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June 05, 2013

BIG RETURNS AND BOLD NEW SERIES LINED UP FOR SHAW MEDIA’S 2013/14 SPECIALTY SCHEDULES


 

Record-Breaking Original Series Big Brother Canada, Vikings, Continuum, Top Chef Canada and Yukon Gold Return with New Seasons

 

Over 60 New Series Pack Impressive Star Power with Rob Lowe, Rebecca Romijn, Alan Thicke, Holly Hunter, Julia Ormond, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emile Hirsch and Jenna Dewan-Tatum

 

Over 600 Hours of Canadian Original Specialty Programming 

 

New Channel – DTOUR™ – Takes Viewers Off the Beaten Path

 

 

TORONTO, June 5, 2013 – Shaw Media announced today the outstanding slate of bold new series and returning ratings hits that power its 2013/14 specialty schedule. The broadcaster is coming off a year in which it dominated the program rankers, including claiming the number one specialty drama, the number one specialty episode and the number one specialty reality series1. Heading into the fall, Shaw Media strengthens its already industry-leading portfolio with over 60 new shows, over 90 returning series, over 600 hours of original content and the dynamic new channel DTOUR™

 

“Shaw Media is celebrating a record year across multiple brands,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “With the biggest success stories in the industry this year, Shaw Media’s fall lineups across our specialty channels are poised to further strengthen our stronghold on the specialty landscape.” 

 

Following a record breaking season on one of Canada’s hottest entertainment destinations, SliceTM has renewed Big Brother Canada, the number one specialty reality series of the year1, for a second season. Growing Pains’ Alan Thicke stars in In the Thicke of It, following the hilarious and drama-filled daily lives of Alan’s unconventional family. From Lost and Sold, the unclaimed goods auction series, to tapping into the fascinating world of collecting in Extreme Collectors, SliceTM brings viewers a range of new original series chock-full of drama, comedy and the deliciously unexpected.

 

Showcase reigns as the top destination for hit cable dramas, offering thrilling new series and a lineup of sizzling returning dramas. Starring Rebecca Romijn (X-Men: First Class) and Jon Tenney (The Closer), King & Maxwell brings viewers a fresh perspective on the police drama. Coming in 2014 from the Executive Producer of Battlestar Galactica is the most-anticipated sci-fi series of the year, Helix. Showcase is excited to announce that the channel’s number one original series Continuum has been greenlit for a third season and the channel’s current number one series Defiance is returning for a second season5. As well, the Canadian original crime drama Copper returns with a powerhouse lineup of guest stars, including Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning actress Alfre Woodward, Billy Baldwin and Donal Logue. Viewers can also look forward to new seasons of Showcase’s top-rated original series Lost Girl, Beauty and the Beast, Haven, and the dramas Rizzoli & Isles and Covert Affairs.  

 

In a year that saw it claim eight of the top 20 specialty entertainment programs2, HISTORY® upheld its position as Canada’s number one specialty entertainment channel. This fall, Canadian Restorers introduces viewers to another group of larger-than-life Canadian characters: the employees of The Guild. HISTORY recognizes the 20th anniversary of Canada’s mission to Sarajevo with the insider documentary Sector Sarajevo and also presents the must-see television event of the fall Martian War, which re-imagines WWI in a groundbreaking way. Returning in 2014 are Vikings, this year’s number one specialty entertainment drama1, and Yukon Gold, HISTORY’s number one Canadian documentary series this year2

 

On the heels of another successful season of Top Chef Canada, Food Network Canada has announced the return of its number one series of all time for a fourth season4. Chopped Canada makes its highly anticipated debut to the network in 2014, bringing the hugely popular US format to Canada with host Dean McDermott (winner of Rachael vs. Guy’s Celebrity Cook-Off season two). Coming this fall are brand-new series Cutthroat Kitchen, taking the average cooking competition further than it’s ever gone before, and Guy & Rachael's Kids Cook-Off, starring Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray and the most adorable competitors ever!

