#FIRSTLOOK: CORUS AND GLOBAL ANNOUNCE 2020/2021 PROGRAMMING LINEUP
Corus and Global have just unveiled their Fall 2020/2021 TV Programming Lineup. Returning are several favourites and coming are several exciting new additions!
NEW FALL PRIMETIME SERIES ON GLOBAL
Departure is a six-part event series that follows the investigation into the shocking disappearance of Flight 716, a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean. Brilliant investigator Kendra Malley (Panjabi) is brought in by her mentor Howard Lawson (Plummer) to lead the team looking into the crash. Click here to watch the trailer.
The Equalizer is a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award® nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah (Chicago, Bessie) as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.
From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (24: Legacy) and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (This Is Us), neXt is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand. Click here to watch the trailer.
RETURNING SERIES AND SPECIALS ON GLOBAL
DRAMA AND REALITY
From character-driven dramas, to crime solving investigative series, Global is home to some of the boldest dramas and most adventurous reality series on TV including: medical drama and last fall’s Top 10 program New Amsterdam; psychological thriller Evil; Dick Wolf’s Top 20 hits for total viewers FBI and FBI: Most Wanted*; captivating crime thriller The Blacklist; action-adventure series MacGyver; military drama SEAL Team; Top 20 legal drama Bull; and franchise juggernaut NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
Last fall and spring’s most-watched series, reality champ Survivor returns for a 41st Season offering viewers more must-see TV moments.
Global packs on the laughs this fall with returning comedy favourites The Neighborhood starring Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield and The Unicorn starring Walton Goggins.
Plus, fresh off its win of the coveted Golden Screen Award for Canada’s most-watched comedy or drama, smash-hit detective series Private Eyes Season 4 joins Global’s fall lineup. Featuring 12 new episodes, Shade (Jason Priestley) and Angie (Cindy Sampson) are back on the case and have their hands full of new twisty, thrilling, and dangerous cases to solve. Production partners Corus Entertainment and leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) are also proud to announce the renewal for Season 5 of the popular international hit series, which will air on Global later in 2021.
Global celebrates the best of Canadian country music with 2020 Canadian Country Music Awards airing Sunday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Uniting fans and an entire nation, this year’s broadcast will take place in both Toronto and Nashville and feature performances, collaborations, and some heartfelt surprise moments. With a backdrop of rolling hills and wide-open spaces, the CCMA’s are bringing country back to the country for this incredibly special show in an all-new format.
NEWS, FACTUAL, AND ENTERTAINMENT
Committed to providing Canadians with accurate, balanced, timely and comprehensive news coverage, Global News has become the #1 digital news brand in Canada** with content being consumed on more platforms than any other news outlet in the country. Global News continues into 2020/21 with flagship newscast Global National and local daily newscasts across the country.
New this fall, Emmy® Award-winning news magazine 60 Minutes, and the award-winning law and justice series 48 Hours, join Global’s repertoire of compelling investigative storytelling and crime genre, along with a new season of Global’s Crime Beat, a true crime series that takes viewers deep into some of Canada’s most infamous criminal cases.
For the lifestyle and entertainment lovers, The Morning Show returns with a new season featuring celebrity guests, lifestyle contributors, and fun informative segments. Hosted by Jeff McArthur and Carolyn MacKenzie, The Morning Show touches on all the trending topics that Canadians are talking about. Then, always delivering the latest in entertainment news, ET Canada returns for a 16th season. Hosted by Cheryl Hickey, with Senior Entertainment Reporter Roz Weston, Entertainment Reporters Sangita Patel and Carlos Bustamante, Correspondent Keshia Chanté, and Digital Reporters Graeme O’Neil and Morgan Hoffman, ET Canada continues to bring viewers closer to the stars with exclusive interviews and specials with the biggest celebrities in Hollywood.
DAYTIME AND LATE NIGHT
Keeping viewers entertained from day to night, Global offers engaging and entertaining content throughout the day with returning daytime talk show series The Talk, Tamron Hall and Rachael Ray. While Global’s late night offering also returns with a new season of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Season 2 of freshman series A Little Late with Lilly Singh, while EMMY® Award-winning series Saturday Night Live will also return.
Looking ahead to 2021, Global serves up fresh Original content and top performing returning shows. Last fall’s #1 new series Prodigal Son returns for a bone-chilling sophomore season, along with Season 4 of Canada’s Top 5 program 9-1-1, and the adrenaline-fueled S.W.A.T. Global Original legal drama Family Law debuts starring Jewel Staite (Firefly) and Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and Season 2 of Global original breakout hit Nurses, from ICF Films and eOne, also joins the 2021 schedule.
CORUS and NBC Universal have inked a deal for Corus networks to carry original programming available in the U.S. to Peacock (NBC‘s upcoming streaming service) subscribers!
The deal includes star-studded series from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including highly anticipated new shows like Girls5Eva from Emmy and Golden Globe® Winning executive producer, Tina Fey; Dr. Death, based on the hit podcast; Angelyne starring Emmy Rossum; and an adaptation of the Aldous Huxley’s classic novel, Brave New World, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Harry Lloyd and Jessica Brown Findlay; Rutherford Falls, created by Ed Helms, Sierra Teller Ornelas and Mike Schur; and returning comedy A.P. Bio; alongside the continuation of iconic series Punky Brewster starring Soleil Moon Frye; and Saved By The Bell starring Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley.
FOOD NETWORK CANADA
Canada’s destination for culinary excellence, exhilarating competitions, informative travelogues, and in-the-kitchen programming, Food Network Canada greenlights 11 new and returning Canadian Original series. This spring, the network makes its first foray into the documentary realm with Cheese: A Love Story (6×60), an exploration of one of the world’s most beloved foods as host and the world’s youngest Maître fromager (Cheese Master), Afrim Pristine travels the globe in search of extraordinary cheeses and the people who make them. The schedule also sees renowned pastry chef Steve Hodge (Great Chocolate Showdown) guide struggling bakery businesses, alongside HGTV Canada’s design guru Tiffany Pratt (Family Home Overhaul), in the new series Bake or Break (wt)(10×60). Top 10 programs on Food Network Canada this spring, return for new seasons including Wall of Chefs (10×60), Great Chocolate Showdown (8×60), Top Chef Canada (8×60),the #2 program on the network and growing significantly year over year, along with a second season of kids competition series Junior Chef Showdown (8×60), the best Canadian Original new series on the network this broadcast year among total viewers. Big Food Bucket List (26×30) with John Catucci, and Carnival Eats (13×30) with host Noah Cappe, both return with all new seasons this fall, while grilling competition series Fire Masters (15×60) and holiday baking competition series The Big Bake (18×60) join the schedule in winter/spring.
Food Network Canada also debuts new stunt series, Chopped: Beat the Judge, where fearless returning winners compete for a chance to face off against Chopped judges, as well as Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart and Big Time Bake, hosted by Buddy Valastro. This fall, returning series include Restaurant: Impossible with Robert Irvine, Duff Takes the Cake featuring cake-master Duff Goldman, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, The Great Food Truck Race, and new episodes of Beat Bobby Flay and Guy’s Grocery Games.
The nation’s destination for home renovation and design, real estate and DIY projects, HGTV Canada welcomes eight new and returning Canadian Original series. This fall, the network debuts Corus Studios Original series, Family Home Overhaul (8×60), where HGTV Canada’s top contractors and designers transform households for deserving families, as well as east coast renovation series Rock Solid Builds (10×60). The winter warms up with Farmhouse Facelift(10×60)revealing stunning vintage farmhouse transformations, and the #1 series on the network and #3 entertainment specialty program, Island of Bryan (13×60) returns for a third season to give viewers an all-access pass to Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’s continued journey as they open their boutique resort in the Bahamas. Additional Original series returning include Property Brothers: Forever Home(40×60)with Drew and Jonathan Scottas they turn couples’ houses into their forever homes, and the #3 program on the network this spring Scott’s Vacation House Rules(13×60)with Scott McGillivray, and DIY-inspired series $ave My Reno (14×30) and Backyard Builds (8×30).
The network’s fall schedule offers new series Help! I Wrecked My House featuring Jasmine Roth as she helps homeowners overhaul their do-it-yourself disasters, and based in New Orleans, Selling the Big Easy highlights the buying and selling of beautiful historic properties. Celebrity IOU, the #1 freshman series on the network this broadcast year and a Top 10 entertainment specialty program, returns for another star-studded season with hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott as they help award-winning celebrities with a special renovation. New seasons of hit series Home Town, Christina on the Coast and Love It or List It also return to the schedule this year.
