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    CTV and CTV Two 2018/19 Primetime Schedule

    Check back here on Thursday, June 7 when details of the CTV and CTV Two lineups for Fall 2018 will be announced and posted here. Bell Media will be holding their annual upfronts in Toronto, where plans will be unveiled for CTV, CTV Two and their specialty channels.

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    Hollywood’s Biggest Gets THE ROOKIE and MAGNUM P.I. Lead CTV Acquisitions for 2018/19 Season

    – CTV locks up the market’s “must-have” and highly anticipated cop drama THE ROOKIE starring Nathan Fillion –
    – CTV acquires MAGNUM P.I., a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez –
    – Most-“liked” series GOD FRIENDED ME and most-talked about drama WHISKEY CAVALIER join the CTV slate along with break-out series THE RESIDENT’s sophomore season –
    – A-list star Alec Baldwin joins the CTV primetime roster as host of THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW –
    – Ensemble, single-camera comedy series THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT and reality hit series AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS join the CTV slate –
    – Gets also include big-buzz dramas THE ENEMY WITHIN, THE FIX, THE RED LINE, THE VILLAGE and GRAND HOTEL –
    – ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE joins CTV’s lineup of can’t-miss specials –
    – CTV and CTV 2 to unveil their 2018/19 primetime schedules June 7 in Toronto –

    May 31, 2018

    TORONTO (May 31, 2018) – CTV announced today that it has landed Hollywood’s hottest, big-buzz new series at this year’s Los Angeles Screenings, securing deals with six leading studio partners for seven new dramas, two new dramedies, one new comedy, a talk show starring A-lister Alec Baldwin, and a hot-ticket special that pays tribute to one of the most influential groups of all time. In addition, CTV also confirmed today it has acquired break-out drama THE RESIDENT and a special edition of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS to expand its star-studded slate.
    “Mission accomplished. CTV has secured the most coveted series from Hollywood, including two of the year’s biggest drama gets, THE ROOKIE and MAGNUM P.I.,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Big stars, great stories and best-in-class drama, comedy and reality; we look forward to introducing Canadians to another winning lineup this Fall.”
    The season’s new slate of series’ and specials includes:

    • THE ROOKIE, the sought-after and big-buzz new cop series marking the return of Nathan Fillion to primetime television as a man who pursues his dream of joining the LAPD in the midst of a mid-life awakening
    • MAGNUM P.I., the must-watch, fun-filled, and action-packed reboot of the classic series featuring ex-Navy SEAL turned private eye Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez)
    • GOD FRIENDED ME, a humorous and uplifting drama starring Brandon Micheal Hall.
    • WHISKEY CAVALIER, the high-octane, hour-long action dramedy named after the code name of super FBI agent Will Chase and starring fan-favourites Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan.
    • Legal thriller THE FIX, a courtroom drama with high-profile attorney and author Marcia Clark at the helm as executive producer
    • The eponymous, primetime interview series THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW, featuring the three-time Emmy® Award winner and his whip-smart brand of humour while in conversation with compelling personalities
    • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, a family-focused single-camera comedy about traditional Irish-Catholic family of 10, inspired by the 1970s childhood of acclaimed writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.
    • THE RED LINE, a timely, racially charged drama from Hollywood heavyweight producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti and starring TV veteran Noah Wyle
    • Fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller THE ENEMY WITHIN, in which an FBI agent enlists a locked up, ex-CIA operative(Jennifer Carpenter) to track down a criminal
    • THE VILLAGE, the heart-warming drama about neighbours who have found a home and a bonded family in an apartment building in Brooklyn
    • GRAND HOTEL, the soapy upstairs/downstairs drama executive produced by Hollywood A-lister Eva Longoria focusing on the scandals and explosive secrets hiding beneath the picture perfect exterior of a Miami Beach hotel
    • AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, featuring the very best “AGT” contenders from around the world
    • Long-awaited special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, featuring the first new ABBA music in 35 years from the legendary pop group
    • And the sophomore season of compelling medical drama THE RESIDENT, starring fan-favourites Matt Czuchry and Canada’s Emily VanCamp

    The CTV 2018/19 lineup features an incredible list of stars including Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Carpenter, Matt Czuchry, Nathan Fillion, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Noah Wyle, and the iconic pop group ABBA. Among the acclaimed, heavy-hitting producers behind new CTV series are Greg Berlanti, Simon Cowell, Tim Doyle, Ava DuVernay, Simon Fuller, Mark Gordon, Peter Lenkov, and Eva Longoria.
    CTV and CTV 2’s 2018/19 primetime schedules will be presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 7 in Toronto. CTV concluded the 2017/18 season as Canada’s most-watched television network for the 17th year in a row.

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    Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life. The series stars four-time Emmy®-nominated, Canadian-born Nathan Fillion (CASTLE) as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz (ZOO) as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones (SANTA CLARITA DIET, JUDGING AMY) as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, STAR CROSSED) as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD) as Captain Zoe Andersen, Canadian actor from Calgary, Alta. Melissa O’Neil (DARK MATTER, LOST GENERATION) as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson (THE BREAKS, BLINDSPOT) as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter (ROSEWOOD, SECRETS AND LIES) as Tim Bradford. Alexi Hawley (CASTLE) is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, GREY’S ANATOMY, RAY DONOVAN), Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander (CONVICTION) directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on THE ROOKIE, a co-production with ABC Studios.


    MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez (SCANDAL, THE EXPANSE) as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero, and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case!
    Peter Lenkov (HAWAII FIVE-O), Eric Guggenheim (HAWAII FIVE-O, PARENTHOOD), Justin Lin (S.W.A.T., SCORPION), John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim. MAGNUM P.I. stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks (ENNY DREADFUL) as Juliet Higgins, Zachary Knighton (SANTA CLARITA DIET) as Orville “Rick” Wright, and Stephen Hill (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) as Theodore “TC” Calvin.


    GOD FRIENDED ME stars Brandon Micheal Hall (THE MAYOR, SEARCH PARTY) in a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer (Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt , Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Siega directed the pilot from a script by Lilien & Wynbrandt. GOD FRIENDED ME stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, Violett Beane (THE FLASH) as Cara Bloom, Suraj Sharma (HOMELAND) as Rakesh Singh, Javicia Leslie (CHEF JULIAN) as Ali Finer and Joe Morton (SCANDAL) as Reverend Arthur Finer.


    THE RESIDENT is a powerful medical show focusing on a young doctor’s final years of training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. The series stars Matt Czuchry (THE GOOD WIFE), Canadian actress Emily VanCamp (REVENGE), Manish Dayal (HALT AND CATCH FIRE), Moran Atias (24: LEGACY), Merrin Dungey (BIG LITTLE LIES), Shaunette Renée Wilson (Black Panther, BILLIONS), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY, PROVIDENCE), and Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood (The PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, MAD MEN). THE RESIDENT is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan (ROSEWOOD), Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal), (GREY’S ANATOMY), Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, TRAINING DAY), David Boorstein (Level 26: Dark Revelations), Oly Obst (THE MICK, GHOSTED), and Phillip Noyce (PATRIOT GAMES, THE BONE COLLECTOR), who also directed the pilot.


    Starring the three-time Emmy® Award winner, the one-hour program showcases host Alec Baldwin’s (30 ROCK) in-depth conversations with compelling personalities. The show is executive produced by Jason Schrift, along with Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz via his El Dorado Pictures.


    Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves. The series stars Michael Cudlitz (THE WALKING DEAD) as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack (FALLING WATER) as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley (CHICAGO P.D.) as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) as Eddie, Sawyer Barth (PUBLIC MORALS) as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards (ME, MYSELF, AND I; BILLIONS) as Joey, Jack Gore (BILLIONS) as Timmy, Andy Walken as William, and Santino Barnard as Pat. The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle. Randall Einhorn (PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE) directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.


    The high-octane, hour-long action dramedy follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley (SCANDAL). Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan (THE WALKING DEAD). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz (UGLY BETTY) as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams (THE WALKING DEAD) as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta. Dave Hemingson (THE CATCH) is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.


    Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (FOR THE PEOPLE, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. THE FIX stars Robin Tunney (THE MENTALIST) as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner (NOTORIOUS) as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey (ALIAS) as CJ, Breckin Meyer (FRANKLIN & BASH) as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas (UNDERGROUND) as Riv, Mouzam Makkar (THE EXORCIST, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon (THE FOSTERS) as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen (ALLEGIANCE, THE GILMORE GIRLS) as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, LOST) as Sevvy Johnson. Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, and Marcia Clark are writers and executive producers. David Hoberman (The Fighter, MONK), Todd Lieberman (The Fighter, DETROIT 1-8-7), and Laurie Zaks (CASTLE) are executive producers (Mandeville). Canadian-born, L.A.-based writer/director/producer Larysa Kondracki directed the pilot.


    From acclaimed producers including Ava DuVernay (Selma), and Greg Berlanti (SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW), THE RED LINE is a drama that follows the lives of three vastly different Chicago families whose stories of loss and tragedy intersect in the wake of the mistaken shooting of an African American doctor by a white cop. As the stories of the Calder, Young and Evans families crisscross and converge, a message of hope appears – it’s possible to emerge from tragedy stronger, and it’s important to come together with others, not just to survive, but to thrive. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (THE FLASH) are executive producers, and Caitlin Parrish (SUPERGIRL) and Erica Weiss are co-executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Victoria Mahoney directed the pilot from a script by Parrish and Weiss. THE RED LINE stars Noah Wyle (ER) as Daniel Calder, Emayatzy Corinealdi (BALLERS) as Tia Young, Aliyah Royale as Jira Calder-Brennan, Noel Fisher (SHAMELESS) as Paul Evans, Howard Charles as Ethan Young, Elizabeth Laidlaw as Vic Renna, Vinny Chhibber (NO TOMORROW) as Liam Bhatt, and Michael Patrick Thornton (PRIVATE PRACTICE) as Jim Evans.


    In this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history, serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being, but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter (LIMITLESS, DEXTER), Morris Chestnut (ROSEWOOD), Raza Jaffrey (HOMELAND), and Kelli Garner (PAN AM). Ken Woodruff (GOTHAM, THE MENTALIST) will write and executive produce. Mark Pellington (BLINDSPOT) will direct and executive produce the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces. THE ENEMY WITHIN is produced by Universal Television.


