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TV-PG (30 MIN)

Imagine being a film school student and shopping on a budget when you are 6'1 with size 11 feet. Doesn't sound easy, does it?! Bonnie wants to wow them all at the wrap party of the project she co-directed, but she needs help. How does one find the fashionable bargains when so little comes in your size? Well, all is not lost for Bonnie as Diva on a Dime's hosts help her learn the ins and outs of shopping when you are anything but average. And when Bonnie finally makes her grand entrance “ it's all lights, camera and action!


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Carolyn Koo is a 28-year-old single gal who lives in downtown Toronto and works as a fundraiser for the AIDS hospice Casey House. As a fundraiser, it's Carolyn's job to get the most money she can. And the better she looks and feels, the more money she will raise. The most important event for fundraising is the Hospice's Annual Ball. So it's crucial for Carolyn to look the part! The hosts of Diva on a Dime transform this fundraiser into a Diva “ enabling her not only to better herself, but the lives around her.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Location: Las Vegas Style Agent Nancy targets a Barbie look-alike with an over-the-top sense of style and gives her a sophisticated new look. Location: Raleigh Later: Style Agent Gigi takes a college student from drab to fab right before your eyes!


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Location: Chicago Style Agent Nicole targets Dorothy, who recently shed 75-pounds! Tune in as Nicole gives Dorothy a new look to highlight her new curves! Location: Houston Up Next: Style Agent Mary Alice transforms a long-haired lad into a buzz-cut cutie in time for a double date with friends.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Vampires beware! Anna and Kristina are testing a cookbook where every recipe yes, even dessert contains garlic. While they're at it, they'll find out if any modern mincing gadget is better for garlic than your standard chef's knife.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Jamie Maw is one of North America's toughest and most respected food critics. But what does a food critic do? Jamie has selected a newly opened Italian restaurant in Vancouver to be the subject of his latest review. We'll see how he evaluates Bis Moreno and whether they cut the mustard. Michael takes us behind the scenes to witness the pressure and problems Chef Moreno Miotto encounters as Jamie Maw puts Bis Moreno under his culinary microscope.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Michael has picked up some fresh lobster from the wharf. Steamed lobsters are a must, but Michael wants to be a bit more inventive. A simple macaroni and cheese dish is made decadent by adding lobster. It's given an extra kick with paprika, Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper. A simple lobster salad rounds out this trio of lobster dishes.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Rocco brings his cousin Ron into the Now Eat This kitchen to help him commit to healthier living, by creating dishes Ron loves, that are also good for his body. On the menu: Penne alla Bolognese and Eggplant Parmigiano in a low fat marinara sauce, all for under 345 calories.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Elvira Kurt's a stand-up comic whose abysmal attempts at cooking are downright hysterical. Christine plans to change all that by harnessing Elvira's on-stage confidence and bringing it to the kitchen. To get started, Christine has her make a homemade version of one of her favorites “ gelato. After that, Elvira seems ready for anything -- until she learns she must cook at a restaurant for a room full of her peers. Later, can Elvira dazzle her demanding mother with her new cooking skills?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Maria Angelica Enriquez tells chilling tales of political upheaval in Chile and throws a spectacular South American dinner party.


TV-G (30 MIN)

P. Allen Smith makes a visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. There he tours the vegetable garden and teaches us about the art of broom making. Plus, Allen shares a favorite family recipe “ Aunt Antha's Corn Pudding.


TV-G (30 MIN)

It's time to get the grill fired up has P. Allen Smith brings the garden to the barbeque. In this episode of Garden to Table, Allen heads to Oklahoma where they are grilling veggies and whipping up a Mint Raspberry Iced Tea recipe that is a must try for your next gathering. Then learn how to create an elegant outdoor tablescape using gourds.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Fresh fish is on the menu in this episode of P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table. Also tips on growing cabbage and using it to create a delicious Cole Slaw. Plus, a fishing trip in the Arkansas Delta on the search for crappie.


TV-G (30 MIN)

P. Allen Smith visits Monticello, the home of our third president and first foodie. At Thomas Jefferson's home Allen heads to the garden to see what is being harvested for their annual festival. Allen also goes inside Monticello to see what a dining experience in the home would have been like in the early 1800's.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Get your shovel and trowel ready. P. Allen Smith is getting down and dirty in this episode of Garden to Table. Allen is pulling root vegetables out of the ground and putting them on a plate. Plus, a gorgeous tablescape idea for your next brunch.


TV-G (30 MIN)

In this episode of Garden to Table, P. Allen Smith is harvesting beans for use in the kitchen. Allen also visits a soy bean farm and has some gardening tips for planting asparagus beans. And food trucks are taking the nation by storm¦ a visit with one that is dedicated to keeping it green.


TV-G (30 MIN)

The State Fair is underway and P. Allen Smith is checking out the feathered creatures in the poultry barn. Poultry scientist Keith Bramwell also makes a visit to the farm to talk about the perfect backyard animal that keeps on giving. Plus, a dessert made with a chef's egg of choice.


TV-G (30 MIN)

In this episode of Garden to Table, P. Allen Smith recognizes the work of Chefs and Farmers across the country that are providing local food for local people. Allen also visits a thriving community garden and even helps plant some peanuts. Plus, a pork dumpling recipe that will knock your socks off.


TV-G (30 MIN)

Elaine's food is so bad, her kids won't even eat it. Christine must turn this career-driven mom around so she can cook nutritious meals for her family. Focusing on Elaine's love of Italian food, Christine takes her to make fresh pasta with the ultimate Italian Mama. And, just as Elaine is starting to feel confident, Christine throws her into an Olympic sized challenge “ catering a private dinner at the home of multiple gold-medalist Marnie McBean. In the end, can she finally cook a meal her family will actually eat?


TV-G (30 MIN)

Rosemary's family doesn't want her anywhere near the kitchen. Her cooking is awful, but even worse, she's set not one, but two, kitchen fires. Christine decides Rosemary's first challenge is to learn how to fight fires “ from real firefighters. Later, Rosemary works as a short-order cook and is flabbergasted to learn that her biggest order is cooking for her favourite Elvis impersonator. Later, she has to prepare a traditional meal for her very skeptical family.


TV-G (30 MIN)

John's a terrible cook. He can't even use the BBQ. Christine decides that it's time for John to be a man and learn how to grill. She shows him how to cook the perfect steak, and then takes him on an Oyster adventure “ in hopes that he can prepare a surf and turf meal for his wife and friends. But before he can do that, Christine turns up the pressure and has him grill ribs for hundreds of people at an International Ribfest.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Jessica's idea of cooking is reheating frozen food. It's time for her to learn to cook -- and Christine is on the job. After Christine teaches her to make amazing Jerk Chicken skewers, they head out on an adventure to make handmade empanadas. With Jessica feeling a little more confident, Christine throws her into a huge challenge: prep, grill and serve seafood appetizers to over 200 VIP guests at Boy's Night Out. Later, when Jessica has to cook for her friends and family and the party size suddenly triples, can she take the heat?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Vik's a doctor who never cooks. He either eats out or relies on his friends to cook for him. Christine decides that it's time this vegetarian doctor learned to cook for himself. She shows him how to make vegetarian staples, teaches him about the importance of herbs and then challenges him to prepare at fabulous dessert at on a busy night at a top French restaurant. In the end, can Vik actually pull off a meal that will impress the friends who've been taking care of him for years?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Simone has avoided cooking her entire life by relying on her family, roommates and her husband. But now that she has someone counting on her “ her newborn son, Jesse. Christine wants Simone to start some family traditions and takes her on a baking adventure to make homemade cookies. Simone's confidence builds and Christine challenges her to make funnel cakes at the grand opening of FunLFun, a dessert emporium dedicated to making the "World's Best Funnel Cakes. Can Simone learn how to make delicious food that her family and friends will actually enjoy?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

