CTV revealed its plans for the 2005-2006 television season today at the Network’s Upfront Presentation held at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.
The announcement was led by Ivan Fecan, President and CEO of Bell Globemedia and CEO of CTV Inc., who revisited the past year in television. The most successful year yet under Fecan’s leadership, he presented an overwhelming list of achievements for CTV: a year that saw CTV not just keep, but grow its lead over all competitors finishing No. 1 in prime-time in total viewers and three key selling demographics (Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54); a year that saw CTV win all seven nights (up from 5 last year); a year that saw CTV capture 18 of Canada’s Top 20 most-watched programs (up from 14 last year), including: television’s most–watched program (The Academy Awards), TV’s No. 1 drama (CSI), TV’s No. 1 New Drama (Desperate Housewives), TV’s No. 1 Comedy (Corner Gas), TV’s No. 1 Reality Program (The Amazing Race), TV’s No. 1 English-language Variety Program (Canadian Idol), TV’s Top 3 Canadian Dramas, TV’s No. 1 Local and National Newscasts, TV’s No. 1 newsmagazine (W-FIVE) and TV’s No. 1 entertainment program (etalk Daily). It was a year where a remarkable six new series on CTV finished inside the Top 20 list of programs. In short, CTV finished No. 1 last Summer, No. 1 last Fall, No. 1 in Winter and No. 1 in Spring.
Source: BBM and Nielsen.
One year ago, Fecan announced CTV had claimed a new ratings beachhead, becoming the
No. 1 broadcaster in the A18-34 demo in addition to its established leads in total viewers,
A18-49 and A25-54. He went on to promise to widen the gulf between itself and its competitors. Confirmation came today that CTV had done just that as Fecan revealed that the past 52 weeks shows audience growth in all demos for CTV while its major competitor’s audience continued to decline. The result: CTV’s total prime-time audience levels (AMA, 2+, 1.4M) finished a staggering 79 per cent higher than its closest competitor (Global, 779,000). In A18-34, CTV audiences finished 50 per cent better; In A18-49, CTV audience finished 63 per cent ahead; and in A25-54 CTV audiences finished a staggering 71 per cent higher than Global (Source Nielsen, 52 weeks – May 22/02 through May 22/05, prime time: Mon-Sun 8p-11p).
Following Fecan, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group Susanne Boyce unveiled the next chapter in CTV’s story of growth and success. Before an overflowing house comprised of media buyers and industry insiders, Boyce outlined full plans for the next 52 weeks in television, designed to build on the growing momentum of the past year and most recently a No. 1 Spring line-up. Boyce walked the audience through CTV’s new and potent Summer line-up (see “CTV Summer Line-up” release) before outlining a powerful Fall schedule featuring the deepest, most diverse line-up in television; combining an exciting mix of returning Top 20 performers with the hottest new and returning programs from every genre.
CTV’s New 2005 Fall Schedule includes five key acquisitions. They are: CLOSE TO HOME, the Bruckheimer legal drama starring Canadian Jennifer Finnigan; the chilling INVASION from famed writer/executive producer Shaun Cassidy and multiple Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme starring Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch), William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down) and Canadian Kari Matchett (Plague City, SARS in Toronto); GHOST WHISPERER starring Jennifer Love Hewitt; INCONCEIVABLE, starring Ming Na (ER) and Jonathan Cake; and TWINS, from Emmy Award-winning producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace) starring Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) and Melanie Griffith (Working Girl).
CTV also announced today eight titles for its midseason line-up (5 U.S. pick-ups, 3 New Canadian series). From the U.S.: CRUMBS, starring Fred Savage; IN JUSTICE, starring
Jason O‘Mara (The Agency) and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City), reality series THE MIRACLE WORKERS; THE EVIDENCE, a character-based drama from John Wells (The West Wing, ER); and WHAT ABOUT BRIAN from acclaimed executive producer JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias). The three new Canadian scripted midseason series are WHISTLER, a one-hour drama set on the breathtaking slopes of Whistler, BC; ALICE I THINK, based on the wildly popular, critically acclaimed books by Susan Juby about a quirky teenager, and her equally unique and dysfunctional family; and JEFF LTD., starring Gemini winning Best Actor Jeff Seymour as a megalomaniac marketing “genius” whose hilariously warped touch turns everything to gold, except for the world of women.
