Village On a Diet

One town. One big obesity problem. Ninety days  later – did they reach their goal of losing a ton of collective weight?  

Obesity in Canada is out of control and nowhere is it more apparent than in Taylor, British Columbia.  But this small northern community, with a die-hard team of experts, committed to losing 2,000 pounds by embracing new eating habits and grueling fitness challenges for three months.

With their relationships pushed to the brink and their lifestyles are dramatically overhauled, did the town achieve their goal?  The Season Finale of the ground-breaking series, Village On A Diet, premieres on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television.

The follow-up episode of how-are-they-doing-now will immediately follow a week later on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 9 p.m. on CBC.

“We sent a professional team of experts to Taylor to help them break bad habits,’ says Force Four Partner Gillian Lowrey.  “But after raiding the fridges, dusting off cookbooks, setting up butt-kicking boot camps, and a whirlwind of activity including a revealing Body Age scare, we all want to know if it made a difference.”

In the Season Finale, we see how the Taylorites have transformed their bodies and their lives in the last three months—and it’s now time for them to experience the fruits of their labours.  Jamie and George’s wedding day finally arrives, and all eyes are on the bride. Brent and Sheena make a hopeful return visit to the fertility doctor for a pregnancy test. Town Crier Glen Cross anxiously awaits the results of the final truck scale weigh-in—has Taylor really succeeded in losing a ton of weight?

“We see the townspeople alternate between fierce competition and inspiring cooperation,” adds Rob Bromley, President, Force Four Entertainment.  “But, what’s important is how they transcend their personal rivalries and petty disputes, in order to keep their community united in their common goal for better health, happiness, and hope.”

In the long-awaited follow-up episode, the experts return to a winterized Taylor four months after the camera crews left, to see if residents have gone “beyond the diet” and achieved a lasting lifestyle change.  Temperatures may have dropped dramatically in Taylor this winter, but has the town’s commitment plummeted as well?  What they find will surprise everyone, including the townspeople.

“This is more than a mere entertainment series,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer and Partner of Force Four Entertainment.  “As we see Taylor’s true stories unfold, they immediately become more compelling than any fiction, as both human weakness and incredible stamina are displayed by the residents of the town.”

VILLAGE ON A DIET is a groundbreaking series in its scope, its authenticity and – perhaps most of all – its potential to inspire not only the small town of Taylor, but ultimately the entire nation.  It is a ten-part series with a special one-hour update episode produced by Force Four Entertainment.   www.cbc.ca/village

Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC Television, today previewed the network’s Winter 2011 schedule, including the launch of new spy comedy INSECURITY, the return of the hit Down East detective series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, the premiere of the groundbreaking new series VILLAGE ON A DIET and the 50th anniversary of THE NATURE OF THINGS.

New programming includes INSECURITY, an action-comedy following the exploits of agents at a fictional spy agency who have unorthodox and sometimes hilarious methods, but somehow manage to keep Canada safe—often unwittingly; VILLAGE ON A DIET, which follows the residents of Taylor, B.C., as they try to lose a ton of collective weight in three months, and PILLARS OF THE EARTH, a sweeping epic of good and evil set in the 12th century and starring Gordon Pinsent and Donald Sutherland.

Returning favourites include REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a one-hour comedic drama starring Allan Hawco that follows the lives of a not-so-everyday family of detectives in Newfoundland, the internationally acclaimed comedy LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, and the second season of the provocative family comedy 18 TO LIFE.

Meanwhile, award-winning CBC journalist Tom Harrington joins Erica Johnson as co-host of Canada’s most trusted consumer affairs program, MARKETPLACE. And this winter, the 50th season of THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki continues. Highlights include a two-hour special looking at the Alberta oil sands conflict, and a celebration of 50 years of programming, exploring and highlighting key elements in the history of a Canadian institution.

 

CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule

(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)

 

SUNDAYS (beginning January 2)

7 p.m. HEARTLAND

 

MONDAYS (beginning January 3)

8 p.m. 18 TO LIFE

8:30 p.m. LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

9 p.m. VILLAGE ON A DIET

 

TUESDAYS (beginning January 4)

8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT

8:30 p.m. INSECURITY

9 p.m. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH

 

WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 5)

8 p.m. DRAGONS’ DEN

9 p.m. REPUBLIC OF DOYLE

 

THURSDAYS (beginning January 6)

8 p.m. THE NATURE OF THINGS

9 p.m. DOC ZONE

 

FRIDAYS (beginning January 7)

8 p.m. RICK MERCER REPORT – Encore

8:30 p.m. MARKETPLACE

9 p.m. the fifth estate

 

SATURDAYS

6:30 p.m. CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

 

WEEKNIGHTS

10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge

10:55 p.m. CBC NEWS LATE NIGHT

11:05 p.m. GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT

 

DAYTIME

7 a.m. KIDS’CBC

2 p.m. STEVEN AND CHRIS

3 p.m. BEST RECIPES EVER