-- Canada's Top Hits are Back on CTV: 18 of the Canada's Top 20 Return --
-- "A" schedule revitalized to compete as one of Canada's best
conventional grids as "A" brand expands to Atlantic Canada and
-- Seven new series premiere: Flashpoint, The Listener, So You Think You
Can Dance Canada, Fringe, The Mentalist, Eleventh Hour and Star Wars: The
Clone Wars --
-- New Brent Butt comedy pilot announced along with The Marilyn Denis
Show and an all-new Canada's Next Top Model --
TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - CTV announced today the Fall 2008 schedule for
CTV, Canada's #1 network, along with the first ever cross-country, Fall 2008
Schedule for "A" (formerly A-Channel). Programmed to complement one another
with more opportunities for viewers and advertisers, the two conventional
schedules feature Canada's most-watched programs, breakthrough freshmen hits
and seven, new big buzz series. The two schedules will be presented at CTV
Inc.'s 2008 Upfront Presentation this afternoon at Toronto's Four Seasons
Centre for the Performing Arts by Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content
and Channels, CTV Inc.
The announcement comes as CTV ends the 2007/08 broadcast season as
Canada's #1 network among total viewers for the seventh consecutive year and
Canada's #1 network among A25-54 and A18-49 for the sixth year in a row. CTV
increased its distance from its nearest rival as the season progressed,
growing its lead through the strike. By the post-strike period, CTV had more
than double the lead of its competition.(*) Momentum was also seen with CTV's
presence in Canada's Top 20, ending the year with 18 of the Top 20 programs
among total viewers, 16 of the Top 20 programs among A25-54 and 14 of the Top
20 programs among A18-49, all up two positions versus last year.(*)(*)
"In a challenging season, CTV has actually delivered more hits than ever,
growing by two spots to claim 18 of the Top 20 programs in Canada," said
Boyce, regarding the CTV schedule. "Those 18 programs are all back. CTV has
the most stable schedule in North American broadcasting. Nevertheless, as we
did during the strike, we will continue to engage viewers with fresh new
content in the few openings we have available."
"As well, we've made a conscious, deliberate investment in the "A"
schedule," Boyce continued. "Built to complement the CTV schedule with even
more, can't-miss programs, it's a schedule designed to compete, immediately,
as one of the best conventional grids out there."
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Seven new series join CTV and "A". They are: Flashpoint (CTV), the
Canadian-produced series to be simulcast with CBS that follows an elite team
of police as they thwart the most heinous of crimes at the moment they get out
of hand; the world premiere of The Listener (CTV), the Canadian-produced
series airing in the U.S. on NBC and in 175 other countries, tracing the life
of a young man with a very special talent - the ability to read minds; So You
Think You Can Dance Canada (CTV), the all-new Canadian version of the hit
international format; Fringe ("A"), the most talked about series for fall, a
sci-fi mystery/drama from the mind of J.J. Abrams (Lost), starring Joshua
Jackson; Eleventh Hour ("A"), the gripping Jerry Bruckheimer drama about what
can happen when biology is placed in the wrong hands, starring Rufus Sewell;
The Mentalist ("A"), an immensely appealing procedural about a man who uses
his extraordinary observational skills to solve crimes, starring Simon Baker;
and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (CTV), the ground-breaking new series from
Lucasfilm Animation that showcases an astonishing new look and feel to
everyone's favourite galaxy far, far away.
(See companion release, "Home of the Hits: CTV and "A" Fall 2008 Night by
Night Schedules and Program Descriptions" issued concurrently with this
announcement, for complete schedules and program information).
CTV also announced today the first projects on its development slate for
the 2008/09 season, including a pilot for a new comedy series from Corner Gas
creator Brent Butt. Also announced were The Marilyn Denis Show, a daytime
series starring Gemini Award winner and CHUM FM personality Marilyn Denis (for
CTV), and an all-new season of Canada's Next Top Model (for "A"). The new
projects join Spectacle, the previously announced CTV music/talk series
starring Elvis Costello, currently in production and set to premiere later
this year. Additional projects will be announced later.
About the CTV Schedule
CTV finished the season for the seventh year in a row as Canada's #1
network among total viewers. CTV also swept the two key advertiser demos
(A25-54, A18-49) for the sixth consecutive year.
The result is an established, powerhouse schedule that requires little
tinkering. Returning to CTV next season are a long list of Canada's favourite
programs, including Canada's #1 series overall and #1 reality series American
Idol, Canada's #1 drama Grey's Anatomy, and Canada's #1 comedy, Corner Gas,
which comes back for its sixth and final season.
Also returning to CTV are an enviable list of Canada's most-watched,
Top 20 series, including: CSI: Miami (#6), CSI: NY (#7), Criminal Minds (#8),
Desperate Housewives (#9), CSI (#10), Amazing Race (#11), Dancing With the
Stars (#12 & #13), Law & Order (#14), ER (#15), Law & Order: SVU (#16), Lost
(#17) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#20). Canada's only breakout hit from
last season, Private Practice (#19), moves to "A" this fall.
So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Flashpoint and The Listener join
all-new seasons of Corner Gas and Degrassi: The Next Generation on a CTV fall
line-up featuring the most original Canadian series in many years.
"Our strategy is to originate more of our own programs, in order to
better control our destiny," said Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive
Officer, CTVglobemedia and Chief Executive Officer, CTV Inc.
CTV is also home to television's biggest events in 2008/09, including
Canada's most-watched television broadcasts, The 81st Annual Academy Awards
and Super Bowl XLIII, live from Tampa. Additional big-ticket specials include
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, The 66th Annual Golden Globes, The 2009 JUNO
Awards from Vancouver, Canada's Walk of Fame and The Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Original CTV movies scheduled to air in 2008/09 include Anne of Green
Gables: A New Beginning, The Terrorist Next Door, She Drives Me Crazy, Of
Murder and Memory, The Bridge, The Good Times are Killing Me and Playing for
Keeps (working title).
Canada's #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. Additionally,
CTV News will present a long list of new, original documentaries.
About the "A" Schedule
The "A" schedule is a fresh, dynamic primetime line-up positioned to make
its mark in Canada's two largest television markets while reaching new viewers
in Atlantic Canada and Alberta. With 75% of weeknight primetime in simulcast,
the "A" schedule features proven winners, critical favourites and the
most-anticipated new programs of the fall.
The "A" schedule will be seen by a wider audience than ever before
beginning this fall. CTV's ASN channel in Atlantic Canada will be rebranded as
"A" and feature the full "A" line-up seen in Ontario and British Columbia. As
well, Alberta's ACCESS channel will also feature the "A" line-up in certain
In addition to this fall's most-talked about programs, including Fringe,
Eleventh Hour and The Mentalist, the "A" schedule features several of last
season's breakout hits. The only new series from last season to break the Top
20, Private Practice (#19), moves to "A" along with mid-season hit Moment of
Truth and Gossip Girl, last fall's #1 new series for teens.
The "A" schedule is also a critically acclaimed line-up of some of
television's most well-reviewed programs, including Pushing Daisies, Mad Men
and Samantha Who?, recently named by the Los Angeles Times as one of last
season's breakthrough series. Also back for their sophomore seasons on "A" are
Jonny Lee Miller in Eli Stone; primetime's newest soap opera, Dirty Sexy
Money; and mid-season hit Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Homegrown comedies Robson Arms, Comedy Now! and Comedy Inc. round out
"A"'s must-see line-up along with Two and a Half Men, Wife Swap, Don't Forget
the Lyrics and the original user-generated video program, America's Funniest
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 primetime 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
(*) BBM Nielsen Media Research, Viewers 2+, Mon-Sun, 8-11 p.m.,
(xx) BBM Nielsen Media Research, 09/24/07 - 05/22/08
For further information:
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Communications, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5305 or email@example.com; OR CTV/"A"
Entertainment: Laura Heath Potter, (416) 332-4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Renée Dupuis Macht, (416) 332-4596 or email@example.com; or Jim Quan, (416)
332-5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org