Corus pulls back the curtain on its fall season

The media co's commissions included a pair of culinary series from Proper Television, as well as a greenlight for the third and final season of Mary Kills People.
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Corus Entertainment has revealed its slate of new and returning series for 2018/19, including a third and final season of Mary Kills People and renewals for Private Eyes and Top Chef Canada.

On Global there were five Canadian renewals, with greenlights for the second season of Border Security: America’s Front Line (produced by eOne), the 14th season of Entertainment Tonight Canada (Corus) and the seventh season of Big Brother Canada, in addition to third season renewals for Mary Kills People (Cameron Pictures, eOne) and Private Eyes (eOne). Mary Kills People, Private Eyes and Big Brother Canada will all return in midseason.

Corus said additional announcements about Global’s slate of originals would be made at a later date.

On the lifestyle front, Corus greenlit three new projects for Food Network Canada. The first of those, Iron Chef Canada (Proper Television, 10 x 60 – fall 2018, 10 x 60 – fall 2019), is a food competition based on a Japanese culinary format. The other two are Corus Studios projects: grilling competition series Fire Masters (Architect Films, 10 x 60 – spring 2019, 10 x 60 – spring 2020) and John Catucci-hosted Ultimate Food Bucket List (Lone Eagle Entertainment, 14 x 30 minutes). Top Chef Canada (Insight Productions) is also returning to Food Network Canada for a seventh season.

Those lifestyle series join previously announced renewals and greenlights for HGTV’s Sarah Off The Grid (Alibi Entertainment), Holmes + Holmes (The Holmes Group), Backyard Builds (Frantic Films), Love It or List It Vancouver (Big Coat Media), Property Brothers (Cineflix) and History channel’s Rust Valley Restorers (Mayhem Entertainment), Big Rig Warriors (Attraction Images), History Erased (formerly called World Without, produced by Cream Productions) and Canada/Ireland coproduction Vikings (Take 5 Productions and TM Productions Limited).

Meanwhile, Corus unveiled a number of commissions on the kids-content side. Star Falls (20 x 30 minutes, produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Nickelodeon), will debut on YTV in September. The single camera family comedy tells the story of a daughter who schemes to create a romance between her mom and the lead actor of a Hollywood movie that’s shooting in their small town. As well, adventure series Go Away Unicorn (52 x 11 minutes, produced by Nelvana for Sonar Entertainment in association with Disney), was commissioned for YTV.

For Teletoon, Corus gave greenlights to four new series: Cupcake & Dino: General Services (52 x 11 minutes, produced by eOne in association with Netflix); Total DramaRama (52 x 11 minutes, produced by Fresh TV in association with Cartoon Network); Chop Chop Ninja (20 x 30 minutes, Sardine Productions); and Spaceman & Robotron (2 x 11 minutes, Luckas Cardona). As previously announced, Corus also greenlit Bravest Warriors (26 x 30 minutes, produced by Nelvana and Frederator) for YTV.

As well, three new originals are headed to Treehouse  Snow Snaps (26 x 11 minutes, Carpe Diem); Miss Persona (52 x 3 minutes, Nelvana); Corn & Peg (40 x 11 minutes, Nelvana) – as well as the previously announced Esme & Roy (52 x 11 minutes, produced by Nelvana in association with Sesame Workshop).

On the primetime front, Corus international pickups for Global included two dramas, four comedies and a reality series. The first of those dramas is FBI, a New York-set series about the inner workings of the U.S. intelligence service. It stars Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Zeeko Zaki (Valor), Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) and Ebonée Noel (Wrecked). As well, Global added New Amsterdam. The medical drama stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and is based on New York City’s historic Bellevue Hospital. 

New U.S. comedies include The Neighborhood, starring actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, and Happy Together, with Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl) and Amber Stevens West (Ghosted). The channel also acquired I Feel Bad, starring Sarayu Blue (No Tomorrow) and exec produced by Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and San Diego-set Abby’s starring Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation) and Neil Flynn (The Middle).

This story originally appears in Playback Daily.