Unveiling the 2005-2006 Season, Boyce confirmed CTV’s philosophy of programming aggressively and taking smart risks. She reiterated the commitment to acquiring television’s hottest programs and commenting on the new line-up, said: “The creative community definitely delivered this year. Once again, CTV has joined with the best in the business in both Hollywood and here at home. Winners seek out winners and that’s why CTV considers itself in partnership with brand name producers like Jerry Bruckheimer, J.J. Abrams, Simon Fuller, Dick Wolfe, John Brunton, Sandra Faire, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, … and the list goes on.”
CTV also acquired three more series that will remain unscheduled, joining CTV for all-important bench-strength. They are: COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF starring Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise) and Donald Sutherland (M*A*S*H); CRIMINAL MINDS, starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin (Chicago Hope); and THE NIGHT STALKER starring Stuart Townsend (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) from the produces of the X-Files.
All-told, the new additions join a championship line-up for CTV that features returning Top 20 series like American Idol, Desperate Housewives, Corner Gas, Cold Case, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, the Law and Order franchise, The Amazing Race, The O.C., The Simple Life and more… Together, the mix represents the best in comedy, drama (U.S. and Canadian) and reality programming assembled with a view to keep the CTV line-up fresh, provocative and attitudinally young.
“Programming is about the big moments. And its also about momentum,” said Boyce. You can’t buy momentum – you have to create it. Creating it takes time and commitment and we’ve built upon a solid foundation in Fall/Winter 2004, carrying forward into a terrific Spring where CTV programs counted 18 of the Top 20. As we speed through our biggest summer slate ever, we are gearing up for another Fall schedule filled with even bigger moments and water-cooler buzz.”
Today’s announcement follows just one week after the launch of CTV’s high impact summer schedule that features 19 new and returning series designed to springboard viewers straight into its Fall Schedule. Canadian Idol is off to its most successful start ever, blasting out of the starting gate with record ratings. Each of its opening week episodes (Mon-Wed) won the night in Canada, finishing with a combined audience of 2.08 million viewers on CTV, up six per cent over last year, as well as in two key selling demos (up 26 per cent in A18-34; up nine per cent in A18-49).
Canadian Idol is joined by eight new summer reality series. They are: Dancing With the Stars, The Scholar, Beauty and the Geek, Brat Camp, The Law Firm, So You Think You Can Dance?, Tommy Lee Goes to School and Welcome to the Neighborhood. CTV’s 2005 summer line-up also includes a slate of three new scripted series (Veronica Mars, Robson Arms and Empire) and eight returning series including The West Wing, “new comedies” The Osbournes, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Punk’d and Pimp My Ride and Canadian comedic mainstays Comedy Inc. and Comedy Now!
CTV also took advantage of today’s presentation not only to outline its new Canadian Television Package, but also to reaffirm its commitment to developing, scheduling and promoting original programming that is aimed squarely at the Top 20. This year, CTV will add three new original scripted series (Whistler, Alice, I Think, Jeff Ltd.) to the schedule, for a total of eight Canadian prime-time series for 2005-2006. Included in the mix are two of Canada’s favourites: Corner Gas, the No. 1 Canadian scripted series of any genre and Canada’s No. 1 Comedy, and television’s top-rated all-Canadian drama, the internationally acclaimed Degrassi: The Next Generation. The others include the sophomore season of Instant Star and new seasons of the award winning stand-up hit Comedy Now! and its comedic cousin, Comedy Inc. (See CTV’s “Canadian Television Package” for comprehensive details outlining these programs).
“Today’s announcement re-confirms CTV’s unwavering commitment to Canadian programming, said Boyce. “Not only does CTV develop and produce hit domestic fare in all genres, but we commit enormous and necessary resources to build and generate profile for these terrific properties. Corner Gas and Degrassi are just two examples of recent breakthroughs and in 2005-2006, we look forward to more breakout successes.”
CTV’s 2004-2005 schedule will also feature the best in Canadian originally scripted movies with the addition of 13 new titles to its Original Movie Package. Titles include: Doomstown, Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, Last Exit, Friend of the Family, One Dead Indian, North Of Hope, Playing House, Selling Innocence, Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story, Spirit Bear, The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story, Terry and War Correspondent — The Clark Todd Story. The dramatic movie bundle continues to underscore CTV’s unparalleled commitment to scripted movies and mini-series (See CTV’s “Canadian Television Package” for further details).
On the documentary front, CTV will premiere 14 new documentary titles. Highlights include
All The Fuss Over Corner Gas, Growing Up On Degrassi and Terry Fox: Running on a Dream. Each of the three, though stand-alone as titles, will premiere next to their dramatic counterparts in the 2005-2006 season (See CTV’s “Canadian Television Package” for further details).
It’s another blockbuster year in specials on CTV, anchored by the April, 2006 presentation of The JUNO Awards from Halifax. It’s the first time ever for Canada’s premier musical showcase in Nova Scotia. After stops in St. John’s, Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg, the JUNOS have become water-cooler programming for Canadians. The JUNOS will join The 78th Annual Academy Awards, The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, The 57th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, The 33rd Annual American Music Awards and the second installment of Canada’s Walk of Fame on CTV. In all, it’s television’s most prolific Awards package and covering the scene for viewers coast-to-coast remains CTV original etalk Daily.
In Sports, CTV strengthens its position as a leader in High Definition by bringing viewers coverage of the 101st Bell Canadian Open in HD, marking the first time a Canadian golf event will be televised in High Definition. CTV teams up with TSN for live coverage of all four rounds this September. The sports action continues from the world of figure skating with the 2005 MasterCard Skate Canada International from St. John‘s (October) and the 2006 BMO Financial Group Canadian Championships from Ottawa (January 2006).
Since 2001-2002, CTV has consistently improved its prime-time ratings, moving its average prime-time audience from 931,000 (June/01- May/02) to 1.395M (June/04- May/05) for an increase of 50 per cent in viewership. By comparison, using the same data, Global has declined six per cent over the same time frame. The same story unfolds in the A18-34, A18-49 and the A25-54 demographics where CTV audiences have increased 53%, 51% and 51% respectively. The competitor is down 18%, 13% and 6% in the same categories (Source Nielsen, 52 weeks – May 22/02 through May 22/05, prime time: Mon-Sun 8p-11p).
The timing is no coincidence. CTV broke new ground four years ago when it began striking program deals with “unconventional” partners. On CTV, Canadians began making hits out of series like The Sopranos from HBO, The Daily Show from Comedy Central, The Newlyweds and The Osbournes from MTV and Nip/Tuck from FX.
A comparative look at CTV’s Top 20 growth, comparing Spring 2004 to Spring 2005 illustrates CTV’s growth in total viewers and in key demos:
Demo Spring ‘05 Spring ‘04
• All viewers 18 of Top 20 vs. 14 of Top 20
• Adults 18-34 14 of Top 20 vs. 10 of Top 20
• Adults 18-49 15 of Top 20 vs. 12 of Top 20
• Adults 25-54 17 of Top 20 vs. 12 of Top 20
Commenting on assembling CTV’s Fall 2005 line-up as presented today, Boyce said: “Our strategy is to focus on delivering Top 20 programs to mass audiences. In the end its all about content; the stories that touch us all. Strength in all genres and balance across the schedule are the keys to competitive strength in conventional television.”
Addendums to Follow:
Addendum A – The 2005 New Fall Season – Day by Day
Addendum B – The CTV 2005 Prime-time Schedule at a glance
Addendum C – Show Descriptions
ADDENDUM A – THE 2005 NEW FALL SEASON – DAY BY DAY (All times in ET) SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDSAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY ADDENDUM B – THE CTV 2005 PRIME-TIME SCHEDULE – AT A GLANCE All times are Eastern Time. New programs are in BOLDED CAPS (except CSI and ER). SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY UNSCHEDULED PROGRAMS AND MIDSEASONS According To Jim, Alias, ALICE I THINK, American Idol, Comedy Now!, Comedy Inc., COMMANDER IN CHIEF, CRIMINAL MINDS, CRUMBS, THE EVIDENCE, THE MIRACLE WORKERS, Instant Star, JEFF LTD. (formerly Jeff @ Work), Law and Order, Less Than Perfect, NIGHT STALKER, Scrubs, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, IN JUSTICE, WHISTLER. ADDENDUM C – SHOW DESRIPTIONS NEW FALL SERIES (U.S.) Close To Home Ghost Whisperer Inconceivable Invasion number of bizarre occurrences start taking place in his community. And when it appears that the Sheriff, Tom Underlay, may somehow be involved, a series of personal alarms goes off for Russell and his family: the sheriff is married to Russell‘s ex-wife, Dr. Mariel Underlay, chief of staff at the local hospital and mother of Russell‘s two children. In the end, Invasion is a suspenseful tale of a blended family that finds itself at the center of a conspiracy to mask an alien takeover that is happening one neighbor at a time. The chilling drama comes from famed writer/executive producer Shaun Cassidy (“Cold Case,” “American Gothic,” “The Agency”) and multiple Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “ER”). Eddie Cibrian (“Third Watch”), William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down”) and Kari Matchett (“Angel Eyes”, Plague City, SARS in Toronto) star. Credits: Twins NEW MID-SEASON SERIES (U.S.) Crumbs The creator of “Caroline in the City” mines his own WASP family for comedy that‘s smart, funny and surprising. The series stars Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”) and Jane Curtin (two-time Emmy Award winner for “Kate & Allie,” “SNL,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) and is from the producers of “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill.” Credits: In Justice Cast: Credits: The Miracle Workers Credits: Credits: What About Brian Cast: Credits: NEW MID-SEASON SERIES (CANADIAN) Whistler Alice, I Think Jeff Ltd. UNSCHEDULED NEW ACQUISITIONS (U.S.) Commander-in-Chief The Night Stalker Cast: Credits:
Sundays are stronger than ever on CTV. In an afternoon release, CTV will air Alias at 4 p.m. followed by new comedy TWINS delivered at 5 p.m. According to Jim follows at 5:30 p.m. Following local News, CTV will premiere another blockbuster season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent in a pre-release at 7 p.m. White House drama The West Wing returns to the Fall Schedule on CTV at 8 p.m. followed by those incredible ladies of Wisteria Lane. Desperate Housewives returns for a sophomore season at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., CTV locks in upstart drama series Grey’s Anatomy.
The prime-time weekday line-up starts with Canada’s No. 1 comedy. Corner Gas returns at 8 p.m. for an all-new third season, preparing to defend its No. 1 titles against the newest wave of American sitcoms. At 8:30 p.m., Degrassi: The Next Generation makes its 25th Anniversary season premiere promising a whole new wave of twists and turns. Then at 9 p.m., Patricia Arquette returns as suburban mom Alison Dubois as Season 2 of Medium returns. Then at 10 p.m., CTV will continue to cap the winning evening with CSI: Miami.
On Tuesday, Montreal native Jennifer Finnigan stars in new legal drama from Jerry Bruckheimer CLOSE TO HOME in a pre-release at 8 p.m. Next up is television’s No. 1 reality series with The Amazing Race at 9. p.m. Back to defend its title as timeslot winner at 10 p.m. is Law and Order: SVU.
One of the most talked about new series joins the schedule in a pre-release of INVASION, starring Canadian Kari Matchett and Eddie Cibrian. At 9 p.m., the castaways return in the highly anticipated second series of Lost. Gary Sinise returns at 10 p.m. with CSI: New York.
CTV keeps its entire Thursday night prime-time line-up intact for 2005-2006 with The O.C. at 8 p.m., followed by television’s No. 1 rated drama, CSI at 9 p.m. and perennial favourite ER at 10 p.m. It’s a one-two-three punch guaranteed to deliver mass audiences.
CTV makes wholesale changes to its Friday night line-up this year with the debut of two new series and the addition of a fan favourite. Beginning at 8 p.m., viewers can see Jennifer Love Hewitt in GHOST WHISPERER, followed by the much-anticipated second season of Nip/Tuck, uncut and un-censored at 9 p.m. Then at 10 p.m., CTV debuts ensemble drama INCONCEIVABLE.
At 5 p.m., CTV will premiere Wife Swap in an afternoon release. Then, coming off its most successful season in recent history, CTV’s W-FIVE kicks off Saturday night at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., Kathryn Morris returns in a pre-release of hit series Cold Case in a new day for CTV. At 9 p.m. CTV continues with “Crimetime Saturday”, rotating episodes of “CSI”, “Cold Case” and “CSI: Miami” through the timeslot over the duration of the season. At 10 p.m., family man Tony Soprano returns in Season 5 of the critically acclaimed The Sopranos. Once again, CTV will air the series uncensored.
4-5 p.m. Alias
5-5:30 p.m. TWINS
5:30-6 p.m. According to Jim
7-8 p.m. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
8-9 p.m. The West Wing
9-10 Desperate Housewives
10-11 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
8-8:30 p.m. Corner Gas
8:30- 9 p.m. Degrassi: The Next Generation
9-10 p.m. Medium
10-11 p.m. CSI: Miami
8-9 p.m. CLOSE TO HOME
9-10 p.m. The Amazing Race
10-11 p.m. Law and Order: SVU
8-9:00 p.m. INVASION
9-10 p.m. Lost
10-11 p.m. CSI: NEW YORK
8-9:00 p.m. The O.C.
