CMT Canada orders “Yukon for Sale,” “Ice Road Racers”

Canadian cable network CMT has commissioned three unscripted series for 2015 and has renewed Mom's a Medium (pictured) for a second season.
November 19, 2014

Canadian cable network CMT has commissioned three unscripted series for 2015 and has renewed Mom’s a Medium (pictured) for a second season.

The Corus Entertainment-controlled channel has renewed Lark Productions’ reality series Mom’s a Medium, which follows the life of self-professed spiritual medium and rural Alberta rancher Carmel Baird, for a 10 x 30-minute second season set to bow in spring 2015.

CMT also greenlit the reality competition series Ice Road Racers (12 x 60-minute), a driving competition series from Calgary-based Corkscrew Media that will premiere in the spring.

The real estate series Yukon for Sale, produced by Toronto’s Proper Television, follows home-buyers looking to purchase property in the Yukon and was picked up for 13 half-hour episodes.

In addition, Montreal-based Zone 3′s Almost Genius is currently slated to air in fall 2015. Almost Genius is a viral video sketch comedy series, where comedians are inserted into viral videos via digital production techniques. The first season of the show will include 20 half-hour long episodes.

Earlier this year, Vibika Bianci, formerly the VP of original programming for women’s and family TV at Corus Entertainment, said CMT was looking to shift its programming towards more high-stake, dramatic and high-energy shows than the channel had previously commissioned.

The shift followed research the company had done to better reach CMT’s target audience of adults 25 to 54. The channel is looking to focus on suburban woman, in contrast to the W Network’s focus on urban populations.

  • with files from Val Maloney and Adam Benzine
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