CORUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK IN CANADA

Daytime and primetime lineup announced for March 1 debut

TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment announced today programming details for the highly anticipated Canadian launch of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Debuting Tuesday, March 1, OWN will give Canadian viewers access to a stellar lineup of original series and specials that focus on entertaining, informing and inspiring viewers to live their best lives.

"There's a lot of excitement building as we close in on the March 1 launch of OWN in Canada," said Susan Schaefer, VP, Head of Networks and Marketing, Corus Entertainment. "OWN will showcase the power of the Oprah brand and will provide viewers with an unmatched programming experience. The schedule kicks off with a strong lineup of original content that will resonate with audiences and make OWN a key destination on the dial."

OWN's launch schedule features an impressive lineup of original programming, including: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, Ask Oprah All-Stars with Suze Orman, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, Oprah Presents: Master Class, Enough Already! with Peter Walsh, The Gayle King Show, Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl Of Love, and In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman. In addition, the schedule will feature a strong lineup of Canadian programs such as Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag, Fearless in the Kitchen and Healthy Gourmet, which will be further complemented by a slate of original Canadian content that will be developed for the service.

Scheduling information:

Highlights from launch day programming - March 1
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. The Gayle King Show
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Special: Oprah's Guide to OWN
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Gayle King Show
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Oprah Presents: Master Class - Simon Cowell
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes - Episode 1
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes - Episode 2

OWN weekly daytime and primetime highlights:

Monday - Friday Daytime (beginning Tuesday, March 1)
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. The Gayle King Show 
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl Of Love (Mondays and Fridays)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Gayle King Show

Primetime programming on the schedule features OWN originals weeknights and Sundays, with premieres on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Monday Primetime
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. What Would You Do? OWN Edition
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enough Already! with Peter Walsh
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. In The Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman

Wednesday Primetime
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mystery Diagnosis
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Miracle Detectives
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Searching For…

Friday Primetime
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Oprah Presents Master Class

Sunday Primetime
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Ask Oprah's All-Stars
9 p.m. - 11 p.m. OWN Theatre (weekly film)

Programming information (in alpha order)

ANNA & KRISTINA GROCERY BAG
Premieres: Tuesday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET (r) 2:30 p.m. ET (r) 6:30 p.m. ET
Airs: Monday to Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET (r) 2:30 p.m. ET (r) 6:30 p.m. ET

In Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag, the test-driving twosome narrow their focus to the kitchen and put cookbooks to the test - from the grocery store to the dinner plate. In each episode, Anna and Kristina try out and review recipes, ingredients, appliances and food prep techniques to see if the average cook can re-create the beautifully photographed meals. At the end of the show, a guest chef or food expert will give a final evaluation of the meal and decide if the cookbook delivers the goods.

ASK OPRAH'S ALL STARS
Premieres: Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Airs: Sundays at 7 p.m. ET

For the first time, Oprah's All-Stars - Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, and Dr. Mehmet Oz - will appear on one stage to answer viewers' pressing questions about health, wealth, and mental well-being. Shot before a live studio audience, these four, two-hour specials offer unprecedented access to Oprah Winfrey's go-to group of masters as they share their wisdom and help viewers jumpstart their best year ever.

CRISTINA FERRARE'S BIG BOWL OF LOVE
Premieres: Friday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Airs: Mondays and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. ET

In this fun new cooking series, mother, author and former talk show host Cristina Ferrare opens up her home, introducing viewers to her family, friends and favourite foods. No matter who her guests are, there will always be laughter and good conversation as they whip up simple but impressive dishes. Whether creating a traditional Italian meal, throwing a Super Bowl Party for friends, or inviting Oprah to share Christmas dinner, Cristina is always entertaining.

ENOUGH ALREADY! WITH PETER WALSH
Premieres: Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. ET
Airs: Mondays at 8 p.m. ET

In each one hour episode of Enough Already! with Peter Walsh, acclaimed organization and clutter expert, Peter Walsh helps one family get rid of the overwhelming clutter that is taking over their home and impeding them from living the life they want. In just days, Peter will help each family understand the underlying reasons why clutter has crept into their lives and teach them how to relinquish their emotional attachment to the things surrounding them so they can move forward clutter-free.

IN THE BEDROOM WITH DR. LAURA BERMAN
Premieres: Monday, March 7 at 9 p.m. ET
Airs: Mondays at 9 p.m. ET

A relationship expert, sex therapist, New York Times Bestselling author and Sirius XM radio show host, Dr. Laura Berman makes house calls to help troubled couples uncover what's really going on between the sheets. No issue is off limits with Dr. Berman, and she isn't afraid to talk specifics. This series will surprise viewers with questions that prove how normal it is to need help In the Bedroom.

