Blockbuster Series Outlander Debuts on Showcase Sunday, August 24
Canadian Mega Hits Vikings, Timber Kings, and Chopped Canada Return with New Seasons
Star-Studded Series and Specials Light Up the Schedule with Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Ellen DeGeneres, Minnie Driver, Brendan Fraser, Anthony Head, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Liotta, Olivier Martinez, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bill Paxton, William Shatner, and More
New Channel Brands – FYI™ and Crime + Investigation™ (CI) – Bolster Shaw Media's Dynamic Specialty Offerings
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TORONTO, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Shaw Media today announced its powerful lineup of colossal premieres and returning hits anchoring its 2014/2015 schedule. This past broadcast year, Shaw Media owned four of the Top 10 and seven of the Top 20 specialty channels*, more than any other Canadian broadcaster. After claiming 14 of the top 20 specialty program spots** this year, Shaw Media solidifies its position as the leading specialty content provider with an aggressive slate of original content and blockbuster premieres, adding over 50 new series, over 90 returning series, and two new channel brands to the powerhouse portfolio.
"Shaw Media consistently delivers top performing specialty content year after year," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. "With a stellar slate of new series and a lineup that celebrates proven homegrown successes, Shaw Media is set to once again dominate the industry as the home for top specialty content in Canada."
A top destination for the biggest and boldest series, Showcase's fall schedule is headlined by two of the most buzzed about new specialty dramas. The Canadian broadcast premiere of the epic series Outlander airs Sunday, August 24. Based on the best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is forced to marry a chivalrous young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Also premiering this fall is the supernatural drama Dominion. Starring Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, and Anthony Head, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, the new miniseries The Red Tent is the sweeping biblical tale of Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson), the daughter of Leah (Minnie Driver) and Jacob (Iain Glen) and will premiere on Showcase this fall. Viewers can also look forward to the Canadian premiere of Satisfaction, new seasons of the hit sci-fi dramas Lost Girl and Haven, and in 2015, Showcase's #1 series** Helix returns for a second season.
Canada's #1 specialty entertainment channel*, HISTORY®, is lining up a fall schedule showcasing a star-studded miniseries, a hard-hitting documentary, multiple new series, and returning fan-favourites. Starring Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly, the four-hour miniseries Houdini traces the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Airing as part of HISTORY's annual Days of Remembrance in November, the Canadian original documentary March to the Pole follows four injured Canadian soldiers trekking to the High Arctic as part of their recovery. The fall schedule also features new series including The Hunt, Down East Dickering, Pawnography, and Biker Battleground Phoenix. From the Alberta badlands to the Bay of Fundy, the Canadian original docu-series Dino Hunt, premiering in 2015, unravels prehistoric mysteries and unearths incredible new dinosaur discoveries happening in Canada. Also set to debut in 2015 is the star-studded eight-hour miniseries Texas Rising. Returning in 2015 are Vikings, the #1 specialty entertainment drama for two consecutive years**, and Yukon Gold, HISTORY's #1 Canadian documentary series for the past two years**.
Kicking off an impressive starting lineup for the fall season on HGTV Canada is the brand new series Reno Rookies starring ex-CFL player turned DIY guru Sebastian Clovis. Teaming up with homeowners struggling to complete projects, Sebastian coaches them through their mishaps and adds a few ideas of his own to create stunning reveals that make these homes the MVP of the neighbourhood. Also joining the game this fall is a brand new season of Holmes Makes It Right with Canada's Most Trusted Contractor Mike Holmes. In winter 2015, HGTV Canada presents a star-studded schedule with the return of the channel's record-smashing #1 series ever Timber Kings** and the addition of Ellen DeGeneres' design competition series Ellen's Design Challenge. Also returning are new seasons of House of Bryan featuring Bryan Baeumler and Income Property starring Scott McGillivray, as well as the all-new series from rock star contractor Paul Lafrance, Custom Built.
