- All eyes are on CTV, home to the year's biggest sporting event with
the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES, beginning July 27 -
- New CTV original series SAVING HOPE premieres June 7 -
- Get a double dose of love on Thursdays with new matchmaking series
TAKE ME OUT and the return of extreme dating series LOVE IN THE WILD,
with new host Jenny McCarthy -
- CTV Original series THE LISTENER returns for its third gripping
season, May 30 -
- SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE kicks off its ninth season, May 24 -
- Viewers call the shots in the new live interactive reality competition
series THE GLASS HOUSE, beginning June 18 -
- Three new series and six returning hits set to hit CTV pre-London 2012
summer lineup -
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TORONTO, May 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Golden days and nights are ahead as CTV
announced its pre-London 2012 summer lineup. Featuring three
hotly-anticipated debuts and six returning hits, it all leads up to the
world's most-watched television event, the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES, airing Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 12.
The CTV summer lineup includes all-new primetime lineups on Wednesdays
and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, dance competition sensation SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back for its ninth season, leading into CTV's hit original series THE LISTENER, back for a third spellbinding season. Then, CTV introduces a new
Thursday lineup packed with steamy reality fare and sizzling drama.
Starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE
ATLANTIS), and Daniel Gillies (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), the new CTV
original medical drama SAVING HOPE makes its highly-anticipated debut in simulcast with NBC. Kicking off
the night, it's new dating series TAKE ME OUT, hosted by beloved entertainer George Lopez. Then, CTV unearths love in
the jungle with the return of the dating competition series LOVE IN THE WILD, with new host Jenny McCarthy.
Meanwhile, a fresh twist on the reality genre, the live and interactive
new competition series THE GLASS HOUSE (Mondays) pits 14 contestants against one another for a shot at a
$250,000 cash prize, all at the mercy and direction of their social
media followers. Fans take unprecedented control, dictating everything
from what contestants will wear and eat, to the games they will play
and where they will sleep - ultimately determining who will rise up as
the favourite and have the best shot at being the last one standing.
It's all the perfect warm-up to the biggest television event of the
year, the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES. CTV's unbeatable coverage of the 2012 GAMES, as lead broadcaster of Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium,
will capture every twist, turn and show-stopping moment, and bring the
excitement of London into the homes of viewers across Canada from the
starting whistle to the finish line.
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Additional highlights to date:
CTV's top-rated event programming continues with THE 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (May 20). Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell (MODERN FAMILY), the
night's lineup features performances from the biggest names in music,
including Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood and Cee Lo Green (THE VOICE).
Multiple Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), three-time Golden Globe® Award-winner Alec Baldwin (30 ROCK) and Emmy Award®-winner Steve Martin
(The Pink Panther) star in IT'S COMPLICATED (May 27), a touching romantic comedy about midlife love gone wrong.
Betty White and friends return with a new season of the award-winning
hit comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND (Tuesdays).
Amateur cooks rise to the challenge as MASTERCHEF (Mondays and Tuesdays) returns with all-new episodes.
Laughter takes centre stage as original stand-up series COMEDY NOW! (Saturdays) kicks-off Season 14.
"On the heels of another outstanding season, CTV's summer lineup is set
to deliver unstoppable entertainment," said Phil King, President, CTV
Programming and Sports. "With the thrilling energy of the Olympic
Games, along with the drama and comedy of both new and returning
series, Canadians can experience every heart-stopping moment, every
cheer and all the laughs that it brings their way."
All new series and new episodes of returning series (with the exception
of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) will be available on demand following the television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.
