Shaw Media Debuts Lifetime®: The Hottest New Channel for Women

Launching August 27th Lifetime's Fall Schedule
is Stacked with Star-Studded Exclusive Hit Series

Available in Nearly 10 Million Homes Nationwide

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TORONTO, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Shaw Media is cranking up the heat bringing one of the hottest female focused cable channels in the U.S. to Canada. Launching August 27th, Lifetime is home to the most talked-about series that women connect with. With a fall schedule that includes a number of critically-acclaimed scripted series and exclusive hit reality shows and movies never before aired in Canada, the channel features top Hollywood stars and captivating real-life personalities. At launch, Lifetime® will be available on a three-month free preview in nearly 10 million homes across the country.

"Lifetime is one of the strongest female centred cable networks in the U.S., and will augment our domination of the most desirable female targeted channels in Canada," says Barbara Williams, SVP of Content, Shaw Media. "This addition to our already powerful slate of specialty channels provides hundreds of hours of new and exclusive content to be enjoyed and reinforces our dedication to providing the best programming to Canadians."

This fall Lifetime boasts a roster of smash-hit series like Dance Moms, The Client List, Drop Dead Diva and The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, and must-see original movies featuring A-list stars including Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler in Liz & Dick, acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Jewel in Ring of Fire and Queen Latifah in Steel Magnolias.

As the ultimate time out from women's busy lives, Lifetime invites audiences to escape, indulge, laugh and be moved. Whether it's drama-time, reality-time, or movie-time, it's Your life. Your time.

Drama-Time

Drop Dead Diva: Season 4
Sundays at 9pm ET/PT beginning September 2
The critically acclaimed series combines courtroom drama with stories about the relationships between Jane and her friends and co-workers. Kim Kardashian joins the hit series' roster of top name guest stars this season.

The Client List
Sundays at 10pm ET/PT beginning September 2
In this series Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Riley, a single mother living in a small Texas town who leads a shocking double life.  Riley's taken a job at a seemingly traditional day spa, but soon realizes that the parlour offers a little more than just massage therapy. She struggles to balance two worlds - one that revolves around her kids and family - and the other that revolves around the massage parlour and its special clientele.

Reality-Time

Project Runway: Season 10
Mondays at 10pm ET/PT beginning August 27
Starring Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the Emmy® nominated Project Runway continues its quest for top designers.

Dance Moms
Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning August 28
The dance competition series featuring competitive dance instructor Abby Lee Miller who rules her young, talented students with an iron tap shoe while dealing with their doting mothers who will do anything to help their children's dreams come true.

Dance Moms: Miami
Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning August 28
Dance Moms Miami goes behind-the-scenes at Miami-based Stars Dance Studio where the school's owners and renowned contemporary dance instructors Victor Smalley and Angel Armas teach, train and choreograph a diverse group of talented dancers as they strive to become the best in the sport of competitive dance and tomorrow's stars.

Prom Queens
Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning August 29
Focusing on the intensely competitive world of prom queens, the series follows a number of girls going head-to-head for the title as they enlist the help of their friends and overbearing moms to run their campaigns.

The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet
Sundays at 11pm ET/PT beginning September 2
The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet is a refreshing take on celebrity interviews hosted by British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet and executive produced by Demi Moore and de Cadenet. Each episode features de Cadenet interviewing some of the world's most famous and influential women including Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus and more.

America's Most Wanted                                                                
Back-to-back episodes Fridays at 9pm ET/PT beginning September 7                                                  
America's Most Wanted, starring John Walsh, has led to the capture of roughly 1100 fugitives. After the kidnapping and murder of his son Adam, John Walsh successfully advocated Congress for the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, proving the show's message "you can make a difference." Walsh has given hope to parents and loved ones of victims around the world.

The Houston Family Chronicles (WT)
Fall 2012
This all-new docu-series follows the lives of the late Whitney Houston's family, led by Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, and includes Pat's daughter Rayah, Whitney's brother Gary, daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother, Grammy® Award-winning singer Cissy Houston.

Prank My Mom
Fall 2012
Prank My Mom follows mischievously good-natured kids as they pull outrageous pranks on their moms. These hilarious and fun hijinx will be documented on hidden camera and organized by the kids.

Movie-Time

Blue Lagoon: The Awakening
Fall 2012
Blue Lagoon:The Awakening, stars Denise Richards and up-and-coming actors Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away) and Indiana Evans (Home and Away). It's a provocative story about teens who fall in love while marooned on a tropical island. The modern-day retelling of the classic coming-of-age love story also features an appearance by Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon).

Liz & Dick
Fall 2012
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Lifetime's original movie is based on the true story of screen icon Elizabeth Taylor's historic romance with actor Richard Burton.

Ring of Fire
Fall 2012
Starring singer-songwriter Jewel, Lifetime's original movie tells the story of country legend June Carter Cash.

Steel Magnolias
Fall 2012
A remake of one of the funniest and most touching films about female friendship, Steel Magnolias tells the story of five strong and sassy Southern women who face everything from finding love and getting married to having children and dealing with loss. Starring Academy Award® Nominee Queen Latifah, Tony Award® Winner Phylicia Rashad, Grammy® Winner Jill Scott, and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Winner Alfre Woodard.

Lifetime is a Shaw Media Network.

About Shaw Communications
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca

SOURCE: Lifetime

For further information:

Jaclyn Atwood-Powell
Publicity Manager, Lifestyle Channels
Shaw Media
416-966-7293
Jaclyn.atwood@shawmedia.ca 

Judy Lung
Publicist, Lifetime
Shaw Media
416-934-6948
Judy.Lung@shawmedia.ca