Food Network Canada rolls out a delicious fall lineup with the premiere of Food Truck Face Off, hosted by ex-NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer, which pits wannabe food truck-owners against each other in a curbside fight for hungry customers. Also new this fall is Carnival Eats, which takes a look at outrageous Canadian fair foods and the wacky personalities that create them. Joining these scrumptious series are the returns of fan-favourites Donut Showdown, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, and Barefoot Contessa. With a richness of diverse cultures, patriotic ingredients, and multi-generations of family recipes to draw from, the Great Canadian Cookbook special calls upon Canadians to share their favourite recipes and food stories. A digital first initiative, the special slated to air in winter 2015 will be packed with food, heart, and a whole lot of fun, eh. Rounding out the network's schedule is a second helping of the network's #1 series of 2014, Chopped Canada**, also set to debut in winter 2015.
Slice continues to sizzle with a new lineup of raucous reality and luxurious lifestyle programming. In addition to its popular mainstays like the Real Housewives franchise, Slice is serving up a sexy dish of new shows this fall with Ladies of London, a new docu-series following a group of elite British socialites and American expats enjoying the upper crust of the high-society world, and Handsome Devils, a dramatic exploration of 10 real-life crimes of passion. Also new to Slice's luscious lineup are Southern Charm, See No Evil, Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, The Singles Project, and Million Dollar Listing Miami, in addition to the return of fan-favourites Mob Wives, Ex-Wives of Rock, and Strangers in My Home.
With the most engaging characters and riveting stories, Lifetime's fall schedule delivers a slate of steamy new dramas, buzzed-about reality series and star-studded movies. Viewers can look forward to new Lifetime original movies, including the Civil War-era drama, Deliverance Creek, starring Lauren Ambrose and Wes Ramsey. Airing in 2015, the new drama Un-Real centres on Rachel (Shiri Appleby), a young staffer working on a hit dating competition show whose sole job is to manipulate relationships among the contestants to get the dramatic and outrageous footage that the program's executive producer demands.
This fall on DIY Network Canada, rapper-turned-renovator Vanilla Ice is back with an all-new season of Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, while another musician is putting down his guitar and picking up a hammer. Follow Daryl Hall, the lead vocalist of Hall & Oates, as he renovates a 1780s Connecticut home to its former glory in Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall. Further packing the fall schedule with stardom is William Shatner in his brand-new series The Shatner Project, which documents the ups and downs of his home renovation.
Extending Shaw Media's specialty offerings are two dynamic channel brands: FYI™ and Crime + Investigation™ (CI). Launching this fall, FYI offers contemporary lifestyle programs that spark inspiration, imagination, and innovation amongst its younger, upscale viewers. With an off-script format engaging this new generation's multi-faceted lifestyle, FYI hosts a hub of modern lifestyle programming featuring health and wellness and food and fashion. Crime + Investigation (CI) strives to engage viewers' minds and crime solving skills, drawing the audience into investigations by offering a behind-the-scenes look at gripping, unforgettable crime stories. CI, launching December 2014, takes viewers on an emotional and thrilling journey into the intricate and suspenseful world of true crime and criminal investigation.
Outlander (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one epic tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books, Outlander is executive-produced by Emmy® Award winner Ronald D. Moore. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek, and Duncan Lacroix.
Dominion (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Based on characters from the film Legion, Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post-apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates. Starring Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Head, and Luke Allen-Gale.
Satisfaction (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Satisfaction is a provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint. Through the lens of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak), this series answers the question, "what happens when having it all is not enough?" by delving into their shocking and unconventional choices. Michelle DeShon, Katherine LaNasa, and Blair Redford also star.
The Red Tent (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, The Red Tent is the sweeping tale of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who was only referred to in small glimpses in the Old Testament. The miniseries begins with Dinah's happy childhood spent inside the red tent where only the women of her tribe are allowed to gather and share the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Told through Dinah's eyes, the film recounts the story of her mothers, Leah, Rachel, Zilpah and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob. The saga continues as Dinah matures and experiences an intense love that subsequently leads to a devastating loss, changing the fate of her and her family's lives forever. Starring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, and Debra Winger.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on Showcase include: Beauty and the Beast, Boardwalk Empire, Covert Affairs, Game of Thrones, Haven, Justified, Law & Order: UK, Lost Girl, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, and The Musketeers.
