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12/9/2008
W NETWORK JANUARY 2009 HIGHLIGHTS

This January, W Network gets the new year rolling with the return of new episodes from W Experts, including Maxed Out, Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag and Smart Cookies, plus the return of the hit drama series The Closer. Also in January, W’s fabulous wedding-themed Double Flix returns and, to shape up after holiday feasting, Resolution: Diet gets the month started right with programming focusing on fitness, health and rejuvenation.

RESOLUTION: DIET
Join W Network from Monday, December 29 to Friday, January 2 for a week of marathons and specials aimed at replacing destructive habits with a fulfilling lifestyle of fitness, health and fun. Get the help you need to shed the holiday weight with marathons of series and specials including: You Are What You Eat, Turn Back Your Body Clock, Cook Yourself Thin, The Truth About Size 0 and the premieres of Duchess on a Mission, Maxed Out: Body Revolution and Anna & Kristina’s Gym Bag.

DUCHESS ON A MISSION
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York
, who has faced media attacks about her own weight, turns those painful experiences into empowering life-lessons in this unique two-part special. Fergie takes a hands-on approach, moving into an overweight, chain-smoking family's home in one of England’s poorest neighbourhoods and inspiring them to make healthier choices, as well as giving them a new menu created by a Michelin-star chef. The first hour of the two-part special airs Thursday, January 1 at 9 a.m. (r) 3 p.m. with the second part following at 10 a.m. (r) 3 p.m.

MAXED OUT: BODY REVOLUTION SPECIAL
Maxed Out: The Body Revolution
takes the overweight and unhealthy Thompson family and helps them find the discipline and commitment needed to create a happier and healthier lifestyle. With the help of nutritionist Suzanne Carere and trainer Steve Roest and without relying on trends or fads, this one-hour special shows how to combine good food and basic fitness into a plan that helps both the Thompsons and viewers feel energized and look great. Maxed Out: The Body Revolution premieres Friday, January 2 at 1:30 p.m. (r) Saturday, January 3 at 6 p.m.

ANNA & KRISTINA’S GYM BAG SPECIAL
Can Anna Wallner and Kristina Mastic, the hosts of Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag and The Shopping Bags, transform themselves into professional cheerleaders? It’s a long way from stovetops and product testing as the twosome endures grueling night and day cheerleader practices in an attempt to avoid public humiliation in front of thousands of screaming football fans. While they’re at it, they tackle the crucial challenge for every woman on a workout – finding a great sports bra. Anna & Kristina’s Gym Bag special premieres Thursday, January 1 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, January 3 at 6:30 p.m.

RETURNING SERIES
In January, W Network premieres new episodes of favourite W programs including Maxed Out, Colour Confidential, Divine Design, Save Us From Our House! and What’s Cooking.

ANNA AND KRISTINA’S GROCERY BAG: SEASON 2
In the second season of Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, Anna and Kristina continue to hone their by-the-book skills as they review and experiment with the recipes, ingredients, appliances and food prep techniques in various cookbooks to see if the average cook can re-create the beautifully photographed meals. January’s episodes include testing The New Lite Cookbook, traveling to Tuscany to find out if a classic Italian cookbook is truly authentic and seeing if The French Laundry Cookbook can really teach Anna and Kristina how to reproduce meals from the four-star restaurant. Season 2 of Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag premieres Wednesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. with a sneak peak on Thursday, January 1 at 1 p.m.

SMART COOKIES: SEASON 2
The Smart Cookies team returns for another season of money-saving tips and budget betterment. With practical hints and expert advice, the Cookies help families and singles with a wide range of everyday money issues, from finding which credit card reward plan offers the best bang for the buck to investigating what’s more cost effective: online dating, speed dating or a personal matchmaker. The Cookies also help a busy mom shape up with affordable options for fitness training and show another young family how to save on baby essentials. The new season of Smart Cookies premieres Monday, January 5 at 10:30 p.m.

THE CLOSER: SEASON 3
In this critically-acclaimed series, Golden Globe® winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson who uses her CIA training to close high profile sensitive cases, extracting confessions when nobody else can. Sedgwick’s steel-fist-in-velvet-glove portrayal of the tough-talking cop won her the Golden Globe® for best actress in a drama series as well as Screen Actors Guild and Emmy® nominations in the same category. In the season 3 opener, Brenda and the team investigate the grisly slaying of a family – and the only survivor is the drug-addicted teen son. Meanwhile, a financial crisis rocks the LAPD, bringing budget cuts and numerous changes. The third season of The Closer premieres Friday, January 9 at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLIX
Starting in January, W will be featuring blockbuster hit movies every Friday night at 9 p.m.

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) airs Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m.
Mean Girls
(2004) airs Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m.
Dirty Dancing
(1987) airs Friday, January 24 at 9 p.m.
Shall We Dance
(2004) airs Friday, January 30 at 9 p.m.

W DOUBLE FLIX
Every Saturday, W fills the evening with either a double dose of a Hollywood star or two tinsel-town takes on the same fun theme.

QUEEN LATIFAH
Last Holiday (2006) airs Saturday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Beauty Shop
(2005) airs Saturday, January 10 at 9 p.m. (r) Sunday, January 11 at 4 p.m.

WEDDING EVENT PART 1
The Wedding Singer
(1998) airs Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m. (r) Sunday, January 18 at 4 p.m.
Wedding Date
(2005) airs Saturday, January 17 at 9 p.m.

WEDDING EVENT PART 2
Four Weddings and a Funeral
(1994) airs Saturday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Runaway Bride
(1999) airs Saturday, January 24 at 9 p.m. (r) Sunday, January 25 at 4 p.m.

PRINCESS DOUBLE FLIX
Ella Enchanted
(2004) airs Saturday, January 31 at 7 p.m.
A Cinderella Story
(2004) airs Saturday, January 31 at 9 p.m.

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