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APTN REVEALS EXTENSIVE APPROACH TO 2015 FALL PROGRAMMING

  • Wentworth – Award-winning women’s prison drama series from Australia; observe an intriguing and intricate environment of relationships ruled without men.
  • Blackstone – Award-winning drama series premieres for a fifth and final season. Follow stories inspired by national headlines brought to life by a star-studded, Aboriginal cast.
  • Mohawk Girls and The Other Side – Two APTN Fan Favorites return. Sashay with four young women on their comedic and drama filled adventures of what it means to be a modern Mohawk woman. Or join the hottest Aboriginal intuitive in Canada, Jeff Richards and his team of paranormal investigators when they ghost hunt.
  • Dream Big, Quest Out West: Wild Food, and Ring of Fire – Three new original documentary series premiere and cover an abundance of themes: aspirations and visionaries, cuisine and tradition, community and sustainable living.

August 21, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) announced today its fall programming featuring a broadened collection of premieres as the network continues to appeal to a wider Canadian audience. Its fall schedule launches on September 7 and will rollout to captivate viewers up to the New Year.

New series include the network premiere of a contemporary version of an Australian women’s prison drama series starting September 13. It also introduces new original series of Fan Favourites and documentary premieres that focus on modern realities – fuelled by drama, comedy and life’s discoveries.

With the new lineup, Canada’s only independent Aboriginal network will offer new series and documentaries in French and Aboriginal languages.

APTN PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS FOR FALL 2015

NEW DRAMA SERIES

WENTWORTH, SEASONS 1 – 3 / EXCLUSIVE CANADIAN PREMIERE PRIME TIME DRAMA
Series photo: http://aptn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/wentworth_s2_-_inmates_4.jpg
A contemporary, dramatic re-creation of the iconic Prisoner series from Australia. Come inside the walls of Wentworth Correctional Centre, a hardline environment ruled by the politics of women and no men, where Bea Smith is the top dog. Mix in the dynamics of rivalries, power struggles and allegiances among a group of society’s foremost misfits and rebels. Survival instinct is paramount.

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Premieres September 13 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET) – Back-to-back episodes

Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN East Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN West
Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN North Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN HD

NEW SEASONS OF APTN FAN FAVOURITES

MOHAWK GIRLS, SEASON 3 / WORLD PREMIERE PRIME TIME DRAMA
Series photo: http://aptn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/5.12_007.jpg
Bailey, Zoe, Caitlin and Anna are back for a third season of Mohawk Girls and life on the rez is just as they left it. These 20-something-year-olds haven’t seen the last of their uncommon, but commonly Kahnawake conundrums, like everyone’s dated everyone in the local dating pool. Join them on their adventures in search of identity, happiness and love, while balancing the conflicting influences that shape their lives: community expectations and the exhilaration of freedom.

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Premieres October 27 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET) – Back-to-back episodes
Premieres December 9 on APTN North (CT) – Single episode

Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN East Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN West
Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN North Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN HD

BLACKSTONE, SEASON 5 / WORLD PREMIERE PRIME TIME DRAMA
Series photo: http://aptn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/3-Gail-StoneyMichelle-Thrush.jpg
From award-winning executive producer, writer, and director Ron E. Scott, the fifth and final season brings life to stories about the hope and strength found in a First Nation community, but not without internal conflict. From missing and murdered Indigenous women to absent leadership to youth in foster care and other intricate issues, this critically acclaimed drama series also features a star-studded, Aboriginal cast.

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Premieres November 3 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
Premieres November 7 on APTN North (CT)

Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN East Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN West
Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. on APTN North Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on APTN HD

THE OTHER SIDE, SEASON 2 / WORLD PREMIERE PRIME TIME DOCUMENTARY

Follow the intuitive Jeff Richards and his team of paranormal investigators in their pursuit to channel Canada’s most unsettled spirits. Go ghost hunting for a second season and experience spirit sightings from an Aboriginal perspective.

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Premieres October 31 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and
APTN HD (ET) – Back-to-back episodes

Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN East Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN West
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN North Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN HD

NEW ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES

DREAM BIG, SEASON 1 / WORLD PREMIERE YOUTH DOCUMENTARY
From Tracey Deer, Executive Producer and Creator of APTN’s Mohawk Girls, follow Aboriginal youth who are guided by mentors in Dream Big. A documentary series that empowers youth to grasp beyond their dreams. Each episode is a glimpse at what’s involved to flourish at their chosen craft, whether it’s the arts, sports, the music industry and many other professions.

