Global Television Unwraps U.S. Shows For Fall 2011
TORONTO – After a flurry of deal-making by the Canadians at the Los Angeles Screenings, Global Television unveiled its Fall-2011 schedule Tuesday and decided to stand pat.
Canadian network programmers bought a dozen new U.S. dramas and comedies to complement returning anchor shows like Fox’s House and CBS’ Hawaii Five-O on Mondays, Fox’s Glee on Tuesdays, CBS’ Survivor franchise on Wednesdays and Fox’s Bones on Thursdays.
Global Television dealt with the shift of House on Mondays to 9 p.m. by pre-releasing a returning NCIS at 8 p.m.
Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur epic Terra Nova, which Fox paired with House, went to rival Citytv at the recent LA Screenings.
The only addition to Tuesday nights is the third season of NBC’s Parenthood coming over from Citytv to air in a simulcast at 10 p.m.
And Global Television picked up the second season of NBC’s Harry’s Law for Wednesday nights at 9 p.m., followed by a pre-release of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares at 10 p.m.
Where possible, Canadian broadcasters simulcast U.S. network series, or air them in the same time slot they hold south of the border, to maximize ad revenue.
On all-important Thursdays, Global Television will pre-release NBC’s The Office at 8 p.m., show CBS’s rookie comedy How To Be a Gentleman at 8:30 p.m., and then simulcast Bones at 9 p.m., followed by NBC’s Prime Suspect at 10 p.m.
Fridays get major surgery: Global Television will air CBS’s A Gifted Man in simulcast at 8 p.m., followed by Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter in post-release at 9 p.m.
Then at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays this Fall, Global Television will air TV Land’s Fran Drescher-starrer Happily Divorced at 9:30 p.m., followed by CW’s The Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, at 10 p.m.
Global Television also left Sunday night virtually untouched, only adding the Fox animated series Allen Gregory at 8:30 p.m. to a lineup that includes The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.
While on its recent Hollywood shopping expedition, Global Television programmers bought a trio of shows from traditional supplier CBS Television Studios – A Gifted Man, How To Be a Gentleman and the mid-season series The 2-2, executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.
The Canadian broadcaster also filled its shopping basket with three 20th Century Fox series as part of another long-standing output deal, including Fox’s Napoleon Dynamite and The Finder, both mid-season shows.
And Global Television picked up from Warner Bros. NBC’s mid-season series Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.
Other scheduling highlights: CBS’ morning show The Talk acquired for weekdays at 2 p.m., and CBS’ The Late, Late Show for weeknights at 12:35 a.m.
When Global Television execs take the stage Tuesday afternoon in Toronto to pitch local advertisers on their Fall 2011 schedule, all eyes will be on how the network beats back the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, as it continues to gain on its private sector rivals.
And Global Television will be looking to woo advertisers as their attention this week turns to a mounting rivalry between ratings leader CTV and Citytv, the big Canadian spender at last week’s Screenings.
On Monday, CTV-parent Bell Media said it was rebranding its secondary A Channel network as CTV Two to take direct aim at Citytv.
For its part, Citytv programmers said they will launch in October an all-news cable channel, CityNews Channel, to fend off competition from Bell Media’s CP24, an all-news cable channel out of Toronto.
CTV is to unveil its fall 2011 lineup at its own Upfront presentation to Canadian advertisers on Thursday.