Fall 2004 Highlights: Global & CH (Part 1)


The Global Television Network announced today the list of U.S. programming acquisitions for the 2004-2005 linuep.

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American Dad
This animated series, from the creator of The Family Guy, centres on an edgy CIA agent whose family life includes a German-speaking goldfish and a sarcastic alien. The half-hour comedy features the voices of Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Ricky Blitt and Dee Bradley Baker.

Arrested Development
This critically acclaimed comedy stars Jason Bateman as a widower wants to quit the family business and move to Arizona with his 13-year-old son, but gets pulled back when an accounting scandal freezes the family assets. The half-hour comedy co-stars Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi and Jessica Walter.

Biggest Losers
The one-hour reality series features a group of strong-willed yet hopeful contestants who use their weight-loss skills and resources in an effort to transform their bodies, health and, ultimately their lives.

The Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best
Virgin chairman Sir Richard Branson helms this one-hour reality series as he takes a group of would-be entrepreneurs on a trip around the world and makes them relive some of his own adventures while putting them to the test to determine who has the will to continue on.

Blind Justice
This one-hour crime drama from producer Steven Bochco centres on a police detective (Ron Eldard) who is blinded in the line of duty and rehabilitates himself to return to the force. The series co-stars Marisol Nichols, Rena Sofer, Reno Wilson, Frank Grillo and Michael Gaston.

Center of the Universe
A happily married couple of 20 years tries to cope with the husband’s eccentric family. The half-hour comedy series stars John Goodman, Jean Smart, Ed Asner, Olympia Dukakis, Diedrich Bader, Melinda McGraw and Spencer Breslin.

The Contender
Produced by Mark Burnett and Sylvester Stallone, this hour-long unscripted series will follow a group of boxers from training camp through a series of ring challenges. The finalists will compete live for $1 million (US) in prize money. Viewers will get a first-hand look into the real life hopes, triumphs and defeats of the contestants who will train with and be mentored by Stallone and five-time world champion fighter Sugar Ray Leonard.

Father of the Pride
Special effects are combined with celebrity voices in this half-hour animated comedy about a pride of Las Vegas lions and their animal friends that include a gopher, an orangutan and a flamingo. Las Vegas showmen Siegfried & Roy also appear in animated form as well. Featuring the voices of John Goodman, Cheryl Hines, Carl Reiner, Orlando Jones, Julian Holloway, Dave Herman, Danielle Harris and Daryl Sabara. Produced by DreamWorks and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Fleet Street
This spinoff to the long-running legal drama The Practice follows Alan Shore and Denny Crane as they lead a team of high-priced lawyers at a Boston law firm. The one-hour drama, produced by David E. Kelley, stars James Spader, William Shatner, Rhona Mitra and Lake Bell.

The Good Life
Kathy Hilton, former actress and mother of Paris, stars in this one-hour reality series in which 10 young women are taught by Kathy to fit into high society while staying at the Hilton Hotels’ flagship hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The series is co-produced by Kathy and her husband Rick Hilton.

The Hawaiian Islands are the backdrop to this one-hour crime drama that follows local and international criminals and the cops and detectives looking to bring them to justice. The series stars Michael Biehn, Sharif Atkins, Ivan Sergei, Eric Balfour, Aya Sumika and Cary Tagawa.

From the creator of Homicide: Life on the Street comes this one-hour medical drama about a brilliant but cantankerous doctor (Hugh Laurie) who along with his hand-picked team of experts will do whatever it takes – legal or not – to solve his cases and save lives. The series co-stars Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer.

The Inside
A 22-year-old federal agent has to balance her career with high school when she goes undercover as a teenager. The one-hour drama stars Rachel Nichols, Peter Facinelli and Willa Holland.

Matt LeBlanc spins off his Friends character Joey Tribbiani in this half-hour comedy that centres on the relationship between Joey, who moves to Los Angeles, and his high-strung sister Gina (Drea De Matteo), a hairdresser who lives with her son. The series co-stars Paulo Costanzo of Brampton, Ont., and Ashley Scott.

Jonny Zero
In this new one-hour drama from John Wells (ER) a former convict imprisoned for drug possession finds himself torn between his need for redemption, the temptations of his underworld past, and the FBI who want him to go undercover. The series stars Franky G, Chris Bauer, Ritchie Coster, Tawny Cypress, Brennan Hesser and Sean Moran.

Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show
This half-hour sketch-comedy show, based on the popular British show, is shot Laugh In style in both Los Angeles and London. The series features Kelsey Grammer who is also a producer.

The inner workings of Los Angeles International Airport are explored in this hour-long drama through the lives of the airport staff as well as the passengers who pass through each week. The cast includes Heather Locklear, Blair Underwood, Paul Leyden, David Paetkau, Wendy Hoopes, Chad Todhunter and Frank John Hughes.

Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) stars as a sports show host who begins writing a syndicated newspaper column on the ups and downs of his family life. Based on the life of commentator and columnist Tony Kornheiser. The half-hour comedy co-stars Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Daniella Monet and Will Rothhaar.

The Mountain

When the owner of a famous ski resort dies, he leaves the family business to the most irresponsible of his three grandchildren. The cast of the hour-long drama includes Oliver Hudson, Anson Mount, Barbara Hershey, Tara Thompson, Alana De La Garza, Johann Urb, Elizabeth Bogush, Timmy Dewey, Mitch Pileggi and Penn Badgley. The series is produced by McG (The O.C., Fastlane, Charlie’s Angels), Stephanie Savage (The O.C.) and Shaun Cassidy (American Gothic).

The Next Great Champ
Six-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya headlines this one-hour reality series that aims to discover young, raw boxers with the potential to become a top prizefighter. The hopefuls will push themselves to the limit as they train and slug it out in hopes of winning a possible shot at a titleholder and a professional contract with De La Hoya’s Golden Boy.

This one-hour reality series focuses on a group of Ivy League graduates who face off against a team of scrappy lawyers from less esteemed schools until one remains and is awarded a job in a major law firm.

A scientist’s beliefs are challenged when he encounters signs that appear to foretell the Apocalypse. With the assistance of a nun, the duo attempt to stop the coming Armageddon. The one-hour drama stars Bill Pullman, Natasha McElhone, Michael Massee, Tobin Bell and Chelsea and Britney Coyle.

Produced by Mel Gibson, this half-hour comedy series centres on a single dad who decides to teach his rowdy sons the fine art of cooking, cleaning and laundry. The series stars Keith Carradine, Andrew Eiden, Shaun Sipos of Victoria, B.C., Erik von Detten, Evan Ellingson, Jason Dolley and Vincent Ventresca.

Stay tuned to Channel Canada for Part 2 of Global & CH’s fall highlights.

Check Part 2 for more inofrmation about Global & CH’s fall lineup.

Also check Channel Canada’s Canadian Television’s 2004-2005 Fall Season Preview for the schedule of your local Global (and CH) station.