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Canadian broadcasters collaborate to produce CANADA FOR HAITI special, followed by MTV’s HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, Friday, Jan. 22

Canada’s television networks have united in their support for Haiti as it struggles under the crippling devastation of last week’s earthquake. CBC Television, CTV and Global Television will be collaborating to produce CANADA FOR HAITI, a one-hour, commercial-free special leading up to HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, broadcasting live on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. AT).

Hosted by Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George Stroumboulopoulos, CANADA FOR HAITI will feature exclusive Canadian content, exploring our country’s close relationship with Haiti in this time of need, and performances from top Canadian musicians. Full details will be announced in the coming days.

Donations accepted during the broadcast will go towards a coalition of Canadian NGOs, including Canadian Red Cross Society, Care Canada, Free the Children, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada.

Following CANADA FOR HAITI, CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic, and National Geographic Channel will simulcast HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, a special live, commercial-free earthquake relief telethon at 8 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. AT).

Hosted by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti, the telethon will feature a star-studded line-up of musical performances and celebrity appearances conceived to galvanize the world to donate to the massive Haitian relief effort. Facebook and MySpace have also signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and telethon viewership.

HOPE FOR HAITI NOW is produced by Joel Gallen, Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with MTV Networks and George Clooney.

After a strong fall season, CBC Television’s slate of new and returning Canadian programs for winter 2010 continues to connect with millions of Canadians, garnering blockbuster ratings for the debuts of 18 TO LIFE (779,000 viewers) and REPUBLIC OF DOYLE at just under one million viewers (969,000), plus outstanding showings for HEARTLAND (maintaining more than one million viewers each week) and DRAGONS’ DEN (1.9 million).

Still to come: the highly-anticipated return of THE KIDS IN THE HALL with their mystery comedy miniseries DEATH COMES TO TOWN, premiering January 12 and airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

“We’re delighted that Canadians throughout the country are turning to CBC Television and enjoying the best in Canadian entertainment programming,” said Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television. “These numbers once again show that Canadians want to see themselves and their stories reflected in their daily entertainment, and will support high quality Canadian television when given the opportunity.”

*All numbers based on overnight unconfirmed PPM Data.

Championship sports, riveting dramas and music we love will highlight bold’s amazing lineup with a free preview for digital cable and satellite subscribers, Jan. 4 to Feb. 3. With exclusive live coverage from Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the GMC Alpine Ski Series, bold delivers unprecedented coverage of Canada’s world-class athletes.

And viewers looking for the best in British pop culture won’t be disappointed with the award-winning teen drama Skins, and a musical trip to Abbey Road.

Capital One Grand Slam of Curling—visit CBCSports.ca for the complete broadcast schedule

CBC’s digital channel, bold, has exclusive coverage of the 2010 Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, where Canadian curlers prepare for the world stage. This January, bold will be home to exclusive, live coverage of The National from Guelph, Ont. (Jan. 8 and 9) and the BDO Classic Canadian Open from Winnipeg, Man. (Jan. 22 and 23).

Skins – Wednesdays, at 9 p.m. ET; new episodes begin Jan. 6

This award-winning teen drama takes bold viewers on the rollercoaster ride of adolescence.
Set in Bristol, England, the series follows a group of teenagers dealing with angst and confusion, love and despair, sex and sexuality, friendship and betrayal. What may seem like any teenager’s dream—a life with little adult supervision and lots of partying—turns quickly perilous as characters experiment with drugs and alcohol, commit arson, cope with abuse and turn to pornography. This uncompromising series was produced by Company Pictures, and created by father and son television writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Britain.

2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships – Jan. 15-17

Viewers will be rink-side as Canadians strive for a spot on the podium and the chance to compete for gold in Vancouver! bold has exclusive live coverage of the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships from London, Ont. Gemini Award-winner Scott Russell, host of CBC Sports Weekend, will host the championships along with analysts and Canadian figure skating legends Tracy Wilson and Kurt Browning. Visit CBCSports.ca for the complete broadcast schedule.

Live From Abbey Road—Thursdays, at 8 p.m. ET, beginning Thursday, Jan. 7 on bold PREMIERE – Season Three of this award-winning series

Showcasing the world’s finest musicians including James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Fleet Foxes, Keane, The Killers, The Fray, Sugarland, Doves and Imelda May, each episode consists of three top performers as they experience their session at the world’s most prestigious recording studio. Watch as each musician lives out his or her dream when Live From Abbey Road airs Thursdays, at 8 p.m. ET, on bold. And be sure to tune in to episode 12, which pays special tribute to the Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

GMC Alpine Ski Series – All winter long

Throughout the winter, bold is home to exclusive live World Cup skiing with Canadians racing to the podium both at home in Canada and around the world. Visit CBCSports.ca for the complete broadcast schedule.

