July 30, 2015
All Eyes and Ears on Food Network Canada This Fall for World Premiere of New, Canadian Original Series Chef in Your Ear
TORONTO, July 30, 2015
/CNW/ - Listen up! This Fall
on Food Network Canada, culinary masters
are pairing with clueless cooks to see who can create the best restaurant quality
dishes in the new original Canadian series Chef in Your
August 31 at
is proud to bring this original series, with a new, unprecedented competition format
to Food Network Canada," said Christine
Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. "Chef
in Your Ear serves up some delicious fun as professional
chefs and kitchen rookies are taken out of their comfort zones. We know our viewers
love this kind of high stakes, high energy competition."
In this thrilling
culinary competition, two of the country's hottest chefs face off to see who can
get a completely clueless cook to create the best restaurant quality dish in only
one hour. The catch? The chefs never step foot in the kitchen. Isolated in a remote
booth, each chef watches their cook on a monitor, guiding them step-by-step through
an earpiece. The final plates are judged and the winning chef determines the losing
chef's punishment. It's ego against ego and dish against dish in Chef In Your Ear!
The series is
hosted by Second City funnyman
Greg Komorowski and features Canadian chefs Jordan Andino
(Harlow Sag Harbor,
Kourtney & Khloé Take
The Hamptons), Devin Connell (Delica Kitchen), Craig Harding (Campagnolo),
Rob Rossi (Bestellen, Top Chef Canada Season 1),
and Cory Vitiello (The Harbord Room, THR & Co. and Flock).
that each wannabe cook goes through, with the help of our esteemed chefs, is an
amazing experience to watch," said Greg Komorowski,
host of Chef in Your Ear. "I wish I could
say that it was the most gratifying part of my job but really, getting to eat the
final product was!"
Episode 1 "The
August 31 at 10pm ET/PT
It's time for Chef Cory to face the music with Rosemary, a classical violinist who
screams her way through stress. Chef Rob
must dig deep to get Nick, a toymaker and child at heart, not to think of the kitchen
as his new playground.
Episode 2 "When
September 7 at 10pm ET/PT
Hearts pound and mallets fly as Chefs Devin and Craig try to create their takes
on a traditional European pork dish. Chef
Devin must manage an IT consultant who once left chicken fingers in his oven for
two weeks, while Chef Craig trains a world class athlete whose friends and family
can't eat her cooking.
Chef in Your
Ear is a 13-episode, 60-minute competition
series. Chef In Your Ear is an original format
conceived by Justin Scroggie, developed by Ricardo Larrivee, Justin Scroggie,
Henry Less, Lee Herberman, and Food Network Canada. The series is produced
by HLP+Partners in association with Food Network Canada. Series Producers are Daniel Gelfant and LeAnne Armano. Supervising Producer is Angela Donald. Executive Producers are Henry Less,
Lee Herberman and
Daniel Gelfant. International
Distributor is The Format People.
This Fall, Food
Network Canada is all you can eat! From September
1 – 30, Food Network Canada will be available
on a National Free Preview. Check local listings for details.
July 30, 2015
CMPA appoints new Chief Executive Officer
30, 2015 – Following a comprehensive search process that included broad member and
stakeholder consultation, the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) has selected
Reynolds Mastin as the new President and CEO of the Association.
“On behalf of
the CMPA Board of Directors I would like to first of all thank Michael Hennessy
for his contribution to the Association and to the industry over the past three
years. It has been an honour working with Michael and I’d like to wish him the very
best,” says Jamie Brown, Chair of the Board of Directors. “It is a great pleasure
to welcome Reynolds Mastin as President and CEO and congratulate him on his new
position. Reynolds has demonstrated his strong grasp of both the challenges and
the opportunities facing our industry. What impressed the selection committee and
led to its unanimous decision was not only Reynolds’ insight into where we are as
an industry, but also his vision for how to transform the organization to achieve
its goals in the future.”
the CMPA in 2008 as Associate Counsel, after articling at the CRTC and serving as
Legal Counsel at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. In 2010, he was an integral
member of the negotiating team that concluded a Terms of Trade agreement between
the CMPA and the major private broadcast groups. Mastin was promoted to the position
of Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Officer for the Association in 2012. In that
role he has represented CMPA members and the Hollywood studios in the negotiation
of labour agreements with the unions and guilds representing talent and technicians
in the film, television and digital production industries outside of British Columbia.
Mastin is a member
of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective and of the Executive
Committee of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. In addition
to his professional commitments, Mastin also serves on the Board of Directors of
the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as on the Foundation Committee of Casey
House, an HIV/AIDS hospital in Toronto.
“For most of
my professional career, I have been extraordinarily fortunate to work for the most
innovative and adaptable contributors to the Canadian broadcasting system – independent
producers,” says Mastin. “Central to their success has been an ability to forge
partnerships and seize opportunities wherever they can be found, whether in Canada
or around the world. I intend to build on these achievements by strengthening relationships
with our longstanding industry partners, both in Canada and abroad, while bringing
into the tent the new players in content creation and distribution that are remaking
the media landscape as we know it. We have an opportunity to create a better capitalized
and more sustainable independent production sector that enables all stakeholders
and partners to build success stories on new platforms in increasingly competitive
“The CMPA welcomes
Reynolds Mastin as President and CEO” says Sandra Cunningham, Chair of the Selection
Committee. “We are thrilled he has accepted this role and know he will be an exceptional
leader who will guide the Association, on behalf of its members, into the future
with passion, intelligence and a keen sense of collaboration.”
July 30, 2015
Speculation, Heartbreak and a Pregnancy in the Summer Premiere of Switched At Birth, Airing Monday, August 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC Spark
– July 30, 2015) Bay copes with heartbreak, Daphne struggles with speculation, and
someone reveals an unexpected pregnancy in the summer premiere of Switched at Birth,
airing Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC Spark.
Bay is haunted
by her breakup with Emmett and struggles to figure out where their relationship
fell apart. Daphne’s excitement about her new relationship with Mingo is hampered
by her friends’ opinion of him. John and Kathryn’s new accountant has some bad news.
Regina digs deeper into the story of Eric’s ex-wife, and everyone is shocked by
the news that someone is pregnant.
To Repel Ghosts
was written by Lizzy Weiss and directed by Millicent Shelton.
Switched at Birth is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush), Paul Stupin
(Dawson’s Creek, Make It or Break It), and Linda Gase (ER, Army Wives). The series
stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez, Vanessa Marano (Gilmore Girls) as Bay Kennish,
Constance Marie (George Lopez) as Regina Vasquez, D.W. Moffett (Friday Night Lights)
as John Kennish, Lea Thompson (Dancing with the Stars, Back to the Future, Caroline
in the City) as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical) as Toby Kennish,
Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe with guest star Marlee Matlin (The West Wing) as Melody
July 30, 2015
Charles Adler Announces his Departure from 680 CJOB
(July 30, 2015
- Winnipeg, Manitoba) After 17 years behind the mic at Corus Radio Winnipeg’s 680
CJOB, veteran broadcaster Charles Adler has announced that he is leaving the heritage
radio station and moving to British Columbia. His final show will be Friday, August
“When Peter Warren
chose to retire from CJOB and the station asked me to step in, I felt like the luckiest
broadcaster in Canada,” said Adler. “CJOB and Corus Entertainment have been my radio
family for a very long time, and the people of Winnipeg have been extremely generous
to me. Saying goodbye is never easy, but Winnipeggers will
always have a special place in my heart.”
known as “The Boss of Talk”, Charles Adler’s broadcasting highlights at CJOB include
covering the 1999 Pan American Games, the return of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets in 2011,
and hosting a Corus Radio Network special report on the first anniversary of the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, which was broadcast from New York.
“Charles is recognized
as an iconic broadcaster both in Winnipeg and across the country,” said Scott Armstrong,
General Manager, Corus Radio Winnipeg. “While his illustrious career includes hosting
national radio and television programs, his participation in local events in our
city has been important as well. We are grateful for his contribution to CJOB and
to the community. I know CJOB listeners will miss him as well.”
In addition to
Charles Adler’s long-time presence at CJOB, his previous broadcast experience includes
stints in Montreal, London, Hamilton and Toronto, as well as a nationally syndicated
radio show out of Tampa, Florida.
the prime-time talk slot is CJOB veteran Geoff Currier. A staple on the station’s Nighthawk program, Currier
has an extensive broadcast career in radio, television and print media across western
“To follow in
the footsteps of Charles Adler and Peter Warren is an incredible honor,” said Currier.
