An avalanche of 22 new shows to hit Historia subscribers this winter!
Montreal, December 13, 2016 – Historia subscribers have something to celebrate this winter with over 205 hours of new content! A season chock-full of local series featuring 10 new original productions, the return of 12 of Historia’s most popular series and the top acquisitions from the History Channel. New additions include the highly anticipated reality show Le lot du diable, the major production Jean Béliveau—a first dramatic series for the channel, which will be accompanied by a corresponding documentary—and the cult series Racines (Roots).
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A VARIETY OF LOCAL SHOWS!
Historia’s winter programming is incredibly varied, especially with shows from Quebec. Starting with the epic reality TV show, Le lot du diable where contestants live the adventurous life of settlers from the 1930s and overcome major challenges in a magnificent yet hostile environment. Only one of them will succeed in taking home the $100,000 grand prize!
Historia presents Jean Béliveau, the first original dramatic series for the channel. This high-profile series honours the famous number 4 and will take us through pivotal moments in the life of this hockey legend. Béliveau was considered one of the best hockey players of his time. Young players sought to imitate him on the ice, while older ones revered him as a model of loyalty, rectitude and resilience. The documentary perfectly complements the series, featuring remarkable archived footage and testimonials from his family, friends and analysts from Béliveau’s era, all of whom paint a picture of the “gentleman” of hockey and former captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Hockey fans will also love Les Canadiens : la dynastie des années 70 (title to be confirmed), which takes us into the glorious decade during which the Habs, as close as comrades in arms, took home six Stanley Cups.
Local police affairs and crimes
Since we introduced this new slot, subscribers have been asking for more crime stories that stand out in Quebec history. In a race against the clock, Traqueurs d’ondes draws us right into the heart-pounding action where professional and amateur photographers embark on a perilous quest to capture images of newsworthy accidents, fires and drama. Alex Caine : infiltrateur reveals the underbelly of the criminal underworld. Alex Caine is not his true identity. But his adventures as an infiltrator for the RCMP, FBI, DEA and other secret service agencies are very real. Espions parmi nous features former CSIS agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who has 35 years of experience in counter-espionage. He meets with secret agents who, for the first time, share the stories about the files they worked on—including major international espionage cases during the Cold War, in which Canada played a key role. Historia is also featuring new episodes of Poirier enquête, the first season of which helped further the investigations of various unresolved cases.
Fascinating people, worlds and stories to discover
Historia is known for introducing audiences to fascinating people. In this lineup, Route 66 is no exception. To celebrate their 50th birthdays, four childhood friends ride their motorcycles down this legendary American highway and meet larger-than-life characters along the way. In Rapides et dangereuses, we meet women who are passionate about performance. When they slip behind the wheel, they turn into speed demons!
After a successful first season, the new episodes of Fais un homme de toi not only pay tribute to our grandfathers with a cast starring Stéphane Bellavance, Emmanuel Bilodeau, Marc Hervieux and José Gaudet, but also to our grandmothers, as Valérie Blais and Anaïs Favron accomplish the day-to-day tasks of their ancestors. In addition to Légendes de la route featuring José Gaudet, La course aux trésors d’Historia hosted by Tammy Verge and La fièvre des encans, Valérie-Jeanne, Michel and Frank return this winter in Récupérateurs to salvage objects from abandoned buildings.
Plus, the powerful documentary series La route des croix will strike an emotional cord as viewers hear the stories behind the commemorative crosses erected by the family and friends of those who fell victim to Quebec’s deadliest Highways—117, 132, 155 and 138.
Historia will present the top acquisitions from the History Channel, including the hit drama Racines (Roots), a remake of the 1977 cult series based on Alex Haley’s novel, which tells the story of a family whose ancestor was a slave and his quest for freedom.
Great prison escapes
This winter, Historia presents a Prison Escape special featuring three documentaries. Alcatraz : les légendes du Rocher examines the story of the infamous escape of the Anglin brothers and their fellow inmate who achieved the impossible by escaping from the renowned Alcatraz prison. Then, Alcatraz : en quête de vérité takes a look at the same escape, revealing the true story behind the events that made so many headlines. Contrary to the official story put forward at the time, the three prisoners may have survived their escape. Next, in Les grandes évasions, we’ll revisit the most amazing escapes in American history—cases befitting of a crime novel—including that of Richard McNair.
Révoltes barbares tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from the perspective of the rebels. Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War (French title to be confirmed) immerses viewers in the story of the United State’s six most noteworthy battles. In Les armuriers we meet a family of blacksmiths who are among the most qualified in America and use an ancestral technique to make unique weapons. The new season of Aux armes! examines the military arsenal that marked history and De l’acier et du feu features new competitions to see who can make the best weapons of war.
Larger than life
In Alaska : haute tension, a small, elite group of brave men work under extreme conditions, risking their lives as linesmen in Alaska. Treasure hunters attempt the impossible in L’épave milliardaire, as they try to get their hands on a billion dollars in gold coins hidden in an ocean liner that sank over 100 years ago in the Atlantic Ocean. In Roanoke : la colonie perdue, a team of archaeologists attempts to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of 117 colonists 400 years ago from Roanoke Island. The series Les montagnards is back with new episodes in which the mountain men face extreme conditions and hungry predators.
Beautiful machines and pawn shops
Finally, in Les moteurs de la Nouvelle-Orléans, automotive diamonds in the rough hidden in the Louisiana bayou are just waiting to be restored, and in Voitures de rêve, car buffs go on a quest for their dream cars. Fous des bolides, Les a$ de la brocante and Pawn Stars : prêteurs sur gages are also back with new episodes.
With winter programming featuring 22 new shows and 205 hours of new content, Historia subscribers are sure to be entertained! Starting January 2!
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Corus Média operates the French-language specialty television brands Historia, Séries+, Télétoon and La chaîne Disney in Quebec. It is a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CRJ.B), a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across many platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s multi-media service portfolio includes 45 specialty TV channels, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional TV stations, international distribution, digital content, events, children’s book publishing, animation creation software and technology, and media services. Corus’s collection of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
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Michaël Majeau Communications Manager, Corus Média