June 2011

In an exclusive presentation at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this afternoon, Shaw Media will reveal the much anticipated 2011/12 Primetime Schedule for Global TV.

“This is an opportunity to make some strategic additions to our great programming and create an even more powerful primetime schedule,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President,Content, Shaw Media.

“We have the proven performance of established, returning favourites like Survivor and Glee, now infused with a fresh slate of new shows from across all genres such as the most anticipated fall drama Prime Suspect and several new additions to our comedy slate including How to be a Gentleman. Without a doubt, Global has the most stable – and competitive – schedule being offered to viewers this fall.”

Global viewers will be happy to see many of their favourites are returning this fall including Bones,Family Guy,Glee,The Good Wife,House,NCIS, NCIS: LA,The Office, The SimpsonsandSurvivor. By far the biggest, most dependable lineup in Canada.

Headlining Global’s lineup of new acquisitions is Prime Suspect, the must-see drama this fall from director Peter Berg (Hancock,The Kingdom) and starring actress Maria Bello (A History of Violence, ER). Inspired by the U.K. series of the same name, Prime Suspect follows Jane Timoney, the tough-as-nails police detective who doesn’t know when to quit. An outsider who has just transferred to a new, male-dominated precinct, Jane is forceful, rude and reckless but a brilliant cop. Ultimately, Jane remains focused, keeping her eye on one thing – the prime suspect.

Other new compelling dramas joining the Global slate include A Gifted Man starring Patrick Wilson (Insidious,Watchmen) as a renowned surgeon whose world is turned upside down after his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle, The King’s Speech) dies and begins offering guidance from the afterlife; The Finder, fromBones creator and Canadian Hart Hanson, is a spinoff centered on Walter Sherman, a former military policeman who can find anything; Canadian original series The Firm, based on the blockbuster feature film and best-selling novel by world-renowned author, John Grisham, continues the story of Mitchell McDeere 10 years after we last saw him; Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) returns to primetime in Ringer, a series about a woman who takes over her estranged twin sister’s identity in order to avoid jail; and finally, The 2-2,which isexecutive produced by Robert De Niro and follows six NYPD rookie cops as they learn the beat on the streets of Manhattan.

In addition, two established dramas are joining the Global schedule this fall –Harry’s Law and Parenthood. Created by David E. Kelley, Harry’s Law follows Harriet (Academy Award®winner, Kathy Bates) as she pursues her new passion in being a criminal defence lawyer while running her office out of a shoe store. The critically acclaimed Parenthood is produced by Ron Howard and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) and is based on the 1989 film of the same name. Starring Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Dax Shepard (Baby Mama), the series addresses the modern challenges of raising kids in this post-technological world.

Sure to bring the laughs this fall is one of the season’s most talked about new series, How to be a Gentleman. David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) stars as Andrew Carlson, an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has led to a life detached from modern society.When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Canadian Dave Foley, Kids in the Hall), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert (Kevin Dillon, Entourage) as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more “real man.”

That’s not all. Global is serving up five more fresh new comedies, including Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Inspired by comedian and talk-show host Chelsea Handler’s best-selling memoir, this half-hour comedy is about Chelsea Hanson (Laura Prepon, That ‘70s Show), a fresh-faced, highly opinionated, single cocktail waitress who loves to drink; animated series Allen Gregory follows Allen Gregory De Longpre (voiced by Jonah Hill, Superbad), a precocious seven-year-old who leaves the safety of his father’s homeschooling to attend elementary school with children his own age; I Hate My Teenage Daughter stars Emmy® Award winner Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) and Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls) as two best friends struggling to raise their teenage daughters; Napoleon Dynamite, based on the hit film and featuring voices from the original cast,this animated comedy continues the adventures of America’s most awesomely awkward teenager; and Happily Divorced focuses on Los Angeles florist Fran (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) as she deals with dating after finding out her realtor husband of 18 years (John Michael Higgins, Kath & Kim) is gay.

Outside the primetime lineup, Global has some key additions this fall including its newest daytime offering, The Talk. This engaging daytime program features Leah Remini (King of Queens), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne), Sharon Osbourne (America’s Got Talent), Holly Robinson Peete (For Your Love), and Julie Chen (Big Brother) all discussing family issues, current events, celebrity gossip and personal stories.Also coming to Global this fall is the always hilarious The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

 

GLOBAL’S FALL 2011 PRIMETIME DAY-AT-A-GLANCE

(All times ET and subject to change. New programs bolded and in CAPS)

 

Monday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  NCIS (Season 9 / Pre-release)

9pm                  House (Season 8 / Simulcast)                                                               

10pm                Hawaii Five-0 (Season 2 / Simulcast)

 

Tuesday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  Glee (Season 3 / Simulcast)

9pm                  NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 3 / Simulcast)

10pm                PARENTHOOD (Season 3 / Simulcast)

 

Wednesday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  Survivor: South Pacific (Season 23 / Simulcast)

9pm                  HARRY’S LAW (Season 2 / Simulcast)

10pm                Kitchen Nightmares (Season 5 / Pre-release)

 

Thursday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  The Office (Season 8 / Pre-release)

8:30pm             HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (30 mins; comedy / Simulcast)

9pm                  Bones (Season 7 / Simulcast)

10pm                PRIME SUSPECT (1 hour; drama / Simulcast)        

 

Friday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  A GIFTED MAN (1 hour; drama / Simulcast)        

9pm                  I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (30 mins; comedy / Post-release)

