The broadcaster also unveiled a slew of new shows to its Ion Life multicast channel, most of them revolving around cooking and home decor. In preparation for the upfront selling season, Ion is touting its ratings growth this past year with original series “The Listener” and off-network plays of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and NBC/USA’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Ion also plans to produce another five original holiday-themed telepics this year, capitalizing on appetite among viewers and marketers for feel-good fare during the fall and winter. Ion already has a library of 18 originals that get heavy rotation in the winter months.
The Ion Life and the Qubo kidvid channel will add a total of 383 hours of new programming in the coming year.
New programs coming to Ion Life this year include:
“Chef at Home”: Chef Michael Smith invites viewers into his home kitchen in order to show them how to create uncomplicated, tasty meals for family and friends.
“Chef at Large”: Chef Michael Smith travels the world and meets up with other chefs in their kitchens and samples their best cuisine.
“Design Rivals”: Hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman agree to disagree as they explore all the options to design a space that reflects the guest’s innermost needs and individuality.
“Diva on a Dime”: Style guru Julia Grieve shows participants how to look good without spending a lot of money, choosing an outfit that inspires a real-life, low-budget shopping trip.
“Fresh with Anna Olson”: Host Anna Olson invites viewers into the comfort of her Niagara region country home and creates unique meals using her mantra: “eat fresh, eat local.”
“Home to Go”: Host Peter Fallico presents original, easy-to-execute, and inexpensive do-it-yourself décor ideas and solutions for people living in temporary spaces.
“In the Dog House”: Life coach and canine behaviorist Brad Pattison fixes bad behavior by both dogs and their humans with his innovative tough-love training and counselling skills.
“Lovin’ Spoonful”: Host David Gale’s series is devoted to characters, cultures and food, as he visits different grandmothers to cook, laugh and learn about their lives.
“Reality Obsessed”: Host Murtz Jaffer explores the juiciest details of reality television, hunting for answers to the “big picture” questions that fans want to know.
“Renovate My Wardrobe”: Hosts Peter Papapetrou and Glen Peloso take people’s “old and tired” clothing and closets and turn them into “new and admired” outfits and spaces.
“So Chic”: Hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman have the knowledge, skill, flair, and savvy urban know-how to show everyday women how to achieve great style at any cost.
Ion’s kidvid channel Qubo is also adding at least five new series:
Dive Olly Dive: The series follows the adventures of Olly, a young submarine-in-training, and Beth, his best friend and fellow trainee, as they explore their spectacular underwater world.
“Doki”: Members of the International Explorers Club, Doki and his five friends are part of this organization that dedicates itself to exploration, discovery and learning.
“Famous Five: On the Case”: Based on the children’s book series by Enid Blyton, the animated series is set in modern times and features the children of the original Famous Five.
“Sally Bollywood”: With the help of her best friend Doowee, Sally runs a detective agency, “Sally Bollywood Investigations (SBI),” that provides assistance exclusively to children.
“ToddWorld”: Featuring the artistic style of Todd Parr’s children’s books, each episode conveys a message about tolerance, diversity and acceptance.