    Welcome to THE VILLAGE, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside – but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it’s the one you make with the people around you. The cast includes Moran Atias (THE RESIDENT, 24: LEGACY), Dominic Chianese (THE GOOD WIFE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Warren Christie (THE RESIDENT), Frankie Faison (THE GOOD WIFE), Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff (RED BAND SOCIETY), Michaela McManus (SEAL TEAM), Lorraine Toussaint (THE FOSTERS), and Grace Van Dien (GREENHOUSE ACADEMY). Mike Daniels (SHADES OF BLUE, SONS OF ANARCHY) will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro (DOWNTON ABBEY, CALL THE MIDWIFE) directs and executive produces the pilot. Jessica Rhoades (COLD CASE FILES) also executive produces. THE VILLAGE is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.


    Eva Longoria (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series. GRAND HOTEL stars Demian Bichir (THE BRIDGE, WEEDS) as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez (WITHOUT A TRACE) as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz (THE FOSTERS) as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig (VALOR) as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson (THE MAYOR, THE GAME) as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes (LOVE CHILD) as Danny, Shalim Ortiz (HEROES) as Mateo, Anne Winters (THE FOSTERS) as Ingrid, Chris Warren (THE FOSTERS) as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

    Brian Tanen (UGLY BETTY) is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin (THIS IS US) directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios.


    This special edition of the series brings together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around favorites from past seasons of “AGT” for the ultimate display of talent. Additionally, some of the most popular acts from the other world GOT TALENT franchises, spanning 184 countries, will come to share their talents and compete against one other. AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane, and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.


    One of the bestselling music groups of all time with album and single sales of 380 million, the four members of ABBA – Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – will be debuting their first new song in 35 years, written by Andersson and Ulvaeus. It is set to be performed by virtual ABBA, a state-of-the-art digital representation of the band in 1979 but voiced and recorded by ABBA today. The two-hour special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE will showcase specially invited artists performing classic songs made famous by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, The Winner Takes It All” and “Take A Chance On Me”. The telecast will be produced and directed by Johan Renck (THE LAST PANTHERS) and executive produced by Simon Fuller (AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), with Es Devlin on board as set designer.

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    They really went for simsub shows only. The did not pick up A Million Little Things, big surprise I think. They picked up The Resident from City and even a CBS shows in Magnum PI, which Global did not pick up probably because they have no space for it with 9-1-1. Looks like The Voice is going back to CTV two.

    Will they actually simsub The Goldberg and American Housewive on CTV? probably followed by SVU in pre-release. Or maybe put a Canadian show in one of those spots. They probalby stick with Cancon show at 9pm Sundays. Only Friday at 9pm is unsure. Maybe they pick up Child Support?

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    June 2017, Citytv announced the pickup of mid-season show The Resident (unlike Global picked 9-1-1 after 3 episodes), showing commitment. CTV picking up Resident is a little surprising at first, but considering Citytv commited to ABC's DWTS, Resident would have aired in pre/post-release anyway, and CTV had the choice between NBC's Voice or 2x CBS sitcoms (no more oct+nov monday TBBT), or bringing back The CW shows LoT & Arrow... so they went with a drama night and picked up Magnum PI on the way.

    Tuesday, CTV picking up ABC's Rookie at 10pm is bizarre, as ABC's tue 10pm slot is cursed. Either Global, City, or Netflix, pickedup NBC's New Amsterdam.

    Friday night, Global is busy with McGyver + 5-0 + a timeshift at 10pm, so they could potentially give out NBC's Midnight Texas to CTV.

    CTV did not pick any new CW show. Sunday, Charmed goes to... Netflix? Corus' Showcase?
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    Any news on the speciality channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawasnowdog View Post
    Any news on the speciality channels.
    Just like the previous 2 years, Bell Media issues a press release 1 week before the Upfronts in June, just to brag about the new *broadcast* shows they brought for CTV/CTV2.
    Specialty acquisitions press release is coming out at the Upfronts. So, wait.
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    Thanks to Bell’s existing output deal with Disney/ABC Studios, I figured they were going to end up with a bulk of the new ABC offerings once again this season.

    A Million Little Things, while being an ABC show, was distributed with the CBS Studios package at the Los Angeles Screenings, so perhaps it could have gone to Corus for Global or one of their specialty channels.

    Somewhat surprised to see them walk away with Magnum P.I. but as mentioned above, with Global likely airing 911 in simulcast with FOX and City doing the same with Dancing with the Stars, they needed something to simulcast for Monday 9:00pm. Also, their acquisition of The Resident from City would leave CTV with at least one show picked up from FOX for the next season, likely meaning they passed on all their other new offerings that ended up going to City.

    That being said, The Voice will almost certainly move back to CTV Two once again this fall. As for where that leaves the DC shows including Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and The Flash, being CW shows, they will likely end up on any of the specialty channels like Much or Space who would air them at the same time as The CW, with time-shifted, second window runs on CTV Two.

    Until the cancellation of Roseanne few days ago, ABC’s Tuesday lineup seemed stable to carry through all of their shows for the evening, including newcomer The Rookie. Obviously, that has changed. We have to wait and see what last minute changes will be made by ABC to fill a hole in their schedule and how much it will impact CTV.

    Following today’s announcement, that leaves holes for CTV on Wednesday and Friday.

