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Demonstrating its unwavering commitment to premium original programming, OLN has ordered a third season of the smash hit series The Liquidator.

Viewers will enjoy even more wheeling and dealing as the series expands from 13 to 26 episodes. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

“Series like The Liquidator illustrate the growing momentum and success of high-quality, homegrown content,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “The show truly embodies OLN’s bold attitude and personality-driven programming that resonates with viewers.”

Beyond its success in Canada, the audience-adored, original OLN series has been acquired by Discovery Networks International, and will be available in households across Europe, including Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and France. Continue reading »

From Lord of the Rings to Wild Things, internationally renowned actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost) takes viewers on an exhilarating search for some of the most frightening insects and reptiles on the planet.

Premiering Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on OLN, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan invites viewers along an intimate, action packed journey as Monaghan struggles to hunt down and get up close and personal with some of the most dangerous and elusive creatures known to man.

Travelling to four continents and eight countries across the globe, Monaghan encounters a lively mix of locals, quirky experts, and a host of creatures that inhabit these strange and wonderfully wild places. From pursuing a million swarming army ants in the rainforests of Ecuador, to infiltrating the “black market” insect trade in Cameroon, to facing off with a deadly scorpion in the arid deserts of Namibia, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan reminds viewers that “getting there” is the real adventure. Continue reading »

Get ready to wheel and deal with the “Liquidation King”, Jeff Schwarz when he returns to OLN in Season 2 of the fan-favourite original series, The Liquidator .

Premiering Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), get ready to beg, laugh, and yell with Schwarz as he haggles his way through an endless series of questionable business transactions alongside his favourite regulars and an all-new crew of eccentric characters ready to dive into the high-stakes world of buying and selling.

Last season, viewers were introduced to Jeff Schwarz, owner of Direct Liquidation in Vancouver. Spanning an impressive 2800-square-metres, Schwarz’s liquidation warehouse is crammed to the rafters with an ever-evolving jumble of furniture, clothing, tools, and oddities. Continue reading »

OLN heads back to the downtown streets of Vancouver’s eastside with the highly-anticipated return of original series The Beat.

Premiering Sunday, July 29 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on OLN, The Beat follows the gritty, high-octane action of the Vancouver Police Department’s elite squad: the Beat Enforcement Team (B.E.T.).

In 10, all-new, 30-minute episodes, The Beat delivers in-your-face confrontations as the B.E.T. patrols, serves, and protects the city’s downtown eastside community – a hotbed of drug abuse, prostitution, mental illness, and violent crime. Continue reading »

Bringing back the daringly original and authentic survival experience to OLN, Survivorman Les Stroud returns to the wilderness, putting himself in the most dangerous situations to date.

With four, new, one-hour specials – the first instalment of the original OLN special series Survivorman 10 Dayspremieres Saturday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The remaining three specials will air consecutively every Saturday for four weeks, exclusively on OLN.

Struggling to stay alive in the harshest of conditions, Stroud travels to the Norwegian Mountains and the desert Island of Tiburon, Mexico, staying in each location for 10 days alone with no water gear, and very little food. Continue reading »

Plunging viewers into outrageous, real-life stories of competition, chance, the hunt and the conquest, OLN dares viewers to take the challenge with two new original series that make their debut the first week of July.

Get Stuffed premieres Tuesday, July 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, inviting viewers into the bizarre and thrilling world of wacky international competitions.

Moving into the fast-paced, high-stakes, buy-and-sell world, The Liquidator premieres Thursday, July 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, starring Jeff Schwarz – owner of one of the biggest liquidation houses west of the Rockies. Continue reading »

The wait is almost over as original series Mantracker – the ultimate game of cat and mouse – returns to OLN with an all-new, instinct-driven, man-hunting cowboy.

Leading up to the highly-anticipated season premiere of Mantracker on May 28, viewers get an inside look at the nationwide search for the series’ all-new leading man in the one-hour original special Searching for Mantracker, premiering Monday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. PT )  

After six years and 59 chases, original Mantracker Terry Grant is packing it in, and now, Mantracker must find an all-new hunting, guiding and tracking specialist to lead the pursuit in Season 7.

But, not just anyone can claim this job – and only the toughest and most experienced will make the cut. Yellow bellies and cry-babies need not apply. It’s a dangerous job, but someone needs to do it.

The one-hour Searching for Mantracker special follows Mantracker production company, Bonterra Productions as they embark on a nationwide search to find the series’ next rugged star.

Casting a wide net by alerting local radio stations and newspapers of auditions, the search spans from Reno, Nevada, to Kelowna, B.C., to Red Deer, Alberta.

A long list of Mantracker hopefuls show up to auditions – but in order to separate the pretenders from the contenders – candidates are narrowed down to 12, with four finalists chosen to take part in a trial chase through the swamps of Florida.

The next Mantracker must not only fit the look, but be a skilled tracker, master of outdoor forensics, expert horseman, experienced hunter, and command admiration, respect and fear. The chase is on and only one hopeful will survive in Searching for Mantracker.

Stay tuned as the hunt for the new Mantracker reaches its dramatic climax with the reveal of its new leading man. Additional broadcast details and the 411 on the new Mantracker will be announced Monday, May 21 immediately following the special.

Delving into the fast-paced, high-stakes buy-and-sell world, OLN today announced that production has begun on original Canadian series The Liquidator.  

The 13-part, 30-minute reality series follows haggler, trader and pawn shop owner Jeff Schwarz as he navigates the adrenaline-packed world of buying low and selling high.