9:30pm            HAPPILY DIVORCED (30 mins; comedy)

10pm                RINGER (1 hour; drama)

 

Saturday

7-8pm               16:9 (Season 4)

8-9pm               RECIPE TO RICHES (1 hour; reality)

9-11pm             Movie

 

Sunday

7:30pm             The Cleveland Show (Season 3 / Simulcast)  

8pm                  The Simpsons (Season 23 / Simulcast)

8:30pm             ALLEN GREGORY (30 mins; comedy / Simulcast)

9pm                  Family Guy (Season 10 / Simulcast)

9:30pm             American Dad (Season 8 / Simulcast)

10pm                The Good Wife (Season 3 / Post-release)  

 

Midseason additions to the schedule include new series Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, The Finder, The Firm, Napoleon Dynamite andThe 2-2, as well as returning favourites Bob’s Burgers andThe Celebrity Apprentice.

Viewers can watch their favourite shows this fall at GlobalTV.com or on their Global Video App, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or on demand through cable and satellite providers across the country.

Global News is providing Torontonians with an exciting and engaging way to start their day with the launch of The Morning Show.

Featuring an all-star lineup including the much-loved Liza Fromer, The Morning Show will offer a groundbreaking departure from the typical morning news formula.

Fromer will be joined by Dave Gerry, Kris Reyes, and two cast members to be announced at a later date when they begin broadcasting live from Shaw Media’s highly accessible street-front studio currently under construction at 121 Bloor St E.

The Morning Show will air weekdays from 6-9am ET, and is slated to launch early this fall.

The Morning Show is more than just a breakfast news program that retells the same stories every half hour. It will feature a team of smart and talented broadcast veterans from different backgrounds freely engaging in unscripted, interactive conversations about the day-to-day life that reflects the topics most relevant to Torontonians. Gone is the sterile newsroom feel, the scripted dialogue and the hard-news style of presenting the day’s events used frequently by other morning news programs. Replacing this is a warm, open-concept environment conducive to organic, free-flowing conversation among the entire team.

Overseen by legendary producer Bud Pierce, The Morning Show will also challenge traditional morning show conventions by actively incorporating social media tools into all aspects of the cast, giving viewers the opportunity to participate in conversations as they occur on set. In this regard, The Morning Show will be much more active and engaging than any other morning show in the Toronto market. 

“With The Morning Show, Global Toronto is delivering a product that will completely re-energize morning news in this market,” said Ward Smith, Global Toronto News Director and Station Manager. “Our on-air team is fantastic, and we believe the chemistry that exists within this team combined with our groundbreaking new format will give viewers a completely unique viewing experience.”

 

The Morning Show team is as follows:

Liza Fromer: Host – Fromer brings her wit and charm back to morning television after leaving Breakfast Television for a five-year hiatus. Fromer’s light-hearted, yet straightforward approach makes her the perfect fit with The Morning Show’s unprecedented conversational style.

Dave Gerry: Co-Host – As a former reporter, host and co-host, Gerry is an award-winning Canadian television and radio journalist with many years of broadcast experience. Gerry’s quick-witted personality and veteran broadcast stature provides The Morning Show with a co-host perfectly in tune with the show’s unique conversational style.

Kris Reyes: News Anchor – Reyes brings a passion for news and a wealth of experience to Global. A self-described news junkie and consumer of social media outlets, Reyes’ experience will help her accurately deliver the news, then engage in conversation with The Morning Show’s team and viewers alike.

 

The announcement of Global Toronto’s new morning show is the latest in a series of plans to revitalize and reinvigorate morning show programming in several markets across the Global network. The launch of these new morning shows represents Global News’ ongoing dedication to providing viewers with the most interesting, insightful and informative news programming possible, around the clock. New morning shows will appear in the following markets:

 

Global Maritimes 6-8:30am AT – Weekdays (launching late-November)

Global Winnipeg 6-9:00am CT – Weekdays (launching mid-September)

Global Regina 6:30-8:30am CT – Weekdays (launching late-August)

Global Saskatoon 6:30-8:30am CT – Weekdays (launching mid-September)

 

In addition, Global Edmonton and Global Calgary will both be expanding their current morning shows to seven days-a-week with the inclusion of Sundays, running from 7-10am MT beginning this September in both markets.

“With the launch of these new morning shows, Global News is capitalizing on an opportunity to strengthen our relevance and immediacy to local TV viewers.” said Troy Reeb, Vice President, News for Shaw Media. “As we expand our footprint nationally over the coming months, Canadians will be given the opportunity to experience an even greater selection of Global News content created by our award-winning team of reporters and producers.”

Global News is also preparing to launch an all-new and original Sunday morning current affairs and political program, The West Block (working title). Slated to begin this September live from Ottawa, this new program will feature an expert panel of political experts discussing the issues making headlines from our nation’s capital. Additional information regarding Global News’ new program will be made available in the coming months.

CMT Canada pays tribute to country music’s hottest stars on Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the 2011 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kid Rock and broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The fan-voted awards show honouring the best videos in country music celebrates its 10th anniversary and will feature a star-studded slate of performances from musical acts including Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan. Kid Rock will also perform a duet with Sheryl Crow.

On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET/8 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT, fans can catch the CMT Music Awards Nominee Weekend – a special video flow featuring all this year’s nominees. Award categories include Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, Group Video of the Year, Duo Video of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year and the newly introduced Web Video of the Year.