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The Canadians have unveiled their first U.S. rookie series purchases at the Los Angeles Screenings.
Canada’s CTV has scooped up four comedies and nine dramas for its 2017-18 primetime campaign, including CBS’ The Big Bang Theory prequel, Young Sheldon, and ABC’s Inhumans and Fox’s The Gifted, both Marvel dramas.
CTV already has the superhero dramas like Arrow and The Flash in its stable north of the border. Parent Bell Media’s annual Hollywood shopping expedition this year also netted Me, Myself & I, the single camera comedy starring Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette, the revival of Roseanne, and the untitled spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, a mainstay of CTV’s Thursday night schedule.
Bell Media, a traditional buyer of ABC Studios product, again did package buying with that studio as it picked up The Mayor, executive produced by Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), For the People, from Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, The Gospel of Kevin and The Crossing.
Despite a soft ad market and splintering audiences at home as broadcasters compete against Netflix and Amazon in the streaming space, the Canadians are avid buyers at the Los Angeles Screenings, chasing the next Survivor or Modern Family as they debut networks series mostly day-and-date with the U.S.
Bell Media also picked up The Good Doctor from Sony Pictures Television. CTV, Canada’s top-rated broadcaster, also bought from Warner Bros. International Television, Lionsgate Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox.
The new buys included the mystery-thriller Ten Days in the Valley, from showrunner Tassie Cameron and starring Kyra Sedgwick, and the police procedural Deception.
Bell Media will unveil its new and returning U.S. series June 7 in Toronto during the Canadian Upfronts.
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