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Quick! What’s on the back of the Canadian dime? If you have to look and see, we’ll save you the trouble. It’s the world-famous wooden schooner Bluenose, the pride of Nova Scotia, and the fastest of her kind in the 20th century. 

But schooners aren’t just a relic from a bygone era. In fact, there’s a resurgence in wooden schooner building happening in Nova Scotia and the membership in the Nova Scotia Schooner Association has increased steadily during the past decade.

Nova Scotia Schooners takes an in-depth look at these traditional vessels and explores what’s involved with owning and maintaining a piece of living history. The documentary was filmed during the summer of 2011 and includes scenes from the Nova Scotia Schooner Association annual race week as well as the reconstruction of Bluenose II which is currently underway in Lunenburg.

The film features four men from very different backgrounds who all share a passion for schooners and who are each doing their part to keep these wooden vessels alive.

Nova Scotia Schooners is written and directed by Tom Gallant and produced by Edward Peill from Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc.

“This documentary demonstrates what happens when people come together around something they find both important and beautiful” says director Tom Gallant. “It highlights one of our most significant Canadian cultural icons and underscores why these traditional skills need to be passed onto future generations. The beauty and grace of these schooners is captivating and I’ll wager that anyone with even a drop of salt water in their veins will love this film.”

Nova Scotia Schooners will broadcast on CBC Television’s Land & Sea on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 12 PM (check local listings). Following the broadcast, the documentary can be watched on the CBC TV website at:  www.cbc.ca/landandsea. Land & Sea is one of CBC’s longest running TV series and can be followed on Twitter: @cbclandandsea

The holidays are fast approaching, and CBC Television is preparing a wonderful festive season of new specials and traditional family favourites.

CBC stars including Steven and Chris, George Stroumboulopoulos, the 22 Minutes gang – even the Dragons – have something special to share this holiday season! For the complete holiday schedule, visit www.cbc.ca/holiday.

In addition to holiday fare from CBC’s resident personalities, a wide range of Hollywood’s seasonal favourites – both vintage chestnuts and modern day classics – are being screened, from Miracle on 34th Street (Saturday, December 24 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Thursday, December 15 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT) and Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m./7:30 NT) to NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS Vacation (Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT), Home Alone (Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT) and Elf (Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT).

 

Highlights include:

 

Steven and Chris Holiday Shows

December 12 – December 16 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT)

Steven and Chris have you covered with amazing DIY projects and festive decor tips to make your holiday sparkle. From party pleasing appetizers to decadent desserts, the food team will create a full holiday menu that will wow your guests; the guys dish on great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list; and The Steven and Chris beauty team has the latest holiday hair, make-up and fashion looks.

 

December 19 – December 23 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT)

The holiday magic continues with festive tips from Season 4, including gift wrap ideas, decorating the perfect tree, decking the halls with joyful decor, and serving up delectable holiday treats.

 

December 26 – December 30 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT)

Some of the best Steven and Chris episodes from this season with notable guests including Jann Arden, Chef Rocco Dispirito and Nadia G.

 

22 Minutes Holiday Special

Tuesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

From the Christmas Tree lighting on Parliament Hill to last minute shopping at one of Canada’s busiest malls, tune in for a very 22 Minutes take on the holidays. Get advice on how to handle all the holiday season stress, from dealing with the in-laws to finding the perfect gift for the Prime Minister on your list. Special guests include original cast members Mary Walsh and Greg Thomey, and Dragons’ Den’s Kevin O’Leary turning A Christmas Carol on its head as an unforgettable Scrooge.

 

Dragons’ Den – The Holiday Episode

Wednesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 pm NT)

On the special holiday episode of Dragons’ Den, holiday wrapping meets its match, a new seasonal light dazzles the Dragons and it’s Hockey Night in the Den with an original sporty belt.

 

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight holiday music special

Friday, December 23 at 11:05 pm (11:35 pm NT)

This special holiday episode features a spin on the classic 1977 Bowie-Crosby duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” with Martin Short, as well as top Canadian musical talent from Michael Bublé and Adam Cohen to Coeur de Pirate, and more, plus tales of holiday hijinx from celebrities including Jann Arden, Sebastian Bach and Kermit the Frog.

