Toronto-based media conglomerate Corus Entertainment has announced more than 200 hours of new and returning series and specials across its portfolio of linear networks for the 2022-23 season, including several new offerings for its lifestyle and factual channels.
The History Channel leads off with a pair of two-part documentaries addressing key episodes from Canada’s past. Produced to mark the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, True Story (2 x 60 min.) brings a critical lens to the history of the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the European settlers, mixing stories of national shame with glimmers of hope. In honor of Remembrance Day on November 11, Our War (2 x 60 min.) presents tales of extraordinary individuals who made heroic contributions to Canada’s war effort during World Wars I and II.
Also airing on History is the previously announced Deadman’s Curse (8 x 60 min.), about a diverse team of explorers searching for a legendary cursed gold mine in British Columbia. The unscripted adventure series was one of several titles included in the sizable package of programming headed to Hulu later this year, as part of a recently signed multi-year agreement between Corus and the Disney/NBCUniversal-owned streaming platform.
In addition to returning in a new season of Island of Bryan, Bryan Baeumler will also headline two new series for lifestyle net HGTV Canada. First, he shares the spotlight with Scott McGillivray for the previously announced competition series Renovation Resort (7 x 60 min.), which sees the duo overseeing four contractor/designer teams who are each seeking to make over a waterfront cabin into a premium vacation rental, with a $100,000 prize on the line. Baeumler is also fronting an in-development, as-yet-untitled 10 x 60-minute series that is slated for 2023.
Two more previously announced titles on HGTV’s 2022-23 slate are Sarah’s Mountain Escape (10 x 60 min.), in which designer Sarah Richardson and her husband Alexander Younger seek to transform a rundown bed and breakfast in Whistler, British Columbia into a luxury vacation rental; and another B.C.-set series, Pamela’s Garden of Eden (8 x 60 min.), in which Canadian-born superstar Pamela Anderson (pictured) undertakes a rejuvenation of her grandmother’s six-acre legacy property.
Rounding out HGTV’s new offerings is Ali Budd (w/t, 8 x 60 min.), in which the eponymous, Toronto-based luxury home designer spearheads a series of million-dollar renovations.
The final new factual offering is the W Network feature-length doc Sex with Sue (1 x 90 min.), in which director Lisa Rideout profiles the venerated sex educator and television personality Sue Johansen.
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