Coming off its most successful summer in years, Global is ready to launch another sizzling fall lineup. As fans prepare for television’s most exciting season, they can rest assured that Global continues with the best of primetime’s returning favourites and biggest new shows.

“There is enduring strength and stability in the Global schedule,” said Barbara Williams, EVP, Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “With 18 returning series enhanced by some of the most anticipated new hits of the season, we’re looking forward to having audiences sample our engaging lineup for themselves.”

With its robust rollout of premieres, the main spotlight on Global’s Fall 2010 schedule centers on the week of Monday, September 20. Launching with season 7 of television’s top rated medical drama House at 8pm ET/PT, loyal fans are in for a treat as House and Cuddy reach a new breakthrough with their explosive love/hate relationship.

Then Lone Star, a powerful and sexy, modern day soap set in the vast oil lands of Texas, continues Monday’s stellar lineup at 9pm ET/PT. This fall’s breakout star James Wolk portrays Robert Allen, a charismatic and brilliant schemer trying to keep his worlds from colliding when the lines begin to blur between his professional and personal lives. Oscar®-winner, Jon Voight (“National Treasure”) co-stars alongside David Keith (“CSI: Miami”) and Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”).

Finally hang ten with McGarrett and Danno on Oahu’s gorgeous North Shore as the rebooted, high octane Hawaii Five-0 follows with its big debut at 10pm ET/PT. This fall’s most anticipated new show is already making some serious waves, and includes a talented cast with the likes of Alex O’Loughlin (“The Shield”), Scott Caan (“Ocean’s 11”), Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”) and Canadian Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”).

Preceding the flurry of premiere week, Shattered, the high intensity drama officially kicks off the network’s fall schedule on Wednesday, September 1 – 10pm ET/PT. The Original series stars Callum Keith Rennie (“Californication,” “24”) as Ben Sullivan, an unconventional homicide detective harbouring the dark secret of his Multiple Personality Disorder. Rennie serves as the executive producer for Shattered, which also stars Camille Sullivan (“Da Vinci’s Inquest”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”) as Ben’s wife, Ella.

Mid-month, two reality titans are back. On September 15, Canada’s #1 series, Survivor launches its 21st season in Nicaragua on a new night: Wednesdays – 8pm ET/PT. Pitting young vs. old, the survivors will put their strength, agility and strategy to the ultimate test for the grand prize. The Apprentice returns to its original format the next night, with a special 2-hour premiere on Thursday, September 16 – 9pm ET/PT, with subsequent episodes airing at 10pm ET/PT. Trump ups the ante for season 7 as the contestants in competition for this high paying job have all been affected by the economic recession, and are battling for a second chance to play in the big league.

Plus, Outlaw, the new courtroom drama starring Emmy® Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “Dexter”) and Canadian Carly Pope (“24”) makes its debut on Friday, September 17 – 10pm ET/PT.

The excitement increases as proven performers continue to light up each night. On Tuesday, September 21, a phenomenal lineup of sophomore premieres kick off with last year’s runaway hit and #1 new comedy, Glee at 8pm ET/PT followed by a special 2-hour premiere of the fast-paced, hi-tech thrills of NCIS: LA at 9pm ET/PT.

NCIS takes on Wednesday primetime with season 8 on September 22 – 9pm ET/PT. Plus, it’s a new night for Bones as season 6 moves to Thursdays this fall beginning September 23 – 8pm ET/PT, followed by a full hour of comedy with The Office Season 7 and the all-new series Outsourced premiering at 9pm and 9:30pm ET/PT, respectively.

Animation continues to rule on Sunday nights with Global’s powerhouse lineup starting September 26 – 8 pm ET/PT with The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and Family Guy, while critically acclaimed drama Brothers & Sisters rounds out the evening at 10pm ET/PT.

Premiere month concludes on September 28 with The Good Wife Tuesdays – 10pm ET/PT. Adored by the critics and fans alike for its addictive storytelling, the series returns with a Golden Globe® in hand for Julianna Margulies and multiple Emmy nominations.

