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Series debuts for the week of Oct. 8

Series debuts for the week of Oct. 8. Check local listings for exact times in your area.

Monday, Oct. 9

Rumours, CBC: Rumours offers a modern look at high urban living through the eyes of the staff at a Toronto-based women’s magazine. Wild and wickedly funny, the show explores sex, love, friendship, family, and business and how the lines between these things blur, fall apart, and get smashed to pieces. Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC. Official show site.

The Hour, CBC: The Hour brings viewers a different take on the news. It’s not a newscast. And It’s not a magazine show. It’s 1/24th of a day through the lens of George Stroumboulopoulos and company. All news shows cover the issues of the day. The Hour covers them in an unconventional way. Whether it’s interviewing Canadians in The Hour’s dubious panel van, setting up the current climate in a political hot zone, or interviewing a past-his-prime rock star in all his spandexed glory, George is there, guiding you seamlessly between politics and pop. Airs Mondays – Thursdays at 11 p.m. on CBC. Official show site.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Intelligence, CBC: Intelligence is the story of opposite sides of the law coming together to serve themselves and each other. It is a cat and mouse game of exploitation and cover-up, as each camp uses intelligence agents to build up their enterprises. As the season begins, third generation gangster Jimmy Reardon and Director of Vancouver’s Organized Crime Unit Mary Spalding have made deals with the devil; that is, Jimmy has made the deal to work with Mary Spalding as a star informant, and Mary has made the deal to provide Reardon with protection from prosecution. Each will attempt to use the other without getting caught in the act. Airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBC. Official show site.

Thursday, Oct. 12

October 1970, CBC: The eight-hour mini-series October 1970 is a detective thriller, a hostage drama and a political nail-biter. On October 5, 1970, the political landscape of Canada was changed forever when terrorists from the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped British diplomat James Cross from his Montreal residence. Five days later, another FLQ cell snatched Pierre Laporte, Québec’s Minister of Labour. By October 17th, Laporte had been killed, the police were overwhelmed, the city was in chaos, and the army, in full battle gear, patrolled the streets. Ottawa invoked The War Measures Act suspending civil liberties in Canada. Airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Friday, Oct. 13

Jozi-H, CBC: Set in a socially turbulent, violent, yet undeniably modern city, JOZI H is a gripping medical drama about the personal struggles faced by an eclectic, international band of Doctors, Surgeons and Nurses, dedicated to saving lives at one of the world’s highest profile emergency medicine facilities – “Johannesburg Metropolitan Hospital”. The result is enthralling, compelling viewing in a series filled with complex characters and intriguing storylines, based on universal themes, yet ready to tackle hot issues. JOZI H is a hard-hitting series that combines cutting-edge medicine with riveting drama. Airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBC. Official show site.

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The Family Restaurant, Food Network, Mondays at 9 p.m.

From Alliance Atlantis:

THE FAMILY RESTAURANT is back for a fall feast on FThe Family Restaurantood Network Canada

Chaos reigns right off the top in Season II of the Anaïd Productions hit documentary series The Family Restaurant, when fiery Greek restaurateur Yianni Psalios and his family return to Food Network Canada for 10 brand-new episodes starting Monday, October 2, at 9 p.m. ET.

Season One introduced us to Yianni, the family’s charismatic and opinionated patriarch. We met his loyal but overworked wife Kally, who yearns for some elusive time off, and his handsome son Theo, a young chef struggling to live up to his father’s reputation. We also got to know Yianni’s effervescent daughter Dina, who despises the restaurant business, and her fiancé Chris, who adores it.

In Season Two, the Psalios life is crazier than ever. Family members are scattered among different restaurants all over town, including a brand-new location—the biggest yet. Theo has finally met the love of his life, but his work schedule is her worst nightmare. To top it off, everyone’s scrambling to prepare for Chris and Dina’s “wedding of the century”—a massive, traditional village wedding in Cyprus, with a guest list of 4,000.

“With 10 episodes this season, we get even closer to this family and their rollercoaster lives as they struggle with the non-stop challenges Yianni throws at them,” says Anaïd Productions Executive Producer Margaret Mardirossian. “Once again, the Psalios family has let us into their world through this show and it’s as delicious to watch as their food is to eat.”

“The audience has really embraced this vibrant, engaging program,” says Food Network’s Tom Hastings, who renewed The Family Restaurant adding several episodes due to the show’s popularity. “We’re looking forward to giving our viewers an even bigger helping of one of their favorite dishes.”

Encore presentations of The Family Restaurant air Mondays at 1 a.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 2 p.m. ET. www.foodnetwork.ca

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Upcoming episode: Intelligence, CBC, Oct. 10

From CBC:

Series premiere. Crime lord Jimmy Reardon (Ian Tracey) and Mary Spalding (Klea Scott), Director of Vancouver’s Organized Crime Unit, made deals with the devil – that is, each other. Jimmy agreed to work with Mary as a star informant and Mary made a deal to protect Reardon from prosecution.

Tonight, Reardon tries to get his grower-turned-snitch, Bill, out of the country. And, while Spalding is being groomed for a position at CSIS, pressure is mounting to prove Reardon’s value.

Also starring Matt Frewer and John Cassini.

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