TORONTO – With everything from Italian cooking to Kama Sutra, today OMNI Television unveils its Fall Schedule featuring seven new original titles, six newly acquired series, six returning favourites, and the return of Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition. OMNI’s revamped schedule boasts the best mix of informative lifestyle programs, coveted telenovelas, and gripping scripted and reality prime-time series beginning Saturday, Sept. 5.
Additionally, OMNI’s first original Chinese language crime series Blood & Water will premiere this Fall, with broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
See below for series descriptions followed by the OMNI Television Fall 2015 schedule; the new series join the previously announced OMNI Television current affairs programs.
New OMNI Television Series
L’Arte Di Cucinare **OMNI Television Original***
Born and raised in Friuli, Italy, Chef Gianni Cescia serves up authentic dishes and old world charm to Italian audiences, demonstrating the art of eating well.
Nos Portugueses **OMNI Television Original***
Each weekly episode of Nos Portuguese will focus on a theme that defines the current Portuguese-Canadian community, covering a variety of topics such as language retention, connection to Portugal, and Canadian politics.
Kama Sutra **OMNI Television Original***
Hosted by South Asian therapist, Rebecca Rosenblat, Kama Sutra is just as it sounds – a program designed to answer candid questions about intimate matters in Hindi and Urdu.
Kitty Talk **OMNI Television Original***
An engrossing weekly women’s South Asian talk show featuring three hosts sharing their thoughts on what’s trending in the community including current affairs, lifestyle, cooking, fashion, health, and entertainment.
Afro-X **OMNI Television Original***
Afro-X celebrates African-Canadian culture featuring segments focused on fashion, food, language, lifestyle, and much more.
Parwaaz **OMNI Television Original***
Catering to the Punjabi community in Edmonton, Alberta, Parwaaz focuses on entertainment and culture, with discussions on the hottest issues of the week, as well as community events, and poetry.
With his deep passion for music, Xiao Wen, an Accounting Professor at Chen Xi University, decides to take over the underachieving university choir and pledges to lead them to first place at the national championships. However, the choir members are an eclectic group without much experience, and a shortage of singers and a tight budget are not the only challenges for the choir. After the leader of the basketball team, Xiang Yuan, and the enthusiastic and outgoing team center, Li Yiyuan, join the choir, they qualify for competition. But Xiao Wen’s nemesis, Yan Su, the cheerleading coach, tries everything to shatter their dreams.
Based on the American series of the same name, 24 India is an Indian television series in Hindi. Set in Mumbai, India, the series follows Anti-Terrorist Unit director Jai Singh Rathod’s efforts to thwart the assassination of Indian Prime Minister candidate, Aditya Singhania, while his own family comes under threat from the perpetrators.
Based on the hit U.S. and UK versions, Supernanny (China) features Lan Hai, a modern-day Mary Poppins who takes on the unruliest children in China and rescues desperate, overstressed parents. It’s the first child-rearing show ever produced in China, and it is rooted in Chinese society to meet the unique needs of Chinese parents. Using innovative, time-tested methods, Lan is able to solve problems with behaviour, sleep, mealtimes, potty training and other challenges that have irritated parents around the world for centuries.
Planet’s Got Talent
Highlighting the most incredible acts from across the globe, from Indonesia to Iceland, Bulgaria to Brazil, and China to Chile, Planet’s Got Talent steers audiences through hilarious, show-stopping, heart-pumping performances.
Based on the ancient Indian Hindu religious epic of the same name, Ramayan tells the story of Rama, an avatar of the Hindu Supreme-God Vishnu, whose wife Sita is abducted by the King of Sri Lanka, Ravana. Thematically, the Ramayan explores human values and the concept of dharma – that which upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe.
Returning to OMNI Television
Bollywood Star, Season 2 **OMNI Television Original***
In search of Canada’s next Bollywood sensation, Bollywood Star follows Canadian Bollywood hopefuls around Mumbai on their quest to score a role in a Bollywood film and the opportunity to become Bollywood’s next marvel.
Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition
Once the puck drops in October, OMNI will continue to air Saturday night NHL hockey in Punjabi on Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition.