BANFF, AB, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's W Network announced today a slate of two new original series and the fifth season of the hit series Property Brothers starring Drew and Jonathan Scott. The new event-based series are the newest Canadian productions to be green-lit following the network's high ratings and enthusiastic viewer response to the recently launched original series Shannon & Sophie, starring Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Canadian actress, model and wife of KISS bassist Gene Simmons, and their daughter, actress and singer, Sophie Tweed-Simmons.
"We are excited to go into production on two big concept series that feature thrilling competition and big stakes," said John MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women and Family, Corus Entertainment. "Our new series will be part of our aggressive programming plan and give our audience even more reasons to spend time with W, the number one Women's specialty network. These shows will join W Network's growing offering of hit series including Property Brothers and Love It or List It."
The two new series join a full slate of successful original Canadian series that W Network has become known for including Property Brothers, Buying & Selling with Property Brothers, Love It or List It, Love It or List It Vancouver, Majumder Manor, Who Lives Here?, Undercover Boss Canada, Tessa & Scott and the upcoming Million Dollar Critic.
PRESSURE COOKER (10x60 minutes)
Premieres Fall 2014
Pressure Cooker is a large-scale, studio-based reality competition series coming this Fall to W Network. In the series, home cooks are faced with the eternal dilemma— what do you cook when you have only a few random ingredients in your kitchen? In each episode, celebrity chefs are paired with home cooks in a culinary cook off combining great cooking with mischievous game show mechanics. But there's a twist, home cooks must select their ingredients from a specially designed conveyor belt that kicks in at timed intervals. Whatever ingredients they take, they must use. Judging the food is the "Tasting Expert" who crowns a winner at the end of each episode. The series will feature several integration partners, whose products will be a key part of the action on Pressure Cooker. The series is produced by Bristow Global Media in association with W Network.
GAME OF HOMES (8x60)
Premieres Winter 2015
Game of Homes is an eight-part reno competition event series with an exciting twist. Four teams of talented amateurs go head-to-head renovating four homes in Vancouver – all on public display. Each week they will rip apart, rebuild and redesign one room under tight budgets and impossible deadlines resulting in stunning transformations. In a life-changing finale, the team with the most impressive renovation will win their mortgage-free house. Who's got what it takes to win the Game of Homes? Game of Homes is produced by Great Pacific Television, the team behind Highway Thru Hell and Untold Stories of the ER. The series is produced in association with W Network.
PROPERTY BROTHERS (SEASON 5)
Premieres Spring 2015
Property Brothers, the hit series hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott, is back with brand-new episodes. This real estate/home renovation series gets buyers into their dream homes without busting their budget. The series follows real estate agent Drew and contractor Jonathan as they help couples find, buy and transform extreme fixer-uppers into the ultimate dream home. Recently named one of strategy magazine's Brands of the Year, and selected for People Magazine's Annual Sexiest Man Alive list as well as HELLO! Canada's 50 Most Beautiful list, the Property Brothers are a hit on and off the screen. Produced by Cineflix (Property Brothers 5) Inc. in association with W Network.
About W Network
Watched by over 10 million viewers in an average month, W Network delivers compelling entertainment for women, ranging from blockbuster movies to popular dramas and reality series. Its website,www.wnetwork.com offers in-depth show information featuring expert advice from hosts in addition to a popular games section and a rich online community. W has built a leadership position as "marketing to women experts" through its various research initiatives, including The Her Report.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. Corus' brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
SOURCE: Corus Entertainment Inc.