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After debuting to record high audiences this winter season, CBC Television’s winter lineup wraps up next week with several finale episodes.

On Monday, it is the season finale of CBC-TV’s funny and fresh new comedy MR. D. The show attracted 1.23 million viewers for its season premiere, making MR. D the most-watched show on a Canadian network in the timeslot.

DRAGONS’ DEN, Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, reached 2 in 5 Canadians over the course of this season. Its finale airs on Wednesday, followed by REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, which had its best season yet, with more than 1.3 million viewers for the season premiere.

And on Friday, MARKETPLACE wraps up another strong season—it averaged 1.157 million viewers, a 31 per cent increase over last year—while the fifth estate caps a season that featured episodes that garnered the show’s largest audience numbers in more than a decade.

 

SEASON FINALE WEEK SCHEDULE

 

MR.D

Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Gerry decides to use a boxing match at the school’s annual Charity Day to settle his competition with Mr. Dwyer for the title of Mr. D once and for all.

 

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

Monday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

In its final episode ever, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the town of Mercy’s new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott.  Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith.

 

THE BIG DECISION

Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Hardy Buoys, a family-own fish processing plant in Port Hardy, B.C., and Tashodi, an eco-friendly bath and body care company based in Toronto, both look to Arlene Dickinson to help save them.

 

RICK MERCER REPORT

Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Rick attends celebration festivities at the winning schools in the annual Mercer Report Spread the Net Student Challenge.  Highlights include an extreme dodgeball game with students at an elementary school in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, African drumming at a high school in Peterborough, Ontario, and at Montreal’s McGill University Rick drives a ‘Baja’ off-road car on campus.

 

22 MINUTES

Tuesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

Shaun Majumder heads to the Junos with some musical advice for award nominees. The cast travels to Peggy’s Cove to look into the sale of an iconic lighthouse, and – after weeks of trash-talking – Mark Critch brings us the outcome of the Trudeau/Brazeau boxing match.

 

DRAGONS’ DEN

Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

In this finale, Dragons Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary, Arlene Dickinson, Bruce Croxon and Robert Herjavec sit with DRAGONS’ DEN host Dianne Buckner and “tell all” about what makes them spend, what sets them off, what moves them and what they really think about each other.

 

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

Wednesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

The Doyles struggle to prove Mal’s innocence when he’s accused of murder but end up digging a deeper hole; Kathleen gets some brotherly help with the George situation; Tinny discovers the identity of her father.

 

MARKETPLACE

Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

MARKETPLACE expands on its popular “Busted” segment with an hour-long special, The Busted Edition. Co-hosts Erica Johnson (@cbcerica) and Tom Harrington (@cbctom) report on shocking claims and shoddy services that drive Canadians crazy. Anti-viral tissue claims, bank fees, outrageous markups at a national car service chain, cable and phone service charges, fast-food marketing spin, extended warranty fine print—even charities and government watchdogs get “busted” by MARKETPLACE in this wide-ranging exposé.

 

The Fifth Estate

Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

In an unprecedented television event, Bob McKeown hosts a live and interactive special edition of the fifth estate. The show recreates a real-life kidnapping, and lets viewers decide what to do to catch the perpetrators, each step of the way. Weigh in via Facebook and Twitter as the true-life drama unfolds. And beginning April 4, at CBCNews.ca/kidnapped, join the investigation online. Follow the facts, and see the case unfold as you uncover evidence in our online simulation of the police investigation.

Big-time fitness club and gym chains equal big-time business with annual revenues in Canada in excess of $2 billion. Fully five million Canadians currently hold gym or fitness club memberships.

However, lots of clients are reporting problems.

CBC’s award-winning consumer watchdog program MARKETPLACE is calling on Canadians to share their stories through the Big Gym Ripoff Search: you tell us—how bad is it? What horror stories do you have?

