Highlights for the 2003-2004 season.
Each half-hour episode of this series tells an intimate story of adoption.Get to know the family/couple and the child/children as they go through the adoption process,and join them for the emotional moment when they unite to form a family.The series features adoptions from all over the world,including Russia, Haiti,Guatemala and Korea.Adoption Stories also explores different kinds of families,including an episode which tells the story of a lesbian couple from Winnipeg who adopt Native children.Another episode tells the story of a couple who has adopted more than 20 children,all with different disabilities.
America’s Next Top Model
Oct.7 at 9pm ET
Cameras follow potential supermodels who are living and working in New York trying to become America’s next top model.With mentoring by supermodel Tyra Banks (also the creator and executive co-producer of the series)and judging by high-profile fashion industry gurus,the finalists compete in a modelling boot camp that consists of mastering the catwalk,undertaking intense physical fitness regimes,and participating in high-stress fashion shoots.Cameras record each moment as participants face weekly tests that determine who makes the cut and wins a grand prize package,with an opportunity to receive a Revlon modeling contract.
Witness vets in training at one of the most modern and competitive veterinary colleges in North America,the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.From remote wilderness to the adrenalin of high-tech ER,Campus Vets captures moments when animal,owner and vet are bound together in a race against time.
Oct.9 at 9pm ET
From Cambodia to Angola,this 13-part series travels to more than 20 developing countries around the world with doctors and nurses from the international medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders.Dropped into geographical and political hot spots,this series follows the organization’s treatment and rehabilitation efforts in areas where supplies and equipment are rudimentary at best,and every day presents another life and death challenge.
Most couples know exactly what kind of wedding they want –the mood,the music, the vows,the party,the dinner and the friends.But what if two couples who barely know each other are in charge of designing each other’s wedding?And the couple that comes closest to fulfilling the others’dream wins a luxury honeymoon?Tune in to Exchanging Vows to see the clues,the quest,the scramble,and the joy of two real-life engaged couples pitted against each other to make one another’s dream come true.
Klondike:The Quest for Gold
Five adventurous participants go back in time as 1897 prospectors and journey to the Klondike in search of gold in the living-history series from the creator of Pioneer Quest and Quest for the Bay.Travelling from Skagway,Alaska,to the Yukon’s Dawson City,along the demanding Chilkoot Trail,the prospectors return to the golden era of Canada’s past where they stake a claim and pan for gold.
Bruce and Me
Oren is a violin teacher who lives a quiet life by the sea in Australia.Bruce is an outlaw who is on the road evading his past when he’s not in his American hideaway.Their connection?Bruce is Oren’s father.Thirty-two years later,Oren still carries the burden of her father’s mysteries and resolves to return to the road with him for some drama.Instead she finds humour and mishaps as she helps Bruce care for his 97-year-old mother and discovers her father’s love for a woman half his age,a temptress who may be,ironically enough,taking the old con man for a ride.
Enter the competitive world of casting in this 13-part series that provides an intimate and personal look at potential stars as they prep,audition,and wait to hear if they get a breakthrough role in the entertainment industry.The Call reveals the casting process and the players in front of,as well as behind,the camera.
March 13 at 10pm ET/PT
The pressure is on for one of Toronto’s tenacious,streetwise autograph hounds, Brad Byrne,to get a real job.But before he says goodbye he heads out with his tribe for one last swan song –the autograph no one can get.
Ladies as Gentlemen
As they step onto the stage,the guys are tough,handsome,hairy –and female. They are drag kings,women performing as men in a flamboyant and at times risqué exploration of gender identity.With their man-style suits,stuffed pants, sideburns and the odd prop,these entertainers tour North America in their motorhome performing to a wide array of audiences.
Making the Cut
Sept.21 at 9pm ET/PT
Follow the ups and downs of life in the fast-paced world of fashion. Canada’s major fashion event,Toronto Fashion Week,provides a backdrop for the announcement of a competition that will change the life of a fashion hopeful. From the moment that these young designers line-up for their chance to enter, to the preparation of their submissions and the judges reactions to their ideas, see the making of a new star whose fall 2003 collection will grace the runway for the first time.
Dec.13 at 10pm ET/PT
This one-hour documentary goes behind-the-scenes with a small amateur theatre group in the town of Petrolia,Ontario to capture the real lives of members of the theatre community,as they gossip,compete,deal with illness,and wait with bated breath for the final decision from the provincial drama league judge.
April 10 at 10pm ET/PT
Parole Board gets unprecedented access to the Canadian justice system to reveal the difficult decision-making process by which parole adjudicators decide who remains behind bars and who is granted early release.
The Road To Funny
Jan.3 at 10pm ET/PT
Four winners from Life Network’s reality show Sketch Troop get together to take a real comedy show on the backroads of Ontario.The van breaks down,there’s no heat in the community theatre,the venue is empty,and the group’s swan song is a performance in a church where they have to watch their language. Zahf,Nicole,Dorothy and Stefano soon realize that they only have the acerbic wisdom of their rock-group roadie driver to sustain them.