“We’ll do our best to ask questions and get answers for Winnipeggers.”
July 30, 2015
YTV Brings Gordon Korman’s Macdonald Hall to the Small Screen with Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!
(July 30, 2015
– Toronto, Canada) The most infamous troublemakers at Macdonald Hall Boys’ School
are bringing their pranks to YTV in Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!, based
on the much-loved Macdonald Hall book series by best-selling young adult author
Gordon Korman. Aircraft Pictures and YTV have started production on the TV movie,
which stars Jonny Gray (Max & Shred, Annedroids) and Callan Potter (Stratford
Festival), Peter Keleghan (18 To Life, Murdoch Mysteries) and Caroline Rhea (Sabrina
The Teenage Witch, Phineas and Ferb). The movie will shoot in Hamilton, Ontario
through to the middle of August and is slated to premiere on YTV in 2016
“I first read
Go Jump in the Pool! at the age of nine and have been a huge fan of the book series
ever since,” says Producer Anthony Leo of Aircraft Pictures, “The opportunity to
adapt this work for the screen is without a doubt a career highlight.”
Gray), the enthusiastic instigator of plots, plans to enrage Macdonald Hall’s rivals
at York Academy, to intrigue the students at Miss Scrimmage’s Academy for Education
& Awakening and to just make high school more fun. His very best friend, his
comrade-in-arms, his we-do-everything-together pal is Boots (Callan Potter) who,
as it happens, is a very good swimmer. The duo’s shenanigans try the patience of
Headmaster William Sturgeon (Peter Keleghan) and Headmistress Eugenia Scrimmage
to bring Gordon Korman’s hilarious tales and mischievous characters to YTV,” said
Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content for Corus Kids. “The boys of Macdonald Hall have
entertained generations of kids and we can’t wait to see Jonny Gray bring infamous
prankster, Bruno, to life.”
For the boys
at Macdonald Hall, losing swim meets to the snobs at York Academy is a constant
humiliation. But, until the Hall gets its own pool and Boots can train, York is
going to win every swim meet. Unhappy with their son’s athletic performance, Boots’
parents decide to transfer him to York and enrol him in its excellent sports program.
What is worse
than losing your best friend? Nothing. So Bruno concocts a plan to raise $150,000
to build his school a pool. How hard can it be? A few rummage sales. A couple of
bake-offs. Maybe a slightly, possibly against-the-rules toll booth. Bruno will try
anything to keep Boots at Macdonald Hall.
“I couldn’t be
more thrilled to see Bruno and Boots jump off the page and onto the screen,” says
author Gordon Korman, “At this point, fans of the series are raising their own fans
of the series, which I began writing when I was not much older than my youngest
readers. I can’t wait for Go Jump in the Pool!”
Bruno & Boots:
Go Jump in the Pool! is the third TV project based on a book by Korman. Swindle,
based on the book of the same name premiered on Nickelodeon in 2013 and the Disney
Channel TV series The Jersey was based on Korman’s The Monday Night Football Club.
Korman is the author of more than sixty books for kids and young adults. His writing
career began at the age of 12 when is seventh-grade English assignment became is
first published novel - This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall. Now, thirty-nine
years later, he a full-time writer and speaker, with more than 28 million copies
of his novels in print. His books have been translated into 30 different languages.
Bruno & Boots:
Go Jump in the Pool! is produced by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures
(Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Cybergeddon), written by Adam Barken (Killjoys,
Flashpoint) and directed by Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Odd Squad).
Breakthrough Entertainment will handle international sales.
July 30, 2015
East Coast Engaged Couple Hamilton and Michaelia are the Fourth Team Eliminated in Season 3 of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA
scrambling to find a lost passport, the race came to a halt for Hamilton Elliot
and Michaelia Drever in their home province in tonight’s episode of THE AMAZING
RACE CANADA. The Centreville, N.S.-based engaged couple had multiple setbacks, including
their own personal detour, when Hamilton realized he left his passport on the plane.
They were eliminated from the race after arriving last at the Pit Stop in Halifax’s
Seaport Farmer’s Market.
Host Jon Montgomery
greeted them at the Pit Stop, saying, “Hamilton, on behalf of Canadians and myself,
thank you for being brave enough to be yourself.”
“I live every
day the way that I want to, and I want transgender people to feel okay with being
who they are, to come out and say ‘okay, this is me,’” said Hamilton.
“I had Hamilton
(by my side) this entire race, and I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said an
“Sharing this experience with someone I love is the best experience of my life.”
Episode 304 Recap
The nine remaining teams travelled more than 8,000 kilometres from Buenos Aires,
Argentina back home to Canada to Halifax. While on a layover in Toronto, teams sidled
up to Hamilton and Michaelia, in hopes of being given the final Express Pass. Ultimately,
Hamilton and Michaelia chose to give the Express Pass to fellow East Coast racers
Brent and Sean Hamilton, a transgender man, also felt that the brothers, both gay,
shared similar experiences as him, having grown up in a small town and feeling judged
by their peers.
Once teams touched
down in Halifax, they raced to the new Halifax Central Library, where they had to
scan local artist Cliff Eyland’s “5,000 Paintings” project to locate black and white
smartphone photos from the original Halifax Library. Then, the Road Block had racers
climb a terrifying 340 feet to the top of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge to search
for the next clue with binoculars. At the Road Block, a frantic Hamilton and Michaelia
realized Hamilton lost his passport, and began scrambling to retrieve it. Meanwhile,
at the Halifax Public Gardens, teams had to taste test five Orange Julius Premium
Fruit Smoothies and correctly identify their flavours. For the Detour, teams had
to choose between bubbles or suds. At bubbles, teams headed to the Aquatron at Dalhousie
University and had to dive, band, and tag four live lobsters. At suds, teams had
to make Garrison Brewing Company beer deliveries to three local iconic pubs along
the steep streets of downtown Halifax. Dujean and Leilani, a Halifax native, arrived
first at the Pit Stop at the Farmer’s Market, winning the leg. Host Jon Montgomery
greeted them with their leg prize – round-trip tickets from Air Canada to any of
their 15 Caribbean destinations, plus 2.5 million Petro-Points each from Petro-Canada.
episode will encore this Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, August 2
at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO – and is also now available on demand at CTV GO.
All-new episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
and CTV GO. Episodes 1–3 are also now streaming on CraveTV™, with new episodes available a week after
the broadcast premiere. Previous seasons are also now streaming on CraveTV.
Viewers can also
catch Hamilton and Michaelia live on 104.5 CHUM FM morning show ROGER, DARREN, &
MARILYN (weekdays at 5:30 a.m. ET), CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays at 5 a.m. ET, and weekends
at 7 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), and THE SOCIAL (weekdays
at 1 p.m. ET) on Friday, July 31, as they discuss their elimination from THE AMAZING
On the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Wednesday, August 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
on CTV and CTV GO), teams discover one of Québec’s hidden gems, the Magdalen Islands,
where they dig deep, get dirty, and fight to stay afloat in the series’ first ever
Face Off challenge, all in an effort to survive the double U-turn.
The eight remaining
teams competing for the biggest grand prize in Canadian television history are:
and Sean – Brothers – Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.
and Cynthia – Married – Winnipeg
and Leilani – Exes – Toronto and Halifax, N.S.
and Jesse – Brothers – Hamilton
and Kristin – Father and daughter – Burlington, Ont.
and Sabrina – Dating – Montréal
Matt – Wrestling Teammates – Newmarket, Ont. and Stouffville, Ont.
and Ope – Father and daughter – Burnaby, B.C.
For more on THE
AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada for
exclusive content, including team videos, bios, full episodes, sneak peeks, and
The three premier
sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are Air Canada, Chevrolet Canada, and BMO Financial
Group. Dairy Queen® Canada, Mentos, and Petro-Canada also return to partner with
the juggernaut hit series.
July 29, 2015
Gabi is Back from Switzerland and Needs to Face Josh in the Summer Premiere of Young & Hungry on August 19
– July 29, 2015) – Gabi returns from Switzerland and is nervous to see Josh on the
summer premiere of Young & Hungry, airing Wednesday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m.
ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC Spark.
