Canwest

Canwest is now Shaw Media

The Canadian Media landscape has changed, yet again.

On October 22, the CRTC gave Shaw approval for Shaw to take over controlling interest in the now defunct Canwest Global brand. The deal, said to be worth over $2-Billion Canadian, will see Shaw taking over interest of Canwest’s conventional tv channels and 19 speciality. Global Television, Food Network, TVtropolis and HGTV Canada will all now be under the control of the newly named “Shaw Media”.

This deal had been in the works for over a year but just got approval for the go ahead. No word on what changes could come to these networks but it could bring more money into the networks that would give a boost to home-grown productions. Or more money would be available to buy American shows for broadcast north of the border.

This isn’t the first time a large purchase like this has happened in Canada. A couple of months ago Bell Canada put the plans in motion to purchase CTV 100% including it’s Broadcast and Online properties. The deal is going under CRTC approval but it should be a done deal in 2011.

Canwest Broadcasting announced today the launch of a newly branded, wholly owned digital specialty channel: Twist TV. Set to begin November 1, Twist TV will be available in over 2 million homes nationwide.

Twist TV is all about real life with a twist; capturing the experiences of everyday people facing extraordinary situations.  The channel’s diverse cast of characters and their colourful stories – from unique personal challenges, to difficult family issues, to unusual medical circumstances – are always relatable and often outrageous.  With a lineup of programming that includes tales of out of control kids, pageant moms and life changing health situations, Twist TV will deliver on the channel’s memorable tagline: “Life throws curves”. 

Catering to adults 25-54, with a female skew, the channel will offer exclusive access to a variety of entertaining, reliable and practical show titles including:  Raising Sextuplets, Dad Camp, Little Miss Perfect  and 8 Boys and Wanting a Girl as well as the latest seasons of international hit series Nanny 911 and Wife Swap.

“Canwest’s lifestyle channels are the most popular in Canada. Food Network and HGTV are the top two favourite channels for Canadian women and we are confident that Twist TV will quickly become another audience favourite,” said Karen Gelbart, Senior Vice President, Lifestyle Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “We look forward to introducing this new brand and exciting programming mix to viewers in November.”       

A glimpse at a few exclusive series confirmed for launch includes:

Dad Camp (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Dad Camp features six irresponsible fathers-to-be and their pregnant girlfriends working together to prepare for their future as parents.

Raising Sextuplets (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

After a three-year struggle to conceive, Jenny and Bryan Masche find their wishes have multiplied when the news that they’re expecting six babies rocks their world. Raising Sextuplets follows them as their lives expand by six.

8 Boys and Wanting a Girl (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

This documentary features forty three year old Wendy Bowen who has eight boys and is desperate for her dream girl and her ticking biological clock has turned it into an obsession.

Little Miss Perfect (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Little Miss contests are a storm of hope and anxiety, of dreams and despair, as young families buy thousand dollar dresses and dentures for children barely out of diapers.

 

The launch of Twist TV follows Canwest subsidiary CW Media’s purchase in 2009 of the shares of Discovery Health Channel Canada previously held by Discovery Communications Inc.

On November 1, 2010, Twist TV will become available in over 2 million homes through Rogers (as part of their digital VIP package), Shaw, Cogeco, Bell TV, Shaw Direct and Videotron amongst other carriers.

Hot on the heels of Rookie Blue’s record-breaking launch and upcoming premiere of Haven, a partnership with SyFy, Canwest confirms an impressive roster of additional Canadian series for Global and Showcase.

Canwest is producing seven original one-hour dramas, four half-hour comedies and three back-door pilots, set to premiere throughout the 2010/11 broadcast season.

The line-up of new series includes high-profile partnerships with Canadian, American and foreign broadcasters and production companies.

New Programming:

Dramas

 

Blackstone (Spring 2011)

 

8×60 min

 

Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of power and politics on an Indian reserve. A newly elected female Chief struggles to lead a broken community against the betrayal and corruption of the old regime. The series stars Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush and Nathaniel Arcand. A Canwest partnership with APTN, Blackstone is produced by Prairie Dog Film + Television and executive produced by Ron E. Scott. The series was created by Ron E. Scott and Gil Cardinal who share writing credits along with Selina Williams and Damon Vignale.

