In an exclusive presentation at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this afternoon, Shaw Media will reveal the much anticipated 2011/12 Primetime Schedule for Global TV.
“This is an opportunity to make some strategic additions to our great programming and create an even more powerful primetime schedule,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President,Content, Shaw Media. “We have the proven performance of established, returning favourites like Survivor and Glee, now infused with a fresh slate of new shows from across all genres such as the most anticipated fall drama Prime Suspect and several new additions to our comedy slate including How to be a Gentleman. Without a doubt, Global has the most stable – and competitive – schedule being offered to viewers this fall.”
Global viewers will be happy to see many of their favourites are returning this fall including Bones,Family Guy,Glee,The Good Wife,House,NCIS, NCIS: LA,The Office, The SimpsonsandSurvivor. By far the biggest, most dependable lineup in Canada.
Headlining Global’s lineup of new acquisitions is Prime Suspect, the must-see drama this fall from director Peter Berg (Hancock,The Kingdom) and starring actress Maria Bello (A History of Violence, ER). Inspired by the U.K. series of the same name, Prime Suspect follows Jane Timoney, the tough-as-nails police detective who doesn’t know when to quit. An outsider who has just transferred to a new, male-dominated precinct, Jane is forceful, rude and reckless but a brilliant cop. Ultimately, Jane remains focused, keeping her eye on one thing – the prime suspect.
Other new compelling dramas joining the Global slate include A Gifted Man starring Patrick Wilson (Insidious,Watchmen) as a renowned surgeon whose world is turned upside down after his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle, The King’s Speech) dies and begins offering guidance from the afterlife; The Finder, fromBones creator and Canadian Hart Hanson, is a spinoff centered on Walter Sherman, a former military policeman who can find anything; Canadian original series The Firm, based on the blockbuster feature film and best-selling novel by world-renowned author, John Grisham, continues the story of Mitchell McDeere 10 years after we last saw him; Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) returns to primetime in Ringer, a series about a woman who takes over her estranged twin sister’s identity in order to avoid jail; and finally, The 2-2,which isexecutive produced by Robert De Niro and follows six NYPD rookie cops as they learn the beat on the streets of Manhattan.
In addition, two established dramas are joining the Global schedule this fall –Harry’s Law and Parenthood. Created by David E. Kelley, Harry’s Law follows Harriet (Academy Award®winner, Kathy Bates) as she pursues her new passion in being a criminal defence lawyer while running her office out of a shoe store. The critically acclaimed Parenthood is produced by Ron Howard and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) and is based on the 1989 film of the same name. Starring Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Dax Shepard (Baby Mama), the series addresses the modern challenges of raising kids in this post-technological world.
Sure to bring the laughs this fall is one of the season’s most talked about new series, How to be a Gentleman. David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) stars as Andrew Carlson, an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has led to a life detached from modern society.When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Canadian Dave Foley, Kids in the Hall), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert (Kevin Dillon, Entourage) as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more “real man.”
That’s not all. Global is serving up five more fresh new comedies, including Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Inspired by comedian and talk-show host Chelsea Handler’s best-selling memoir, this half-hour comedy is about Chelsea Hanson (Laura Prepon, That ‘70s Show), a fresh-faced, highly opinionated, single cocktail waitress who loves to drink; animated series Allen Gregory follows Allen Gregory De Longpre (voiced by Jonah Hill, Superbad), a precocious seven-year-old who leaves the safety of his father’s homeschooling to attend elementary school with children his own age; I Hate My Teenage Daughter stars Emmy® Award winner Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) and Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls) as two best friends struggling to raise their teenage daughters; Napoleon Dynamite, based on the hit film and featuring voices from the original cast,this animated comedy continues the adventures of America’s most awesomely awkward teenager; and Happily Divorced focuses on Los Angeles florist Fran (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) as she deals with dating after finding out her realtor husband of 18 years (John Michael Higgins, Kath & Kim) is gay.
