiving countless pleas for help, Patti finally relocates to New York City in hopes of rescuing the dating impaired.


Project Runway VIII (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (14 x 60mins)

Saturdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 8

Hosted by supermodel and fashion maven Heidi Klum, this hit series provides 17 talented designers – the most in series history – with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eye of mentor Tim Gunn, Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer. Judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia weigh in on the best and worst of the runway.


Real Housewives of Atlanta III (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (16 x 60mins)  

Saturdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 22

Bolder than ever, Kandi, Kim, NeNe and Sheree have been busy pursuing their dreams and striving to maintain their relationships. Coupled with the additions of model Cynthia Bailey and entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks, this is a season not to miss.