Summer Starts Tonight on CTV


Summer may not officially start for three more weeks, but TV’s hottest schedule starts tonight on CTV. Four new series announced today – Veronica Mars, Dancing with the Stars, Beauty and the Geek and The Scholar – join previously announced summer series Canadian Idol and Comedy Inc. as additions to CTV’s No. 1 line-up. CTV will announce additional summer series over the coming weeks.

The summer schedule builds upon CTV’s spectacular Spring line-up that saw CTV finish with 18 out of the Top 20 shows in total viewers, in addition to dominating in all key demos (A18-49: 16 out of Top 20; A25-54: 17 out of Top 20; A18-34: 14 out of Top 20).* The all-important summer schedule provides the staging ground for television’s No. 1 Fall line-up on CTV. Full details will be announced Monday, June 6.

As previously announced, the third season of Canadian Idol begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET while the second season of edgy sketch comedy series Comedy Inc. debuts tomorrow night (May 31) at 9:30 p.m. ET (check local listings). Also joining the schedule:

Canadian Idol

Veronica Mars (Season One)

Premieres Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings)
(Veronica Mars moves to its regular timeslot – Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) – on June 2)

Veronica Mars is set in the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, where the rich and powerful make the rules, own the town and the high school, and desperately try to keep their dirty little secrets just that – secret. Unfortunately for them, there‘s Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell, Everwood), a smart, fearless 17-year-old, apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town‘s toughest mysteries. During the day, Veronica must still negotiate high school like any average teenage girl, but at night, Veronica looks after her father, former Sheriff Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni, Just Shoot Me), and helps with his struggling private investigator business. By sneaking through back alleys and scoping out “no-tell motels” with a telescopic-lens camera and her math book, Veronica attempts to uncover the California beach town‘s darkest secrets, including who killed her best friend and created a scandal that cost her father his job, his home and wife. Pushed to the edge of this multicultural, venomous little Peyton Place, Veronica relentlessly continues to search for evidence that will clear her father‘s name and get her back into the “in-crowd,” but what she finds may tear the town of Neptune apart at the seams.

Dancing With The Stars

Premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings)

What do a reality show star, a supermodel, a boxing champ, an actor, a singer and a soap star have in common? They‘re all embarking on an intense competition, learning to ballroom dance in front of the nation and be critiqued by both viewers and judges alike! Dancing with the Stars has broad appeal, offering viewers dazzling costumes, dancing, celebrity gossip, behind-the-scenes training and contemporary music performed by a live 15-piece band. The format has already been an international hit in several countries.

Dancing with the Stars is a totally unique and original series that pairs a celebrity with a professional dance partner as they train to compete in front of a studio audience in a televised dance competition. They are judged by a panel of experts and also by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week. The series Features Trista Sutter (The Bachelorette), Supermodel Rachel Hunter, Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, Joey McIntyre (Formerly of New Kids on the Block), John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) and Soap Star Kelly Monaco (General Hospital).

Beauty and the Geek
Premieres Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings)

With Ashton Kutcher as executive producer, Beauty and the Geek teams up a group of beautiful girls with a bunch of genius guys in the hopes that one group‘s strengths will help overcome the other group‘s weaknesses. The beauties are a group of attractive young women who use their looks to manipulate every situation. Each geek is one of the country‘s next brain surgeons, rocket scientists and philosophers. Partnered into beauty/geek teams, each team member trains the other to develop his or her brains or charisma. In a series of hilarious contests, the women go head to head in a battle of smarts, while the troop of guys compete to prove who can be the hippest and sexiest. To win, each Geek must lend his air-headed beauty enough mental skill to beat the other girls, while the suave beauty has to teach her hopeless geek how to get a girl in the modern dating jungle. The team most successful in this transformation shares a massive cash prize.

The Scholar
Premieres Monday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings)
Moves to new timeslot – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on June 13

The opportunity of a lifetime is about to come true for one of America’s best and brightest high school students in a new one-hour unscripted series that will send the winner to a top-rated university, all expenses paid. Filmed on location at the University of Southern California, The Scholar is the first show ever to celebrate higher education as the ultimate American prize. Ten qualified high school seniors, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend one of America’s top universities, compete for a $250,000 scholarship. They must demonstrate excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, creativity and community service, while facing sudden-death oral exams from an Ivy League scholarship committee.