Cable premieres of blockbuster movies on Showcase include: Men in Black 3, Skyfall, Marvel's The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The Hunt (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Twice a year, on the rugged island of Kodiak, Alaska, a select group of hunters head into the wilderness for the ultimate test against the elements and the largest land predator on Earth – the Kodiak brown bear. Narrated by Metallica's James Hetfield, The Hunt documents one of the most dangerous pursuits known to man. Bear hunting on Kodiak goes back millennia, tracing back to the early Alutiiq people who sought these enormous creatures to provide food and raw materials. Today, the bear hunt remains a cultural fixture on Kodiak and is crucial to the delicate natural balance on the island. Strictly regulated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, every year thousands of hunters apply for one of 496 tags that are given via a lottery system. While Alaskan residents may hunt by themselves, outsiders must hire seasoned guides who are experts in both the Kodiak brown bear and the island terrain. At the root of their craft, these guides have a profound reverence for this animal.
Down East Dickering (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
In "down east" Maine, a group of colourful locals known as "dickerers" live on their own terms – no time clocks, no bosses, no rules. How? By scouring Uncle Henry's – a local magazine filled with classified ads – and wheeling and dealing their way through its pages of odd jobs, crazy barters, offbeat goods, and other jaw-dropping ways to make a quick buck. Down East Dickering follows four groups of New Englanders for whom "dickering" is a way of life. Whether it's building a bridge, climbing a bell tower, or officiating a wedding, they'll do whatever it takes to make a few bucks so they can enjoy life on their own terms.
Pawnography (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Set in Las Vegas, this half-hour game show pits clever contestants who think they are aces at history against the boss man himself, Rick Harrison. In each episode, Rick puts his reputation – and his stuff – on the line. In a series of eliminations, a quick-witted host asks the trivia questions about specific historic items featured in Pawn Stars, as the contestants are whittled down from three to one, with the finalist going one-on-one with Rick for a money prize.
Biker Battleground Phoenix (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Phoenix, Arizona is the custom bike building capital of the world and it takes no prisoners. In this down 'n' dirty desert city where image is everything – adrenaline and craftsmanship determines who's who among the country's top custom bike builders who compete day and night for customers who are willing to pay upwards of $100,000 for a fully customized Bagger motorcycle. It's a dog-eat-dog world where design ideas are money and when you're one of the top five custom bike shops in town, there is no down time. Biker Battleground Phoenix follows an ensemble cast of five of the most talented and aspirational bad boys of the business from rival shops. When passions and egos collide, the explosion is heard throughout the city.
Houdini (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape – Harry Houdini. Houdini traces the arc of Harry Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame, following the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama chronicles the life of a man who defied death through his stunts, his visions, and his mastery of illusion.
UFO X-Files (World Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
UFO X-Files investigates the mysteries behind declassified top secret government files with stunning details about the world's most credible UFO sightings and alien encounters. The documentary series pieces together the data on these incidents, and tries to answer the question: what really happened?
Mummies Alive (World Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Frozen in time and scattered around the world, messengers from the past have been preserved for centuries. Now, hundreds of years after they drew their last breath, Mummies Alive brings the world's best-preserved mummies back to life through hyper-real CGI. For the first time these mummified ancestors will transport viewers across the gulf of time as the series pieces together the details of their enthralling lives and enter their lost worlds.
Dino Hunt (World Broadcast Premiere) WINTER 2015
It's a little known fact that Canada is one of the best places in the world to discover dinosaurs. From the Alberta badlands to the Saskatchewan prairies, from the tar sands to the Bay of Fundy, Canadian teams of paleontologists unravel prehistoric mysteries and make history through incredible new dinosaur discoveries. In addition to tracking current digs, the series also moves back and forth along the continuum of Canadian paleontology to see how a rich heritage of discovery informs the present expeditions. And, using incredible CGI and prosthetic models, Dino Hunt brings the beasts back to life and recreates how they lived – and died – in a very different Canadian landscape tens of millions of years ago.
Texas Rising (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) SPRING 2015
The event series, premiering in 2015, details the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. In 1836, if west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West then Texas was hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes – no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die where people died for what they believed in, and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. From General Sam Houston, to ragtag Rangers to the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas" – this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for all eternity. Starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Kris Kristofferson, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, and Rob Morrow.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on HISTORY include: American Pickers, American Restoration, Big Rig Bounty Hunters, Counting Cars, Ice Pilots NWT, Ice Road Truckers, Mountain Men, Pawn Stars, Restoration Garage, Treasures Decoded, Vikings, and Yukon Gold.
