General

Hot on the heels of a successful and competitive fall season, ‘A’ continues to deliver one of Canada’s strongest conventional schedules with eagerly-awaited premieres and highly-anticipated returns. Among the exciting additions to A’s programming slate is the Season 5 premiere of LOST, new to ‘A’ Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning January 21, and Season 5 of MEDIUM beginning on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET beginning February 2. The 19th season of LAW & ORDER joins the ‘A’ schedule Wednesday nights in January following LOST to deliver a one-two punch of can’t-miss programming. In addition, breakout fall hit THE MENTALIST returns with new episodes on a new date and time, beginning Tuesday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET while PRIVATE PRACTICEmoves to Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 8, both in simulcast (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). See “Schedule” below for a night-by-night listing of programming.

Building upon an incredibly successful, dynamic Fall schedule, ‘A’ is now attracting more viewers than competitors E! and Citytv. ‘A’ leads E! and Citytv nationally and in all metered markets among key demos, with dramatic growth in double and even triple digits at the expense of E! and Citytv. Among the most-watched programs for total viewers nationally on ‘A’, E! and Citytv, ‘A’ delivers seven out of the Top 10 programs including TWO AND A HALF MEN, FRINGE, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, COLD CASE, ELEVENTH HOUR and SAMANTHA WHO?.*

“The ‘A’ schedule is stronger than ever with new series enriching an already dynamic programming slate,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Bolstered by proven winners and all-new viewer favourites, this winter’s additions solidify a vibrant mid-season schedule.”

Additional highlights on A’s mid-season schedule include:

· Beginning Monday, January 5, cult favourite GOSSIP GIRL moves to Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET whileMEDIUM fans can catch a new season of the hit series on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET beginning February 2

· America’s #1 new series, THE MENTALIST, returns with new episodes in simulcast on a new day and time,Tuesday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET

· The highly-anticipated fifth season of LOST premieres Wednesday, January 21 at 9 p.m. ET

· The 19th season of LAW AND ORDER moves to the ‘A’ schedule on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET in January

· Thursday nights are chalk-full of action, mystery and drama with an all-new line up of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (returning Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.), ELEVENTH HOUR (returning Jan. 8 at 9 p.m.), and PRIVATE PRACTICE (returning Jan. 8 at 10 p.m.)

· Friday nights are family nights with WIFE SWAP (8 p.m.), SUPERNANNY (9 p.m.) and STARGATE SG-1(10 p.m.) kicking off weekend TV viewing beginning Jan. 9

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

Sundays:
7 p.m.: AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (simulcast)
8 p.m.: MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD (simulcast)
9 p.m.: COLD CASE (simulcast)
10 p.m.: MEDIUM

Mondays:
8 p.m.: GOSSIP GIRL (simulcast)
9 p.m.: PARIS HILTON’s: MY NEW BFF **NEW TO ‘A’**
10 p.m.: MEDIUM **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)

Tuesdays:
8 p.m.: COLD CASE
9 p.m.: THE MENTALIST **NEW DATE AND TIME** (simulcast)
10 p.m.: LAW & ORDER

Wednesdays:
8 p.m.: NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (simulcast)
8:30 p.m.: NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
9 p.m.: LOST **NEW TO ‘A’** (simulcast)
10 p.m.: LAW & ORDER (simulcast)

Thursdays:
8 p.m.: TERMINATOR
9 p.m.: ELEVENTH HOUR
10 p.m.: PRIVATE PRACTICE **NEW DATE AND TIME** (simulcast)

Fridays:
8 p.m.: WIFE SWAP (simulcast)
9 p.m.: SUPERNANNY (simulcast)
10 p.m.: STARGATE SG 1

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

CTV revealed a midseason schedule today starring the hottest series on television. The schedule officially kicks off the week of January 5 with a new Monday night comedy block; the move of FRINGE, one of this fall’s biggest hits, to CTV on Tuesday, January 6; and the return of the hit CTV original series FLASHPOINT on Friday, January 9. Anchoring it all is the #1 television program in the country, AMERICAN IDOL, which returns with a four-hour, two-night, eighth season premiere on Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET. New to the schedule is the legal drama RAISING THE BAR, beginning Friday, January 9 from Emmy-Award winner Steven Bochco (NYPD BLUE, HILL STREET BLUES, LA LAW) and starring Canadians Currie Graham, Gloria Reuben and Jonathan Scarfe.

Viewers can also look forward to the highly-anticipated series finales of ER on Thursday, March 12 from 9-11 p.m. ET and Canada’s #1 comedy series, CORNER GAS (date TBA). See “Schedule” below for a night-by-night listing of programming.