Marketing Magazine today announced that CBC Television has been named 2009 Media Player of the Year. This significant title bestowed by the magazine’s editorial department recognizes a media outlet that has stood out by delivering hit programmes and developing creative advertising opportunities.

Capping off the year with one of its most successful seasons ever, CBC Television has been honoured for its entertaining programming; performance ratings for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Dragons’ Den, Rick Mercer Report, the blockbuster hit Battle of the Blades and its approach to both traditional and non-traditional advertising. 
“We’re thrilled and humbled to be honoured by Marketing Magazine,” said Scott Moore, Executive Director, CBC Sports and General Manager, Media Sales and Marketing. “Product integration has been an enormous growth area for the CBC. We’re in a unique position to reach viewers in unexpected ways and with that, attract more sponsors and advertisers.”
This past year saw the CBC offer groundbreaking product integration opportunities to its advertisers. TD Canada Trust was incorporated into scripts for Being Erica, Heartland and Little Mosque on the Prairie — a first both for a bank and the network. CBC Television is the only network that can offer the breadth and this level of integration for a sponsor like TD Canada Trust because of the amount of Canadian programming it offers.

“It is a tremendous acknowledgement to be recognized by Marketing Magazine,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s General Manager, English Services “We have such a strong team of talented people at CBC who create, sell and promote great Canadian Television.”

CBC Television celebrates the season with its annual lineup of popular holiday programming—from family favourites, including RudolPH the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Miracle on 34th Street, to new holiday specials destined to become classics. This year, Cynthia Dale debuts her enchanting new musical special CHRISTMAS DREAMS, and popular CBC daytime hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman bring DECK THE HALLS WITH STEVEN & CHRIS to prime time with a star-studded list of guests. THE HOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL returns on Christmas Eve with guest stars Michael Bublé, Metric, and many more. Some of Canada’s favourite skating stars from Battle of the Blades celebrate the season with STARS ON ICE and HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE, and even DRAGONS’ DEN gets into the holiday spirit with a special gift guide episode.

On New Year’s Eve the festivities continue with a lineup that includes JUST FOR LAUGHS, the highly anticipated return of AIR FARCE with their hilarious year-end romp, and a brand new one-hour special edition of THE RON JAMES SHOW.

Viewers can visit www.cbc.ca/holiday for more information and additional original holiday content.

Wednesday, December 2
9 p.m. – Battle of the Blades fans are in for a treat with STARS ON ICE: ON THE EDGE, featuring performances by some of the Blades competitors and the world’s top figure skaters, including Jeffrey Buttle, Kurt Browning, Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Jennifer Robinson, Shawn Sawyer, Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon, and Canadian national champion Joannie Rochette. STARS ON ICE also includes exclusive interviews with performers and demonstrations of the signature moves that made them household names in this edgy and daring special.

Wednesday, December 9
8 p.m. – DRAGONS’ DEN gets festive with pitches for holiday gift ideas, including board games, cozy slippers and winter hats.
9 p.m. – GREG FREWIN MAGIC MAN: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS takes viewers on a magical behind-the-scenes adventure into the world of internationally renowned illusionist Greg Frewin.

Thursday, December 10
8 p.m. – DECK THE HALLS WITH STEVEN & CHRIS… Canada’s beloved style mavens Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman are having a primetime party. The VIP invite list includes celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, style guru Debbie Travis, actress Susanne Somers, Dragons’ Den’s Arlene Dickinson, and musical performances by Natalie Cole and Chantal Kreviazuk. This prime-time episode of Steven and Chris is sure to be a party that all of Canada can be a part of!

Wednesday, December 16
8 p.m. – HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE 2009 celebrates the holiday season with great skating performances from Kurt Browning, Jamie Salé & David Pelletier, Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon (Battle of the Blades participants), Steven Cousins and Jeffrey Buttle. Special musical guests include The Canadian Tenors and Andrea Menard.
9 p.m. – CHRISTMAS DREAMS is the story of a lonely 11-year-old girl who wanders into a second-hand store in search of a Christmas present for her teenage sister. There she meets Rose (Cynthia Dale), the kind but eccentric shopkeeper, who calls her collection of castoffs “a gallery of temporary art”. With Rose’s help, the youngster goes on a series of magical musical adventures and rediscovers the beauty and joy of Christmas while Rose rediscovers the beauty, joy and importance of family. It also stars Ed Asner, Tom Cavanagh and Henry Czerny.