 

Endgame (Spring 2011)

 

13×60 min

 

Endgame introduces viewers to Arkady Balagan, a brilliant chess master. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside. To pay his bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries – using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork. Using the skills that made him an international chess champion, Balagan solves the crimes that mystify others. Developed and produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Front Street Pictures; creator and showrunner, Avrum Jacobson; Michael Shepard and Harvey Kahn serve as Executive Producers.

 

XIII (Spring 2011)

 

13×60 min

 

Based on the popular graphic novel of the same name, XIII is an action-packed and intriguing series following a skilled and lethal secret agent as he desperately searches for his true identity. The closer he gets to uncovering the riddle of his past life, the more complex and deadly the mission becomes. XIII is produced by Prodigy Pictures & Cipango and executive produced by Jay Firestone, Thomas Anargyros, Edouard de Vesinne and Gil Grant, who also serves as the writer on the series.

 

King (Spring 2011)

 

8×60 min

 

King is a sexy character-driven cop drama about Jessica King, a charismatic but flawed female detective. King is produced by Indian Grove Productions. Executive Producers are Bernie Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood, both of whom serve as series creators.

 

Combat Hospital (Fall 2011)

 

13×60 min

 

A Canadian/UK co-production set in a military-medical hospital in Afghanistan, the drama focuses on the doctors and nurses who often have to put their own lives at risk to help save the lives of others. Sienna Films and Artists Studios are producing the project with Look Out Point. Executive Producers are Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny for Sienna Films, Gub Neal, Justin Thompson-Glover, Patrick Irwin for Artists Studios and Simon Vaughan for Look Out Point; developed with Steve Lightfoot and created by Douglas Steinberg and Jinder Chalmers.

 

Comedies

 

The Kenny Hotz Television Program (Working Title) (Winter 2011)

 

6X30 min

 

Kenny vs. Spenny’s cult icon Kenny Hotz goes solo in a new series. Each week, Kenny is saddled with an insane Herculean task he must accomplish. The series is executive produced by Kenny Hotz and E1’s John Morayniss.

 

Single White Spenny (Spring 2011)

 

8×30 min

 

Poor Spenny can’t catch a break. After being tossed out of his marriage, he sets out to prove to the world that he’s not an, “emotionally inept lovetard incapable of having a functional relationship”. Good luck. He’ll need it. Single White Spenny is produced by Breakthrough Films and Television with Ira Levy serving as Executive Producer. The series is created by Rice and written by Howard Busgang and Tom Nursall.

 

Untitled Belleville Brothers Project (Spring 2011)

 

8×30 min

 

When the seemingly slick go-getter Terry inherits the comic book store he spent his life trying to escape, he has to return to the quirky strip mall where he spent his youth and team up with his socially awkward head-in-the-clouds brother Peter. Together they must put the past behind them, keep dad’s dream alive, and try not to kill each other along the way. E1 is producing with Jason Belleville and Ryan Belleville serving as Creators, Writers and Executive Producers on the project. The series is also executive produced by Laszlo Barna and Noreen Halpern.

 

Pilots

 

Befriend & Betray (Spring 2011)

 

1×120 min

 

Based on a true story, Befriend and Betray tells the story of Alex Caine, a civilian infiltrator-for-hire who helps law enforcement agencies battle some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. His private life is no less complicated. Befriend and Betray is produced by DHX and executive produced by Charles Bishop, Floyd Kane and Michael Amo. The pilot is written by Michael Amo and is based on the book “Befriend and Betray” by Alex Caine.

 

Jack of Diamonds (Spring 2011)

 

1×120 min

 

Jack of Diamonds is a comedic drama in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven about a career thief and his young protégé who plan a series of heists against some of the wealthiest people in world – for all the right reasons. Jack of Diamonds is produced by Muse Entertainment. Michael Prupas, Joel Rice and Christian Davin serve as Executive Producers and Peter Hume as writer.

 

Rave Squad (Spring 2011)

 

1×120 min

 

A young international law enforcement team is recruited to investigate crime found in the most alluring global locales. Rave Squad is produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions Inc. with Lewis Chesler and David Perlmutter serving as Executive Producers. Rave Squad is written by Josh Kotcheff.

 

Previously Announced Programming

 

Shattered (Fall 2010)

 

13×60 min

 

Shattered stars acclaimed actor Callum Keith Rennie (Californication, 24) as an unconventional homicide detective harbouring the secret of his battle with Multiple Personality Disorder.