The only thing Max can make is Mac'n'cheese. So Christine has her work cut out for her as she tries to teach this culinary novice the rules so he can create well-balanced meals for his fiancé and kids. Max goes from massacring mac'n'cheese, to learning how to make artisanal taco chips and salsa, a sizzling Mexicali stir-fry and a cheese soufflé for high-end restaurant patrons. But has he developed the skills that will allow him to create a dish that will give him the thumbs up from both his kids and his fiancé? One thing is for certain, this terrible cook will keep Christine jumping as she attempts to put the Max into Mexican.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

When it comes to cooking Ann doesn't have a clue about flavor. The only seasonings she ever uses are soy sauce and salt. It's an uphill battle as Christine tries to take Ann's palette from bland to grand. Ann goes from creating crappy Caribbean rice and peas, to a blind taste test to tantalize her taste buds. Ann also learns to make a scrumptious spiced lemon shrimp, and plunges down a culinary rabbit hole as she attempts to put the pizzazz into a pizza for a packed room of VIPs. The question is, can Ann take everything she's learned to create a flavorful sensation that will cause her son, and the rest of her family to offer her a standing ovation. One thing is for sure, it's a treacherous trek as Christine attempts to spices up Ann's life.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Princess Catyanna is a 23-year-old marketing student whose favourite brand is “ herself! Her larger-than-life personality is matched in size only by her sense of entitlement, and her family and friends are rapidly reaching the bottom of their wallets when it comes to this pampered Princess. Now that she's maxed out her $5,000 student line of credit on virtually everything but tuition and books, Catyanna has no idea how she'll be able to return to school come fall. Worse still, a texting-while-driving accident has her drowning in legal fees but she hasn't slowed down her social schedule one bit. Catyanna's parents have had enough of their daughter's oblivious attitude toward money. It's up to financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade to teach this Princess to take responsibility for her life, right her past wrongs, and start owning up to her debt before it's too late.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Princess Kim is so obsessed with her image that she has no qualms spending thousands of dollars “ other people's dollars “ to keep her skin tanned, lips plump, and hair coiffed each month. At 26, Kim has already undergone several invasive plastic surgeries, and hopes to go under the knife again in the near future. A full time student, Kim has changed her career path ten times, squandering every last cent in the process. With no direction, a fragmented education and a barely $14,000 yearly income, Kim depends completely on her adoring boyfriend and fed up mother to fund her luxurious lifestyle. Princess Kim needs desperately to learn to stand on her own two feet before she loses the people she cares about most for good. Host Gail Vaz-Oxlade strips away the fancy feathers in an effort to help this shallow Princess stop obsessing about her looks, and start to take control of her future.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Media professional and student Kirsten was pleased as punch to visit the spa four, five, six times a month to get her nails done, muscles massaged and hair styled, all before going home to a boyfriend she adored. Sadly, this all came crashing down when Kirsten lost her job and her boyfriend, who could no longer handle the prospect of supporting her $5,000 a month personal pampering habit. Now armed with a six-month severance package and a serious lack of direction, Kirsten's determined to burn through her dwindling funds without a thought to the future. Host and financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade knows that in order for Kirsten to regain her sense of self, she'll have to grow up and start giving back to those around her, while learning to take responsibility for her life. Will Gail be able to pull this down-on-her-luck Princess out of the rut she's dug herself into?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Princess Ariana is used to getting her own way, and her selfish habit of putting her own needs before those of her friends and family has isolated everyone around her. At just 20 years old, she's already traveled the globe on her mother's dime and squandered every cent that her parents had put aside for her siblings' education. But, in true Princess style, Ariana commits the same indiscretions time and time again, using her parents' money to fund a lavish lifestyle she could never maintain on her own. After her latest transgression, an "accidental online purchase of more than $1,000, Ariana's parents are ready to cut the cord. The first order of business for host Gail Vaz-Oxlade will be to adjust the attitude of this serial spender. But Ariana will have to work hard to convince Gail that she really wants to change¦ because she doesn't seem convinced herself. Will Gail's tough-love approach be enough to bring this haughty Princess back from the dark side?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Princess Corrinne is a party girl with decadent taste. Designer shoes on her feet, high end handbags on her arm and gourmet food in her stomach keep this 32 year old Customer Service Supervisor purring. Corrinne's three year old daughter is a miniature Princess-in-training who can recite designer brand names. But behind this privileged façade is a not-so-glamorous reality. Corrinne routinely stops payment on her bills to get her hair done, and has left her mother carless, broke and heartbroken in the wake of her self-centeredness. Worse still, her unpaid condo fees might leave Corrinne and her family homeless if their condo corporation follows through on their threat to foreclose. Corrinne's family is financially and emotionally tapped out, and her partner Rohan is on the verge of giving up on her for good. If Corrinne doesn't change her selfish behaviour and start acting on host Gail Vaz-Oxlade's advice, this extravagant Princess' world will come crashing down around her Prada-clad feet.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