9-10 p.m. CSI
10-11 p.m. ER
8-9 p.m. GHOST WHISPERER
9-10 p.m. Nip/Tuck
10-11 p.m. INCONCEIVABLE
5-6 p.m. Wife Swap
7-8 p.m. W-FIVE
8-9 p.m. Cold Case
9-10 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. The Sopranos V
Canadian Jennifer Finnigan (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) stars in this legal drama that tears away the facade of suburbia to reveal that sometimes quiet and tranquil streets can hide the darkest of crimes. Annabeth Chase (Finnigan) is a young, aggressive prosecutor with a perfect conviction record who tries the cases that take place in her own backyard. Returning to work after having her first child, Annabeth is ready to take on the most difficult cases, fueled by her passion to protect her community and her family. Kimberly Elise (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”), John Carroll Lynch (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Christian Kane (“Friday Night Lights”) also star. Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Without A Trace”), Jonathan Littman (“Cold Case,” “The Amazing Race”), Jim Leonard (“Thieves”) and Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Party of Five”) stars in a drama, inspired by the work of famed medium James Van Praagh, about Melinda Gordon (Hewitt), a young newlywed with the unique ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of people who have died and who seek her help. Melinda uses her gift to relay significant messages and important information to the living, but sometimes the messages she receives are intense and confusing. As a result, she is often met with questions and skepticism by the survivors. But when Melinda is able to help both the lost souls who contact her and those who are still alive, she knows that her unique talent is an asset and not a liability. David Conrad (“Profiler”) and Aisha Tyler (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) also star. John Gray (“Helter Skelter,” “Martin & Lewis”), Ian Sander and Kim Moses (“Profiler”) are executive producers for Touchstone Television in association with Paramount Network Television.
Come inside the world of the doctors of the Family Options Fertility Clinic in this ensemble drama, where one of the most complicated questions is to conceive — or not to conceive. Assuredly, theirs is a noble quest as they help desperate couples give birth; however, clinic co-founders Dr. Malcolm Bower (Jonathan Cake, “Fallen”) and Rachael Lew (Ming-Na, NBC‘s Emmy-winning “ER”) and their staff, including psychologist Lydia Crawford (guest-starring Alfre Woodard, “Beauty Shop”), Nurse Patrice (Joelle Carter, “American Pie 2”), office manager Marrissa (Mary Catherine Garrison, “How to Deal”) and attorney Scott (David Norona, “Mr. Sterling”) are not above their own occasional adventures involving sex, deception and secrets. As viewers navigate through the ultrasound and super-egos, the missing frozen embryos and impending malpractice suits, it‘s positively clear that life inside this clinic is anything but sterile.
“Inconceivable” is a Tollin-Robbins production in association with Touchstone Television. Mike Tollin (“Smallville”), Brian Robbins (“Smallville”), Joe Davola (“Smallville”), Oliver Goldstick (“Desperate Housewives”) and Marco Pennette (“What I Like About You”) serve as executive producers.
When an unexpected hurricane strikes South Florida, a small town‘s inhabitants literally find their lives turned upside down. But for dedicated park ranger Russell Varon, a divorced father of two who recently married television reporter Larkin Groves, the storm proves to be merely a backdrop for something far more sinister. Always skeptical about the paranoid conspiracy theories of his shiftless brother-in-law, Dave, Russell may have to revise his thinking when a
Executive Producer/Writer: Shaun Cassidy (“American Gothic”)
Pilot Executive Producer/Director: Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”)
Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, Shaun Cassidy Productions
Emmy Award-winning producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick (“Will & Grace”) reveal their unique take on contemporary relationships, societal stereotypes and perceptions of brains vs. beauty in “Twins.” Mitchee (Sara Gilbert – “Roseanne”) has the intelligence and the determination of a successful businesswoman. Her twin sister, Farrah (Molly Stanton – “Passions”), is a stunningly perfect lingerie model. Mitchee and Farrah are about to inherit their parents‘ undergarment business, which gained world renown for form-fitting inventions that make every woman look and feel like a goddess. These anything-but-identical twins are true reflections of their parents. Mitchee takes after their dad, Alan (Mark Linn Baker – “Perfect Strangers”), a brilliant designer who built the company up from nothing, while Farrah is the image of their mother, Lee (Melanie Griffith – “Working Girl”), a beautiful former lingerie model who is not a deep thinker. Despite loyal staff members like flamboyant Neil (Chris Fitzgerald – “Personal Velocity”) and hot new marketing exec Jordan (Steve Braun – “True Calling,” “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), with Mitchee and Farrah in charge, this business–and the family–are going to need a lot of support.
