U.S. series set Canadian return dates


TORONTO -- As they bounce back from the WGA strike, Canadian broadcasters on Monday unveiled start dates for returning hit U.S. series.

CTV, Canada's primetime ratings leader, said that ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" will return March 17, followed by fresh episodes of CBS' "CSI: Miami" that will bow March 24.

Private Canadian broadcasters typically simulcast American primetime series in the same time slot as they hold on U.S. networks south of the border, to maximize audience and advertising revenue.

Other fresh episodes in the pipeline for CTV includes the return of ABC's Criminal Minds" and CBS' "CSI: New York" on April 2, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" on April 3 and "Ghost Whisperer" on April 4.

In April, CTV will return with new one-hours of "ER," "Desperate Housewives," "Law and Order: SVU," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost."

Rival Global Television is to air new episodes of NBC's "My Name is Earl" from April 3 with a one-hour episode, followed a week later with a resumption of the simulcast at 9 p.m.

Global's returning slate includes CBS' "NCIS" on April 8, NBC's "The Office" on April 10, Fox's "Bones" on April 14 and Fox's "House" on April 28.

Aside from returning U.S. series, Canadian broadcasters also face the prospect of a truncated Los Angeles Screenings in May as their traditional Hollywood suppliers trot out fewer pilots in the wake of the Hollywood writers strike.