Smithsonian Channel Canada unveils launch line-up

Blue Ant Media has unveiled the launch line-up for the Smithsonian Channel, which is launching as a specialty service in Canada on November 13. (Pictured: Canada Over the Edge).
October 29, 2013

Blue Ant Media has unveiled the launch line-up for the Smithsonian Channel, which is launching as a specialty service in Canada on November 13.

Smithsonian Channel is a rebrand of Blue Ant’s EQhd channel, and marks the Smithsonian network’s first expansion into an international market.

The commercial-free network will feature programming genres such as air and space, science and nature, pop culture and history, inspired by the famed cultural institution.

Programming on the channel’s fall schedule includes Canada 1812: Forged in Fire and Canada Over the Edge.

Canada 1812: Forged in Fire is a six-part series, airing Mondays at 6 p.m. starting November 18, featuring personal stories and historic sites related to the War of 1812. The series is produced by partners Blue Ant Media, EQhd, Parks Canada, the Bell Fund, and the Canada Media Fund.

Canada Over the Edge (pictured above), which airs Wednesdays at 6 p.m. starting November 13, is an aerial doc series exploring topographical and geographical features that define Canada.

The series showcases various urban city centers, the remote wilderness of Canadian National Parks, and the history of the Atlantic provinces. The series is produced by Toronto-based Arcadia TV, with support from the CMF, Film Nova Scotia, federal and provincial tax credits. The series has aired previously on Knowledge Network and EQhd.

Also part of the channel’s fall programming, L.A. Frock Stars airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting November 14, while two JFK-related specials will have their world broadcast premieres on November 17.

Kennedy Suicide Bomber, which premieres at 8 p.m., reveals the untold story of Richard Pavlick, who attempted to kill President-elect John F. Kennedy a month before he was sworn in as the President of the United States. The Day Kennedy Died, which premieres at 9 p.m., is a minute-by-minute account of November 22, 1963, narrated by Kevin Spacey.

Elsewhere on the schedule, series Terror in the Skies airs Sundays at 9 p.m. starting November 24; and Quest, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting November 20, gives viewers a deeper look at contemporary science and research, from questions about renewable energies to cures for diseases.

TV special Death Beach, about the bizarrely aggressive behavior of sharks at South Africa’s Second Beach, airs November 29 at 10 p.m., while A Shot to Save the World, about how Dr. Jonas Salk and his staff conquered polio, airs December 29 at 10 p.m.

To build buzz for the programming launch, the channel will preview The Incredible Bionic Man online at starting October 30, ahead of the special airing on TV on November 13 at 10 p.m.

On launch, the channel will also offer a two-month national free preview to viewers.

Smithsonian Channel is a partnership between Toronto-based Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, which is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief and content director for Realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to Realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.