 

Lost Girl (Fall 2010)

 

13×60 min

 

Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo, a succubus raised by humans, who just discovered she was born of a secret line of inhuman beings called Fae. Making her living as a Private Investigator, each week she must solve a new mystery while trying to remain neutral in the ancient battle between the Light and the Dark Fae and searching for the mother who abandoned her. Lost Girl was developed by Prodigy Pictures, in association with Canwest Broadcasting and Showcase. Executive Producers are Jay Firestone, Michelle Lovretta, Peter Mohan, Plato Fountidakis, and Paul Rapovski.

 

The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour (Winter 2011)

 

6×30 min

 

Chaos ensues for Mike, Robb and JP when the entire cast of their new comedy series, The Happy Funtime Hour, ingest an addictive hallucinogen and begin to believe they really are the characters they portray on the show – including deranged pirates, drug-addled playboys from an 80’s television show and a group of not-so-super superheroes. The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is written by Mike, JP and Robb. They also serve as Executive Producers on the series alongside Louis Thomas. Ron Murphy has been tapped as Director and Producer is Paul Pope. The series is produced by Happy Funtime Productions 2007 Incorporated in association with Showcase, The Canadian Television Fund, Film Nova Scotia and the Bell New media Fund.

 

Canadian actors are being urged to protest the recent buying spree by Canadian networks of American shows.

ACTRA Toronto, the local branch of Canada’s actors union, is calling for Canadian talent to join forces outside the Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville on Tuesday when the Canadian networks pitch their American buys to domestic advertisers.

The rally’s aim is to urge Canadian networks to buy Canadian and not rely on content from South of the border.

Local actors Eric Peterson, Gordon Pinsent, Leah Pinsent and Colin Mochrie will be present at the rally which will aim to get their message through to the likes of Canwest Global and Rogers Media.

The call for support comes after ACTRA national president Ferne Downey blasted local broadcasters for stocking up on new US shows while Canadian efforts are sidelined.

“They’ve been packing their schedules tight with U.S. programming and ready-to-go promotion packages while enjoying the benefit of protection from foreign competition. Let’s hope they surprise us with lots of Canadian programs at their upfronts,” Downey said.

Source: THR

 

This Spring on Showcase viewers can indulge in a lineup of powerhouse network premieres, exclusive series and highly-anticipated returns. The schedule kicks off on March 29, with a gang of juvenile delinquents in the Showcase exclusive British series Misfits, followed by an unlawful society in British drama Survivors. For the first time ever the Showtime smash-hit series Californication makes its way onto off-pay television and lands on Showcase. Finally, viewers can hang-up their inhibitions for the tantalizing second season of Showtime series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

The first season of the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning series, Californication comes to Showcase. The acclaimed dramatic comedy stars David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a novelist who struggles to help raise his 13-year-old daughter, while pining for his ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone), all while trying to re-launch his writing career in LA. His obsession with honesty, self-destructive behaviour and women are taking Hank on a rollercoaster ride he can’t seem to get off. Californication airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 13.
Everyone’s favourite call girl returns to Showcase with a second season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Belle’s (Billie Piper) life is further complicated by a bubbly but clingy young call-girl-in-training named Bambi (Ashley Madekwe) who she takes under her wing. While her best friend Ben (Iddo Goldberg), the only person who knows about her secret life, settles into domestic bliss, Belle throws herself into her work. When she meets Alex (Callum Blue), a handsome doctor who she mistakes for a client in a hotel bar, Belle becomes conflicted with the most difficult question of all – can she keep having sex for money while falling in love? Secret Diary of a Call Girl airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 14.
The BBC breakout hit series Misfits adds further drama to the new schedule. Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha and Simon have each committed a crime. Needless to say, when they find themselves working together on community service, it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly. When a freak electrical storm hits the town, strange things begin to happen to them, way beyond their control. They have no idea they’ve turned into superheroes, each with a power that reveals their deepest, darkest insecurities. Misfits airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 29.

Also from BBC comes the first season of science fiction drama Survivors that portrays the world stripped of all the conveniences of a modern society – no law, no shops, no communications, no transport, no electricity and no clean water. This is the apocalyptic scenario facing the heroes at the centre of this chilling drama series. Set in the present day, Survivors focuses on the world in the aftermath of a deadly virus as the lonely few who remain struggle to start over in a devastated world. Survivors airs Wednesdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 29.
Full episodes of Californication, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Misfits and Survivors will also be available exclusively on Showcase.ca the day after broadcast.