For Global’s complete NEW & RETURNING program information and primetime grid, please click on the following:


Global’s Fall 2010 Premiere Schedule At-A-Glance:



90210 SEASON 3 (CW)                                      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – 7PM ET/PT (PRE)



OUTLAW (NBC)                                             FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – 10PM ET/PT

HOUSE SEASON 7 (FOX)                                  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – 8PM ET/PT

LONE STAR (FOX)                                   MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – 9PM ET/PT

HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS)                                             MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – 10PM ET/PT

GLEE SEASON 2 (FOX)                                   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – 8PM ET/PT


NCIS SEASON 8 (CBS)                         WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – 9PM ET/PT (POST)


THE OFFICE SEASON 7 (NBC)                              THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – 9PM ET/PT

OUTSOURCED (NBC)                                  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – 9:30PM ET/PT


THE SIMPSONS SEASON 22 (FOX)                      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – 8PM ET/PT


FAMILY GUY SEASON 9 (FOX)                                     SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – 9PM ET/PT



AMERICAN DAD SEASON 7 (FOX)                                SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 – 9:30PM ET/PT


SECRET MILLIONAIRE                                                                               DATE & TIME TBC

16:9 SEASON 3 (ORIGINAL SERIES)                                                  DATE & TIME TBC


Fans can continue to catch up all their favourite shows at the day after broadcast.

Emmy-winning reality series Survivor is heading to a new location after two seasons in Samoa.

For the next two seasons the reality series will shoot in Nicaragua, on the island of San Juan del Sur.

With Survivor: Heroes Vs Villians wrapping up last night, the franchise has announced the new location and will begin shooting with a fresh line-up of contestants later this year.

The challenges that lie ahead in the small Central American country include active volcanoes and ferocious wildlife.

There are not a lot of details about as yet but host Jeff Probst has promised a bunch of new challenges and a heightened difficulty level for finding Immunity Idols after Russell Hantz managed to track them down all too easily in previous episodes.

Source: TV Squad


Canwest is expanding its industry-leading Specialty television portfolio with the launch of an all-new channel: Global Reality Channel, Canada’s first and only destination for hit reality programming 24/7.

All reality, all the time, Global Reality Channel offers viewers a one-stop destination for the most popular reality shows and franchises from around the world – from past to present – including Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice UK. Global Reality Channel launches on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

“The launch of Global Reality Channel emphasizes Canwest’s commitment to delivering top channels that Canadian viewers love, and further strengthens Canwest as a leader in Specialty television,” said Peter Viner, President, Canwest Broadcasting. “We’re thrilled to be launching this exciting new Specialty channel.”

As the second most popular television genre (after dramatic programming) and with 20 million viewers tuning in last fall*, reality programming has evident mass appeal among Canadian audiences. “Reality viewers have a voracious appetite for this type of programming and we are pleased to give them a place to discover new shows, relive their favourite moments, or enjoy earlier seasons of hit shows for the first time,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President of Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Global Reality Channel will offer viewers the best and biggest reality franchises.”

Hit-reality series confirmed for launch include new seasons of Big Brother and Apprentice UK, as well as viewer-favourite series Survivor, The Apprentice, Project Runway Canada, X-Weighted, Fear Factor, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Deal Or No Deal Canada. Global Reality Channel will give viewers the exclusive opportunity to catch the most popular reality franchises right from the very beginning.

“The first Global-branded Specialty channel, Global Reality Channel is a natural extension of the Global brand,” said Walter Levitt, Chief Marketing Officer, Canwest Broadcasting. “Global brings instant credibility and increased appeal for this new channel which, according to a study from Solutions Research Group, will instantly become a top 5 favourite for reality TV fans**. We are thrilled that Rogers has recognized the potential of the channel and joined us for this launch.”

Global Reality Channel will be available as part of the Rogers VIP package, Canada’s most popular digital programming package with over one million subscribers. Canwest is currently in discussions with other television providers and further distribution announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Global Reality Channel joins the industry leading stable of Canwest digital Specialty channels including top ranking Action, National Geographic, Showcase Diva and the recently launched DIY Network Canada. Canwest will also launch a Global Reality Channel website to coincide with the channel’s on-air launch.

It must have been those chickens getting loose but the team bonding sure had some impact on the Heroes as they scalp the villains in a first to eight sumo/bag challenge in a clean sweep.  It’s humiliating.

With such an emphatic win to the Heroes, the villains retire to camp to start the inevitable process of cutting one of their own.  Do they go with the weakest player on the team or do they get rid of one of the biggest threats?

You would think that after some of them have played this game two or three times that they would have learnt by now that unless you remove the threat, you put yourself in the difficult situation of having to deal with some very crafty and devious players later off who, like an unwanted mosquito, can be incredibly difficult to get rid of and keep turning up when you don’t want to feast on your blood.

Tribal council proves that the majority still haven’t learnt this lesson and poor old Randy is extinguished from the game.