Viewers can submit their experiences online beginning Aug. 30 at http://www.cbc.ca/gymripoff

“Instead of getting ripped, people are getting ripped off. Year after year, the exploitative terms of gym memberships rank among the top ten consumer complaints reported to government,” said Erica Johnson, co-host of MARKETPLACE. “For the first time ever, we’re offering Canadians a chance to tell their stories so that we can expose which gym chains most need to snap themselves into shape.” 

The new season of MARKETPLACE begins in January 2011.

Friday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC-TV

Does shock, anger or confusion best describe your reaction to your cellphone bill? Wendy Mesley, host of MARKETPLACE, investigates the story behind huge bills many Canadians rack up from using their cellphones. For several months, MARKETPLACE has collected bills and stories from Canadians about the astronomical and sometimes mystifying charges they have received. On Canada’s Worst Cellphone Bill, airing Friday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on MARKETPLACE, Mesley announces Canada’s winner – or maybe loser – who has really been put through the wringer by their phone company.

After careful review, MARKETPLACE has whittled the bills down to a handful of finalists, with three being put to a nationwide poll commissioned by Angus Reid Strategies. One thousand Canadians (18 years or older) voted online for the story that best demonstrates the frustration consumers face from their cellphone carrier companies.

In this episode viewers also learn how much cell service actually costs and how little it costs their carriers. Mesley even speaks with the bill-holder’s cellphone company.

Below are highlights for new episodes on MARKETPLACE this season:

March 12
Who’s Minding the Store? Erica Johnson investigates the newest way thieves are stealing your credit and debit card information. In the Busted segment of this episode, MARKETPLACE targets private umbilical cord-blood banks.

March 19
Erica Johnson reveals many nursing homes are not equipped with sprinklers. And MARKETPLACE investigates American-based charities that offer debt counseling advice in Canada.

March 26
Erica Johnson investigates the widely advertised decompression therapy for back pain. In the Busted segment of this episode Lysol gets a deep cleaning.

April 2

Erica Johnson tests fish with surprising results and in the Busted segment this week MARKETPLACE investigates cellphone radiation.

April 9
Wendy Mesley investigates how insurance companies are sneaking a peek at your personal credit scores to raise your home insurance, and this episode’s Busted targets labeling.

MARKETPLACE airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC-TV and rebroadcasts on CBC News Network Saturdays, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for more than 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.

Friday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV

With increasing North American obesity rates and many Canadians making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, it’s a regular smorgasbord of waistlines for diet companies to tap into.

One such company is Canada’s Herbal Magic. This week on MARKETPLACE, Erica Johnson puts the company to the test and raises questions about pricey supplements, how they’re sold, and what evidence there is to back up claims they help with weight loss.

In Magic in a Bottle?, Johnson speaks with the company about the qualifications of their ‘personal health coaches’, about the food that is recommended and about the diet supplements and the price for those supplements. She also speaks with experts about the evidence that Herbal Magic’s program is effective for weight loss.

MARKETPLACE airs Fridays, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV, and rebroadcasts on CBC News Network, Saturdays, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for more than 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.

Friday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV

Since bursting onto the self-help scene in the late 1990s with a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad, American Robert Kiyosaki has become one of the best-selling personal finance authors on the planet. An appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to pitch his philosophy helped catapult Kiyosaki to fame, and to an eventual collaboration with business magnate Donald Trump.  Kiyosaki makes regular appearances on network television news channels, the Larry King show and on PBS fund-raising drives. Millions of sales later, his book has helped build an empire.

Now, a MARKETPLACE investigation looks at this empire of television shows, board games and investment seminars—including a string of upcoming sessions scheduled across Canada— and MARKETPLACE host Erica Johnson asks Kiyosaki directly: what’s really going on? Are Canadians being lured by the Rich Dad name to spend money on weekend workshops that seem really designed to sell them more workshops?

Rumblings are being heard from the hundreds of hotel ballrooms where Rich Dad seminars are staged across North America. There are complaints that the focus is more on marketing and less on actual education; that participants are pressured to spend tens of thousands of dollars on advanced courses and urged to increase their credit card limits to pay for them; that the techniques taught are long shots, and the tactics used to teach them are aggressive and bullying.

