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Whether you are head over heels, recently jilted or stubbornly single, romance breeds laughter this Valentine’s Day on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

The 22 Minutes February 14 episode takes a light-hearted look at sappy sentiment with “Things We Hate About Valentine’s Day” and with Shaun Majumder discovering how to express love at Hallmark’s Canadian headquarters.

Watch Betty Hope (Cathy Jones) set fear into the hearts of significant exs in the Panic Room. And even impromptu Valentine’s engagements take a hit when the Rock Block is revealed over a romantic dinner.

Also in the February 14 episode the ever-popular Rex Murphy (Mark Critch) shares his heartfelt sentiments around the Queen’s proposed Diamond Jubilee celebration. And 22 Minutes parodies the new hit TV series “Smash”, with Canada’s equivalent, “Grant”.

Well into its sixth successful season, DRAGONS’ DEN is leaving the Den to catch up with memorable entrepreneurs who once braved the Den. The special update show airs Wednesday, February 29 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television.

After the studio lights and cameras shut off, the lives of the Den’s entrepreneurs can take many different paths. This special edition of DRAGONS’ DEN will take you across the country to reveal what’s happened to your favourite pitchers, track down the most memorable disasters and catch up with some of the biggest success stories in the show’s history.

Tune in to see which pitchers from this season have already cashed in their Dragon cheques – including a 17-year-old racecar driving sensation, a pair of chocolate candy legends, a mother of three with a children’s teaching tool and a deal-a-day website that became the quickest exit in DRAGONS’ DEN history.

Get an inside look at what happened to fan-favourite businesses that got thumbs down from the Dragons – from birch-sap beverages, ethical shoes and a smoked-meat deli on wheels, to an all-female auto-repair shop, Ukrainian vodka and a small cinema with a big dream. Some ventures have achieved amazing success, others weren’t so lucky.

Also, see how a real-life phenomenon known as “The Dragons’ Den Effect” has been sweeping the nation – a local cereal from B.C.’s Sunshine Coast is now a multi-million dollar hit, an eco-friendly moving-box company out of Vancouver has become a franchise empire and a small perfume business from Nova Scotia is providing a big boost for farmers in Afghanistan.

As a special bonus, you’ll get exclusive commentary from the Dragons who provide their opinions and insights on these fascinating stories throughout the show.

CBC Television is celebrating its most successful season premiere week ever, with a number of new and returning CBC comedy, drama, unscripted and current affairs programs winning their time blocks – and several with audiences of more than one million viewers.

“This record-setting week is a testament to great programming made for – and made by – Canadians,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. “At CBC, we’d like to thank our partners for creating such amazing hit shows, and we thank Canadians for choosing to watch them.”

On four different occasions, CBC’s Canadian programs won their time blocks over U.S.-produced content (MARKETPLACE, the fifth estate, MR. D and DRAGONS’ DEN). REPUBLIC OF DOYLE placed second in its time block just behind the People’s Choice Awards while HEARTLAND came behind only the NFL Playoffs.

 

Among the ratings highlights:

 

CBC’s new action/adventure drama ARCTIC AIR won the largest audience for the premiere of a new drama series in 20 years, with total viewership of 1.05 million.

New comedy MR. D premiered to 1.23 million viewers – the largest for a comedy since the debut of LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE in January, 2007.

Five shows captured audiences well over the one million mark – MARKETPLACE, MR. D, ARCTIC AIR, DRAGONS’ DEN and REPUBLIC OF DOYLE – while four others notched audiences of more than three-quarters of a million (the fifth estate, HEARTLAND, REDEMPTION INC and THE RICK MERCER REPORT.)

(All data from Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM)).

ARCTIC AIR, CBC-TV’s new blockbuster action-adventure drama anchored around a Yellowknife-based maverick airline and the extended family of unconventional people who run it, soared to record heights in its broadcast premiere Tuesday night with an audience of more than one million viewers along for the ride.

A total audience of 1.05 million Canadians tuned in (331,000 in the 25-54 demographic) making ARCTIC AIR the second new CBC-TV series of the winter season in as many nights to debut with over one million viewers (new comedy MR. D drew 1.23 million on Monday) – and the largest audience to watch the premiere episode of a new CBC-TV drama in a decade.

It was a solid night as well for CBC’s comedy stalwarts the RICK MERCER REPORT (837,000 total/271,000 25-54) and 22 MINUTES (666,000 total/214,000 24-54).

ARCTIC AIR features the star power of Adam Beach (Cowboys and Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU), Pascale Hutton (Fringe, Rookie Blue, Sanctuary) and Kevin McNulty (The Killing, End Game, Battle Star Galactica).