If Princess Michelle was able to finish her law degree, she might one day be able to rely on her credentials, and not just her credit, to get what she wants out of life. Behind the glitter of a privileged life, Michelle's finances are a sobering sight. Her collection of designer clothing, shoes, accessories and her $80,000 vehicle “ a gift from her parents “ belies her meagre part time income and the almost $40,000 in debt that keeps her from moving forward with her goals. Michelle's frustrated family has had enough; everyone agrees that it's time for Michelle to grow up. Enter Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Financial Expert and host. Gail challenges Michelle to get a job and work toward self-sufficiency, a task she's never before had to face from the comfort of her parents' home. Will Gail convince Michelle to define herself by the woman she is on the inside, rather than the brands she sports on the outside?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Princess Sarah is a doe-eyed 23 year old who spends money with lavish abandon on clothing, accessories and spa trips, all in the name of beauty. Unfortunately for everyone around her “ especially her boyfriend and younger sister Sam “ Sarah's paltry income isn't enough to support her lifestyle. Sarah's requests for cash handouts are now demands, making her spending problem clear to everyone around her. But Sarah's obsession with materialism blinds her to the fact that all the manicures and handbags in the world won't get her what she really craves: confidence and self-worth. Enter financial guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade, who challenges Sarah to explore a deeper, more independent side of herself. As Sarah works her way through Gail's challenges, the question remains: is she capable of standing on her own two feet, instead of acting like a child to get what she wants from those around her?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

At 25 years old, Princess Rachel should be well on her way to financial autonomy. Instead, this petulant Princess lives at home with her parents, and is still completely dependent on them to fund her self-proclaimed shopping addiction. Rachel works only sporadically, but still spends more than 100% of her income each month on "wants like clothing and jewellery, leaving it to Mommy and Daddy dearest to pick up the tab on her "needs. Despite their generosity, Rachel's sense of entitlement is almost breathtaking, as she blithely suggests they sell their house and move into a smaller one so they can buy her a place of her own. It's obvious to host Gail Vaz-Oxlade that Rachel has the capability to become an independent woman, but her biggest handicap is her helicopter parents. Will Rachel be able to succeed at Gail's challenges, or will her parents fight to keep their very own Rapunzel comfortable in their cushy castle?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Why we need to talk to ourselves more, 5 types of guys who won't make you happy and why your dog should be your personal life-coach.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Which is Worse: Sleep Edition, phrases that tell men you're interested in them, how posture affects your mood, why people hire hackers to snoop on their partner and should you take an ovulation vacation to get pregnant?


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Breeders, Heather and Greg Pendragon, are passionate about their plethora of poodles. But their love affair with this canine began with just one - Greg's poodle, named Uther Pendragon. When Greg and Heather married, it was bow-tie sporting Uther who walked Heather down the aisle and gave her away with a bark. And with that “ their breeding careers began. People often think the Pendragons are quirky. After all, Heather knits sweaters from poodle hair, and they take their dogs on ice cream runs into town. They are even considered unconventional by the prestigious Poodle Club of Canada. Their happy brood has now expanded to close to 30 pooches “ all under one roof. But soon there will be even more. One of their bitches is expecting a litter very soon. In her last pregnancy, only eight out of the 17 pups survived, and the Pendragons are doing their best to prevent a repeat of this heart-breaking situation. As a littler is born, we see how these dedicated breeders use human baby incubators, CPR, and