The announcement comes as CTV continues to chart eight of the Top 10 programs on Canadian television this fall – not only among total viewers, but among A25-54 and A18-49 as well. CTV also lays claim to Canada’s #1 program overall and #1 drama (CRIMINAL MINDS), and Canada’s #1 comedy series (CORNER GAS). CTV’s average primetime audience this fall (1.414 million) continues to distance itself from the competition, delivering nearly double the number of viewers in primetime than Global (734,000).*

“The midseason schedule picks up on the momentum of Canada’s # 1 Fall schedule with the return of Canada’s favourite series, blockbuster finales and special major events,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Additional highlights include:
THE BIG BANG THEORY as well as current Top 20 hit TWO AND A HALF MEN join CORNER GAS for a Monday night primetime lineup full of side-splitting comedy, beginning January 5
The Emmy Award-winning series THE AMAZING RACE returns for a fourteenth season on Sunday, February 15
All-new episodes from Top 10 hits CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY’S ANATOMY, CSI, CSI: MIAMI, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and LAW & ORDER: SVU
The 66th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® launch award season January 11
SUPER BOWL XLIII® kicks-off February 1
Roll out the red carpet for THE 80th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® February 22

SCHEDULE
CTV’s Midseason Schedule of new series, seasons and episodes unfolds as follows (all times ET; for complete series descriptions and timeslots, see “Addendum” below):

Sundays
7 p.m. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
7:30 p.m. DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
8 p.m. THE AMAZING RACE **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (simulcast)
10 p.m. WITHOUT A TRACE

Mondays
8 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY **RETURNING TO CTV** (simulcast)
8:30 p.m. TWO AND A HALF MEN **MOVES TO CTV FROM ‘A’**
9 p.m. TWO AND A HALF MEN **MOVES TO CTV FROM ‘A’** (simulcast)
9:30 p.m. CORNER GAS
10 p.m. CSI: MIAMI (simulcast)

Tuesdays
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m. FRINGE **MOVES TO CTV FROM ‘A’** (simulcast)
10 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (simulcast)

Wednesdays
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (simulcast)
10 p.m. CSI: NEW YORK (simulcast)

Thursdays
8 p.m. CSI
9 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (simulcast)
10 p.m. ER (simulcast)

Fridays
8 p.m. GHOST WHISPERER (simulcast)
9 p.m. FLASHPOINT ** NEW EPISODES ON CTV** (simulcast)
10 p.m. RAISING THE BAR **NEW SERIES**

Saturdays
7 p.m. W-FIVE
8 p.m. CRIME TIME
9 p.m. CRIME TIME
10 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (simulcast)

Hit programming from CTV and its specialty channels The Comedy Network and MTV are now available from the iTunes Store in Canada.

CTV programs for purchase include Canada’s most-watched comedy series, Corner Gas, international hit Degrassi: The Next Generation, critically-acclaimed series Robson Arms and Gemini Award winner Instant Star. The Comedy Network’s hit series South Park, The Sarah Silverman Program and Drawn Together are also now available along with MTV in Canada’s The Hills.

“More platforms ultimately means more viewers,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Following our initiatives in Broadband and VOD, this content on iTunes raises awareness of these great Canadian series and specialty properties to different audiences. Additionally, it allows CTV viewers to play catch up as well, delivering CTV content on their own terms.”

“I’m very excited about Corner Gas being on iTunes,” said Brent Butt, star of Corner Gas. “Initially I was excited because I thought it meant Corner Gas was going to be turned into a musical. But it turns out I was confused. The show will be available on iTunes just the way we made it, which is also awesome.”

iTunes’ CTV content will allow viewers to catch up to previously-aired episodes and purchase just-broadcast episodes the day after their television premieres.

From mentalists and money to retrograde amnesia and rock bands, A-Channel’s primetime schedule is jam-packed with new series and episodes throughout the month of November. Programming highlights include:

From the politics of pregnancy to rocky relationships, Season 1 of Notes From The Underbelly, new to A-Channel, looks at the funny side of parenting (Nov. 5)

Three contestants are eliminated and the remaining five take the stage, all vying to become the “Next Great Mentalist” on Phenomenon (Nov. 7)

Scrubs goes green in an all-new environmentally-friendly episode (Nov. 8)

Jack’s eco-friendly character “Greenzo” pushes Liz to the edge on 30 Rock (Nov. 8)

From Patrick’s extramarital affair to Karen’s cold feet, primetime’s most sinful soap, Dirty Sexy Money, delivers more Darling drama (Nov. 14)

Edie Falco (The Sopranos) guest stars as a Democratic congresswoman and Jack’s love interest on 30 Rock (Nov. 15)

Canadians invade the 2007 American Music Awards (Nov. 18)

Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch, Invasion) guest stars on Samantha Who? (Nov. 19)

Donal Logue (Knights of Prosperity) guest stars on Monk (Nov. 19)

