GLOBAL TELEVISION UNVEILS 2011/12 PRIMETIME LINEUP

6 New Dramas and 6 New Comedies
Join the Network's Rock Solid Schedule

Highly Anticipated New Shows Prime Suspect,
How to be a Gentleman and The Firm
Headline Primetime Roster

Glee, House, Survivor, Bones, NCIS: LA and More
Amongst Returning Fan Favourites

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TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - In an exclusive presentation at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this afternoon, Shaw Media will reveal the much anticipated 2011/12 Primetime Schedule for Global TV.

"This is an opportunity to make some strategic additions to our great programming and create an even more powerful primetime schedule," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. "We have the proven performance of established, returning favourites like Survivor and Glee, now infused with a fresh slate of new shows from across all genres such as the most anticipated fall drama Prime Suspect and several new additions to our comedy slate including How to be a Gentleman. Without a doubt, Global has the most stable - and competitive - schedule being offered to viewers this fall."

Global viewers will be happy to see many of their favourites are returning this fall including Bones, Family Guy, Glee, The Good Wife, House, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Office, The Simpsons and Survivor. By far the biggest, most dependable lineup in Canada.

Headlining Global's lineup of new acquisitions is Prime Suspect, the must-see drama this fall from director Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) and starring actress Maria Bello (A History of Violence, ER). Inspired by the U.K. series of the same name, Prime Suspect follows Jane Timoney, the tough-as-nails police detective who doesn't know when to quit. An outsider who has just transferred to a new, male-dominated precinct, Jane is forceful, rude and reckless but a brilliant cop. Ultimately, Jane remains focused, keeping her eye on one thing - the prime suspect.

Other new compelling dramas joining the Global slate include A Gifted Man starring Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Watchmen) as a renowned surgeon whose world is turned upside down after his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle, The King's Speech) dies and begins offering guidance from the afterlife; The Finder, from Bones creator and Canadian Hart Hanson, is a spinoff centered on Walter Sherman, a former military policeman who can find anything; Canadian original series The Firm, based on the blockbuster feature film and best-selling novel by world-renowned author, John Grisham, continues the story of Mitchell McDeere 10 years after we last saw him; Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) returns to primetime in Ringer, a series about a woman who takes over her estranged twin sister's identity in order to avoid jail; and finally, The 2-2, which is executive produced by Robert De Niro and follows six NYPD rookie cops as they learn the beat on the streets of Manhattan.

In addition, two established dramas are joining the Global schedule this fall - Harry's Law and Parenthood. Created by David E. Kelley, Harry's Law follows Harriet (Academy Award® winner, Kathy Bates) as she pursues her new passion in being a criminal defence lawyer while running her office out of a shoe store. The critically acclaimed Parenthood is produced by Ron Howard and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) and is based on the 1989 film of the same name. Starring Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Dax Shepard (Baby Mama), the series addresses the modern challenges of raising kids in this post-technological world.

Sure to bring the laughs this fall is one of the season's most talked about new series, How to be a Gentleman. David Hornsby (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) stars as Andrew Carlson, an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has led to a life detached from modern society. When Andrew's editor, Jerry (Canadian Dave Foley, Kids in the Hall), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert (Kevin Dillon, Entourage) as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less "gentle man" and more "real man."

That's not all. Global is serving up five more fresh new comedies, including Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Inspired by comedian and talk-show host Chelsea Handler's best-selling memoir, this half-hour comedy is about Chelsea Hanson (Laura Prepon, That '70s Show), a fresh-faced, highly opinionated, single cocktail waitress who loves to drink; animated series Allen Gregory follows Allen Gregory De Longpre (voiced by Jonah Hill, Superbad), a precocious seven-year-old who leaves the safety of his father's homeschooling to attend elementary school with children his own age; I Hate My Teenage Daughter stars Emmy® Award winner Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) and Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls) as two best friends struggling to raise their teenage daughters; Napoleon Dynamite, based on the hit film and featuring voices from the original cast, this animated comedy continues the adventures of America's most awesomely awkward teenager; and Happily Divorced focuses on Los Angeles florist Fran (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) as she deals with dating after finding out her realtor husband of 18 years (John Michael Higgins, Kath & Kim) is gay.

Outside the primetime lineup, Global has some key additions this fall including its newest daytime offering, The Talk. This engaging daytime program features Leah Remini (King of Queens), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne), Sharon Osbourne (America's Got Talent), Holly Robinson Peete (For Your Love), and Julie Chen (Big Brother) all discussing family issues, current events, celebrity gossip and personal stories. Also coming to Global this fall is the always hilarious The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

GLOBAL'S FALL 2011 PRIMETIME DAY-AT-A-GLANCE

(All times ET and subject to change. New programs bolded and in CAPS)

Monday
7pm                  Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm                  NCIS (Season 9 / Pre-release)
9pm                  House (Season 8 / Simulcast)                                                         
10pm                Hawaii Five-0 (Season 2 / Simulcast)

Tuesday
7pm                  Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm                  Glee (Season 3 / Simulcast)
9pm                  NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 3 / Simulcast)
10pm                PARENTHOOD (Season 3 / Simulcast)

Wednesday
7pm                  Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm                  Survivor: South Pacific (Season 23 / Simulcast)
9pm                  HARRY'S LAW (Season 2 / Simulcast)
10pm                Kitchen Nightmares (Season 5 / Pre-release)

Thursday
7pm                  Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm                  The Office (Season 8 / Pre-release)
8:30pm             HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (30 mins; comedy / Simulcast)
9pm                  Bones (Season 7 / Simulcast)
10pm                PRIME SUSPECT (1 hour; drama / Simulcast)

Friday
7pm                  Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm                  A GIFTED MAN (1 hour; drama / Simulcast)
9pm                  I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (30 mins; comedy / Post-release)
9:30pm             HAPPILY DIVORCED (30 mins; comedy)
10pm                RINGER (1 hour; drama)

Saturday
7-8pm             16:9 (Season 4)
8-9pm               RECIPE TO RICHES (1 hour; reality)
9-11pm             Movie

Sunday
7:30pm             The Cleveland Show (Season 3 / Simulcast)
8pm                  The Simpsons (Season 23 / Simulcast)
8:30pm             ALLEN GREGORY (30 mins; comedy / Simulcast)
9pm                  Family Guy (Season 10 / Simulcast)
9:30pm             American Dad (Season 8 / Simulcast)
10pm             The Good Wife (Season 3 / Post-release)

Midseason additions to the schedule include new series Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, The Finder, The Firm, Napoleon Dynamite and The 2-2, as well as returning favourites Bob's Burgers and The Celebrity Apprentice.

Viewers can watch their favourite shows this fall at GlobalTV.com or on their Global Video App, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or on demand through cable and satellite providers across the country.

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