SAVING HOPE - Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 7
SAVING HOPE is CTV's new original medical drama, which debuts in simulcast this
summer with NBC. Starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks
(STARGATE ATLANTIS), Daniel Gillies, (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Wendy
Crewson (Away From Her), Huse Madhavji (COMBAT HOSPITAL), Julia Taylor Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), and
Kristopher Turner (THE LISTENER), the one-hour drama is from acclaimed
Gemini award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington (THE
ELEVENTH HOUR, WOULD BE KINGS). When charismatic Chief of Surgery
Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) at Toronto's Hope-Zion Hospital ends up
in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos - and his fiancée and fellow
surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance), in a state of shock. Along with
newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), Alex races to
save Harris' life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris explores
the hospital halls in "spirit" form, not sure if he's a ghost or a
figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors,
press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they
deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in
their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
TAKE ME OUT - Sneak Peek on Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV;
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 14
TAKE ME OUT is a hilarious and fast-paced new dating series that presents 30 single
women with a series of hopeful bachelors each week and a new chance at
love. Filmed in front of a studio audience, the female contestants all
vie for the same bachelor and over four rounds, choose to keep the
light on at their podium as long as they feel a spark, or turn it off
when the attraction fizzles. Multi-talented entertainer George Lopez
plays double-duty as host and matchmaker as he invites some flirtatious
fun between the ladies and brave bachelor before them, who hopes to
make a lasting first impression to win them over and score the ultimate
dream date. Produced by FremantleMedia (AMERICAN IDOL, THE X FACTOR)
and based on the widely-popular British format, this one-hour series
flips the switch on love.
THE GLASS HOUSE - Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 18
THE GLASS HOUSE is an exciting and interactive reality competition series where viewers
are in charge of the game. In a competition for a quarter million
dollars, 14 contestants will live and compete in a totally wired,
state-of-the-art house, competing not just against each other, but
playing to win over viewers each week. Both online and through their
social networks, viewers are encouraged to support and follow their
favourite contestants, with their votes helping to determine who is
eliminated and who will earn the chance to return to the "glass house".
Several times a week, viewers can watch a live online feed from inside
the house and vote to decide everything from what they wear, eat, games
they play and were to sleep. In the end, it's about who plays the best
social game and the alliances they create with their fans.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Two-Hour Season Premiere Thursday, May 24
at 8 p.m. ET/PT; Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning May 30
Back for its ninth season, the Emmy®-nominated hit dance competition series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, kicks off with a two-hour premiere Thursday, May 24. This season's
auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Salt Lake City
feature host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary
Murphy, as well as guest judges Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce
Diorio, Lil' C, Stacey Tookey and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. SO YOU THINK
YOU CAN DANCE will air once a week and each jam-packed two-hour show
will feature awe-inspiring performances, as the contestants compete to
be named America's Favorite Dancer.
HOT IN CLEVELAND - Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning May 29
Betty White's HOT IN CLEVELAND is back for its third season with more adventures for the dynamic trio
of best friends and their house's rather opinionated caretaker. With
Valerie Bertinelli starring as Melanie, Jane Leeves as Joy, Wendie
Malick as Victoria and Betty White as Elka, together, these four women
create comedic magic that runs from banter to farce to physical comedy,
with none of them missing a beat.
THE LISTENER - Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning May 30
In the highly-anticipated third season of CTV's hit Original Series THE LISTENER, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, The Timekeeper) decides to ignore his telepathic abilities and live a normal life.
Choosing to step away from his role as a paramedic to work more closely
with the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB) and Sgt. Michelle
McCluskey (Gemini Award-nominee Lauren Lee Smith, CSI), he puts undue
pressure on himself to prove to his peers that he belongs. While his
new consultant role means curtailing some of his EMS duties, the
critical care team remains the emotional heart of his complicated life.
This is especially true when Toby's best friend and paramedic partner,
Oz (Ennis Esmer, THE L.A. COMPLEX), moves into the apartment next door
and tries to work up the courage to make a commitment to St. Luke
Hospital triage nurse Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn, CORNER GAS).