In advance of Tuesday, January 10th’s debut of ARCTIC AIR on CBC Television (Tuesdays at 9 p.m./9:30 NT), Vancouver’s Robson Square will be transformed into a tarmac on the tundra this weekend, hosting a display of illuminated aircraft ice sculptures.

Ice planes by Newad’s Experiential Marketing team will be on display from noon on Saturday, January 7 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 8. Passersby can pick up ARCTIC AIR “boarding passes” with information on how to enter a “watch and win” contest for a chance to win one of two trips to Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), the setting for ARCTIC AIR. More details at www.cbc.ca/arcticair.

ARCTIC AIR launches Tuesday, January 10th with a sold-out gala premiere screening of the debut episode, followed by a Q&A session with the cast, at The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street in Vancouver.

Filmed in Vancouver and Yellowknife, ARCTIC AIR is an action-packed one-hour adventure series about a maverick airline and the extended family of unconventional people who run it. Mel (Kevin McNulty), the cantankerous owner, keeps his crew of pilots in the air while Bobby (Adam Beach), his headstrong business partner, saves the airline from, well, “crashing.” Each week, their hot-shot pilots take off to deliver cagey prospectors to secret diamond mining sites, rescue scientists from snowed-in research camps, water-bomb forest fires or play tour guide for polar bear-seeking Japanese tourists.

ARCTIC AIR features the star power of Adam Beach (Cowboys and Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU), Pascale Hutton (Fringe, Rookie Blue, Sanctuary) and Kevin McNulty (The Killing, End Game, Battle Star Galactica). ARCTIC AIR is written by Ian Weir and produced by Omni Film in development with CBC.

CBC-TV’s smash hit detective series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE kicks off its third season with a very special guest star: ACADEMY AWARD® winning actor Russell Crowe joins series star Allan Hawco in the season premiere next Wednesday, January 11 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

The special season opener will also see Crowe reunite with the trio who played the Merry Men to his title character in Ridley Scott’s 2010 blockbuster “Robin Hood” – Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea fame), Scott Grimes and Kevin Durand. The four play a group of troublemakers causing headaches for Doyle & company on the streets of St. John’s.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.cbc.ca/republicofdoyle/videos/episodes/temp-episode.html

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE stars Allan Hawco as the charming and irreverent detective who struggles daily to navigate the complications of running the family P.I. business while keeping his very volatile private life in check.

Also returning to the Republic are the individuals that help define the mystique surrounding the Doyle clan: former colleague and father Malachy Doyle (Sean McGinley); colleague (and de facto stepmother) Rose Miller (Lynda Boyd); vandal turned P.I. apprentice Des Courtney (Mark O’Brien); enterprising niece Tinny (Marthe Bernard) and charming Constable Leslie Bennett (Krystin Pellerin).

CBC Television kicks-off 2012 to a hilarious start with four all-new comedy specials.

Beginning on January 1, 2012, the hilarious New Year’s comedy line-up includes: 22 MINUTES: HOLIDAY SPECIAL, AIR FARCE NOT THE NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL, THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR’S EDITION, and CRAIG FERGUSON’S INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF COMEDY.

22 MINUTES: HOLIDAY SPECIAL starts the New Year off with a bang at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on Sunday, January 1, 2012. The side-splitting special brings viewers letters to Santa from Peter Mansbridge, Jim Cuddy, and Survivorman’s Les Stroud (to name a few), new takes on traditional holiday stories like A Christmas Carol (with Kevin O’Leary as Scrooge) and Miracle on 34th Street, and guests including Gordon Pinsent, Allan Hawco, and Great Big Sea!

AIR FARCE NOT THE NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL will air on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). Air Farce stars Don Ferguson, Penelope Corrin, Luba Goy, Craig Lauzon, and Alan Park welcome “Combat Hospital” co-star Arnold Pinnock into the regular cast. They’re joined by a stellar guest line-up – Adam Beach, star of the upcoming CBC Television series Arctic Air, Battle of the Blades champion Tessa Bonhomme, Dragon and host of the upcoming CBC Television series Redemption Inc., Kevin O’Leary, and his Lang and O’Leary Exchange co-star, Amanda Lang, just to name a few.

Next up is THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR’S EDITION, airing at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on Sunday, January 1, 2012. In his sixth annual New Year’s special, Ron puts 2011 to bed as only he can, then looks ahead to 2012, sincerely hoping the Mayans were just having a bad day at the temple when they made their famous doomsday prediction. Joining James to celebrate are special guests Sonja Smits, Eric Peterson, Michael Therriault, Raoul Bhaneja, Kathy Greenwood, Matt Baram and Lauren Ash.