Outside the primetime lineup, Global has some key additions this fall including its newest daytime offering, The Talk. This engaging daytime program features Leah Remini (King of Queens), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne), Sharon Osbourne (America’s Got Talent), Holly Robinson Peete (For Your Love), and Julie Chen (Big Brother) all discussing family issues, current events, celebrity gossip and personal stories.Also coming to Global this fall is the always hilarious The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
GLOBAL’S FALL 2011 PRIMETIME DAY-AT-A-GLANCE
(All times ET and subject to change. New programs bolded and in CAPS)
7pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm NCIS (Season 9 / Pre-release)
9pm House (Season 8 / Simulcast)
10pm Hawaii Five-0 (Season 2 / Simulcast)
7pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm Glee (Season 3 / Simulcast)
9pm NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 3 / Simulcast)
10pm PARENTHOOD (Season 3 / Simulcast)
7pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm Survivor: South Pacific (Season 23 / Simulcast)
9pm HARRY’S LAW (Season 2 / Simulcast)
10pm Kitchen Nightmares (Season 5 / Pre-release)
7pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm The Office (Season 8 / Pre-release)
8:30pm HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (30 mins; comedy / Simulcast)
9pm Bones (Season 7 / Simulcast)
10pm PRIME SUSPECT (1 hour; drama / Simulcast)
7pm Entertainment Tonight
7:30pm Entertainment Tonight Canada
8pm A GIFTED MAN (1 hour; drama / Simulcast)
9pm I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (30 mins; comedy / Post-release)
9:30pm HAPPILY DIVORCED (30 mins; comedy)
10pm RINGER (1 hour; drama)
7-8pm 16:9 (Season 4)
8-9pm RECIPE TO RICHES (1 hour; reality)
7:30pm The Cleveland Show (Season 3 / Simulcast)
8pm The Simpsons (Season 23 / Simulcast)
8:30pm ALLEN GREGORY (30 mins; comedy / Simulcast)
9pm Family Guy (Season 10 / Simulcast)
9:30pm American Dad (Season 8 / Simulcast)
10pm The Good Wife (Season 3 / Post-release)
Midseason additions to the schedule include new series Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, The Finder, The Firm, Napoleon Dynamite andThe 2-2, as well as returning favourites Bob’s Burgers andThe Celebrity Apprentice.
Viewers can watch their favourite shows this fall at GlobalTV.com or on their Global Video App, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or on demand through cable and satellite providers across the country.
PRIME SUSPECT (NBC) THURSDAYS – 10PM ET/PT
Prime Suspect stars Maria Bello (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, A History of Violence) as Jane, the tough-as-nails detective who doesn’t know when to quit. She was just transferred to a new precinct where a fraternity of cops isn’t willing to give her the benefit of the doubt – especially given the way they think she got the job after an illicit affair with her boss. While she’s rude, reckless and aggressive in her job, she’s also a brilliant cop. Ultimately Jane remains focused; keeping her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. A one-hour drama from director Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Collateral)
CAST: Kirk Acevedo, Maria Bello, Brian O’Byrne, Aidan Quinn
A GIFTED MAN (CBS) FRIDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
A successful surgeon’s life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle, The King’s Speech) begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.” Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson, The A-Team, Watchmen) is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his obsessive career and powerful wealthy patients. After meeting a woman at a volunteer clinic who carries on Anna’s work, Michael is moved and soon realizes status isn’t everything. Executive produced by Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs).
CAST: Julie Benz, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, Afton Williamson, Patrick Wilson
RINGER (CW) FRIDAYS – 10PM ET/PT
Bridget (Sarah Michelle Geller, The Grudge) is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite assurances from her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell, Lost), Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York reuniting with her estranged twin, Siobhan (Geller). Wealthy, pampered and married, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayedrelationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma (Tara Summers, Damages), and Gemma’s husband, Henry (Kristoffer Polaha, Mad Men). And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.