MIRACLE DETECTIVES
Premieres: Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET
Airs: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET

Do miracles really exist? Or is there a logical explanation to the seemingly inexplicable? Two investigators - one a believer, Randall Sullivan, the other a skeptic, Dr. Indre Viskontis - will cross the country to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic. Each episode features two separate investigations where the pair examines a miraculous claim. Randall will try to prove miracles do exist - by illustrating that these events are inexplicable without divine intervention. Indre will use science to show that although uplifting, there are earthy explanations for these occurrences. Randall and Indre will work together to search for the truth in this one hour documentary series.

MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS
Premieres: Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. ET
Airs: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET

Each year, regular people in all walks of life find themselves experiencing real-life medical mysteries. The ailments they suffer can go undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed for long periods of time. While a doctor's help is crucial, it is the patient's true courage and determination for a cure and a quality of life that ultimately helps them navigate a world of medical uncertainties - and find the diagnosis they're desperately searching for. Mystery Diagnosis features profound stories about everyday heroes who will help change the way we face medical mysteries. In each episode, audiences meet two patients who have endured strange and often terrifying symptoms that have defied the experts.

OPRAH PRESENTS MASTER CLASS
Premieres: Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET
Airs: Fridays at 9 p.m. ET

They are the stories you've never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, eight true modern masters step forward to share the greatest lessons they've learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect, and admire. First season masters include Simon Cowell (March 4), Dr. Condoleezza Rice (March 11), Lorne Michaels (March 18), Dr. Maya Angelou (March 25), Diane Sawyer, Jay-Z and Oprah Winfrey.

OUR AMERICA WITH LISA LING
Premieres: Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET
Airs: Sundays at 7 p.m. ET

Lisa Ling takes audiences "inside" with an in-depth look at some of the most controversial and thought-provoking issues in the United States today. Whether she's reporting on religious movements, sex offenders, drug addiction or online brides, she immerses herself into the lives of the people she meets, and in the process, provides unexpected insight to her viewers. In sharing these stories, Lisa challenges audiences to understand different perspectives and even question what they themselves have always known to be true in Our America.

SEARCHING FOR…
Premieres: Wednesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET
Airs: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET 

Searching For... is a docu-series that follows the real-life work of Pam Slaton, a Professional Investigative Genealogist, stay-at-home mom and New Jersey housewife. Viewers are in for an intensely personal and emotional ride as cameras follow Pam and her clients through the step-by-step journey of searching for a lost loved one. Each searcher's story is vastly different, and the outcomes are highly unpredictable and emotionally charged. Whether Pam's clients experience a joyous reunion, painful rejection, or tragic loss, they are all guaranteed to walk away with the closure they were desperately seeking.

SEASON 25: OPRAH BEHIND THE SCENES
Premieres: Tuesday, March 1 with two back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET
Airs: Two episodes every Friday at 7 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET

For the first and last time, The Oprah Winfrey Show opens its doors to invite viewers behind the scenes for the making of the farewell season. Audiences can see what happens off-camera as the staff, guests and Oprah herself reveal a side the public has never seen of one of television's most popular and enduring series. Viewers will get an inside look at the passion, the pressure and the people that dedicate their lives to producing one of the most beloved shows in television history.

THE GAYLE KING SHOW
Premieres: Tuesday, March 1 at Noon ET (r) 5 p.m. ET
Airs: Monday to Friday at Noon ET (r) 5 p.m. ET

Viewers can start their day off right with O Magazine Editor-at-Large Gayle King as her hit radio show comes to television. In each episode, The Gayle King Show brings Gayle's unique perspective, enthusiasm, insight, and respect to anything and everything with her own unfiltered opinions on newsmakers, celebrities, hot topics and pop culture, all while bringing viewers closer to their favourite celebrities and notable public figures with her revealing and compelling interviews. 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? OWN EDITION
Premieres: Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Airs: Mondays at 7 p.m. ET 

What Would You Do? OWN Edition uses hidden cameras and actors to see how people react when put in provocative situations. The program takes real-life situations, some of them straight from the headlines, and records the everyday dilemmas that test character and values. Will people be compelled to act or just mind their own business? The OWN Edition will feature all-new man on the street segments with series host ABC News correspondent John Quiñones who reports on peoples' split-second, and often surprising, decision-making process. The series is executive produced by David Sloan.

On March 1, 2011, OWN will launch in over six million Canadian homes on what is currently VIVA.

OWN will be available in Canada based on a licence agreement with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a multiplatform media company designed to entertain and inspire people to live their best lives.  In the U.S. OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 85 million homes on what was the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.

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 and children's animation. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press 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.

SOURCE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

For further information:

Lindsay Sutcliffe
Director, Communications, Television & Content
Corus Entertainment
416.479.6103
lindsay.sutcliffe@corusent.com

or

Danielle Sefton
Communications Coordinator
Corus Entertainment
416.479.6094
danielle.sefton@corusent.com


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