Alliance Atlantis Announces 2007 Fall Programming Line-Up



    
    -  Scottish Design Duo Colin and Justin Tackle Canadian Design Crimes in
       HGTV's Colin & Justin's Home Heist
    -  Academy Award(R) Winner Holly Hunter Makes Television Debut in
       Provocative New Drama Saving Grace On Showcase
    -  World-renowned Style Icon Iman Hosts Project Runway Canada on
       Slice(TM)
    -  Lost Worlds Brings Forgotten Civilizations and Secret Worlds Back to
       Life with Remarkable Modern-Day CGI Technology On History Television
    -  Meet Jamie's Chef as Jamie Oliver Returns to Food Network
    -  Heather Locklear Plays Classic Diva In Melrose Place On Showcase Diva
    -  No Holds-Barred As Showcase Action Fights Its Way Into The World of
       Mixed Martial Arts With Tapout
    -  BBC CANADA's Perfect Housewife Offers Viewers A Course In The
       Three H's - Housekeeping, Homemaking and Hostessing.
    -  BBC Kids New Drama Series Views Teenage Life Through Our Hero
    -  National Geographic Channel Goes Through Hell and High Water
    -  Discovery Health Tackles Society's Most Socially Stigmatized Medical
       Conditions In Spa Of Embarrassing Illnesses
    -  The Most Outrageous Comic Of His Time - Andrew Dice Clay Is Profiled
       In IFC's Dice Undisputed
    -  FINE LIVING Saves Viewers Time And Money With The Shopping Detective
    

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Alliance Atlantis Communications today unveils
programming highlights from the fall broadcast schedule across the company's
13 specialty television channels. This programming announcement follows record
audiences over winter and spring seasons securing 4 of the top 10 spots across
all Canadian specialty networks for Adults 25-54 (HGTV No.4, History No.5,
Showcase No.7, Food Network No.10) and 5 of the top 10 spots across digital
specialty (Showcase Action No.2, National Geographic No.3, Showcase Diva No.5,
BBC CANADA and Discovery Health Channel jointly No.9)(*).
    "The strong collective performance of the channels demonstrates the wide
appeal of our brands and our programs. We'll build on this momentum with our
stellar fall programming lineup including the exclusive Canadian premieres of
TNT's Saving Grace on Showcase, the remarkable documentary series Lost Worlds
airing on History Television and Jamie Oliver's newest venture Jamie's Chef on
Food Network. We are also very excited to now launch the original Canadian
series Project Runway Canada on Slice(TM) and Colin & Justin's Home Heist on
HGTV," says Norm Bolen, Executive Vice-President of Content for Alliance
Atlantis Communications.

    HGTV

    Continuing on its success, HGTV presents a fall schedule packed with new
design, décor, real estate and renovation programs and specials.
    HGTV also introduces a new 'first timers' programming block this fall
including the new Canadian series Marriage Under Construction (Oct. 1) as well
as new seasons of Property Virgins and Home To Stay. The schedule boasts 10
new original and international series with 21 returning viewer favourites
including Holmes On Homes (Oct. 4), design inc. (Oct. 2), Designer Guys
(Oct. 2), and Disaster DIY (Oct. 4).
    Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, the outrageous and dynamic design duo
from the top-rated British series How Not To Decorate, have crossed the
Atlantic to spread their gospel of 'decorative beautification' in Canada with
the new 26-part original series Colin & Justin's Home Heist premiering on
Tuesday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT. They are on the hunt for Canadian
homes with sinfully bad interior design and have just one week to give them a
radically stylish makeover. But there's a catch - the homeowners are placed
under careful watch and are forced to help correct their own terrible
handiwork, one paint stroke at a time.

