OLN Announces Eight New Series and Specials Beginning Fall 2007

    - "Excellent Adventures," "Odyssey Drive Around the World" and "Chasers"
    among new properties -
    - "Survivorman," "The Amazing Race," "Ed's Up," "The Rig" and the Tour De
    France return -

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - OLN announced today the addition of six new
series and two new specials to their action-packed schedule beginning Fall
2007, including: "Excellent Adventures," "Chasers," "Word Travels," "Odyssey
Drive Around the World," "Departures," "Bull Run: Cops, Cars and Superstars,"
"A Map for Saturday" and "Forgotten Island."
    In addition to the new series and specials joining OLN's fall schedule,
15 of the channel's most popular programs and events return to the schedule
with new episodes, including: "Survivorman," "The Amazing Race," "Mantracker,"
"The Rig," "Crash Addicts," "Angry Planet," "Road Hockey Rumble," "Pilot
Guides," "Tour De France," "Dakar Rally," "Iditarod Sled Dog Race," "Wrangler
National Finals Rodeo," "PBR World Finals," and "The 2007 Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show."
    Descriptions for both new and returning programs follow below.

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    This fall, OLN travels around the world with some serious road warriors.
Hop the barbed wire fence into the impound lot in the new series "Chasers" for
an in-depth look at the life of a tow truck driver. From responding to
breakdowns and fatalities to bizarre events on the road, this 13-part series
exposes the underbelly of the rough and tumble towing industry. In the new
series "Odyssey Drive Around the World" seven strangers seeking adventure
drive around the world in an awe-inspiring expedition spanning nearly two
years. From Mexico to China and across Eastern Europe, follow the group's
gripping journey across 27 countries. Throughout the 12-part series, extreme
weather, border disputes and traffic accidents threaten this amazing journey,
but will it keep the crew from reaching their destination? Finally, a hundred
of the world's premiere super-cars embark on an invite-only eight-day rolling
party across the U.S.A. On the agenda: epic adventure, hard partying with
celebrities, 'petrosexuals' and of course, good ol' driving. Throughout the
31-part series "Bull Run: Cops, Cars and Superstars," celebrity appearances
include Denis Rodman, Ashley Hames, Paris Hilton and Canada's home-grown
Hayden Christiansen.

    Go on the ultimate expeditions - where the journey is more important than
the destination - in three new OLN series and two new specials. In each
episode of the new six-part series "Excellent Adventures" a celebrity
(including Minnie Driver and Vinnie Jones) grabs their best friend and takes
off on the whirlwind adventure of their dreams, including mountain climbing in
the arctic and trekking across Mongolia. Then, best buds Scott and Justin are
out to prove that we are never more than six degrees of separation away from
the most exciting and exotic destinations in the world. In the new series
"Departures," watch this duo defy the 9-to-5 lifestyle as they head off in
search of unique experiences and adventures abroad - no safety net allowed.
Then, in the new special "A Map for Saturday," follow Emmy Award-winning
producer Brook Silva-Braga as he leaves his cushy job with American TV Network
HBO to backpack around the world. Silva-Braga schleps 2.5 kilograms of clothes
and 13 kilograms of video equipment across four continents on his adventure
for self-discovery. Unveil a hidden world of long term solo travellers that at
times can be lonely and difficult, but is more often joyous and always

    In "Word Travels," go behind the byline as two top travel writers, Robin
Esrock and Julia Dimon, battle it out for the best on-the-road scoop, in this
new 13-part series. Under pressure and tight deadlines, Esrock and Dimon
compete for stories while covering six continents on a 13-week assignment.
Finally, in "Forgotten Island" journey to one of the last paradises on Earth:
the forgotten island of Socotra. Referred to as The Island of the Phoenix,
with long white coral beaches and emerald-green waters Socotra is considered
to be the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.

    OLN's hit show "Survivorman" returns for a second season to entertain and
bewilder viewers in this genuine and truly authentic reality show. With no
production crew, food, water or supplies except for his own camera equipment,
survival expert Les Stroud will brave the harshest locations in Africa,
Australia, South America and Indonesia to challenge his survival skills for
seven days at a time with no outside contact. Also back is the heart-pounding
10th season of the Emmy Award-winning series "The Amazing Race." Watch as 11
teams of two trek around the world for approximately 30 days. At every
destination, each team will have to compete in a series of challenges - some
mental and some physical - and only when the tasks have been completed will
they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will
gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses with the winning team
arriving first at the final destination. Finally, Ian Wright and Justine
Shapiro return with new locales and globetrotting adventure on "Pilot Guides."

    Fresh off the recent Barenaked Ladies tour, Ed Robertson is back with 13
all-new episodes of "Ed's Up" This season floats have been added to
Robertson's Cessna and, en route to each challenge, he must find a body of
water to land on. Only if he successfully completes his journey will he be
awarded his floatplane license, thus achieving his childhood dream. It's
anyone's guess how Robertson will handle the gruelling tasks thrown his way
this season, including: astronaut training with NASA, working in a New York
city hospital, Canadian Air Force boot camp, NASCAR pit crew, and learning the
ropes at a slaughterhouse in Alberta.

    They get knocked down, but they always return for more - OLN's roughest
toughest guys are back! "Angry Planet" host George Kourounis just can't get
enough of the world's wildest weather and in 2008 he returns with 13 brand new
episodes exposing Mother Nature's dark side. Facing tougher terrain and
challenges than ever before, two new prey attempts to outrun and outwit
Mantracker throughout all new episodes of "Mantracker." In season two of "The
Rig: Oil Sands," travel to one of the largest rig camps in the entire oil
sands project where hundreds of young men struggle to hit pay dirt in the
greatest blue-collar cash haul since the gold rush. Hop aboard the demolition
derby circuit for a smash-up new season of car crunching chaos on "Crash
Addicts," featuring usual suspects Tammy, Sweetleaf, WhiteHot and The
Birminator revving their engines up with a vengeance. Finally, road hockey
fans rejoice! "Road Hockey Rumble" returns in 2008 for an all-new cross
country grudge match series of Canada's unofficial national sport.

    This fall, hold onto your hat as OLN saddles up for a new season of
special event programming featuring all things rodeo. The prestigious
"Professional Bull Riding Built Ford Tough Series" returns to OLN, culminating
in the "2007 Professional Bull Riding World Finals" showcasing the greatest
bull riding athletes over two weeks in Las Vegas. This marquee event
represents the crown jewel of the 31-city tour and features the year's top 45
bull riders who qualify based on money won during the regular season.

    Also returning to OLN this fall: the "Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show"
second-oldest sporting event in the U.S. after the Kentucky Derby, is back to
crown a new pooch as "best in show." Returning in the winter through to the
summer of 2008, OLN is the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of adrenaline
charged events like "Tour De France," "Dakar Rally" and "2007 Iditarod Sled
Dog Race."

    OLN is Canada's destination for adventurous entertainment. Going beyond
the comforts of home, OLN's experience-based programming reveals the
insatiable human drive for adventure. Riveting and rugged, OLN's fearless
line-up pushes the limits with series like Survivorman, Mantracker, Beyond
Boundaries, The Amazing Race and Extreme Survival; and covering
internationally-renowned events including the Tour De France, Iditarod, Dakar
Rally and Professional Bull Riding. Visit OLN on the web at www.tsn.ca/oln.
CTV Inc. is the managing partner of OLN.

For further information:

For further information: Alexis Hood, Publicist, (416) 332-5076 or
ahood@discovery.ca; Jodi Cook, Communication Manager, (416) 332-4426 or

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