    As it stands, Criminal Minds would go back to airing in simulcast Wednesday at 10:00pm. Law & Order: SVU will be squeezed out of Thursdays, so it will either be in pre-release on Wednesday or post-release on Friday, though I think it’s going to be more likely the first scenario. Unless CTV has something else new scheduled for Wednesday 8:00pm, then it’s possible that they could fill it with The Goldbergs and American Housewife in simulcast, moving over from CTV Two.

    As for Friday 9:00pm, they have nothing to simulcast and I highly doubt that they will pick up Child Support or Midnight, Texas otherwise it would have been mentioned in their list of acquisitions. They could probably use this slot for CanCon - probably season 3 of Cardinal. Speaking of Canadian shows, we don’t know yet if The Detail has been picked up for season 2 and they are probably holding off The Launch until January.

    Sundays are all set with NFL this fall, newcomer God Friended Me, Shark Tank and The Alec Baldwin Show.

    Seems like CTV Two has less shows to program this fall, assuming they will be carrying football on Thursdays and Sundays in simulcast with FOX and NBC respectively. Rounding out the schedule would be The Voice airing in simulcast on Monday and Tuesday, along with the remaining ABC sitcoms that do not have room over on CTV, along with second window runs of the CW shows. Beyond that, more sitcom and drama reruns.

    Here’s my prediction:


    8:00pm The Resident (s-FOX) (new to CTV)
    9:00pm Magnum, P.I. (s-CBS)
    10:00pm The Good Doctor (s-ABC)

    8:00pm The Gifted (s-FOX)
    9:00pm This Is Us (s-NBC)
    10:00pm The Rookie (s-ABC)

    8:00pm The Goldbergs (s-ABC)
    8:30pm American Housewife (s-ABC)
    9:00pm Law & Order: SVU (pre-NBC)
    10:00pm Criminal Minds (s-CBS)

    7:00pm Grey’s Anatomy (pre-ABC)
    8:00pm The Big Bang Theory (s-CBS)
    8:30pm Young Sheldon (s-CBS)
    9:00pm Station 19 (s-ABC)
    10:00pm How to Get Away with Murder (s-ABC)

    8:00pm Blindspot (s-NBC)
    9:00pm Cardinal (season 3)
    10:00pm Blue Bloods (s-CBS)

    7:00pm W5
    Likely sitcom block that includes newcomer The Kids Are Alright and CanCon encores

    7:00pm NFL / SportsCentre
    8:00pm God Friended Me (s-CBS)
    9:00pm Shark Tank (s-ABC)
    10:00pm The Alec Baldwin Show (s-ABC)

    CTV Two
    * The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays 8:00pm (s-NBC)
    * Thursday Night Football (s-FOX)
    * Sunday Night Football (s-NBC)
    * Second window runs for Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash (post-CW)

    Midseason acquisitions:
    ABC - The Fix, Grand Hotel, Whiskey Cavalier
    CBS - The Red Line
    NBC - The Village, The Enemy Within, America’s Got Talent: The Champions

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    CTV picking up CBS's 8pm show "God Friended Me" was an odd choice. Last october, CTV had to bump Fox's Lucifer on sunday to simsub TBBT/MM&I on monday, then again starting after the Olympics to simsub NBC's Voice, the other show they could simsub was ABC's Chark Tank and 10 Days, which was cancelled by the end of october after 4 episodes. Anyways, without monday TBBT in the way, CTV is well aware they won't get "Friended" in simulcast very often due to CBS's football overruns (september to late january), then golf overruns, but hey, it's better than 2xTBBT fillers !

    Global will probably simsub Fox's Simpsons at 8pm, followed by a timeshifted sitcom (if they don't pickup Fox's "Rel", in pre-release) or a Border Security filler. Poor Global, NBC dedicated wednesdays to the Chicago franchise, but they're stuck with CBS's Survivor at 8pm, meaning Med will air in pre/post-release, again.
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Just like the previous 2 years, Bell Media issues a press release 1 week before the Upfronts in June, just to brag about the new *broadcast* shows they brought for CTV/CTV2.
    Specialty acquisitions press release is coming out at the Upfronts. So, wait.
    Now they are bragging about the specialty channel acquisitions, see here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN Viewer View Post
    Now they are bragging about the specialty channel acquisitions, see here:
    DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow are moving this fall from CTV Two to Bell’s specialty channels (I’m thinking Much or Space).

    This means that The Voice moves back to CTV Two on Monday nights.

    As for Tuesday, what becomes of The Flash? My guess is that first run episodes remain on CTV Two though not in simulcast if it has The Voice. The Gifted would be on CTV. Bigger mystery is what City would be airing in that timeslot. In previous seasons, they generally aired a show from FOX. This fall, Lethal Weapon moves to 9:00pm so maybe ABC sitcom Black-ish in pre-release? Also, I am beginning to think that City might have picked up one of the returning sitcoms from CTV, like Splitting Up Together...

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    I had pretty much the same schedule has Lostjon.

    God Friended Me is from Warner which CTV has a deal with and with nothing better to show, that does not surprise me. The big guns on Sundays these days are on Cable so Shark Tank and Alec Baldwin will ne low rated, but not much else available. Global also has Supergirl Sunday at 8pm that can moved back from Showcase if they want to but probably won't happen.

