June 2010

8:00pm – Thursday, June 3 on CTV

The audition tour moves to Nashville and Dallas for the final stage of auditions. In the second hour of tonight’s episode, the tour lands in Las Vegas for callbacks. See what happens when the best dancers compete for a ticket to Las Vegas and a coveted spot in the Top 10.

Following one of its most successful seasons ever for original Canadian programming, CTV unveiled today its 2010-2011 Canadian television package.

The network has renewed its entire scripted slate of five original series, ordered a new daytime series, and confirmed the premiere date for its award-winning Top 20 hit dance competition series.

Delivering more viewers to Canadian programming than any other network, the roster of original programming totals nearly 100 hours of prime-time Canadian programming on CTV alone during the 2010-2011 season.

“In a challenging year, the creativity didn’t stop at CTV,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Never before have we had such a strong slate of original programming in all genres, making it an easy decision to renew. We are excited to be working with Bob Greenblatt on the provocative new drama THE BORGIAS and can’t wait to welcome Marilyn Denis back to television with her new daytime series.”

With the majority of the original productions due to go into production this summer, CTV’s original series will premiere throughout the network’s 52-week schedule in 2010/2011. However, CTV confirmed today THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, a new daytime series starring Gemini Award-winner and CHUM FM personality Marilyn Denis, premieres this fall. The series airs daily at 10 a.m. following LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY and prior to THE VIEW, providing an uninterrupted flow of live programming on CTV each day from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“I am so happy that people are finally going to stop asking when we’re going to be back on TV,” said Denis. “We’re back this fall! It’s going to be a show about life and fun and friends and we can’t wait to get started.”

Also new this season is the international co-production THE BORGIAS, powered by some of Canada’s most accomplished creative talent, including director Jeremy Podeswa, director of photography Paul Sarossy, and production designer François Seguin. Colm Feore co-stars as Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere while hot, young Quebec star François Arnaud (I Killed My Mother) plays Cesare Borgia, Rodrigo Borgia’s (Jeremy Irons) ruthless son.

CTV also confirmed today that its Gemini Award-winning dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA returns for its third season August 15. A Top 15 hit for Females 18-34 last fall, DANCE CANADA increased upon its Season 1 audience by 11% and won its timeslot in female demos in Season 2. Additionally, CTV’s award-winning stand-up comedy showcase COMEDY NOW! returns for an incredible 13th season.

Original Scripted Series Ordered by CTV:

FLASHPOINT (Season 4) – Canada’s most-watched original drama, which was a Top 20 hit out of simulcast last fall averaging 1.8 million viewers and consistently ranking as the most-watched program every Friday night. Season 4 has been ordered in advance of the Season 3 broadcast.

THE BRIDGE (Season 2) – Canada’s #1 new Canadian drama series, which finished its first season with an average audience of one million viewers.

HICCUPS and DAN FOR MAYOR (Season 2) – The #1 and #2 new comedies of the year, Canadian or American, have almost doubled the average audience of MODERN FAMILY.

THE LISTENER (Season 2) – Currently in pre-production, the international hit series premiered to more than one million viewers last summer.

Also to note, the international phenomenon DEGRASSI moves to MuchMusic for a 10th season incredible season, featuring 48 all-new episodes; SPACE premieres its new scripted flagship horror-comedy series TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL; and MuchMore debuts its new heavy metal documentary series METAL EVOLUTION: THE SERIES.

Meanwhile, CTV’s award-winning specials continue in 2010/2011. Returning for its 10th anniversary broadcast on CTV is THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, celebrating its 40th Anniversary live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Honouring Canadian literature, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE returns in November, while CTV once again broadcasts Free The Children’s WE DAY events in Toronto and Vancouver.

CTV also confirmed that Canada’s #1 Canadian entertainment program, ETALK, returns for its 9th season, while Canada’s #1 current affairs program, W5 returns for its record-breaking 45th anniversary season.