Thursday, December 24
11 p.m. – THE HOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL returns with special guests Michael Bublé, Our Lady Peace, Metric with the choir Carol of the Bells, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo with Kathleen Edwards and Anvil, plus many more.

Thursday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
7 p.m. – JUST FOR LAUGHS offers an hour of the very best of the 27th edition of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, featuring performances by some of the world’s funniest and most engaging comedians.
8 p.m. – AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE. The highly-anticipated return of AIR FARCE with a new reunion special for New Year’s Eve, featuring Canada’s beloved comedy troupe back with fresh and funny shots at the highs and lows of the year.
9 p.m. – Ron James’ brings his trademark standup comedy to THE RON JAMES SPECIAL, featuring long-lost friends and special guests Peter Keleghan and Patrick McKenna.

CBC TELEVISION 2009 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE (Subject to change.)

NOVEMBER
Sunday 29

8 p.m. Elf

DECEMBER
Wednesday 2

9 p.m. Stars On Ice 2009: On The Edge

Friday 4
7 p.m. ET CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada:
Canadiens 100th Anniversary Game:
Boston at Montreal

Saturday 5
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Toronto at Boston
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Calgary at San Jose

Sunday 6
8 p.m. Happy Feet

Monday 7
8 p.m. The Santa Clause

Tuesday 8
8 p.m. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town       

Wednesday 9
9 p.m. Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home For The Holidays

Thursday 10
8 p.m. Deck the Halls with Steven & Chris

Friday 11
8 p.m. The Santa Clause 2

Saturday 12
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Washington at Toronto
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Carolina at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET HINC: Montreal at Atlanta
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Minnesota at Vancouver 

Sunday 13
7 p.m. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
8 p.m. The Polar Express

Monday 14
8 p.m. Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:30 p.m. Frosty the Snowman
9 p.m. Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean
9:30 p.m. Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café Christmas Pageant

Tuesday 15
8 p.m. Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol
8:30 p.m. Frosty Returns
9 p.m. The Legend of Frosty

Wednesday 16
8 p.m. Cynthia Dale’s Christmas Dreams
9 p.m. Holiday Festival on Ice 2009

Thursday 17
8 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Friday 18
8 p.m. Home Alone

Saturday 19
6:30 p.m. ET   Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Boston at Toronto
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Montreal at NY Islanders
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Minnesota at Ottawa
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Washington at Edmonton 

Sunday 20
5 p.m. Disney’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas
7 p.m. Winnie the Pooh & Christmas, Too
7:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8 p.m. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Monday 21
8 p.m. Booky and the Secret Santa

Tuesday 22
8 p.m. A Christmas Story

Wednesday 23
8 p.m. Scrooge

Thursday 24
8 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
11 p.m. The Hour Holiday Music Special

Friday 25
CHRISTMAS DAY
10 a.m. Wonderful World of Disney Parade (featuring Steven & Chris)
12 noon Queen’s Message
12:08 pm The Forgotten Toys
12:30 pm The Little Drummer Boy
1 p.m. Frosty Returns           
1:30 p.m. Robbie the Reindeer
2 p.m. Blizzard          
4 p.m. White Christmas        
8 p.m. Secret of the Nutcracker
9:30 p.m. Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean

Saturday 26
6:30 p.m. ET   Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Montreal at Toronto
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Edmonton at Vancouver

Sunday 27
5 p.m. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7 p.m. Harry Potter – The Goblet of Fire

Monday 28
8 p.m. Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

Tuesday 29
8 p.m. Anne Murray: Friends & Legends
9 p.m. Holiday Festival on Ice 2009

Wednesday 30
8 p.m.
Bridget Jones’s Diary

Thursday 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE
7 p.m. Just For Laughs
8 p.m. Air Farce New Year’s Eve
9 p.m. Ron James Special
10 p.m. The National
Midnight Air Farce New Year’s Eve (Repeated)

JANUARY
Friday 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY
12:30 p.m. ET HNIC: NHL Winter Classic Pre-game
1 p.m. ET HNIC: NHL Winter Classic: Philadelphia at Boston

CBC Television celebrates the season with its annual lineup of popular holiday programming—from family favourites, including RudolPH the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Miracle on 34th Street, to new holiday specials destined to become classics. This year, Cynthia Dale debuts her enchanting new musical special CHRISTMAS DREAMS, and popular CBC daytime hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman bring DECK THE HALLS WITH STEVEN & CHRIS to prime time with a star-studded list of guests. THE HOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL returns on Christmas Eve with guest stars Michael Bublé, Metric, and many more. Some of Canada’s favourite skating stars from Battle of the Blades celebrate the season with STARS ON ICE and HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE, and even DRAGONS’ DEN gets into the holiday spirit with a special gift guide episode.

