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SLAVES TO HABIT: New documentary examines our battle with bad habits and the secrets to conquering them

  • Premieres THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 – 9:00 P.M. (9:30 P.M. NT) on CBC TV’s Doc Zone

Happy New Year! With the start of every new calendar year comes a fleet of well intentioned New Year’s resolutions – among them, losing weight, quitting smoking, getting more exercise.

On THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) CBC-TV’s Doc Zone premieres SLAVES TO HABIT, a new documentary that takes an in-depth look at bad habits, the behavior that surrounds them, and the startling new science on the interaction between brain chemistry, habit and self-control.

Just about everything we need to know about resisting temptation can be found in ‘The Marshmallow Test’, a famous experiment conducted by Walter Mischel, at Stanford University in the 1960s. In The Marshmallow Test, a researcher places a marshmallow in front of a pre-schooler and tells them that if they can wait about 15 minutes before eating it, they will get a second marshmallow. Over the course of the 15 minutes, we watch each child desperately try to resist the impulse to eat the marshmallow. The hilarious and fascinating results demonstrate the power of habit and willpower – who has it and who doesn’t.

SLAVES TO HABIT features some of the world’s foremost authorities on how our habits affect or control our lives including Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times Reporter Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit – Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business’. Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific
discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Along the way we learn why some people struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight According to Duhigg, a habit consists of three parts: “There’s a cue, which is like a trigger for an automatic
behaviour to start, and then a routine which is the behaviour itself, and then finally a reward. Most people focus on the behaviour and the routine – but it’s the cue and the reward that shapes how the habit functions.”

SLAVES TO HABIT follows three individuals over a 6-week period as they struggle to break their bad habits – smoking, overeating and compulsive shopping. In the end, we understand that habits aren’t destiny and that by harnessing the new science on habit, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our

SLAVES TO HABIT is written, directed and produced by the award-winning veteran filmmaker Andy Blicq (Faking the Grade, Conspiracy Rising, Information Overload, The Truth About Shoplifting, The Truth About Liars).

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  • New preschool series helps children to better understand their emotions
  • Starring Yannick Bisson of CBC’s hit series Murdoch Mysteries

Kids’ CBC presents a new preschool series about a different kind of superhero with THE ADVENTURES OF NAPKIN MAN! airing Monday to Friday at 9:30 a.m. (10 NT) beginning Dec. 30. Each episode takes children inside the classroom of fun-loving and compassionate preschool teacher Mr. Anthony, played by Yannick Bisson of CBC’s hit primetime series Murdoch Mysteries. Featuring a mix of live action and animation, children are taken on fun-filled adventures which help them to better understand and manage their feelings.

Using his special pen, Mr. Anthony draws Napkin Man, a superhero who leaps off the napkin and magically comes to life in an animated world. As the children look on, Napkin Man (voiced by Bisson) and his friends play out a story that sheds light on the emotional issue at hand. Through comedy and catchy original music, children learn to identify and label emotions, recognize the physiological symptoms associated with different emotions, develop fun and easy strategies to calm down and feel better, while discovering creative ways to solve problems that lead to negative emotions.

Also on Kids’ CBC this winter are the engaging multiplatform series, RUBY SKYE P.I. and TIME TREMORS. Beginning Dec. 21,, get on the case Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. (8 PST/9:30 NT) with cross-platform series RUBY SKYE P.I., following amateur detective Ruby Skye as she finds her way into the middle of the most baffling mysteries. Then tune in to TIME TREMORS at 9:56 a.m. (8:56 PST/10:26 NT) and follow the adventures of siblings Max and Medie as they travel through space to collect time treasures. Kids can play along with each episode by downloading the Time Tremors Infinity app, available for free from the App Store, Google Play or online at

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Heroes and Villains Are In It, To Win It in the TELETOON Original Series Total Drama All-Stars

  • Canadian premiere Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

TELETOON’s successful animated reality show returns with hosts Chris McLean and Chef. Total Drama All-Stars, the latest instalment in the TELETOON original Total Drama franchise, makes its Canadian debut on Thursday, January 9, 2014 with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT, during TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays programming block.

