Bell Media Specialty Channels Have a Hot Summer Lined Up

— April 16, 2014

MONTRÉAL (April 16, 2014) – Bell Media is proud to announce the 2014 summer programming line-up for its French-language specialty channels. The hot summer programming line-up includes shows on channels such as Canal Vie, VRAK TV, Canal D, Investigation, Ztélé, RDS, RDS2, and RDS Info, as well as Séries+, Historia, MusiquePlus, MusiMax, TÉLÉTOON, and TÉLÉTOON Rétro. Viewers will have access to more than 10 new shows, as well as brand new episodes of their favourite series.

This summer, Canal Vie pays tribute to fatherhood with a documentary called PAPAS. And keeping with the paternity theme is the premiere of the new series Papas à la maison (Fr. v. of MODERN DADS), about four former college buddies who are now stay-at-home dads. Returning favourites include Canal Vie’s exquisite backyard creations in Le pro du patio à la rescousse, and Des idées de grandeur dans ma cour;  a look at overprotective parents in Maman, papa, j’étouffe; a celebration of the warm weather in Un été avec JOËL;  and an interesting take on home decoration projects in Des idées de grandeur.

Canal D has several new acquisitions on tap including BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS, a show about the people who chase after hundreds of trucks that disappear while transporting valuable merchandise across the U.S.A. Meanwhile, Brocanteurs de Vegas (Fr. v. of THRIFT HUNTERS) goes on extreme shopping sprees with bargain gurus Jason Smith and Bryan Goodman. Chargés à bloc (Fr. v. of LOADED) follows three truckers vying to deliver the most profitable merchandise. Plus, Canal D will offer new episodes of Hantise, Les grands travaux, and Les rois de l’évasion.

 

Ztélé announces two new, major additions to its summer line-up: Face Off and Orphan Black. The competition series FACE OFF, explores the art of special-effects makeup.  ORPHAN BLACK delves into the turbulent life of Sarah, a resourceful outsider who discovers she has several clones. Also, Phil Robertson and his family return to Ztélé for Season 2 of Chasseurs millionnaires (Fr. v. of DUCK DYNASTY), and NIKITA is back for its fourth and final season.

 

Investigation adds six new acquisitions to its schedule: Bear Grylls : Seul face à la ville, Criminel en fuite, Meurtre en famille, Mort en cavale, Panique 911, and Miami, ville du vice. With its entertaining and captivating programming, Investigation explores every facet and exciting twist of real-life criminal investigations.

 

VRAK TV has a special celebration in store for Father’s Day with ARRANGE-TOI AVEC ÇA! presented in collaboration with Canal Vie. Other big news this summer includes the broadcast of the second season of ANUBIS. Young audiences can also look forward to reuniting with their favourite shows, including acquisitions like GLEE, Sam et Cat, The Big Bang Theory, and Victorious, as well as original productions like L'appart du 5e, Arrange-toi avec ça, Les testeurs, VRAK la vie and Fan club. And in July, get ready for an encore presentation of MEILLEUR AVANT LE 31, BON PAREIL LE 1er.

RDS and RDS2 present STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HOCKEY until mid-June. Sports fans can continue to get their fill all summer long with prestigious events like MONTREAL Alouettes FOOTBALL, FormulA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and the grand prix du Canada, MONTREAL IMPACT SOCCER, wimbledon, U.S. open TENNIS, and the tour de francE. In addition, RDS INFO, the anchor channel for the SPORTS 30 newscast, will have all the latest sports news and results throughout the summer.

 

Corus Media Channels Represented

This summer, Séries+ goes all out and adds some great acquisitions to its line-up: Dre Emily Owens, Longmire, and Un flic d’exception (Fr. v. of GOLDEN BOY).

 

Along with new shows like Diva de l’au-delà, La diva du divan and Franklin & Bash, several of your winter-season favourites will be back with all-new episodes including Élémentaire, Perception, Hawaii 5-0, La loi & l’ordre : crimes sexuels, and Scandale.

Historia’s greatest hits are back this summer. 
Get ready for new episodes of LES A$ DE LA BROCANTE and TANK : Les grands combats. The channel  also has three new documentary mini-series line-up for you in its summer schedule.

 

Starting in June, TÉLÉTOON presents two new shows: Mon derrière perd la tête and Archer.

Mon derrière perd la tête is the incredible story of a boy and his best friend – who just so happens to be his detached bum!

ARCHER is a half-hour comedy that takes place at the international spy agency ISIS, where global crises are merely excuses for highly trained spies to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. 

 

TÉLÉTOON la nuit remains the cult destination for fans of animated shows like Les Simpson, Family Guy, Faut pas rêver, and South Park.

TÉLÉTOON Rétro serves up non-stop childhood favourites like Les superS nanas and LUCKY LUKE!

 

Other Channels Represented

This summer, MusiquePlus moves to the Montreal beat with original productions like Buzz, Top musique, Cliptoman, Décompte MusiquePlus, and RAJOTTE, as well as extensive event-based programming like the Much Music Video Awards and Justin Bieber in concert!

 

The station is also bringing back the ever-popular American reality series Skins (Season 5), Les KARDASHIAN, Mr. T et ses imbéciles, and Maîtres tatoueurs.

MusiMax is turning up the heat this summer with a line-up of specials including one dedicated to Michael Jackson, plus concerts and documentaries featuring Madonna, Queen, Aerosmith, Paul McCartney and many more. 

 

New episodes of Top 10 and l’index québécois, along with encore presentations of the best episodes of BENEZRA REÇOIT are also on deck. As far as acquisitions, audience favourites La danse des étoiles, Millionnaires à tout prix, Légendes du rock, and Les dessous d’Hollywood are all returning to the MusiMax summer programming grid.

For all the details about our summer programming, visit the new Bell Media Sales website.

About Bell Media

With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 55 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

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For more information: 
Danick Archambault, Bell Media, 514.939.5001, ext. 3192 or danick.archambault@bellmedia.ca