On New Year’s Eve the festivities continue with a lineup that includes JUST FOR LAUGHS, the highly anticipated return of AIR FARCE with their hilarious year-end romp, and a brand new one-hour special edition of THE RON JAMES SHOW.

Viewers can visit www.cbc.ca/holiday for more information and additional original holiday content.

Wednesday, December 2
9 p.m. – Battle of the Blades fans are in for a treat with STARS ON ICE: ON THE EDGE, featuring performances by some of the Blades competitors and the world’s top figure skaters, including Jeffrey Buttle, Kurt Browning, Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Jennifer Robinson, Shawn Sawyer, Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon, and Canadian national champion Joannie Rochette. STARS ON ICE also includes exclusive interviews with performers and demonstrations of the signature moves that made them household names in this edgy and daring special.

Wednesday, December 9
8 p.m. – DRAGONS’ DEN gets festive with pitches for holiday gift ideas, including board games, cozy slippers and winter hats.
9 p.m. – GREG FREWIN MAGIC MAN: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS takes viewers on a magical behind-the-scenes adventure into the world of internationally renowned illusionist Greg Frewin.

Thursday, December 10
8 p.m. – DECK THE HALLS WITH STEVEN & CHRIS
Canada’s beloved style mavens Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman are having a primetime party. The VIP invite list includes celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, style guru Debbie Travis, actress Susanne Somers, Dragons’ Den’s Arlene Dickinson, and musical performances by Natalie Cole and Chantal Kreviazuk. This prime-time episode of Steven and Chris is sure to be a party that all of Canada can be a part of!

Wednesday, December 16
8 p.m. – CHRISTMAS DREAMS is the story of Rose, an eccentric shopkeeper and one-half of a would-be famous tap-dancing sister act, and Samantha, a young girl trying to buy a present for her older sister on Christmas Eve.  The story evolves as Rose and Sam travel together on a musical journey while rediscovering the magic of Christmas and the love of family. It also stars Edward Asner, Tom Cavanagh and Henry Czerny.
9 p.m. – HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE 2009 celebrates the holiday season with great skating performances from Kurt Browning, Jamie Salé & David Pelletier, Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon (Battle of the Blades participants), Steven Cousins and Jeffrey Buttle. Special musical guests include The Canadian Tenors and Andrea Menard.

Monday, December 21
9 p.m. – THE HOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL returns with special guests Michael Bublé, Our Lady Peace, Metric with the choir Carol of the Bells, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo with Kathleen Edwards and Anvil, plus many more.

Thursday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
7 p.m. – JUST FOR LAUGHS  offers an hour of the very best of the 27th edition of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, featuring performances by some of the world’s funniest and most engaging comedians.
8 p.m. – AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE. The highly-anticipated return of AIR FARCE with a new reunion special for New Year’s Eve, featuring Canada’s beloved comedy troupe back with fresh and funny shots at the highs and lows of the year.
9 p.m. – Ron James’ brings his trademark standup comedy to THE RON JAMES SPECIAL, featuring long-lost friends and special guests Peter Keleghan and Patrick McKenna.

CBC TELEVISION 2009 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE (Subject to change.)

NOVEMBER
Sunday 29
8 p.m. Elf

DECEMBER
Wednesday 2

9 p.m. Stars On Ice 2009: On The Edge

Friday 4
7 p.m. ET CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada:
Canadiens 100th Anniversary Game:
Boston at Montreal

Saturday 5
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Toronto at Boston
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Calgary at San Jose

Sunday 6

8 p.m. Happy Feet

Monday 7
8 p.m. The Santa Clause

Tuesday 8
8 p.m. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town       

Wednesday 9
9 p.m. Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home For The Holidays

Thursday 10
8 p.m. Deck the Halls with Steven & Chris

Friday 11
8 p.m. The Santa Clause 2

Saturday 12
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Washington at Toronto
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Carolina at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET HINC: Montreal at Atlanta
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Minnesota at Vancouver 

Sunday 13
7 p.m. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
8 p.m. The Polar Express

Monday 14
8 p.m. Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:30 p.m. Frosty the Snowman
9 p.m. Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean
9:30 p.m. Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café Christmas Pageant

Tuesday 15
8 p.m. Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol
8:30 p.m. Frosty Returns
9 p.m. The Legend of Frosty

