Corus Entertainment has announced its acquisitions for its slate of speciality networks ahead of the 2019-2020 television season.
W Network will be the Canadian homes to Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Nancy Drew and the new version of Party of Five. These three new series will join W Network’s scripted roster that already includes Outlander, The Good Fight, All American and Charmed. Suits spinoff Pearson will premiere this August. W Network will continue airing Hallmark Channel’s year-round movies of the week and seasonal stunts.
Batwoman will join Supergirl on Showcase this fall. DC series Swamp Thing (which was already cancelled in the U.S.) will also debut this fall alongside Pennyworth. New seasons of The Sinner, Legacies, Roswell New Mexico, The Magicians, Marvel’s Runaways and the final season of Mr. Robot will also fill out Showcase’s lineup. Summer series pickup from the U.K., MotherFatherSon starring Richard Gere is also a definite highlight that is set to debut on Sunday, July 7 at 10 p.m. ET and will simulcast on BBC Canada.
Motherland: Fort Salem and Everything’s Gonna Be Okay will debut on ABC Spark this Winter/Spring, joining returning series Siren, The Bold Type, grown-ish, and Good Trouble.
Voiced by Kaley Cuoco, new animated series Harley Quinn will premiere on Adult Swim later this season. The series joins highly anticipated fourth season of Rick and Morty on the recently launched new Canadian specialty network.
MOTHERFATHERSON (Summer 2019) — A political and psychological thriller, MotherFatherSon sits at the intersections of police, politics and the press, as much a family saga as it is a savage, unflinching study of power and how even the mightiest of empires can be in peril when a family turns on each other. Starring Richard Gere, Billy Howle and Helen McCrory.
PEARSON (Summer 2019) — Powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) leaves New York behind to take on the city of Chicago in this unique spinoff of the long-running hit legal drama, Suits. The former managing partner of Pearson Specter Litt is determined to make a difference in the Windy City as she navigates the corrupt and intimidating world of Chicago politics.
NANCY DREW (Fall 2019) — Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); A rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). In addition, Scott Wolf plays Carson Drew, Nancy’s father.
KATY KEENE (Winter/Spring 2020) — A Riverdale spinoff, Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene, singer/songwriter Josie McCoy, performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger, and “It Girl” Pepper Smith — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City together.
PARTY OF FIVE (Winter/Spring 2020) — Party of Five follows the five Acosta children – Emilio, Lucia, Beto, Valentina and baby Rafael – as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. The series stars Brandon Larracuente as Emilio, Emily Tosta as Lucia, Niko Guardado as Beto and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina.