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New shows joining APTN fall lineup.

There should be something for everyone when the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) unveils its new fall lineup on Nov. 5. The network, which celebrated its eighth birthday on Sept. 1, will be bringing viewers a number of new programs, while welcoming back some of its most popular shows from seasons past.

Among the returning programs are Wapos Bay and renegadepress.com, two children's shows that were recently recognized with Gemini Awards. Wapos Bay won the Gemini for best children's or youth fiction program or series, and Sara Snow won the award for best writing in a children's or youth program or series for her work on the Blackout episode of renegadepress.com. The two awards were handed out at the Gemini Lifestyle, Children's and Youth gala held in Toronto on Oct. 16.

The network will add to its award-winning children's programming line up with a new commercial-free kids' block that will run every morning from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The kids' block will be hosted by Cassidy, a 12-year-old girl from Sagkeeng First Nation, Man. who has become APTN's youngest on-air personality.

Three new children's programs are also being added to the ATPN schedule-Chic Choc, a series created by and for Aboriginal youth in Quebec; Igloo-gloo, a program aimed at a pre-school audience that focuses on the adventures of seal pups Blanche and Bichou; and Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, a unique program that blends live action actors and an animated world to tell the story of Anash and Kole, two young men on a quest to find all the fragments of the shattered sun rock.

The fall schedule also includes new programming for an older audience, offering up comedy, drama, music and a bit of education as well.

Two new comedy series are featured in APTN's fall schedule, both with familiar names attached to them. Playwright and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor lends his writing talents to Mixed Blessings. Billed as a dramatic comedy by APTN, the show gives us a glimpse into the life of main characters Hank and Ruby, two people from different ethnic backgrounds (he's a third generation Ukrainian Canadian, she's Cree) who get married, creating a blended family. In Fish Out of Water, comedian Don Kelly takes a turn as a television host. In each episode, Kelly visits a different Aboriginal community to learn about its culture.

On the dramatic front, the new fall season heralds Andrea Menard's return to television with Rabbit Fall, a six-part series in which Menard plays a police officer who moves to the small northern community of Rabbit Fall and discovers there's something not quite right in the community, and that many residents believe the cause is supernatural in nature.

Another dramatic series coming to APTN in November is RAN-Remote Area Nurse, an Australian production that follows Helen Tremayne as she returns to the remote island in the Torres Strait where she'd spent five years working as a remote area nurse and works to train the islanders to take over her role as health provider. As she works to get to a point where she won't be needed by the community, she realizes the island is the only place she has to call home.

Music fans will have two shows to tune in to this coming season-The Mix, which features musical performances by and profiles of Metis artists, and When the Music Speaks, which gives viewers a chance to enjoy performances by 15 musical groups that were featured during a Canada Council music showcase held in Montreal in 2003.

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On the educational front, APTN is offering up two brand-new shows-Closer to Home, a how-to series hosted by actor and home builder Wayne Baker that provides tips and advice on home maintenance for people living on reserve, and Wlipogwad, a cooking show hosted by two young chefs, one Abenaki and one from Quebec, who create meals that combine their different cultures. The documentary series Medicine Woman, which follows Metis doctor Danielle Behn as she travels the world to learn from Indigenous healers, will also be broadcast by the network this fall.

For more about APTN's new season, visit the network's Web site at www.aptn.ca.
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