From a media release:
Today,Â Corus EntertainmentÂ announced its 2019-2020 order of captivating new Canadian series and proven hits. This unrivaled slate features 40 newly-commissioned seasons and titles. With an increase in Canadian production year over year, Corus underscores its commitment to homegrown talent. The companyâ€™s diverse portfolio of networks is investing in premium original content across all genres in collaboration with award-winning creators across the country. In addition to the Canadian series being announced today, more scripted and lifestyle series will be unveiled in the coming months.
This year, Corusâ€™ acclaimed scripted slate grew with character-driven dramaÂ NursesÂ and Canada/UK co-productionÂ DepartureÂ starringÂ EmmyÂ®Â winnerÂ Archie Panjabi and OscarÂ®Â winner Christopher Plummer. Complementing those series, Corus orders returning seasons of detective dramaÂ Private EyesÂ and award-winning historical dramaÂ Vikings. As a trailblazer in unscripted lifestyle content, a new crop of original competitive, palate-pleasing series are introduced includingÂ Wall of Chefs,Â The Big BakeÂ and kid cooking seriesÂ Junior Chef Showdown. Leading home and renovation series,Â Big Home OverhaulÂ andÂ Hot MarketÂ complement recurring favourites with heavy-hitting Canadian talent such asÂ Property Brothers,Â Island of BryanÂ andÂ Home to Win. The company also brings audiences homegrown versions of prized franchises such asÂ Big Brother CanadaÂ andÂ Top Chef CanadaÂ with returning seasons this year, along with new episodes ofIron Chef Canada. Dominating the industry in childrenâ€™s content and world-class animation, endearing pre-school seriesÂ The Remarkable Mr. KingÂ joins Corusâ€™ successful slate of animated content.
Corus Entertainment further cements its position as a leader in stellar Canadian programming on an international scale through its Corus StudiosÂ contentÂ and its industry-leading kids content company,Â Nelvana.Â Corus Studios develops, produces and distributesÂ programs across an array of genres, distributedÂ globally in over 150 territories. This year, Corus Studios delivers 11 new series and confirms sevenÂ returning hits. AsÂ a world-leading producer and distributor of childrenâ€™s content, Nelvanaâ€™s content is broadcast across Corusâ€™ collection of leading kidsâ€™ networks and is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide. For the 2019-2020 broadcast season, Nelvana creates two new series and a short film, along with a number of returning series across a slate of more than a dozen productions.
Below is a breakdown of Corus Entertainmentâ€™s lineup of new and returning original series:
GlobalÂ renews seasons of summer smash-hitÂ Private Eyes,Â juggernaut reality seriesÂ Big Brother CanadaÂ for the 2019-2020 season. Also joining the schedule, are previously announced original dramasÂ DepartureÂ andÂ NursesÂ set to premiere midseason in 2020.
Entertainment Tonight Canada, Season 15 (260×30) â€“ NEW SEASON (2019/2020)
Returning for its milestone 15thÂ season, the nation’s entertainment powerhouseÂ ET CanadaÂ delivers in-depth and breaking celebrity, film, television, and music news both on-air and online. Airing weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT,Â ET CanadaÂ is hosted by Cheryl Hickey along with Sr. Reporter Roz Weston, and Entertainment Reporters Sangita Patel and Carlos Bustamante. (Produced by Corus Entertainment for Global Television in association with Paramount Domestic Television).
Private Eyes, Season 4 (12×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Summer 2020)
Private EyesÂ returns to the exciting, sexy and unpredictable world of The Everett and Shade agency with Season 4.Â Â Shade (Jason Priestley) and Everett (Cindy Sampson) have their hands full of twisty, thrilling, and dangerous cases to solve. From a Gatsby garden party, to a high-profile celebrity golf tournament, and the glitz and glamour of TIFF to a bizarre alien cult. The beloved duo will be personally and professionally challenged as they think about the paths not taken, and what kind of life they want to lead. Season 3 of the summer hit currently airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. (Produced by eOne).
Â Big Brother Canada,Â Season 8 (30×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Winter 2020)
On the heels of a successful Season 7, which delivered the largest audience of any season on Global for total viewers*****, the hit reality series hosted by Arisa Cox is back for another season in 2020. As a Top 20 performer across key demos****, Season 8 will feature a group of hand-picked strangers, sequestered from the outside world, living in a house with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. (Produced by Insight Productions.Â Big BrotherÂ is an original format owned by Endemol Shine Group).
Previously announced series include:
Departure, Season 1 (6×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“Â (Midseason, in early 2020)
DepartureÂ is a six-part event series that follows the shocking disappearance of Flight 716, a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean. Kendra Malley (Panjabi), the recently widowed, brilliant aviation investigator, is called in by her former boss and mentor Howard Lawson (Plummer) to investigate the mysterious crash. With the whole world watching, Kendra and her team race to pinpoint the missing aircraft and locate possible survivors. They must battle through a host of suspects and motives â€“ pilot suicide, terrorism, politically motivated murder, systems failure â€“ to determine what really happened to Flight 716â€¦and to stop it from happening again.Â (Produced by Shaftesbury and GreenpointÂ ProductionsÂ Ltd.)
Nurses,Â Season 1 (10×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Midseason, in early 2020)
Stationed in every tendril of a busy downtown trauma centre and thrust into frontline medical action,Â NursesÂ sees five recent graduates beginning their careers in a high-stakes hospital with pressure cooker training. Forming an inextricable bond, the nurses struggle to find a work-life balance that matches and counters the intensity of their new job. Their interaction with patients, relatives, and staff quickly leads them to the discovery that nursing isnâ€™t just about biology, chemistry, and anatomy, itâ€™s also about psychology, compassion, and romantic complications. (Produced by ICF Films, and eOne in association with Piazza Entertainment).
Food Network Canada delivers a delectable menu of standout new series beginning with holiday-themed baking competition,Â The Big BakeÂ this fall. To satisfy cravings this winter, a sweet competition series,Â Chocolate MastersÂ joins the network. This spring, a foodie-friendly competition show debuts featuring the brightest kid cooks inÂ Junior Chef ShowdownÂ and home cooks will strive to satisfy the countryâ€™s toughest palates in epic new culinary competition series,Â Wall of Chefs.
The Big BakeÂ (18×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Fall 2019)
The Big BakeÂ is a larger-than-life holiday baking competition series from Food Network Canada with themed Halloween, holiday and spring episodes. In each special self-contained episode, three professional baking teams have six hours to design, bake and decorate a grand-scale holiday-inspired cake based on a particular theme. These bakers need to go big or theyâ€™ll go home â€“ blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions and thinking outside the (bakery) box for their holiday-inspired creations. The more ambitious and delicious the cake, the closer they are to victoryâ€¦and each episodeâ€™s $10,000 prize. (Produced by Architect Films).
Chocolate MastersÂ (8×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Winter 2020)Â
Chocolate MastersÂ is a new ooey-gooey, decadent chocolate dessert competition series from Food Network Canada. In this sweet serialized competition, 10 home bakers go head-to-head in the indulgent world of chocolate, vying for the grand prize in a range of creative and exciting chocolate-based challenges. In order to survive the competition from week-to-week and avoid elimination, the chocaholic dessert-makers must dazzle our panel of world-renowned chocolatiers and food expert judges with their delicious, inventive creations. In the end, only one competitor makes it all the way to the end and is crowned the ultimate chocolate master. (Produced by Architect Films).
Junior Chef ShowdownÂ (wt) (8×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020)Â
The most buzz-worthy kid cooks gather in one spot to compete in this serialized cooking competition. These amazing wunderkid chefs live and breathe food and are ready to amaze and astound with their culinary creations. InÂ Junior Chef Showdown, the best and brightest young cooks go head-to-head in challenges that test their skills and ingenuity in the kitchen, but only one pint-sized chef will be named the countryâ€™s best. (Produced by Proper Television).
Wall of ChefsÂ (20×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)Â
InÂ Wall of Chefs, amateur cooks face off in cutthroat culinary challenges that are judged by twelve of Canadaâ€™s most renowned chefs, also known as â€˜The Wallâ€™. Each episode features four home cooks who compete in themed rounds with the ultimate goal of satisfying the palates of these highly respected industry pros. At the end of each devastatingly difficult but delicious round, the chef judges critique the dishes and the competitor who makes the worst dish must leave theÂ Wall of ChefsÂ kitchen. At the end, only one cook will be left standing, claiming $10,000 and the respect of theÂ Wall of Chefs. (Produced by Insight Productions).
Iron Chef Canada, Season 1B (10×60) â€“ NEW EPISODES (Fall 2019)
Based upon the popular Japanese sensation,Â Iron Chef CanadaÂ pits world-class chefs in intense culinary battles against the legendary Canadian Iron Chefs: Hugh Acheson, Amanda Cohen, Lynn Crawford, Rob Feenie, and Susur Lee.Â In every episode, a talented challenger goes head-to-head against one of Canadaâ€™s most iconic and legendary Iron Chefs in a one-hour, five-dish competition for culinary supremacy.Â (Produced by Proper Television.Â Based on the original â€˜Iron Chefâ€™ Series Produced by Fuji Television Network, Inc.).
Carnival Eats,Â Season 7 (13×30) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Fall 2019)
Host Noah Cappe is back on the hunt forÂ the most mouth-watering and outrageous foods famously found at fairs and amusement parks inÂ Carnival Eats, giving audiences an inside look at the wacky characters who create them and the culinary thrill-seekers who devour and delight in them. (Produced by Alibi Entertainment).
Â Fire Masters,Â Season 1B (15×60) Season 2 (15×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)
In each episode ofÂ Fire Masters, three chefs push their grilling talents to the limit as they do battle in fiery culinary challenges, cooking up creative, mouthwatering, flame-kissed dishes.Â One chef is eliminated in each of the first two rounds. The last chef standing then goes head-to-head with aÂ Fire MastersÂ judge in an epic third and final round, vying for $10,000 cash and the coveted title ofÂ Fire Masters Champion. (Produced by Architect Films).
Big Food Bucket List, Season 2 (26×30) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020)
Fan-favourite host and comedian John Catucci (You Gotta Eat Here!) returns for a second season, taking viewers on one-of-a-kind food adventures across North America, checking the most drool-worthy dishes and must-see culinary stops off hisÂ Big Food Bucket List.Â (Produced by Lone Eagle Entertainment).
Top Chef Canada, Season 8 (8×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Spring 2020)
Canadaâ€™s most prestigious culinary competition is back with the best and brightest professional chefs competing for the title of Canadaâ€™s Top Chef. A Top 3 ranked series on Food Network Canada this spring*,Â Top Chef CanadaÂ returns for its eighth season with its expert panel of judges comprised of chef, restaurant co-owner and host,Â Eden Grinshpan, owner of The McEwan Group, head judge chefÂ Mark McEwanÂ along with resident judges: restaurateurÂ Janet Zuccarini, food personalityÂ Mijune PakÂ and renowned food criticÂ Chris Nuttall-Smith. (Produced by Insight Productions.Â Top Chef CanadaÂ is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winningÂ NBCUniversalÂ SeriesÂ Top Chef).
HGTV CanadaÂ brings home 12 new and returning series, welcoming new Canadian talent and featuring familiar fan-favourite personalities including a new season ofÂ Property BrothersÂ this fall. New real estate seriesÂ Hot MarketÂ reveals high stakes in the countryâ€™s largest city, whileÂ Big Home OverhaulÂ transforms households for deserving families, set for spring 2020.
Property Brothers: Forever HomeÂ (7×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Summer 2019)
Drew and Jonathan Scott are on a mission to help couples transform their houses into forever homes â€“ a place where they can put down roots and spend their lives. Our homeowners arenâ€™t looking to flip properties or make a quick buck, they know their house is â€œthe oneâ€ and have plans to grow old together. They need Drew and Jonathan to unlock the full potential of their houses and renovate them into the homes of their dreams. (Produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment).
Hot MarketÂ (8×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (2019/2020)Â
Hot MarketÂ chronicles the behind-the-scenes stories of five top-selling real estate agents in Canadaâ€™s biggest city. This fresh new series follows the hustle to buy, sell and renovate homes for discerning clients in the high-stakes, high-end and highly competitive Toronto marketplace. Each episode opens the doors to an exclusive world of multi-million dollar properties, showcasing everything from trendy urban lofts and modern penthouses to jaw-dropping mansions and luxurious lakefront estates. These top agents stop at nothing to chase listings, prep homes for sale and find clients their ultimate dream home. (Produced by Architect Films).
Big Home OverhaulÂ (wt) (8×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020)
Big Home OverhaulÂ (wt) is HGTV Canadaâ€™s new feel-good renovation series that follows the networkâ€™s most talented contractors and designers as they come together to deliver whole-home renovations to incredibly deserving homeowners. In each episode, our dynamic host brings together a different HGTV Canada celebrity contractor-designer duo to plan and execute the worthy homeownerâ€™s makeover, with the help of family, friends and the community. After the cathartic first swing of the sledgehammer that starts the demolition, the family leaves the home renovation in the hands of HGTV Canadaâ€™s best who work around the clock to give the family a complete home overhaul. (Produced by Proper TV).
Home to Win: For the Holidays, Season 4 (8×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Fall 2019)
The fourth season of the top-rated Canadian original series, which ranked in the Top 10 specialty entertainment programs during its original run**, offers viewers the opportunity to win their very own dream home, returns this fall. HGTV Canadaâ€™s celebrity builders, designers and real estate experts bring their extraordinary skill, creativity and reno know-how to completely restore this seasonâ€™s home, a Victorian beauty in dire need of a modern makeover. New this year are holiday-themed design touches and DIY challenges with the home rewarded just in time for the warm-and-fuzzy holiday season. (Produced by Architect Films).
Property Brothers: Buying and Selling, Season 6 (8×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Fall 2019)
InÂ Property Brothers: Buying and Selling,Â Jonathan and Drew Scott help homeowners take their next step up the real estate ladder. Jonathan renovates the familyâ€™s home for a successful sale, while Drew hunts down the best options for their next property and oversees the selling and buying. (Produced by Cineflix).
Property Brothers, Season 7 (18×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Fall 2019 and Winter 2020)
Drew and Jonathan support couples across the Greater Toronto Area, Nashville as well as Calgary and Las Vegas to find, buy, and transform extreme fixer-uppers into incredible dream homes. First, real estate specialist Drew tracks down hidden gems with untapped potential, and then itâ€™s up to identical twin brother and contractor Jonathan to expertly overhaul these ramshackle properties.Â (Produced by Cineflix).
Island of Bryan, Season 2 (8×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Winter 2020)
The most watched program on HGTV Canada in over 10 years*** and ranking #3 across all of Canadian specialty entertainment this spring*,Â Island of BryanÂ returns for a second season this winter.Â In Season 2, Bryan and Sarah have committed to six more months until the grand opening. With the budget maxed out and more at stake than ever, they need to keep their eyes on the prize: finishing their dream project. This season will bring an end to the epic family adventure; leaving viewers inspired, amazed, and relieved that they didnâ€™t have to take on this build themselves.Â (Produced by Si Entertainment).
$ave My Reno, Season 3 (14×30) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Winter 2020)Â
InÂ $ave My RenoÂ Season 3, cash-conscious homeownersâ€™ domestic dreams become a reality when Sebastian Clovis, the savvy builder with contagious energy, and Samantha Pynn, the celebrated â€˜luxe-on-a-budgetâ€™ designer, grab hold of each project. Seb and Sam save through smart spends, upcycling, and spectacular DIY designs, encouraging homeowners to strap on a toolbelt and help with their renovation along the way. Together they transform these houses into showpiece homes â€“ all on a budget that fits the bill.Â (Produced by Great Pacific Media).
