Canwest announces summer lineups

The broadcaster's dramatic channels will offer a slate of programming that ranges from the new to the familiar, with a special day's programming for Dad.

Canwest’s dramatic channels are geared up to bolster their summer slate, including a Father’s Day marathon on the Deja View network, which airs on June 15. Episodes of Who’s the Boss will run from 8am ET to 12pm ET, followed by The Cosby Show from 12pm ET to 4pm ET. Encore presentations of the entire lineup will run at 4pm ET and 12am ET.

Also in June, Showcase Diva will premiere two shows new to the network. Those who missed NCIS the first time around can now catch it from the very beginning. Premiering on June 2, the series follows the government agency that investigates crimes involving US Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Episodes will air weekdays at 5pm ET. Joey features Matt LeBlanc reprising his Friends role as Joey Tribbiani trying to make it big in Hollywood. The series debuts on June 2, airing on weekends at 8am ET.

IFC will premiere two new shows of its own this summer, as well as bringing back a fan favourite. The world broadcast premiere of Ink: Alter Egos Exposed is set to air Fridays at 8pm ET, beginning on June 6. The original documentary series, which explores comic book culture, is slated for a 10-episode stint.

The second season of Who Wants to be a Superhero will premiere on Saturday, June 7 at 10am ET, in another IFC debut. The Sci Fi-produced reality series will challenge contestants to create their own superhero. Whichever one impresses legendary comic book creator Stan Lee the most will become one of his characters.

The first season of Crime Stories is also set to debut on IFC in June. The show, which takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the most intriguing crimes in Canadian history, will air Sundays at 9am ET, beginning on June 8.

Finally, Big Love, HBO’s critically acclaimed show about a family of polygamists struggling to keep their lifestyle a secret, will debut on Showcase on Wednesdays at 10pm ET, starting on June 18. The series stars Bill Paxton (Twister), Jeanne Tripplehorn (The Firm), Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk the Line).