The River

9:00pm – Tuesday, March 20 on CTV

With a course now plotted for their final destination, the Magus crew suddenly finds itself in complete chaos when a member of their own is shot dead, leading Jahel (Paulina Gaitan) to take matters into her own hands. The crew’s quest is threatened further by the unknown killer, as the situation continues to spiral out of control.

9:00pm – Tuesday, March 13 on CTV

While searching through an abandoned research facility following clues that suggest Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) may still be alive, The Magus crew find themselves in a dilemma as they are stalked by a cannibalistic terror.

9:00pm – Tuesday, March 6 on CTV

The Magus crew continues their trek to the Sahte Falls where they discover clues in Emmet’s (Bruce Greenwood) camera bag leading them deeper into the Amazon. Meanwhile, Lena (Eloise Mumford) reveals a secret she’s been carrying to a fellow crew member.

9:00pm – Tuesday, February 21 on CTV

As the search continues for Emmet (Bruce Greenwood) and his crew, the Magus comes across one of Emmet’s missing crew members. They soon discover that he’s been cursed and learn the mystical story behind the curse, which becomes a matter of life and death.

9:00pm – Tuesday, February 14 on CTV

With the exception of AJ (Shaun Parkes), everyone aboard the Magus goes blind due to spores from a tree. AJ must overcome his most paralyzing fear to find a cure before the blindness becomes permanent. Meanwhile, the local Morcego tribe stalks the crew and judges whether they are worthy to stay in the jungle. If they are deemed unworthy, the consequences could be fatal.

9:00pm – Tuesday, February 7 on CTV

In the exciting series premiere of paranormal thriller THE RIVER, Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), beloved adventurer and television personality, goes missing in the Amazon. Six months later, the search is called off and Dr. Cole is presumed dead. However, his wife Tess (Leslie Hope) and son Lincoln (Joe Anderson) have reason to believe he is still alive. To fund the rescue, Tess and Lincoln agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. A crew is gathered to continue the search and is faced with having to solve horrifying and haunting mysteries.

Warning: what viewers are about to witness is downright terrifying. Starring Canadians Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope and executive produced and written by Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli, paranormal thriller series THE RIVER debuts with a special two-hour series premiere, Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on CTV and CTV Mobile on Bell Mobile TV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The eight-part series’ mind-blowing scare tactics and disturbing scenes are unlike anything previously created for network television.

Shot in the raw visual style of a hand-held-camera, THE RIVER is expertly-crafted to rattle viewers to the core. The heavily buzzed-about series follows the story of world famous wildlife expert and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Quebec-native Bruce Greenwood, Star Trek) after he goes missing deep in the Amazon. THE RIVER airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

“Family drama, reality show type twists, or straight-up horror – no matter what you’re looking for, THE RIVER has enough of it to grab viewers at every turn,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “A mind-altering, edge-of-your seat paranormal thriller, THE RIVER will not disappoint.”

In THE RIVER, famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months later, and at the urging of his mother, Tess (Halifax-native Leslie Hope, 24), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father when his emergency beacon suddenly and mysteriously goes off. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne, LIPSTICK JUNGLE), film the mission documentary-style.

A mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances join the search for Emmet. The team includes the alluring and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford, LONE STAR), whose father also disappeared as part of Dr. Cole’s crew,  and loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa, RESURRECTION BLVD) who was oddly left behind for the ill-fated voyage. Also amongst the travelers are lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann, King Kong), camera operator Andreus Jude “A.J.” Poulain (Shaun Parkes, The Mummy Returns), and Emilio’s curious daughter Jahel Valenzuela (up-and-comer Paulina Gaitán, Sin Nombre).

In the two hour series premiere (Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), after a fruitless search for missing adventurer and television personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) comes up empty, his family and friends abandon hope and hold a memorial service to commemorate his amazing life. His grieving wife, Tess (Leslie Hope), reluctantly tries to face the reality that her husband is gone, while her son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), is more than ready to bury his past. Six months later, Emmet’s location beacon mysteriously begins to relay a signal from deep inside the Amazon. Tess persuades Lincoln to join her and Emmet’s film crew on a journey through the jungle to find him, a journey on which horrifying and almost mythical events will push them to their limits.

New episodes of THE RIVER will also be available the day following their CTV television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, on the CTV iPad App, and on Bell Mobile TV featuring CTV Mobile.

