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    Bell Media Specialty - NEWS and SCHEDULES - 2019-20

    The new tread for 2019-20


    CTV Specialty Fall Programming Addendum

    — September 11, 2019

    CTV Comedy Channel

    GOOD TALK WITH ANTHONY JESELNIK *Series Premiere* (6 episodes x :30)
    Fridays at 11 p.m. ET beginning September 13

    GOOD TALK WITH ANTHONY JESELNIK features Anthony’s interviews with a few of his friends – who happen to be some of the best comedians in the business. Over the course of 6 episodes, Anthony sits down with Nick Kroll (Sausage Party), Natasha Leggero (He’s Just Not That Into You), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Tig Notaro (ONE MISSISSIPPI), Kristen Schaal (GRAVITY FALLS), and David Spade (LIGHTS OUT WITH DAVID SPADE). When Anthony is asking the questions, no topic is off-limits. In this series, he switches gears from his signature acerbic style for tongue-in-cheek interviews with his fellow comedians about their careers, their influences and what it’s like to live in his massive shadow. Anthony and his guests center their extremely funny conversations around stand-up, stories and bits, and participate in elegantly bizarre studio segments.

    COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ALEC BALDWIN *Special Premiere*
    Sunday, September 15 at 10 p.m. ET

    Alec Baldwin takes the hot seat as this year’s Roastee in the COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ALEC BALDWIN. The annual Emmy®- nominated and star-studded event will tape live at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 7 and will premiere on Sunday, September 15 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV Comedy Channel. As recently announced, Sean Hayes has been named Roast Master and joined by additional Roasters including; Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd, and Jeff Ross.

    THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ALEC BALDWIN will be executive produced by Joel Gallen from Tenth Planet Productions, who also served as Executive Producer and Director of the COMEDY CENTRAL ROASTS OF BRUCE WILLIS, ROB LOWE, JUSTIN BIEBER, JAMES FRANCO, CHARLIE SHEEN, AND DONALD TRUMP, as well as the Emmy®-nominated COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF WILLIAM SHATNER.

    THE JIM JEFFERIES SHOW Season 3B Premiere (10 episodes x :30)
    Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET beginning September 17

    As the third season of the weekly, topical late night series continues host Jim Jefferies travels the globe to learn more about the world we live in through international field pieces. Jefferies explores social credit scores in Hong Kong that utilize very unsettling facial recognition technology, racist products in Australia, population decline in Japan because socially awkward millennials aren’t having sex, traditional healers in South Africa, and more. Previous global destinations have included South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Africa, and throughout the United States.

    Jim Jefferies, Scott Zabielski, Jason Reich and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Tim Sarkes are the executive producers and Andrew Wantuck is the co-executive of The Jim Jefferies Show.

    COLD AS BALLS *Series Premiere* (11 episodes x :30)
    Fridays at 10:30 p.m. ET beginning October 11

    Actor-comedian Kevin Hart hosts interview series COLD AS BALLS straight from a numbing sub-zero ice bath. While “chilling” right out, Hart along with guest hosts Terry Crews and Rel Howery interview different sports personalities who are also fully submersed in a freezing-cold tub. Interview guests include LaVar Ball, Blake Griffin, Lindsey Vonn, Hope Solo, Candace Parker, Draymond Green, Nerlens Noel, Chandler Parsons, Desean Jackson, Baron Davis, and Demariyus Thomas.

    TACOMA FD *Series Premiere* (10 episodes x :30)Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET beginning October 17

    TACOMA FD is a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in one of America’s rainiest cities. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, these firefighters keep themselves entertained with creative competitions, friendly first responder rivalries and no shortage of bizarre emergency calls. Tacoma FD is co-created and executive produced by Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.


    CTV Drama Channel

    AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES *Movie Series* (3 x 1:20)
    Movies Premiere Sundays at 7 p.m. ET beginning September 15

    AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES stars Candace Cameron Bure (FULL HOUSE) as Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, a crime-solving librarian and a founding member of the Real Murders Club. With the help of her Real Murders Club regulars, the friends solve the mysterious murders that plague their small town of Lawrenceton, Washington. The series also stars Niall Matter (The Predator), Marilu Henner (L.A. Story), Lexa Doig (ANDROMEDA) and Peter Benson (MECH-X4).

    AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE
    Sunday, September 15
    at 7 p.m. ET
    When someone begins taunting Aurora Teagarden with cryptic clues left at crime scenes, the librarian-turned-crime buff attempts to figure out who is behind the creepy “game.” But when the people closest to Aurora become targets, the game takes on a much more dangerous edge as it points to a planned murder. And once it is discovered that Aurora’s blossoming relationship with Professor Nick Miller (Niall Matter) might be the source of jealousy that is driving the crime spree, Aurora must be especially careful not to become the next victim.

    AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: AN INHERITANCE TO DIE FORSunday,
    September 22
    at 7 p.m. ET
    Sally Allison’s (Lexa Doig) aunt is poisoned during a family wedding reception and Aurora Teagarden vows to get to the bottom of the crime, especially when her mother, a friend of the dead woman, stands to inherit the bulk of the massive estate. With help from her new beau Nick (Niall Matter) and her Real Murders Club regulars, Roe won’t stop until she brings the killer to justice...or dies trying.

    AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: A VERY FOUL PLAY
    Sunday, September 29
    at 7 p.m. ET
    While attending a weekend confab of murder mystery and true crime fans, Aurora and her Real Murders Club pals agree to appear in the stage production of a fun murder mystery. However, when a very real murder is committed on stage in front of everyone during an unplanned blackout, Aurora’s nephew Phillip (Dylan Sloane) becomes the prime suspect when the lights come back up and he is found holding the murder weapon, a bloody knife.

    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR *Series Premiere* (10 episodes x :60)
    Sundays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 15

    Based on the bestselling novel by Joël Dicker, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR stars Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominated actor Patrick Dempsey in the title role as Harry Quebert, a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property. Starring alongside Dempsey is Ben Schnetzer (Pride), Damon Wayans Jr. (Big Hero 6) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways).

    Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of the Academy Award® winning film Black and White In Color, makes his television directorial debut, directing every episode of the series.

    QUEEN OF THE SOUTH Season 4 Premiere (10 episodes x :60)
    Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning October 2

    In season 4 of QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga, I Am Legend) expands her empire to the East Coast by taking on the Big Easy - New Orleans, Louisiana. But when new enemies emerge and familial trust is broken, Teresa is forced to make difficult decisions that weigh heavy on her soul. QUEEN OF THE SOUTH is based on the global best-selling novel La Reina Del Sur, by internationally acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. David T. Friendly executive produces the drama alongside executive producers and co-showrunners, Dailyn Rodriguez and Ben Lobato. The series is co-produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.

    CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: THE DEEP END *Movie Premiere* (1 x 1:20)
    Sunday October 6 at 7 p.m. ET

    The latest edition of Alex McPherson’s (Alison Sweeney, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) true crime podcast centers on the death of a man whose wife seems certain to be convicted for his murder. As she follows the story on her podcast Alex, assisted by her colleague Drew Godfrey (Benjamin Ayres), becomes convinced that the wife didn’t do it, but unless she can identify and locate the killer before the trial reaches its conclusion, an innocent woman will take the fall for a murder she didn’t commit.

    CROSSWORD MYSTERIES *Movie Series* (2 x 1:20)
    Movies Premiere Sundays at 7 p.m. ET beginning October 13

    CROSSWORD MYSTERIES stars Lacy Chabert (Mean Girls) as Tess Harper, a crossword puzzle editor for the New York Sentinel. Alongside Tess is Logan (Brennan Elliott, UNREAL) an NYPD detective who works with Tess to solve puzzling murder mysteries. The made-for-TV movies are executive produced by Will Shortz, New York Times’ crossword puzzle creator.

    CROSSWORD MYSTERIES: PROPOSING MURDER Sunday, October 13 at 7 p.m. ET
    Tess Harper (Lacy Chabert) dives into Logan's (Brennan Elliot) murder investigation of her friend who was about to propose with her help. As she grows closer to the truth, she fears it could ruin everyone's happily ever after.

    CROSSWORD MYSTERIES: ABRACADAVERSunday, September 20 at 7 p.m. ET
    During her birthday celebration, Tess and Logan find themselves swept up in a world that isn't always what it seems when the headlining magician at the Magic Manor winds up dead.


