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Program Alert – November 15, 2007

Wicked Weather Week Profiles Natural Disasters and Weather Phenomena and Features New Episodes of Angry Planet, November 25 – 28 on OLN

The devastating effects of wild weather are apparent across the planet. Whether caused by climate change or the result of natural occurrences, environmental changes are resulting in increasingly bizarre and violent weather around the world. Beginning Sun., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, OLN examines these ecological changes in a new programming marathon – Wicked Weather Week. Featuring new episodes of original Canadian series Angry Planet, Wicked Weather Week showcases various meteorological and environmental phenomena and the effects they have on the communities who experience them first-hand.

Headlining the marathon are new episodes of Angry Planet. Hosted by intrepid stormchaser George Kourounis, who dangerously ventures to the heart of destructive storms, each episode of the series goes inside ferocious hurricanes and tornadoes, volcanoes spitting molten lava, floods from melting glaciers and raging forest fires. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the adventures and misadventures of Kourounis as he explores the world’s wildest weather and the continuing disintegration of the environment. Among some of the more eventful incidents of the seven new episodes is Kourounis’ own wedding on the lip of an exploding South Pacific volcano! Produced by Peter Rowe Productions, new episodes of this hit series continue Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT.

But first, a group of specials focusing on natural weather phenomena – from earthquakes to melting glaciers – kicks off this marathon. Highlights from the Wicked Weather Week include:

Meltdown: In the Shadow of Nepal’s Lost Glaciers

Sun., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

This one-hour special follows a United Nations-led expedition to look at the escalating glacial melt that is starting to consume Nepal’s high mountains. Like the polar regions, mountain ranges provide the first indicators of global warming and in the Himalayas temperatures are starting to skyrocket. The implications of the climate change in the region are staggering. This special ventures into the area to look at evidence of recent floods, including a stop at a dammed lake the experts believe might soon release 30 million tons of water onto the 7,000 Nepalis who live below it. Featuring dramatic scenery and a glimpse into the threatened region, watch as leading experts including a Nepali environmentalist, a United Nations official, glaciologists, global warming experts, a Buddhist monk and local witnesses to disasters weigh in on the looming threat of glacial meltdowns in Nepal.


Mon., Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Travel with a group of people who spend all their time searching for events that most individuals hope to avoid – hurricanes, monsoons and tornadoes. Featuring some of the most exciting meteorological occurrences, this one-hour special provides a behind-the-scenes look at weather enthusiasts who venture into the heart of each storm for the thrill of learning more about them. Watch as these stormchasers track extreme weather conditions to help understand how such events develop and how experts can better predict them in the future.


Tues., Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

This one-hour special illustrates how landslides and avalanches strike with little warning, demonstrating the limited protection we have over natural environmental and weather occurrences. Despite all the technology of the 20th century, the power of nature often takes people by surprise. This is especially the case with landslides and avalanches. Listen to some of the incredible survival stories of people who were buried alive in devastating avalanches that occurred high in the mountains of France, Switzerland and Italy. Then, learn some of the ways scientists are trying to fight avalanches including building snow-slowing fences, adding steel shutters to houses and placing snow sheds over critical roads in the path of potential disasters. Next, travel to California, one of the regions most vulnerable to devastating landslides due to its climate and geology. An unexpected downpour can turn the land into a raging river of mud or a flood of debris that has the power to devastate everything in its path. Join geologist and engineer John Duffy from California’s Department of Transportation Works as he sheds light on ways to control landslides and the effect they can have on threatened communities.

Anatomy of an Earthquake

Wed., Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Based on the latest super-computer scenarios, follow a potential earthquake moment-by-moment as it unleashes its phenomenal power on southern California. Using state-of-the-art CGI, this special breaks down the path of an earthquake’s destruction, component by component. Zero in on the latest cutting-edge technology and the methods being developed to protect infrastructure in the region. Find out how structural engineers have retrofitted some of Los Angeles’ landmarks with high tech base isolators designed to absorb shock waves and steel coupled girders that can literally pull a building back together. With new evidence indicating that the much feared San Andreas Fault may not cause “the big one” as experts once predicted, learn what scientists believe may be posing an even greater threat to California then ever before – a hidden fault below the heart of Los Angeles known as Puente Hills. This compelling one-hour special investigates this fault line, tracking it relative to the downtown core. Watch as CGI illustrates the results of a hypothetical earthquake with the epicentre in the heart of the Los Angeles. Will the city that fears “the big one” be able to withstand “the bigger one?”