CTV announced today its mid-season schedules for CTV and CTV Two, including its latest acquisition: the much buzzed-about adventure-horror series THE RIVER, from Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli and starring Canadians Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope.

THE RIVER brings to four the number of new series set to join the CTV schedules in early 2012, following a fall season that saw CTV deliver six out of the Top 6 new series on Canadian television.

A thrilling take on a search and rescue mission in the Amazon, THE RIVER joins the highly anticipated debuts of big ticket television series SMASH, MISSING, and GCB:

· Drama of Broadway proportions sets the stage for Steven Spielberg’s musical drama SMASH (Feb. 6), starring Debra Messing (WILL & GRACE) and AMERICAN IDOL runner-up and songwriter Katharine McPhee

· Texas-sized grown up mean girls comedy-drama is unleashed in GCB (March 4), starring Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) and Kristin Chenoweth (GLEE)

· A European backdrop of intrigue sets the scene for the riveting action-drama MISSING (March 15), starring Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd.

 

“With its mix of big ticket drama, comedy, performance, competition, awards and sports, CTV’s new mid-season lineup is exactly what viewers have come to expect from Canada’s #1 network,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “These new buzzed-about series coupled with fall hits and returning favourites ensure CTV remains the destination for Canadian viewers in every timeslot, night after night, week after week.”

Propelled to new heights last season with an average audience of 2.8 million viewers by the addition of judges J.Lo and Steven Tyler, last season’s #2 series AMERICAN IDOL makes its triumphant return to CTV’s mid-season schedule with a Jan. 18 season premiere. Returning hits also includes last years break-out hit, singing sensation THE VOICE, which premieres Feb. 5 immediately following SUPER BOWL XLVI®; the 20th season of Canada’s #1 reality series THE AMAZING RACE (Feb. 19); and Season 2, Part 2 of the award-winning hit comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND (Jan. 10) with Betty White and friends.

As announced earlier this month, CTV debuts, in tandem with MuchMusic, the new original no-holds-barred relationship drama THE L.A. COMPLEX in a special super-simulcast, conventional/specialty, television premiere event (Jan. 10).

Viewers can also look forward to the return of this fall’s new hit series on CTV, including Canada’s #1 new drama ONCE UPON A TIME (Jan. 8) and the #1 new comedy WHITNEY (Jan. 10), along with PAN AM (Jan. 8), UP ALL NIGHT (Jan. 12), and GRIMM (Jan. 13). Also back is Canada’s most-watched program THE BIG BANG THEORY (Jan. 12); surging comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN (Jan. 2); Emmy-favourite MIKE & MOLLY (Jan. 2); and Canada’s #1 drama GREY’S ANATOMY (Jan. 5).

CTV’s top-rated event programming continues with The 69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® (Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. on CTV); THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. on CTV); SUPER BOWL XLVI® (Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. on CTV); THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® (Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CTV) and THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS (April 1 on CTV).

On Canada’s third-ranked private network CTV Two, the top-rated AMERICAN IDOL audition (Jan. 19) and results episodes bolsters the network’s mid-season schedule along with all-new seasons of reality favourites UNDERCOVER BOSS (Jan. 15); AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (premiere date tba) with new judge Kelly Cutrone; and SHARK TANK (Jan. 20), among others.

 

MID-SEASON 2011 PREMIERE DATES:

 

New Series Premieres:

 

Monday, Feb. 6

SMASH at 10 p.m. (CTV)

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

THE RIVER at 9 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, March 4

GCB at 10 p.m. (CTV)

 

Thursday, March 15

MISSING at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Mid-Season Premieres:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

HOT IN CLEVELAND at 8:30 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Jan. 15

UNDERCOVER BOSS at 8 p.m. (CTV Two)

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18

AMERICAN IDOL at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Thursday, Jan. 19

AMERICAN IDOL (Audition/Results) at 8 p.m. (CTV Two)

 

Friday, Jan. 20

SHARK TANK at 8 p.m. (CTV Two)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

THE VOICE at 10 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

THE AMAZING RACE at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Special Event Television:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

THE L.A. COMPLEX at 9 p.m. – Super-simulcast premiere in tandem with MuchMusic (CTV)

 

Sunday, Jan. 15

 The 69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Jan. 29

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON at 8 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

SUPER BOWL XLVI® at 6 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® at 8:30 p.m. (CTV)

 

Sunday, April 1

THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS (CTV)