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Global adds five new series to fall TV mix

- ALEX STRACHAN

Get young, grab more viewers. That’s Global TV’s gamble for fall.

Global TV is counting on an injection of fresh, young talent and new energy this fall to help reverse a slide in fortunes in recent seasons that saw the once dominant network fall behind rival CTV in overall viewers.

Global’s fall TV schedule, unveiled to advertiser­s yesterday in Toronto, features five new series, including four dramas and one comedy. That’s two more than CTV, which announced just three new series, two of them for the fall, when it unveiled its schedule earlier in the week.

Global’s new offerings include an updated, presentday spinoff from the ’90s hit Beverly Hills, 90210, as well as an Americaniz­ed adaptation of the recent BBC cult hit Life on Mars, about a present-day police detective who wakes up in the past after surviving a near-fatal car crash.

The other new dramas are The Ex-List, a romantic, present-day fairy tale about a young woman’s search for the man she’s destined to marry, and My Own Worst Enemy, an action adventure starring Christian Slater as a suburban dad who learns he’s unknowingl­y been leading a double life as a secret agent and government operative.

Global’s sole new comedy Kath & Kim is adapted from an Australian original about the love-hate relationsh­ip between a dysfunctio­nal divorcee and her recently separated grown daughter.

The network’s fall schedule will feature the return of familiar programs like Prison Break, Heroes, Brothers & Sisters and Bones, as well as a new season of Survivor, this time set in the equatorial African nation of Gabon.

Global’s top-rated drama, House, will also return, but on a new night and time. NCIS, Numb3rs and the Emmy Award-winning comedy The Office will also be back, along with new seasons of The Simpsons, Family Guy and King of the Hill.

Global has acquired the broadband rights to several of its more popular programs for the first time, including Heroes, House and The Office. Global also secured broadband rights for the new series 90210, Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy. That means viewers will be able to watch episodes online at Globaltv.com after they have aired.

The homegrown, set-in-B.C. drama The Guard will also return. It will now be seen on Wednesdays. The set-inToronto comedy ’Da Kink in My Hair will return in midseason.

24 will also return in midseason, after an absence of nearly two years. A two-hour “prequel” TV movie will air in November, however.

The critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights will also be back in midseason.

Not returning are Back to You, New Amsterdam and Canterbury’s Law. Shark, Women’s Murder Club, Cane, K-Ville and Bionic Woman were also cancelled. Life will return, but will now be seen on Fridays. Global’s sister channel E! will feature a mix of returning comedies like ’Til Death and How I Met Your Mother; the reality series and games shows The Biggest Loser, Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; and programmin­g originatin­g from the E! cable network in the U.S., including new seasons of Dr. 90210, E! True Hollywood Story, The Real Housewives of Orange County and Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane.

E! will also be home to new episodes of the homegrown drama The Best Years. Boston Legal will also move to E!, on Monday nights, when it returns in the fall.

New E! dramas include a present-day update of the 1980s cult hit Knight Rider and a pair of new comedies: Do Not Disturb, about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at an upscale Manhattan hotel, and Worst Week, about a struggling writer’s losing efforts to impress his girlfriend’s parents.

 ??  ?? Hugh Laurie returns as Dr. Greg House on Global’s toprated House, but on a new night and time. Also, for the first time, viewers will be able to watch episodes online at Globaltv.com after they have aired.
Hugh Laurie returns as Dr. Greg House on Global’s toprated House, but on a new night and time. Also, for the first time, viewers will be able to watch episodes online at Globaltv.com after they have aired.

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