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9 p.m. Friday, October 26 on E!

Cameras take viewers on a journey through some of Southern California’s most exclusive and extravagant homes. Viewers have a poolside seat as David Burtka (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) reveals the trendiest lifestyle features, amenities and designs featured in A-List listings. Whether showcasing a kid’s paradise or an adult’s dream of an estate “over $40 Million,” each episode uncovers just what goes into living a dream lifestyle in a dream home.

Hello TV Watcher!

Anticipating the return of your favourite shows? CTV and /A\’s tried and true line-up of Canada’s most-watched programs are back for the official launch of the fall television season. Viewers can rejoice as the season premieres kick off another exciting season and answer the burning questions left after last season’s finales – Who is the real Peter? Which CSI gets shot? Will Izzie or George survive? Who does Mike marry? CTV and /A\ provide a guide to the fall season’s returning shows – the recaps, the cliff-hangers, and what to expect. All times ET/PT.

FRINGE – /A\

Thurs., Sept. 17
9 p.m.
RECAP: Setting the stage for the dramatic and revealing first season finale was a sudden and unexpected attack on someone with close ties to Fringe Division, the return of bioterrorist David Robert Jones (guest star Jared Harris, THE RICHES) and the inexplicable disappearance of Walter (John Noble). More about the mysterious events surrounding the trio were revealed, loyalties were tested and the elusive William Bell (guest star Leonard Nimoy, STAR TREK) was finally introduced. The cliff-hanger: Walter visits Peter’s (Canadian Joshua Jackson) grave, which begs the question – who is the real Peter? Sneak peek: Meghan Markle (‘TIL DEATH) replaces Kirk Acevedo as a junior FBI agent.

CSI: MIAMI – CTV
Mon., Sept. 21
10 p.m.
RECAP: Horatio (David Caruso) fought to save Yelina (Sofia Milos), and Delko (Adam Rodriguez) went against Calleigh’s (Emily Procter) plea and helped his dangerous father. The cliff-hanger: As Delko was helping his father escape, Calleigh unknowingly shot at the getaway car. Officers found his father, but where was Delko? Sneak peek: The new season flashes back to 1997; Eddie Cibrian (THIRD WATCH) joins the cast.

TWO AND A HALF MEN – /A\

Mon., Sept. 21
9 p.m.
RECAP: It’s all about the exes! Last season ended with Charlie (Charlie Sheen) questioning his relationship with Chelsea (guest star Jennifer Taylor, RUMOR HAS IT) when he heard that ex-flame Mia (returning guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier, SAW II, SAW IV) is back in town. Alan’s (Jon Cryer) ex-wife Judith (Marin Hinkle) went into labour and Charlie, Alan (Jon Cryer) and Herb (Ryan Stiles) had to rush her to the hospital. The cliff-hanger: No one really knows if Alan is the father of Judith’s baby. Sneak peek: Legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen makes a guest appearance in the first episode.

BIG BANG THEORY – /A\

Mon., Sept. 21
9:30 p.m.
RECAP: Penny (Kaley Cuoco) was undoubtedly surprised when Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and his friends decided to spend the summer working – at the North Pole. Can you blame the girl? The cliff-hanger: This leads us to wonder if Penny may or may not have feelings for Leonard. Sneak peek: Penny and Leonard try dating; Lewis Black (THE DAILY SHOW) guest stars in the second episode of the season.

CRIMINAL MINDS – CTV

Wed., Sept. 23
9 p.m.
RECAP: The BAU tracked a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada. After cracking the exhausting case, Agent Hotch (Thomas Gibson) returned home to find the serial killer. The cliff-hanger: There is a gunshot, but who was on the receiving end? Sneak peek: Hotch’s unexplained absence becomes apparent when the team profiles a killer who is targeting an emergency room doctor.

CSI: NEW YORK – CTV

Wed., Sept. 23
10 p.m.
RECAP: When transferring Robert Dunbrook’s (Craig T. Nelson) son from prison to court, the NYPD was ambushed by a group of professional kidnappers who killed a member of the team. The cliff-hanger: A drive-by shooter targets the mourning CSI team, but who is hit? Sneak peek: Canadian Sarah Carter (SHARK) joins the team.

GREY’S ANATOMY – CTV

Thurs., Sept. 24
9 p.m.
RECAP: After spending time with a fellow cancer patient, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) contemplated whether or not to move forward with a risky surgery, and George (T.R. Knight) delivered some stunning news that sent shockwaves through the hospital. The cliff-hanger: Izzie’s risky surgery and George’s tragic accident leave them both at death’s door…who will come back and who will perish? Perhaps neither! Sneak peek: The premiere does include a funeral…and audiences can expect it will be George, following T.R. Knight’s announcement he will not return to the show.