 

HGTV Canada’s biggest celebrities are packing the schedule this fall with new seasons of Holmes Makes It Right with Mike Holmes, Leave It To Bryan with Bryan Baeumler, Income Property with Scott McGillivray, and also brand-new series Real Potential with Sarah Richardson and Undercover Overhaul with the Cousins starring the hugely popular Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. The channel’s number one series two years running3, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, returns with judges Bryan Baeumler, Scott McGillivray and Paul Lafrance.

 

Experiencing a year of incredible growth, National Geographic Canada landed as a top 15 specialty channel, achieving an all-time audience high and its best season ever1. This fall, Canadians can play along with Brain Games host Jason Silva as he delves deep into the human brain. And later in the year Emmy® Award-winning Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin star in the two-hour original docu-drama Killing Kennedy. In addition, viewers can look forward to the premiere of Legend of Mick Dodge, along with returning favourites Border Security and Wicked Tuna.

 

After the exciting launch of Lifetime in Canada last fall, the network that features a dazzling array of Hollywood stars and charismatic real-life personalities heads into its second year with the exclusive new series and returning hits that women connect with. The channel’s fall lineup sees the premiere of Witches of East End, starring Julia Ormond (Mad Men) and Jenna Dewan-Tatum (American Horror Story), along with the return of fan-favourites Drop Dead Diva, Double Divas and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.

 

Later this year, Bonnie and Clyde premieres in a star-studded, cross-network event simulcast on HISTORY and Lifetime, starring Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Holliday Grainger (The Borgias), Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy®-winner Holly Hunter (The Piano) and Academy Award®-winner William Hurt (Damages).

 

Boasting a growth of 22 per cent year-over-year1, the high-octane digital service Action adds a brand-new series to its lineup of high-stakes programming. Premiering this fall, Cash Dome Pawn, a new TruTV property, heads to Action, joining new seasons of the channel’s top 10 series Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing and World’s Dumbest

 

DTOUR™ – Canada’s newest lifestyle channel – diverges off the beaten path with eye-opening programming that reveals the drama, entertainment and ideas behind the everyday and the extraordinary. Led by the most engaging personalities, the channel’s exclusive content broadens horizons and fulfills ongoing curiosity. This fall DTOUR™ introduces the young at heart to big personalities and powerful experiences as classic rock legend Bret Michaels creates miraculous mobile mansions in Rock My RV, a retired combat veteran and his wife test their relationship and survival skills in Get Lost and Anthony Melchiorri whips hotels back into shape in Hotel Impossible.

 

DTOUR™

 

Rock My RV (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Follow classic rock legend Bret Michaels as he transforms ordinary recreational vehicles into the most miraculous mobile mansions on the road. RV owners are dreaming up their ideal vacations, but they often find their "home on wheels" isn't capable of making their dream trips come true. That's where Bret and his design team come in – from transforming a tired 1973 Winnebago family heirloom into a state-of-the-art road warrior, to retrofitting a brand new RV to a tailgating behemoth that blows every other vehicle off the road.

 

Hotel Impossible (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Competition is fierce in the hotel business, and online sites can kill a business' reputation with one bad review. Staff are untrained, surly or apathetic in a profession that lives or dies on service. So what's a struggling hotel operator to do? Hire Anthony Melchiorri, one of the most sought after hotel "fixers". His no-nonsense approach can turn any establishment around in weeks, from updating the décor to managing the debt – and he plans to do just that.

 

Get Lost (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

A Special Forces retired combat veteran and journalist husband and wife duo are dropped somewhere unknown, in the middle of nowhere, and must do whatever it takes to survive in the wild until they find their way back to civilization. 

 

Mysteries at the Museum (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Host Don Wildman scours local archives, storefront collections and the hallowed halls of stately institutions to find extraordinary relics at the heart of tales that shock and amaze. These objects and artifacts reveal hidden secrets and celebrate the past.

