W bulks up on reality and soaps for fall

The Corus channel unveils a busy slate of reality series, including the return of Roseanne Barr to Canadian TV.

Corus Entertainment’s W Network on Wednesday unveiled a busy fall 2011 slate of new reality series and soaps.

It leads off with Lifetime’s Roseanne’s Nuts and USA Networks’ Necessary Roughness, starring Rescue Me‘s Callie Thorne.

Reality show Roseanne’s Nuts sees Roseanne Barr run a 40-acre macadamia and livestock farm in Hawaii with boyfriend Johnny Argent and son Jake.

Necessary Roughness is a prime-time soap about a woman, played by Callie Thorne, whose career as a therapist for a football team takes off thanks to her tough-love approach.

The Canadian specialty also acquired Sibling Rivalry, a Cream Productions docu-soap about twin brother and sister Dan and Nikki Hall building their own investment dream home.

Also bound for W is the US-based Bravo cooking competition series Rocco’s Dinner Party, which features chefs competing to stage the perfect evening for celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and his private dinner guests.

W also picked up the Lifetime series Picker Sisters, about Extreme Home Makeover’s Tanya McQueen and Tracy Huston criss-crossing the US to find items to sell in their Los Angeles home store.

Returning to the specialty channel this fall are new seasons of Candice Tells All, Come Dine with Me Canada, Love it or List It and Property Brothers.

From Playback Daily

Photo: Cream Productions’ Sibling Rivalry