Angry Planet – “Blizzard”

Wed., Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Mount Washington, New Hampshire, holds the dubious honour of being home to the some of the world’s worst weather. The highest wind speed ever recorded at the Earth’s surface – 372 kilometres per hour – was noted at its mountaintop observatory. To prepare for a mid-winter climb to the summit, Angry Planet host George Kourounis becomes a “human popsicle,” encasing himself in ice at the National Research Council’s high-speed wind tunnel. Then, after completing the necessary preparation, watch as Kourounis and fellow stormchaser Mark Robinson climb to the top of the mountain in mid-January and brave their way into a summit blizzard.

Angry Planet – “Wild Water”

Wed., Nov. 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

In this episode, witness Angry Planet host George Kourounis head expeditions into three different bodies of wild water. First, Kourounis travels to Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico to dive with five-metre great white sharks. Then, after swimming with these fish, watch as he kayaks into a flooded Northern Ontario cave in the middle of winter. Topping up that trip is a wild jet boat ride on the Niagara River – the site of one of the world’s biggest Class V white water rapids.

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Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

As they approach the end of the year, the crew decides to spend Christmas in Quito, Ecuador, and New Years in the dodgy port city of Guayaquil. They meet some locals and join the crazy tradition of building effigies and blowing up last year’s old ways with fireworks in order to usher in the New Year. Watch as the streets light up in total chaos that rivals the firework festival of the Virgin.

Leaving the country behind, the crew anxiously moves southeast into the land of the Incas – Peru. The northern deserts prove to be some of the most uninhabitable places on the Earth. On their way, team leader Nick leads an excursion on a mountain trail only to encounter the biggest of road hazards – the Rock.

A frustrated team attempts to overcome this obstacle, resulting in near disaster for one of the crew. When they finally get through the mountains and arrive at Macchu Picchu, they soak in the majestic views and awe-inspiring architecture.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Things start to heat up for the team as they descend into the jungles of Costa Rica. Here they interact with Janine, a local girl who is creating her own wildlife rescue organization and pick beans with local farmers at a coffee plantation.

After bidding farewell to their new friends, the group heads farther south to the Panama border. Shortly afterwards, an unexpected incident ravages two tires and two wheels on the side of the Panamanian highway. Swarms of bugs and a heated argument later, the team gets their bearings and continues onto their crucial next stop – the dockyards at the Panama Canal.

Here the team can decompress, dine on sharks and wait for the vehicles to board their next ship.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Once the team crosses the border into Mexico they learn all about the people, the culture…and the tequila! Their Mexican escorts take them through some of the most dangerous ghettos of Mexico City only to encounter trouble of their own – car trouble.

With little time to waste, the team regroups and moves on to visit the ancient Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan. They soon butt heads and tempers flare as travel writer Rolf Potts loses his cool with the team.

After things settle down, the crew is back on track and ready to participate in the craziest firework festival the crew has ever seen – the procession of the Virgin in Nicaragua!

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The first episode introduces the adventurers and sets them up with their home for the next one and a half years – four modified Land Rovers, complete with “bumper dumper” toilets.

After a day of off road 4 X 4 training to prepare them for the rugged terrain they’ll encounter on the road, the crew sets out to Las Vegas before the start of their adventure.

They quickly run into their first obstacle at the Mexican border – setting them a few days behind schedule. But will this setback impact their timelines for future destination points?

Join a group of seven strangers on the ultimate journey as they travel over 65,000 kilometres through 26 countries across the planet in Odyssey – Driving Around the World.

Premiering Tues., Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, each half-hour episode of this 13-part series follows the trials and triumphs of this group of adventurers as they drive around the world in an awe-inspiring expedition designed to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s disease.

The trip was organized by Drive Around the World, a charitable organization that combines fundraising with adventure travel. Follow the group’s gripping voyage as extreme weather, border disputes and traffic accidents threaten this amazing journey spanning almost two years. But will these obstacles keep the crew from reaching their destination and ultimate goal?

As they set off for their expedition, each member of the team has a core responsibility that is designed to benefit this seemingly cohesive unit throughout the journey.

The group consists of Nick Baggerly, the team leader who founded Drive Around the World; Todd Borgie, a former Peace Corps volunteer who serves as the mechanic on the trip; Nancy Olsen, a captain of the Marine Corps Reserves who works on the public relations for the team; Justin Mounts, a business consultant turned navigator on this journey; Chanda Groom, responsible for logistics and maintaining contact with the outside world on the team’s website; Neil Dana, a musician who serves as the team’s photographer; and Rolf Potts, a travel writer and author who comes along to document the trip.

