Citytv Premieres The Epic Adventure Series and Canadian Co-Production "Crusoe" Friday, October 17, 2008



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Citytv is the place to be for your weekly dose
of action, adventure and fantasy! Based on the legendary novel by Daniel
Defoe, the high-octane, thrill-ride "Crusoe" premieres with a two-hour episode
Friday, October 17 on Citytv and Saturday October 18 on OLN.

    
    Broadcast Schedule is as follows:
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    Citytv Toronto    Friday, October 17 at 8pm ET
                      Moves to 9pm ET as of Friday, October 24
    Citytv Winnipeg   Friday, October 17 at 8pm CT
                      Moves to 9pm CT as of Friday, October 24
    Citytv Calgary    Friday, October 17 at 9pm MT
                      Moves to 10pm MT as of Friday, October 24
    Citytv Edmonton   Friday, October 17 at 9pm MT
                      Moves to 10pm MT as of Friday, October 24
    Citytv Vancouver  Friday, October 17 at 8pm PT
                      Moves to 9pm PT as of Friday, October 24

    OLN               Saturday, October 18 at 8pm ET/5pm PT
    

    A dashing and entrepreneurial-spirited young man by the name of Robinson
Crusoe (Philip Winchester, "Flyboys") leaves behind his true love, Susannah
(Anna Watson, "Pan's Labyrinth") to embark on an adventure of a lifetime --
only to end up shipwrecked on a remote tropical island for 28 years,
completely detached from the life he once knew. Living by his wits in total
isolation, Crusoe strikes up an unlikely friendship with Friday, a former
savage that he helps to rescue from slavery. Together with his new companion,
Crusoe battles inner demons and outer conflicts. Overcoming marauding
militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning
storms on his seemingly idyllic island, Crusoe dreams of the day he will be
reunited with his beloved family.
    The series focuses on life on the island intertwined with telling
flashbacks to his life back in England before the shipwreck. Among those are
his tragic childhood with widower father James (Sean Bean, "The Lord of the
Rings"), the blossoming relationship with the love of his life, Susannah and
his endeavor to transform entrepreneurial aspirations into a business empire
under the watchful eye of family friend, Jeremiah Blackthorn (Sam Neill, "The
Tudors").
    "Rogers Media is thrilled to have been a part of this production since
the beginning and we hope that Canadian audiences will engage with this
timeless adventure of the original survivor, Robinson Crusoe" said Alain
Strati, VP Specialty TV & Development, Rogers Media Television
    "Crusoe" is produced by Muse Entertainment, Power and Moonlighting Crusoe
Productions (Pty) Ltd as an official Canada/ UK/ South Africa co-production.
This series was also partially funded by Rogers' Citytv. Incendo Media is the
Canadian distributor of the series.
    Catch the epic tale of the ultimate survivor when "Crusoe" premieres
Friday, October 17 on Citytv and Saturday October 18 on OLN.

    Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Winnipeg, brings forward intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse
television in its own unique, interactive style. Citytv Toronto is Canada's
only High Definition OTA channel, transmitting digitally from the CN Tower in
5.1 audio. With its strong local voice, Citytv offers a distinct alternative
to other conventional television offerings. Its instantly recognizable 'look'
and 'sound' are the product of refreshingly different on-air personalities,
unique program formats and high television style. Citytv is part of Rogers
Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE:   RCI)
which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.

    OLN is Canada's destination for adventurous entertainment. Through such
homegrown hits as Survivorman, Mantracker, Angry Planet and Ed's Up! and the
internationally-acclaimed The Amazing Race, The Academy, and Tour de France,
OLN offers viewers a chance to take part in real and rugged experiences. And
with exceptional travel programs like Departures, Pilot Guides, Word Travels,
and Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, OLN proves the world is literally one
click away. OLN is part of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers
Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE:   RCI) which is a diversified Canadian
communications and media company.




For further information:

For further information: Veronica Logue, Rogers Media Television, (416)
764-3195, veronica.logue@rci.rogers.com; Andrea Gagliardi, Rogers Media
Television, (416) 260-3803, andrea.gagliardi@rci.rogers.com


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