The Global Television Network and CH recently announced their 2004 summer lineup, which includes a powerful mix of new and returning drama, reality, sports and special programming.
“The summer season is no longer a time for repeats,” said Adam Ivers, Vice President of Programming. “Viewers can now tune in for new and exciting programs to satisfy their summer viewing needs.”
New to Global’s summer schedule: the courtroom drama The Jury (June 7) from the producers of Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street and starring Barry Levinson and Oshawa, Ontario native Shalom Harlow; the provocative drama North Shore (June 18) set in a posh Hawaiian resort and starring Dog Eat Dog host Brooke Burns and James Remar; the sexy comedy series Good Girls Don’t (June 24), starring Joy Gohring, Bree Turner and Nichole Hiltz, from producers Carsey-Werner-Mandabach about five twenty-somethings who will go to almost any length to find love; the critically acclaimed crime drama Touching Evil (June 27) starring Jeffrey Donovan and Vera Farmiga as detectives hunting down the FBI’s most wicked and vicious wanted criminals; and the ensemble drama The L-Word (coming in August) about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles. The series stars Jennifer Beals, Toronto-born Mia Kirshner, Karina Lombard, Pam Grier, Lauren Lee Smith of Vancouver, Robyn Ross of Vancouver, and Meredith McGeachie, who relocated from Australia to Winnipeg and Toronto.
Returning reality favourites this summer include Last Comic Standing (June 8); Who Wants to Marry My Dad? (June 21) and Big Brother (July 6). High-profile sports events include the NBA Finals (beginning June 6); the Molson Indy (Toronto July 10-11, Vancouver July 24-25, Montreal August 28-29); the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (July 3-4) and ongoing coverage of the PGA TOUR. Summer specials include an encore performance of Band of Brothers (June 22); Canada’s Walk of Fame (June 23) hosted by Tom Green; the American Film Institute Awards (June 22); Ultimate Team Makeover (August 3); and the Teen Choice Awards (August 11).
Beginning Saturday, June 12 at 10pm, a new era in Canadian late-night television launches with Global Late Night. The one-hour Canadian current affairs talk/comedy specials will feature an engaging panel discussion and audience involvement where the subject matter and the personalities are the stars.
“Global is committed to delivering the best in drama, reality and marquee sports programming,” said Ivers. “This summer, our viewers can look forward to an entertaining and varied lineup which they have come to expect and depend on.”