Corus Entertainment’s W Network has announced the addition of two new original productions to the Wednesday night schedule; a hidden camera game show, Deal With It and entrepreneurial series Backyard Inventors starring innovation expert Doug Hall. On Wednesday, May 16 Deal With It premieres at 7:30 p.m., followed by the premiere of Backyard Inventors beginning at 9 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to present the audience with two fresh and fun new series this spring,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment, Corus Entertainment. “While very different shows, they both play on the theme that creativity mixed with bravery can lead to a windfall. Backyard Inventors offers a chance to root for amateur inventors as they bring their ideas for everyday products to life and potential financial success. Deal With It challenges diners to a surprise game of outrageous gags for money while their unsuspecting dinner companion watches in awe.”
In Backyard Inventors (14×30), innovation expert Doug Hall travels across Canada in search of everyday inventors with exceptional ideas. His mission is to find and mentor Canada’s next great inventors, taking them on a journey of a lifetime, from the backyard to the boardroom. In each episode, Hall travels to backyards and basements in search of an inventor with an idea that has real potential. The inventor who impresses him the most will be invited to Eureka! Ranch where their invention will be re-worked, re-tooled and turned into a marketable product that they will ultimately pitch to a big business.
Hall heads up what is today known as “America’s #1 Idea Team” at The Eureka! Ranch, which serves Fortune 500 clients and the average American home uses 18 products or services that he and his team have invented or reinvented. Produced by Gorilla Media in association with W Network, Backyard Inventors premieres Wednesday, May 16 at 9 p.m.
Produced by Just For Laughs Television in association with W Network, Deal With It (10×30) is a half-hour hidden camera comedy game show where contestants are asked to perform an increasingly difficult and hilarious series of challenges to win cash, all without letting their dinner companion catch on. If they’re found out, or quit before the exit point, they lose the game and the money. Hosted by Sandy Jobin-Bevans (Life With Boys) and Martin Roach, the series has no shortage of outrageous behaviour as ordinary people are tossed into extraordinary situations. The new series is based on the hit Israeli format created by Keshet Broadcasting and United Studios and has been produced in over 10 countries around the world including Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Germany and Greece.