In Young &
How Gabi Got Her Job Back, Gabi has returned from her internship in Switzerland
and is anxious to face Josh after how things were left between them. But Josh insists
he’s fine and encourages Gabi to take a job with his new neighbour. But when Josh
thinks his neighbour might have a thing for Gabi, he takes to spying to learn the
Young & Hungry
is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, and Eric
Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz,
a San Francisco based food blogger of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development
of this project. The show stars Emily Osment,
Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley and Rex Lee.
July 29, 2015
MTV Bids a Fond Farewell to DEGRASSI with Season 14 Finale and Special Movie Event, July 31 and August 2
29, 2015) – After 14 incredible seasons with Bell Media, the iconic original Canadian
series DEGRASSI ends its run on MTV with the one-hour series finale
on Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the two-hour original movie DEGRASSI:
DON’T LOOK BACK on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET. In the epic series finale on MTV,
the students of DEGRASSI head to prom before they take the stage to graduate. Then,
in DEGRASSI: DON’T LOOK BACK, everyone thinks it will be the best summer ever, but
the city has something else in store for them.
made an incredible impact in Canadian television, bringing its weekly audience along
as it tackles the tough challenges of high school. Since Bell Media’s partnership
with Epitome Pictures began in 2001, DEGRASSI has won 19 Gemini Awards, 10 Canadian
Screen Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, a Peabody Award, and has received four Emmy®
Award nominations. Season 14 is currently streaming on MTV.ca, while Season 12 and 13 are streaming
ending on MTV the same way it began on CTV 14 years ago – telling the ground-breaking
and authentic stories of Canadian youth,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports,
and Entertainment Programming, Bell Media. “Bell Media is thankful to the hard-working
crew and cast at Epitome for allowing us to share these stories with viewers across
In the series
finale on MTV, “Finally” Part 1 and 2 (Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. ET), while Alli
(Melinda Shankar) may have her future set in stone, Clare (Aislinn Paul) starts
to see that maybe, not having everything figured out is a good thing after all.
Meanwhile, with all the excitement surrounding graduation, Dallas (Demetrius Joyette)
and Drew (Luke Bilyk) must come together to ensure prom is a night to remember for
years to come.
In the original
Canadian movie DEGRASSI: DON’T LOOK BACK (Sunday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET), Maya (Olivia
Scriven) has high hopes of spending the summer lifeguarding at the beach with Zig
(Ricardo Hoyos), but her hopes are crushed when she fails her CPR class. Determined
not to let her summer be a total bust, she sets her sights on a nanny job for a
prestigious music producer, but is foiled by Gloria (Nicole Samantha Huff) who swoops
in and gets the job. Frankie’s (Sara Waisglass) pumped for her summer job as a city
hall intern but finds it’s an uphill battle with the other older interns. Meanwhile,
Zoe is determined to coast through summer school with Tristan (Lyle Lettau) by riding
the coat-tails of Hunter and Grace. And while all the kids have challenges, what
really overshadows the summer is that sexy and infuriating Gloria goes missing.
This cloud hovers over everyone’s summer as they are all, in one way or another,
touched by her disappearance.
regulars include Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres; Munro
Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Sarah Fisher as Becky;
Ana Golja as Zoë Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak;
Demetrius Joyette as Mike Dallas; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston
Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth;
Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Aislinn Paul as Clare; Cristine Prosperi
as Imogen; AJ Saudin as Connor; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Melinda Shankar as
Alli; Jessica Tyler as Jenna; Olivia Scriven as Maya; Sara Waisglass as Frankie
Hollingsworth; and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell. Classic cast member Stefan
Brogren returns as Principal Archie “Snake” Simpson.
July 28, 2015
Feature Film Mentorship for Women Filmmakers at WFF
- Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV), in association with the Whistler Film Festival is pleased to open up applications
for the 4th consecutive WIFTV WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL MENTORSHIP.
The goal of the
mentorship is to provide the selected recipient with experience in preparing her
film project for market. She will gain skill and confidence in market preparation
including pitching and the presentation of her ideas as well as develop valuable
insight into building her career.
program gives one Executive, Professional or Associate member of WIFTV (producer,
director or writer) the invaluable opportunity to attend the Whistler Film Festival,
December 2 to 6 2015 in Whistler, British Columbia. The mentee receives a WFF Industry
Pass providing access to the festival and industry Summit as well as a pre-festival
consultation with an experienced film professional.
Topics for personalized
Creating a one sheet
Who is buying what
Who to target with your project
How to add cache and marketable elements to your project
How to build an audience through guerrilla and grassroots marketing before you shoot
personalized coaching sessions, the mentee will attend three to four hand chosen
1+1 meetings with WFF Summit guests to pitch their project. It is expected that the mentee will enhance their
experience by engaging in both the Festival and WIFTV’s social media channels by
blogging and tweeting.
Women who are producers, directors or writers are encouraged to apply. Applicants
should have a feature film project in development suitable to pitch at the festival.
A selection committee composed of industry representatives will review the applications.
The recipient will be announced at WIFTV’s Martini Madness celebration on September
August 28, 2015
For application details
and to click here.
July 28, 2015
Discovery Announces Fall 2015 Premiere Dates with Broad Slate of All-New Series and Returning Hits
(July 28, 2015) – On the heels of a tremendous broadcast year that saw
Discovery reclaim its position as the #1 entertainment specialty channel among
total viewers while maintaining its lead among key demos in primetime*, the
network today unveiled its Fall 2015 lineup. Featuring the return of
fan-favourite hits mixed with several newly acquired titles, Discovery’s fall
season kicks off with an early start for perenial favourite MYTHBUSTERS airing Sundays
at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning Aug. 23. The premieres ramp up with the Season
21 premiere of Discovery’s flagship daily science magazine program DAILY PLANET
on Monday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, followed by the season premiere of EDGE
OF ALASKA at 9 p.m. ET/PT and new series TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND at 10
following the Labour Day long weekend, Discovery’s massive Tuesday night lineup
launches when Jamie Davis and his heavy vehicle rescue company return for a
thrilling new season of the homegrown hit HIGHWAY THRU HELL beginning Sept. 8 at
10 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the debut of highly anticipated new series
PACIFIC WARRIORS (9 p.m. ET/PT). But first, Tuesday nights get started with a
new season of another Canadian favourite, FOOL’S GOLD (8 p.m. ET).
continue throughout September and into October with another new title appearing
on Discovery – CUBAN CHROME airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning
Sept. 3. New titles will also debut across the Discovery suite of channels
through September and October (highlights below).
Fall 2015 Premiere Dates:
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
So exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack, anyway? And can water
dripping on your forehead really drive you insane? These are the kinds of
questions, myths, and urban legends put to the test in this humorous series.
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
DAILY PLANET (New
Riskin and Ziya
Tong serve up another season of wonderful, weird, and watercooler-worthy
stories from around the world. Feeding the need for speed with race cars and
rocket ships, and inspired by the newest generation of inventors and
adventurers, DAILY PLANET provides an all-access pass to the gadgets, gizmos,
and tech toys that are shaping the future.
9 p.m. ET/PT
ALASKA (New Season)
Hidden deep in the wilderness of eastern Alaska is the toughest town in
America: McCarthy. Once considered the state's very own "Sin City",
McCarthy is now an isolated town surrounded by extreme wilderness – a refuge
for people who don't want to be found. While some believe in continuing the
town's frontier way of life, others feel the future of McCarthy hinges on it
pushing forward into the modern age.
QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND (NEW SERIES)
In 1524, a horde of Incan gold – known as the “Treasure of the Trinity” – was
stolen. For 500 years, Jesuit priests and privateers such as Thomas Cavendish
and mathematician Paul Thiry have searched for this legendary bounty. Now a new
theory has emerged about the treasure’s possible location – a remote locale
home to thousands of deadly vipers. The series features a team of the world’s
top explorers as they set out on a two-month journey to find the priceless
8 p.m. ET/PT
IT’S MADE: DREAM CARS (New Season – World Premiere)
MADE: DREAM CARS lifts the hood to reveal how luxury cars are made, learning
about their inner workings and showcasing their gorgeous interiors. For each
“dream car” featured, distinguishing features are brought into focus and
celebrated during exhilarating test drives on private courses.
10 p.m. ET/7
Through “A Lo Cubano” Car Club, a passionate group of car enthusiasts,
restorers, mechanics, and apprentices, the series explores the challenges and
joys of life in Cuba, presenting an authentic look into the club’s culture of
passion, grit, determination, and ingenuity.
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
FOOL’S GOLD (New Season – World Premiere)
The Shotgun Exploration crew is back at Straw Lake in their hunt for gold.