Canwest Broadcasting proudly announces the launch of MovieTime HD on Friday, March 12, 2010. Beginning tomorrow, MovieTime HD will be included as part of the Rogers Digital Cable VIP offering for customers with an HD box on channel 562. This launch continues to reinforce Canwest as a leader in HD programming with History Television, Showcase, National Geographic Channel and four Global Television stations – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton – currently broadcasting in High Definition.

The ultimate destination for big-ticket movies, MovieTime launched over a year ago and has been a huge success with viewers. It is now a top 10 digital channel in Canada for all key demos.

“With the immense popularity of MovieTime, we’re delighted to announce the launch of MovieTime HD – Canada’s only HD specialty destination for recent blockbusters”, said Daniel Eves, VP Strategic Programming, Specialty, Canwest Broadcasting. “The channel will offer viewers an incomparable movie viewing experience, combining superior resolution and sound with big-ticket movie titles.”

Viewers can expect to find HD titles that will include: Batman Begins, The School of Rock, Scorpion King, The Wedding Planner, Stuart Little 2, The Bucket List, Bourne Identity, Sahara, Catch Me If You Can, Matilda and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life. Many more new titles are to be added in the coming months.

MovieTime HD will be launching with other TV providers later this spring.

DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL

New Episodes or Seasons:

Intervention™, Season 3 (Network Premiere)
Nightly at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 4

My Shocking Story, Season 5 (Network Premiere)
Saturdays at 3pm ET/12pm PT beginning January 9

The Baby Borrowers (Network Premiere)
Saturdays at 2pm ET/11am PT beginning January 9

Obsessed (Network Premiere)
Sundays at 12pm ET/9am PT & 1pm ET/10am PT beginning January 10

FOOD NETWORK

Brand New Series:

Top Chef Masters (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 4 (Encore presentations Saturdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT & Sundays at 4pm ET/1pm PT)
Top Chef Masters will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef. The first six episodes will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner.  The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks, with one person eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef. The winning chef will receive $100,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

Pitchin’ In (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 4 (Encore presentations Saturdays at 12pm ET/9am PT & 6pm ET/3pm PT)
In the new series Pitchin’ In, Lynn Crawford is doing the unthinkable: quitting her job as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Manhattan and hitting the road for the ultimate chef adventure. Lynn travels to far-flung locations, doing whatever it takes to get at the best, freshest ingredients in the world, even if it means putting herself at risk by tromping through a mucky mosquito-infested bayou in Louisiana or signing up as first mate on a shrimp boat in Oregon. Throughout her journey, she’ll take on any challenge that comes her way, relying on local hunters, fishermen or farmers to show her how it’s done.

Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT beginning January 7 (Encore presentations Sundays at 11am ET/8am PT)
On her daytime cooking series, season five winner of The Next Food Network Star and stay-at-home mom, Melissa d’Arabian shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian demonstrates home cooking at its finest.

Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 7 (Encore presentations Sundays at 1pm ET/10am PT)
Renowned for his expertise in wildlife and conservation, Jeff Corwin sets his sights on exploring human culture through regional cuisine in his first Food Network endeavor. With an open mind (and mouth), this series follows the passionate foodie and anthropologist as he tears through countries like Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and Peru on radical culinary adventures. Learning from the natives, he samples the exotic foods and local customs that mold each community.

New Episodes or Seasons:

Glutton for Punishment, Season 4 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT beginning January 4

Giada at Home (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT beginning January 5

Dinner Impossible (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 5

The F Word (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 5

Food Network Challenge (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 6

Chopped (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 6

Ace of Cakes (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 7

Barefoot Contessa (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT beginning January 8

The Wild Chef, Season 2 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 8

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 10pm ET/7pm PT beginning January 8

HGTV

Brand New Series:

Bang For Your Buck (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 5 (Encore presentations Sundays at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT & 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT)
Bang For Your Buck has the concrete answers on remodelling value and how to get the most out of any renovation budget. In each episode, three homeowners from the same city renovate the same room of the house with the same budget. After the renovation, experts determine the value of each home, dramatically revealing whose remodelling choices were good investment decisions.

House of Bryan (World Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 7 (Encore presentations Sundays at 11am ET/8am PT & 10pm ET/7pm PT)
Disaster DIY host Bryan Baeumler is tearing down his family’s modest 1000 square foot bungalow and building a 4000 square foot dream home right before our eyes. Be part of the drama as his old house is demolished to make way for the new House of Bryan.

