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Mike Holmes moves to Bell Media

After nearly two decades as one of the faces of Corus Entertainment’s HGTV Canada, lifestyle star Mike Holmes is switching networks. Bell Media revealed Thursday (June 7) that Holmes (pictured right ...
June 7, 2019

After nearly two decades as one of the faces of Corus Entertainment’s HGTV Canada, lifestyle star Mike Holmes is switching networks.

Bell Media revealed Thursday (June 7) that Holmes (pictured right at the Bell Media upfront with company president Randy Lennox, left) will star in original series that air on both the main CTV network and the soon-to-be-rebranded CTV Life specialty channel (formerly Gusto).

Holmes Family Rescue, a series that sees Holmes teaming up with his children Mike Jr. and Sherry as they transform the lives of homeowners across the country, will debut in summer 2020 on the main CTV channel. Meanwhile, a second original series, Holmes 911, will launch on CTV Life this fall, in addition to a catalogue of other series previously produced through his Make It Right production banner. 

Bringing Holmes  one of the most recognizable Canadian stars in the renovation space  into the fold is a significant coup for Bell Media as it prepares to launch its rebranded specialty channels in September. The addition of renovation-style content also represents an expansion of CTV Life’s programming remit, which until now has focused more on culinary series, as well as shows such as the wedding-themed Where To I Do? and the docuseries Dog Tales Rescue.

On the main CTV channel, too, the new Holmes series will be somewhat of an outlier for a network that has not typically programmed a great deal of content in the renovation or lifestyle space. Bell Media declined to specify whether the series will air in primetime, offering only that it will be a “tent-pole” series.

Over the past 15 years, Holmes has built out both a talent and production brand with series including Holmes on Homes,  Holmes: Buy It RightHolmes Inspection  and Holmes Makes it Right, and guest appearances on other shows such as Home to Win  and The Search for Canada’s Next Designer. He also heads up The Holmes Group, a global company with operations in home building, construction and inspections, in addition to independent production.

(From Playback Daily. Thumbnail image: Shutterstock)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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