CTV unveiled today an amazing 2013/14 primetime schedule featuring an unparalleled level of genre diversity, timeslot strength, scheduling balance, and quality programming that builds upon the strength of Canada’s most-watched network. With more returning hits than any other network, CTV has strategically selected just four new big-buzz dramas, two new comedies, and one new unscripted series for primetime this fall, joining what has become the most stable schedule in North America. In addition to changes in daytime and adjustments to late-night, CTV also announced today it has nabbed last season’s fastest-growing sophomore series PERSON OF INTEREST, adding an instant Top 20 hit to its schedule. CTV’s 2013/14 schedule will be presented by Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports, at the #CTVUpfront presentation today in Toronto.
“Year-after-year, CTV offers programming consistency and durability not found anywhere else,” said King. “It’s tough to crack the CTV lineup, but when programs do, they have the best chance of success on CTV. We’re very excited to bring a powerhouse lineup to viewers and advertisers that features some of the most compelling programming available.”
Although CTV is scheduling the least amount of new programs compared to any other Canadian network this fall, its refreshed schedule still features new programming on every night of the week (Monday-Friday), and in every timeslot (7-11 p.m.). In total, CTV’s fall schedule features 17.5 hours of simulcast programming weekly, more than any other Canadian network.
CTV’s new 2013/14 programs reflect an enviable pedigree of some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Marvel Studios; producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Nolan, and Joss Whedon; acclaimed actors Kirstie Alley, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Michael Emerson, Clark Gregg, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Holloway, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Meloni, and Bradley Whitford; hot newcomers Robbie Amell, Jake McLaughlin, and Meghan Ory; and brands unto themselves, Bethenny Frankel and Gordon Ramsay, among others.
As announced earlier today, CTV’s entire new lineup will be available on the network’s new TV Everywhere platform CTV GO, scheduled to debut this fall. With CTV GO, viewers will be able to access a live stream of CTV’s broadcast channel and more premium on-demand programming than ever before.
CTV also announced today it is moving DANCING WITH THE STARS, THE VOICE (Tuesdays), THE X FACTOR, AMERICAN IDOL, and UNDERCOVER BOSS to CTV Two this fall to create an all-new, unique, complementary schedule for its companion network.
CTV’s 2013/14 lineup is strengthened by several key scheduling changes:
- CTV delivers an all-new Tuesday night lineup starting with this season’s most buzzed-about program, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at 8 p.m., followed by two of the season’s most-talked about new comedies THE GOLDBERGS (9 p.m.) and TROPHY WIFE (9:30 p.m.).
- Tuesdays are capped off by the addition of gripping Top 20 drama PERSON OF INTEREST at 10 p.m. This past season’s fastest-growing sophomore drama, PERSON OF INTEREST increased 11% in 2012/13.*
- Mondays kick-off the week with the addition of short-order event dramas HOSTAGES (fall) and INTELLIGENCE (mid-season). Two series, one timeslot, no repeats, making Mondays at 10 p.m. a destination all-year-long on CTV.
- CTV’s current strength in comedy expands with an additional four hilarious new mid-season series, including: Kirstie Alley in her new self-titled comedy, KIRSTIE; MIXOLOGY, a serialized comedy series from the writers of The Hangover; multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, featuring Dave Foley; and family comedy SURVIVING JACK, starring Christopher Meloni.
- CTV replicates the success of ARROW Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with paranormal drama THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. With ARROW now set to immediately follow at 8 p.m., Wednesdays are now action-packed, back-to-back, with hot lead cousins Robbie and Stephen Amell.
- Thursdays at 10 p.m. becomes home to the next great Canadian scripted series as high-octane police drama PLAYEDlands in the prestigious post-GREY’S ANATOMY timeslot, previously home to both ratings winners FLASHPOINT and MOTIVE.
- From J.J. Abrams, mystical drama BELIEVE joins the CTV mid-season schedule Sundays at 9 p.m.
- CTV strengthens its afternoon lineup with previously announced talk shows THE SOCIAL (1 p.m.) and BETHENNY (2 p.m.).
