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FOOD LOVERS UNITE - CORUS ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES COOKING CHANNEL IN CANADA

Corus Entertainment announced today that it is introducing Cooking Channel, a 24-hour network that caters to avid food lovers, in Canada on December 12, 2016. From the creators of Food Network, Cooking Channel is the answer to a growing appetite for more content devoted to food and cooking in every dimension; from global cuisines to international travel, to food history and unconventional how-tos.

With Cooking Channel’s focus on serving those passionate about food and cooking, Food Network Canada will continue to bring Canadians dynamic, new entertainment-driven food related programming.

The launch of Cooking Channel in Canada is an extension of Corus’ long-term partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive which launched Cooking Channel in the United States in 2010.

Cooking Channel in Canada is a rebrand of W Movies. A few of the highly-anticipated series confirmed for launch include:

Man Fire Food
Man Fire Food stars Canadian chef Roger Mooking and features the inventive ways to cook with fire. From small campfires to creative custom-made grills and smokers, they visit home cooks, pitmasters and chefs who are fascinated by fire and food. The smoke signals take Roger Mooking across the country, including the American South for different styles of regional barbecue, the Pacific Northwest for a tribal salmon bake and New England for a unique seafood feast. Man Fire Food celebrates the passion for building and cooking with fire.

Dinner at Tiffani’s
Tiffani Thiessen invites her celebrity friends over for good company, great stories and delicious food. With guests like Jason Priestley, Seth Green, her White Collar co-stars and more, it’s a wonderful blend of dinner, drinks and fun. Come for the party, stay for the food.

Unwrapped 2.0
Unwrapped 2.0 is a fun and fascinating look at the amazing processes, great stories and interesting people behind the creation of some of the most popular snacks. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, Unwrapped 2.0 features everything from classic childhood treats to the latest candy crazes. Whether you like your snacks sweet or savoury, crispy or gooey, Unwrapped 2.0 offers behind-the-scenes access to get you a front row seat to see them made.

Cake Hunters
The perfect party needs the perfect cake, and that’s where Cake Hunters comes in! From weddings to family reunions and more, party hosts meet with three cake designers who present their jaw-dropping concepts to make the perfect complement to their big bashes. And once the winning design is picked, will the cake make it to the big day on time and in one piece?

Unique Sweets
Unique Sweets is an insider’s peek into innovative eateries that are creating the most unique and exciting desserts today. These sweet spots cover the gamut: restaurants with revolutionary pastry chefs; candy shops inventing eye-popping confections; chocolate boutiques with wild artisanal flavours and bakeries producing one-of-a-kind pastries, cakes and cookies in the middle of the night. Wherever there are gooey, crunchy, sticky and sweet treats that you won’t find anywhere else, Unique Sweets will take you there.
 

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Apparently Cooking Channel was meant to be where content more akin to the "old" Food Network (i.e. more instruction-oriented programming, not as much reality and competition stuff) would go.

Basically, it's Food Network 2.
 

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I thought people didn't have time to cook anymore. LOL Why all these food channels?... Food Network, Makeful, gusto and soon The Cooking Channel.
 

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A lot of people still cook and they want healthier better tasting food. When they cook to entertain, they want it to be something special. Cooking shows are a great source of ideas.
 

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Apparently Cooking Channel was meant to be where content more akin to the "old" Food Network (i.e. more instruction-oriented programming, not as much reality and competition stuff) would go.

Basically, it's Food Network 2.
Give it a year or two and you'll be seeing the "reality and competition stuff" appear on The Cooking Channel too.....

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To be fair, it's not like W Movies was popular in any real way. The target market for people who cook is a lot higher, assuming they differentiate it from Food Network (aka: The Chopped Channel).
 

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Seeing as Corus has shuffled some of W Network shows to HGTV, Property Brothers etc. I wonder if W Network will introduce some Movie blocks to fill the void on the main W channel.
 

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I don't think it is a good idea. When people don't have enough time to cook, why they will spend time on watching cooking show.
 

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Unless they realign the pakages at some point, Bell Aliant will have Food and Cooking in two different theme packs. Also SD only right now, it seems.

Guess we'll see what December brings on that front.
 

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Shaw Direct and Shaw Cable will have W Movies aka Cooking Channel on free preview December 12, 2016 - February 1, 2017, so perhaps other providers will as well.
 

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I'm sure they will and with the new CRTC cheap TV regulations you can more ten likely buy it as a stand alone channel if you want it.
 

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I found the following statement on Shaw Direct:
...Following the rebrand, you can still find your favourite movies on these great channels: W Network, Lifetime, CosmoTV, ABC Spark, Action, IFC, MovieTime, Showcase, and Sundance.
So either Corus has eliminated a redundant channel that was showing movies that were already on the other channels or they improved the quality of the other channels by including a wider selection of content, or a little of both. ;)
 

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Gusto is in free preview right now so you should be getting it... It's only available in standard def on channel 573 classic - 187 advanced.
 

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Thanks, guys. Too bad it is only in Standard Definition. It took me a long time to get an HD TV, but now I'm hooked on HD. My 65" is pretty good about upscaling, but I notice the difference.
 
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