Canadian cablers take wraps off fall


TORONTO -- As part of the continuing Canadian upfront presentations, Canadian cable channels on Tuesday unveiled their new and returning wares for fall.

CanWest MediaWork's TV Land said it has refreshed its stable of classic U.S. series by acquiring "Fantasy Island," 'Hart to Hart," "Love American Style" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show" to complement such returning series as "Dallas" and "Happy Days."

And over at Space, the cable sci-fi channel owned and operated by Chum Television, fresh blood includes Lifetime Television's "Blood Ties," "K-Ville," from 20th Century Fox Television, and "Grand Star," a Canadian drama based on the saga by French novelist Georges J. Arnaud.

And Star!, Chum Television's celebrity-themed cable channel, has two new reality series for September: the Russell Crowe-hosted "South Side Story" and "This Is David Gest," a show that follows Liza Minnelli's ex-husband. Both series were bought at the recent Los Angeles Screenings.

Chum Television, which is set to be taken over by rival broadcaster CTV pending regulatory approval, also announced that its Citytv and A-Channel TV stations will begin airing NBC's "Chuck," the Warner Bros. International TV drama, and CW's "Reaper," the Disney/ABC International Television drama.

Elsewhere, returning series at Star! include "America's Next Top Model" and "Australia's Next Top Model." Gone from the channel's lineup are shows from U.S.-based channel E!, which rival broadcaster CanWest MediaWorks will launch here in September.

CanWest, which operates two parallel conventional TV networks in Canada, will make its own pitch to domestic advertisers in Toronto on Wednesday.

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