    CTV Life Channel

    HOLMES 911 *Series Premiere* (12 episodes x :60)
    Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 17

    Mike Holmes is going back to his roots rescuing homeowners from unscrupulous contractors, unhealthy homes and D.I.Y. projects gone wrong. It’s a family affair as his daughter Sherry Holmes and son Michael Holmes, who share his passion for making it right for deserving families, are right by his side. Over 12 episodes, the Holmes’ will take on five houses, and turn them into homes again.

    BONACINI’S ITALY Season 2A Premiere (8 episodes x :30)
    Fridays at 8 p.m. ET beginning September 20

    Set in a contemporary kitchen, celebrity chef Michael Bonacini (MASTERCHEF CANADA) cooks his way through 15 Italian regions in season 2 of BONACINI’S ITALY. Each episode explores the flavours and textures unique to each region as Michael cooks an entire meal including; antipasto, soup, or salad, a delicious primo, succulent secondo, and finishes with a decadent dolce. As he cooks, Michael regales viewers with stories of his travels in Italy and provides interesting facts about each region. Whether it’s hearty dishes from the North of Italy that borders the alps, rustic cuisine from popular tourist destinations in the centre of the country, or food inspired by the blue waters that surround Italy’s Southern tip, each dish celebrates the diversity of Italian fare.

    BONACINI’S ITALY is created by Chris Knight, President and CEO, Gusto Worldwide Media. Bell Media Production Executive is Danielle Pearson. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

    LET’S BRUNCH *Series Premiere* (8 episodes x :30)
    Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET beginning September 20

    Dedicated to everyone’s favourite mid-morning meal, LET’S BRUNCH is a delightful cooking series hosted by the bubbly Vanessa Gianfrancesco (ONE WORLD KITCHEN, PRESSURE’S ON). Each episode of LET’S BRUNCH features four delicious dishes that are a mix of flavors and textures that are sure to satisfy every taste bud. From a sophisticated Lobster Eggs Benedict, to an indulgent Brunch Burger or soothing Turmeric Ginger Latte, Vanessa manages to make each morning brighter and more delicious.

    The series is produced and distributed by Gusto Worldwide Media and is based on an innovative format from CEO and President, Chris Knight.

    MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK PARTY CHALLENGE Season 3A Premiere (6 episodes x :30)
    Fridays at 10 p.m. ET beginning September 20

    Emmy-nominated series, MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY returns with a new competitive recipe: ten battle-themed specials. Series hosts, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg and their teammates are pitted against each other as they compete in friendly culinary-themed challenges such as a “4/20 munchies chowdown” with the hopes of winning over a celebrity judge for the coveted "Potluck Party Platter" prize. Celebrity guests include Academy-Award ® winners, Matthew McConaughey, Octavia Spencer and more.

    MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY is executive produced by Martha Stewart and Kim Miller Olko for Sequential Brands Group (NASDAQ: SQBG), Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung for MERRY JANE (MERRYJANE.com), SallyAnn Salsano for 495 Productions and Trevor Rose, Candida Boyette-Clemons, Fernando Mills, and Todd Radnitz for VH1.

    JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG *Series Premiere* (6 episodes x :60)
    Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning November 15

    Jamie Oliver (JAMIE COOKS ITALY, JAMIE AND JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB) is back with a brand-new series where he encourages meat-eaters and vegetarians alike to put vegetables front and centre of their meals. Bursting with tasty, vibrant, mouth-watering recipes including; Cauli Cheese Pizza Pie and Sweet Leek Carbonara, JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG demonstrates how vegetables can steal the show when Jamie cooks up a stunning collection of hearty vegetable dishes. In his new series, Jamie finds fresh inspiration from around the UK and further afield travelling to Delhi, Jodhpur, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem – bringing back the techniques and flavours he finds to the studio.


    CTV Sci-Fi Channel

    SUPERNATURAL Season 15 (20 episodes x :60)
    Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning October 10

    The epic journey of the Winchesters comes to a close as SUPERNATURAL enters its final season. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have battled tall tales, angels, and demons, in a seemingly unending quest to save the world. But in last season’s final struggle, they faced off against God Himself (Rob Benedict), refusing to kill their surrogate Nephilim son Jack (Alexander Calvert), and thus bringing about God’s decision to end this reality once and for all…
    The paranormal action-drama is executive produced by Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Brad Buckner, and Eugenie Ross-Leming.

