It's Not a Sitcom, It's Not a Drama, It's Not a Reality Show - It's a Project
New Series Life Story Project Encourages Canadians to Share their Stories on
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
Series premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. and
9:30 p.m. ET
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
(Canada) announces, Life Story Project, a new series that explores the human
condition through the real-life experiences of ordinary Canadians plucked off
the street. The series shows that everyone has a story to tell - sometimes,
all it takes is the right question. Produced by Dockside Productions in
association with OWN (Canada), the series premieres with back-to-back episodes
Wednesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, and airs regularly on
Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.
"Life Story Project is a surprising television experience as you watch
complete strangers share their biggest secrets and deepest feelings with our
hosts, Andrea and Dale," said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original
Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment, Corus Entertainment.
"Viewers will find themselves unexpectedly charmed and inspired by these
intensely personal stories and crave more."
Hosts Andrea Syrtash and Dale Curd show how we are all connected in our shared
experiences in this emotionally-charged 10x30 documentary series. Filmed in
public areas and on display, Dale and Andrea invite passersby to sit on their
purple couch in the middle of a park or a busy street corner, and encourage
them to share candid and deeply personal life stories on topics from love and
regret; loyalty and betrayal; and examine the significance behind key events
in their lives.
In the first episode, which premieres Wednesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET, Dale
and Andrea talk about falling in love and broken hearts and how intimate
affairs of the heart have shaped identities, including a couple whose mixed
cultural marriage of Irish and South Asian has lasted 43 years; a woman who
lost her husband four years ago but followed through on his dying request for
her; a man who recently tried to make a amends for losing the trust of his
girlfriend; and friends who share a platonic relationship but only after he
professed his love for her.
Andrea Syrtash is a relationship expert, author and on-air personality.She
has contributed to over a dozen relationship-advice books and is the editor
ofHow to Survive the Real WorldandHow to Survive Your In-Laws. She is
the author ofHe's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing)andCheat
On Your Husband (With Your Husband). Syrtash is an advice columnist and
contributor to numerous lifestyle sites includingOPRAH.com, MSN and Yahoo!,
and shefrequently appears on shows as a guest expert.A graduate of The
Coaches Training Institute, Syrtash has worked with clients as a relationship
coach since 2004. She regularly speaks about effective relationships at events
and conferences and is passionate about helping people live authentically - in
love and in life.
Dale Curd is a trained psychotherapist specializing in Individual, Family and
Group Psychotherapy as well as an experienced communicator reaching audiences
across North America. Dale specializes in decoding men's issues and
de-mystifying male behaviour. He's been dubbed the "go-to guy on men" for
CBC's Steven and Chris, and hosted a weekly national call-in radio show called
GuyTalk, on Toronto's Newstalk 1010. Curd authored a national advice column
for the daily newspaper 24 Hours, and he is on the Advisory Board of North
American health magazine, Maximum Fitness. Curd operates a private practice in
Toronto and is Director of The Mens Program; a network of emotional support
groups for men. He co-founded and launched Changebullying, an experiential
workshop for students to reduce the frequency and severity of bullying in
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About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company.
Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional
assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing,
children's animation and animation software. The Company's multimedia
entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark,
W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel
(Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and
radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED,
Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment
experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded
company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience
Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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