Hiccups

8:00pm – Monday, June 28 on CTV

Millie (Nancy Robertson) is not happy about being nominated for an award and Joyce (Laura Soltis) gets a lesson on social skills from Taylor (David Ingram).

8:00pm – Monday, June 21 on CTV

Stan’s (Brent Butt) dream analysis idea backfires with Millie (Nancy Robertson) and Taylor’s (David Ingram) new talent agency doesn’t sit well with Joyce (Laura Soltis) or Crystal (Emily Perkins).

8:00pm – Monday, June 14 on CTV

Millie (Nancy Robertson) and Stan (Brent Butt) go to great lengths to track down a young autograph seeker while Joyce (Laura Soltis), Anna (Paula Rivera) and Crystal (Emily Perkins) team up to mess with Taylor’s (David Ingram) head at the office.

8:00pm – Monday, June 7 on CTV

Millie (Nancy Robertson) is jealous of Stan’s (Brent Butt) new client and Crystal (Emily Perkins) tries to sabotage Anna’s (Paula Rivera) opportunity to become “the dirty duchess”.

Following one of its most successful seasons ever for original Canadian programming, CTV unveiled today its 2010-2011 Canadian television package.

The network has renewed its entire scripted slate of five original series, ordered a new daytime series, and confirmed the premiere date for its award-winning Top 20 hit dance competition series.

Delivering more viewers to Canadian programming than any other network, the roster of original programming totals nearly 100 hours of prime-time Canadian programming on CTV alone during the 2010-2011 season.

“In a challenging year, the creativity didn’t stop at CTV,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Never before have we had such a strong slate of original programming in all genres, making it an easy decision to renew. We are excited to be working with Bob Greenblatt on the provocative new drama THE BORGIAS and can’t wait to welcome Marilyn Denis back to television with her new daytime series.”

With the majority of the original productions due to go into production this summer, CTV’s original series will premiere throughout the network’s 52-week schedule in 2010/2011. However, CTV confirmed today THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, a new daytime series starring Gemini Award-winner and CHUM FM personality Marilyn Denis, premieres this fall. The series airs daily at 10 a.m. following LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY and prior to THE VIEW, providing an uninterrupted flow of live programming on CTV each day from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“I am so happy that people are finally going to stop asking when we’re going to be back on TV,” said Denis. “We’re back this fall! It’s going to be a show about life and fun and friends and we can’t wait to get started.”

Also new this season is the international co-production THE BORGIAS, powered by some of Canada’s most accomplished creative talent, including director Jeremy Podeswa, director of photography Paul Sarossy, and production designer François Seguin. Colm Feore co-stars as Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere while hot, young Quebec star François Arnaud (I Killed My Mother) plays Cesare Borgia, Rodrigo Borgia’s (Jeremy Irons) ruthless son.

CTV also confirmed today that its Gemini Award-winning dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA returns for its third season August 15. A Top 15 hit for Females 18-34 last fall, DANCE CANADA increased upon its Season 1 audience by 11% and won its timeslot in female demos in Season 2. Additionally, CTV’s award-winning stand-up comedy showcase COMEDY NOW! returns for an incredible 13th season.

Original Scripted Series Ordered by CTV:

FLASHPOINT (Season 4) – Canada’s most-watched original drama, which was a Top 20 hit out of simulcast last fall averaging 1.8 million viewers and consistently ranking as the most-watched program every Friday night. Season 4 has been ordered in advance of the Season 3 broadcast.

THE BRIDGE (Season 2) – Canada’s #1 new Canadian drama series, which finished its first season with an average audience of one million viewers.

HICCUPS and DAN FOR MAYOR (Season 2) – The #1 and #2 new comedies of the year, Canadian or American, have almost doubled the average audience of MODERN FAMILY.

THE LISTENER (Season 2) – Currently in pre-production, the international hit series premiered to more than one million viewers last summer.

Also to note, the international phenomenon DEGRASSI moves to MuchMusic for a 10th season incredible season, featuring 48 all-new episodes; SPACE premieres its new scripted flagship horror-comedy series TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL; and MuchMore debuts its new heavy metal documentary series METAL EVOLUTION: THE SERIES.

Meanwhile, CTV’s award-winning specials continue in 2010/2011. Returning for its 10th anniversary broadcast on CTV is THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, celebrating its 40th Anniversary live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Honouring Canadian literature, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE returns in November, while CTV once again broadcasts Free The Children’s WE DAY events in Toronto and Vancouver.

CTV also confirmed that Canada’s #1 Canadian entertainment program, ETALK, returns for its 9th season, while Canada’s #1 current affairs program, W5 returns for its record-breaking 45th anniversary season.

 

Building on exceptional year over year growth, CTV.ca has marked new highs in online video viewership in the 2009/2010 broadcast year.

Overall, CTV.ca has served up more than 138.7 million video views, up 55.5% over last season.

Once again, CTV.ca sees more video viewers than any other Canadian broadcaster.

Online ratings winners this season include THE AMAZING RACE with 54% more streams than last season, GREY’S ANATOMY with 33.3%, and the final season of LOST, which saw a 53% increase year over year.**

“Last year, this summer, and always, CTV.ca has the best shows from the television schedule in the Video Player, supported by an interactive and increasingly community focused interface,” said Alon Marcovici, Vice-President of Digital Media, CTV Inc. “By extending the broadcast experience, adding layers and depth to the user interface, CTV.ca has built a strong and growing online audience.”

CTV.ca contains a wealth of full-length video, ranging from hit primetime fare such as THE MENTALIST, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, DAN FOR MAYOR, HICCUPS and THE BRIDGE, to late-night programming like THE COLBERT REPORT and THE DAILY SHOW. Plus, fans can catch up on informative and entertaining daytime shows like DR. OZ, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and ALL MY CHILDREN. In total, more than 14,000 hours of on-demand content is available on the CTV Video Player.

Other video highlights from the 2009-2010 season include the live and on demand streaming of key Canadian cultural and humanitarian events, for example: WE DAY Vancouver and Toronto; select conversations from the 2009 VANCOUVER PEACE SUMMIT: Dialogues with Nobel Laureates with His Holiness The Dalai Lama; THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE award ceremony; and the CANADA FOR HAITI benefit telethon.

CTVglobemedia delivers more online video than all competitors combined, and three times more than its closest competitor.*

 

8:00pm – Monday, April 26 on CTV

Millie’s (Nancy Robertson) anniversary gift puts Stan (Brent Butt) and Anna (Paula Rivera) at odds with each other, while Taylor (David Ingram) and Joyce (Laura Soltis) try to quietly take on a case of copyright infringement.

8:00pm – Monday, April 19 on CTV

Crystal (Emily Perkins) redecorates Millie’s (Nancy Robertson) condo, while Millie and Taylor (David Ingram) try and beat her neighbour at his own game. Stan (Brent Butt) tries to prove his abilities to a suddenly skeptical Joyce (Laura Soltis).

CTV, in association with The Comedy Network and Sparrow Media, announced today that principal photography is underway on the original comedy series, HICCUPS, in Vancouver, BC. From the star and mastermind behind CTV’s hit comedy CORNER GAS, Brent Butt returns to helm his latest project as creator, writer, executive producer and co-star. The 13-part, half-hour series stars the hilarious Nancy Robertson (CORNER GAS) as the lead character and will continue production through November. HICCUPS is the second CTV/The Comedy Network comedy series to begin production this month, the first being DAN FOR MAYOR, starring Fred Ewanuick (CORNER GAS, ROBSON ARMS).

In HICCUPS, Robertson plays the role of Millie Upton, a children’s author with anger management issues and other emotional “hiccups”, who seeks guidance from less-than-qualified life coach Stan Dirko (Brent Butt). It’s a case of the lost leading the lost, with the best of intentions and very little chance of success, which is a recipe for hilarity.  The series regulars include Laura Soltis (THE GUARD), David Ingram (SMALLVILLE), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps) and Paula Rivera (FLASHPOINT).

Millie is a wildly successful children’s author but socially unpredictable, prone to sudden outbursts of laughter, sadness, or rage, traits that her publisher Joyce (Soltis) tries unsuccessfully to keep under wraps. Her slick but useless agent (Ingram) is in way over his head, while Crystal (Perkins), the highly opinionated young slacker receptionist at Haddison House, doesn’t do much for the publishing company’s image. The good hearted Stan just wants to help people, while his wide-eyed and slightly confused wife Anna (Rivera) does her best to support his impractical dream of spontaneously becoming a life coach.

With production just wrapped on the sixth and final season of Corner Gas (premiering Oct. 13), CTV and The Comedy Network announced today that it has commissioned a pilot for a new scripted half-hour original comedy series from Brent Butt. The star, creator and executive producer of Canada’s No. 1 comedy series, Butt moves behind-the-scenes to helm his latest project, Hiccups, which begins shooting in Vancouver later this month. The pilot episode stars the hilarious Nancy Robertson, who plays Wanda Dollard on Corner Gas.

In Hiccups, Robertson plays Millie Upton, a children’s author with anger issues. Her emotional quirks contribute to her success as an author, but make living in the real world with actual people a bit of a challenge. Though she’s generally an upbeat and happy person, Millie often experiences “hiccups” – raging episodes, fits of depression or euphoric highs – at the drop of a hat. After finally being convinced that she needs help, Millie impulsively enlists the aid of a life coach, Stan Dirko. It’s just unfortunate that Stan has no training or credentials. Millie and Stan are like the lost leading the lost, with the best of intentions, and little success.

“There’s no rest for the hilarious,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “We wanted to make sure Brent got right back to work. Fan-favourite Nancy Robertson promises to sparkle as Millie Upton. We can’t wait to see what these two come up with.”

“It’s hugely satisfying to continue my relationship with CTV and The Comedy Network,” said Butt. “The past six years have been like some kind of dream, so I am thrilled to get the opportunity to create something new.”

The pilot for Hiccups is produced by Sparrow Media in association with CTV and The Comedy Network. Brent Butt is creator, writer, show runner and executive producer. Executive producers are Laura Lightbown (DaVinci’s Inquest, Intelligence) and David Storey (Corner Gas); Storey also directs the pilot.

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