- CTV also shuffles its late-night schedule with the addition of LATE NIGHT – with Jimmy Fallon in fall and Seth Myers in the winter - following THE DAILY SHOW, and leading into CONAN.
- And coming in 2014, MASTERCHEF CANADA, a Canadian version of the world’s #1 culinary television format.
Once again, CTV celebrated another year full of big moments and bigger audiences as Canada’s favourite network. Anchored by Canada’s #1 comedy, #1 drama, #1 reality series, #1 new series of the year, and three of the Top 4 new programs, CTV gained momentum and increased its primetime lead over its next closest competitor in all key demos, BBM Canada data confirms. With more Top 20 and Top 30 programs than all other networks combined, CTV is the most-watched Canadian television network for the 12th year in a row.
In addition to continuing to be Canada’s local news leader, CTV’s flagship CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMMEcontinues its reign as the nation’s #1 newscast, outperforming both GLOBAL NATIONAL (+42%) and CBC’s THE NATIONAL (+79%).
ETALK wraps up its highest-rated season to date with an average of 641,000 viewers, including audience growth in all key adult demos. The country’s most-watched and most-trusted entertainment show leads ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT by 8% and ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA by 57%.
CTV also remains the home of television’s biggest event programming in 2013/14, including Canada’s most-watched television broadcasts THE 86th ACADEMY AWARDS®, SUPER BOWL XLVIII, THE 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS,THE 65th PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS, THE 2013 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS, and more.
THE CTV FALL 2013 PRIME TIME SCHEDULE
All times ET. New programs are BOLD. (S) = Simulcast
7 p.m. ETALK
7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
8 p.m. THE VOICE (S)
10 p.m. HOSTAGES (S)
7 p.m. ETALK
7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
8 p.m. MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (S)
9 p.m. THE GOLDBERGS (S)
9:30 p.m. TROPHY WIFE (S)
10 p.m. PERSON OF INTEREST (S)
7 p.m. THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
8 p.m. ARROW (S)
9 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (S)
10 p.m. CSI (S)
7 p.m. ETALK
7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
8 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
8:30 p.m. TWO AND A HALF MEN
9 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (S)
10 p.m. PLAYED
7 p.m. ETALK
7:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
8 p.m. JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (S)
9 p.m. GRIMM (S)
10 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (S)
7 p.m. W5
8 p.m. COMEDY NIGHT ON CTV
10 p.m. CRIME TIME
7 p.m. ONCE UPON A TIME
8 p.m. THE AMAZING RACE (S)
9 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU
10 p.m. THE MENTALIST (S)
9 a.m. LIVE! WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL(S)
10 a.m. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW
11 a.m. THE VIEW (S)
12 p.m. CTV NEWS AT NOON
1 p.m. THE SOCIAL
2 p.m. BETHENNY
3 p.m. DR. PHIL (S)
4 p.m. THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW (S)
5 p.m. THE DR. OZ SHOW (S)
CTV’s New 2013/14 Programs at a Glance
BETHENNY – Hosted by the self-professed “Queen of Too Much Information,” Bethenny Frankel, BETHENNY covers everything from love and relationships, celebrities and pop culture, to beauty and fitness. The daily afternoon talk show offers a destination for women to learn, laugh, feel inspired, be transformed, and ultimately, in Frankel’s words, “always go for it.”
THE GOLDBERGS – Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, or peanut allergies, there were THE GOLDBERGS. For one geeky 11-year-old, these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. THE GOLDBERGS stars Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey as the heads of a loving family like any other, but with a lot more yelling.
HOSTAGES – From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, HOSTAGES is a high-octane suspense drama where Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette), a premiere surgeon, is thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.
JUNIOR MASTERCHEF – A spin-off culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 who love to cook, JUNIOR MASTERCHEF gives budding cooks the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts, and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – Agent Phil Coulson (Greg Clark) assembles a small, highly select group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
PERSON OF INTEREST – Last season’s fastest-growing sophomore series, this crime thriller features presumed-dead former CIA agent John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and his partner, mysterious billionaire Harold Finch, as they prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Guided by “The Machine”, the two work outside of the law to unravel the mystery of the person of interest, and stop the crime before it happens.