HISTORY unveils seven new and returning Canadian Original series, including Big Timber (10×60)following the work of loggers on Vancouver Island debuting this fall, and docu-series Backroad Truckers (8×60) featuring the daring lifestyle of independent truckers in northern B.C., coming in winter 2021. The network also sees the final season of hit historical drama and consistent Top 20 entertainment specialty program*, Vikings (10×60), take its final bow later this year. Three Corus Studios Original series return including Rust Valley Restorers (12×60), following the Rocky Mountain-based restoration team, the fascinating documentary-series History Erased (6×60), and the family-owned demolition business is revisited in a new season of Salvage Kings (10×60). Additionally, Remembrance Day special Fight to the Finish (1×90)is a definitive account of Canada’s greatest war, set to debut this fall.
The highly-anticipated premiere of The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch launches this fall, featuring a team of scientists as they conduct a search of one of the most secretive locations of paranormal activities. The juggernaut reality series, and the #1 fall program for all of specialty, The Curse of Oak Island, returns for its eighth season later this year as the Lagina brothers continue with their exploration. Companion series, Beyond Oak Island, chronicling the team’s greatest hunts is set to premiere this fall along with limited series Grant, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, outlining the life of Ulysses S. Grant and spin-off series Swamp People: Serpent Invasion. New seasons of Mountain Men, Forged in Fire, Ancient Aliens, and Lost Gold of World War 2 also join the schedule.
The country’s destination for fascinating non-fiction and award-winning content, National Geographic debuts new series Barkskins, filmed in Quebec and starring Marcia Gay Harden (The Newsroom), high-octane competition survival series Race to the Centre of the Earthand Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller asthe Award-winning journalist investigates the global underworld.
The network also sees the return of the hotly-anticipated scripted miniseries on the life of Aretha Franklin, Genius: Aretha, as well as popular travelogue series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, seeing Ramsay venturing even more off grid to explore global cuisines. Additional returning series include Running Wild with Bear Grylls, The Incredible Dr. Pol, Dr.Oakley: Yukon Vet, and Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa.
Known for big personalities, bold unscripted programming, and premium lifestyle content, Slice™ continues to be the exclusive broadcaster of The Real Housewives franchises, airing all series in tandem with the U.S. This year, the franchise has garnered over 5.5 million viewers to date,** and now welcomes the highly-anticipated new addition of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, coming soon.
For the third consecutive year, W Network remained the #1 entertainment specialty network in the fall, and this year delivers another unbeatable lineup of hit drama series and beloved made-for-television movies, strengthened by its partnership with Hallmark Channel. W Network bolsters its robust movie catalog with the exclusive worldwide premieres of My Birthday Boyfriend (1×120), Vintage Hearts (1×120) and Learning To Love Again,airing as part of Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest, and Starring Christmas and Inn for Christmas as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas helped rank W Network as the #1 specialty station overall with Women 25-54 and placed W Network above conventional networks with Women 25-54 on weekends during the run of the event last year***, and this year the celebrated annual event will be bigger than ever before with W Network delivering sleigh-fulls of non-stop holiday movies airing 24/7 in November and December. Plus, complementing the slate of original titles and theatrical movies every weekend, Global News Morning Toronto host Jennifer Valentyne will continue to welcome guests into her home with new episodes of the interstitial series W Network’s Movie Date.
In addition to being the home of Hallmark Channel in Canada, W Network is also home to compelling dramas. The network’s fall schedule sees the Season 4 return of The Good Fightand premieres of star-studded comedic drama Why Women Kill; sophisticated thriller, Devils; and workplace sitcom Intelligence starring David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed. Additional returning series this year include Outlander, Nancy Drewand Charmed.
This fall, escape the ordinary with Showcase, a Top 5 specialty network. Its dynamic fall lineup delivers more new hours in primetime than last season with new series including Tell Me A Story, ariveting anthology series; No Activity, a comedic seriesfrom Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die; Interrogation, a crime series with each episode structured around interrogations informed by real police case files; Bulletproof, an adrenalin-fueled action show which follows undercover cops as they chase down hardened criminals in London’s East End; and Strange Angel, inspired by the real-life story of rocket engineer Jack Parsons. This fall also sees the highly-anticipated Season 3 return of Absentia, starring Canadian Stana Katic as Emily Byrnes, who will stop at nothing to protect her family. Batwoman soared as the #2 overall entertainment specialty series last fall, and will be returning to Showcase in the 2020-2021 broadcast year along with new seasons of Supergirl, Pennyworth, The Sinner, Legacies, All American, and Roswell, New Mexico.