 

Adam Richman’s Fandemonium (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Adam Richman is on a mission to find the tastiest food at the wildest fan gatherings and to meet the fanatics of anything worshipped, watched or celebrated. While there, he'll introduce viewers to uniquely creative specialties that are fried, BBQ'd or sautéed. In each episode, Adam immerses himself into an event that has a legendary base of obsessed, passionate fans, from the Daytona 500 to the Kentucky Derby to Comic-Con – finding the best food, the best traditions, and, of course, the greatest fans on earth.

 

Burger Land (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

In this docu-style series, host George Motz meets America's best hamburger creators, tours their establishments and finds out what goes into making their burger one of the best in the land. In each episode, three of these burger classics George has encountered before, but the fourth hamburger is a new burger experience for George – a burger he's never tried before but that comes highly recommended by one of George's local burger experts.

 

Airport 24/7: Miami (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

This is an all-access pass to the intense and dramatic world of Miami International Airport, as told through larger than life characters whose jobs it is to keep one of America’s largest airports running around the clock. MIA is considered a Category X airport, a prime target for terrorist threats. With 38 million passengers a year, it’s an airport the size of a small city and something is always bound to happen. Fuel fire, smuggling rings, medical emergencies, sting operations, aircraft malfunctions and more – viewers may think they know life in an airport, but they haven’t seen anything yet!

 

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Chef, writer and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern gives viewers a taste of the world’s different cultures by serving up what the locals eat. Andrew goes deeper into experiencing the unusual food practices that even he never knew existed. He gets involved sourcing and preparing his food, while encountering extreme climates, rough terrain and off the beaten path locations. Andrew takes on personal journeys to find meaningful connections to people and their cuisine, from the most remote corners of the earth to locations right in his own backyard.

 

FOOD NETWORK CANADA 

 

Guy & Rachael's Kids Cook-Off(WT) (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

SEPTEMBER 8 

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri team up again, and this time they are challenging the most impressive, determined and downright adorable competitors ever – kids! In each episode they mentor and guide the young chefs, who prove to themselves and viewers that you don’t need a driver’s licence to be an amazing cook.

 

Cutthroat Kitchen (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money to either help themselves or sabotage their competitors. Ingredients will be thieved, utensils destroyed and valuable time lost when these chefs compete to cook delicious dishes while plotting against the competition. With Alton Brown as the devilish provocateur, nothing is out of bounds when money changes hands and viewers see just how far one chef will go to ensure they have the winning dish.

 

Food Court Wars (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Food Court Wars pits two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs against one another as they battle to win their own food court restaurant rent-free for a year. Hosted by Tyler Florence, each episode features a mall in a different city that is looking to open a new ‘local’ eatery in its food court. Stakes are high as teams must test their concept, market their brand and run their outlet for a full day of feeding hungry shoppers. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins their eatery space – a prize worth $100,000.

 

Partners in Crime (WT) (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013            

Every day, more than $25 million worth of goods are stolen from retailers – and food businesses top the list. In order to prevent this, stores hire security experts like Scott McDonald and Connie Ribble. Funny and fearless, cunning and comic, they can steal a store blind – all in the service of showing the owner where the security flaws are. Ultimately, they are making food businesses stronger, one heist at a time.

 

The Shed (WT) (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013            

Meet the First Family of Mississippi BBQ, the Orrisons. Their wildly popular BBQ joints earned them fame, fortune, devoted fans and a lot of big toys.  But no matter how big their business grows, the boisterous, fun loving clan insists on running the business as a family. Add in all the colourful employees and regulars and it’s obvious: this down home joint is a real-life sitcom. 

 

Restaurant Express (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013            

Robert Irvine has gathered eight aspiring restaurateurs for a bus road trip of a lifetime. Through a rigorous set of challenges, Robert will be looking at every aspect of their business acumen and testing all the skills needed to run their own restaurant. In the end, only one person will remain on the bus, ultimately dropped-off at their final stop: their very own restaurant.

