Corus Entertainment's W Network announced today a slate of new and returning original series launching on its 2013 winter schedule, including: Love It or List It Vancouver, hosted by Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot, Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers, Majumder Manor starring Shaun Majumder and his fiancé Shelby Fenner, and the group dating series Come Date With Me. Also, viewer favourites Undercover Boss Canada, Candice Tells All and My House, Your Money are back with brand-new episodes.
"W Network's original series continue to generate impressive ratings for the network in Canada and we are also pleased to see that these programs and our engaging talent are gaining popularity and recognition internationally as well," said John MacDonald, Vice President, Head of TV Programming & Production, Corus Entertainment. "We look forward to continuing the momentum with our impressive winter line up."
"This winter marks our biggest slate of original series to date - featuring new talent, returning favourites and spin offs of our most successful franchises," said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment, Corus Entertainment. "This winter's offering is one of our strongest yet, due, in no small part, to the stars of W Network and the ongoing collaboration with our Canadian production partners."
W NETWORK WINTER PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:
MAJUMDER MANOR - SERIES PREMIERE
Airs: Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning January 7 (30 minutes)
Shaun Majumder, one of Canada's most beloved comedic talents and three-time Gemini Award winner has a dream to give something truly special back to his modest hometown of Burlington, NL. From his beginnings in the tiny community of 350 people, to travelling the world as a standup comic and television star, Shaun has returned with the plan to build a 5-Star eco-friendly lodge with a transcendent modern design and a spectacular restaurant. The high-end destination he dreams of is a far cry from the rustic camper trailer that he once lived in as a child in Burlington. Majumder Manor is the hilarious and humbling story of one man's attempt to give back to a community that's given him so much. The series is produced by Take The Shot Productions Inc. in association with W Network.
LOVE IT OR LIST IT VANCOUVER - SERIES PREMIERE
Airs: Mondays at 10 p.m. beginning January 7 (60 minutes)
Love It or List It Vancouver showcases families in B.C.'s largest metropolitan city who are struggling with homes that no longer suit their needs. It's up to designer Jillian Harris (The Bachelorette Season V, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) to put a stop to the wandering eyes of our homeowners, armed with their list of "must-haves to love it" and a design she hopes will persuade them to stay. Meanwhile, realtor Todd Talbot is determined to get homeowners to relocate by taking their list of "must-haves to list it" and finding them new digs. Every episode will take viewers on an emotional rollercoaster as Jillian and Todd battle it out for the homeowners' allegiance. The stakes are high as the homeowners weigh in on the financial and emotional decisions of buying a new home or staying in the renovated one. Love It or List It Vancouver is produced by Big Coat Productions in association with W Network. For more information about the series, please click here.
BUYING & SELLING WITH THE PROPERTY BROTHERS - SERIES PREMIERE
Airs: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning January 8 (60 minutes)
Join Drew and Jonathan Scott on their brand-new property adventures as they help homeowners find their dream home, then upgrade and sell their current home in the all-new series Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers. Realtor Drew helps them find the right house, Contractor Jonathan tackles the renovation of the family home in order to transform and list it for top dollar. But as soon as Drew finds the right home, the race is on to buy the dream house and sell their old house quickly before breaking their budget with two mortgages. Viewers get an intimate look at the realities of living through a renovation and agonizing over which house to buy, as each family captures their journey on diary cameras. This high-stakes series is full of the anxiety, stress and all the real-estate drama that families face when buying and selling their homes at the same time. Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers is produced by Cineflix Inc. in association with W Network. For more information about the series, please click here.
COME DATE WITH ME - SERIES PREMIERE
Airs: Premieres as a sneak peek Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. and airs regularly on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning February 20 (60 minutes)
Come Date With Me combines the cooking, criticizing and competition of Come Dine With Me and adds a hot new twist - romance. Four desirable competitors all vie to win over the same eligible single with a fun afternoon rendezvous, followed by a self-prepared romantic meal cooked in their home. The catch? Instead of a one-on-one dinner time romance, the meal must include all the fellow competitors. Our eligible single rates each activity and dinner party and the highest rated will join her or him on a $1000 dream date. The romantic rivalry comes to a boil in every episode as each potential match balances seduction and sabotage in this battle of the hearts - and stomachs. Based on ITV Studios' international hit series Come Dine With Me, is produced by Proper Television in association with W Network. For more information about the series, please click here.
NEW EPISODES OF RETURNING SERIES:
UNDERCOVER BOSS CANADA - SEASON 2
Season 2 Airs: Thursdays at 9 p.m. premiering January 17 (60 minutes)
Season 2 of the audience favourite Undercover Boss Canada follows executives as they leave the comfort of their top floor offices to go undercover on the ground floor. The series from Alliance Films is based on the format devised by Studio Lambert, part of the ALL3MEDIA group of companies. For more information about the series, please click here.
LOVE IT OR LIST IT - NEW EPISODES
Airs: Mondays at 10 p.m. with new episodes in April (60 minutes)
When a house no longer feels like home, homeowners are left with a big financial and emotional question: renovate or real estate? Each episode of Love It or List It pits realtor David Visentin and designer Hilary Farr against each other as they compete for the homeowners' final decision to stay or go. David's insider's perspective on the real estate market helps target listings to prospective buyers, but Hilary is determined to show homeowners that, within their budget, she can transform their worn-out house into a castle they can love. Love It or List It is produced by Big Coat Productions in association with W Network. For more information about the series, please click here.
MY HOUSE, YOUR MONEY - NEW EPISODES
Airs: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning January 8 (30 minutes)
My House, Your Money reveals what really goes on behind closed doors as prospective home buyers turn to their extended family members for financial help in order to acquire their dream home. Cameras catch all the drama and high-stakes pressure of the classic generational tug-of-war as families fight for their property pick and struggle to come to a compromise. My House, Your Money is produced by Cineflix (Mom & Dad) Inc. in association with W Network. For more information about the series, please click here.
CANDICE TELLS ALL - NEW EPISODES
Airs: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning January 9 (30 minutes)
Produced by Fusion Television in association with W Network, Candice Tells All is a rollicking fun look at celebrated designer Candice Olson's fabulous signature makeovers. Viewers tag along as Candice - armed with her trademark sense of humour and a double latte - meets with her army of talented suppliers, sources unique furnishings and handles unexpected renovation challenges along the way. As one of North America's top designers, Candice dishes her best trade secrets while juggling clients, multiple job sites and a personal life. From inspiration, to execution, to completion - this half-hour series offers an entertaining glimpse into Candice's world and her design process, revealing the secrets of timeless design principles and where she finds her inspiration. For more information about the series, please click here.