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Global Television and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) proudly return as the exclusive broadcast partners of the 16th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) being held in Winnipeg this year. Manitoba natives Adam Beach (Law & Order) and Tina Keeper (North of 60) come together to host the gala event that recognizes the outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, amongst diverse occupations.

The NAAA ceremony broadcasts on Saturday, March 21 at 8pm ET/PT on Global & APTN (please check local listings).

“These awards are most inspirational, and each year we look forward to sharing the stories of these amazing individuals nationwide,” said Christine Shipton, SVP of Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.

Performances will include a hot new release by rocker George Leach, a collaboration between members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba’s Eagle & Hawk, a crowd-pleasing number by new artist Janet Panic and a finale by the Métis Fiddlers and Asham Stompers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Global Television and APTN back as broadcast partners for this year’s Achievement Awards,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of NAAF. “These awards continue to inspire others just waiting for the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to make their unique contribution to Canada. We are pleased that we are holding this event in Winnipeg to honour and celebrate those who are making a difference and leaving their indelible mark on the future.”

This year’s theme is SPIRIT. Both the Cree and Ojibway people of the Winnipeg territory use this word to describe Manitoba. The Ojibway refer to Manitoba as Manitou, the embodiment of spirit and the Cree call it Manitou Ah Beh, Where the Spirit Lives. All elements of the show, from set design to performance, will echo this theme, reflecting the spirit of Manitoba’s environment, landscape and the unique perspectives of Métis, Inuit and First Nation cultures.

“APTN is pleased to once again simulcast the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards show alongside Global Television,” said Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s show promises to be better than ever, and, as the show will take place just minutes from APTN’s home base, we share in welcoming the nation to Winnipeg, Manitoba; “where the spirit lives.” We also extend our congratulations to each of this year’s 15 award recipients and to the Foundation for its continued efforts and commitment to Aboriginal youth.”

Award recipients are selected by a national jury, comprised of past awards recipients and individuals representing geographical regions and the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Since 1988, the Foundation has provided more than $27 million to more than 7,000 recipients across the country, with scholarship disbursements reaching almost $3 million each year. Past award recipients have included a former premier, an environmentalist, an NHL hockey legend, and a lifetime achievement award was given posthumously to artist Norval Morrisseau.

For a complete list of award winners, performers and presenters please visit www.naaf.ca.

The awards presentation takes place Friday, March 6 at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg. Tickets for the gala event are available online at www.naaf.ca or by calling: 416-987-0250.

The 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards are back bigger than ever, and only on Global. Fans can expect nothing less than a stellar roster of talent together in celebration of the industry’s best.

Airing Sunday, February 8 – 8pm ET/PT, Canadians can tune into the GRAMMYS® and experience the ultimate live music awards show. There will be no shortage of entertainment as performances by Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, U2 and rock royalty, Paul McCartney, prepare to light up the main stage.

“The GRAMMY® awards are the industry’s most anticipated not only for fans, but performers as well,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “It’s been a knock-out year for so many artists, and this awards show will ‘wow’ our viewers from coast to coast.”

ET Canada kicks off the broadcast with an hour-long pre-show special, The GRAMMY® Awards: ET Canada Live at 7pm ET/PT. They are front and centre at the season’s coolest red carpet event ready to provide Canadians with the most exclusive access.

ET Canada’s Host, Cheryl Hickey and Co-Host, Rick Campanelli will deliver continuous live coverage together on location as Kanye West, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Kid Rock, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are expected to grace the red carpet.

Amidst the glitz and glamour will be Senior Entertainment Reporter and music enthusiast, Roz Weston, along with ET Canada fashion correspondent and style guru, Derek Friday (‘Mr. Friday’), who will also be on hand to get up close and personal with celebrities and their original designer threads.

Exclusive GRAMMY® coverage on Global begins at:

7:00pm ET/PT The GRAMMY® Awards: ET Canada Live
8:00 pm ET/PT 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards

Canwest Broadcasting today announced that its hugely successful original series “Howie Do It” starring Canadian superstar Howie Mandel has been renewed for 12 additional episodes by Global Television and NBC.

The hidden-camera series, shot on location in Canada, has been a Friday night ratings hit for Global in Canada and NBC in the US. “Howie Do It” features Mandel and his team of professional pranksters as they take to the streets and perform hoaxes and tricks on unsuspecting targets.

In a surprise twist, Global also revealed today that Mandel has been in Toronto since early in the new year secretly shooting new episodes.

“Due to its hidden-camera approach, Howie asked that we not announce the program’s renewal until he had completed shooting in Toronto,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “We are now thrilled to reveal that the series will be back and once again feature a stellar cast of unsuspecting Canadians. Howie and his crew are continuing to shoot in other parts of Canada.”

“Howie Do It”, a co-production with NBC, airs Fridays at 8pm in both Canada and the United States. The initial series order was six episodes.

“Howie Do It” is a Canwest Original series, produced in association with Alevy Productions and 3 Arts. Mandel, Scott Hallock (“Scare Tactics”), Kevin Healey (“Spy TV”), Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg serve as the executive producers.

Sunday, February 8th

7pm ET/PT – THE GRAMMY AWARDS: ET CANADA LIVE

Live from Los Angeles, ET Canada hosts Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli, cover all the celebrity action from the hottest music scene red carpet. Joined by reporters Roz Weston and Derek Friday, the ET Canada team brings you all the buzz from the music industry’s biggest night.

8pm ET/PT – *AWARDS*

It’s the biggest night in the music industry! Current GRAMMY® Award nominees Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood are the latest performers announced. They join previously announced performers and nominees Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry, to be broadcast live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Gossip, advice and deep conditioning? Hair care has never been more entertaining.… ‘da Kink in my Hair is back for another star-studded season on Global.

Beginning on Thursday, February 12 – 9:30pm ET/PT, the 2008 Gemini award-winning series returns with 13 half-hour episodes.

“‘da Kink in my Hair is a true gem amongst our line-up of Original Programming,” said Christine Shipton, SVP of Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “With its authentic humour and talented cast, this series has struck a chord with our audiences and we’re excited to offer up a second helping of Canada’s favourite home-grown comedy.”

The story continues as new and old characters congregate at Letty’s salon, to share laughs and joys, exchange dreams while washing away their worries. This season, Novelette (Ordena Stephens-Thompson) tries to untangle the webs in her personal life while taking care of her family and running her busy salon. After a stint at a competing shop, her sister Joy (trey anthony) returns and tries to find her own place within the salon while Starr (Ngozi Paul) continues to surprise her co-workers with her naivety and goody two-shoes attitude. There is also a new man in town, Malik (Eli Goree), the sexy and rugged grandson of Letty’s mentor, Pops (Ardon Bess). Now a year older, Letty’s son Dre (introducing Daniel J. Gordon, “Nurse Fighter Boy”) has new friends, loves and more growing pains.

Featuring special guest appearances from notable talent including award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox, WWE alumnus Trish Stratus, comedians Shaun Majumder and Jessica Holmes, soulful songstress Kreesha Turner and Juno-nominee, Divine Brown.

‘da Kink in my Hair is a Barna-Alper, trey anthony, Ngozika, Defiant Entertainment production and is executive produced by trey anthony, Ngozi Paul, Laszlo Barna, Damion Nurse and Shernold Edwards. Karen King-Chigbo is Production Executive and Christine Shipton is Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content for Canwest Broadcasting. Based on the original play ’da Kink in my Hair by trey anthony.

House, one of the nation’s highest rated and most watched programs, returned to primetime last night – easily winning both its new time slot and the night.

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Over 2.3 million (Nat 2+) viewers watched the show

– 1.2 million viewers in the prized A18-49 demo

– House easily won the night in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, both 2+ and A18-49

Laughter is the best medicine, and in the cold, winter months, Canadians are tuning into Global for their weekly dose of hilarity with the all-new prankster series, Howie Do It.

Airing Fridays – 8pm ET/PT, the new original series stars Canadian icon and the ultimate prankster himself, Howie Mandel.

Howie Do It has experienced audience growth week over week for Adults 18-49 in the key Toronto and Vancouver markets.