All times ET. New programs are BOLD IN ALL CAPS. (S) = Simulcast


7 p.m.             UNDERCOVER BOSS

8 p.m.             THE AMAZING RACE (S)

9 p.m.             DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (S)

10 p.m.           CSI: MIAMI (S)



10 a.m.           THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (Monday to Friday)

1 a.m.             THE CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW (Monday to Thursday)



7 p.m.             ETALK

7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY

8 p.m.             DANCING WITH THE STARS (performance) (S)

10 p.m.           CASTLE (S)



7 p.m.             ETALK

7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY

8 p.m.             NO ORDINARY FAMILY (S)

9 p.m.             DANCING WITH THE STARS (results) (S)




7 p.m.             ETALK

7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY

8 p.m.             SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (performance) / THE DEFENDERS

9 p.m.             CRIMINAL MINDS (S)

10 p.m.           LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (S)



7 p.m.            CSI

8 p.m.             THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)

8:30 p.m.        SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (results) / $#*! MY DAD SAYS (S)

9 p.m.             GREY’S ANATOMY (S)

10 p.m.           THE MENTALIST (S)



7 p.m.            ETALK

7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY

8 p.m.             HUMAN TARGET (S)

9 p.m.             CSI: NY (S)

10 p.m.           BLUE BLOODS (S)



7 p.m.             W5

8 p.m.             CRIME TIME SATURDAY (S)

9 p.m.             CRIME TIME SATURDAY (S)

10 p.m.           CRIME TIME SATURDAY (S)




New CTV shows information.


Based on the popular Twitter account of the same name, $#*! MY DAD SAYS stars legendary Canadian icon William Shatner (StarTrek) as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. Nobody is immune from Ed’s rants, including his sons Henry (casting TBA) and Vince (Canadian Will Sasso, MADTV). When Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent, Ed invites Henry to move in with him. While Henry tries to crack Ed’s hardened shell, Ed struggles with fears of losing his independence with age.


A drama about a multi-generational New York family of Irish cops, BLUE BLOODS features Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck, MAGNUM, P.I.) as the New York Chief of Police and patriarch of the Reagan brood, who runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family. A source of pride and concern for Frank are his unapologetically bold father Henry (Canadian Len Cariou, DAMAGES); his eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg, RUNAWAY), a seasoned detective, family man and Iraq War veteran; daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan, SIX DEGREES), a New York Assistant District Attorney and newly single parent; and Jamie (Will Estes, AMERICAN DREAMS), the youngest Reagan, fresh out of Harvard Law and the family’s ‘golden boy’.


Executive producer Dick Wolf introduces the newest installment of the successful LAW & ORDER franchise – LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (LOLA), a procedural crime drama that follows the theme and storylines similar to the LAW & ORDER-brand series on the streets of Los Angeles.


The Powell family is about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. During a family vacation set up by Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis, THE SHIELD) in an attempt to reconnect with his wife Stephanie (Julie Benz, DEXTER) and their children, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells, as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers.


Comedian Conan O’Brien hosts a one-hour late-night talk show with various high profile guests, Monday through Thursday. Details to be announced in the near future.


THE DEFENDERS stars Jim Belushi (ACCORDING TO JIM) and Jerry O’Connell (CROSSING JORDAN) in a drama about two colourful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients in Sin City. Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli (Belushi), an earnest, hard-charging attorney, and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek (O’Connell), whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa (Jurnee Smollett, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and their young assistant, Sophie (Tanya Fischer, LIFE ON MARS). While Lady Luck shines on their legal careers, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives.


Marilyn Denis, Canada’s most-loved woman of daytime television, is back. Beginning this fall, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW brings Canadians the best in lifestyle television. Every day, she is joined by a studio audience and a mix of expert and celebrity guests, providing a unique blend of topical lifestyle tips and entertainment. All the while, Marilyn shares a brand of humour that is distinctly hers.


Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc., revealed today the Fall 2010 programming lineup and schedule for CTV, Canada’s most-watched network, and sister network /A\.

Seven new series join the CTV schedule this Fall, with four additional new series slated for mid-season. The new series represent the best of new television programs produced by a diverse mix of studios.

“Strength, stability, surprise – it’s a programming mix you won’t find anywhere else,” said Boyce. “From a position of strength, we’ve freshened up Canada’s #1 schedule in all areas, from comedy, drama and reality, to daytime and late-night, to Canadian and American.”

The 11 new series are fronted by some of television’s biggest names, including Paula Abdul, William Shatner and Conan O’Brien, who joins CTV’s late-night lineup with THE CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be coming to you on CTV,” said Conan O’Brien in a video message. “Canada was the first place to embrace me…when I took my show here to Toronto several years ago, you treated me like a rock star and I never forgot it. I love your country. I love your people. And I really love your comedy…”

Additionally, CTV announced concurrently today that it has secured the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to the U.S. version of Simon Cowell’s THE X FACTOR, the hottest new competition series on the planet, premiering next Fall (see companion release “CTV Acquires THE X FACTOR for Fall 2011”).

New series joining the CTV 2010 Fall Schedule include the one-hour drama NO ORDINARY FAMILY about a family with superpowers starring Michael Chiklis; the bromance Las Vegas legal drama THE DEFENDERS starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell; Dick Wolf’s new procedural crime drama LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES; William Shatner’s $#*! MY DAD SAYS, based on the popular Twitter account and New York Times bestseller of the same name; and BLUE BLOODS, about a multi-generational New York family of Irish cops, anchored by Tom Selleck.

Premiering in mid-season on CTV are Paula Abdul’s return to prime-time as the judge and executive producer of the new dance competition series GOT TO DANCE, based on the hit U.K. format; Canadian Matthew Perry joins Allison Janney in his return to television in the new comedy in MR. SUNSHINE; and the bone-chilling new CRIMINAL MINDS spin-off starring Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker. CTV has acquired the streaming rights for each of the new scripted and reality series, which join Canada’s leading television portal at CTV.ca.

In addition to confirming that TV’s #1 comedy will join CTV’s powerhouse Thursday lineup, the network confirmed that THE BIG BANG THEORY will be stripped weeknights, one full year ahead of American syndication, providing a strong launching pad at 7:30 p.m. into core prime-time.

CTV also confirmed today that the highly-anticipated original daytime series THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW premieres this Fall. The daily program joins an unprecedented seven other original Canadian prime-time series that have been ordered or renewed for the upcoming season, including the complex, unvarnished portrayal of one of history’s most infamous families in THE BORGIAS, FLASHPOINT (Season 4), THE BRIDGE (Season 2), THE LISTENER (Season 2), HICCUPS (Season 2), DAN FOR MAYOR (Season 2) and COMEDY NOW! (Season 13). The network also announced that award-winning Top 20 hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA returns with its third season on August 15 (see companion release “CTV Announces Industry-Leading 2010-2011 Canadian Television Package”).

Compared to Fall 2009, the CTV Fall 2010 lineup has been updated with more than a dozen schedule changes. While 14 of Canada’s Top 20 most-watched programs return, the Fall 2010 CTV Prime-Time Schedule has been refreshed with new programs on every night and in every timeslot from Sunday to Friday. Eighteen of the 21 hours of core prime-time in that time period are in simulcast, more than any other network.




Changes to the CTV 2010 Fall Schedule (all times ET):

Sundays: New Top 20 hit UNDERCOVER BOSS moves to 7 p.m., while CSI: MIAMI joins the Sunday night lineup at 10 p.m.

Mondays: Surging murder mystery drama CASTLE airs at 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: NO ORDINARY FAMILY joins the schedule at 8 p.m.

Wednesdays: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA moves to a new night at 8 p.m., giving way to THE DEFENDERS at the end of its season. Then, at 10 p.m., LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES joins the schedule.

Thursdays: CSI moves to 7 p.m., followed by the addition of THE BIG BANG THEORY at 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., it’s the half-hour SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA results show, which transitions into $#*! MY DAD SAYS later in the season.

Fridays: It’s an all new Friday on CTV with HUMAN TARGET at 8 p.m., CSI: NY at 9 p.m., and the addition of the new Tom Selleck crime drama series BLUE BLOODS at 10 p.m.



Returning to the CTV schedule this Fall is a long list of Canada’s most-watched programs, including GREY’S ANATOMY, CRIMINAL MINDS, AMERICAN IDOL, THE AMAZING RACE, THE MENTALIST, DANCING WITH THE STARS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LAW & ORDER: SVU, and HUMAN TARGET.

CTV is also home to television’s biggest event programming in 2010-2011, including Canada’s most-watched television broadcasts, THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® and SUPER BOWL XLV, live from Dallas. Additional big-ticket specials include THE 62nd PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE, WE DAY, and the 40th Anniversary of THE JUNO AWARDS, airing for the 10th year in a row on CTV live from Toronto.

In Daytime, CTV presents the can’t-miss final season of OPRAH, in addition to DR. PHIL and the new daytime hit DR. OZ. Joining THE CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW in late-night are THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART and THE COLBERT REPORT.

Canada’s #1 entertainment newsmagazine, ETALK, continues along with CANADA AM,





/A\ FALL 2010

The /A\ schedule is refreshed with the influx of 11 series new to the network, including three brand new shows: the romantic comedy MIKE & MOLLY about finding love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting; the coming-of-age dramatic comedy HELLCATS about a pre-law student turned cheerleader; and Maggie Q as NIKITA in a sexy and suspenseful action series. The 7-8 p.m. hour is revamped with a new early prime-time strip featuring Canada’s favourite comedy series CORNER GAS followed by ACCESS HOLLYWOOD in simulcast. Canada’s #2 drama series CRIMINAL MINDS provides a beefed up 10 p.m. strip Sunday-Wednesday and Friday.

Changes to the /A\ 2010 Fall Schedule:

Mondays: LAW & ORDER: SVU joins /A\ at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., TWO AND A HALF MEN joins /A\ in simulcast followed by new Chuck Lorre laugher MIKE & MOLLY in simulcast at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: THE BIG PICTURE features a strong lineup of hot Hollywood movies at 8 p.m.

Wednesdays: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns to /A\ at 9 p.m., followed by HELLCATS.

Thursdays: An out-of-simulcast hit on CTV, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES joins /A\ at 8 p.m. followed by new series NIKITA.

Fridays: Friday night favourite MEDIUM joins the /A\ schedule at 8 p.m. in simulcast, followed by DATELINE, also new to /A\.

Fresh and dynamic, /A\ is home to established Top 20 hits, critical favourites and big-buzz new series 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 and London 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 www.atv.ca.



CTV has acquired the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to the U.S. version of THE X FACTOR, premiering in North America on FOX and CTV in Fall, 2011, it was announced today by Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc..

Simon Cowell, who created and launched THE X FACTOR in the U.K. in 2004, will serve as both executive producer and judge on the series, which will be produced by Cowell’s Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America.

Multi BAFTA-award winning THE X FACTOR searches the country to find the next singing individual artist or group superstar.

Sold to 18 countries worldwide with a global audience of over 500 million, it is one of the top television formats in Europe, featuring guest performers such Beyonce, Lady Ga Ga and Paul McCartney, while discovering and launching the recording careers of singing artists such as Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.  Attracting more and more viewers, THE X FACTOR has increased its Season 1 audience in the UK by 80% over the past six years.

THE X FACTOR format is owned by Syco, a global music, television and film production joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.  CTV acquired the show from its global distributor, FremantleMedia Enterprises.

“Simon Cowell is The X Factor,” said Boyce. “He’s a #1 brand and a natural fit for our network. THE X FACTOR is one of the most successful series in the world right now and we’re excited to bring it to Canadians on CTV.”


Thursday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Exploring the mysterious procession that takes place every year on the plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya, the GREAT SAVANNAH RACE uses cutting-edge technology to give a reality-TV style spin on the East African wildebeest migration. With over a million animals taking part, the massive herd forms the largest concentration of mammals in the world. However, no one knows what brings them together or why they engage in this furious race across the savannah. For the first time – with the help of satellite navigation and advanced technology – scientists closely follow the great migration and monitor the progress of participants.

10:00pm – Wednesday, June 2 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Rachel Conroy’s (Amy Acker) startling disappearance evokes new fears that the Magic Man has returned to Haplin.

Wednesday June 2 at 9pm ET/PT/CT (8pm CT, 10pm MT) on Citytv

Celebrity judges Sharon Osbourne Piers Morgan and this season’s newest judge, Howie Mandel travel to Dallas, Texas, for auditions. Nick Cannon hosts this variety competition series which features a colorful array of hopeful future stars as they compete for a chance to win a $1 million prize and become the most talented act in America.

8:00pm – Wednesday, June 2 on CTV

The search continues for America’s Favourite Dancer as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE heads to Los Angeles and Chicago where SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA guest judge Stacey Tookey sits behind the judges desk for auditions.

David Hasselhoff has signed on to reprise his role on US soap The Young and the Restless.

The 57-year-old actor, best known for his beachside gallivanting on Baywatch, will return to the daytime soap in his role of Dr William ‘Snapper’ Foster.

He will feature for a week-long arc alongside his daughter Taylor Ann who is making her acting debut on the soap.

“I was so honoured to be asked back by the Bell family for a short visit to Genoa City, this time with my daughter Taylor Ann,” said Hasselhoff.

“It was surreal and felt like I never left.”

It has been nearly three decades since Hasselhoff last appeared on the soap, after featuring from 1975 to 1982.

Source: Digital Spy