New specials premiering on HISTORY include: Apocalypse Neanderthal, Houdini, March to the Pole, Mountain Men: Closest Calls, Real Noah's Ark, Spaceship Earth, The World Wars, and War Junk WWI.
Reno Rookies (World Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Pro-football player turned contractor Sebastian Clovis is going on the offensive and tackling failed DIY projects with homeowners who are in over their head. After showing them their mistakes, Sebastian works with desperate homeowners to help them fix their mess.
Mike's Ultimate Garage (World Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Viewers get an all-access pass to Mike Holmes as he builds the ultimate garage on his own property in this special presentation. This state-of-the-art garage will house some of the coolest gadgetry, cutting edge technology, and of course a place to crack a cold one. It's a fun and fast paced ride with Mike Holmes and his son Mike Junior as they design, build, and deck out Mike's Ultimate Garage.
House Hunters International Renovation (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
From Denmark to the Dominican Republic, this new series follows home seekers around the world as they navigate the sometimes rough waters of buying real estate in other countries. From Roman columns to Spanish arches, they'll check out all kinds of architectural styles and cut through the red tape to find their new international home.
Sold on the Spot (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Sold on the Spot features homeowners who have fallen in love with a neighbourhood and are ready to move in but are left dreaming because no homes are available for sale. Josh Temple teams up with couples who are taking desperate measures to get into their dream neighbourhood by knocking on every door asking to buy that house within 24 hours. Find out what happens when couples ask for homes to be Sold on the Spot.
The Jennie Garth Project (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Recently single actress and mom of three Jennie Garth is starting over. Together with her contractor Scott, she's stripping a Hollywood Hills home to the studs and building it back up to be her ultimate dream house. It's a room-by-room transformation filled with Jennie's sleek and modern style and sensibility
My Big Family Renovation (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Austin author and mom blogger Jen Hatmaker and her husband Brandon have five growing kids and a house that seems to shrink by the day. They're selling their current home and moving into a total fixer-upper. The series follows this family of seven as they deal with daily life during their big renovation.
Lakefront Bargain Hunt (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Follow a family making their lakefront living dreams come true – on a budget! Each episode, a family goes on the hunt to discover some of the most surprisingly affordable lakefront properties that prove you don't need to be a millionaire to live right on the lake.
Vacation House for Free (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Matt Blashaw realizes couples wish to own a vacation home mortgage free. He helps them shop for and renovate a "diamond in the rough" home in their dream location to command top dollar as a vacation rental. The couple rents out the renovated home for maximum income part of the year, covering all their annual expenses. For the rest of the year they live in a Vacation House for Free.
Ellen's Design Challenge WINTER 2015
Ellen DeGeneres puts six furniture designers to the test when they come to Los Angeles to compete in various challenges designing and building amazing furniture creations in just 24 hours. With a workshop, a lead carpenter, and all the tools they'll need, the contestants will be tasked with a new build each episode. A panel of expert judges, along with appearances by Ellen, will eliminate them one by one until one designer is left standing to take home the cash prize and win Ellen's Design Challenge.
Custom Built (World Broadcast Premiere) WINTER 2015
Rock star contractor Paul Lafrance, known for his wicked backyard transformations, is taking his creativity inside. In each episode he'll tackle custom projects for clients with spectacular results. From a full kitchen reno to a 1970s bar cart, Paul will put his custom spin on anything to make it one-of-a-kind!
The Expandables (World Broadcast Premiere) WINTER 2015
Let's face it – sometimes your dream house ends up being a nightmare. What might have been the perfect home 10 years ago, barely makes the cut these days. Whether it's growing families or home offices, The Expandables is ready to take over to make your home bigger without adding a single square foot. The dream team of contractor Rob Evans and designer Mia Lantos will do whatever it takes to meet the homeowner's needs – if you can't make it bigger, you can still make it better.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on HGTV Canada this fall include: Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Holmes Makes It Right, House of Bryan: In The Sticks, House Hunters Renovation, House Hunters Where Are They Now?, Leave It To Bryan, Income Property, and Timber Kings.
FOOD NETWORK CANADA
Carnival Eats (World Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Hosted by Noah Cappe, Carnival Eats is an exciting look at the mouth-watering and outrageous "stunt foods" famously found only at fairs and carnivals, the wacky characters that create them, and the culinary thrill seekers who devour them.
