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Fall 2019 Highlights


Biologist Niall McCann travels the world to understand the relationship between humans and some of the world’s most charismatic and formidable animals in the upcoming third season of the award-winning BIGGEST AND BADDEST.


KERI: PRAIRIE VET returns for a third season, continuing to follow the action-packed life of travelling vet Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal, on the road 24/7 to care for “all creatures big and small.”


WILD BEAR RESCUE, the most adorable original Canadian series, returns for Season 3 on June 14 with heartwarming stories of injured and orphaned bear cubs at Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers, B.C. (Omnifilm Entertainment)

Coming to the CTV Comedy lineup in the 2019-20 broadcast year are THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH JON DORE and four unique @JFL gala presentations from Montréal’s Place des Arts. (Just For Laughs Television)

CORNER GAS ANIMATED – NEW! Season (July 1, 2019)

The most-watched original series ever on CTV Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED premieres Season 2 on July 1 with 11 all-new episodes. The new season includes a star-studded lineup of cameos, featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chris Hadfield, and EPIC MEALTIME’s Harley Morenstein, with a special guest star appearance by Michael J. Fox.

GOOD TALK WITH ANTHONY JESELNIK – NEW! Series (September 13, 2019)

GOOD TALK WITH ANTHONY JESELNIK features Anthony’s interviews with a few of his friends – who happen to be some of the best comedians in the business. Over the course of 6 episodes, Anthony sits down with Nick Kroll (Sausage Party), Natasha Leggero (He’s Just Not That Into You), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Tig Notaro (ONE MISSISSIPPI), Kristen Schaal (GRAVITY FALLS), and David Spade (LIGHTS OUT WITH DAVID SPADE). When Anthony is asking the questions, no topic is off-limits. In this series, he switches gears from his signature acerbic style for tongue-in-cheek interviews with his fellow comedians about their careers, their influences and what it’s like to live in his massive shadow. Anthony and his guests center their extremely funny conversations around stand-up, stories and bits, and participate in elegantly bizarre studio segments.

COLD AS BALLS – NEW! Series (October 11, 2019)

Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud network presents the most awkward interview in sports: COLD AS BALLS. Take the plunge with the world’s top comedian and host Kevin Hart as he interviews world-class athletes – all while sitting in a bone-chilling ice bath! Watch the hilarious results as some of today’s biggest sports stars expose themselves in more ways than one, in this interview series.

TACOMA FD – NEW! SERIES (October 17, 2019)

TACOMA FD is a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in one of America’s rainiest cities. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, these firefighters keep themselves entertained with creative competitions, friendly first responder rivalries and no shortage of bizarre emergency calls.

MAD ABOUT YOU – NEW! Series (Late 2019)

MAD ABOUT YOU is a continuation of the hit 1990s series of the same name. As Paul and Jamie Buchman (Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt) prepare to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, their beloved but challenging daughter Mabel heads off to NYU (a mere six blocks away) leaving them with an empty nest and an unexpected challenge: how to reconnect and reignite the passion they once shared now that they’re much older and really tired.

GOLD DIGGER – NEW! Series (Fall 2019)

GOLD DIGGER focuses on a wealthy woman who falls in love with a much younger man, and the impact it has on her already damaged family. Mother first, wife second, woman last – 60-year-old Julia has spent her whole life putting the needs of others before her own. Then she meets Benjamin, a 30-something copywriter with a shrouded history. As the drama unfolds, the consequences of Julia and Benjamin’s unconventional relationship are explored, as devastating secrets from the past tear the family’s fragile bonds further apart. Has Julia finally found the happiness she’s always deserved? Or is the complex and enigmatic Benjamin really the gold digger her family thinks he is? Starring Primetime Emmy winner Julia Ormond (Sabrina, Legends of the Fall) alongside Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Punisher), GOLD DIGGER is written by Marnie Dickens, produced by Mainstreet Pictures and distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – NEW! Series (September 15, 2019)

Based on the bestselling novel Joël Dicker, the 10-part series tells the story of Harry Quebert (Patrick Dempsey), a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property. Starring alongside Dempsey is Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr., Virginia Madsen, and Kristine Froseth. Academy Award®-winning French director Jean-Jacques Annaud makes his television directorial debut, directing every episode of the series.

CARTER – NEW! Season (FALL 2019)

The light hearted mystery-crime drama starring Jerry O’Connell is currently in production for Season 2. Shot in North Bay, Ont., the sophomore season is set to debut later this year, exclusively on CTV Drama.

HOLMES 911NEW! Series (September 17, 2019)
Mike Holmes is going back to his roots rescuing homeowners from unscrupulous contractors, unhealthy homes and D.I.Y. projects gone wrong.  It’s a family affair as his daughter Sherry Holmes and son Michael Holmes, who share his passion for making it right for deserving families, are right by his side.  Over 12 episodes, the Holmes’ will take on five houses, and turn them into homes again.

LET’S BRUNCH – NEW! Series (September 20, 2019)
This delightful cooking series is dedicated to everyone’s favorite leisurely and decadent mid-morning meal. Hosted by the bubbly Vanessa Gianfrancesco (ONE WORLD KITCHEN), LET’S BRUNCH offers a brunch menu for every occasion, showcasing sweet and savory recipes, along with the occasional refreshing beverage or cozy latte.

JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG – NEW! Series (November 15, 2019)
Jamie Oliver (JAMIE COOKS ITALY, JAMIE AND JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB) is back with a brand-new series where he encourages meat-eaters and vegetarians alike to put vegetables front and centre of their meals. Bursting with tasty, vibrant, mouth-watering recipes including; Cauli Cheese Pizza Pie and Sweet Leek Carbonara, JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG demonstrates how vegetables can steal the show when Jamie cooks up a stunning collection of hearty vegetable dishes. In his new series, Jamie finds fresh inspiration from around the UK and further afield travelling to Delhi, Jodhpur, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem – bringing back the techniques and flavours he finds to the studio.