Celebrating the first anniversary of its launch in Canada this past April, Adult Swim has quickly grown into a powerhouse network, securing itself as a Top 20 specialty station and having more than doubled its audience****. This fall includes new seasons of Tigtone, Gemusetto Machu Picchu, Lazor Wulf, and the second half of Season 1 ofprehistoric series,Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal. Topping off the fall schedule are new seasons of fan favourites Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy. Fans can look forward to the Season 5 premiere of The Eric Andre Showin late 2020 and a brand new season of Archer will return this broadcast year.
YTV features a fun-filled family-friendly fall schedule with three new Nelvana-produced series, The Dog & Pony Show (26×30), Ollie’s Pack(26×30), and the live-action mystery drama, The Hardy Boys (13×60). Kids can prepare for another awesome year with Spencer, Tyra, Alex and Duhin from the YTV Dayparts crew on The Zone, The Zone Weekend, and Big Fun Movies. Plus, Spencer and Tyra become the hosts of PC Children’s Charity Presents Kid Food Nation (TBD) as they take viewers on a food tour to explore the science, ingredients and cultures of Canadian cuisine along with the help of KFN heroes and well-known Canadian chefs.
Additional buzzworthy series premiering this fall include Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, a brand-new animated spinoff of the beloved hit series, SpongeBob SquarePants and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, starring kid rapper and pint-sized powerhouse, Young Dylan. The non-stop fall action also includes new episodes of fan favourites including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, Danger Force, and All That, as well as new seasons of The Casagrandes, Top Elf, and Are You Afraid of The Dark?
Cartoon lovers rejoice! This fall, best-in-class animation station TELETOON is the hub for two new series that feature familiar characters from iconic shows The Flintstones and Looney Toons, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs and Looney Tunes Cartoons. The network’s fall lineup is chock-full with new seasons including Total Dramarama (26×30), DC Superhero Girlsand The Tom and Jerry Show and new episodes of Bakugan®: Armored Alliance™, ThunderCats Roar, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, and Teen Titans Go!
Treehouse is the place to be for preschoolers and parents with an array of enriching series rooted in teaching important lessons and skills – all while having fun! Nelvana-produced series Esme & Roy (26×30), Miss Persona (20×30), and Ranger Rob (26×30) all return for new seasons. Plus, following its massive success on YouTube, Nelvana’s Toon Bops will boogie its way onto the network, with Season 1 (21×1:50) joining the schedule this summer and Season 2 (20×2) airing in the fall. New bedtime routines will include tuning into the must-see spin-off series, The Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo. Then, later this year Treehouse delivers a new series, Pikwik Pack (26×30),following four adorable animals as they deliver magical packages filled with love to the kind citizens of Pikwik. In addition, new seasons of preschooler-approved favourites including Sesame Street, Blue’s Clues & You!, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Thomas & Friends, and new episodes of Ricky Zoom and Peppa Pig continue this fall.
DISNEY CHANNEL CANADA, DISNEY JUNIOR & DISNEY XD
This 2020-2021 broadcast season, Disney Channel pumps up the fun with returning popular series Raven’s Home, Bunk’d, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, Sydney to the Max, The Owl House, and Amphibia.
Disney Junior returning preschooler favourites for 2020-2021 include Puppy Dog Pals, PJ Masks, Mira, Royal Detective, Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Gigantosaurus, and Muppet Babies.
On Disney XD, a new season of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venom swings onto the schedule for 2020-2021.
TÉLÉTOON LA NUIT
This spring, TÉLÉTOON La Nuit, the #1 destination for A18-34 & A18-4 in Quebec*****, will see the premiere of two new series Les Frères Apocalypse/Doomsday Brothers (18×30) which is also set to debut in English on Adult Swim in September and Le Télétoon Show/The Teletoon Show (10×30),the network’s first original live-action/cast variety show. Then, join Professor Zarbi and his loyal assistant, Benjamin for more absurd and wacky adventures in a second season of Les histoires bizarres du professeur Zarbi/The Bizarre Stories of Professor Zarbi (10×30) returning this spring.