    ARROW Season 8 (10 episodes x :60)
    Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning October 15

    The final season of ARROW follows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who has been missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he successfully saved his city his city with the help of a team of vigilantes. Oliver will find himself pitted against his most challenging battle yet that will leave the multiverse handing in the balance and force himself to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero.

    ARROW is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz.

    CASTLE ROCK Season 2 (10 episodes x :60)
    Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning October 23

    Psychological-horror series, CASTLE ROCK takes viewers into the chilling world of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King. Set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, the series unites King’s multiverse combining the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of his best-loved works while weaving an epic saga of darkness and light within a few square miles of Maine woodland. In the second season, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan) – Stephen King’s nurse from hell – gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

    CASTLE ROCK stars Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Paul Sparks (HOUSE OF CARDS), Yusra Warsama (The Last Days on Mars), Barkhad Abdi (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS), and Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Matthew Alan (13 REASONS WHY) Tim Robbins (Mystic River). Executive producers are J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Sam Shaw (MANHATTAN), Dustin Thomason (MANHATTAN), Ben Stephenson (WESTWORLD), Vince Calandra (SHARP OBJECTS), and Liz Glotzer (THE GOOD FIGHT).

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    Mad About You premieres on CTV Comedy January 7th at 10:30pm
    Gold Diggers premieres on CTV Drama November 17th at 9pm

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    The Misery Index (TBS original series) premieres on Much in January. It features some of the cast members from Impractical Jokers.

    Source: https://www.bellmedia.ca/sales/tv/much/misery-index/

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    CTV Drama will have the 4th season of Veronica Mars starting this Monday January 6th, Mondays at 9pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlguy View Post
    CTV Drama will have the 4th season of Veronica Mars starting this Monday January 6th, Mondays at 9pm.
    So CTV Drama decided to stop showing Veronica Mars after 6 episodes, leaving the final 2 only on Crave...Way to go CTV.

    And looking at March schedule, they have 0 orignal/new episodes of ANYTHING at all. The full schedule is their regular repeats shows in rotation CSI/Criminal Minds/House and Bones with repeat of Transplant The Rookie and L&O SVU episode of the week and Movies on Sunday.

    So much better than Bravo was...I really don't remember a full month of no original at all. They had only Veronica Mars in the last few weeks and they removed it??

    Something is wrong with this. They will have Killing Eve and the Handmaid's Tale soon, but this channel is getting very bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlguy View Post
    So CTV Drama decided to stop showing Veronica Mars after 6 episodes, leaving the final 2 only on Crave...Way to go CTV.

    And looking at March schedule, they have 0 orignal/new episodes of ANYTHING at all. The full schedule is their regular repeats shows in rotation CSI/Criminal Minds/House and Bones with repeat of Transplant The Rookie and L&O SVU episode of the week and Movies on Sunday.

    So much better than Bravo was...I really don't remember a full month of no original at all. They had only Veronica Mars in the last few weeks and they removed it??

    Something is wrong with this. They will have Killing Eve and the Handmaid's Tale soon, but this channel is getting very bad.
    Not surprised at all. I ended up dropping this channel from my package, along with CTV Life. The only Bell specialty channel I have is CTV Sci-Fi, but even that channel’s going downhill fast. Save for Star Trek: Picard, Doctor Who and DC’s Legends Off Tomorrow, the rest of their schedule is reruns.

    Speaking of schedules, it seems there’s nothing listed on CTV’s main website along with their branded specialty channels as of this week. Is anyone even updating them? The schedule for Much has nothing listed as of yesterday. And Discovery’s schedule is blank after today. Only the TSN website has their schedule up-to-date. Wow, I mean not everything can be automated...

    Much is getting even more useless now. Even in the years that they have been cutting back on music programming, they have been the only channel in Canada to carry the BRIT Awards, but that is not the case this year. What timing, given it’s the 40th anniversary. They usually aired it in post-release on the same evening after they were held live. All so they can air their reruns of Seinfeld, The Office, The Simpsons and Tosh.O. I recall for some years in the early 2000s, CBC obtained the Canadian rights, sometimes airing the ceremony in primetime or late night. Unless anyone else in Canada acquired the rights, it seems the only way to watch is through live streaming on YouTube.