Hot guest stars, environmentally friendly storylines and a crime crossover fill CTV’s primetime schedule, jam-packed with new episodes this November. Programming highlights include:

  • Canadian Kari Matchett (Invasion, Plague City) guest stars as a new attending in ER (Nov. 1)
  • Oprah’s trainer Bob Greene drops by Canada AM (Nov. 2)
  • Cold Case celebrates its 100th episode (Nov. 4)
  • The five-time Emmy Award-winning series The Amazing Race returns for a twelfth season (Nov. 4)
  • Canada AM’s Marci Ien sits down with Canadian musician Anne Murray (Nov. 5)
  • Canada’s Doug Hicton competes in Jeopardy’s annual Tournament of Champions (Nov. 5 – 16)
  • Seamus O’Regan hosts Canada’s most prestigious literary event, The Scotiabank Giller Prize (Nov. 7)
  • eTalk features complete coverage of The Giller Prize (Nov. 7)
  • The investigators of CSI and Without a Trace team up to solve a “crossover” case (Nov. 8 and 9)
  • Canada’s Leslie Hope (24) and Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) guest star in CSI: Miami (Nov. 12)
  • Canadian David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls) pays a visit to the Oceanside Wellness Center in Private Practice (Nov. 14)
  • Jamie Kennedy (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment) guest stars in Criminal Minds (Nov. 14)
  • Sara (Jorja Fox) bids farewell to Grissom and the CSI team (Nov. 15)
  • The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver comes to Canada AM to talk about his new show Cook with Jamie (Nov. 16)
  • The documentary Suicide Tourist, gives viewers a look at the only organization in the world that provides assisted suicides (Nov. 24)

When you’re Number 2, you’ll say anything. A misleading announcement today by Global Television failed to provide an accurate view of Canada’s fall ratings picture. In fact, CTV remains Canada’s most-watched broadcaster by a wide margin in both key selling demos and total viewers.

On Oct. 2, Global Television issued a media release regarding “Premiere Week Ratings” beginning Sept. 24, stating that “the first week of the fall TV season is now complete.” Today, Global issued another release in which they magically moved the start of “Premiere Week” seven days earlier to Sept. 17. Conveniently, that’s a week mostly full of repeat broadcasts that comes before what is generally considered the official start of the Fall TV Season on Sept. 24. Contrary to providing “a straightforward, consistent look” at the ratings as stated in today’s announcement, Global needs to get their story straight.

Additionally, Global misrepresents the complete ratings picture in Canada by continuing to ignore a key sales demo for the Canadian advertising industry, A25-54. A real look at the fall TV season, with current and up-to-date data starting Sept. 24 and representing both key selling demos, indicates that CTV remains Canada’s No. 1 broadcaster with 7 out of the Top 10 shows in both A25-54 and A18-49. Among total viewers, CTV takes 8 out of the Top 10. Far from being a “dead heat,” Canada’s so-called “ratings race” is anything but with CTV far and away the No. 1 network in the country.

The Comedy Network turns 10 years old today and embraces the future of comedy with a revolutionary change in how it delivers content to viewers. The Comedy Network announced today that it is celebrating “10 years well wasted” with a revamped website that makes www.thecomedynetwork.ca the go-to online destination for all things comedy in Canada. Starting today, visitors to the site now have access to a robust and constantly expanding catalogue of free, on-demand programming, including full episodes of their favourite shows, games and diversions to help them celebrate “10 years well wasted.”

It’s the next evolution for The Comedy Network, which became Canada’s first and only comedy channel on Oct. 17, 1997. Visitors to thecomedynetwork.ca will now be able to enjoy the following features:

Hundreds of hours of on-demand, broadband programming, previously unavailable on the website, including 12 new TV series and 17 series created exclusively for the web

Full episodes of South Park, The Sarah Silverman Program, Keys to the VIP and more!

56 new games including the hilarious new time-waster, South Park:Asskicker!

Two, new, web-only shows: Good Morning World and Lil’Bush

The full compliment of online programming currently available on Comedycentral.com, including episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, available on-demand the morning after their television broadcast

To mark the website re-launch, The Comedy Network’s newest original production, Good Morning World, will premiere online at thecomedynetwork.ca on Monday, November 12. Starring Canadian comics Peter Oldring (Blue Collar TV, Young People Fucking) and Pat Kelly (Intern Academy) as the show’s overly-tanned and big-haired hosts, Good Morning World features the worst of morning show stereotypes. Peter and Pat deliver nonsensical news stories amidst missed cues and poorly cut interviews, all from their candy-coated, 80s-style studio. Good Morning World premieres online with 5-minute webisodes each weekday. Then, a week’s worth of webisodes will be re-capped on The Comedy Network, Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning November 16.

