Two Homegrown Heavyweights. One Dramatic Night. Global Premieres Big Brother Canada and Remedy March 23

Big Brother Canada's Third Season Dials up Drama and Deceit Three Nights a Week

Canadian Breakout Drama Remedy Heats Up Screens with the Explosive Season Two Premiere

Plus, Viewers are Taken Behind Closed Doors in Brand New Web Series Remedy: To Catch a Thief

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TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - From raucous reality to heart-pumping hospital drama, Shaw Media's colossal Canadian originals Big Brother Canada and Remedy are set to premiere Monday, March 23 at 8pm and 9pm ET/PT on Global.

"Viewers are thirsty for 'watercooler' moments and engaging, edge-of-your-seat content, and our homegrown hits deliver just that," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. "With Big Brother Canada and Remedy, viewers are in for must-see drama on-screen, interactive and engaging second screen experiences, and non-stop thrills."

Following two seasons, and five Canadian Screen Awards nominations, Big Brother Canada's third run will be its biggest and boldest yet, with 25 hours of non-stop drama broadcast nationally each week.

Big Brother Canada's rousing reality schedule is as follows:

  • The series airs Mondays at 8pm ET/PT, Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT, and Sundays at 7pm ET/PT on Global.
  • The Big Brother Canada Side Show returns for its second season in a new, one-hour format Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning March 26 on Slice.
  • Big Brother Canada After Dark returns Monday through Sunday from 3am to 6am ET/PT beginning March 26 on Slice.
  • Online, the show's popular live feeds, which streamed over 46.5 million minutes* of content last season, return free-of-charge on www.BigBrotherCanada.ca.

Following a coast-to-coast casting call, a new group of houseguests will move in to a recently renovated Big Brother Canada house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones capturing their every move. The houseguests will compete for a grand prize of $100,000 and a $25,000 gift card from The Brick. Based on Endemol's worldwide hit franchise and in association with Shaw Media, Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions Ltd., an award-winning production company most recently honoured with an Academy Icon Award on its 35th anniversary by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Boasting an impressive four Canadian Screen Awards nominations including Best Dramatic Series, the second season of Remedy (from creator and showrunner Greg Spottiswood) airs in the coveted 9pm timeslot on Mondays. The much anticipated series return kicks off with each member of the Conner family pulled out of their comfort zones and Bethune Hospital in the midst of a colossal shake up. Griffin Conner (Canadian Screen Awards nominee Dillon Casey) seems to finally be getting his life on track with plans to return to medical school and a serious girlfriend, but his dark and troubled past continues to haunt him. Meanwhile, Allen (Enrico Colantoni) is adjusting following his demotion from Chief-of-Staff, while his daughters – surgeon Mel (Sara Canning) and new mom Sandy (Sarah Allen) – search to balance co-parenting baby Maya with work and play. This proven performer, averaging nearly one million viewers each week in its first season (2+)**, welcomes heartthrob ER resident Dr. Cutler (Niall Matter) who shamelessly ruffles feathers and turns heads throughout the halls of Beth-H. The series also stars Genelle Williams, Patrick McKenna, and Martha Burns.

Starting Wednesday, March 18, viewers get an insider's peek into the downstairs world of Beth-H via GlobalTV.com and the Global Go App when the humourous and temperature-raising weekly web series Remedy: To Catch a Thief takes viewers to uncharted territory: the hospital supply closet. Supervisor of Transport and Housekeeping Frank Kanaskie tries to find the hospital thief by placing a hidden camera in the closet, and in the process captures the audience's favourite Remedy characters including Griffin, Bruno and Nurse Patel doing some unexpected things. This 5-part mystery event of the season shows the beloved Beth-H staff like never before!

Remedy is produced by Indian Grove Productions in association with Shaw Media with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Red Arrow International holds international distribution rights. Bernie Zukerman (KingThis is Wonderland) and Greg Spottiswood (KingShattered) serve as executive producers with Jan Peter Meyboom (Murdoch MysteriesListener) producing. 

* Source: LiveStream Platform Data 3/5/145/9/14
**Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Data, Feb 24/14 – Apr 28/14, Total Canada (Ind2+)

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About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, 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 Global Television

For further information: For media inquiries, contact: Remedy, Anne Vranic, Senior Publicist, (416) 934-6999, anne.vranic@shawmedia.ca; Big Brother Canada, Michelle McTeague, Senior Publicist, (416) 966-7724, Michelle.mcteague@shawmedia.ca

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