CTV grabs 'Mad Men'


TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CTV on Thursday said it has acquired the first two seasons of AMC's "Mad Men" and intends to give the U.S. cable drama its first free TV airdate.

Toronto-based CTV said it picked up the Canadian conventional and cable TV rights to "Mad Men," which was created by executive producer/writer Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate.

CTV also acquired the broadband and VOD rights for the second season, which AMC ordered in September after "Mad Men" had a successful rookie season on the U.S. cable channel.

CTV in 2000 became the first free, over-the-air TV network to air "The Sopranos," which Weiner executive produced and helped write. Now it will do the same with Weiner's latest creation, a drama set on Madison Avenue in the 1960s.

The cast includes Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and Christina Hendricks.

"With creator Matt Weiner, there's a real pedigree evident in 'Mad Men' that originates directly from 'The Sopranos.' Weiner's years on 'The Sopranos' has manifested in the experience he brings to this next, great, big buzz show," Susanne Boyce, president of creative, content and channels at CTV, said of her latest acquisition.