If there’s one thing I hate watching in shows like survivor it’s seeing people who are physically strong getting hammered by the elements and the environment.  Seeing Boston Rob have a spell of unconsciousness must have sent chills through the villains camp as the reality of the environment they find themselves in impacts their very lives.  How cool must it have been though to come back from that and win the immunity challenge?

While the villains have to deal with nearly losing the very person who seems to be pulling their tribe together, the heroes seem to be falling apart.  It’s embarrassing.

For the second week in a row the Heroes get their asses handed to them at the immunity challenge because they just can’t get it together and work together as a team.  James just wants to win but first they’re going to have to sort out their various differences and stop pulling in multiple directions.

Tribal Council airs a lot of laundry. James goes on the attack and lets Stephanie know that he’s no fan of hers but Tom rallies to her defense.  It’s not pretty.

Stephanie quickly learns that James isn’t the only one who thought lowly of her as her torch is extinguished and she becomes the second person booted off the island.

survivor: Heroes vs Villains

It’s been a while since I watched a full season of Survivor and I have to admit, I’ve missed it.

What better place to pick it back up again though than with the 20th season of the hit show that has been running for ten years.  Can you believe it?

While previous Survivors have had Outwit, Outplay and Outlast as the theme for the series, Survivor: Heores vs Villains is all about Return, Revenge and Redemption.

The teams:

The Heroes:
Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper (Gabon)
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands & All Stars)
James Clement (China & Micronesia)
Colby Donaldson (The Australian Outback & All Stars)
Cirie Fields (Panama & Micronesia)
Amanda Kimmel (China & Micronesia)
Stephanie LaGrossa (Palau & Guatemala)
James ‘J.T.’ Thomas Jr (Tocantins)
Tom Westman (Palau)
Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands)

The Villains:
Tyson Apostol (Tocantins)
Randy Bailey (Gabon)
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands)
Danielle DoLorenzo (Panama)
Russel Hantz (Samoa)
Jerri Manthey (The Australian Outback & All Stars)
Rob ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano (Marquesas & All Stars)
Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands & Micronesia)
Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade (Tocantins)
Courtney Yates (China)

It was always going to be great at the first challenge.  The villains smashed the heroes, quite literally.  Stephanie came away with a dislocated shoulder which had to be popped back into place by the medics while Rupert broke a toe.  Despite all the injuries, the heroes won and walked off to find their new home with the reward of flint.  Not that it mattered for the villains who were able to start a fire anyway when Boston Rob rubbed some sticks together.

The heroes caught some chickens at camp and built their shelter and pretty much went about setting up camp as a team.

When the two tribes came together for the first immunity challenge, the Heroes took an impressive lead but quickly lost it when they weren’t able to complete the puzzle.  The villains over took them, won the challenge, effectively sending the Heroes to tribal council.

Russell was very happy to have put the heroes into the position where they had to be the villains.

At tribal council, Sugar was the first survivor to be voted off the island.


Next week looks dramatic.  Boston Rob appears to have lost consciousness as the medics are called in.  The preview saw Boston Rob’s eyes rolled back into his head.  Doesn’t look good!

What did you think of the premiere to the 20th season of Survivor?

Thursday, February 4 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

An in-depth look at some of the greatest moments in Survivor’s 10 year history. Featuring new interviews with favourite castaways and a preview of the upcoming 20th season Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains premiering next Thursday, February 11.


Outperforms Idol Nationally and In All Markets

Reality Series Renewed for Astonishing 19th and 20th Editions

TORONTO, March 2, 2009 – Broadcast television’s longest-running reality competition series lived up to its name last week as SURVIVOR outpaced American Idol in Canada, a direct reverse of ratings results south of the border. The Emmy award winning show outpaced American Idol nationally and in all demos across all markets.

A testament to the show’s performance and popularity came in last week’s announcement from CBS that they have ordered a record-setting 19th and 20th editions of the show, through 2010.

