Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Corus Upfront 2016: Corus Dominates Specialty with Unrivalled 2016/2017 Schedule

Official Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via

June 7, 2016

Corus Dominates Specialty with Unrivalled 2016/2017 Schedule

Boasts the Best Original Unscripted Series Headlined by:
Top Chef Canada All-Stars, The Bachelorette Canada, Home to Win and Real Housewives of Toronto

Bold New Scripted Series Coming to Specialty Include: SIX, Knightfall, Incorporated, My So Called Wife and New Original Series Travelers

Corus Continues to Deliver Families the Best in Kids Entertainment with a Strong Slate of New Series Across the Kids Portfolio

The cast of Nickelodeon's Ride: Pictured: JOSH (Jonny Gray), ANYA (Rameet Rauli), WILL (Oliver Dench), KIT (Kendra Timmins), NAV (Manuel Pacific) and ELAINE (Alana Boden) in RIDE on Nickelodeon and YTV. Matthias Sebastian Clamer/Nickelodeon. © 2016 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

TORONTO, Canada – Today Corus Entertainment announced its massive 2016/2017 programming lineup across its powerful Specialty portfolio. Home to six of the top 10 Specialty networks* – HISTORY®, Showcase, HGTV Canada, W Network, Food Network Canada, and YTV - Corus leads the industry in unscripted and scripted content. It's the undisputed leader in women's and kids' programming with the top 5 women's channels and the top 5 kids' channels*. This year's formidable schedule of can't-miss entertainment features new, scripted series from high-profile Hollywood producers, first-rate unscripted content, and a standout slate of upcoming Canadian original series featuring homegrown talent.

"Corus is at the forefront of Specialty entertainment with a powerhouse portfolio of 45 Specialty brands full of celebrated original content, critically acclaimed dramas, fascinating unscripted series, and unmatched kids programming," said Barb Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. "With an upcoming slate of some of the most highly anticipated new and returning series, Corus maintains its position as the go-to destination for entertainment in Canada."



Corus Kids Networks continue to be the #1 destination for Kids programming in Canada and offer distinct brands that kids and families love. Fun family viewing continues this Fall over on YTV, the #1 channel for kids aged 6-11****, with two new Canadian original series. Driving Me Crazy is a reality series that sees unlicensed teen drivers – and the parents that teach them – to work together to pass the ultimate driver's test and Ride follows the adventures of Katherine "Kit" Bridges as she moves to England for her Dad's new job at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school. YTV also welcomes back Game Shakers and The Stanley Dynamic for brand new seasons as well as new episodes of top-rated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Superpowers and superheroes take over TELETOON with a new trio of series. Atomic Puppet, a Canadian original animated series, is a story of an ordinary kid and his extraordinary transformation from superfan to superhero. In Supernoobs, best friends are accidently recruited by an intergalactic alliance to help stop an evil space virus from spreading across the galaxy. Completing the trio is Counterfeit Cat, a story about a nine-year-old alien with uncontrollable superpowers who is destined to save the universe. Disney Channel introduces new, animated series Elena of Avalor, which follows the bold, caring and clever, 16-year-old Princess Elena (voiced by Aimee Carrero) who is set to take the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor. Anchored by returning hit series Little Charmers, Trucktown and Max & Ruby, Canada's #1 channel for kids aged 2-5****, Treehouse, also offers new original series that focus on discovery and exploration with Ranger Rob and Rusty Rivets. Produced by Nelvana, Ranger Rob showcases the adventurous hero as he zip-lines, vine-swings and even snowboards his way around, discovering new and exciting places in his own big backyard. In Rusty Rivets, Rusty gets out of jams by repurposing parts and objects into the wildest, coolest contraptions ever.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information and select broadcast dates for Corus Specialty channels, please click the following links: Women & Lifestyle, General Entertainment and Kids.

* Numeris PPM data, Total Canada, SP'16 (Jan 4 to may 8/16) confirmed data, Canadian Specialty channels ex. Sports channels, Mo–Su 2a-2a, AMA (000) (1) A25-­54, (2) F25-­54, (3) K 2-­11.

**** Numeris PPM data, Total Canada, SP'16 (Jan 4 – May 8/16) confirmed data, Canadian Specialty channels ex. Sports channels, Mo–Su 2a-2a, AMA (000).

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children's book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus' roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at

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Brand new seasons of returning series on TELETOON this fall include: Inspector Gadget, Alvinn!!! and the Chipmunks, Freaktown, Rocket Monkeys, Ultimate Spiderman and the Sinister Six, Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Tom & Jerry Show (2011).



Rusty Rivets (26x22min)
Fall 2016
Canadian Original, Canadian Broadcast Premiere

Rusty Rivets follows the animated adventures of Rusty as he invents his way out of jams by repurposing parts and objects into the wildest, coolest contraptions ever.

Brand new seasons of returning series on Treehouse this fall include: Little Charmers, Mike the Knight, Trucktown, Max & Ruby and Blaze


Ride (20x30min)
Fall 2016
Canadian Original, World Broadcast Premiere

Ride is a live action series that follows the adventures of Katherine "Kit" Bridges when she and her dad, Rudy, move to England for his new job at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school. Life at a new school is never easy - particularly when you are afraid to ride - but Kit will be able to handle any challenge she faces thanks to her new friend, TK, who just so happens to be the most stubborn and difficult horse at the Academy.


Loud House (20x30min)
Fall 2016
Canadian Broadcast Premiere
The Loud House follows Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters for an inside look at what it takes to survive the chaos of growing up in a huge family.

Brand new seasons of returning series on YTV this fall include: Stanley Dynamic, Game Shakers, Henry Danger, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Legendary Dudas
premieres this fall on YTV
Canadian Broadcast Premiere

This series follows brothers Sam and Tyler Duda, polar opposites whose worlds are turned upside down after Sam skips a grade and joins his brother in seventh grade homeroom. The show is created and executive produced by Kevin Jakubowski, Sharla Sumpter Bridgett also serves as an executive producer.

Bunsen is a Beast
premieres this fall on YTV
Canadian Broadcast Premiere

Bunsen is a Beast is an animated comedy created and executive produced by animation veteran Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents). The series follows the adventures of Bunsen, the first beast to attend a human grade school, and his best friend and classmate Mikey, who guides Bunsen through the ups and downs of life as a human.

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