Fall 2002 Highlights: Global & CH

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The Global Television Network and the CH stations
are pleased to announce highlights for the 2002-2003 season.

With an eclectic mix of new and returning Canadian and U.S. comedies and dramas, and a slate of compelling Canadian documentaries, the 2002-2003 season on Global and CH offers viewers another year of outstanding quality programming.

With a strong and diverse primetime lineup, Global and CH will remain the ultimate destination in television entertainment, said Doug Hoover, Senior Vice President of Programming and Promotion. We are confident that with these new additions to the primetime schedule, Global programs will continue to rank among the Top 10.

New Canadian productions will include a 13-part documentary series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the latest Cirque du Soleil touring show, and Popstars III, which goes in search of a solo singing sensation. Blue Murder returns for a third season with new cast members Tamara Hickey and Benz Antoine. Other returning Canadian series include Mutant X and Andromeda.

Global’s commitment to regional filmmakers will include 30 documentaries that give voice to a variety of compelling and provocative topics and reflect the cultural diversity of our viewers across the country. The documentaries will include: Chat Addicts, which examines the appeal of Internet chat rooms and the individuals whose lives have been profoundly changed by them; First Son: The Portraits of C.D. Hoy, a profile of the life and work of Chinese-Canadian portrait photographer C.D. Hoy; Diana Bishop, daughter of Spitfire pilot and noted war chronicler Arthur Bishop and the granddaughter of First World War flying ace Billy Bishop, explores the remarkable story of her
family’s place in Canada’s history in A Hero to Me; and The Power and the Glory, which chronicles the saga of the Molson family from its early beginnings in 1790s Montreal to the present.

Also coming in the fall are the Canadian documentaries Spirit of the Game, which follows six First Nations athletes from B.C. as they train for the North American Indigenous Olympics to be held in Winnipeg in the summer, and Money Shot, a profile of six entrepreneurs trying to find success in the adult
entertainment industry.

In addition, Global will air Northern Lights, a series of one-minute vignettes on Canadian stars, produced by independent producers from across Canada. Individuals profiled will include Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Martin Short, John Candy, Nelly Furtado, Eric McCormack and William Shatner. As well, Trailblazers: Canadians of Excellence will offer one-minute profiles of noteworthy Canadians such as Lester B. Pearson, Sir Frederick Banting, Tom Thomson, Biruté Galdikas and Mordecai Richler.

On CH, Inside Entertainment returns for a third season with host Su-Ling Goh for an exciting look at the North American entertainment scene, with a special focus on Canada. The Big Event will feature another exceptional lineup of blockbuster miniseries that includes Wrinkle in Time, produced by Fireworks Entertainment.

We are confident our mix of Canadian shows will continue to rate highly with our audiences, said Loren Mawhinney, Vice President of Canadian Production. This past season, Popstars: Boy Meets Girl and No Boundaries were the No. 1 and No. 2 rated Canadian shows excluding sports programs.

This past season, the bar was raised in the production of national newscasts in Canada. It came as a direct result of the groundbreaking performance turned in by Global National with Kevin Newman. Launched last September from Global’s new national news centre in Vancouver, Global National was quickly put to the test with the dramatic and tragic developments of September 11. Since then, Global National has quickly become the alternative of choice for viewers looking for an early evening newscast to help them make sense of their world.

In a television universe saturated with 24-hour news channels and wall-to-wall talk programs, Global Sunday has developed a reputation for straight talk, a place where newsmakers and panelists speak their minds with no holds barred. Global Sunday goes where the others don’t and asks questions that others fear are too controversial or politically incorrect. Produced weekly out of Global Television studios in Calgary, Global Sunday will continue to focus on topics that reflect what Canadians are talking about and to ask the tough questions of those in the corridors of power.

Also returning this fall is MoneyWise, a unique consumer/business hybrid that helps explain and simplify the intimidating, often confusing jargon that is so typical of other traditional financial programs. From business profiles to how to buy a used car, from the latest market trends to high technology gadgets, hosts Deirdre McMurdy and Peter Kent cover a broad spectrum of practical business and consumer news.

Of the 16 new U.S. additions to the schedules, the primetime lineup will include the critically acclaimed 10-part series Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and the gritty no-holds-barred police drama The Shield starring Michael Chiklis (The Commish).

New half-hour comedy series will include Hidden Hills, Still Standing, The Grubbs, Good Morning Miami, Do Over and Bram and Alice.

David E. Kelley’s new law series Girls Club heads up the list of hour-long dramas, which includes American Dreams, Presidio Med, Dinotopia, Firefly, Hack and Without a Trace.