- Take This House and Sell It offers homeowners tips to boost the re-sale value of their homes
- Heartbeats captures intimate stories of women faced with life-threatening illnesses
- Personal style is put on trial with makeover series Style By Jury
- Proven audience favourites Gilmore Girls, Mad About You and Judging Amy
- Alicia Silverstone’s Miss Match comes to W with never-before-seen episodes
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Maid in Manhattan, Two Weeks Notice make their Canadian broadcast premieres
(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment announced today highlights from W Network’s 2004/2005 season. Starting August 30, the #1 specialty channel for women launches a new schedule built around women’s interest in style, design, drama and movies, including an impressive roster of Canadian original programs.
“W’s new schedule reflects our commitment to being the entertainment destination for Canadian women. We recognize that women lead time-pressured lives and they want to kick back and watch shows they can relate to – a great movie, entertaining design and style shows, and compelling drama for women at all stages of their lives,” said Wendy Montgomery, Vice President and General Manager of W Network. “W has responded with a new lineup that delivers what women want from their television.”
Thursday night’s popular design lineup gets a new Canadian addition with the launch of Take This House and Sell It, an insider’s guide to boosting the re-sale value of a home in just 48 hours. Renowned television personality and host, Kimberly Carroll, along with some very vocal designers and an intrepid crew, meet with willing (and some not so willing!) homeowners who’ve had no luck selling their home sweet home. With a last chance open house quickly approaching, the team kicks into high gear showing homeowners how to increase the value of their homes. W goes inside Canada’s renowned Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre in the new dramatic reality series Heartbeats. This program captures the personal drama of women facing life-threatening and life-challenging experiences. From the producers of Little Miracles, the series takes viewers on a journey of fear and hope as the women of Heartbeats undergo treatments that will change their lives forever. From the producers of one of W’s leading design shows Arresting Design, comes the new Canadian makeover series Style By Jury, hosted by Bruce Turner (Strip Search). First impressions often have a lasting impact. From this premise, Style By Jury takes unsuspecting fashion criminals and places them in front of a two-way mirror, while 12 strangers offer their honest first impressions on everything from physical appearance, fashion sense and mannerisms. With the help of a hairstylist, make-up artist, dermatologist, cosmetic dentist, and an image consultant, the candidate undergoes a makeover that gives them a second chance to make a better first impression. Colour Confidential, a new series from the makers of Divine Design, launches early in 2005. Whether it’s for a busy executive who needs to create a rustic getaway at home or a stay-at-home mom in dire need of an inspiring space, interior designer Jane Lockhart uses her talent and humour to inject life and style into a home – in full colour.
Following on the heels of last year’s successful run of exclusive feature film premieres, W offers more blockbuster films for women with the Canadian broadcast premieres of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd), A Walk to Remember (Mandy Moore) White Oleander (Renée Zellweger, Michelle Pfeiffer), Maid in Manhattan (Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes) and Two Weeks Notice (Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant) . The network’s new drama and comedy acquisitions bring more viewer favourites to the schedule, broadcasting the entire first season of the NBC romantic comedy Miss Match (Alicia Silverstone), including never-before-seen episodes; the WB sitcom What I Like About You (Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth); the hit series Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham); the family drama Judging Amy (Amy Brennemen); the cult hit thirtysomething (Peter Horton, Patricia Wettig); and the Emmy® Award-winning comedy Mad About You (Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser). Series returning to W with new episodes include: Arresting Design, The Decorating Challenge, Divine Design, The Gardening Gamble, Me, My House, and I with Brigitte Gall, The Shopping Bags and Sunday Night Sex Show.
W Network is the #1 women’s specialty service in Canada, watched by 10 million Canadians (V2+) in an average month. W Network is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges.