Canucks stock up at L.A. Screenings

Major broadcasters return home with a slate of studio product

TORONTO -- Major Canadian broadcasters on Friday headed home from the Los Angeles Screenings with several fresh U.S. shows to complete their fall TV schedules.

Canwest Global Communications Corp. picked up a slate of CBS Studios product, including the remake of "Hawaii Five-O" for Mondays at 10 p.m., and grabbed a package from Twentieth Century Fox led by the buzz-worthy "Ride-Along" and the mid-season Steven Spielberg series "Terra Nova" for Fox.

In all, Canwest Global acquired an estimated 15 new series for its Global Television network as it continues to play catch-up with Canadian primetime leader CTV.

CTV, with incumbency on its main network, bought mostly for its secondary A Channel network on Thursday night, picking up Chuck Lorre's latest comedy, "Mike & Molly," from Warner Bros. Television for Mondays at 9.30 p.m.

The CBS comedy will receive a lead-in from "Two and a Half Men," already a CTV performer.

Other Warner Bros pick-ups for CTV include "$#*! My Dad Says," which stars Canadian-born actor William Shatner, on Thursdays at 8.30 p.m.

Warner Bros. also sold CTV the two new series on CW next season, the action-drama "Nikita," and "Hellcats" from Bonanza/Warner Bros./CBS TV.

The Canadians buy on the hop in Los Angeles as they typically simulcast, or air American prime time series in the same time slot as they hold on U.S. networks south of the border, to maximize audience and advertising revenues.
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