 

Kids’ CBC Holiday Morning

Saturday, Dec. 24th (6 a.m./6:30 NT to Noon/12:30 NT)

All across the country from 6 a.m. to noon (6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. NT) see holiday episodes of some of your favourite Kids’ CBC shows including Super WHY! episodes “The Nutcracker” (6 a.m.) and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (8:30 a.m./9 NT) and The Doodlebops “A Happy Doodle Holiday” (9 a.m./9:30 NT). Beginning at 9:30 a.m./10 NT look for school-aged favourites such as My Goldfish is Evil and Artzooka! along with holiday episodes of Naughty, Naughty Pets and Leon.

 

CBC is commercial free on Sunday, December 25

Don’t miss the SEASON 4 Heartland Christmas special at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

 

Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café

Saturday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT)

Ever since the year Dave cooked the turkey, Christmas has been a tradition at The Vinyl Cafe, and this year is no different. Join host Stuart McLean and special musical guest Hawksley Workman as they celebrate Christmas with an hour of stories and music.

 

Mansbridge One on One Special – The Mansbridge Conversations: 2011

Friday, Dec 30 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

This one-hour special features the most provocative, memorable and newsmaking interviews of 2011. Peter reveals his thoughts about these Canadians and what he took away from his conversations with them.

Edge-of-your-seat drama and adventure set in the clear, cold skies and stunning natural beauty of Canada’s new North; one of Hollywood’s greatest stars kicks off the new season of the adventures of Canada’s sexiest sleuth; and the crusty cut-throat of Canadian business literally goes to jail for his search to find the country’s next great new entrepreneurs.

These are just a few of the highlights in store for CBC Television’s 2012 Winter Season.

The excitement just doesn’t soar any higher – on the map or the altimeter – than it does on ARCTIC AIR, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning January 10. Strap yourself in as Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU) stars in this blockbuster action-adventure drama anchored around a group of renegade pilots based in Yellowknife, who battle the elements – and, at times, each other – as they struggle to complete their missions and keep the dysfunctional family business they all depend on from crashing, in every sense of the word.

He’s one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and a Best Actor Academy Award® winner; now Russell Crowe comes to CBC Television to kick off the third season of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. Crowe joins series star Allan Hawco and the rest of the cast of Newfoundland’s most famous crime fighters in the season premiere January 11th (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m./9:30 NT). Season 3 promises another wild round of life on the edge for private investigator Jake Doyle, his father Malachy and the rest of the St. John’s crew of characters who have made this action-drama such a runaway hit, averaging over a million viewers an episode.

One of Canada’s favourite comedians, Gerry Dee, brings his gift for laughs – and his own life experience – to the new half-hour comedy MR. D (Mondays at 8 p.m./8:30 NT, beginning January 9). Before making his mark in standup comedy, Dee worked for nine years as a private school teacher. So he’s especially well-suited to play Gerry Duncan, a would-be gym teacher who gets a job at a prestigious private school only to find himself giving lessons on a subject he knows nothing about – and deciding he has no alternative but to fake his way through it.

New this season is REDEMPTION INC. (Mondays at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 9). The prime-time series follows a group of 10 ex-cons as they are given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to set up their own business under the guidance of Dragon and multi-millionaire businessman, Kevin O’Leary. Kevin sees the business potential in giving these people a second chance, and he recognizes that these ex-cons paid their debt to society. At the end of the series, one of them will earn both Kevin’s support and $100,000 of his own money, to start a legitimate business. This is not a handout or charity scheme; this is business.

Dragons Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving from Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, DRAGONS’ DEN, are hitting the road to help struggling companies get back on track by offering their expertise – and their own money. In each one-hour episode, new series, THE BIG DECISION features two separate businesses that are facing tough times. A Dragon will visit each company, roll up their sleeves, and put their expertise to work. If the Dragons think they can help turn things around, they will invest their own money – and change the fortunes of good companies that have fallen on hard times.

“We are equal parts proud, thrilled and excited to present this amazing lineup of new shows, top stars and the finest made-in-Canada television available anywhere,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. “The winter season will set a new standard for excellence for CBC Television.”