Food Truck Face Off (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
It's a kitchen. It's a truck. It's a dream. Food Truck Face Off is a one-hour competition series that sees wannabe food truck owners square off in a curbside fight for hungry customers. The team with the most profits drives off with the keys to their dream: a customized food truck for one year.
Farmhouse Rules (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Farmhouse Rules is a lifestyle and cooking show centred on Nancy Fuller's kitchen and the Hudson Valley farming community that supplies it. Nancy is a warm, loving mother of five and grandmother to 13, and a no-nonsense owner of a multi-million dollar business she runs with her husband. Follow Nancy as she gathers the best the land has to offer and feeds her friends and family classic, farm fresh meals.
Chopped: Ultimate Chopped Champions Tournament (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
In this four-part series, previous Chopped champions return to compete for a second time. With an all-new menu of mystery ingredients, competitors must impress the judging panel for the chance to move on to the next episode. This all-star showdown comes to a dramatic conclusion as only one competitor reclaims the title and another $10,000.
Chopped Teens (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Teenagers are taking over the Chopped kitchen. In each episode, four talented young cooks bravely attempt challenges that often throw off trained professionals. Armed with ambition and ingenuity, these future chefs race against the clock to turn baskets of mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course, aspiring chefs will be chopped from the competition until only one teen remains.
Great Canadian Cookbook (World Broadcast Premiere) WINTER 2015
With a richness of diverse cultures, an abundance of deliciously homegrown ingredients, and multi-generations of beloved family recipes to draw from, it's time for Canadians to share their favourite recipes and food stories. This new digital-first initiative includes a highly entertaining hour-long special that will be jam-packed with food, heart, and a whole lot of fun.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on Food Network Canada include: Barefoot Contessa, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped Canada, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Donut Showdown, Eat St., Food Factory, Giada at Home, Great Food Truck Race, Guy's Grocery Games, Heartland Table, Pioneer Woman, Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off, Rachael's Week in a Day, Restaurant Impossible, and You Gotta Eat Here!.
The Singles Project (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
The Singles Project follows a group of young New York singles in the market for romance. From the awkward encounters to the instant connections, these televised dating diaries shine a light on a group of urban singles ready to mingle.
Extreme Guide to Parenting (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Extreme Guide to Parenting looks at parents who practice unique styles of raising their children. Each episode gives a candid look at two separate households with different forms of parenting and each family strongly believes their methods are the perfect model for raising successful children. From using disguises to monitor their offspring's every move, to parents who enroll their children in Mandarin Chinese courses before they can even spell, this is parenting at its most extreme.
Handsome Devils (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Handsome Devils explores 10 real-life crimes in a suspense-filled format. The series looks at America's most notorious lady killers as they charm, lure and entrap women before conning them out of everything they own or murdering them in cold blood. The cases are examined using a mixture of gripping dramatization and powerful first-person testimony. Each episode charts a story from its fairy-tale beginnings to the lethal end.
Ladies of London (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Set in the glittering, class-conscious city of London, the docu-series follows a group of elite British socialites, Annabelle Neilson and Caroline Stanbury, along with American expats, Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret, Marissa Hermer, and Noelle Reno, who all run in similar social circles but are worlds apart. From weekend getaways in the English countryside, to high tea at one of London's exclusive polo-clubs, both groups adhere to strict unwritten rules of engagement where reputation is everything.
Million Dollar Listing Miami (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Million Dollar Listing has expanded to the sexy city of Miami where three luxury real estate agents battle it out for the next big listing. The mansions are larger, the high-rises are taller, the amenities are more luxurious, and locals have access to beaches and a lifestyle unlike anywhere else in the world. Business can get heated as the brokers attempt to make a name for themselves and outshine their competition.
Online Dating Rituals of the American Male (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
This new docu-series unmasks the world of the booming online dating culture from the male perspective. Each episode follows two men as they hunt for their ideal partner (or fling). Online Dating Rituals of the American Male gives a taste of the trials and tribulations that come along with dating in the digital age.
See No Evil (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
See No Evil tells modern mysteries from a new perspective. A six-part true crime series, each episode uses real surveillance footage to solve a crime. The details that turn up on tape are shocking and will reveal incredible stories of deceit and deception.