    SHOWCASE

    This fall, Showcase offers an incredible selection of ground-breaking new
programs and new seasons every night as part of the network's 10pm lineup. New
titles include The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (Sept. 2) starring Jennifer
Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous). Returning favourites include critically
acclaimed Rescue Me with Denis Leary (Aug. 28 - episodes will also be streamed
online at showcase.ca); Weeds starring Mary-Louise Parker (Oct. 10); The L
Word with Jennifer Beals (Aug. 30); and the irreverent comedy It's Always
Sunny in Philadelphia with Danny DeVito (Nov. 4).
    Showcase continues to deliver new cutting-edge series with the Canadian
premiere of the provocative new drama Saving Grace airing Mondays at 10 p.m.
ET/PT beginning August 27. In her television series debut, Academy
Award(R)-winning actress Holly Hunter (The Piano) takes on the role of a
cynical police detective facing a personal crisis of divine proportions.
Hunter stars as Grace Hanadarko, a tormented, fast-living Oklahoma City police
detective who, despite being at the top of her field, takes self-destruction
to new heights. After experiencing tremendous tragedy in her life, Grace lives
life hard and fast. She drinks too much, sleeps with the wrong men and defies
authority. In an uncharacteristic moment, Grace asks for help, and gets it -
in the form an unconventional angel named Earl (Leon Rippy, Deadwood). Earl
gives Grace a last chance at redemption.

    SLICE(TM)

    Consistently delivering highly addictive, must-see entertainment for hip
women, Slice(TM)'s first fall schedule features 10 brand new and returning
series. All new to Slice(TM) are The List, hosted by Liza Fromer, The Biggest
Loser Australia, Average Joe Hawaii and Trading Spouses. Viewer favourites At
The End of My Leash, Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp, Til Debt Do Us Part and Wedding
SOS return to the Slice(TM) schedule with never-before-seen episodes.
    Required viewing for those looking to live life to the fullest, each
episode of The List finds fearless host Liza Fromer fulfilling people's
dreams, ambitions and decadent desires. From taking the stage with a famous
rock band, kissing a stranger in Paris or having shoes custom-designed by
Manolo Blahnik, Liza helps others accomplish an item on their ultimate life
to-do list - while participating in each adventure herself.
    World-renowned style icon Iman hosts the highly anticipated Canadian
version of the Emmy-nominated, critically acclaimed series that gives aspiring
designers a chance to break into the notoriously difficult-to-crack fashion
industry. Premiering on Monday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Project Runway
Canada finds 12 designers competing in a number of head-to-head challenges for
the once-in-a-lifetime chance to show collections at a premiere fashion event
and be discovered as the next 'It' Canadian designer. Ultimately one designer
will claim their rightful place in the spotlight, winning the top prize,
including $100,000, to begin their own fashion line and a feature spread
showcasing their winning collection in the pages of the country's foremost
fashion magazine.

    HISTORY TELEVISION

    This fall's schedule features many new documentary series including
Trapped (Sept. 8), a program which revisits some of the greatest disasters in
history; Go Deep (Sept. 11), a fascinating exploration into our oceans' depths
and Extreme Rescue (Oct. 20), offering insight into the high-risk rescues that
have made headlines all over the world. The critically-acclaimed HBO series
Deadwood (Sept. 12) returns for its third season and new documentaries and
blockbuster Hollywood films examine the people, places and events that have
shaped history.
    From the castle of the real Count Dracula to the majesty of ancient
Athens, history is full of temples, lost civilizations, and secret worlds that
have been left behind by the passage of time. Now a team of field
investigators and engineering experts go in search of clues about these great
feats of engineering, technology, and culture. Premiering on Monday, October 1
at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the new 13-part series Lost Worlds re-creates the past in
stunning detail, bringing ancient history back to life using modern-day
computer generated information technology.

    FOOD NETWORK

    Jamie Oliver returns to Food Network with the North American premiere of
the series Jamie's Chef (Oct. 21), which garnered rave reviews from British
critics. Jamie Oliver has overseen the graduation of more than 50
disadvantaged youngsters from Fifteen, the London restaurant which he founded.
They've turned their lives around but now he wants to see who can really rise
to the top. It's time to turn up the heat and challenge them to compete for
the opportunity to open and run their own restaurant.
    Food Network continues to nurture and profile its Canadian talent with
the launch of three new original series during the first week of October: The
Main (Oct. 1) hosted by Anthony Sedlak, winner of Food Network's Superstar
Chef Challenge, a documentary series focusing on visionary culinary arts
teacher Paul Finkelstein in Fink (Oct. 2) and a unique view into one of
Canada's most prestigious culinary schools in Chef School (Oct. 2).