The team will make its way across the world in four Land Rovers that have been modified to travel through harsh environmental conditions. Fitted with communication equipment and rooftop tents, these vehicles will serve as the team’s only link to civilization in hostile and remote locations. Their expedition takes them from San Francisco to Mexico, Central America to South America, across the Pacific Ocean and through Australia, to Singapore and South East Asia, through India, China and Siberia, across Alaska, through Canada and back to California.

With guest appearances by Michael J. Fox, the Dalai Lama and James Cameron, this remarkable journey reveals who these travellers are in relation to others around the world. Will every member of the team be able to stick out the challenging – and sometimes dangerous conditions – to see this commitment through to the end? Tune into Odyssey – Driving Around the World to find out.

Program Alert – October 31, 2007

OLN Salutes the Canadian Forces in a Remembrance Day Marathon of Truth Duty Valour, November 11

This Remembrance Day, Canadians will honour the valiant soldiers who have fought for freedom over the last century and continue to do so today. As soldiers are saluted on this national day of remembrance, OLN pays tribute to our Canadian Forces with a marathon of Truth Duty Valour, beginning Sun., Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Over the course of four consecutive hours, Truth Duty Valour offers an in-depth look at various facets of the Canadian Forces including the Army, Air Force and the Navy. Watch as soldiers complete rigorous training and are deployed on missions around the world – often in dangerous situations – to serve and protect the freedom and safety of others. Each episode of the marathon provides an insiders look at what soldiers are currently experiencing in combat. Able to face any threat or danger, this series reveals how young Canadian soldiers, air crew and sailors put it all on the line in the name of our country.

Highlights from the marathon include:

Truth Duty Valour – “Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre”

Sun., Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

In this new episode, Truth Duty Valour profiles the pride of the Canadian Army – The Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre. Set deep in the plains of Alberta, the military has turned 640 square kilometres of land into a virtual Afghanistan. Using state-of-the-art lasers, computers, actors and at least eight simulated villages, watch as the Army trains large numbers of soldiers for combat. Get a chilling look at what Canadian solders will experience in the Middle East and the dangers they must anticipate. Truth Duty Valour follows members of the Royal 22nd Regiment as they train for deployment. Next stop – Afghanistan.

Truth Duty Valour – “Snowbirds”

Sun., Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

The Snowbirds acrobatic team has thrilled millions of people during the last 30 years with their death-defying flying and precision drills. They race through the sky, missing each other by astonishingly short distances every time. Danger hides behind every curve. It takes nerves of steel and a passion for perfection to fly in this unit. Truth Duty Valour climbs into the cockpit with the Snowbird team to reveal what it takes to be one of the best pilots in the world.

Truth Duty Valour – “NATO with H.M.C.S. Iroquois”

Sun., Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Canada and the other members of NATO have a permanent task group that is always on guard to meet any threat or need at sea. They’re on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This year, Canada commands the seven nation squadron as it sails throughout the Mediterranean and seas surrounding Europe. Join the crew of H.M.C.S. Iroquois on this multi-national force and learn how these soldiers train for counter-terrorism operations.

Truth Duty Valour – “Medics”

Sun., Nov. 11 at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT

When there is a cry for help, medics always ready to save lives – even if it means putting their own on the line. From deployed combat operations in Afghanistan to disaster relief around the world, medics make a crucial difference in crisis situations. Witness members of 2 Field Ambulance in Petawawa as they prepare for various operations, training soldiers to help their comrades injured in war.

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Barenaked Lady Takes to the Skies – Again – When Season Two of “Ed’s Up!” Takes Off November 7 on OLN

Get a front row seat as an iconic Canadian rock star comes down to Earth to try everyday jobs in season two of the hit series “Ed’s Up!” Beginning Wed., Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN, Ed Robertson, co-founding member of The Barenaked Ladies, sets out to try jobs he’s never dreamed of doing…and some that he has. This season, Robertson, an avid recreational pilot, must once again land his Cessna plane near the location of each of his new tasks. Easy enough, right? The catch this time around is that Robertson has to land on the closest body of water to his mystery location. With floats now added to his plane, Robertson takes to the skies and jets to various cities across North America to tackle some of the grossest and most exhilarating jobs imaginable.