 

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Music superstar and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood brings her family-inspired recipes and food traditions to Food Network Canada with Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Each themed show invites viewers into Trisha’s kitchen for her favourite meals, nostalgic stories and visits from family and friends, giving viewers a one-of-a-kind look into Trisha’s life, along with unique how-to tips and techniques for creating down-home dishes.

 

Chopped Canada (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

WINTER 2014

Hosted by Dean McDermott (winner of Rachael vs. Guy’s Celebrity Cook-Off season two), Chopped Canada is a high stakes culinary competition series where four chefs compete before an all-star panel of expert judges, including Lynn Crawford (Pitchin’ In), John Higgins (George Brown College), Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Week Off), Susur Lee (Top Chef Masters), Roger Mooking (Heat Seekers), Michael Smith (Chef Michael’s Kitchen), Vikram Vij (Vij’s) and Anne Yarymowich (formerly FRANK Restaurant). Armed with skill and ingenuity, chefs race against the clock to turn mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course the chefs will be chopped from the competition until only one remains. There’s $10, 000 on the line in this cut-throat competition and everybody wants to win. Who will survive the chopping block? 

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on Food Network Canada include Rachael vs Guy: Celebrity Cook-off, Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Giada At Home, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, The Great Food Truck Race, Halloween Wars, Mystery Diners, Paula’s Best Dishes, Restaurant: Impossible, Restaurant Stakeout, Restaurant Takeover and Top Chef Canada.

 

HGTV CANADA

 

Power Broker (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 26

In Power Broker, Mike Aubrey proves it’s a buyer’s market. Mike tours several homes with his clients and shows them what to look for and how to decide whether a home is ideal for them. In the tough and exciting negotiation that follows, viewers will hang on to see which house they get and what the price will be. Then a snap makeover shows how their new purchase can turn into a home that looks like it is worth much more than what they paid.

 

Catastrophe Inc (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 27

When disaster strikes, it’s the police, paramedics, firefighters and other first responders that save the day, but the unsung heroes of every catastrophe are those who clean it up. Long after the floods have receded and fires have been extinguished, the crew from Catastrophe Incorporated toils away in the muck and grime to change people’s lives by restoring their homes.

 

Real Potential (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

SEPTEMBER 19

Sarah Richardson shares the hidden potential of not-so-pretty houses by touring through three homes with prospective buyers. Thanks to Sarah’s expert advice and innovative thinking, the buyers find the one best suited to their family. What follows is a practical renovation or design plan that will transform the house picked into a dream home!

 

Undercover Overhaul with the Cousins (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

OCTOBER 15

In each episode of Undercover Overhaul, a real neighbourhood hero will be whisked away while Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri (the Kitchen Cousins) work their magic with new blueprints and a budget-friendly makeover. Furiously paced and emotionally charged, the series will follow the duo as they work feverishly, using any means necessary, to finish the job before our hero returns home for the big reveal.

 

Timber Kings (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

WINTER 2014

Williams Lake, B.C. is home to the Timber Kings, a family-run business of master log smiths who build stunning multi-million dollar log homes. Whether it’s for celebrities or rich billionaires who want and expect the best, the Timber Kings team makes dreams come true with custom built and unique homes.

 

Brand new seasons of returning series include: Property Virgins, House Hunters International, House Hunters, Leave It To Bryan, Holmes Makes It Right, You Live In What?, Extreme Homes, House Hunters Renovation, Income Property, Celebrities At Home, Rescue My Renovation and Hawaii Life.

 

HISTORY

 

Canadian Restorers (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

AUGUST 26

Welcome to The Guild: an oil-drenched, history-soaked, paint-splattered garage where the dreams of lofty aficionados and greasemonkey gear-heads meet. Car restoration and customization is a multibillion dollar industry worldwide, and everybody who brings their car to The Guild has the same dream. Whether it's a rare vintage Lancia in for a complete restoration or a '67 Chevy booked for "go faster" stripes, every driver wants to be behind that wheel as soon as possible and turn every head on the road. Canadian Restorers is all about shop floor drama, gas fueled egos and millions of dollars at stake.

