If you can’t stand the heat …

In like a lion, March marks the launch of exciting premieres on APTN, featuring competition that is sure to be fierce.

Cooking With the Wolfman returns for its eighth season, this time heating up with a brand new culinary cook-off format that will keep viewers culturally informed and highly entertained.

Chef David Wolfman selected eight guest culinary enthusiasts to endure seven elimination-styled episodes to determine who will be the top chef.

Each episode will feature two cooks who will face off in a challenge to prepare the best dish, using a variety of traditional Aboriginal food ingredients and preparation techniques.

A judge’s score will determine the winner of each episode, who will advance into the next competition. The winner will get to join Chef David Wolfman in a full-fledged feast for the senses.

While we’re on the topic of food, how about a smoothie? Laughter really is the best medicine, especially when it’s happening at a health juice bar.

In March APTN premieres Health Nutz, a comedy that combines a unique change of events with a group of quirky characters.

After a young man is forced into early retirement as a pro hockey player, he squanders away his insurance money on alcohol and gambling until discovering he has inherited his father’s Health Nutz Juice Bar.

He is taken on the ride of his life as he struggles to run a business he knows nothing about and becomes surrounded by the eccentric customers that frequent his bar.

It’s a place where everybody knows your name and then offers you a wheatgrass shot.

And speaking of Canada’s favourite national pastime, there’s no early retirement for one unique group of gals. Learn the unknown story of an Inuk women’s hockey team, high up in the Nunavik region of Quebec, in the character-driven documentary series The Uluit.

Filmed over the course of a year, The Uluit explores the emotional story of a group of extraordinary Aboriginal women representing the unique facets within their community: teachers, midwives, social workers, and students.

These women are all living in an isolated world, searching for their true identity. Through lacing up their skates and hitting the ice, they find true empowerment in one of the world’s most aggressive sports.

While tracing their journey to the Hudson Bay Cup, which they have won the last five years, the Uluit are all bonded by a sport they love and a way of life they cherish.

Viewers will journey through the experiences of team members in their everyday lives as they struggle, overcome, and celebrate their way to win the 2010 Great Whale Hockey Cup.

March also brings back Mega Movie Mania, featuring returning favourites and premiere movies every night for the entire month.

Premiering on March 4 is Men in Black, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, two special agents trained to “protect the earth from the worst scum of the universe,” as they attempt to save the world after aliens threaten to blow it up.

And after that, don’t miss the premiere of Men in Black II on March 5.

Next month: Check us out in April for our Blackstone marathon!

Make sure to log on to www.aptn.ca to see our full schedule and more information on current programming and initiatives, contests and memberships.

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