Wednesday 16

8 p.m. Christmas Dreams
9 p.m. Holiday Festival on Ice 2009

Thursday 17
8 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Friday 18
8 p.m. Home Alone

Saturday 19
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Boston at Toronto
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Montreal at NY Islanders
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Minnesota at Ottawa
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Washington at Edmonton

Sunday 20
5 p.m. Disney’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas
7 p.m. Winnie the Pooh & Christmas, Too
7:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8 p.m. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Monday 21
8 p.m. Just For Laughs
9 p.m. The Hour Holiday Music Special

Tuesday 22
8 p.m. A Christmas Story

Wednesday 23
8 p.m. Scrooge

Thursday 24
8 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Friday 25              
CHRISTMAS DAY

10 a.m. Wonderful World of Disney Parade (featuring Steven & Chris)
12 noon Queen’s Message
12:08 pm The Forgotten Toys
12:30 pm The Little Drummer Boy
1 p.m. Frosty Returns           
1:30 p.m. Robbie the Reindeer
2 p.m. Booky and the Secret Santa  
4 p.m. White Christmas        
8 p.m. Secret of the Nutcracker
9:30 p.m. Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean

Saturday 26
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET HNIC: Montreal at Toronto
10 p.m. ET HNIC: Edmonton at Vancouver

Sunday 27
5 p.m. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7 p.m. Harry Potter – The Goblet of Fire

Monday 28
8 p.m. Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

Tuesday 29
8 p.m. Anne Murray: Friends & Legends
9 p.m. Holiday Festival on Ice 2009

Wednesday 30 8 p.m. Bridget Jones’s Diary

Thursday 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE
7 p.m. Just For Laughs
8 p.m. Air Farce New Year’s Eve
9 p.m. Ron James Special
10 p.m. The National
Midnight Air Farce New Year’s Eve (Repeated)

JANUARY
Friday 1
NEW YEAR’S DAY
12:30 p.m. ET HNIC: NHL Winter Classic Pre-game
1 p.m. ET HNIC: NHL Winter Classic: Philadelphia at Boston

Kirstine Stewart, general manager of CBC Television, today announced details of the network’s winter 2010 schedule that, along with a number of ongoing favourites, features the new Monday night family comedy 18 TO LIFE, the father-and-son P.I. series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, the long-awaited return to the network of one of Canada’s most legendary comedy troupes with KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN, a two-part TV movie event based on the life of DON CHERRY, and a daytime lineup anchored by a new season of STEVEN AND CHRIS.

“With the remarkable ratings growth for shows like Dragons’ Den, Battle of the Blades, Rick Mercer Report, Heartland and, in particular CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, fall 2009 was the strongest season we’ve had in more than five years,” said Stewart. “CBC’s distinctly Canadian programming is proving to be popular with Canadian audiences, and we are thrilled to be offering more great entertainment for winter 2010.”

MORE ABOUT CBC TELEVISION’S WINTER 2010 SEASON

CBC’s daytime schedule starts with five hours of commercial-free programming every weekday morning with KIDS’ CBC’s award-winning series for young audiences. Canada’s favourite lifestyle duo STEVEN AND CHRIS are back, at 2 p.m., and CBC-TV teams up with Canadian Living magazine for a brand new cooking show BEST RECIPES EVER with host Kary Osmond at 3 p.m.

The new family comedy 18 TO LIFE, Mondays at 8 p.m., features two of television’s brightest young stars Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Gemini Award-winner Michael Seater (Life With Derek, The Zack Files), as 18-year-old newlyweds, along with their parents played by Peter Keleghan (The Newsroom, Love Letters), Al Goulem (The Tournament, Stardom), Ellen David (Surviving My Mother, Mambo Italiano) and Angela Asher (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Queer as Folk). LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is back on Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. following 18 TO LIFE.

Gemini Award-winning Best Comedy Series RICK MERCER REPORT continues Tuesdays at 8 p.m., followed by 22 MINUTES at 8:30 p.m., and KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN at 9 p.m. All five of the original Kids in the Hall are back in this new gender-bending, boundary-pushing eight-part series that marks the return of the internationally-renowned comedy troupe to CBC, where they were first introduced to television audiences in 1988.

Gemini Award-winning Best Reality Series DRAGONS’ DEN continues Wednesdays at 8 p.m., followed by REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a new father-and-son P.I. series starring Allan Hawco (ZOS: Zone of Separation, H20) as the unpredictable and irresistible rogue private investigator. Set against the backdrop of the eccentric underbelly of contemporary St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sean McGinley (Michael Collins, Braveheart) co-stars as Doyle’s partner-in-solving-crime father.  The series also features Lynda Boyd, (Falcon Beach, On Thin Ice), Rachel Wilson (Man V. Minivan, 75 El Camino), Krystin Pellerin (The Tudors), Mark O’Brien (Above and Beyond, The One That Got Away) and Marthe Bernard (Sex, the rules of).