On January 2, 2012, JUST FOR LAUGHS brings viewers some of the top international comedians the world has to offer with CRAIG FERGUSON’S INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF COMEDY. Airing on Monday, January 2 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT), viewers will have the chance to discover hilarious talent from across the pond (and beyond) all hosted and encouraged by the insanely wild and charming host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson.

 

Who says you never get a second chance to make a first impression? On Wednesday January 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), a handful of lucky entrepreneurs from past Seasons of DRAGONS’ DEN will get to do just that.

In a special edition of the hit reality show airing Wednesday January 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television, seven lucky presenters receive a coveted do-over. Rejected the first time –some made crucial changes, others proved the Dragons wrong – and now they’ll re-pitch their proposals to Canada’s most discerning investors.

Pitchers from past Seasons who left the Den with nothing are determined to convince the Dragons that they’re worth a second glance. For example, Vancouver entrepreneur Joel Primus made a brazen bid on season 4, with only “a prototype and a dream” – now he’s back with national retailers on board – and a new partner.

Other viewer-favourite pitchers return to the Den – even though they originally turned down a deal. New Brunswick’s Olivier Soaps made a dramatic exit from the Den in Season 5 after turning down a double-Dragon deal. But, one year later, they’ve realized that they still need help after all.

Tune in to this all-new special episode of DRAGONS’ DEN to see who is thriving, and who is barely surviving – and if a second chance is all it will take to score a much-needed investment to finally take them to the next level.

Ring in the New Year with Canada’s iconic funnyman, Ron James, as he returns to the airwaves for his annual New Year’s tradition of bringing laughter to Canadians

THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR’S EDITION airs Sunday, January 1 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television, in an extended one hour version of James’ quick-witted comedy.

In his sixth annual New Year’s special, comedian Ron James puts 2011 to bed as only he can, then looks ahead to 2012, sincerely hoping the Mayans were just having a bad day at the temple when they made their famous doomsday prediction.

Joining James to celebrate are special guests Sonja Smits, Eric Peterson, Michael Therriault, Raoul Bhaneja, Kathy Greenwood, Matt Baram and Lauren Ash.

Of course it wouldn’t be New Year’s without Aunt Vivien’s annual message to the royal family, and her homespun advice to newlyweds Will and Kate is as cut and dried as Marks and Spencer shortbread; a usually quiet electronics store manager channels General Patton to rally his troops for the battle known as Boxing Day; guests of Canada’s greatest 19th century detective Mordecai Moncton learn that attending one of his parties can be murder; a top military official is in the hot seat for accidentally shooting down a certain bearded, jolly, red-suited man on Christmas Eve; and Lil Ronnie is staging a covert operation of his own, up way past his bedtime trying to raid the snack table of Ma and Pa’s New Year’s party; and in a special musical number to close the show, a mall and chain weary Ron pays cranky tribute to the season with fellow survivors of the holiday madness.

THE RON JAMES SHOW showcases the talents of renowned and much-beloved comedian Ron James, and his poetically charged observations about surviving life in the modern world. Anchored by James’ hilarious stand-up and cutting field sketches that are rich in satire and physical comedy, THE RON JAMES SHOW is a coast-to-coast hit on CBC-TV.

Gemini Award winning and Emmy Award nominated production company, Media Headquarters (The Summit, The Great Polar Bear Adventure, Modern Love, Outlaw In-laws), today announced that it is bringing the search for CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON to CBC Television in March 2012.

An original and groundbreaking new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. The two-hour prime-time event will be taped in front of a live studio audience and draw upon the latest research to show that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a whiz at math or trivia.

It’s not about how smart you are, rather how you are smart!

According to the internationally embraced Theory of Multiple Intelligences, there are actually several different kinds of smarts. Six main areas of intelligence are: Logical, Visual, Physical, Linguistic, Musical and Social.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will feature four top participants as they undergo fun and spectacular tests in each category of intelligence. The person who proves that they have the most versatile smarts in the country will earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON while audiences can play along at home. Whether it be uncovering lies in a sea of half-truths, navigating an obstacle course of lasers at break-neck speed, or composing a film score in less than five minutes, every kind of smarts will be challenged.

Play along at home during broadcast event using interactive app

During the telecast, viewers will be able to test themselves alongside the top TV participants from their smartphone or home computer using a new innovative and interactive app. The CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app will feature interactive challenges synchronized with the television event. Homeaudiences will be able to put their own wits to the test, discover more about their personal intelligence and see how they compare to the TV participants and the rest of the country.

Apply to participate on CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON – Dec. 5 to Jan. 1

Show us your smarts! We are searching for the smartest person in the country and it could be you or someone you know. Canadians can apply themselves, or nominate someone they know, starting Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. EST to Jan. 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply at cbc.ca/smartestperson.