From scrubbing feces off a bathroom wall to demonstrating his flying chops with the Canadian Air Force, this rock star has his work cut out for him in each half-hour episode of the 13-part series. With his newly acquired floatplane license, Robertson not only tries to prove he’s up for any task but also that he is able to do “real life” jobs – good and bad. Find out what Robertson really thinks about each task when he vents his true feelings in candid “confessionals” throughout the series. Not only does he shed light on the task at hand, but also shares his newfound respect for the committed individuals who are dedicated to their work no matter how dangerous…or dirty. More than just earning bragging rights for sticking out some seriously challenging tasks, it’s what Robertson learns about himself that makes this the ultimate ride.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

“Ed’s Up!” – Brooklyn Hospital Cleaning”

Wed., Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In the season opener, Robertson is spirited away to a Brooklyn hospital where he is given his first job of the series – cleaning a busy emergency room. A day’s work here is a world tour of cleaning, disinfecting and more cleaning. His first task? Cleaning a restroom – walls and ceilings covered in human effluent of all varieties. Will Robertson be able to overcome his squeamish tendencies, especially when he mops up blood in a delivery room and views dead bodies in the hospital morgue?

“Ed’s Up!” – Lake Charles Alligator Biologist

Wed., Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

In this episode of “Ed’s Up!,” Robertson heads off to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to work with alligator biologists. His day begins with cleaning a tank housing baby alligators. Their size is no match for their smell as he quickly reacts to the powerful aroma. After gaining a little confidence, Robertson helps the researchers extract blood samples from the adults to test the serum against deadly flesh-eating viruses. Then, for a little fun, the group heads to the dark swamps in the middle of the night to gather wild gators and rob them of their blood for testing.

“Ed’s Up!” – Galveston Oil Rig Repair

Wed., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Galveston, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, is a remote wasteland of giant equipment and migrant workers. Robertson joins the mechanic crew fixing and retrofitting massive oil rigs, but quickly learns his sense of humour isn’t appreciated right away. In fact, his new boss has little time for jokes from the pampered rock star. The heat and scale of the operation has Robertson quickly sweating buckets…and it’s not even lunch yet!

“Ed’s Up!” – Chicago Abattoir

Wed., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Robertson eats meat and is proud of it, but can he hack it in a slaughterhouse? Processing more than 2,500 pigs a day, Robertson’s new employer has very little time to explain all the technical elements of the job. What happens when Robertson get his hands dirty and figures it all out for himself?

Might As Well Face It – They’re Addicted to Cars! “Crash Addicts” Drives into OLN, Oct. 26

Catch up with a car-crazy gang from Gananoque, Ontario, who assemble cars for smashing at demolition derbies in the second season of “Crash Addicts.” Beginning Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, each episode of this 13-part original Canadian series follows the trials, tribulations and triumphs of five quirky demolition derby drivers. Join the Crash Addicts – Richard “White Hot” Leighton, Joey “Hot Rod” Kemp, Jaime “The Birminator” Birmingham, Gary “Sweetleaf” Miller and Tammy “Bubbles” Bruce – as they take on the world inside and outside the derby ring.

Highlights from the first episodes include:

Episode 1 – Crash Addicts vs. The World
Fri., Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

With targets on their backs, Team Crash Addicts join forces and learn the value of working together. While The Birminator and Sweetleaf plan to enter the Peterborough derby, Bubbles is upset she can’t defend her title because she doesn’t have a car ready. On top of it all, her mother moves away forcing Bubbles to grow up fast. Will she be able to overcome her personal and “professional” challenges in time for the derby? Can The Birminator and Sweetleaf get themselves ready in time to have a fighting chance at the Peterborough event?

Episode 2 – Back to School
Fri., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Bubbles quits smoking, starts exercising and leaves Team Crash Addicts behind to step up her derbyin’ in the local school bus races. Will a cold reception from the other racers and a surprising crash be enough for Bubbles to regret leaving her fellow Crash Addicts behind? Meanwhile, White Hot struggles to multitask five projects while studying for his driver’s license. When he becomes overwhelmed with all he’s working on, he recruits his daughter to help him get his license.

Episode 3 – The Billy Bash
Fri., Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Friendship conquers all as Sweetleaf and White Hot put aside their personal differences to smash the competition at The Billy Bash derby. After placing an ad in the event’s program challenging the other drivers, the duo set out to avenge their names and come out on top. But can they be taken seriously by the competition?

OLN – Outdoor Life Network captures the adventurous spirit and passion for the great outdoors. Rough and tough, bone-breaking action and danger, OLN is Canada’s leader in outdoor programming with a focus on life beyond the comforts of home. OLN’s cutting-edge western lifestyle, outdoor exploration, survival, strength and reality programming is second only to extensive coverage from the most physically gruelling events from around the world, including the Tour de France, Iditarod, Professional Bull Riders, The Amazing Race and Dakar Rally. Visit Canada’s roughest, most rugged and entertaining network online at www.tsn.ca/oln. CTV Inc. is the managing partner of OLN.