Channel Zero loads up on U.S. network series

Including NBC's 'Chuck' and CW's 'Smallville'

BANFF, ALBERTA -- Canadian indie broadcaster Channel Zero has acquired a slate of U.S. network series, including NBC's "Chuck" and CW's "Smallville," to bolster its all-news, all-movies over-the-air TV station in Hamilton, Ontario.

Following the recent Los Angeles Screenings and major Canadian broadcasters completing their annual shopping expedition with major Hollywood suppliers, Channel Zero moved in to acquire the scripted series "Chuck," "Supernatural" and "Smallville," in addition to "60 Minutes*, "20/20" and "48 Hours Mystery."

CHCH this fall will also air "NightLine" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" at 11:30 p.m. and 12 midnight, respectively.

Channel Zero last year paid $12 to grab the broadcast license for loss-making Hamilton, Ontario TV station CHCH-TV from a struggling Canwest Global Communications Corp., before reviving the station as an all-news, all-movies service serving the Hamilton and Toronto markets.

The indie broadcaster will also this fall rebrand its Montreal over-the-air TV station as Metro 14 to reach a wider urban demo.