GHOST WHISPERER – CTV

Fri., Sept., 25
8 p.m.
RECAP: Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) worries for her unborn child when she experiences a visit from a ghost. The cliff-hanger: The Book of Changes reveals Melinda’s name and date of death – her baby’s due date. Sneak peek: The new season jumps ahead five years, so audiences will wonder if Melinda’s preschooler will inherit her psychic powers.

MEDIUM – /A\

Fri., Sept. 25
9 p.m.
RECAP: Allison (Patricia Arquette) dreamt of a future where an unfamiliar man is comforting her after the loss of her entire family. She later met the same man in her waking life while investigating a case and thus fears her awful dream will soon come true. The cliff-hanger: As the result of a stroke, Allison slipped into a coma before she could go under the knife for brain surgery. Will she wake up? Sneak peek:  Allison and her family deal with the after-effects of her surgery.

FLASHPOINT – CTV

Fri., Sept., 25
10 p.m.
RECAP: The SRU team was deployed to a hospital to end a stand-off between gang members and a man trying to protect his wounded brother. Sneak peek: Team One confronts disaster with one of its own when answering a bomb call in the downtown core. The team soon discovers it’s just the first in a wave of bombings by a mysterious eco-terrorist organization.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – CTV

Sun., Sept. 27
7 p.m.
RECAP: In the two-hour season finale Tom (Doug Savant) passes his college entrance exam and convinces Lynette (Felicity Huffman) that he should go back to school. Meanwhile, Lynette discovers she is pregnant with twins. Bree (Marcia Cross) finally gives in to Karl (Richard Burgi) and kisses him.  Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) pretty, gold-digger niece Ana (Maiara Walsh) moves in with her and Carlos (Ricardo Chavira), and Dave (Neal McDonough) tries to get his revenge on Susan (Teri Hatcher) by harming MJ (Mason Vale Cotton). The cliff hanger: The episode ends at the alter with Mike (James Denton) saying “I do” but the bride is left unknown. Sneak peek: Andrea Bowen, who plays Susan’s daughter Julie, and Jesse Metcalfe, who plays gardener John, return; Drea de Matteo (SOPRANOS) joins the cast.

PRIVATE PRACTICE – /A\

Thurs., Oct. 1
10 p.m.
RECAP: Addison (Kate Walsh) finally faced her feelings for Noah (Josh Hopkins) as Morgan (Amanda Detmer) went into labour. Oceanside Wellness could bid farewell to Naomi (Audra MacDonald) as she contemplates her future, but perhaps the biggest turn was the threat made against  Violet’s (Amy Brenneman) unborn child. The cliff-hanger: Will Violet and her baby make it? Sneak peek: Violet survives the ordeal and this season sees GREY’S ANATOMY’s Chandra Wilson guest star.

DEGRASSI: TNG – CTV

Sun. Oct. 4
7 p.m.
RECAP: Holly J (Charlotte Arnold) and Spinner (Shane Kippel) were held at gunpoint at The Dot, and Spinner was shot. Mia (Nina Dobrev) started modeling professionally and has to juggle work, school, her daughter and her boyfriend Peter (Jamie Johnston.) The cliff hanger: Will Mia be able to handle it all at once and where is Holly J’s love life headed now that her feelings for Spinner are a little more out in the open, and she’s juggling a new boy, Blue? Sneak peek: The class at Degrassi is always growing, and this season welcomes more new faces including: Landon Liboiron (WILD ROSES) as Declan, Annie Clark as Fiona, Jessica Tyler as Jenna and Jahmil French as Dave.

Building on the success of another hot summer season, /A\ continues to shine bright this fall with a gripping new primetime lineup. /A\ announced today premiere dates for the 2009 fall season, including TV’s most buzz-worthy new series: David S. Goyer’s (Batman Begins) highly-anticipated thriller FLASHFORWARD (Sept. 24), based on the novel by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer. Also heating up the schedule this season are fresh new series including mystical drama EASTWICK (Sept. 23), starring Canada’s own Paul Gross; and Ashton Kutcher’s gossip-grabbing drama THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (Sept. 16).

The /A\ schedule is still home to many of last season’s hits including dance sensation SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Sept. 9), the racy teen drama GOSSIP GIRL (Sept. 14), J.J. Abram’s breakout hit FRINGE (Sept. 17) and GREY’S ANATOMY spin-off PRIVATE PRACTICE (Oct. 1). Monday nights boast a laugh-out-loud comedy lineup including the back-to-back comedy powerhouse of Canada’s #1 comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN and this summer’s break-out hit THE BIG BANG THEORY, along with mid-season hit CASTLE (all Sept. 21). Entering its 20th season, classic drama series LAW & ORDER (Sept. 25) keeps the /A\ schedule grounded along with returning favourite mystery thriller MEDIUM (Sept. 25). A detailed list of premiere dates is included below.

Please note: all times listed are Eastern. All dates and times are subject to change.

PREMIERE DATES

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Wed. Sept. 9 8:00 p.m.

GOSSIP GIRL – Special Time
Mon. Sept. 14 9 p.m. – moves to 8 p.m. ET Sept. 21

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE **NEW** – Special Time
Wed. Sept. 16 10 p.m. – moves to 9 p.m. ET Sept. 23

FRINGE
Thurs. Sept. 17 9 p.m.

TWO AND A HALF MEN
Mon. Sept. 21 9 p.m.

BIG BANG THEORY
Mon. Sept. 21 9:30 p.m.

CASTLE
Mon. Sept. 21 10 p.m.

EASTWICK **NEW**
Wed. Sept. 23 10 p.m.

FLASHFORWARD **NEW**
Thurs. Sept. 24 8 p.m.

LAW AND ORDER
Fri. Sept. 25 8 p.m.

MEDIUM
Fri. Sept. 25 9 p.m.

PRIVATE PRACTICE
Thurs. Oct. 1 10 p.m.

THE CTV FALL 2009 PRIME-TIME SCHEDULE
All times ET. New programs are bold IN ALL CAPS. (S) = Simulcast

SUNDAYS
7 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
7:30 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
8 p.m.  THE AMAZING RACE (S)  
9 p.m.  DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (S) 
10 p.m.  COLD CASE (S)

MONDAY to FRIDAY
5 p.m.  The DR. OZ SHOW

MONDAYS
7 p.m.  ETALK
7:30 p.m.  ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (S)
8 p.m.  DANCING WITH THE STARS (S)
10 p.m.  CSI: MIAMI (S)

TUESDAYS
7 p.m.  ETALK
7:30 p.m.  ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (S)
8 p.m.  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Performance)
9 p.m.  DANCING WITH THE STARS (S)
10 p.m.  LAW AND ORDER: SVU

WEDNESDAYS
7 p.m.  ETALK
7:30 p.m.  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (Results)
8 p.m.  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (S)
9 p.m.  CRIMINAL MINDS (S)         
10 p.m.  CSI: NY (S)

THURSDAYS
7 p.m.  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
8 p.m.  CSI
9 p.m.  GREY’S ANATOMY (S)
10 p.m.  THE MENTALIST (S)

FRIDAYS
7 p.m.  ETALK
7:30 p.m.  ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (S)
8 p.m.  GHOST WHISPERER (S)
9 p.m.  SOUTHLAND (S)
10 p.m.  FLASHPOINT

SATURDAYS
7 p.m.  W-FIVE
8 p.m.  CRIME TIME (S)
9 p.m.  CRIME TIME (S)
10 p.m.  LAW AND ORDER: SVU (S)

THE FALL 2009 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE ON /A\:
All times ET. New programs are bold IN ALL CAPS. (S) = Simulcast

SUNDAYS
7 p.m.  TMZ WEEKEND
8 p.m.  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL  
9 p.m.  LAW AND ORDER: SVU
10 p.m.  SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… (Encore)

MONDAYS
7 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
7:30 p.m.  TMZ
8 p.m.  GOSSIP GIRL (S)
9 p.m.  TWO AND A HALF MEN (S)
9:30 p.m.  BIG BANG THEORY (S)
10 p.m.  CASTLE (S)

TUESDAYS
7 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
7:30 p.m.  TMZ
8 p.m.  MONK
9 p.m.  THE BIG PICTURE

WEDNESDAYS
7 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
7:30 p.m.  TMZ
8 p.m.  HANK (S)
8:30 p.m.  THE MIDDLE (S)
9 p.m.  THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (S)
10 p.m.  EASTWICK (S)

THURSDAYS
7 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
7:30 p.m.  TMZ
8 p.m.  FLASH FORWARD (S)
9 p.m.  FRINGE (S)
10 p.m.  PRIVATE PRACTICE (S)

FRIDAYS
7 p.m.  DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
7:30 p.m.  TMZ
8 p.m.  LAW AND ORDER (S)
9 p.m.  MEDIUM (S)
10 p.m.  COMEDY NOW!
10:30 p.m.  COMEDY INC.

SATURDAYS
7 p.m.  ROAD TO AVONLEA
8 p.m.  SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIE
10 p.m.  WHISTLER 

NEW CTV and /A\: PRIMETIME PROGRAMS


THE DR. OZ SHOW  (CTV)

Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, best known as the premiere health expert on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, will soon be the host of his own syndicated talk show. Co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT, THE DR. OZ SHOW will be a multi-topic, multi-segment health and wellness talk show that offers topical newsworthy information, inspiring stories, and branded elements in an upbeat and entertaining format featuring Dr. Oz’s unique point of view. THE DR. OZ SHOW will be produced from New York’s Rockefeller Center.

