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Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, Content, Canwest Broadcasting officially unveiled Global’s 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule at Yorkville’s Hazelton Hotel this afternoon.

“Global is heading into the new season with our most powerful schedule in years,” said Williams. “With 16 primetime returning series – including the #1 program on television and the #1 new hit of the year – plus the fall’s most talked-about new shows, Global is Canada’s home of the new hits.”

Headlining Global’s lineup of new acquisitions is the most buzz-worthy series of the year, the long-awaited reboot of the iconic hit HAWAII FIVE-O, already dubbed THE new show of the fall by Entertainment Weekly. Hawaii Five-O stars sexy up-and-comer Alex O’Loughlin (“The Shield”) who takes on the memorable role of Detective Steve McGarrett, and Scott Caan (“Oceans 11”) who stars as Detective Daniel “Danno” Williams.

Also joining Global’s Monday lineup is the sizzling new drama LONESTAR. From the creators of Party of Five and director Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”), the series is set against the backdrop of big Texas oil. Starring character actor Jon Voight and TV’s hottest newcomer James Wolk as a charismatic con artist entangled in a web from which he can’t break free.

Global will add two new programs to Thursday nights this fall. The first is a comedy following an American who is transferred to supervise a novelty company’s new call centre in India. OUTSOURCED stars fresh-faced funny-man Ben Rappaport and centres around the hilarious culture clash between the Midwest and the East.

Also joining the Thursday schedule is LOVE BITES, an anthology series from Cindy Chupack, the Emmy® Award-winning writer-producer of Sex and the City and the production company behind box office hits Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Featuring three loosely connected stories of love, sex, marriage and dating each week, Love Bites stars Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”), Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”) and Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”) with special guest star Jennifer Love Hewitt (“The Ghost Whisperer”).

Friday nights this fall, Global will introduce its highly-anticipated, bold new Original Canadian drama series SHATTERED, starring acclaimed actor Callum Keith Rennie (“Californication,” “24”) as an unconventional homicide detective harbouring the secret of his battle with Multiple Personality Disorder.

Also on Fridays, TV legend and Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing”) returns to the screen in OUTLAW, a new legal drama from Conan O’Brien’s production company. The series follows a Supreme Court judge (Smits) who abruptly quits his high-level position to return to private practice, and use his inside knowledge of the justice system to take- on today’s biggest legal cases.

For mid-season, Global has acquired RIDE-ALONG, a smart and gritty police drama starring Jennifer Beals (“The L Word,” “Lie To Me”) as Teresa Colvin, the newly appointed Chicago Chief of Police. Determined to implement changes before city politics clog her office, Colvin learns her difficult choices have made her powerful enemies. When a murder investigation yields certain evidence pointing straight to a dirty politician, Colvin is intent on bringing him to justice and cleaning up Chicago along the way.

Returning hits include House, Glee, NCIS: LA, The Good Wife, Survivor, NCIS, Lie To Me, Bones, The Office, 90210, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad, Brothers & Sisters, 16:9 and The Celebrity Apprentice.

 

 

 

GLOBAL’S FALL 2010 PRIMETIME DAY-AT-A-GLANCE

(All times ET and subject to change. New programs in CAPS.)

Monday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  House (Season 7)

9pm                  LONESTAR (1 hour; drama)

10pm                HAWAII FIVE-O (1 hour; drama)

 

Tuesday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  Glee (Season 2)

9pm                  NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 2)

10pm                The Good Wife (Season 2)

 

Wednesday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  Survivor: Nicaragua (Season 21)

9pm                  NCIS (Season 8)

10pm                Lie To Me (Season 3)

 

Thursday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  Bones (Season 6)

9pm                  The Office (Season 7)

9:30pm             OUTSOURCED (30 min; comedy)

10pm                LOVE BITES (1 hour; comedy)

 

Friday

7pm                  Entertainment Tonight

7:30pm             Entertainment Tonight Canada

8pm                  90210 (Season 3)

9pm                  SHATTERED (1 hour; drama)

10pm                OUTLAW (1 hour; drama)

 

Saturday

7-9pm               Saturday Night Movie #1

9-11pm             Saturday Night Movie #2

 

Sunday

6:30pm             16:9 (Season 3)

7pm                  Ice Pilots: NWT (Season 1)

8pm                  The Simpsons (Season 22)

8:30pm             The Cleveland Show (Season 2)

9pm                  Family Guy (Season 9)

9:30pm             American Dad (Season 7)

10pm                Brothers & Sisters (Season 5)

Mid-season changes to the schedule will include Ride-Along Mondays at 9pm ET/PT, NCIS moving to Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT, Glee sliding in behind Survivor Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT, plus a new season of The Celebrity Apprentice Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT.

Viewers can also catch up on all their favourite new and returning primetime shows at www.GlobalTV.com. Every Global series (with the exception of The Simpsons – d’oh!) will be available for streaming following its on-air broadcast.

 

Canadian networks spent up large at the recent network upfronts in Los Angeles, bringing back a swag of new shows for the upcoming season.

Global led the buying with major reboot series Hawaii Five-0 picked up from CBS and J.J. Abrams new series Undercovers bought from Warners.

The network also picked up Fox’s Texas oil drama Lonestar, Ride-Along and Raising Hope.

Meanwhile Citytv scored NBC’s The Event, which features Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood.

CTV purchased Tom Selleck vehicle Blue Bloods as well as The Defenders, whose cast includes Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi.

The network also gained Law & Order: Los Angeles to replace the now cancelled Law & Order.

A major buy for CTV was the new William Shatner sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which is inspired by a real-life Twitter page. Also in the comedy genre, are Mike and Molly and Matthew Perry starrer Mr. Sunshine.

The networks will all announce their line-ups for the new season at the Canadian upfronts next week.

Source: Variety