CAST: Nestor Carbonell, Sarah Michelle Geller, Kristoffer Polaha, Tara Summers
THE 2-2 (CBS)
From multiple Academy Award winner Robert De Niro comes The 2-2 which follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan. The new trainees include Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski, The Good Wife), a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq with a take charge attitude; Ray (Adam Goldberg, Entourage), the oldest rookie and former police news reporter with better sources than many seasoned cops; Tonya (Judy Marte, CSI: Miami), who comes from a family with a criminal history and has a very personal connection inside the force; Ahmad (Tom Reed, Life Goes On), an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny (Stark Sands, Nip/Tuck), a fourth generation police officer with great instincts but with qualms about joining the force; and Jayson (Harold House Moore, Lie To Me), a young basketball legend who squandered his opportunity in the NBA. Each with unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, these new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and to the people they swore to protect.
CAST:Judy Marte, Adam Goldberg, Tom Reed, Stark Sands, Harold House Moore, Leelee Sobieski, Terry Kinney
BOMB GIRLS (Shaw Media Original)
The men are scarce. The women are taking over the city. This is not 2011. It’s 1942. Hitler’s bombed out most of Britain’s munitions plants and the North American allies have to step in to build lean and mean bomb making factories with women at the helm. Spotlighting today’s sexuality, conventions and politics through the lens of another time, the series’riveting soap stories are set in a fascinating historical context and track the truth of how the women carve out their new found freedoms. While their freedom offers thrills, it comes with the price of possible mistakes, greater responsibility and danger. With social restrictions still ruling the day, many of their battles and stories are launched in secrecy and achieved through bold maneuvers.
From the creator of the hit series Bones comes The Finder, a procedural centering on a remarkable man who uses his unique gift to help others recover what they’ve lost. Iraq war veteran Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults, She’s Out of My League) gained a reputation while serving in the Army Military Police as someone who was very good at tracking down insurgents, deserters and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Unfortunately, Walter found one IED just moments before it found him. Two months later, when Walter woke from his coma, he earned an honourable discharge and returned home. His resulting brain damage from the explosion transformed him from someone skilled at recovering people and things into something much more extraordinary: a Finder.
CAST: Michael Clarke Duncan,Geoff Stults
THE FIRM (Shaw Media Original/NBC)
Based on the blockbuster feature film and best-selling novel by world-renowned author John Grisham (The Pelican Brief, The Client), this original new series continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel. As a young associate, McDeere brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob — and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future — only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.
TITANIC (Shaw Media Original/ABC)
From Oscar winner, Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and producer Nigel Stafford Clark, BAFTA® winner for the Bleak House, Titanicis an epic four-part miniseries. The miniseries is an extraordinary re-telling of that doomed voyage, cleverly weaving action, mystery and romantic plots featuring fictional and historical characters, before coming together in an unforgettable finale. Titanic focuses ondifferent characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests. Each point of view will culminate in a cliff-hanger as the ship begins to flounder, building to an explosive conclusion which draws together each of the stories.
CAST: Linus Roache, Geraldine Somerville plus Canadians Noah Reid, Linda Kash and David Eisner
HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN(CBS) THURSDAYS –8:30PM ET/PT
David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) writes, executive-produces and stars as Andrew Carlson. Andrew is an uptight guy who is learning to live his life with the help of his old high school classmate, Bert (Kevin Dillon, Entourage), a genial guy who retains the optimism of a teenager, but doesn’t quite understand the concept of boundaries. Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) plays Jerry Andrew’s rumpled magazine editor/friend whose desperation comes across like Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glenn Ross. The series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (24).
CAST:Rhys Darby, Kevin Dillon, David Horsby, Nancy Lenehan, Mary Lynn Rajskub plus Canadian Dave Foley
I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (FOX) FRIDAYS – 9PM ET/PT
This half-hour comedy is about two best friends who are single moms struggling to raise their difficult and over-privileged teenage daughters. Annie (Emmy® Award winner Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl) and Nikki (Tony® Award winner Katie Finneran, Wonderfalls) are former high school outcasts whose pasts inform their current parenting styles. They have given the girls everything they asked for and everything they never had. The unintended consequence is they have created two mean girls just like the ones who tortured them years ago.
CAST:Chad Coleman, Aisha Dee, Kate Finneran, Kristi Lauren, Jamie Pressley, Kevin Rahm, Eric Sheffer Stevens
HAPPILY DIVORCED FRIDAYS – 9:30PM ET/PT
Happily Divorcedcentres around Los Angeles florist Fran (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) as she deals with dating after finding out her realtor husband of 18 years (John Michael Higgins, Arrested Development) is gay. Fran juggles her new relationships, while still living under the same roof with her ex-husband. The cast is rounded out by Fran’s best friend Judi (Tichina Arnold, Raising Hope), her parents Dori (Rita Moreno, In Plain Sight) and Glen (Robert Walden, The West Wing) and her flower delivery employee Cesar (Valente Rodriguez, George Lopez). Written by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson (The Nanny, What I Like About You).
CAST: Tichina Arnold, Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins,Rita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez, Robert Walden
ALLEN GREGORY(FOX) SUNDAYS – 8:30PM ET/PT
This new animated series tells the story of Allen Gregory De Longpre, one of the most pretentious seven year-olds of our time. When he looks in the mirror Allen (Jonah Hill, Superbad, Get Him to the Greek) doesn’t see a child: he sees a young man who is intelligent, sophisticated, worldly, artistic and romantic – characteristics he inherited from his doting father, Richard (French Stewart, Private Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun). The pair share an extraordinary father-son bond that is sometimes annoyingly interrupted by Richard’s life partner, Jeremey (Nat Faxon, The Cleveland Show, Reno 911!), for whom Allen Gregory has minimal respect, if any at all. And although Allen Gregory has allegedly composed operas and written novels he’s about to embark on his greatest challenge yet: leaving the safety of his father’s homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age.
VOICE CAST: Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Jonah Hill, Joy Osmanski, Cristina Pucelli, French Stewart
Based on the hit film of the same name, this animated series follows the continuing adventures of America’s most awesome awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends as they struggle to navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder, Blades of Glory) is a 16-year-old boy convinced –for no apparent reason – that he is destined for greatness and blessed with unlimited “sweet abilities.” He spends his days practicing ninja moves, drawing ligers, soul dancing and bragging about his “girlfriend in Oklahoma” whom nobody has ever seen. Napoleon’s brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell, Think Tank), is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home and believes he would be an amazing catch for any girl who would respond to his online come-ons. The Dynamite brothers live with Grandma (Sandy Martin, Big Love), a crusty woman who can often be found four-wheeling with her lady friends at the local sand dunes.
VOICE CAST: Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Aaron Ruell, Diedrich Bader, Efran Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin
ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA (NBC)
Inspired by the best-selling book from comedienne/talk show host Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), this new comedy follows the exploits of twenty-something bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon, That ’70s Show) a strong-willed force of nature who is determined to live life to the fullest and make no apologies. Her friends are along for the ride but they all know it is Chelsea’s way or the highway. Mark (Jo Koy, Chelsea Lately) is a charming bartender whose wit makes him the perfect foil for Chelsea, while Shoniqua (Angel Laketa Moore, ER) is a smart and sassy fellow waitress who looks out for Chelsea’s best interests. Close friend and fellow bartender Todd (Mark Povinelli, Water for Elephants) has a wry sense of humor that keeps her in check. Handler has a recurring role as Chelsea’s sister Sloan, a happily married new mom who has little in common with her carefree sister.
CAST: Lenny Clarke, Chelsea Handler, Jo Koy, Angel Laketa Moore,Mark Povinelli, Laura Prepon
RECIPE TO RICHES(Shaw Media Original) SATURDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
In this new competitive reality series, everyday Canadians with extraordinary recipes battle for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their recipe chosen as the next President’s Choice® sensation. Hosted by former The Bachelor star Jesse Palmer, the competition is judged by a panel of experts including Laura Calder, host of French Food at Home; Tony Chapman, Founder and CEO of leading advertising agency Capital C; and Dana McCauley, Culinary Director at Janes Family Foods. Each week, a series of challenges determines the winner in one of seven food categories and that recipe will be featured on store shelves. On the season finale, Canadian viewers vote for the “best of the best” and the grand prize of $250,000 is awarded to one Canadian home cook who will go from… Recipe to Riches!