Switched at Birth
March 20 at 10pm ET/PT
Imagine finding out that your two-year-old son,who you’ve loved and nurtured and whose development you’ve marveled at since you brought him home from the hospital,was actually someone else’s child.Switched at Birth chronicles the painful experiences of two families who discover their sons were switched at birth more than two years earlier.This one-hour documentary follows the parents’subsequent struggle as they grapple with life-altering decisions, including whether or not to trade the boys they have loved as their own for their biological sons.
Oct.9 at 10pm ET/PT
Follow a group of young Canadians who travel halfway around the world to teach English in Taiwan.Each episode chronicles an adventure of a lifetime and a journey of self-discovery as these individuals test old relationships and explore new ones,while looking to teaching to find direction and meaning in their lives.Watch as they struggle to find their way around a new city,learn a different language,battle homesickness,and ultimately celebrate new friend-ships and traditions far from home.
Weeknights at 8pm ET/PT
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Oct.11 at 8pm ET
Encounter some ordinary people who have experienced extraordinary events including John Artis who was arrested with Rubin “Hurricane”Carter in 1966 and granted freedom 19 years later when a federal court judge overturned the convictions.Also meet the first woman to become a pilot for the world-famous Snowbirds in March 2000.And step inside the world of a couple who abandoned the city to spend an entire year in the wilderness without a single modern tool or convenience.
Oct.7 at 10pm ET
Faking It takes people out of their regular routines,trains them in new occupations and then puts them to the test.Witness the transformation of a heavy metal drummer to an orchestra conductor,and a radiographer to a fashion photographer,in this series that offers a glimpse of radically different lifestyles.
Oct.10 at 2:30am ET
This 13-part documentary series offers viewers a first-hand look into the lives of several Canadians who pursue alternative forms of sexual expression.
Life’s Birth Stories
Dec.3 at 10pm ET
Experience one of life’s most intimate moments in this series that chronicles the birth of a child.From the last-minute preparations to the main event,cameras are there to capture the struggle,excitement and joy that is the miracle of birth.
Life’s Little Miracles
Oct.8 at 9pm ET
Meet some of Canada’s tiniest heroes in this series that takes viewers into the centre of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.New episodes of Life’s Little Miracles look at the lives of children and their families as they strive to overcome serious medical conditions.
Oct.11 at 8:30pm ET
The new season of this quirky series focuses on eight Canadians with a passion for the unexplained.Crop circles,cattle mutilations,pet psychics,fire walking and voodoo are just a few of the mysteries and paranormal activities explored.
Weeknights at 8:30pm ET/PT beginning Oct.6
Join host Andrew Anthony for another season of this popular series where friends set up their loveless pals on dates and follow the couples with cameras. The matchmaker studies the date as it unfolds and offers a critique of the singlefriend’s romantic techniques.
Follow the progress of McMaster University medical interns as they apply their new-found knowledge to life-and-death situations,and experience the challenges, rewards and frustrations of becoming doctors.
Out in the City
Based in Montreal’s vibrant gay and lesbian community,Out in the City explores the reality of gay culture.From lifestyles to values,shopping habits to style,these real life stories resonate from the remote suburbs to the city’s urban centre.
Say Yes &Marry Me!
Oct.10 at 9pm ET
Mix a little romance with a lot of deceit and you have Say Yes &Marry Me!, the series that captures couples when the big question is popped. Thanks to some sneaky camera manoeuvers,viewers will be privy to some very real marriage proposals,including one where a War of 1812 histroy buff proposes in front of a firing squad,and another during a fishing expedition in St.Lucia.
Oct.8 at 10:30pm ET/PT
Each new episode of this Gemini-nominated series profiles a different doctor, performing a difficult specialized surgery.In the second season,cameras follow Canadian surgeons through patient consultations and into the O.R.to capture the intense challenges,personal triumphs and inspirational stories of these medical miracle workers.
Taking It Off
Taking It Off follows the weight-loss progress of six people over six months as they try to achieve their goals in the face of fast food and fast lives. This series examines the social pressures that drive people to overeat and the lengths that some people will go to in order to overcome the battle of the bulge.
Families across Canada swap towns,houses,jobs,hobbies,even friends and relatives,for a brief walk in another family’s shoes on Trading Places.Can Lewana,who is in the etiquette consulting business,and her husband Brad, who is a waiter at a five-star steakhouse in Winnipeg,cope with living in an Edmonton trailer park?Will Greg adapt to working in an upscale restaurant while his wife becomes an “Etiquette Lady”?Watch as families tackle unforeseen challenges and triumphs in this series about extreme exchanges.
Oct.10 at 9:30pm ET
From the exchange of vows on a roller coaster to tying the knot at the rodeo –lovers are defying convention like never before and creating their own made-to-order wacky and wonderful weddings.Weird Weddings celebrates the institution of marriage with ceremonies that are anything but conventional.
Who’s On Top?
From wars waged over toilet seats to arguments over asking for directions, Who’s On Top?takes aim at the battle of the sexes.Series host Darrin Hagen –a.k.a.Gloria,a transgendered drag queen and award-winning author –shares a unique perspective on gender differences,with humorous results.
Oct.13 at 9:30pm ET
Shot on location at the Toronto Zoo,Zoo Diaries goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the men and women who live side by side with over 5,000 animals.