Newly Acquired Paranormal Thriller THE RIVER Joins CTV Mid-Season Schedules

- Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Ashley Judd, Kristen Chenowith, Annie Potts, Katharine McPhee, Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope headline new mid-season shows -
- Reality juggernaut AMERICAN IDOL returns for its 11th season Jan. 18 on CTV and Jan. 19 on CTV Two -
- Sexy original drama THE L.A. COMPLEX makes special super-simulcast premiere Jan. 10 on CTV -
- CTV is home to the biggest sporting spectacle of the year with SUPER BOWL XLVI® followed by the season premiere of sophomore sensation THE VOICE, Feb. 5 -
- All eyes on Awards Season with THE GOLDEN GLOBES®, THE OSCARS® and THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS -

To tweet this release:

"Scary. That's what THE RIVER promises to be." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Move over, GLEE - there's a new musical-TV competitor coming, and it goes by the name of SMASH." -

"Audiences will be treated to more than a couple high-octane sequences." -

"With delicious performances from supporting players including Annie Potts and Kristin Chenoweth, this is the show you must check out." - HuffPost TV

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - CTV announced today its mid-season schedules for CTV and CTV Two, including its latest acquisition: the much buzzed-about adventure-horror series THE RIVER, from Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli and starring Canadians Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope. THE RIVER brings to four the number of new series set to join the CTV schedules in early 2012, following a fall season that saw CTV deliver six out of the Top 6 new series on Canadian television. A thrilling take on a search and rescue mission in the Amazon, THE RIVER joins the highly anticipated debuts of big ticket television series SMASH, MISSING, and GCB:

  • Drama of Broadway proportions sets the stage for Steven Spielberg's musical drama SMASH (Feb. 6), starring Debra Messing (WILL & GRACE) and AMERICAN IDOL runner-up and songwriter Katharine McPhee
  • Texas-sized grown up mean girls comedy-drama is unleashed in GCB (March 4), starring Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) and Kristin Chenoweth (GLEE)
  • A European backdrop of intrigue sets the scene for the riveting action-drama MISSING (March 15), starring Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd

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"With its mix of big ticket drama, comedy, performance, competition, awards and sports, CTV's new mid-season lineup is exactly what viewers have come to expect from Canada's #1 network," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "These new buzzed-about series coupled with fall hits and returning favourites ensure CTV remains the destination for Canadian viewers in every timeslot, night after night, week after week."

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For further information:

Tonia Addison, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.2194 or
Christy Sullivan, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.3624 or


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