With so many high-profile U.S. programs already in its lineup, CTV announced Tuesday that it would largely stay the course this fall, although programmers have packed sister station A Channel with a host of anticipated new U.S. programs.
CTV said its "powerhouse schedule" will see the addition of:
- Canadian crime series The Bridge.
- Youth fiction-inspired teen drama The Vampire Diaries.
- Model competition America's Top Model.
- Daytime health and wellness series The Dr. Oz Show.
These newcomers will join CTV's returning shows, including Flashpoint, The Mentalist, Grey's Anatomy, the CSI franchise, Law & Order: SVU, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, Southland and competitions like So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Dancing With the Stars and The Amazing Race.
Comedian and Corner Gas creator Brent Butt's forthcoming new series, Hiccups, will also begin production for the 2010-2011 season, as will the new show Dan For Mayor, featuring Corner Gas alum Fred Ewanuick, and new episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Flashpoint and Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...
News and current affairs programming continues with shows like the CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, W-Five, ETalk and Canada AM.
Newcomers set for A Channel
A channel is to be the destination for a flood of new programs, including:
- Flash Forward, based on Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer's novel.
- The mystical drama Eastwick starring Canadian actor Paul Gross.
- Comedies Hank and The Middle, featuring veteran sitcom stars Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, respectively.
- Fictional modelling world expose The Beautiful Life.
These debuts will join returning shows such as Monk, Medium, Law & Order, Gossip Girl, Fringe, Private Practice, Castle, Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. The network also shows Comedy Now, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, All My Children and General Hospital.
According to officials, nearly 75 per cent of A channel's weeknight primetime programming will be simulcast with the U.S. original.
Last month, the CRTC approved a short-term, one-year licence renewal for CTV and other private broadcasters, citing the troubled economy.
Although the regulator had been considering a proposal compelling broadcasters to spend the same amount of money on Canadian programming that they currently do on foreign productions, the commission ultimately rejected the 1:1 ratio requirement.
The CRTC said it will explore setting a minimum spending level for Canadian programming, and means of enforcing this spending, in hearings this fall.