Programming Specials:

HGTV Specials
Sundays at 5pm ET/2pm PT beginning January 10
HGTV brings you brand new 60-minute HGTV specials as well as some viewer favourites from past marathons and stunts in this new weekend timeslot.

New Seasons:

For Rent, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 4

Marriage Under Construction, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 4

Million Dollar Listing, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 5

Dear Genevieve, Season 3 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT beginning January 5

Real Estate Intervention, Season 2 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET/5:30 PT beginning January 6

Real Renos, Season 7 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT beginning January 7

House Hunters International, Season 15 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 8

World’s Greenest Homes, Season 2 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT beginning January 8

Location, Location, Location, Season 11 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
Fridays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 8

SLICE™

Brand New Series:

Love Incorporated (World Broadcast Premiere)
Mondays at 10pm ET/7pm PT & 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT beginning January 11
Love Incorporated follows the real-life relationship of Annabelle and Justin Parfitt, a passionate power-couple as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship and run Fastlife.ca, their successful, international speed-dating business. Justin has set his sights on global expansion of the company, but Annabelle has babies on the brain and wants to settle down. Can they keep the tension of the boardroom out of the bedroom and vice versa? Love Incorporated documents the drama as Justin and Annabelle try their best to have it all. 

New Episodes or Seasons:

Party Mamas, Season 3 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 5

At The End Of My Leash, Season 6 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Wednesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 6

The Last 10lbs Bootcamp, Season 4 (World Broadcast Premiere)
Thursdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 7

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, Season 2 (Canadian Premiere)
Saturdays at 5pm ET/2pm PT beginning January 9

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 2 (Canadian Premiere)
Saturdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning January 9

The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 5 (Canadian Premiere)
Saturdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT beginning January 9

Marathons

The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 4
Saturday, January 2 from 8am to 10pm ET/5am to 7pm PT
Put the champers on ice, grab your oversized sunglasses, sharpen your claws and catch the entire fourth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County leading into the “sneak peek” premiere episode of season five at 10pm ET/7pm PT.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 1

Sunday, January 3 from 1pm to 9pm ET/10am to 6pm PT
Join Kim, NeNe and the rest of the southern belles for the entire first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta leading into the “sneak peek” premiere episode of season two at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Canwest and Canada’s Walk of Fame proudly announce international performer and award-winning singer, Anne Murray, as Host of the 12th Annual Walk of Fame Tribute, also known as The Canada Honours.

Premiering Sunday, September 13th – 9pm ET/PT on Global and SLICETM, the annual star-packed gala event will be held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 12 and will feature retrospective videos, special performances and celebrity presenters who will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

“As one of the inaugural inductees, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect host for this year’s event than Anne Murray,” commented Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Global Television. “The amazing line up of talented inductees, with Anne at the helm, guarantees our audience a remarkable evening of entertainment.”

A 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame recipient, Anne Murray has delighted millions of fans around the world with her signature voice and time honoured songs. Having sold over 54 million recordings, Murray has been recognized by the music industry many times over, including four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards, three American Music Awards and three CMA Awards. She is currently finishing work on her memoirs to be published by Knopf Canada and released by Random House in North America on October 27th.

“Anne Murray’s music has endeared her to millions of Canadians,” said Peter Soumalias, Founding Director, and President of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “Her rich voice is recognized around the world and her timeless songs have become woven into the fabric of our nation’s culture. She is a true ambassador of Canada’s global contribution to music.”

Celebrating its 12th annual ceremony, this year’s tribute will expand Canada’s Walk of Fame’s list of inductees to 124, shining the spotlight on these Canadian icons: musical group Blue Rodeo; actor, the late Raymond Burr; actress Kim Cattrall; rocker Tom Cochrane; designers Dean & Dan Caten (Dsquared2); comedian Howie Mandel; children’s author Robert Munsch and Para-Olympian Chantal Petitclerc.

The two-hour Walk of Fame Tribute / The Canada Honours, is presented to a selection of internationally recognized Canadian luminaries for their lifetime achievements in the fields of music, sport, film and television, as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation.

On Sunday, May 10, Canwest presents the mother of all programming events. From sitcom moms to the science of birth, Canwest’s specialty channels offer Mother’s Day programming for every taste across National Geographic Channel, Food Network, HGTV and DejaView.

