Nested blocks of OWN programming will air on W Network and VIVA in advance of the March 1 network launch date

TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Beginning this Friday and continuing throughout January and February, Corus Entertainment is giving Canadian audiences a preview of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in advance of the March 1 Canadian network launch, with weekly two-hour nested blocks on W Network and VIVA. Beginning Friday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on W Network, viewers will be able to follow Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star day-and-date with the U.S., along with additional OWN programming.

"We are thrilled to see the runaway success of the launch of OWN in the U.S. this past weekend," said Doug Murphy, President, Corus Television. "As we countdown to our March 1 launch of OWN in Canada, we are similarly confident that the power of OWN will resonate with Canadian audiences."

The nested blocks will air on W Network every Friday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Friday, January 7 through to Friday, February 25, leading up to the Tuesday, March 1 launch date of OWN. Additional blocks on VIVA beginning January 7 include Fridays from 12 a.m. - 2 a.m. ET, Sundays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET and Mondays from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET.

Scheduling information and show descriptions:

Friday, January 7
9 p.m.:  Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 1
10 p.m.: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes: Part 1

Friday, January 14
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 2
10 p.m.: Oprah Presents Master Class - Jay Z

Friday, January 21
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 3
10 p.m.: Enough Already! with Peter Walsh: Episode 4

Friday, January 28
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 4
10 p.m.: Kidnapped By the Kids: Episode 1

Friday, February 4
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 5
10 p.m.: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes: Part 2

Friday, February 11
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 6
10 p.m.: Miracle Detectives: Episode 3

Friday, February 18
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 7
10 p.m.: Searching For…Episode 4

Friday, February 25
9 p.m.: Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star: Episode 8 (Series finale)
10 p.m.: Oprah Presents Master Class - Diane Sawyer

Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star
Ten contestants with determination, passion and drive were plucked from obscurity from thousands of auditions to compete to get their own TV show on OWN. Hosts Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley guide the hopefuls through intense challenges designed to see if they have what it takes to have their own show.  Each episode the contestants will be mentored by A-list hosts.  Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Gayle King and more will make appearances on the series, bestow knowledge to the contestants and judge the episode. Challenges will range from booking interviews and researching story ideas, to successfully completing a pilot presentation. The winner will receive their very own show. The series is executive produced by the legendary Mark Burnett.

Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes
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. 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. 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.

Enough Already! with Peter Walsh
In each episode of Enough Already! with Peter Walsh, acclaimed organization and clutter expert, Peter Walsh helps a 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.

Kidnapped By the Kids
Can a workaholic really learn how to be a better parent from his or her own child? In this series, the kids are empowered to stand up to their workaholic parent and make a difference. It's good-bye to cell phones and computers, and hello to family time - with the kids at the helm. It's a heart-warming journey that empowers real families to rediscover what family is all about.

Miracle Detectives
Do miracles really exist? Or is there a logical explanation to the seemingly inexplicable? Two investigators - one a believer, the other a scientist - will travel the globe to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic in Miracle Detectives, a new one hour documentary series. Randall Sullivan is an author and journalist who, while travelling as a war correspondent in Bosnia, saw an inexplicable vision during a violent thunder and lightning storm. It changed his life, and he is convinced it was a miracle. Now he travels the globe investigating other miracles, along with Indre Viskontas, a gifted scientist with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, who approaches the supernatural with a skeptical point of view. In season one, the Miracle Detectives travel throughout the United States investigating such bizarre cases as a man who claims to have x-ray vision and the ability to diagnose illnesses, a young boy whose parents believe is the reincarnated soul of a World War II pilot, and a suburban home where mysterious oil inexplicably oozes from the walls and religious statues.

Searching For…
Searching For... is a docu-series following 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.

Oprah Presents Master Class
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 Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Sidney Poitier, Dr. Maya Angelou, Diane Sawyer, Lorne Michaels, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey.

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 For more information, please visit

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, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98,5 FM, 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 (CJR.B) exchange. Experience Corus on the web at


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Corus Entertainment
(416) 479-6103


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