Strategic stability: CTV and 'A' Fall 2009 schedules announced



    
         -   With 16 of Canada's Top 20, the hits return to CTV & 'A' -

         - CTV nabs THE DR. OZ SHOW, daytime's hottest new series -

        - Five new primetime series to premiere this fall on 'A':
     FLASH FORWARD, HANK, THE MIDDLE, EASTWICK, and THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE -

      - CTV orders two new original Canadian comedy series, HICCUPS and
                               DAN FOR MAYOR -

      - Two-hour movie DEGRASSI GOES TO HOLLYWOOD airs this September -
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    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - CTV, Canada's No.1 network, and 'A', now Canada's
third-ranked private network, revealed their Fall 2009 programming lineup and
schedule today. The announcement was made by Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    "In yet another tumultuous year, we've remained focused on creativity,"
said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
"Staying No.1 requires stability, flexibility and surprise. Strategic moves
last year resulted in this past season's biggest hits, while 'A' became a
destination network with remarkable growth. We remain committed to producing
original Canadian programming that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best
on our schedule."

    CTV will end the 2008/09 broadcast season as Canada's No.1 network among
total viewers and A25-54 for the eighth consecutive year, and Canada's No.1
network among A18-49 and A18-34 for seven years running. As the result, CTV's
stable, powerhouse schedule requires little tinkering. CTV sees the addition
of two new series this fall: the new health and wellness talk series THE DR.
OZ SHOW, from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television,
in place of GENERAL HOSPITAL, which moves to 'A'; and the fashionable new
Thursday-night drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, starring DEGRASSI'S Nina Dobrev.

    Also coming to CTV in 2009/2010 is the eagerly anticipated Original CTV
Series THE BRIDGE. Starring Aaron Douglas (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) as
controversial police union head Frank Leo, THE BRIDGE is a gripping one-hour
drama about police, power and politics, currently in production and set to
premiere on CTV and CBS in mid-season.

    'A' blasted onto the conventional landscape this season, with audience
growth of nearly 30%, to become Canada's fourth network. Building on that
momentum, 'A' sees five new programs join its surging schedule: FLASH FORWARD,
this fall's biggest buzz series; HANK and THE MIDDLE, two new comedies
starring sitcom veterans Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, respectively; THE
BEAUTIFUL LIFE, the new drama starring Mischa Barton that goes behind the
scenes of the world of modeling; and the mystical drama EASTWICK, based on the
hit movie and acclaimed novel.

    (xx)MEDIA NOTE(xx) Download CTV and 'A''s Fall 2009 primetime schedule as
well as photography and program descriptions for new and returning series at
www.ctvmedia.ca. See companion release, "Home of the Hits: CTV and 'A' Fall
2009 Night-by-Night Schedules and Program Descriptions", issued concurrently
with this announcement, for complete schedules and program information.

    With 16 of the Top 20 programs in Canada in 2008/2009, CTV and 'A' have a
strong stable of proven performers, all of which return next season (save ER).
Back this fall on the CTV schedule are last season's No.1 new program, SO YOU
THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA; the No.1 Canadian drama, FLASHPOINT; breakout hit
THE MENTALIST, and the No.1 television series overall, GREY'S ANATOMY. Top 20
hit DANCING WITH THE STARS returns to CTV while reality favourite AMERICA'S
TOP MODEL comes to CTV for the first time. Also returning are an enviable list
of Canada's most-watched, Top 20 series: CRIMINAL MINDS (No.4), CSI (No.6),
THE AMAZING RACE (No.7), CSI: NEW YORK (No.9), DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (No.10),
CSI: MIAMI (No.12), and LAW & ORDER: SVU (No.15), among others.

    Returning to the 'A' schedule this fall are Canada's No.1 comedy, TWO AND
A HALF MEN, paired with cult hit BIG BANG THEORY, as well as Canada's No.1 new
imported drama, FRINGE. Also returning are proven performers MEDIUM, LAW &
ORDER, GOSSIP GIRL, PRIVATE PRACTICE and CASTLE, among others.