THE NATURE OF THINGS moves to Thursday nights at 8 p.m., starting Jan. 7, followed by DOC ZONE at 9 p.m. (after THE BORDER wraps up its current season with two episodes on Jan. 7 and 14).

Canada’s award-winning investigative consumer series MARKETPLACE launches its 37th season, Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (following an encore presentation of RICK MERCER REPORT), with hosts Erica Johnson and Wendy Mesley. THE FIFTH ESTATE continues Fridays at 9 p.m.

More than ever, Saturday nights are the home of hockey for millions of Canadians.  In addition to a jam-packed line up of the biggest match ups all season long and coverage of all six Canadian teams, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will ring in the new year with two very special events. New Year’s Day has the Flyers battling the Bruins in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic from legendary Fenway Park in Boston, followed by the 10th annual Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday, Jan. 30, from Stratford, Ont. The NHL season culminates on CBC with coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. In addition to hockey, CBC presents Canada’s athletes competing against the world’s best at home and abroad, with coverage of the GMC ALPINE SKI SERIES ON CBC and the 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships on CBC.

HEARTLAND continues on Sunday nights at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by movies and specials, including: TEST THE NATION I.Q. on Jan. 24; LOVE LETTERS, a one-hour exploration of love, on Jan. 31, hosted by Gordon Pinsent, and created by and starring Leah Pinsent (Made In Canada) and Peter Keleghan (18 to Life, The Newsroom), and other real-life TV couples Sheila McCarthy and Peter Donaldson, Carlo Rota (Little Mosque on the Prairie, 24) and Nazneen Contractor (The Border, 24), Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Colin Mochrie (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), and Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (both of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart); and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, a special two-part movie event on March 28 and 29, starring Jared Keeso, documenting Don Cherry’s journey from obscurity to legendary status as the opinionated commentator on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Weeknights, THE NATIONAL with Peter Mansbridge continues at 10 p.m., followed by local news and THE HOUR with George Stroumboulopoulos at 11 p.m.

CBC TELEVISION – WINTER 2010 FEATURES

(All times local; 30 minutes later in Newfoundland.)

MONDAYS
8 p.m. 18 TO LIFE (Premieres Jan. 4)
8:30 p.m. LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE (Returns Jan. 4)
9 p.m. CBC WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL

TUESDAYS
8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT (Returns Jan. 5)
8:30 p.m. 22 MINUTES (Returns Jan. 5)
9 p.m. KIDS IN THE HALL – DEATH COMES TO TOWN (Premieres Jan. 12)
9:30 p.m. HA!IFAX COMEDY FESTIVAL

WEDNESDAYS
8 p.m. DRAGONS’ DEN (Returns Jan. 6)
9 p.m. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE (Premieres Jan. 6)

THURSDAYS
8 p.m. THE NATURE OF THINGS
9 p.m. THE BORDER (Jan. 7 and 14)
9 p.m. DOC ZONE (Returns Jan. 21)

FRIDAYS
8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT (Encore)
8:30 p.m. MARKETPLACE
9 p.m. THE FIFTH ESTATE

SATURDAYS
6:30 p.m. ET CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

SUNDAYS

7 p.m. HEARTLAND (Returns Jan. 3)
8 p.m. SPECIALS and MOVIES

WEEKNIGHTS

10 p.m. THE NATIONAL with Peter Mansbridge
10:55 p.m. LOCAL NEWS
11:05 p.m. THE HOUR with George Stroumboulopoulos

DAYTIME
7 a.m. KIDS’ CBC
2 p.m. BEST RECIPES EVER
3 p.m. STEVEN AND CHRIS        

SPECIALS
TEST THE NATION: I.Q.
Sunday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m.

LOVE LETTERS  
Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY
Sunday, March 28 and Monday, March 29, at 8 p.m.

CBC Television took home seven awards at the 24th annual Gemini Award Broadcast Gala from the historic Stampede Corral in Calgary. Alberta. CBC Television received 29 nominations at the evening’s awards ceremony in Drama, Comedy, and News categories, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

“We are very proud of all our nominees and winners who the Academy has singled out for their exceptional work this year,” said Kirstine Stewart, General Manager, CBC Television. “This is a special night and a true celebration of CBC’s fresh, compelling and original Canadian television, which more and more viewers are watching.”

