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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax to Childrens Hospital in the Klondike? TV must-sees for the week of Jan. 19

- January 18th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Jan. 19

1 The Following
Second-season debut: The story picks up a year later. Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has tried to get on with his life. But he becomes obsessed with the notion that Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is still alive.
When: Sunday on Fox, CTV

2 Klondike
Debut: Big-buzz mini-series about the 1897 gold rush airs three nights in a row. Stars Richard Madden, who is best known as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. Um, guess he had some time on his hands.
When: Monday on Discovery

3 MasterChef Canada
Debut: A Canadian version of the international series that gives home chefs a chance to be tasty. The judges are Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio Aprile. Please make your own poutine jokes.
When: Monday on CTV

4 Rake
Debut: Greg Kinnear stars as Keegan Deane, a charming, optimistic and brilliant criminal defence attorney. The thing is, he rarely applies any of that trademark brilliance to his own stormy personal life.
When: Thursday on Fox, Global

5 Sleepy Hollow
Two-hour, first-season finale: Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) uncover a secret in George Washington’s Bible. Wow, talk about sentences I never thought I’d type.
When: Monday on Fox, Global

6 Childrens Hospital
Fifth-season Canadian debut: I always have loved this hilarious series from Rob Corddry that spoofs the medical-drama genre. Guest-stars in the first episode of the new season include Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.
When: Wednesday on Much

7 NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other
Debut: Of particular interest heading into the Sochi Olympics, as well as more NHL event-style games, this series follows two dozen top players in that “behind the scenes” style that’s all the rage.
When: Thursday on CBC

8 Looking
Debut: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett star as a trio of San Francisco friends, exploring the varied personal and professional options available to a new generation of gay men.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

9 Brave New Girls
Debut: Reality series follows the glamourous life of transgender model Jenna Talackova, who became famous when she took on Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
When: Sunday on E!

10 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax
Debut: Christina Ricci plays the title character, who was charged with the gory murder of her father and stepmother in 1892. Her headline-grabbing trial made Lizzie the O.J. Simpson or Amanda Knox of her day.
When: Saturday on Lifetime

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Chaz Bono is Degrassi’s Simon Cowell in a battle of the bands

- November 22nd, 2012

Chaz Bono on Degrassi

Degrassi is adding a little “Chaz-matazz” to its lineup this week.

The long-running Canadian teen-targeted series, which is airing on Much in its current incarnation, has back-to-back new episodes – titled Tonight, Tonight, parts one and two – on Friday, Nov. 23. In the second episode, none other than Chaz Bono guest-stars as himself.

Bono, of course, is the only child of iconic showbiz duo Sonny & Cher. Bono was born a girl – Chastity – but underwent female-to-male gender transition a few years ago.

In Degrassi, Bono not only serves as a judge in a “battle of the bands” (wonder if anyone sings I Got You Babe?), but also is involved in the story line with transgender character Adam Torres, played by Gemini Award winner Jordan Todosey.

And you probably thought the odds were low that you’d ever see another acting “Chaz” after Chazz Palminteri. Wrong.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv