Corus preps “Real Housewives of Toronto”

Among the new series announced in the Canadian broadcaster's upfront, the popular franchise will have a Toronto version debut on Corus specialty net Slice in the winter of next year.
June 7, 2016

UPDATED 06/07/16, 5:46 p.m. with production company information

Canadian broadcast media company Corus Entertainment has two adaptations of huge unscripted formats on the way through its stable of specialty nets.

Announcing its specialty slate in its upfront, Corus confirmed a fall 2016 launch for The Bachelorette Canada via the female-skewing W Network, and the debut of The Real Housewives of Toronto, for lifestyle net Slice, in the winter of 2017.

The first season for the Canadian Bachelorette, to be produced by Good Human Productions, has a 9 x 90-minute order, while the Toronto Housewives, to be produced by Lark Productions in association with Corus, will be featured in a 10 x 60-minute first season.

Slice also debuted a Vancouver-based Housewives from Lark in 2011.

Slice will also be premiering Style Factory, a 14 x 30-minute series produced by Cineflix Productions that examines how fashion and beauty products are made, on September 2. W, meanwhile, will premiere Worst to First in the winter of 2017. The 10 x 60-minute home reno show transforms serious fixer uppers in good neighborhoods.

HGTV Canada will premiere the Si Entertainment-produced Bryan Inc., featuring the husband and wife home reno duo of Bryan and Sarah Baeumier, on Sept. 16, as well as a new series featuring Scott McGillivray, Moving the McGillivrays, on the same date. Mike Holmes, meanwhile, returns with a new series featuring the contractor and his son MJ, Holmes and Holmes, in the fall of 2016.

OWN Canada will debut the 10 x 60-minute My Baby’s Having a Baby in the winter of 2017. The series, to be produced by Our House Media, will follow five families with expecting teen moms and soon-to-be grandmothers. Food Network Canada, meanwhile, will roll out the 10 x 30-minute Inspired with Anna Olson from Peace Point Entertainment in the fall of 2016.

CMT in Canada and Proper Television are bringing Billy the Exterminator star Billy Bretherton back in Billy Goes North this fall. History in Canada, meanwhile, will debut the 8 x 60-minute Nazi Treasure Hunters from Saloon Media in the spring of 2017, the 10 x 60-minute Airport: Below Zero on August 31, and two one-offs – Auction House, again from Saloon Media, and Black Watch (w/t) from Yap Films – this fall.

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