SHANIA RETURNS TO HER ROOTS IN WHY NOT? WITH SHANIA TWAIN ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK (CANADA)

New docu-series airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning May 13

TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - This May, Corus Entertainment's OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the highly anticipated premiere of the six part docu-series Why Not? with Shania Twain. Featuring country/pop music sensation Shania Twain and premiering Friday, May 13 at 9 p.m., the series focuses on the singer as she embarks on an inspirational journey to relinquish her heartache and rediscover her inner strength.

"Canada has always been my home and a source for inspiration," said Shania Twain.  "I am thrilled to share my story with Canadian audiences and honoured to have this chapter of my life on OWN."

Why Not? with Shania Twain intimately documents the amazing journey of rediscovery for Canada's country superstar, who by the age of 21, had survived a childhood of poverty and the loss of both her parents in a devastating accident. She went on to become the best-selling female artist in country music history. Then at the height of superstardom, Twain was blindsided by a double-betrayal which shattered her 14-year marriage. Now she opens up about her self inspired recovery, as she moves on from personal crisis. Viewers will follow Twain as she begins her climb back to the top through a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures.

In the series, Twain sets out on a tour of healing, sharing and rediscovering her voice. She returns to her childhood home in Timmins, Northern Ontario, Canada with her sister, Carrie Ann, to revisit the memories of their adolescence and their parents shocking death. She continues her journey with her bandmates and closest confidants as she steps out of her comfort zone on a cross-country adventure. Along the way, Twain meets with vocal doctors and coaches, as well as a grief counselor to work through the emotional connection of her vocal restrictions. She also meets with people and families that have experienced similar hardships in their lives, and has intimate one-on-one conversations with experts in the music industry including Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie and David Foster, who provide guidance and inspiration as she attempts to reclaim her voice.

"As Canadians, we are so proud and excited that Shania has a show on OWN, and that she is sharing her inspirational story with her supportive fan base across the country," said Susan Schaefer, Vice President, Head of Networks and Marketing, Corus Entertainment. "This engaging series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, reveals a side of Shania that has never been seen before."

The series is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions. Gay Rosenthal, Bryn Freedman and Shania Twain are the executive producers. 

On May 3, Simon and Schuster is releasing Shania Twain's memoir From This Moment On.

For a sneak peek of the series, visit: http://ownca.oprah.com/whynot

On March 1, 2011, OWN launched in over six million Canadian homes on what was previously the VIVA channel. OWN is available in Canada through 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, inform and inspire people to live their best lives.  In the U.S. OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 80 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.

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SOURCE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

For further information:

Netta Rondinelli  
Corus Entertainment 
416.479.6103 
netta.rondinelli@corusent.com
or 


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

 


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