Family is enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Children keep secrets from their parents so they won‘t upset them, dads leave for other women and moms try to run over dads with the car. Actually, that was the point that the Crumb family realized Mom was crazy. Estranged brothers Mitch and Jody Crumb reunite in their small hometown to deal with their mother, Suzanne, who is being released from a psychiatric country club and has yet to discover that her ex-husband, Billy, is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend. They have issues… major issues. Central to everything is the dynamic between these two brothers: Mitch is the prodigal son who is returning home after a failed Hollywood career, and Jody is the older brother who has stayed in the confines of their small New England town to run the family business. Together for the first time as adults, this family will have to stick by one another despite their combustible relationships.
Executive Producer/Writer: Marco Pennette (“Caroline in the City”)
Executive Producers: Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola — (“Smallville,” “One Tree Hill”)
Production Company: Touchstone Television
There are a lot of procedurals on the air that focus on putting people in jail. This is a show about getting them out. Every year, hundreds of innocent men and women get convicted of crimes they didn‘t commit. Sloppy police work. False testimony. Biased juries. In the blink of an eye an innocent man can lose his life to the mistakes of an imperfect system. And every year the number of innocents who live without hope behind bars multiplies, while the real criminals walk free. The innocent have finally found a champion in a blustery but charismatic attorney named David Swayne. A legendary litigator, Swayne is the head of the Justice Project, a high-profile, non-profit organization made up of hungry young associates who fight to overturn wrongful convictions, liberate the falsely accused and discover the identity of those really to blame. Whether the ego-driven Swayne is doing this in the pursuit of justice or publicity remains to be seen. Thank goodness he has his partner, crackerjack investigator and ex-cop Charles Conti, to keep him honest. He‘s the serious to Swayne‘s swagger, and together they work to rectify the mistakes of the justice system one case at a time. Using real life stories as inspiration, the producers of “life as we know it” have created a legal drama reminiscent of “Reversal of Fortune,” in which clients who are presumed guilty must ultimately be proven innocent.
Jason O‘Mara (“The Agency”): Charles Conti
Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks,” “Sex and the City”): David Swayne
Constance Zimmer (“Good Morning, Miami”): Brianna
Daniel Cosgrove (“Beverly Hills, 90210”): Jon
Larissa Gomes: Tina
Executive Producers/Writers: Robert King and Michelle King
Executive Producer: Stu Bloomberg (“life as we know it”)
Production Company: Touchstone Television
“The Miracle Workers” are an elite team of physicians who embrace revolutionary medical treatments many never knew existed. Each week, the show will focus on a single patient with a serious medical condition and follow as this dream team of medical professionals changes his or her life forever through treatment. The team will utilize their extraordinary expertise in cutting edge medical technology to restore not only the health but also the hope of the patient. Each episode will feature some of the world‘s most renowned medical experts performing breakthrough procedures to heal those who need it most, making possible what was previously thought impossible. For individuals who otherwise would never have access to elite medical specialists or the ability to afford costly procedures, “The Miracle Workers” will make possible what was previously thought impossible.
Executive Producers: Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-heads of DreamWorks Television; David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe from Renegade 83 Entertainment
Co-Executive Producer: Bill Guttentag
Production Companies: Dreamworks Television and Renegade 83 Entertainment
A character-based series from prolific John Wells Productions, The Evidence brings an innovative new twist to procedural drama: The evidence is presented in its entirety at the outset, and the action follows two San Francisco police inspectors, longtime best friends Sean Cole (Nicky Katt – “Boston Public”) and Cayman Bishop (Orlando Jones – “Drumline”), as they piece their case together, relentlessly deconstructing the crime. Charismatic Bishop strives to temper Cole‘s intensity, while Dr. Sol Goldman (Academy Award winner Martin Landau – “Ed Wood”), a seasoned and respected crime lab supervisor, often provides the catalyst to the detectives‘ challenging investigations.