    CTV also confirmed today the first projects on its production slate for
the 2010/11 season, including two, new, 13-part comedy series. Created,
executive produced and written by the incomparable CORNER GAS creator and star
Brent Butt, HICCUPS stars CORNER GAS' Nancy Robertson as a children's author
with anger issues and Butt as her hapless "life coach". DAN FOR MAYOR, from
three of Canada's most respected comedy writers and producers, Mark Farrell,
Paul Mather and Kevin White, stars CORNER GAS alumnus Fred Ewanuick as a
30-something bartender who runs for mayor of his hometown.

    The two new series join additional CTV Original Series entering new
production cycles, including DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, FLASHPOINT, and
SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH...  CTV also announced today that it will
premiere a new two-hour TV movie event, PARADISE CITY: DEGRASSI GOES TO
HOLLYWOOD, this September.

    CTV ends the season with almost double the amount of viewers in primetime
than its nearest competitor, leading Global by 97%. CTV wins six out of seven
nights (Sunday-Friday) among all Canadian broadcasters with total viewers,
A25-54 and A18-49. At the close of its debut season, 'A''s audience is now one
third larger than E! and Citytv, leading the two networks in all key ratings
measures, including A18-34. 'A' delivered million-plus audiences regularly,
most notably for TWO AND HALF MEN and DANCING WITH THE STARS, often winning
the timeslot against other conventional networks.

    Online, CTV's digital offerings experienced incredible growth.
CTVglobemedia web sites are the No.1 Canadian-owned properties streaming
videos online, serving five times more videos than CBC-Radio Canada sites and
Canwest Digital.(*) CTV sites delivered almost half a billion video streams over
the course of the past broadcast season.(xx) The most watched shows on CTV.ca
were, in order, GREY'S ANATOMY, GOSSIP GIRL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, DEGRASSI:
TNG, PRIVATE PRACTICE, LOST, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, FLASHPOINT, ER
and TWO AND A HALF MEN. New offerings for the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca for
Fall 2009 will be announced soon.

    
    About the CTV Schedule
    ----------------------

    With strength across genres and with a Top 20 hit airing every night of
the week (Sunday-Friday), CTV's 2009 Fall Schedule is designed to win every
timeslot, night after night, week after week.

    -   CTV has found primetime in daytime with the new talk series
        THE DR. OZ SHOW. Hosted by best-selling author and charismatic
        medical authority Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, the multi-topic, multi-segment
        health and wellness talk show follows OPRAH, Monday-Friday at 5 p.m.
        beginning Sept. 14.

    -   Mondays see DANCING WITH THE STARS return for two-hours of
        appointment television, followed by Top 20 hit CSI: MIAMI, both in
        simulcast.

    -   Tuesdays is all dance all the time with return of last season's No.1
        new series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, paired with the
        DANCING WITH THE STARS results show. LAW & ORDER: SVU returns to its
        Tuesday night timeslot at 10 p.m.

    -   Wednesdays see the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA results episode
        lead into AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL in simulcast at 8 p.m., followed
        by Top 20 hits CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NEW YORK, also both in
        simulcast.

    -   Thursdays features the all-new THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which gets its
        North American premiere on CTV at 7 p.m. Then, it's the can't-beat
        lineup of timeslot winner CSI, Canada's No.1 television program
        GREY'S ANATOMY and breakthrough hit THE MENTALIST, all in simulcast.

    -   Fridays see audience favourite GHOST WHISPERER kick off the night
        before mid-season smash SOUTHLAND and North American success
        FLASHPOINT head to the streets of LA and Toronto.

    -   Saturdays see Canada's No.1 current affairs program W-FIVE return for
        its record-breaking 44th season as Canada's longest-running program
        of that genre.

