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CTV, A unveil their fall schedules

CTV stays with tried and true; rebranded A network rolls out three new dramas

- ALEX STRACHAN

Safe, familiar and conservati­ve — that’s CTV’s fall schedule in a nutshell.

For something new, unfamiliar and innovative, viewers will need to look to CTV’s sister network, A, which has changed its name from A-Channel.

CTV executives unveiled a fall schedule yesterday in Toronto that is heavy on returning favourites like CSI and Grey’s Anatomy and features just three new scripted series, one of which will bow next month.

The newly rebranded A, on the other hand, will be home to three new dramas, as well as the second seasons of returnees Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money, all of which originally aired on CTV.

Susanne Boyce, CTV’s president, creative, of content and channels, said programmin­g came before rebranding in the decision to relaunch A-Channel as A. A’s programmin­g is complement­ary to CTV, rather than in competitio­n with it, she noted. She elected to keep CTV’s highest-rated, most-watched programs on CTV, while deliberate­ly reinventin­g A as a more eclectic, edgy option for dramas and comedies.

“What I love about A is that it’s a convention­al broadcaste­r, but it’s not too convention­al. We’re trying to stay fresh.” CTV’s new dramas:

Flashpoint, an ensemble action drama about an elite police reaction team, inspired by Toronto’s real-life Emergency Task Force. Featuring Enrico Colantoni, David Paetkau, Hugh Dillon, Gabriel Hogan and Amy Jo Johnson. Airs Fridays at 10 p.m., in simulcast with CBS. Debuts July 11.

The Listener, a Canadian character drama about a paramedic with psychic abilities, starring Craig Olejnik, with Ennis Esmer, Lisa Marcos and Myle Dinh-Robic. Airs Sundays at 10 p.m.; scheduled to air on NBC in the summer of 2009.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series of weekly 30-minute “mini-movies” based on the summer animation film and featuring the additional adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala. Airs Sundays at 7 p.m. Originates from the U.S. cable channel Cartoon Network. A’s new dramas:

The Mentalist, a supernatur­al character drama about a former TV psychic who, despite being exposed as a fraud, uses his genuine abilities as a mentalist to help local investigat­ors solve difficult cases. Starring Simon Baker, Robin Tunney and Owain Yeoman. Airs Mondays at 10 p.m., in prerelease from CBS.

Fringe, a J.J. Abrams-produced mystery thriller about a passenger jet that lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with passengers and crew all dead. Featuring Anna Torv, Mark Valley, John Noble and Lance Reddick. Airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m., in simulcast with Fox.

Eleventh Hour, a Jerry Bruckheime­r-produced science-fiction drama about a biophysici­st called in at the proverbial “11th hour” to solve seemingly unsolvable scientific anomalies. Starring Rufus Sewell, Marley Shelton and Marc Blucas. Airs Thursday at 10 p.m., in simulcast with CBS.

 ??  ?? The cast of CTV’s Corner Gas talk to reporters at Toronto press conference yesterday. Brent Butt, the star of the show, announced it would be their last season. The Corner Gas cast, from left to right in front row: Nancy Robertson, Fred Ewanuick, Butt,...
The cast of CTV’s Corner Gas talk to reporters at Toronto press conference yesterday. Brent Butt, the star of the show, announced it would be their last season. The Corner Gas cast, from left to right in front row: Nancy Robertson, Fred Ewanuick, Butt,...

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