Armed with greater knowledge, new equipment, and hopefully better luck to help
them avoid going broke, the crew hopes to strike it rich.
9 p.m. ET/PT
PACIFIC WARRIORS (NEW SERIES)
This new series follows the only commercial fishermen haul their catch from a
kayak…alone. With only a paddle, these brave Hawaiian men and women venture out
to catch some of the most desirable fish in the sea, relying on brute strength
to pull in 500-pound Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Ono.
HIGHWAY THRU HELL (New
Season – World Premiere)
It’s man versus Mother Nature and the toughest men in the towing business being
pushed to their breaking point. The stakes are high – lives, the economy, and
thousands of jobs depend on the highways staying open. Building on last
season’s risky gamble to expand his heavy recovery operation from the B.C.
mountains into the frozen Alberta north, Jamie Davis is tackling new highways
this year and facing bigger wrecks than ever before.
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
AIRPLANE REPO (New
Pilots pursue aircraft across the country slated for repossession.
9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
FAST N’ LOUD (New
FAST N' LOUD follows Rawlings and Kaufmann as they return derelict rides to
their former glory and get them back on the road – but not without putting
their own hot-rod spin on them first.
9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
YUKON MEN (New
Tanana, Alaska on the Yukon River, a frozen village of 200 people, is at the
junction of two powerful rivers at the edge of civilization. With no roads in
or out, wolves howl through the frigid night air, reminding residents just how
isolated they really are.
10 p.m. ET/7
NAKED AND AFRAID
Each week, a new pair of complete and total strangers – one man and one woman –
find themselves stranded in and, quite literally, exposed to some of the
world's most extreme weather environments. The duos are left high and dry with
no food, no water...or clothing!
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
HOW IT’S MADE (New
Season – World Premiere)
A closer look at how everyday things are manufactured. Each episode features
three to four products, with the mix consisting of everyday items including
jeans, aluminum foil, and cereal, as well as less common products like wax
figurines, braille typewriters, and pinball machines.
10 p.m. ET/PT
DRIVER (New Season)
Viewers follow eight drivers, each nominated by a friend or family member, as
they are put through the paces in a controlled driving environment and
evaluated by a panel of experts. Each episode features tried-and-tested
challenges designed to push the drivers to their limits. Each driver must first
master basic training and then more advanced techniques in order to graduate.
If they don’t, they could be crowned “Canada's Worst Driver”.
highlights of NEW SERIES debuting this fall across Discovery Networks:
OF HORRORS: KIDNAPPED
Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Sept. 17 on Investigation
HOUSE OF HORRORS: KIDNAPPED is a 12-episode series recounting the gripping
stories of people who were kidnapped and lived to tell the tale. Each episode
reveals one survivor’s terrifying experience from the moment of abduction,
through captivity, escape, and recovery...all told through their own words.
Airing Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT beginning Oct. 3 on Animal Planet
Every day in
western Washington State, wily felines scale massive trees only to find
themselves helplessly stranded hundreds of feet off the ground. Lucky for
them, expert tree climbers and kitty communication experts Shaun Sears and Tom
Otto are prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue these panicked pets and
reunite them with their owners. The duo runs the non-profit
organization, Canopy Cat Rescue, a highly skilled, two-man operation
adept at climbing the region's notoriously tall timber. Over the past two
years, the duo have scaled trees as tall as 15-storeys high, bringing nearly
500 perilously perched kitties back to the loving arms of their worried owners.
Airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Oct. 5 on Discovery Velocity
and full-fledged motor mouth, Brian Johnson hosts this new series that gets
under the hood of the world’s most iconic cars to learn just how these seminal
machines are made. With exclusive access to the factories and production lines
of McLaren, Land Rover, MG, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo, Brian talks to the
designers, engineers, and head honchos in each company before hitting the
pavement in their latest and greatest models. Travelling across Europe and
America, Brian meets other passionate petrol heads as he tries to get to the
root of man’s obsession with these beautiful machines. From visiting the
Charlotte Motor Speedway to witness Ford’s and Chevrolet’s battle for Nascar to
riding with some of the best test drivers in the world, Brian puts pedal to metal
in his quest to learn exactly what makes these cars rock.
ACTS OF PSYCH
Airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Oct. 14 on Discovery Science
ACTS OF PSYCH takes the hidden-camera phenomenon to an entirely new level.
Stemming from the hit Science Channel series, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, OAP
uses hidden cameras to show if people will actually pay for a VIP experience at
a bus stop or a laundromat, or whether men or women are more likely to take a
food sample from a person wearing a hazmat suit. Throughout the show,
psychologists and human behavior experts offer insights into why we do the
things we do.
July 28, 2015
Much Digital Studios Announces Nine New Creators
28, 2015) – Much
Digital Studios announced today that nine established and emerging Canadian
creators have been added to its network of 13 YouTube creators and digital influencers.
The new Much Digital Studios roster of talent includes: beauty, fashion, travel,
and lifestyle experts Bianca
Harris, Camille Co., Michael Rizzi, Naomi Elle,
Patrick Tomasso, and Tasha Leelyn; gaming experts
and Rerez; and pop culture aficionado
Ajay Fry. The roster of 22 Much
Digital Studios creators have 2.1 million subscribers in total.
in May, Much Digital Studios has received more than 10 million video views, with
35.6 million minutes of video consumed, and 193,000 video likes so far. Much Digital Studios is now attracting on average
over 1.2 million views a week. Following his stint as co-host of the 2015 MUCH MUSIC
VIDEO AWARDS RED CARPET, creator Jus
Reign’s number of YouTube subscribers has increased by more than 52,000. Additionally,
comedic group 4YallEntertainment’s
YouTube page has increased by more than 27,000 subscribers, and beauty expert AllegraLouise’s
page is up by 22,000, nearly doubling since launch. To see what the creators have
been up to click here. Additionally, beginning
this week, viewers can catch the Much Digital Studios creators in interstitial content
airing on Much.
“From the MMVAs
and THE MIKE ON MUCH podcast to creators attending every hot summer festival, the
momentum has not stopped since the launch of Much Digital Studios, resulting in
more subscribers each day,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Specialty Channels,
Bell Media. “With new genres and fresh content, this group of nine talented young
Canadians are a welcome addition to our already diverse and engaging roster.”
“Covering a wide
variety of genres, the expanded lineup of Much Digital Studios creators presents
increased opportunities for brands wanting to work with Much,” said Dave Caporicci,
Managing Director, Brand Partnerships, Bell Media. “With opportunities for in-video
integration, as well as further amplification online, and on our linear properties,
we are looking forward to connecting brands with Much Digital Studios.”
About the new
Much Digital Studios creators:
Name: Ajay Fry
Genre: Pop culture
Bio: Ajay Fry began his national
television career on YTV, hosting the coveted Saturday morning block. After two
successful years he blasted off to Space where he’s been in orbit for the last seven
years hosting INNERSPACE (Weeknights
at 6 p.m. ET). Along the way he’s made appearances in the web-series, CAPTAIN CANUCK,
and the Space original series, BITTEN. His YouTube channel “5 on Fry” acts
as a platform to offer his unique opinion on five topics of interest like TV Series,
movies, games, tech, cosplay, and current affairs. If it’s popular, Ajay’s got something
to say about it. In his downtime, Ajay likes to game (under the gamertag AjayFry
- how original). For more info on Ajay, visit his websites AjayFry.com and Absoluteajay.com.
Name: Bianca Harris
Bio: Toronto-based makeup artist Bianca Harris learned to apply her own makeup at
a very young age. After attending George Brown College’s School of Makeup and Esthetics,
Harris launched her own beauty-focused YouTube channel, as well as co-founded the
website The Look Beauty. Harris’s work
has been featured in numerous magazines and television series including: Two Magazine, fshnunlimited, and FTV Magazine, BLOWE, and her work has also been seen on THE NEXT STAR,
CTV NEWS, and THE MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Her most popular YouTube videos include
Zoe Kravitz Daytime Look,
Contouring & Highlighting:
Medium to Deep Skin, and Rihanna i-D Mag Inspired Makeup
Name: Camille CO
Genre: Fashion, beauty, gaming
Bio: Camille CO is a Toronto-based multimedia journalist, YouTuber,
and social media maven.