Southern Charm (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Southern Charm goes behind the walls of Charleston, South Carolina's most aristocratic families to reveal a world of exclusivity, money, and scandal that goes back generations. The fast-paced, drama-filled docu-series follows six singles struggling with the constraints of this tight-knit, posh society. As they launch political careers, build businesses, break hearts, and chase true love, they all struggle with preserving their family names. In Charleston, one social screw-up can taint generations to come.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on Slice include: Ex-Wives of Rock, Mob Wives, Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Strangers In My Home.
Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
The Ghost Adventures crew has investigated over 100 terrifying locations and provided answers to those who have experienced the paranormal firsthand. In Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, Lead Investigator Zak Bagans speaks with the most memorable characters from the series about how their lives have changed since the GAC paid them a visit. In some cases, paranormal teams that have later investigated episode locations bring their own evidence and insight to the table.
Border Security Australia (Network Premiere) FALL 2014
Border Security Australia follows the jobs of the people that work for Australia's Customs, Immigration and Quarantine departments as they protect Australia's borders from drug smugglers, illegal immigrants, potential terrorists, harmful pests, and exotic diseases. Go behind the scenes to see how they identify the honest mistakes made by innocent holidaymakers from the much more sinister motives of criminals.
Hotel Secrets & Legends (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
With two million hotel rooms occupied every night in America, it's no wonder that the most mysterious, captivating, and downright strange stories have occurred in hotels. In every tavern, room, and bar there are tales of war stories, secret spies, torrid affairs, and mob deals gone wrong. Hotel Secrets & Legends offers viewers a unique piece of living history they can touch, feel, and even spend the night in.
Resort Rescue (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Resort Rescue follows world-famous hospitality consultant Shane Green as he helps struggling hotel and resort owners uncover what's going wrong inside their establishments. Green watches every move through hidden surveillance footage taken across the premises. Afterwards, he reveals his findings to the owners and shows them how to fix these lingering issues.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on DTOUR include: Baggage Battles, Ghost Adventures, Hotel Impossible, and Trip Flip.
Little Women: LA (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Lifetime's new docu-series Little Women: LA chronicles the adventures of a unique group of smart, sexy, and funny girlfriends with big hearts, big personalities, and even bigger drama – who all happen to be little people. Each hour-long episode of Little Women: LA features longtime girlfriends Terra, Tonya, Elena, Christy, Briana, and Traci. They laugh, cry, compete, and fight with one another, but through it all they share a special unbreakable bond. And, while dealing with everyday challenges like the rest of the world, they prove that height is just a number.
Deliverance Creek (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Starring Emmy® nominee and SAG Award winner Lauren Ambrose, the Lifetime Original Movie Deliverance Creek is a revenge drama centring on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost during the Civil War. Two years into the Civil War, Belle Gatlin Barlowe faces uncertainty in the life before her as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs the town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, she is forced to question whether it's better to be good or to survive. Also stars Wes Ramsey.
Un-Real (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) WINTER 2015
Un-Real centres on Rachel, a young staffer working on a hit dating competition show, whose sole job is to manipulate relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the program's dispassionate executive producer demands. What ensues is a humorous, yet vexing, look at what happens in the world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and producing it is a whole other reality.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on Lifetime include: Drop Dead Diva and Kim of Queens.
DIY Network Canada
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Rocker turned renovator Daryl Hall is putting down his guitar and picking up a hammer to restore a quaint 18th century home in Connecticut. Combining his love of history and vintage architecture, Daryl and his team will bring the one-bedroom cottage once owned by a widowed sea captain back to its 1780s charm.
The Shatner Project (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
The Shatner Project follows the home renovation of actor William Shatner and his wife Liz as they gut their 1970s-style California home with the help of a construction team. The couple will also renovate the front patio area in order to create the perfect place for big family parties, as well as remodel Shatner's favourite hangout spot: the media room.
Sledgehammer (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Demolition is the name of the game when Jason Cameron surprises homeowners with a sledgehammer and permission to trash their most hated rooms in the house. Then, he and his crew clean up the rubble and transform them into the spaces the owners always dreamed of. The catch? They have to completely demo one room before they move onto the next, so where they start is the most important decision of the day.