The data highlights are as follows:

HOWIE DO IT WEEK #2

· Averaged 108,000 viewers A18-49 over the hour in Toronto market, beating nearest competitor Ghost Whisperer by 11%
· Averaged 41,000 viewers A18-49 over the hour in Vancouver market, beating Ghost Whisperer by 25%
· 34% increase in viewership week over week in Toronto
· 86% increase in viewership week over week in Vancouver

The countdown to television’s hottest season premiere kicked off yesterday as nine lucky Canadian viewers took their seats in ‘The Fan Bunker’, each with the chance to make history. Selected by Virgin Radio and Global Television, the adventurous crew is attempting to set a new Guinness Book world record by consecutively watching seasons 1- 6 of 24. With the first 24 hours now under their belt, the one who succeeds in breaking the record will also walk away with the grand prize of $24,000 in cash.

The day began at Yorkdale Mall with a ‘mission briefing’ at 3PM by ET Canada’s own Rick Campanelli, and the race was then officially on.

“From the scope and excitement of the environment to the unbelieveable determination of the contestants, this event truly defines what 24 is all about,” said Jamie Schouela, VP, Marketing Strategy, Global Television.

The contestants, four females and five males, ages ranging from 20 to 47, include a married mother of two, three students and one intrepid reporter, Murtz Jaffer of The National Post and host of the hit TV show Reality Obsessed.

The Guinness Record will be officially broken if one or more of the finalists holds on until after 6:33pm EST this Friday, January 9th. After that the race for the cash is on. However, everyone will go home a winner as secondary prizing will be awarded during the course of the event when certain milestones are achieved. For example:

After 24 hours of continual viewing, each contestant has now won their La-Z-boy Recliner.

After 36 hours of continual viewing during the Event, each contestant that remains will receive one a Sharp Blu-ray DVD Player.

After 48 hours of continual viewing during the Event, each contestant will be awarded with a 19” Sharp AQUOS LCD television.

This groundbreaking contest will be supplemented with a strong four-week on-air campaign which was launched mid December in the Season finale of Survivor: Gabon. Off-air media includes radio the week of launch, tactical print, outdoor, IPG, and online in Toronto.

Fun Facts and Rules:

The previous record holder for Continuous TV Watching was clocked in at 69 hours and 48 minutes.
Adhering to Guinness guidelines, contestants will be allowed only a 15 minute break every 3 hours.
During the marathon, contestants are not allowed to avert their eyes from the television screen.
Total running time of all six seasons – 106 hours and 41 minutes
No energy pills, drinks or aids of any kind, aside for coffee, are permitted

24 Season 7 begins with a 2-night, 4-hour premiere starting Sunday, January 11 – 8pm ET/PT on Global. The premiere concludes the following evening on Monday, January 12 – 8pm ET/PT.

Subsequent episodes of 24 will broadcast Mondays – 9pm ET/PT, starting January 19.

The New Year is off to a dynamite start on Global with adrenaline pumping action, gripping drama, side-splitting comedy and fierce reality…Global unveils 2009’s hottest mid-season line-up with fresh new programming and returning hits.

“The sheer caliber of talent and fresh slate of content combined with returning hits makes for a line-up that’s tough to beat,” said Barbara Williams, Executive VP, Content, Canwest Broadcasting.

HOWIE DO IT kicks off on Friday, January 9 – 8pm ET/PT (Simulcast with NBC) as Howie Mandel and his team of professional pranksters take to the streets performing hoaxes and hilarious tricks on unsuspecting targets. Co-commissioned by Global Television and NBC, Howie Do It is a special one-hour comedy series shot on location in Ontario earlier this summer.

24, the Emmy Award-winning series starring Kiefer Sutherland, returns with a two-night, 4-hour season premiere on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12 starting at 8pm ET/PT. Set in Washington, D.C., “Day Seven” opens with CTU dismantled and Jack Bauer on trial. Bauer’s day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague Tony Almeida returns after being presumed dead and an unthinkable national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents. Subsequent episodes of 24 will broadcast Mondays – 9pm ET/PT, starting January 19.

LIE TO ME, an all-new drama series starring Tim Roth (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kelli Williams (“The Practice”) premieres Wednesday, January 21 – 9pm ET/PT. When you scratch your chin, wring your hands, wrinkle your nose or swallow too much, Dr. Cal Lightman (Roth) knows you’re lying. A series inspired by a real-life specialist who reads clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose the truth behind the lies in criminal investigations. As the foremost deception expert in the country, Dr. Lightman cracks the hardest cases and uncovers the secrets no polygraph ever could.

