CTV Signs Five New Big Buzz Series; Announces Mid-Season Slate



    
      - CTV nabs hot new network series Terminator, Dance War, Lipstick
        Jungle, Eli Stone and Oprah Winfrey's The Big Give for 2008 -
      - Winter's No. 1 series, American Idol returns; 11 additional hit
               series are back with new seasons and episodes -
       - The 80th Academy Awards and Super Bowl XLII -lead blockbuster
                                 specials -
           - Seven Canadian movies & mini-series to debut in 2008 -
    

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - CTV announced today it has acquired five new,
big-buzz, big-name network series to complement its already robust catalogue
of fresh new programming available to CTV for mid-season. The five new series
join a CTV schedule strengthened with returning Top 10 series, led by the
premiere of Season 7 of Canada's No. 1 reality series American Idol, on
Tuesday, Jan. 15. Also on tap for the 2008 are four blockbuster special
events, including The 80th Annual Academy Awards and Super Bowl XLII. Finally,
CTV also revealed today its slate of seven original Canadian movies and
mini-series set to premiere in 2008, including the world premiere of
Mayerthorpe, the intense dramatization of the 2005 RCMP tragedy. It all adds
up to at least 200 hours of fresh, new programming on CTV beginning in
January.

    "Returning hits, hot new series and TV's biggest special events - fresh
programming rings in the new year on CTV," said Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

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    Brooke Shields, Jonny Lee Miller, Oprah Winfrey, Drew Lachey, Nate Berkus
and Victor Garber are just some of the big names behind five new series coming
to CTV in 2008. CTV's mid-season acquisitions include the movie-inspired
action series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Dancing with the Stars
spin-off Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann; the hot new drama series Eli Stone,
starring Jonny Lee Miller; the new reality series Oprah Winfrey's The Big
Give, from Harpo productions and The Amazing Race Executive Producer Bertram
van Muster; and the greatly-anticipated, big buzz drama series Lipstick
Jungle, based on the Candace Bushnell book and starring Brook Shields. All
three drama series are currently in post-production.

    The five new series join a CTV mid-season schedule already featuring a
number of returning Top 10 series, led by the debut of Season 7 of American
Idol, the No. 1 series on Canadian television last winter among total viewers,
A25-54 and A18-49.(*) Also returning in 2008 with fresh, completed episodes are
10 additional series. Included in the list are Lost, Medium, Law & Order,
Corner Gas, Nip/Tuck, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Robson Arms and Instant
Star. Additionally, new cycles of hit series Dancing with the Stars and So You
Think You Can Dance? are also expected to debut before the end of the
2007/2008 television season on CTV.

    The 16 fresh, mid-season series on CTV are in addition to four
blockbuster, special event programs scheduled for the new year, including The
Golden Globes Awards (Jan. 13), The XLII SuperBowl (Feb. 3), The 80th Annual
Academy Awards (Feb. 24) and The 2008 JUNO Awards (April 6).

    CTV also announced today its slate of Canadian movies and mini-series
scheduled to premiere in 2008. They include: Mayerthorpe, Elijah, She Drives
Me Crazy, Sticks and Stones, The Terrorist Next Door, Who Named the Knife and
the two-part, four-hour mini-series event Would Be Kings.

    Additional scheduling details and premiere dates will be announced soon.

    To see the complete announcement, go to: http://www.ctvmedia.ca

    (*) BBM Nielsen Media Research, Dec. 18, 2006 - Feb. 18, 2007 (Winter
    Season)





For further information:

For further information: Laura Heath, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4633


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