HOST: Jesse Palmer
THE TALK(CBS) WEEKDAYS AT 2PM ET/PT
Beginning this summer, viewers can learn more about the hot topics of the day when Global begins airing its newest daytime addition, The Talk, (check local listings for times). Inspired by a mother’s group, Sara Gilbert joined after her baby, The Talk features Leah Remini (King of Queens), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne), Sharon Osbourne (America’s Got Talent), Holly Robinson Peete (For Your Love, 21 Jump Street), and Julie Chen (Big Brother) as they discuss family issues, current events, celebrity gossip, and personal stories.
THE LATE LATE SHOW (CBS) WEEKNIGHTS AT 12:35AM ET/PT
Since taking the helm of The Late Late Show on January 3, 2005, Craig’s self-effacing humour, outrageous interviews and compelling list of guests has helped the late night show set all-time viewer records and achieved the highest ratings since the shows inception in 1995. Known for his sharp wit, Ferguson is just as comfortable addressing difficult issues providing his audience with a well balanced, entertaining show.
KEY RETURNING PROGRAMS
NCIS–Season 9 (CBS) MONDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team lead us through the inner workings of the government agency that investigates all crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel. From murder and espionage, to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents cover the globe investigating these crimes.
CAST: Rocky Carroll, Cote de Pablo, Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Michael Weatherly
HOUSE–Season 8 (FOX) MONDAYS – 9PM ET/PT
Two-time Golden Globe® winner Hugh Laurie returns as Dr. House – the cynical, sarcastic, medical genius who thrives on unravelling medical puzzles in order to save lives, no matter what’s at stake.
CAST: Omar Epps, Peter Jacobson, Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Olivia Wilde
HAWAII FIVE-0–Season 2 (CBS) MONDAYS – 10PM ET/PT
Detective McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and his partner Danno (Scott Caan) continue to hunt down the biggest criminals who show up on Hawaii’s sun-drenched beaches. This season, McGarrett looks for clues into the deadly explosion that caused his world to unravel around him.
CAST:Canadian Grace Park, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O’Loughlin
GLEE–Season 3 (FOX) TUESDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
Optimistic high school teacher Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) continues his work with the dysfunctional, but charming members of the McKinley High School’s glee club by helping them realize their potential. At the same time the ever-menacing Cheerios coach, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) does her best to destroy the glee club’s dynamic.
CAST:Canadians Jessalyn Gilsig and Cory Monteith along with Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O’Malley, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Golden Globe winners, Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch
NCIS: LOS ANGELES–Season 3 (CBS) TUESDAYS – 9PM ET/PT
This hit series explores the high-stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects, a division of NCIS charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover to bring down their targets. Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) joins the cast this fall as Lauren Hunter, the NCIS: LA team’s new Operations Manager.
CAST:Peter Cambor, Adam Jamal Craig, LL Cool J, Claire Forlani, Linda Hunt, Chris O’Donnell, Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah
PARENTHOOD– Season 3 (NBC) **NEW TO GLOBAL** TUESDAYS – 10PM ET/PT
A one-hour drama inspired by the box-office hit of the same name follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. Centering around the family’s four grown siblings – the financially strapped single mother, Sarah (Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls); successful corporate lawyer, Julia (Erika Christensen, Traffic); commitment-phobe Crosby (Dax Shepard, Baby Mama); and the oldest sibling, Adam (Peter Krause, Six Feet Under). Oscar®winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) serve as executive producers.
CAST:Bonnie Bedelia, Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard
SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC –Season 23 (CBS) WEDNESDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
Amongst the rugged, savage wildlife, Survivor returns with a new group of castaways to take part in the 23rd installment of Mark Burnett’s hit reality series. This time it’s set in the South Pacific, complete with the Redemption Island twist and two former castaways in tow. Contestants will aim to outwit, outplay and outlast their competition in hopes to win the coveted million dollar prize.