Winners are:
· Erin Karpluk of Being Erica for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
· George Stroumboulopoulos of The Hour for Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
· Dragons’ Den, Best Reality Program or Series
· The Rick Mercer Report, Best Comedy Program or Series
· Christine Ghawi of Céline for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
· David Suchet for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series in Diverted
· Diana Swain on CBC News at Six took home Best News Anchor, which she also received in 2000. In the history of this category, Diana is the only female to take home a Gemini.

This year’s televised broadcast was hosted by CBC Television’s Ron James, and featured appearances by many of its celebrated stars, including Arlene Dickinson and W. Brett Wilson of Dragons’ Den, Heartland’s Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle, and Brandon Firla, Carlo Rota and Zaib Shaikh of Little Mosque on the Prairie.

In addition, a special tribute was given to the much loved and legendary Royal Canadian Air Farce for their outstanding contribution to the Canadian television industry. Original members Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson and Luba Goy were on hand to accept. Air Farce returns to CBC Television on New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m. with another hilarious year-end romp.

November’s documentaries on CBC Television take viewers back to a pivotal historical event, 20 years ago; to a long-ago quest to solve the ultimate scientific puzzle—where do we come from; and to the pomp, pageantry and predicament of our present day Royal Family.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), DOC ZONE will examine the historic fall of the Berlin Wall in Berlin 20 Years After.

THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki continues its look at Charles Darwin and his evolutionary theory in Darwin’s Brave New World, Sunday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

And on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on DOC ZONE, it’s the world premiere of After Elizabeth II: Monarchy in Peril.

November 5

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, CBC Television’s DOC ZONE takes a fresh look at the historic event that changed both a nation and the world. In a one-hour documentary using unseen archival material and intimate personal accounts, Berlin 20 Years After tells the story of the fall of Die Mauer from the perspective of three female family members spanning three generations and also through the recollections of a CBC correspondent who was covering Europe at the time.

Airing at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on Thursday, Nov. 5, Berlin 20 Years After will introduce us to people who were there before and after the fall of the wall, including a former East Berlin border guard, the first artist who dared to paint the wall and the last German to have been imprisoned for attempting to cross into the West.

November 8 and 15

THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki continues the story of Charles Darwin’s 30-year quest to solve the puzzle of evolution, when the final two episodes of Darwin’s Brave New World air, Sunday, Nov. 8 and 15, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television. After leaving England, Darwin sets off to the Pacific, south of the equator. His trip would lead to the development of his theory of evolution, transforming the way scientists and philosophers think about the world—both then and now, 150 years later. Audiences will discover what Darwin saw and learned on this voyage and how he applied it to his theory, which still challenges many thinkers. We’ll also meet Darwin experts, who explain his ideas and their implications.

CBC Radio One’s program IDEAS will also pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species, as Seth Feldman guides us through the mind of Darwin through a four-part series, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9:05 p.m. (9:30 NT).  Each Wednesday, Feldman will take his listeners through a particular aspect of Darwin’s theories and show how Darwin’s legacy has shaped modern science.

November 12

As Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, wrap up their 10-day visit to Canada, questions are being asked again about the survival of the British monarchy. Do the Royals matter? Who will be the next king? Who should be? Montreal Filmmaker John Curtin’s provocative new documentary will look at all the pros and cons of having Prince Charles inherit the throne, in the world premiere of After Elizabeth II: Monarchy in Peril, on DOC ZONE, Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), on CBC Television.

With the Queen having reigned for more than five decades, there is now real speculation as to whether the thousand-year British monarchy will last beyond her. Should Charles, who is legal heir, succeed his mother, or should the job skip a generation to his son Prince William? After Elizabeth II: Monarchy in Peril will examine if an unproven, inexperienced man is capable of saving the Royal Family’s “firm”.

CBC News today previewed the much anticipated transformation of its news programming, just days before its official unveiling for CBC audiences on Monday, October 26.

The new CBC News is the result of comprehensive research asking Canadians what they want from their public broadcaster. The result: an updated CBC, designed to keep Canadians informed across all platforms and modernized with a new look and sound for The National, Newsworld and World Report.

The National with Peter Mansbridge is transformed with an expanded roster of correspondents – among the most trusted, experienced journalists in Canada. CBC Newsworld has a new schedule, format and a new name – CBC News Network (CBC NN). CBC Radio’s World Report launches with a new format and new host, veteran foreign correspondent Peter Armstrong. And in locations across Canada a brand new late night local newscast will air on CBC Television.

