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Upcoming series: Cover Stories, A-Channel, Sept. 29

From a CHUM media release:

A New Series takes an Intimate Look at the Making of an International Fashion Magazine ith “FashionTelevision’s” Jeanne Beker

Premieres on A-Channel Friday, September 29th

Get the Real Story Behind the Front Page

Just how much work goes into securing a cover at one of fashion’s hottest magazines? Find out when the new series, “Cover Stories” with Jeanne Beker, premieres on A-Channel, Friday, September 29th.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

A-Channel Barrie/Toronto                Friday, September 29th at 8:30 pm ET
A-Channel Ottawa                        Friday, September 29th at 8:30 pm ET
A-Channel London                        Friday, September 29th at 8:30 pm ET
A-Channel Victoria                      Sunday, October 1st at 8:30 pm PT

“FashionTelevision’s” Host Jeanne Beker knows the fashion world inside and out – she’s been covering the international style scene for over 20 years. As one of the top style correspondents in the world, Jeanne was a trailblazer and one of the first to cover fashion as entertainment on TV. While television was the medium that first put her into the international spotlight, Jeanne has since expanded her influence and expertise as Editor-In-Chief of the oversized glossy magazine, “FQ”.

Jeanne’s high-profile and credibility have given her what every journalist strives for – access!! Whether it’s top designers, photographers, models or celebrities, Jeanne knows them all and more importantly, they all know her. Now, she’s leading a team of professionals, including international media entrepreneur Michael King and the talented groups at FQ and SIR magazines, in a documentary series that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the fashion industry.

“Cover Stories” brings the inner workings of the alluring and fascinating fashion world to audiences, exposing the egos behind the icons and the drama behind the dresses. The series will examine the industry through the eyes of those inside the fast paced, high fashion world, giving a rare perspective from those who know it best. So put on your best Dolce & Gabbana, strap on your Jimmy Choo’s and get ready for an “all access, VIP pass” to some of the worlds most exclusive destinations, parties and events, and best of all, a no-holds-barred portrayal of creating Canada’s international magazines of style.

“Cover Stories” is co-executive produced by Jeanne Beker and David Greener.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Cover Stories” Friday, September 29th on A-Channel. “Cover Stories” also airs Fridays at 8:30 pm ET (5:30 pm PT) on FashionTelevisionChannel.


Upcoming series: October 1970, CBC, Oct. 12

From a CBC media release:

October 1970 – Eight-Part Series a Police Thriller, Hostage Drama, and Political Nail-Biter

Premieres Thursday, October 12 at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV

In October 1970, the political landscape of Canada changed forever. Tanks roamed the streets of Montreal and soldiers in full battle gear raided homes in their hunt for “terrorists” – members from the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) – French Canadian nationalists who abducted British diplomat James Cross and murdered Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. It was the largest manhunt in Canadian history. Bewildered citizens wondered what was going on. How far would Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau go? “Just watch me,” he said. Three days later he invoked the War Measures Act and a nation waited with civil rights suspended.

CBC Television presents OCTOBER 1970, a riveting eight-episode drama that’s equal parts detective thriller, hostage drama and a political nail-biter. The series will telecast over eight consecutive weeks, beginning Thursday, October 12 at 9 p.m.

OCTOBER 1970 vividly recalls the chaos and turmoil of the time. Gritty and intense, the drama parachutes viewers into the action, allowing them to see events through the eyes of the kidnappers, the victims, the police and the politicians. With civil liberties suspended and an unfolding political crisis, 3,000 raids were conducted without warrants of any kind. Over 450 people were arrested. Doctors, lawyers, journalists, singers, poets, labour leaders, academics and students were denied access to legal counsel and thrown into prison indefinitely.

Filmed in Montreal and Halifax, the cast includes R.H. Thomson as James Cross and Denis Bernard as Pierre Laporte. Patrick Labbé co-stars as Lieutenant-Detective Julien Giguère who fights his way through fear, paranoia, and turf wars with RCMP rivals to find the kidnappers. Playing FLQ terrorists are Hugo St-Cyr as Paul Rose and Olivier Morin as his brother Jacques. Mathieu Grondin plays Jacques Lanctôt and Fanny La Croix stars as his sister Louise. Karine Vanasse, one of Québec’s hottest young stars, makes her English-Canadian debut as Christine, a composite character.

OCTOBER 1970 is written by Peter Mitchell (Cold Squad) and Wayne Grigsby (Trudeau, Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making), and directed by Don McBrearty (Terry). Executive producers are Laszlo Barna, Wayne Grigsby and David MacLeod. The series is produced by Big Motion Pictures and Barna-Alper Productions in association with CBC Television.


Bravo!FACT Presents, Bravo, Sept. 22

From a CHUM media release:


New season of BRAVO!FACT Presents premieres on Bravo! September 22

Now also airing on Citytv and A-Channel

The new season of Bravo!FACT Presents, the first regular weekly show to feature Canadian short films in prime-time, will now – in addition to Bravo! – air on Citytv Vancouver, Citytv Toronto, and A-Channel Barrie/Toronto, London, Ottawa and Victoria).  Each week, the half-hour show will feature four or five short films funded by Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent).  These artistic gems cover a range of subject matter and styles.  From sand animation to opera, modern dance to short dramas; the variety is endless, as is the creative talent in Canada.

The new season of Bravo!FACT Presents launches with Burnt Toast, three broadcast half-hours featuring eight comedic operatic vignettes written by Kids in the Hall editor Dan Redican and directed by Academy Award-nominated Larry Weinstein.  Produced by Rhombus Media and marblemedia, this CBC/Bravo!FACT award-winning show also includes additional behind-the-scenes footage of and/or interviews with the cast and crew.

Burnt Toast follows the arc of the modern relationship from a darkly comedic viewpoint with each series of vignettes using a different set of characters to tell stories of unrequited love and courtship, the various phases of marriage, and the disintegration and end of a relationship.  Characters spontaneously break into grand operatic song to express even the most mundane thought – with extremely funny results.  Such notable Canadians as Paul Gross, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson, Colin Mochrie, Jessica Holmes, Seán Cullen and Liane Balaban play characters; the music is composed by Alexina Louie and conducted by Alex Pauk of the Esprit Orchestra; and featured in the shorts are the voices of Isabel Bayrakdarian, Michael Colvin, Jean Stilwell, Joel Katz and more.  For more info, visit

Burnt Toast will air in three episodes of Bravo!FACT Presents on:
– September 22, 29 and October 6 (7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT)
Citytv Toronto and Vancouver – September 23, 30 and October 7 (7pm local time)
A-Channel Barrie/Toronto, London, Ottawa and Victoria – September 29, October 6 and 13 (8pm local time)


Upcoming series: Rent-a-Goalie, Showcase, Sundays starting Oct. 1

Rent-A-Goalie revolves around the exploits of Cake (Christopher Bolton), a hockey-mad, recovered-from-everything go-to guy, who runs a rag-tag hockey goalie rental service out of Cafe Primo, a family-owned coffee shop in Toronto’s Little Italy. Here, at this crazy crossroads of hockey culture, coffee culture and Italian-Canadian culture, Cake has finally found a home. He spends his time juggling friends and enemies, the ridiculous and the profound, while always trying to live by The Code – an ever evolving set of personal ethics, spiritual maxims and athletic credos that keep him on the straight and narrow.

Sundays at 9:30 PM ET/PT
Starting October 1