Cast/Host: Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Credits: EP: Emmy Award-winner Mindy Moore Borman (THE VIEW)
Production Company: Sony Pictures Television and Harpo Productions

HANK (/A\)

Executive produced by and starring Kelsey Grammer (FRASIER), Hank Pryor (Grammer) is an industry titan who suddenly finds himself out of work, almost out of money and around a wife and kids for whom he’s never made much time. Hank moves the family back to River Bend, Virginia, the small-town site of his first business success, fancying himself a corporate phoenix who will rise from the ashes. But living in a smaller house, in a smaller town, in a smaller, well, life, isn’t what Hank thought it would be. Hank’s wife Tilly (Melinda McGraw, MAD MEN) expects Hank to put aside his all-business attitude and become an actual part of the family – to be a real father to his opinionated 15-year-old daughter and odd 10-year-old son. Complicating matters is the presence of Tilly’s brother, Grady (David Koechner, Get Smart), who has always envied Hank’s success and is now delighted to be around him in his darkest hour. Despite his recent setbacks, however, Hank is confident he’s on the road back to the top.

Cast: Kelsey Grammer (FRASIER) as Hank; Melinda McGraw (MAD MEN) as Tilly; David Koechner (Get Smart) as Grady; Macey Cruthird (HOPE & FAITH) as Maddie; Ryan Wynott (The Brothers Solomon) as Henry.
Credits: EP: Emmy Award-winner and multiple Emmy Award nominee Tom Werner (The Brothers Solomon), EP: Multiple Emmy-Winner Tucker Cawley (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), EP: Kelsey Grammer (FRASIER), EP: Mike Clements (THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM)
Production Company: Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with McMonkey Inc., Grammnet Productions, Werner Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.

THE MIDDLE (/A\)

This timely comedy explores the challenges and triumphs of trying to raise a family in today’s difficult economic climate. Frankie Heck (multiple Emmy Award-winning Patricia Heaton, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND) is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero – but it sometimes seems that way, as getting her kids Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher, SONS AND DAUGHTERS) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) out the door for school every morning is a surely a super-heroic act. Middle aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humour to try to get her family through each day intact. Frankie has a job (not a career) selling cars at the town’s only surviving car dealer; her husband, Mike (Neil Flynn, SCRUBS), is a manager at the local quarry. In between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love and solid Midwestern practicality.

Cast: Multiple Emmy Award-winner Patricia Heaton (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND) as Frankie; Neil Flynn (SCRUBS) as Mike; Eden Sher (SONS AND DAUGHTERS) as Sue; Atticus Shaffer as Brick; Charlie McDermott as Axl.
Credits: EP: DeAnn Heline (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) EP: Eileen Heisler (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)  
Production Company: Warner Bros. Television

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (CTV)

Starring Toronto’s Nina Dobrev (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is based on the similarly named novels, written by LJ Smith, about two undead brothers. It’s Elena’s (Dobrev) first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen, EVERWOOD), and salvage what family they have left. The first day is already shaping up to be a struggle for Elena until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan (Paul Wesley, AMERICAN DREAMS). What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is a vampire, constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan’s dangerous older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder, LOST), shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls – and claim Elena for himself.

Cast: Nina Dobrev as (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) as Elena; Paul Wesley (AMERICAN DREAMS) as Stefan; Ian Somerhalder (LOST) as Damon; Steven R. McQueen (EVERWOOD) as Jeremy; Katerina Graham (17 Again) as Bonnie; Sara Canning as Jenna; Candice Accola as Caroline; Zach Roerig (AS THE WORLD TURNS) as Matt; Kayla Ewell (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) as Vicki; Michael Trevino as Tyler.
Credits: EP: Kevin Williamson (DAWSON’S CREEK), EP: Leslie Morgenstein (GOSSIP GIRL), EP: Bob Levy, author: L.J Smith  
Production Company: Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (/A\)
From the cutting-edge network that brought us GOSSIP GIRL and executive producer Ashton Kutcher comes a new fashionable drama that explores the catwalks and catfights that come with fleeting fame. Two teenaged models are about to discover the cut-throat world of high fashion for themselves – Raina Collins (Sara Paxton, SUMMERLAND), a stunning beauty with a secret past, and Chris Andrews (Ben Hollingsworth), a strikingly handsome Iowa farm boy. When Raina makes an unforgettable impression at a show introducing the new line from designer Zac Posen, she steals the spotlight from her friend Sonja (Mischa Barton, THE O.C.) who is desperate to reclaim her standing as the reigning supermodel after being out of the country for mysterious reasons. Sonja keeps the reasons for her disappearance from the other models and agent Claudia (Elle Macpherson, FRIENDS), who was left to cover for her while she was away. While Raina and Sonja live at the top of the fashion food chain, Chris is starting at the bottom. Raina brings Chris to the “models’ residence” where she lives along with other young hopefuls, including Marissa Delfina (Ashley Madekwe), Issac (Corbin Bleu, High School Musical) and the current alpha-male-model known as Kai (Nico Tortorella). With all the drama that comes with the industry, Chris is left to question whether he can survive in this world of dangerous excess and fleeting fame. 