Highlights include:

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

In the Womb Marathon

The popular In the Womb series explores the literal connection between a mother and child. This Mother’s Day Marathon features a brand new special, paired with some viewer favourites.

In The Womb: Identical Twins (Canadian Premiere) [HD]

May 10 at 7 pm ET/9 pm PT

The latest in the popular In the Womb Series, In the Womb: Identical Twins follows the embryonic and fetal journey of one of nature’s most fascinating reproductive accidents – Identical Twins. This new one-hour special charts the key moments of development—from the spontaneous splitting of the single egg, through to the major milestones of twin fetal development, and ending with their dramatic birth. With state-of-the-art CGI and unprecedented access, the film presents the fascinating complexity of twinning from inside the womb.

In The Womb: Twins, Triplets and Quads (Encore Presentation) [HD]

May 10 at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT

This program takes viewers into the extraordinary world of twins, triplets and quadruplets as they develop in utero. Follow the stories of three expectant mothers from conception to birth and travel inside the womb to see the tiny fetuses begin to interact with each other – pushing, kicking and even what looks like playing and kissing.

In The Womb (Encore Presentation)

May 10 at 10 pm ET/12 am PT

Explore the journey from conception to birth – the first beating of the heart, the tentative firing of nerve cells as the brain flickers into existence, the exploratory twitches of muscles, the birth of the senses and the opening of the eyes. New research reveals that the human fetus develops much faster than previously thought, as it learns the reflexes and responses it will need to survive on its own.

FOOD NETWORK

Moms, put your feet up and let your sons cook for you. Or just watch Food Network’s Mother’s Day marathons, consisting of a morning of great sons and an afternoon of great cakes.

Boys Cooking for Moms Marathon

Sunday May 10 from 9 am ET to 1 pm ET

· 9 am ET  The Main “Goat Cheese”

· 9:30 am ET  Jamie at Home “Eggs”

· 10 am ET  Guy’s Big Bite “Wake Up and Smell the Frittata”

· 10:30 am ET  Chuck’s Day Off “Family Dinner”

· 11 am ET  Tyler’s Ultimate “Ultimate Saturday Breakfast”

· 11:30 am ET  Big Daddy’s House “Keep Me In Bed”

· 12 pm ET  Licence to Grill “BBQ Brunch”

· 12:30 pm ET  Road Grill “Mother’s Day Celebration”

Last Cake Standing Marathon

Sunday, May 10 from 4 pm ET to 8 pm ET

· 4 pm  Last Cake Standing “Personal Best Cakes”

· 5 pm  Last Cake Standing “Elopement Cakes”

· 6 pm  Last Cake Standing “Extreme Superhero Cakes”

· 7 pm  Last Cake Standing “Sweet 16 Sextuplets Cakes”

HGTV

Pink Marathon: HGTV is celebrating Mother’s Day by offering an afternoon of pink-themed episodes from many of the network’s favourite shows.

· 1 pm ET  Sarah’s House “Kids Bedrooms”

· 1:30 pm ET  The Style Dept. “Think Pink”

· 2 pm ET  Sarah’s House “Living Room, Front Entry”

· 2:30 pm ET  Pure Design “Lee & Stevie’s Living/Dining Room”

· 3 pm ET  Design Inc “Stephanie’s Suite”

· 3:30 pm ET  Designer Guys “Pink Goes Uptown”

· 4 pm ET  Colin & Justin’s Home Heist “40-Year-Old Grannies”

DEJAVIEW

In honour of Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10, DejaView offers tender motherly moments from TV’s favourite moms. From the kind and caring Clair Huxtable to the in-your-face parental style of Roseanne, spend the day getting your share of warm and fuzzy motherly moments. Mother’s Day Marathons also run all day on Friday May 8 beginning at 11 am ET (One Day at a Time/Good Times) and Saturday May 9 beginning at 9 am ET (All in the Family).