 

Returning favourites include:

MARKETPLACE, Canada’s No. 1 investigative consumer show and winner of the 2011 Gemini Award for Best News Information Series, returns Fridays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 6. In the special hour-long season opener, the award-winning MARKETPLACE team brings you “Canada’s Worst Customer Service: The Store Edition,” investigating how bad the customer service really is in Canada’s major store chains, and revealing the chain with Canada’s worst service.

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE (Mondays at 8:30 p.m./9 p.m. NT, beginning January 9) is back for its final season. Canadians can follow their favourite multi-denominational community for one last time. It’s a rapid-fire season jam-packed with competitive fasting, town audits, sacred chickens, and budding “bromances.” Celebrate LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE with the people of Mercy, as the show that broke new ground for Canadian Comedy comes to a conclusion.

 

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

The action continues as Canada’s favourite sports program follows the NHL’s march to the Stanley Cup. Highlights of early 2012 programming include: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, traveling to Prince Edward Island for the annual celebration of our national sport (Saturday, February 11 at noon ET); the NHL Winter Classic: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (Monday, January 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET), an outdoor game that promises to become the must-watch sporting event of the New Year, and the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, live from Ottawa (Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET).

 

RICK MERCER REPORT (Tuesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 10)

More than one million Canadians tune into the country’s favourite commentator on the foibles and the folly of modern life every week on the RICK MERCER REPORT.

 

DRAGONS’ DEN (Wednesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 11)

Maybe you think they’ve seen it all, and this season they’ve already seen ideas for everything from pet fashion to motorcycle hearse services. But there’s plenty more to come in the second half of DRAGONS’ DEN Season 6, as Dragons Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary search for Canada’s next great entrepreneur – with their own money on the line.

 

HEARTLAND (Sundays at 7 p.m./7:30 NT, beginning January 8)

Friends – and secrets – have arisen from the past to make this season of the multigenerational family saga HEARTLAND a continued hit with families across the country. The real stories about real people will continue, played out in all their drama, romance and comedy under the big skies of the Canadian West.

 

the fifth estate

The multi-award-wining the fifth estate returns with new episodes of original and provocative journalism. Bob McKeown tells the story of Canadian teenagers dreaming of making it in the National Basketball Association, only to find the reality south of the border is vastly different than anything they ever imagined. Gillian Findlay explores the dubious science around “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, which has been used to unjustly convict parents. And Linden MacIntyre shows how certain prescription drugs have ruined entire communities.

 

THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki

CBC Television’s long-running and multi-award-winning series, THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, continues its extraordinary 51st season with more thought-provoking television. Highlights include: Smarty Plants – new research is now exploding the myth of an inactive, passive plant world and revealing instead a landscape pulsing with sex, movement, communication and social interaction; Programmed to be Fat? – what if there’s another reason for skyrocketing obesity rates; Surviving the Teen Brain – new research reveals the brain is most creative and productive during the turbulent teen years; and Japan 3-11 – David Suzuki travels to Japan to see if the cataclysmic Tsunami can be a blueprint for sustainable change.

 

22 MINUTES (Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m./9 NT, beginning January 10)

22 MINUTES continues its 19th rabble-rousing, no-holds-barred season of political comedy and commentary. Always on top of any breaking news (and sometimes doing the breaking), 22 Minutes features cast members Mark Critch, Geri Hall, Shaun Majumder and Cathy Jones. No story is off-limits, and no personality is too big for the 22 Minutes team to tackle.

 

MOVIES & SPECIALS

 

8TH FIRE (Premieres Thursday, January 12 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT on CBC-TV’s Doc Zone)

A provocative, high-energy four-part journey through Aboriginal Canada showing why we urgently need to build new relationships with our First Nations and fix Canada’s 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples, now mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With an energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8TH FIRE propels you past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings straight on to meetings with a surprising new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are claiming both their culture and their confidence. They are the fastest growing population in Canada. More than half of them live in cities and those stills struggling on reserves in Third World conditions, are demanding a share of the vast mineral and energy resources in their midst.