Cast: Mischa Barton (THE O.C.) as Sonja; Elle Macpherson (FRIENDS) as Claudia; Ben Hollingsworth as Chris; Ashley Madekwe as Marissa; Nico Tortorella as Kai; Sara Paxton (SUMMERLAND) as Raina
Credits: EP: Ashton Kutcher (BEAUTY AND THE GEEK); EP: Mike Kelley (SWINGTOWN); EP: Carol Barbee (SWINGTOWN); EP: Karey Burke (MISS GUIDED)
Production Company: Katalyst Films in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television

EASTWICK (/A\)

Based on the John Updike novel and the Academy Award-nominated hit film The Witches of Eastwick, this comedic drama centers on three young witches, Roxie (Rebecca Romijn, UGLY BETTY), Kat (Jaime Ray Newman, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Joanna (Lindsay Price, LIPSTICK JUNGLE), whose powers are awakened when a mysterious man (Canadian Paul Gross, Men With Brooms) moves to town. The three women form an unlikely bond when a mysterious and wealthy stranger arrives on the scene and their lives take on new and magical dimensions. An old adage echoes throughout Eastwick and beyond: be careful what you wish for. With magic at play in front and behind the cameras, EASTWICK is produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning David Nutter (THE MENTALIST, WITHOUT A TRACE, THE X-FILES, BAND OF BROTHERS) who has had a record 15 pilots he’s directed picked up for full series runs.

Cast: Ashley Benson (Bring It On: In It To Win It) as Mia; Jon Bernthal (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) as Raymond; Veronica Cartwright (The Witches of Eastwick) as Bun; Jaime Ray Newman (GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Kat; Lindsay Price (LIPSTICK JUNGLE) as Joanna; Rebecca  Romijn (UGLY BETTY) as Roxie; Sara Rue (LESS THAN PERFECT) as Penny; Johann Urb (THE MOUNTAIN) as Will; Paul Gross (Men With Brooms) as Darryl
Credits: EP: Maggie Friedman (SPELLBOUND), EP: Emmy Award-winner David Nutter (THE X-FILES), Author: John Updike (The Witches of Eastwick)
Production Company: Warner Bros. Television

FLASH FORWARD (/A\)

Already generating electricity from Hollywood insiders, FLASH FORWARD is the fall season’s most buzzed about new show. Adapted from the award-winning 1999 novel Flash Forward by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer, the series stars Screen Actor’s Guild and MTV Award-winning actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), John Cho (Star Trek, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), Jack Davenport (SWINGTOWN), Sonya Walger (LOST), Courtney B. Vance (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT)  and Brian O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby). When a mysterious event causes the entire world to black out, humanity is given a glimpse into its near future and every man, woman and child is forced to come to grips with whether their destinies can be avoided or fulfilled. FLASH FORWARD includes a strong line up in front and behind the scenes with the mastermind behind Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, David S. Goyer, writing, producing and directing the pilot.

Cast: SAG and MTV Award-winner Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) as Mark Benford; John Cho (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) as Demetri Noh; Jack Davenport (SWINGTOWN) as Lloyd Simcoe; Sonya Walger (LOST) as Olivia Benford; Courtney B. Vance (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT) as Stan Wedeck; Brian O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Aaron Stark; Christine Woods as Janis Hawk; Zachary Knighton (LIFE ON A STICK) as Bryce Varley; Peyton List (AS THE WORLD TURNS) as Nicole
Credits: Director/Writer/EP: David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight); Writer/EP: Brannon Braga (24, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE); EP/Showrunner: Marc Guggenheim (ELI STONE); EP/Showrunner: Jessika Goyer; EP: Vince Gerardis; EP: Ralph Vicinanza
Production Company: ABC Studios

CTV, Canada’s #1 network, and /A\, now Canada’s third-ranked private network, revealed their Fall 2009 programming lineup and schedule today. The announcement was made by Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

“In yet another tumultuous year, we’ve remained focused on creativity,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Staying #1 requires stability, flexibility and surprise. Strategic moves last year resulted in this past season’s biggest hits, while /A\ became a destination network with remarkable growth. We remain committed to producing original Canadian programming that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best on our schedule.”