    Mondays are also obvious for CTV and CTV two. Global will have 911, and then either Bull or Manifest at 10pm, with maybe the other other one at 8pm if they picked up Manifest, but maybe Manifest went to City. They have the 2 CBS sitcom at 8pm.

    Tuesdays also obvious for CTV. CTV 2 might have Kids all Right and Splitting up at 9pm. Global has CBS line up, City maybe Black-ish and Single Parents at 8pm?

    Wednesday I have like Lostjon, Global has 2 extra shows on top of the Chicagos, Survivor which is too strong to let go and Seal Team. City has not much so maybe they pick up Seal Team and Chicago Med (the weakest of the 3 that Global might let go).

    Thursday CTV has the same as this year, Global has NBC comedies and SWAT. City has Bad Blood with CBS comedies at 9

    Friday CTV has a hole at 9pm, CTV two has nothing, City might have Last Man Standing and The Cool Kids? or they have Blacklist and Hell's Kitchen at 9pm to decide on or maybe have one of hem at 8pm instead of comedies. Global has macGyver, Hawaii and Midnight Texas at 10pm?

    CTV did not announce that Flash was moving to their specialty like Arrow and DC Legend. So I guess it will be on CTV two somewhere or it is staying on CTV or they gave it up to City or Gifted is moving to City but I don't see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlguy View Post
    Global has 2 extra shows on top of the Chicagos, Survivor which is too strong to let go and Seal Team. City has not much so maybe they pick up Seal Team and Chicago Med (the weakest of the 3 that Global might let go).
    Global's primetime schedule was released today. The only Chicago series mentionned was PD, meaning Global dropped Med and Fire, simsubbing CBS' Survivor and Seal Team. City most likely picked up both Med and Fire, but they're commited to ABC's Modern Family. ABC's 9:30pm sitcom "Single Parents" was neither pickup by CTV or Global, so it goes to City. Problem remaining, Fire will never air in simulcast, either 7pm or 10pm, and it'll be a nightmare to any canadian watching the Chicago trilogy live when crossovers occurs.

    CTV picking up AGT:Champions and Global picking DWTS:Junior is weird, as City airs the original respective shows.
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    Chicago is known as the Windy City, and the Chicago trilogy of shows is merely dust in the wind ... unless Sarah Shahi makes a guest appearance, of course.

    Great move by CTV to grab AGT and keep a proven ratings winner away from the competition.

    DWTS: Junior belongs on YTV, and Global is obviously using its platform to broadcast the series to a wider audience, until of course the ratings drop and YTV becomes the sole Canadian broadcaster (with an online digital footprint as well).
    Warning: I'm not playing with a full deck.

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    CTV Upfronts :

    I think we were off a little.
    - Voice in simsub on tuesdays.
    - Wednesday 8pm sitcom s-ABC was pure logic.
    - We assumed L&O:SVU was expandable due to its history of swapping between CTV and CTV2 and pre-releases, so how come it de-thrones HTGAWM, bumped to friday 9pm?
    - Grey's occupied the thu 8pm slot during october due to football on CBS bumping TBBT to monday, and its thu 7pm slot for the rest of the season was, well, acquired. No more CBS football on thursdays, CTV is *SO* obsessed with TBBT while YS reruns also show up in the Numéris ratings, they won't give up that slot anymore for a Grey's simsub, so it makes sense for a wed pre-release.

    CTV Two
    - Now, THAT was a dumb move : 8pm TBBT, 8:30 Kids, 9pm TBBT, 9:30 Splitting Up... with Gifted gone to City, The Flash at 8pm and Kids in post-release at 9pm would have been a better scenario.
    - Other than that, the schedule is just... empty. Wednesdays are cancon reruns, fridays at the movies, thursdays and sundays in Football, Mondays The Voice, and saturdays are drama encores or sports (like UFC on Fox).

    - no Chicago Med or Fire here. Netflix?
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.

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    which canadian specially network will air la's finest

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    Stories Start Here: CTV’s 2018/19 Schedule Gains Strength as Compelling “Rookie” Series Join Canada’s Most-Watched Hits

    – This fall, Mondays on CTV is solidified with MAGNUM P.I. and THE RESIDENT, while Tuesdays is home to next season’s biggest drama, THE ROOKIE –
    – Canada’s favourite TV programs THE BIG BANG THEORY, THIS IS US, YOUNG SHELDON, and THE GOOD DOCTOR return –
    – CTV announces new original comedy JANN and a fourth season of acclaimed original drama CARDINAL, as THE BEAVERTON joins the network schedule –

    June 7, 2018

    **MEDIA NOTE** Download schedules, photography, and program descriptions for new and returning series at For trailers of new series, visit

    TORONTO (June 7, 2018) – CTV unveiled today a prime-time schedule today representing the same strategy that has defined its unrivalled record of success as Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years. With a focus on schedule stability and storytelling strength across genres, timeslots, and demographics, the CTV 2018/19 schedule delivers the most returning Top 20 hits of any prime-time television schedule in North America. Additionally, the schedule present a collection of compelling new programming selected with the same strategic curation that has seen CTV deliver the most-watched new program of the year for the past eight seasons.* The CTV 2018/19 schedule will be presented by Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming at the #CTVUpfront celebration of conventional television today in Toronto.

