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Fall slates from Corus’ W, Viva and CosmoTV

The Canadian media company's female-skewing cable networks have several new factual entertainment series - original and acquired - making their debuts this fall.
July 29, 2010

Three female-skewing specialty networks from Canadian media company Corus Entertainment have announced their fall slates, packed with several new factual entertainment series – original and acquired – making their debuts.

The W Network, watched by over 10 million viewers in an average month, has five factual entertainment world premieres on tap for fall, with the majority of them landing squarely in the home renovation and real estate camp. Inside the Box with Ty Pennington (produced by Cineflix Productions in association with W Network, premiering September 7) puts the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition star into the competition sub-genre, as he and Canadian designer Janette Ewen judge ‘armchair designers’ who take part in a weekly interior design duel. All for Nothing? (Mountain Road Productions in association with W Network, premiering October 7) follows two homeowners aiming to spruce up their dwellings in order to get them ready to sell. Also on the real estate tip, Burn My Mortgage (RTR Media in association with W Network, premiering October 5) brings financial expert Kelly Keehn and motivator Chad Bisch into the fold to help participants shave thousands of dollars off of their mortgages. And Grin & Build It (Zone 3 in association with W Network, premiering September 9) takes couples with house projects in need of doing and tasks the ‘not so handy one’ with taking care of the renovations.

The other world premiere from W is the Canuck version of ITV Studios’ smash format Come Dine With Me Canada (Proper Television in association with W Network, premiering in November). The format has five amateur chefs sample each other’s cooking and dinner hosting capabilities and then rate each other’s abilities.

Newly-acquired fact ent series making their debuts in the fall on W include 9 By Design and Restaurant in Our Living Room.

Corus’ Viva, available in five million households and targeting the 35-64 female demo, has two factual series making their debuts in the months ahead. Murder She Solved (Force Four Entertainment in association with Viva, premiering Sept. 11) and The Devil You Know (Make Believe Media in association with Viva, premiering Sept. 25) fall in the docureality camp, with the former being a ‘whodunit’ series featuring the exploits and talents of various female crime solvers. The latter also has crime as its subject matter, illuminating the inner workings of con artists, sexual offenders and serial killers.

Viva’s returning fact ent series include the paranormal show Ghostly Encounters (Sept. 25) and lifestyle program Healthy Gourmet (Sept. 11).

Cosmopolitan TV, a partnership between Corus Entertainment Inc. and Hearst Corporation, bows the magazine-style series Oh So Cosmo (Sept. 8) hosted by Josie Dye and Stylography (Pyramid Productions in association with CosmoTV, debuting on Oct. 6). Acquired series making their Canadian debuts include Kell on Earth, Fly Girls and High Society. Season 3 of The Rachel Zoe Project will also air on the channel.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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