CTV will end the 2008/09 broadcast season as Canada’s #1 network among total viewers and A25-54 for the eighth consecutive year, and Canada’s #1 network among A18-49 and A18-34 for seven years running. As the result, CTV’s stable, powerhouse schedule requires little tinkering. CTV sees the addition of two new series this fall: the new health and wellness talk series THE DR. OZ SHOW, from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television, in place of GENERAL HOSPITAL, which moves to /A\; and the fashionable new Thursday-night drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, starring DEGRASSI’S Nina Dobrev.

Also coming to CTV in 2009/2010 is the eagerly anticipated Original CTV Series THE BRIDGE. Starring Aaron Douglas (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) as controversial police union head Frank Leo, THE BRIDGE is a gripping one-hour drama about police, power and politics, currently in production and set to premiere on CTV and CBS in mid-season.

/A\ blasted onto the conventional landscape this season, with audience growth of nearly 30%, to become Canada’s fourth network. Building on that momentum, /A\ sees five new programs join its surging schedule: FLASH FORWARD, this fall’s biggest buzz series; HANK and THE MIDDLE, two new comedies starring sitcom veterans Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, respectively; THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE, the new drama starring Mischa Barton that goes behind the scenes of the world of modeling; and the mystical drama EASTWICK, based on the hit movie and acclaimed novel.

With 16 of the Top 20 programs in Canada in 2008/2009, CTV and /A\ have a strong stable of proven performers, all of which return next season (save ER). Back this fall on the CTV schedule are last season’s #1 new program, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA; the #1 Canadian drama, FLASHPOINT; breakout hit THE MENTALIST, and the #1 television series overall, GREY’S ANATOMY. Top 20 hit DANCING WITH THE STARS returns to CTV while reality favourite AMERICA’S TOP MODEL comes to CTV for the first time. Also returning are an enviable list of Canada’s most-watched, Top 20 series: CRIMINAL MINDS (#4), CSI (#6), THE AMAZING RACE (#7), CSI: NEW YORK (#9), DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (#10), CSI: MIAMI (#12), and LAW & ORDER: SVU (#15), among others.

Returning to the /A\ schedule this fall are Canada’s #1 comedy, TWO AND A HALF MEN, paired with cult hit BIG BANG THEORY, as well as Canada’s #1 new imported drama, FRINGE. Also returning are proven performers MEDIUM, LAW & ORDER, GOSSIP GIRL, PRIVATE PRACTICE and CASTLE, among others.

CTV also confirmed today the first projects on its production slate for the 2010/11 season, including two, new, 13-part comedy series. Created, executive produced and written by the incomparable CORNER GAS creator and star Brent Butt, HICCUPS stars CORNER GAS’ Nancy Robertson as a children’s author with anger issues and Butt as her hapless “life coach”. DAN FOR MAYOR, from three of Canada’s most respected comedy writers and producers, Mark Farrell, Paul Mather and Kevin White, stars CORNER GAS alumnus Fred Ewanuick as a 30-something bartender who runs for mayor of his hometown.

The two new series join additional CTV Original Series entering new production cycles, including DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, FLASHPOINT, and SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…  CTV also announced today that it will premiere a new two-hour TV movie event, PARADISE CITY: DEGRASSI GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, this September.

CTV ends the season with almost double the amount of viewers in primetime than its nearest competitor, leading Global by 97%. CTV wins six out of seven nights (Sunday-Friday) among all Canadian broadcasters with total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49. At the close of its debut season, /A\’s audience is now one third larger than E! and Citytv, leading the two networks in all key ratings measures, including A18-34. /A\ delivered million-plus audiences regularly, most notably for TWO AND HALF MEN and DANCING WITH THE STARS, often winning the timeslot against other conventional networks.

Online, CTV’s digital offerings experienced incredible growth. CTVglobemedia web sites are the #1 Canadian-owned properties streaming videos online, serving five times more videos than CBC-Radio Canada sites and Canwest Digital.* CTV sites delivered almost half a billion video streams over the course of the past broadcast season.** The most watched shows on CTV.ca were, in order, GREY’S ANATOMY, GOSSIP GIRL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, DEGRASSI: TNG, PRIVATE PRACTICE, LOST, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, FLASHPOINT, ER and TWO AND A HALF MEN. New offerings for the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca for Fall 2009 will be announced soon.

About the CTV Schedule

With strength across genres and with a Top 20 hit airing every night of the week (Sunday-Friday), CTV’s 2009 Fall Schedule is designed to win every timeslot, night after night, week after week.