 

THE WRATH OF GRAPES: KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID – PART 2

It’s the much anticipated sequel to 2010’s blockbuster television movie event Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry StorY, which drew more than 1.3 million viewers. PART 2 is an exploration of Don’s latter years and his evolution into becoming an icon of Canada’s cultural media, starring Jared Keeso reprising his Gemini-winning performance as the co-host of Coach’s Corner.

 

SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN (Sunday, February 12)

A television movie event, based on the life and writings of Canada’s first and foremost humourist, Stephen Leacock. Airing on the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Leacock’s beloved book of the same name, the movie features a veritable Who’s Who of Canada’s top actors and comedic talent. Stars include Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Donal Logue (Terriers), Peter Keleghan (18 to Life), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Caroline Rhea (The Caroline Rhea Show), Debra McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show), Leah Pinsent (ReGenesis), Sean Cullen (Mulroney: The Opera), Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Ron James (The Ron James Show), Rick Roberts (Republic of Doyle), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), as Stephen Leacock, among others.

 

32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS (Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT)

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1980, the GENIE AWARDS are an annual celebration honouring the biggest achievements in Canada’s film industry. Host details, musical performers and nominees will be announced in the coming months.

 

BREAKAWAY ( Broadcast Date TBA)

A hockey enthusiast since 12 years of age, Toronto-based Rajvinder Singh (Vinay Virmani), even went to the extent of trimming his hair, discarding his Pagri/turban, did not complete his education, incurred the wrath of his father, Darvesh (Anupam Kher), who wanted him to be involved in the family business as well as confirm and respect Sikh religion principles and values. Hoping to play professional hockey, Rajvinder, along with other fellow Sikh players, instead finds himself treated as the object of ridicule, referred to as a ‘joker’, by mainstream Caucasian players. Even his friends tease him and ask him to take up ‘Guli Danda’ and Kabaddi’, while his father makes him work for Uncle Sammy (Gurpreet Guggi) as a truck driver. He is attracted to stunning law student Melissa Winters (Camilla Belle) while her brother, Dan (Rob Lowe), offers to coach Rajvinder and his team. Unable to get themselves included in any team, they form their own…

 

SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA (April 2012)

It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s not your typical spelling bee. It’s SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA – a one-hour prime-time event that will celebrate the country’s youth and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA takes the spelling bee format to the next level – with a fast-paced game-show style, and celebrity hosts and commentators.

 

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON (March 2012)

A groundbreaking and entertaining new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. This two hour prime-time event draws 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. Using this cutting-edge research in intelligence, four participants will be challenged with fun and spectacular tests in each of the following six categories: Math and Logic; Visual and Spatial; Body and Kinesthetic; Linguistic; Musical; and Interpersonal. It’s up to the contestants to prove that they have the most versatile smarts in the country in order to earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, while audiences get to play along at home.

 

ROMEOS & JULIETS (Spring 2012)

Set to the beloved score by Sergei Prokofiev, and the artistic direction of the National Ballet of Canada’s Karen Kain, ROMEOS & JULIETS is a one-hour exploration of the process by which a remarkable new ballet production winds its way from rehearsals to opening night. Newly choreographed by world-renowned Alexei Ratmansky, ROMEOS & JULIETS heralds the arrival of two new dance stars as they take on Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of love and loss. Cast members include Guillaume Côté (Principal Dancer), Elena Lobsanova (First Soloist) and many more. The film is produced by Shaftsbury Films with Christina Jennings and Peter Meyboom producing, and Moze Mossanen as a producer and a director.

 

LOVE LIES BLEEDING (Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT)

An extraordinary one-hour television adaptation of the contemporary ballet performed by the Alberta Ballet and adapted for CBC. Through brilliant choreography and music, the film explores the psyche of one of the most famous composers and performers of our time – Sir Elton John. LOVE LIES BLEEDING is introduced by Sir Elton John and is structured into five distinct acts, each of which explores, through choreography and Elton John’s music, the emotional arc of a superstar’s life. Starring principal dancer Yukichi Hattori, LOVE LIES BLEEDING is directed by renowned director Moze Mossanen, choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître, and produced by White Iron Inc.