Renovate to Rent (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Real estate agent Drew Levin and his partner, licensed contractor Danny Perkins, have figured out how to make money in today's housing market. They buy old, foreclosed houses in good locations, renovate them from top to bottom, and then rent them out for top dollar. These guys are only 28 years old but they already own 24 homes. And down the road, when it's time to sell, they'll be sitting on a gold mine.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on DIY Network Canada include: Bath Crashers, Family Under Construction, Holmes Makes It Right, Income Property, I Want That, Kitchen Crashers, Leave It To Bryan, Man Caves, Rehab Addict, Renovation Realities, Rescue Renovation, Salvage Dogs, and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Smoky Mountain Money (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Smoky Mountain Money follows three groups of Appalachian locals as they compete to forage for an increasingly rare, but highly desired cash crop hidden deep within the unforgiving wild of the Smoky Mountains. These mountain men and women use their local knowledge and skills to hunt Ginseng, believed in Asia to be a potent aphrodisiac. Surviving the hunt means run-ins with black bears, subsisting on squirrel meat, and doing whatever it takes to protect their claims. With no electricity, no jobs, and no law enforcement in the backwoods of Appalachia, it's every man for himself in a bid to survive off the land.
Wicked Tuna: North vs South (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Fan-favourite Captain Dave Marciano of the fishing vessel Hard Merchandise and Wicked Tuna season three newcomer Captain TJ Ott of the Hot Tunahead south to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the winter bluefin tuna season. Marciano and Ott face new challenges including harsh weather as they battle it out against seasoned local North Carolina bluefin fishermen in the hopes of landing a big payday.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on National Geographic Channel include: Alaska State Troopers, Brain Games, Building Wild, Drugs Inc., Life Below Zero, Life Below Zero: The Thaw, None of the Above, The Legend of Mick Dodge, Ultimate Survival Alaska, and Wicked Tuna.
Fake-Off (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Fake-Off features teams of performers who recreate and reimagine iconic moments in pop culture. A captivating mix of Kabuki theatre, acrobatics, dance, costume, and illusion, Fake-Off is a highly visual talent competition series like no other. For the first time ever, these colourful and creative teams will compete in an elimination battle to see who has the skills to be named America's Fake-Off champions.
Friends of the People (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
New sketch comedy series Friends of the People combines scripted sketches, man-on-the-street segments and more. Starring Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, The Lucas Bros., and Josh Rabinowitz.
Hair Jacked (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Produced by the team behind Hollywood Game Night, Hair Jacked is a hilarious, high-energy game show in which unsuspecting contestants have the chance to win cash prizes, all while getting a haircut. Contestants have to play smart because one wrong answer could send them packing with the worst hairstyle of their lives.
How to Be a Grown Up (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Through interviews, sketches and animation, comics on How to Be a Grown Up offer humorous advice and common-sense solutions to universal issues facing all adults who feel like they're a kid stuck in a grown-up body. This is the series for everyone who feels like they're 40-going-on-21.
Jokers Wild! (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
From the producers of Impractical Jokers comes this new series featuring everyone's favourite funny friends: Sal, Murr, Q & Joe. This time they've got new skits, new bits, and new guests that will keep audiences laughing week after week.
New seasons of returning series on Action include: Hardcore Pawn, Impractical Jokers, Lizard Lick Towing, South Beach Tow, and truTV's Top Funniest.
Cable premieres of blockbuster movies on Action include: Fast Five, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Premium Rush, Project X, Sanctum, Total Recall (2012), and Wrath of the Titans.
NAT GEO WILD
Dr. K: Exotic Pet Vet (WT) (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Nat Geo WILD takes viewers South to get up close and personal with iguanas, pythons, prairie dogs, and more. Dr. K, veterinarian to the "exotics," gives viewers a front row seat as she works her magic on a colourful array of Florida's most exotic pets. She will treat a variety of animals including a macaw, a chinchilla, a galago, a ferret, and guinea pigs.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on Nat Geo WILD include: Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet and The Incredible Dr. Pol as well as the popular events "Big Cat Week" and "Sharks Rule Week."
In Search of Aliens with Giorgio (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
In Search of Aliens with Giorgio follows Giorgio Tsoukalos, a recognized expert in this field, as he visits sites and speaks about the topics covered on Ancient Aliens.