• CTV has found primetime in daytime with the new talk series THE DR. OZ SHOW. Hosted by best-selling author and charismatic medical authority Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, the multi-topic, multi-segment health and wellness talk show follows OPRAH, Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 14.
• Mondays see DANCING WITH THE STARS return for two-hours of appointment television, followed by Top 20 hit CSI: MIAMI, both in simulcast.
• Tuesdays is all dance all the time with return of last season’s #1 new series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, paired with the DANCING WITH THE STARS results show. LAW & ORDER: SVU returns to its Tuesday night timeslot at 10 p.m.
• Wednesdays see the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA results episode lead into AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL in simulcast at 8 p.m., followed by Top 20 hits CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NEW YORK, also both in simulcast.
• Thursdays features the all-new THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which gets its North American premiere on CTV at 7 p.m. Then, it’s the can’t-beat lineup of timeslot winner CSI, Canada’s #1 television program GREY’S ANATOMY and breakthrough hit THE MENTALIST, all in simulcast.
• Fridays see audience favourite GHOST WHISPERER kick off the night before mid-season smash SOUTHLAND and North American success FLASHPOINT head to the streets of LA and Toronto.
• Saturdays see Canada’s #1 current affairs program W-FIVE return for its record-breaking 44th season as Canada’s longest-running program of that genre.
• Sundays see the ninth season of DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION lead into three hours of simulcast, including Emmy Award-winner THE AMAZING RACE at 8 p.m., Top 10 hit DESPERATE HOUSEVIVES at 9 p.m. and Bruckheimer winner COLD CASE at 10 p.m.

‘A’ is where it’s at this winter, as the network announced today the return of viewer favourites and eagerly-awaited new series being added to the mid-season schedule. Among the exciting additions to A’s programming slate is Season 8 of Top 20 hit series DANCING WITH THE STARS, airing in simulcast Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 9. DANCING WITH THE STARS anchors an all-new Monday night line-up on ‘A’, which also features new drama series CASTLE, starring Canadian Nathan Fillion, premiering Monday, March 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Also coming to ‘A’ in the coming weeks: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning February 25), the hit series REAPER (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 3); and LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (weeknights at 12:37a.m. ET/PT beginning March 2). Visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times. See “Schedule”, below, for a night-by-night listing of programming.

“With the addition of the always popular DANCING WITH THE STARS and its just-announced entertaining new celebrity line-up, plus the highly anticipated new series CASTLE, ‘A’ continues to deliver one of the strongest conventional networks schedules in Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Joining new episodes of LOST, PRIVATE PRACTICE, ELEVENTH HOUR, and LAW & ORDER, additional highlights on A’s mid-season schedule include:

· TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES returns with new episodes Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning February 13.
· Beginning March 8, cult hit GOSSIP GIRL moves to Sundays at 8 p.m. with new episodes of MEDIUM moving to Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
· Ratings juggernaut DANCING WITH THE STARS results shows air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 17.
· New episodes of the hit comedy series SAMANTHA WHO? move to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 26.

SCHEDULE:

‘A’s midseason schedule of new and returning series unfolds as follows (all times ET/PT; visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

Sundays:
7 p.m.: AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (simulcast)
8 p.m.: GOSSIP GIRL **NEW DATE AND TIME** (pre-release)
9 p.m.: COLD CASE (simulcast)
10 p.m.: MEDIUM **NEW DATE AND TIME

Mondays:
8 p.m.: DANCING WITH THE STARS PERFORMANCE **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
10 p.m.: CASTLE **NEW SERIES** (simulcast)

Tuesdays:
8 p.m.: REAPER **NEW TO ‘A’**
9 p.m.: DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
10 p.m.: WITHOUT A TRACE (simulcast)

Wednesdays:
8 p.m.: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m.: LOST (simulcast)
10 p.m.: LAW & ORDER (simulcast)

Thursdays:
8 p.m.: NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
8:30 p.m.: SAMANTHA WHO? **NEW DATE AND TIME** (simulcast)
9 p.m.: ELEVENTH HOUR (pre-release)
10 p.m.: PRIVATE PRACTICE (simulcast)

Fridays:
8 p.m.: TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES **WINTER PREMIERE** (simulcast)
9 p.m.: SUPERNANNY (simulcast)
10 p.m.: WHISTLER (beginning Feb. 20)

Saturdays:
7 p.m.: ROAD TO AVONLEA
8 p.m.: THE BIG PICTURE
10 p.m.: COMEDY NOW!
10:30 p.m.: COMEDY INC.

Catfights on the catwalk are back in season! High stress and high stakes greet the newest group of supermodel wannabes as they try to impress high profile fashion gurus in Cycle 12 of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, premiering Wednesday, February 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ‘A’ (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Also rolling out the television runway for AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL are Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, which will also air the series beginning Saturday, February 28 at 10 p.m. ET (Star!) and Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET (FashionTelevisionChannel). With cameras capturing each moment of the rigorous modeling boot camp in Cycle 12, supermodel host and mentor Tyra Banks – along with a team of fashion industry experts – lead the 13 finalists through the competition where they learn about inner and outer beauty.

