CTV lineup includes X Factor, Smash
Simon Cowell's new singing competition, a Broadway-themed drama produced by Steven Spielberg, a talk show from Anderson Cooper and a '60s-era flight attendant drama with Christina Ricci are on CTV's fall schedule.
CTV announced Thursday it is adding 16 new shows to the fall lineups of CTV and CTV Two, previously known as A Channel.
CTV falls rose includes nine new titles:
- The X Factor: Simon Cowell's new reality TV talent show.
- Pan Am: a 1960s period drama about pilots flight attendants starring Christina Ricci and Quebec's Karine Vanasse.
- Whitney: a comedy about modern relationships starring Whitney Cummings.
- Unforgettable: a crime drama about a police detective obsessed with her sister's murder.
- Charlie's Angels: a reboot of the 1970s action show starring Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the Angels.
- Grimm: about a cop who battles criminals that cross over from a fantasy world.
- Once Upon A Time: about a mother and her son drawn into a fairytale.
Cooper joins the weekday daytime lineup with his talk show Anderson, as does The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Paul Gross TV movie
Paul Gross is developing a TV movie about a father and daughter who inspire a community to save two horses trapped on a snowy B.C. mountainside.
The Horses Of McBride, based on a real-life incident, is scheduled to begin production in early 2012 and will air on CTV.
Three new American dramas — Spielberg-produced Smash about a troupe trying to mount a Broadway musical, gossipy dramedy G.C.B. with Kristen Chenoweth; and Ashley Judd's Missing — are slated for mid-season.
CTV Two will feature the results episodes of The X Factor, Lorne Michaels' new parental comedy Up All Night, with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett; the Hank Azaria comedy Free Agents and L.A.-set detective series The Protector.
CTV series Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, and Law & Order: SVU also move over to CTV Two.
The fresh lineups follow a year of industry consolidation and a new management regime that saw CTV taken over by phone giant BCE.
Five of CTV's top executives left the company under the shakeup, including Ivan Fecan and Susanne Boyce, who had determined the broadcaster's programming for more than a decade. The new CTV programming president is Phil King.
Bell Media has pledged $100 million in Canadian production spending under the terms of its agreement for buying CTV. It recently greenlit pilot episodes for Canadian-made medical drama Saving Hope and for Stay With Me, about a compassionate mother turned lawyer.
The Borgias, which is to debut on CTV this summer after doing well on specialty channel Bravo, has been renewed for a second season on CTV. CTV also renewed Canadian series Flashpoint and The Listener.