 

CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule

(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)

 

SUNDAYS (beginning January 8)

7 p.m. HEARTLAND

 

MONDAYS (beginning January 9)

8 p.m. Mr. D

8:30 p.m. LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

9 p.m. REDEMPTION INC.

 

TUESDAYS (beginning January 10)

8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT

8:30 p.m. 22 MINUTES

9 p.m. ARCTIC AIR

 

WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 11)

8 p.m. DRAGONS’ DEN

9 p.m. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

 

THURSDAYS (beginning January 5)

8 p.m. THE NATURE OF THINGS

9 p.m. DOC ZONE

 

FRIDAYS (beginning January 6)

8 p.m. MARKETPLACE

9 p.m. the fifth estate

 

SATURDAYS

5 p.m. HNIC GAME DAY

6:30 p.m. CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

 

WEEKNIGHTS

10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge

10:55 p.m. CBC NEWS LATE NIGHT

11:05 p.m. GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT

 

DAYTIME

7 a.m. KIDS’CBC

2 p.m. STEVEN AND CHRIS

3 p.m. BEST RECIPES EVER

3:30 p.m. In the kitchen with Stefano FAITA

Camelot, the spectacular presentation of the legend of King Arthur by the team who brought us THE TUDORS, final episode airs on CBC Television tonight.

Only one day before the final broadcast, Phase 4 Films released CAMELOT – THE COMPLETE SERIES UNCUT on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, November 15. The three-disc set retails for $74.99 and contains every episode, uncut. It’s packed with special features including promo reels, character breakdowns, behind-the-scenes footage and bloopers.

CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ first female hockey player, Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier, one of the best pair skaters in history, have skated into the hearts of Canadians with their powerful, gravity-defying performances featuring a variety of amazing tricks.

These two Olympic Gold Medalists have been crowned as the champions of BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 and they have won the $100,000 first place prize donation that will be divided between their chosen charities – the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure (Sudbury Run Site) and Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

As a fierce hockey player who put on figure skates for the first time at BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ bootcamp in July 2011, Tessa has transformed herself into a graceful figure skater who has impressed judges with her technical ability and aesthetic presentation.

“I expected you to be good, but I did not expect that level of performance,” Head Judge Sandra Bezic commented on Tessa’s figure skating skills in the first week of live performances. “What this is about is the courage to put yourself in a vulnerable place and that is inspirational.”

Tessa Bonhomme was part of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team since 2004. She has been skating with David Pelletier, a three-time Canadian Pairs Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, who in 2002, captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in pairs skating in 42 years.

Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard have claimed the second place prize of $35,000 donation to Do It For Daron with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Returning from Season 1, five-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion Marie-France has been skating with Bryan, who played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and battled back from a severe eye injury in one of the greatest comeback stories in hockey history.

Five-time U.S. Ice Dance Champion, four-time World Medalist and 2006 Olympic Ice Dance Silver Medalist Tanith Belbin has been paired with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers player Boyd Devereaux, an Ontario native, who won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. They have claimed the third place prize of $30,000 that will be divided between the Montreal Neurological Institute and Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce.

Over the course of the third season of CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES, the program has donated $290,000 to various Canadian charities, resulting in nearly $1,000,000 in charitable donations since the start of the series in 2009.

CBC and leading producer Shaftesbury today announced that a sixth season of the popular one-hour drama series Murdoch Mysteries has been greenlit by CBC, with production targeted to commence in spring 2012.

Drama channel Alibi in the UK and ITV Studios Global Entertainment will remain production partners on the new season of the internationally successful series, which has been sold in more than 100 countries.

Trevor Walton, Executive Director Scripted and Commissioned Programming at CBC said “We are delighted to welcome Murdoch Mysteries to the network. It is very exciting to have this much loved, quality, Canadian drama at CBC. It complements our programming and continues our commitment to Canadian produced drama.”

“With so many stories left to tell, we look forward to finally bringing Murdoch Mysteries to a national audience and growing our passionate fan base in partnership with the team at CBC,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury.