The hugely popular animated series, Lil’ Bush, is available now at thecomedynetwork.ca. In this web-only series, American President George W. Bush is presented as an animated future president, along with his pals Lil’ Condi, Lil’ Rummy (voiced by Iggy Pop), Lil’ Cheney and Lil’ Jeb. Hiding out from Barbara and George Sr., these precocious pre-pubescents terrorize the White House and solve the world’s problems, all before bedtime. Whether he’s squaring off against schoolyard rivals like Lil’ Kim Jong Il, taking a field trip to Iraq, or becoming BFFs with Lil’ Tony Blair, Lil’ Bush and the gang are just playing politics.

Thecomedynetwork.ca will also feature 17 other series made exclusively for the web. These series are typically comprised of 5-10 episodes, with each episode ranging from 1-5 minutes in length. This includes original Comedy Network series, The Owl and the Man, starring Pat Thorton as both the owl and the man; and Tiny Hands, a live action show about the life and times of Dave Gordon, a man who has hands the size of a baby’s. Gordon is portrayed by series creator Jon Glaser, longtime writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Also part of the re-launch, thecomedynetwork.ca will now feature the full compliment of programming currently available on www.comedycentral.com, the online home of

of Comedy Central. This is the fulfillment of the broadband portion of a multi-platform content deal signed by CTV and Comedy Central earlier this year. The deal delivers the full Comedy Central library to CTV and The Comedy Network for broadcast, broadband, VOD, Mobile and more. The Comedy Network will roll-out the mobile portion of the deal at a later date.

As of noon today, Canadian visitors to Comedy Central’s website will now be redirected to thecomedynetwork.ca where they will be able to enjoy all of the Comedy Central programming they love plus a whole whack of homegrown hilarity. Thecomedynetwork.ca will now host full episodes of Comedy Central favourites such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Sarah Silverman Program, South Park, Mind of Mencia and Drawn Together. Micro-sites for Comedy Central programming such as The Daily Show’s Indecision2008.com and The Colbert Report’s ColbertNation.com will also be available via thecomedynewtork.ca.

In addition to Comedy Central programming, hilarious Comedy Network original productions, such as The Jon Dore Television Show (premiering tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy

Network!) and Keys to the VIP (one of our most-watched broadband offerings) will also be available on-demand at thecomedynetwork.ca. Additional Comedy Network original productions, such as Puppets Who Kill, will available exclusively at thecomedynetwork.ca.

The Comedy Network’s 10th Anniversary season will be filled with all the laughs, wackiness and mischief you’ve come to expect…and then some. Watch for the outrageous new original series The Jon Dore Television Show, along with a new season from everyone’s favourite potty-mouth Sarah Silverman in The Sarah Silverman Program. Additionally, there are more games of seduction from the playas in a new season of Keys to the VIP and the crew in Dog River, SK return to Corner Gas. New imports include American Body Shop, Live at Gotham and Man Stroke Woman. As well, new episodes from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park Uncensored, The Simpsons, Mind of Mencia, Surburban Shootout, The Simple Life, Drawn Together and King of The Hill will keep viewers chuckling until its time to celebrate our 11th anniversary season.

In one of the most competitive Fall seasons on record, Global Television continues to come on strong – shattering one of Canada’s long-held ratings monopolies with a month of stellar performance in the industry’s vital 18-49 demographic.

Following the first 4 weeks of the new season, the primetime Top 10 race is a dead heat for the first time in years.

Led by ratings juggernaut, “House”, Global Television has delivered 6 of Canada’s Top 10 favourite programs for the period of September 17-October 14th, capturing the attention of key media observers and opinion-makers.

A straightforward, consistent look at the numbers speaks volumes:

all 2007

Canada’s Top 10 Programs – Adults 18-49

HOUSE 1,741,000 Global

SURVIVOR: CHINA 1,283,000 Global

GREY’S ANATOMY 1,142,000 CTV

HEROES 1,129,000 Global

C.S.I. 1,018,000 CTV

FAMILY GUY 974,000 Global

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES 945,000 CTV

C.S.I. MIAMI 915,000 CTV

PRISON BREAK 856,000 Global

THE SIMPSONS 833,000 Global

RATINGS RACE ’07 HIGHLIGHTS:

Overall, Global’s 18-49 audiences have increased 17% in primetime…with CTV’s 18-49 audiences dropping 22% compared to the same time period last year (September 24-October 14).

Regionally, Global’s Top 10 performance matches national wins…

Toronto: Global-6/10, CTV-3/10, CBC-1/10
Vancouver: Global-5/10, CTV-3/10, CBC-1/10, CITY-1/10

It caused big controversy in the US and the UK – and now it is looking very likely that this new TV Channel will be hitting Canadian screens. The channel – dedicated to the under three age bracket – has been approved by the CRTC (federal regulator for TV) and Rogers Cable is currently in discussions regarding taking it on.

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