 

Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 27

To this day, the backwoods descendants of the Hatfields and the McCoys continue to live in the remote and volatile hollows along the West Virginia and Kentucky border. While their historic feud started over 100 years ago, locals know there is still no love lost between the Hatfields and the McCoys; but now a new state law could actually change everything. To aid a troubled economy, West Virginia recently legalized the distilling and selling of moonshine. Seeing the potential for a hot new brand and billion dollar profits, a St. Louis investor offers to set the Hatfields and the McCoys up in business to make a completely authentic “Hatfield & McCoy” moonshine. Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning follows these two famous families as they try to put aside their hateful history and come together to build this new life from the ground up. 

 

Treasures Decoded (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

AUGUST 30

Using stunning documentary sequences, arresting science and filmic dramatic reconstructions Treasures Decoded investigates five of the world’s greatest treasures. Each episode sheds new light on these objects and their role in history, including the Shroud of Turin, the Viking Map, the Great Sphinx of Giza, El Dorado and the Jesus Codex. 

 

American Daredevils (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

OCTOBER 22

Daredevils have a long-held tradition in North American culture. Their roots can be traced to the 1920s when the Barnstormers, returning airmen from World War I, took to the skies and travelled across the nation selling airplane rides and performing dangerous tricks for people in small towns. Today, daredevils are a dying breed with only a handful of men still touring the country performing stunt shows and trying to scratch out a living in a business where the bigger the stakes, the bigger the payday. American Daredevils follows the lives of three colourful, modern-day professional stuntmen and their crews as they hit the road to embark on a season in which they will compete for records, bragging rights and big venue paydays. 

 

Sector Sarajevo (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

FALL 2013

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Canada's peacekeeping mission to Sarajevo. Now, for the first time, the stunning, inside story of Canada’s involvement in this operation is told in Sector Sarajevo

 

Martian War (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

FALL 2013

Presented as a suspenseful, moving documentary, Martian War tells the story of the catastrophic events and unimaginable horrors of 1913 to 1917 – a four-year period which saw humankind battle a savage alien invasion and become progressively enslaved by terrible machines of war. With powerful and detailed First World War parallels, Martian War is a one-of-a-kind show.  

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on HISTORY include: Vikings, Yukon Gold, Canadian Pickers, Counting Cars, Pawn Stars, American Restoration, Ice Road Truckers, Mountain Men, American Pickers and Ice Pilots NWT.

 

SLICE™

 

Extreme Collectors (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

FALL 2013

This new series follows host Andrew Zegers, a professional appraiser with a sharp eye and 30 years of experience, as he travels in search of truly incredible and unique collections. Part road trip, part treasure hunt, the show features Andrew touring through meticulously cared-for collections in homes all across North America. Tapping into the fascinating world of collectors, Extreme Collectors is an entertaining ride as each episode showcases four amazing collectors and their stunning collections. 

 

Lost and Sold (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

FALL 2013

Lost and Sold is an auction series about the thrill of finding value in lost and unclaimed goods. The series features a hilarious group of quirky dealers who attend a weekly misguided freight auction where they wheel and deal in pursuit of lost items to flip for profit. From everyday items to obscure and wacky one-offs, each week these dealers roll the dice in hopes of scoring big. 

 

Save Our Business (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Save Our Business is a transformational business-makeover series headlined by British entrepreneur and millionaire, Peter Jones. Jones travels across America on a mission – investing his time and expertise and putting his reputation and even his own money on the line to save small businesses in trouble. Each week, Jones assesses the major problems facing a struggling company and designs a plan to help save it from collapsing.

