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.