In its investigation, MARKETPLACE visits one three-day seminar, which ends in acrimony when participants balk at signing up for the advanced courses. The seminar leader scolds the class and refuses to continue teaching, participants start bickering and one is thrown out for demanding explanations.

But the biggest surprise comes when Erica Johnson talks with Kiyosaki himself—first he claims he’s being crucified for his success, then he admits his own concerns. What starts as a confrontation becomes a confession, as Kiyosaki blames his partners for arranging a licensing deal with a company with a history of consumer complaints to present his seminars. Ultimately, Kiyosaki claims he’s a victim too—stuck in a bad deal as his name gets dragged through the mud.

What’s really going on? Did the man who built an empire dispensing financial know-how make a bad business decision? And will the seminars, ostensibly aimed at educating his fans, ultimately turn them off? Learn more in Road to Rich Dad.

MARKETPLACE airs Fridays, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV, and rebroadcasts on CBC News Network Saturdays, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for more than 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.

Friday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV

More than one million global positioning system (GPS) devices were sold in Canada last year, making them one of the hottest gadgets on the market. But are they a safe way for drivers to find their way?

In an exclusive interview, CBC Television’s award-winning consumer investigative show MARKETPLACE speaks to an Ontario mother whose daughter was struck and killed by a driver distracted by his GPS.

With no statistics available regarding the use of portable navigation systems while driving, MARKETPLACE commissioned Research Now to conduct the first-ever poll in Canada on the use of portable GPS devices on the road, with surprising results.

The Marketplace Poll commissioned by Research Now found:

More than one third of respondents (35 per cent) say their GPS actually distracted them, or that they lost concentration
Nearly half of respondents (47 per cent) program their devices while driving

Investigative reporter Erica Johnson speaks with Professor Paul Green of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, who oversaw MARKETPLACE’s road test about the potential distractions of GPS devices. He advises that drivers should never take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds at a time. Yet in one test, a driver glanced away from the road for seven seconds to program the GPS device.

“Every time you look away, that’s another time period that you’ve lost a sense of what’s happening while driving,” says Professor Green.

Yet despite the dangers of distraction, manufacturers of portable GPS devices still allow drivers the option of programming while the car is in motion, instead of completely locking them out.

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for more than 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.

From mortgage fraud to the shocking conditions of hospital hygiene, to the health risks facing young cell phone users, CBC Television’s award-winning consumer investigative show MARKETPLACE puts pressure on people in power to set things right for consumers.

Canada’s favourite consumer watchdogs, Erica Johnson and Wendy Mesley return with stories sure to light a fire under the companies competing for our shopping dollars. The MARKETPLACE team has a proven track record of exposing the real story, pressuring companies to change their policies and practices. Nine days after last season’s “Miracle Makers or Money Takers?” aired, Canada’s regulatory body, Health Canada, pulled the license for the EPFX, a medical device that promised to help cure cancer, so it can no longer be sold. And another episode, “Power of Persuasion,” resulted in substantial fines to some companies in Canada’s energy industry.

This season, the MARKETPLACE season premiere, airing Friday, Jan. 8, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), features host Erica Johnson, along with Canada’s home renovation guru Mike Holmes, revealing a new twist on home inspectors. More Canadians are buying houses that were formerly used as marijuana grow-ops—and Johnson discovers the disturbing practice of “papering over” evidence that a home has been used for this illegal activity. How could home inspectors miss the obvious signs?

Below are highlights of MARKETPLACE’s 2010 season:

January 15
Think you’re good behind the wheel? This investigation puts drivers to the test—and reveals how GPS devices put safety on the line.

January 22
The latest score for hackers looking to steal personal credit card information is a device that Canadians use everyday… if not a dozen times a day. MARKETPLACE shows viewers the heavy price of buying that latté.

January 29

With more and more Canadians looking for new ways to secure their financial future, MARKETPLACE looks into a world where the road to riches is promised at a free real estate investment seminar. We reveal the reality has less to do with buying and selling properties, and more to do with selling another seminar.

February 5
MARKETPLACE looks at the claims made by a leading Canadian diet company.

March 5
In this episode, Wendy Mesley reveals the results of a nation-wide search for the worst cell phone bill in Canada. The MARKETPLACE team uncovers the story behind the high cost of using cell phones in Canada.

To find out more on the search for Canada’s worst cell phone bill, visit the MARKETPLACE website at www.cbc.ca/marketplace, where you can also post comments, read daily blogs from the MARKETPLACE team and watch recent episodes.  MARKETPLACE repeats on CBC News Network each Saturday, beginning Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.

MARKETPLACE invites fans to go behind-the-scenes of its award-winning investigations with a free special event with hosts Wendy Mesley and Erica Johnson, on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 12 p.m., in the Barbara Frum Atrium, 250 Front Street West (Canadian Broadcasting Centre).
Hosted by the fifth estate’s Hana Gartner, Mesley and Johnson, along with the show’s senior researcher Marlene McArdle and special guest Mike Holmes, will share how the show is produced and provide a sneak-peak of the first episode of the season. The hosts will also be on-hand to sign autographs and take pictures with audience members.

From mortgage fraud to the shocking conditions of hospital hygiene, to the health risks facing young cell phone users, CBC Television’s award-winning consumer investigative show MARKETPLACE puts pressure on people in power to set things right for consumers.

Canada’s favourite consumer watchdogs, Erica Johnson and Wendy Mesley return with stories sure to light a fire under the companies competing for our shopping dollars. The MARKETPLACE team has a proven track record of exposing the real story, pressuring companies to change their policies and practices. Nine days after last season’s “Miracle Makers or Money Takers?” aired, Canada’s regulatory body, Health Canada, pulled the license for the EPFX, a medical device that promised to help cure cancer, so it can no longer be sold.
And another episode, “Power of Persuasion,” resulted in substantial fines to some companies in Canada’s energy industry.

This season, the MARKETPLACE season premiere, airing Friday, Jan. 8, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), features host Erica Johnson, along with Canada’s home renovation guru Mike Holmes, revealing a new twist on home inspectors. More Canadians are buying houses that were formerly used as marijuana grow-ops—and Johnson discovers the disturbing practice of “papering over” evidence that a home has been used for this illegal activity. How could home inspectors miss the obvious signs?

Below are highlights of MARKETPLACE’s 2010 season:

January 15
Think you’re good behind the wheel? This investigation puts drivers to the test—and reveals how GPS devices put safety on the line.

January 22
The latest score for hackers looking to steal personal credit card information is a device that Canadians use everyday… if not a dozen times a day. MARKETPLACE shows viewers the heavy price of buying that latté.

January 29
With more and more Canadians looking for new ways to secure their financial future, MARKETPLACE looks into a world where the road to riches is promised at a free real estate investment seminar. We reveal the reality has less to do with buying and selling properties, and more to do with selling another seminar.

February 5
MARKETPLACE looks at the claims made by a leading Canadian diet company.

March 5

In this episode, Wendy Mesley reveals the results of a nation-wide search for the worst cell phone bill in Canada. The MARKETPLACE team uncovers the story behind the high cost of using cell phones in Canada.

MARKETPLACE invites fans to go behind-the-scenes of its award-winning investigations with a free special event with hosts Wendy Mesley and Erica Johnson, on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 12 p.m., in the Barbara Frum Atrium, 250 Front Street West (Canadian Broadcasting Centre). Hosted by the fifth estate’s Hana Gartner, Mesley and Johnson, along with the show’s senior researcher Marlene McArdle and special guest Mike Holmes, will share how the show is produced and provide a sneak-peak of the first episode of the season. The hosts will also be on-hand to sign autographs and take pictures with audience members.

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for over 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.