HOST: Jeff Probst
HARRY’S LAW– Season 2 (NBC) **NEW TO GLOBAL** WEDNESDAYS – 9PM ET/PT
Emmy® Award winning writer/producer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal) continues his rich storytelling with another season of Harry’s Law. This acclaimed legal dramedy – starring Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates – is about embracing the unexpected and everything life throws at you. In season two, Harry’s back with an attitude, as she hones her courtroom arguments and winning style. On the heels of her rising reputation, Harry’s Law and Fine Shoes starts landing larger cases. And alongside her newfound success, Harry’s looking to bring in some new hotshot attorneys to help out the team. Expect higher stake cases, new energy and more drama as the curmudgeonly Ms. Korn continues to lay down the law.
CAST:Amil Ameen, Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Brittany Snow
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES–Season 5 (FOX) WEDNESDAYS – 10PM ET/PT
World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsey doles out tough love as he travels around the United States to lend his expertise to restaurants in dire need of a make-over. From tears to triumph, Ramsey gets the job done.
HOST:Chef Gordon Ramsey
THE OFFICE–Season 8 (NBC) THURSDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
Season eight of The Office brings new changes, most notably, the emotional departure of Branch Manager, Michael Scott (Steve Carell). As Michael begins a new life, the eccentric staff tries to find a way to move on at Dunder Mifflin. Watch how they work through the grind in this hysterically funny mocumentary of daily life at a paper company in Scranton.
CAST:Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, BJ Novak, Rainn Wilson
BONES–Season 7 (FOX) THURSDAYS – 9PM ET/PT
TV’s favourite investigative duo with a distorted sense of humour is back with more bloody twists and turns. This season the two partners deal with the news that Bones (Emily Deschanel) is pregnant and Booth (David Boreanaz) is the father.
CAST:Canadian Tamara Taylor, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, John Francis Daley, T.J. Thyne
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE–Season 37 (NBC) SATURDAYS – 11:30PM ET/PT
Winner of countless awards, ranked #10on TV Guide’s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” and listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of all-time,” this late-night TV classic returns for its 37th season. Viewers can anticipate sketches that parody contemporary American culture and politics, along with a guest host and musical performances from famous entertainers from all over the world.
CAST: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Myers, Bobby Moynihan, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Wiig
16:9 THE BIGGER PICTURE –Season 4 (Global News) SATURDAYS – 7PM ET/PT
Winner of multiple industry awards for its inspired journalism, 16:9 The Bigger Pictureis an investigative, current affairs program on the cutting edge, bringing viewers hard-hitting stories, ground-breaking investigations and an in-depth look at the movers and shakers who dominate the news. Complete with exclusive exposés and dynamic, video-driven content, 16:9 shows the bigger picture, with a uniquely Canadian focus.
HOST: Mary Garofalo
THE CLEVELAND SHOW–Season 3 (FOX) SUNDAYS – 7:30PM ET/PT
This animated series centres around everyone’s favourite soft-spoken neighbour, Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry), as he continues to settle into life in Virginia with his high school sweetheart (Sanaa Lathan), her unruly kids and his own 14-year-old son, Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson).
VOICE CAST:Reagan Gomez-Preston, Mike Henry, Arianna Huffington, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Sudeikis
THE SIMPSONS–Season 23 (FOX) SUNDAYS – 8PM ET/PT
The longest-running animated comedy in television history is back for another season. Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith) along with baby Maggie continue to bring the laughs as they live day-to-day in Springfield.
VOICE CAST:Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, Yeardley Smith
FAMILY GUY–Season 11 (FOX) SUNDAYS – 9PM ET/PT This funny animated series features the adventures of the Griffin Family, comprised of Peter (Seth MacFarlane), Lois (Alex Borstein) and three kids. The youngest, Stewie (Seth MacFarlane), is a genius baby intent on destroying the world. Brian (Seth MacFarlane), their talking dog, keeps Stewie in check while sipping martinis and sorting through his own life issues.
