CHUM Television Announces Programming Highlights for the 2006-2007 Television Season

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CHUM Television today announced highlights from its 2006-2007 programming schedule, which features an exciting line up of much-anticipated new titles and returning hits. Among the new series premiering on CHUM this fall are: “Betty the Ugly”, “Jericho,”, “Duets,”, “Entourage”, “Men in Trees,” and a new talk show called “Rachael Ray”. Also airing on CHUM stations this fall are hit spy-drama “Alias” and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Without A Trace” (weekday strip).

Mid-season highlights include: New York City-based medical drama “3 Lbs.” starring Stanley Tucci; “Hidden Palms,” from Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”) about the lives of teens in Palm Springs; “The Dresden Files,” based on the best-selling novels about a Chicago-based private detective with extraordinary abilities; and the mini-series “Comanche Moon,” a prequel to “Lonesome Dove” from the writing and producing team behind Brokeback Mountain.

Highlights from CHUM’s slate of Canadian programming include sci-fi series “Ice Planet” starring Michael Ironside and edgy drama “Terminal City” starring Maria del Mar and Gil Bellows. Other titles currently in pre-production are: “Murdoch Mysteries” based on the hugely-successful “Detective Murdoch Mysteries” movies of the week; “Blood Ties” based on the Tanya Huff novels; and “Across the River to Motor City” a six-episode mystery series spanning two eras, two countries and two unforgettable characters. All of these programs are produced in association with CHUM Television.

The 2006-2007 season will also see new and original CHUM shows following in the footsteps of this season’s successful “MuchMusic VJ Search: The Series” and “Canada’s Next Top Model.”

“We are very proud of our upcoming television season and believe the high caliber of these shows will resonate with our audiences,” said Ellen Baine, Vice President of Programming, CHUM Television. “We’ve got a strong and diverse mix of titles from some of the most successful names in television featuring well-known talent.”

“CHUM continues to build on the foundation we’ve set over the last year of creating a strong schedule balancing top-notch acquired simulcasts with fresh new Canadian titles and returning favourites,” said Roma Khanna, Senior Vice President of Content, CHUM Television. “We will also further develop and entrench our unquestionable leadership position on web, wireless and other emerging platforms as we offer more and more innovative and exciting ways to engage and connect with our audiences.”

Returning series include: “Everybody Hates Chris,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “7th Heaven,” “Supernatural,” “Smallville,” “Supernanny,” “Battlestar Galactica,: “Monk,” “The Bachelor,” “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Tonight Show” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”