 

Surviving Evil (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

FALL 2013

Surviving Evil presents the real-life stories of how victims of violence fought back against their attackers and, against the odds, survived. Told in their own words, it’s an empowering and inspiring look at true-crime stories where the victim turns the tables on their assailant. 

 

Strangers in the Home (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

FALL 2013

Each gripping episode of Strangers in the Home follows the evolution of strangers becoming friends as trust is built and defenses are lowered. This docu-crime series traces the path where strangers cross the line of intimacy and deceit, and penetrate the safe walls of the home, leaving trusting victims in their wake.

 

Child Star(WT) (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

WINTER 2014

Child Star follows one of Hollywood's hottest talent scouts, Starr Andreeff, as she searches for the next child superstars of music and film, while wrangling the most outrageous and high-maintenance stage parents. An inside look into the lives of child and teen performers, the series reveals the outlandish antics of Los Angeles’ most demanding parents. At the centre of this world is Starr, a reformed child actor who made the transition from acting to managing young Hollywood talent. A rollercoaster ride through the emotional ups and downs of parenting Hollywood’s wee wannabes, Child Star is a cold dose of reality in a town built on make believe.

 

In the Thicke of It (World Broadcast Premiere, Canadian Original)

WINTER 2014

You might think after playing the perfect father and husband on Growing Pains, Alan Thicke would have being a family man all figured out. While he may have hung up his cardigans, his fiery, half-his-age Latina wife Tanya and three children –  too smart for his own good Carter, rock star Robin and Brennan, who runs a marijuana dispensary – keep him on his toes. In between jet-setting around the globe and relaxing at his seven acre estate in Santa Barbara, Alan somehow finds time to write for Hollywood studios, appear in the latest sitcoms, attend the Kardashians’ Christmas party and hang out at the Playboy mansion. In the Thicke of It follows the hilarious, action-packed and dramatic daily lives of Alan’s real life Modern Family.   

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on Slice™ include: Big Brother Canada, Mob Wives, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Real Housewives of New York, Real Housewives of Miami, King of the Nerds, I’m Having Their Baby, Money Moron, The Undateables and Ex-Wives of Rock.  

 

SHOWCASE

 

King & Maxwell (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

King & Maxwell features Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as bestselling author David Baldacci‘s popular characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. These two aren’t your typical private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skills – not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry – give them a leg up on conventional law enforcement. He's charming and always one step ahead of the game and she's a fearless force to be reckoned with. King & Maxwell also stars Michael O’Keefe and Chris Butler as F.B.I. Special Agents Rigby and Carter, who clash with King and Maxwell over their less-than-legal methods. 

 

Helix (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

COMING 2014 

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation.

 

Cable premieres of hit movies on Showcase include: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on Showcase include: Continuum, Defiance, Copper, Covert Affairs, Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Haven, Rizzoli & Isles and Game of Thrones.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

 

Brain Games (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 2013

Brain Games gives viewers a truly engaging television experience with 12 mind-blowing episodes, each chock full of interactive games and experiments designed to mess with the mind. Delving into topics like focus, fear, persuasion, decision-making and neural fitness, Brain Games is a profoundly entertaining and revealing journey into the three and a half pounds of tissue that makes up the human brain.

 

The Legend of Mick Dodge (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013              

Appealing to aspiring survivalists, The Legend of Mick Dodge focuses on the quirky title character, whose unique brand of Zen comes from living by his own code – off the land and off the grid.  

 

Killing Kennedy (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013              

Based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Kennedy chronicles one of the most shocking events in American history, following two men from very different backgrounds on a collision course with fate. The two-hour docu-drama stars Emmy® Award-winning actor Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) as Jacqueline Kennedy.