    -   Sundays see the ninth season of DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION lead
        into three hours of simulcast, including Emmy Award-winner
        THE AMAZING RACE at 8 p.m., Top 10 hit DESPERATE HOUSEVIVES at 9 p.m.
        and Bruckheimer winner COLD CASE at 10 p.m.
    

    CTV is also home to television's biggest event programming in 2009/10,
including Canada's most-watched television broadcasts, THE 82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY
AWARDS and SUPER BOWL XLIV, live from Miami. Additional big-ticket specials
include THE 61st PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, THE 67th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS,
THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS from St. John, NL, and THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE.

    Canada's No.1 entertainment newsmagazine, ETALK, continues along with
CANADA AM,  W-FIVE, QUESTION PERIOD, the CTV EVENING NEWS and Canada's
most-watched newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

    
    About the 'A' Schedule
    ----------------------

    With nearly 75% of weeknight primetime in simulcast, the 'A' schedule
features Top 20 performers, sophomore hits and the most-anticipated new
programs of the fall. The schedule is designed to build upon the growth and
momentum of the past season, positioning 'A' as a destination network with
franchise programs anchoring key nights.

    -   Mondays feature three hours of simulcast, beginning with GOSSIP GIRL
        at 8 p.m. Canada's No.1 comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN gets the laughs at
        9 p.m. with BIG BANG THEORY at 9:30 p.m. Mid-season hit CASTLE
        follows at 10 p.m.

    -   Tuesdays are movie night nights with THE BIG PICTURE at 9 p.m.,
        preceded by MONK at 8 p.m.

    -   Wednesdays see another three hours of simulcast, starting with brand
        new comedies HANK at 8 p.m. and THE MIDDLE at 8:30 p.m., followed by
        brand new dramas THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE at 9 p.m. and EASTWICK at 10 p.m.

    -   Thursdays are competitive on 'A' with this fall's big buzz series
        FLASH FORWARD anchoring the night at 8 p.m. and partnered with
        paranormal drama FRINGE at 9 p.m., both in simulcast. Also is
        simulcast is PRIVATE PRACTICE, which returns for a third season at
        10 p.m.

    -   Fridays are another big night on 'A' led by the original LAW & ORDER
        at 8 p.m. followed by MEDIUM at 9 p.m., both in simulcast.
        'A' presents its third comedy hour of the week with COMEDY NOW! and
        COMEDY INC. airing back-to-back starting at 10 p.m.

    -   'A' also features late-night comedy with THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH
        CONAN O'BRIEN and LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and daytime hits with
        ELLEN, ALL MY CHILDREN and GENERAL HOSPITAL.
    

    CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private
broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and
entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network.
CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests
in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts,
entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by
CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns
Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official
broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games
of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the company
website at www.ctv.ca.

    Fresh and dynamic, 'A' is Canada's third-ranked private network, home to
established Top 20 hits, critical favourites and big-buzz new series. 'A'
delivers Canadian television's fastest-growing audience in Atlantic Canada,
Ontario and British Columbia as well as in Alberta on ACCESS in certain
primetime hours. 'A' spotlights day-to-day life in local communities in
Victoria/Vancouver, Barrie/Toronto, Ottawa and London through its
award-winning 'A' News programming. 'A' is owned by CTV Limited, a division of
CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about
'A' may be found at www.atv.ca.

    
    All broadcast data: BBM Nielsen Media Research

    (*)  comScore Inc. Video Metrix, Canada, all locations,
         May 2008 - March 2009
    (xx) Omniture and Akamai
    





For further information:

For further information: Scott Henderson, Vice-President,
Communications, CTV Inc., (416) 384-5305, or Laura Heath Potter, (416)
384-4633 or laura.heathpotter@ctv.ca, or Jim Quan, (416) 384-5311 or
jim.quan@ctv.ca, or Allie Page, (416) 384-4596 or allie.page@ctv.ca


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