CTV's Super Sunday: Nip/Tuck Sews Up Coveted Post Super Bowl Broadcast, Feb. 3



    - Season 5 of audience favourite moves to Friday night timeslot, Feb. 8 -

    - Guest starring Oliver Platt, Lauren Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell, Portia de
    Rossi, Jennifer Coolidge, Craig Bierko, Daphne Zuniga, Tia Carrere and
    John Schneider, among others -

    - Series returns to The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca -


    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - It's a new season in a new area code. CTV
announced today that Season 5 of the "cutting-edge" drama series Nip/Tuck will
get the MVP treatment when it premieres immediately following CTV's broadcast
of Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, Feb. 3 (at approximately 10:15 ET; west of
Ontario at 10 p.m.). It all adds up to a Super Sunday on CTV, which concludes
its record-breaking, inaugural broadcast of the NFL on CTV with Super Bowl
XLII, live from Phoenix, Arizona. CTV's Super Sunday begins with pre-game
coverage starting at 12 noon ET and ends with the conclusion of the Nip/Tuck
season premiere, in which Doctors McNamara and Troy relocate to Hollywood.
Nip/Tuck then moves into its regular Fridays at 10 p.m. ET time-slot beginning
Feb. 8. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings.

    CTV also announced today that, once again, Nip/Tuck will be available for
free, on demand, on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca. New episodes will
become available the morning following their broadcast premiere.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download all-new photos from Nip/Tuck at ctvmedia.ca

    Nip/Tuck is one of the most-watched, original scripted series on basic
cable in the United States. Last October, Nip/Tuck's Season 5 premiere in the
U.S. outpaced its broadcast competition to become the most-watched program of
the night overall among A18-34 and No. 2 among total viewers, just behind
House. Season 5 on F/X continues to deliver younger viewers, rivaling
conventional broadcasters as the No. 2 series in its timeslot for viewers,
women and men aged 18-34. The series' minor surgery involving its change of
locale in Season 5 has also resulted in critical acclaim. "Could this possibly
be the greatest season of Nip/Tuck?" asked Entertainment Weekly, while TV
Guide declared that "Nip/Tuck has returned to its twisted, graphic glory."

    Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), two
plastic surgeons, close friends and business partners who own an
overwhelmingly successful plastic surgery practice, attempt to bring inner
peace and visceral contentment to their patients through external cosmetic
procedures.

    Although their clients aspire to cover up their pain, it is the surgeons
who truly wear the masks of anguish and unhappiness, sadness and
disillusionment. At midlife, the doctors question the prosperity that has
brought them so much - and has offered so little. Having relocated their
business to Los Angeles, Sean and Christian struggle for success in a city
where they are professionally unknown, and where residents yearn to become
someone else.

    In Season 5, following his divorce from Julia (Joely Richardson), Sean
sells his half of McNamara/Troy and departs for Los Angeles. Having ended his
engagement, Christian soon follows, thus relocating McNamara/Troy to the West
Coast. Dr. Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia) also joins the new McNamara/Troy practice,
looking for a fresh start as she recovers physically and emotionally from past
loves. Now living in New York with daughter Annie (recurring guest star Kelsey
Lynn Batelaan) and baby Conor, Julia visits Sean and Christian in Los Angeles,
bringing a new female love with her. Matt McNamara (John Hensley) and Kimber
Henry (Kelly Carlson), who wed last season, also descend on Los Angeles,
shrouded in the anguish of addiction and with a baby daughter in tow.

    Season 5 of Nip/Tuck features an exceptional line-up of guest stars
including Oliver Platt, Lauren Hutton, Bradley Cooper, Paula Marshall, Portia
de Rossi, Jennifer Coolidge, Craig Bierko, Daphne Zuniga, Tia Carrere and John
Schneider. Rosie O'Donnell also guest stars, reprising her Season 4 role as
lottery winner Dawn Budge, along with Leslie Grossman, who reprises her Season
1 role as former patient Bliss Berger.

    Winner of the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama, Nip/Tuck
was created by Ryan Murphy (Popular, Running with Scissors), who executive
produces the series with Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Popular, NYPD Blue,
L.A. Law), Lyn Greene and Richard Levine. Nip/Tuck is produced by The
Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.

    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: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or
arinaldo@ctv.ca; Anne-Marie La Pointe, CTV Inc., (416) 332-7353 or
alapointe@ctv.ca


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