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CHCH Lands James Cameron's 'Avatar' For Fall 2011

James Cameron & Jon Landau
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James Cameron grew up in southern Ontario, so local TV station CHCH has grabbed his sci-fi epic 'Avatar' from Fox Studios for a Canadian free TV bow.

TORONTO – James Cameron grew up in southern Ontario ahead of moving to California and film stardom.

So it’s fitting that CHCH, a TV station that serves southern Ontario, has grabbed Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar for a Canadian free TV debut.

Hamilton, Ontario-based CHCH, which released its Fall 2011 schedule on Wednesday in Toronto, said the Fox Studios package deal will see the Ontario TV station and Metro 14 in Montreal counter-program a number of Hollywood movies during the upcoming primetime TV season.

CHCH will air 16 minutes of Avatar footage, including an alternative opening scene, not seen in the original theatrical release.

Other features to air on CHCH and Metro 14 include the Jeff Bridges-starring Crazy Heart, Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg, and the Liam Neeson-starrer Taken.

  And new TV series to debut on CHCH this Fall include CW’s Hart of Dixie, which stars Rachel Bilson and Scott Porter, Secret Circle, also from CW, and CBS’ The Insider.