U.S. skeds have Canadian repercussions


TORONTO -- Canadian broadcasters who own the domestic rights to U.S. primetime series are running into scheduling conflicts this week and next as the season finales of many of their most popular shows are going head-to-head in the States.

An example: ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS' "CSI" are ending their season runs this Thursday night at 9 p.m.

Canadian broadcaster CTV, however, has both series in its stable, and would prefer to "simulcast," or air U.S. series on the same night and time as they air stateside.

But this Thursday, CTV will be forced to leave "CSI" at 9 p.m. and move "Grey's Anatomy" pre-ABC to the 8 p.m. time slot.

There'll be another dilemma for rival Global Television next Monday (May 21) when NBC's "Heroes" and Fox's "24," two popular shows on that network's primetime schedule, end their runs this season.

The solution: Global Television will air the two-hour finale for "24" at 8 p.m., moving "Heroes" to 10 p.m. That represents a change from earlier in the season when "Heroes" aired at 8 p.m., an hour before its NBC airdate, allowing for a simulcast of "24" at 9 p.m.

There's also a scheduling headache for CTV on May 23 when the two-hour finale of ABC's "Lost" will begin at 7 p.m., an hour before its U.S. airdate, and the finale of ratings winner "American Idol" from Fox will air in its usual 9 p.m. slot.