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Link: Mag Ruffman of Road to Avonlea

From Constance Scrafield of the Orangeville Citizen:

Mag Ruffman – the Road from Avonlea
Mag Ruffman played the role of Olivia Dale in the famous television series, Road to Avonlea, set in Prince Edward Island, for seven years. “I sort of slipped into the role,” she admitted in an interview this week, “I hadn’t really had any acting training and I was working with some big stars.” Continue reading.

Link: Mike Holmes Jr. builds his dad’s ultimate garage

From Bill Harris of QMI:

Mike Holmes lets son build him his ultimate garage
Mike Holmes Sr. and Mike Holmes Jr. are keen on being superheroes, but it gets more complex with the assigning of roles. “As a kid that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to help people, I wanted to save people, I wanted to be a superhero,” Mike Jr. said. “I guess this is the closest thing I can do to that.” Continue reading.

APTN announces fall schedule, including Blackstone and Mohawk Girls

From a media release:

APTN ANNOUNCES SOLID SELECTION OF FALL 2014 PRIME TIME LINEUP AND PREMIERES

  • Mohawk Girls, a world premiere on the network with straight-up portrayals of modern Mohawk women – it’s a prime time, dramatic comedy series of adventures in self-discovery about a group of young women and what connects them.
  • Arctic Air, Blackstone, Cashing In and Longmire, four well-known prime time dramas return with new seasons and will instantly become classic fan favourites.
  • Catch the Dream and Native Planet, two documentary series with world premieres debut on the prime time lineup, backed by thought provoking themes.
  • The Nature of Things, an iconic Canadian-produced documentary series debuts on the network.
  • Chefs Run Wild, a prime time reality series of adventures in search of Asianinspired cuisine makes its network debut.
  • Amy’s Mythic Mornings and Warrior Games, two world premieres of children and youth series debut on APTN Kids to share unique knowledge with youthful minds.
  • Qanurli and Takuginai, two children and youth series return with new world premieres and continue to own their titles of the longest running original series from the North.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has announced a fall prime time lineup featuring its most solid selection of programming to date. Five new original English series, two new original French series and two new original Aboriginal language series are part of the programming premiering on its fall 2014 lineup.

APTN’s 2014 fall season begins September 1 and new programming will continue to captivate you throughout the fall.

PRIME TIME – NEW ORIGINAL SERIES THIS FALL ON APTN:

CATCH THE DREAM / WORLD PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DOCUMENTARY

Documentary series featuring 18 amazing achievers who made things happen for themselves. Their journeys cover the vast expertise of Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Sports – each shares their unique motivations and commonalities that helped them to come out on top.

  • Premieres September 4 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN East Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN West
  • Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN HD

MOHAWK GIRLS – SEASONS I AND II / WORLD PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DRAMA
Life on the “Rez” can prove challenging for the modern day Mohawk women. This new drama series follows the lives of four young women as they struggle to walk the path their community has chosen for them. From finding love to finding a purpose in life, you’ll discover what it really means to be a Mohawk Girl in this lighthearted, sexy and fun show.

  • Premieres November 25 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET) – Back-to-back episodes
  • Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN East Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN North Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN HD

LE RYTHME (FRENCH) / WORLD PREMIERE / PRIME TIME YOUTH DOCUMENTARY
Follow eight young performers from Quebec’s First Nations as they learn the tools of the trade to become a recording artist. Under the guidance of Algonquin rapper Samian, will they learn to trust their inner artistic instincts and surpass themselves both in their everyday lives and creative spheres?

  • Premieres September 1 on APTN East (ET) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN East Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN HD

NATIVE PLANET / WORLD PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DOCUMENTARY
Travel deep into the centre of compelling Aboriginal communities where community members are at the helm guiding change in defence of the planet. These passionate spokespeople will share their Indigenous perspectives on the critical issues that affect humanity.
NOTE: CREE ONLY ON APTN NORTH

  • Premieres September 3 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN East Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN North Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN HD

AMY’S MYTHIC MORNINGS / WORLD PREMIERE / CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Animated series that takes children on unique journeys of discovery to reveal the value of problem solving. This is the kind of insight that only comes from the honourable experience and wisdom of Elders.

  • Premieres September 6 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN East Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN West
  • Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN North Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN HD

LES DEERSKIN (FRENCH) / WORLD PREMIERE / DRAMA
Forced out of the Wawkeetawkee reserve, the Deerskin family try to integrate into a small town of predominantly non-Aboriginals. Their new neighbours have a pretty strange notion of what Aboriginal Peoples are all about. Attempting to fit in is going to be a challenge, in the most amusing way. Les Deerskin, a hilarious animated series now presented En Français!

  • Premieres September 1 on APTN East (ET) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m. on APTN East Mondays at 5:30 p.m. on APTN HD

WARRIOR GAMES / WORLD PREMIERE / CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Host and apprentice Steve Sxwithul’txw’s new youth-focused series brings Aboriginal sports to the forefront. Amateur athletes from various territories mentor Steve through the play of traditional and contemporary games; the remarkable cultural traditions, sport and well-being of youth are also praised.

  • Premieres September 6 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN East Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN West
  • Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN North Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN HD

CHEFS RUN WILD / NETWORK PREMIERE / PRIME TIME REALITY
Three Winnipeg chefs exit the comforts of their realm and don’t look back. A homegrown reality series featuring chefs Chad, Lyndon and Clayton, who let loose through the detours and back routes of Asia – in the name of cuisine.

  • Premieres September 3 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET) – Backto-back episodes
  • Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN East Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN HD

THE NATURE OF THINGS / NETWORK PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DOCUMENTARY
A documentary series created by award-winning scientist,  environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki. Stories guided by science but presented in a way to humanize each fascinating subject; it’s a Suzuki specialty of adventure, drama and insight.