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on National Geographic Channel include: Border Security, Drugs Inc., Alaska State Troopers and Wicked Tuna

 

LIFETIME

 

Witches of East End (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches of East End follows Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston) whom, unbeknownst to them, are their family’s next generation of witches. Leading ordinary modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of East Haven, Freya becomes engaged to a wealthy newcomer, and a series of events forces Joanna to admit to her daughters they are powerful and immortal witches. Mädchen Amick stars as Joanna’s mischievous witch sister Wendy. 

 

Bonnie & Clyde (World Broadcast Premiere, Simulcast on Lifetime and HISTORY)

FALL 2013

Bonnie & Clyde follows Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and the rest of the notorious Barrow Gang as they sweep through the central United States committing small-time robberies and daring bank heists, leaving murdered police officers and civilians in their wake. 

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on Lifetime include: Drop Dead Diva, Double Divas and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.

 

ACTION

 

Cash Dome Pawn (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 26 

Cash Dome Pawn introduces viewers to one of the wildest and most outrageous pawn shops in America, the Cash Dome, run by Josh "White Boy" Gallander. From dealing with disruptive clientele to negotiating with housewives and businessmen, White Boy, his brother Josh and their overwhelmed dad certainly have their hands full.

 

Cable premieres of blockbuster movies on Action include: Green Lantern, Underworld: Awakening and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

 

New seasons of returning series on Action include: Hardcore Pawn, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, Lizard Lick Towing, Container Wars and World’s Dumbest.

 

DIY

 

Garage Gold (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

OCTOBER 13

Garage Gold tracks the adventures of Kraig Bantle and his family business, Garage Brothers. They offer to clear cluttered, dysfunctional garages, attics and basements free of charge. But here’s the rub: they keep everything they remove and sell any buried treasures for profit.

 

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Vanilla Ice, the rapper turned home construction expert from The Vanilla Ice Project, goes to live and learn from Amish builders.

 

Rescue Renovation (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Rescue Renovation host Kayleen McCabe saves project-challenged homeowners who are in over their heads with their renovations. Kayleen points out exactly what went wrong and formulates a seven-day action plan to turn awful renovations into jaw-dropping rooms.

 

Returning series include Professional Grade, Renovation Realities, House Crashers, Kitchen Crashers, Bath Crashers, Yard Crashers, I Hate My Yard, Man Caves, I Hate My Bath, I Want That, Bronson Pinchot Project and Rehab Addict

 

NAT GEO WILD

 

Ultimate Animal Countdown (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013

Ultimate Animal Countdown is the definitive search for the most amazing animals on the planet. Each episode explores one of the big issues in the natural world: food or fighting, swarms or sex.  It takes 20 of the most extreme animal exponents and ranks them from wild to wildest, in a rollercoaster ride to find the most extraordinary behaviour.   

 

Jobs That Bite! (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

COMING 2014

Germophobes and scaredy-cats need not apply; these jobs are for the unsung heroes who take on the beastly challenge of working with all things that slither, grunt, growl and bite. Whether it’s tagging sharks, wrangling ostriches or farming eels, host Jeremy Brandt is rolling up his sleeves to get his wild on — and the fur’s gonna fly!

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on Nat Geo WILD include: Caught in the Act, The Incredible Dr. Pol and Fish Tank Kings.

 

H2

 

Haunted History (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 27

Each episode of Haunted History visits an eerie modern day location and reveals the story of peculiar events that unfolded there. Using surveillance footage, verité, found footage, infrared and hand-held cameras, Haunted History revisits some of North America’s most mysterious locations, including Alcatraz, Gettysburg Battlefield, the Devil's Promenade in Oklahoma, and a prison opened in 1876 that is said to be America's most haunted penitentiary. 

 

How Sex Changed the World (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 29

Food, water and shelter are all necessary to humankind’s survival. But there’s another powerful need that has transformed history – sex. How Sex Changed the World spans thousands of years and sheds light on how sex has changed history: from Genghis Khan using it to expand the Mongol Empire, to the survival of harems for thousands of years and even how Hoover used it to blackmail top-level politicians. 