May 10th highlights:

· 9 am ET (repeats at 6 p.m. ET)  Magnum PI “ Missing Melody”

· 10 am ET  Silver Spoons “Hi Mom”

· 10:30 am ET  Silver Spoons “The Call of the Wild”

· 11 am ET (repeats at 4 pm ET)  Who’s The Boss “Samantha’s Growing Up”

· 11:30 am ET (repeats at 4:30 pm ET)  Who’s The Boss “Prom Night II”

· 12 pm ET (repeats at 5 pm & 8 pm ET)  The Cosby Show “Clair’s Place”

· 12:30 pm ET (repeats at 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm ET)  Roseanne “Don’t Make Me Over”

· 1 pm ET  Mad About You “Bedfellows”

· 1:30 pm ET  Mad About You  “The Last Scampi”

· 2 pm ET on May 18 (repeats at 9 pm ET)  All In The Family “Mike’s Pains”

· 2:30 pm ET on May 18 (repeats at 9:30 pm ET)  All In The Family “Gloria is Nervous”

· 3 pm ET on May 18 (repeats at 7 pm ET)  Three’s Company “And Another Makes Four” 

· 3 pm ET on May 18 (repeats at 7:30 pm ET)  Three’s Company “Jack’s Other Mother”

Brains and beauty…Canwest is pleased to announce that L’Oréal Paris has returned as the lead sponsor of the Gemini award-winning series Project Runway Canada, along with official fashion retailer and partner, Winners.

Debuting on Global Tuesday, January 27 – 10pm ET/PT, Project Runway Canada continues to raise the bar this season with an even bigger and better integrated sponsorship deal with L’Oréal Paris and Winners. The brands of the much-lauded beauty and fashion leaders will be strategically utilized across all mediums including in-show, on-air, online and in print throughout the duration of the series run on its premiere network, Global, and in encore presentations on SLICETM.

“Project Runway Canada, without a doubt, is the ideal program to showcase these two formidable brands. We couldn’t be more pleased to have L’Oréal Paris and Winners back on board for this all-new season,” said Errol Da-Ré, Executive Vice President of Sales, Canwest Broadcasting. “Both are considered significant entities in the beauty and fashion industries; and in conjunction with our hit reality series, this is truly a powerful combination.”

As official beauty partner, L’Oréal Paris shares its knowledge of the latest trends and brings hands-on makeup and hair expertise to designers and viewers throughout the competition. The in-show components feature consultations between the designers and the L’Oréal Paris’ team of experts as they create the makeup and hair looks that will complement the contestant weekly designs.

Brand new this season is the L’Oréal Paris “Ask an Expert” feature providing users professional one-on-one advice available on the official Project Runway Canada website on GlobalTV.com/runway. The site will also include enhanced profiles from L’Oréal Paris Beauty Experts Eddie Maleterre and Eric Del Monaco, model blog integrations highlighting key products for creating the designer’s model look, and as well, the online L’Oréal Paris beauty page presents a quick round-up of the week’s winning look.

“L’Oréal Paris is pleased to partner with Project Runway Canada for a second season. As fashion and beauty are united in all Fashionistas’ minds, this alliance is a natural fit and an unparalleled way to bring our brand to life,” said Anik Gagnon, Communications Director for L’Oréal Paris. “Our role as beauty expert to the contestants shines a spotlight on our longtime and on going commitment to supporting Canadian designers, most specifically in the case of Project Runway Canada in supporting up and coming talent.”

Through the courtesy of Winners, the designers have unlimited access to the Winners Accessory Wall that houses all the latest shoes, handbags, and jewelry to complete their looks for the design challenges. As well, in addition to sponsoring the season’s Photo Gallery on the official Project Runway Canada site (GlobalTV.com/runway), Winners further complements the series broadcast with online features of their weekly accessory selections with exclusive tips for fashionistas nationwide.

“Winners is thrilled to return as the retail sponsor of Project Runway Canada, offering the perfect finishing touches for the contestants’ designs via the Winners Accessory Wall,” commented Shannon Johnson, Manager of Public Relations and Sponsorships, Winners Merchants International. “Winners delivers the hottest designer labels in-store everyday, and we are proud to support the fashion leaders of the future.”

The first of 12 all-new episodes of Project Runway Canada on Global premieres next Tuesday at 10pm ET/PT. Supermodel Iman returns as the Host, with renowned Canadian designer, Brian Bailey as the series mentor.

“The L’Oreal Beauty Experts, led by Eddie and Eric, and the Winners Accessory Wall play an important and valuable role in the show. They provide legitimate, integral content that marries perfectly with Project Runway Canada.” says John Brunton, President and CEO of Insight Production Company Ltd.

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Project Runway Canada encores on SLICETM beginning Saturday, January 31 at 9pm and again on Mondays at 10pm ET/PT.