Executive Producers/Writers: Sam Baum, Dustin Thomason
Executive Producer/Director: Gary Fleder (“The Shield,” “Runaway Jury”)
Production Company: John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
Brian is the guy everyone wants as a best friend. He‘s the guy who‘ll stand by you at your wedding, drive you to the hospital, cheer your kids on at their little league game… the guy whom every wife dotes on and every husband wants to either grab a beer with or live vicariously through. But as all of his friends pair off and Brian emerges as the last bachelor standing, questions begin to arise in his head: Is there such a thing as Mr. or Mrs. Right? Why does love have to be so complicated? What is his problem with commitment? And the most pressing question of all — could all of his problems stem from the fact that he is harboring a crush on his best friend’s girl? At 34, Brian is the last single guy in his group of friends: his best friend, Adam, was going to break up with picture-perfect Marjorie, but proposed instead. Brian‘s sister, Nic, and her boy-toy husband, Angelo, are trying hard to have kids. The bohemian Dave and Deena have three little girls and no sex life. And, like all married people, they can‘t wait for Brian to join their “club,” though they‘re not exactly sure why. As for Brian, well, he‘s a serial monogamist but still holds out hope that one day he‘ll open the door and be blinded by love. ”What About Brian” is from the producers of “Lost” and “Alias” and the screenwriter of “City of Angels” and “For Love of the Game.”
Barry Watson (“7th Heaven”): Brian
Matthew Davis (“Legally Blonde”): Adam
Polly Shannon (“Street Time”): Marjorie
Rick Gomez (“Band of Brothers”): Dave
Amanda Detmer (“Kiss the Bride”): Deena
Raoul Bova (“Under the Tuscan Sun”): Angelo
Rosanna Arquette (“Pulp Fiction”): Nic
Executive Producer/Writer: Dana Stevens (“City of Angels”)
Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Thom Sherman, Bryan Burk (“Alias,” “Lost”)
Executive Producers/Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (“Arrested Development”)
Production Company: Touchstone Television, Bad Robot
Canada’s newest one-hour drama series set on the breathtaking slopes of Whistler, BC. It’s an action-packed ride through the politics, especially the personal ones, of a high-end resort town, where family and interpersonal pressures are ready to blow sky high following the death of the mountain’s most talented racer. Produced by Boardwatch Productions Inc. & Blueprint Entertainment Corp.
Fifteen-year-old Alice lives in Smithers, B.C., population 5,124. According to her shrink, she’s a “hyper-critical, socially-retarded narcissist with mind-numbingly poor judgment.” That’s therapy-speak for “she’s a weirdo.” Based on the wildly popular, critically acclaimed books by Susan Juby, Alice, I Think, a 13-part, half-hour original series, revolves around a very quirky teenager, and her equally unique and dysfunctional family. Produced by Slanted Wheel Productions (Plague City) and Omni Productions (Robson Arms). Scheduled as a mid-season addition.
A funny, edgy half-hour series starring Gemini-Award winning Best Actor Jeff Seymour (“the eleventh hour”) as a megalomaniac marketing “genius” whose hilariously warped touch turns everything to gold, except when it comes to wooing the woman of his dreams. Produced by Bootleg Films and S & S Productions. Note – Formerly titled Jeff (at) Work.
Mackenzie Allen has a lot on her plate. She has twin teenagers and a six-year-old at home, an ambitious husband at the office, and she is about to become the first female President of the United States. Before that happens, however, Mackenzie, who serves as Vice President, has to decide whether or not to go against the dying wishes of the current President, who has asked her to step down and let someone “more appropriate” fill his shoes in the Oval Office. Not only does the President want her to resign, so does the entire party that elected her in the first place. But when the moment of truth arrives, Mackenzie isn‘t willing to be a mere footnote in history. Instead of allowing her detractors to keep her down, she decides to trust her instincts and accept the most powerful job in the world. ”Commander-in-Chief” stars Academy Award®-winner Geena Davis and comes from Rod Lurie, acclaimed writer/director of the Oscar-nominated film, “The Contender,” and creator of the critically acclaimed series, “Line of Fire.”