“These are the most significant changes ever undertaken by CBC News,” said Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice President, English Services, CBC/Radio-Canada. “The new CBC News is the result of the single, biggest audience research project ever undertaken by CBC – Canadians told us what they wanted and we listened.”

CBC’s research also found people want more control over what, when and how they access CBC News. The new programming will engage people across all CBC platforms so they feel more empowered and well informed while making the news more personally relevant.

“The people we surveyed said they want a more transparent and ‘open’ CBC so we’re bringing the news closer to our audiences, in our presentation and by allowing audiences access to the news gathering process,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News. “We are excited to showcase not just a ‘new and improved’ CBC News, but a revitalized CBC News that will keep Canadians engaged and well-informed with timely accessible information across all platforms: television, radio and online.”

At the heart of the change to CBC News programming is an integrated approach to news gathering with a multi-platform assignment desk called The Hub. The Hub will assign and direct all reporting resources (radio, tv, online) including content units arts such as entertainment, health, business, sports, and environment. Two other units, investigative and consumer, are managed by CBC flagship programs, the fifth estate and Marketplace respectively.

Here are some details about the new CBC News:

THE NATIONAL

· Hosted by Peter Mansbridge, CBC News Chief Correspondent
· Peter Mansbridge joined by 14 correspondents:
Adrienne Arsenault (based in London)
Neil MacDonald (Washington)
Nahlah Ayed (Montreal)
Terry Milewski (Ottawa)
Wendy Mesley (with a provocative new program segment)
Amanda Lang (Senior Business correspondent)
Gillian Findlay (Investigative correspondent)
Rex Murphy (returning with his unique point-of-view)
Susan Ormiston (Toronto)
Mellissa Fung (Toronto)
Reg Sherrin (Winnipeg)
Kim Brunhuber (Calgary)
Duncan McCue (Vancouver)
Krista Erickson (Consumer Affairs correspondent)
· New format – including a new feature several times a week with Wendy Mesley seeking answers to the provocative question of the day
· In addition to an enhanced program website, The National will have on-demand and mobile versions available by 6 p.m. ET, which will also soon be customizable and available in different languages
· Seven nights a week
· Monday-Sunday 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV
· Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on CBC-TV
· CBC News Network at 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT
· Program wraps with local news coverage

CBC NEWS NETWORK
· Formerly CBC Newsworld
· Seven days a week, 24 hours a day
· Dayside on the network is known as CBC News Now, showcasing the best of CBC journalism with more live coverage from CBC bureaus across Canada and around the world
· CBC News Now with Heather Hiscox from 6-9 a.m. ET
· CBC News Now with Anne-Marie Mediwake from 9-11 a.m. ET
· CBC News Now with Suhana Meharchand from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET
· CBC News Now with Carole MacNeil from 2-4:30 p.m. ET

The Lang & O’Leary Exchange
· Hosted by Amanda Lang, joined by Kevin O’Leary
· Monday-Friday, 4:30-5 p.m. ET
· CBC NN’s new business show bringing the day’s breaking business news, complemented by astute analysis, lively debates and key interviews

Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

· Hosted by Evan Solomon
· Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. ET
· CBC NN’s new political show from Ottawa covering stories of policy, power and the people who make Canada run, both on the Hill and across the country

Connect with Mark Kelley
· Hosted by Mark Kelley
· Joining Mark will be Reshmi Nair, formerly with CFTO-TV (CTV) in Toronto
· Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. ET (repeats at midnight PT)
· CBC NN’s new news talk show covering breaking events in Canada and around the world – the show takes a personal perspective on the news and looks at stories through people
· Weekend daytime programming has the same emphasis on live coverage on breaking news stories
· Weekend anchors are Nancy Wilson, Dianne Buckner and Jacquie Perrin

CBC NEWS WORLD REPORT, CBC Radio One
· Hosted by Peter Armstrong
· Monday-Friday at 5, 6, 7 and 8 a.m. ET
· Saturday at 6, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. ET
· An additional national report has been added for a total of four 10-minute live morning newscasts that cover breaking news and updates and developing stories in Canada and around the world

CBC LOCAL NEWS

On August 31 supper hours were expanded to 90 minutes
The local news footprint is expanding with more online coverage and more local radio newscasts – an update at 6:30 p.m. and a newscast at 7 p.m. on CBC Radio One
CBC News Late Night – a 10 minute newscast following The National will begin on October 26

CBCNews.ca

A new political portal will launch on October 26 and will include blogging by Kady O’Malley, and others including well-known veteran Ottawa journalist Don Newman
A new website for The National also launches on October 26 and will offer viewers additional opportunities to get the program online