Upfronts ’21: Family Law hits primetime for Global’s 2021/22 season

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Corus Entertainment also announced a new roster of Peacock original series acquisitions across its specialty channels, including W Network, Showcase and Slice.

Corus Entertainment has set its 2021/22 lineup for Global and its specialty networks, with a supply of new U.S. series and its continued partnership with Peacock helping to bolster the schedule.

The 2021/22 schedule marks the second year running a Canadian scripted drama will be featured in the Global fall lineup, with recently renewed Family Law (SEVEN24 Films, Lark Productions) airing on the Thursday 8 p.m. slot. The first season of Departure made its debut in the fall of 2020, earning an average AMA of 1.2 million viewers. Season two of Departure is expected to air later this year.

Family Law is among 10 new shows scheduled for fall or mid-season premieres at Global, with five set for the fall. The four newly acquired fall series are NCIS: Hawaii (Monday at 10 p.m.), FBI: International (Tuesday at 9 p.m.), CSI: Vegas (Wednesday at 10 p.m.) and Ghosts (Thursday at 9 p.m.).

The newly acquired mid-season premieres are dramas Good Sam and Women of the Movement, unscripted series Come Dance With Me and comedies Smallwood and Abbott Elementary.

Returning series for Global in the fall include original true crime series Crime Beat, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, FBI and FBI: Most Wanted, New Amsterdam, 9-1-1, The Neighbourhood, Survivor, Tough as Nails, United States of Al, S.W.A.T, Seal Team and The Equalizer. Global will have 18 hours of simulcast for the fall primetime.

Peacock boosts Corus’ specialty lineup

A new roster of Peacock original series has stacked the 2021/22 lineup for Corus-owned specialty channels W Network and Showcase.

Among the new series announced are dramas Dr. Death, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, One of Us is Lying, Bel-Air, Angelyne, and the Queer as Folk reboot. New comedies include MacGruber, Bust Down and the film Psych 3: This is Gus.

Other acquisitions for the channels include the reboot of The 4400, horror series Chucky, DC series Naomi and a Hallmark film trilogy on W Network, titled The Wedding Veil.

Returning to W Network for the fall is the second season of Peacock’s Saved By the Bell, as well as new seasons of Nancy Drew, Five Bedrooms, Outlander and Charmed. A Million Little Things, which previously aired on Citytv, will make its W Network debut in 2021/22 as well.

Showcase’s lineup includes the return of Batwoman, The Sinner, All American, Legacies and A.P. Bio, with an additional season of Roswell: New Mexico expected to air next spring.

Rounding out the scripted acquisitions are three new titles for Adult Swim, including animated series Teenage Euthanasia, Smiling Friends and Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

On the unscripted front, Corus has acquired two new Real Housewives series, Real Housewives Mash-Up (working title) and The Real Housewives of Miami, currently in development. Other acquisitions include lifestyle series Below Deck: Down Under, Ex Rated with Andy Cohen and food series Top Chef Family Style and Baking It.

New acquisitions for HGTV Canada include Home Town TakeoverBreaking Bland and Curb Appeal Xtreme, along with new seasons of Help! I Wrecked My House, Good Bones, My Lottery Dream Home and Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa. Acquisitions for History include Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman, Machines That Built America, Modern Marvels: Machines and Man vs. History. Returning History series are The Curse of Oak Island, The Secret of Skin Walker Ranch, History’s Greatest Mysteries, Forged in Fire and Counting Cars.

New reality series acquisitions for Slice include Summer House: Winter Charm and Below Deck Adventure, with Vanderpump Rules and The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City among the returning series.

Finally, new acquisitions for Corus-owned kids channels include SpongeBob SquarePants spin-offs Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years,  The Patrick Star ShowMiddlemost Post, That Girl Lay Lay, and the Rugrats reimagining for YTV; Jellystone, Tom and Jerry in New York and We Baby Bears for Teletoon; and Thomas and Friends: All Engines Go for Treehouse.

Corus will also continue to run Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD day and date with their U.S. counterparts.

All renewals and greenlights for Corus’ original programming were announced previously, including two scripted renewals and 35 greenlights and renewals across lifestyle, unscripted and kids.