With an all-new fall season slated to hit television screens across the country November 5th, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to unveil its largest, most diverse programming line-up to date.
APTN will offer nine new entertainment/variety/lifestyle series, 11 returning entertainment/variety/lifestyle series (new seasons), four new children¹s series and two children¹s returning series (new seasons). The network¹s popular movie slots will feature 38 new titles including blockbuster favourites The Matrix, Coal Miner¹s Daughter, Under Siege, Disclosure, Cobb and Mask, and the Canadian broadcast premiere of Black Cloud. More than 30 new documentary offerings round out the schedule and include 20 world premieres.
Much of the network¹s new fall programming will be slotted into four special interest programming Œblocks¹: Movies, Kids, French and Music. The addition of a new Kid¹s block host will complement an already stellar children¹s line-up that will see the return of viewer favourites Wapos Bay and Inuk in brand new seasons.
APTN National News: Primetime welcomes a new face with Holly Bernier taking over the reigns of the evening news. Former Primetime host Donna Smith will front the Daytime edition while former Daytime host Cheryl McKenzie will bring an investigative twist as the new host of APTN National News: Contact. The popular live call-in show will undergo a time change and will be seen live across the country Wednesdays at 8 pm ET.
³We are very pleased to bring our viewers such an exciting fall line-up; one which complements our already unique brand of programming² says Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. ³APTN¹s commitment to the development of Aboriginal producers has come to fruition, as is evidenced by the increasing number of high caliber programs the network has successfully secured. Our efforts to develop unique Aboriginal programming that is, by definition, Canadian content have also proven beneficial – APTN currently airs 84% Canadian content in multiple genres more than any other Canadian television broadcaster. Furthermore, our commitment to preserving and enhancing Aboriginal languages is stronger than ever and APTN is offering more Aboriginal language programs than ever, versioned in English and/or French for the rest of our audiences to share and enjoy.²
APTN¹s new programming for the fall 2007 season will include (please see attached Fall ¹07 Preview for additional programming information):
Mixed Blessings – World Premiere (Comedy series)
Launches: Nov. 6/07 @ 9pm ET/PT
Mixed Blessings is a dramatic comedy series that explores the lives of a blended family in small town Canada. Hank, a third generation Ukrainian with two teenagers, and Ruby, a Cree woman with four kids, ages 6 to 16, set up house together in a northern Alberta community.
Closer to Home – World Premiere (How-to series)
Launches: Nov. 6/07 @ 9:30pm ET/PT
This television series takes us onto reserves across Canada to experience housing from a First Nations point of view. Hosted by acclaimed First Nations actor and home builder, Wayne Baker, this series delivers relevant ³how-to² advice on a range of housing issues catered to Aboriginal people living on-reserve.
RAN Remote Area Nurse North American Premiere (Dramatic series)
Launches: Nov. 7/07 @ 3:00 pm ET/PT
RAN tells the story of Helen Tremayne, who returns to the remote island where she has spent the last five years as a remote area nurse, with a strong sense that this place is now her only home.
Rabbit Fall – World Premiere (Dramatic series)
Launches: Nov. 9 @ 7:30 pm ET/PT
Police officer Tara Wheaton is assigned the town of Rabbit Fall¹s most benign cases, but instinct tells her that the bizarre lurks in the everyday. Her nagging intuition leads her from ordinary crimes into the darkest corners of Rabbit Fall.
Fish out of Water – World Premiere (Comedy series)
Launches: Nov. 9/07 @ 8 pm ET/PT
Ojibway comedian Don Kelly goes to various Aboriginal communities to learn about their cultures and attempts to fit in often with hilarious consequences.
Wlipogwad – World Premiere (Cooking series)
Launches: Nov. 6 @ 7pm ET/PT
Lysanne, a young Abenaki chef, and Louis-Francois, an emerging young Quebec chef, team up to create meals which unite their respective cultures.
Medicine Woman – APTN premiere (Documentary series)
Launches: Nov. 7/07 @ 11pm ET/PT
A young Métis doctor¹s quest for knowledge leads her through six continents to learn the health and wellness secrets of the world¹s indigenous cultures. Dr. Danielle Behn seeks remedies, cures and enlightenment as our audience shares in the doctor¹s intense personal voyage of discovery.
The Mix – World Premiere (Music series)
Launches: Nov. 8/07 @ 10 pm ET/PT
Lively and inspired, these half-hour performances offer a well-paced, informative profile of music rooted in Métis tradition.
When the Music Speaks – APTN premiere (Music series)
Launches: Nov 10/07 @ 6:30 pm ET/PT
In November, 2003, the Canada Council brought 15 musical groups from all over Canada for a showcase in Montreal, giving each band a half-hour to perform in front of a world audience. When the Music Speaks will present these rare performances in a series of 13 half-hour episodes.
Chic Choc – World premiere
Launches: Nov. 5/07 @ 7 pm ET/PT
A series created for and by Aboriginal youth in Quebec. Broadcast in: French
Launches: Nov. 6/07 @ 8:30 am ET/PT
Igloo-gloo is a series for the 3-5 year old pre-school set, featuring two adorable big-eyed seal pups and their world of make-believe. Broadcast in English and French.
To usher in the new season, APTN will again feature the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The second annual event will be broadcast live from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba November 2, 2007. As part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival, the APCMA show is the first awards show of its kind to honour the best in Aboriginal music, providing an opportunity to showcase Aboriginal music and to expose Aboriginal recording artists to a national fan base, the music industry and the media. This spectacular gala event will feature performances by the best Aboriginal recording artists from across the continent, playing unforgettable music for fans of all nations.