Corus Entertainment announced today the fall 2009 programming lineups for W Network, Cosmopolitan TV and VIVA. Appealing to women of all ages and life stages, the Corus suite of women specialty networks presents a broad offering of new and returning lifestyle series, hit dramas and non-stop blockbuster movies.
“Each of our women’s networks speaks to a distinct audience while they all encompass three pillars of programming: lifestyle, scripted entertainment and movies,” said Joanna Webb, Vice President, Programming, Corus Women’s Specialty Television. “Whereas W continues to provide a respite for busy, time-starved women with relaxing romantic comedies and expert-driven series that offer inspirational tips for living, CosmoTV concentrates on serving up fun, guilty-pleasure programming, while VIVA’s lineup showcases smart, sophisticated, experiential programming tailored to the boomer woman. In all, Corus’ women’s networks truly have something for every woman.”
This fall, W Network, Canada’s leading network for Women 25-54, adds a new Sunday morning movie block (Sunday’s at 10 a.m.) to its already robust movie schedule of back-to-back Saturday movies on Double Flix and Triple Flix. Among the first run titles premiering this fall will be Georgia Rule, Because I Said So and Nanny Diaries. In addition, Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins W’s weeknight comedy block with the hit series The New Adventures of Old Christine. W’s roster of lifestyle experts expands with the launch of the Canadian makeover show Eat Yourself Sexy hosted by famed nutritionist Gillian McKeith from the popular U.K. series You Are What You Eat and The Shopping Bags add some beauty to the mix with Anna and Kristina’s Beauty Call. British lifestyle series continue to drive ratings with the W audience, and this fall How to Look Good Naked returns with Season 5 and 10 Years Younger: The Challenge joins the schedule. These new shows round out a strong returning lineup of Canadian original series that include Style By Jury, Divine Design and Love It or List It.
CosmoTV, which targets Women 18-34, brings viewers more men, sex and style this fall with the addition of the popular one-hour drama Lipstick Jungle; a second season of the stylist-to-the-stars series The Rachel Zoe Project; Season 3 of CosmoTV’s flagship magazine show Oh So Cosmo; and the 2nd annual CosmoTV Bachelor Search. CosmoM, the channels movie block will continue to screen fun and flirty movies every Friday to Sunday.
Targeting boomer women, VIVA serves up more food-focused programming in the daily VIVA Cuisine time block with the debut of the new original series Fearless in the Kitchen starring Canadian cooking sensation Christine Cushing, along with the Canadian premiere of Spain…on the Road Again featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity chef Mario Batali. VIVA’s lineup of smart, sophisticated movies this fall includes a two-month movie event called Crowns & Corsets featuring titles such as Elizabeth, First Knight, The Virgin Queen and Marie Antoinette. Building on the popularity among women for crime and detective programming, VIVA’s Crime in Prime evening block will add Cold Case and new episodes of Rescue Mediums and Psychic Investigators to a lineup that currently includes the hit drama The Closer.
Additional information for W Network, CosmoTV and VIVA programming outlined below:
EAT YOURSELF SEXY – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres: Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 2
Starring Gillian McKeith from U.K.’s programming hit You Are What You Eat, this new half-hour series finds McKeith on this side of the pond, ready to help Canadians reclaim their long lost mojo. An international nutrition sensation, McKeith uses her trademark humour and no-nonsense approach to transform the lives of thirteen women, helping them get their grooves back with customized workouts and all new diets.
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE – NETWORK PREMIERE
Premieres: Mondays – Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 31
Emmy award-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Christine Campbell, a 35-year-old divorced mother and co-owner of a women’s 30-minute workout gym with her best friend Barb (Wanda Sykes). For Christine, every day is an adventure, especially when she discovers that her ex-husband is marrying a young and beautiful woman, forcing her to venture into the wonderful, hazy and hilarious world of dating.
ANNA AND KRISTINA’S BEAUTY CALL – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres: November 2009
In Anna and Kristina’s Beauty Call, consumer connoisseurs Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic help viewers uncover the secrets to finding true beauty and great fashion on a budget. Episodes will include tips from designers on how to achieve a timeless look for less, product tests to uncover whether those magic potions and innovative procedures actually deliver and discovering first hand if those runway looks work for real women.
LIPSTICK JUNGLE – NETWORK PREMIERE
Premieres: Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning September 3
New to CosmoTV, this sexy hour-long series is based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell. Three high-powered women – Wendy (Brooke Shields) the movie exec, Nico (Kim Raver) the editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, and Victory (Lindsay Price) the free-spirited designer, make their way through the highs and lows of success in the Big Apple.
THE RACHEL ZOE PROJECT: SEASON 2 – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Mondays at 8 p.m. ET beginning October 12
Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is back, juggling constant deadlines, fashion shows and celebrity clients with the help of Team Zoe, which includes husband Rodger Berman, styling associate Taylor Jacobson and her small-town Ontario assistant, Brad Goreski. Season 2 of this fashion-forward series delves even deeper into the inner workings of Hollywood’s hottest fashion stylist as Team Zoe jets from coast to coast throwing charity auctions, attending store openings and labouring to find the perfect gowns to adorn the red carpet during award season.
OH SO COSMO: SEASON 3 – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 2
Oh So Cosmo is CosmoTV’s half-hour magazine-style TV show that offers fun, fearless females entertaining stories and segments celebrating the lifestyle of hip, urban women. Hosted by sexy, irreverent Cosmo girl Josie Dye, and featuring segments from hot male correspondent Wilder Weir, and reports from Jacqui Skeete from the Oh So Cosmo editorial team, Oh So Cosmo explores fashion, men, sex and relationships with a healthy dose of fun and style.
FEARLESS IN THE KITCHEN – WORLD PREMIERE
Premieres: Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ET beginning October 3
Fearless in the Kitchen is a new half-hour series featuring celebrity chef Christine Cushing, as she miraculously transforms terrible cooks into savvy, fearless chefs who can prepare tasty meals for family and friends. With a lighthearted approach, each episode introduces viewers to a new culinary-challenged participant, who will be guided through a series of cooking-related tasks and challenges by Cushing in order to help them gain confidence in the kitchen.
SPAIN…ON THE ROAD AGAIN – CANADIAN PREMIERE
Premieres: Sundays at 5 p.m. ET beginning September 6
Spain…on the road Again follows four dynamic personalities – Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, celebrity chef Mario Batali, celebrated cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols – as they embark on a one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural tour of Spain. Each hour-long episode acts as a travelogue for the foursome as they visit a new locale and setting, including local farms, markets, factories and wineries.
COLD CASE – NETWORK PREMIERE
Premieres: November 2009
Cold Case is a one-hour drama series chronicling Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris), a dedicated female detective in the Philadelphia homicide squad, as she finds her niche when she’s assigned to “cold cases” – crimes that have never been solved. Previously, she used her instinctive understanding of the criminal mind on current murders. Now, she’s interrogating old witnesses, making use of today’s new science and finding fresh clues to solve previously unsolvable cases.