Fringe Gets a Super-Simulcast Series Premiere, Sept. 9 on Both CTV and 'A'

           -- 90-minute series debut to get double network push --
             -- From the mind of J.J. Abrams, sci-fi drama stars
                           Canadian Joshua Jackson --
     -- Fringe settles into regular time-slot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET,
                         beginning Sept. 16 on 'A' --
         "Fringe" - An unofficial, unconventional, and often extreme
                             approach or opinion.
                                               - Canadian Oxford Dictionary

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - This fall's most-anticipated new series is
getting a super-simulcast series premiere in Canada. CTV announced today it
will simulcast the series premiere of Fringe together with 'A', creating a
one-time-only super-simulcast for the big buzz sci-fi series. From Emmy
Award-winning producer J.J. Abrams (Lost), and starring B.C. native Joshua
Jackson (Bobby, Dawson's Creek), Fringe makes its television debut on Tuesday,
September 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, 'A' and in Alberta on ACCESS (simulcast
with FOX; visit to confirm local broadcast times). This one-time
promotional stunt is designed to deliver the biggest exposure possible for the
series premiere. Following its debut, Fringe settles into its regular 'A'
time-slot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 16.

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    "This scheduling move is about creating the biggest opportunity for
viewers to see the show that everyone's been talking about," said Susanne
Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Fringe will keep
viewers on the edge of their seats as it explores the line between science
fiction and reality."

    From J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star
Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Alias, comes the most-anticipated series of
the fall. Variety magazine says Fringe "mixes elements of The X-Files and
Altered States" in its exploration of the blurring line between what is
possible and impossible.

    When an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport with
everyone on board dead, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv,
Mistresses) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force.
When Olivia's investigation leads to multi-billion dollar corporation Massive
Dynamic and its manipulative corporate executive, Nina Sharp (Blair Brown, The
American Experience), Olivia, along with Department of Homeland Security Agent
Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, Lost) and FBI Agents Charlie Francis (Kirk
Acevedo, The Black Donnelly's) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole, Take the
Lead), discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a
larger, more shocking truth.

    In the super-simulcast series premiere (Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. ET
on CTV and 'A'), after Special Agent Olivia Dunham's partner, John Scott (Mark
Valley, Boston Legal), is nearly killed during the investigation of a plane
with everyone on board dead, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for
someone to help. This leads her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, Pirate
Islands: The Lost Treasures of Fiji), our generation's Einstein. There's only
one catch: he's been institutionalized for the last 17 years, and the only way
to question him requires pulling his estranged son Peter (Joshua Jackson,
Bobby, Dawson's Creek) in to help. Under Special Agent Phillip Broyles, the
trio work to discover the shocking truth behind "fringe science."

    Fringe settles into its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT
beginning September 16, exclusively on 'A'.

    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

    Fresh and dynamic, 'A' is the new home of established primetime hits,
critical favourites and big-buzz new series. 'A' delivers Canadian
television's most exciting new schedule 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, London, Windsor and Wingham 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

For further information:

For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or; Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or

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