Fourteen fan-favourite cast members return this season to face the most dangerous and gruelling challenges yet, in pursuit of a one million dollar prize. Contestants will be split into two teams, the “Heroic Hamsters” and the “Villainous Vultures”, facing off in an epic battle of good versus evil. Each episode ends with one team member being eliminated by their peers, but this year being sent home early is more humiliating than ever, thanks to the Flush of Shame.

Produced for TELETOON by Fresh TV, Total Drama All-Stars is created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch. Executive Producers are George Elliott and Brian Irving. Total Drama All-Stars consists of 13 half-hour episodes.

New episodes of Total Drama All-Stars will continue to air every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/PT throughout the winter season as part of TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays lineup, which includes new episodes of Adventure Time at 6 p.m. ET/PT, Annoying Orange at 6:15 p.m. ET/PT and TELETOON Original Productions Packages from Planet X and Grojband at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT respectively.


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  • DRAGONS’ DEN returns with Second Chance episode airing Wednesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

DRAGONS’ DEN returns this January to give past pitchers another opportunity to make a deal with the Dragons in the fan-favourite Second Chance episode. Airing Wednesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), the first episode of 2014 features some of the most memorable pitchers from seasons past, as entrepreneurs return to the Den for a second shot at a deal.

In the DRAGONS’ DEN Second Chance special, optimistic entrepreneurs from across Canada enter the Den with their revamped business propositions. Each pitcher has previously faced rejection on DRAGONS’ DEN, but in this episode, they showcase what they’ve learned and try to prove that this time they have what it takes to succeed. With Elvis back from the Yukon, a DIY bidet creator and a couple of aspiring beverage peddlers, there’ll be no shortage of excitement this time around.

Also on the horizon is the 2014 Audition Tour, which kicks off in the New Year. Dates and details will be announced shortly. Aspiring entrepreneurs should start polishing up their pitches now for their chance to appear on a new season of DRAGONS’ DEN.

Additionally, for all the young moguls-in-the-making out there, the Future Dragon Fund Contest is accepting submissions until Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET. In this new contest, Kevin O’Leary is awarding $5000 each to ten ambitious grade 11 and 12 students who show promise as current or future entrepreneurs.

Details and regulations can be found online at Current grade 11 and 12 students can apply by submitting videos explaining why they deserve to win and what they would do with the $5000 prize money. The winners will be announced each Wednesday until mid-March, 2014.

DRAGONS’ DEN is the highest-rated Canadian unscripted program on during the regular television season, with an average audience of more than 1.2 million Canadians each week. In addition to its success on-air, DRAGONS’ DEN is also a hit online, boasting an active and engaged online community averaging more than 650,000 page views per month. Full episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes content can be viewed at DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television. Tracie Tighe is executive producer and Molly Middleton is senior producer. Dianne Buckner hosts.


Package Deal, City – “Big Brother’s”
When Danny (Randal Edwards) learns he’s about to receive a major award for his pro bono work, his anxiety flares up thanks to a childhood award-related trauma. Ryan (Jay Malone) takes him to see his new, unorthodox therapist, Dr. Sydney Forbes (recurring guest star Pamela Anderson), but when Danny and Dr. Forbes become close friends, Ryan is sent into a tailspin of jealousy. Meanwhile, Sheldon (Harland Williams) enlists Kim’s (Julia Voth) help to teach him manners and attentiveness in hopes of winning back the girl of his dreams.

Played, CTV – “Untouchables”
Diplomatic immunity prevents the homicide police from investigating a murder which occurs at an Eastern European consulate, and the C.I.U. is called in on the case. Rebecca (Chandra West) and Maria (Lisa Marcos) try to get through to the Consular Aide (Liane Balaban), while Moreland (Vincent Walsh) and Khali (Agam Darshi) take on the forceful, eccentric Consul (Noam Jenkins). The team unravels an international network of human trafficking, but will the Consul face justice?

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