A Global debut, PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA lights up screens nationwide on Tuesday, January 27 – 10pm ET/PT as style icon and international supermodel, Iman, returns as Host and leads a panel of expert industry insiders who will judge the talent and skills of 14 promising new designers from across the country. Respected Canadian fashion designer Brian Bailey will once again act as mentor to the designers as they take on weekly fashion challenges. Project Runway Canada premieres on SLICETM beginning Saturday, January 31 at 9pm ET/PT.

The critically-acclaimed drama series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS returns for its highly anticipated third season beginning Friday, January 16 – 9pm ET/PT. Coach Taylor copes with an uncertain team after the graduation of star running back Smash Williams. Smash deals with his own demons after a season-ending injury causes him to lose his college scholarship while Matt Saracen becomes in danger of having his starting quarterback position taken away from him when a new freshman phenomenon arrives on the scene.

Additional mid-season scheduling announcements to follow in early 2009.

**JANUARY 2009 PROGRAMMING DATES & TIME CHANGES**

ALL NEW NIGHTS, ALL IN SIMULCAST

HOUSE – MONDAYS at 8pm, starting January 19

Two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie portrays the incomparable Dr. House – the cynical, sarcastic, medical genius who thrives on unraveling the medical puzzles he must solve to save lives, no matter what it takes.

NCIS – TUESDAYS at 8pm, starting January 6

This crime-drama series exposes the inner workings of the government agency that investigates all crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents traverse the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

BONES – THURSDAYS at 8pm, starting January 15

Dr. Temperance Brennan continues to solve murder investigations as she exercises her uncanny ability to read clues from the bones of the deceased. Paired with Special Agent Seeley Booth, the two continue to clash both professionally and personally.

GLOBAL TELEVISION PRIMETIME JANUARY 2009 DAY-AT-A-GLANCE

All times ET / New programs in CAPS

Monday
8pm House (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*
9pm 24 (Season 7) *SIMULCAST*
10pm Cold Blood

Tuesday
8pm NCIS (Season 6) *SIMULCAST*
9pm 90210
10pm Kitchen Nightmares (Season 2) / PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA (Season 2, starting January 27)

Wednesday
8pm The Guard (Season 2)
9pm LIE TO ME (1 hour; drama) *SIMULCAST*
10pm Life on Mars *SIMULCAST*

Thursday
8pm Bones (Season 4, starting January 15) *SIMULCAST*
9pm The Office (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*
9:30pm Billable Hours
10pm The Unit

Friday
8pm HOWIE DO IT (1 hour; comedy) *SIMULCAST*
9pm Friday Night Lights (Season 3)
10pm Numb3rs (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*

Saturday
8pm Zero Hour
9pm Mob Stories
10pm Painkiller Jane

Sunday
8pm The Simpsons (Season 20) *SIMULCAST*
8:30pm King of the Hill (Season 13) *SIMULCAST*
9pm Family Guy (Season 9) *SIMULCAST*
9:30pm American Dad (Season 5) *SIMULCAST*
10pm Brothers & Sisters (Season 3) *SIMULCAST*

Canwest today announced details of its new primetime shows for the 2008-2009 Fall Season for Global Television.

90210 (1 hour; drama)

An edgy, contemporary spinoff of the iconic drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the new 90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Mills (Shenae Grimes, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and her brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds, “The Wire”), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt they’re not in Kansas anymore. For Annie and Dixon, the awkwardness of being the new kids is made worse by the fact that their dad has taken a job as the high school Principal. The Mills family has just begun to realize how much their lives are about to change. Mark Piznarski (“Gossip Girl”) is the director and executive producer of the pilot.

CAST: Jessica Walter, Lori Loughlin, Michael Steger, Ryan Eggold, Tristan Wilds, Jennie Garth, Canadian Shenae Grimes

DOLLHOUSE (1 hour; drama)

Creator Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,”) returns to television for a thrilling new drama, Dollhouse. Echo (Eliza Dushku “Tru Calling”) is an “Active”, a member of a highly illegal underground group, who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Confined to a secret facility known as the Dollhouse, Echo and the other “Actives” carry out engagements assigned by Adelle, one of the Dollhouse leaders. But with each new engagement, comes a new memory and increased danger inside and outside the Dollhouse.

