Canwest Announces 2008-2009 Specialty Programming Lineup: Ax-wielding men, lunching ladies and ill-tempered chefs deliver hotly anticipated fall season



    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Canwest today announced details of the 2008-2009
programming lineup across its specialty channels. From Debra Messing as a
starter wife and Ewan McGregor motorcycling around the world to Jamie Oliver
heading down under, the primetime schedules include exciting new and returning
series and entertaining originals.
    "The fall content across our line-up of specialty channels at Canwest is
truly outstanding," said Barb Williams, Executive Vice President, Content,
Canwest Broadcasting. "With a mix of the hottest in foreign acquisitions and
the best in original Canadian productions, we are committed to giving our
audiences unparalleled viewing experiences and keeping them highly entertained
all season."

    New and Returning Programming Highlights Include:
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    Food Network
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    Chef Abroad (13x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Come along with chef and host Michael Smith on his latest culinary
adventure. He takes viewers around the world and behind the scenes with an
all-access backstage pass into the fast-paced hidden world of chefs, cooks and
cuisine. Adventures include pulling off a dinner for the Prince of Jordan and
chronicling how chefs prepare delectable meals in the frozen Arctic. Produced
by Charlottetown based Cellar Door Productions.

    Jamie's Kitchen Australia (10x60min)
    (North American Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Join Jamie Oliver and his good mate Tobie Puttock as they open the first
Fifteen restaurant in Australia. To prove their conviction that it's a passion
for food - not academic qualifications - that makes a good cook, they're
training a group of 16- to 24-year-old disadvantaged Australians to work as
chefs in the kitchen of the new Fifteen Melbourne.

    The F Word (9x60min)
    (Canadian Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Hosted by the legendary chef Gordon Ramsay, The F Word combines
mischievous stunts and recipe-based challenges set in the fast paced world of
a bustling downtown eatery. Each episode finds a new team of cooks facing the
awesome challenge and serving a three-course dinner for a restaurant full of
diners. If they don't cut the mustard it's Ramsay's reputation on the line,
especially as the customers will only pay if they think the food's worth it.

    Other new highly anticipated Food Network series include: The Wild Chef
with Martin Picard and Everyday Exotic with Roger Mooking. New seasons of Food
Network original series include: Ricardo and Friends, The Main, Chef at Home
and Restaurant Makeover.

    HGTV
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    Pure Design (13x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Start Date: September 30th, 2008

    For style that's clean, fresh, liveable and gorgeous, turn to HGTV's
brand new show, Pure Design. Host Samantha Pynn, Design Editor for Style At
Home magazine, transforms everyday rooms into sustainable living spaces using
inspiring, accessible ideas and her uniquely hands-on, practical approach.
Produced by Vancouver-based Omni Film Productions Ltd.

    Sarah's House, Season 2 (13x60min)
    (World Premiere)
    Start Date: September 30th, 2008

    In the second season of Sarah's House, the talented Sarah Richardson
takes to the suburbs and transforms a typical back-split from drab to dramatic
over the course of 13 episodes. At the end Sarah learns how much her Herculean
efforts reflect in the home's new value, and if it is indeed the best reno on
the block. Produced by Toronto-based Primevista Television Inc.

    Home to Flip (13x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Start Date: October 2nd, 2008

    This series features popular HGTV personality Peter Fallico doing what he
does best: buying a fixer-upper house and flipping it for profit. Over
13 episodes, viewers learn how to renovate on a budget, design on a dime and
style for less to resell for a larger profit. Produced by Toronto-based
AA Barney Productions.

    Other new highly anticipated HGTV series include: Income Property, Petal
Pushers, Mansions, The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price and The Really
Big Flip. New seasons of HGTV original series include: Colin & Justin's Home
Heist, Disaster DIY, Real Renos, Marriage Under Construction and The Style
Dept.

    History Television
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    Outlaw Bikers (5x60min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    The new series Outlaw Bikers takes a wild ride into the world of the
outlaw motorcycle clubs. Delving into the structure, rituals, and criminal
activities of each club, undercover federal agents try to infiltrate some of
the most infamous and dangerous bike gangs in the world. Produced by Barna
Alper, Toronto (Loren Mawhinney) and Wall to Wall, UK.

    Ax Men (13x60min)
    (Canadian Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    The highly anticipated series Ax Men comes to History Television this
fall. Ax Men follows four logging crews through a harrowing season in the
remote forests of northwest Oregon. Anything and everything can go wrong on
the job and even the simplest mistake can mean death.

    Other new highly anticipated History Television series include:
Battle 360, Shockwave, MASH and Blowdown. New seasons of History Television
original series include: Ancestors in the Attic, Underworld Histories, Urban
Legends and The Re-Inventors.

    IFC
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    The Rawside Of ... (8x60min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    The Rawside Of... is an uncensored and raw glimpse into the hearts, minds
and lives of music stars and their conflicts. Witness the private lives and
process, and the intense exploration of music as we penetrate the ever-present
buffer zone. Featured bands will include The Cliks, Die Mannequin, Brendan
Canning from Broken Social Scene, Born Ruffians, Metric and more. Produced by
Georgian Inc.

    Vice Guide to Film (6x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Hosted by writer, filmmaker and co-founder of Vice magazine Shane Smith,
this new series uncovers the unexplored film culture around the world.
Spending time with some of his favorite filmmakers such as Werner Herzog and
Gaspar Noe, Shane takes a look inside some of the world's least known and
understood national cinemas including North Korea, Nollywood, Lollywood and
the Narcocinema of Mexico. Produced by Vice Films Canada Inc.

    New seasons of highly anticipated IFC series include: 30 Days, starring
Morgan Spurlock. Hit films include Hard Candy.

    National Geographic Channel
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    Long Way Down (10x60min)
    (Canadian Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Three years after Ewan McGregor and best mate Charley Boorman journeyed
across the globe on their motorcycles, the long-time friends are hitting the
road again from the top of Scotland to the bottom tip of Africa. Traversing
more than 24,000 kilometres of tough terrain, this exciting new series follows
Ewan and Charley as they set off on the adventure of a lifetime.

    Other highly anticipated new National Geographic Channel series include
Big, Bigger, Biggest and Engineering Connections. New seasons of National
Geographic Channel series include Dog Whisperer, Inside and Underworld
Histories.

    Showcase
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    The Starter Wife, Season One (10x60min)
    (Canadian Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    With a Hollywood mansion, memberships to the most exclusive clubs and the
ability to always get the best table in the hottest restaurants, Molly Kagan
(Debra Messing) has it all. Until her Hollywood Film mogul husband leaves her
for a younger woman. Suddenly robbed of her "wife of" status, she must
acclimatize to life as a "starter wife," a decided step down - if not out - in
the Hollywood pecking order.

    Trailer Park Boys Special (1x60min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    It's been one year since the Big Dirty and Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian
(John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) became rich but the Boys are
ambushed and the money is lost forever. With the Boys penniless, Lahey hatches
a plan to get them out of Sunnyvale and take back the park forever. Produced
by Halifax-based Trailer Park Boys Productions.

    New seasons of acquired Showcase series include: Damages, Big Love,
Rescue Me, Saving Grace, Weeds, The Shield and The Riches. New seasons of
Showcase original series include: Billable Hours, Rent-A-Goalie, Kenny vs.
Spenny, Paradise Falls, Webdreams and G-Spot.

    SLICE(TM)
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    Beautiful People (13x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Beautifulpeople.net is a worldwide phenomenon. In cities all over the
world, members judge applicants on their physical appearance; those accepted
then build an online community for dating and networking. European playboys
Robert Hintze and Greg Hodge are set to invade Canada. But is Canada beautiful
enough to belong to the world's ultimate little black book? Produced by
Toronto based Tricon Films.

    Real Housewives of New York (9x60min)
    (Canadian Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Building off the success of the original series The Real Housewives of
Orange County, The Real Housewives of New York follows Alex McCord, Bethenny
Frankel, Jill Zarin, Luann De Lesseps and Ramona Singer, an elite and powerful
set of New York socialites, as they balance motherhood, demanding careers and
a fast-paced social calendar, showing what life is like in the most exclusive
areas of the Big Apple.

    New seasons of highly anticipated Slice series include: Project Runway
and Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, The Mom Show and Til Debt Do Us Part.

    TVtropolis
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    Planet Soap (13x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    The brand new original series Planet Soap celebrates the world of soap
operas. Examining topics like "the most vicious catfights in soap history",
each half hour episode will also feature soap star favourites sharing their
best and worst moments in the profession. Produced by Toronto-based AJE
Productions.

    Reality Obsessed (13x30min)
    (World Premiere)
    Fall 2008

    Reality Obsessed follows the adventures of Murtz Jaffer - Canada's most
dedicated and obsessed fan of reality TV - as he takes his fandom to the
extreme, tracking down celebrities, producers, studio executives and fellow
reality-obsessed viewers to dig up the behind-the-scenes gossip and secrets.
Produced by Toronto-based Peace Point Entertainment Group.

    New Seasons of key returning TVtropolis series include: Beverly Hills,
90210, Family Guy, and Whatever Happened to...?. Other popular returning
series include Frasier, Friends and Seinfeld.

    
    For full schedules/images/information on all networks, please visit our
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For further information:

For further information: Rupinder Gill, Publicist, Factual and BBC
Channels, (416) 934-7853, rgill@canwest.com; Amy Waters, Senior Publicist,
Dramatic Channels, (416) 934-7079, awaters@canwest.com; Pamela Mollica, Senior
Publicity Manager, Lifestyle Channels, (416) 967-4067, pmollica@canwest.com

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