PLAYED – In CTV’s newest drama, PLAYED, the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit) risks going undercover to infiltrate and bring down criminal organizations. In this new style of short-term, high-intensity undercover work, each covert “play” is crafted quickly and executed at an even faster pace. Placed into various worlds of crime without a safety net, the cops are in constant danger, as they repeatedly go off the grid. Wearing wires, coaxing confessions, and setting up stings, the cops of the CIU must think quickly, talk smoothly, and rely on pure instinct. They slip in and out of characters so often that, sometimes, they lose track of who they really are.
THE SOCIAL – Hosted by a dynamic and influential group of co-hosts with distinct points of view: news anchor Melissa Grelo,Canada’s foremost gossip blogger Lainey Lui, relationship expert Cynthia Loyst, and entertainment reporter Traci Melchor, THE SOCIAL brings a fresh perspective on the up-to-the-minute pop culture and lifestyle topics that matter most to Canadians. Providing an innovative outlet for viewers who love a friendly debate through social media, email, and text messaging – THE SOCIAL is smart, bold, advertiser-friendly, and the only program of its kind on English Canadian conventional television.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE – Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) starts hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. In desperation, he decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, which leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People, a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathic communication. Stephen sets out on a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance, or into an unknown future with the Tomorrow People.
TROPHY WIFE – They say the third time’s the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of Brad, a slightly older man (Bradley Whitford). They fell into each other’s arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and, flash forward one year, Kate finds herself with an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives.
BELIEVE – From Academy Award®-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón, BELIEVE is the story of Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) a young girl with gifts she has never fully been able to understand or control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. As she and her protector Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate, travel from city to city, every place and person they come across will be changed forever.
INTELLIGENCE – A dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain and an appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand has assigned Riley Neal (Megan Ory) is the Secret Service agent assigned to protect him from outside threats. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created.
KIRSTIE – A multi-cam comedy that follows Madison “Maddie” Banks (Kirstie Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died.KIRSTIE also stars comedy elite Rhea Perlman (CHEERS) and Michael Richards (SEINFELD).
MASTERCHEF CANADA – The world’s #1 culinary TV format comes to Canada. MASTERCHEF CANADA provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. Following the traditional MASTERCHEF format, MASTERCHEF CANADA’s initial rounds consist of a number of hopefuls from across the country individually “auditioning” by presenting a food dish to the judges to gain one of the coveted semifinalist spots. Competitors must be true amateurs who are in it for the love of food. The judges whittle down the contestants through a number of individual and team-based cooking challenges and weekly elimination rounds, until a winning MASTERCHEF is crowned.
MIXOLOGY – This new, single-camera, serialized comedy series from the writers of The Hangover is set in one bar, one night, with ten single people. Across the course of this one night – and the entire season – five guys meet five girls. Will they find love? Will they find a warm bed for the night? Will they find a cold drink in their face? All questions will be answered by the season finale of this highly intoxicating new comedy.
SPUN OUT – In the multi-cam workplace comedy SPUN OUT, failed writer Beckett Ryan (Paul Campbell) joins DLPR, a public relations agency staffed with people who can spin everyone’s problems but their own. From the eccentric company figurehead Dave (Dave Foley) and his insecure daughter Stephanie (Rebecca Dalton), to PR shark Nelson (Al Mukadam) and Dave’s ever-loyal assistant Bryce (JP Manoux), the DLPR office has no shortage of personality. No matter how bizarre the cases are that the agency takes on, they pale in comparison to the workplace romances, rivalries, personal successes, and often hilarious failures of the close-knit and dysfunctional colleagues at DLPR
SURVIVING JACK – Set in 1990s Southern California, this sitcom is all about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google. Jack Dunlevy (Christopher Meloni) has always been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids, and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.