Geena Davis (“Thelma and Louise”): Mackenzie Allen
Donald Sutherland (“M*A*S*H”): Nathan Templeton
Harry J. Lennix (“Ray”): Jim Gardner
Ever Carradine (“Once and Again”): Kelly Ludlow
Kyle Secor (“Homicide: Life on the Street”): Rod Allen
Julie Ann Emery (“Line of Fire”): Joan Greer
Andrew James Allen: Horace Allen
Caitlin Wachs: Rebecca Allen
Jasmine Anthony: Amy Allen
Executive Producer/Writer: Rod Lurie (“Line of Fire”)
Executive Producer: Marc Frydman (“Line of Fire”)
Director: Rod Lurie
Production Company: Touchstone Television, Battle Plan Productions
Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin (“Chicago Hope”) stars alongside Thomas Gibson (“Dharma & Greg”) and Daytime Emmy Award winner Shemar Moore (“The Young and the Restless”) in a suspense thriller about an elite squad of FBI profilers who analyze the country‘s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next move before they strike again. Each member of the team brings their own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators‘ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in order to stop them. Matthew Gubler (“The Life Aquatic”) and Lola Glaudini (“The Sopranos”) also star. Mark Gordon (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Grey‘s Anatomy”) and Ed Bernero (“Third Watch”) are executive producers, and Jeff Davis and Deborah Spera (“Fathers and Sons”) are co-executive producers for Touchstone Television in association with Paramount Network Television.
There are things in the dark, things adults deny but children are right to fear… When a pregnant woman is snatched from her home, the shocked citizens of L.A. believe it’s an act of domestic violence. But crime reporter Carl Kolchak suspects that the truth is far more complicated. That’s because 18 months ago Kolchak’s wife was killed in a bizarre fashion and he has been the FBI’s no. 1 suspect ever since. Kolchak‘s determination to find the truth behind his wife‘s mysterious murder has led him to investigate other crimes that seem to have some kind of supernatural component. But he‘s trying to piece together a puzzle that keeps changing shape. Who or what is committing these crimes? How are they all related? And why do some victims end up with a strange red mark on their hands in the shape of a snake? With sidekick Perri Reed, a sexy if skeptical fellow reporter in tow, Kolchak will go to any lengths to answer these questions. But when he does discover the truth – will anyone believe him?
Stuart Townsend (“League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”): Carl Kolchak
Gabrielle Union (“Something the Lord Made”): Perri Reed
Eric Jungmann (“Not Another Teen Movie”): Jain McManus
Cotter Smith (“X2”): Tony Vincenzo
Executive Producer/Writer: Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”)
Executive Producer/Director: Daniel Sackheim (“The X Files”)
Production Company: Touchstone Television
ADDENDUM A – THE 2005 NEW FALL SEASON – DAY BY DAY (All times in ET)
ADDENDUM B – THE CTV 2005 PRIME-TIME SCHEDULE – AT A GLANCE
All times are Eastern Time. New programs are in BOLDED CAPS (except CSI and ER).
UNSCHEDULED PROGRAMS AND MIDSEASONS
According To Jim, Alias, ALICE I THINK, American Idol, Comedy Now!, Comedy Inc., COMMANDER IN CHIEF, CRIMINAL MINDS, CRUMBS, THE EVIDENCE, THE MIRACLE WORKERS, Instant Star, JEFF LTD. (formerly Jeff @ Work), Law and Order, Less Than Perfect, NIGHT STALKER, Scrubs, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, IN JUSTICE, WHISTLER.
ADDENDUM C – SHOW DESRIPTIONS
NEW FALL SERIES (U.S.)
Close To Home
number of bizarre occurrences start taking place in his community. And when it appears that the Sheriff, Tom Underlay, may somehow be involved, a series of personal alarms goes off for Russell and his family: the sheriff is married to Russell‘s ex-wife, Dr. Mariel Underlay, chief of staff at the local hospital and mother of Russell‘s two children. In the end, Invasion is a suspenseful tale of a blended family that finds itself at the center of a conspiracy to mask an alien takeover that is happening one neighbor at a time. The chilling drama comes from famed writer/executive producer Shaun Cassidy (“Cold Case,” “American Gothic,” “The Agency”) and multiple Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “ER”). Eddie Cibrian (“Third Watch”), William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down”) and Kari Matchett (“Angel Eyes”, Plague City, SARS in Toronto) star.
NEW MID-SEASON SERIES (U.S.)
The creator of “Caroline in the City” mines his own WASP family for comedy that‘s smart, funny and surprising. The series stars Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”) and Jane Curtin (two-time Emmy Award winner for “Kate & Allie,” “SNL,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) and is from the producers of “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill.”
The Miracle Workers
What About Brian
NEW MID-SEASON SERIES (CANADIAN)
Alice, I Think
UNSCHEDULED NEW ACQUISITIONS (U.S.)
The Night Stalker