VOICE CAST:Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
AMERICAN DAD–Season 8 (FOX) SUNDAYS – 9:30PM ET/PT
This animated series follows the domestic life of Stan Smith (Seth MacFarlane), a conservative Republican CIA agent. A self-proclaimed American patriot, he continues to deal with life with his family including two bizarre nonhumans.
VOICE CAST:Scott Grimes, Rachel MacFarlane, Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal
THE GOOD WIFE–Season 3 (CBS) SUNDAYS – 10PM ET/PT
After suffering public humiliation over her husband’s infidelity, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) found a way to move past the scandal in season one. But her world came crashing down again in season two after she learned her husband Peter’s (Chris Noth) past infidelities included an affair with her co-worker and best friend. This season, Alan Cumming officially joins the cast as the sharp-witted political operative, Eli Gold, who played an instrumental part in Peter’s election win.
CAST:Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, SAG® Award and Golden Globe Award winner Julianna Margulies, Emmy Award winner Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT – Season 31 (CBS) WEEKDAYS – 7PM ET/PT
As the most-watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight is and continues to be a leading source in the world of entertainment news. This past season, ET saw one if its beloved and most recognized hosts, Mary Hart leave the show after 29 years. TV personality Nancy O’Dell (former host of Access Hollywood) will now host the program alongside Mark Steines.
HOSTS:Nancy O’Dell, Mark Steines
ET CANADA– Season 6 (Shaw Media Original) WEEKDAYS – 7:30PM ET/PT
Now in its sixth season ET Canada continues to provide a Canadian perspective on today’s entertainment news. With Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli leading the team, ET Canada will not only showcase the best home-grown talent, but also further Canada’s reputation around the world as an entertainment and celebrity hot spot.
HOSTS:Cheryl Hickey, Rick Campanelli
BOB’S BURGERS –Season2 (FOX)
Bob Belcher (H. Jon Benjamin) runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob and his quirky family continue to have big ideas about burgers, but fall short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and a dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make Bob’s “grand re-re-re-opening” a success.
VOICE CAST:H. John Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal
THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE–Season5 (NBC)
Celebrities will be competing in business-driven tasks around New York City, using their fame along with their proven business savvy to win challenges, while ultimately raising money and awareness for their favourite charitable causes. Not only will the final winner be crowned the “Celebrity Apprentice,” but he or she will also have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.
WITH: Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump
KEY RETURNING SPECIALS
CANADA’S WALK OF FAME (Shaw Media Original)
Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame aims to educate, inform and inspire through the permanent celebration of the achievements in Canadian music, sport, film and television as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation. The annual celebration culminates in a televised tribute special on Global that honours Canada’s finest stars.
THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW (CBS)
The world-famous Victoria’s Secret Angels take flight for this special lingerie fashion show on Global. The evening includes special musical performances, red carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this celebrated fashion show.
BARBARA WALTERS: TEN MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE (ABC)
A riveting and entertaining special in which Barbara Walters conducts intimate one-one-one interviews with 10 people who have reached extraordinary milestones in their personal lives or careers over the past year.
THE 38th ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (CBS)
The People’s Choice Awards celebrates fan favourites in the field of entertainment. Members of the general public have the opportunity to vote on the nominees in each of the award categories that run the gamut of music, movies and TV.
THE 18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS
Considered one of industry’s most respected awards shows, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) recognizes outstanding performances in both film and television. Past winners include Al Pacino, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth.
THE 54th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS(CBS)
Music’s biggest night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards returns with new, fresh performances and fashion face-offs. Broadcast live on Global, the prestigious award ceremony features the year’s most celebrated recording artists as they duke it out for a spot in GRAMMY history.
From the Canadian Open to The Masters, golf fans will be able to catch the sports’ best players on Global. Watch as they compete on some of the world’s most beautiful courses every weekend of the golfing season with the most comprehensive tee-to-green coverage.
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (FOX)
Teen ‘faves’ take the stage to accept superstar status at the annual Teen Choice Awards. The glittering evening honours the year’s biggest achievements in music, movies, sports, television, fashion and more, as voted on by teens.