CTV Program Alert - U.S. Television Critics Fill Up on Corner Gas



    
    -  Canada's Number 1 comedy touted as "One of the Season's Best Shows" in
       America -

    -  Brent Butt to throw out first pitch at Cubs vs. Pirates game in
       Chicago this weekend -
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The denizens of Dog River, Saskatchewan just
got a whole lot more famous. Corner Gas invaded television screens across the
United States this week after the series premiered Monday night on
Superstation WGN, which reaches more than 70 million US homes. Early reviews
of Corner Gas, which airs weeknights following Scrubs on WGN, have been
overwhelmingly positive with American critics drawing parallels between Corner
Gas and classic comedies such as Northern Exposure and Seinfeld. The acclaims
comes just days before Corner Gas makes its fifth season premiere in Canada on
Monday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET following Dancing with the Stars on CTV.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download all-new photos of Brent Butt invading
Hollywood at www.ctvmedia.ca.

    Here is what some of the American media has to say about Canada's
favourite comedy series:

    "One of the new season's best shows...the humour is slow, sly and quite
    wonderful."
    - Gannett News Service (America's largest newspaper publisher with
    85 dailies including USA Today and the Detroit Free Press)

    "The funniest show coming to television this fall season is not The Big
    Bang Theory or Chuck or Reaper... No, the knock-down winner is an obscure
    little show from Canada called Corner Gas."
    - McLatchy News Service (Third largest newspaper publisher in the US with
    31 daily newspapers including the Miami Herald and Sacramento Bee)

    "The fall's best, least objectionable comedy series is the Canadian
    import Corner Gas."
    - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    "Brent Butt and Gabrielle Miller are featured in this Canadian comedy
    that some critics are saying is the funniest thing they've seen this
    year."
    - Kansas City Star

    "You really ought to sample Corner Gas, a delightful Canadian comedy."
    - San Jose Mercury News

    "Corner Gas is the kind of show that could easily make me an addict."
    - FreeRepublic.com

    "Quirky, polished humor"
    - The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

    To help launch Corner Gas in the U.S., star Brent Butt will visit Chicago
this coming Sunday to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field for the
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game. Superstation WGN is also celebrating
the premiere of Corner Gas with a free gas giveaway. Winners of an online
contest at wgnsuperstation.trb.com will be awarded 10 grand prizes of a year's
supply of free fuel.

    Season 5 of Corner Gas premieres on CTV Monday, September 24 at 9:30 p.m.
ET following Dancing With The Stars. Corner Gas will also air Saturdays at
8 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 29 on The Comedy Network and on demand on The CTV
Broadband Network at CTV.ca. Earlier this week, Season 4 of Corner Gas was
released on DVD. The fourth season of the series was recently nominated for a
record six Gemini Awards.

    Corner Gas is produced in association with CTV by Prairie Pants
Productions, comprised of Virginia Thompson (Incredible Story Studio,
renegadepress.com) of Vérité Films and 335 Productions, a partnership of Brent
Butt and David Storey (Blackfly, The Sean Cullen Show). Louise Clarke is CTV's
Director, Western Independent Production. Brent Haynes is Director of
Programming for The Comedy Network. Ed Robinson is Senior-Vice President,
Comedy and Variety Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, CTV
Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Sara McLaren, CTV, (416) 332-5057 or
smclaren@ctv.ca


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