Canada’s W Network announces new reality slate

Corus Entertainment's W Network has announced nine new original series that will be added to the network's fall and winter schedules, including the Canadian version of Come Dine with Me and new programs for personalities such as Ty Pennington and Candice Olson.
June 21, 2010

Corus Entertainment’s W Network has announced nine new original series that will be added to the network’s fall and winter schedules, including the Canadian version of Come Dine with Me and new programs for personalities such as Ty Pennington and Candice Olson.

W Network’s fall schedule will include five new original reality series for the channel, including a new avenue for popular handyman Pennington (pictured). Produced by Cineflix, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington will be a 13×30-minute series in which Pennington puts ‘armchair designers’ to the test. Amateurs who think they have an eye for design will compete against each other, creating themed rooms for each of their homes in two days. The competitors will be either friends, relatives or colleagues and the catch is they will have to design the rooms using everything in a box given to them by Pennington.

Proper Television will be bringing ITV Studios’ format Come Dine with Me to Canada for the fall. Come Dine with Me Canada will see five amateur chefs compete for the title of the best dinner party host, each competitor taking turns to host the other contestants for a meal. After dinner the competitors rate the hosts’ performances and by the end of the week a winner is announced.

Other original programs to hit the schedule in the fall include Grin and Build It, a 13×30-minute program for Zone3 which takes couples in which one partner is the handy one and challenges the ‘not-so-handy one’ to complete renovations, without any help from their partner. RTR Media’s Burn My Mortgage follows financial expert Kelley Keehn and motivational coach Chad Bisch as they attempt to provide families with the ability to pay off their mortgages faster. Also, Mountain Road Productions will bring All for Nothing to the slate, giving homeowners two weeks and zero budget to transform their neglected homes and get them ready to sell. The seller who most increases the value of their home wins the commission-free listing services of an expert real estate agent.

‘We are looking forward to working with our Canadian production partners over the coming months on our biggest slate of original productions yet,’ said Vibika Bianchi, director, original productions for the W Network. ‘With this new lineup, we will give our viewers exactly what they’ve asked us for – more home-focused programming featuring all aspects of the home, from renovation and design, to financing, buying, selling and entertaining.’

The winter slate will see four more original programs including Fusion Television’s new vehicle for designer Candice Olson (Divine Design). Candice Tells All will be a 13×30-minute series in which Olson will reveal the secrets of timeless design principles and teach viewers how to get these looks in their own homes. Homewreckers, also from Fusion, will follow contractor Kristi Hansen as she works with homeowners to uncover hidden problems in their homes. Hansen will ultimately rescue the house while teaching the homeowners what not to ignore.

Cineflix and Cream Productions round out the winter schedule with two house-flipping shows that hinge on the element of family. Cineflix’s Property Brothers follows real estate agent Drew Scott and his contractor brother Jonathan as they find fixer-uppers and turn them into buyers’ dream homes, all on a budget. Using CGI, the brothers show buyers the potential in two rundown properties and once the clients choose the property they like best, Drew negotiates the price while Jonathan plans the transformation.

Cream’s Sibling Rivalry(w/t) follows twins Dan and Nikki Hall as they channel their competitive natures by competing to flip houses for more profit. Each episode will follow the siblings as they compete to make the most off of their own projects.

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