Upfronts ’19: Lineups for HGTV, Food Network Canada and more

Plus, the future of Adult Swim takes shape.
Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below

Corus Entertainment has unveiled its Fall TV packages in waves, first announcing its U.S. conventional pickups for Global, followed by its Canadian specialty originals. Today, on top of its new Amazon-fueled on-demand experience, it’s unveiled close to 30 new acquisitions for its portfolio of specialty networks.

HGTV Canada has ordered new series including Christina on the Coast (8 x 60 minutes), Rock the Block (4 x 60 minutes), a reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (10 x 60 minutes) and A Very Brady Renovation (4 x 60 minutes), which will focus on modernizing the iconic house from The Brady Bunch.

Food Network Canada continues its focus on competition-themed shows; after announcing a handful of competitive cooking shows on the Canadian side, it’s also acquired Cupcake Championship (4 x 60 minutes) and Holiday Wars (4 x 60 minutes), both competitive. Halloween WarsHalloween Baking ChampionshipKids Baking Championship and 30 Minute Meals will also return for more seasons.

Slice will showcase Blind Date for Slice, while also bringing back The Real Housewives of Orange County and Below Deck.

After re-tuning its focus to dramas several years ago, W Network has continued with that strategy, adding Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene (13 x 60 minutes, pictured), as well as Pearson (from Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh). Detective series Nancy Drew and a new iteration of classic family drama Party of Five

New series for History include The Strongest Man in History (8 x 60 minutes) and Ax Men Reborn (10 x 60 minutes), a reboot of the long-running Ax Men series.

For National Geographic, new shows joining the lineup are travel cuisine show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (6 x 60 minutes), Running Wild with Bear Grylls (6 x 60 minutes) and studio-based quiz show Brain Games (8 x 60 minutes).

For kids content, Los Casagrandes (20 x 30 minutes), All That (13 x 30 minutes) and America’s Most Musical Family (12 x 30 minutes, working title) are headed to YTV, while Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs (26 x 15 minutes), Infinity Train and animated Thundercats reboot Thundercats Roar (52 x 15 minutes) are headed to Teletoon. Treehouse picked up Blue’s Clues & You! (20 x 30 minutes) and Disney Channel Canada added Gabby Duran and the Unsittables.

Most of the pickups for Corus’ newest channel Adult Swim, have already been announced (with popular series Rick and Morty touching down next fall, as well as episodes of Robot Chicken, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers), but it has also announced a new animated series from the DC Universe, Harley Quinn, with Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco.