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Ice Pilots NWT, the hit docu-series from OMNI Film Productions following the adventures of renegade Arctic airline Buffalo Airways is back for a second season. And Season Two promises to be bigger and badder!

Thirteen episodes packed with nail-biting challenges and riveting stories about the pilots, engineers and crew who risk everything to fly vintage warplanes across the last frontier on earth. Ice Pilots NWT Season Two (13 x 60’) premieres on Wednesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on History Television.  Please check local listings.

“We were blown away by the success of Ice Pilots NWT in Season One.” says Creator and Series Producer, David Gullason, “The show really took off and fans fell in love with the fantastic people who make Buffalo Airways the great story that it is.  I can honestly say that Season Two of Ice Pilots will be even better.”

In Season Two, “Buffalo” Joe tests a new batch of “rampies” desperate to become Buffalo pilots, and Mikey travels to Venezuela and the UK in search of prized planes to add to Buffalo’s fleet. Pilots Devan and Scott struggle to maintain their cool as engines act up on the C-46 while crusty “Mr. Fix-It” Chuck faces off with a stubborn Electra. And a team of crack mechanics struggles to fit the DC-3 with skis in time for Arnie and AJ to land on a lake of rapidly thinning ice. But, nothing compares to the hockey fever that spreads through Buffalo as the DC-3 flies the iconic Stanley Cup on a tour of the North.

What’s more, the Ice Pilots NWT multi-platform campaign continues to soar in Season Two. Omni Film, in association with the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, has developed a mobile-optimized version of the highly successful website, www.icepilots.com. Beginning in Season Two, fans will be invited to interact with the TV show in real time during broadcast. On-air bugs will direct viewers to a quiz on their smartphones. Once they’ve answered all the questions, viewers can connect with other mobile fans via Facebook Connect and view an exclusive short video delivered instantly to their mobile device.

“We’re pleased by the incredible success of our new media and social marketing initiatives,” says Omni partner and Executive Producer, Gabriela Schonbach. “It’s crucial to keep our loyal and media savvy fan base engaged with the show, and to attract viewers of all ages, so we’re excited about introducing this new level of interactivity in Season Two.”

In the dusty outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada you’ll find the Harrison family – three generations of one family whose business is pure pawn.

The world-famous Pawn Stars are returning to HISTORY™ for a 2nd series and as masters of their trade, this family of pawnbrokers must establish the authenticity and value of each and every unique item. Each day the Pawn Stars meet their customers and are presented with an array of ‘treasure’ – from pirate chests, Charles Lindbergh’s propellers to rusty knives and ancient rifles – they see it all… but they never quite know what will be coming next…

Series 2 rejoins the family business and it is booming. The Pawn Stars teach viewers valuable lessons about haggling and the history behind one-of-a-kind, vintage items. Not everything always goes to plan, of course and tensions run high in the family. Grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey all fight for first right to an item but conflicts arise between Rick and ‘Old Man’ as they question Corey’s judgement on vital items. Who will strike it lucky in Pawn?

There’s always an opportunity to learn something new for this family and we join their trials and tribulations as they open up for business. Watch as the Harrison family learns to separate fact from fiction in order to get the best deal possible. When one of the most expensive American race cars, a 1965 classic Shelby Cobra arrives at the shop, will the team figure out if it’s in fact a fake or will the experts come to their rescue?

Negotiation plays a huge part for the team. It’s their bread and butter and their reputation on the line so, can they make a truly explosive deal or will the customer strike it lucky leaving them out of pocket?

You’ll have to tune in to Pawn Stars every Monday on HISTORY at 9PM if you too want to watch the Pawn Stars in action.

 

Only on HISTORY™

TX: Every Monday from 20th September at 9PM

 

History Television joins forces with U.S. AETN channel, History™, to produce the Canadian Specialty channel’s first-ever scripted limited series, The Kennedys.

Featuring an outstanding cast, this revealing one-hour, eight-part drama spotlights one of America’s most legendary families as they have never been seen before. The series is set to premiere in 2011.

Heavy on star-power, the ambitious series features Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning actor Greg Kinnear (As Good As it Gets, Little Miss Sunshine) as President John F. Kennedy, Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, The Ice Storm) as First Lady, Emmy® Award-winning actor Tom Wilkinson (In The Bedroom, John Adams) as Ambassador Joe Kennedy Sr. and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, Enemy of the State) will star as Attorney General, Robert Kennedy.

“There’s an endless fascination with the Kennedy story, and it’s one that continues to resonate with people around the world,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “As the network’s very first scripted drama series, we’re excited to bring this prolific piece of American history to life with our partners at AETN.”

Produced by Muse Entertainment for AETN and History Television, The Kennedys come from the Emmy® Award-winning team behind the groundbreaking series 24, creators Stephen Kronish and Joel Surnow. The series will be directed by Jon Cassar (24, Criminal Minds) and produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment. Joel Surnow, Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jon Cassar and Jamie Paul Rock serve as the executive producers.

Shooting is set to begin in June in and around the Greater Toronto area and will continue through until September, 2010.

We’ve been reminded often enough recently of the terrible, destructive power of Earth-based natural disasters: ash-spewing volcanic eruptions, ferocious hurricanes and tornadoes, raging forest fires that destroy everything in their path, and floods and tsunamis that wash away whole communities.

As if all that weren’t bad enough, now we learn about another frightening natural phenomenon, this one arriving on Earth from space: from our own life-giving Sun. And while extra-terrestrial Doomsday scenarios often seem far-fetched or hypothetical, this one, unfortunately, is not.

The story of this threat from outer space, against which there is no current defence, is told in the shocking, fact-based documentary film Cosmic Fire, the  premiere episode of a remarkable new three-part TV series from Toronto-based yap films called STORM PLANETS, premiering on History Television on Monday, April 26 at 9 pm ET/PT.   

Using stunning CGI, Cosmic Fire imagines the cataclysmic effects such a major solar storm would have on our planet. It’s a fascinating, awesome, horrifying and revelatory viewing experience. Watching it, viewers will become aware of the forces beyond this planet that can strike with deadly global effect, literally ‘out of the blue’.

The reason Cosmic Fire is so attention-grabbing is that the destructive phenomenon it describes has already happened here on Earth 150 years ago. It was recorded by amateur English astronomer Richard Carrington on September 2, 1856. Carrington was the first live witness of an explosion of storms on the solar surface. His momentous discovery has become known as The Carrington Event.

What Carrington chronicled was a solar storm, or Coronal Mass Ejection, and its spectacular effects on Earth.  It created awesome displays of the Northern Lights. But, even in that pre-technological era, its destructive force was felt around the world. As renowned English historian/astronomer Dr. Stuart Clark (who is featured in Cosmic Fire) writes,  “Telegraph systems crashed, machines burst into flames, and electric shocks rendered operators unconscious. Compasses and other sensitive instruments reeled as if struck by a massive magnetic fist. For the first time, people began to suspect that the Earth was not isolated from the rest of the universe”.

Major solar storms seem to follow periods when solar activity has been in a lull, building up and then exploding ferociously. That’s what we now know happened in the decades leading up to 1856. Ominously, the Sun’s activity over the past few decades has been similarly quiet, increasing the odds that a major solar event is on the horizon.

With a major solar storm likely to reoccur, this time the results could be devastating. Should a solar storm of such apocalyptic proportions again strike Earth, it would destroy large parts of the world’s electric grid, thrusting our civilization back into the Steam Age and resulting in millions of casualties, as our modern technological infrastructure crumbled.

Following Cosmic Fire, the other episodes of STORM PLANETS, Deadly Dust on May 3 and Alien Wind on May 10, will look at what would happen if and when the wildest examples of extra-terrestrial wind and dust come to Earth. Life imitates art in Deadly Dust, as CGI-imagined scenarios of airplanes flying through dust storms are eerily similar to real situations the past few days about the dangers to planes as a result of Earth’s atmosphere being loaded with dangerous ash from the Icelandic volcano eruption.

Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning March 31

The highest-rated series ever to air on History Television, Ice Road Truckers returns for its highly-anticipated third season with more heart-stopping adrenaline than ever before. The new season follows veteran drivers Hugh Rowland and Alex Debogorski, as well as new drivers – including the show’s first female trucker, 28-year old Lisa Kelly. This season, the truckers set-off to Alaska, where there are new dangers around every corner.

Wednesdays at 6 pm ET/PT beginning March 31

From missing people to missing millions, father and son professional divers Mike and Warren Fletcher use their underwater expertise to unravel mysteries that lie beneath. Covering a wide range of stories involving war, crime, piracy, treasure, and archaeology, including the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the hunt for missing U.S. submarines in the Philippines, Dive Detectives follows the Fletcher’s as they uncover real-life mysteries.

Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning March 30

Pawn Stars – the viewer-favourite series and ratings powerhouse – is back for its second season on History Television. Pawn Stars explores the colourful world of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop; a family business on the gritty streets of Las Vegas. Run by three generations of the Harrison family –grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey – Pawn Stars is a compelling and hilarious look at the pawn industry and the clashing and camaraderie that takes place along the way.

Mondays at 9 pm ET/PT beginning March 29

Hosted by Tony Robinson, this new Canadian original series travels back through 200,000 years of human history to find out what happened to our ancestors when violent climate change turned their world upside down. Vicious and sudden changes to the climate killed millions; but benign climate conditions have enabled humans to multiply and develop at an extraordinary pace. Using CGI effects and stunning imagery, this series visualizes the world’s changing landscape over tens of thousands of years.

Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT beginning March 29

For years, many scientists have warned that humans are increasingly harming the planet through industrialized farming, gigantic dams, pollution, and greenhouse gases. In follow-up to the top-rated one-off, Aftermath: the World Without Humans, this four-part Canadian original series takes a deeper look at various possible global catastrophic changes.

Saturday, January 23 at 9 pm ET/PT

A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East. Stars Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.