  • Premieres September 4 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Premieres September 7 on APTN North (CT)
  • Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN East Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Sundays at 5:00 p.m. on APTN North Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN HD

NEW SEASONS OF FAN FAVORITES:

ARCTIC AIR – SEASON III / NETWORK PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DRAMA
Bobby Martin (Adam Beach), Krista Ivarson (Pascale Hutton) and Mel Ivarson (Kevin McNulty) are at forks in the road. In season two,  Bobby dodged a death threat, but its shadow looms over his head, placing those close to him in peril’s reach. It seems nothing stops this crew from putting their own lives at risk to help others – search and rescue missions, evacuations and flood diversions are part of their days work.

  • Premieres November 9 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN East Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN North Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN HD

BLACKSTONE – SEASON IV / WORLD PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DRAMA
Blackstone’s multi-award winning formula and drama continues to go beyond its own limits, and its well-known emphasis on realism digs deeper into First Nations power and politics. This season confronts themes of human trafficking, the high population of Aboriginal Peoples in the prison system and other effects of the residential school system.

  • Premieres November 11 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Premieres November 16 on APTN North (CT)
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN East Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN North Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN HD

CASHING IN – SEASON IV / WORLD PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DRAMA
The North Beach Casino is a prosperous palace of gaming recently acquired by Matthew Tommy and his casino empire. Matthew’s mission is to make North Beach, North America’s top First Nations casino. Set on the Stonewalker First Nation, snug against an affluent Manitoba beach community, the cast is a swirl of swindling executives, schemers and colourful community members, of all sorts.

  • Premieres November 18 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Premieres November 23 on APTN North (CT) – Back to back episodes
  • Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN East Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Sundays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN North Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN HD

LONGMIRE – SEASON III / NETWORK PREMIERE / PRIME TIME DRAMA
Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) returns – chin up – to solve the perplexing mysteries of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Shaken from a series of recent overwhelming events, Longmire realizes a time will come when he needs to pull it together and carry on…

  • Premieres November 28 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
  • Premieres November 29 on APTN North (CT)
  • Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN East Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN West
  • Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN North Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN HD

QANURLI – SEASON IV (INUKTITUT) / WORLD PREMIERE / YOUTH DOCUMENTARY
This youth-driven series is back with hosts Inuk (Thomas Anguti Johnston) and Nipangi (Vinnie Karetak) and their signature northern comedic style. Their show features talented Inuit youth, comedic skits, commercial parodies and more. It’s the Inuk answer to Wayne’s World of Saturday Night Live.

  • Premieres September 1 on APTN North (CT) – Back-to-back episodes
  • Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on APTN North

TAKUGINAI – SEASON XIV (INUKTITUT) / WORLD PREMIERE / CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Takuginai is a series for kids but appeals to all ages featuring ‘Johnny’ the lemming, other locally crafted puppets and young hosts. An educational show that teaches Inuktitut counting, syllabics and cultural values with loads of fun mixed into the process.

  • Premieres September 7 on APTN North (CT)
  • Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on APTN North

Discovery takes flight with two new specials

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From a media release:

Move over stars and socialites of TIFF – the superstars this September are Hercules and Jumbo! Discovery buckles up for a Sunday night in-flight extravaganza with back-to-back original Canadian specials 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES. Premiering Sunday, Sept. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, the first hour tells the definitive story of the planet’s most iconic plane – the plane that has shaped the world of travel more than any other – the 747 or Jumbo Jet. Then at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, a special two-hour installment of hit series MIGHTY PLANES takes viewers on a journey with the most flexible airlifter in the world – the C130J Hercules – fresh off the Lockheed Martin production line.

Descriptions of 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE and MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES as follows:

747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
It’s the most famous passenger airplane ever to take to the skies: the Boeing 747 or Jumbo Jet. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, never-before-seen archival footage, super life-like CGI and gripping dramatic reconstructions – this one-hour special reveals just what makes the 747 one of the most ground-breaking and awesome aircraft in the sky, a jet that has carried the equivalent of 80% of the world’s population. Travelling to Boeing’s Seattle HQ, the biggest building in the world – 747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE reveals the mind-blowing technical effort that goes into putting together a 747 – millions of parts, six storeys high, and wings the size of a parking lot. Then, meet Colonel Mark Tillman, the pilot who flew Air Force One for President George W. Bush on the morning of 9/11.

MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
The Hercules is the most flexible airlifter in the world. With more than 70 variants, the C130J or “Super” Herc is the newest model in the longest continuous production run of any plane in aircraft history. This medium-range bird is the tactical cargo and personnel transporter for the U.S. Air Force, and serves multi-mission capabilities. Its many jobs include: special operations; search and rescue; aerial refueling; medevac; natural disaster relief missions; fire fighter; maritime surveillance; and hurricane hunter. In this two-hour special, MIGHTY PLANES takes flight with the delivery of a brand-new C130J fresh off the Lockheed Martin production to the Little Rock Air Force base in Arkansas. Then, meet Tim Nguyen, a Lockheed Martin Aviation Engineer who has dedicated his life to protecting the mighty Hercules from attack. He journeys to Little Rock to visit the very Herc that saved his life 40 years ago during the fall of Saigon.

747: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE is produced by Handel Productions in co-production with Arrow Media U.K. Canadian Screen Award-winners Alan Handel and Tom Brisley are executive producers.

MIGHTY PLANES: HEROIC HERCULES is produced by Exploration Production Inc. Gemini-Winner Kathryn Oughtred is Executive Producer.