    “Incredible stories are what captivates viewers and makes television infinitely compelling,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Our new schedules are jam-packed with new and returning series that embrace powerful storytelling and unforgettable characters. Along with live-in-the-moment specials and can’t-miss TV events, more than ever, CTV truly has something for everyone this season.”

    Among the highlights from CTV’s 2018/19 prime-time schedule:

    Big-Buzz New Series and Specials

    CTV freshens its fall schedule with new content including:

    • Two huge new dramas (THE ROOKIE and MAGNUM P.I.), a retro comedy (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT), an aspirational dramedy (GOD FRIENDED ME), and a star-filled new talk show (THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW).
    • Two new co-viewing specials, ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, which returns to CTV.
    • The sophomore season of proven medical drama THE RESIDENT.

    New programming on deck for CTV mid-season are:

    • The high-octane dramedy WHISKEY CAVALIER.
    • A special edition competition series, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS.
    • The new CTV original comedy JANN starring Canadian icon Jann Arden, and can’t-miss television event THE SCTV REUNION SPECIAL.

    Returning Hits

    CTV delivers more Top 20 hits than all other Canadian networks combined. With an incredibly stable schedule, CTV is the only Canadian network to feature a returning Top 20 hit every weeknight.** Returning to CTV are:

    • Canada’s #1 series and #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY
    • #1 new series and #2 series overall, YOUNG SHELDON
    • #2 new series and Top 4 program overall THE GOOD DOCTOR
    • #1 sophomore series (in key demos), THIS IS US
    • Two Top 10 Shondaland success stories, newcomer (STATION 19) and, riding high after 14 seasons, GREY’S ANATOMY
    • #1 Canadian drama (with A18-49 and A25-54) on broadcast television, CARDINAL
    • Original satirical news comedy THE BEAVERTON joins CTV in its third season, while international music format THE LAUNCH returns for Season 2.

    Fall Premieres

    Fall brings fresh new programming and Top 20 series to the CTV schedule with 19 hours of simulcast in primetime:


    • 8 p.m. – The sophomore season of THE RESIDENT, the compelling medical drama starring fan-favourites Matt Czuchry and Canada’s Emily VanCamp

      • 9 p.m. – An action-packed reboot of the classic series, the new MAGNUM P.I. stars Jay Hernandez as ex-Navy SEAL turned private eye Thomas Magnum along with a female Higgins (Perdita Weeks).


    • 10 p.m. – This fall’s biggest series THE ROOKIE marks the return of Nathan Fillion to primetime television as a man who pursues his dream of joining the LAPD in the midst of a mid-life awakening.


      • 8 p.m. – The humorous and uplifting drama GOD FRIENDED ME starring Brandon Micheal Hall.
      • 10 p.m. – A new primetime interview series, THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW features the three-time Emmy® Award winner and his whip-smart brand of humour while in conversation with compelling personalities.


    • Long-awaited appointment-viewing special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, featuring the first new ABBA music in 35 years from the legendary pop group.
    • The celebration of notable and talented Canadians with the return of THE 2018 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS to CTV.

    Mid-season Debuts

    In 2019, CTV unveils seven new acquisitions, a reunion special and rolls out a new original comedy:

    • The new original comedy series JANN, with Jann Arden playing a clearly fictionalized version of herself: a formerly famous Canadian singer desperately trying to make herself relevant again.
    • Starring fan-favourites Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan, WHISKEY CAVALIER, an action-packed, hour-long action dramedy.
    • Legal thriller THE FIX, a courtroom drama with high-profile attorney and author Marcia Clark at the helm as executive producer.
    • A timely, racially charged drama from Hollywood heavyweight producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti, THE RED LINE, starring TV veteran Noah Wyle
    • Fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller THE ENEMY WITHIN, in which an FBI agent enlists a locked up, ex-CIA operative (Jennifer Carpenter) to track down a criminal.
    • THE VILLAGE, the heart-warming drama about a bonded family of neighbours in an apartment building in Brooklyn.
    • GRAND HOTEL, the soapy Miami Beach hotel upstairs/downstairs drama executive produced by Hollywood A-lister Eva Longoria.
    • AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, featuring the very best “AGT” contenders from around the world.
    • The Martin Scorsese-directed SCTV REUNION SPECIAL, featuring a candid interview with the surviving original cast members and Jimmy Kimmel.


    As the exclusive television broadcast partner of the NFL in Canada, Bell Media continues to deliver games in all of the league’s broadcast windows across CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS. CTV provides NFL Sunday games at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL and THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL availableon CTV2. CTV also brings viewers all playoff games, and one of the biggest sporting events of the year – the SUPER BOWL.


    CTV News continues to be Canada’s most-watched news organization, delivering a total of 740 hours of original news production each week with a distinctly Canadian perspective. CTV News brings viewers the most significant international and domestic news stories of the day, led by CTV NATIONAL NEWS, the country’s most-watched national newscast, as well as locally focused weekday evening newscasts at both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. that are the top local choice in more markets than any other broadcast outlet.

    • The award-winning W5, Canada’s most-watched documentary series, returns for a 53rd season Saturdays at 7 p.m. on CTV, while venerable political discussion forum QUESTION PERIOD returns Sunday mornings.


    CTV’s daytime schedule continues to win audiences with the Canadian TV’s strongest daytime lineup featuring the Top 4 daytime talk shows including THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, DR. PHIL, THE VIEW, LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN and THE DR. OZ SHOW along with Top 2 Canadian lifestyle series THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL. Kicking it all off is CTV’s daily morning show YOUR MORNING.

    Late-Night Laughs

    CTV’s premium late night lineup includes some of the most-talked about comedic stars of the moment including THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN. Additional hit late night shows include THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON and CONAN.


    CTV delivers more live events than any other conventional broadcaster in Canada. Television’s biggest event programming in 2018/19 includes Canada’s most-watched television events including THE 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS®, SUPER BOWL LIII, THE 76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS, THE 70th PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS, THE 52nd COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, THE 73rd TONY AWARDS, THE 2018 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, THE 2019 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, THE SCTV REUNION SPECIAL, and more.


    CTV2 delivers a strong prime-time schedule with 13.5 hours of simulcast in primetime, delivering a can’t-miss schedule every night of the week:

    • THE VOICE sings on Mondays.
    • Tuesdays are all about the laughs with new series THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, a family-focused single-camera comedy about traditional Irish-Catholic family; THE BIG BANG THEORY; and SPLITTING UP TOGETHER.
    • Wednesday is packed with original programming including CARTER at 8 p.m. and THE DETAIL at 9 p.m.
    • Thursdays are action-packed with the FOX NFL PRE-SHOW and THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.
    • On Sundays, sports reigns supreme with FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA and SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.
    • Comedy strips of THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE GOLDBERGS, and cult comedy-classic SEINFELD lead into and cap off weekday programming.

    # # #

    THE CTV FALL 2018
    All times ET. New programs are BOLD. (S) = Simulcast


    7 p.m. ETALK
    7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    8 p.m. THE RESIDENT (S) – NEW TO CTV
    9 p.m. MAGNUM P.I. (S)
    10 p.m. THE GOOD DOCTOR (S)


    7 p.m. ETALK
    7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    8 p.m. THE VOICE (S)
    9 p.m. THIS IS US (S)
    10 p.m. THE ROOKIE (S)


    7 p.m. ETALK
    7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    8 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS (S)
    8:30 p.m. AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (S)
    9 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY
    10 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (S)


    7 p.m. ETALK
    7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    8:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    8:30 p.m. YOUNG SHELDON (S)
    9 p.m. STATION 19 (S)
    10 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (S)


    7 p.m. ETALK
    7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    8 p.m. BLINDSPOT (S)
    10 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (S)


    7 p.m. W5
    8 p.m. CTV MOVIE
    10:00 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
    10:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY


    7 p.m. NFL (S)
    7:30 p.m. NFL ON CTV POSTGAME
    8 p.m. GOD FRIENDED ME (S)
    9 p.m. SHARK TANK (S)


    6 a.m. YOUR MORNING
    11 a.m. THE VIEW (S)
    12 noon CTV NEWS AT NOON
    1 p.m. THE SOCIAL
    2 p.m. THE DR. OZ SHOW (S)
    3 p.m. DR. PHIL (S)
    5 p.m. CTV NEWS AT FIVE
    6 p.m. CTV NEWS AT SIX


    11:30 CTV NEWS
    1:30 a.m. CONAN



    7 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    7:30 p.m. ETALK
    8 p.m. THE VOICE (S)
    10 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS
    10:30 p.m. SEINFELD (S)


    7 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    7:30 p.m. ETALK
    8:30 p.m. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (S)
    10 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS
    10:30 p.m. SEINFELD (S)


    7 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    7:30 p.m. ETALK
    8 p.m. CARTER
    9 p.m. THE DETAIL
    10 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS
    10:30 p.m. SEINFELD (S)


    7 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)


    7 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
    7:30 p.m. ETALK
    8 p.m. CTV MOVIE
    10 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS
    10:30 p.m. SEINFELD (S)


    7 p.m. DRAMA ENCORES
    8 p.m. DRAMA ENCORES
    9 p.m. DRAMA ENCORES
    10 p.m. W5


    7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
    8 p.m. FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA (Joining in Progress)


    12 noon U.S. COMEDY STRIP
    12:30 p.m. U.S. COMEDY STRIP
    1 p.m. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (Encore)
    2 p.m. THE SOCIAL
    3 p.m. THE DR. OZ SHOW (S)
    4 p.m. U.S. COMEDY STRIP
    4:30 p.m. U.S. COMEDY STRIP
    5 p.m. DR. PHIL (S)
    6 p.m. CTV NEWS


    11 p.m. CTV NEWS
    1:30 a.m. ETALK

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    Not very exciting schedule, but hey, if it ain't broke...

    Surprise that ABC is letting them show Grey's Anatomy a day early...I know it's not as hot as it was at it's beginning, but still. Surprised by that.

    Law & Order SVU vs HTGAWM in simulcast is easy decision, probably a lot more people watch L&O live, while HTGAWM is one of the most DVR'd show, so easier to sell to advertisers this way I guess.