Highlights Include:

• Survivor outperformed Idol by 13% nationally Ind. 2+ and 16% in the core A18-49 demo

• In the markets, Survivor beat Idol by 27% in Toronto, 40% in Vancouver and 94% in Calgary*

• The show continues to gain new fans as last week saw an 11% increase in Toronto, a 25% increase in Vancouver and a 52% increase in Calgary*

• Survivor remains a Top 10 staple, both nationally and in all three markets for A18-49

National      Toronto       Vancovuer        Calgary

Ind.2+ A18-49 Ind.2+ A18-49 Ind.2+ A18-49 Ind.2+ A18-49


SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS Global 1,890,000 997,000 442,000 248,000 304,000 151,000 81,000 57,000

AMERICAN IDOL 8 AR CTV 1,677,000 859,000 418,000 195,000 194,000 108,000 54,000 30,000

DOC ZONE CBC 387,000 109,000 64,000 12,000 34,000 3,000 6,000 200


Before each new season of Survivor begins, many diehard fans like myself rush to to check out the new cast. And every season we see same thing: models, bartenders, actors, and the token “old people” and “crazy people”. And it always makes me wonder how many of these people legitimately apply to be on Survivor, and how many of them have agents working for them to secure their fifteen minutes of fame?

Previous castaways, such as Yul Kwon, the winner of Survivor: Cook Islands, have admitted publicly that they did not audition, that they were scouted to be on the show. Which begs the question…How much reality is actually involved in reality TV?

Over the past 18 seasons we’ve seen many models and, for some reason, an inordinate amount of bartenders who live in L.A. In other words, wannabe actors who think being on a hit TV show like Survivor will catapult them into fame and fortune. But really, when has that ever happened? Know any A-list famous ex-Survivors? As far as I know, most of them go back to their normal lives (or go to jail for not paying their taxes).

And models…what’s with the models? They’re used to starvation and back-stabbing, I suppose, but is there anything interesting about them beyond their pretty faces and watching them shrink to skin and bones before our eyes?

For whatever reason, the folks who cast Survivor think the general viewing audience wants to see a lot of cute girls bopping around in bikinis. And I’m sure some do, but how about balancing it out with real people that the audience can relate to? How about some regular old Average-Joes/Janes that want to be on the show because they think they can win, and not because they think they can get acting and/or modeling jobs from the exposure? Even Jeff probably gets tired of looking at fake boobs and fluorescently-white teeth.

And while we’re at it, how about throwing in some Canadian castaways? If anyone knows about surviving in harsh climates, it’s us, eh? If they ever do a Survivor in the snow, I hope the casting people look north. Hey, we have plenty of models and bartenders up here too.

After Tribal Council, Matty is pissed with Kenny for voting for him. Everyone still wants Matty gone next though as he’s such a physical threat. Crystal is really regretting not writing down Matty’s name on the parchment and is desperately hoping that he doesn’t win at the next immunity challenge.

Bob and Kenny talk and Kenny isn’t happy. Bob promises to give him the immunity idol if he wins it after putting him in a difficult position.

At the reward challenge, the survivors will have to be the first to throw three balls into a net after retrieving them from the other end of a swamp. Matty is easily in the lead but Bob catches him on the second throw. The girls are struggling. The final shot is a close race and Bob sneaks home. He gets to go on an adventure to a Gorilla park as well as having a meal and night in a bed. Suzie is off to Exile Island. Bob takes Kenny and Crystal with him to enjoy the reward.

They strategise over food and refreshments before showering and getting ready to go to the Gorilla Project. Bob enjoys the experience while on Exile Island, Suzie is enjoying the comforts of the Sugar Shack while Sugar and Matty are back at camp gunning for Kenny and Crystal.

Matty isn’t happy with Sugar over her decision to exclude him from the alliance for the final three. Matty knows that his neck is on the line and that unless he wins the immunity challenge then he will be packing his bags.

Crystal confronts Matty about his place in the game but Matty is confused. Sugar makes the observation that Kenny is a liar and Crystal is just a big bully. She talks to Matty and decides that it’s time to mix things up again and wants it to be Bob and Suzie with them for the final four and that Crystal will be the first to go.

The immunity challenge is is to use your hands to study a Gabon mask while being blind folded and then collect three bags of puzzle pieces and then recreate the mask. Crystal is all over the place and is in and out of her lane. Suzie ends up out of the back of the course. But for four straight challenges, Bob wins the immunity again. Now he has the predicament of honoring his word to Kenny about giving him the imumnity.

Kenny tells Crystal that if Bob gives him the necklace then they will vote him out tonight. Kenny tells Bob that he feels really nervous. Crystal tells Sugar and Matty that they’ve come up with a plan to get rid of Bob.

Sugar talks to Bob and they hatch their own plan to get rid of Crystal.

At Tribal Council, Bob doesn’t think Kenny is going home so he keeps the immunity. He’s right. Sugar gives Matty her individual immunity. Sugar looks smug as Crystal’s name comes up and she’s sent home.