The premiere of a new season of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL comes on the heels of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL casting tour that wrapped up last week with more than a thousand runway hopefuls turning up at malls across the country. Hosted by Scarborough, Ontario, native and AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL mainstay Jay Manuel, Cycle 3 of the Gemini Award-winning CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL kicks off this spring on CTV (broadcast details to follow; visit model.ctv.ca for more info on CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL).

In AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, Banks, along with photo shoot art director Jay Manuel, and runway guru J. Alexander, mentor the participants through each of their weekly challenges. Banks leads the panel of judges, comprised of leading fashion industry experts such as supermodel Paulina Porizkova, photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert J. Alexander, who closely evaluate the progress of the models and narrow the field each week. In addition, special guest judges appear to critique the participants within his or her area of expertise.

Who will be in the running towards becoming AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL? Contestants this season include:

Allison (20), an artist from New Orleans, Louisiana
Aminat (21), a student from Union, New Jersey
Celia (25), works in designer fashion sales in Cynthiana, Kentucky
Fo (19), a student from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Isabella (19), an aspiring model from Barboursville, Virginia
Jessica (18), a student from Bradenton, Florida
Kortnie (24), a non-profit organizer from Houston, Texas
London (18), a student from Arlington, Texas
Natalie (19), a student from Palos Verdes, California
Nijah (18), an aspiring model from Rancho Cucamonga, California
Sandra (19), a student from Rockville, Maryland
Tahlia (18), a student from Phoenix, Arizona
Teyona (20), a loss prevention representative from Woodstown, New Jersey

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL chronicles the transformation of everyday young women into professional models. Each of the 13 contestants will be put through a highly-accelerated training that could lead to supermodel fame. Participants must master complicated catwalks, demonstrate intense physical fitness, execute successful fashion photo shoots and exhibit strong publicity skills all under the 24-hour-a-day surveillance of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL cameras. The winner of the competition will be managed by Elite Model Management and receive a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl. The winner will also appear on the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment, in association with Bankable Productions. Tyra Banks is the creator and executive producer along with Ken Mok (MAKING THE BAND) and Daniel Soiseth (HELL’S KITCHEN).

Chatting with dead people, seeing the future and reading minds is all in a day’s work when MEDIUM returns for a fifth bone-chilling season, Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (NBC simulcast), beginning February 2 on ‘A’ (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison DuBois, the critically-acclaimed series reveals how DuBois uses her psychic abilities to assist the district attorney’s office solve violent crimes. Starring Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette (Stigmata), who nabbed the prestigious award in 2005 for Outstanding Lead Actress in the series, MEDIUM follows this compelling wife and mother who struggles to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people.

Last season left off with Allison’s abilities being made public, putting a strain on both her family and professional life. The fifth season opens with her family’s world returning to normalcy in the wake of her psychic outing.

In the premiere episode, “Soul Survivor,” airing Monday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Allison (Patricia Arquette) tries to help Devalos (Miguel Sandoval, ALIAS) solve the recent murder of his friend’s sister. Her dreams keep pointing to the friend’s first husband, Nathan, who died in a car accident two years ago. The case takes an unexpected turn once she learns more about the woman’s current husband, Joel (guest star Max Casella, THE SOPRANOS). Meanwhile, Bridgette (Maria Lark) is sent to the principal’s office for drawing nude pictures of her art teacher.

Program Alert

It’s a Holly Jolly Lineup this December on ‘A’

Holiday movies, the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES TV-movies and all-new episodes of FRINGE, PUSHING DAISIES, ELI STONE and GOSSIP GIRL will keep viewers warm this month on ‘A’.

Holiday highlights include:

Jenny McCarthy stars in SANTA BABY (Dec. 4)
Adam Sandler’s EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS is another way to celebrate (Dec. 8)
Decorating becomes a challenge with DECK THE HALLS (Dec. 14)
Hetty King and her family ring in the holidays with AN AVONLEA CHRISTMAS (Dec. 11)
Come HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS on December 24

Programming highlights on ‘A’ include:

ELI STONE celebrates Nate’s birthday (Dec. 2)
An unexpected event shocks the Upper East Siders on GOSSIP GIRL (Dec. 7)
Oceanside Wellness faces some competition on PRIVATE PRACTICE (Dec. 10)
Revisit Green Gables with the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES TV-movies (Dec. 13)
Mozart hits a new note in MOZART DECODED (Dec. 20)
Visit the world of the MAGIC FLUTE DIARIES (Dec. 20)
Win big money on the Season 2 premiere of MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD (Dec. 21)
Catch all the drama from the start with encore episodes from Season 1 of GOSSIP GIRL (beginning Dec. 22)