CAST: Eliza Dushku, Olivia Williams, Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Harry Lennix

HARPER’S ISLAND (1 hour; drama)

A murder mystery that unfolds as friends and family attend week-long festivities at a destination wedding on a secluded and picturesque island off the coast of Seattle, infamous for a homicidal maniac’s rampage seven years ago. Directed by Jon Turteltaub (“National Treasure”, “Jericho”).

CAST: Bill Pullman, Adam Campbell, Elaine Cassidy, Ryan Merriman, Samantha Noble

KATH & KIM (30 minute; comedy)

Starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as a dysfunctional mother/daughter duo in suburbia, based on the most successful comedy in Australia of the same name. Kath and Kim are two brassy women who prefer the finer things in life like acrylic nails, big hair and faux diamond chips.

CAST: Molly Shannon, Selma Blair, John Michael Higgins, Mikey Day

KNIGHT RIDER (1 hour; drama)

The iconic 1980’s television classic “Knight Rider” comes roaring back to life as a reinvented, updated and super-charged action series showcasing the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand). David Bartis (“Heist”, “The O.C.”), Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, “The Bourne Identity”) and Gary Scott Thompson (“Las Vegas”, “The Fast and The Furious”) are executive producers.

CAST: Justin Bruening, Bruce Davison, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Val Kilmer as the voice of “KITT”

LIFE ON MARS (1 hour; drama)

Based on the award-winning BBC series created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah, Life on Mars revolves around Sam Tyler, a modern-day police detective who, after a car crash, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 and still working as a detective.

CAST: Jason O’ Mara, Rachelle LeFevre, Colm Meaney

MY OWN WORST ENEMY (1 hour; drama)

Christian Slater (“Bobby”, “Pump Up The Volume”) stars as Henry Spivey, a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common – the same body. Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

CAST: Christian Slater, Mike O’Malley, Saffron Burrows

THE OFFICE SPINOFF (30mins; comedy)

From Greg Daniels, the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning American version of “The Office”, comes the most highly-anticipated comedy of the season. Audiences will follow another comic journey, complete with new faces and new locations, but with the same unique sense of humour and brand of quality from Daniels and his creative team. It’s the next chapter of what viewers have come to know and love about “The Office”.

CAST: TBA

THE PHILANTHROPIST (1 hour; drama)

A rebel with a cause…Teddy Rist loves women, money and power. After the tragic death of his only child, he has an awakening and becomes the world’s first vigilante philanthropist – a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need. Charlie Corwin (“L.A. Ink”) is executive producer.

CAST: TBA

SIT DOWN, SHUT UP (30mins; comedy)

From Emmy Award-winning writer Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”) and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) comes Sit Down and Shut Up (working title), an animated comedy that focuses on the lives of eight staff members at a high school in a small northeastern fishing town who never lose sight of the fact that the children must ALWAYS come second. With a distinctive new look – a combination of animation against a live-action backdrop – Sit Down and Shut Up is a series for the young and old alike.

CAST: Will Arnett, Maria Bamford, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Tom Kenny, Nick Kroll, Cheri Oteri, Kenan Thompson, Henry Winkler

WORST WEEK (30mins; comedy)

Sam Briggs, an entertainment magazine editor, will do anything to please his girlfriend’s parents… but instead becomes a one-man wrecking crew whenever he’s around them. Sam (Kyle Bornheimer, “Jericho”) and his girlfriend, Melanie Clayton (Erinn Hayes, “Kitchen Confidential”), have only one hurdle left to clear as they start their life together: breaking the news to Mel’s conservative parents that they have a wedding in the works and a baby on the way. Emmy Award-winner Adam Bernstein (“30 Rock”) directed the pilot. Matt Tarses (“Scrubs”) and Jimmy Mulville (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) are the executive producers.

CAST: Erin Hayes, Jay Malone, Kurtwood Smith, Kyle Bornheimer, Nancy Lenehan