    My guess is that unless it’s anything from MTV, Much ended up scrapping all special programming from their lineup. If they could not even hold their own iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards ceremony last year, along with scrapping nearly their entire music video block, then retaining the rights to the BRIT Awards was not going to be in the cards either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostjon View Post
    Not surprised at all. I ended up dropping this channel from my package, along with CTV Life. The only Bell specialty channel I have is CTV Sci-Fi, but even that channel’s going downhill fast. Save for Star Trek: Picard, Doctor Who and DC’s Legends Off Tomorrow, the rest of their schedule is reruns.

    Speaking of schedules, it seems there’s nothing listed on CTV’s main website along with their branded specialty channels as of this week. Is anyone even updating them? The schedule for Much has nothing listed as of yesterday. And Discovery’s schedule is blank after today. Only the TSN website has their schedule up-to-date. Wow, I mean not everything can be automated...

    Much is getting even more useless now. Even in the years that they have been cutting back on music programming, they have been the only channel in Canada to carry the BRIT Awards, but that is not the case this year. What timing, given it’s the 40th anniversary. They usually aired it in post-release on the same evening after they were held live. All so they can air their reruns of Seinfeld, The Office, The Simpsons and Tosh.O. I recall for some years in the early 2000s, CBC obtained the Canadian rights, sometimes airing the ceremony in primetime or late night. Unless anyone else in Canada acquired the rights, it seems the only way to watch is through live streaming on YouTube.

    My guess is that unless it’s anything from MTV, Much ended up scrapping all special programming from their lineup. If they could not even hold their own iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards ceremony last year, along with scrapping nearly their entire music video block, then retaining the rights to the BRIT Awards was not going to be in the cards either.
    I have been subscribed to Bravo since forever, there was always shows that either me or someone in the family was watching, at least one. Now I will repalce it with something else I guess until Killing Eve starts.

    CTV Drama and Sci-Fi are basically empty, save form Picard as you emntioned and Dr Who. the rest I have on the CW. They are puttin new shows from Hulu that would have gone to Bravo before on Starz now, to promote it I guess. They would basically have the option to put everything on one channel as Drama, Sci-fi and even Comedy and Life all would fit on one specialty channel. It's sad has those were the <better> specialty channel with Showcase for cable and international drama. There are so many tv shows now and these channels are emptying instead.

    They used to have just like 2-3 years ago pretty much all shows from USA, TNT and Sy-Fy, now they don't bother buying them. They could use those chanel and buy second run of streaming shows. They are showing Netflix Marcella on Max here in French and Sundance's Riviera. Why not do that at least.

    Cable channel are going fast and it;s not going to slow down by doing this.

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    Bell is clueless when it comes to scheduling content in a logical way. As more and more scheduling choices defy logic, more and more people will begin to look elsewhere for their content. I left Cable TV once again at the end of December 2019, and now that Bell got the Super Bowl simsub rights back for 2020 and beyond, the Bell juggernaut of destruction is only getting started.

    #RIP Canadian TV Industry
    Warning: I'm not playing with a full deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PokerFace View Post
    Bell is clueless when it comes to scheduling content in a logical way.
    TVViewer taught us something, shows broadcast rights are sold differently for conventional TV, specialty TV, PayTV and on-demand. First-run, syndication, catalog, you name it, Add OTT to the mix and it comes down to audiences, advertisers and costs.

    At the time, half of Syfy shows were coproductions with Showcase and the other half with Space. Showcase recently faded out original production, while Space took over Wynonna from CHCH since S2 and it's the only original cancon show for now. Syfy's Van Helsing is coproduction with Netflix. Thinking for a minute... Advertisers pay more money for reruns (incl. TBBT) than first-run shows, therefor some 1st-run shows end up on CraveTV. But Bell saw an opportunity in taking away CBSAA's subscription-selling show ST:Picard, and put it on Space and sell advertisements.

    Here we are, Corus shutting down 2 or 3 specialty channels per year while Bell keeps accumulating still-profitable zombie channels...
    "It's not a rerun if you haven't watched it yet." (© 2010 by TVViewer)
    "Ne jamais s'obstiner avec un épais. Il va vous abaisser à son niveau et vous battre avec l'expérience."

 

 

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