 

All You Can Eat (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 29

Hosted by a charismatic, competitive eater, every episode of All You Can Eat digs deeper into viewers’ favourite foods, like eggs, burgers or bacon, revealing the surprising history, technology and process behind every plate. 

 

Big History (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

NOVEMBER 3

Big History puts a scientific spin on history, linking iconic events to modern day living. For example, the majority of people carry a legacy of the Titanic in their pockets every day – every time a cell phone call is placed, it uses radio wave lanes assigned after the Titanic’s telegraph rescue calls went unanswered. Every call is also connected to explosions from the Big Bang, which created tantalum, a rare and mysterious element used in trace amounts in every phone. Without tantalum, phones would be 12 times larger. 

 

New specials premiering on H2 include: Gold Fever, Target Earth, 101 Weapons that Changed the World, Giorgio’s Ancient Aliens and Seven Deadly Sins.

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series on H2 include: Ancient Aliens, Modern Marvels, The Universe, America Unearthed, America’s Book of Secrets and Mega Marvels Countdown

 

IFC

 

House of Lies (Network Premiere)

FALL 2013 

A scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm, House of Lies stars Don Cheadle as Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means necessary to get his way with and for his clients. Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Kristen Bell) is a razor-sharp, Ivy League graduate who works at Marty’s firm. Marty’s life is further complicated by an acerbic ex-wife, a psychoanalyst father and a young son. 

 

Network premieres of hit films on IFC include: Colombiana, J. Edgar and Fright Night.

 

Brand-new seasons of returning series premiering on IFC include: Californication

 

BBC CANADA

 

Big School (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

AUGUST 30

Set in a secondary school, this comedy about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards stars David Walliams (Little Britain) as 40-something chemistry teacher, Mr. Church, who has taught at Greybridge School for years. 

 

Top Gear Top 41 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

FALL 2013            

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and occasionally The Stig, have created some of the most memorable moments on TV in the past 10 years. Top Gear Top 41 takes viewers on a journey through their favourite moments from the past 19 seasons of the award-winning show.  

 

Returning BBC CANADA hits include: The Graham Norton Show and Top Gear, including three fresh Top Gear specials.  

 

MYSTERY TV

 

New seasons and encore episodes of returning series on Mystery TV include: Continuum, Rookie Blue, Copper, Beauty and the Beast, Haven and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

 

DEJAVIEW

 

Encore episodes of returning series on DejaView include: All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three’s Company, M*A*S*H and Golden Girls.

 

MOVIETIME

 

Network premieres of blockbuster movies on MovieTime include: 21 Jump Street, Moneyball and War Horse.

 

TWIST TV


Returning series on Twist TV include: Money Moron, Real Designing Women, Consumed, My Teenage Wedding and The Talk

 

1Source: BBM Canada PPM data, Total Canada, 8/29/11-4/29/12; 8/27/12-4/28/13 (A25-54, non-sports)

2Source: BBM Canada Meter data, Total Canada, 8/27/12 - 4/28/13 (some data unconfirmed) 

3Source: Source: BBM Canada PPM data, 1/2/12-12/2/12 (all data confirmed); 4+ airings, Viewers 2+ and 12/31/12-5/26/13 (data confirmed to May 19th); 3+ airings, Viewers 2+ 

4Source: BBM Canada PPM data – Aug 31/09 onward; BBM-NMR meter data – up to Aug 30/09

5Source: BBM Canada PPM data, 8/27/12 – 8/9/12; 12/31/12 – 5/26/13

 

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About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, 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.

 

For media inquiries, please contact: 


Jaclyn Atwood-Powell 

Senior Manager, Publicity – Lifestyle Channels

Shaw Media

(416) 966-7293

Jaclyn.Atwood@shawmedia.ca

 

Jessica Gold 

Senior Manager, Publicity – Dramatic, Factual and Global Television

Shaw Media

(416) 966-7543

Jessica.Gold@shawmedia.ca 

 



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