Graduating with honours from the University of Guelph-Humber, Camille has worked
as a contributing editorial assistant at Today’s Parent as well as a game writer
for SocialScavenger.com. Now, Camille uses her YouTube channel and
blog to express herself
and inspire others in the world of fashion, beauty, and gaming. Camille’s most popular
videos include Customized Vampire Fangs from Vampfangs.com, How To Fix An
Apple Charger, and How To Fix a Knitted Sweater.
Name: Devon Crawford
Bio: Devon Crawford is a vlogger from Toronto, who takes his passion for technology
to another level by creating videos on how to rule the gaming world. Crawford’s
channel has something for everyone who likes to game, no matter how many achievements
they’ve unlocked. Crawford’s videos range in difficulty from how to beat a level,
to how to build a computer. Crawford currently has 11,000 subscribers with more
than 767,870 page views to date. His most popular videos include New Computer Build + Minecraft
Test 1100 FPS!, Dxtory
Best Settings/Record Minecraft Videos NO LAG, and MINECRAFT PARTY! (Ep.1).
Name: Michael Rizzi
Bio: Michael Rizzi is a self-described “quirky, gay Canadian who enjoys talking
to his camera.” His YouTube channel, MikeyThePlatypus, showcases
his upbeat personality and sense of humour through vlogs, Q&As, and men’s fashion
and lifestyle videos. Since joining YouTube in February 2012, Rizzi has amassed
more than 100,000 subscribers and 5.5 million page views with popular videos such
as Gay Guys React To Gay Porn,
Gay Couples React to Anti-Gay
Marriage Ads, and Myths
Name: Patrick Tomasso
Genre: Lifestyle, travel
Bio: Patrick Tomasso is a filmmaker, musician, and vlogger from Toronto. Inspired
by his passion for social media and advertising, Tomasso loves to watch his creativity
come to life through his YouTube channel, which focuses on lifestyle and travel.
His most popular videos include Twice Melted Grilled Cheese,
Eating Everything in Montreal,
and OSHEAGA 2014-Weekend Wrap
Name: Naomi Elle
Genre: Lifestyle, travel
Bio: Naomi Leanage is a 22-year-old vlogger hailing from Toronto, who works as an
editorial assistant for Faze.ca
and runs her own blog Confessions
of a Twenties Girl. On her YouTube channel, Naomi Elle,
she vlogs about all things lifestyle including shopping hauls, DIYs, how-tos, and
her favourite thing – travelling! Naomi’s most popular videos include Swimsuit Collection
To Get The BEST Concert Tickets, and ROOM TOUR 2015.
Bio: Rerez is a YouTube channel created
and hosted by Cambridge, Ont. native Shane Luis, featuring all the newest, strangest,
and most unique gaming topics on the Internet. With its popular reviews of new videos
games, consoles, rare titles, retro games, and more, Rerez has accumulated more
than 3.7 million page views since its launch in 2012. Luis also created an original
series for the channel, entitled Positives, which highlights
the best parts of some of the worst video games ever made. Other popular Rerez videos
include The First Video Game
Console Ever Made – The Story of the Brown Box, PlayStation Analog Joystick Review,
and Rarest PSP Game Ever –
Hilton Ultimate Team Play.
Name: Tasha Leelyn
Bio: Tasha Leelyn
is a full-time YouTuber, and part-time photographer hailing from Burlington, Ont.
Known for her signature pastel locks, she quickly rose to fame when her easy how-to
hair dye tutorials caught the attention of thousands of viewers online. With popular
videos like How To: Silver Hair Tutorial, and How To: Dip Dye
Your Hair, her YouTube channel has garnered more than 166,000 subscribers and
1.6 million views since the beginning of 2014.
The new creators
join previously announced Much Digital Studios partners, which include: comedy channels
Ron Dias TV, and Shane Cunningham; beauty, fashion,
and lifestyle experts AllegraLouise
and Mila Victoria; musicians
Dan Talevski, SickickMusic, and
Tyler Shaw; illusionist
Rayn Magic; and the recently
launched podcast, THE MIKE ON MUCH
July 27, 2015
Get Excited for the Return of MTV’s AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW: ROAD TO THE VMAS with Seven Throwback Videos!
dance-off! After a three-year hiatus, MTV turns up the heat with the return of
fan-favourite series AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW: ROAD TO THE VMAS this Wednesday,
July 29 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. Hosted by Jason
Dundas (ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT), the panel of judges includes Broadway
theatre actor Frankie
Grande, hip-hop artist T-Pain,
and recording artist Teyena
Taylor. This season, six all-star dance crews create routines inspired by
VMA-related challenges. The winner takes it all in the final episode set to air
right before the 2015 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS on Sunday, August 30 at 7
p.m. ET on MTV.
for the chance to cement their ABDC legacy are Super Cr3w (Season 2 champions), Quest Crew (Season 3 champions), We Are Heroes (Season 4
champions), I.aM.mE (Season 6 champions), Elektrolytes (Season 7 champions),
and new crew Kinjaz, which includes
members from Season 1 champions Jabbawockeez
and Kaba Modern. To help celebrate
the return of this hit series, and the six returning crews, here are seven
Jabbawockeez break it down
in “Funkytown” with the evolution of hip-hop
Kaba Modern celebrate the
King of Pop and “Thriller”
Super Cr3w: Breakdance +
Basketball + Busta Rhymes = Slamdunk
Quest Crew dances to
Britney Spears’ “Toxic”…BLINDFOLDED!
We Are Heroes go Vogue
Justin Bieber’s “Somebody
To Love” Gives I.aM.mE Bieber Fever
Elektrolytes light up the
stage to a David Guetta master mix
complete series description visit BellMedia.ca.
July 24, 2015
SHOWTIME® ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATE FOR THE AFFAIR
CA – July 24, 2015 – Today, SHOWTIME announced that the
highly anticipated second season premiere of the Golden Globe-winning
drama THE AFFAIR debuts Sunday, October 4th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
of THE AFFAIR explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair
that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back
together. This season, the provocative drama will be told separately from four
different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. THE AFFAIR features
Golden Globe winning actress Ruth Wilson as Alison, a young woman attempting to
move on from tragedy and building a lasting relationship while contending with
the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (Golden Globe nominee
Dominic West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of
success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah’s former
wife Helen (Emmy Award nominee Tierney) is attempting to piece her life
together while navigating divorce proceedings, care for her children, and her
parents’ noxious influence. Screen Actors Guild nominee Joshua Jackson plays
Cole, Alison’s former husband struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start
a promising new life. Yet the long-term ramifications of the affair continue to
shape these lives, and will lead to an event that changes everything once
again. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In
Treatment) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment) created the series. Treem serves
as executive producer, along with Levi, Anya Epstein (In Treatment) and
director Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights).
currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a
stand-alone streaming service through Apple® and Roku, Inc.’s Roku® players and
Roku TV™ models. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME now via Hulu and Sony
Network Entertainment International LLC’s PlayStation® Vue.
July 24, 2015
Footy Fans, Unite! Bundesliga Joins Sportsnet’s Soccer Lineup; Barclays Premier League Returns for the 2015-16 Season
(July 24, 2015) Canadians from coast-to-coast are about to get more of the
Beautiful Game as Sportsnet today announced it has secured a five-year,
multimedia rights agreement with Fox Sports 1 to become the exclusive Canadian
broadcaster of Bundesliga matches through the 2019-20 season. The announcement
comes as Sportsnet’s soccer coverage begins to heat up in August, with the
network unveiling the first two months of its 2015-16 Barclays Premier League
long, footy fans can follow their favourite Barclays Premier League and
Bundesliga teams on Sportsnet, Sportsnet
World and online and on mobile via Sportsnet World NOW.
the details of Bundesliga and Barclays Premier League on Sportsnet:
In addition to the
broadcast of regular season matches, Sportsnet’s Bundesliga agreement also
includes coverage of the German Supercup, featuring Bundesliga 2014-15
champions FC Bayern Munich taking on DFL-Pokal winner Wolfsburg on Saturday,
Aug. 1 on Sportsnet One and World. Two weeks later, the 2015-16 Bundesliga
season springs into action with FC Bayern Munich visiting Hamburger SV in the
season opener on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet
World. Bundesliga matches will primarily be seen on Sportsnet World and Sportsnet World NOW, with
select matches on Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE.
from Sportsnet’s multimedia agreement with Bundesliga also includes:
Coverage of all 306 season matches, as well as the German Supercup and
Bundesliga relegation playoffs
Highlight shows throughout the season, including the weekly Bundesliga Matchday
of Sportsnet’s Bundesliga schedule will be announced at a later date. Check Sportsnet.ca for updates. Fans can
stay up to date on league action and news all season long at sportsnet.ca/bpl.