    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

    This fall's new programs and specials include: Dino Autopsy, an
investigation of the most intact dinosaur mummy in the world; Situation
Critical (Sept. 15), a program that dissects major incidents and tells the
compelling tales of human survival; Incredible Human Machine, an exploration
of the miraculous everyday workings of the human body; My Brilliant Brain, a
program that travels into the inner recesses of the mind and Huge Moves, a
series documenting the planning and execution of giant moving projects.
    The six-part documentary series Through Hell and High Water follows the
incredible journey of celebrity rowers James Cracknell and Ben Fogle in the
Atlantic Rowing Race. Attempting to row 2,930 miles, James and Ben's epic
journey sees them battling stormy weather, dehydration, life threatening
conditions and colossal physical stress. At times, their remarkable voyage
becomes a living hell, stretching their friendship to the breaking point.
Pushed physically, psychologically and emotionally to the limit, their only
thoughts are to push on with their journey, Through Hell and High Water.

    SHOWCASE ACTION

    Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush this fall? Showcase Action
fights its way into the season with a brand-new lineup of programs exclusive
to the network weekdays at 7 p.m. ET.
    Tapout (Mondays at 7 p.m. ET beginning August 20) is a reality series
focusing on the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). This Canadian premiere
follows Mask, Punkass and SkysKrape, founders of the renowned TapouT clothing
and gear line, as they travel around in search of promising fighters to
develop and sponsor. Each episode follows the training and development of one
fighter, culminating in a fight at a professional MMA event.
    The Gemini award-winning Stuntdawgs (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning
August 22) is an adrenalin-charged wild ride into the elusive world of
renegade stunt performers. Viewers are led head first through the complex and
dangerous art of engineering feature film stunts (including the famous
motorcycle jump from Terminator 2, a full body burn and a mid-air car crash)
by Canadian Peter H. Kent, a long-time Schwarzenegger stunt double.
    In Dane Cook's Tourgasm (Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning August 23),
comedian Dane Cook invited three fellow comics to join him on a sold-out
stand-up tour across the U.S. just as his career was taking off. With camera
crews in tow, the foursome traveled by bus to perform at 20 college campuses
in 30 days. They faced cramped quarters, ball-busting and practical jokes -
and finally come to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime journey none will forget.

    SHOWCASE DIVA

    Love octagons, unstable villains, egos, pool parties and 90s fashion are
reunited at last as Melrose Place (Monday to Friday, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
beginning Sept. 24) joins classic episodes of ER and Nip/Tuck on Showcase Diva
this fall. Following the lives of a group of sexy young adults living in an
apartment block in West Hollywood, Melrose Place is crammed with the plot
twists and shock moments we all loved. Hunks Grant Show (Jake), Andrew Shue
(Billy) and Thomas Calabro (Michael) heat things up as the scheming Amanda
Woodward (Heather Locklear) - head of her own advertising agency and owner of
the apartment building - makes life difficult for her tenants and her many,
many men.

    IFC

    The quintessential pop culture network, IFC offers a stellar lineup of
exclusive series that delve into the worlds of filmmaking, comedy and music.
Cock'd Gunns (Nov.) is an unflinching rockumentary series about the worst band
you've never heard of. Led by the brothers Van Gunn (Reggie and Dick), Cock'd
Gunns could become the biggest band in the world. The only things holding them
back are a total lack of work ethic, songs, a record deal, talent, and legions
of fans.
    Andrew Dice Clay made a career out of being the most outrageous comic of
his time. Before Chappelle, before South Park, Dice was shocking audiences -
breaking the rules with a never-before-seen style of hardcore comedy. In Dice
Undisputed (Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET beginning September 8), Dice attempts
what no comic has ever tried - to perform his die-hard comedy to a sell-out
crowd in Giants Stadium. Dice's mission to get back in the game is sometimes
exhilarating, sometimes a train wreck, but always honest.
    The Festival (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning September 4), is an
ensemble comedy about a documentarian hired to follow a young director
embarking on his virgin voyage to a prestigious film festival to get a
distribution deal for his first film...and the pressure is on.

    DISCOVERY HEALTH

    Discovery Health continues to provide a diverse range of programming this
fall covering topics such as the effects of food on everything from your mood
and fertility in The Truth About Food, the highs and lows of losing weight in
the National Body Challenge, and people struggling with extreme eating habits
in the new series Eataholics.
    In the North American premiere of Spa Of Embarrassing Illnesses
(beginning Thursday, September 6) we meet up with leading nutritionist Amanda
Hamilton in her Spanish spa as she detoxifies the bodies and rejuvenates the
spirits of those who have some of society's most embarrassing and socially
stigmatised medical conditions. We follow the emotional journey of these eight
people as Amanda, with her unconventional beliefs and techniques that
emphasize mind and body duality, works to shift attitudes from one of shunning
to sympathy in an effort to turn their lives around.

    BBC CANADA

    BBC CANADA's fall schedule is packed with more lifestyle programming than
ever before. Outspoken style gurus Trinny and Susannah (What Not To Wear) are
back with Trinny & Susannah Undress, David Dickinson takes on the challenge of
turning interested amateurs into antique experts in Dealing with Dickinson
(Sept. 4), and a family attempts to 'go green' in It's Not Easy Being Green
(Sept. 6), with the goal to live a 21st-century lifestyle while being
self-sufficient and environmentally friendly. Returning drama and comedy
series include viewer favourites Escape to the Country (Sept. 8), Absolutely
Fabulous, Everything Must Go (Oct. 12), Footballers Wives (Oct. 9) and
Inspector Lynley (Dec. 12).
    In Perfect Housewife (Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. ET beginning September 8)
Anthea Turner is on a mission to revolutionize Britain's households. Each week
in this light-hearted eight-part series, two housewives (or househusbands)
visit Anthea's home for an intensive housewifery course in the 3 H's:
housekeeping, homemaking and hostessing - the Anthea way. Will either
contestant measure up to her impeccably high standards?

    BBC Kids

    This fall BBC Kids sees the return of great viewer favourites including
My Hero (Sept. 3), The Raven (Nov. 5) and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of
Crisps. New programs include the fun and interactive dance program for kids,
Boogie Beebies (Sept. 3) and Lockie Leonard (Sept. 3), a series that follows
the life of a teenager growing up in a new, remote town.
    Seventeen-year-old Kale Stiglic is navigating the rapids of life's
rockiest years with insight and humour. According to Kale, when something
humiliating happens, you have to laugh about it - and that's exactly what she
does with Our Hero (Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET beginning September 3), a little
photocopied 'zine' which she writes, illustrates and mails out 'for the
catharsis of me and the amusement of others'.

    FINE LIVING

    Now available in over 1.3 million Canadian homes, FINE LIVING kicks off
its fall schedule with a weekend programming block (Saturdays and Sundays
10 a.m. through to 2 p.m ET beginning October 6) designed to help viewers save
time and money by providing insider tips from experts and industry
professionals. Smart Shopping Weekend includes such series as The Shopping
Detective, What's Your Time Worth? and What You Get For The Money: Vacations.
    Whether hunting for that perfect gift, accessories for the home, steaks
for a backyard party, a new handbag for work, or that hard-to-fit armoire,
everyone wants the most for their money. With The Shopping Detective
(Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning October 4 and Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET)
viewers learn where to shop, how to shop, and what to look for in every
shopping category, for every occasion. FINE LIVING gives shoppers - no matter
what they're looking for - the tools to make every shopping trip a successful
mission.

    About Alliance Atlantis Communications

    Alliance Atlantis offers Canadians 13 well-branded specialty channels
boasting targeted, high-quality programming. The Company also co-produces and
distributes the hit CSI franchise and indirectly holds a 51% limited
partnership interest in Motion Picture Distribution LP, a leading distributor
of motion pictures in Canada, with motion picture distribution operations in
the United Kingdom and Spain. The Company's common shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange - trading symbols AAC.A and AAC.B. The Company's
website is www.allianceatlantis.com.

    (*) Source: BBM/NMR Wks 32-37 2006/2007 vs. Wks 32-37 2005/2006

    For full fall programming information, photography and network schedules
    (available July 23), please visit our media site
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For further information:

For further information: Pamela Mollica, Manager, Dramatic Channels,
(416) 967-4067, pam.mollica@allianceatlantis.com; Caroline Lennox, Manager,
Lifestyle Channels, (416) 934-7843, caroline.lennox@allianceatlantis.com;
Rupinder Gill, Publicist, Fact and BBC Networks, (416) 934-7853,
rupinder.gill@allianceatlantis.com

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