GCB

10:00pm – Sunday, May 6 on CTV

When Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth) takes the GCBs down to unincorporated Juarez for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Condos for Christian Living, the GCBs find themselves in danger. Meanwhile Amanda’s (Leslie Bibb) suspicions regarding Luke (Eric Winter, THE MENTALIST) lead to a surprising discovery about Ripp (David James Elliott). Comedian Sandra Bernhard (ROSEANNE) guest stars.

10:00pm – Sunday, April 29 on CTV

When Amanda (Leslie Bibb) tries to put together an all-female barbeque team to prove a point to her daughter, she recruits the help of the GCBs for the cook-off of the year. Meanwhile, Heather (Marisol Nichols) meets an attractive butcher (Kevin Alejandro, TRUE BLOOD), Cricket (Miriam Shor) purchases stud services from Mason Massey (Grant Bowler, UGLY BETTY), Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth) becomes frustrated with Ripp (David James Elliott), and Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) tries to help Zack (Brad Beyer) with his dealership problems.

10:00pm – Sunday, April 15 on CTV

Pastor Tudor’s (Tyler Jacob Moore) rivalry with Reverend Steve (Michael Arden, OFF THE MAP) has Amanda (Leslie Bibb) taking charge of a church musical that was written by Heather (Marisol Nichols) in high school. Meanwhile, Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) takes her “Losing it with Jesus” weight loss program to the next level and recruits Gigi (Annie Potts) to help.

10:00pm – Sunday, April 8 on CTV

When Pastor Tudor (Tyler Jacob Moore) surprises the congregation with an assignment to get frisky, the GCBs take their homework seriously. Burl (Bruce Boxleitner) proposes to Gigi (Annie Potts), Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth) goes overboard with safe sex messaging, and Cricket (Miriam Shor) and Blake (Mark Deklin) interview surrogates. Meanwhile, Amanda (Leslie Bibb) accepts a job as Pastor Tudor’s assistant, and Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) finds the secret of weight loss in the bible.

9:00pm – Sunday, April 8 on CTV

When Luke (Eric Winter) convinces Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth) to take the Matron of Honor duties away from Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) and give the honor to Amanda (Leslie Bibb) for her Gone with the Wind-themed renewal of marriage vows, Sharon is out for blood. Meanwhile, Blake (Mark Deklin) surprises Cricket (Miriam Shor) with a special request.

10:00pm – Sunday, April 1 on CTV

Heather (Marisol Nichols) brings multiple GRAMMY Award-winning rock star Sheryl Crow to perform at the annual church fundraiser with a little help from her client and new love interest, Andrew (Tom Everett Scott, That Thing You Do!). However, it’s Gigi (Annie Potts) who steals the show with Burl (Bruce Boxleitner) while Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth) and Amanda (Leslie Bibb) find another reason to disagree with each other.

10:00pm – Sunday, March 25 on CTV

When Carlene’s (Kristin Chenoweth) Uncle Burl (Bruce Boxleitner, HEROES) returns to town with his wife, Bitsy (Donna Mills, NIP/TUCK), Gigi (Annie Potts) promises to throw them a homecoming party requiring guests to come dressed as their favorite Texan. Meanwhile, Pastor Tudor (Tayler Jacob Moore, SHAMELESS) counsels Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) and Zack (Brad Beyer) during their rough patch.

10:00pm – Sunday, March 18 on CTV

Things heat up when a church relationship seminar forces Amanda (Leslie Bibb) to confront her past. Heather (Marisol Nichols) sets her eyes on a new client and former high school nerd, Andrew (Tom Everett Scott, SOUTHLAND). Meanwhile, Carlene (Kristin Chenoweth) meddles in both Sharon’s (Jennifer Aspen) and Cricket’s (Miriam Shor) marriages to deflect from her own marital dissatisfaction.

You know what they say about payback: it’s a bitch.

Desperate Housewives meets Mean Girls in the highly anticipated, deliciously fun, much buzzed-about new drama, GCB, premiering Sunday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Mobile and on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Set in the heart of Dallas, Texas, GCB stars Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Emmy® and Tony Award®-winner Kristin Chenoweth (PUSHING DAISIES), Emmy® Award-nominee Annie Potts (DESIGNING WOMEN), and Canada’s David James Elliot (JAG).

From Executive Producer and creator Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias, First Wives Club), along with Darren Star (SEX AND THE CITY, MELROSE PLACE), GCB entertains the idea that you can go home again – but only if you’re ready to face the sins of your past.

The series follows Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school “mean girl,” forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Hesitant about re-entering the world of big hair, affluence, salacious gossip and Bible study, she is unsure if the good Christian women will welcome her with open arms, or stab her in the back with a stiletto. As Amanda and her teenaged kids try to adjust to their new surroundings, the ladies of the Highland Park community alternate between sympathy and scheming.

The other fabulous GCBs include former unpopular teen-turned-diva-of-Dallas Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth); the shrewd, distinguished CEO Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor, DAMAGES); the endearing, consummate housewife and mother, Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen, PARTY OF FIVE); and the self-made, always-single-but-on-the-prowl Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols, 24, NCIS: LOS ANGELES).  Amanda’s fabulously Texan mother Gigi Stopper (Annie Potts) is the societal matriarch of Dallas, one classy dame not to be crossed. Tough-yet-loving, Gigi has specific ideas about how Amanda should re-enter Dallas’ complex and terrifyingly excessive social scene.

Behind every great GCB is a great husband. In addition to Ripp Cockburn (David James Elliott), a devoted hunk to Carlene with a secret or two, the series also features Cricket’s chap Blake Reilly (Mark Deklin, HOT IN CLEVELAND), and Sharon’s Zack Peacham (Brad Beyer, SEX AND THE CITY), a good-time guy and former pro athlete. In the end, GCB begs the question: Can you go back home to a place where no one seems to have grown up?

In the series premiere (March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES on CTV), the women of Dallas are none too happy to see Amanda back in town and are about to get a major dose of PTSD. Former unpopular teen-turned-diva-of-Dallas Carlene Cockburn (Chenoweth) was tortured by Amanda in high school but has made quite the “assisted” transformation since. Then there’s Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Shor) whose boyfriend Amanda stole and later married. Fallen beauty queen Sharon Peacham (Aspen), whose chance at the Miss Teen Dallas crown was snatched away by a malicious rumor Amanda started, hasn’t really been the same since. Finally, there’s Heather Cruz (Nichols), a bit of an outsider back in high school who has now become fully inducted into this twisted little social clique of affluent, sugary, God-fearing, steely women whose bark is as bad as their bite. The GCBs who now rule the school that is Dallas society still can’t seem to let go of old grudges.

CTV announced today its mid-season schedules for CTV and CTV Two, including its latest acquisition: the much buzzed-about adventure-horror series THE RIVER, from Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli and starring Canadians Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope.

THE RIVER brings to four the number of new series set to join the CTV schedules in early 2012, following a fall season that saw CTV deliver six out of the Top 6 new series on Canadian television.

A thrilling take on a search and rescue mission in the Amazon, THE RIVER joins the highly anticipated debuts of big ticket television series SMASH, MISSING, and GCB:

· Drama of Broadway proportions sets the stage for Steven Spielberg’s musical drama SMASH (Feb. 6), starring Debra Messing (WILL & GRACE) and AMERICAN IDOL runner-up and songwriter Katharine McPhee

· Texas-sized grown up mean girls comedy-drama is unleashed in GCB (March 4), starring Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) and Kristin Chenoweth (GLEE)

· A European backdrop of intrigue sets the scene for the riveting action-drama MISSING (March 15), starring Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd.

 

“With its mix of big ticket drama, comedy, performance, competition, awards and sports, CTV’s new mid-season lineup is exactly what viewers have come to expect from Canada’s #1 network,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “These new buzzed-about series coupled with fall hits and returning favourites ensure CTV remains the destination for Canadian viewers in every timeslot, night after night, week after week.”

Propelled to new heights last season with an average audience of 2.8 million viewers by the addition of judges J.Lo and Steven Tyler, last season’s #2 series AMERICAN IDOL makes its triumphant return to CTV’s mid-season schedule with a Jan. 18 season premiere. Returning hits also includes last years break-out hit, singing sensation THE VOICE, which premieres Feb. 5 immediately following SUPER BOWL XLVI®; the 20th season of Canada’s #1 reality series THE AMAZING RACE (Feb. 19); and Season 2, Part 2 of the award-winning hit comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND (Jan. 10) with Betty White and friends.

As announced earlier this month, CTV debuts, in tandem with MuchMusic, the new original no-holds-barred relationship drama THE L.A. COMPLEX in a special super-simulcast, conventional/specialty, television premiere event (Jan. 10).

Viewers can also look forward to the return of this fall’s new hit series on CTV, including Canada’s #1 new drama ONCE UPON A TIME (Jan. 8) and the #1 new comedy WHITNEY (Jan. 10), along with PAN AM (Jan. 8), UP ALL NIGHT (Jan. 12), and GRIMM (Jan. 13). Also back is Canada’s most-watched program THE BIG BANG THEORY (Jan. 12); surging comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN (Jan. 2); Emmy-favourite MIKE & MOLLY (Jan. 2); and Canada’s #1 drama GREY’S ANATOMY (Jan. 5).

CTV’s top-rated event programming continues with The 69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® (Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. on CTV); THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. on CTV); SUPER BOWL XLVI® (Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. on CTV); THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® (Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CTV) and THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS (April 1 on CTV).

On Canada’s third-ranked private network CTV Two, the top-rated AMERICAN IDOL audition (Jan. 19) and results episodes bolsters the network’s mid-season schedule along with all-new seasons of reality favourites UNDERCOVER BOSS (Jan. 15); AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (premiere date tba) with new judge Kelly Cutrone; and SHARK TANK (Jan. 20), among others.

 

MID-SEASON 2011 PREMIERE DATES:

 

New Series Premieres:

 

Monday, Feb. 6

SMASH at 10 p.m. (CTV)

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

THE RIVER at 9 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, March 4

GCB at 10 p.m. (CTV)

 

Thursday, March 15

MISSING at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Mid-Season Premieres:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

HOT IN CLEVELAND at 8:30 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Jan. 15

UNDERCOVER BOSS at 8 p.m. (CTV Two)

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18

AMERICAN IDOL at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Thursday, Jan. 19

AMERICAN IDOL (Audition/Results) at 8 p.m. (CTV Two)

 

Friday, Jan. 20

SHARK TANK at 8 p.m. (CTV Two)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

THE VOICE at 10 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

THE AMAZING RACE at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Special Event Television:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

THE L.A. COMPLEX at 9 p.m. – Super-simulcast premiere in tandem with MuchMusic (CTV)

 

Sunday, Jan. 15

 The 69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Jan. 29

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

SUPER BOWL XLVI® at 6 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® at 8:30 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, April 1

THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS (CTV)