Barclays Premier League on Sportsnet
Sportsnet kicks off its seventeenth year of broadcasting Barclays Premier
League with the opening match of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, August 8, as
fan-favourite Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at 7:30 a.m. ET /
4:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.
of the first six weeks of the season on Sportsnet include:
Five of Manchester United’s first seven matches of the season
AFC Bournemouth’s first ever Premier League match (Saturday, Aug. 8)
Five of Liverpool’s first seven matches
The first Friday match of the season featuring Aston Villa vs. Manchester
United (Friday, Aug. 14)
July 23, 2015
Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark Seven-Night Television Event Belief Premiering Sunday, October 18 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
(July 22, 2015
– Toronto, Canada) This fall, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the landmark
television event Belief, a week-long documentary series airing over seven consecutive
nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning
and connection with the world around them. Through vivid, emotional storytelling
and cinematic visual imagery, Belief illuminates the best of faith and spiritual
practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind
us all together as human beings. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 18
at 8 p.m. ET on OWN (Canada), day and date with the U.S.
Click here for
a sneak peek of Belief (with embed code): www.oprah.com/seebelief
To join the conversation on social, use #Belief and @OWNCanada.
“For the past
three years, my team and I have been working to find the most compelling and thoughtful
stories of faith, love and devotion from around the world,” said Oprah Winfrey. “This truly has been my heart’s work, to be able
to share stories like these that reflect our world and explore humankind’s ongoing
search to connect with something greater than ourselves.”
below. All episodes air at 8 p.m. ET.
Belief: The Seekers
Witness stories from around the world united by one of the most basic human needs
– a desire to find purpose and meaning in our lives. First, 19-year-old Cha Cha, a devout evangelical
Christian college student, hopes to reconnect with her faith after a recent trauma
has shaken her to the core. Next, Reshma
Thakkar, a young Indian-American Hindu woman from Chicago, travels to the banks
of the Ganges River in India for the Kumbh Mela, joining millions at the world’s
largest spiritual gathering. Meanwhile, in
Budapest, Hungary, 13-year-old Mendel Hurwitz prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, the
Jewish transformation from adolescence to adulthood. Mendel’s synagogue in Budapest once faced extinction,
and this tiny population of Jews are struggling to keep their culture alive. In the final story, Terry Gandadila, an Aboriginal
elder in Australia who is nearing death, passes on the wisdom and knowledge of his
tribe to his grandson. Together, they walk
the songline, an ancient roadmap that the tribe believes reveals how the world was
created and how to live life in accordance with their ancestor spirits.
Belief: Love’s Story
Journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another. First, in western Pennsylvania, Ian and Larissa
Murphy are two evangelical Christians who fell in love during college. Ten months into their relationship, Ian suffered
a traumatic brain injury, dramatically changing their relationship while also showing
them what it means to love unconditionally.
Next, we meet Rena Greenberg and Yermi Udkoff of Brooklyn, New York as they
prepare to marry in the Hasidic faith, which believes every person is born with
one half of a soul, and only through marriage can the two souls reunite with each
other. On the other side of the world, former
professional skateboarder Jordan Richter from northern California is embarking on
the Hajj, a pilgrimage that is one of the five tenets of his adopted religion, Islam. By joining millions of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, Jordan hopes to make peace with his past and cement a promising future. Finally, two leaders in Nigeria who were former
enemies 20 years ago, Christian Pastor James Wuye and Muslim Imam Muhammad Ashafa,
come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the
heart of both their faiths: love your enemies.
Belief: Acts of Faith
Our beliefs can be a powerful guiding force to endure and overcome in some of the
most difficult situations. In this episode,
everyone faces a challenge to overcome, and they find their source of strength in
a variety of different ways. In Topeka, Kansas, Judi Bergquist visits her son’s
killer in prison with the hope that the act of forgiveness will help them both move
forward with their lives. Next, under the
blue Guanajuato, Mexico sky, Enedina Cuellar Pacheco is riding on horseback with
Christ’s Cowboys in the hopes a miracle heals her son who suffered traumatic injuries
in a tragic car accident. Together with thousands of riders, she makes the rigorous
trek to the iconic 65-foot-tall statue of Cristo Rey. Finally, on the small Pentecost
Island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, a young boy, Bebe, will act out a death-defying
rite of passage into manhood. Bebe will bravely
land dive off a giant wooden tower with just a tree vine tied around his ankles,
participating in a sacred ritual that his tribe believes blesses the soil for a
Belief: A Change Is Gonna Come
Explore how our beliefs help us change. First,
Anju, a young woman in central India, has committed to forgo all of life’s conveniences
and permanently sever ties with her family in order to be initiated as a Jain nun. Anju must first pass three tests designed to challenge
her commitment. Next, Howard Fallon and his
daughter Shane arrive in the Nevada desert for Burning Man, an annual festival that
provides an experiment in community art, self-expression and culminates in the ritual
burning of a large wooden effigy. Howard
and Shane are seeking to reconnect and heal after unimaginable personal loss. In another part of the American desert, Ashly
Hines, a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, prepares to participate in the Sunrise
Ceremony, a spiritual ritual into womanhood.
Finally, scientist Marcelo Gleiser stands at the foot of one of the most
powerful telescopes in the world. He has
journeyed to the heart of the Atacama Desert in Chile to look deep into space for
clues as to how the universe was born and how it is changing over time. He finds the more he searches the universe, the
more he must embrace the mystery of the unknown.
Belief: God Help Us
When tragedy, illness or loss feel overwhelming and relief seem beyond our reach,
many believers appeal to their faith for strength. First, Karen Cavanagh, a Catholic from Slingerlands,
New York is called to the Sufi path as a way of healing from a traumatic brain injury. Karen travels to Konya, Turkey to combine her
Catholic faith with the practice of becoming a Whirling Dervish, a group who worships
through meditative dance. Next, in Lima,
Peru, a teenager, Beto, prays to the Lord of Miracles, a painting of Christ on the
cross that is revered throughout the country.
Beto is selected to march in an annual procession honoring the icon, bringing
pride to his family. Then, in Lebanon, 13-year-old
Walid, a Syrian refugee whose family fled their home in war torn Syria, still finds
a way to participate in Ramadan, the Islamic faith’s month of personal and spiritual
reflection observed with fasting and prayer.
Finally, in Indonesia, 19-year-old Buddhist monk Bodhi Cahyno believes meditation
can help him find a source of inner strength after enduring a challenging childhood. Guided by his mentor and teacher, Bodhi travels
to the holy site of Borobudur in Indonesia – the world’s largest Buddhist temple
– to celebrate Vesak, an annual ritual that commemorates the birth, enlightenment
and death of the Buddha.
Belief: The Practice
For many people, committing to a spiritual life through study, practice and compassion
reveals faith. First, Shi Yan Fei is a young
Buddhist monk at the Shaolin Monastery in Dengfeng, China, who came to the monastery
because of his passion for Kung Fu. While
Shi Yan Fei has nearly mastered Kung Fu’s physical movements, he has encountered
difficulty mastering the spiritual element.
Next, 65-year-old John Davie is hoping to reconnect with his Catholic faith
as he embarks on the “Way of Saint James,” a 500-mile trek through the countryside
of France and Spain. For a thousand years,
Christian pilgrims have walked the “Camino,” which culminates at the Cathedral of
Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.
