45 premieres coming this summer on Bell Media specialty networks

Bell Media revealed today a first look at the sizzling summer specialty network schedules featuring more than 45 new and returning series and specials on Bravo!, Discovery Channel, E!, MTV, MuchMusic, MuchMore, SPACE and The Comedy Network.

Jam-packed with a bevy of buzzed about new series including DALLAS (June 13 on Bravo!), TWENTY TWELVE (June 18 on The Comedy Network), SNOOKI AND J-WOWW VS. THE WORLD (June 21 on MTV), FUNNY OR DIE’S BILLY ON THE STREET (May 31 on MuchMore) and SINBAD (July on SPACE), the specialty network’s summer schedules are also anchored by fan favourites including KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (May 20 on E!), TOSH.O (May 29 on The Comedy Network), DEGRASSI (July on MuchMusic) and SHARK WEEK (Aug. 12-17 on Discovery Channel). Additional specialty network premiere announcements will follow over the coming weeks.

“Building on the strength of Bell Media’s specialty networks’ winter schedules, we’ve added a wide variety of fresh new programming that covers all the genres,” said Rick Brace, President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. “From drama and reality to docu-series, we’re delivering entertaining series for every viewer, every night of the week and in every timeslot this summer.”

This winter, Bell Media’s specialty channels continued to enjoy tremendous growth and reach among Canadians. Reaching 78% of all non-sports specialty viewers in the average week, more than Shaw, Corus, Rogers or CBC stations, Bell Media also broadcast each of the top 4 programs, GOLD RUSH: ALASKA (Discovery Channel), CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (Discovery Channel), DOCTOR WHO (SPACE) and THE BIG BANG THEORY Marathon (The Comedy Network), on Canadian non-Sports specialty television this year (P2+, minimum 3 airings).

Specifically, Discovery Channel has reached more viewers in the average week than any other Canadian non-sports specialty (P2+); overall viewing (P2+) is up by 21% over the same weeks last year on Bravo! and The Comedy Network; E! is ranked by Canadians as the specialty channel with the best entertainment news*; SPACE ranks as a top 10 Canadian non-sports specialty channel (A25-54); and MuchMusic ranks among the top 10 Canadian non-sports specialty channels with a weekly reach of more than 1.9 million in the P12-34 demo.

Below is a chronological list of summer premieres by network. For complete series descriptions visit bellmediapr.ca (schedules are subject to change; visit bellmedia.ca to confirm local broadcast times):



June 13 at 9 p.m. ET: DALLAS – Series Premiere

June: SUITS – Season 2 Premiere

June: WHITE COLLAR – Season 2 Premiere


Discovery Channel

May 14-18 at 7 p.m. ET: DAILY PLANET “WAVE WARRIORS” – Theme Week

May 21 at 10 p.m. ET: RIVER MONSTERS – Season 4 Premiere

June 22 at 8 p.m. ET: SALVAGE HUNTERS – Series Premiere

July 6 at 10 p.m. ET: I DIDN’T DO IT – Series Premiere

July 22 at 8 p.m. ET: MIGHTY SHIPS – Season 6 Premiere

Aug. 12-17 at 8 p.m. ET – SHARK WEEK – Marquee Programming Event

Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. ET – NERVE CENTER – Season 2 Premiere

August 16 at 7 p.m. ET: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Season 2 Premiere

August: CURIOSITY – Season 2 premiere



May 20 at 9 p.m. ET: KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS – Season 7 Premiere

May 20 at 10 p.m. ET: MRS. EASTWOOD & COMPANY – Series Premiere

May 29 at 9 p.m. ET: LALA’S FULL COURT LIFE – Season 2 Premiere

June 4 at 9 p.m. ET: THE AMANDAS – Series Premiere

June 28 at 9 p.m. ET: BIG RICH TEXAS – Season 2 Premiere

June 28 at 10 p.m. ET: SHANNEN SAYS – Series Premiere

July 9: OPENING ACT – Series Premiere

August: MARRIED TO JONAS – Series Premiere



June 3 at 9 p.m. ET: 2012 MTV MOVIE AWARDS

June 4 at 10 p.m. ET: BROOKLYN 11223 – Series Premiere

June 21 at 10 p.m. ET: SNOOKI AND J-WOWW VS. THE WORLD – Series Premiere

June 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET: GUY CODE – Series Premiere

June 27 at 10 p.m. ET: REAL WORLD: ST. THOMAS – Season 27 Premiere

August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET: WAKE BROTHERS – Series Premiere



June 4 at 8 p.m. ET: TEEN WOLF – Season 2 Premiere

June 5 at 8 p.m. ET: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – Season 3 Premiere

June 17 at 9 p.m. ET: THE 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

June 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET: AWKWARD – Season 2 Premiere

July: L.A. COMPLEX – Season 2 Premiere

July: DEGRASSI – Season 12 Premiere

September 9 – 2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS



May 27 at 8 p.m. ET: BEST INK – Series Debut

May 27 at 9 p.m. ET: GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS – SEASON 7 Premiere

May 27 at 10 p.m. ET: THE TOP 50 FIRSTS – Series Debut

May 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET: FUNNY OR DIE’S BILLY ON THE STREET – Series Debut



May 23 at 9 p.m. ET: HOLLYWOOD TREASURE – Season 2 Premiere

July 4 at 9 p.m. ET: SCHOOL SPIRITS – Series Debut

July 23 at 10 p.m. ET: ALPHAS – Season 2 Premiere

July: SINBAD – Series Debut



The Comedy Network

May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT: TOSH.0 – Season 4B Premiere

May 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT: TOTAL BLACKOUT – Series Premiere

June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT: TWENTY TWELVE – Series Debut

August: THE ROAST OF (TBA) – Special Premiere

August: THE BURN – Series Debut

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