    Surprise that there is 0 Canadian show in primetime for the first time in a while for CTV, now joining Global with also 0 (I don't consider Border Security which is basically a cheap cable show). City has 2 dramas, at least they are trying. Maybe its because of lack of simulcast opportunities, but it's there! Of course we have CBC which has hits ans misses, but without them, Canadian TV would only be reality shows on Cable this fall.

    Now the most surprising and weird decision was to rebrand Bravo, Space and Gusto to generic names like CTV Drama, CTV Sci-Fi and CTV Life. CTV Comedy is not a big cahnge, only adding CTV in front. Which they could have done with the others. Not a fan of the Space name, but's it's better than what they are now. You do that with Sports or news channels but not specialty. This makes them sound so boring. Worst decision ever...

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    My thoughts:

    The fall schedules released today for both CTV and CTV Two is clearly a plan B of what they originally intended following the American upfronts and while they were down at the Los Angeles Screenings making their acquisitions.

    Starting off with CTV, it's very clear that they were placing all their bets on Roseanne to be part of their Tuesday night lineup. Not just a 7:30pm timeslot in pre-release, but 8:00pm in simulcast with ABC, along with newcomer The Kids Are Alright.

    Between CTV and CTV2, this created a scheduling conundrum between Roseanne, The Gifted, The Voice and The Flash. But with the ratings for the now-cancelled Roseanne too good to pass up, it seems like CTV was prepared to lose The Gifted (which has since been picked up by City) and it paved the way for The Flash to be removed from CTV2, leaving room for just Roseanne on the main network and The Voice on CTV2.

    Then the controversy happened - which led to her show's cancellation and overall, that burned CTV - BIG TIME. As a result, CTV had no choice but to summon The Voice over from CTV2, which ends up with an extra Big Bang rerun followed by the new sitcom. Add to the fact that their remaining CW shows DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow are moving over to Space (later to be rebranded CTV SciFi), it was only a matter of time that the same would happen with The Flash (which is somehow conspicuously missing from press releases).

    That's one of, if not the biggest takeaways.

    As for the rest, it more or less went in line with my predictions. The only other major surprise is how CTV is spreading the ABC TGIT/Shondaland lineup across three nights of the week at 9:00pm starting with Grey's Anatomy in pre-release on Wednesday, Station 19 in simulcast on Thursday and How to Get Away with Murder in pre-release on Friday. Back in fall 2014, CTV aired Grey's Anatomy Wednesdays at 10:00pm in pre-release just so they did not have to give up their nightly 7:30pm slot for The Big Bang Theory on Thursday.

    Interesting to see them bring back The Goldbergs and American Housewife which will air in simulcast on Wednesday nights. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which has been bounced between the two channels in recent seasons, inherits the Thursday 10:00pm timeslot in simulcast with NBC over How to Get Away with Murder. No Canadian show scheduled for the fall, but something will turn up in midseason. Saturdays is status quo as they look to fill it with movies and more Big Bang reruns.

    On to CTV2 (I guess I better get used to typing it this way now)...they actually had a solid lineup last year with original programming every night of the week. This year, complete opposite. Aside from The Kids Are Alright, which could have turned up on CTV had it not been for the Roseanne incident, there is nothing else interesting on their schedule. Tuesdays is all sitcoms consisting of two ABC shows sandwiched together with not one, not two, but three reruns of The Big Bang Theory. Then you have The Voice on Mondays, CanCon encores of Bravo (soon to be CTV Drama) original series Carter and just cancelled series The Detail on Wednesdays. Their biggest asset is NFL on Thursdays and Sundays. Rounding out the week are movies on Fridays and more CanCon reruns (judging from the promos, it looks like Saving Hope, Corner Gas and Motive) on Saturday nights.

    As for the specialty rebranding, I don't even know where to begin with that. Clearly, Bell wants to use their core brands for this CTV rebranding strategy to compete with the likes of Netflix, Apple, Amazon and CBS All Access just to name a few of its competitors, but talk about overexposing and overkilling the CTV brand.

    While we are on the subject of rebranding, what about some of their other specialty channels that they suddenly don't seem to care about much these days like Discovery Velocity? Do they plan to stick with that name while their American counterparts are changing it to Motor Trend TV? And what will ever become of those zombie channels they keep hanging on to (Book Television and Fashion Television)? Noticeably, no acquisitions for Much - is this going to become a secondary channel of CTV Comedy? Gusto (soon to be CTV Life) went from being a decent food and lifestyle channel to devoting half its schedule to movies and shows like Bones (far from their original vocation) which can be already seen running countless times on Bravo.

    And I thought Corus was bad, but even with the channels they own which may not seem as important, they still put out a document (though somewhat hidden) that lists the fact that they will be airing new seasons of original shows.

    Fast forward to late August when we have a better idea of what the specialty channel lineups will look like. I guess we'll only know then whether The Flash will be part of Space's schedule alongside Legends and Arrow.

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    I agree Roseanne must have changed their plans last minute. A new version of Roseanne without her focused on Darlene is in the works and may be announced within a week or so if they work out the kinks of Roseanne actually owning part of the show/characters. Obviously they need to buy her up to go ahead with this new version and this may or may not succeed.

    If it does worko out and this happens they say it might be ready for fall as the team is already in place and multi cam shows are very quick to produce.

    That would obviously take the TBBT repeat out at 8pm and even may be switched to the main network as it will, at least for a few weeks, get as big ratings just because of the controversy.



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