Based on Canadian author Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch novels set in late 1890s Toronto, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing turn-of-the-century world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a detective who pioneers radical forensic techniques for the time in his quest to solve the city’s crimes. Murdoch’s colleagues are coroner Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination for forensic science; Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching, Dispatching), Murdoch’s eager but sometimes naïve right-hand man; and Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch’s skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss. Murdoch Mysteries has also featured a line-up of prominent guest stars across five seasons including actors Gordon Pinsent and Victor Garber, opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, Dragons’ Den mogul Arlene Dickinson and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Since 2003, Murdoch Mysteries has created more than 5000 jobs for actors, writers, directors, producers, crew, extras and technical and production services. Murdoch Mysteries was initially adapted for television as three made-for-TV films produced by Shaftesbury, which were broadcast in Canada in 2004 and 2005. Following the success of the three movies, the series premiered in 2008, and five seasons (65 hours) have been produced since that time. The series is shot in and around Toronto and Southern Ontario as well as additional locations across Canada including Dawson City and Ottawa, where season five will wrap production.

Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie and Peter Mitchell; and produced by Jan Peter Meyboom and Stephen Montgomery. Season six of the series will be developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC, UKTV’s Alibi and ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The top three pairs remaining on BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 faced their toughest battle yet in the finale showdown for the first place $100k prize of a donation to their chosen charity.

Last night, Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux, Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier and Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard performed their personal favourite routine from this season as well as a new routine.

In the last episode on Monday, November 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), the entire Season 3 cast will perform a group routine and then the winning pair will be crowned as champions.

The top three pairs are:

TANITH & BOYD – Five-time U.S. Ice Dance Champion, four-time World Medalist and 2006 Olympic Ice Dance Silver Medalist Tanith Belbin is paired with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers player Boyd Devereaux, an Ontario native, who won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. Tanith is competing to win prize money for the Montreal Neurological Institute and Boyd is competing for Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce.

TESSA & DAVID – Tessa Bonhomme, BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ first female hockey player, was part of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and a member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team since 2004. She is skating with David Pelletier, a three-time Canadian Pairs Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, who in 2002, captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in pairs skating in 42 years. Tessa is competing to win prize money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure – Sudbury Run Site and David is competing for Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

MARIE-FRANCE & BRYAN – Returning from Season 1, five-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion Marie-France Dubreuil is paired with Bryan Berard, who played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and battled back from a severe eye injury in one of the greatest comeback stories in hockey history. They are competing to win prize money for Do It For Daron with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

CBC’s COVER ME CANADA showcased the best new talent this country has to offer over the past eight weeks and tonight announced that Toronto, Ontario’s Whosarmy was judged the best new Canadian band by a combined vote from the judges and Canadian audiences.

“Canada couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from a show that has thrilled audiences week to week combining raw talent with beloved Canadian classic hits! It’s been thrilling for all three of us to watch these bands grow musically. Ultimately it came down to two finalists that proved to Canadian audiences that they had what it takes to dominate a stage and leave their mark on the Canadian music scene. Only one could win and we thought that these young men are consummate musicians and deserved to win. They are not afraid of challenging themselves and they always respected the spirit of the songs they were performing while not afraid to branch out with their own unique arrangements. Travis’ vocal range and showmanship is fantastic! We know they will have a strong future and everyone go out and download this great original song,” commented Ron Fair on behalf of the judges.

The original single, Alive, produced by Fair, was performed at the conclusion of tonight’s show and is available for download on iTunes. The music for the single was a song that Whosarmy had in their vault. Once they made it to the final two they hooked up with Chantal Kreviazuk, who co-wrote the lyrics to Alive.

In the star-packed finale the multi-platinum, Juno award winning band Hedley, performed the first single, Invincible, from their newly released album, Storms, and all three COVER ME CANADA judges – Jordan Knight, Deborah Cox and Ron Fair stepped out from behind their judges table to perform their version of Glass Tiger’s top ten hit Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone produced by fellow judge, Ron Fair. The song will also be available exclusively on iTunes.