Ancient Impossible (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Ancient Impossible uses modern-day analogies to reveal how many of today's technological achievements were actually developed centuries ago. For example, the modern aircraft carrier actually has its origins in an ancient ship with a deck larger than a football field and a crew of over 6000 men; and the ancient Egyptians were able to build a monument even bigger than the United States' own Mt. Rushmore.
United Stuff of America (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Hosted by Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison, each episode reveals a chapter of American history in 10 objects. The stories will be told by a trio of argumentative experts who passionately disagree and debate about which objects to include and why. The series has compiled a massive network of fascinating objects, camera-ready experts, and surprising facts. By curating these assets in thematic ways, what the objects begin to reveal are vivid, comprehensive stories of what it was really like to experience different moments in history. For example, a series of objects begins to paint a picture of what it was like for a man to fight in the Civil War, endure the Great Depression, or smuggle booze during Prohibition.
Brad Meltzer's Lost History (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
For the first time, the United States' National Archives has created a list of its "Most Wanted" lost or stolen items: the 9/11 Flag, the real footage of Armstrong's moon landing, Jackie Kennedy's pillbox hat from the day JFK was assassinated, and the personal photo album of Adolf Hitler, smuggled back to the United States by an American soldier and never seen again. Hosted by best-selling author and Decoded host Brad Meltzer, the show presents both cases that are unsolved and stories of objects that have gone missing only to later be found.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on H2 include: 10 Things You Don't Know About, America's Book of Secrets, America's Secret Slang, Ancient Aliens, Modern Marvels, and The Universe.
The Game (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
The Game is a stylish, edgy spy thriller set in the Cold War, where enemies and allies can't always be separated, and espionage means getting your hands dirty. When a defecting KGB officer reveals the existence of a devastating Soviet plot, codenamed Operation Glass, the charismatic but paranoid head of MI5, known simply as Daddy, assembles a secret committee of intelligence officers to investigate. They are Bobby Waterhouse, the louche and ambitious head of counter-espionage; Sarah Montag, his dry-witted and fiercely clever deputy; her husband Alan Montag, their cheerful and guileless expert in bugging and interception; Jim Fenchurch, a stoic and skeptical Special Branch police detective, and Wendy Straw, the naïve and impressionable secretary. Finally, there's operative Joe Lambe, a troubled but genius interrogator who is able to read every tic and giveaway of human nature. But Joe has more to him than meets the eye – a dark past and a dangerous secret. Starring Tom Hughes, Brian Cox, Paul Ritter, Shaun Dooley, Chloe Pirrie, Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Aris, and Judy Parfitt.
Jonathan Creek (Canadian Broadcast Premiere) FALL 2014
Jonathan Creek is a comedy drama series about a magician who is often called in to solve puzzling murders. When Jonathan Creek and his beautiful wife Polly move to the country, the dust has barely settled when he is called upon to investigate a brutal and baffling murder attempt in a West End London theatre – a leading actress has been found stabbed in an empty dressing room, from which no assailant could possibly have escaped. But a number of other ghostly events begin to occur in Creek's village: tales of a weird hump-backed beast prowling the village by night, a retired local psychic inadvertently making the most amazing and impossible prediction of his career, and a wealthy kidnap victim appears to pull off a mind-boggling act of teleportation. It's up to the lateral-thinking detective to unravel these impossible puzzles. Starring Alan Davies.
Returning BBC CANADA hits include: Mrs. Brown's Boys, Scott & Bailey, The Musketeers, and Top Gear.
Cable premieres of hit films on IFC include: Chernobyl Diaries, Midnight in Paris, Project X, The Apparition, and Young Adult.
Source: BBM Canada PPM data, Total Canada, 8/26/13-5/11/14 unless otherwise noted, A25-54 AMA(000):
*Canadian Specialty Station Ranker
**Canadian Specialty Station Program Ranker, 3+ airings, excluding sports stations
-Vikings (12/31/12-12/29/13) & (1/6/14-3/20/14) Confirmed to March 9th, A25-54 excluding sports
-Yukon Gold (12/31/2012-5/26/2013) & (12/30/13-5/4/14)
-Timber Kings: Fall (8/31/2009-5/11/2014)
-Chopped Canada (12/30/13-5/11/14), Ind.2+
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