Backyard BuildsÂ â€“ Season 3Â (11×30) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020)
Contractor Brian McCourt and design expert Sarah Keenleyside maximize a backyardâ€™s potential by creating tailored, one-of-a-kind structures inÂ Backyard Builds. Whether itâ€™s a converted shipping container, cake studio, treehouse village or outdoor theatre â€“ when indoor space isnâ€™t enough, Brian and Sarah take it outside. (Produced by Frantic Films).
Â Previously announcedÂ series include:
Farmhouse FaceliftÂ (10×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Winter 2020)
Old farmhouses are spacious, historic treasures with loads of potential, but restoring them to their former glory with modern amenities can be a massive undertaking. No one knows more about farmhouse living than renovation experts and siblings Billy Pearson and Carolyn Wilbrink. Billy (a contractor) and Carolyn (a designer) grew up on their family farm in rural Ontario. Now, theyâ€™re using their construction and design expertise to restore rustic and rundown farmhouses for their clients. (Produced by Sonar Entertainment).
Make Your MoveÂ (wt) (10×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Winter/Spring 2020)
InÂ Make Your Move, Kortney and Dave Wilson help homeowners make strategic moves with their money by using their flipping expertise to turn a newly purchased fixer-upper into the home of their dreams – all while making smart investments into the biggest asset these families own. (Produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment).
Vacation House RulesÂ (10×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (Spring 2020)
You donâ€™t need a million bucks to buy the vacation house of your dreams. Real estate expert and contractor Scott McGillivray, with his years of smart real estate and renovating experience, can show you how. Scott shows homeowners how to take their vacation property purchase and unlock its full rental potential. Through Scottâ€™sÂ Vacation House RulesÂ even the most neglected and unlivable of spaces can be transformed into unique and buzz-worthy pieces of paradise. (Produced by McGillivray Entertainment).
HISTORYÂ®Â debuts three new series,Â Big Timber, following a family of loggers in B.C., joiningÂ previously announced seriesÂ Salvage KingsÂ slated for fall andÂ Breaking WildÂ for winter. The network also debuts a new season of historical drama and Top 5 entertainment specialty program*,Â Vikings, later this year.
Big TimberÂ (8×60) â€“ NEW SERIES â€“ (Corus Studios) (2020)Â
In the forests of Vancouver Island, B.C. a family of loggers have bet it all on a valuable and isolated timber claim. But with treacherous weather and impossible terrain they must build their own roads and MacGyver their own machinery to get this timber out in the best condition possible â€“ and they have a limited amount of time to get it done.Â (Produced by Big Timber Media).
Holocaust â€“ The Last SurvivorsÂ (wt) (1×90) â€“ REMEMBRANCE DAY SPECIAL â€“ (Fall 2019)
The personal experiences of children during the Holocaust told through first-hand accounts of the last survivors. Seventy-five years ago, they were witness to unspeakable horrors, but their stories of survival are often filled with moving examples of bravery, kindness and redemption. The survivors travel back to Europe â€“ to hometowns and concentration camps where painful memories flood back, and where dramatic and emotional reunions unfold. As the last living links to the worst crime of the 20th century, they wonder, â€œwhen we are gone, will people remember? Will they believe it happened?â€ (Produced by Saloon Media).
Â History Erased,Â Season 2 (4×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Corus Studios) (Fall 2019)
This innovative event series examines the butterfly effect of removing key individuals, ideas and inventions from a given nationâ€™s history to highlight that countryâ€™s contributions to global culture and human history. In each episode, we imagine the world without a specific country as their game-changing leaders, innovators and social-political achievements are erased. What unfolds? Global catastrophe, societal upheaval and chaos! (Produced by Cream Productions).
Vikings â€“ Season 6A (10×60) â€“ NEW SEASON â€“ (Fall 2019)
Award-winning historical drama and ranking as the #4 program across specialty entertainment last fall*,Â VikingsÂ returns with the hotly anticipated first part of Season 6, the final season, coming this fall (Canada/Ireland co-production by Take 5 and TM Productions Limited).