Canada's Most-Watched TV Series Return to CTV's Winter Schedule



    
     - No. 1 series AMERICAN IDOL anchors Tuesday and Wednesday nights -

         - New episodes of hit series FLASHPOINT return January 9 -

     - THE BIG BANG THEORY and TWO AND A HALF MEN join CORNER GAS in an
           all-new Monday night comedy block beginning January 5 -

         - Hit Fall series FRINGE comes to CTV beginning January 6 -

      - Must-see specials THE GOLDEN GLOBES(R), SUPER BOWL XLIII(R) and
                           THE OSCARS(R) return -

       - Steven Bochco's RAISING THE BAR premieres on CTV January 9 -
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    TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - CTV revealed a midseason schedule today starring
the hottest series on television. The schedule officially kicks off the week
of January 5 with a new Monday night comedy block; the move of FRINGE, one of
this fall's biggest hits, to CTV on Tuesday, January 6; and the return of the
hit CTV original series FLASHPOINT on Friday, January 9. Anchoring it all is
the No. 1 television program in the country, AMERICAN IDOL, which returns with
a four-hour, two-night, eighth season premiere on Tuesday, January 13 and
Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET. New to the schedule is the legal drama
RAISING THE BAR, beginning Friday, January 9 from Emmy-Award winner Steven
Bochco (NYPD BLUE, HILL STREET BLUES, LA LAW) and starring Canadians Currie
Graham, Gloria Reuben and Jonathan Scarfe.

    Viewers can also look forward to the highly-anticipated series finales of
ER on Thursday, March 12 from 9-11 p.m. ET and Canada's No. 1 comedy series,
CORNER GAS (date TBA). See "Schedule" below for a night-by-night listing of
programming.

    The announcement comes as CTV continues to chart eight of the Top 10
programs on Canadian television this fall - not only among total viewers, but
among A25-54 and A18-49 as well. CTV also lays claim to Canada's No. 1 program
overall and No. 1 drama (CRIMINAL MINDS), and Canada's No. 1 comedy series
(CORNER GAS). CTV's average primetime audience this fall (1.414 million)
continues to distance itself from the competition, delivering nearly double
the number of viewers in primetime than Global (734,000).(*)

    "The midseason schedule picks up on the momentum of Canada's No. 1 Fall
schedule with the return of Canada's favourite series, blockbuster finales and
special major events," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc.

    
    Additional highlights include:

    (*)   THE BIG BANG THEORY as well as current Top 20 hit TWO AND A HALF
          MEN join CORNER GAS for a Monday night primetime lineup full of
          side-splitting comedy, beginning January 5
    (*)	The Emmy Award-winning series THE AMAZING RACE returns for a
          fourteenth season on Sunday, February 15
    (*)	All-new episodes from Top 10 hits CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY'S ANATOMY,
          CSI, CSI: MIAMI, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and LAW & ORDER: SVU
    (*)	The 66th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS(R) launch award season
          January 11
    (*)	SUPER BOWL XLIII(R) kicks-off February 1
    (*)	Roll out the red carpet for THE 80th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS(R)
         February 22

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download photos from CTV's Midseason and Returning
         Series at www.ctvmedia.ca. Screeners are available by request.

    SCHEDULE
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    CTV's Midseason Schedule of new series, seasons and episodes unfolds as
follows (all times ET; for complete series descriptions and timeslots, see
"Addendum" below):

    Sundays
    -------
    7 p.m.        STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
    7:30 p.m.     DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
    8 p.m.        THE AMAZING RACE (xx) NEW SEASON (xx) (simulcast)
    9 p.m.        DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (simulcast)
    10 p.m.       WITHOUT A TRACE

    Mondays
    -------
    8 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY (xx) RETURNING TO CTV (xx) (simulcast)
    8:30 p.m.     TWO AND A HALF MEN (xx) MOVES TO CTV FROM 'A' (xx)
    9 p.m.        TWO AND A HALF MEN (xx) MOVES TO CTV FROM 'A' (xx)
                  (simulcast)
    9:30 p.m.     CORNER GAS
    10 p.m.       CSI: MIAMI (simulcast)

    Tuesdays
    --------
    8 p.m.        AMERICAN IDOL (xx) NEW SEASON (xx) (simulcast)
    9 p.m.        FRINGE (xx) MOVES TO CTV FROM 'A' (xx) (simulcast)
    10 p.m.       LAW & ORDER: SVU (simulcast)

    Wednesdays
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    8 p.m.        AMERICAN IDOL (xx) NEW SEASON (xx) (simulcast)
    9 p.m.        CRIMINAL MINDS (simulcast)
    10 p.m.       CSI: NEW YORK (simulcast)

    Thursdays
    ---------
    8 p.m.        CSI
    9 p.m.        GREY'S ANATOMY (simulcast)
    10 p.m.       ER (simulcast)

    Fridays
    -------
    8 p.m.        GHOST WHISPERER (simulcast)
    9 p.m.        FLASHPOINT (xx) NEW EPISODES ON CTV (xx) (simulcast)
    10 p.m.       RAISING THE BAR (xx) NEW SERIES (xx)

    Saturdays
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    7 p.m.        W-FIVE
    8 p.m.        CRIME TIME
    9 p.m.        CRIME TIME
    10 p.m.       LAW & ORDER: SVU (simulcast)
    

    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.

    Source: (*) BBM Nielsen Media Research, 9//22-12/7/08




For further information:

For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or
arinaldo@ctv.ca; Sónia Brum, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5374 or sbrum@ctv.ca; Jim
Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or jquan@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416)
332-4596 or apage@ctv.ca


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