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Premieres September 9 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
Premieres September 12 on APTN North (CT)

Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN East Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN West
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. on APTN North Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN HD

QUEST OUT WEST: WILD FOOD, SEASON 1 / WORLD PREMIERE PRIME TIME DOCUMENTARY
British Columbia is home to almost 200 First Nations and a wide variety of culinary traditions. Travel with host Tracey Kim Bonneau on an unparalleled food tour through the historic and traditional territory of the Okanagan People in this documentary series. From the North Okanagan to the Similkameen Valley, it’s an appetizing, Indigenous introduction that will awaken taste buds all around.

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Premieres September 9 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
Premieres September 10 on APTN North (CT)

Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN East Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN West
Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. on APTN North Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on APTN HD

RING OF FIRE, SEASON 1 / WORLD PREMIERE PRIME TIME DOCUMENTARY
A documentary series based on the mining project of the same name. Delve deeper into the complexity of the issues that surround and affect the lives of community members from Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations. It’s a story of finding a delicate balance between lasting economic security and an improved standard of living and raises questions on the benefits received based on terms and conditions to maintain sustainable living.

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Premieres September 10 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT) and APTN HD (ET)
Premieres September 11 on APTN North (CT)

Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN East Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN West
Fridays at 3:30 p.m. on APTN North Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN HD

FRENCH LANGUAGE SERIES 

NEW YOUTH SERIES

DÉFIS EXTRÊMES: L’ÎLE DE PAHKITEW (FRENCH) / NETWORK PREMIERE YOUTH
This French-language version of the highly-acclaimed Canadian animated series Total Drama Island is the ideal spoof of television’s most popular reality series Survivor. Brimming with colourful characters, this show has it all: confession cams, elimination ceremonies, secret alliances, immunity idols, a ratings-hungry host, and $1 million grand prize.

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Premieres September 7 on APTN East (ET) and APTN HD (ET)

Mondays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN East Mondays at 4:30 p.m. on APTN HD

NEW DRAMA SERIES

LE SENTIER ROUGE (FRENCH) / NETWORK AND NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE PRIME TIME DRAMA
An officer struggling to police two clashing communities – that of his childhood and of a nearby Aboriginal group – is forced to form a dangerous alliance when his wife is involved in a scandal. New Zealand actor Martin Henderson and American rising star Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) are the good and bad in this engaging drama series.

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Premieres September 7 on APTN East (ET) and APTN HD (ET) – Back-to-back episodes

Mondays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN East Mondays at 9:00 p.m. on APTN HD 

NEW DOCUMENTARY

LES INDIENS, L’AIGLE ET LE DINDON (FRENCH) / NETWORK PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY
What does it mean to be an “Indian” nowadays? In the French documentary Les indiens, l’aigle et le dindon, Quebec artists and filmmakers Samian, Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Marie-Pier Ottawa, Kevin Papatie and Raymond Caplin take turns at offering a fresh perspective on an antiquated definition. These alumni of the Wapikoni Mobile workshops still use film and musical production to forge their own identities: balancing tradition and modernity.

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Premieres September 14 on APTN East (ET) and APTN HD (ET)

Monday at 7:00 p.m. on APTN East Monday at 7:00 p.m. on APTN HD


ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES SERIES

NEW ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES

NAGAMOWIN, SEASON 1 (OJIBWAY) / WORLD PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY
Series photo: http://aptn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Nagamowin_Ep12_Lightningcloud_Osoyoos7.jpg
Aboriginal melody makers travel to communities and explore their own musical worlds. From penning lyrics to the world premiere of their work in the form of a live concert, amazing artists – solo or groups – face their challenge head on to create their ultimate tribute song for their host community.

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Premieres September 10 on APTN East (ET), APTN West (MT), APTN North (CT) and APTN HD (ET) – Back-to-back episodes

Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN East Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN West
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN North Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on APTN HD

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ABOUT APTN:
September 1, 2015, will mark the 16-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at www.aptn.ca

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339
[email protected]

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