Commissioned by OLN and produced by Anaid Productions (X-Weighted), The Liquidator is currently filming in Vancouver. The series will debut on OLN this summer. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. 

“Jeff Schwarz’s dicey and high-intensity life of wheeling and dealing is a perfect fit for OLN’s adrenaline-fuelled  programming lineup,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting. “The series is wildly entertaining and filled with larger-than-life characters at every turn. We’ve seen buy-and-sell on television before, but never with the craftiness of a liquidator like Schwarz.”

When it comes to moving discarded merchandise, Schwarz has done it all. Setting his sights on the big-time deal, he’s trading up to become the “Liquidation King,” living out his mission of buying low, selling high, and keeping the merchandise moving. From getting the tip and checking out the goods, to making the deal and finding a buyer, viewers will see it all –and it isn’t always pretty.

The Liquidator is an OLN original series. Executive Producers are Margaret Mardirossian (X-Weighted) and Helen Schmidt (X-Weighted) for Anaid Productions.  Claire Freeland is Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media Broadcasting and Marni Goldman is Production Executive for Rogers Original Programming.

OLN’s ongoing support of Canadian independent productions has been a major contributor to the success of series such as Mantracker, Survivorman, Departures, Beyond Survival, Word Travels, Ed’s Up, Angry Planet and Which Way To.

OLN, BBC America and Channel 5 in the U.K. announced today that production is underway for their newest original travel-adventure series, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.

Exploring some of the most remote corners of the globe, the series follows actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) as he searches for the biggest, baddest and weirdest insects on the planet.

A co-production commissioned by OLN, BBC America and Channel 5, the series is produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

It is scheduled to film in Ecuador, Venezuela, Cameroon, Namibia, Thailand and Borneo. Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan will premiere later this year on OLN.

“OLN is excited to be working with someone as talented and passionate about the natural world around him as Dominic Monaghan,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original programming, Rogers Media Television. “Dominic’s off-the-beaten-path adventures and danger-loving side is a great fit for OLN and will undoubtedly be a great addition to the stations adrenaline-pumping action and adventure entertainment.”

In each episode, Monaghan takes the viewer along on an intimate, action-packed quest as he struggles to track down and get up-close-and-personal with some of the planet’s most rare and life-threatening insects. Whether he’s on the hunt for a few million flesh-slicing army ants in the steamy rainforests of Ecuador, searching for a giant venomous centipede in the caves of Venezuela, or facing off with a deadly scorpion in the arid deserts of Namibia, each episode of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan takes viewers on a heart-pumping adventure. 

“I have been obsessed and interested in nature all my life,” said Dominic Monaghan. “This show brings together years of excited preparation by finally creating a series that demonstrates my love for travel, animals, adventure and people.” 

Dominic Monaghan is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of Lord of the Rings and as Charlie Pace in Lost. A true nature lover, Monaghan’s knowledge and love for insects and reptiles developed during his childhood and remains to this day.

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is an OLN original production and produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television, in association with BBC America and Channel Five. Executive Producers are Dave Brady and Co- Executive Producer Jenn Kuzmyk Ruch for Cream Productions and Philip Clarke and Simon Raikes for Wildfire Television. Paul Kilback is the Series Producer. Claire Freeland is Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media Television and Marni Goldman is Production Executive for Rogers Original Programming. Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

OLN’s ongoing support of Canadian independent productions has been a major contributor to the success of series such as Mantracker, Survivorman, Departures, Beyond Survival, Word Travels, Ed’s Up, Angry Planet and Which Way To.

Building upon the highly-acclaimed and award-winning OLN travel series, Departures, host Scott Wilson and cinematographer Andre Dupuis have now teamed up with Kiwi co-host Ellis Emmett (OLN’s Don’t Forget Your Passport) for the new, original, underwater series, Descending.

Airing Sundays at 9pm ET (6pm PT) on OLN and premiering Sunday, Feb 19 at 9pm ET (6pm PT), this 13-part series explores the world’s most incredible dive destinations.

Each one-hour episode features a new setting, stunning environments and fascinating cultures from some of the planet’s most remote locations. Watch as the team sets out to dive oceans, lakes and rivers, all the while discovering unique places, creatures and stories of human triumph and tragedy below the surface.

“With its unique mix of humour, curiosity and cultural insights, Descending brings all the remarkable elements of fan favourite Departures to a new level” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “We are excited to take viewers on an underwater voyage that pulls an unseen world up from beneath the waves.”

Descending pushes the boundaries of existing digital camera technology to capture incredible underwater marvels with cutting-edge techniques.

Whether it’s interacting with the ocean’s largest carnivores, exploring untouched remnants of war or watching the birth of the newest part of our planet – Wilson and Emmett bring a fresh combination of emotion and knowledge to every story.

“I’ve been to every continent and seen a lot of incredible things,” said Scott Wilson, host of Descending.  “But when you look at a map of the earth, you see that it’s mostly water with some big islands that we all manage to live on. I want to see what most of us are missing.”

OLN’s ongoing support of Canadian independent productions has been a major contributor to the success of series such as Mantracker, Survivorman, Departures, Beyond Survival, Word Travels, Ed’s Up, Angry Planet and Which Way To.

Descending is created by Echo Bay Media, co-founded by Andre Dupuis and Scott Wilson and produced by Jennifer Howe and Jeff Wilson. Claire Freeland is the Director of Original Programming for Rogers Media.