Cottage Life greenlights seven series

Blue Ant Media-owned specialty channel Cottage Life has greenlit seven new series, including My Retreat and Selling Big, which will launch as the channel begins transmitting in Canada this fall.
May 14, 2013

Blue Ant Media digital specialty channel Cottage Life has greenlit production on seven new original series, slated to launch when the channel begins transmitting in Canada this fall.

Decks, Docks and Gazebos (13 x 30 mins), hosted by contractor Colin Hunter, is a reno show that follows a project from its ramshackle beginnings to stunning completion. Meanwhile, My Retreat (13 x 30 mins) features a cross-country tour of unique cottages, cabins and second homes, while Selling Big (13 x 30 mins) features the heavy equipment auctioneers from the Ritchies Brothers Auction House.

Also on the Cottage Life slate is Cottage Cheese (13 x 30 mins) is a look at the kitschy collectibles people keep in their country and summer homes, and Weekend Reno (13 x 30 mins), which features designer Michelle Mawby making over outdated retreats.

And What’s for Sale? (13 x 30 mins) guides families through the finding and purchasing of their dream getaway property, while Cottage Cook-off (13 x 30 mins) features chefs Aldo Lanzillotta and Joanne Lusted and their cottager teams competing to prepare a three-course feast.

“These new original series encompass what is unique about cottage living and we can’t wait to share these stories with our audience,” said Blue Ant Media’s senior VP of original content Marcia Martin in a statement. “Our entertaining and informative hosts will showcase the definitively Canadian lifestyle, where every day is the weekend, from a coast-to-coast perspective

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