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Upcoming episode: The Smart Woman Survival Guide, W Network, Sept. 18

September 18, 2006 8:00 PM
S1, Episode #003 Power Play

In an attempt to show more initiative, Nat produces her first segment, and creates her first major Lana crisis: she exposes Lana’s inability to cook to everyone, including the cooking expert. Meanwhile, when the network bumps up the budget meeting, Liz is left scrambling and gets bullied by the network executive. Unwittingly, Liz bullies Brooke into helping her out.


Upcoming series: Rumours premieres Oct. 9 on CBC

From a CBC media release:

The Rumours are True – Sexy, Funny and Irresistible New 20-Episode Series Rumours Premieres on CBC Television, Monday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m.

The much anticipated television series RUMOURS debuts on CBC Television, Monday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. with half-hour back-to-back episodes. The series offers a modern look at hip urban living through the eyes of the staff at a Toronto-based women’s gossip and lifestyle magazine. Sinfully funny, the show explores sex, love, friendship, family and business, and the amusing way the lines between them blur and collide.

Viewers will get hooked on the funny and fresh characters that inhabit the world of RUMOURS: ambitious, but neurotic Sarah Barnaby (Amy Price-Francis), the “intellectual caveman” Ben Devlin (David Haydn-Jones), the straight-shooting, free-spirited Helen (Sadie LeBlanc), and the icy publisher Michelle Lawrence (Jennifer Dale). The talented cast also includes magazine staffers Frank (Phil Jarrett), Charles (Anthony Lemke), Sandra (Cindy Sampson) and Emily (Lucinda Davis), plus Ben’s sister Katie (Stephanie Anne Mills) and son Felix (Elliott Larson).

RUMOURS comes to English television with an excellent pedigree. Rumeurs, the French version on Radio-Canada, has been a mega-hit in Quebec and is entering its fifth season. Creative head of CBC Television Comedy Anton Leo said, “When executive producers Moses Znaimer and Jocelyn Deschnes approached the CBC about producing Rumours, I was delighted. The characters are sexy, cheeky and are entwined in funny, provocative storylines. Along with their impressive track record, Jocelyn and Moses have delivered a fabulous cast, an award-winning writer and stylized look that should have audiences across the country addicted to RUMOURS.”

RUMOURS is written by Isabelle Langlois and directed by Éric Tessier. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschnes and Moses Znaimer. It is a Sphere Media/MZTV production in association with CBC Television.


Canadian Idol Champ Wins by Just 3% in Closest Race Ever; Winner Announced Sunday on CTV

From a CTV media release:

It’s a Nail-Biter: Canadian Idol Champ Wins by Just 3% in Closest Race Ever; Winner Announced Sunday on CTV

Toronto, ON (September 14, 2006) – Is it Craig or Eva? This year’s Canadian Idol champion has won by a nose in the closest vote ever, CTV announced today as preparations continue for this Sunday’s blockbuster season finale.

— Western Canada determines winner as voting details announced —
— African Children’s Choir join Nelly Furtado and Melissa O’Neil as special guests —

With three days still to go before the winner is revealed, CTV is taking advantage of the opportunity to reveal voting data from Monday’s final vote that demonstrates it’s a horserace like never before. And unlike most federal elections, the West, for once, has had the final say, playing king-maker – or queen-maker – in Canada’s biggest popular vote this year.

By the time the eastern voting window closed at 11 p.m. EDT following Canadian Idol’s final performance episode on Monday, votes for Top 2 competitors Eva Avila and Craig Sharpe had resulted in a virtual tie. It was votes from Western Canada during the second voting window that determined the winner, with Sunday’s eventual champ edging out the runner-up by only 131,000 votes out of a total of nearly four million cast, a margin of just 3.3 per cent. The identity of the winner still remains a closely-guarded secret, secured in a sealed envelope under lock and key until Sunday night’s show.

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Upcoming series: Jozi-H premieres Oct. 13 on CBC

From a CBC media release:

Hard-Hitting New Series Jozi-H Combines Cutting Edge Medicine with Riveting Drama Beginning Friday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV

Ancient customs and cutting-edge medicine square up for a head-on collision in JOZI-H, a gripping new 13-part medical drama premiering Friday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on CBC Television.

Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, JOZI-H is about the personal struggles faced by a varied team of international doctors, surgeons and nurses, dedicated to saving lives at the world’s highest profile emergency medicine facility-Johannesburg Metropolitan Hospital. Filled with complex characters and intriguing storylines, the series is set in an intense crucible of culture clashes that sets it apart from any medical series ever produced.

JOZI-H’s reputation for trauma work is legendary. Overseas professionals would give anything for the privilege of training there. It’s where modern western medicine meets traditional African healing; where ground-breaking HIV/AIDS research leads the way in search of a cure; where diseases no longer found in the western world remain a deadly challenge; and the volume of violent crime forces interns to become world experts on trauma in weeks, rather than years. Most of the medical team-originally from Canada, the U.S. and Britain-are on their own personal “tour of duty”. They struggle to deal with the challenges of life, love and medicine against an intense, ever-changing landscape.

Vincent Walsh (Hemingway vs. Callaghan) stars as Dr. Russ Monsour. Hiding the fact that he’s half native, the recently divorced Winnipeg doctor wishes to disappear into a place where no one knows him. Sarah Allen (Booky Makes Her Mark) is Jenny Langford, a paediatric surgical registrar posted for six months in South Africa. With an inflexible bureaucracy standing in the way, Dr. Langford has to fight for the drugs to treat her young HIV/AIDS patients, while acting as single mother for her own child born with spinal bifida. These foreign surgeons, along with a local mix of doctors and nurses, band together to form an overworked, underpaid and over-dedicated team of health care workers. Their backgrounds are diverse and their pasts incomparable, yet each is united in an effort to heal all those who enter the hospital.

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