the Epic Adventure Series and Canadian Co-Production

Citytv is the place to be for your weekly dose of action, adventure and fantasy! Based on the legendary novel by Daniel Defoe, the high-octane, thrill-ride “Crusoe” premieres with a two-hour episode Friday, October 17 on Citytv and Saturday October 18 on OLN.

Broadcast Schedule is as follows:

Citytv Toronto Friday, October 17 at 8pm ET
Moves to 9pm ET as of Friday, October 24

Citytv Winnipeg Friday, October 17 at 8pm CT
Moves to 9pm CT as of Friday, October 24
Citytv Calgary Friday, October 17 at 9pm MT
Moves to 10pm MT as of Friday, October 24
Citytv Edmonton Friday, October 17 at 9pm MT
Moves to 10pm MT as of Friday, October 24
Citytv Vancouver Friday, October 17 at 8pm PT
Moves to 9pm PT as of Friday, October 24

OLN Saturday, October 18 at 8pm ET/5pm PT

A dashing and entrepreneurial-spirited young man by the name of Robinson Crusoe (Philip Winchester, “Flyboys”) leaves behind his true love, Susannah (Anna Watson, “Pan’s Labyrinth”) to embark on an adventure of a lifetime — only to end up shipwrecked on a remote tropical island for 28 years, completely detached from the life he once knew. Living by his wits in total isolation, Crusoe strikes up an unlikely friendship with Friday, a former savage that he helps to rescue from slavery. Together with his new companion, Crusoe battles inner demons and outer conflicts. Overcoming marauding militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning storms on his seemingly idyllic island, Crusoe dreams of the day he will be reunited with his beloved family.

The series focuses on life on the island intertwined with telling flashbacks to his life back in England before the shipwreck. Among those are his tragic childhood with widower father James (Sean Bean, “The Lord of the Rings”), the blossoming relationship with the love of his life, Susannah and his endeavor to transform entrepreneurial aspirations into a business empire under the watchful eye of family friend, Jeremiah Blackthorn (Sam Neill, “The Tudors”).

“Rogers Media is thrilled to have been a part of this production since the beginning and we hope that Canadian audiences will engage with this timeless adventure of the original survivor, Robinson Crusoe” said Alain Strati, VP Specialty TV & Development, Rogers Media Television

“Crusoe” is produced by Muse Entertainment, Power and Moonlighting Crusoe Productions (Pty) Ltd as an official Canada/ UK/ South Africa co-production. This series was also partially funded by Rogers’ Citytv. Incendo Media is the Canadian distributor of the series.

Catch the epic tale of the ultimate survivor when “Crusoe” premieres Friday, October 17 on Citytv and Saturday October 18 on OLN.

Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, brings forward intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television in its own unique, interactive style. Citytv Toronto is Canada’s only High Definition OTA channel, transmitting digitally from the CN Tower in 5.1 audio. With its strong local voice, Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television offerings. Its instantly recognizable ‘look’ and ‘sound’ are the product of refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high television style. Citytv is part of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.

OLN is Canada’s destination for adventurous entertainment. Through such homegrown hits as Survivorman, Mantracker, Angry Planet and Ed’s Up! and the internationally-acclaimed The Amazing Race, The Academy, and Tour de France, OLN offers viewers a chance to take part in real and rugged experiences. And with exceptional travel programs like Departures, Pilot Guides, Word Travels, and Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, OLN proves the world is literally one click away. OLN is part of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.