Then, Mohamed El Haskouri, a teenage boy in Morocco studies diligently to
perfect his recitation of the 80,000 words of the Qur’an in an ancient art called
Tajweed. Finally, two teenage girls in Israel,
18-year-old Jewish cellist Hagit and 17-year-old Muslim flutist Mais find common
ground and friendship in their shared love of performing classical music with the
Belief: A Good Life
Explore how beliefs help us face the fear of death and the mystery of what happens
after we die. In this episode, we witness
how death can also be a powerful call to action – to embrace life and those we love. In the shadows of Mt. Everest, Lekshey Choedhar,
a young Buddhist monk at the Pema Tsal Sakka Monastery, learns a valuable lesson
about the fleeting nature of life. There,
Buddhist monks make devotional works of art called sand mandalas, which they then
destroy in a ritual that symbolizes the impermanence of existence. Next, atheist Alex Honnold walks the edge between
life and death as a world-renowned free-solo climber. He faces his mortality and finds meaning in his
life as he climbs — with no ropes or harnesses — up a towering cliff in the Moab
desert in eastern Utah. Then Donna Winzenreid,
a military wife and mother of three in Colorado Springs, Colorado who has been diagnosed
with stage four pancreatic cancer, fights for her life by holding on to her Methodist
faith. Next, India is home to more than a
billion people and one of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism. Once a year, on the first day of spring, Hindus
from all walks of life unite to celebrate the festival of colors – Holi. Gopesh Goswami, a Hindu priest, celebrates Holi
as an opportunity to set aside daily responsibilities and experience joy, togetherness
and the essence of a good life. Finally,
from a space shuttle orbiting Earth, astronaut Jeff Hoffman stares out at a pale
blue dot suspended in the vast expanse of the universe. He describes it as a transcendent experience,
an overwhelming feeling that human beings are all truly connected.
This groundbreaking original series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s
most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to
places cameras have rarely been, Belief searches the origins of diverse faiths and
the heart of what really matters. From the
epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual
journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including: the largest peaceful gathering
in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks
of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is
no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies
of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial
treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old
history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and,
a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as
she comes face-to-face with her son’s killer.
These stories and others will all lead us to ask: “What do you believe?” Belief is co-produced by the award-winning production
companies Harpo Studios and part2 pictures.
Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David
Shadrack Smith, Greg Henry and Kim Woodard.
July 23, 2015
JASON PRIESTLEY AND MOLLY RINGWALD STAR IN NEW ORIGINAL COMEDY THE WONDERFUL WAYNEYS FOR DHX TELEVISION
23, 2015 – Canuck A-lister Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills: 90210,
Haven) and celebrated actress Molly Ringwald (The Secret Life of the American Teenager,
The Breakfast Club and the upcoming Universal Pictures film Jem & The Holograms)
bring the funny to Family Channel, starring as seemingly-flawless parents to five
children in the new original series The Wonderful Wayneys. From Aircraft Pictures
and Dolphin Entertainment, The Wonderful Wayneys follows Paige and Wayne Wayney
as they forge the path to familial greatness. The live-action comedy, created and
executive produced by the witty and cheeky Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The
Larry Sanders Show), begins filming in Toronto on July 27 and will deliver 26 half-hour
episodes to DHX Television for Spring 2016.
dynamics is a new challenge that we’re looking forward to embarking on with The
Wonderful Wayneys and the ability to tell the Wayneys’ story in a comedic fashion
brings a new element to our programming roster,” said Michael Goldsmith, Vice President,
Original Production, DHX Television. “We have a longstanding relationship with Aircraft
and Dolphin, and are eager to see how they utilize the brilliant talent that Jason,
Molly and the rest of the cast bring to the show. Being able to offer a comedy that
appeals to the entire family is an exciting opportunity and we’re confident that
this show will have something for everyone.”
Wayneys are an amazing family: good looking, MENSA smart, talented, athletic and
popular to boot. Paige (Ringwald) and Wayne Wayney (Priestley) have worked hard
at raising “multi-exceptional” offspring and are proud of their children: Adam,
Conner, Bentley and Derek. Everyone in town envies them or wants to be them, and
you can even find Paige’s book about raising her extraordinary family on the bestseller
list. But alas, their fifth child, Emmett, is not marching in lock step on the path
to familial greatness. What he lacks academically, athletically and artistically,
he makes up for with relentless enthusiasm and curiosity. Emmett knows that one
day he’ll find his way, but in the meantime he’s determined to celebrate his C-average
status in spectacular creative fashion – no matter how often his best laid plans
threaten to destroy the family’s living space, reputation or sense of safety.
talent assembled for this show both on and off screen is a real testament to the
quality of the work created by Tom Saunders,” says Producer Anthony Leo of Aircraft
Pictures. “We’re honoured to be a part of bringing it to life.”
Aircraft Pictures and Family Channel have been in business together for over a decade,”
adds Executive Producer Bill O’Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Entertainment. “It’s refreshing
in this business to be able to work with such close friends.”
Filling the roles
of Priestley and Ringwald’s multi-exceptional children in the series are: Luke Bilyk
(Degrassi, Lost Girl) as Adam; Katie Douglas (Defiance, Max & Shred) as Conner;
Matthew Tissi (Call Me Fitz, Transporter) as Bentley; Jake Sim (The Amazing Gayl
Pile, Arthur) as Derek; and newcomer Simon Cadel as Emmett.
Wayneys is produced by Aircraft Pictures (Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil, What’s
Up, Warthogs!) with producers Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, and Dolphin Entertainment
(Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Zoey 101, and the upcoming feature film
Max Steel, based on the Mattel action-figure franchise) with Executive Producer
Bill O’Dowd. Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) is Series
Creator and Executive Producer. The show is co-executive produced by Steve Skrovan
(Everybody Loves Raymond, Hot in Cleveland) and Garry Campbell (MADtv, Kids in the
Hall). Tia Ayers, Barbara Haynes, Skander Halim, Max Reid, Josh Gal and Emer Connon
round out the writing room.
July 23, 2015
CraveTV Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs and Connected Blu-ray
(July 23, 2015) – CraveTVTM subscribers
now have more choice and easier access to premium programming as CraveTV is
available via Smart TVs, it was announced today. Available on select Samsung
Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, subscribers can view the entire CraveTV
catalogue effortlessly by selecting the CraveTV app via the Smart Hub on their
Samsung Smart TV. Optimized for the Smart TV experience, finding and
discovering great programming is easy. Also included is MyCravings, which gives
users the ability to stop watching a program on one device, and resume watching
it on another.
the first Canadian streaming service to support Chromecast
and is also available via Apple
TV and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and will soon be available via select game
consoles. CraveTV, TMN GO, and TSN GO are available on Samsung Smart TV and
Blu-ray players, while additional Bell Media brands will be available in the
working hard to make CraveTV available to as many Canadians as possible, via
the platform of their choice,” said Domenic Vivolo, Executive Vice-President,
Content Sales & Distribution Marketing, Bell Media. “Intuitive and easy to
navigate, watching CraveTV on a Samsung Smart TV is a truly enjoyable user
experience - we think customers will love it.”
we are focused on helping Canadian viewers get closer to their favourite
content,” said Pat Bugos, Vice-President, Consumer Electronics at Samsung
Canada. “We aim to provide consumers with the best viewing experience
possible and now with the CraveTV app on Samsung Smart TVs, viewers are going
to experience their favourite TV shows in an immersive new way.”
viewers with the largest collection of premium content in one place, with
thousands of hours of programming in three categories – exclusive past-season
content, featuring back seasons of television’s biggest programs currently on
air; an extensive and exclusive library, featuring complete catalogues of some
of the best TV series that have ever aired; and original series never before
seen in Canada.
features more than 20 curated collections across multiple genres, including the
entire off-air library of HBO’s
iconic programming catalogue, including THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE, ENTOURAGE,
and SEX AND THE CITY, as well as the HBO Films
catalogue and HBO stand-up comedy specials;
hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME
series and specials, such as THE AFFAIR, RAY DONOVAN, PENNY DREADFUL,
HOMELAND, and NURSE JACKIE; an unmatchable comedy slate headlined by CraveTV
PARK, and also including THE BIG BANG THEORY, CHEERS, FRASIER, and CORNER
GAS; and CraveTV Original Series like the upcoming comedy LETTERKENNY
and much more.
July 23, 2015
CTV and CTV Two Fall 2015 Premiere Dates Announced
23, 2015) – Heading into another can’t-miss season of appointment television, CTV
confirmed today its fall premiere dates for CTV and CTV Two. After a hit 2014/2015
season, which saw six of the Top 6 new series on CTV, four new, powerful dramas
arrive in primetime to continue to strengthen CTV’s #1 schedule. The big-buzz series
coming to CTV this fall: action-packed mystery-thriller BLINDSPOT, airing Mondays
at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 21; explosive strike-it-rich family drama BLOOD
& OIL and the not-to-be-missed time-shifting conspiracy drama QUANTICO, airing
Sundays at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively beginning Sept. 27; and adrenaline-driven
hospital drama CODE BLACK, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 30.
As hot new series
get ready to enter the schedule, fall also sees the return of last season’s top
new series. It’s no joke that GOTHAM will see the addition of some new villains
when it returns Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 21, and it’s back to class
with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept.
24. On Tuesday, Oct. 6 Canada’s #1 new series of 2014/2015, THE FLASH returns at
8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by CSI: CYBER at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
ushers in a steady stream of returning fan favourite and Top 20 hits including THE
BIG BANG THEORY and CASTLE (Sept. 21), GREY’S ANATOMY (Sept. 24), ONCE UPON A TIME
(Sept. 27), MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sept. 29), CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 30),
and ARROW (Oct. 7). Following an emotional and unforgettable Season 3 finale, CTV’s
hit original drama SAVING HOPE returns for Season 4 following GREY’S ANATOMY, Thursdays
at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 24.
New series also
add to the strength of the CTV Two fall lineup, with the live, anything-can-happen
variety series BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. The series is set to premiere
on CTV Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will later move to CTV Two to anchor
its Tuesday night lineup. Also joining CTV Two is Season 3 of mystery-thriller SLEEPY
HOLLOW, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Oct. 1.
of CTV and CTV Two series will also be available live and on demand on CTV.ca and the CTV GO App. Previous seasons of select
returning series are streaming now on CraveTV™, which will also feature a first-look
for SAVING HOPE, with episodes available the day before their broadcast premiere.
See below for
a list of premiere dates for new and returning series. All dates are subject to
change. All times in ET. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.
FALL BASE SCHEDULES:
Two (until Oct. 29)
Two (effective Oct. 30)
FALL 2015 PREMIERE
DATES for CTV and CTV Two:
8 p.m. – DANCING WITH THE STARS (CTV Two and Bravo)
8 p.m. – CTV’s BIG FALL PREVIEW (CTV)
10 p.m. – BEST
TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (CTV) - NEW (Airs on CTV Two at 8 p.m. beginning
8 p.m. – THE 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS (CTV)
7:30 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY
(CTV) - (Airs in regular Thursday 8 p.m. timeslot beginning Nov. 5)
8 p.m. – GOTHAM (CTV)
8 p.m. – THE VOICE (CTV Two) - TWO
9 p.m. – BLINDSPOT (CTV) - NEW
10 p.m. – CASTLE (CTV)
8 p.m. – THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
8:30 p.m. – THE GOLDBERGS (CTV)
9 p.m. – LAW AND ORDER: SVU
(CTV Two) - TWO-HOUR PREMIERE
8 p.m. – GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV)
- (Airs in regular Thursday 7 p.m. timeslot beginning Nov. 5)
9 p.m. – SAVING HOPE (CTV)
10 p.m. – HOW TO GET AWAY
WITH MURDER (CTV)
8 p.m. – THE AMAZING RACE (CTV)
9 p.m. – SHARK TANK (CTV) (Moves
to CTV Two beginning Oct. 30)
10 p.m. – BLUE BLOODS (CTV)
8 p.m. – ONCE UPON A TIME (CTV)
9 p.m. – BLOOD & OIL (CTV)
9 p.m. – CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
(CTV Two) – TWO-HOUR SERIES FINALE
10 p.m. – QUANTICO (CTV) - NEW
9 p.m. – MARVEL’S AGENTS
OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (CTV)
9 p.m. – CRIMINAL MINDS (CTV)
10 p.m. – CODE BLACK (CTV) - NEW
9 p.m. – SLEEPY HOLLOW (CTV Two)
- NEW TO CTV Two
Saturday Oct. 3
7 p.m. – W5 (CTV)
8 p.m. – THE FLASH (CTV)
10 p.m. – CSI: CYBER (CTV) - NEW DAY
8 p.m. – BEST
TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (CTV Two) - REGULAR TIMESLOT
8 p.m. – ARROW (CTV)
8 p.m. – THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
10 p.m. – REIGN (CTV)
9 p.m. – GRIMM (CTV)
7 p.m. – GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV)
- REGULAR TIMESLOT
8 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY
(CTV) - REGULAR TIMESLOT
8 p.m. – MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
July 23, 2015
CRTC seeks solutions to help Canadians protect themselves from unsolicited and illegitimate calls
July 23, 2015
– Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a public consultation to better
understand the technical solutions that are currently offered to help Canadians
manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. The
CRTC is also exploring new and innovative solutions that could enhance consumer
protections, including those that may reduce illegitimate caller identification
(caller ID) spoofing.
gathered as part of this proceeding will serve to develop guidance for Canadians
so they can better manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing
calls and protect their privacy.
participate in this consultation by sharing their views on:
the technical solutions available to help them manage unsolicited or illegitimate
barriers they may face to adopting or using these solutions, and
new and innovative solutions that could help them manage unsolicited telecommunications
and illegitimate telemarketing calls.
Comments may be submitted until October 16, 2015
filling out the online
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or
sending a fax to 819-994-0218
As an initial
step in the proceeding, the Commission has requested that the telecommunications
industry provide, by September 4, 2015, information on the options and features
currently available to help Canadians manage unsolicited and illegitimate calls.
Responses will be compiled into a consumer-friendly format and placed on the public
record of the proceeding in order to assist parties in formulating their comments.
The CRTC has launched a public consultation to better understand the technical solutions
that are currently offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications
and illegitimate telemarketing calls.
The National Do Not Call List was established in 2008 to help Canadians protect
their privacy and, to date, over 12.8 million numbers have been added to the list.
Since that time, more than 900,000 complaints of alleged violations to the Unsolicited
Telecommunication Rules have been lodged by Canadians.
It is estimated that over 40% of complaints involve an element of illegitimate Caller
Caller identification spoofing occurs when telemarketers hide or misrepresent their
identity by displaying fictitious phone numbers when making calls.
The CRTC is working with its international partners to address today's global threats
related to unsolicited and illegitimate telemarketing calls.
The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring to ensure telemarketers and others
who initiate unsolicited telecommunications follow the Unsolicited Telecommunications
Rules and to reduce the number of unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate
telemarketing calls to Canadians.
"Canadians are very frustrated with telemarketers who hide their identity or
misappropriate the legitimate numbers of Canadians and businesses. A significant
proportion of the complaints we receive now involve some element of illegitimate
caller identification spoofing. There are tools that can help Canadians protect
themselves, and there may be new and innovative solutions on the horizon. Following
this consultation, we will be publishing guidance material to empower Canadians
to make informed choices for themselves and their families."
- Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman
July 22, 2015
CRTC fostering competition in the broadband Internet market
OTTAWA and GATINEAU,
QC, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) today announced measures to foster competition between companies that offer
broadband Internet services. These measures will provide Canadians with more choice
and innovative services at reasonable prices.
To provide services
to their customers, companies enter into a wide variety of wholesale arrangements.
In particular, wholesale high-speed access services are used by competitors to provide
Internet services, as well as television and telephone services, in the retail market.
extensive review, the CRTC found that the large incumbent companies continue to
possess market power in the provision of wholesale high-speed access services and
is requiring that they make these services available to competitors.
the demand by Canadians for higher speed services will only increase in the coming
years to support their growing Internet needs and usage. Large incumbent companies
will now have to make their fibre facilities available to their competitors. This
measure will ensure that Canadians have more choice for high-speed Internet services
and are able to fully leverage the benefits of the broadband home or business.
The large incumbent
companies will continue to be required to provide access to wholesale high-speed
access services throughout their region and transition this access to a disaggregated
architecture. The provision of wholesale high-speed access services on a disaggregated
basis will be implemented in phases across Canada, starting with Ontario and Quebec.
The CRTC's wholesale
services framework sets out the rates, terms and conditions under which telecommunications
service providers are required to make parts of their respective networks available
The CRTC will continue to mandate access to wholesale services, including high-speed
access services, to encourage competition in the broadband Internet market.
Additionally, the CRTC is requiring that competitors have access to wholesale high-speed
services of the large incumbent companies that use optical fibre facilities.
The CRTC is taking action to ensure that Canadians have more choice for high-speed
The CRTC is encouraging further investment in high-quality networks.
The CRTC is ensuring Canadians have access to innovative services at reasonable
"As Canadians participate more actively in the digital economy, they will need
access to higher Internet speeds to power their broadband homes and businesses.
By continuing to mandate certain wholesale services, and including access to fibre
facilities, we are continuing our work to drive competition so Canadians have access
to more choice, innovative services and reasonable prices. At the same time, we
fully expect that companies will continue to invest in their networks, including
in fibre technology, to meet the growing needs of consumers."
- Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman