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Animal Planet makes holidays happier with six-week free preview, beginning Dec. 1

From a media release:

This holiday season, Animal Planet invites viewers to cuddle up with some of the funniest, wildest, and most touching moments the animal kingdom has to offer during a special Free Preview from Friday, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Jan. 11.

The Animal Planet Free Preview delivers a slate of programming that’s purrrrrr-fect for the whole family, including the new original Canadian series DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 10. From pedigreed show dogs to prize mares, cows, cute and cuddly cats, and even angry bulls, the series follows the action-packed life of travelling vet Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal, who’s on the road 24/7 to care for “all creatures big and small.” She’s dedicated her life to animals – treating them, training them, and riding them in horse derbies – with one of the busiest and most unusual mobile veterinary units to roam the northern prairie.

On Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Animal Planet is giving the gift of cute with a full hour of super adorable holiday cuteness. SUPER CUTE YULE LOG is stocked full of fluffy puppies, cuddly kittens, and other baby animals all frolicking to seasonal tunes across a holiday set.

Animal Planet’s Free Preview is available through television service providers across Canada including: Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, Eastlink, BellMTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, and several CCSA partners including Access Communications, Westman Communications, Northwestel Inc., Tbaytel, Novus Entertainment, Wightman Telecom Ltd., and Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV.

Below is a listing of Animal Planet programming highlights during its Free Preview.  All programming is subject to change.

NEW SERIES
DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET – Original Canadian Series
Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 10
She’s a hardworking vet on wheels! It’s calving season in rural Manitoba as the new original Canadian series begins, and Dr. Keri is on call 24/7. She’s running on no sleep, with an emergency C-Section, and a chocolate-chomping dog – all before lunchtime.

DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET is produced by Merit Motion Pictures in association with Animal Planet and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Manitoba Films & Video Production Tax Credit, the Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit, and the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music.

RETURNING SERIES
COLLAR OF DUTY – Season 2 – Original Canadian Series
New Season: Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 15
This 12-part original Canadian series captures incredible true stories of service and therapy animals that are transforming people’s lives. In each episode, Animal Planet visits individuals living with a service/therapy animal to learn about their relationship and witness how each person’s life has dramatically improved thanks to their special animal. From prisons to courtrooms to classrooms, the series reveals the many ways animals are making a major impact on the humans who need them most.

 

 

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Bell Media Studios confirms international orders for new original Canadian docudrama series Disasters at Sea

From a media release:

Bell Media Studios announced today that Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) has begun production on new original Canadian series, DISASTERS AT SEA (working title). Commissioned by Discovery Canada, the docudrama is made possible in part by international broadcast partners Smithsonian Channel (U.S.) and Seven Network (Australia), in the biggest and most comprehensive partnership of its kind for an EPI production.

DISASTERS AT SEA is a six-episode series about the most mysterious and unexpected marine disasters in recent history, recreated in each 60-minute episode through the visceral first-hand accounts of seamen and women on their worst day, and for some, their finest hour. In each of the stories featured, there are heroes who exerted herculean efforts to save their colleagues, the environment, and valuable property. International rights of DISASTERS AT SEA are managed exclusively by Exploration Distribution Inc. (EDI).

More about DISASTERS AT SEA:

Proving and disproving theories of catastrophic real-life events, DISASTERS AT SEA goes beyond the traditional documentary approach to explore six separate disasters at sea throughout the season. Often-conflicting reports leave the cause of the sinking unknown and mysterious, and DISASTERS AT SEA unravels these mysteries through a second set of key characters: the dedicated marine investigators whose job it was to separate fact from fiction, fill in the unknown, and identify cause and effect as they uncover the shocking chain of events, often with nothing more than tiny leads. The conclusions are dramatic, unexpected, and profound.

Designed to pull viewers off the sidelines and immerse them in the action, archival footage is combined with carefully imagined and evocative dramatic re-enactments that provide an engaging mix of factual and modern storytelling. To achieve this, the series includes CGI and special effects, bringing to life the wide shots of the ship in rough waters, and recreations to dramatically convey the catastrophic events.

Grounded in fact, each episode unfolds as a mystery, providing a suspenseful journey into the little known world of life at sea, and a tribute to the working men and women who sacrificed their lives for it all.

DISASTERS AT SEA (working title) is produced by Bell Media’s EPI in association with Discovery, and in conjunction with Smithsonian Channel (U.S.) and Seven Network (Australia). Series Producer is Alix MacDonald. Executive Producers are Marianne Kushmaniuk and Kelly McKeown, who is also Director of Production for EPI.

 

 

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AMI-tv to launch Food Spin with Chef Aleem – a documentary series focused on food, accessibility and community

From a media release:

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Food Spin with Chef Aleem – a documentary series following the life of Toronto food truck owner Aleem Syed – will premiere on November 29.

A professionally trained chef, Aleem’s world was forever changed in 2008 when he was involved in a shooting accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His passion for food never wavered and he made it his mission to open a halal – and fully wheelchair accessible – food truck called the Holy Grill.

Food Spin with Chef Aleem follows his day to day life as he whips through the streets of Toronto drawing culinary inspiration from his Indian roots, experimenting with new foods, and connecting with the community by sharing his story and creative dishes. He’s accomplished so much, but with many aspirations still on the horizon Aleem must contemplate: what’s next?

To be accessible for those with sight loss the show features integrated described video – where Aleem describes his actions and surroundings during filming – eliminating the need for a secondary audio track.

Food Spin with Chef Aleem is produced for AMI-tv by Fair-Play. The 13-episode series kicks off on Wednesday, November 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Full episodes will be available online after the initial broadcast.

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Prepare for Drew & Linda’s wedding with Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House

From a media release:

Jonathan and Drew Scott tackle their most personal project yet in preparation for Drew and fiancée Linda’s wedding in Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House. Premiering on Monday, November 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, the five-episode series follows the Scott brothers as they complete a massive renovation of the couple’s first home together in Los Angeles. In a challenging twist, the whole-home reno must be finished in a matter of weeks to host their pre-wedding party. Since this marks Linda’s official welcome to the family, Drew and Jonathan’s parents, Jim and Joanne, and their older brother JD, will be there to make this project a true Scott family affair.

The series showcases the reconfiguration of an original 1920s-era, 3,400-square-foot home in a historic L.A. neighbourhood. In addition to the overhaul of the bedrooms, bathrooms and living area, the brothers showcase their fun creativity with stunning upgrades and modern amenities, including an entire wall of custom curved-glass windows in the kitchen that let in the California sunshine. New features also include a large third-floor deck with a hot tub and pergola; a backyard pool area with built-in fire pit and cozy seating; and a dedicated craft room for Linda.

The twins’ older brother JD also lends a hand throughout the series. He helps the guys with several major projects, such as a beam installation in the kitchen and building a foundation wall. He also teams up with Jonathan on a few DIY projects, including refinishing the original pocket doors.

Not to be outdone, Linda dons a tool belt, wields a hammer and works side-by-side with Drew and Jonathan during each step of the renovation. Her creative touches are seen throughout the redesign, from reviving the old-world charm of the original living area to finding a fun use for the retro-style pink poodle wallpaper in the bathrooms.

 

 

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Indigenous-produced docu-drama series “1491” reveals untold history of the Americas before Columbus

From a media release:

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will present the world premiere of the docu-drama series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus starting November 8th on APTN East and HD at 7:00 p.m. ET, APTN West at 7:00 p.m. MT and APTN North at 7:00 p.m. CT. The series is also slated to air on ZDFE (Germany) and SBS (Australia).

Based on Charles C. Mann’s best-selling book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, the eight-hour miniseries, produced by Animiki See Digital Production of Winnipeg and Aarrow Productions of Victoria, takes its audience on a journey dating as far back as 20,000 years ago through to 1491. The series focuses on the origins and history of ancient civilizations and groundbreaking achievements in North and South America in the areas of agriculture, astronomy, architecture, environment, governance, medicine, technology, science, trade and art.

The series is produced, directed and written by Indigenous Canadians and most of the 35 historians, archaeologists and cultural experts interviewed have Indigenous ancestry. The series features 20 drama scenes and an Indigenous cast of actors that provide context on Indigenous history in the Americas.

Mann’s critically acclaimed book dispels long-held theories that prior to European contact, Indigenous Peoples were largely nomadic, did not alter the natural landscape, and were not as advanced as other civilizations in the world at the time.

Award-winning filmmakers, Barbara Hager (Cree/Métis) and Lisa Jackson(Anishinaabe), directed the series in locations throughout North and South America. The series was written by Barbara Hager and Marie Clements (Métis). Other key creatives include composer Russell Wallace (Lil’wat), production designer Teresa Weston, costume designer Carmen Thompson (Nuu-chah-nulth), director of photography Bob Aschmann and narrator Dr. Evan Adams (Tla’amin).

 

 

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