ORIGINAL SERIES AIRING EVERY SUNDAY ON Citytv
AND ON Biography EVERY SATURDAY
– Compelling original series chronicles the lives of 12 notable Canadians through the eyes of contemporary Canadian writers
This Week: Episode 9
Jane Urquhart on L.M. Montgomery, directed by Helene Klodawsky
Airs on Citytv: Sunday, December 18, 2011
Airs on Biography: Saturday, January 7, 2012
The creator of the most famous literary orphan in the world, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life was not as rosy as her stories. Jane Urquhart combs through Mongomery’s diaries and novels to reveal the deep depression that plagues her throughout her life, and the strength of spirit that leads her to create some of the most beloved characters of all time.
Episode 10: CityTv – January 8 | Biography – January 14
M.G. Vassanji on Mordecai Richler directed by Lewis Cohen
The literary biography of Canada’s most loved satirical writer, this episode takes you to the Montreal of Mordecai Richler’s childhood, and reveals the truth behind this man of fiction, who universalizes the Canadian Jewish experience for all.
Episode 11: CityTv – January 15 | Biography – January 21
Nino Ricci on Pierre Elliott Trudeau directed by Helene Klodawsky
Who is the real Pierre Elliott Trudeau? Join Nino Ricci as he weaves together the life of a man bred to lead a separatist Quebec but who ultimately becomes the greatest voice for a united and egalitarian Canada.
Episode 12: (FINALE) Citytv – January 22 | Biography – January 28
John Ralston Saul on Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin
One a fatherless French Canadian habitant, the other a Toronto blue blood: John Ralston Saul leads us through the exciting story of how these two unlikely men unite to bring us the democratic and non-violent Canada we know today.
OMNI Television, The Biography Channel and Citytv honour some of Canada’s most outstanding individuals in the original biographical series, Extraordinary Canadians. This innovative, 12-part series presents a personal take on the lives of eminent Canadians from the perspective of celebrated writers who have shaped contemporary thinking.
Extraordinary Canadians airs on Sundays at 8:30pm ET/PT on Citytv and Saturdays at 7:30pm ET/PT, The Biography Channel
The series will also air in Mandarin, Hindi and Italian language on OMNI Television in spring 2012.
Each episode of Extraordinary Canadians captures the relationship between writer and, subject, probing the distinctive link between the two. With revealing insights, each writer chronicles the life of a great Canadian from whom they have drawn inspiration.
To watch previews, go to http://extraordinarycanadians.tv/category/videos/
OMNI Television has championed independent production funding for third-language documentary and drama programming. Extraordinary Canadians was funded by OMNI Television and The Biography Channel, divisions of Rogers Broadcasting Inc.
About PMA Productions
PMA Productions Inc. was founded by Kenneth Hirsch in 2003 with the objective of working with Canada’s most talented creators in the production of first quality film, television, and digital media programming. While the company’s primary focus is high-impact documentaries and documentary series, the company also develops and produces select animated projects, shorts and feature films. Located in Montreal, PMA Productions works closely with its writers and directors to produce entertaining and provocative programming for audiences in Canada and abroad. It has gained a nation-wide reputation for the consistently high quality and prestigious nature of its productions.
About Rogers Media Inc. Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), operates Rogers Broadcasting and Rogers Publishing. Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television properties include 5 Citytv stations as well as 5 OMNI multicultural television stations, Rogers Sportsnet consisting of four regional channels and the nationally distributed Sportsnet ONE, and the Shopping Channel, a televised and Internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer magazines such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Flare, L’actualité and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. All media properties are integrated with their own popular web sites. Rogers Media also owns The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and Rogers Centre, a year-round sports and entertainment facility.