Global Brings Out the Big Guns this Summer Starting with the World Premiere of Rookie Blue Season 6

Plus, Ratings Juggernauts Extant, Under the Dome and Big Brother Make Their Much-Anticipated Returns

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TORONTO, April 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Global fights winter blues by packing plenty of heat with the world premiere of homegrown hit Rookie Blue starting May 219 pm ET/PT. Season 5 ended with two bombs being dropped on the officers of 15 Division – the explosion in the evidence room, and the revelation that Sam's ex-girlfriend Marlo is pregnant with Sam's baby. Season 6 promises to take the raucous rollercoaster ride to new heights with nail-biting storylines, curveballs abound and a heavy dose of romance and heartbreak. From arresting cases to house arrest, Global brings viewers a special two-night premiere of powerhouse reality program Big Brother starting June 248 pm ET/PT. Rounding out the sizzling summer schedule are the wildly successful thrillers Under the Dome (June 259 pm ET/PT) and Extant (July 110 pm ET/PT), along with the return of Running Wild with Bear Grylls (July 1310 pm ET/PT) and culinary competition series Food Fighters (July 28 pm ET/PT).

The complete Global Spring/Summer primetime lineup is listed below.

GLOBAL'S SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE:

ROOKIE BLUE, SEASON 6 – Thursday, May 21 at 9 pm ET/PT
Last season the officers at 15 Division unearthed their sins of the past – dug through it, aired it out, and paved the way to move forward.  They have all grown and are more resilient than ever. This season, they will have to learn to embrace living in the gray areas, because life is complicated and the best laid plans are just that. But sometimes it's the unpredictable things life throws our way that turn out to be exactly what we need. Season 5 saw an average weekly audience of 1.5M (2+), growing seven percent (2+) and nine percent (A18-49) over Season 4.

BIG BROTHER, SEASON 17–Wednesday, June 24 at 8 pm ET/PT
Season 17 debuts with a special two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, both in the 8 pm ET/PT timeslot. The Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, moves to its regular time period on July 2 – 9 pm ET/PT. The Sunday nomination day premieres June 28 – 8 pm ET/PT. Last season, all three airings of Big Brother ranked in the Top 10 and won their nights nationally (A18-49).

UNDER THE DOME Thursday, June 25 at 9 pm ET/PT
Under the Dome returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 (9-11 pm ET/PT). It moves to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 and airs in the 10 pm ET/PT timeslot. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, Under the Dome tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. This season, Emmy Award® winner Marg Helgenberger guest stars in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town's inhabitants figure out the Dome's purpose and what it wants from them. Last season, Under the Dome was the number one drama of the summer and ranked in the Top three programs nationally (A18-49).

EXTANT Wednesday, July 1 at 10 pm ET/PT
A serialized mystery thriller starring Academy Award®-winner Halle Berry, Extant makes its sophomore debut on Wednesday, July 1 (10 pm ET/PT). This season, astronaut Molly Woods discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter may be the only hope for survival. Last season, Extant was the number one new summer show and ranked in the Top 10 across multiple demos.

FOOD FIGHTERSThursday, July 28 pm ET/PT
Host Adam Richman (Man v. Food) once again gives homegrown amateur cooks the chance to test their skills against professional chefs. Every down-home cook has that one signature dish or secret family recipe that always gains favor with friends and family; but now they have to go head-to-head in the kitchen against five professional chefs, who try to cook your specialty dish even better than you in the hopes of winning over a dinner party made up of the American public. With each savored victory, the cash prize gets bigger and bigger as the home cooks rise to every challenge and outcook the professional chefs.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLSMonday, July 1310 pm ET/PT
In the second season of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the famed adventurer and survivalist continues to take celebrities into the most remote and wild locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime. Each of the celebrities endures the harsh wilderness in high-octane, action-based and empowering journeys spread over remote locations. Grylls and each celebrity will have to push both their minds and bodies to the limit to successfully complete their journey.

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