OMNI brings back two shows, extends web series to air

Rogers' must-carry multicultural broadcaster announces programming steps for 2018 and beyond.

Blood and Water picThe Rogers-owned multicultural broadcaster OMNI Regional has announced the renewal of two shows, greenlighting sophomore seasons of Second Jen and Blood and Water (pictured).

The channel also commissioned a new six-part series, Mangoes, about a group of South Asians new to Canada.

This follows the channel’s official relaunch on Sept. 1 after the CRTC approved its mandatory inclusion in digital basic TV packages.

Eight new episodes of the Chinese-language, Vancouver-set drama Blood and Water are expected to launch in 2018. Season one (16 x 30 minutes) of the show, about a detective trying to track down the killer of a Vancouver billionaire’s son, premiered in October 2015.

Meanwhile, Second Jen, which was conspicuously absent when Rogers unveiled its fall lineup during its 2017 Upfront, is confirmed to return for a second season. Created by and starring Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan, the half-hour show tells the story two second-generation Chinese and Filipino-Canadian millennials trying to prove to their immigrant families that they can make it on their own in the big city.

The second season will release on both OMNI Regional and City next year, though no specific timetable has been given.

In addition to the renewals, OMNI Regional commissioned a six-episode season of the South Asian comedy Mangoes. The property previously existed as a web series that is now being adapted as a half-hour comedy. Voiced in a combination of Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English, the scripted series follows a group of new Canadian citizens on a journey to “explore, integrate, and contribute towards the building of their new home.”

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