Network Celebrates the New Year with the Premiere of New Canadian Drama
Ransom on January 1
Compelling New Original Drama Mary Kills People Joins Global's Schedule
Additional New Series The Blacklist: Redemption and Chicago Justice Join New
Episodes of Fall's Breakout Hits and New Seasons of Returning Favourites
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TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Coming off of a highly successful fall season with three of the top five new fall series, Global rings in 2017 with a robust midseason primetime lineup. The network heads into the winter season with a schedule packed with Canada's most-watched programing including this season's most-anticipated new and returning series.
Kicking off the New Year are two new Canadian original drama series. Inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, comes Ransom, a high stakes suspense drama premiering on Sunday, January 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Global. Starring Luke Roberts (Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones), as Eric Beaumont, a crisis and hostage negotiator whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can, the series moves to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting January 4 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 7. Then, Global's compelling, new character-driven drama Mary Kills People joins the schedule Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Set in the morally grey world of assisted death, the special six-part event series stars Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal) as Dr. Mary Harris, an overworked single mother and ER doctor, who also moonlights as an underground angel of death – working outside the law to help her patients slip away on their own terms.
The network also welcomes two highly-anticipated new spinoff series to its slate. From the creators of The Blacklist comes the thrilling new spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption premiering Thursday, February 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Starring Famke Janssen (The Blacklist, X-Men) and Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist, All My Sons), the world's most elusive criminals from Red's infamous list come together to form an elite mercenary team as they try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. Also premiering in March is the latest installment to the hit Chicago franchise, Chicago Justice, joining Global's lineup Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Philip Winchester (Strike Back) as prosecutor Peter Stone, the series follows the State's Attorney's dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice.
"We truly appreciate our viewers who drove Global to have one of the most successful fall seasons in recent years, and this winter we look forward to delighting audiences with more new episodes of our returning fan favourite series, two new franchise spinoffs, plus two provocative and captivating homegrown originals," said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. "We strive to craft the right combination of returning hits, including three of the top five new series, and bold new shows in order to make Global the must-see network."
New episodes from Global's hit fall schedule also return this January including the successful Monday night comedy block as the top two most-watched new comedies return January 2 with Kevin Can Wait (8 p.m. ET/PT) and Man With a Plan (8:30 p.m. ET/PT). Then breakout hit and Global's most-watched drama Bull returns with all-new episodes Tuesday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Global continues to dominate Friday nights with the return of one of fall's top new series MacGyver premiering January 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT leading into fan favourite Hawaii Five-0 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Returning medical drama Pure Genius comes back in a special premiere slot on Sunday, January 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, then settles in its regular timeslot beginning Friday, January 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Fall's hit time travel series Timeless is back Monday, January 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Additional heavy hitters returning include: NCIS: New Orleans (January 2), NCIS (January 3), NCIS: Los Angeles (January 8), and Chicago Fire (January 2), Chicago PD (January 3), and Chicago Med (January 5).
Rounding out the midseason schedule is Season 2 of arresting cop drama Shades of Blue starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, premiering Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, while last fall's #1 reality series Survivor returns with Season 34 featuring an all-star cast of "game changers" beginning Wednesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
GLOBAL'S 2017 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE:
All times are ET and subject to change. New series are bolded.
Sunday, January 1
8:30 p.m. – Ransom
*Ransom moves to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 4 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 7
10 p.m. – Pure Genius
*Pure Genius moves to Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 6
Monday, January 2
8 p.m. – Kevin Can Wait
8:30 p.m. – Man With A Plan
9 p.m. – NCIS: New Orleans
10 p.m. – Chicago Fire
*Chicago Fire moves to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 10
Tuesday, January 3
8 p.m. – NCIS
9 p.m. – Bull
10 p.m. – Chicago PD
*Chicago PD moves to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.PT beginning January 4
Wednesday, January 4
8 p.m. – Ransom
Thursday, January 5
7:30 p.m. – The Great Indoors
8 p.m. – Superstore
8:30 p.m. – The Good Place
9 p.m. – Chicago Med – new timeslot
10 p.m. – The Blacklist
Friday, January 6
8 p.m. – MacGyver
9 p.m. – Hawaii Five-0
Saturday, January 7
8 p.m. – Ransom
Sunday, January 8
7:30 p.m. – The Simpsons
8 p.m. – NCIS: LA
9 p.m. – Madam Secretary
10 p.m. – Elementary
Monday, January 16
10 p.m. – Timeless
Wednesday, January 18
9 p.m. – People's Choice Awards
Wednesday, January 25
9 p.m. – Mary Kills People
Sunday, January 29
8 p.m. – 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Thursday, February 23
10 p.m. – The Blacklist: Redemption
Sunday, March 5
9 p.m. – Chicago Justice
10 p.m. – Shades of Blue
Wednesday, March 8
8 p.m. – Survivor – Two-hour premiere
Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, A25-54 AMA(000), FL'16 std (Sept12/16-Dec4/16), Conventional program rankers based on 3+ airings, Last Fall = FL'15 std (Sept14/16-Dec6/16)
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