June 4, 2014 7:01 am

Shaw Media unveils new specialty channels, new shows

Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies in a scene from 'Outlander,' a new series coming to Showcase.


TORONTO — Shaw Media announced Wednesday the launch of two new specialty channels: FYI and Crime + Investigation.

FYI, set to launch in the fall, offers “contemporary lifestyle programs that spark inspiration, imagination, and innovation amongst viewers,” according to the company.

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Crime + Investigation, also known as CI, is due to debut in December. It hopes to “engage viewers’ minds and crime solving skills” with shows that take them “on an emotional and thrilling journey into the intricate and suspenseful world of true crime and criminal investigation.”

“As the media landscape evolves, Shaw Media continues to see success with strong specialty channels focused on offering high-quality, engaging content,” said Paul Robertson, Executive Vice President, Shaw Communications and President of Shaw Media.

“FYI and Crime + Investigation are welcome additions to our leading portfolio.”

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The announcement came at the same time Shaw Media — parent company of Global News — unveiled new shows coming to specialty channels like Showcase, History, Slice and Lifetime.

Outlander, Dominion, Satisfaction and The Red Tent will all have their Canadian broadcast premieres on Showcase beginning in the fall and there will be new seasons of popular shows like Royal Pains, The Musketeers and Toronto-shot series Beauty and the Beast, Covert Affairs and Lost Girl.

History is adding The Hunt, Down East Dickering, Pawnography, Biker Battleground Phoenix, Houdini, UFO X-Files, Mummies Alive and Dino Hunt.

Favourites like Counting Cars, Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars and Vikings will be back for new seasons on History.

H2 will add In Search of Aliens with Giorgio, Ancient Impossible, United Stuff of America and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History.

New shows coming this fall to HGTV Canada include Reno Rookies, Mike’s Ultimate Garage, House Hunters International Renovation, Sold on the Spot, The Jennie Garth Project, My Big Family Renovation, Lakefront Bargain Hunt and Vacation House for Free.

Ellen’s Design Challenge, Custom Built and The Expandables will follow in the winter.

At Food Network Canada, new offerings include Carnival Eats, Food Truck Face Off, Farmhouse Rules, Chopped: Ultimate Chopped Champions Tournament, Chopped Teens and Great Canadian Cookbook.

They’ll be joined by returning shows like Chopped Canada, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Donut Showdown.

Set to debut on Slice this fall are The Singles Project, Extreme Guide to Parenting, Handsome Devils, Ladies of London, Million Dollar Listing Miami, Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, See No Evil and Southern Charm.

DTOUR’s sophomore season brings new shows Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, Border Security Australia, Hotel Secret & Legends and Resort Rescue.

Little Women: LA, Deliverance Creek and Un-Real are all coming to Lifetime while Action adds Fake-Off, Friends of the People, Hair Jacked, How to Be a Grown Up and Jokers Wild!.

DIY Network Canada welcomes Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall, The Shatner Project, Sledgehammer and Renovate to Rent.

At the National Geographic Channel, new series include Smoky Mountain Money and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South while Nat Geo Wild adds Dr. K: Exotic Pet Vet.

The Game and Jonathan Creek are new additions to BBC Canada.

Shaw Media is the parent company of Global News.

© 2014 Shaw Media

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