G07, Simpson Brothers, Georgia Murray, Living in Red, Warren Dean Flandez and Ali Milner who were eliminated from the show come back to Studio 40 at the CBC to celebrate the finale and perform with the remaining two bands a special performance of The Parachute Club’s 1983 much beloved, Rise Up.

Every week Canadians online buzz for the finalists was a factor is saving them from elimination by the judges. In the finale, Canadians’ vote was also weighted in the final decision and the winner was determined by a combination of the judges’ votes and Canada’s votes.

COVER ME CANADA was hosted by Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges, along with mentor-producers including Hawksley Workman, Kuya, and Gavin Brown, presided as the finalists performed live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

Last week on COVER ME CANADA, the judges, joined by guest judge George Stroumboulopoulos, made a stunning decision to eliminate Warren Dean Flandez from the competition and left three bands to battle each other for a chance at the final two spots.

This Sunday, our judges, Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls) will be joined by Canada’s country darling, Johnny Reid.

Multi-Juno and CCMA award-winning east coast cowboy, Reid has steadily become a household favorite for music lovers across Canada. With several #1 hits on his resume, his latest album, A Place Called Love, has gone double platinum.

This week, Ali Milner, The Melanie Morgan Band and Whosarmy will take to the stage and perform the iconic hits, Courage by The Tragically Hip, One Week by Barenaked Ladies and These Eyes by The Guess Who. In an added twist this week, the three square off in an on-air battle of the bands, performing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Sugar Sugar by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim, and Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. Each artist will perform selections from these iconic songs, competing against each other in front of the live audience. Which band will make these songs their own and shine brighter? Tune in Sunday to find out.

Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies reflected on their hit One Week, “I improvised If I had $1,000,000 on a long school bus ride at age 18 to entertain young kids. Similarly, I wrote One Week as a four minute freestyle rap ‘off the dome’ as the youth say. I should really stop trying so hard to craft good songs. My two biggest hits were written in about the time it takes to perform them!” He went on to say, “One Week is a challenge to perform EVERY TIME. There’s no time to think in that song. It’s just rapid fire lyrics and you don’t have the narrative benefit of anything making sense! Good luck to all those who venture here and beware of the tiny nubs.”

COVER ME CANADA is broadcast on Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC. Host Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges, along with mentor-producers including Hawksley Workman, Kuya, and Gavin Brown, preside as the finalists perform live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

The fabulous Samantha Bee, recently named Comedy Person of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards, makes a guest appearance on MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, Tuesday, November 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Bee is perhaps best known as the ‘Most Senior Correspondent’ on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, the comedienne plays Wendy Slade, a morning talk show host who puts David (Bob Martin) and Michael/Miguel (Matt Watts) in chef hats and aprons to make huevos rancheros while promoting David’s book. Michael shines, David seems a bit scrambled.

Seen Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, the series was recently dubbed “simply the best new comedy of the fall season, on any network, Canadian or otherwise,” by the National Post’s critic Scott Stinson.

The episode “Sweating” was written by Susan Coyne (Slings & Arrows) and directed by Patricia Rozema (Tell Me that You Love Me). Michael thinks his sweating is disgusting. But nothing’s as hot as the scathing review of David’s book – except, perhaps, Wendy Slade’s studio lights. Multiple Emmy-winning TV legend Edward Asner returns as David’s shrink Dr. Wassermann.

Praised by critics across the country, MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS is centred on Cognitive Behavioral Therapist David and his patient Michael who have been seeing each other twice a week for 15 years. They’re making progress. Michael believes David is his key to happiness. David believes Michael is his key to a lucrative book deal. Maybe not.

MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS was created by Bob Martin and based on the neuroses of Matt Watts. The series is executive produced by Martin and Don McKellar (Tony Award winners for Best Book of a Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, 2006).

Produced by Niv Fichman and Sari Friedland (Gemini Award winners for Slings & Arrows, 2006 and 2007), the series, which stars Bob Martin and Matt Watts (The Newsroom, Twitch City), is directed by Don McKellar, Alison MacLean and Patricia Rozema and written by Bob Martin, Matt Watts, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Katie Ford. Also starring in the series are Jennifer Irwin, Pablo Silveira, Martha Burns and Tommie-Amber Pirie.