Corus Ent developing “Mad House,” “Restaurant Revolution”

The Canadian network currently has five original reality series on its development slate for 2014/15, including a food competition series from Temple Street.
November 19, 2014

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has unveiled its unscripted development slate for 2014-15, including an hour-long food competition series from Temple Street Productions.

The new series are under development for Corus’s women and family networks, including W Network, CMT, OWN, CosmoTV and ABC Spark.

The shows in development include Temple Street’s Restaurant Revolution, which will see chefs and sous chefs face off in a cook-off involving a three-course meal. Diners will then decide the winner by paying however much they believe the meal is worth.

Other unscripted shows on Corus’s development slate include Tricon Films & Television’s Mad House, an hour-long show in which 10 couples will compete in a home reno contest where the winner will get their mortgage paid off; while Toronto-based Our House Media has three home-based reality series under development with Corus: the half-hour Born in a Barn, and the hour-long A Penthouse View, and More House for Your Buck.

The shows currently on the development slate are primarily targeted towards W Network and CMT, says John MacDonald, Corus Entertainment’s VP of television and head of women and family. “Each of these shows fits with our overall programming strategy for W Network and CMT Canada. They focus on topics like property and food competition, subjects in which W and CMT audiences have already demonstrated strong interest,” he told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback Daily.

Corus also announced production is underway on Mississippi Snake Grabbers, which is currently slated for a spring 2015 premiere on CMT. The series is produced by CMT and Dockside Productions, and follows a group of tour guides that take tourists on snake-hunting expeditions in the southern U.S.

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