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It was announced today that the highly-anticipated new SPACE/CTV Original Series THE LISTENER will now receive a special two-night, two-episode premiere, with both broadcasts strategically scheduled to follow summer’s biggest series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, on CTV. THE LISTENER now premieres Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE and at 10 p.m. ET on CTV (10 p.m. ET), immediately following a two-hour SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Episode 2 now premieres in its regular timeslot, Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE and at 10 p.m. ET on CTV, also immediately following SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Visit spacecast.com and CTV.ca to confirm local listings.

THE LISTENER is CTV Inc.’s latest original Canadian dramatic series to air on a major U.S. network in primetime. Following the SPACE/CTV/NBC North American premiere, encore episodes of THE LISTENER air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE, on demand on spacecast.com and the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, and on the go from popular online download stores.

A SPACE/CTV Original Production produced by Shaftesbury Films in association with NBC and FOX International Channels, THE LISTENER chronicles the experiences of Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, The Timekeeper, In God’s Country), as he learns to master his telepathic gift to help people in desperate need while unravelling the truth about his own mysterious past. THE LISTENER also stars Ennis Esmer (BILLABLE HOURS, Young People F*#king) as Osman “Oz” Bey; Lisa Marcos (FLASHPOINT, KEVIN HILL) as Charlie Marks; Mylène Dinh-Robic, (STARGATE ATLANTIS, DA VINCI’S INQUEST) as Olivia Fawcett; and Colm Feore (24, Changeling) as Dr. Ray Mercer.

In the Canadian preview “I’m An Adult Now” (Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE and 10 p.m. ET on CTV), Toby (Olejnik) rescues a young woman from a fiery car crash, but is then troubled by visions of her missing son.

In “Emotional Rescue” (Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE and 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV/NBC), Toby receives telepathic visions of an explosion, and is then able to save his former foster brother from an apartment fire. But with a reputation as a tweaker and cooker of crystal meth, the victim becomes the suspect.

THE LISTENER Online Experience at listener.ctv.ca allows visitors to experience the world as Toby does and “hear” people’s thoughts, see their inner-visions, and read their minds. Set in a 360 degree panoramic recreation of Toronto’s Dundas Square, the site is refreshed weekly with interactive features, online exclusive video, and previews of upcoming episodes. THE LISTENER Online Experience was created by Shaftesbury’s Digital Division Smokebomb Entertainment in conjunction with SPACE and CTV.

THE LISTENER also airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE.

Monday, June 1 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

A couple on the point of divorce keep reunite while who chasing tornadoes. Stars Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

BBC Worldwide Canada and SPACE announced today the completion of a deal for the four new specials from DOCTOR WHO, television’s longest running science fiction series and a global phenomenon, and the highly anticipated, third installment of hit spin-off series, TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH.  The deal means SPACE will have the exclusive first window to the DOCTOR WHO 2009 SPECIALS (4 x 60), the final four adventures of the tenth Time Lord David Tennant, as well as the five-part television event TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH.

The first of the 2009 specials, DOCTOR WHO: PLANET OF THE DEAD, premieres this July.  As a London red bus takes a detour to an alien world it forces the Doctor (Tennant) to work with the extraordinary Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, BIONIC WOMAN).  But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand and time is running out as the deadly Swarm gets closer.

TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH also premieres this July.  It is one epic story told over five episodes as Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) come to terms with the death of their closest friends. They are faced with their fiercest threat to date – one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiralling into danger. Special guests Peter Capaldi (In The Loop), Paul Copely (CORONATION STREET, THE BILL) and Liz May Brice (BAD GIRLS, THE BILL) join returning cast members Kai Owen and Tom Price.

Fraser Robinson, Director of Content, SPACE said: “We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with the BBC to deliver TORCHWOOD and DOCTOR WHO to audiences across Canada. These shows are a great fit for our channel and the BBC’s ongoing support of their properties makes for an ideal joint venture.”

Commenting on the deal, Hilary Read, COO BBC Worldwide Canada said: “I’m delighted that these internationally renowned brands have found the perfect home in Canada.” The deal was brokered by Rachel Goldstein-Couto at SPACE and Hilary Read and her programme sales team at BBC Worldwide Canada.

DOCTOR WHO: THE WATERS OF MARS is the second special and along with the two additional untitled specials will premiere later in 2009 and early 2010.  The writers are Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts (THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES) with Executive Producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner (TORCHWOOD, LIFE ON MARS). 

TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH is created and written by Russell T Davies with writers John Fay (CLOCKING OFF, CORONATION STREET) and James Moran.  Executive Producers are Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner.

The DOCTOR WHO specials and TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF THE EARTH are both directed by Euros Lyn, are BBC productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide Canada. 

The deal also includes DOCTOR WHO Seasons 1-4, DOCTOR WHO: RUNAWAY BRIDE and DOCTOR WHO: THE CHRISTMAS INVASION SPECIALS, which will arrive to the channel in March 2010.  The DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED special will begin its SPACE licence in April 2010. An earlier deal with SPACE gave the channel rights to the first two seasons of TORCHWOOD and the DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR special.

Sunday, May 31 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

After the death of his family, young Hannibal Lecter begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for the brutal death of his sister.  Stars Aaran Thomas, Gaspard Ulliel and Li Gong.

Friday, May 29 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Patrons locked inside of a bar are forced to fight monsters.  Stars Balthazar Getty, Henry Rollins and Navi Rawat.

Saturday, June 27 11:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT

An epic adventure pitting Batman against the wicked Penguin and mysterious feline temptress, Catwoman. Starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken.

Sunday, May 24 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Seven complete strangers with diverse personality traits are involuntarily placed in an endless Kafka-esque maze.  Directed by Vincenzo Natali and stars Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni and David Hewlett.

Saturday, May 23 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

A man decides to turn his life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling with his mother and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. Stars Simon Pegg and Kate Ashfield.

Friday, May 22 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

In an attempt to force the release of crime lord Ziro the Hutt from prison, bounty hunters seize control of the Senate building and hold its members hostage.

Monday, May 18 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT

A small group of US troops and an Egyptologist use an ancient device found in 1920s Egypt to transport themselves to a distant planet. Stars Kurt Russell and James Spader.