In this charming one-hour holiday special set in Michael Bonacini’s festive kitchen, the celebrity chef and his son Oscar cook up an elegant and flavourful feast of their favourite Christmas recipes.

In his upcoming special, host Spencer Watts shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro throughout the holiday season.

BONACINI’S ITALY – NEW! Season (September 20, 2019)
Italian cooking series BONACINI’S ITALY, starring MASTERCHEF CANADA’S Michael Bonacini, returns for a second season.

MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY – NEW! Season (September 20, 2019)
Emmy-nominated series, MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY returns with a new competitive recipe: ten battle-themed specials. Series hosts, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg and their teammates are pitted against each other as they compete in friendly culinary-themed challenges such as a “4/20 munchies chowdown” with the hopes of winning over a celebrity judge for the coveted “Potluck Party Platter” prize. Celebrity guests include Academy-Award ® winners, Matthew McConaughey, Octavia Spencer and more.

SPENCER’S BIG 30 – NEW! Season
Season 3 of SPENCER’S BIG 30 showcases healthy, hearty meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes.

Season 2 of WATTS ON THE GRILL continues to celebrate all things grilled with chef extraordinaire Spencer Watts. Each half-hour episode shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro, from sizzling steak, smoked chicken and steamy seafood, to fruit, cheese, and delicious desserts. Tips, tricks, and tasty recipes are all on Watts’ menu as he inspires viewers to think of ingredients differently and try new things on the grill.

KILLJOYS – NEW! SEASON (July 19, 2019)
The fifth and final season of CTV Sci-Fi’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS returns July 19. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun-loving trio of bounty hunters attempts to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants. Reprising their roles for the last time, Hannah John-Kamen returns as Yelena “Dutch” Yarden / Aneela, along with Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis and Luke MacFarlane as D’avin Jaqobis.

CASTLE ROCK – NEW! SEASON (October 23, 2019)
Psychological-horror series, CASTLE ROCK takes viewers into the chilling world of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King. Set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, the series unites King’s multiverse combining the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of his best-loved works while weaving an epic saga of darkness and light within a few square miles of Maine woodland. In the second season, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan) – Stephen King’s nurse from hell – gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

RESIDENT ALIEN – NEW! Series (2020)
RESIDENT ALIEN is a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Alan Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth, ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, MAKE IT TO THE MOON (narrated by Canadian actor Stephan James) features four trailblazing teams – contracted by NASA – who take up President Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. These ‘unsung heroes of the unsung heroes’ must invent from scratch the innovative technology necessary to create the lunar module spacecraft, the onboard computer, the moon suit, and track it all through space.

On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, VW WOODSTOCK BUS is a one-hour special that explores the inspiring story of Dr. Bob, the man who painted the original Woodstock hippie bus with symbols he believed would usher in the dawn of a new age.

CLEARED FOR CHAOS: 9/11 – NEW! Documentary
This documentary special tells the gripping story of how air traffic controllers in Gander, Newfoundland pulled off the impossible on September 11, 2001. (Bristow Global Media)

This four-part series tells the story of the nationwide manhunt for the terrorist known only as the “Unabomber,” which lasted from 1978 – 1995, until a tip led the FBI to a remote cabin in the Montana mountains. The tip that ultimately took down Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, came from his younger brother, David, and David’s wife, Linda.

HELLFIRE HEROES – NEW! Season (Fall 2019)
HELLFIRE HEROES returns this fall for Season 2. Featuring stories of strength, fearlessness, and dedication, a uniquely versatile group of firefighters risk their lives to serve and protect the residents of isolated areas of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

HIGHWAY THRU HELL – NEW! Season (Fall 2019)
HIGHWAY THRU HELL is back for Season 8 in 2019, chronicling the lives of heroic rescue teams who often put their own lives at risk to help keep vital transport highways open and communities safe.

HEAVY RESCUE: 401 – NEW! Season (Mid-Season 2020)
HEAVY RESCUE: 401, a Top 5 series on Discovery, returns for Season 4 in early 2020, documenting dramatic recoveries along Ontario’s 400-series highways – extending from Windsor in the west to the Québec border in the east. (Thunderbird Entertainment Group)


As investigators piece together a murder mystery, sometimes the victim speaks from beyond the grave, communicating via their revelatory words written in a diary, journal, or private online blog. IF I SHOULD DIE explores how these emotional words can provide incredible insight into the victim’s life – and sometimes into their darkest secrets.


This immersive new series reveals the true-life stories of police and other members of law enforcement who found themselves face-to-face with strange and bizarre events. Each episode investigates cases involving ghostly haunting, demonic possession, alien abduction, and other supernatural emergency calls featuring the men and women who have devoted their lives to serve and protect.


FEAR THY NEIGHBOUR returns for Season 6 this fall. This true-crime thriller follows the disturbing tales of those with the misfortune to unwittingly take up residence within a stone’s throw of a psychopath or killer.

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE – NEW! Documentary
A smart, distinctive, and caustic documentary about the end of the world, the newest original series from Crave goes into production this summer. Drawing together science, psychology, pop culture, and philosophy, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE meets viewers’ fascination with the apocalypse head-on. Each episode explores one of the ways that humanity could meet its end – from nuclear war and asteroids to aliens – with the ultimate hope that humankind can come together to make the world a better place.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, this documentary feature is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. Inspired by Robertson’s bestselling memoir, Testimony, the film blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen, and Ronnie Hawkins, among others.

An all-new six-pack of LETTERKENNY premieres on Oct. 11 and production on another season begins this summer in Sudbury, Ont.

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