A-Channel

CTV announced today the Fall 2008 schedule for CTV with the first ever cross-country, Fall 2008 Schedule for “A” (formerly A-Channel).

Here are the seven new series:

Flashpoint (CTV), the Canadian-produced series to be simulcast with CBS that follows an elite team of police as they thwart the most heinous of crimes at the moment they get out of hand.

The Listener (CTV), the Canadian-produced series airing in the U.S. on NBC and in 175 other countries, tracing the life of a young man with a very special talent – the ability to read minds.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada (CTV), the all-new Canadian version of the hit international format.

Fringe (“A”), the most talked about series for fall, a sci-fi mystery/drama from the mind of J.J. Abrams (Lost), starring Joshua Jackson; Eleventh Hour (“A”), the gripping Jerry Bruckheimer drama about what can happen when biology is placed in the wrong hands, starring Rufus Sewell.

The Mentalist (“A”), an immensely appealing procedural about a man who uses his extraordinary observational skills to solve crimes, starring Simon Baker; and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (CTV), the ground-breaking new series from Lucasfilm Animation that showcases an astonishing new look and feel to everyone’s favourite galaxy far, far away.

CTV also announced today the first projects on its development slate for the 2008/09 season, including a pilot for a new comedy series from Corner Gas creator Brent Butt.

Also announced were The Marilyn Denis Show, a daytime series starring Gemini Award winner and CHUM FM personality Marilyn Denis (for CTV), and an all-new season of Canada’s Next Top Model (for “A”).

The new projects join Spectacle, the previously announced CTV music/talk series starring Elvis Costello, currently in production and set to premiere later this year. Additional projects will be announced later.

Also returning to CTV are an enviable list of Canada’s most-watched, Top 20 series, including: CSI: Miami (#6), CSI: NY (#7), Criminal Minds (#8), Desperate Housewives (#9), CSI (#10), Amazing Race (#11), Dancing With the Stars (#12 & #13), Law & Order (#14), ER (#15), Law & Order: SVU (#16), Lost (#17) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#20). Canada’s only breakout hit from last season, Private Practice (#19), moves to “A” this fall.

CTV is also home to television’s biggest events in 2008/09, including The 81st Annual Academy Awards and Super Bowl XLIII, live from Tampa. Additional big-ticket specials include The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, The 66th Annual Golden Globes, The 2009 JUNO Awards from Vancouver, Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Original CTV movies scheduled to air in 2008/09 include Anne of Green Gables:

A New Beginning, The Terrorist Next Door, She Drives Me Crazy, Of Murder and Memory, The Bridge, The Good Times are Killing Me and Playing for Keeps (working title).

Also returning:

Corner Gas
Degrassi: The Next Generation

eTalk
Canada AM
W-FIVE
Question Period
CTV Evening News
CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson

CTV News will present a long list of new, original documentaries.

Program Alert – November 19, 2007

Additional November Programming Highlights on A-Channel

Guest stars invade A-Channel’s primetime line-up, as hot new episodes takeover the tube for the next week. Programming highlights include:

Canadian Donal Logue (Knights of Prosperity) guest stars on Monk (Nov. 19)
The “Next Great Mentalist” is revealed on the season finale of Phenomenon (Nov. 21)
Jeremy Darling goes from riches to rags in an effort to impress guest star Sofa Vergara (Knights of Prosperity) on Dirty Sexy Money (Nov. 21)

Below is a chronological listing of November 19 to 25 programming highlights. All programming is subject to change (all times ET/PT unless otherwise listed; visit A-Channel Online at achannel.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

Monday, November 19
8 p.m. – Notes From The Underbelly – “Julie and Eric’s Baby”

An ordinary trip to the mall for makeup becomes extraordinary when Julie’s water prematurely breaks, sending her into labour but not without her cosmetics in tow. While Eric rushes home from a business trip to be present for their baby’s birth, Julie enlists the help of her friends, Andrew and Lauren, who abruptly abandon their weekend getaway. Having read every book on pregnancy he could get his hands on, Andrew offers Julie some valuable, if not humorous, advice while she’s in labor. Meanwhile, a less than thrilled Cooper reluctantly agrees to capture the birth on video.

8:30 p.m. – The Big Bang Theory – “The Cooper Hofstadter Polarization”
New episode. No synopsis available.

9 p.m. – Two and a Half Men – “Shoes, Hats, Pickle Jar Lids”
Charlie tries to resist his attraction to his soon-to-be step-sister.

9:32 p.m. – Samantha Who? – “The Hypnotherapist”
Sam makes an appointment with a hypnotherapist in an effort to regain her lost memories. But her revelations lead her to conclude that Regina and Howard may not be her real parents. Meanwhile, Todd makes a shocking confession to Sam.

10 p.m. – Monk – “Mr. Monk Is Up All Night”
Monk can’t sleep, so he goes for a walk and runs into a murder. Donal Logue (Knights of Prosperity) guest stars.

Wednesday, November 21
8 p.m. – Phenomenon – SEASON FINALE

The “Next Great Mentalist” is revealed.

10 p.m. – Dirty Sexy Money – “The Country House”
Nick and Lisa are looking forward to spending their Thanksgiving holiday together, with no Darlings, until Tripp demands that Nick set up a face-to-face meeting at the family’s country house with a skeptical Simon Elder. During the visit, Letitia initiates her plan to help Karen get the man she really wants, Nick George. Meanwhile, Nick tries to stop Andrea from taking Brian’s son away from him. Patrick’s wife, Ellen, insists on meeting his transgendered mistress Carmelita and Jeremy keeps up his disguise as a poor valet on his first date with Sofa (Guest star Sofa Vergara, Knights of Prosperity).

Friday, November 23
8 p.m. – The Next Great American Band

The remaining Top 6 bands take the stage to prove they still have what it takes to earn the judges’ approval and rock America’s votes.

9 p.m. – Don’t Forget The Lyrics
We all think we know the words to popular songs, but when there’s a million dollars at stake, will contestants be able to keep singing when the music stops? Or will they be at a loss for words?

Sunday, November 25
7 p.m. – Kyle XY – “Overheard”

After he realizes he has a super sense of hearing and the ability to read lips, Kyle and Declan stake out Foss’s apartment in hopes that Kyle can hear something through the door that might shed some more light on the mystery. But what they find may be too much for the boys to comprehend and Kyle realizes that he might be in over his head.

8 p.m. – Kyle XY – “End Game”
At the height of Kyle’s search, all of his questions may be answered when his parents show up to take him home.