From a media release:
CANADAâ€™S GREATEST KNOW-IT-ALL Returns to Discovery for a Must-See Second Season, Jan. 14
Inspiration strikes again! Back with 10 new players, and 23 even bigger and bolder challenges, CANADAâ€™S GREATEST KNOW-IT-ALL returns to Discovery for a second explosive season, premiering Monday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. An original Canadian series â€“ and smash hit â€“ from Boxing Cats Productions, Season 2 returns with eight new episodes â€“ plus a bonus â€œSurvival Guide to CANADAâ€™S GREATEST KNOW-IT-ALLâ€ wrap-up special â€“ featuring 10 of the countryâ€™s biggest self-proclaimed smarties, competing head-to-head in a supersized arena of grit and wit. With physical and mental challenges designed to test their superior knowledge, problem-solving skills, leadership, cooperation, and game-playing strategy, this brains-and-brawn series is the perfect forum to test their mettle. The CGKIA Class of 2013 watched the epic and record-breaking first season, and think they know how to beat the game. But this will only be true for the last player standingâ€¦the one who claims the ultimate title of CANADAâ€™S GREATEST KNOW-IT-ALL.
Watch as these Know-It-Alls are thrown out of an airplane and during a 40-second free-fall, must memorize the giant letters scattered in the landing field, then create as many words as possible in the â€œFree Fall Word Scrambleâ€ challenge; the KIAs must learn to SCUBA and develop a non-verbal language to de-code â€“ and defuse â€“ an underwater bomb; and also endeavour to destroy a coffee truck more than Â¾-kilometers away with a bowling ball cannon by determining the angle of the barrel, power, and distance. Ka-boom! These are among the smart, spectacular and mind-bending challenges put to 10 of the countryâ€™s most passionate experimenters, super-geeks, and jacks-of-all-trades in their quest for the top.
But the race wonâ€™t be easy. The tests demand multi-layered problem-solving, independent thought and, (grudgingly), teamwork. Under the eye of host Daniel Fathers (THE TRANSPORTER, HEARTLAND), they compete with â€“ and against â€“ each other in challenges designed to prove which one of them knows the most about a lot of different stuff: how things are engineered, driven, built, powered, and even blown up! Every episode contains several complex and highly-entertaining group and individual tasks. The competitor with the fewest points after each episodeâ€™s final elimination challenge leaves the series.
Coming from a wide range of professions, experiences, and educational backgrounds, the competitors think theyâ€™re as smart as these challenges. And each is vying to prove that their â€œknow-it-allâ€ moniker is actually justified. Itâ€™s street smarts vs. book-smarts; common sense vs. theory; Ego vs. Id. Meet this seasonâ€™s KNOW-IT-ALLs:
- Bill Robinson, age 65, from Madeira Park, British Columbia: A technological expert, Bill Robinson was one of Canadaâ€™s earliest computer programmers, and claims to be the creator of client servers â€“ the precursor to online banking. A retired Renaissance man, he spends most of his time travelling and exploring the open seas on his sailboat. Heâ€™s searched for the remnants of the Fraser Expedition in the Arctic, and traversed waters just as far south.
- Carla Davidson, age 36, from Calgary, Alberta: A PhD biologist who specializes in flu vaccine development, Carla Davidson knows she can handle any challenge, no matter how dirty or infectious it is. She is super-competitive and fully expects to win.
- Ben Eadie, age 40, from Calgary, Alberta: Ben Eadie is a an inventor-at-heart, a tinkerer at his core, and a guy who always thinks he has the answer to most problems. Heâ€™s a Guinness World Record holder for human-powered transportation engineering. He has also been hit by lightning â€“ twice. Wildly enthusiastic, always ready with an answer, Eadie loves to give input â€“ even when no oneâ€™s asked.
- Scott Gravelle, age 40, from Calgary, Alberta: Scott Gravelleâ€™s middle name is â€œcompetitive.â€ He never backs down and is confident that his ideas are consistently the best onesâ€¦and often they are. A champion hang glider, a long-board racer, and machine designer, Gravelle faces down his fears by taking them on. Outspoken, opinionated, talented, and driven, Gravelle claims his only competition is himself.
- Owen Garratt, age 44, from Spruce Grove, Alberta: Owen Garratt is a world-renowned artist who prides himself in getting every detail of everything in his life just right â€“ but on his own terms. He learns by taking life by the horns and experiencing it. Adventurous travel, voracious reading, and swimming with sharks makes him supremely confident that heâ€™s prepared for this competition.
- Abraham (Abe) Qamminiq, age 51, from Hall Beach, Nunavut: Born and raised in a Nunavut town of less than 700 people in a traditional Inuit (Inuktitut) culture, Abe Qamminiq possesses truly unique skills that set him apart from anyone else. Fix a car at -45 degrees? Check. Hunt, butcher, and prepare a polar bear? Check. Heâ€™s also worked as a Canadian Ranger and is a government liaison/translator. Unlike other competitors, Qamminiq relies on his knowledge and a unique skillset for daily survival â€“ but can he survive among nine other Know-It-Alls?
- Andrew Rader, age 32, from Cambridge, Ontario: When Andrew Rader isnâ€™t busy working on designing innovative spacecraft systems, this MIT Aerospace Engineering PhD graduate is hosting Star Wars dinner parties and creating complicated board games. Rader was a finalist in the Canadian Astronaut Selection in 2009 and fiercely clings to his lifelong goal â€“ to help establish a human base on Mars â€“ and go there himself.
- Laura Suen, age 23, from Mississauga, Ontario: Laura Suenâ€™s just 23, but has done more in her short life than many do in a lifetime. A super high-achiever and gifted student, Suen is currently completing her Masterâ€™s Degree in physics. Sheâ€™s built lasers, worked in biophysics and, despite her mild demeanor, she has a wildly competitive streak that dominates the online gaming world. A strategist by nature, Suen has the brains but must battle her lack of life experience to win.
- Doug Hicton, age 52, Toronto, Ontario: Doug Hicton is a JEOPARDY! Grand Master Championâ€¦with an edge. Heâ€™s beat Watson (the IBM supercomputer), and revels in his broad base of trivia knowledge. But Hictonâ€™s a â€œtheoretical guyâ€ and isnâ€™t big on getting his hands dirty â€“ can he overcome that obstacle to take the competition?
- Beth Furlong, age 27, from Pickering, Ontario: Beth Furlong is an adrenaline junkie who has a passion for extreme activities, competition, and feeding her insatiable hunger for knowledge. A straight-A student, Furlong studied genetics and telecommunications at university before becoming a commissioned officer, aircraft mechanic, and a pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Born in the U.S. and now married to a Canadian, sheâ€™s fiercely independent and loyal. She has flown in hostile territory and survived â€“ so she can certainly survive this!