Media Alert - September Premieres on CHCH & Métro14 Montréal

Come Home to Great Programming this Fall

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - This September, CHCH and Métro14 Montréal give viewers two brand new dramatic series that the critics have raved about, plus one of the top-rated entertainment programs in the country. Come home to CHCH and Métro14 this Fall!

The Secret Circle - Series Premiere Sept 15
Thursdays at 8 on CHCH, Thursdays at 9 on Métro14
Available in HD

The ordinary becomes the extraordinary in THE SECRET CIRCLE, a new drama series full of mystery, intrigue and danger — based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries) — as it chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that she is a witch and part of a secret coven, but that she is the key which will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil.

From executive producers Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Dawson's Creek, Scream), Andrew Miller (Imaginary Bitches), Andrea Newman (Human Target, 24, Private Practice, Felicity), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game) and Gina Girolamo (Alloy Entertainment).

The Secret Circle stars Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected, Dan in Real Life, Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk, Hellcats, Desperate Housewives, Deadwood), Shelley Hennig (Days of Our Lives), Phoebe Tonkin (Home and Away, H20: Just Add Water), Louis Hunter (Out of the Blue), Jessica Parker Kennedy (upcoming 50/50, Smallville, Another Cinderella Story), Ashley Crow (Heroes, Turks, Minority Report, Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story) and Natasha Henstridge (Eli Stone, Would Be Kings, She Spies, The Whole Nine Yards, Species).

In the series premiere, Cassie Blake's world is turned upside down after her mother dies in a mysterious accident, forcing Cassie to move in with her loving grandmother Jane in the small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. While trying to adjust to her new life, Cassie is quickly befriended by Diana Meade, a sweet-natured classmate who offers to show her around and introduces her to mean-girl Faye, Faye's sidekick Melissa and Cassie's next door neighbor Nick. Things get complicated when Cassie meets Adam, Diana's boyfriend, with whom she feels an instant and powerful connection. Upon meeting one of her mother's childhood friends, Dawn Chamberlain — who is also the school principal and Faye's mother — Cassie begins to wonder why her mother never spoke of her hometown. When strange and dangerous things begin to happen, Cassie's new friends are forced to tell her their secret — they are all witches and her arrival will complete the Circle. However, the Circle has not been drawn together again by chance — Diana's father, Charles Meade has plans of his own for the group.

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Hart of Dixie - Series Premiere Sept 26
Monday at 8 on CHCH, Mondays at 9 on Métro14
Available in HD

Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big-city attitudes and complicated love triangles.

Everything had been going according to plan for Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson). Beautiful, privileged and talented, she was on her way to becoming a heart surgeon, just like her father. But when she's told she doesn't have the requisite bedside manner to get an important fellowship -- that she doesn't have the heart to be a heart surgeon - Zoe becomes devastated. If she wants to get the fellowship next year, she's going to have to take a job as a general practitioner. So, this lifelong New Yorker takes a chance on an offer by a mysterious admirer -- a southern country doctor -- packs her bags, slips on her stilettos and leaves Manhattan for life on the Gulf Coast.

Welcome to HART OF DIXIE, set in the lovely town of BlueBell, Alabama, where the neighbours take care of one another, the mailman knows your name, there's a parade every Tuesday ... and no one has ever seen the likes of Dr. Zoe Hart. Zoe feels the culture shock of her new surroundings immediately, but the real shock comes when she learns that the doctor who invited her to BlueBell has passed away and left her with his half of the medical practice. His old-school partner, Dr. Brick Breeland, is determined to chase her out of town, and his daughter, southern belle Lemon Breeland, is only too happy to help.

In the series premiere, Zoe makes some allies in town -- former football star turned mayor, Lavon Hayes; 14-year-old insta-fan, Rose Hattenbarger; and handsome lawyer, George Tucker, who's been to New York and whose confident smile makes Zoe blush. However, after she makes a big mistake as a small town doctor, fights with her sexy, bad boy neighbour, has a run-in with an alligator and finds out that George is engaged to her new nemesis, the syrupy sweet Lemon Breeland, Zoe decides to hightail it back to New York. But, in the South, things aren't always what they seem and Zoe discovers more than one reason to stick around, including that her father's footsteps may not have been the right ones to follow. Dr. Zoe Hart just might find she belongs more in this town than she ever could have imagined.

The Insider - Premieres Sept 12
Weeknights at 5 & 7:30pm on CHCH, Weeknights at 7:30pm on Métro14
Available in HD

Gossip seekers look no further!  Hosts Brooke Anderson and Kevin Frazier take viewers inside the entertainment world and deliver a daily double dose of celebrity, pop culture and gossip, from an insider perspective.

Family Matters - Premieres Sept 13
Weeknights at 10:30pm, only on CHCH
Available in HD

FAMILY MATTERS with Justice Harvey Brownstone focuses on a multiplicity of issues affecting contemporary North American life, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between relationships and the justice system: internet dating, addictions, prenups, mental health, adoption, surrogate parenting, same-sex relationships, multicultural relationships, parenting after separation and divorce, mediation, child neglect and abuse, child and spousal support - and this is just the tip of the iceberg! Hosted by an actual sitting Ontario family court judge, this exciting show is the first of its kind anywhere. Justice Brownstone provides educational episodes in an informative, compelling and entertaining talk show format, with guests who are experts in their field and who - until now - have never been accessible to the public. The show will also encourage viewer interaction via You Tube, Skype, and email.

About CHCH
CHCH started broadcasting in 1954 and is proud to be the news leader for Hamilton and the surrounding Halton and Niagara regions. CHCH produces more original news programming than any other local television station in North America. With a primetime line-up anchored by movies, news magazine shows, and hit dramas, CHCH is available to over 92% of Ontario households and is viewed by millions nationally each week.

About Métro14
Métro14 Montréal (CJNT) offers top-rated American news magazine shows and hit dramas in prime-time, plus a wide selection of music videos and foreign films.  It reaches over 1 million households in the greater Montréal area, with an audience mix of both English and French viewers and various cultural groups. The station is available in the greater Montréal area on Videotron's analog and digital cable 14, across the country on Bell TV on channel 207, and in Ontario on Rogers digital cable 122.

About Channel Zero
Established in 2000, Channel Zero Inc. is an independent Canadian broadcaster that owns two specialty channels, Movieola—The Short Film Channel and Silver Screen Classics, and two over-the-air channels, CHCH in Hamilton and Métro14 in Montréal (formerly known as CJNT). In 2006 Channel Zero started Ouat Media - a Toronto-based company that specializes in the worldwide distribution of award-winning short and feature films. In 2011, Channel Zero entered the American television landscape with the launch of Fight Now! TV, the first 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week combat sports channel to air in the U.S.

Episode guide, videos, photo gallery, and bios available at chch.com/newshows.

SOURCE Channel Zero Inc.

For further information:

Rhonda Messieh 
Marketing Manager
Channel Zero Inc.
416-492-1595 x 2071 or 905-645-2071
rhonda.messieh@tvchannelzero.com

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