- Before the Season 8 premiere, revisit the best bumper-busting moments
from the past seven seasons in a new one-hour special, CANADA'S WORST DRIVER: U ASKED!, airing Sun., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT -
- Can't believe he raced through another red? Think she's most improved
this week? Viewer can chat LIVE during the show @CanWorstDriver (#CWD) -
To tweet this release: http://bit.ly/WfLDEW
TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - From running the gridlock gauntlet to
braking for bike couriers, the challenges of manoeuvring through the
urban jungle requires a certain skill set behind the wheel. And these
drivers don't have it. At all! Back for a bumper-crushing eighth
season, specialty television's #1 series CANADA'S WORST DRIVER returns to Discovery Channel on Monday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. With a weekly reach of more than 3.1 million viewers last fall, CANADA'S WORST DRIVER was the #1 non-sports series on specialty television for the key A18-49
and A25-54 demos, and has claimed this rank for the last five
consecutive seasons*! Taking to the city streets - inducing panic in
pedestrians everywhere - the smash hit series returns with writer and
host Andrew Younghusband, featuring eight new drivers, new urban
driving challenges, and countless cringe-inducing and water
cooler-worthy moments. The experience continues online with exclusive content and LIVE chats every Monday night at @CanWorstDriver (#CWD).
CANADA'S WORST DRIVER 8 follows eight drivers, each nominated by a friend or family member, as
they are put through their paces in a controlled driving environment
and evaluated by a panel of driving experts. Each episode features
tried-and-tested challenges with an urban driving-themed twist,
designed to push the drivers to their limits and teach them crucial
safe driving skills. Each driver must master basic training and more
advanced techniques for dealing with Canada's trickiest city driving
situations before graduating from rehab. Can their bad behind-the-wheel
behaviours be curbed?
More than 1,000 drivers were nominated during a cross-Canada search and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER 8 hauled eight of the country's worst offenders off the road for its own
unique brand of intensive rehabilitation. Buckled in and ready to go, CANADA'S WORST DRIVER Season 8 participants are:
Klyne, from Kelowna, BC, was nominated by his mother Maureen. Is Klyne the most dangerous driver
this season? While the other seven nominees are hoping that Rehab will
teach them safer driving skills, Klyne enters Rehab to validate and
vindicate his driving habits, despite having written off two cars
Kevin, from McBride, BC, was nominated by his boyfriend Kevin. Fully blind in his right eye,
Kevin's lack of spatial awareness has contributed to five accidents.
Dallas, from Vancouver, BC, was nominated by her sister, Gene. Tough on the outside but a quivering
mass of nerves on the inside, Dallas relies on guidance from her
passenger for every single driving decision.
Flora, from Edmonton AB, was nominated by her husband Frank, who controls her every movement
behind the wheel. Flora lacks the experience and confidence to make her
a safe driver.
Margherita, from Edmonton, AB, was nominated by her friend and business partner Cheryl. She spends
most of her time behind the wheel concentrating on anything BUT driving
- doing her hair, touching up her makeup, or chatting on her cell
phone. She is one ticket away from losing her licence.
Azim, from Edmonton, AB, was nominated by his friend Ray. After failing his learners permit six
times, Azim finally passed - but it's been downhill ever since. With
astronomical tickets and accidents, he's so stressed behind the wheel
that his hair is actually falling out.
Robert, from Toronto, ON, was nominated by his friend Socrates. Robert's mantra is "safer is
slower," but driving only 50 kph on the highway is just an accident
waiting to happen.
Diane, from Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, was nominated by her husband Stephane. Diane is easily overwhelmed and
panics behind the wheel - but now that her family has moved to the
suburbs with little public transportation, she must overcome her
resistance to driving.
Putting on the brakes, these eight disastrous drivers head to the Driver
Rehabilitation Centre in Dunnville, Ontario. There, they meet the team
of driving experts, including: CP24's Cam Woolley, traffic expert and former OPP sergeant, returning for a seventh
season; Philippe Létourneau, a professional high-performance driving instructor, back for a sixth
season; and new this year, expert driving instructor, Tim Danter. Also, back for a second season, relationship therapist Shyamala Kiru reveals how these unsafe driving practices are threatening these
drivers' personal relationships. These experts have their work cut out for them as they put the drivers
through their paces. Each week, one driver will earn the right to merge
back onto Canada's roadways, until there is only one unlucky driver
left at the side of the road, owning the dubious title of Canada's
Viewers can get revved up online where they can cruise through exclusive web extras, including on-set
interviews with host Andrew Younghusband and high-performance driving
instructor, Philippe Létourneau; audition reels of the nominees; and
behind-the-scenes photos. The #CWD conversation starts up again with
driving instructor Tim Danter, driver recruitment officer Meredith
Veats, and post production supervisor Dean Hennings tweeting from @CanWorstDriver.
CANADA'S WORST DRIVER 8 is produced for Discovery Channel by Proper Television.
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