COMEDY NOW! - Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 2
Entering its 14th season, this hilarious, all-Canadian, star-making
stand-up series has won awards all over North America. A TV calling
card for comedic success, COMEDY NOW! has featured some of Canada's most successful comedians, including
Brent Butt, Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford and Russell
Peters. Starring in the all-new season are Jeff McEnery, Roman Danylo,
Nathan Macintosh, Darrin Rose, Christina Walkinshaw, Eddie Della Siepe,
Graham Chittenden, Perry Perlmutar, Nile Séguin, and Lars Callieou.
MASTERCHEF - Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June
Featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliott and restaurateur Joe
Bastianich, MASTERCHEF debuts its third season, as a new batch of amateur cooks are challenged
by testing their palates, knowledge and determination to follow their
dreams of making a mark in the culinary world.
LOVE IN THE WILD - Two-Hour Season Premiere Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
ET/PT on CTV; Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV beginning June 14
LOVE IN THE WILD returns for a second season with new host Jenny McCarthy (SINGLED OUT),
a new location in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, and
even wilder adventures chock-full of surprises and dramatic twists.
Putting relationships to the ultimate test, LOVE IN THE WILD pairs 10 single men with 10 single women, for a romantic adventure
unlike anything they could have ever imagined. More hearts will be
broken and catfights will abound when the new crop of singles embark on
their journey to find true love.
SPECIAL EVENT TELEVISION
THE 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
CTV provides Canadians with exclusive live coverage of THE 2012 BILLBOARDS MUSIC AWARDS for its second consecutive year. Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell
(MODERN FAMILY), the Awards features performances by megawatt stars
including Canada's own Justin Bieber, country music sensation Carrie
Underwood, THE VOICE's Cee Lo Green, party rockers LMFAO and
British-Irish boy band The Wanted. Viewers get instant access to the
excitement and entertainment live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas, airing Sunday, May 20 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. Additional broadcast details to be announced in the coming
CTV MOVIE: IT'S COMPLICATED - Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
In the Golden Globe® Award-winning film IT'S COMPLICATED, brought together at a family event, Jane (Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady) hooks up with her ex-husband, Jake (Golden Globe® Award-winner Alec Baldwin, 30 ROCK), who is married to Agnes (Lake
Bell, HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA), the younger woman he left Jane for.
If being your ex's mistress and hiding the affair from their kids isn't
tough enough, Jane also finds herself drawn to Adam (Golden Globe Award®-nominee Steve Martin, The Pink Panther), a smitten architect. While Jane and Jake still maintain other
romances, the complications cannot help but mount as the couple
continues with their affair.
LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES - Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 12 on CTV
Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is poised to deliver viewers
the greatest Summer Games experience ever, with the most comprehensive
multi-platform coverage in Canadian Olympic media history. Led by CTV
and its broadcast team, including Brian Williams, James Duthie,
Catriona Le May Doan, and Donovan Bailey, all eyes will be on the
Canadian athletes expected to generate headlines. These include hurdler
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep who became a mother just eight months ago, shot
putter Dylan Armstrong who missed the podium in 2008 by a centimetre,
cyclist Clara Hughes who could become Canada's most decorated Olympian,
Mary Spencer who is hoping to celebrate the official debut of women's
boxing at the Games by winning a gold medal, and the Canadian Women's
Soccer Team aiming to win the country an Olympic medal which has not
been realized in a traditional summer team sport in 76 years. The two
top international storylines will feature American swimmer Michael
Phelps attempting to become the most decorated Olympian of all time as
well as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt striving to break his World and
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of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming,
CTV is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of
the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media,
Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television,
radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE),
Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can
be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.
About CTV Two
Available from coast-to-coast, CTV Two features a dynamic mix of drama,
comedy and reality programming on the second CTV conventional network.
CTV Two spotlights day-to-day life in local communities in
Vancouver/Victoria, Toronto/Barrie, Ottawa, London, Windsor and
Atlantic Canada through its award-winning local news programming. CTV
Two Alberta, the provincial educational broadcaster, features both
formal educational programming and popular CTV Two series. Reaching 89%
of English Canadian viewers and available in High Definition, CTV Two
is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:
BCE), Canada's largest communications company.
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