CTV grabs WBTV fare for its A list


Canadian ratings leader CTV on Monday unveiled a fall schedule heavy on U.S. shows and new homegrown series.

Among its seven new series are Warner Bros.' "Eleventh Hour," "The Mentalist" and J.J. Abrams' "Fringe," which will air on CTV's recently acquired A-Channel network.

The network, to be rebranded as A, also will feature returning U.S. series "Pushing Daisies," "Private Practice," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Cold Case" and "Gossip Girl."

The Canadian broadcaster programmed only one rookie U.S. series on its main CTV network: Lucasfilm Animation's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" for Sunday nights at 7.

The main CTV network will rely on such returning hits as "American Idol," "Grey's Anatomy," the "CSI" franchise, "Criminal Minds" and "Desperate Housewives."

New Canadian dramas from CTV include two series sold to U.S. networks during the recent WGA strike: CBS' "Flashpoint," to air Fridays at 10 p.m., and NBC's "The Listener," which will air Sundays at 10 p.m. after "Housewives."

Also on the domestic front, CTV will air a Canadian version of "So You Think You Can Dance"; a new Brent Butt comedy; a daytime talker hosted by radio and TV host Marilyn Denis; and a new season of "Canada's Next Top Model." (partialdiff)